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Jon Erik Kingstad

Afton, MN
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4 years 16 weeks

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Ray. I might add that many legal experts have pointed out that the FCC has ample legal authority to declare the Internet a public utility - really a common carrier- and regulate it accordingly to assure equal access. Why Wheeler and the rest of the FCC are so reluctant to take the obvious step open to them after the previous court ruling is really a mystery.

Posted on 04/18/14 at 08:47 pm in response to With creative ambiguity, Condoleezza Rice defends torture tactics

Is Dr. Condoleeza Rice a war criminal? Is Dick Cheney? Is George W. Bush? To paraphrase Robert McNamara, if our side hadn't won the war, they would have been tried and hanged as such just as Saddam Hussein ultimately was.

To me, Rice, Bush, Cheney, Woo and the rest exemplify what Hannah Arendt called the "banality of evil". The embodiment of this banality of evil for Arendt was Adolph Eichman. Rice, Bush, Cheney, Woo and the rest of the neocon true believers are no different than...

Posted on 04/17/14 at 10:07 pm in response to Lane Kenworthy on why we’re headed toward social democracy

Mr. Kenworthy must be a very optimistic person. Reading the interview at the link, he seems to dismiss every liberal or progressive initiative as being achievable yet he firmly believes that somehow we're going to arrive a some future state of social democracy beyond the pathetic ghost of one that exists here now.

Maybe he explains in his book how he thinks this social democracy is going to happen. But I can pretty much guaranty that it's not going to happen with our current...

Posted on 04/18/14 at 08:23 pm in response to Lane Kenworthy on why we’re headed toward social democracy

The only vote I think might qualify in recent history as a "vote themselves money" took place in 2008 when a right wing Secretary of Treasury, Paulson, who was part of the right wing, President George W. Bush's cabinet, asked-- no, demanded-- that Congress approve the bailout of the largest 8 banks in this country, a vote which happened under false pretenses and under duress. And we know who "voted themselves money" by the grand bonuses awarded the following years by AIG, Goldman Sachs and...

Posted on 04/19/14 at 10:53 am in response to Lane Kenworthy on why we’re headed toward social democracy

Conservatives don't care about deficits. If they did they would be screaming to cut the bloated defense and national security budgets. The only thing people like Paul Ryan and other darlings of the right want is to cut spending that helps the most vulnerable people in society: children the elderly, the homeless and the poor. After the right has been more or less in charge of all three branches of the government for over thirty years, you'll never convince me that the right really cares about...

"90,000 members, only about 200 are between the ages of 18-34 —"

Whoa! Let's go "Rewire"!

Posted on 04/11/14 at 08:10 pm in response to Language use and misuse: 'Evolving' is one thing ...

Thanks, Mr. Souder for the clarification on some of these misuses of the language. Or malapropisms.

I've run into the problem of "begs the question" as few times. But I quite agree that it robs the meaning of it's English language translation of the Latin term for the logical fallacy 'petitio principii" as translated from Aristotle. Maybe we need a new term that more forcefully conveys the idea of circular reasoning.

I thought the term "Hobson's choice" came from the 1950's...

From his comment about the "banality of evil", it sounds like M.r El-Hai isn't aware that Hannah Arendt was specifically speaking not of von Ribbentrop or Streicher. She was speaking of Adolph Eichman whom she personally observed during his trial in Jerusalem in the early 1960's. Her book concluded just what it sounds Dr. Kelley concluded about Goering: that he was a normal average human being and by simply following orders to commit the most despicable and heinous crimes against humanity,...

Posted on 04/09/14 at 07:54 am in response to Should the Supreme Court decide what’s good or bad for democracy?

Should the U.S. Supreme Court decide what's good and bad for democracy? That question was answered in Marbury v. Madison and is now an integral part of the Constitution itself. So the question should be what standard ought the Supreme Court use to decide what is good and bad for democracy?

Chuck Holtman nails it when he identifies the constitutional doctrines and issues involved. I completely agree that Buckley v. Valeo and its progeny up to McCutcheon are right up there with Dred...

Posted on 04/09/14 at 09:20 pm in response to Should the Supreme Court decide what’s good or bad for democracy?

I don't think I said or implied that the Court had such a role. But the Constitution is document that bears interpretation. I has been interpreted to reflect "democratic values" and so I say it should be in the future. I think it's possible to identify those decisions or trends in judicial interpretation which are un- or anti-democratic. For example, Buckley v. Valeo down to McCutcheon. And certainly including Bush v.Gore in that mix as well.