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James Hamilton

St. Paul, MN
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Posted on 08/25/14 at 06:12 pm in response to After Hagedorn apology, GOP wants one from Franken

Organic farming as religion.

So even if there is no “reality” you still have to pay … ? At Midwest Energy News Frank Jossi reports, “While science has all but ruled out the most persistent health claims about transmission projects, high-voltage lines are still perceived by many as posing a risk to humans and livestock. … A Scott County judge ruled last week that utilities in the CapX2020 project have to buy the Cedar Summit Farm based on ‘subjective concerns’ about the power line’s...

as to submit a piece of your own discussing the issue of forfeiture of any property, under any circumstances. It would be a valuable discussion to have.

any more debates than he or she must participate in. It only gives the opposition more exposure and at no cost.

"For Medtronic’s shareholders, there’s another issue to the deal: Its structure creates a surprise taxable event for them — one that could cost thousands of dollars depending on how many shares they own. … Others were upset that Medtronic is planning to cover an estimated $65 million in special excise taxes that apply to board members and officers of the company.”

Posted on 08/01/14 at 12:16 pm in response to Against the über-presidency: Minnesota Republicans vote to sue Obama

"Details of the lawsuit — including what, specifically, it will ask the courts to do — haven't been revealed yet, in part because GOP leadership wanted the House to vote to authorize the suit first."

Posted on 08/01/14 at 01:07 pm in response to Ventura verdict sends message to writers: Be careful

A few comments to help put this case in perspective, something the media have avoided doing.

First, most public figure cases are not made against a person who claims to have been an eye witness to the events he or she describes, but someone who reports what others have said about the plaintiff. Where the defendant claims to have been a participant, he or she can be expected to know what's true and what isn't. If a jury determines that the claimed conduct didn't occur or the words...

Posted on 07/30/14 at 11:07 am in response to David Cobb on how corporations are stealing our self-governing rights

it's the largest and wealthiest corporations. Even the, it's only those with which they disagree.
Ultimately, it's about fear of the power of money.

So, will this proposed Constitutional amendment differentiate between large and small corporations? LLCs? Limited Partnerships? Unincorporated associations? Unions? Where will we draw the lines and, more important, why will we draw them there?

Drawing the lines between an individuals and the actions of their business...

Posted on 07/30/14 at 10:43 am in response to Contraceptive-coverage controversy is about human rights, not politics

Hobby Lobby was not about an employer dictating the morality of its employees. It was about who pays for those choices. Just as many pacifists, Friends in particular, have objected to payment of taxes which support war, the plaintiffs in HL et al claimed they didn't want to be compelled to facilitate actions which they find immoral. The difference between the two groups is that Friends have not had the benefit of the laws enacted by Congress and signed into law by Clinton in the '90s. (...

Posted on 07/30/14 at 10:07 am in response to Ventura verdict shocks legal experts

The claimed shock over this verdict is harder to understand than the verdict. Kyle, claiming to have been a participant in the events he described, could be presumed to have known whether what he claimed to have witnessed/done was true or false. If the jury didn't believe Kyle and the defense witnesses, the game was over.

The damages awarded for defamation are much more interesting. $500,000 for a man of Ventura's claimed stature is peanuts. Obviously, the jury either didn't...

Posted on 07/23/14 at 11:18 am in response to Mike McFadden open to raising the age for Medicare benefits

he sounds like an excellent running back.