Another One Bites the Dust

The totally (un)surprising news came out today that Ron Paul, the libertarian voice of reason in the Republican Party, is “suspending his active campaigning” for president. This means that the whole field has rolled over for the presumptive milquetoast, Mitt Romney.   I have just a few observations here, as you’d probably imagine: First off, […]

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Where You’re From

Good thing I waited to write about this, because it just got better…Last night as I was struggling to find something to write about, she suggested the Bachmann thing.   Michele Bachmann doesn’t know where she’s from. Maybe even where she is at any given moment, too…   You’ll recall that during her thankfully brief […]

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The Hazards of Wishing

When we lived in North Dakota 16 years ago, the whole state had this love/hate relationship with its population.   On the one hand, they wished they had more people, larger cities, more economic development. On the other hand, they really liked being the small town state, a place where all of its inhabitants could […]

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Common Good?

So, the state legislature, in one of its many ham-handed moves this year, has managed to kill a Vikings stadium bill that Republicans, Democrats, the legislature, Governor, city, the Vikings and even, to some degree, Hennepin county agreed to.   But is that a bad thing? No, not entirely. But now begin the threats.   […]

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A Political Cautionary Tale

Perhaps this should be titled “Be careful what you wish for” instead.   The Republicans tied themselves to the Tea Party agenda three years ago, agreeing, at least in principal, with the ideals that those people supported: smaller government, especially smaller federal government, less intrusion in state and local affairs, and less intrusion in personal […]

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Things You Can’t Make Up

In a day in politics where the headline turned out to be the product name Etch-A-Sketch, and the weather continues to be warmer and more unusual than ever before, it seems fitting that we take a look at some of the strange things going on in the world.   From work, I bring you another […]

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How Divided Do They Want Us?

All over in American politics and in our socio-economic discourse is a discussion of groups and percentages and numbers and divisions. And on top of it, every side seems only intent on making a stand and pushing their statement on everyone, regardless of whose side people may be on.   The Occupy [your location here] […]

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Moving On

Yes, we’ve all received the memo: Steve Jobs died. And as with all “major” news stories these days, the media has fallen over itself to cover every last aspect of what little story there is.   To be sure, though, there’s no doubt that Jobs revolutionized computing, but not by what he created. Instead he […]

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Heel Digging

I’m not sure what’s more depressing about the current political cycle–that both sides, Republican and Democrat, continue to shoot themselves in the foot; or that the refuse to notice how stupid and ignorant they’re acting. I’m pretty sure that the 2012 campaign season started off the day after the election in 2008. Obama had the […]

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The End of the World

So, depending on who you ask or believe or read, our country is about to either dive into complete and utter financial chaos, or merrily go on its way with little change as a result of the partisan gridlock going on in Washington, D.C. The news media really is falling all over itself trying to […]

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