Tag Archives: North Dakota

Swords up, ladies.

womens-march-on-versaillesRepublican legislators in five different states have introduced bills that would quell peaceful demonstrations.

Here’s an example of one from North Dakota. Motorists can run over and kill a protester blocking access — provided it was an accident. Here’s more on a bill in Minnesota.

Legislators should know this will not quiet the demonstrations. If anything, it will inflame them.

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See how pretty is your county…

amenities_500x404…but see how pretty is your country based on criteria from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Leftover sent this, and maybe you notice that Minnesota and North Dakota share some truly (government-labeled) ugly spots. The criteria included the amount of winter sun, summer humidity, and topographic variation, among three other elements.

A deeper dive from the Washington Post is even  more revealing.

Turnabout is fair play

indexA North Dakota coffee shop has banned anti-gay lawmakers. And then, because satire is sometimes too subtle for some, the shop owner posted this on Facebook:

“The Red Raven Espresso Parlor wants to clarify that all are welcome in our space. We do not attempt to discriminate,” he wrote. “The intent of our ‘ban’ was to satirize the environment that the legislation created for the LGBTQ+ community by voting against SB 2279. Here at the Raven we have workers and patrons who are included in this community who are directly impacted by this stringent and detached ruling. We stand by these individuals, as they are our families and friends. Its time the legislation affirms what the majority believes to be a fair, human practice of non-discrimination. In short, these 56 individuals are still welcomed into our establishment; however, their action/non-action has impacted far more than 56 individuals. Our ‘ban’ ponders the question, ‘What if that discrimination were re-directed, and reversed?’ All we can confirm is that, either way, it feels icky.”

And thanks, Cynical, for the link.