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Paul Brandon

Mankato, MN
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Posted on 04/18/14 at 09:35 am in response to With creative ambiguity, Condoleezza Rice defends torture tactics

"For some reason, Rice’s contract to give the talk prohibited recording"

The reason should be pretty obvious: deniability.
If there is no recording of what she said, she can always claim to have been misquoted, and rephrase her statements in light of criticism.

Posted on 04/18/14 at 11:32 am in response to With creative ambiguity, Condoleezza Rice defends torture tactics

applies only to -government- suppression of free speech, not to private venues.
If you regard the U as a branch of the state government (legally defensible) AND that this applies even when the U rents its facilities to a private party (less clear), THEN you might make a case that the First Amendment applies.
'Free Speech' has become a part of our culture; beyond being a constitutional right.

seem to show that Minnesota does NOT have any significant net population loss due to taxes (we see the same argument from businesses). One can always cite anecdotes, but that doesn't prove anything. It's the same argument as the ones about losing business due to high taxes; no there there.

What is happening is predictable:
The rich are complaining about the taxes; lobbying to get them reduced. At the same time they are enjoying the benefits of the services provided by these...

Posted on 04/17/14 at 01:27 pm in response to Lane Kenworthy on why we’re headed toward social democracy

It's the same hybrid system of capitalism and public responsibility for (some) social welfare as we have.
The only difference is in the proportions of the ingredients in the mix -- the basic product is the same.

Posted on 04/17/14 at 05:19 pm in response to Lane Kenworthy on why we’re headed toward social democracy

We're also starting to ride a gas/oil bubble.

Posted on 04/17/14 at 05:25 pm in response to Lane Kenworthy on why we’re headed toward social democracy

We had things like Korea and Vietnam to boost the economy and dampen unemployment (remember the draft?). Also more poverty, although it may have been less concentrated than it is now.
Anyone remember "Those were the good old days" from Damn Yankees?
I was there in the 50's and 60's -- I don't want to go back.

Posted on 04/18/14 at 09:43 am in response to Lane Kenworthy on why we’re headed toward social democracy

about 12% of the current population of Sweden is foreign born.
The largest numbers seem to be from the former Yugoslavia and from the Middle East.
See http://www.migrationpolicy.org/article/sweden-restrictive-immigration-po....

Posted on 04/17/14 at 01:25 pm in response to McFadden’s first attack ad lacks substance, but it could work

Buy them cheap at WalMart.

Posted on 04/17/14 at 01:42 pm in response to Glen Taylor: How I bought the Star Tribune, and what I paid

Taylor was working for Carlson Craft (a major industry in Mankato) when the owner offered to sell it to him for $2,000,000 over ten years (how many poor men do you know who can leverage a loan for 2 mil?).
To his credit, he built up an already successful business to a significantly higher level, but it's by no means a Horatio Alger story.

Posted on 04/16/14 at 03:42 pm in response to New owner Glen Taylor: less liberal Star Tribune ahead

He'll try to keep subscriptions just high enough to justify the ad rates, which are the reason for the newspaper's existence.