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Steve Hoffman

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Anoka, MN
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Posted on 04/20/14 at 04:20 pm in response to With creative ambiguity, Condoleezza Rice defends torture tactics

Has Ms. Rice yet volunteered to be publicly waterboarded, to prove that it's not torture? That would answer the question pretty quickly. Of course, I believe Sean Hannity volunteered to do that years ago but has yet to come through. Guess it's only 'torture' when it's happening to oneself, and not to other people's loved ones.

Posted on 04/22/14 at 01:39 pm in response to With creative ambiguity, Condoleezza Rice defends torture tactics

Waterboarding? Torture? Nonsense! -- say many armchair critics who've never undergone it. Tell you what, Mr Tester, how about if you volunteer to undergo a standard waterboarding procedure, to be videotaped and released on YouTube, and then afterward you can tell us it isn't torture?


... the question at hand. The question is not "what negative things can you come up with to say" but rather "Okay, if you know better, WHAT would YOU have done to achieve a better result?"

It's easy to just mindlessly throw stones; harder to actually think.

The kind of parents who would pull their kids out of school over an anti-bullying measure are not likely to be very good teachers. Their "home-schooled" kids will be lucky to get manual labor jobs.

Yeah, let's can the anti-bullying legislation and instead favor all students being able to bring loaded guns to school. "Stand your ground" is popular with 'conservatives' anyway so they shouldn't object. Bully a kid, die for it. That's the American way, by cracky.

Once you start using the word "liberal" as a pejorative, instead of just talking about the issues, you lose me -- and likely a lot of others. Your kid doesn't have the right to mistreat any others, any more than other adults have the right to mistreat you. Period. There, now was that so hard?

Thanks, Jason. Very well put.

Posted on 02/26/14 at 09:05 pm in response to Arizona's 'religious freedom' bill. How much would it cost the state?

To say that people can discriminate against others on the grounds of "religious belief" is ridiculous, and opens the door for all sorts of abuses. I can start my own religion and it'll be as valid as any other, even when I start making up categories of people I'd object to serving. If you have a business license to serve the public, that's what you do. If you don't want to serve the public at large, don't have a business, just have a hobby. Your religion is never going to be an excuse...

Posted on 02/26/14 at 09:02 pm in response to Where have all the condos gone?

I can't speak for anyone else, but when I retired in 2011 I bought a condo. I'm very happy with it and the mortgage payment and association fees are the same amount I was paying monthly to rent an apartment of similar size (but not as nice). I'm less concerned about property value fluctuations because I plan to stay here for a good long while!

McDonald's says that raising the minimum wage would be terrible for their business (these are the people who already encourage their full time workers to "get a second job" and "eat less"). However, last year when they tripled their CEO's salary, from $4.1 million to $13.8 million, and their FORMER CEO's annual compensation from $8.8 million to $27.7 million, it didn't seem to have any effect at all. The hypocrisy reeks to high heaven.