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MN Blog Cabin Roundup, 9/7

Cedar Ave bus rapid transit, the ethics of surrogacy, convention ups and downs, tale of two reports, voting amendment’s consequences, and ‘Death to Homeschooling.’

Cedar Ave Bus Rapid Transit Service — not as good as it sounds

from Old and In The Way by Gary Sankary

In all the euphoria of the prospect of rapid bus transit I missed the 800 pound gorilla in this grandiose plan. I made a bad assumption. I assumed that this new bus service would provide service to and from downtown Minneapolis, by far the number one destination of mass transit riders in the South Metro. It does not. It only goes to the Mall of America.

Uterus slaves: Are we trading ethics for biological children?

from Girl Meets Geek by Kate-Madonna Hindes

We are now outsourcing childbirth, to India. Reproductive Tourism, or Fertility Tourism is the practice of traveling out of one’s own country for fertility treatments or to use a surrogate clinic. Surrogacy isn’t always as beautiful as it’s portrayed in our minds or from media propaganda. In fact, new reports are surfacing that third-world countries are thriving with new business models of renting-out impoverished women’s wombs. India is thriving most with readily-available women and hundreds of clinics opening to meet the demand from Western couples especially because surrogacy costs a mere fraction of what it does in the biological parents’ own country.

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Likes and dislikes about political conventions

from Wry Wing Politics by Joe Loveland

Okay, I’m officially conventioned out.  I watched too much, and slept too little.  Thank goodness they only come along once every four years.  Anyway, to help me move on, I need to give voice to some of the things I’ve been mumbling about to myself the past two weeks.

Tale of two reports

from Barataria by Erik Hare

It was the best of reports, it was the worst of reports.  The story of jobs in the USofA continues to wind down like a Dickens novel, crammed of details and well defined moments lush with feeling and energy but lacking a strong, driving plot.  We know when it ends, of course – somewhere many pages from now in the election in November.  Exactly how it goes down is entirely another question.

How the Voter ID amendment could change voting in this state

from Brick City Blog by Sean Olsen

In the thread on Ernie Leidiger’s ill-tempered appearance at a League of Women Voters Voter ID event, we’ve heard a lot of spin from an amendment supporter about what would be required should the amendment passes.  Let’s unpack what’s really at stake here.

Death to homeschooling!

from Theoblogy by Tony Jones

So I can’t think, “I’ll just pull my kids out of the public schools — what difference will one less follower of Jesus make in a school full of hundreds of kids?” I don’t, as a Christian, have the option to “opt out” of the societal contract. Instead, I live under a mandate to be the most involved, missional societal participant that I can be.