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John N. Finn

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Winona, Minnesota
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Posted on 01/19/12 at 05:12 pm in response to A question for Romney: What's wrong with apologizing?

This caused me to wonder if Iran ever received an apology for our downing of their passenger airliner back in '88. According to Wikipedia, no. And if Wiki's account can be believed, Romney could be channeling then V.P. George H.W. Bush comment on the incident:

"I'll never apologize for the United States of America. Ever. I don't care what the facts are."

Posted on 01/11/12 at 07:47 pm in response to After New Hampshire: Looks like it's gonna be Romney

I guess "gonna" has become accepted proper English for "going to". A bit disappointing, IMHO.

nuff said.

How is the "official" unemployment rate calculated? It shouldn't be only those who are collecting unemployment benefits since those not can still be looking. Applicants registered at state job service offices? That would miss those not searching that way. Surveys of employers for how many recent applicants, cross checked to eliminate double counting? Telephone polling asking about employment status?

There must be a lot of estimating based on something that is never mentioned in these...

Posted on 11/08/11 at 09:37 am in response to 'Northstar Cocktails' and the flourishing of the craft mixed drink

"However, this (sazerac) is an easy drink to mess up — the wrong rye, the wrong absinthe, the wrong quantities...."

Recommendations? Old Overholt fits my budget, unlike Iowa's Templeton. And have yet to buy absinthe.

BTW: After STOCK's brand of maraschino for my union club cocktails became unavailable, a Woodman's grocery store in La Crosse special ordered Luxardo for a very reasonable price.

Posted on 10/25/11 at 09:02 am in response to Team Bachmann: Ex-staffers didn't write angry press release

"......responding manufacturers in the state considered the shortage of skilled workers to be a moderate or serious problem. The biggest shortages were found in skilled production (58 percent of those responding), followed by jobs for scientists and engineers......"

Don't they mean a shortage of (job applicants) under 50 years old and currently employed in their field?

Posted on 10/13/11 at 06:02 pm in response to Survey du jour: Minnesota ranks as '12th sanest' state

"Hamline professor David Davies.... says: “I am a college professor increasingly frustrated by the incredible debt I see college students taking on. ..."

I realize that my college student rental neighborhood population might not be representative of students in general, but they sure drive some nice cars that I wish I could afford. And my freshman niece was provided with a SUV to replace her high school Ford Focus. Back in my day, we walked to class or bicycled. And we LIKED it that...

Posted on 09/23/11 at 12:20 pm in response to Gov. Mark Dayton, Republican legislators at odds -- again

Dayton might be at odds with Republicans over this union hearing, but give him bi-partisan credit for inviting freshman Republican Senator Jeremy Miller along as the only representative of our legislature. Participating in this trade/jobs mission is sure to be golden for young Miller's re-election campaign.

Posted on 09/12/11 at 08:21 am in response to Help wanted. But only if you have a job.

"....a bill was introduced in Congress that would make it illegal to discriminate in hiring based on unemployment or history of unemployment."

This, along with all other anti-discrimination laws, could be circumvented by hiring though a temp agency.

Posted on 09/08/11 at 09:42 am in response to Michele Bachmann not a big factor in GOP debate

Frac sand loading into rail cars is underway now in Winona. I believe it's a relatively small scale facility prior to a planned larger operation. I'm not aware of any new sand mining yet. The trucks are hauling from an existing pit at the edge of town.

BTW: Would frac sand be included in the mineral rights that land owners usually don't own?

Posted on 08/19/11 at 12:28 pm in response to Political ads are already popping up in Minnesota

Not likely to happen, but what if one candidate, a hypothetical democrat for instance, declined to play the costly ad game? He or she along with the DFL declare that in an effort to end the influence of big money on campaigns, no funds will be spent other than a web site featuring policy positions, modest print media ads directing voters to the site, and maybe direct mail. And somehow outside groups could refrain from getting involved. (I'm assuming that TV/cable accounts for the vast...