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Kurt Nelson

Minneapolis, MN
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3 years 7 weeks

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Posted on 02/11/13 at 03:16 pm in response to Karma's knife-twist: I have to take freshman comp

In 2010 I graduated from the U of M, and turned 50, so sure, it can be done. Four semesters was all I needed to complete my degree started so long ago, but what a great four semesters.

I was a teachers pet, forever raising my hand, and imparting my "wisdom" on those young minds. My professors, many of who I became friends with, all told me they appreciated my input, and perspective, even in 1001 Biology (my freshmen comp).

Have fun and get to know your classmates - these young...

Posted on 12/17/12 at 12:22 pm in response to Prominent blogger: Arm teachers, staff

What a silly suggestion, arming teachers and administrators. Will this be forced arming, or will they be allowed to object without reprisal.

The gun nuts and their NRA ilk have an untenable position, and now are forced to defend the murder of children over their supposed right to own an assault weapon. They must all feel very good about this, brave citizens they are.

But the point is that absent evidence, and it is absent, fraud is not a factor in our elections. Having conspiracy theories in your own head is one thing, but actual, um proof is another, and you don't have that proof, just the theory.

When we all have government issued ID's, and there is voter fraud by some other means, what then will you do to the constitution to chase that boogieman.

This is not a circular argument, it is a weak argument and all the debunking attempts have...

Posted on 09/19/12 at 05:41 pm in response to Commenters, MinnPost wants your views -- respectfully

I have been guilty of snipping on occasion, and it is lame of me to do so, but sometimes I just can't resist, but from now on, I will resist.

I truly want to engage conservative thought on many issues, which is why I read many pretty conservative blogs/bloggers etc. Reading these writers make my arguments stronger, or make me rethink, or just clarify a different position. That said, the conservatives who comment on this blog don't seem to be really conservative, at least in the sense...

Posted on 09/27/11 at 07:32 pm in response to A question for constitutional conservatives

Mr.Swift, the Tenth is tautology and carries no weight with SCOTUS as you should know. Other than the brief period during the New Deal, the argument for the Tenth having any meaning is pointless. Last term the Court rejected once again the argument put forth by the Administration in Comstock that a Tenth defense was meaningful. 7 of 9 rejected the Tenth, with only Thomas and Scalia accepting the claim the Tenth has any meaning whatsoever in our jurisprudence. Though to be fair, Printz in the...

Posted on 08/30/11 at 02:53 pm in response to Bachmann and Perry have a lot of constitutional explaining to do

The EPA does not regulate oil drilling leases, the Department of Interior does that task, but this fact is lost Bachmann (no surprise there).

There was a very interesting symposium at SCOTUSblog recently on the constitutionality of the Health Care Act. One submission, by Professor Schwinn detailed the history of the 10th and how it is as the Court said "the 10th is but a truism".

This is obviously antithetical to the tenthers out there, but history, the text of the 10th, and...

Posted on 08/31/11 at 08:25 am in response to Bachmann and Perry have a lot of constitutional explaining to do

#32,
No matter how many times you type the words of the 10th, it is still a tautology. The amendment is impotent. Though it enjoyed two brief periods of Court approval, the most recent being just after much of the New Deal legislation, the 10th carries no weight with the Court.
The most recent example of the 10th being rejected was last years Comstock case. The majority, including the Chief Justice rejected the Tenth Amendment argument. Even Alito and Kennedy wrote separately...