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Doug Gray

Bloomington, MN
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Posted on 09/19/14 at 12:13 pm in response to Should the Twins fire Ron Gardenhire?

if the Twins lose Gardy they will have to hire someone who will cost more and arguably won't be able to do any better with the mostly minor league level players they put in their taxpayer-supported ballpark.

Posted on 09/15/14 at 09:36 pm in response to Why Congress’ role in making war is now irrelevant

...of U.S. military interventions is woefully incomplete. There is a more comprehensive one here: http://academic.evergreen.edu/g/grossmaz/interventions.html. If we define "peace" as "no military forces overseas that are uninvited and/or opposed by a significant portion of the local population," the U.S. has rarely if ever been "at peace" since 1890,...

Posted on 09/19/14 at 12:42 pm in response to Why Congress’ role in making war is now irrelevant

OK, let's stipulate that troop use in the U.S. (10 incidents -- btw what do you all think about the Posse Comitatus Act) or "mere" threats of force (6 incidents) don't count. That leaves 130-odd examples of the use of U.S. military force abroad, on every continent except Australia and Antarctica, and no more than 4 years since 1890 when the U.S. may be said to have been "at peace." So perhaps in addition to hating us because of our freedoms, some people in the world hate us because we can't...

Posted on 09/04/14 at 06:54 pm in response to Michelle MacDonald and the anatomy of a political train wreck

the argument for effective election of judges is not only a "conservative" one, and these latest shenanigans do nothing for the cause. i'd settle for ending the too-common practice of judges deciding to "resign" just before the end of their term so their appointed successors can run for (s)election with all the benefits of incumbency.

Posted on 09/04/14 at 11:39 am in response to Family says St. Paul woman recruited to aid terrorists in Syria

The government has declared ISIL (or whatever they're calling themselves this week) a terrorist organization. The penalty for providing material support to a terrorist organization is no more than 15 years imprisonment if no death results, or life if a death results. 18 USC 2339A(a).

Posted on 09/04/14 at 06:57 pm in response to Family says St. Paul woman recruited to aid terrorists in Syria

if you can prove a connection between the support given and the lives lost. If I were in the U.S. Government I would be very, very cautious with my advocacy for extreme punishments for the deaths of innocents in the Middle East. What goes around...

I read Louis D. Johnston (and Ed Lotterman in the Pi Press) even when the headline is something like this one. Is there no hope for me?

Posted on 08/14/14 at 12:20 pm in response to No evidence or consensus about best way to brush teeth, study finds

...to the official opening of the summer silly season. Next: no consensus on whether to blow your nose or sniff and swallow.

Posted on 06/26/14 at 09:55 pm in response to New Dakota War history looks at the quiet heroics of Bishop Whipple

Whatever Bishop Whipple's probably significant influence on Lincoln's reducing the numbers hung in Mankato -- and let us not forget Shakopee and Medicine Bottle, kidnapped from Canada and hung the next year -- his driving force was to preserve the Union, not necessarily to treat Indians more humanely.

He once said if he could accomplish that by freeing all the salves, he would do that; if he could accomplish it by freeing no slaves, he would do that; and if he could accomplish that by...

Posted on 06/27/14 at 03:24 pm in response to New Dakota War history looks at the quiet heroics of Bishop Whipple

Though there probably wasn't a tribunal at the time to bring such charges to, it's worthwhile to note that one of the reasons advanced after the Civil War for not simply exterminating all the Indians was that it would cause European nations to see the U.S. as uncivilized.