The state of the American Dream in Stonegate and Sunset Village

Here’s a story from the Chisago County Press. That’s Chisago County, Minnesota — north of the Twin Cities and south of Duluth. The county is home to about 54,000 people, including the 50 households of a neighborhood called Stonegate in Lindstrom, Minn. The Press’ Denise Martin tells us about those families and their impressive battle [Read More…]

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A deed of emancipation

I had never heard of Robert Carter III until I read this post from Warren Throckmorton last month. The bad news about Carter, who died in 1804, was that he owned Nomini Hall, a large slave plantation in Virginia. He “owned” more than 400 enslaved persons on that plantation. The good news about Carter is [Read More…]

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WWGBD? In a political war over trailer parks, nobody wins

I’ve written a lot here about trailer parks. That’s the common, somewhat derogatory, term for manufactured housing communities in which residents own their houses, but not the land beneath them. The problem with mobile homes is that they’re not really mobile. They’re anchored to a particular site, and detaching them to transport them elsewhere is [Read More…]

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Mitt Romney tells 533 lies in 30 weeks, Steve Benen documents them

I’ve written about or linked to a great deal here “chronicling Mitt’s mendacity” — to borrow Steven Benen’s phrase. Mitt Romney says many, many things that are not true. He says this despite being in possession of the correct facts of the matter. Which is to say that Mitt Romney lies. A lot. He lies [Read More…]

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Bloggers witness World Vision’s good work

Several terrific bloggers I follow are visiting Sri Lanka this week with World Vision, an evangelical relief and development NGO that does important work all over the world. Among the writers I follow on this trip are: Tony Jones (Theoblogy), Joy Bennett (Joy in This Journey), Matthew Paul Turner (Jesus Needs New PR), Darrell Dow [Read More…]

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Akin to be

“That’s not so much outrageous as just so wildly ignorant that you wonder whether someone like that has any business on the local school board let alone in Congress. But even this turns out to be a commonly held belief within the pro-life movement.” “The tubes are spastic.” “Willke claims that he got a private [Read More…]

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More notes from the class struggle

“In the years since the collapse of 2008, the existence of mass unemployment has stopped being something the economic powers that be even pretend to regard as a crisis.” “I’m not a U.S. company and I don’t make decisions based on what’s good for the U.S.” “Why are these wealthy white guys so angry at [Read More…]

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Study reveals church-goers give more to churches than people who don’t go to church give to those churches

Here’s a headline from Christianity Today: “Religious States Donate More to Charity Than Secular States.” It’s about a new report from the Chronicle of Philanthropy. The problem with that headline is that, well, that’s not actually what the study says. From CT’s Melissa Steffan: According to the Chronicle of Philanthropy, Americans in Utah, Mississippi, Alabama, [Read More…]

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