The Monday Morning Rouser is a teambuilder. Turn up your speakers, grab four or five of your cubicle-farm neighbors. And make sure someone takes a picture of what is bound to happen next.
I have to get through today’s 5@8 before Kanye West grabs the keyboard…
1) While Brooklyn Center resident Bobby Fern worked in his garden in recent years, neighbor Norm Arneson used to stop by and chat. That was until Arneson was beaten near Christmas in what the police chief said was the most senseless and cowardly crime he ever saw. So this year, Fern decided his garden would be used to help Arneson. Neighbors showed up to help. Now, it’s harvest time.
2) Have we seen the last of the Piggly Wiggly store brand in Minnesota? Cripes, they’ll be closing up the Rexall Stores next.
3) More reasons why you can’t believe polls. Most Americans support a public option in health care. Most Americans say they’d be opposed to health care reform if it includes a public option.
4) Daniel Ellsberg — that Daniel Ellsberg — has posted the first installment of his online memoir of the nuclear era. Ellsberg, you may recall, worked with the Departments of Defense and State on issues of nuclear control. In the first installment, he recounts a single-sheet of research for the president: How many would die in a nuclear war? 275-325 million. It was intentionally understated.
The revelation? You didn’t have to be the president to launch a nuclear war:
I reported what I had learned in the Pacific, one of the most sensitive secrets in the system: that to forestall the possibility that our retaliatory response might be paralyzed either by a Soviet attack on Washington or by presidential incapacity, President Eisenhower had as of 1958 secretly delegated to theater commanders the authority to launch nuclear operations in a crisis, either in the event of the physical unavailability of the president–Eisenhower himself had suffered both a stroke and a heart attack in office–or if communications with Washington were cut off.
(h/t: Nick Young)
5) Last week we got an e-mail in the newsroom because a story about Minnesota’s reaction to President Obama’s speech to Congress included one person who didn’t like it. That, the writer said, shows a bias against Obama. So the new survey from the Pew Research Center may not be about the news media as much as it is about the people who consume the news. The survey says a record number of Americans now believe the news to be inaccurate. Just 29 percent of Americans say the news media generally gets the facts correct, according to the survey. One-hundred percent of those surveyed believe media is a singular noun.
A perfect example: Respected political analyst Michael Barone stooped to the “media hates conservatives” meme to make an otherwise logical point over the weekend.
It appears that something like 1 million people came to Washington yesterday and participated in the Tea Party march that filled Pennsylvania Avenue from the Treasury to the Capitol and then went onto the Mall. Mainstream Media responded with typical inattention or derision…
Oh, stop it. Here’s NPR’s story that aired Saturday evening. Not an ounce of derision. Not an ounce of opposition. It aired back-to-back with the story about Obama’s appearance in Minneapolis at the top of Saturday’s All Things Considered.
Facts can be infuriating things.
The St. Paul City Council is considering an ordinance that would hold you responsible if underage drinking occurs in your home or rental property, regardless of whether you supply the liquor. Similar ordinances are in effect in other cities, including Chaska. Should parents be held responsible if guests of their kids drink?
WHAT WE’RE DOING
Midmorning (9-11 a.m.) – First hour: St. Paul’s social host ordinance.
Second hour: Jay Coogan, the new president of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, on the value of an MFA, the importance of arts education, and how artists can help solve real-world problems.
Midday (11 a.m. – 1 p.m.) – A look back, and a discussion of the lessons learned, on the one-year anniversary of the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy.
Talk of the Nation (1-3 p.m.) – First hour: Oh dear, someone is still talking about Rep. Joe Wilson. The chance of hearing something that hasn’t been said in the last four days? Zero.
Second hour: TBD
All Things Considered (3-6:30 p.m.) – The Minnesota Department of health is meeting today with people on the front line of dealing with H1N1. MPR’s Lorna Benson is covering the story.
NPR will be covering President Obama’s speech on the economic meltdown, a preview of Jay Leno’s nightly show. A poll of doctors on health care, and a fantasy football league for women.