Mark_Jakubauskas (Mark Jakubauskas)

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Kobach, without evidence, supports Trump's false claim of 'millions' of illegal votes

"All this was inspired by the principle—which is quite true within itself—that in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods.
It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously. Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation.
For the grossly impudent lie always leaves traces behind it, even after it has been nailed down, a fact which is known to all expert liars in this world and to all who conspire together in the art of lying."

November 30, 2016 at 2:48 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Discussion of more signs for Kasold-SLT intersection on tap; thoughts of a Crossgate Drive interchange for the SLT

How about a roundabout at K-10 and Kasold ? <grin>

November 30, 2016 at 2:44 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City hopes new activities will fix sharp decline of skating rink visitors

People don't go there, because, simply, it sucks. Look, it was a dumb idea that needs to be killed. I've watched people clump around on that surface. It's not skating. Nobody glides. It's small, it's boring. You'd get more sliding action if you waxed it and gave everybody socks to wear. This can't be fixed, only terminated.

November 22, 2016 at 11:24 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

What's that under construction along 23rd Street? Here's an update

Chad Lawhorn. Still the funniest newspaper columnist around !

November 21, 2016 at 2:20 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

9-year-old girl seriously injured after being hit by SUV near 23rd and Massachusetts

As I understand it, Ms. Arneill and her daughter were walking south across 23rd Street, in the crosswalk; the SUV was northbound on Massachusetts, turning eastbound onto 23rd and did not yield right of way to the pedestrians.

November 8, 2016 at 4:21 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City moves forward with plan to make residents pay for sidewalk repair

The equity and fairness issues are indeed stunning. Most of the sidewalks - especially older sidewalks in need of repair - will be on the east side of town. Given the demographics of Lawrence, it means that sidewalk repair costs will fall disproportionately upon lower-income, elderly, and minority populations.

Could the city - acting on behalf of a developer or developers - use the cost of sidewalk repair as a stick to induce a low-income, minority, or elderly homeowner to sell out ? Could the costs of sidewalk replacement be used as an inducement by the city to push "undesirables" out of their homes to make way for gentrification ?

Furthermore, the insistence that the homeowner repair the sidewalk will without question lead to sidewalks rebuilt with thin, quickie concrete mixed from a bag, rather than a properly poured and finished sidewalk done by a reputable concrete company.

Will the city require those homeowners in the city who do not have sidewalks on their property - think much of Lawrence west of Iowa - to install sidewalks ?

October 24, 2016 at 1 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Another fast-food chicken restaurant sets its sights on Lawrence; basketball court promise broken at Rock Chalk Park

"...the decision to close the one court to public use was an administrative decision..."

Weasel words.

WHO made that decision ?

July 26, 2016 at 11:19 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Inequality part of freedom

Would the Journal-World PLEASE put a moratorium on opinion columns by grumpy old men who write pointless stream of consciousness rants ?

June 5, 2016 at 2:50 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence historic resources board hears heated comments on East Ninth Street design

First refuge of the creatively bankrupt: "...and a large rock formation that would act as a sitting area"

Rocks ? That's the best you can do ? Are you so completely out of creative ideas, designers, that you resort to plopping rocks along the street ? The city plans to spend $3.5 million on this, and the best idea the designers have is "rocks" ?

How 'bout a pile of bricks ? A stack of used railroad ties ? Some leftover concrete ? Or just dump some dirt in a pile and call it "evocative of Kansas landscape."

May 20, 2016 at 10:07 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Property owners need to start paying for sidewalk repair, city manager says

I suspect a lot of those people are not "content" with their damaged sidewalks - but lack the means to replace those sidewalks themselves, as required under current state law and city ordinance. I'm proposing a better way.

May 4, 2016 at 2:10 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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