MN Blog Cabin Roundup, 10/11

It’s the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

from mnpACT! Progressive Political Blog by Dave Mindeman

Republicans are backing the wrong horses here. Rep. Ryan has opened the door to the real discussion on health care, which is making the law work better.

This whole strategy that Ted Cruz and the Tea Party have embarked upon is more reminiscent of the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party than the Boston one.

The UN quietly makes history in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

from the PoliticOle by Joel Jaeger

Earlier this year, with little fanfare, the United Nations made history by creating an “intervention brigade,” authorizing UN peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to “carry out targeted offensive operations… with the responsibility of neutralizing armed groups.”

‘No Work No Pay’ political theater for swinging House freshmen

from Iron Country Free Press by Shelly Mategko

Rep. Pete Gallego (TX-23), Rep. Rick Nolan (MN-8) and Rep. Chris Collins (NY-22) all defeated incumbents from the opposing party in races that attracted millions in outside spending, and all have sponsored legislation affecting pay for Members of Congress during a future government shutdown (the 27th Amendment prohibits changes in compensation from going into effect until the next Congress). Nolan capitalized on public outrage by introducing his bill just as the government was preparing to shut down on Sept. 30 and launching a media blitz in concert with progressive groups such as Courage Campaign, whose executive chairman started the ‘No Pay for Congress During The Shutdown’ petition on Oct. 1. Yet only the bill introduced by Collins on Sept. 20 affects Members’ pay during the current shutdown, and Collins is the only sponsor to date who opted to have his pay voluntarily withheld until the stalemate is resolved.

Hire a marathon planner

from by Nathaniel M. Hood

What’s the best way to see a place? Run a marathon. There is no better way to experience a city than running through it.

In Lenora, Minnesota: An historic stone church

from Minnesota Prairie Roots by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

And then the talk somehow sidetracked to churches and whether monies spent to build ornate structures would better be used to serve the missions of the church. Eventually we concurred that, when done for the right reasons—to honor God, a physically beautiful sanctuary is God-pleasing.

Indies reign at the Twin Cities Book Festival & beyond

from Poking Around with Mary by Mary Treacy

Readers relax and refresh!   Popular reviews, awards and stacks of soul-less bestsellers are no measure of a reading culture.  Turn to the indies – the publishers and the booksellers – who know a good read when they read one and who make sure the words and ideas of creative writers reach the reading public.

Back to basics with film: The “K” Series Orphans of Pentax

from Thoughtful Bastards by Paul Udstrand

Before I went digital I used to have a small bag complete with two Pentax bodies, lenses, light meter, and a flash.  I could just grab that bag and toss it in the car, or just keep it in the car so I’d be ready to shoot if the opportunity presented itself. It was nice to have a small ready-to-go bag on hand on a moment’s notice. It only seemed natural to turn to my trusty old ready-to-go bag for a morning of film photography.

Meet my new part-time home-away-from home: CoCo Uptown

from Communications Conversations by Arik Hanson

last week I signed up to be a part of the local CoCo community again (that’s coworking for those not in the Minneapolis area) as they just opened a great new space in the Uptown area (which is a bit closer for me). I believe this will be a great win for a number of reasons:

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