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Bruce Johnson

Walnut Grove, MN
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7 years 4 weeks

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Posted on 01/29/15 at 02:47 pm in response to North Dakota's budget craters under falling oil prices

I was a reliable RyeKrisp customer. And this announcement comes only a day after Andrew Sullivan wrote he was quitting blogging. 2015 is not off to a good start.

bin Laden's intent was to do something so extreme to us that in our reaction we were stupid, if only temporarily. The Iraq invasion, the indefinite holding and torture of various people caught up in this, some who were obviously guilty and some who were obviously not, all served bin Laden's wishes. That the venal and incompetent Cheney was in charge at the time made bin Laden much more effective. Of course the attack on 9/11 was intended to inflict pain and suffering, but its full intent was...

Posted on 12/10/14 at 09:52 pm in response to Vikings and 3M to test bird-safe film for new stadium

One doesn't have to look very hard at the election results to see the Republicans won on low voter turnout by those who would have voted DFL. Still, they won fair and square. But it seems they are trying to be too smart again, like when they put the two amendments on the ballot as a cynical get out the vote effort, which came back to smack them hard. These dumb committee titles and chronic pitting of metro vs. rural aren't likely to work. Just govern, for Pete's sake.

Posted on 11/10/14 at 03:29 pm in response to The Minnesota Republican Party is back. Maybe. Or Not.

Re: "an incredibly weak Governor who the republicans should have easily been able to beat."

Which other MN politicians have won 4 statewide races?

Posted on 11/07/14 at 02:08 pm in response to KSTP savaged for Mayor Hodges 'gang sign' story

I am a member of a rural chapter of the Stick Up Boys, inadvertantly. And my Mom warned me about finger pointing, but I didn't listen.

Posted on 10/27/14 at 10:07 am in response to Peterson and Westrom meet for first debates of the season

Westrom is not as poor a candidate as those who have run against Peterson in recent elections.

Posted on 10/01/14 at 09:01 pm in response to McFadden goes at Franken's record in first debate

Listening to the radio re-broadcast now. A few comments:
1) the gulf in the candidates' demeanor, as remarked, is striking. Sen. Franken seemed in his first race, against Norm Coleman, to be a reluctant campaigner, and it reads that way in today's debate. He would much rather be deep into policy work, to his credit. But if you're running for office you owe it to the public to campaign as if you want the job.

McFadden sounds borderline unhinged in his voice as he makes his...

Posted on 09/11/14 at 01:43 pm in response to Reacting to Obama’s speech, Rand Paul throws Hannity a curve

On MPR this morning Rep. Kline also ripped the "ISIL is not Islamic" statement from Obama's speech. This is a pretty basic concept to master but it seems to be a condition of employment for Republicans to pretend otherwise.

Albert Lea has 170K hotel rooms?

I drove all the way to the State Fair from SW MN, and back yesterday on a different route, and I still missed seeing the red lights. I bet it was that detour on 169 N of St. Peter that caused me to miss out.