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Paul Brandon

Mankato, MN
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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'.

Posted on 09/16/14 at 02:54 pm in response to Why Congress’ role in making war is now irrelevant

a resolution -- he needs a member of Congress to get it through committee(s) and ultimately to the House and Senate floors, including getting 60% of the vote necessary to get it voted on.
This in practice means a package that offers conservative Dems and moderate Repubs something that they can use to placate their constituents.

It should take action against Peterson and Rice only if they have violated their contracts.
Otherwise, let the police handle it, bearing in mind the legal assumption of innocence.
What we're seeing now is vigilantism and a lynch mob.

While ISIS/ISIL -holds- territory, it's not clear that they have any fixed home base that can be attacked. There's just so much you can do against a tribe of nomads short of hunting them all down on their home territory, which is a mug's game.

are not the same.
Jordanian and Saudi troops (and there are not a whole lot of them -- mostly they police their own populations) may speak dialects of Arabic, but not the same ones as the Isil fighters from Iraq and Syria speak. And they certainly don't know the land.
They would certainly not be as effective as our special forces.
Egyptian troops might be better, but they're occupied with suppressing their own population.
The Iranians are probably the most effective...