Kropotkin (Frank Smith)

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Opinion: A world where the truth is losing

While David Ignatius is advocating for "truth," he claims that, "Russia’s propaganda campaigns since the 2014 invasion of the Crimea have been much subtler and harder to combat."

I'm no fan of Russia, but how indeed did they "invade" Crimea? They were already there and had been so for centuries. They were the hugely the majority ethnicity of the population and their naval base was the biggest employer in the former part of the Soviet Union, only moved to the Ukrainian Soviet Republic by Stalin in the early '70s. Many Tatars had returned after their 1944 exile to distant Soviet republics during WWII, and it was because they (and many Ukrainians) had made common cause with the invading Nazis. The coup that removed the Ukrainian president/kleptocrat, replaced him with a government in which the neo-Nazis had significant sway.

Crimea was Russia's only warm water port (Murmansk is marginal), where its fleet was based. It faced eviction and its reannexation of the Crimea was imperative for its security.

The U.S. moves to destabilize the Ukraine, which favored the far right, were ill advised. Victoria Nuland's phone conversation, intercepted by the Russians a month earlier, left them with little choice but to act. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-...

November 30, 2016 at 7:54 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

ACLU: Kobach 'deliberately' creating voter chaos in Kansas

At the risk of violating Goddard's Law, I seem to smell sulphur when Kobach's in the neighborhood, trying to enforce eugenics via the ballot box.

July 7, 2016 at 5:39 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Former prison guard files lawsuit alleging civil rights and ADA violations

CCA has always had terrible problems with exploiting staff, especially female staff. Wardens at their prisons in Pinal County, Arizona, regularly sexually harassed female subordinates. In their Crowley County prison in Ordway, Colorado, sexual harassment and abuse by both managers and peers eventuated in a class action suit that was settled for over a million dollars. They even bragged about how "veteran-friendly" they were, at the same time as they were refusing to honor their commitment to fairly rehire Oklahoma vets returning from combat deployments. They underpaid staff by ten of millions, only recouped by those then-current and former employees willing to be compensated via class action suits.

June 9, 2016 at 6:27 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

ACLU: Two-thirds of new Kansas voter registrations on hold

Actually, the only two of which I'm familiar were a couple of friends of and campaign contributors to Derek Schmidt from Independence, who voted for McCain in '08 both in Kansas and Green Valley, Arizona. Kobach didn't prosecute them: The feds did.

April 27, 2016 at 12:01 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

ACLU: Two-thirds of new Kansas voter registrations on hold

Actually, it is difficult. Kobach's whole purpose is to disenfranchise as many students, women, minorities, poor people and frequent movers as possible. The more hurdles he throws up before them, the easier it will be for the Koch stooges to win elections. It's not that the hurdles are insurmountable: It's that the more difficult he makes it for targeted voting applicants who should be able to vote, the more unlikely that people will be willing to put up jumping over those hurdles and will just forego their participation in the electoral system. Kobach's, Brownback's and the Kochs' ideal is to have all elections decided by well-off white males, just as the framers of the Constitution literally intended.

April 26, 2016 at 11:56 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Gov. Brownback says Kansas pulling out of refugee funding program

Wow! Scary! Especially the short ones with bows in their hair. Keep allert!

April 26, 2016 at 8:54 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Gov. Brownback says Kansas pulling out of refugee funding program

Oh, rats. You would bring up the Law. Now I can't make comparisons.

April 26, 2016 at 8:22 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Gov. Brownback says Kansas pulling out of refugee funding program

Thank you Steve. We'll let Senator Senile worry about aliens and Ebola and ISIS. (That's all he was programmed to remember.)

April 26, 2016 at 8:21 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Gov. Brownback says Kansas pulling out of refugee funding program

Yes. They could also potentially be space aliens, gone off the reservation at Area 51!!!

April 26, 2016 at 8:19 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Gov. Brownback says Kansas pulling out of refugee funding program

She's worried about monsters. Under the bed. Can't be too careful. I hope she leaves the light on.

April 26, 2016 at 8:17 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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