Last November, in an article meant to be satire, the Morris Northstar ran a photo of Trayvon Martin's dead face with this caption -- "Trayvon Martin, victim of racism and fascism, and what does [school administration] have to say about it? Nothing. Not a single thing."That passage prompted Morris bi ... More >>
We've been intentionally ignoring Bradlee Dean for months -- after all, America's foremost tracksuit-wearing homophobe just doesn't have the juice he did during the MNGOP's most recent heyday -- but this video is just too good to pass over.WHAT DEAN TALKS ABOUT DURING HIS SCHOOL SPEECHES: Bradlee De ... More >>
Forbes calls it "Mommy Porn," citing the controversial book's erotic scenes and perceived demographic -- largely married women over 30.Yet according to the New York Times, E.L. James' "Fifty Shades of Grey" is "the most popular book in circulation" in the Hennepin County Public Library system. Meanw ... More >>
A dispute that has been ongoing for years recently escalated: Notorious Bible hander-outer Brian Johnson filed a federal lawsuit against the Minneapolis Park Board, alleging that his constitutional rights are violated by the Twin Cities Pride Festival's "no pride zone" policy. That policy, endorsed ... More >>
An academic paper co-written by a University of Minnesota economics professor finds there is little evidence for the notion that movie piracy reduces ticket purchases at movie theaters. That notion, of course, is often a crucial premise in the arguments made by supporters of legislation like SOPA ... More >>
Yesterday's online blackouts protesting SOPA and PIPA haven't been ignored by Senators Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar, both of whom are co-sponsors of PIPA.Though both continue to support some form of legislation aimed at curbing foreign piracy, spokesmen for each said that the Senators are now int ... More >>
Congressman Keith Ellison has come out against SOPA. Rep. Ellison joins Wikipedia, Google, and millions of Americans across the country who are against SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act introduced by Rep. Lamar S. Smith (R-Texas). A number of websites around the world have created an Internet "black ... More >>
Matt DrudgeHere we are, two years into Al Franken's first term as a U.S. senator, and Matt Drudge is still making jokes about Franken's former career as a comedian. Or maybe the famously conservative news aggregator is irked that Franken, an unapologetic liberal, is dogging tech companies that h ... More >>
nytimes.comQuote Hamlet in China and you'll get censored, says the New York Times.The New York Times, the great Gray Lady of journalism, is getting called out over an apparently imaginary event in a recent story on Chinese censorship. The story kicks off with an anecdote about a Chinese entr ... More >>
Franken: Keep it neutral.The compromise net neutrality rules just adopted by the FCC would prohibit broadband providers like Comcast and Qwest from blocking user access to websites and applications. But the measure won't do the same thing for wireless companies, and Al Franken smells censor ... More >>
Clueless.For all her ability to gin up fans via social media on the Internet, Michele Bachmann really does seem clueless when it comes to the inner workings of the information superhighway. Take her call today for the resignation of Eric Holder as U.S. Attorney General. In it, she castigates ... More >>
Dear Catholic-school newspaper journalists: it gets better.The editors of the Knight Errant knew things were going to get a little hot when their latest issue dropped last Thursday. The student newspaper at the St. Louis Park Catholic school Benilde-St. Margaret was going to include a staff ... More >>
Al Franken doesn't want to tick off the in-lawsFor months now, Sen. Al Franken has used every available microphone to warn about the dire future of net neutrality: The principle that demands no Internet Service Providers or governments be allowed to tamper with the content, access, speed and ... More >>
The Stop The Petters Scam Foundation says the paper yanked its ads midway through their scheduled run.
In their third update since the announcement, Wikileaks addresses some of those questions and concerns raised about Coleman's campaign leak of private data.
Minneapolis has settled its lawsuits with Time Warner Cable. But the city may still be out to gut local cable-access programming.
Indiana turns 157 miles of highways over to a Spanish-Australian consortium, Vitruvian Man gets clipped for Da Vinci Code promo materials, McDonald's hamburger recipes, Jerry Falwell on Rudy Giuliani, the Minnesota Blog of the Day, and more...
A new documentary about the movie ratings board, This Film Is Not Yet Rated, has gotten the dread NC-17-- the current equivalent of the original X-- from its irritable subject. The official reason for the box-office kiss-of-death is that the film includes scenes from other films that were given the ... More >>
Technical legalities aside, there's reason to believe that the suit may not be outside the spirit of the law.
Park Board pissing match leads to 911 call
TCF Bank pulls advertising from the Star Tribune over the Nick Coleman/Power Line shouting match
The sexual harassment movie that Pawlenty won't pay to see
The issue of dirty pictures at the Minneapolis Public Library is indeed a federal case
Quills puts the viewer into bed with the sacred and the profane
While Western art cinema draws the flashbulbs at Cannes, contemplative works from China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong leave the festival glowing in klieg lights from the East
Chinese filmmaker Chen Kaige meets the changing market halfway
The Hennepin County library system just wanted good clean fun on its CD rack. What it got was a free-speech debate that won't quit.
US West wants to use information about who you call to increase its sales. Privacy advocates are screaming foul.
Since local taxpayers anted up $189 million to build the megamall, it's public space and must allow free speech, says attorney Larry Leventhal