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Frank Phelan

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Bloomington, Minnesota
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Posted on 09/30/14 at 09:31 pm in response to Minnesota high schools taking football concussions seriously

We'll know when high schools are taking football concussions seriously. There won't be any high schools fielding football teams.

Posted on 09/26/14 at 12:43 pm in response to Infrastructure opportunists and the Kellogg Bridge

This weekend the bridge will be reconfigured into three lanes. Any back-ups that occur on this bridge are on the east (East Side) end during the afternoon rush when a left turn lane facilitates traffic headed to I-94 west bound. So I find it very odd that of the 3 re-stripped lanes, only one will be east bound, where the only (small) bottle neck might occur. I hate be a conspiracy theorist, but is this designed to "prove" the necessity of a new span?

No mention has been made of the...

Would anyone be even raise an eye brow if a Catholic parish found it's music director is an stripper (sorry, "exotic dancer") at a strip joint and asked her to resign?

Neinstedt is a legitimate target for criticism. This is why he needs to resign. In this case he is correct, but because he tolerated and abetted priests who "did not follow Church teaching" by raping boys, he has no moral authority here. He's ticketing a speeder when he gave a drunk driver a ride home the night before...

Francis is certainly calling the Church to a more nuanced and balanced direction acknowledging there is a lot of grey in the world as opposed to the black/white of his predecessors, which has delighted liberals. What he has not done is to change Church teaching in the least. The Church still deems sex outside of marriage, abortion and gay marriage sinful (now there's a word that sets liberals on edge). He's reminded us to hate the sin but have love and compassion for the sinner.


Actually, Church doctrine has never changed. Discipline has, but doctrine has not. Discipline is akin to policy, such a the priestly vow of celibacy which is asked of Roman rite priests but not of Eastern rite priests. Pope Francis could drop this requirement today and it would not alter doctrine one bit. Discipline is the means to carry out doctrine, so it changes as needs change.

Don't hold your breath waiting for doctrine to change, it never has, and the Church does not have the...

Tolerance is defined as you allowing me to do as I wish, but I can still proscribe your behavior.

Some people won't rest until the Catholic Church says "They're really just The Ten Suggestions, so anything goes".

Jeez, I'm agreeing with Appellen now.

Posted on 09/23/14 at 07:33 am in response to What's next for the Pioneer Press?

It's in Rosemount, in fact. It was the Koch families first foray into refining, and it is the only unionized refinery in their portfolio and, not coincidentally, the safest operation they run.

Posted on 09/19/14 at 05:48 pm in response to Why the Great Recession was even worse than you thought

While watching portions of Ken Burn's series on the Roosevelts, it was striking to see the difference in the response to economic crisis between FDR and Obama. The crises did differ in degree, but it was interesting to see FDR's bold, activist positions and the way he led the nation in such a way to make millions of ordinary Americans fell like he knew and understood them personally. And this from a man born with a silver spoon in his mouth.

Despite claims by his detractors that he...

Posted on 09/08/14 at 02:46 pm in response to Former candidate Tom Horner likely to join Johnson campaign for governor

Tom Horner? Power broker? First I heard.

Posted on 09/09/14 at 09:18 am in response to Former candidate Tom Horner likely to join Johnson campaign for governor

Kind of reminds you of the way Peter Hutchinson siphoned off enough DFL votes for Pawlenty to win, doesn't it? That guy never did win a statewide race with a majority, which Dayton has done.