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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World War II

War Reenactments

I?ve been called a lot of names over the years and for the most part I tend to ignore them. Today however I was called a Nazi apologist because I was defending the right of someone, in particularly, Richard Iott, to dress up in an German war uniform and run around in a field with a bunch of other folks in German and American World War II uniforms reenacting events of the war. For as long as I can remember I have always been fascinated by World War II. I love reading about it, playing games based on it, and just generally learning every bit I can about the war, especially the Eastern European Theater. I spent many a night playing a World War II miniatures game called Command Decision with a group of folks in town. I never once felt like I was glossing over or even glorifying the horrors that the Nazi?s committed in the holocaust while I was doing it. I certainly can?t ignore those facts I really wouldn?t want to, but I enjoy learning about what it was like for solders on the front lines, and learning about the tactics of the battles, and I especially like taking battles where that were lost and seeing what it would take to turn them into victories and I don?t generally care if that means I?m playing as an American, a German, or some other combatant. It?s solely about learning about the war, one of the greatest turning points in human history.

And that is what reenactments are all about. Reenactments are about reliving moments in time, understanding what it was like to live the life of someone at a particular moment in history. There are hundreds of groups that do so around the country and the world and they cover almost every imaginable era of history, even if they tend to center around particular wars, like the Civil War, World War I, or World War II. Participating in one of these events doesn?t mean you want to gloss over the horrible things that happened or that you even want to ignore them. After the break are some videos from around the net from Reenactment groups.

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