Calling Torture — and “Torture Lawyers” — to Account

Dec 09

Calling Torture — and “Torture Lawyers” — to Account

This column first appeared in the Star Tribune in 2005. Robert Delahunty, a St Thomas School of Law professor mentioned here, remains at St Thomas. The debate over the use of torture — and the lawyers who justified it in official government memos — continues.   Torture doesn’t always start in jail. It starts in memos from “torture...

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Enter the Dragon

Jul 27

Here’s Friday night’s parade in Grand Marais, Minnesota, kicking off the 2012 North Shore Dragon Boat Festival. More videos and photos to follow:     Parade Part II: The Winners:

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STATE of CORRUPTION V: The Dogs That Didn’t Bark (a blog post in progress)

May 18

STATE of CORRUPTION V:  The Dogs That Didn’t Bark (a blog post in progress)

Who was guarding the public interest during the $1B boondoggle stadium giveaway to a billionaire? Columnists? Commentators? Talk show hosts? Editorial pages? No one? In The Sherlock Holmes story The Silver Blaze, Holmes solves the mystery when he realizes that a dog that should have barked at an intruder did NOT bark because the “intruder” was familiar:...

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MOTHERS

May 13

MOTHERS

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Happy Birthday, Bridgie

Jan 19

Happy Birthday, Bridgie

Her obituary can be read here. We miss you, Bridgie Baby.

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Her

Jan 06

Her

My baby sister Maureen was born on Dec. 15, 1954. She died on Jan. 7, 1957, just three weeks past her 2nd birthday, on the fold-out couch in our living room. Leukemia. My mother slept with her and held her all night long as she slipped away. I was 6 years old; my brother, Pat, was 4. My parents had four more children and stayed together another dozen years, but...

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MINNESOTA: Another Wackjob Year Ahead

Jan 01

MINNESOTA: Another Wackjob Year Ahead

New Year’s Predictions for 2012 JANUARY: Passage of a $1 billion stadium for the Minnesota Vikings appears imminent until a deal-busting audio tape emerges in which Vikings owner Zygi Wilf is accidentally recorded in a conversation at a Super Bowl party: “Don’t worry,” Wilf is overheard saying on the tape, inadvertently recorded and posted on...

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Fast-Talking Minnesota

Jun 16

Fast-Talking Minnesota

Video: In the spirit of Paul Wellstone, and as a service to visitors here in the Twin Cities for NetrootsNation, the annual gathering of progressive bloggers and online activists, The Uptake’s Chuck Olsen and I cooked up a quick-talking, fast-walking guide to the Twin Cities in the manner of “Fast Paul,” Paul’s classic 1990 TV campaign spot....

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Michele Bachmann Announces Campaign for President. Everybody Runnnnn!

May 27

Michele Bachmann Announces Campaign for President. Everybody Runnnnn!

Check here to find out how Americans are reacting to the...

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The UPTAKE: MN Shut Down

May 22

The UPTAKE: MN Shut Down

7-14-11 DAY 14: Breaking: Gov. Mark Dayton, GOP lawmakers agree to end shut down The Uptake is providing the most complete coverage of the Minnesota Shut Down. Please help by visiting The Uptake and making a tax-deductible contribution to a citizen-journalism site that is transforming public debate by bringing the discussions and decisions straight to the people. I...

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