Slowponder (Jonathan Becker)


Comment history

What's your favorite guitar solo?

Mark Knopfler, Telegraph Road

April 18, 2016 at 9:17 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kobach dismisses voter fraud charge against Olathe woman

The Defendant retained her own counsel.

April 11, 2016 at 6:24 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kobach dismisses voter fraud charge against Olathe woman

A review of the JOCO court docket shows the prosecutor from the Secretary of State's office belatedly filed a motion to amend complaint (3rd) and a motion to determine if the state could propose to admit the defendant's statement, as being voluntary and admissible. These motions were filed less than 3 weeks before the jury trial. These kind of motions are basic Prosecutor 101. Kobach's in house counsel announced by phone that the State was going to dismiss with no intent to refile.
Reminds one of the gang that couldn't shoot straight.

April 10, 2016 at 8:36 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas Supreme Court: Law on sobriety tests unconstitutional

You are confusing the act of driving and the act of being seized and searched. Read the opinion. It distinguishes between act of driving and act of uniting, a most private of acts, according to SCOTUS.
Your praise of the process in CA does not address the issue of a Nevada driver on a California road. The CA admin process fails the strict scrutiny test of the 14th Amendment, because it is not evenly applied to people who use the road -- one treatment for California residents and another for a visitor from Louisiana.

February 26, 2016 at 8:49 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: School denial

The Supreme Court stayed the remedy (Immediate $58M increase recommended by the District Court) giving the legislature to June 30, 2016 to come up with its own solution. If the legislature does not propose a solution by then or if they leave Topeka without the Governor calling a special session by that date, the Court will enjoin school districts from opening the schools come August. In early August, there will be a primary. How fortunate for those who advocate a "throw-the-bums-out" strategy. Can you see mothers and fathers heading to the polls with the prospect of having to provide/get all day child care with the schools closed? An angry electorate vs. an obdurate legislature. As Bette Davis said, "Fasten your seatbelt, it's going to be a bumpy night!"

February 17, 2016 at 10:41 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas senator blocks testimony from female witnesses with 'low-cut necklines and miniskirts'

And we are paying a per diem to Senator Distraction??? I want my money back. . . .

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

Plans filed for major soccer complex near eastern end of SLT; Kansas ranks near top of list of states people are leaving

I am shocked, shocked to hear that Kansas is in the top ten in "move-outs." Didn't the soothing words of the grate governator Samy brownbak make those people pine to return?

(This message was brought to you with a heavy dose of sarcasm.)

January 13, 2016 at 4:17 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Rising costs

The scrivener of the LTE omits the fact that his $5,400 in health insurance premiums and his $6,600 deductible are tax deductions on Schedule A. Unless his income is more than $160,000, he is entitled to take some of those expenses as tax deductions.

Does anyone fact check these LTE anymore? And if they are fact-checked, who? A member of the Flat Earth Society?

January 13, 2016 at 9:59 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas lawmakers spar over mental hospital's safety issues

Sen Ward asked the wrong question. Rather than asking, "Who got fired?", he should have asked, "Who got promoted or got a raise?"

December 29, 2015 at 7:40 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City overpaid Oread hotel's development group, mayor says

It is not a whitewash. The great white fatha in Topeka hath decreed that mucho sales tax info is privileged info. The Commish is playin' within the rules on a table that is tilted by the great white fatha in Topeka in favor of simple-minded businessmen like Thomas Fritzel, who are just so confused by tax numbers. Let us now have a moment of silence in sympathy for Mr. Fritzel. (sniff, sniff, sob.)

December 16, 2015 at 2:59 p.m. ( | suggest removal )