"All of the German [re-enactment] groups in Minnesota have a Christmas party because we don't typically have events going on in the winter. It's just like any club that has a party. Because they dress up like Germans from World War II, it's cool to go to a German restaurant, eat German food, and drink German beer." —Most of the time I feel like the quote is enough but in this case I am pretty insistent that you should click through.
If there’s one thing that Minnesotans love talking about, it’s how great Minnesota is. People from Minnesota are, in real life, what people from New York are like on television—there isn’t anywhere else that matters, unless it’s to serve as our mortal enemy (I'm looking at you, Wisconsin). We're like the world's friendliest braggarts. I grew up here and, in my role as a state proselytizer, I've so far managed to convert two Chicago-born college friends into Minnesotans, and it’s only a matter of time before I get to the rest of you.
Should you get a chance to visit the Twin Cities, here are some things you [...]
Big day for Minnesotans. First, Governor Mark Dayton "siren.gif"-capitulated to the deadlock over the budget and offered to accept the GOP's pre-shutdown proposal. Except, now the Republicans are, like, "Uh, we didn't, you know, really mean that." (Probably because the GOP proposal is to borrow more money.) Ending the state shutdown would mean that the sheriffs who have been issuing concealed handgun permits through the shutdown will now again be able to do the mental health background checks that had been unavailable for two weeks. (Worse fates face the state.)
Meanwhile, one state to the south, Minnesotan presidential candidates are putting together their own revenue-raising [...]
"Because brother, I have been there, when some would-be 'reputable' journalist who's just been severely ass-whipped by a relative no-name freelancer on an enormous story fights back by going on television and, without any evidence at all, accusing the guy who beat him of cheating. That's happened to me so often, I've come to expect it. If there's a lower form of life on the planet earth than a 'reputable' journalist protecting his territory, I haven't seen it."
Real America: MoveOn Sold Out the Gays, While Target CEO's Church Celebrates "Recovery" From Gayness
News that negotiations between Target and the Human Rights Campaign have fallen apart is disappointing, if not surprising. HRC's demands were simple and reasonable. Target's best chance to salvage some of its reputation on gay rights would have cost it pocket change, just $150,000. The HRC had a great interest in the deal as well; they'd get to combat the view that they're inefficient. So what happened? It's possible that MoveOn.org's involvement scared Target from the table.
And also, with new information we've found on Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel, it's reasonable to believe a pro-gay equality donation was spiritually distasteful anyway.
The end result is that money [...]
Last week, after we profiled Minnesota gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer, we asked why retailer Target would support Emmer, by way of a PAC called MN Forward. Target's statement to us argued that "Target supports causes and candidates based strictly on issues that affect our retail and business interests."
Springtime in Minnesota. The prairie thaws. The butter sculptures melt. Prince cuts the backside out of his pants. And Bigfoot comes out. "I'm 110% convinced that it exists," says Bob Olson, a co-founder of the Northern Minnesota Bigfoot Society. "There's just too much evidence, too many people's emotions showing when they recount their stories. One lady cries when she recounts her story of how this thing stood up and looked at her. She felt it looked into her soul."
Britain is a nightmarish hellhole where existence is a pitiless struggle in even the calmest of times, so it is heartbreaking to watch this remarkable footage of its wretched denizens forced to contend with heavy wind. Scroll down here for an even more remarkable graphic delineating the types of gust.
They are young—so young. Impossibly young for attendees of a political rally that does not happen on a street. The slowest moving of the thousand or so streaming into the Minneapolis Convention end up standing for Ron Paul's address on the eve of the Minnesota caucuses. But they're young enough to handle it.
A Ron Paul rally is an experience every cynical, bedraggled, politics-reporting cur should take in at least once in a career. Plus, in the GOP 2012 field, Ron Paul supporters easily hold the title of most bangable.
The event was set to begin at 7:00 p.m. The first "End the Fed!" chant started at 7:03 [...]
Welcome to my nightmare: "Hundreds of bars, restaurants and stores across Minnesota are running out of beer and alcohol and others may soon run out of cigarettes — a subtle and largely unforeseen consequence of a state government shutdown. In the days leading up to the shutdown, thousands of outlets scrambled to renew their state-issued liquor purchasing cards. Many of them did not make it. Now, with no end in sight to the shutdown, they face a summer of fast-dwindling alcohol supplies and a bottom line that looks increasingly bleak…. Come Labor Day, cigarette smokers will be in the same bind." [Via]
From time to time, we offer free editorial space to common folk with something to say. Today's topic for discussion concerns the issue of parenting, a subject that has been in the news lately.
Nobody wonders how Minnesota parents raise such stereotypically stereotypical kids. They never wonder what these parents do to produce so many nice children or what it's like inside a nice family. Well, I can tell them anyway, because I've done it. If it's not too much trouble and you have a minute, here are some things my daughters, Jenny and Cristi, were never allowed to do:
• Skip doing their homework • Put their [...]
When Target's CEO said he was "sorry" last week for his company's donation to anti-gay causes, AP, CBS, TPM, AOL and a number of other acronyms declared that Target had apologized for its political donations. Yet, anyone who had ever had an intense fight with a spouse or lover knew the "I'm sorry it made you feel that way" nopology when they heard it. A deeper look at Target's Gregg Steinhafel, his political team, and his engagement with anti-gay Christian organizations may explain why the CEO's actions and statements on supporting gay equality don't mesh-and why they probably won't anytime soon.
As we reported this week in our profile of Minnesota gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer, a PAC called MN Forward raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in just a few weeks. MN Forward is using that money to run ads in support of Emmer, a Republican.
Target, long headquartered in Minneapolis, was one of the four corporate patrons of MN Forward. They forked over $100,000 cash and another $50,000 of in-kind goods and services. It's an odd move for a corporation that expresses support for gay rights. And it's your chance to stop whining and do something.
Is this 39-year-old momma bear who has successfully evaded two generations of drunken Minnesota hunters the oldest bear in the world? Sure, why the hell not.
In a campaign field that includes a twice-divorced anti-gay-marriage candidate who took an oath against adultery and who believes in mining the moon, it takes a special candidate to stand out. Michele Bachmann is just that special.
As she prepares to caucus dead last in her "home state" of Iowa, Minnesota's 6th District Congresswoman insists she still has a chance to win the Republican nomination for president. Odder things have happened, like that time one day's worth of lamp oil lasted eight.
Like a lot of impossible things Bachmann says—from claiming the HPV vaccine causes retardation, to the fact Obama is grooming NASA "for outreach to the Muslim [...]
How done is former governor of Minnesota Tim Pawlenty with his own state? Today the candidate for the 2012 Republican nomination released an ad bragging about how, as governor, he shut down state government in 2005.
Pawlenty knows his own former Minnesota Republican party is screaming bloody murder because the Democratic governor elected to follow him just shut down state government, right? Yes, Pawlenty knows and doesn't care; as a GOP nominee he stands to accomplish the impossible in Minnesota.
On Thursday, October 21, Plymouth, Minnesota will play host to a movie premiere. The film, part one of a five-part documentary series, is billed as a look "at the heart of our nation to bring us back to our foundation to see what it was established upon-the blood and sacrifice of those who were willing to pay the ultimate price (their lives) for our freedom." Promotions for the film define it as "perfect for all ages" and "a night for the entire family!"
The film and accompanying book, titled "My War," is original; but for many, it may feel like a reboot of a well-known classic.
Real America: Target Doesn't Support Gay Equality Because It Never Did (UPDATE: Yes, Target and Prop 8, Maybe)
A full-page ad shook up the Vikings preseason coverage in last Sunday's Minneapolis Star Tribune. Paid for by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), it demanded Target and Best Buy "make it right" after donating hundreds of thousands of dollars to the MN Forward, the conservative political action committee. That PAC directly supports Minnesota candidate for governor Tom Emmer, a politician with a track record for anti-gay activism and who, amongst other things, proposes shutting down Minnesota's Department of Human Rights.
As Minnesota governor Tim "T-Paw" Pawlenty gears up to rid himself of his characteristic Midwest abhorrence of touching other people so that he can run for president, the VW Beetle packed with clowns unloading to fill his vacancy as Minnesota governor is finally almost empty.
Candidate Tom Emmer is proving to be one of the more amusing. But don't laugh.