The Rising Cost – Part 1

September 30th, 2010
Justin Aaberg was only 15 years old. He had come out to his mother when he was 13, and while on the outside he seemed to have a great life going, on the inside he was a tormented storm. LGBT students at the Anoka-Hennepin School that Justin attended were, like is so frequently the case, easy targets as other students, and even teachers turned a blind eye. It finally got to a point where he just couldn?t handle it any more and feeling he had no where to turn to for help, he hanged himself in his room. Justin was the sixth student from the school to take his own life in the last 2 years and most are believed to have been the result of homophobic bulling.

More on Justin at WCCO including a video.


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Weekend Update

And We’re Back.

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Good Morning Campers!

Well, its morning at least. The good part is still up for debate. At least with the elections over and I start watching TV again. I don?t generally watch a lot of TV these days thanks to Hulu but it was frankly getting painful to even watch the morning news there in the last days before the election. The ads are probably the thing I dislike the most about political campaign cycles.

But that is all over now and we can get back to seeing ads for things like car insurance and Pepto Bismol. Nothing cleans out the TV tubes better after a nasty negative political campaign season than a good old fashioned diarrhea medicine commercial. Kind of fitting if you ask me.

Back in Washington the President has returned from his trip to Asia, where he visited India, Indonesia, and Korea. Just before the trip ?Conservatives? latched onto a false report that President Obama?s stop in India was going to cost about $200 million dollars a day. Of course why would Glen Beck or anyone else do any actual follow-up to double check sources that could prove the allegation untrue. Fox News should probably change its tagline from ?Fair and Balanced? to ?Never let the truth spoil a good story.? Fortunately the rest of us with even a minimum amount of credibility have folks like Fact Check.org to help us with some verification.

Here at home in Iowa, state Republicans who have taken control of the State House and the Governor?s office are gearing up to take on the fight to add bigotry and discrimination to our state constitution.

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