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MN Blog Cabin Roundup, 7/17

If Hillary were as bad as Trump; war, peace and Iran; the “Just Buy Them Cars” argument seriously considered; what should MnSCU teach; and more.

If Hillary were as bad as Trump

from Kristine Holmgren — Drama Queen by Kristine Holmgren

My mother once told me a girl’s reputation is worth her weight in lipstick and I believed her.

Not so much for boys, I guess.

Many of the men seeking to  lead us as the next President of the United States have dropped their former guise of morality, righteousness and dignity and chosen instead to market their homophobia, racism and sexism as our new, national norm.

Why Progressives Have Every Right To Question Hillary Clinton

from Wry Wing Politics by Joe Loveland

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Hillary Clinton is running for President, not just precedent. Progressives have to make sure she truly is the best person to promote the progressive agenda over the next eight years.

Going to Peace. A Reflection on Detente with Iran.

from Thoughts Towards a Better World by Dick Bernard

The media is full of commentary about this agreement, and people who stop by this blog can find far more than adequate information in other sources, on all sides about the technical details, and dead-certain positions and opinions about it.

President Obama framed this pretty well, yesterday: “Either the issue of Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon is resolved diplomatically through a negotiation or it’s resolved through force through war.”

‘Just Buy Them Cars’

from by Alex Cecchini

But, let’s assume public transit – be it a new light rail line, a new BRT line, upgrades to existing bus routes, or simply operating the existing fleet of buses – is only useful as far as transportation goes (accessibility, mobility, etc). Is the Twin Cities region better off handing the keys to the Met Council to build and operate transit infrastructure, or should we just buy folks cars?

Welding or history: What will MnSCU teach?

from News Day by Mary Turck

Welding vs. writing, machine shop vs. history — the battle for the souls of community colleges and state universities is on. The Star Tribune recently published a column by Fred Zimmerman, professor emeritus of engineering and management at the University of St. Thomas, who advocates an end to liberal education. 

Lone Wolves Do Not Shoot People

from Thoughtful Bastards by Paul Udstrand

I was reminded of Twain’s words this morning when I saw the headline referring to the latest killing spree in America, this one in Chattanooga Tennessee.  Apparently someone has decided that maniacs who launch into killing sprees by themselves are: “Lone Wolves”. No, this is a human thing.

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Let’s put those tired anti-bike arguments to rest

from Biking in Mpls by Lindsey Wallace

It’s inevitable. Every local news article that mentions biking, no matter how fluffy or non-controversial the article, will incite hordes of angry commenters to bring up the same tired, disproven arguments over and over again. It’s time we put those to rest.

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