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CP Best Blog: Sally Jo Sorensen’s Bluestem Prairie

Posted by Phoenix Woman on April 21, 2013

For years and years and years and years now, I’ve been telling anyone I can run down and force to listen to me that Sally Jo Sorensen of Bluestem Prairie is the best blogger in Minnesota and one of its five best journalists.

Now, it looks like she’s finally getting some long-overdue recognition of her overall awesomeness:

..Bluestem has gained widespread notoriety, from journalists and politicos alike, over the past few years as a progressive hub for in-depth, witty, and irreverent analysis on rural politics in Minnesota. Sorensen is a master aggregator of news big and small, and she still finds time to beat the mainstream media to scoops. She covers everything from the frac sand mining debate to Michele Bachmann and everything in between.

If you want to know what’s going on in Minnesota in general and the non-Twin-Cities parts of Minnesota in particular, spend some time reading a few weeks’ worth of Bluestem Prairie. That’ll bring you up to speed.

9 Responses to “CP Best Blog: Sally Jo Sorensen’s Bluestem Prairie”

  1. Charles II said

    And in another 20 years, The Strib might actually attribute her and possibly even seriously look into the issues she raises, instead of pretending there’s nothing amiss in the conservative movement. .

    • Heh! You’ve noticed that too, eh?

      To name but one example: She owns the frac sand controversy story — as it pertains to Minnesota, Wisconsin, the Dakotas and Iowa, anyway — to the point where to report fully on it, the Strib would be forced to cite her. Which may well be one reason why the Strib (much less the PiPress) doesn’t cover the frac sand issue as well and as deeply as she does.

      • Jim said

        Which may well be one reason why the Strib (much less the PiPress) doesn’t cover the frac sand issue as well and as deeply as she does.

        Ockham’s Razor tells me there is a simpler explanation for the sorry state of reportage.

        BTW: What happened to Dump Bachmann? Just when it is getting hot for her presidential campaign staff and they are gone…

        Bergoglio tip: There is this little pedophile/other disorder priest treatment facility located just outside Buenos Aires, apparently similar to the Servants of the Paraclete in New Mexico and St. Luke Institute in Maryland. Some local reports have approximately 100 patients from all over Latin America being treated with apparently the same treatment methods used elsewhere. A condition of treatment and benefit of the program seems to be non prosecution of the criminals by the authorities.

        One noted former patient was apparently Father Napoleon Sasso. Thus far the only English language media coverage seems to be the following mention in the Washington Post. articles.washingtonpost.com/2013-03-18/world/37812844_1_clergy-sexual-abuse-case-abuse-cases-abuse-claims/2

        After local parishioners accused Father Mario Napoleon Sasso of molesting children in a poor, rural province of eastern Argentina in the early 1990s, he was sent to a private rehabilitation center for wayward clergy, La Domus Mariae (the House of Mary), north of Buenos Aires. He lived for two years at the center and was then reassigned to work in a soup kitchen for poor children in a town outside the capital. There, he went on to sexually abuse girls as young as 3.

        “His bedroom was adjacent to the cafeteria, and it had the only bathroom in the chapel,” said Moreau, the attorney for the victims’ families.

        Originally located in Tortuguitas (part of the Buenos Aires metropolitan area), it was forced to move after the airing of a hidden camera expose. Video link here. http://www.conocereislaverdad.org/abusadores.htm

      • Charles II said

        Thanks for the links, Jim.

      • Jim said

        Here are two more links concerning the above.

        http://www.pagina12.com.ar/diario/elpais/1-56062-2005-09-05.html

        http://biancanieves.blogspot.com/2010/12/la-casa-de-los-pecadores.html

        At the Pagina 12 link be sure to explore the links under “subnotas” just under the picture.

        At the second this in particular caught my attention.

        Marano reveló también que recibieron dinero del Gobierno estadounidense, por lo cual tenían fondos suficientes para el proyecto.

        I believe that the current location of La Domus Mariae is in Los Cardales, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina (pop. abt. 5,500 and located about 20 km south of Campana).

  2. joel hanes said

    Bluestem Prairie is indeed awesome, and SJS puts contributions to good work.

    I mourn Ripple In Stillwater.

    And while not the same kind of place, I miss Norwegianity.

  3. Charles II said

    How can it possibly be legal for the USG to supply funds to any religious institution, Jim?

    • Jim said

      I do not know the answer to your question. I am not sure that this has happened. I do not know how the institution is structured, and how that might impact the legality of any aid it might have received. It requires further investigation. It is difficult to vet sources like these. It is indisputable that the institution exists and that there are court records which will shed more light on what has happened.

      If one thinks about the establishment of the various church connected treatment facilities in North America, and then discovers another similar one has been in operation in Argentina for more than 20 years, how many more are there yet to be discovered?

      There are reports that complaints about La Domus Mariae were made directly to the Apostolic Nuncio to Argentina Adriano Bernardini, who is now ( since November 2011) the Apostolic Nuncio to Italy and San Marino. All roads lead to Rome.

  4. Jim: You’ll have to ask Ken Avidor what happened to Dump Bachmann. The last that was in the news, he and City Pages were being hit with a SLAPP by Bradlee Dean lawyer Larry Klayman, per Wonkette:

    http://wonkette.com/508443/in-which-wonkette-tries-to-bait-larry-klayman-into-suing-us-also-too

    http://wonkette.com/502419/first-amendment-hero-bradlee-dean-would-like-to-give-your-wonkette-some-legal-fees

    If you know anything about SLAPPs, you know that they work most effectively against people with no money and who aren’t themselves lawyers. Wonkette’s staff has a lot of lawyers and lawyers’ relations on it, so they’re probably safe.

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