Friday, October 28, 2011

What you missed if you didn't listen live...

Continued talk on the Occupy protests, and using state revenues from expanded gaming to help build a stadium for the Minnesota Vikings, as well as how that would effect Native-American casinos in the state.

Fortunately for you, the show archive is now available.

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Reassessing My Social Media

Since I started this idea of running a blog and internet radio show, I've tried to stay as plugged in to social media, as much as possible. I created a page on Facebook, that was exclusive to the show and blog. Over time, this has cased me to become disconnected from friends of mine on Facebook, because I spent too much time worrying about getting "likes" on the "fan page." That page was also more practical when I had a co-host on the show.

It's for these reasons that I've deleted The Shannon Files page on Facebook. Not to worry, I won't flood my regular Facebook friends with a bunch of cross posts from Twitter. If I think something is important enough, I'll post it on Facebook. But I promise I'll be a lot less annoying than all those Farmville or Mafia Wars requests.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

My Minneapolis On-Air Debut

On of Minnesota's most passionate progressive voices, hosts an hour long show on KTNF-AM 950. It was my pleasure to join him.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Ten Myths About Affirmative Action

University of Wisconsin graduate student Elizabeth Wrigley-Field, a member of the Teaching Assistants' Association, unravels the lies of affirmative action opponents.

STUDENTS OF color in the incoming freshman class at the University of Wisconsin in Madison must have had a disorienting second week of the semester. On September 13, they were greeted by a small group of old, suited white men at podiums, telling them they don't belong here--and over 850 angry students telling those men they're wrong.

Myth Number 1: Students of color admitted under affirmative action aren't admitted on merit.
Myth Number 2: White students are admitted to college solely on merit.
Myth Number 3: Affirmative action hurts students of color by putting them in environments for which they aren't prepared.
Myth Number 4: Maybe affirmative action was important once, but those days are long past.
Myth Number 5: Affirmative action policies in colleges distract attention from disparities earlier in the pipeline.
Myth Number 7: White students are only harmed by affirmative action policies. 
Myth Number 8: Anything that smacks of "quotas" is rigid and suspect.
Myth Number 9: If we had class-based affirmative action, we wouldn't need race-based affirmative action.
Myth Number 10: We have to choose between class-based and race-based affirmative action.
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Monday, October 24, 2011

Why Do I Hate Bachmann So Much?

I gotta say, I'm a little shocked...

I have been labeled as a sexist, and have been "unfollowed," on Twitter, for some of my commentary on Michele Bachmann. With her ever dwindling poll numbers, it would be easy to simply discount the Minnesota Congresswoman's chances of winning the GOP nomination, but I don't think feminists who are beating me up understand how dangerous Bachmann would have been had she won.

Bachmann, or any other Christian Conservative, would surely push an agenda that would take away a woman's accessibly to a legal and safe abortion. Admittedly, that isn't why I personally have such disdain for her. To me, Bachmann is just plain mean. If you don't meet her level of Christianity, she has no time for you. Bet your bottom dollar, a Bachmann presidency would bring persecution to Muslims, gays, and women who believe their reproductive matters are solely their own business.

Fortunately, it doesn't seem that Bachmann has much of a chance of getting the GOP nod. But until the day she throws in the towel, it will be my goal to expose her for the dangerous fundamentalist that she is.

It's OK ladies, you can thank me later...

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Iraq By The Numbers: The World’s Costliest Cakewalk

I post this with the memory of Marine Corporal Tyler Fey, of Eden Prairie MN, on my heart... Dee

By Eli Clifton
8 years, 260 days since Secretary of State Colin Powell presented evidence of Saddam Hussein’s biological weapons program
8 years, 215 days since the March 20, 2003 invasion of Iraq
8 years, 175 days since President George W. Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” speech on the USS Abraham Lincoln
4,479 U.S. military fatalities
30,182 U.S. military injuries
468 contractor fatalities
103,142 – 112,708 documented civilian deaths
2.8 million internally displaced Iraqis
$806 billion in federal funding for the Iraq War through FY2011
$3 – $5 trillion in total economic cost to the United States of the Iraq war according to economist Joseph E. Stiglitz and Linda J. Blimes
$60 billion in U.S. expenditures lost to waste and fraud in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001
0 weapons of mass destruction found in Iraq
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GOP Congress, By the Numbers

Thank you, Dee Austin...

The George Carlin Clip Every American Needs To See

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George Carlin was more than just another comedian. Eventually, time will remember him as a modern day prophet.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Review of October 21st Show

The latest on the #Occupy protests in New York, Minneapolis, and Cincinnati.

Also, Coming up with funding for a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings.

Plus, thoughts on the capture and killing of Moammar Gadhafi.

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At Least They Knew When to Get Off

Here's Your GOP Field of Candidates