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Sports betting & jet set preachers

by JeffStrate on July 10, 2018 · 0 comments


 
This segment from the upcoming August 2018 edition of Democratic Visions stands on its own with no explanatory copy needed about Mike “Stretch” Gelfand or his ruminations about sports betting and of the private jet preachers sucking big bucks from Christian evangelical faith communities to spread their version of The Gospel.  Mike splashes tart vinegar on two of these popular pulpit scammers.
 
We do these programs with lefty volunteers and no budget through Southwest Community Television at Bloomington Community Access Television, BCAT. Democratic Visions is carried by community access channels in Eden Prairie, Hopkins, Minnetonka, Edina, Richfield, Bloomington, Champlin, Anoka, Andover, Ramsey, St. Paul, Minneapolis and, soon, St. Louis Park.

 

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graphic with Adam Jennings and Jon Spayde
 
Democrat Adam Jennings is one of three candidates hoping to
earn the DFL Congressional District 3 Party endorsement to challenge
Republican incumbent Eric Paulsen in the November general election.
 
Jennings, a member of the Tonka Bay City Council and a Minnesota Army
National Guard veteran who served in Kosovo, lays out his plans to
represent the suburban congressional district which includes Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, most of Edina, Champlin, Plymouth, Brooklyn Park and other cities.
 
Jennings on YouTube here.
 
The new edition also features improv humorist/actor Jon Spayde as Prescott Beauregard, a Southern gentleman with thoughts on the removal of Confederate flags and statues, as well a number of southern politicians.
 
Jon Spayde’s Prescott Beauregard on YouTube here.
 
Democratic Visions is produced by volunteers through Southwest Community Television at the BCAT studio in the Bloomington Civic Plaza.

 

The Democratic Visions Channel on YouTube archives more than 300 videos here.

Democratic Visions is produced by volunteers through Southwest Community Television.

Eden Prairie, M’tonka, Hopkins, Richfield and Edina, Comcast CH 15 and Centurylink CH 8111 – Saturdays @ 2pm, Sundays @ 9pm, Mondays @ 10pm, Wednesdays @ 5:30 pm.

Champlin, Anoka, Andover & Ramsey Mondays on QCTV –  Mondays @ 10:30 am, Wednesdays @ 10:30 am, Thursdays @ 1pm, Fridays @ 1pm, Saturdays @ 10:30 am.

Bloomington, BCAT CH 16 and CenturyLink 8216 – Tuesdays @ 2:00pm  & 10pm, Fridays @ 9:30 pm, Saturdays @ 7:30 am & 2:30 pm.

MInneapolis, MTN CH 16 – Sundays @ 8:30 pm, Mondays @ 3:30 am, 9:30 am & 2:30 pm

St. Paul, SPNN CH 15 – Thursdays @ 9pm, Fridays @ 4:00am & 2pm.

 

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Growing up as “riff raff.”

by JeffStrate on October 6, 2017 · 0 comments

 

Maria Nhambu was raised in a remote, strict, Catholic orphanage in colonial Tanganyika run by German Nuns but became a noted aerobics video innovator and educator in America. Miss Nhambu, a mixed-blood African who attended St. Catherine College in Saint Paul, shares perspectives on racism in East Africa and Minnesota, on Catholic education and on the merits of multi-cultural music and dance.
 
Nhambu officially launched America’s Daughter, the second book of a trilogy about her life, on Thursday October 5th at The Marsh, a fitness and conference center in Minnetonka.   Nhambu’s first book, Africa’s Child, was selected earlier this year for on-going discussion by The Peace and Social Justice Writers Group at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis.  As a member of the writers group I met the 74 year old Nhambu in late July.
 
During these times when the White House and Republicans marginalize and threaten immigrants and when the sole challenger to incumbent Hopkins Mayor Molly Cummings opposes SWLRT because, he claims, light rail will bring “trash” and “riff raff” to Hopkins,*  Maria Nhambu is a day brightener.   As a child and young woman in East Africa she was relegated to “riff raff” status.  In Minnesota, she was immediately categorized as a “black” even though she was Tanzanian with only a risky command of English as spoken by educators in Surrey and London.  We talk about this on what has quickly become the most popular edition of Democratic Visions in years.    Here also is the link to its home on our YouTube Channel.

 
*Where was this gent when transit junkies got street car tracks out to what was then West Minneapolis and the #12 Metro Transit bus route out to Hopkins as we know and love it today?   The City Pages report on this is here.
 

ON SELECT CABLE SYSTEMS
 
In Bloomington, Democratic Visions airs on BCAT Channel 16 Saturdays at 5:30 a.m. Mondays at 6 a.m. and Fridays at 7:30 p.m.
 
In Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Hopkins, Richfield and Edina:   Saturdays at 2 p.m.; Sundays at 9 p.m.; Mondays at 10 p.m. and Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. on Comast Channel 15 and Centurylink Prism Channel 8111.
 
Minneapolis – MTN Channel 16 — Sundays at 8:30 p.m., Mondays 3:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. Program is lived streamed during airings – http://www.mtn.org/
 
Champlin, Anoka, Ramsey, Andover – QCTV Community Channel 15 Fridays at 1 p.m., Saturdays 10:30 a.m. Sundays at 11:30 p.m., Mondays at 10:30 a.m., Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m., Thursdays at 1 p.m.
 
Democratics Visions is a community access, cable TV series handcrafted by un-paid volunteers at the Bloominton Community Access Television studio by arrangement with Southwest Community Television.
 

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Community Support for a Minnesota Mosque

by JeffStrate on August 29, 2017 · 0 comments


 
Television host/commentator Ahmed Tharwat (BelAhdan/StarTribune) and I recorded reactions from faith communities, politicians and regular folks to the August 5, 2017 terrorist explosion inside an office of Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, MN.   Perspectives from an August 8 gathering of support at the Mosque, make up the major portion of the August/September edition of Democratic Visions.   I’ve also included the full, articulate pronouncements of Bloomington Mayor Gene Winstead and City Manager Jamie Verbrugge, who if noticed by major media at all, end up only as 5 second sound bites.
 
Our intent with this installment is to provide more stage time for voices that mainstream and social media seldom provide time before reacting to the next Tweet eruption.
 
Democratic Visions is a cable access, political issues series handcrafted by unpaid Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Hopkins, Bloomington and Edina volunteers through Southwest Community Television (SWTV) and Bloomington Community Access Television (BCAT).

Democratic Visions CableTV Schedule
 
Eden Prairie, Richfield, Minnetonka, Edina and Hopkins Comcast Channel 15 and and Centurylink Prism Channel 8111  Saturdays 2:00 p.m.. Sundays 9 p.m., Mondays 10 p.m., Wednesdays 5:30 p.m.,
 
Bloomington – BCAT Channel 16 — Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. & 10:00 p.m.; Fridays at 9:30 p.m.; Saturdays at 7:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.  Program is streamed during cable casts.
 
Minneapolis – MTN Channel 16 — Sundays at 8:30 p.m., Mondays 3:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m.  Program is streamed at the MTN website during cablecasts.
 
Champlin, Anoka,Ramsey, Andover – QCTV Community Channel – Wed 10:30 a.m, Thurs 1:10 p.m., Fri 1:10 p.m., Sat 10:30 a.m.

 

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Climate Change Challenge

by JeffStrate on March 8, 2017 · 0 comments

 

The March edition of Democratic Visions is concerned with climate change.  Dr. Eric Grimsrud, atmospheric chemist and Montana State University Professor Emeritus, shares his perspectives on the consequences of mankind’s slow response to the challenge of global warming and highlights two tools that might help, if it is not already too late,  1) the divestment of funds from the fossil fuel industry and 2) a carbon tax.   Grimsrud  exhibits the vinegary rake that comes with working at a small town newspaper, in this instance, The Zumbrota News Record.   During his high school years, Grimsrud, an atmospheric scientist to be, set type for his publisher editor Father.

Jon Spayde

Humorist Jon Spayde’s Professor of Negativity character and I spend the last moments of this half hour with our own considerations of global warming.   I am Bob to his Ray.

 

Democratic Visions on cableTV

Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Edina, Hopkins, Richfield, Comcast Channel 15 —

Sundays at 9 p.m., Mondays at 10:00 p.m., Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 2 p.m.

Bloomington – BCAT Channel 16 — Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. & 10:00 p.m.; Fridays at 9:30 p.m.; Saturdays at 7:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.

Minneapolis – MTN Channel 16 — Sundays at 8:30 p.m., Mondays 3:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m.  Programs are streamed during airings.

Champlin, Anoka, Ramsey, Andover – QCTV Community Channel 15 Schedule varies consult website – http://qctv.org/program-guide/

 

Democratic Visions is hand made by unpaid volunteers from Edina, Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Hopkins and Bloomington. Our program is not financially supported or endorsed by any political party, political action committee or special interest group.

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Democratic Visions One-on-One

by JeffStrate on December 29, 2016 · 0 comments

What happend? What's next?

The Uptake, the citizen driven, online, news service, was “baptized” during the tumultuous, September 2008 Republican Party Convention at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.  That’s the G.O.P. convention associated with un-announced search warrants, the torching of squad cars, the arrest of more than 300 protestors including journalists, roughed-up demonstrators and conventioneers; that’s the one that nominated John McCain and placed a tiara on Sarah Palin as its VP candidate to an amused and bemused electorate.

 

Two months later, voters, Obama and Biden solved that problem.

 

This past election season, neither Sanders or Clinton and Kaine were provided a position to help solve the Trump problem.  With DT’s carnival about to enter the big top’s center ring, America’s political culture continues to morph into the kitsch world of a John Waters film.  The cynical fun, however, is now a real nightmare.

 

The Uptake executive producer Mike McIntee  joined Tim O’Brien for a 22 minute, one-on-one, Democratic Visions meet-up on December 19th.  Much has since happened.  The following day, McIntee was carting office and streaming gear into the renovated press bunker at the Minnesota Capitol.   Six days later, the StarTribune reported that Amy Klobuchar had told it that she would run in 2018 for re-election to the U.S. Senate and not for Governor.   A few days after that, the President-Elect was defending Israel’s settlement policies and damning Kerry and Obama via tweets. Only the tandem deaths of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds have dimmed these recent Twitter flare-ups.

 

That said, the new edition of Democratic Visions features Mr. McIntee and Mr. O’Brien sharing still timely perspectives on  the life political as the informed and engaged adults that they are.    Mike and Tim have a lot to say about where we’ve been and where we’re headed, about the DFL, future DFL leadership, the national Democrats and DT.

 

The second and third courses of the viewing include a visual essay set inside the winter time, tropical redoubt of the Como Conservatory and some ruminating by truck driver, critic-at-large Bruce Baird.

 

View the half hour program on YouTube here.

 

Democratic Visions on cableTV

 

Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Edina, Hopkins, Richfield, Comcast Channel 15 —

Sundays at 9 p.m., Mondays at 10:00 p.m., Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 2 p.m.

 

Bloomington – BCAT Channel 16 — Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. & 10:00 p.m.; Fridays at 9:30 p.m.; Saturdays at 7:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.

 

Minneapolis – MTN Channel 16 — Sundays at 8:30 p.m., Mondays 3:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m.  Programs are streamed during airings.

 

Champlin, Anoka, Ramsey, Andover – QCTV Community Channel 15 Schedule varies consult website – http://qctv.org/program-guide/

 

Democratic Visions is hand made by unpaid volunteers from Edina, Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Hopkins and Bloomington. Our program is not financially supported or endorsed by any political party, political action committee or special interest group.

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A post election respite

by JeffStrate on November 15, 2016 · 0 comments

The Thanksgiving edition of Democratic Visions provides DFLers and progressives with respite from the cross-talking panels of post-election, conjecturing TV and radio pundits and Democrat Party spin meisters who have been getting it wrong ever since Bernie tossed his hat into the presidential candidate ring.

 

But first, this week the StarTribune has published commentaries by two of our favorite guests.
 

coupled image of Tharwat and Timmer

TV host Ahmed Tharwat and blogger Steve Timmer.

LeftMN’s Steve Timmer of Edina writes about the possibility of Keith Ellison becoming chair of the Democratic National Committee. Read “In search of a DNR Chair” here. BelAhdan’s Ahmed Tharwat of Minnetonka suggests that American Muslims need a survival guide. Tharwat’s sly think pieces regularly infuriate the trolling hyenas in the Strib’s reader comments section. Read it here.
 

Image of Birch Island Lake, Eden Prairie

Click on the photo of Eden Prairie’s Birch Island Lake to see the Thanksgiving edition of Democratic Visions

The new Democratic Visions opens with a video essay of mostly west suburban natural settings underscored by Aaron Copeland’s “Appalachian Spring” and continues with a variety of guests from this year’s video vault.   Eden Prairie Council member Ron Case talks about his favorite hamlet of cul-de-sacs, McMansions, SW Light Rail, open spaces, diversity and good government. Humorist Jon Spayde returns as a spacey and failed TED talker who claims that the digital age is “so over, so yesterday.”   We have also dusted off an April 2016 chat between DFL activist and Democratic Visions host Tim O’Brien and blogger Steve Timmer that foreshadowed a presidential-elect Donald Trump.

 

Democratic Visions On cableTV

Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Edina, Hopkins, Richfield, Comcast Channel 15 —

Sundays at 9 p.m., Mondays at 10:00 p.m., Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 2 p.m.

 

Bloomington – BCAT Channel 16 — Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. & 10:00 p.m.; Fridays at 9:30 p.m.; Saturdays at 7:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.

 

Minneapolis – MTN Channel 16 — Sundays at 8:30 p.m., Mondays 3:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. Program is streamed at the MTN website during cablecasts.

Program is lived streamed during airings – http://www.mtn.org/

 

Champlin, Anoka, Ramsey, Andover – QCTV Community Channel 15 Schedule varies consult website – http://qctv.org/program-guide/

 

Democratic Visions is hand made by unpaid volunteers from Edina, Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Hopkins and Bloomington. Our program is not financially supported or endorsed by any political party, political action committee or special interest group.

 

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Meanwhile in MN CD 3 …

by JeffStrate on October 17, 2016 · 3 comments

Image of Bonoff and Paulsen

Terri Bonoff and Erik Paulsen

A KSTP/SurveyUSA poll published late last week on Tom Hauser’s At Issue political analysis program, shows GOP, right wing incumbent Erik Paulsen with an eleven point lead over DFL endorsed challenger Terri Bonoff.
 

“After several months of withering attacks trying to tie him to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, Erik Paulsen holds a commanding lead in his race with 3rd District challenger Terri Bonoff. In our exclusive KSTP/SurveyUSA poll, Paulsen leads Bonoff 49 percent to 38 percent. Another 13 percent remain undecided.”

Steven Schier, the ever available pundit from Carleton College, notes in the October 16, 2016  KSTP-TV News web article about the poll that voters are not associating Mr. Paulsen with Mr. Trump.   That is clearly the case.  Terri’s team needs to do a quick and major re-direction on what will work during the next three weeks.

The article does not mention the dump trucks of misleading, anti-Bonoff mailers that arrive at our Eden Prairie (CD 3) home or refer to the equally smelly and un-credible, anti-Bonoff spots that pop up on television and the internet.

 

photo of Junk Yard Democrats.

Eden Prairie’s Junk Yard Democrats

This month Democratic Visions features a fifteen minute discussion between Terri Bonoff and Ted O’Brien and a Junk Yard Democrats’ video.  With “He Talks the Line,” the boys re-purpose a Johnny Cash classic to comment on Mr. Paulsen’s record.

Here are the links –  15 Minutes with Terri Bonoff

Junk Yard Democrats – Erik Paulsen: He Talks the Line

 

FULL HALF HOUR SHOWS on YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/user/DemocraticVisions

DEMOCRATIC VISIONS on CABLE TV

 

Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Edina, Hopkins, Richfield, Comcast Channel 15 —
Sundays at 9 p.m., Mondays at 10:00 p.m., Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 2 p.m.

 

Bloomington – BCAT Channel 16 — Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. & 10:00 p.m.; Fridays at 9:30 p.m.; Saturdays at 7:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.

 

Minneapolis – MTN Channel 16 — Sundays at 8:30 p.m., Mondays 3:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m.  Concurrent live streaming at http://www.mtn.org/on_air/channel-16-webstream

 

Champlin, Anoka, Ramsey, Andover – QCTV Community Channel 15 —  4 broadcasts a week with concurrent live streaming.  See schedule http://qctv.org/program-guide/

 

Democratic  Visions is hand made by unpaid volunteers from Edina, Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Hopkins and Bloomington.  Our program is not financially supported or endorsed by any political party, political action committee or special interest group.
 
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The early summer edition of Democratic Visions features mostly segments that we had recorded in April and May but just couldn’t fit into our spring line-ups.  Each program must come in a bit south of 30 minutes for airing on various cable systems.

 

30 minutes is an eternity in the tweet and text world and the issues considered on this particular edition have been ruminated about hundreds of times by others in our increasingly fractured universe of new and old media. But proposed copper pit mining in Northern Minnesota, high student loan debts, Trump, Ventura, Reagan and the under informed are here being considered by our ruminators:   DFL elders Tim O’Brien and blogger Steve Timmer and The Theater of Public Policy’s chief  interrogator Tane Danger and political analyst Bob Meek.   These are local guys here provided with a Charlie Rose type TV venue, albeit just a public access studio nested alongside an art gallery within the Bloomington Civic Center  – that is tended to by non-paid volunteers.

 

Tucked in at the 8’/30″ mark of the program is an initiative of our ongoing mission to restore political humor to Minnesota television.  Our good friend Doug Lind has re-purposed some dusty political jokes.  We recorded him testing his musty slap shots out on a group of Eden Prairie High School millenials at the the “DFL Comedy Club.” We think the joint is located somewhere in Hopkins (a safe zone for progressives) but it could also be out in Carver County which is not a safe zone for the informed or liberal. Enjoy.

Seven years of Democtratic Visions programs and segments are archived on its YouTube Channel.

 

Democratic Visions On cableTV

 

Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Edina, Hopkins, Richfield, Comcast Channel 15 —
Sundays at 9 p.m., Mondays at 10:00 p.m., Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 2 p.m.

 

Bloomington – BCAT Channel 16 — Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. & 10:00 p.m.; Fridays at 9:30 p.m.; Saturdays at 7:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.

 

Minneapolis – MTN Channel 16 — Sundays at 8:30 p.m., Mondays 3:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. Program is streamed at the MTN website during cablecasts.
Program is lived streamed during airings

http://www.mtn.org/on_air/channel-16-webstream

 

Champlin, Anoka, Ramsey, Andover – QCTV Community Channel 15 — Thursdays 2 p.m. For other times see schedule http://qctv.org/program-guide/

 

Democratic  Visions is hand made by unpaid volunteers from Edina, Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Hopkins and Bloomington.  Our program is not financially supported or endorsed by any political party, political action committee or special interest group.

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SWLRT Stations - N Mpls

 

The late spring edition of Democratic Visions features a discussion with transit equity advocate Kenya McKnight Ahad and myself on Southwest Light Rail, public transit and North Minneapolis.  There had been hopes that the Minnesota State Legislature would, before end-of-session, appropriate $135 million dollars for the project through bonding or at least pass a bill that would enable other agencies such as the Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority to raise that amount.  That $135 million, the State’s comparatively small share of the $1.79 billion dollar project, is needed to complete a match to qualify Southwest Light Rail for $895 million dollars from the Federal Transit Administration.

 

Three Chambers of Commerce, the city councils of Minneapolis, St. Louis Park, Hopkins, Minnetonka and Eden Prairie and most of the neighborhoods along the planned alignment are now hoping that a special legislative session will provide the $135 million along with, of course, other transportation needs.  During transportation, transit and infrastructure bill manuverings in the Legislature and opposition by some folks along the Kenilworth Corridor in Minneapolis and the Claremont residential complex in Minnetonka, media discussion of the impact of light rail and improved bus transit on North Minneapolis has been non-existent. I argue that North Minneapolitans will have the most to lose should lawmakers fail to act positively.  During our discussion, Kenya McKnight Ahad advises that good transit studies and plans incorporating light rail and improved bus connections for North Minneapolis within its corner of the metro area and beyond already exist.  What doesn’t exist, Ahad says, is a dependable manner and commitment to fund the plans.  This segment runs about 22 minutes.

 

On YouTube

North Minneapolis, transit equity and Southwest Light Rail –

 

Democratic Visions On cableTV

 

Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Edina, Hopkins, Richfield, Comcast Channel 15 —
Sundays at 9 p.m., Mondays at 10:00 p.m., Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 2 p.m.

 

Bloomington – BCAT Channel 16 — Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. & 10:00 p.m.; Fridays at 9:30 p.m.; Saturdays at 7:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.

 

Minneapolis – MTN Channel 16 — Sundays at 8:30 p.m., Mondays 3:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. Program is streamed at the MTN website during cablecasts.
Program is lived streamed during airings

http://www.mtn.org/on_air/channel-16-webstream

 

Champlin, Anoka, Ramsey, Andover – QCTV Community Channel 15 — Thursdays 2 p.m. For other times see schedule http://qctv.org/program-guide/

 

Democratic  Visions is hand made by unpaid volunteers from Edina, Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Hopkins and Bloomington.  Our program is not financially supported or endorsed by any political party, political action committee or special interest group.

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