Not so fast, Arden Hills. The big kid on the block has some thoughts on this stadium thing. Kevin Seifert at ESPN reports: “Mayor R.T. Rybak emerged from a private meeting with Gov. Mark Dayton on Monday to say he thinks the most realistic way to pay for a new stadium is with a citywide sales tax increase. He says the increase also would pay for renovations to Target Center, where the NBA Timberwolves play, and for property tax relief. Rybak says he will spend the coming week putting together a more specific plan for the governor.” And watch how fast that Block E casino revenue gets poured into this bucket.
If you’re wondering where the next bubble will inflate, MPR’s Mark Steil suggests looking closely at farmland values: “Sounding alarms over a potential farmland price bubble are reaching the ears of those at the highest levels of economic policy making.Earlier this year, the now-retired President of the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank, Thomas Hoenig, complained about the Fed’s current zero interest rate policy. Cheap money artificially boosted farmland values in his home district, Hoenig said. ‘Fertile farmland was selling for $6,000 an acre just two years ago,’ Hoenig said. ‘That land today is selling for as much as $12,000 an acre.’ Hoenig predicts when current low interest rates reverse course and trend higher, land values will drop dramatically. He recalls from the 1980s what happens when a land price bubble bursts.”
In case you’ve forgotten what this “gay marriage” business is all about, a fellow named Wallace Acorn lays out what it is not in an editorial in the Austin Daily Herald. It’s one of those “clarifying” pieces that struggles with a bit too much convolution. But he says: “But let us be honest about the meaning and effect of the proposed amendment. It will not change anything, just ensure this law is not changed. It has been cartooned as banning same-sex marriage. This is not only nonsense but blatantly dishonest. Same-sex marriage is already banned and has been for 34 years. Yet, the focus of neither existing law nor the proposed amendment is not anti-gay but pro-marriage as historically conceived and defined. Granted, some arguing for the amendment are anti-gay indeed. They are repulsed by homosexuality and hostile toward gays and lesbians. I would never argue for them. This, however, is their problem but not a problem of either existing law or proposed amendment. The immoral attitude of some cannot logically or morally be used against the amendment. If this attitude should be adopted, it could easily be turned around to bite those who attempt to use it.”
Today in Bachmannia: Jeremy Herb of the Strib reports on Our Gal’s New Hampshire campaign staff — the one’s she says didn’t quit, but who, uh, are no longer available for work or compensation — bad-mouthing national Team Bachmann. “[Her] former New Hampshire staff issued a joint statement Monday morning to ‘clarify some of the confusion’ surrounding the five staffers’ exits, in which they lashed out at her national campaign for being ‘rude, unprofessional, dishonest, and at times cruel.’ The statement said the staffers held no ill will toward Bachmann, but said she was ‘sequestered behind a wall of pretense, guarded by political operatives consumed by their own egos.’ ‘The manner in which some in the national team conducted themselves towards Team-NH was rude, unprofessional, dishonest, and at times cruel,’ the statement said. ‘But more concerning was how abrasive, discourteous, and dismissive some within the national team were towards many New Hampshire citizens. These are our neighbors and our friends, and some within the national team treated them more as a nuisance than as potential supporters.’ The statement, which confirmed that her entire New Hampshire team had departed, will likely add fuel to the resignation story.” What resignation story? Did he say “resignation story”?
The core of Team Bachmann, Michele and Marcus, get some ink in the next issue of People magazine. Luke Johnson of The Huffington Post previews it saying:“Bachmann … and her husband, Marcus Bachmann, sought to clarify their position on gays and lesbians in a new interview with People Magazine. Michele Bachmann said in 2004 that being ‘involved in the gay and lesbian lifestyle’ amounts to ‘personal bondage, personal despair and personal enslavement.’ She added that she was not ‘bashing’ anyone. … In the Oct. 31 issue of People, the couple defended themselves against accusations of harboring an anti-gay bias. ‘There’s never been a bias,’ Marcus Bachmann said. ‘I’m no better than anyone else,’ Michele added. People also talked to Michele Bachmann’s gay stepsister, Helen LaFave, who Bachmann said she loved. LaFave said, ‘Yes, we are family and love each other, but she seems to have a disconnect. Her statements and actions related to gay rights are very hurtful, whether she understands that or not.’ ” Me, I’m thinking “not.”
OK, one more. (Dang, I am really going to miss her when she’s gone.) Mark Zdechlik at MPR notes Our Gal’s support with … home-schoolers: “A prominent Iowa homeschooler says Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann probably has more support from homeschoolers in the state than any of the other GOP presidential candidates. Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators President Justin LaVan told MPR News that Bachmann appears to be the favorite among Iowa homeschoolers, followed by Ron Paul and Rick Santorum. ‘I think she’s probably pretty well positioned and if they’re like most of the homeschool families I know they’re pretty well set on their decision,’ said LaVan. LaVan said most homeschool families have likely already analyzed their priorities as Christian, or evangelical Christian, families and they’re unlikely to withdraw that support.” So that I guess is what you call “rigid support”?
Personally, I’d be happy if someone would just decipher my phone bill. Mike Hughlett of the Strib files a short item noting: “Minnesota Attorney Lori Swanson Monday petitioned the Federal Communications Commission to ban unauthorized third party charges on telephone bills, a practice known as cramming. Cramming is on the rise … One FCC study found that only 20 of 17,384 consumers used the third party service they were billed for.”
The Strib editorial this morning admonishing teachers for letting their collective bargaining issues impede their recommendation letter-writing duties to their students was a ripe target for any teacher who has had to kick in dozens of hours of his/her personal time to help kids out. A few comments to that editorial:
From “uptownbred63”: “Teachers have to fight back somehow. There is no limits anymore to what the expectations are. Pay me less and make me work more. And then blame me because your child isn’t successful. Good teachers are going to be harder and harder to find. Would you become a teacher right now? I’m a teacher and I’m leaving the profession soon. And not because I’m not good at my job. I’ve had it with all the ridicule of teachers and a complete withdrawl of responsibility by parents and leaders. I am certainly able to make a better salary (I’ve already done it) than I currently do. I already spend my evenings working so how much more of my life do you think you deserve? How about you work for free? That’s what we’re talking about.”
From jackpine091: “How much work should people do for free? How many hours a day should people work? How much work should people have to bring home at night? How much family time should one be expected to give up to take care of other families? How much more should one do with less? When is enough too much?”
And, predictably enough, from “mrhands”: “uptownbred63 — welcome to the world of the salaried employee. If you don’t like it, find another job like everyone else.”
Out with the books, in with the Barcaloungers. Says Tom Webb of the PiPress: “Rosedale Center is filling the vacant Borders space with something the mall hasn’t had before: a furniture store. Becker Furniture World has begun to remodel the former bookstore space at Rosedale, and ‘we’re hoping to have them open by Christmastime,’ said Rosedale spokeswoman Liz Ostrander. Rosedale has long been known as a destination for clothing and jewelry, though not furniture. ‘This is definitely a demand that we needed to fill, so it’s a win-win,’ Ostrander said.”