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RB Holbrook

Minneapolis, MN
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4 years 2 weeks

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Posted on 08/19/14 at 11:02 am in response to Duluth to ask for state constitution change to build casino

Leaving aside the inevitable snark about tribal casinos and who is paying off whom, has it occurred to the proponents of a new Duluth casino that this is just a bad idea from an economic standpoint? The casino market is close to saturation. No new gamblers are being created, but a few (not all, by any means) will shift their spending. The net result will be more casinos chasing the same number of dollars that are in the market now.

Atlantic City is an object lesson that the people...

Posted on 08/18/14 at 02:06 pm in response to Outside money not yet a factor in Franken-McFadden Senate race

I didn't know DFLers had some orthodoxy they were required to follow.

But yes, the best result would be that the pipeline never gets built.

Posted on 08/15/14 at 03:07 pm in response to Hackers break in to SuperValu files

Except that it was the Republicans who declared any further action on immigration reform was dead for this year.

Oh, and while he's giving orders, he might tell us just what he would like done to "address the conflict in Iraq." Does he think we should be sending troops there? Stepped up airstrikes (which would of course not result in troops being sent there)? Or is he just going to put everything on the table and have his handlers hustle him out of the room when he veers from...

Posted on 08/15/14 at 01:29 pm in response to The Independence Party's slow descent into oblivion

All the IP ever had to offer was "We're not Democrats; we're not Republicans." That isn't much of a basis for building a party.

Frankly, I'm surprised they lasted this long.

Can you be more specific? President Reagan increased federal taxes eleven times, so I can't give an opinion until I know which ones you mean..

A "borrow and spend" conservative like George W. Bush, or Tim Pawlenty? Let's keep things current.

The wondrous Reagan tax cuts were largely reversed shortly after they were imposed. Consider that, for all the cutting, the percentage of GDP in taxes decreased by only 1.4%. Of course, we're not going to mention the deficit in THAT context, are we?

By 2016, no one who was old enough to vote for Reagan will be under 50 years old.

Always looking to the future, those folks.

Posted on 08/13/14 at 04:16 pm in response to Otto trounces Entenza in auditor race

Normally, I wouldn't bestir myself to vote in a primary election for State Auditor, but this time I made an exception.

Perhaps Mr. Entenza will try to spin this into a run for Secretary of State: "Look how I increased voter turnout!"

Posted on 08/12/14 at 05:03 pm in response to Confronting the everyday power of street harassment: What can be done?

You make some good points. I think that tying the rule of thumb for what is harassment to what the person making a remark is trying to achieve is going to miss the target. Harassers aren't trying to "achieve" anything beyond, as you note, a reaction. If they are taken to task for their behavior, they will fall back on the stock "I was just kidding; lighten up" defense.

The rule of thumb I gave my sons is, don't say or do anything you wouldn't want someone to say or do to your...