Archive for June, 2010

Don’t Cry For Me, Joe Barton

Representative Joe Barton, who along with Minnesota’s native daughter Michele Bachmann has felt the strings of sympathy tugging his heart for BP, apologized for Obama’s strong arm tactics in getting BP to agree to a 20 billion dollar fund to recompense those who have been financially damaged by the leaking oil. While he has since unapologized and said that absolutely BP needs to be held responsible for their mess, he only did so to stem a political embarrassment. He does feel sorry for them. He weeps for them and the troubles they have faced.

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DFL at Twin Cities Pride Festival

Come and visit the Stonewall DFL booth at this year’s Pride Festival!

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Minneapolis: The City of Bikes

Minneapolis is adding a bike sharing program and considering allowing restaurants to serve food after 2:00 a.m.

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Ana’s Feed

Alarming reactionary Republicans, alarming contriving Republicans, and some good news.

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What Is an Ally?

We in the blogosphere very rarely seem to understand what an ally is. I’m not really sure how it happened. Allies in the culture wars aren’t appreciably different than military or political allies, but somehow, the meaning of the word has changed online. We’ve gone from “In everyday English usage, allies are people, groups, or nations that have joined together in an association for mutual benefit or to achieve some common purpose, whether or not explicit agreement has been worked out between them” to the assumption that the act of alliance comes with specific obligations and that people are “bad allies” or not allies at all if particular things are done or left undone.

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Ana’s Feed

Whose oil spill is it? Factory farms and responsibility.

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Michele Bachmann One-Eighties on Major Policies

Michele Bachmann, formerly known as a strong proponent of a hands-off government with minimal regulations, has called for an increase of government expenditures and regulatory involvement in … shockingly … environmental matters. Bachmann has even endorsed the confiscation by government agents of private property when needed to save the environment.

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A “Fine-Tuned” Universe as Proof of a God?

There are many scientists who believe that, if one or more physics constants of the universe had varied only slightly, they would have produced a universe incapable of supporting life. For example, if one constant had been slightly different, the universe would have collapsed back in upon itself before life had a chance to form.

Some religious people look at this supposedly “fine-tuned” universe and claim it is proof that a god exists who did the fine-tuning. Let us examine this claim.

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Minnesota Leads in Modernizing Bar Rules

One step forward for gentile civilization, one step sideways for rational thinking.

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“Pentecostal Joel Demos Takes on Muslim Ellison”

That’s the title of a recent article in the Apostolic News (link) written by the parents of Minnesota Fifth District’s Joel Demos, introducing their son to the apostolic community.

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