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It happened in Minnesota first

Democrats are contemplating voting en masse for the weaker candidate, Rick Santorum, in Michigan’s “open” Republican primary election.

Minnesota Republicans did much the same thing to Hubert Humphrey in 1956 in the newly established Minnesota open Presidential primary. HHH was angling to become Aldali Stephenson’s VP and was heading up his Minnesota campaign. A victory for Humphrey’s Adali delegates would have given him a seat at the convention and made the popular Humphrey the odds on favorite to be the vice presidential nominee. Because no one expected Adali to beat the popular Eisenhower the then youthful Hubert felt a vice presidential nomination would make him the odds on favorite to be the Democratic nominatee for the open Presidential seat in 1960.

I’ve got a lovely insider story I’d like to include in my book about how the Republicans helped thwart Adali’s Minnesota campaign and embarrassed Humphrey in the bargain. It helped close up the 1960 window of opportunity for the ambitious Humphrey.

Mitt Romney no longer looks that formidable. A loss in his “home” state of Michigan on Tuesday would only add to his and the Republican Party’s woes.

Hubert Humphrey saw to it that the DFL killed Minnesota’s open presidential primary after 1956 and its never been held since.

“The Rich are different from you and me …

…they have more money.”

They don’t mind defaulting on their obligations when their McMansions become a drain.

“But with a recovery in the housing market still years away, foreclosure has turned out to be a worthwhile option after all. Saddled with bloated mortgages after a long run up in property values, many high-end homeowners have chosen to pursue a “strategic default.” Even though they can afford the monthly mortgage payments, they still decide to walk away from their home because they owe more on the property than it is worth.”

Perhaps this is because the rich have become conditioned to think differently from the rest of us.

[A] number of new studies suggest that, in certain key ways, people with that much money are not like the rest of us at all. As a mounting body of research is showing, wealth can actually change how we think and behave, and not for the better. Rich people have a harder time connecting with others, showing less empathy to the extent of dehumanizing those who are different from them. They are less charitable and generous. They are less likely to help someone in trouble. And they are more likely to defend an unfair status quo. If you think you’d behave differently in their place, meanwhile, you’re probably wrong: These aren’t just inherited traits, but developed ones. Money, in other words, changes who you are.

About that quote in this Post’s title.

Groupthink Storming

Is that what Brainstorming really is?

But that’s how they came up with the Red Plan and watched it grow and grow and grow:

Keith Sawyer, a psychologist at Washington University, has summarized the science: “Decades of research have consistently shown that brainstorming groups think of far fewer ideas than the same number of people who work alone and later pool their ideas.

Chalk one up for us lone wolves.

Maybe I cut the Trib too much slack…

…for their honeymoon editorial.

Here’s an email a friend sent me regarding it:

So now the DNT believes the focus should be on students, class size and education. I wish they would have gotten on board long ago with everyone else. According to them without mentioning “his” [Dixon’s] name, Foster needs to clean up the mess he left behind.

Meanwhile JCI building costs are . . .

. . . exceeding forecasts by half a million at the Cherry School site:

Although the district as a whole remains under budget, the Cherry School exceeded its construction budget. Costs for that project are expected to total $10.479 million. The school’s original budget was $9.9 million, but was later supplemented with an additional $400,000 from the district’s contingency fund. Even with the additional money, Anderson said the project is expected to be $179,178 over budget.

Just because it was from the April 1st…

Reader Weekly doesn’t mean its not true. (Sent to me by a friend)

Proctor Schools:The Green Plan Johnson Controls Recommends Improvements.

Breaking News! The Proctor school board has authorized a program of school modernization to the tune $437 million dollars After an impassioned presentation by JCI this Proctor school district realize that if they don’t modernize, they will lose students to adjacent and surrounding school districts. JCI guaranteed the school district that by updating their schools they will not only retain their student base, but they may well draw students from communities such as Duluth of the St. Louis Co. school district. JCI further indicated that for the $437 mil “Green Plan” investment, Proctor is guaranteed to have air conditioning in every classroom.
After careful analysis, JCI’s study of the demographics led them to the conclusion that Proctor needs all new schools, but located very near to their existing locations. For example the new high school will be just across the street from the current outdated facility.
JCI further calculates that it will only take 5000 more students for the Proctor School District to recover the expense of updating the delapitated structures.

(There’s more)

In related news, JCI is pleased to announce they have promoted Dr. Keith Dixon to position of superintendent of Proctor School District. Dixon has a long track record of working within the community to maximize the initiatives benefitting JCI to the maxam his previous employment reading in Fairmont MN, Duluth MN have also worked to achieve great income returns for JCI charts control spokesman Fred Flinstone is positive that Dr. Dixon will make a similar contribution to the benefits of JCI and his new position as head of schools in prox

(There appears to be some typos in this but you get the gist.)


The apparent answer to the Duluth School District’s enrollment difficulties is advertising. If all of our district’s employees just did a little happy talking for a month we could just about solve our problems.

I have heard little from our teachers for a couple years as resignation and fatalism seem to have overcome them. Indeed as they teach to increasingly large classrooms I imagine that old saw: “Its hard to remember you came to drain the swamp when you’re up to your neck in alligators,” might apply. Asking them to smile for the camera may not have much affect.