Monthly Archive: October 2010

Oct 29 2010

Minneapolis 2010 Sample Ballot

As I usually do, I’m posting my choices for the upcoming elections and my reasoning behind them for those who trust me and may not have as much time to research their votes as I have. Find your balloting place and information on your ballot here plus candidate profiles and links here. Note that I’m …

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Oct 28 2010

The Beatings Will Continue

Well, it isn’t really a beating. It’s an arrest for “trespassing, resisting arrest and creating a public disturbance.” Ask Jon Taylor how big a difference he sees, though. This arrest happened outside an event for Eric Cantor, who hopes to be the new Republican House majority leader after the election. You’ll never guess what Taylor, …

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Oct 27 2010

A Movement of Cowards

Libertarians are generally characterized by (misplaced) arrogance. Liberals are generally characterized by…well, I don’t actually know, but I’m sure I’ll get suggestions. Conservatives are generally characterized by fear. It informs all their policies. They need a big, swaggering military because we’re otherwise at the mercy of…those little countries on the other side of the world …

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Oct 26 2010

Civil Liberties Gone, Not Threatened

So you’ve heard about the Republican candidate for Senate whose “security detail” detained a reporter trying to ask the candidate some questions, yes? Well, actually, it hasn’t gotten as much coverage as it should, so maybe you haven’t. Christine O’Donnell won national attention yet again last week when she ridiculed the notion that the Constitution …

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Oct 25 2010


She was about five weeks old. It was too young, but “Take her now, or we’ll take care of her.” They didn’t mean letting her stay with her mother for a few more weeks. At least she was weaned. She was the not-very-runty runt of the litter. Black, with the tiniest of white spots on …

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Oct 19 2010

The Right Kind

It was the kind of wedding where the bridesmaid’s dresses were chosen, each for the individual woman, with an eye to appropriately displaying body ink. It was the kind of wedding where the little boys who participated were dressed as pirates, complete with plastic swords that formed an arch for the flower girls, and no …

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Oct 18 2010

Needing to Think

If the rest of the online universe hasn’t already directed you to John Scalzi’s post “Things I Don’t Have to Think About Today,” allow me: Today I don’t have to think about managing pain that never goes away.Today I don’t have to think about whether a stranger’s opinion of me would change if I showed …

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Oct 15 2010

The Cynicism of the “Realist”

I posted this almost exactly two years ago, before another important election. It still seems important. The races have changed, but they’re not the main point of this piece. I ran into another one yesterday. You know them, the ones who say, “Obama isn’t perfect, you know. He’s just not that different from McCain. I …

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Oct 14 2010

Nobel Conference: Frances Moore Lappé

“Getting a Grip—Gaining Clarity, Creativity, and Courage for the World We Really Want” Frances Moore Lappé, author and co-founder of the Small Planet Institute, Cambridge, Massachusetts The final lecture of the conference was delivered at the banquet. It was delivered, not by a scientist, but by an activist and writer who has spent decades understanding …

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Oct 13 2010

Look Who’s Voting

Yes, I know Obama isn’t close to everything you wanted. He compromises too easily and isn’t as visionary as he sounded standing next to John McCain. Whee. The Democrats in Congress haven’t exactly been all that, either. They’ve done their normal job of showing off internal disputes and demonstrating what the shifting Overton Window means …

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