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Rachel Kahler

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Blaine, Minnesota
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Posted on 09/11/14 at 09:52 am in response to Reacting to Obama’s speech, Rand Paul throws Hannity a curve

I agree with Rand Paul completely on this one.

Posted on 09/15/14 at 08:52 am in response to Reacting to Obama’s speech, Rand Paul throws Hannity a curve

Who says that a single lucid moment makes Rand a presidential contender? This single thought won't make most progressives willing to vote for him (some, sure), and is likely to anger many conservatives. So, no, he's likely not a serious presidential contender.

Posted on 09/15/14 at 08:57 am in response to Reacting to Obama’s speech, Rand Paul throws Hannity a curve

If scads of "more moderate" Muslims have condemned IS, then who's at fault for their voices not being heard? Is it the media for making a far bigger deal of IS (which is pretty primitive) than it deserves (primitive--but so was al Qaeda at one point), or is it the people who are listening for their voices for being deaf, or is it the more moderate Muslims for not being loud enough? Probably a combination of things, with the first of these being the most blame worthy. I'm sure I'm not the...

And if the Republicans had taken that hint before introducing and pushing a constitutional amendment regarding same sex marriage, it might have stayed that way for some time. But, noooo, they NEEDED to redirect the conversation from jobsjobsjobs to "omigoshickythingsidon'tlikemighthappenbanit!" They demonstrated the laser focus of a 6 week old puppy, but with a lot less cuteness. Or, more likely, they WERE laser focused on misdirection since they had no intent to actually focus on jobs....

This is simply amazing...and sickening. It certainly makes a case for heavier prosecution of the pimps and johns, while re-allocating resources that had been used to prosecute prostitutes toward rehabilitative services.

Posted on 09/11/14 at 10:12 am in response to Why workers are coming together

This is just one step, but it is a step forward. The most telling part of this is that these are the kinds of jobs that are "reducing" our unemployment rate. This isn't about teenagers getting jobs for their first spending money. It's about families, often including those teenagers, being able to afford to live independent lives by being able to afford the basic needs, including housing, food, and healthcare. It's not too much to ask for a dignified wage and dignified treatment. I'm not...

Thank you for writing this. I've been fooling around with the idea of trying a straw bale garden for a while. Maybe next year?

Why are the choices "keep it" or "dump it?" The argument for dumping is that it disproportionately benefits the "rich" while the argument for keeping it is that it helps "the middle class." While both of these things may be true, I'm not sure that there are only 2 options. Like it or not, the housing market is a stabilizing factor to the economy when it is stable itself. By incentivizing purchases, a tax break for having a mortgage somewhat stabilizes the market. However, by...

Posted on 09/02/14 at 09:47 am in response to U.S. diet improves slightly, but gap widens between rich and poor

The FDA actually requires anything having below a certain amount of trans fat to be labeled with "zero." That is, even if manufacturers wanted to say that a product had something greater than 0, but less than 0.5 g trans fat per serving, they couldn't. This doesn't seem to fit the narrative that most news organizations want to present (even more reputable organizations, such as NPR), which like to say that manufacturers "can" label products with trans fat as zero, or manufacturers are so "...

Posted on 09/02/14 at 09:28 am in response to 100 years later, have we learned from the passenger pigeon's extinction?

Reading about the destruction of the passenger pigeon makes me sick. It's not the only species clearly destroyed by man, but the sheer scale is disgusting.