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Minnesota has a very ridiculous consumer fireworks statute (624.20): anything stronger than a fart is illegal. It was very exciting several years ago when it was amended and we were finally allowed to have “sparklers,” which are basically just those novelty birthday candles you can’t blow out, but on a stick.

I wouldn’t be surprised to find out if it were part of a ploy to make Minnesota into a place where interesting things are outlawed in order to promote tourism and Wisconsin imports.

An internet meme and another wannabe Jihadist (seen here cuddling with Princess Tuna) were arrested for whatever it is that terrorists get arrested for at JFK International Airport a couple weeks ago. Their hot summer destination was very hot: reportedly, Somalia by way of Egypt. They figured they could just fall-in with the local terrorist crew after extensive paintball training. It is pertinent to note that both have been described as “stupid.”

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target-christmasAccording to interviews conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life in 2007, 78% of American adults identify themselves as Christians. While that number is down 10% from 20 years ago, most aspects of life in America are still dictated by Christianity: we have “winter break” over Christmas, “spring break” over Easter, and not much thought is given by professors regarding scheduling an exam on days such as Yom Kippur or Eid ul-Fitr.

With the appearance of conspiracy theories in recent years regarding a “war on Christmas,” it has become evident that conservative Christians believe that they are losing their supremacy in popular American culture. Commentators such as John Gibson at Fox News Channel claim that “a cabal of secularists, so-called humanists, trial lawyers, cultural relativists, and liberal, guilt-wracked Christians–not just Jewish people” are persecuting the American Christian majority. Read the rest of this entry »

I was so disgusted at this lede that I didn’t even read the rest of the article. That doesn’t sound like much, but I am someone who can’t help but read everything.

When you get 36 local women-owned companies and nearly 1,200 women in one room at Minneapolis’ Graves Hotel, there’s only one possible result — high-energy shopping.

Best/worst part: it was written by a woman.

Wikileaks has released a half-million pager messages from the hour before, during, and after the September 11th terrorist attacks, which were intercepted over the air by whomever was monitoring pager frequencies for unencrypted messages:

Text pagers are usualy [sic] carried by persons operating in an official capacity. Messages in the archive range from Pentagon, FBI, FEMA and New York Police Department exchanges, to computers reporting faults at investment banks inside the World Trade Center

The archive is a completely objective record of the defining moment of our time. We hope that its entrance into the historical record will lead to a nuanced understanding of how this event led to death, opportunism and war.

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