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Doug Gray

Bloomington, MN
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Posted on 10/23/14 at 08:54 pm in response to Superhighways and light rail: antagonists or evil twins?

If the Blue Line hippie infestation is not dealt with, in a few months a music festival will break out...

Posted on 10/13/14 at 09:57 am in response to Our odd primary system — and its odd results

The crossover issue was why, during my time in the Old Dominion, parties used to use the "unconstructed caucus" (native Virginians cringed when I called it the "unreconstructed caucus") system for nominations. Basically it's a primary run by the party organizations at the local level, so they can keep out mischief-makers. One signs a pledge to support the party's endorsed candidates and then proceeds to cast a ballot. No idea what they were thinking when they went with a statewide primary...

Posted on 10/09/14 at 10:06 am in response to Walking Minnehaha Creek: Canoeing it would be a lot easier

Wisconsin and Minnesota seem to be part of the borderlands of the creek/crick world; see this from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal (http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/lifestyle/31852214.html):

"Creek is common everywhere but New England and the Northwest; crick is more common in the West, North Midland, and the North except for New England," Luanne von...

Posted on 09/22/14 at 11:20 am in response to Democrats making big push in 8th Congressional District

The problem is too much Minnesota Nice rather than not enough. In order for traffic as a whole to move smoothly, some cars must move more or less abruptly. Merging, right-of-way, lane changing, etc. all require a minimal level of assertiveness that most Minnesota motorists seem reluctant to put forth, as it might cost them a jewel in their crowns in heaven. Viz. their behavior at potlucks and church suppers where no one wants to go first, or their insistence on queuing up in the open lane...

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...