boltzmann (Brian Laird)


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Opinion: Government should govern

Ok. Just saw the indention of the text and made an incorrect assumption. To quote the Gilda Radner character. "Never mind"

October 2, 2013 at 9:28 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Government should govern

What was the error in what I said? Be specific and not just give random insults that show that you don't really have a clue. In what way have I drunk "koolaid". You seem incapable of making a coherent counter argument. Pathetic.

October 2, 2013 at 8:33 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas delegation holds position of making government funding contingent on delaying Obamacare

"the way it was foisted on the American people"

You seem to not know the definition of "foisted" and are conflating it with "being inacted through the normal democratic process." Obama campaigned in 2008 for health care reform - the American people elected him. The ACA was passed by both houses of Congress and upheld by the Supreme Court. How could that be in any way construed as "foisting". That is just delusional, as is the idea that trying use the full faith and credit of the USA as a blackmail bargaining chip to achieve a goal that cannot be achieved through the normal legislative process. The House Republicans voted 40+ times to defund the ACA and it got nowhere, because it doesn't have the votes in the Senate.
To support this blackmail is, in my view, dangerous and crazy.

October 2, 2013 at 1 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Government should govern

"Also, non essential employees are fired in the real world."

I don't think you really understand what non-essential means in this context. If a company had to shut down for a short period of time for some reason (fire, natural disaster, etc.), many of the company employees would stay home except for people who would be deemed "essential" - for example, security guards to make sure that the company isn't robbed in the interim.

An example in the government are people who work for the national labs. Yes, for the researchers if they have to stay at home in the short run nothing much would happen, but in the long run the research that we depend upon to keep our technological edge would not be done and we would be worse off. They would be deemed "nonessential", but they are essential to maintaining our edge. However, in the short run the people that guard the nuclear technology at those national labs have to stay on the job for obvious reasons - that is the meaning of essential versus non-essential.

October 2, 2013 at 10:43 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Boehner’s loss of control sad to watch

You actually believe this nonsense? It 's like saying that if kidnapper kills a hostage that it was the family's fault that they didn't pay the ransom. The Rebublicsns can't get this done through the normal democratic process, so they resort to extortion.

September 29, 2013 at 9:19 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Missouri Tiger bar plans to celebrate anniversary of Quantrill's Raid

and Free State John Brown Ale is yummy.

August 20, 2013 at 2:20 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Legislative leaders will take budget meetings to universities around the state

Your reasoning has a couple of flaws.

Revenue from athletic programs is, in general, not available for academic use.

The vast majority of donations have conditions that restrict their use.

July 30, 2013 at 1:06 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Distracted driver

Here is the description of the "Dead Red" law. Basically, many intersections - especially in Lawrence - have sensors that detect if a vehicle approaches an intersection from the less-busy direction. If no vehicle is there the light doesn't change. However, a problem is that bicycles and some motorcycles are too small to trip the sensor, so you could come to an intersection and the light would never change (until a car approached the intersection). This has happened to me frequently at 19th and Louisiana. Basically, this law allows you to proceed against the light after waiting a reasonable amount of time and checking if it is safe to do so.

(4) "The driver of a motorcycle or a person riding a bicycle facing any steady red signal, which fails to change to a green light within a reasonable period of time because of a signal malfunction or because the signal has failed to detect the arrival of the motorcycle or bicycle because of its size or weight, shall have the right to proceed subject to the rules stated herein. After stopping, the driver or rider shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle in or near the intersection or approaching on a roadway so closely as to constitute an immediate hazard during the time such driver or rider is moving across or within the intersection or junction of roadways. Such motorcycle or bicycle traffic shall yield the right-of-way to pedestrians lawfully within an adjacent crosswalk and to other traffic lawfully using the intersection."
Note: This is the so-called Dead Red law, which allows bicyclists and motorcylists to legally proceed through inoperative red lights in Kansas when it's safe to do so.

July 8, 2013 at 12:03 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Teller's restaurant to change name and concept to Merchants Pub & Plate

Well, changing the name and concept worked so well for Milton's.

June 24, 2013 at 10:57 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas Board of Regents to vote on proposed tuition, fee increases

Washburn is governed by a separate board of regents.

June 18, 2013 at 3:09 p.m. ( | suggest removal )