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James Hamilton

St. Paul, MN
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5 years 18 weeks

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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.

Posted on 07/22/14 at 11:28 am in response to A new, potentially very serious blow to Obamacare law

that refused to create state exchanges blame Obama for this one?

Posted on 07/21/14 at 10:35 am in response to Gubernatorial candidates avoiding social issues

Yup, she's the champion of the safe, the obvious and the meaningless. This is simply the most recent example.

Her most daring (and foolish) effort is her championship of Children in Families First Act of 2013 (CHIFF), which would substantially undermine national and international efforts to reduce irregularities in international adoption. But, hey, it plays well with voters.

Posted on 07/18/14 at 11:35 am in response to Psychological treatments deserve closer scrutiny, researchers say

that the qualities of the therapist are a key consideration. Most find no relief from their first medication trial. Why would we expect patients' experiences with therapists to be any different?

That's a pretty rosy view of charters. Consider this, from the U of M, last year:

The charter system remains highly segregated. (Table 1) The distribution of schools has been remarkably stable over time.
The percentage of charters which are predominantly non-white remained in the mid-50s for most years since 1995-96 and the integrated share has varied very little around 18-20 percent. During the same period, the percentage of traditional schools in the region that were...

is still segregation, Mr. Nathan.

Posted on 07/17/14 at 10:20 am in response to Dismissing the cost of doing business in Minnesota will be at our peril

As already noted, this piece is woefully short on specifics. Links to the sources cited should have been provided so that readers can assess their conclusions for themselves or, at the very least, learn what is meant by the "cost of doing business."