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david hanners

st. paul, Minnesota
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Posted on 09/12/14 at 02:14 am in response to Reacting to Obama’s speech, Rand Paul throws Hannity a curve

Scads of "more moderate" Muslims have condemned IS, and they've been doing so for some time. The terrorist thugs of IS have been happily killing Muslims for some time without the West getting too excited. Just because the news sources you rely on haven't published or broadcast these condemnations or haven't given them prominent display doesn't mean they didn't happen. And once these groups have gone on record condemning IS, I'm not sure they are required to repeat the condemnation every hour...

Yet again, Mr. Tester completely misses the point. Of course Ms. MacDonald *says* she'll act without regard to a person’s religion. But when she holds up a well-thumped Bible, what faith (no pun intended) do I have as a litigant before the Court that her brand of justice will be blind to such things as religion? In a word, none. She seeks to mix her brand of Christianity with the business of the Court. At least she is open about it.

I'm also guessing the version of the Bible she held...

Posted on 03/24/14 at 05:41 am in response to Group asks Obama to pardon 'Dakota 38+2'

The Pioneer Press published a much better and more detailed yarn about their case than the five-paragraph (?!) Star Tribune brief you linked to. And the Pioneer Press ran it a day before the other paper.

Am I the only one troubled by the fact this piece was 1) written by someone long associated with the GOP who 2) excuses Ortman's behavior as "everyone does it" and 3) quotes Michael Brodkorb as the primary source? Just wondering.

Posted on 02/28/13 at 12:58 pm in response to No body doesn't mean no case in Kira Trevino disappearance

Periods, Mr. Kapphahn. Please use them. Aside from your misuse of elipses (you don't seem to be omitting any words or phrases) the sentences go on and on. They are hard for us to wade through. Many of us have stopped wading.

Posted on 02/28/13 at 06:29 pm in response to No body doesn't mean no case in Kira Trevino disappearance

I suspect you over-estimate the comprehensibility of your posts. But as someone who has spent the past 35 years working for "news rags" (a couple of them quite above average) I suppose I have come to place undue emphasis on caring that readers understand.

Posted on 02/07/13 at 11:58 am in response to Amy Koch media saga: Who did what and when

I'm not sure what newsrooms Jeremy Powers has worked in, but the "four rules of journalism ethics" he cites are certainly no rules I've ever been told about. His "rules" seem a recipe for shallow and timid journalism and they certainly aren't the way we do business at the Pioneer Press.

Posted on 01/14/13 at 10:41 am in response to Medical device tax is probably here to stay

So in other words, Jeff, because scientists were "wrong" once, they'll always be wrong in the future. Makes perfect sense as long as you ignore the four decades of additional climate research, increased scientific scrutiny, improved modeling, etc. I'm assuming that when you go see a physician, you sit patiently while he/she bleeds you to rid your body of its "poisonous matter" and return balance to your four humors.

Similarly, just because obesity is a problem in America doesn't mean...

Posted on 12/07/12 at 10:04 am in response to Minnesota news media: Who tops the Twitter 1,000

To borrow a phrase, Twitter is to good news reporting as fish are to bicycles.

Posted on 05/05/12 at 08:35 am in response to Don't put your Amy Senser story next to an ad with a roadside ditch

And thanks for all the kind words on our actual coverage of the trial. Each day, we tried to tell our readers something that even the other reporters covering the trial didn't know.
David Hanners
St. Paul Pioneer Press