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Mark Gisleson

St Paul, MN
Commenter for
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Posted on 11/26/14 at 07:31 am in response to Unions set to strike retailers on Black Friday

Granted, the credit card processors rip off restaurants something fierce, but 2% of your tips isn't a very big deal. Unless, of course, Bonfire's the kind of restaurant where servers don't kick back to the kitchen staff who, when you include tips, usually get paid less than the servers.

The entire hospitality industry is blighted by low wages, unhealthy food and horrible chains but 2%? Really? This is newsworthy? Every day temp workers get ripped off worse. Not a payday goes by when...

Posted on 11/26/14 at 01:33 pm in response to Unions set to strike retailers on Black Friday

Never eat at a restaurant that has stockholders. But for the rest, owners are typically in the same boat as employees. Everyone squeezes small businesses now, especially the financial institutions that rake in billions from credit card transactions.

We need pirate banking. When you use your credit card, you're letting Wall Street steal from a local business. In effect, you're paying vinyl prices for a digital transaction while getting the risk of digital without the quality (and...

Posted on 11/05/14 at 12:06 pm in response to Republicans take control of the U.S. Senate

Because WI residents often get their mail from a box instead of home delivery, you have to put two addresses down on most state forms, including your voter registration form. This makes it a snap for voter caging operations to pick the non-delivery address and then purge your name from the rolls.

I voted three months ago in a school board election, yet when I raced back to Kenosha County from an out of state funeral to vote yesterday I found my name had been purged.


was to do away with "he said/she said" journalism, but that's an accurate description of your debate coverage. No context, no statistics, just empty accusations with quotes from disgraced Republican operatives and hard right extremists who "assume" every reporter at a Republican-owned newspaper is a Democrat.

Lazy reporting, and that's how Republican extremists win elections: by having their baseless charges shared widely by a complicit news media establishment, of which Minnpost is...

Posted on 09/30/14 at 02:59 pm in response to Minnesota high schools taking football concussions seriously

are not shy. About a week ago I accidentally followed a link to Newsbusters and stated Walker's record in a comment. Forty comments later I had been told I was an idiot, a fool, a tool, etc.

No ideology in my comment, just straight facts about Wisconsin's sad economic plight which I've been observing for the last year from the heart of Paul Ryan's district.

Not one commenter engaged me on the issues other than to introduce some blatant falsehoods into the discussion.


Posted on 10/02/14 at 06:59 am in response to Minnesota high schools taking football concussions seriously

runs the stories you never see in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

"Between March 2013 and March 2014, Wisconsin ranked 33rd in the nation and 8th out of 10 in the Midwest for job growth, according to the new quarterly numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In that time span, the state added 28,712 private sector jobs and had an overall growth of 1.26 percent, compared with a 2.08 percent increase in national job growth."

And that's pretty misleading because the jobs...

Posted on 09/16/14 at 01:58 pm in response to Dayton: Adrian Peterson's actions are 'a public embarrassment'

all they have to do is limit the choice to Clinton or Klobuchar.

You know, Bernie Sanders isn't really that old....

Posted on 08/28/14 at 11:07 am in response to Some assembly required for the new-look Timberwolves

I wish you were more of a homer, altho for you I guess this was pretty homerish.

Great assessment as always, just wish there was more to be optimistic about.

Posted on 08/26/14 at 09:30 am in response to Minnesota farmland prices starting to decline

to rehabilitate one who has fallen from political grace. The more Brodkorb rats out his former peers, the more ink he gets and the faster he regains his pundit's chair on all the talk shows.

I thought MinnPost was — at least in part — a cure for the punditocracy that has destroyed the credibility of the mainstream news corps.

Posted on 08/21/14 at 02:18 pm in response to Value of Vikings up $319 million since signing stadium deal

But I was living near University Avenue in St. Paul throughout the construction of the Green Line. Long enough to have two flat tires from construction debris, long enough to see that Ted Mondale was too busy with outside projects to actually do anything remotely resembling oversight of the construction process.

I witnessed construction crews hold up lunch hour traffic for three consecutive light cycles while trucks moved around. I saw frontage signs blocking access to access roads (I...