Big Trouble in a Socialist paradise

Discussion in 'Politics' started by DKR, Jul 22, 2017.

  1. DKR

    DKR Raconteur of the first stripe

    Big Trouble in a Socialist paradise - that paradise is Minneapolis MN.

    Protests erupt at Minneapolis mayor's press conference announcing police chief resignation

    The mayor got steamrolled by protesters. Just appointing a new (and a person of color) Police Chief wasn't going to be near enough. The protesters called for the Mayor to step down.

    Before she was interrupted, Hodges announced that she would nominate Assistant Chief Medaria Arradondo to replace Harteau.

    Arradondo, who is African-American, joined the department as a patrol officer in 1989. He had been Harteau's chief of staff before becoming assistant chief in April.

    I saw the protest - pretty loud, but 'peaceful'. How the hell the citizens got into a presser in the first place shows (really) how bad a mayor Betsy really is. BTW - there was no security at the presser - could have gotten ugly.

    You can watch the protest on line, the folks seemed plenty steamed.

    Lets look at the area:
    The population of Minneapolis has declined since its peak of 521,718 in 1950, with a small rebound between the periods of 1990 to 2000 and 2000 to 2010. The U.S. Census Bureau reported 382,578 in 2010, down from 382,618 in the 2000 Census. Roughly, now, the size of Anchorage Ak.

    In contrast, the Minneapolis–Saint Paul metropolitan area including the suburbs doubled in population since 1950 and now has approximately 3.5 million residents. Even with New Age math, that's a major increase.

    In 1950, approximately 70.0% of the metropolitan area's population was concentrated in the two core cities of Minneapolis and its twin city, St. Paul, Minnesota. By 2010, the two cities held only 20.0% of the metropolitan area total population.

    Increased housing production such as the construction of condominiums has brought Downtown Minneapolis' population to a little over 30,000 inhabitants

    Though jobs are leaving the city, Minneapolis has a highly educated work force. The share of adults in the labor force was 70.0% and the recorded low unemployment rate was 4.7% in 2002. However, racial and ethnic minorities lag behind White counterparts with 15.0% of African Americans and 13.0% of Hispanics holding bachelor's degrees, compared to 42.0% of European Americans.

    About 15.8% of families and 21.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33.1% of those under age 18 and 12.4% of those aged 65 or over.

    Since the 1950s, the city has been diversifying. Immigrants from countries such as Somalia, Ethiopia, Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia have brought Minneapolis a more ethnically diverse population. According to the recent 2006-2008 estimates, non-Hispanic whites now represent 64.2% of Minneapolis's population, up from the 2000 figure. Most major American cities are gaining minorities and losing whites. However, out of the nation's 100 largest cities, Minneapolis is one of seventeen cities in which the trend has halted or even reversed.

    This is normally galled Gentrification.

    Lets look a little deeper -
    In Minnesota, white voters had about a 71 percent turnout (in the last election) , while the voting rates were 66 percent for blacks, 52 percent for Asians and 37 percent for Hispanics.

    n the 2010 Census, about 79 percent of people in the Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington area said they were non-Hispanic white. Only 8.4 percent said they were non-Hispanic black.
    Poverty, particularly nonwhite poverty, has been pooling in the city’s center for decades. As Thompson mentions, the city once had vigorous schemes to bust up concentrated poverty. Those efforts have fallen by the wayside, and today, low-income housing is mostly being built downtown, further clustering the poor. The MinnPost noted in 2010 that Minneapolis has race and income gaps between its urban core and wealthy suburbs and is doing worse on these measures than peer cities such as Denver, Seattle and Portland.
    (If Minneapolis is so great, why is it so bad for African Americans? with more, maps of poverty areas and so on)

    And the mayor?
    Betsy Hodges was elected mayor of Minneapolis on November 5, 2013 out of a field of 35 candidates, with her term beginning on January 2, 2014. 35, that's some vote splitting.

    Now then, one last bit:
    The city of Minneapolis, Minnesota, is holding a general election for mayor, all 13 seats on the city council, both elected members of the board of estimate and taxation, and all nine seats on the park and recreation board on November 7, 2017. The filing deadline for candidates who wish to run in this election is August 15, 2017. Pretty much the whole shooting match is open for replacement.

    Have you had your ah-Hah! moment yet?

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  2. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Retired Curmudgeonly IT Monkey Founding Member

    Minneapolis is becoming the "New Detroit". Just replacing the police chief with another "minority" will not change ANYTHING. Same root cause, same problems.
    And, when the vapid mayor steps down, there is a muzzy activist ready to be "elected" into the city leadership. Hmmm..... see where this is going?

    The muzzies have set a precedent for takeover. Cause a major bruhaha, stir the racial tensions, fire the Old Guard and institute their own. Pretty soon, city after city fall to the hostile jihadi invaders, and sharia law replaces our city, state, dare we say even the federal Constitutions.
    The Second Civil War is ALREADY ONGOING, folks. It is happening NOW, but most of us are blind to it.
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  3. DKR

    DKR Raconteur of the first stripe

    I was thinking 6th Generation political warfare. Someone - don't know who - wants the seat and needs to wound the current mayor badly enough she won't run.

    As for the other - blacks are a tiny minority (~8%) and Muslims even a smaller slice of the pie.

    Another Dem maybe - they play hardball...
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  4. 3M-TA3

    3M-TA3 Cold Wet Monkey Site Supporter++

    Unions put Detroit on life support by running all the auto makers out of town (only two plants are left today) then NAFTA pulled the plug. Everybody (the producers) who had the skills to get a job without a union split leaving the rest (moochers) to fend for themselves. Social paradise always ends up in the toilet.

    Hard to say which would be worse come WROL - Detroit or the Inland Empire, though to a large degree areas of both are already there.
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  5. Thunder5Ranch

    Thunder5Ranch Monkey+++

    97% of the population is not going to even care until it becomes a all out shooting war.
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  6. oil pan 4

    oil pan 4 Monkey+++

    How come you rarely see "trouble in conservative paradise"?
    Or if you do then the gun free liberal utopia is nearly an all out shooting war zone?
  7. Thunder5Ranch

    Thunder5Ranch Monkey+++

    Could be just a basic level of respect we have for each other and more importantly each others personal space and rights.
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