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The War on Queers


Fri, Jun 9th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

It is the War on Queers clear and simple. Sounds ugly doesn’t it, in a white supremacist kind of way, with all of its shaved-head, boot-stomping racism. And if I have made you angry by using the pejorative, queer, then good. You and everyone in this country should be outraged about this Swift Boat style smoke and mirrors approach to leadership. Like the flim-flam game three card Monty, George Bush wants you to keep your eyes on same-sex marriage and not on the War in Iraq, the deficit, domestic spying or the plethora of other problems facing our government.Isn’t it funny that when politicians want you to forget about the real problems at hand they hoist up a couple of foul sure-to-divide-us issues and play it up as if the world is going to hell in a hand basket and if we don’t act now all kinds of bad things will happen to us as a people, nation, and civilization. So, with no exit plan for Iraq in place, a hurricane season ready to test a “new and improved” Department of Homeland Security, and a public woefully tired of this President and the Republican controlled Congress, Bush rallied his conservative base on national TV a week ago by urging passage of legislation for a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. With little chance for passage, the initiative became nothing more than a rallying point for the Christian right to get out the vote in November. What better way than a little War on Queers to get the party faithful out door knocking?“Marriage is the most fundamental institution of civilization, and it should not be defined by activist judges,” President George Bush said last week. Should a president who has started a preemptive war based on false information really be talking about the fundamental institutions of civilization?”Everything in this regime is a war on something - civility, common sense, honesty - so, why not queers? At a time when his approval numbers have reached an all time low of 29%, amid fears that the President will drag down the Republican party in November, Bush needed a hot button smear issue to divert the public’s attention away from the incompetency of his administration.The Republican right’s continued assault on gays conjures up reminders of the federal socialism of Germany in the 1930’s as little by little groups were scapegoated, isolated and removed.The poem by Rev. Martin Niemoller, a Protestant minister in N .....
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In search of the historical Jesus

Fri, Jun 2nd, 2006
Posted in Commentary

In his commentary, “‘The Da Vinci Code’ and the Deity of Christ,” Mike Hopper attempts to prove that Jesus was divine, contrary to what Dan Brown implies in his book. However, Mr. Hopper fails to make his case.  First of all, ..... 
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“Da Vinci Code” and the Deity of Christ

Fri, May 26th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

The Da Vinci Code–fact or fiction? Since 2003, The Da Vinci Code has sold over 40 million copies, and a motion picture recently debuted. Let’s consider what the Da Vinci Code book presents in light of historical facts.

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Revenge: a cost benefit analysis

Fri, May 19th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

Last Saturday I watched the movie Munich, Steven Spielberg’s beautifully crafted drama about the massacre of Jewish athletes at the 1972 Olympics in Munich. On Sunday, I kept the DVD an extra day and watched the movie again with my son, a history buf ..... 
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The elephant in the room

Fri, May 12th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

I graduated from New Ulm Public High School way back sometime in the last century. New Ulm is a town of about 15,000 in south central Minnesota, surrounded by many small towns, most of them without their own schools by the time I graduated.
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Bondhus: “DNR has a strong bias toward closing fish farm”

Fri, Apr 28th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

(The following letter was sent to the Fillmore County Board for their April 25, 2006 meeting).

I understand the Fillmore County Commissioners will be deciding whether or not to be the RGU (regulating governmental unit) on the EA ..... 
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Broberg: “Trout farm didn’t follow the rules and now wants legislative remedy”

Fri, Apr 28th, 2006
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Apparently, the owner and local supporters of Spring Valley Ponds think legislative action is necessary to finally get the permits for the fish hatchery and park. After so much time and money has been spent operating without the required permits, the ..... 
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We need a couple of dozen Carl Sagans

Fri, Apr 28th, 2006
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The Thursday before Earth Day, the 20th, PBS had a National Geographic special featuring Dr. Tyrone Hayes. Hayes, a Harvard trained PhD researcher at the University of California, held an audience at Eagle Bluff Learning Center spellbound for over an ..... 
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Victim: Put your bad experience to good use by speaking out

Fri, Apr 21st, 2006
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On September 17, 2005, at the age of fifteen, I became a victim. I was approached by a complete stranger, a 26 year old married man and father. I was all alone and had nowhere to go when this man took away my trust and safety. I was a victim of an at ..... 
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