Breakfast of Champions 6/11: Summerific


It's summer, and you know what that means: picnics! Swimming! Softball! Mosquitoes! And, of course, music.

Music like Haley Bonar's. The artist's fourth album represents a new season, and Andrea Myers delves into what the future holds for her.

Summer also means movies, and we have your guide to the season's best.

When you write poems in places where herons live, you must write at least one poem about a heron. This is a rule. When you are a journalist in a place where Michele Bachmann lives, you must write one post about Michele Bachmann. It's a target-rich environment, you see. This is my Michele Bachmann post, about climate change, and I'm done now.

While we're on the topic of our blogs, a quick technical note: there are little icons in the bottom right-hand corner of each post now. If you see something you like (or hate) and want to share it with others, those buttons will let you submit posts easily to link-sharing sites like Digg and Fark.

The Fetus is 40, but "The Electric Middle-Aged Record Store" just doesn't have the same ring.

After you read Rachel Hutton's food feature on Obento-Ya, find out three things you can do in the area to make it a date.

To go along with his A La Carte column, James Norton brings us a slideshow of one master cheesemaker and Bass Lake Cheese products.

This song-and-dance video of Hillary Clinton's imagined victory is the best use of the "Welcome Back, Kotter" theme since a Sweathog became a Scientologist.

How does Barack Obama's visit to AIPAC resonate locally, asks Jeff Severns Guntzel.

A female wrestler from New Ulm wants to make it to the Olympics. If only Katherine Kersten would weigh in on this.

Jeff Severns Guntzel details how funding cuts imperil a vital domestic violence resource. That's in your print paper, available all over the cities today. On the blog, he reports that same-sex partner abuse is a very real problem. When I was in college I read Men Who Beat the Men Who Love Them, at the time a groundbreaking book about gay domestic violence. Nearly two decades later, it's still a forward thinking book about a problem that's often invisible.

Is Tim Pawlenty's Cuba policy a political weather vane? Matt Snyders shows how the governor's ideas about trading with the communist nation have, ahem, evolved in the last few years.

With all the time they spent at the media reform conference and their demonstrated ability to twist footage, I really expected Fox News and Bill O'Reilly to come with stronger material. The angriest images they could: one guy ranting about how Fox News is propaganda and another guy talking about how there's still racism in America? And this made the camera crew fear for their safety? These people must never leave the gated communities they live in without their manservants heavily armed.

Lean Dean wants to bust unions. Color everyone shocked.

Juan Rincon used to be on the juice. Juan Rincon used to be good. Juan Rincon is no longer on the juice. Now, Juan Rincon sucks. Correlation is not causation, but ...

The Wild have a new defenseman.

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