Tuesday, January 31, 2006
This Week's Poll Results - Which Hudsonland Personality Is Most Likely To Have Some Naked Photos Just Waiting to Be Published on Rant-a-bit?
2. (Tie) KRRO's Kris/Annie Chicoine
4. KRRO's Cade
5. (Tie) Stephanie Fisher/Shawn Cable
Yet Munson could have made this whole saga disappear in no time. By playing stupid (which he is a natural at) the story just got bigger and bigger each day. Instead, this guy who on his first day of office made such a big deal of always having his door open was suddenly not available to the media until KELO’s Don Jorgensen cornered him outside City Hall.
This sort of secrecy has permeated all levels of government, from Cheney and his meetings with oil execs to Bill Frist’s stock scandals to John Thune’s sweetheart deal with his former employers in the DM&E. (I realize that I’ve mentioned nothing but Republicans in that sentence, but this is not a partisan issue. Democrats currently have few problems such as this simply because they’re not in power these days.)
Even our Governor has a few secrets. Sure, Mike Rounds probably has no obligation to release the names of those that went hunting with him last fall, or those that contributed money to the Governor’s Fund that helps him fly to his kid’s football games. I’m not accusing him of any wrongdoing; everything is probably legally fine.
Morally, however, I think he and every politician from both sides of the fence has an obligation to provide us with as much information as possible. They are working for us, after all, and in my eyes I’m probably quicker to judge a person if I feel they’re holding out on me. Keeping secrets does nothing but make me wonder if there’s some lobbyists or corporate flack buying influence from representatives of the city, county, state, or country. Laws or contracts should not be given to those that provide the most perks.
What’s most bothersome about any or all of these controversies are the partisan games by both parties. So many people are nothing but sheep to their political party. The most evil politicians can lie, cheat, murder, or any other crime and still will be considered as a saint by those that claim a membership in that particular side of the fence. Conversely, jaywalking is a hanging crime for those on the other side of the street. C’mon, people. You need to have expectations of your representatives. You need to chastise them when they make mistakes. Some times you may even have to kick them to the curb and find somebody better suited for the job. It’s not always about playing power games; sometimes you must do what’s best for the big picture.
Monday, January 30, 2006
Thursday, January 26, 2006
by Detroit Lewis
At the Angus Liar we believe uncovering the truth about local politicians is the
first step to open government.
But we feel we have been unfair by not letting the Skeltons out of our closet.
Here’s a few DETAILS about the Angus that didn’t make it to the front page, Hell, it
didn’t even make it in the paper.
Many have questioned Bob Morest’s journalistic skills and integrity, and rightly so.
We actually fired him in February 2005. We just can’t rid of him. Who can beat a FREE
columnist. Watch out TidBits! PS- Bob has also been told he cannot write about any of
his gay lovers bands or Star Wars collections.
In an attempt to wipe out the very little competition we have. We stole the racks of
all our competitors and hid them in our circualtion department. Once we were
threatened with a lawsuit, we realized we best give them back. Etc., etc., etc.
Once again, the big Corp that owns the Angus, Gannonet, didn’t give it’s esteemed
editor a raise last year. He will continue to use his column to bitch about teacher
pay in SD. It is only a coincidence that Mr. Bucks wife is a teacher.
We came to the realization last year that Jipfest is way too expensive. This year
there will be no admission fee and we will be changing the fare to possum ribs. We
will offset the costs by sponsoring more FOR PROFIT job fairs. This year’s fees will
be $50 to attend and a $5 clipboard and pen rental fee.
We are going to stop food reviewing truckstops and dive bars. The next time Garret
has a hankering for chili fries, we are going to just hold him down and pour bacon
grease down his throat. This should stop the cravings.
Tom Daschle is not running for president. Sorry, slow news day.
The mayor Munnsun torture room is almost complete, and we will be giving free tours
starting next week.
The Angus will be sponsoring it’s own hunt next year. But only our journalists will
be invited. We will be hunting actual people to interview. We will be leaving the
offices for this event, so if you see a Angus journalist on the street, don’t be
alarmed. Not only do they not know how to use a gun, they have trouble with pens,
telephones, libraries and the internets.
Due to poor subscription numbers of our paper we are cancelling all routes that are
not within a 2 mile radius of our paper. We are uncertain why so many people are
cancelling their subscriptions but guaranteed it has nothing to do with the poor
quality of the stories, the revolving door of employees, the always late circulation
department, the lack of retention and the empty promises that come with a new
subscription. We are also real sure it has nothing to due with not giving lower
neighborhoods the glossy magazines.
We will continue to publish the STINK. We know no one reads it, but like I said
previously, watch out Tidbits!
There you have it, we come as clean as a newspaper’ pressman’s hands after a
The Angus Liar. Miss a day. Miss nothing.
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
How about a ticket straight outta town?
From South Dakota Watch
DTSF to Hold "Surprise" Party for Mayor Munson January 31 for All He Has Done
I have not been able to independently confirm this yet, but it looks like Down Town Sioux Falls is holding a "surprise" birthday party for Mayor Dave Munson. Below is the email that was forwarded on to me. Click to open: surprise party for Mayor Munson.pdf
Please be advised that there will be an appreciation gathering for Mayor Dave Munson, Jan 31st, 4:30 PM at Shriver Square. This a surprise! Please make this a must-attend event. This mayor has done so much for downtown, his passion for the heart of the city has helped make us what we are today. I have a list of 30 accomplishments that he has succeded in completing for the downtown area. Please show up and let Mayor Munson know that we truly appreciate all he has done for us. This is NOT a fund-raiser.
Downtown Sioux Falls Visionary Partners:
Electric Pulp First National Bank First Dakota National Bank
Holiday Inn City Centre Meierhenry Law US Bank
If true, this sounds a lot like an endorsement to me. If anyone has any other information, please let me know.
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
Why do these affluent males hold the key to a woman’s body? What do they possibly know that the majority of the population don’t?
One of these self-important white dudes is Brandon Representative Roger Hunt, a man who I really, really had Mike as a firt name. (I know, that’s sophomoric but I couldn’t resist.) He has been involved in a number of anti-abortion bills in recent years, and this year his modest woody is harder than ever. This week he announced plans to introduce a bill that would ban the procedure. As if that wasn’t enough, yesterday he introduced a bill that makes abstinence-only the official sex ed curriculum of our entire state.
Despite what Hunt and his cronies say in their plethora of press conferences and other media-friendly events, nobody is truly in favor of abortion. Those that are pro-choice only want safe abortions to be available for those that are in need, and would use education to reduce the number of procedures.
People such as Hunt, though, also don’t want to do anything to help the rise of mainly low income children that this ban would affect. While they support government intrusion into a woman’s life, they don’t believe that the governement should lend a helping hand to those in need. Clearly, banning abortions will result in more people that need public asistance...particularly since the more affluent will continue to have ways to avoid the public embarassment of an unwed family member.
In fact, if this bill passes it will ultimately cost our state hundreds of thousands of dollars. Hunt and his pals are racing to the legislature to be the first state to contest Roe V. Wade. They want to send people they normally slander as “greedy trial lawyers” to go all the way to the Supreme Court to defend this bill...particularly if Alito is the “savior” they believe he will be.
It amazes me that this state is so far behind the times in 99.9% of all trends but suddenly we must be the number one.
Sorry, Mr. Hunt, but this bill is unneeded. We already have the toughest abortion laws in the country. Besides the reality that there is only one clinic who will even perform the procedure, which makes it extremely difficult for those in remote areas, we have a mandatory 24 hour delay law. We have parental consent laws, and another law that forces doctors to read a script that critics complain is medically inaccurate and infused with technology. And just last year we passed a bill that makes abortions illegal if Roe V. Wade is ever overturned.
It’s clearly all about the headlines and/or future political aspirations for Hunt and his cronies. The madness must stop. Let’s get rid of abortions, but let’s do it the right way...starting in middle school with a realistic approach to sex education. We can’t afford to let the state legislature mirror the disaster that was last fall’s Sioux Falls school board hearings.
Thursday, January 19, 2006
Via the Hotline Blogometer, we heard about House Dem Louise Slaughter’s allegations against Tom DeLay and Bill Frist:
On Air America's "The Majority Report" on 1/18, Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) alleged that "day traders" -- presumably staffers -- operating out of the offices of Senate Maj. Leader Bill Frist and ex-House Maj. Leader Tom DeLay were investing with inside knowledge: "I'm going to track this down, I know it's true ... that Frist, DeLay and probably others had some day traders working out of their offices," and the "most egregious example" is that the traders "would find out there's a bill being written by lobbyists, that there would be no asbestos bill ... and when the market opened the next day, the cost of asbestos stock had doubled."
Even if this story ends up being total bullshit, with allegations of “day traders” infiltrating the self-described “plantation,” it’s really been an amazing PR week for Congress.
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
‘THE WORST EVER’ is a new art exhibit by Sioux Falls multi-media artist Scott L. Ehrisman. The exhibit will be at Coffee & Clay (324 S. Phillips Avenue-Downtown Sioux Falls) during the month of January (Jan 9 - Feb 4). The exhibit includes over 30 miniature paintings and 200 digital photographs taken over the past 6 years. “I finally got around to getting them out of my camera”, says artist, Ehrisman. The miniature paintings will sell for $25 each and the photo prints will sell for $5 each. “Original art should be available to everyone, not just the people who can afford it. The paintings are fragments of my thoughts, and are mostly experiments in different medias and the photographs are digitally manipulated and photo proccessed into 4 x 6 in. prints.” says Ehrisman.
RECEPTION: Thursday, February 2, 2006 - 6 PM
1. Kris from KRRO - 43%
2. 26th and Minnesota Wells Fargo Drive-Through Girls - 17%
3. Annie Chicoine - 13%
4. Stephanie Fisher - 11%
5. Shannon Stevens - 8%
6. Pam Homan - 4%
7. Tammy From Hot 104.7 - 3%
8. Andi the Budweiser Promo Chick - 2%
I hereby invite any of these beautiful women (except for possibly one) to contact me for an intimate photo session.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of players in this city that are so out of touch they do need a “weatherman”. The Mayor is certainly one of those fine folks, as are his buddies that appeared to be blindsided by the nearly two to one margin in the rec center vote. Superintendent Pam Homan is another, as she demonstrated a few weeks ago with an ill-timed proposal to hold meetings behind closed doors.
We can now add the Humane Society to the list of people or organizations that lack the ability to judge the trends or mindsets of the people of Hudsonland. Don’t get me wrong; I’m a fan of the fine folks at the Humane Society, as my dog Sam was saved from a death sentence almost ten years ago. (On second thought, maybe I’m not such a big fan.)
A couple of weeks ago the new executive director paid a visit to City Hall and asked for almost a quarter million dollars for this year’s budget. That’s over double of the amount the Council had already voted to give these fine folks, which was $16,000 more than last year.
Let’s make it clear once again that I’m not against the work of this fine group of people, and I’m not against giving these people the resources necessary to keep their doors open. But doubling their budget is out of the question, especially at this point of time. Besides the financial problems Mayor Munson has faced in the past few months, we have a lot of obligations that could potentially max out our budget for the next few years.
Most important are the improvements to our infrastructure – the sewer system, the roads, our portion of the Lewis and Clark water project, etc. We’re also in the process of revamping the Great Plains Zoo. Add to that whatever progress is done to Falls Park and the rest of downtown, with or without an event center.
With all this in mind, it would seem obvious to almost anybody that at this point of time it would be political suicide to request the city to double the funding for any project or organization. Nobody besides De Knudson could possibly believe it’s a great idea, particularly when we also provide the group with twenty acres of land for the sum total of one buck a year.
Plus, from what I’ve heard from various sources, there is also a bit of dissension within the ranks in the future direction of the Humane Society. At least one prominent member has left in the past year because of differences of opinion over the best method to reduce the number of strays. Some feel that aggressive spay-neuter plans are most cost-effective than the current method of capturing and destroying unwanted animals.
However that debate plays out, the Humane Society, or any organization that receives funding from the city, must have reasonable budget demands. I’m not one of those people that is against any increase in funding to anybody, but all groups must realize that the court of public opinion supersedes the handful of friendly faces in City Hall whose seem open to hand out our money to anybody and everybody.
Friday, January 13, 2006
Nick is also suing his soon-to-be ex-wife for 'breach of contract.'
According to court documents, Nick Lachey has sued estranged spouse Jessica Simpson for ending their marriage three months before the pair contractually agreed to stay together.
"Mr. Lachey signed over to Ms. Simpson all royalties from '98 Degrees' songs, his appearance on an MTV reality show to promote her albums and perfume line, and his soul in exchange for 41 months of marriage that would keep him in the public spotlight," wrote Lachey's attorney.
Thursday, January 12, 2006
Yet the All Get Outs, also featuring Violet comrade Mark Romanowski along with 12 ½ Charlies members Nick Simon, Paul Erickson, and Nate Jacqua, aren’t just any cover band. Instead of insipid note-for-note renditions of “Mony Mony” and “Free Bird”, the All Get Outs jump back to the glory days of the mid-60’s. More importantly, they rock the house.
Ironically, what began as a lark may actually become a money-making endeavor, thanks to an enthusiastic fan with numerous connections in Las Vegas. “(Dollar Loan Store President Chuck Brennan) saw us last summer and said he would like to get us in front of some talent buyers in Vegas. He was going to have this corporate party anyway (in early February), which I guess is a pretty big deal. He’s confirmed eight talent buyers from Vegas and two from Minneapolis to be present at the party.”
Having dealt with similar promises from bigwigs in the past, Show admits he’s a bit skeptical of Brennan’s talk of future big paydays. “I just want to play on a big stage in Vegas and have the best time I can legally have and hopefully nobody gets hurt or thrown in jail.”
Prime posed a number of topics to Show. Here are his quick answers:
Why a cover band?: I’ve never been in a cover band before. Over twenty years of playing music and it never crossed my mind once. I’m having the most fun that I’ve had in many years. It’s a nice release.
The attraction to 60’s pop/rock: During that time period music had a wide-eyed innocence like you could do anything. It was all about having fun. Fun music, fun beats, fun harmonies. In my lifetime there has only been a couple other periods in the history of rock music that was as vibrant.
The Beatles: Brilliant songwriters. We may never experience this type of phenomena again.
The Rolling Stones: Road in on the coattails of the Beatles, but have written the soundtrack to so many people’s lives.
The Who: How did they contain their passion?The Monkees: My guilty pleasure in music. The make me feel like a kid every time I hear them.
The Kinks: The most underrated band of the 60’s.
The Dave Clark Five: There are a handful of songs by these guys that instantly slaps a smile on my face. Innocent brilliance!
The Byrds: (They’re) way overrated. Good songs, of course, but not as exciting as the big three.
The Hollies: Some of the prettiest harmonies ever.
Favorite all-time song: I refuse to answer this question on the grounds that it may incriminate me.
The future of Violet: I would do a Violet show if someone wanted it, but the band has become fractured and spread all over the place for a long time now. For all practical purposes it’s done.
Future plans: I have recently started working on a new group. New band/new songs/new hope for the new world…blah blah blah. The members are the same guys that are in the All Get Outs. Practice can be more productive this way. They new band doesn’t have a name yet, but I really like how fast things are falling together and, once again, it’s a mountain of fun.
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
Sure enough, a group of eight parents has submitted a proposal to go much farther than just removing the textbooks they deemed offensive. They basically want abstinence, and abstinence only. Oh yeah, and they also want to preach that life begins at conception.
The most laughable suggestion is bringing abstinence pledges into public schools. How silly are those people? Abstinence pledges have been proven ineffective…remember what I said before about “technical virgins”?
We can’t bow down to these cretins this time around. Our elected representatives must realize that even if these people show up at school board meetings in massive numbers they are still the minority. They cannot take over our school system. Not only will our children suffer but it will be one more step for their complete takeover of our government.
Frank Zappa said it best twenty years ago when he appeared on CNN’s Crossfire to debate representatives of the PMRC (remember them?). “The biggest threat to America today is not communism”, he said. “It’s moving America towards a fascist theocracy. It is steering us right down that pipe when you have a government that prefers a certain moral code derived from a certain religion and that moral code turns into legislation to suit one certain religious point of view.”
We just can’t let this happen. Their next step will be creationism disguised as “intelligent design”. Who knows what will be next.
From today's New York Times.
By BEN SISARIO
Published: January 10, 2006
It began, appropriately enough, with flatulence.
For the opening of Howard Stern's first show on Sirius Satellite Radio yesterday morning, a Bronx cheer accompanied the heroic chords of Strauss's "Also Sprach Zarathustra." Then a spoken introduction by George Takei, who played Sulu on "Star Trek," assured listeners that, despite the switch to the new and largely unfamiliar format, it was still Mr. Stern's show.
"This is the maiden voyage of Howard Stern's satellite radio show," said Mr. Takei, who announced last year that he is gay. "Its five-year mission: to seek out new lesbians with sexy stories."
After more than 20 years on terrestrial radio as the archetypal shock jock, and a recent media blitz with appearances on "Larry King Live" and "60 Minutes," Mr. Stern finally inaugurated his new career yesterday. And for many listeners, it was comfortingly familiar: ribald talk, raunchy jokes about celebrities, bickering among the show's staff and no small amount of self-promotion.
And plenty of dirty words.
"It wasn't a whole lot different than before," said Dave Milstein, 35, a clerk at the New York Stock Exchange who signed up for Sirius over the weekend to hear Mr. Stern's show. "There was a little bit of cursing," he added, "but not too much."
There were some glitches. Mr. Stern complained about feedback in his headphones and briefly played Tom Petty's song "The Last D.J." while technicians fixed the problem. He quickly returned to the program, playing an uncensored audiotape of the television host Pat O'Brien in a compromising position and quizzing Mr. Takei about his sexual history.
The program was peppered with foul language, from the show's dialogue to the spelling of its call-in phone number. Mr. Stern, who has long cast himself as a victim of stringent federal indecency standards, was finally free to do whatever he wanted. Which, some in the radio business have suggested, might mean Mr. Stern has no more rules to break, no more boundaries to cross.
"The tortured-man aspect was the most compelling thing about Howard," said Michael Picozzi, the program director at WCCC-FM, an independent rock station in Hartford. "He was the guy with a stripper on his lap but a wife at home. He wanted to say dirty words but the F.C.C. wouldn't let him say it."
Mr. Picozzi added, "Now he's not fighting against anybody or anything."
Griping about federal broadcasting restrictions, long a big part of Mr. Stern's routine on terrestrial radio - his last day on the air was Dec. 16 - was gone. Instead, Mr. Stern had a new meta-media theme: the power and novelty of satellite radio itself. Inviting dozens of journalists into his studio, Mr. Stern, the self-appointed "king of all media," held an 85-minute news conference on the air, on the subject of himself and his show.
Since Sirius signed Mr. Stern in 2004, its total number of subscribers has grown to 3.3 million from about 600,000. More than 1.1 million of those new subscriptions came in the fourth quarter of 2005, largely on hype for Mr. Stern's show; Bridge Ratings, a research firm, estimated that 63 percent of those fourth-quarter subscriptions were attributable to Mr. Stern.
The rush on new subscriptions left some retailers scrambling to fill orders for the special equipment needed to receive Sirius. A spokeswoman for Best Buy said its stock was quickly selling out and compared its popularity over the holiday season to that of Apple's iPod and Microsoft's Xbox 360 video game system.
A spokesman for Sirius, Patrick Reilly, said the company had anticipated the rush and made sure it had enough inventory for the demand. "But we can't predict what each store is going to order," he said.
Mr. Stern signed a five-year deal with Sirius that was worth as much as $500 million, and on Thursday the company announced that as part of that deal Mr. Stern was awarded about $220 million worth of Sirius stock because certain subscription goals had been met.
And while some in radio wonder whether Mr. Stern's appeal will suffer after the change to satellite radio - where content is not regulated by the Federal Communications Commission - others predict success.
"Howard Stern's appeal has very, very little to do with the use of language and sex," said Michael Harrison, the editor and publisher of Talkers, a talk-radio trade magazine. "People do not tune in to hear dirty words or to hear sexuality - you can get that anywhere."
"His success has been won by being able to generate publicity by whatever situation he happens to be a part of," he added. "This is just another shtick, another great Stern concoction to keep himself on the edge of pop culture."
Colin Moynihan contributed reporting for this article.
Monday, January 09, 2006
Tuesday, January 03, 2006
Today’s story begins over thirty years ago. On April 2, 1974 millions of viewers watching the Academy Awards saw a naked man run by actor David Niven on live television. Funny thing is, instead of a FCC crackdown and new rules on broadcast networks (ala Janet Jackson) the nation just chuckled.
Streaking had hit the big time. For years nothing more than a fraternity prank, it now became the sort of fad now celebrated in awful shows such as “I Love the 70’s”. Ray Stevens even had a novelty hit in May, 1974 with a song celebrating the behavior.
Even the naïvete of a small town such as Sioux Falls dealt with this trend. One day in the mid-70’s this entire city was shocked to see a photo of a nude male on the front page of the Argus Leader. Memories are hazy on this pre-internet story and photo, but during a timeout at what most agree was a Lincoln-Washington basketball game at the Arena, a young man displayed his shortcomings as he ran from one corner of the court to another before being escorted to jail by the police.
There is such a thing as youthful indiscretions, and the person in question has certainly done pretty well for himself. Years later he took over his father’s company and has become one of our city’s best-known downtown insiders. Like many second-generation businessmen, though, he does appear to have a problem with self-entitlement. (Trust me, I know about this problem.)
Of course, I’m talking about Jeff Scherschligt, who recently was publicly embarrassed once again when the Zip Feed Mill failed to blow up as planned. He’s also the center piece in another financial controversy that’s plaguing Dave Munson’s term as Mayor.
To be fair, in some respects I understand Scherschlight’s anger and frustration. He thought he had a done deal with the Zip property, and it must be aggravating to find out that he has a few more hoops to jump through.
But I don’t completely buy his “woe is me” tale. He already has his deal to make the land a special tax district to help with his development. The deal that has yet to be finalized is a $400,000 interest-free loan and a five-year option for the city to buy a portion of the land for the long-proposed event center. Included in this option are a number of special provisions for building specifications, parking, and environmental cleanup. Yet neither Scherslight nor the city will let us look at the results of a recent environmental study of the land.
Many supporters of the project claim that certain city commissioners are just playing politics in their criticism of how they were left out of the loop of these negotiations. I recently chatted with one of those in question, and he claims it’s nothing of that sort. “All the mayor has to do is contact us. How hard is it to call us or send out an email stating that this guy has proposed this or that, so should we look into it? It would take maybe five minutes a week to keep us updated.”
Technically, the Mayor has every right under the city’s charter to negotiate deals such as this. But if we really want our city council to be just a rubber stamp for the Mayor’s whims, why do we even need them?
As for Scherschligt, I think he’ll be all right. He’s been whining for the last couple of weeks that anybody who is against his plan is “against progress” (my least favorite political statement) and that he’s turned down many bigger offers for that property because of his love of the city. Whatever, buddy. I suggest that you just take the highest offer. At least then my money isn’t lining your pockets.
Maybe i have too much technology.
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