Vikings Raid Minnesota for Money, Putin Lords Over Russia Again, Advertisers Flee Village Voice in Backpage Battle: P.M. Links

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  • That's $133 million per win last season to keep the Vikings from walking off.

    Minnesota legislators are debating all day (and possibly into the night) whether to pay $398 million of the $975 million for a new stadium for the Vikings (2011 record: 3-13). Live discussion from the Capitol is streaming at the Star Tribune. The story is sadly lacking any critical analysis of the "jobs" claim, or really any critical analysis on publicly funded stadiums whatsoever.

  • Vladimir V. Putin was sworn into office as president of Russia for his third term today. His inauguration was preceded by protests (and, of course, crackdowns on the protesters), followed by decrees of new housing access and nursery school availability. He also promised 90 percent satisfaction with government service by 2018 as well as 40 to 50 percent wage increases.
  • Village Voice Media has lost ads from 27 companies amid the emotional but not entirely logical war on Backpage.
  • The White House says it will not negotiate with al-Qaeda for the release of 70-year-old aid worker Warren Weinstein, who was kidnapped in Pakistan nine months ago.
  • A mystery is under investigation over Army captain who keeled over suddenly while talking to his wife on Skype and died. His wife claimed she saw a bullet hole in the closet behind him when he collapsed, but the military insists he was not shot.

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  1. Vladimir V. Putin was sworn into office as president of Russia for his third term today.

    This has got to be eating at Bill Clinton.

    1. Yeah but Putin only managed to have 20,000 protesters out of a city of 10,000,000. Bill could have done better then that.

      1. To be fair, you really have got to have serious cojones to risk demonstrating against the government in Moscow.

        1. ‘when a reported 450 were taken into custody. Among them were opposition leaders Sergei Udaltsov and Alexei Navalny, who were both fined $33 and then released ‘

          Wow, a 33 dollar fine.

          1. Plus the priviledge of being beaten up by Putin’s thugs.

            1. Putin’s thugs are pussy compared to good ole red blooded ‘Merican Cops.

  2. The campaign’s massive, high-rise headquarters in Chicago’s Loop achieves a fine balance between 2008’s hip-casual dorm room (there’s a Ping-Pong table and cheeky homemade signage) and 2012’s systematized Death Star (there are more employees than I have ever seen in a political campaign, with work stations subdivided as ever more employees are added). The place hums from early morning until late at night, designed for maximum efficiency and manifest focus

    http://althouse.blogspot.com/2…..is-re.html

    That is from a “news story” in Time magazine. Every time you think the media can’t deep throat Obama any deeper, they prove you wrong.

    1. Just wait, John. You ain’t seen nothing yet. You had better gird your loins for the fellation to come, because it is going to be epic.

      1. The North Korean News is more subtle than that.

        1. Halperin is making amends for calling Obama a dick on MSNBC.

    2. Can someone who isn’t at work find one of the old clips of Bill Hicks doing the Satan fellatin’ bit? Because that’s the image I have in my head now.

        1. Thanks, bud.

    3. The place hums from early morning until late at night

      It’s a veritable hummer.

      1. kinda makes you think of Bill Clinton, interns, and cigars.

        1. The Chicago office of the Obama campaign may violate civil rights laws:

          http://thedc.com/IPvjHt

  3. Still looking for book suggestions, if H&R would be so kind. So far, my eReader is filling up on Mises, Hayek, Friedman, Sowell, Bastiat, Spooner, Rothbard, and Hazlitt.

    Any recommendations? Non-fiction preferred, but not necessary.

    1. “The Heritage Guide to the Constitution,” though it’s really more of a reference book than something to read straight through.

      1. Constitutional reference is probably a good call, especially since it’d be conveniently portable. Thanks!

    2. H.L. Mencken, James J. Martin, Isabel Paterson, Rose Wilder Lane, Voltairine de Cleyre, Stephen Kinsella, Thomas Dilorenzo, Jeff Riggenbach, Walter Block

      fiction:
      Garet Garrett (who may have influenced Ayn Rand)
      R.A. Heinlein, obviously
      L. Neil Smith (still alive; also nonfiction; also friend of Mary Ruwart)

      1. Weirdly, I’ve only read one book by Heinlein, and that was Job. I picked up Stranger in a Strange Land and will be getting The Moon is a Harsh Mistress solely because of some awesome quotes I’ve seen from it.

        1. MAHM and Starship Troopers are must-reads. Almost any of Heinlein’s juveniles are worth the read, as well: Tunnel in the Sky gets high marks from me.

          1. Yeah, you have to read Hugos 2-4. Double Star is pretty good but by no means seminal like Troopers, Mistress, or Stranger.

          2. I really enjoyed Heinlein’s sci-fi short stories in The Green Hills of Earth.

          3. I really enjoyed Heinlein’s sci-fi short stories in The Green Hills of Earth.

        2. Most people here hate Heinlein’s weirder books but I enjoyed I Will Fear no Evil and The Number of the Beast as well as his classics. TMIaHM is my favorite followed by Job and Glory Road.

    3. The Black Swan (Taleb) would be a good one – I just got to that this year.

      1. I don’t see a kindle version of it, but it sounds interesting enough to add to my physical library. Muchas gracias.

    4. Non-fiction preferred, but not necessary.

      Is there a Calvin & Hobbes book on economics? If not, there sure should be.

    5. No Virginia Postrel recommendation from the commentariat? Why, if Postrel were still editor, this oversight wouldn’t fly.

      1. I was just going to throw that in.

        In that spirit, I’ll recommend The Future and Its Enemies over Declaration of Independents.

        But read both.

    6. I just finished “Lamb” by Chris Moore. It’s fiction, but it’s really funny if you’re not a fundamentalist.

      1. Who was it that said that’s the funniest book ever? Was it one of the Reason staff?

        1. No idea. That may be hyperbolic, but it is really funny.

      1. Somebody at reason ought to write a book on Ron Paul.

        1. I’m still waiting for a Jon McCain book.

      2. You jest, but I did actually pick that one up. It’s on my list after The Bastiat Collection.

      3. Doherty’s book on the history of libertarianism Radicals For Capitalism is much more useful and interesting.

        1. Sigh, why no Kindle edition of Radicals for Capitalism?

    7. Everything I want to do is Illegal. Quick, funny, maddening read about food police. But not sure it’s on ebook yet.

    8. Almost anything by Thomas Szasz.

    9. Check cato.org

    10. The Federalist Papers

  4. I think someone posted this in AM Links but it’s worth repeating:

    Someone tell them it’s supposed to be used to flavor soda.

    South Korea has seized thousands of smuggled drug capsules filled with powdered flesh from dead babies, which some people believe can cure disease, officials said Monday.

    1. Those are libertarian pills. The babies that survive get thrown into manual labor. Unpaid, of course.

    2. Simply. Awesome.

  5. This belonged to Cheryl Bormann, attorney for Walid bin Attash, who is charged with directing funds to the plotter.

    Clad in full abaya herself, Ms. Bormann requested that the female members of the prosecution staff dress more modestly, so that the defendants would not have to worry that they were committing a sin if they looked at them. Since the women serving with the prosecution were by all accounts attired in business and military clothes it’s not easy to grasp what the attorney meant by “more modestly.”

    http://online.wsj.com/article/…..ry_LEADTop

    I don’t blame this woman for defending these people. If the military ordered me to do it, I would defend them. Even though I would give them the best defense I knew how, I would never consider giving their bullshit ideology a moment of my time. What a fucking moron.

    1. I saw this briefly on the news last night or this morning. WTF does this have to do with defending your client?

      1. Nothing. It just says that she is a fucking nut who thinks these guys are some kind of wonderful exotic fruit.

        1. Me thinks Ms. Bormann will end up fucking/marrying one of her clients, like that bitch who married Carlos the Jackass.

          1. Chicks have a hard time distinguishing “murderous psycho asshole” from “alpha male”. Hence, the vampire romance genre.

    2. They should have strippers performing non stop during the trial.

  6. Murdering innocent people who refuse to respect your authritah may be genetic.

    “A judge Monday ordered a 14-year-old boy to appear in court in two weeks to face murder charges in the death of his father, a Homeland Security agent.”

  7. Something’s rotten in the state of Denmark Deutscheland.

    A dispute over a parking space in the southern German city of Augsburg turned deadly when an irate man who threatened his neighbor with an ax was shot dead by police.

    1. must be someone from South Philly.

  8. A mystery is under investigation over Army captain who keeled over suddenly while talking to his wife on Skype and died.

    Was his body immediately cremated?

    1. His wife claimed she saw a bullet hole in the closet behind him when he collapsed, but the military insists he was not shot.

      It kind of makes you wonder if, you know, they found a bullet hole in the closet behind him. The article was silent on this point.

      1. I have read that they have confirmed it was a bullet hole, but an old one.

        1. At least several nanoseconds old.

  9. Just don’t give this to the apes.

    “A copyediting error appears to be responsible for critical features of the human brain that distinguish us from our closest primate kin, new research finds.

    When tested out in mice, researchers found this “error” caused the rodents’ brain cells to move into place faster and enabled more connections between brain cells.”

    1. So we’re one step closer to Alfred Bester’s talking dog?

      1. We’re already there:

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v…..r_embedded

        1. Pour a beer on the curb. Goober died yesterday.

    2. Uplift Wars, here we come!

      1. We’re gonna be a senior race soon, baby!

        1. Who gets stuck with uplifting Warty’s spawn?

          1. The Thennanin are patient enough, but the Tymbrimi would at least have a sense of humor about it.

            1. I got a thing for those Tymbrimi girls… cute tendrils. And deliciously adaptive.

              1. Whatever you say, Robert.

    3. I don’t really get why this is surprising. Aren’t errors of this sort supposed to be one of the mechanisms of natural selection?

      1. Finding one that definitely changes the brain in a way that is different between humans and all other mammals is pretty significant. Yes, we know they are a mechanism, but possibly identifying a specific one is nice. It also helps to stake anti-evolutionary theories.

      2. Yes, but I think that discovering the specific error responsible counts as news.

        1. Gotcha, thx.

    4. I’m picturing a Far Side depicting God with a big lever with two positions: “Smart” and “Food,” standing at an assembly line, watching the clock as the a human goes down the conveyor belt next to a cow.

  10. Fortunately this is only in the UK… for now.

    Scotland Yard has directed its staff to no longer use the words “blacklist” and “whitelist” over fears the words are racist. The British law enforcement agency told officers the words were no longer “appropriate.”

    1. A while back there was a stir in some circles about referring to hard drives as “master” and “slave” was offensive. We will never reach peak stupid.

      1. It means that there will always be full employment for these people since stupid has no limit so they will never run out of stupid things to come up with.

    2. Scotland Yard has directed its staff to no longer use the words “blacklist” and “whitelist”

      Existing documents are problematic. Can’t paint ’em with Wite-Out. Can’t “redline” those buggers.

      1. Wite-Out

        Racist.

    3. Ha! You don’t live in the ATL. Otherwise you’d be familiar with the racism of “black ice” in weather and traffic reports.A lady even sued a police department over the racist act of an officer eating a banana in front of African-Americans(who were on a bus with tinted windows while he directed traffic).

      1. I’ve always thought that “clear ice” or “invisible ice” would make more sense.

        1. You could be a diversity consultant for the American Meteorological Society.

  11. The Colombian hooker the Secret Service tried to stiff needs her own talk show
    They liked to show off their bodies, great bodies, well-defined abs,” Saurez said of the men she first met at a nightclub. “They liked attention.”

    1. There is no greater asset for a Secret Service member than their desire for attention. There is no way that could backfire.

    2. Give them a break, they were in COLOMBIA. I’m surprised this didn’t happen sooner.

      1. I’d be even more surprised if this was the first time.

        1. The lady in John’s link says there was no way this was the first time any of them had ever engaged the services of a prostitute. She said they knew exactly what they were doing.

          1. Except when it came to agreeing on the price. At least one of them was a little amateurish in that respect.

            1. Or he thought he could get away with cheating her, like he had in other countries.

              1. You have a point there.

  12. If your name is something like Warren Weinstein, why would you even step foot in Daniel Pearl-killin’ Pakistan? He couldn’t have been in more danger than if someone tried to enter Mecca when their name is Jewy McHebrewberg.

    Jus’ sayin’

  13. I wonder how many people could pass a citizenship test? I would hope it’s all of us. Results in a few…

    1. Strangely, they claim the US economy is Capitalist in nature. I guess admitting “mixed” means “fascist” is a no-no.

      1. I like the “Rule of Law” question.

        1. Ooh, and the Emancipation Proclamation freed all of the slaves. Did you know that? Not just the ones in rebelling territories. Nope. Lincoln was nothing but a gentleman and a scholar. No political strings attached to that document.

          1. But that’s unpossible, the Civil War was all about slavery, blah blah blah

        2. LOVED the “Rule of Law” question. So tempting to answer sarcastically.

          Shit tons of questions about the Omnipotent Holiness President/Executive Branch.

    2. Sadly, it took me 59 questions to get the required 58 correct. I misread the one about how old does a citizen have to be to vote for the President as how old one has to be to serve as President.

    3. 100%. Guess who aced his PoliSci class? BOOOOOOOOMSHAKALAKA

      1. You know who else aced his PoliSci class?

        1. My socialist professor? Not an ad hom, he was a self-proclaimed socialist and was fascinated to find an “extremist” like myself in his class.

    4. *96* questions?!

      This is *America*! We don’t have time for this crap!

    5. “Citizens 18 years and older can vote” is wrong, of course.

      1. Felons aren’t citizens!

        1. All it says is that for those 18 or older, age cannot be a bar to suffrage. Subtle difference but important.

          1. Nuance has no place in American politics, you baby-killing Hitler worshipper!

            1. It’s a fair cop.

    6. CS Monitor still says we’re capitalist, huh?

    7. The colonists didn’t rebel because of high taxes, they rebelled because the taxes were instituted without their consent. The actual amount of money was, at least in the case of the tea, negligible.

  14. The Vikings are gonna go to Los Angeles over this most likely. I guess LA can thank the teabaggers for getting an NFL team back.

      1. It’s a sockpuppet. Ignore it.

        1. All right.

    1. I think the tea party would rather have the 400 million plus whatever other cost that are sure to be dumped on the taxpayer. They can always watch the Vikings for free on TV.

      1. See comments from the republican law making guy below.

      2. They can always watch the Vikings for free on TV.

        how many are pissed that the TV contract forces them to watch Viking games?

  15. He also promised 90 percent satisfaction with government service

    In Putin’s Russia, government services you good and hard, tovarisch.

  16. This is what is wrong with the world.

    Vikings fans have roamed the Capitol for days, adorned with face paint, horned helmets and purple-and-gold superhero costumes. Schoolchildren on field trips have shown up to the Capitol in jerseys. And a few die-hards presided over a mock tailgate outside of the building.
    Some would-be opponents are tripped up by their fandom. Rep. Chris Swedzinksi, a Republican from rural southwestern Minnesota and a likely yes vote, said some of his most hard-right constituents want the stadium. He called it ”a beast all on its own.”
    ”I’ve got folks that I know are active in the tea party that have said, you know, I’m going to suspend my rational thought right now, Chris,” Swedzinski said. ”I know what I believe and I know where this country’s headed if we continue down this path – but don’t lose the Vikings.”

    1. Digest this sentence one more time:

      “I’ve got folks that I know are active in the tea party that have said, you know, I’m going to suspend my rational thought right now, Chris,” Swedzinski said. “I know what I believe and I know where this country’s headed if we continue down this path – but don’t lose the Vikings.”

      1. Replace “Vikings” with “Medicare” or “cool-ass weapons to kill Brown people with” or “Public Broadcasting” or “Highway X” or whatever and you have explained everyone.

      2. I can’t digest it. It came back up the second I read it. I’m not trying again.

      3. I can’t digest the fact that anyone thinks spending $2 Billion on a stadium is a worthwhile investment. I’m using TWO BILLION because Cowboys Stadium went 100% over budget.

        At least change the name of the team to the Minnesota White Elephants. (or is that racist?)

      4. The idea that the non-libertarian “Tea Party” types are for anything resembling small government went out the window years ago. The vast majority of them supported Santorum for god’s sake.

      5. I’ve never been so ashamed of being a Vikings fan and a Minnesotan, and that includes the 1999 NFC Championship game and Walter Mondale.

    2. I’m going to suspend my rational thought right now, Chris

      Right now?

      1. Now. Now. Now.

      2. Sure.

        Its always “right now”, or hadn’t you noticed.

    3. I’m opposed to stealing as a matter of principle, but those donuts you’re carrying just look so delicious that I’m going to suspend my rational thought right now and yank them out of your hands.

      1. +1

        You’re a beast all on its own.

      2. That’s a good retort. I wish this republican, who theoretically favors smaller gov’t, would tell any actual TP’ers that if they did in fact make that asinine statement to him.

        1. they all theoretically favor small govt, except for those occasions when big govt slays a dragon they dislike or gives them a freebie they enjoy. NC is in the middle of that – the Repub majority in the General Assembly saw nothing more important that putting a constitutional amendment to stop gay marriage on the ballot.

          1. This…

            People likes they free shit. That’s why we’re all smooth fucked.

  17. CIA ‘foils underwear bomb’ plot by al-Qaeda in Yemen

    I have a feeling airport security is going to get even more intrusive in the near future.

    1. the device bore “all the hallmarks” of the 2009 underwear bomb.

      Yep. Underwear, and a bomb.

      1. Did it include a charred scrotum?

    2. Even before hovering over the link, I knew from the bizarre use of quote marks that the article had to be from the BBC.

      Unsurprisingly, I was right.

  18. followed by decrees of new housing access and nursery school availability. He also promised 90 percent satisfaction with government service by 2018 as well as 40 to 50 percent wage increases.

    The dude’s channeling Obama, I swear.

  19. “…whether to pay $398 million of the $975 million for a new stadium for the Vikings (2011 record: 3-13).”

    How about no more taxpayer funded playgrounds for billionaires and millionaires?

    You guys can afford to pay for this yourself, and will make a bunch of money off of it. Make your own investments, and stop trying to socialize the risk.

    1. The problem is that everyone else–except the government–not only wants to get their initial investment back–they want a return on their money!

      They’re so damn selfish! It’s a good thing the government isn’t selfish like that.

  20. Obama’s first monthly surplus.

    http://www.washingtontimes.com…..y-surplus/

    1. I’m amazed by this:

      April marked the seventh month in fiscal year 2012, and through that point the deficit stood at $721 billion – substantially below the $870 billion figure recorded at the same point in 2011.

      I’m amazed to the point of incredulity by this:

      The CBO’s analysis said spending on defense, education, Medicaid and unemployment benefits have all fallen this year, while Social Security spending is up.

      I suspect most of that is in Medicaid spending, where the higher federal match rates of the stimlus bill ran out, so this is really just a cost shift back to the states.

      1. Well, it IS April, so perhaps it’s merely a budget gimmick where one year’s income taxes is all counted against April’s spending. But I’d hope the CBO wouldn’t do that.

        Also, military spending would obviously drop because we aren’t very much in Iraq anymore, unlike last year.

      2. It’s the month that most of the country paid their taxes due. So on a cash basis, the government took in more than they sent out. On an accrual (Read: Reality) basis, it was just as bad as any other month in the past 12 years.

        1. there you go…confusing the Obamabots with that reality talk again.

  21. Minnesota legislators are debating all day (and possibly into the night) whether to pay $398 million of the $975 million for a new stadium for the Vikings

    Gawrsh, the suspense is killing me.

    1. They should have asked the LP National Convention to vote on it. They could drag it out to next week.

      1. Which reminds me. Banjos and I were talking on the way back from Vegas about the whole voting problem for a chairman. The irritation was caused because there had been promises made on fundraising and outlays for a new HQ in Washington. Why in the hell would the LP want their headquarters near DC? They should have symbolically bought something in the heartland or far west to get away from DC.

        That, or they should have taken my suggestion and purchased the Pontiac Silverdome. They could have had all the office space they ever would need. They could have had libertarian rallies and events there. They could rent it out for concerts and made it revenue-neutral.

        Maybe I should have run. Or just stayed till Sunday and been nominated by process of elimination.

        1. Are you sure you weren’t? “That drunk guy that was here with the pregnant chick” might’ve come up at some point during the process.

          1. Oh, snap! I would have given a speech then. I could have been a contender!

        2. I should have gone. The Red Rock is a pretty nice place (by my standards).

    2. Politician’s thoughts: “Hmm. I can subsidize a bunch of cronies and get invited to their corporate suites for the games as well as getting a nice campaign contribution. Or I can let the people of Minnisota keep $398 million in their own pockets while pissing off a bunch of rabid jocks.”

      Not even close.

      1. Aresen, you’re giving them way too much credit. More likely: “If I vote for this, I can probably get some photo ops with Vikings players and coaches for the next campaign.”

      2. I have a friend who is a county commissioner here. He wasn’t part of the scam that built the Twins their field, but now that he is a commissioner, he can get through the gate for any game for free. But because of various lobbying laws, he has to buy a ticket if he actually wants a seat. I don’t know how far down the legislative chain that deal goes.

        The sad thing is that even if they vote this down this week, the Vikes will come back again after the next election.

        That is how the Twins deal got done. Just after the election, one of our county commissioners came out with a “new” plan that screwed the taxpayers. Now 3 years into the new field and they can’t sell out the “best ballpark in the country”.

  22. Honduras Shrugged: Honduras to try to make the Latin American Hong Kong

    http://www.economist.com/node/21541391

    http://www.economist.com/node/21541392

    Looks pretty awesome; Patri Friedman’s Future Cities Development Corporation and many other libertarian institutes are being consulted by the Honduran government.

    1. Hot damn, there’s my retirement plan / exit strategy.

      1. Yeah, throw in their top-shelf cigar industry, and its a home run.

    2. This is an excellent chance to plug my award-winning*, hard-hitting piece of investigative journalism, Gojira Presents: Hong Kong.

      1. *award made up by myself about 10 minutes ago

        1. Great article.

          By the by, when did you go? When I went, Hong Kong Bay was terribly polluted, but I was otherwise very impressed by the city.

          1. The entire blog is good, not just that article.

            /needy

            1. The entire blog is good, not just that article.

              The entire blog is alright. I’d stop short of calling it good. There are far too few .gifs of dancing Jesus or spinning logos.

          2. I was there about three weeks ago. The pollution was still bad by American standards, but they said it was a lot better than it used to be even a few years ago.

            A sadly telling addendum to that story is that private enterprise did not voluntarily begin cleaning themselves up (by and large; of course there are always exceptions). They passed a raft of pollution laws to begin getting it under control. : (

            1. To be fair, it’s kinda hard to self-regulate when the oceans are a commons.

              Also, I do know that Shenzhen dumps a lot of its pollution in the same general area, as well.

    3. *swoon*

      Good for you, Honduras. Glad to see there are some places trying to become more free these days.

    4. Mr Strong is now the force behind FLOW, a movement that claims to combine libertarian thinking “with love, compassion, social and environmental consciousness”,

      *barf*

      1. Splitter!!!

      2. Love, compassion, and whatever kind of consciousness jiggles your handle are all compatible with libertarianism. You can do it all without putting on a jackboot, after all.

        1. But I look so damn good in jackboots. And monocles.

    5. Plus it has the highest murder rate in the world. Honduras No.1

      1. One of the poorest countries, too… hence the need for a city with effective institutions proven to reduce both, eh?

      2. Weren’t they the country that was talking about legalizing drugs to end the cartel violence? If so, that would go hand in hand with this.

        1. Yes.

        2. Invasion in 3,….

          1. Honduran looking up at the sky: That’s no moon bird. It’s a space station murderdrone.

          2. mexico legalized posession of cocaine, marijuan etc. back in 2009.

            iow, you sound hysterical

            1. Uh…they decriminalized possession of tiny amounts, mainly because they couldn’t afford to enforce them. That doesn’t solve the whole “violent-criminals-have-control-over-the-market” issue as legalization would.

            2. What Proprietist said.

              iow, you’re full of shit. Again.

              1. no, i am not. i explained the facts. mexico DID do what i said they did

                http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08…..exico.html

                i never said it “solved ” anything. that’s your strawman. i simply mentioned that mexico legalized some drugs, and obviously that didn’t get the reaction from our govt. that the OP implied if honduras did it

                as to whether they are ‘tiny amounts’ that could be argued as to what consittutes ‘tiny’/

                but regardless, i stated the truth, and some ignoramuses do the typical “yea but” cognitive dissonance shuffle

                1. I wonder if our government-provided influx of high-powered weaponry to the drug cartels was our way of invading them?

                  1. it’s an interesting thought.

                    holder gets no love from me

  23. [Putin] also promised 90 percent satisfaction with government service by 2018.

    If Saddam Hussein won an election with over 90% of the vote, Putin should be able to clear that in a satisfaction survey easily.

    1. Barack Obama is studiously taking notes.

  24. Vikings Raid Minnesota for Money

    They pay the Iron Price for stuff they want.

  25. “Minnesota legislators are debating all day (and possibly into the night) whether to pay $398 million of the $975 million for a new stadium for the Vikings (2011 record: 3-13). Live discussion from the Capitol is streaming at the Star Tribune. The story is sadly lacking any critical analysis of the “jobs” claim, or really any critical analysis on publicly funded stadiums whatsoever.”

    I live in Minneapolis. I like the Vikings. If they want to build a stadium, let them pay for it or move to a jurisdiction that will. That being said, citing their 2011 record is just stupid.

    1. You’re right. It’s embarrassing enough that they’re asking for a handout.

    2. Well at least if you get the privilege of paying for the Vikes stadium, you will get to foist the financial albatross of the Target Center (home of the T-wolves) onto the state.

      It absolutely stuns me that your mayor R.T. Rybak will make the case that they need to pay umpteen million dollars to the Vikes because the stadium will be such a money maker while also crowing about getting rid of the debt from the Target Center.

      If the Target Center is such a dud, why will the Vikes stadium be any better?

  26. “Village Voice Media has lost ads from 27 companies amid the emotional but not entirely logical war on Backpage.”

    Are you sure it’s not the shitty writing of VVM OpCo’s?

  27. vievu.

    support them .

    cop worn body cameras.

    according to them 2000 agencies now use them.

    i would not that SPD ‘s union head is opposed

    in a city like seattle that SO favors govt. secrecy (and s of course totally leftwin), i’d be amazed if they would use these things

    1. according to them 2000 agencies now use them.

      You have reading comprehension fail. Their site says: VIEVU Cameras Have Now Been Used By Over 2000 Agencies!

      Send out 1 each to 100 agencies to try for a week. Repeat for 20 weeks. Voila! Over 2000 agencies have used them.

      It’s called test marketing.

  28. Looks like they know what they are doing!

    http://www.Better-Privacy.tk

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