OldKStater (Mark Finger)


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Kobach argues for authority to split elections to enforce citizenship rule, claims as many as 18,000 noncitizens on voter rolls

This article shows the typical apparent bias, because of the dismissal of a very thorough survey. To dismiss the Old Dominion survey on the basis of incorrectly marking their answers is like saying that the 2% of Kansas voters in the last election that voted for Jill Stein (the Green party candidate) incorrectly chose the wrong box. Not only did the survey find that about 1% of the respondents were non-citizen and either were registered and/or voted in elections. The researchers followed up and verified a portion of the total non-citizen cases from actual registration and voting records.

Closer to home, in the early 2000's when ACORN was doing voter registration drives in Kansas City, MO, the voter registration officials identified over 1000 fraudulent registrations in each of 3 consecutive election cycles.

I understand that there may be significant error in the survey numbers, but there is the old saying is that "where there is smoke, there is fire". Although these cases are not conclusive evidence of non-citizen voter fraud, they certainly provide a lot of "smoke".

February 8, 2017 at 10 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Veritas graduation celebrates faith, family

Dear nightmare--what fairy tale--Evolution? I ask this because it seems to be one of the primary points of contention. I wrote a paper as a grad student nearly 40 years ago in a KU science class pointing out the problems of the "pool of life" theory (how the first cells were formed). It was based on thermodynamics and had plenty of math and Chemistry facts in it. To date, I have seen no reasoned answer from the evolution side. The KU answer to this and other similar papers was to ban the topic of creation/evolution papers the next year. Incidentally, I can point out the data mentioned in the Miller-Urey paper that shows that they cannot create amino acids in two weeks, much less longer periods (they only got them if they stopped the experiment in two days--data consistent with my thermodynamic claims and calculations). Now who is living by faith and who is based on science. Most people like you have never studied half what you talk about. To try to cut off discussion by name calling like you do shows the fallacy of your position. Try supporting your position by real science rather than refusing to discuss it at all.

Incidentally, the daughter mentioned is my own.

May 26, 2013 at 8:11 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Versatility on display: Freshman Khadre Lane leads Seabury past Veritas

He was the one for the initial tip. Since he was standing next to the Veritas big man, I would estimate him as about 6'-6 to 6'-7. That is tall for high school Kansas 1-A (which is Seabury's classification). Also, as a freshman, he may still grow quite a bit. If he does not grow at least a couple more inches, he will need the outside moves, which are almost a requirement except for 7 footers in college.

Incidentally, I understand that he has a younger brother who played on the junior high team. I do not know the age of that one, but I suspect he is a 6th or 7th grader who is still really learning to play at that level.

January 30, 2011 at 9:46 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Versatility on display: Freshman Khadre Lane leads Seabury past Veritas

The twins attended Veritas and played through 9th grade, then switched to Free State. The story I heard is that one made the team, but the other did not. Last year, they were home schooled, and asked to join the Veritas team after the season had started; at that time the coach said the team was set and did not accept them. The twins then went to Cornerstone, a Christian school on the west side of Topeka (at Auburn) as home school members of the team.

Many Christian schools regularly have home schoolers on their team, in some cases to get enough players to field teams. This is one reason that smaller schools like Veritas are not part of KSHAA, which does not accept home school or part time school athletes (primarily because of potential abuse of eligability standards). In the case of Veritas, about three members of the girls basketball varsity are home schoolers. For last fall in volleyball, only one of the 12 member varsity was a home schooler. I know these numbers because I have a daughter on these teams. For the boys basketball, the number is similarly small. For football, the number is somewhat larger, but still a minority. Seabury, on the other hand, can only have enrolled students on the squad, and has had trouble finding enough bodies even for 8-man football during the last 2 years.

Most of the home-school students (at Veritas) are ones that have had a relationship with the school. Some have had siblings in the school, or have been in and out of the school as family finances permit. Even though our tuition is only about 60% of Seabury's, we do not have a church sponsor to help with scholarships, and some parents find the tuition a burden during hard times.

A number of our opponents are pure home-school associations. Many of these draw from larger pools of students and can provide very strong competition--several of which would be competitive with Kansas 3A or 4A teams. That is what made the volleyball championship last fall so special, because Verital is about the second smallest in terms of pool of players relative to its association opponents.

We also emphasize other things besides the simple win-loss records. In particular, there is a "no-cut" policy for enrolled students, to encourage more to participate--something that is not easily available at much larger schools.

January 29, 2011 at 2:18 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Versatility on display: Freshman Khadre Lane leads Seabury past Veritas

I saw Lane last year and knew Veritas would have problems with Lane in high school. Basketball is one sport where a single talented individual can make a tremendous difference. Lane has the potential to be the best big man to come out of Lawrence since Danny Manning. So it is no wonder that he made a big difference last night.

In addition to Lane, Seabury has added two other key players over last years team. The McDermott twins are also new to the team (BTW, their younger sister has been on the Veritas team for several years).

A couple of other points should be made. Seabury is about twice the size of Veritas (~150 6-12, vs 150 in K-12). Lawrence267 might want to look at some of the other sports where Seabury and Veritas play head to head (football, volleyball, or girls basketball--where the score was just as lopsided the other direction) before making such blanket statements.

January 29, 2011 at 10:56 a.m. ( | suggest removal )