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Jon Erik Kingstad

Afton, MN
Commenter for
4 years 16 weeks

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Until the late 1960's, the US also had one of the more unionized work forces in the world and had one of the more advanced standards of living in the world. Let's put this comparison of "student achievement and attainment" in context, shall we, and look how the US has fallen in every category, except the percentage and number of people in prisons and military spending. The Republican right wing has been in charge of this country in one branch of government or another since about, , well,...

Posted on 05/11/12 at 09:13 am in response to Cravaack targets climate change education funding

"climate change education" sounds like "climate change propaganda". Cravaack is not a stupid person but in his comments and this legislative position, he reveals what it means to be willfully, and stubbornly ignorant, much like his Senatorial colleague, James Inhofe. That such highly placed elected officials should be able to claim themselves "skeptics" and opponents of education of science because it teaches what they choose to deny is saddening and depressing.

Posted on 05/09/12 at 07:17 pm in response to Now the get-real negotiations on stadium begin

because it's one of the several provisions of the Minnesota Constitution that prevents certain kinds of private or special legislation. If the bill that emerges does skirt the germaneness requirement or violate any of the other provisions, this could give some group of opponents the grounds they need to throw it into the Courts.

Posted on 05/10/12 at 09:12 am in response to Judicial independence: The new threat from within

The Judicial Conference of the United States has established procedures for reviewing complaints against federal judges who are believed to have misbehaved. Misbehavior can include making partisan remarks like those discussed in the article and even a federal judge can be suspended or disciplined. Most state judiciaries I believe have adopted similar procedures and rules.

The problem again though is whether these will be enforced. When you have Justices like Scalia making partisan...

Posted on 05/07/12 at 06:11 pm in response to Capitol girds for (very) late-night stadium decision

and so are the 70% of Minnesotans who are opposed to this stadium. The pro-stadium minority crowd who, I'm sure include many of the Tea Party types who complain continually about paying for everybody else's goodies are well represented I'm sure here. If this passes, let there be no more complaining from these clowns about how "my money" is being used for things they disapprove of.

Posted on 05/07/12 at 11:25 am in response to Needed to fix parking blight: Lots of trees

Drive into any parking lot in Minnesota (or anyplace else it seems) in the summer as described in this article, and you see at most a few slender saplings with a sliver of shade and every one with a car below it. There's almost nothing worse than getting into a car baking in such a parking lot after a few hours (that includes getting into a car in subzero weather). I've heard that the temperatures are 120 degrees + and that the heat releases toxic fumes from the interior upholstery. Let...

Posted on 05/05/12 at 10:42 am in response to Bachmann made only two teensy mistakes

why is Romney the apparent Republican nominee and not Michele Bachmann? Or one of the other darlings of the demented right? If people like Bachmann claim to have such deep support in the Republican Party, where is that support at the voting booth?

Having been raised in the Catholic faith, I was taught to have great respect for the clergy, who, unlike the laity, put their faith into action with different vow, some with vows of poverty, almost all with vows of celibacy or chastity, and in some cases obedience and silence. I assume Sister Brigid actions and words also reflect the commitment to her faith that most of the rest of us have not.

Almost every religious debate or dispute we have today is not really religious or...

Posted on 04/26/12 at 08:11 pm in response to GOP heavyweights unhappy with all the additional stadium gambling

"I could hardly fail to disagree with you less."

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...