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Liberaltarian April 20, 2014 at 09:32 pm
If true SJ.
Donald Lee April 20, 2014 at 10:15 pm
SJ is cruel, but fair. Is Liberaltarian willing to agree that principle should come before politicalRead More advantage? Is it inappropriate for diplomats to keep (unavoidably selected) hedge funds apprised of their activities?
Smokin' Joe April 20, 2014 at 11:14 pm
Lib, I have no deep connections with the National Security Council or with Bloomberg, but I'll takeRead More this quote from the article Donald cited to mean that it's probably true: "Staff of the National Security Council, which is the president’s main forum for considering national security and foreign policy matters, has reached out to businesses to provide information on sanctions against Russia, said Laura Lucas Magnuson, a spokeswoman for the council. " You can maybe argue that it's a normal matter for hedge fund managers to be briefed on potential US Economic Strategies. Maybe it's been going on since Roosevelt. No matter, if it affects the market, it's supposed to be disclosed to all. Mary Jo White from the SEC should be the one to decide whether this is appropriate.
Democracy in action (image: http://chrisngwodo.blogspot.com)
Liberaltarian April 20, 2014 at 09:41 pm
Religion was important in their lives but was not an important factor in the desire for independenceRead More from England.
Donald Lee April 20, 2014 at 10:10 pm
Liberaltarian surely knows that many settlers came to the new world in the 16th and 17th centuriesRead More as religious communities, often explicitly because they were unwelcome in europe _because_ of their religion. He then concludes that religion was not "an important factor" in independence? They took the enormous risks and expense to cross the Atlantic - much like going to the moon today to get away from the old world, and embrace the opportunity of the new. That sounds like an important factor to me. To say that religion was unimportant to the independence cause is to badly misread history, in my opinion.
Old Coot April 20, 2014 at 10:17 pm
hi Lib, history, carefully read, does not support your sweeping assertion. Sure there were manyRead More factors, economic, political, etc. But there was the Great Awakening in the 1750's-1760s. And New England Calvinists most certainly harbored some degree of resentment toward the Crown (which, after all, was the mainstay of the Church of England and which was, shall we say, not kindly disposed to Dissenters). Ignoring religious factors will not make them go away. Such factors, rather, must be given due account along with other factors that inspired the Revolution (which BTW was, in varying degrees, opposed by about a third of the colonial population).
Governor Dayton (official photo)
Donald Lee April 18, 2014 at 08:50 pm
You do the most to reduce "overlap" by making government do less. Rather than try toRead More reduce government to doing things only once, let's try to get it out of businesses where it does not belong, and make sure it does each absolutely necessary thing at most once.
Donald Lee April 18, 2014 at 08:51 pm
Our founders warned us. The price of liberty is eternal vigilance. Look at the sacrifices that theyRead More made. Ours pale by comparison.
Keith O. April 18, 2014 at 09:38 pm
Donald, if you're referring to the sacrifices detailed in the oft-circulated essay, variously calledRead More "The Price They Paid" or "Our Nation's First True Patriots," (including being captured by the British, tortured and killed) it's basically a bunch of BS. Historians including Joseph J. Ellis have noted the "distinction between history as experienced and history as remembered." John Adams himself spoke to the propaganda promoted soon after the Revolutionary War that distorted events and created heroes to fit a dramatic formula. The boring, real-life biographies of the founders have been repeatedly embellished over the years with exaggeration and pure fiction to make for a better story, when what most of them went through was what everyone went through on the American side during the war.
Children Saluting (Google images)
Roys A. Liar April 15, 2014 at 12:48 pm
Then you haven't been paying attention, Dinald.
David Hansen April 15, 2014 at 12:53 pm
Yeah, just search Google images for "Thanks Obama" and you'll see all the things he'sRead More responsible for.
Joyce April 15, 2014 at 01:27 pm
Donald Lee wrote: 'As far as I can tell, in their eyes, he can do no wrong.' ---------------- Well,Read More Donnie, you cannot see what you do not look at; check out some of the left wing media some day.
Rachael Harvey April 13, 2014 at 07:21 pm
The river is beginning to flood. It is over the levee in Stillwater. See it live atRead More www.stillwaterwebcam.com
Roy Roscoe April 8, 2014 at 06:29 pm
In regard to the word racism maybe the definition should be expanded. Why settle for segregatingRead More people into groups based on skin color and then trying to make each group equal to the other group. We don't typically sort people by hair color to test for equality of groups. It would seem to me that the best way to cure "racism" as defined by group sort equality would be to make people color blind and not group at all.
David Hansen April 19, 2014 at 03:42 pm
And I'm sure that we don't know about the atrocities committed by the left because Fox News isRead More asleep at the switch.
Roys A. Liar April 19, 2014 at 04:30 pm
Once again Roy changes the meaning of my statement in an attempt to insult me. Yawn. I don't seekRead More knowledge from YOU, Roy. That doesn't mean I do not seek more knowledge, I simply reject your knowledge as being truthful or accurate because you have been caught in so many lies. ----- Your writing today does seems a bit more...interesting than normal. Have you decided to stop acting like someone with a couple academic degrees and a Ph.D.? Or is David Hansen correct in that you have been enjoying afternoon cocktails? Or is it that you're trying to walk the trails and type on your phone again? Be careful, that can be dangerous. ----- Now, back to the topics at hand. First you need to get a new dictionary--or can we chalk that up to the bad typing? Second, as soon as I see just one conservative here defend a liberal from personal attacks, I might consider defending conservatives from personal attacks--I assume that can be said for the media as well. Sorry, Roy, you just can't order me or anyone else to do it anymore. And once again, because you are apparently still intent on trying to deflect--no one HERE has attacked Palin's or Bachmann's children. This started because of another of YOUR rants, yet you continue to backtrack and try and change the narrative. It really is just more of the same from you, Roy. You rant, lie and make accusations that have nothing to do with the conversation here or with anything anyone here has said and then try to walk back what you have claimed. It's actually kind of cute that you think you are fooling anyone.
Roys A. Liar April 20, 2014 at 08:09 am
I think the topic of the long term unemployed was being discussed a couple weeks ago. Three monthsRead More may be too short of a time to get a good picture, but I found the story interesting and the links informative: http://fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/losing-benefits-isnt-prodding-unemployed-back-to-work/
The MN Legislature must be itching to spend some money.
kk April 11, 2014 at 04:57 pm
There is Americorps. Personal experience with all but Peace corps but worked with many friends thatRead More were. Did the VA not military medical disability, Americorps, and community agencies and elected. 2 years would be less than military but for four get the same benefits as military.
Liberaltarian April 14, 2014 at 08:05 pm
kk - How long is the minimum AmeriCorps commitment?
kk April 15, 2014 at 10:46 am
I was in 6 years ago and it was a year by year to a max of 2. ti believe it is 4 years max.Read More http://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/americorps-nccc/americorps-nccc-team-leader?utm_source=Google&utm_medium=CPC&utm_term=AmeriCorpsTeamLeaderSearch&utm_content=V2&utm_campaign=AmeriCorpsNCCC2014