1) THE CALHOUN KERFUFFLE
The dispute over whether to rename Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis is heating up. The person who's pushing to rescind the honor once bestowed on John C. Calhoun -- John Winters -- writes a rebuttal in today's Star Tribune to some history professors who rejected the notion.
Rewriting history is still popular in the South. I can see how losing a war can be painful and that people want to do something to ease the pain. But please, stop the lying.
A few years ago, my wife and I rented "Gone With The Wind" because she had never seen it. My wife enjoyed the movie. Although the movie was well done, I had trouble getting around the outrageous stream of Confederate propaganda.
Why has the Confederate message dominated the popular culture?
I was upset to see a picture of South Carolinians going to a ball to celebrate the 150th anniversary of secession dressed in their finery. They apparently imagine that if the South had won its "war for Southern independence," some great and elegant culture would have been preserved.
The professors from Alabama call the move "political correctness."
His persistent fear was that unpatriotic sectionalism would lead to civil war and a dissolution of the union. His last years were spent attempting to unify the country. On March 31, 1850, Calhoun died in Washington, D.C.
In Calhoun's interpretation, America's greatest hope lay in the interposing and amending power of the states, which was implicit in the Constitution. This alone could save the country by allowing for a greater diffusion of authority and undermining the cause of sectional conflict.
Perhaps you can detect a hint of where this debate is likely to end: It may not be a debate over John Calhoun in the 1800s, but a debate over the role of government in 2011.
Global food prices have increased 37 percent in the past year. Researchers at the United Nations expect prices to stay high.
Roughly two-fifths of people in 17 countries say high food prices have changed what they eat. People in poorer nations are hit hardest by increased costs according to Bloomberg.
A survey conducted for Oxfam International indicates that more than half of the 16,000 respondents are eating different food than they were two years ago.
"Huge numbers of people, especially in the world's poorest countries, are cutting back on the quantity or quality of the food they eat because of rising food prices," Raymond Offenheiser, the president of the U.S. affiliate of Oxford, UK- based Oxfam, said in a report. (PDF)
The Guardian has an interactive graphic that provides detail on price changes of the global food supply. Take a look at how wild sugar prices have been.
Is your family feeling the pinch? What are you doing differently in the kitchen?
The amount of attention the media has given the release of Sarah Palin's emails by far outweighs the significance of the emails themselves. The Daily Show take down is on point. But the ability to display copious amounts of information in elegant ways continues to show promise for the future of journalism. Case in point: The Sunlight Foundation's sarahsinbox.com.
Here's a good window into what the AP's Jonathan Stray did with the WikiLeaks data dump:
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Posted at 2:08 PM on June 15, 2011
by Michael Olson
Filed under: Life
Rep. Anthony Weiner might have to resign over his online behavior, but he's not the only one sending out pictures of himself via text or Twitter. Experts say the online flirtations that got him into so much trouble are far from unusual.
Midmorning hosted a lively discussion with Amanda Lenhart: Senior research specialist at the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project that included some callers expressing candid confessions.