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The Minnesota Legislature: Still the Nation's Booziest

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In 2004, Minneapolis' KMSP aired one of the most entertaining news stories we've ever had the pleasure to see: a hidden-camera expose of alcohol at the Minnesota State Capitol. Towards the end of the session, in the middle of a lovely May, they recorded the tail end of a great party:


And what those cameras recorded was booze -- booze on the tables, booze on the desks, booze in the hand, in the air, on the breath. While the voting went on during that three-day lost weekend, KMSP cameras caught legislators, lobbyists, and staff aides drinking, for example, at six different times in the office of the president of the Senate.

The outcry this provoked led to a ban on alcohol in the capitol (don't these people know how drunk our Founding Fathers were as they hashed out the Constitution?).

One of those legislators "caught" was James Metzen, Democrat, now President of the Minnesota State Senate. On early Tuesday, he was arrested for drunk driving, after going out with staffers and fellow legislators to celebrate the end of the session.

THE MAN CAN'T WIN.

Sen. Metzen is Arrested on Suspicion of DWI [Strib]

Darts & Laurels [CJR]

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It started with them damn hats. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

A guest post by "Knitsy McPurlson," which we suspect is not a real name.

Yr Wonkette is not the only website run by brilliant peoples unafraid to poke people with sharp, pointy sticks. Ravelry.com – a website for knitters, crocheters, and other folks interested in textiles and fiber arts – is poking people with knitting needles, which are very sharp indeed.

This past weekend, Ravelry.com's founders showed the world how easy it is to de-platform white nationalists and racists when they banned all "support of Donald Trump and his administration" from their website, concluding they "cannot provide a space that is inclusive of all and also allow support for open white supremacy." Seems like people smart enough to decode a knitting pattern are also smart enough to decode Trump's not-so-hidden message of racism and white nationalism.

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One day, God willing, my grandchildren will click open their history textbooks and read about the Central American migrant internment camps. They'll learn about sick kids, locked in cages, kept hungry and dirty and cold for weeks on end, and they'll be horrified.

"Bubbie," they'll say, "how could this happen in America? How could there be toddlers sleeping on the ground without blankets, without soap or toothbrushes to clean themselves?"

"I don't know. I wish I had done more. I'm ashamed," I'll say. We will all have to answer for this atrocity. But some of us will have to answer more than others. Not just the archvillains like Stephen Miller and John Kelly, but the people who kept right on doing their jobs, even as those jobs morphed into defending concentration camps.

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