The Minnesota Daily

All content by Mike Munzenrider

There is still no end in sight

May 3, 2011

Osama bin Laden is dead, but we wonâÄôt know what his death will mean for months, years or âÄî as the protracted nature of the "War on Terror" shows âÄî decades. News of President...

Minneapolitans for not freaking out

April 20, 2011

Minneapolis 10th Ward Councilwoman Meg Tuthill âÄî who represents much of Uptown âÄî caused quite a bit of controversy a month and a half ago when she proposed her plan to amend city ordinances...

End basketball apathy

April 6, 2011

The Twin Cities have not excelled at basketballing as of late. WeâÄôve been underserved by our basketball teams, so a bit of apathy from fans is to be expected for many reasons. Students at the...

Block the brewery?

March 29, 2011

Picture this: You emerge from that final final of the semester on a warm, beautiful May afternoon. Once stress-stricken, youâÄôre now giddy with anticipation of the coming summer, a little hungry...

Overindulging in news

March 22, 2011

ThereâÄôs an incredible amount of international news taking place at this very moment. The U.S. just became involved in a third war, protest and unrest continue in the Middle East and Japan faces...

Walmart does the right thing

March 2, 2011

Walmart haters take heed, you may have to soften your distaste for the company. A month after the release of a study possibly linking a commonly used flame retardant to fertility issues in women, the much...

The blind Patriot Act

February 23, 2011

True intellectual honesty and consistency are rare in American politics and should be applauded when they show their normally hidden face. Thus, an ovation is in order for the bipartisan group in the House...

Racinos, casinos and in bars, oh my

February 16, 2011

For anyone who has ever walked to the convenience store for their bag of Fritos and an orange juice, this situation is typical. You get stuck at the counter behind that hot-handed person holding a nickel,...

Dead on arrival

February 9, 2011

Amid the recent protests, the Egyptian government effectively cut off its citizensâÄô Internet access and was criticized for its oppressive action by people and governments all over the world. That...

Unfollowing the Twitter revolution

February 2, 2011

Unless your television is broken, you speak to no one, you lost your phone or some nefarious force turned off your Internet, you are aware of the recent protests and unrest in Tunisia and Egypt. Indeed,...

Wussification, huh?

January 19, 2011

Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell recently threw his hat into the hot realm of politico word coinage by âÄúrefudiatingâÄù âÄî er, repudiating âÄî the NFL for postponing an outdoor...

Sweet Minnesota

December 14, 2010

My family ditched Minnesota like the cold, unforgiving friend that it can be, approximately 17 days after my youngest brother graduated high school. We have roots in a place with much warmer climes âÄî...

Haters anonymous

December 7, 2010

The lapsed Catholic in me realized long ago a possible personal hell based upon a previous job. I was sure that an eternity of selling skateboard stickers to tweens awaited me for all my past sins and...

A comforting leak

November 30, 2010

In what might be the overstatement of the year, responding to this weekendâÄôs release of over 250,000 U.S. diplomatic cables by WikiLeaks, Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini called the leak...

Legislating marriage — again

November 23, 2010

The surprising Republican takeover of the Minnesota Legislature gave social conservatives hope that they can push their agenda. The innocuously named Minnesota Family Council, for instance, could be rallying...

Immigration and the prison lobby

November 16, 2010

ItâÄôs no huge secret that important news stories often get buried in the coverage of other concurring events. This past election cycle proved to be a smothering force, relegating other stories...

Tony Sutton’s election gripe

November 9, 2010

The results of Election Day, one week ago showed that âÄòhope and changeâÄô was to be tempered by a majority of just âÄònopeâÄô in the Congress and that the people of Minnesota...

Excuse me — I’d like to vote

November 2, 2010

Voting is extremely simple in Minnesota, a state with the highest turnout rates in the nation. So youâÄôd think the University of Minnesota âÄî with one of the largest and most politically-active...

Death knocks for DADT

October 26, 2010

The long, tumultuous history of the U.S. militaryâÄôs controversial "DonâÄôt Ask, DonâÄôt Tell" policy, which bans openly gay members from the military, almost came to its overdue...

Spectacle above all

October 19, 2010

With just two weeks to go until what is a very important midterm election, I find myself overwhelmed by politics in a national sense and completely disconnected from politics in a local sense. ItâÄôs...

Cyclists: Please don’t tread on us

October 7, 2010

The New York Times recently published an op-ed piece featuring various graduate students giving advice and other tips to incoming first-year students. Yes, they were fashionably late to the first-year-advice-column...

Legislating sexuality

September 28, 2010

The Montana GOP and the Ugandan Parliament arenâÄôt usually known for seeing eye-to-eye on many policy ideas, but there is at least one instance where their priorities are shockingly in line:...

Lady Gaga is not real

September 21, 2010

It’s not often that I find myself thinking deeply about Lady Gaga, or thinking about her that much at all, regardless of how fascinating I may find her. In light of Camille Paglia’s profile...

Skateboarding might be a crime

September 14, 2010

The first time I received a citation from police for anything was when I was 14. Not to be outdone, my little brother received his first citation at the age of 11. Our crimes? Skateboarding together on...

The August Assessment

September 8, 2010

It's nearly a week into September and, try as I might, I’m unable to make up my mind about August. A small mind bomb was placed early last month upon rereading a piece written by "Slate’s"...