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Ray Schoch

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Minneapolis, MN
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3 years 31 weeks

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Kaeti and I have traded emails a few times over her years here. I always found her to be smart and cordial – not as common a combination as it should be, but welcome, nonetheless.

Congratulations, Kaeti, and best wishes!

Posted on 09/15/14 at 02:29 pm in response to Why Congress’ role in making war is now irrelevant

…and no amount of yelling or flag-waving, as the case may be, is going to bring it back.

For a change, I agree with Mr. Swift about something: Mr. Obama’s assertion that he already has the authority necessary has the aura of tin-pot dictator about it. Of course, much the same was true when Bush II applied the same sort of logic and argument, and if Obama seems lost because his community activist credentials didn’t prepare him for this sort of action and responsibility, it seems...

Posted on 09/12/14 at 11:48 am in response to Is the party over for the Independence Party?

…to turn out the lights.

“… The party supported gay marriage and opposed the voter ID amendment; and currently supports legalization of marijuana, Sunday sales of liquor and automobiles and seeks fiscally prudent approaches to balanced budgets.”

I ought to be an IP voter.

But I’m not. Paul Udstrand seems right on target to me in his first comment. If the IP had embraced liberal AND conservative AND libertarian ideas, and put them into a coherent political philosophy, I...

Posted on 09/11/14 at 03:33 pm in response to Reacting to Obama’s speech, Rand Paul throws Hannity a curve

…Eric to interview my Congressional Representative, Mr. Ellison, about this and related topics. He is, after all, Muslim, has a significant Muslim constituency in Minneapolis, and would presumably have some political background from time spent in Washington and the House, as well as some theological background. What does Ellison think of Paul's statement? Or Cruz's? Or does he have his own view that doesn't neatly fit in with that of any of the usual suspects.

One of the things that...

…in Washington of the dominant influence – official and unofficial (i.e., merely financial) – of business interests in our political structure. We already suffer from a good deal more corporate governance than I'd like, whether it's pretending that corporations are people, and their money somehow won't have a corrupting influence on elections when injected into political contests, or a "closely-held" family corporation (e.g., Mills Fleet Farm) deciding that providing contraception to female...

Posted on 09/10/14 at 01:05 pm in response to Schools clear the decks to try step-by-step approach to teaching reading

I'm really happy to see a program directed at technique rather than subject. Even in what used to be called, erroneously, "solid" subjects, like math and science, not much learning is going to take place unless the child in the seat has some command of the language, both spoken and written. That command, of course, has to include reading.

Among my several failures as a high school teacher were those kids who arrived in my room as 10th graders, but with 4th or 5th grade reading skills...

It depends upon your political leanings.

Whether Ms. Kohls should face some sort of civil penalty if she is willfully not telling the truth depends upon the laws of the state.

The courts get to decide these things because that's their constitutionally-mandated role. It's their job. The whole point of a trial – or in the case of the SCOTUS the arguments and briefs presented to the court – is to arrive at "the truth," or the best approximation of that truth that is humanly possible. It's a standard that courts don't always meet, but they generally come closer, and do so more often than, say, a political ad, or a candidate's speech.

As for "swiftboating,"...

Posted on 09/08/14 at 01:00 pm in response to Former candidate Tom Horner likely to join Johnson campaign for governor


Mr. Horner is, sadly, repeating Republican boilerplate.

All-day kindergarten is, in fact, a fine idea, but no one sends their 5-year-old to kindergarten to provide them with job skills. The notion that the purpose of education is to create workers is, at best, pernicious, and at worst smacks heavily of exactly the sort of centralized state that people who like to call themselves "conservative" keep insisting they want to avoid.

Taxing consumption and...

Posted on 09/08/14 at 12:44 pm in response to How social media is changing political campaigns in Minnesota

Never having met George Orwell, I don't know if he'd approve of all this. While not quite something obviously out of "1984," as is so often the case with political campaigns, the trend of candidates and their campaigns increasingly using electronic media to appeal to voters leaves a bad taste. I very nearly turn the television off for the duration of the election season as it is, hardly use Facebook, and refuse to join the Twitterverse. What I'm reading here suggests that it's going to be...