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MN Blog Cabin Roundup, 6/21

Legislators defending gay marriage vote should ask ‘What Would Wellstone Do?’

from Wry Wing Politics by Joe Loveland

The late Senator Paul Wellstone was much more liberal than the majority of his constituents, just as DFLers in Greater Minnesota are on this issue.  Still, Wellstone was widely respected, even by those who disagreed with him, in large part because he was proactive, sincere, respectful, civil, unapologetic and direct about his disagreements with constituents.  When explaining differences, he made values-driven arguments, not politics-driven arguments.

To forgive A Nazi

from TCJewfolk by Rabbi Zalman Bendet

In light of the recent news that alleges that 94-year-old NE Minneapolis resident Michael Karkoc was a top commander of a Nazi SS-led unit, I was asked if there was a “Jewish perspective” on how Nazi war criminals should be treated. While I certainly do not hold exclusive rights to “The Authentic Jewish Perspective,” I will gladly share some of my thoughts with you.

MPR’s Bob Collins on Minnesota journalism

from Stubble by Tom Johnson

“I love the hell out of Minnesota. It’s very similar to the state I moved from – Massachusetts. In many ways they’re joined at the hip. Minnesota has a tremendous history of great journalists and great journalism and we should be all be very proud of that fact. It still has great journalists and great journalism here but I don’t think anybody in their right mind is going to suggest that THIS is the golden age of Minnesota journalism. It’s not. We’re all chasing revenue by chasing audience and I don’t know what to make about that or how to say that without sounding like the old man in the newsroom who was relevant once upon a time. But that’s what I think.”

To the audience of the Minnesota Orchestra

from Thoughts Toward a Better World by Dick Bernard

What’s one to do? In my view, we audience members don’t reward the bad behavior of the Orchestra Board and it’s management by quietly accepting what is happening.

Rocking the Garden: The lows and highs of 89.3’s music festival

from Thoughtful Bastards by Paul Udstrand

The summer of 2013 officially started last Saturday with my attendance at 89.3 FM’s (The Current) 11th annual “Rock the Garden”  (“annual” since 2002). This smallish music festival is held on the grounds of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis MN.  

Amongst the gray

from Saint Paul By Bike by Wolfie Browender

Another gray day in Saint Paul with the threat of rain hanging nearly as heavy as the leaden clouds themselves. The flat lighting and dinginess give most pictures a drab look. It doesn’t really change the sights, only the way they feel. Still, it sure beats sitting home dusting or vacuuming.

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