Daily Archives: October 9, 2008

Picking Grapes at St. Croix Vineyards

Bill Ward wrote a nice article in the Star Tribune about St. Croix Vineyards of Stillwater and grape picking time. Now, to be honest with you, I have yet to taste a truly great wine made in MinneSnowta (in fact, many have been abysmal). This, of course, has to do with our gawd-awful-builds-character winters that we have annually and is more conducive to beer-vodka-whiskey making.

However, the good scientists at the University of Minnesota keep developing new strains of grape vines that I hope one day will truly elevate the level of local wine here. In the meantime, it is still fun to visit a vineyard and drink their bounty. After all, these days, most of us do not have the money to fly to Argentina or California for that matter.

FULL ARTICLE HERE. Photo: Steve Rice/Star Tribune

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Quote of the Day: Kathleen Parker

Neither McCain nor Palin would dare mention Obama’s middle name, Hussein, but they can play up Obama’s past associations and let others connect the dots. Terrorist. Muslim. Dangerous. Other.

It is legitimate to question character and dubious associations — and William Ayers is certifiably dubious. The truth is, Obama should have avoided Ayers, and his denouncement of Wright was tardy. But this is a dangerous game.

The McCain campaign knows that Obama isn’t a Muslim or a terrorist, but they’re willing to help a certain kind of voter think he is. Just the way certain South Carolinians in 2000 were allowed to think that McCain’s adopted daughter from Bangladesh was his illegitimate black child.

But words can have more serious consequences than lost votes and we’ve already had a glimpse of the Palin effect.

The Post’s Dana Milbank reported that media representatives in Clearwater were greeted with taunts, thunder sticks and profanity. One Palin supporter shouted an epithet at an African-American soundman and said, “Sit down, boy.”

McCain may want to call off his pit bull before this war escalates.”

Kathleen Parker, Coservative Columnist

Those Who Live in Glass Houses…

Jed Lewison of the Jed Report put this together. Is there a psychological term for accusing your enemies of what you are more guilty of?