Wednesday, February 5, 2014

South Dakota Dems release Kiva results

A glimmer of hope long thought extinguished is warming under a bushel abandoned on the frozen tundra:
The Kiva process comes from American Indians who have historically used certain practices to help them discuss important issues of the tribe. For many tribes, the Kiva was an actual physical location located above or below the ground to symbolize that what they were about to share was not ordinary, everyday work. Many tribes believe in the Rule of Six—the idea that you can randomly select six different members of the tribe and that you are likely to receive a full spectrum of the different possibilities of experience or perspectives related to different issues. [Ryan Rolfs, Field Director, South Dakota Democratic Party]
Life sure is a weird sandwich, innit?
The Vatican "has not acknowledged the extent of the crimes committed, has not taken the necessary measures to address cases of child sexual abuse and to protect children, and has adopted policies and practices which have led to the continuation of the abuse by, and the impunity of, the perpetrators," a U.N. human rights committee charged Wednesday. [Mark Memmott Vatican Let Abuse Of Kids Go On For Decades, U.N. Panel Says]

The toxic and extremist South Dakota legislature continues its war on the poor: while the state's Department of Social Services is under fire from Native groups it's defending itself against legislators:

Tribes are already the 51st State in health care.
The federal government made this a good deal for the states: Paying all of the cost for the first three years and nearly all of the cost after that. Half the states have said "no." Republicans are using this as their line in the sand again Obamacare. [Mark Trahant, 'Replacement' for Obamacare eliminates IHCIA, indianz]
I had to laugh like hell.
Obamacare will have some effect on businesses and how many workers they chose to employ, but the net impact is hard to deduce, the CBO reported. Parts of the law, such as the employer mandate penalty, will likely reduce the demand for workers among businesses. But that will be offset, at least in part, because of the law's positive financial benefits, putting more money into the economy and increasing demand for goods and services. [Dylan Scott, The GOP Has It Wrong: Obamacare Won't 'Cost' 2 Million Jobs, Talking Points Memo]
US Department of Labor Secretary Thomas Perez answered questions about ACA on WBUR's Diane Rehm Show.

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