11 Nov 2011

Quote of the Day

“The ideological assertion that government can do nothing right is an insult to every American who has benefited from public education, interstate highways, clean tapwater, rural electrification, student loans, social security, small-business support, job training, community block grants – in short, everyone.” – Michael H. Shuman, Going Local, Creating Self-Reliant

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11 Nov 2011

Move to Amend

Happened to attend the “Move to Amend” speech at the local United Methodist Church on Tuesday. This was an extremely interesting gathering. The sponsoring organization, Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers, is to be commended for bringing David Cobb to town, I think. “Challenging Corporate Personhood & Cheating Democracy” is going to

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08 Nov 2011

Ever hear of Jersey Lightning?

Since I’ve been hearing about a push to bring back Glass-Steagall, I’ve been trying to remember what I learned in school about banking reform at the very bottom of the Great Depression. Here’s what I recall: It wasn’t a 20th century problem only. The titans of the Gilded Age in the 19th

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08 Nov 2011

Occupied Occupy, No Occupation

I’ve been wanting to comment on Occupy in my town because it’s been such an educational thing. For my own part, I decided to do some cooking to help out. Reason being: I know how to take “ingredients” – some of which were being donated to the house of a

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05 Oct 2011

Hunting Land

When I heard that Rick Perry’s leased hunting property, a thousand acres near Paint Creek, Texas, had a secret, offensive name, I was not really surprised. Though the sign on a rock was painted over – white-washed, as it were – the land had long been known by a local nickname using a familiar racial slur,

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23 Sep 2011

The Way It Was. (Sheesh.)

I spent some of the day today reading a local religious newspaper, the Christian Examiner. Formerly the Minnesota Christian Chronicle. Sheesh! Feeling sorry in advance for the people who follow these fanatics. I remember the Nixon years, and how precious few people later would admit to having voted for him.

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15 Sep 2011

Merck – y Waters

With all the brouhaha about Republican candidates for president weighing in on mandatory HPV vaccination, I think a broader perspective on the political/pharmaceutical alliance is in order. I can understand candidate Rick Perry’s unconditional support for anything that might guarantee a big windfall to such a reliable big pharma donor. I can understand Bachmann’s calling him

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13 Sep 2011

Lessons of History

The first person I knew who called the Republican right “fascist” was a Southern gentleman of my acquaintance who should know what the term means. He’s a spry 80-something now, a veteran of the Second World War. I have to say I was shocked at the clarity with which this

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11 May 2011

What about ALEC?

Historian William Cronon’s Scholar as Citizen blog led to controversy last month when the Wisconsin Republican Party made an open records request for access to Professor Cronon’s emails from work. The University of Wisconsin-Madison, to its credit, said no. In fact, the brouhaha threatened to overshadow his interesting comments about

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