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Jon Erik Kingstad

Afton, MN
Commenter for
4 years 9 weeks

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Posted on 04/25/12 at 09:16 am in response to The moral case against the Vikings stadium

but the idea of trying to hold people "morally responsibility" does not seem to carry much weight with a lot of people. If we were to apply the principle of "moral responsibility" to e.g. health care cost and finance, we should hold business and industry liable for payment, having polluted our environment with PCB's, mercury, lead, asbestos, benzene, etc., etc., that cause cancer and other forms of bankrupting illnesses; and the food industry/monopoly for having degraded our diet to clog our...

Posted on 04/24/12 at 08:32 am in response to What the media covers, in one easy graphic

of the same graph from thirty or forty years ago would be interesting and telling. But then you didn't have the opposition party digging in their heels and starting the next Presidential campaign the day after inauguration either.

Posted on 04/23/12 at 02:35 pm in response to Not all laws come from high-powered lobbying campaigns

There are probably countless others but it's good to know about this revision. Last time I looked there were about 4 different laws governing receiverships. Hopefully, this new law will clean things up.

Posted on 04/21/12 at 11:34 am in response to Alan Rice: Greco-Roman wrestling legend recalls historic Olympics

This interesting article reminds of an interesting film noir I saw recently called "Night and the City". This film was about an American con-man living in London promoting a return to Greco-Roman wrestling against the prevailing fixed, fake wrestling matches that were portrayed as real wrestling. The film featured real Greco-Roman wrestling champion named Stanislaus Zbyszko in his film acting debut as Gregorius, a Greco-Roman wrestling legend. Gregorius was the father of the London...

Posted on 04/20/12 at 03:18 pm in response to Future of Senate seems balanced on a pin

As we've seen throughout the past ten years, the filibuster rule as amended (so that one need not even actually filibuster any more) has made 60 votes the new threshold for any Progressive legislation to meet. Senators who call themselves "Democratic" like Joe Lieberman, Ben Campbell, Max Baucus and a number of others, are self-described centrists who only swing one way and that's to the right to allow Republicans a pass and require only 50 votes for their bills. E.g. the pro-business, right...

Posted on 04/21/12 at 09:03 pm in response to Future of Senate seems balanced on a pin

I have small "thought experiment" to illustrate the point of the absurd and outlandish obsolescence of the Constitution to our society. Article V provides that:

"The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part...

Posted on 04/20/12 at 08:20 am in response to Bachmann: Obama 'waving a tar baby in the air' on gas prices

"Waving a "tar baby" in the air" or running around with a flag that says "Look at me everybody, I'm an idiot"?

Posted on 04/19/12 at 07:41 pm in response to Progressivism = Communism, says Rep. Allen West

Isn't that an oxymoron? To be "ideological" is to hold to a fixed position which is impervious to reason or presumably debate which is supposed to at any rate be based on reason. I suppose if you can describe what people call "debates" in this country, that's probably wrong.

For right wingers (supposedly libertarians) one of their so-called "principles" is that life begins at conception. Seeing no contradiction in being a "libertarian" and holding to an ideology that refuses to...

above. A commenter, Ann Galloway listed the ALEC legislators in our state. I think it's worth asking every legislator, particularly Republican ones, if they are members of ALEC or subscribe to these "lawsuit reform" groups. I asked my legislator, Denny McNamara if he was a member and he said no. I believe him just as I believe he's not among the Grover Norquist pledge group. If you have pledged to Norquist's group, in my opinion, as a legislator, you have violated your oath of office to...

Posted on 04/18/12 at 08:45 am in response to Obama, 49; Romney, 45, according to new Pew Poll

Eric, that you're not going to write a poll column every day. IMHO, you've already written two too many so far. Americans seem to have an unhealthy obsession with meaningless numbers and statistics. By"unhealthy" I mean far too many people will base their decision to vote on how they think other people will be voting. I particularly deplore the many "low information voters" who follow the crowd rather than inform themselves. I personally know people who have just come to the realization that...