We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I never understood why there's such a massive refugee resettlement program in Minnesota, of all places - and it's been going on for decades. It's not exactly an intuitive location to place someone starting a new life in terms of culture, geography, or the economy.
Whats up with Minnesota? I guess the same thing that's up with New Mexico. A whole bunch of incompetents that have a proven record of keeping NM either last or near last in anything good, decent or basic and at the top of the list of anything corrupt or evil have taken over the state. God help us.
Take a state that would probably be red outstate, and blue in Minneapolis/St. Paul, but redder the further out a suburb lies. Add in tens of thousands of Somalis, Hmong and Mexicans.
Now create a voting system that lets people register on election day with little more than the word of a "voucher" person. Sure, they'll send a postcard later to verify the registration! Most are not verified. But that ballot was through the counter and in the box, and there's no way to take it back, and no way to track the person who filled it out.
It's just enough that Republicans can't win, statewide. I was an election judge for 30 years. I quit because I couldn't stand that fraud took place right in front of me, and I couldn't do anything but say, "Are you being honest? Swearsies?" If they said yes, they got to vote, no matter if the owner of the house they were claiming as their address was standing next to them telling me that they don't live there.