AlfVenison (Steve Bunch)

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Kansas City Democrat target of GOP complaint for remarks on immigrant tuition measure

It's a general rather than specific term (although arguably "racist" is a meaningless term as there is no such thing as race). It's a fear or hatred of "the other," the "not me." In it, there's an assumption that the speaker is a part of a select or privileged group. (I guess it's weirdly reassuring to know that lack of eloquence isn't limited to one party or the other, as we clearly get preposterous and inflammatory pronouncements from both sides of the aisle.)

April 1, 2015 at 11:44 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas City Democrat target of GOP complaint for remarks on immigrant tuition measure

"Fear of hatred of foreigners or strangers."

April 1, 2015 at 9:53 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas City Democrat target of GOP complaint for remarks on immigrant tuition measure

Arguably the bill is xenophobic, not "racist," but I suppose it's senseless to put too fine a point on any legislative colloquy that occurs in Kansas.

April 1, 2015 at 9:01 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Report: Kansas tax collections $11M less than expected in March

I'm shocked! Shocked, I tell you!

March 31, 2015 at 4:52 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas public unions oppose collective bargaining bill

Sadly, most voters seem to prefer to believe what they want to believe. Facts are just pesky gnats to be swatted. But yes, bravo to those who testified either by their words or their presence.

March 11, 2015 at 3:50 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU sees slight enrollment increase for 2014-2015

Missing from the KU numbers is the Edwards Campus (unless it's been rolled into the Lawrence numbers). Might be interesting to see how KU's Metro KC campus is doing.

December 5, 2014 at 4:17 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Proposed social media policy procedure outlines rights of those accused at KU

The term "social media" is an artificial distinction. Chit chat at the water cooler is a "social medium," but I'm pretty sure these rules don't apply there (or at cocktail parties and other social gatherings). This whole ill-informed policy was prompted by a legislator who was offended that a KU employee might have the temerity to criticize the NRA in a "tweet," no matter that the employee did not claim to be representing the university in his views.

December 3, 2014 at 10:52 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas Democrats begin soul searching, and finger pointing

You offer generalities, not facts. What's the crime rate among illegal immigrants compared with the general population? What percentage of them bring communicable diseases? Suggesting that Ebola is the same threat here as it is in Western Africa is simply not valid--no comparison. It's a fact that more deaths are caused by the "well-regulated militia" than by ISIS and others, not to mention the rise in terrorism from so-called militia groups and other "good white Americans." Give Ethel my regards.

November 7, 2014 at 5:02 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas Democrats begin soul searching, and finger pointing

"What people really believe" is my original point. People believe what they want to believe, with little or no regard for such bothersome stuff as facts and thought. Your response confirms that statement, as most of your fears/complaints can't be documented. Our culture is diseased. Ebola is a trivial virus compared with ignorance. We live in a moronocracy. As the poet wrote, "A tawdry cheapness shall outlast our days."

November 7, 2014 at 9:46 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas Democrats begin soul searching, and finger pointing

In my view, our political problems are symptomatic of a larger cultural problem. In most cases, the winning candidates, when all else failed, resorted to fear as a voter motivator. Be afraid of Ebola. Be afraid of ISIS. Be afraid of immigrants. Be afraid of the "destruction of the family" and same-sex marriage. Be afraid of losing your freedoms. Be afraid of the black man with the foreign-sounding name in the White House. "Be afraid. Vote for me. Now you are free to go back home and watch reality tv." The politicians are merely capitalizing (aided and abetted by huge amounts of capital) on the fear and ignorance of the electorate.

November 7, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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