This commentary tells a truth that many still pretend is a question for debate: the United States used torture as part of national policy after 9/11. What the commentary doesn't tell is the legal implications of this truth: the activities were illegal as a matter of international law and U.S. treaty obligations. For that reason it is naive to think the report discussed will be released in any form that is not highly redacted. The U.S. government has not prosecuted any of the criminals...
I challenge anyone to go walk around the proposed Mpls rail stop locations on the SW Alignment and conclude that the Kenilworth route makes any sense for the City. The only stop with development potential (near Calhoon Village on Lake) would also exist on the Greenway/Nicollet alignment. This is not news, some will argue the City had little choice in a County driven project, But that doesn't excuse the City's planners for recommending Kenilworth over the Greenway/Nicollet alignment.
Not a shining moment for either debater, it reminded me of a Saturday Night Live sketch. Perhaps Minnesota lexicographer Chirs Kluwe should have the last word (with his defense of calling out four NFL stars for putting their own interests ahead of the other players):
"P.S. I respect all four of the people I called douchebags (Manning, Brees, Mankins,
and Jackson). That's why I used the word 'douchebag' instead of 'asshole' or 'fuckwit.'
Block E's failure was predictable at the outset. San Martin and Dewar correctly repeat what many said at the time Block E was built: it fails to serve any urban function in an important central location. The suburban mall mix of tenants was noted as proof that the building as designed was a failure before it opened.
Instead of driving around it, I suggest you get out and walk. The building is a fortress, with few openings to allow interactions with either skyway or street level...
Not all Christian faiths agree with you, and not everyone is Christian. Some religions buy the notion of sin, many focus instead on our personal dealings with each other, instead of our obligations to God.
I believe the state should leave definitions of marriage to our clergy and congregations, why exactly do you believe our Constitution should limit my freedom to practice my religion in a way consistent with my community's views and values?
A less desirable feature of parliamentary governments, particularly in countries with fragmented social or religious groups (sound familier?) are coalition governments. When no party has a clear majority, a ruling coalition has to be put together - often resulting in outsized influence for small radical groups. Do we really want Michelle Bachman or Todd Aken calling the shots because they control some small block of congressional votes?
I think this map is years old, showing three different alignments that were considered in Minneapolis. There is no plan to build LRT along the lines shown in orange or blue (or the green line east of 35W).
An important but rarely discussed factor in the Republican takeover of the legislature was direct mail by outside Republican groups that targeted voters in specific districts. The mailings were not sophisticated, but very inexpensive (compared to media buys). Since it seemed to work last time, why wouldn't it be used again? Generic TV ads are more expensive and less targeted then direct mailings for specific legislative races.