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Eric Ferguson

Minneapolis, MN
Commenter for
6 years 46 weeks

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Posted on 01/24/12 at 11:46 am in response to Legislators, especially Republicans, hope for short session

There's a quick way to shorten the session: skip all the noxious constitutional amendments. Though I suppose as long as the goal is to take away the rights of people who tend not to vote Republican, our Republicans could do what Republicans do in other states, and just skip the standard procedures. Shove it through so the opposition can't debate.

Posted on 01/19/12 at 03:36 pm in response to Minnesota gains 7,900 jobs in December; unemployment rate drops to 5.7%

Lowest level since September 2008, why does that date seem significant? Oh right, that's when Obama's regulations and health insurance and fake birth certificate destroyed the banking system.

Posted on 01/19/12 at 02:43 pm in response to Ex-WCCOer Jack Rice returns, on AM950

Do the ratings include web streams and podcasting? A lot of the sort of people who listen to liberal talk listen on their computers and MP3 players, not over the air.

Posted on 01/19/12 at 02:33 pm in response to SOPA receives bipartisan opposition from delegation

I can't believe Erik Paulsen said when I'm thinking. It's becoming clear to me proponents are trying to find a technical fix to a law enforcement problem. Why don't they get this? I think proponents are well-intentioned in regards to stopping pirating of intellectual property, and it's very much a real problem, but people who know nothing about the internet are legislating about the internet. In 2012, it's no longer acceptable to know nothing about the internet. It's like writing...

Posted on 01/19/12 at 04:06 pm in response to After Keystone pipeline, Canada's other oil project

What a shame Canada's government has gone as conspiracy-theory right as any US Glenn Beck listener. The environment minister in an interview on As It Happens actually actually blamed the Tides Foundation. Blaming George Soros, that's just tin-foil hat standard. Soros has even heard of these pipelines, or cares? How sad Harper is using the old "outside agitators" trope. These fools are in utter denial that a whole lot of Canadians oppose them too. That's why they're having trouble building...

Posted on 01/17/12 at 03:34 pm in response to Minneapolis bike traffic and trails rising steadily

"Despite this increase in biking and biking lanes, the number of crashes involving bikers and motorized vehicles has dropped." Despite the lanes, or "due to"? The lanes should improve safety, at least I thought that was the point. They encourage biking by making it safer. Sometimes faster (like the Hiawatha Line trail has sped up the trip downtown), but usually they just mark an area where cars shouldn't go.

Posted on 01/17/12 at 03:28 pm in response to This is what Citizens United hath wrought

During last night's debate, Romney said he thinks donors should be free to make unlimited donations to campaigns, so candidates can use the money to control their own messages. He has a point about letting candidates control their messages, but I can't see big donors giving up the control to candidates when they can go independent and say what they want. They might fund both.

Plus the independent expenditure lets the candidate deny connection to vicious or dishonest ads.


Posted on 01/17/12 at 02:47 pm in response to Senate GOP choice of Steve Sviggum comes with strange twists

#3 Great management, especially that government shutdown. Real nice. They have been quick to claim credit for the surplus granted by the improving economy. And please don't give us that "Dayton is at fault too" nonsense. He offered compromise after compromise after compromise, and all the GOP did was say no no no, we want it all our way.

By the way, some surplus: it's all owed to drawn down accounts. If there's anything left, how about funding the schools?

Posted on 01/17/12 at 04:55 pm in response to Gov. Scott Walker vs. unions: Wisconsin set to count recall petitions

United Wisconsin turned in a million signatures, not merely double what they needed, but more than the Democratic candidate received in 2010. There must be a bunch of people who have buyer's remorse or regret sitting out the last election. They gathered that million while simultaneously getting enough to recall the lieutenant governor and four state senators, pending validation. Even if all they win in the actual elections is one senate seat, that enough to flip the state senate and stop...

Posted on 01/13/12 at 12:12 pm in response to Obama strikes back (at Romney, through a surrogate)

"President Obama — who, like Mitt Romney, earned a degree from Harvard and all the opportunities that affords — began his career helping jobless workers in the shadow of a closed-down steel mill. Mitt Romney, on the other hand, made millions closing down steel mills."

That's good. I read the rest of the memo and it's mostly claims and statistics, but that part jumps out. It can be boiled down even a bit more: when they went to work after leaving Harvard, Obama helped unemployed people...