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Lance Groth

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St. Paul, Minnesota
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You actually haven't pointed out anything - you made a blanket statement with no supporting data. You say Franken lies - ok, exactly what has he lied about? The article was about specific data points that McFadden, uh, let's go easy and say he "misrepresented" - "lie" is such an ugly word. If you have similar specific data, post it. Otherwise, all we can discern is that you personally don't like Franken. Shrug.

Posted on 07/31/14 at 12:40 pm in response to Against the über-presidency: Minnesota Republicans vote to sue Obama

If Obama has been aggressive in his use of executive authority, the House has only itself to blame. They have refused to work with the president on anything, or indeed, to do anything - least of all tend to the people's business - other than hold endless, meaningless votes to repeal Obamacare. Boehner's House is the most dysfunctional House in the history of the Republic, which is why their public approval rating hovers around 10-13%. They are only interested in the politics of attacking...

Posted on 07/29/14 at 03:29 pm in response to When St. Paul — officially — served as a safe haven for criminals

For a fun read in novel form covering events in St. Paul during the '32-'35 period, from the perspective of the crusading journalist (renamed Grover Mudd) try "Saint Mudd", by local writer Steve Thayer. Mr. Thayer seems to have done due diligence in his research, and the gangsters, corrupt officials, newspaper anti-corruption campaign, and G-men are all there. It makes for a fun summertime read, particularly appealing to St. Paulites as the locations are all familiar.

Is anyone actually surprised that the Vikings don't want to spend one dollar to prevent needless killing of birds? This issue was raised when the design was originally unveiled, and promptly ignored. They want their Crystal Cathedral and simply will not listen.

I wonder, though, how they'll feel when, in the age of the internet and smartphones, people film workers sweeping up dead birds and washing smudge marks off the glass before game time and post it on the web? Seems like it...

Posted on 07/23/14 at 04:52 pm in response to Mike McFadden open to raising the age for Medicare benefits

It would be simple enough to pop this guy's balloon. When he says "everything" is on the table, ask him if that includes tax increases, especially for the rich. He'll of course say "no, no tax increases", and everyone will see what a phony he is.

Or at least, that's how it would go if he'd just answer the question. In reality, he'd just spit out more boilerplate about how broken Washington is, and take an irrelevant jab at Franken. Which comes to the same destination, come to...

"In the meantime the bill for fixing the problem just gets more expensive"

There is no fixing the problem, short of monumental geo-engineering projects that are themselves fraught with uncertainty and danger. All that remains is mitigation, and that task becomes more difficult and expensive, and its potential effects more limited, by the day. Stop all emissions today, and the warming will still continue for some time.

I marvel that the party of "family values" cares so little...

Posted on 07/15/14 at 12:52 pm in response to Poll: 68 percent of Republicans say Obama should be impeached

Dennis, tsk, have you even thought through the implications of what you said? So, because you (and presumably the president) didn't like a law, it was ok for the president to violate it - that's your argument? In other words, the president is above the law, and may pick and choose which to obey as he sees fit? Augustus Caesar would love that line of reasoning, and Obama should then get a pass for ignoring any laws that Congress has passed - the very definition of an imperial presidency...

Posted on 07/11/14 at 01:00 pm in response to St. Paul SWAT team storms house, kills dogs, makes no arrests

I'll second that.

So the rate of sea level rise will not increase even as the melting of Greenland and Antarctica accelerates? Cause does lead to effect, as far as I know.

Or, to put it another way, what does 10,000 years of pre-industrial natural climate history have to do with AGW in the industrial age?

In many ways, these issues will come down to water.

Farmers have relied on large scale irrigation to boost yields, depleting aquifers in the process. Even as temperatures rise and rainfall patterns are disrupted, irrigation will become untenable. Farmers may be excellent at adaptation, but they still need water.

Rising sea levels present an economic threat, not just as presented above, but specifically in terms of seaports. As the waters rise, seaports will either need to be...