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Opinion: Miami officials should thank Argentine president

"... wasted her country’s biggest commodity bonanza in recent history giving away massive cash subsidies to buy votes, but doing little to ensure long-term poverty reduction ... A staggering 45 percent of Argentines are getting paid on a monthly basis by the government, either because they are public employees or because they are getting cash subsidies..."

Sounds real familar! The US would have been here long ago were it not for the fact we are the world's currency standard.

October 7, 2013 at 7:37 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Shame on state

One only has to decide if the offending group, individual, topic, or word involved is on the PRO or CON side of the liberal play-list to predict their collective response. The only thing typically consistent with these self-appointed defenders of the 1st Amendment is the hope that he “settle for a large chunk of change”. Were we to apply the current standard consistently, Guth’s rant was hate speech, pure and simple. He has no place in a taxpayer funded University!

October 6, 2013 at 9:03 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter:Legislative bully

Funny! When right wingers use the "wrong" word or emotionally speak their mind, they are instantly accused of hate speech and ceaselessly attacked. We are collectively tired of paying to have liberal professors indoctrinate our children.

September 24, 2013 at 8:17 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU journalism professor Guth placed on leave as school reviews comment he made on Twitter on shootings

I'll keep my guns, thank you!

In the year 1787, Alexander Tyler (a Scottish history professor at The University of Edinborough) used an analogy to describe "The Fall of The Athenian Republic" some 2,000 years prior:
“A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.
The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:
From bondage to spiritual faith;
From spiritual faith to great courage;
From courage to liberty;
From liberty to abundance;
From abundance to complacency;
From complacency to apathy;
From apathy to dependence;
From dependence back into bondage.”

From my vantage point, Mr. Tyler’s observation has been unsettlingly predictive of the path of our own experiment in Democracy.

In my youth I studied, with gratitude and reverence, the “bondage to liberty” sequence associated with the birth of our country. I believe I have lived through the “abundance to apathy” sequence. Now, as I watch the current Administration attempt to spend its way out of a recession, push forward massive bail out and entitlement programs, and socio-engineer Government intrusion/involvement in to most aspects of our lives, I cannot help but feel that the road to “dependence” has been charted.

September 20, 2013 at 3:43 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU journalism professor condemned by administrators for tweet about NRA

Professor of Journalism?

“Journalistic objectivity can refer to fairness, disinterestedness, factuality, and nonpartisanship, but most often encompasses all of these qualities.” ... Nope!

Advocacy journalism? “Avoid slogans, ranting, and polemics. Instead, articulate complex issues clearly and carefully." ... Nope!

Tenured liberal wack-job bent on ensuring that all whom his class come away with the same views he embraces. … Probably!

Any wonder why nobody trusts the lame-stream media?

September 20, 2013 at 3:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Not incompetent

Refreshing letter. Most Obama supporters have finally seen the light and scraped the Obama bumper stickers off their cars! Most have realized that this guy has competently taken this country down a path we will regret. Funny how no one can mention any of Obama's many gaffs without referring to Bush.

In terms of the GOP supporting Obama ... do you not remember the first 2 years of his "reign" ... dems controlled both houses ... they did not even invite GOP members to meetings.

September 18, 2013 at 11:27 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Obama still a tax-and-spend liberal

There is a long-held belief that democracies, in general, are a predictably doomed form of government.

In the year 1787, Alexander Tyler (a Scottish history professor at The University of Edinborough) used an analogy to describe "The Fall of The Athenian Republic" some 2,000 years prior:
“A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.
The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:
From bondage to spiritual faith;
From spiritual faith to great courage;
From courage to liberty;
From liberty to abundance;
From abundance to complacency;
From complacency to apathy;
From apathy to dependence;
From dependence back into bondage.”

From my vantage point, Mr. Tyler’s observation has been unsettlingly predictive of the path of our own experiment in Democracy.

In my youth I studied, with gratitude and reverence, the “bondage to liberty” sequence associated with the birth of our country. I believe I have lived through the “abundance to apathy” sequence. Now, as I watch the current Administration attempt to spend its way out of a recession, push forward massive bail out and entitlement programs, and socio-engineer Government intrusion/involvement in to most aspects of our lives, I cannot help but feel that the road to “dependence” has been charted.

January 4, 2013 at 8:46 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: New victim of black blindness?

Pitts should direct his righteous indignation where it belongs ... at the black male demographic of our society. As long as black maleness is synonymous with irresponsibility, aggression and bravado, white society is statically justified to be cautious.

According to the Dept. of Justice, of the 12,996 murder victims in 2010:
- 77.4 percent were male
Who is getting murdered?
- 50.4 percent were black
- 47.0 percent were white, and
- 2.6 percent were of other races
Who commits murder?
- 90.3 percent were males.
- 53.1 percent were black,
- 44.6 percent were white, and
- 2.3 percent were of other races.

December 4, 2012 at 9:32 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Obama wins re-election

"the mess he will inherit"

How many years before the mess is considered one of his making?

November 7, 2012 at 9:41 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Out of balance

"Why do we the common people continue to vote against our own interests?" ... horse crap! We vote R because we have concern for our children and grandchildren's future ... you vote D because they give you things!

There is a long-held belief that democracies, in general, are a predictably doomed form of government.

In the year 1787, Alexander Tyler (Scottish history professor - University of Edinborough) used an analogy to describe "The Fall of The Athenian Republic" some 2,000 years prior:
“A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.
The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years, during which these nations always progressed through the following sequence:
From bondage to spiritual faith;
From spiritual faith to great courage;
From courage to liberty;
From liberty to abundance;
From abundance to complacency;
From complacency to apathy;
From apathy to dependence;
From dependence back into bondage.”

From my vantage point, Mr. Tyler’s observation has been unsettlingly predictive of the path of our own experiment in Democracy.

In my youth I studied, with gratitude and reverence, the “bondage to liberty” sequence associated with the birth of our country. I believe I have lived through the “abundance to apathy” sequence. Now, as I watch the “escapades” of our elected representatives in Washington, I cannot help but feel that the road to “dependence” is being charted.

October 2, 2012 at 8:03 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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