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Paul Brandon

Mankato, MN
Commenter for
6 years 41 weeks

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Posted on 10/29/14 at 11:53 am in response to Reality Bites: the Minnesota Timberwolves 2014-15 season preview

The court has two ends.

Posted on 10/29/14 at 07:12 pm in response to Reality Bites: the Minnesota Timberwolves 2014-15 season preview

and we disagree on Love's defensive contributions.

Posted on 10/28/14 at 06:41 pm in response to In (weak) defense of political ads

is whether the volume of political advertising is correlated with the understanding of the candidates' political positions and their relationship to reality.

Posted on 10/27/14 at 03:46 pm in response to About those MNsure weighted rate increases

the people who received double digit rate hikes a year ago? Two years ago?
And the people (most likely more of them) who will be able to buy better policies for less money?
What you are proving is that there are always losers in life; the trick is to enable more people to win and fewer people to lose.
See today's data (real numbers) in the NYT.
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Posted on 10/27/14 at 07:23 pm in response to Britt Robson's NBA preview: Eastern Conference

What will make or break them is the LeBron/Love interaction.
Ideally, Love will be both the third best player and the top scorer.
If LeBron has satisfied his individual goals and is willing (as I suspect) to be a decoy, Love can be unstoppable. No one will double team him as long as LeBron is on the floor; if LeBron even thinks about penetrating the defense will sag as bit. This will open up Love for a kick out from LeBron, and we know that Love can score in this situation....

Posted on 10/27/14 at 01:27 pm in response to How other democracies balance limiting political ads and free speech

Let's hope that the court membership changes, and eventually so does the political philosophy behind Citizens United.

Posted on 10/27/14 at 09:46 pm in response to How other democracies balance limiting political ads and free speech

"The most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man falsely shouting fire in a theater and causing a panic. [...] The question in every case is whether the words used are used in such circumstances and are of such a nature as to create a clear and present danger that they will bring about the substantive evils that Congress has a right to prevent."
Oliver Wendell Holmes.

Of course, we haven't been British for a few centuries.
ADI was not in a democracy as...

Posted on 10/22/14 at 05:08 pm in response to The dirty secret behind attack ads

Most of our major elections are close; 52% is a runaway in a Presidential election.
So political advertising doesn't have to affect -most- people to be effective; just a few who are undecided (and research has shown that those are mostly people who haven't given the election much thought).

Posted on 10/23/14 at 06:46 pm in response to The dirty secret behind attack ads

that your vote was not influenced by political advertising?
If you can't prove this, do you, by your stated criteria, have the right to vote?

Posted on 10/21/14 at 12:51 pm in response to Rep. Michele Bachmann gets full-time security detail after ISIL threats

has been making threats to the Islamic State.
Sounds like they both could use protection.