Rich_Crank (Richard Crank)


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Kansas House GOP testing support for Supreme Court changes

They really are adamant about installing 1-ideology-within-1-party rule in Kansas. When I took a civics course in 9th grade, that was called a dictatorship. Granted the class was decades ago, but I haven't heard that the definition's been changed.

February 1, 2016 at 11:32 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Free State High School student told Confederate flag not allowed at school

I'll add further that I once spent over half an hour talking one-on-one with Reinaldo Arenas. He was a Cuban writer and dissident whose first novel was widely praised initially, but who subsequently was recognized to be a dissident (I believe his work remains well-known throughout most of Latin America) and imprisoned for a time. Eventually, after years of censorship, he was able to leave the island in the Mariel Boatlift. That's another reason I'm so concerned about suppression of self-expression, even if (based on what we know) in this case I believe it was handled appropriately.

January 29, 2016 at 2:14 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Free State High School student told Confederate flag not allowed at school

A number of years ago, I (I'm gay, so you know) was involved with planning a Danforth Chapel memorial service at KU for a colleague who died of AIDS. The Phelps "people" (I use that word as a courtesy) of course came and used their freedom of expression as expected. So I know the pain of hate speech first hand. I still believe in my comment. But thanks for the reminder that people here are allowed to disagree.

January 29, 2016 at 10:07 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Free State High School student told Confederate flag not allowed at school

As a retiree who worked in libraries for over 1/3 of a century, I *always* struggle with any and all limitations on speech/press/expression. Therein lies - *always* - a path to dictatorship and a tool that dictators use almost inevitably.

When Nazis wanted to march in Skokie, Illinois, many years ago (I hope that's part of any resulting "teaching/learning moment" here), I thought it was immoral, even evil, but could see no way for any level of government to prohibit it. But a high school campus is different, and I have to quietly applaud this as an alternative path, as long as the "teaching/learning moment" increases knowledge and understanding in the students.

So I'll continue to have difficulties every single time this comes up ... but this time I'll side with "the authorities."

January 28, 2016 at 9:03 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Distracting dress?

Since the directives apply only to those speaking before this particular committee, Sen. Holmes has provided explicit(!) information on how lobbyists can get what they want accomplished ... place many women wearing low-cut necklines and miniskirts *in* *the* *audience* when testimony is against what the lobbyists want and the legislators will completely ignore the facts presented. Then at the appropriate time replace them with older women wearing "pioneer schoolmarm" dress and they'll follow the discussion without any problem.

January 25, 2016 at 7:42 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

HERE @ Kansas seeks permission to fill apartments without required number of parking spaces

Time to do what the government used to tell us all to do, "Just say NO!"

If I could do it over and over for decades, the city commission ought to try it this once and see how it feels.

January 25, 2016 at 8:53 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Video: Near-empty chambers on 'pro forma' days, but lawmakers still get paid

At least this way they're not being tempted by those Jezebels in "low-cut necklines and miniskirts."

January 23, 2016 at 9:38 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas would have fewer school districts under new proposal

"Bradford was careful to describe his plan as a district reorganization, not a consolidation."

Either this guy feels confident Kansans are idiots or he's one himself. Or did he giggle as he said that? Either way, it's more evidence we need to turn these people out at the next opportunity.

January 20, 2016 at 6:10 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Oread group again contests city's demands, accuses city of violating state law

These apparent crooks can't even do like Farmer and slink away. I'm glad I don't know a one of them, I don't know how I could ever feel clean when in their company after this.

January 19, 2016 at 7:39 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Democrats’ dilemma

At least the *Democrats'* *dilemna* is one whose damage is only to the party and its members. Republicans have created a .... well, I'm afraid *dilemna* seems far too mild to me so I'll use ... *crisis* with far-ranging negative consequences for the majority of Kansas citizens of both parties (the wealthy of both need not concern themselves). That the executive and legislative branches are preparing to use the report on proposed "government efficiency savings" supposedly amounting to billions to further worsen Kansans' lives should lead to a revolt against the status quo within the Republican party. But only Republicans can bring that about. We Democrats still can only stand by and watch.

January 19, 2016 at 9:43 a.m. ( | suggest removal )