American Culture

Behavior matters, period. Thus, proper behavior must be learned and/or taught.

Last week we took two of our grandkids (GKs), ages 5 and 6,  to Paul Bunyon Country, Mississippi headwaters and many other sites in northern Minnesota. And, as much as the stories and activities were enjoyed, the winner of the trip was a fantastic, three-story water slide at our hotel.

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The Libertarian Case for Supporting Israel

On today's Fightin Words podcast: As the presidential prospects of Sen. Rand Paul grow more viable, so does the intensity of the foreign policy debate within the Republican Party. At the center of that debate is the U.S. relationship with Israel. What obligation do we hold to the Jewish state? Does our answer to the question indicate whether we are antisemitic?

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Irony, Anyone?

While in Grand Rapids last week, I spotted a car w/ the following two bumper stickers (sorry, no photo):

#1 2nd biggest deficit, critical thinking

#2 I am for Hillary

 

 

 

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Why, Governor?

So, our brilliant Gov. Dayton has been saying, “We need to eliminate the use of coal” in Minnesota.  He simply states it as a matter of fact and offers no reason whatsoever for this economically disastrous course of action.  That is perhaps understandable because there is no reason whatsoever to do this.  Oh, we all know that this supposedly solves the problem of “Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warning,” or “Climate Change” as it was renamed when global warming stopped 18 years ago.  It is also understandable because those who are still supporting the hoax-- perhaps the greatest scam in human history – realize that if they have to get down into the weeds of scientific evidence to support their cockamamie ideas, they are quickly exposed as frauds and their cause is lost.  It almost makes you wonder if the question is correctly punctuated.  Of all the things Mark Dayton might be doing to actually help the people of Minnesota, Why Governor?

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Problem-Solving

The current “humanitarian crisis” on our southern border is just one more symptom of a glaring flaw in our political system.  That is, that 1) we have endless politicians who promise to “go to Washington and solve problems," and 2) we believe them, despite their proven inability (and some would say lack of Constitutional authority) to do so.  Let us take this immigration problem as our example, and see what real problem-solving looks like.

First of all, the situation arises because Congress previously solved the “problem” of sex trafficking of minors and, in so doing, created the current mess.  Therefore the first step is to immediately amend or repeal that flawed law.  Then we immediately need to “shut the door” to keep the problem from getting worse.  We should order the National Guard to the border to reinforce the Border Patrol until “the fence” can be built, and Congress should authorize any environmental waivers required to make that happen ASAP.  Finally, but still immediately, we need to do something with the crush of those recently arrived.  We should temporarily assign enough of the hundreds of current immigration judges we already have, and with expedited proceedings could clear this backlog in about three weeks.  This might involve 15-20 flights a day to return these “kids” to their home country and their home.  I would make sure they had medical treatment and food for the return trip, and I would even consider an up to $10,000 “repatriation fund” to be paid to the government of the home  country on condition that they stop sending these kids, and that some of the money goes to the parents to pay off the coyotes they hired.  The last piece is getting our existing ICE agents to fan out and find those that have already been dispersed into our communities.  If they have in fact been reunited with their parents but their parents are illegal, then the whole family gets a day in court.  If they have not been reunited with their parents, then we must deport them back to their parents (remember Elian Gonzalez).

Now the point here is that I came up with this complete, common-sense solution in about 30 minutes.  Those with more knowledge and dedication might take all day.   But our highly-paid problem-solvers in Congress have already been at it for weeks!  If they cannot solve such a simple problem themselves, they ought to at least recognize the simple solution when it is presented to them.  It is starting to look like the biggest problem we have to solve is Congress itself.

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DEED’s Job Numbers Don’t Add Up

Each month the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) issues a press release announcing the number of jobs created in the previous month by the state’s economy.
 
And each month local media hail the latestfigure as further proof (as if it were needed) of the genius of the current Democrat-run state government.
 
For June, DEED reported that the state gained 8,500 jobs for the month (3,900 created by the government, by the way).  DEED also reported that the state gained 10,700 jobs in the first six months of 2014.
 
Doing the arithmetic, that total means gained 8,500 jobs in June, but a mere 2,200 jobs in the five months of January through May, combined.
 
Each month DEED also reports on the jobs created in the previous 12 months, for a rolling look at the number of jobs created for a year-long period.  For the 12 months ending June 2014, DEED reports created almost 53,800 jobs.  That figure would mean that we’d created 43,100 jobs in the six month of July through December 2013, but a mere 10,700 jobs in the most recent six months.  Rather than suggesting an economic boom, those numbers indicate a real weakness in our state’s economy.

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MN commissioner’s moonlighting raises conflict of interest questions

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — His resume posted on the Iowa Public Employment Relations Board website stands out: “Conducted hundreds of grievance hearings and mediation sessions.”

So does his  daily fee: $1,200 per day, plus “actual costs for meals, lodging and miscellaneous; IRS rate for mileage.”

MOONLIGHTING IN MN: Critics question whether MN Commissioner Josh Tilsen outside work as a labor dispute arbitrator in Iowa for thousands of dollars from unions and management poses a potential conflict of interest.

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The Phone Call (that should be made) to Putin

My friend, Bruce Bialosky, wrote a very good article regarding the mess in the Ukraine. Now that the Ukranians have a gutsy president, one with backbone, Petro Poroshenko, Obama COULD put together a coalition of European nations who lost people in the Malaysian airliner attack. Coupled with leaders of Canada and Australia, this coalition should make demands as suggested below. Why? This thuggish behavior must be stopped now or it will simply escalate.

* Stop the rebel revolt in Eastern Ukraine now. Demand rebels surrender to the Ukranians.

* Sanctions will be imposed - can bring Russian economy to its knees quickly.

* America and its allies will begin shipping armaments to the Ukraine.

* Saudis would back this resolution because they don’t like the ISIS moves in Iraq.

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Beck on Illegals: Send Them to Sanctuary Cities

On today's Fightin Words podcast: On his radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck made a great point regarding the expanding immigration crisis on the southern border. He called for illegals to be harbored among those advocating for their amnesty. We explore the brilliance behind this notion.

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What the illegals understand

What is the reason for the wave of Central American illegals infiltrating the United States through the Rio Grande Valley in the past few years? It’s past time to get a clue, as the wave shows no signs of abating.

I think the wave reflects an astute understanding of our immigration law and of the enforcement preferences of the Obama administration (they’d prefer not to). Brian Bennett’s intensely reported Los Angeles Times article took a close look at the question and provided some support for this suspicion, or at least its first prong.

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