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Paul Brandon

Mankato, MN
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by ANY ad?
The claims in commercial advertising may be more positive, but they are no more believable, and the sources no less governed by self interest than are political ads.
But they appear to work -- we spend more money on them than on medical research.

It's having a record to run on.
Mills is not known for his governmental service.

is probably worse for your health than Dayton, though.
So the ad has induced you do something bad for your health, but good for Mickey D's.
Don't see much difference between this and political ads.

Posted on 10/16/14 at 05:57 pm in response to Small-business group endorses Johnson for governor

It's a major conservative business lobby (one of the nation's biggest).

Posted on 10/15/14 at 12:11 pm in response to Do we have too much democracy?

how one quantifies 'democracy'?
'Too much democracy' implies a comparison like three gallons of it when two would do. A better question might be -is our democratic system too complex to function well- -- given that we can define our measure of functionality.

An interesting test might be asking people a day or week after the election to tell what items they voted on -- do they even remember what was on the ballot?

Finally, as Eric and others have pointed out before, our...

Posted on 10/15/14 at 05:49 pm in response to Do we have too much democracy?

White male landowners.
And the definition of 'white' was often limited to those of Northwestern European ancestry, so you might have some problems.

Posted on 10/16/14 at 02:43 pm in response to Do we have too much democracy?

Though your thoughts be unfurled
and ditto your chatter
you can't fool the world
with mind over matter
but foe will not trifle with thought brought by rifle
and when they all die,
'Die Gedanken Sind Frie'

c/o "The Bosses Songbook", circa 1960.

Posted on 10/14/14 at 08:21 am in response to Our odd primary system — and its odd results

limiting what the SS# can be used for.
For instance, a store cannot require you to provide your number when you want to pay by check or credit card. I believe that it CAN be required for purchases over $10K (supposedly to make it easier to track terrorists).
It is not under current law a national ID or tracking number, although it could form the basis for one if Congress passed the necessary legislation redefining it.

Posted on 10/10/14 at 12:14 pm in response to McFadden paying to re-broadcast first senatorial debate in Twin Cities

McFadden is certainly good for the media sector of the local economy.

Posted on 10/09/14 at 06:57 pm in response to Job vacancies in Minnesota hit 13-year high in second quarter

if real wages had gone up in the past five years there would be fewer jobs that no one wants.
You couldn't support a family on the median wage.