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Paul Brandon

Mankato, MN
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Posted on 11/04/14 at 09:45 am in response to The big question: Is our election system working?

about recycled conservative talking points.
Einstein once defined foolishness as asking the same question twice and expecting a different answer.
Ask standard questions and you will get standard answers.

Posted on 11/01/14 at 10:17 am in response to Reaching tenure as a teacher: More than a voilà moment

is a substitute for paying adequate salaries.
The job security granted by tenure makes the job attractive even though better paying private sector jobs are available; particularly for people with STEM backgrounds.

trick or treat?
It's a bit early for April Fools.

Posted on 10/31/14 at 10:15 am in response to T-Wolves two-game takeaway: they will not be awful

1. Will the Wolves win more this year than last year?
....probably not.
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2. Will the Wolves win more two years from now than if they had not made major changes?
....probably yes.
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Call it rebuilding or whatever you want, but the Wolves success rests on a lot of first and second year players.

Have any of these results (particularly Przekop's) been published in peer reviewed journals?
You're leaning heavily on Hazelden Betty Ford, which has it's own agenda (which does not mean that it doesn't do good work), but that is what replication of results is about.

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

The court has two ends.

Posted on 10/29/14 at 06:12 pm in response to Reality Bites: the Minnesota Timberwolves 2014-15 season preview

and we disagree on Love's defensive contributions.

Posted on 10/30/14 at 07:26 pm in response to Four lingering thoughts about U.S. elections

Once you have documented your eligibility to vote in that location, all you have to do to vote is verify your identity according to the law.
As Todd points out -- there is no evidence that voter impersonation is a problem.
And remember, voting is a constitutional right; possessing a driver's license is not. False analogy.

And using your logic, I could claim that since by my standards your arguments demonstrate your lack of proper reasoning, YOU should not be allowed to...

Posted on 10/31/14 at 08:40 am in response to Four lingering thoughts about U.S. elections

all I needed was picture ID (proof of identity):
passport or drivers license.
Not a whole packet of documentation.
And yes, other countries with different constitutions (or no constitutions) require national identity cards.
Again, a very mixed history of links to totalitarian governments.

Posted on 10/31/14 at 08:47 am in response to Four lingering thoughts about U.S. elections

which is not what it was when I was growing up in the Bronx 60 years ago.
Note that the article does not include a photo of a note.
And the cited Demos are correct in saying that identifying the voting records of party members (or those who have volunteered party affiliation) is a common practice nationally. Certainly it is done in Minnesota. It's called 'getting out the vote'.
When you go out door knocking you don't waste your time on people who would probably vote...