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Arts officials concerned over de-funding precedent set by Kansas governor

You said, "I learned far more on my own than from KU or LHS at a fraction of the price." This implies that you hold your self-education in much higher esteem than your formal one.

You also say, "Shrink the government isn't my position at all," when nearly all your comments (not just on this thread) involve scaling back the government. You say your position is "ending violence, threats and coercion," yet I fail to see how completely eliminating (for instance) all federal education funds (which is something you've suggested) would end any violence or coercion -- that just seems to me to be less government for the sake of less government.

Finally, you seem to be a big fan of Ron Paul, someone who loved Ayn Rand so much he named his son 'Rand.' So, although you say you've never read any Ayn Rand, clearly some of her thought (which pervades Ron Paul's work) has gotten to you.

If you read my above comments, you'll see I only questioned your views and logic, and never resorted to name-calling, as you did in your above comment. Not knowing you, I have no way of knowing why you're so angry. Just remember that a short temper often gets in the way of a rational discussion.

June 11, 2011 at 11:07 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Arts officials concerned over de-funding precedent set by Kansas governor

I'm sure you think that, but the problem with 'learning on your own' is that there's no system of review or discussion. You read some Ayn Rand book, and suddenly you believe that the only answer to the complicated, nuanced problems of global economics is to decrease the government's size. Unfortunately, since you're not actually learning from an economist, there's no one there to point out the flaws and naivete in your reasoning.

Honestly, I believe that a lot of the government has grown out of control, and should be trimmed back. However, the mindset that government must be scaled back no matter what is incredibly myopic. Even small-government conservatives (those who've been to school) have ideas beyond "shrink the government." You, however, take this to be a blanket solution to anything and everything, which shows that you haven't really thought about these problems (despite all your invaluable "self-education").

Indeed, this idea that "self-education" is all one needs is pretty scary. Ask yourself if you'd allow a doctor who "learned on his own" to operate on you.....

June 11, 2011 at 5:33 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Arts officials concerned over de-funding precedent set by Kansas governor

Am I to assume that you would decline federal assistance if you were to lose your job?

June 11, 2011 at 11:32 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Arts officials concerned over de-funding precedent set by Kansas governor

As with most "less government is always better" parrots, you don't seem to practice what you preach -- your profile states you went to both public high school and KU, which are government-funded institutions. As you say, "reducing the size and scope of the government is a net gain for everyone." Perhaps you've forgotten the extent to which the government has helped you?

June 11, 2011 at 11:30 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Law loosening restrictions on concealed carry renewals remains unchanged

isn't the first rule of firearms safety to 'treat every gun as if it were loaded?'

i know you're going to say 'no,' so check out rule #1 (the first rule, if you're not mathematically inclined) here: http://www.thegunzone.com/therules.html

remember, just because you REALLY believe something doesn't mean it's true.

June 8, 2011 at 1:03 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Law loosening restrictions on concealed carry renewals remains unchanged

"The seller has probably forgotten more about firearm safety than you will ever know." -- sounds like you're a little hotheaded, jumping down pete's throat like that. oh, great - you also have a desert eagle.

June 7, 2011 at 2:57 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Olive Garden considering building restaurant on South Iowa Street

You should study some economics -- taxes for anyone, especially large corporations, are abhorrent and unamerican! I suppose you want to put a hammer and sickle on Old Glory as well?

June 1, 2011 at 9:35 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

One person dies after being struck by a piece of metal that fell from an oncoming vehicle on the SLT in Lawrence

I totally agree, though non-construction trucks can be just as bad; Once I was driving on 6th, and an idiot had stood up a metal shelf in the back of his pickup. Of course it flew out into traffic, and everyone had to slam on their brakes. Very dangerous.

May 31, 2011 at 10:36 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Koch shares economic philosophy

Okay, gkerr, you claim that we shouldn't trust the Political Economic Research Institute, which is simply an academic policy research institute (see http://www.peri.umass.edu/190/ ). Why is this, because all universities are left-leaning?

If so, don't you think it's a bit hypocritical for you to quote another university study?

Either you believe in academic research, the scientific method, and empiricism, or you don't. Please don't attempt to discredit the arguments of others by saying that universities are biased, only to turn around and quote similar studies yourself.

May 25, 2011 at 12:31 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Siblings graduate from Baker University on special day for family

Claiming that a news organization shouldn't cover something everyone else is covering is asinine, and shows that you don't understand how information is disseminated.

Imagine a person who only reads the Journal World -- shouldn't he be privy to the same important events as those who read the KC Star or watch the local news?

May 24, 2011 at 11:41 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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