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Paul Brandon

Mankato, MN
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Posted on 09/30/14 at 09:51 am in response to Why do so few citizens participate in our democracy?

because I doubted that the Constitution said anything about the size of THE 'District', since it didn't exist at that time.
What it DOES say is:
"....such district (not exceeding ten miles square)...."
In other words, it says that the state(s) shall at some time in the future cede land not exceeding ten miles square to set up a seat of government.
Anyone answer that from memory?

As to writing the test, we already have one as noted above.
I haven't heard...

Posted on 09/30/14 at 08:29 pm in response to Why do so few citizens participate in our democracy?

what I said, you'll see that I did, in fact use the words 'seat of government'.
In 1790, the seat of the federal government was New York City; before then Philadephia.

And saying that the District, when chosen, will not -exceed- 100 square miles (a square with 10 mile sides) does not specify its size; just its limits.
The current Federal District in fact covers 68.3 square miles, according to Wikipedia.

is big on oil,
and Coleman is as slippery as they come.

their funding of terrorism.
They try to buy off threats to their monarchy by paying terrorist groups to attack other countries (like us).

The Flying Spaghetti Monster.

Posted on 09/19/14 at 09:34 am in response to Scotland (in a Minnesota perspective)

lutefisk or haggis?

Posted on 09/17/14 at 11:42 am in response to Minnesota's tax system rated 7th 'fairest' among the states

what they get for their taxes, and overestimate what they pay
(how many people can distinguish between marginal tax rates and overall tax rates?).
As in: "Keep your government hands off of my Social Security".

Posted on 09/15/14 at 01:31 pm in response to Why Congress’ role in making war is now irrelevant

Particularly about the change in the nature of warfare, and the difficulty of declaring war against non-state actors.
ISIS/ISIL may have declared itself a state, but as yet lacks most of a state's physical characteristics, such as a capitol and a governing body. Declaring war against it is about as meaningful as declaring war on 'Terror'.

What is clear is that there is a threat to United States interests (oil and oil producing states) if not yet to the United States itself....

Posted on 09/15/14 at 05:56 pm in response to Why Congress’ role in making war is now irrelevant

to serious abuse of Presidential power (not simply policy disagreement)
is impeachment.
Mr. Kline's slightly seditious maunderings about counter revolution were settled by G. Washington in the Whiskey Rebellion.
Congress is far from powerless, even if it may sometimes appear clueless.

Posted on 09/16/14 at 09:17 am in response to Why Congress’ role in making war is now irrelevant

He does have a rather broad definition of 'military -intervention-, such as
"MIDEAST 1973 Nuclear threat World-wide alert during Mideast War."
He seems to regard any (however small) military activity as an 'intervention'.