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Paul Brandon

Mankato, MN
Commenter for
7 years 2 weeks

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in both senses runs through eyewitness accounts.

Obama is a Democrat.

do you think Romney is giving away?
Read the tax code if you have a few spare minutes.

according to the Dalton, GA Chamber of Commerce.
But then, chambers of commerce have become a wing of the Republican party.

but those are the people who really count.

Posted on 01/20/15 at 09:35 am in response to 2014 Campaign Finance Dashboard

That was the point of the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision:
eliminating transparency in campaign funding.

Posted on 01/20/15 at 09:40 am in response to 2014 Campaign Finance Dashboard

see:
http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/10/10/hysteria-watch-truth-about-chi...
Our GDP is nearly twice as large, despite our population being one quarter the size of China.

Posted on 01/20/15 at 03:20 pm in response to Why the U.S. is rarely at peace and often seeking monsters to destroy

The British Raj had the same problem (sometimes in the same places; read your Kipling, such as 'The Ballad of East and West').

Posted on 01/20/15 at 05:29 pm in response to Why the U.S. is rarely at peace and often seeking monsters to destroy

you'd be speaking German now,
And conscription was in effect in the Revolution, the Civil War, and WWI.
In fact, the Selective Service Act and System are still in effect -- 'draft cards' are still being issued.
I suspect that the President could legally reinstate the draft.

Posted on 01/21/15 at 04:24 pm in response to Why the U.S. is rarely at peace and often seeking monsters to destroy

One reason why we need fewer troops now is the fact that many functions that used to be done by troops are now performed by mercenaries (er, 'contractors'). And we've seen what happens with some of these literal loose cannons.