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MN Blog Cabin Roundup: 9/23

Minnesota Blog Cabin Roundup is a collection of the best in pictures and writing from Minnesota’s blogging community. Please let MinnPost know if you have — or know of — a blog (or photoblog) that you think should be featured on the site. Email JHansen[at], or Twitter @MNBlogCabin.

Our photo set comes from Blog Cabin regular Audrey Kletscher Helbling. Her wonderful writing and photography can be seen at her blog Minnesota Prairie Roots.

The Davis Case from Mr. Dilettante’s Neighborhood

“I don’t know if Troy Davis was innocent or not. He asserted he was until the moment he was executed, last night in Georgia.

What I do know is that if we discover that someone else was responsible for the 1989 murder of Mark MacPhail, we’ll have no way to correct things.”

Conservatives Astroturfing a Brave New World from Shawn Otto Neorenaissance

“The internet propaganda war is raging and far-ranging. It focuses on creating a revisionist alternative to history and established science, arguing that mainstream history and science is liberally biased.”

Shelter Report: 1-2-3-up-a-tree. from Across the Great Divide

“I’m a 62-year-old retired guy with plantar fasciitis. But once I week I come home feeling like I want to kick somebody’s ass.”

Gay American Soldier Booed from Good as Gay

“Rick Santorum, like the rest of the Tea Partier candidates, is trying to out anti-gay the rest of the politicians.”

Racial disparities grow in Minnesota as poverty increases, household income declines from Minnesota Budget Bites

“In 2010, 11.6 percent of Minnesotans were living in poverty, up significantly from 9.5 percent in 2007 (just before the last recession). This overall number hides the much deeper levels of poverty within Minnesota’s communities of color.”

Mastering work-life balance from Wide White

“Home life > work life. I hear a lot of people throw around inspirational statements about not settling for a job you don’t love. I don’t buy it. If I had my dream job I’d be road tripping around the country and blogging about it. But that wouldn’t provide the perfect home life, and the home life is where it’s at.”

A Mensch in the Making from TC Jewfolk

“A broken leg reaffirms what a mensch my son is becoming.

“Personally, I’d count “paying for their own stadium” among a “right move” that the Vikings could make, but have refused to do. Heck, they haven’t even offered to pay for half.”

Weekend Update from OLD AND IN THE WAY

“Weather this weekend was grey flannel like. Conducive to sitting indoors and thinking of things to make in the Dutch oven.”

Feds: Vennes’ criminal past was problematic for bringing new investors to Petters Ponzi scheme from Ripple In Stillwater

“Pre-trial documents filed last week in the federal government’s 24-count indictment against Frank Vennes Jr. on fraud, money-laundering and false-statement charges suggest that Vennes’ motives in pursuing a presidential pardon to wipe his earlier criminal past clean through friends like Michele Bachmann, Norm Coleman and Tim Pawlenty weren’t quite as altruistic as his supporters claimed.”

This Time It Will Work from Mr. Dilettante’s Neighborhood

“Actually, I think Obama is quite bad at picking investments, but we’ll leave that aside. Carney’s larger point is crucial — the incentive for corruption is baked into public/private initiatives. As a general rule, those nasty venture capitalists don’t bother with anything that doesn’t provide a good possibility of a return on investment.”

Idiot’s Diet from Barataria – The work of Erik Hare

“It’s called the “Idiot’s Diet”, and it’s very simple – never eat anything you don’t understand.”

One year later: A thank you party in flood-damaged Hammond from Minnesota Prairie Roots

“They were not prepared—could not have been prepared—for the rapidly rising Zumbro River that would inundate their homes and businesses on September 23/24, displacing them for months and many of them permanently.”

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