On the bright side, she received an adorable new stuffed puppy we have officially named "stitches".
That being said, here is your daily romp through the Minnesota blogosphere:
An important change to the Minnesota blogosphere occurred this weekend as MNblue and Minnesota Campaign Report merged into MN Progressive Project. Congratulations to those involved! My only complaint? The link leading to this blog is broken!
Eyeteeth is discussing the death of the copyright and how the Obama Administration is complicit in that death through their new creative commons policy at change.gov.
The Cucking Stool has some upcoming attractions for Drinking Liberally. I don't know if one needs to be formally invited to these events but they sound like a good time...
It is Word AIDS Day and 11th Avenue South has information about events happening here in Minnesota to commemorate the day.
mnpACT has an examination of the 4 mistakes made with the state budget last year. With the legislative session fast approaching I will be looking to see if my local legislators take up the challenge and bring the big ideas.
We have a massive budget debate coming. This patchwork approach that has overshadowed the discussion is not solving our budgetary problem. It is time for big ideas on Healthcare. Time for broader solutions on revenue. Time for a comprehensive transportation approach.
Budgets can't keep thinking about the short term. Minnesota's past strong economic engine was based on forward projections and inclusive ideas.
We need more of that, now more than ever.
In even stranger news, Twin Cities Daily Liberal has a post up about George W. Bush receiving some sort of peace prize. That's right, a PEACE prize. If this doesn't tear a hole in the space time continuum, I don't know what will! In other Twin Cities Daily Liberal news that I learned today, I am older than Jeff Rosenberg. Well, at least I am younger than Hal Kimball...
Apparently the end is nie at Grizzly Groundswell as the election of Barack Obama obviously means we have a state run media. I often wonder if tinfoil hats get itchy...
Conservative art is the theme at True North. While I applaud the effort, I shutter to think what conservative art might look like.
Bluestem Prairie has a great bread and butter round up with accompanying R.E.M. (it just doesn't get any better).
Shot in the Dark is doing some more whining about the Community Reinvestment Act. For all their inaccuracies, you have to give them credit for blind persistence! The most amusing part is that half way through the comments you find contributor Mitch Berg completely contradicting the crux of the post. Stay on message boys!
For once I agree with King Banaian over at SCSU Scholars. If you do not have the ability to say no to your children A LOT, then perhaps you need to invest in some contraceptives.
Over at Preserving Freedom you can learn all about how the Alaska Independence Party isn't so bad and all that stuff about breaking away from the United States is just good old fashioned conservatism. You have to love the patriotism there!
The best part is that he is rehashing the Civil War:
This is the United States, it is a Union of States. States can choose to join, logically they also can choose to leave. But of course the issue isn't about what is right or logical. Rather, like most problems in the world, it is about power. If States could choose to secede, it would lessen the power of the Federal Government.
But a study published in Health Affairs in November 2006 estimated that 25% of the uninsured were in fact eligible for public coverage,