St. Thomas Wins The Fight For Its Soul: Gays, Straights, Christians

Sep 16

St. Thomas Wins The Fight For Its Soul:  Gays, Straights, Christians

Virtually no notice has been given to the amazing fact that — after several years of ugly battles, controversial decisions, apologies and hostility — the University of St Thomas in St Paul has stopped brawling. In a remarkable address, new UST president Julie Sullivan, the first woman and first non-clergyman to head the school in its 128 years, signaled...

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Candy Ass Gun-Slingers

Jun 20

Candy Ass Gun-Slingers

The gun-slinging flashers who threatened to bring their guns to town and parade them around openly in Minneapolis and St. Paul have put their warm guns back in their happy pockets and backed down, running away at the first signs of gun-control Mommas and urban bicycling activists. As someone said on my Facebook page: “Buncha candy asses!” The story...

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The Edufication of a Minnesota Catholic Boy

Jun 10

The Edufication of a Minnesota Catholic Boy

My old Catholic grade school, St. James, on Randolph and View in the West Seventh neighborhood of St Paul, is on the ropes: School and church both in mothballs, offered for sale or rent to the next crappy charter school to come down the pike, unless it’s Muslim (Rumor in the neighborhood is that inquiries from a Muslim school were rebuffed). St. James was a...

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Tears, Cheers, High-Fives, Hugs and Sobs

Jun 09

Tears, Cheers, High-Fives, Hugs and Sobs

The 5th and 6th Grade classes at Groveland Park Elementary in St Paul, Minn., left school for the final time on Friday, June 7, 2013, including our son, Mac. The first Leave-taking in their young lives, a big day that is not quite a graduation but still a moment of mixed emotions, basking in the warmth of friends and families, facing the uncertainties of the...

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When Minnesota Groveled for Gorbachev and Lost Its Soul

Jun 03

When Minnesota Groveled for Gorbachev and Lost Its Soul

I wrote this critique of Mikhail Gorbachev’s June 3, 1990 visit to Minnesota two weeks in advance of the actual event. Although I am a well-known Commie (mouth-breathing righties think so), this piece still stands up well: Minnesota’s leaders will go to bed with anyone if it inflates their prestige, and pads their bottom lines. GORBY-GROVELING A BIT...

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