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Plans in works to mark raid on Lawrence

"Those who cannot remember history are doomed to repeat it."
~ George Santayana (1863-1952)

August 19, 2012 at 10:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Statehouse Live: Kobach says he will fight for public initiative

If only some of the advocates of Public Initiative would go back into the very recent past, they could trace how California's Prop.13, a public initiative, was the beginning of the financial debacle that state now finds itself in. Public initiatives sound good until you see them in action! They are an example of the Law of Unintended Consequences which so often follow the knee-jerk responses of popular, but poorly thought out, ballot initiatives. Just say "No" to Public Initiatives.

July 28, 2010 at 10:40 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Statehouse Live: Kobach says he will fight for public initiative

Thank you, Scotty, for reminding others of this very salient point. I was just about to start writing a response when I scrolled down to yours! Well put and right on!

July 28, 2010 at 10:29 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Gas service restored to downtown businesses, street reopened

This is video of a gas explosion on 3/5/09 in Bozeman, MT, another small college town. This is what happens when utility companies use antiquated methods to deliver their services. Sadly, one person, a 36-year-old young woman, lost her life in this disaster. But there could have been far greater loss of life. As it is, an entire half block of historic downtown was destroyed.


July 15, 2010 at 12:35 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Statehouse Live: Brownback files for governor, picks Colyer for running mate

O Lord, we humbly beseech You, please save the state of Kansas from these C-Street, right-wing, evangelical politicians who think that You appointed them to save it. Amen

June 1, 2010 at 4:24 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

What advice do you have for recent graduates?

You can fold your diploma up and put it in a drawer. There are no guarantees of success. Knowledge is power. Gain some practical knowledge of how the world really works. If you're young and unencumbered, go out and experience life. Take some chances, travel light and keep an open mind. While education in and of itself is a good thing, a college degree is like having size 12 feet ~ it all depends on what you do with it.

May 22, 2010 at 8:55 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas lawyer is architect of many immigration laws

Hey, I'm only quibbling with you over one word, "ethnocentric" -defined as: characterized by a belief or attitude that one's own group is superior. Most of your argument(s) is/are articulate and logical even though I'm not totally convinced by all of it. But hey, that's okay. You're entitled to your opinion. I just suggested that IMO you're shooting yourself, and your argument, in the foot by justifying a mindset which is "ethnocentric". I have no beef with any immigration law which is administered the same for all individuals. But not if it's meant to single out only one certain ethnic group. No one ethnic group is superior.

Peace out, bro.

May 11, 2010 at 3:47 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas lawyer is architect of many immigration laws

Yeah, just saying, you were making a pretty rational argument there until you hit the word "ethnocentric". See, it's the superiority thing that blows up your argument. How one group and its culture is intrinsically superior just by virtue of being white (or brown or black). The notion of white cultural superiority is straight out of the Pat Buchanan school of social policy. Sorry, ain't no way that's gonna fly if you want to have a rational discussion about immigration law reform. Suggesting a solution based on the notion of "ethnocentricity" effectively shuts down your argument. Cut the mics and go home.

May 11, 2010 at 12:43 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas lawyer is architect of many immigration laws

"Ethnocentric: characterized by or based on the attitude that one's own group is superior. "
~ Merriam-Webster

Yeah, Nova, I'm pretty sure it is a human trait but not sure it's something to be proud of.

May 11, 2010 at 9:25 a.m. ( | suggest removal )