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Mike Haubrich

Mounds View, MN
Commenter for
7 years 6 weeks

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Atheists are activists and we do a lot of the volunteer work and community building that churches do, but the majority of us do it through organizations and groups whose focus isn't necessarily specifically atheist. The Minnesota Atheists and the Humanists of Minnesota are two groups here in the Twin Cities who do a great deal of volunteer work, and there are other organizations outstate and in Western Wisconsin for us to gather as non-religious people.

The only commonality of...

There is no secular reason to exclude gays from getting married, and in the last election the people voted with their wallets and with their ballots to say that they don't want to exclude them through the constitution.

The institution of marriage has served a portion of the state well, not the whole state and it is blatant discrimination. Now it remains to the legislature to do what we want them to do, and that is to remove discriminatory laws against same sex marriage from the...

While the phrase "Civil Rights Challenged" was a snarky attempt to taint the religious right's support of this Marriage Amendment, I don't think I was clear enough in my post about what I was trying to say and I would like to address some of your comments in regard to my meaning. In detail, I wish to separate bigotry from civil rights. We all have some bigotries, to be true, and it takes effort to recognize our own faults and then more effort to try to remove them and improve ourselves...

Posted on 07/22/10 at 10:52 am in response to Viewing DFL ads: Is Tim Pawlenty running for a third term?

Why are you so naive? When the other party's candidate is a no-name whose positions are similar to the incumbent, the thing to do is to reiterate the track record against the incumbent.

Your article illustrates the formulaic nature of a great deal of the political reporting that comes up as News and Commentary every election season. Yes, they do this. No, they are not running against Pawlenty. They are running against someone whose policies are similar.

Move along,...

Posted on 07/22/10 at 11:57 am in response to Barataria: What role do men play in modern society?

Men can just have more fun with their kids, if they have them. Why is this so difficult? I don't feel diminished at all, in fact I think I can do more because I am not restricted by the old "Ward Cleaver" thing.

So, I can teach my kid how to do Frisbee and also how to clean the dishes.

Posted on 06/29/10 at 11:56 am in response to Ignorance of science: Who’s to blame?

May scientists criticize Mooney for not listening to them, nor for offering substantive means for addressing the issues of scientific literacy.

Another problem that I have with him is his insistence that scientists who are atheists should just sit down and shut up because he says it scares people away from science.

There is, of course, nothing in any science literature to indicate that this is the case. It's a hobby horse of his, that leads me to heavily discount his...

Posted on 06/25/10 at 12:17 pm in response to Emmer would cut benefits and per diems for elected officials

As a friend to several legislators, they are poorly compensated for the amount of time that they devote to their "part time" jobs. Many of them use the health insurance they get from their full time jobs. Outstate legislators need to have per diems to support their families and themselves while they are in St. Paul. $33000 is not a salary that any Rep. is going to use to get rich.

Emmer's solutions so far for billion dollar deficits have been nickel and dime recommendations; create...

Posted on 06/23/10 at 10:12 am in response to Judge slams Obama's drilling moratorium, blocks it

I am amazed that this judge didn't recuse himself considering the amount of money he has invested in the awl bidness. Oh, wait, this is Louisiana; where the judges are just as crooked as the politicians.

Posted on 06/23/10 at 09:53 am in response to Mitch Berg: What you won't hear from the media or DFL about Tom Emmer

Mr. Berg, it's not the content, it is the quality about which I complain. and not to you but to the editors who select your dreck.

Posted on 06/23/10 at 07:41 am in response to Mitch Berg: What you won't hear from the media or DFL about Tom Emmer

I am amazed at the low quality of blogging that Minnpost chooses to re-publish at times. Can't you do any better than substance-free cheerleading from blogs like this?