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  • Klobuchar & Franken Grill Gorsuch, End Up Getting Burned

    One thing was confirmed this week during Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch's hearings: There is such a thing as a dumb question. And an article by political blog PoliZette credited three out of the top five “dumbest questions” to MN Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken. First, Sen. Klobuchar tried to discredit original meaning jurisprudence by questioning whether masculine pronouns in the Constitution would prohibit women from becoming president under Gorsuch's reasoning.

  • Political Correctness and “Alternative Bureaucracies”

    I’ve just read the most insightful essay I’ve ever seen on a key source of political correctness in American higher education and the intellectual and other absurdities that have flooded ever after. The author is Neil Gilbert, the Milton and Gertrude Chernin Professor of Social Welfare and Social Services at the University of California, Berkeley.  His article “Institutionalized Discontent,” published last year, is one of his more than 140 articles and 32 books.  With such a history, you might think that (1) as holder of an endowed chair in social welfare and social services (sorry for the italics), Professor Gilbert...

  • Students at Gustavus: White Lab Rats?

    Provocative posters were put up by a student group at Gustavus Adolphus College on Tuesday in “an effort to start a dialogue about diversity and immigration.” Except students didn’t know the posters, and their reactions to the posters, were part of a “social experiment.” And that didn't go over well. The signs said: “A notice to all white Americans. It is your civic duty to report any and all illegal aliens to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. They are criminals. America is a white nation.”


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  • Tweet This: Police Pensions Ought to Be Fully Funded

    There is an old saying: don’t kill the messenger: I was invited to testify at the Pension Commission this week. In response, a few tweets went out from the Teamsters Local 320 Public & Law Enforcement that made it clear that we have a communication problem. So, this post is written to the rank and file out there, the thin blue line that looked fierce sitting behind me Tuesday night. There is another saying: don’t argue with math.

  • Crockett and Actuary Testify at the Pension Commission: Keeping the Pension Promise

    Kim called for all pensions to be fully funded, and testified that, “We have made promises without paying for them, shifting the costs on to young employees and our children.” She concluded that the Pension Commission should seriously begin to consider closing at least some of the plans to new employees to avoid further unfunded liabilities. She said, “When you are in a deep hole, it is a good idea to stop digging.”

  • Trump Mentions Dayton’s Obamacare Comment (Again)

    Trump noted at a rally that Governor Dayton said, "The reality is the Affordable Care Act is no longer affordable for increasing numbers of people." President Trump and Gov. Dayton may not agree on much, okay probably nothing, but at one point overpriced health care united them.

  • Yesterday’s Love Stories: The Gray Divorce Phenomenon

    Originally posted on the Institute for Family Studies website. It was a dark and stormy night. The rain came down in torrents, beating against my windshield, slowing my drive. I arrived at the community center later than intended, but still in time to visit with the young mothers who had gathered to hear me speak. Despite the weather, their mood was jovial, in anticipation, I suspect, of my message about sex and intimacy. Their unrestrained chatter revealed a desire to hear immediate and magical solutions—not unlike most couples with whom I speak, who want to build or restore a lasting...