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Kansas attorney general joins NRA, 21 other states in challenge of federal handgun restriction

1. Wy not regulate cars like guns? See:

2. Have you ever done any research to see how criminals acquire guns? See:
Firearm Use by Offenders, Bureau of Justice Statistics
Probably the majority are stolen and then sold.
ATF report: 190,000 firearms lost or stolen in 2012 - USA Today

September 22, 2013 at 2:07 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU geologists drill down for deeper understanding of Ogallala Aquifer

This article illustrates vividly the stupidity of growing food grains to produce ethanol. A thee and a half foot drop in the aquifer in 2012 means that the "ethanol from corn" party will soon be over. Moreover, converting biomass to fuel is no solution. Patzek and Pimentel have shown the stupidity of this approach in their paper on Thermodynamics of Energy Production from Biomass.
A sensible energy policy would be based on conservation and use of methane and nuclear power for generation of electricity. Examine the data on the relative amount of time wind turbines generate electricity. There have to be means of generating electricity when the turbines are not generating it. Review some of the data available from the US Energy Information Administration on current sources of energy.

Critical Reviews in Plant Sciences, 24, 327-364, 2005.
footnote 64: We want to be very clear: solar cells, wind turbines, and biomass-for-energy plantations can never replace even a small fraction of the highly reliable, 24-hours-a-day, 365-days-a-year nuclear, fossil, and hydroelectric power stations. Claims to the contrary are popular, but irresponsible. To the extent that we live in a hydrocarbon-limited world, generate too much CO2, and major hydropower opportunities have been exhausted worldwide, new nuclear power stations must be considered.".....

August 4, 2013 at 10:43 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Former district attorney comments on concealed-carry law

Doubting Thomas, check out Eugene Volokh's site at:
Gunscholar.org. His work was cited three times in Heller v DC.
http://www.gunscholar.org/data.htm Democrats have been "gunning" to outlaw civilian ownership of weapons for a long time.

..."Former Sen. Bill Bradley, Al Gore's sole rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, is considering including a ban on the sale of handguns in an aggressive gun control plan that he will announce later in his campaign, the Associated Press reports.

"I'm considering all the alternatives," the former New Jersey lawmaker said Monday in an interview with reporter Ron Fournier. Mr. Bradley already has endorsed a " handgun card, " a photo identity card required of anybody carrying a handgun.

Greg Pierce, Where's the Outrage?, Washington Times, May 26, 1999, at A6.

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Mayor Dianne Feinstein [now U.S. Senator, D.-Cal.] moved yesterday to make San Francisco the nation's first major city to ban handguns for personal use.

UPI, Feinstein Seeks To Ban Handguns In San Francisco, Feb. 26, 1982.

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Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, San Antonio Mayor Henry Cisneros and Baltimore Mayor Kurt Schmoke signed the Communitarian Network's The Case for Domestic Disarmament, which among other thing said:

There is little sense in gun registration. What we need to significantly enhance public safety is domestic disarmament . . . . Domestic disarmament entails the removal of arms from private hands . . . . Given the proper political support by the people who oppose the pro-gun lobby, legislation to remove the guns from private hands, acts like the legislation drafted by Senator John Chafee [to ban handguns], can be passed in short order.

July 12, 2013 at 2:52 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Former district attorney comments on concealed-carry law

..."That's why the Second Amendment makes allusion to a "well regulated Militia." If concealed-carry permit holders were required to enroll in and train with a unit that is empowered to take away their weapons if they fail skill tests or reveal signs of emotional instability, then I'd be fine with the law as written">>.

Voevoda, I suggest you learn how the militia of the US is defined. The unorganized militia is defined below. It appears you have little knowledge of either constitutional law or the militia.
(a) The militia of the United States consists of all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age and, except as provided in section 313 of title 32, under 45 years of age who are, or who have made a declaration of intention to become, citizens of the United States and of female citizens of the United States who are members of the National Guard.
(b) The classes of the militia are—
(1) the organized militia, which consists of the National Guard and the Naval Militia; and
(2) the unorganized militia, which consists of the members of the militia who are not members of the National Guard or the Naval Militia.

July 12, 2013 at 2:37 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Simons' Saturday Column: Is the Kansas Board of Regents shooting high enough?

Dolph is right on the mark. I wonder when the KU faculty will recognize a major source of the funding problem: administrative bloat where faculty who no longer perform well their basic obligations of teaching, research and service become highly paid administrators. I think it would be very informative to know how the number of highly paid administrators has changed as a fraction of the totally salary outlay for institutions since say 1975. My perception is that the fraction has exploded, as it has at many other universities. Purdue and now Penn State faculty have recognized the problem and are attempting to do something to alleviate it. One hopes that the KU faculty will decide to act. Lastly, I would say that anyone who thinks that the KU and other Kansas administrators are the very best has no experience with really top flight educational institutions (universities).
..."U.S. universities employed more than 230,000 administrators in 2009, up 60 percent from 1993, or 10 times the rate of growth of the tenured faculty, those with permanent positions and job security, according to U.S. Education Department data.

Spending on administration has been rising faster than funds for instruction and research at 198 leading U.S. research universities, concluded a 2010 study by Jay Greene, an education professor at the University of Arkansas. (From John Hechinger, Bureaucrats Paid $250,000 Feed Outcry Over College Costs, Bloomberg, Nov. 14, 2012.)"...

June 24, 2013 at 10:15 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Budget advances with 'devastating' cuts to KU

Interesting comments regarding administrative bloat and faculty governance at Purdue.
Administrative Bloat and Managing Faculty-Administrative Conflict; Address of J. Paul Robinson, Chair of the Purdue University Faculty Senate

IMAGE (Purdue: Numbers at Purdue in $ (millions)
Faculty (1827) Grants and F&A ($336 Million)
Administration (2057) cash/gifts ($35)
Staff (5681: Service 2476; Clerical 1156; Extension 286; Prof 1763) Aux Enterprises ($285)
Students (39, 637) fees and student aid ($578 plus $170 = $748)

The second largest return on investment at Purdue, is faculty grants. It is important for the Board to fully appreciate what that means. Faculty are responsible for teaching our 40,000 students. We do this, at the same time as writing the hundreds of grant applications that bring in that $400 million. $60 million dollars of that by the way, goes to the administration – not the faculty. Let’s call it the faculty’s yearly gift to Purdue!

June 2, 2013 at 10:29 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Budget advances with 'devastating' cuts to KU

Anyone knowledgeable about higher education is concerned at the rate of cost increases, increases that far exceed the rate of inflation.

.."The price of college tuition has increased at a pace much faster than that of inflation in recent years. According to a report by the Delta Cost Project, tuition for a public four-year institution in 1970 was $358 per semester. If tuition had grown in pace with inflation, the average tuition at public colleges would have been $2,052 in 2010. Instead, the average per semester tuition at public colleges and universities was $6,695 in 2010."...

In my opinion, much of the increase in cost is driven by the explosion in university bureaucracy. Professors who no longer perform the services for which they were hired (research, teaching, service) become highly paid administrators, often 200-300K or more. It would be of much interest to know how the fraction of KU administrators has grown since 1975. In part, this has been driven by ever increasing government regulations with which Universities must comply, however, I believe much is unnecessary.

Faculty governance at my graduate alma mater (Purdue) is now working to change this trend.
..."The number of Purdue administrators has jumped 54 percent in the past decade—almost eight times the growth rate of tenured and tenure-track faculty. “We’re here to deliver a high-quality education at as low a price as possible,” says Robinson. “Why is it that we can’t find any money for more faculty, but there seems to be an almost unlimited budget for administrators?”

Purdue is among the U.S. colleges layering up at the top at a time when budgets are tight, students are amassing record debt, and tuition is skyrocketing. U.S. Department of Education data show that Purdue is typical: At universities nationwide, employment of administrators jumped 60 percent from 1993 to 2009, 10 times the growth rate for tenured faculty. “Administrative bloat is clearly contributing to the overall cost of higher education,” says Jay Greene, an education professor at the University of Arkansas. In a 2010 study, Greene found that from 1993 to 2007, spending on administration rose almost twice as fast as funding for research and teaching at 198 leading U.S. universities."...

Secondly, im my opinion, the concern about student debt (based on average debt of about 30K) appears overblown. When I graduated from undergrad school in 1965 I had about $5000 in National Defense Student Loan debt. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics inflation calculator, this corresponds to $36,910 in 2013. I was able to keep my loan debt to $5000 because I worked 25-30 hrs per week (and finished in 4 years).

June 2, 2013 at 10:11 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Advocates from both sides of gun control debate discuss with community

I applaud the decision by the US Senate on the Manchin-Toomey proposal. It was a very bad bill, would have done nothing to prevent gun violence, and four Democrats helped ensure that it did not become law. Law Professor and expert on Second Amendment law discussed the problems with the bill at the Volokh.com law blog.


Which is the more rational, and more likely successful, approach to dealing with gun violence?

..."In the hours before the vote, Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) also attempted to rally last-minute support for the bill by issuing an ominous warning to his colleagues.
“If tragedy strikes again…if innocents are gunned down in a classroom, theater or restaurant, I would have trouble living with myself as a senator, as a husband, a father, or grandfather and friend, knowing that I didn’t do everything in my power to prevent that incident,” Reid said."

From a peer reviewed publication (American Behavioral Scieintist) by one of the most outstanding researchers on guns and violence.
Gary Kleck
Mass Shootings in Schools
The Worst Possible Case for Gun Control
Florida State University, Tallahassee

The most frequent policy lesson drawn following the Columbine school shootings was the need for more gun controls. Review of the details of both Columbine and other contemporary school shootings indicates, however, that the specific gun control measures proposed in their aftermath were largely irrelevant and almost certainly could not have prevented the incidents or reduced their death tolls. These measures included restrictions on gun shows, child access prevention laws mandating locking up guns, and bans on assault weapons. Ironically, exploitation of school shootings for the advocacy of irrelevant gun controls may have obscured the genuine merits of various gun control measures for reducing “ordinary” gun violence. Thus, mass school shootings provided the worst possible basis for supporting gun control.

April 18, 2013 at 9:01 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

NIH announces diversity measures after KU professor's finding that black researchers receive fewer grants

I served as a reviewer on an NIH study section for 8 years. During this time I saw absolutely no hint of any bias. What the study section was looking for was solid creative science that promised to add valuable new information to our knowledge. The head of the study section was a black PhD who was a former grad student colleague at Purdue. He was very bright and did a superb job of managing the review process. He now holds a high level position with the NIH dealing with minority access to research careers. At the time I served there were special grant programs intended to give researchers at minority institutions an opportunity to get the training and preliminary data to eventually be able to compete for what is termed R01 grants. Another Purdue colleague, Luther Williams, served as assistant director of education and human resources at NSF for almost a decade. These and other individuals I knew who made it as scientists were successful because they were very bright and hard working. Scientific ability is not necessarily distributed equally. Look at the number of Nobel prizes won by Jews who represent ~3% of US population.
Asians are also found in disproportionate numbers among scientists as a whole and among my colleagues during nearly 40 years of postgraduate education and research in a medical school environment.
We need to be trying to offer opportunity and assistance to our best and brightest, irrespective of ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation. The idea that we should have equal representation among different groups is a sure recipe for disaster for American science.

December 29, 2012 at 11:13 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Barbara Atkinson stepping down from leadership roles at KU medical school, medical center

I am comparing nothing. To put it more simply for you, the EVC should be fired immediately, as was done for the President of Penn State. Moreover, I am not the only one who thinks Paterno was treated poorly.
Pennsylvania's attorney general has voiced "concern" over Penn State University's firing of legendary football coach Joe Paterno and the treatment of other witnesses and officials involved in a child sexual abuse case.
Nils Hagen-Frederiksen, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania attorney general's office, noted that the two officials charged with perjury and failure to report the abuse are being defended by the university, while Paterno was fired.
"We have a cooperating witness [Paterno], an individual who testified, provided truthful testimony," Hagen-Frederiksen told ABCNews.com, "but two others who were found by a grand jury to commit perjury whose legal expenses are being paid for university. One is on administrative leave. Very interesting development."

November 10, 2011 at 11:41 p.m. ( | suggest removal )