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Frank Phelan

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Bloomington, Minnesota
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Posted on 09/08/14 at 02:46 pm in response to Former candidate Tom Horner likely to join Johnson campaign for governor

Tom Horner? Power broker? First I heard.

Posted on 09/09/14 at 09:18 am in response to Former candidate Tom Horner likely to join Johnson campaign for governor

Kind of reminds you of the way Peter Hutchinson siphoned off enough DFL votes for Pawlenty to win, doesn't it? That guy never did win a statewide race with a majority, which Dayton has done.

The interest deduction isn't as helpful to the middle class as it seems at first glance. It only benefits one to the extent that it exceeds the standard deduction. If one itemizes and deducts, say, $14K of which $7K is interest, and the standard deduction is $12K, the benefit certainly looks less helpful. As the balance gets paid down, the benefit goes down every year. I've stayed in my home, and the interest now is low enough the standard deduction is a better deal for me. The mortgage...

Posted on 08/28/14 at 09:06 am in response to Minnesota Orchestra pulls in $13.2 million in donations

I have no idea what it might cost to see a concert at the new and improved Turf Club, but I do know that tickets to the new and improved Minn Orchestra can be had for as little as $15, and even less per concert with a subscription.

So there may not be much difference between the two price points.

Christ hated organized religion? He was an observant Jew, and participated in observances at the temple. Hours before His crucifixion, He marked the Passover. When merchants turned His Father's house into a marketplace, He blew his stack. In fact, it was the only time in the Gospels He did such. That would be odd behavior for someone who hated organized religion.

Religious hypocrisy, now that surely did raise his hackles, such as when the authorities were horrified he actually worked...

Religion in some respects reminds me of alcohol, in that when used incorrectly, it leads misery. When used properly, it can lead to great things. Like the abolition of slavery, and the end of Jim Crow laws. Those are the two greatest social advancements this nation has made.

Those who hope for a day when there is no religion would do well to remember those two great social movements were brought to us by people who took their Scripture seriously enough to go to jail for it, to be...

Posted on 08/13/14 at 05:10 pm in response to McFadden says he could support gas tax increase, then quickly reverses

Where are those flip flops Geo. W. Bush supports used to taunt John Kerry during the '04 campaign?

Must be in McFadden's closet.

With these guys, everything, and they mean everything, is on the table. Except what isn't on the table.

Posted on 08/08/14 at 07:18 am in response to Pool of prospective pot producers keeps growing

Lambert missed an opportunity to point out that a big gubmit social engineering project (the Green Line) lured a private business from job Walkerstan to the Land That Hates Job Creators?

Must be time for a week at the lake. With a growler of micro beer.

Conservatives never talk about morality when it comes to the behavior of corporate persons? (At least the corporate persons who haven't renounced US citizenship in favor of Ireland or some other tax dodge.)

As if passing legislation and constitutional amendments to erect barriers to minorities voting is moral.

Posted on 07/25/14 at 05:11 pm in response to Mills taps Scott Walker's former campaign chief in race against Nolan

I guess this means Mills won't be able to run as an "outsider" now.

He'll have to rely on is credentials as as job creator.