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Paul Brandon

Mankato, MN
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Posted on 01/05/15 at 05:42 pm in response to Teen's computer-privacy tussle with his Wayzata school goes viral

when policies are set and policed by people (school administrators) who are neither familiar nor comfortable with current technology.

Posted on 01/06/15 at 11:19 am in response to Teen's computer-privacy tussle with his Wayzata school goes viral

is whether (and to what extent) minors have Constitutional rights.

human life began several -billion- years ago with the formation of the first living cell. All subsequent cells have been continuously derived from that one; including the ones that make up our bodies. No living human cell has been created from an inert substance; just from other living cells.
So, to talk about the beginning of a specific individual human life one needs some other basis than a cellular one.
On the level of religion, we can (with the Pope) talk about 'ensoulment...

Posted on 01/05/15 at 09:53 am in response to The mass insanity of World War I — and what we can see in it today

Had nothing to do with it; as a violist I resemble the implication.
As one grows older, one can see that what looked like separate events are part of a common pattern.
When I was a teenager in the '50's, WW's I and II looked like they were separated by an eternity.
60 years later, it is apparent that the Armistice was exactly that: a pause of less than 20 years in one continuous war.

Posted on 01/06/15 at 07:00 pm in response to The mass insanity of World War I — and what we can see in it today

In fact, we might never had entered the War if had just been in Europe.
There were plenty of German-Americans who saw no reason to support the British and French against the Germans.
It took the Japanese attack on U.S. territory (possibly induced by FDR) to get us into the war.
As I recall, we declared war on Japan, and then Germany declared war on us.

Posted on 01/06/15 at 03:40 pm in response to The mass insanity of World War I — and what we can see in it today

First of all, in the United States we celebrate Armistice Day (Remembrance Day is celebrated in the British Commonwealth).
So the first World War never in fact ended; fighting stopped with an armistice.
While individual German Army and Navy units surrendered to Allied forces, Germany itself never formally surrendered, although the Treaty of Versailles certainly was a functional equivalent of a surrender.
And since the Treaty of Versailles virtually guaranteed the resumption...

Posted on 12/27/14 at 09:43 am in response to The 5 most important things we found out about the T-wolves in 2014

If Pek is not trade bait he should be.
His greatest value would be as a backup center on a playoff team, playing short but vital minutes.
If he has to schlep 300 lbs up and down the court for 30 minutes a game he won't last a season.

Posted on 12/23/14 at 12:33 pm in response to Is James Webb a threat to Hillary Clinton in 2016?

IF Hilary makes some sort of gaffe that weakens her to the point that Democrats start looking for an alternative, THEN dark horses like Warren and Webb might come into play.

Posted on 12/22/14 at 03:26 pm in response to Walter Mondale defends torture report, rejects CIA response

Read Ray's detailed commentary;
particularly his last sentence.

Posted on 12/22/14 at 08:09 pm in response to Walter Mondale defends torture report, rejects CIA response

that Walter Mondale, as Vice President, had access to classified information (and unclassified information) that you didn't?
Not to mention knowing more about the actual operation of the NSA (including the CIA).