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St. Paul, MN
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My point is, the title of this post "Dick Cheney’s definition of torture is too stupid or insulting to let stand", fails the fact check; Cheney's definition of torture matches the UN definition.

You'd like to get into a dissertation into America as a terrorist nation, which I'm certain would be fascinating, and I'd be happy to accommodate you, but I doubt the censors would have it.

That's a great observation, Ray. Except the ends Stalin, Adolf Hitler, the Khmer Rouge, Chairman Mao had in mind revolved around establishing dictatorships. Bad means to bad ends. Not sure it got your message across.

Posted on 12/12/14 at 05:21 pm in response to Some painful truths about Minneapolis Public Schools' academic progress

We will never conquer poverty. But we can conquer the link between poverty and the disintegration of families.

Of course that will require the re-establishment of shame and personal responsibility as things of value into our society. It's probably too late for that.

I spent a decade fighting the status quo's corrosive influence in public schools, even though my own kids were safely enrolled in quality private institutions. In hindsight fishing would have been a more...

Posted on 12/11/14 at 12:55 pm in response to GOP takeover of Minnesota House part of national wave

Interesting you'd use that phrase, considering the DFL SSM marriage bait-n-switch sealed the GOP takeover.

Posted on 12/13/14 at 09:16 am in response to GOP takeover of Minnesota House part of national wave

No, Myron. My description of telling the electorate a law was in place which made the amendment an unnecessary "piling on", and then repealing the law as their first act of the session is the very definition of bait and switch.

The booting of all the duplicitous Democrats from office is an example of the classic reaction to it.

Posted on 12/10/14 at 11:23 am in response to Can Klobuchar’s Minnesota Nice melt Senate deadlock in 2015?

One word: Cloture

Posted on 12/14/14 at 09:09 am in response to Senate report on U.S. torture: What's new, and what's missing

How can a group of people who argue every day in support of the necessity to grow government into a crypto clastic monster find the intestinal fortitude to declare themselves shocked to find it running amok?

Here's a clue people: there are agents of the federal government killing Americans every day. The are spying on us, they are stealing from us, they use fear of financial ruin and imprisonment to keep us in line.

The federal government has grown so big, there is a very...

Posted on 12/14/14 at 09:19 am in response to Senate report on U.S. torture: What's new, and what's missing

"Is that how far our search for "balance" has gone?"

Some crimes against humanity are more equal than others, right, RB?

When you get committed, selfless champions of students bailing out, completely demoralized, you got big problems.

I wish you would have addressed vouchers. I'd be interested in hearing Alberto's take, pro or con, because he's a guy I feel I can trust to tell it straight.

Posted on 12/06/14 at 11:51 am in response to The new solid South

Once the repository of our nations shameful past, the South is now becoming the repository of all that made America great.

As an aside, I've never met more virulent racists than I did in Minnesota, and nowhere in my travels have I seen a modern American city with more a pronounced racial divide than Progressive, Diverse Minneapolis.

Y'all are the victims of an ill deserved smugness.