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Greg Kapphahn

Alexandria, MN
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4 years 18 weeks

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Posted on 10/15/14 at 05:02 pm in response to AG Swanson is suing Texas credit-card processor

I'm starting to feel like the residents of Cleveland must have felt in the movie "Major League."

I doubt the new stadium is going to change that impression one iota.

But it may be that, by the time the Super Bowl comes to Minneapolis, local football fans will be so desperate to be part of an winning effort,...

even if the Vikings aren't involved,...

that they'll volunteer to help out.

Meanwhile, we can guarantee that the Wilfs will not field a winning...

Posted on 10/15/14 at 05:06 pm in response to AG Swanson is suing Texas credit-card processor

who should know better,...

thinks we could and should have forced Iraq to allow an occupying force of US troops to remain on Iraqi soil,...

and that doing so (which was not possible) would have prevented ISIS from arising.

In reality, the ONLY thing that would have prevented ISIS from arising is for the Bush Administration and Donny Rumsfeld not to have "De-Bathified" the Iraqi government after our invasion,...

or, of course, not to have invaded in the first place...

Posted on 10/16/14 at 09:45 am in response to Do we have too much democracy?

lies in the fallacy that "free speech" means candidates, political parties, and interest groups cannot be penalized for committing the fraud of telling even the most egregious lies about themselves and their opponents.

If we applied the same "free speech" standards to corporations or individuals, NO con man, NO investment huckster, NO snake oil peddler, NO ponzi scheme perpetrator, would EVER have gone to jail for anything,...

since all he or she was doing was exercising their...

I want a governor who has magical powers sufficient that he can just warp the entire world economy to create massive prosperity, but only in ONE section of Minnesota - the Northeast.

Then he can use those SAME magical powers to protect the environment from the degradation that Polymet would INEVITABLY bring,...

AND

make sure that all the profits from copper/nickel mining don't go out of state,...

and that, when the ore runs out,...

Polymet and/or its...

All we need do is look at the track record of former Gov. Tim Pawlenty,...

and the absolute zero temperature of the efforts of the Republican-led legislature of a couple of years ago,...

whose "jobs! jobs! jobs!" promises did not result in one, single proposal, bill, or change in policy that had a snowball's chance in what is reputed to be a very warm place of creating even a single minimum wage job!

Republicans have never, yet, awoken from their "tinkle down" economics...

inner city schools and some rural schools enough money to help them deal with the disadvantaged and unstable circumstances their students grow up in.

I'm wondering if, when it comes to actually being able to competently and honestly manage big business and big banking concerns, if there's some magical multiple of the pay received by average workers that will make a difference.

Will our nations' managers and boards of directors finally be competent, capable, honest and...

Posted on 10/13/14 at 01:21 pm in response to A geek's guide to political polling

1) beware of any in-house polls from ANY political party or interest group: who's paying for a poll often has far more to do with the results of that poll than those who trumpet such polls (when they're in their favor) or the polling organizations might like us to believe.

2) I ALWAYS throw out without consideration any poll where the polling organization refuses to reveal it's methodology, the actual questions asked, and the order of those questions. Of course that information is...

Posted on 10/10/14 at 07:10 pm in response to For first time in years, Collin Peterson's seat is a battleground

have always been a little uncomfortable with Collin Peterson simply because he's a Democrat (having forgotten, of course, the reason the Farm Bureau, The Grange, the Farmer's Union, the rural cooperative movement and many other farmer's organizations were born back in the 30s,...

and, indeed, how there came to be a "F" in DFL.

More than a few of them are inclined to vote against Collin Peterson because he's in the same party as the president and there's still considerable...

Posted on 10/11/14 at 12:44 pm in response to For first time in years, Collin Peterson's seat is a battleground

Did you and Pavel get a memo, or was it an email?

Pavel, perhaps you might want to do a teensy bit of research regarding what Collin Peterson has "promised" and which of those promises he's failed to keep,...

because I think you'll be VERY hard pressed to come up with anything along those lines. He has served his district EXTREMELY effectively.

As to government being a "career" some of our MOST helpful, useful, and effective politicians have served for many terms,......

Posted on 10/10/14 at 08:22 am in response to Texas prosecutors want Adrian Peterson re-arrested

so recently reinstated by a VERY partisan federal judge,...

is a MAJOR blow for fairness in Wisconsin.

I was going to say "justice," but justice would require that those pushing and passing that law would be prosecuted for rank voter suppression and penalized for seeking to make sure a sizable minority of their opponents were not allowed to vote.

But it will also give Scott Walker a convenient reason to say that Mary Burke and those evil "liberal" Democrats STOLE the...