Category Archives: Politics of Outrage

St. Cloud Times Editorial Board Jumps Into Islamic Center Controversy

In recent weeks I have been casually monitoring the developments in St. Cloud over a proposed Islamic Center and the reaction by some to its construction. A group has been formed by an individual named, Gregory Jarrett, called St. Cloud Citizens for Reasonable Zoning to oppose the construction of the Center. From a recent St. Cloud Times article: In the letter to neighbors, St. Cloud Citizens for Reasonable Zoning calls the request “totally unacceptable.” The letter says the group is being organized to defend “our right to preserve the integrity of our residential neighborhood.” A basic search for the organization and its founder yields little apart from the above article and a rudimentary website in which visitors can sign a guest book and donate to the … Continue reading

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Letter of the Day: REVOLUTION or let’s take back the government we have voted for…

The revolution has begun or perhaps just the over-hyped rhetoric has continued (it’s sometimes hard to tell which) over at the St. Cloud Times today. We are losing our freedom, apparently, from a government that has been duly elected by its citizens in 2 year cycles for as long as I can remember… The hard and bitter truth is we are in jeopardy of losing our liberty at the hands of monstrous state and federal governments. The founding fathers established this country with the intent of limited, small government with a system of checks and balances. It’s a grim picture, really, and apparently there are only two options according to our author. Option one is the super simple “national one rate sales tax“. Nothing says … Continue reading

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On Black History, Black Panthers, Education, And A Minnesota Republican

A few weeks back in the midst of Black History Month, a poem was read over the public address system at East Ridge High School in Woodbury, Minnesota. The poem, “A Black Child’s Pledge,” was first published by the Black Panthers in 1968. Well, this prompted vice-chair of the Minnesota Republican Party, Kelly Fenton to take to twitter and the local newspaper to express her outrage that our schools were learning about all aspects of black history and demanding we only study those black people acceptable to her and perhaps other white people: Not long after the poem was read, Twitter comments began bubbling up from Woodbury community members, including Kelly Fenton, whose son attends East Ridge. “There are lot better examples and things that … Continue reading

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My Thoughts On The Minnesota Social Studies Standards And The REAL Outrage…

[WARNING: It's really long but I hope you will stay to the end!] It’s time once again to fight about social studies standards for Minnesota schools. To have arguments about how much or how little patriotism these standards contain. To be outraged that this person/group/event isn’t mentioned or that person/group/event isn’t mentioned enough or the even pettier argument comparing the number of mentions of this vs. that. It’s time once again for the most tiresome arguments and accusations of INDOCTRINATION to be hurled around, including a particularly hyperbolic statement made by conservative jack of all trades Mitch Berg (who appears to be claiming some expertise in education policy because he has family members who are educators and that makes him a dynasty or something), who … Continue reading

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But Chip, Nobody Cares What You Think Anymore…

Apparently, one term packsacker Chip Cravaack is going to end his term in style by teaming up with Michele Bachmann for a little bit of conspiracy theory driven politics… House Republicans, including Minnesota U.S. Reps. Michele Bachmann and Chip Cravaack, stepped up their campaign against U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice and comments she made immediately after the Sept. 11 attack on an American diplomatic compound in Libya. Here’s the problem, Chip, no one cares what you think about Susan Rice or anything else for that matter. It’s time to head back home to New Hampshire.

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