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Mark Stromseth

mmmmm, MN
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4 years 8 weeks

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Posted on 10/09/12 at 02:24 pm in response to Poll: Obama widens lead in Minnesota

Eric Pusey's experience with the Strib is not the only one of it's kind. I know at least one other person has clearly pointed out a lack of facts in several stories, and things taken as fact but proven false were plagiarized from Internet sources without attribution.

So what did that reader do? They made a comment that was openly critical of the reporter and pointed out that the things said were completely false. So the Strib withheld that comment because they said it was "overly...

Posted on 10/05/12 at 08:51 am in response to Norm Coleman says voting amendment foes are 'crying wolf'

"Neither the Senate Republican Caucus nor state tax dollars are paying for Knaak’s services, Newman said, but he wouldn’t elaborate on whether the two senators were paying for the attorney’s fees."

The statements by politicians cannot be taken as truthful when they have a history of fabrication. Unless they can prove otherwise, we must assume they are not telling the truth. Amy Koch famously proclaimed on television that she had done nothing wrong when asked about her affair with...

Posted on 09/27/12 at 10:35 am in response to Fact-checkers worry about Bachmann ‘overload’

The ad is true, and it's not misleading. Bachmann never called them, and she certainly didn't say or do anything to help them after the fire, either. She only showed up at some meetings to maker herself look as though she cared.

Perhaps the fact that Tom Hauser is a Republican is the basis for his less-than-objective grading of the ad with a "D" and saying it's misleading. I can't recall him ever actually saying any of Bachmann's ads or public statements are lies, so that indicates a...

Posted on 09/27/12 at 10:06 am in response to 'unSpinning' Mark Ritchie’s Voter ID claims

Your apparent belief that a 'National ID' will be the panacea to eliminate all this hand-wringing over Voter ID is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of how both Voter ID and a National ID would work.

Among other things, regardless of what Republicans may claim about Voter ID, it will cost a lot of money; money which they claim neither the State, nor cities and counties have available to spend. Likewise, a National ID would cost many billions of dollars each year; money which we...

Posted on 09/19/12 at 08:28 am in response to Commenters, MinnPost wants your views -- respectfully

Nice try, but you've obviously got an inflated ego, along with no sense of irony. To wit:

• "Since our beginning in November 2007, we’ve been credited with developing and maintaining one of the most civil environments in the nation for online commenters at a news site."

A 2010 blog entry from a journalism major gives you street cred? Uh, no. Nowhere in that entry is MinnPost credited with what you are gladhanding yourself about.

• "We do not allow ad hominem attacks and...

Posted on 09/19/12 at 10:07 am in response to Commenters, MinnPost wants your views -- respectfully

The First Amendment refers to the right of free speech and association by anyone, and severely limits the ability of the government to restrict or censor speech. Anyone has a Constitutional right to publish in a private venue. That's not the same as an organization having a web site and trying to control speech there.

Because MinnPost exists solely because of the rights granted to everyone under the First Amendment, it's hypocrisy for them to let their writers engage in making...

Posted on 09/19/12 at 12:24 pm in response to Commenters, MinnPost wants your views -- respectfully

As I said before, MinnPost, all other media outlets, and the general public are granted the right of free speech, which is how MinnPost even exists. But they only support free speech by commenters when it falls inside their narrow view of free speech.

Posted on 09/19/12 at 04:16 pm in response to Commenters, MinnPost wants your views -- respectfully

This is a First Amendment issue, plain and simple. Without the First Amendment, MinnPost would not be free to publish, nor would any other media outlet. It has nothing to do with whether one is a member of the Democratic, Republican, Green, Libertarian, or other parties. And it seems you're assuming (incorrectly) that I'm a Republican, or 'Conservative'; that illustrates the problems with making assumptions.

It's very easy to claim you respect the right to free speech, but not so easy...

Posted on 09/20/12 at 07:55 am in response to Commenters, MinnPost wants your views -- respectfully

It seems as though you're ignoring the issue, which has nothing to do with government restrictions on speech. Instead, it has only to do with MinnPost restricting speech that they don't agree with, which flies in the face of their claimed belief in free speech (because they exist solely due to the First Amendment), but yet they don't hold those same beliefs when it comes to comments.

As I said before, if they're going to invite comments, they need to apply the same standards to them...

Posted on 09/19/12 at 12:39 pm in response to Questions for Mitt Romney after his explanation of what he meant to say

For those who watched the entire video released by Mother Jones, it was yet another display of the victimization mentality by Willard and his highbrow contributors.

They're paying $50,000 per plate for some food and a talking head, while complaining that they are victims of government because the 98% can't afford to do the same.

Apparently, they don't see the irony in their beliefs, which is no surprise to the critical thinkers in the world.