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Hiram Foster

Crystal, MN
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Posted on 07/05/14 at 06:57 am in response to Major league soccer in Minnesota may not be a sure thing

Here is the problem, or at least one problem Soccer is really weird. In some sports, the goal is to win the league championship. In the NFL it's the Super Bowl, in baseball, the World Series. In soccer,the goal is to win the World Cup, which represents a kind of thinking totally alienated from the way American sports fans see the world. We just don't care about international team sports. The world baseball tournament MLB holds every once in a while goes unnoticed, and it never occurs to them...

Posted on 07/06/14 at 12:08 pm in response to Major league soccer in Minnesota may not be a sure thing

Soccer is boring, that is its biggest problem.

It can be but other sportst can be boring too. Baseball is mostly just standing around. The Wall Street Journal once timed an NFL football game and found that in three and half hours of TV time there was actually something happening on the field for only eleven and a half minutes. While soccer games consist of 90 minutes of real time running, NFL games mostly consist of meetings in which various participants discuss what to do next. And I...

Posted on 07/06/14 at 12:33 pm in response to Major league soccer in Minnesota may not be a sure thing

In soccer, the games just about always matter. In a recent issue of Sports Illustrated, the cover story was about how the Houston Astros would win the World Series in 2017. Soccer teams never think this way because if they aren't good this year, they will be relegated to a lower league, quite possibly never to return. There is no phoning it in, no wait 'til next year. No equivalent of the Vikings cashing tv checks every season despite the fact that they haven't been in a Super Bowl in 37...

I have no problem at all campaigning on Obamacare. McFadden needs to explain why in that commerical, his solution to his kid's health care issues was to remove the stitches himself.

"McFadden calls Obamacare a disaster. He favors repealing it and replacing it with something better."

I have my own personal rules of politics, and one of them is what I think of as Hiram's First Principle which is: Any politicians who public support of a policy or objective is contingent upon the fulfillment of an impossible precondition in fact opposes that policy goal or objective. In other words, a politician who says he supports policy x but implementation must wait for the...

I have always wondered why Democrats were so defensive about Minnesota. Our wages are considerably higher than those in Texas and our unemployment is considerably lower. While it may be true that the Texas business climate is wonderful and ours is truly hideous, somehow it's the case that despite their huge natural advantages, floating atop an ocean of oil as they do, somehow we are rich, relatively, and they are poor.

Republicans who want us make us more like Texas, although sadly a...

One way to think of employer provided health insurance is that it belongs to the employee, not the employer. It's a form of compensation, just like wages. That means that it is the employee's business not the employers, if the insurance provides certain controversial benefits. And if any employee objects to his insurance company paying for his or her birth control, the employee can just choose not to file a claim.

Lately, and I find this disturbing as a yellow dog Democrat, I have been finding myself agreeing more an more with Republicans. My concern over this is lessened considerably however, by the fact that Republicans don't agree with themselves. When Republicans say that requiring employers should provide health insurance to employees, they aren't wrong. The problem comes in that they don't seem to understand the extent to which they are right. It really is a bad idea to make employers...

The market place doesn't have power. It's simply a place, real or virtual, where goods, real and virtual, are bought and sold. What happens there is often determined by the power the participants bring there. Large corporations have market power. Individuals generally do not. That's why it's in the interest of individuals to band together. It's a way of achieving, if not power equal to the corporations, at least enough power to which the corporations have to respond.


Something to note here is that whether or not fraud is occurring, the issue raised here is not addressed by voter ID. Voter ID checks who people are, not where they live, or any other qualification they might have. As long as those folks are who they say they are, it matters not the slightest where they live or say they live.