paulyouk (Paul Youk)

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Lawrence violent crime rate up in 2016; role of marijuana sales questioned in increase

No, I saw that...I guess I'm just annoyed at the 'exploding' line...that is going to resonate more with people more strongly than a breakdown on the last five years stats will later in the article, imo...

June 19, 2017 at 1:37 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence violent crime rate up in 2016; role of marijuana sales questioned in increase

This line in particular:

"A quick reading of the statistics in the Lawrence Police Department report may indicate Lawrence is a town with an exploding violent crime rate"

is kind of embarrassing imo. Even if we shouldn't be happy with trending in the wrong direction, it is stupidly misleading to say that the violent crime rate is 'exploding' in the longer trend.

June 19, 2017 at 12:07 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence violent crime rate up in 2016; role of marijuana sales questioned in increase

We should of course we worried about increases in violent crime...however, I don't know if it is so much that 2016 crime stats have taken a sharp turn for the worse, or if the low 2015 number is the relative outlier to the recent overall trend. 2016 numbers are very in line with 2012-2014 ranges.

My point being, while we should of course try to find ways to reduce violent crime in the community, last years number were closer to an overall status quo crime year than being a sign of rapidly increasing crime levels.

June 19, 2017 at 12:02 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawmakers override Brownback veto of tax overhaul

There are an infinity of fools on the internet posting nonsense and limited time to refute them, so nonsense claims like the '$1000-$1500 more' are unchallenged constantly....I do greatly appreciate your citing the actual statistic here.

I do wish LJW had posted the 3 tiers and their new %s, as well as other specific information from the bill, assuming it is publicly available.

June 7, 2017 at 1:52 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawmakers override Brownback veto of tax overhaul

Yeah, you guys remember the great Topeka Riots of 2014 right, where the liberal haters of Kansas rose up and sacked Topeka--Capital building on fire, cars toppled, blood on the pavement...lawless thugs!

June 7, 2017 at 8:05 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas privatizes more vehicle title work to firm set up by auto dealers lobby group

"And once a system has a glitch or a failure, there is just no way of hiring technically skilled people to fix that system or build a better one--I mean, we just don't have the money folks!"

One way starving the beast incentivizes BS privatization.

May 31, 2017 at 8:42 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas privatizes more vehicle title work to firm set up by auto dealers lobby group

The end game of 'starving the beast' is privatization of public services. Turning over public goods to connected individuals and groups has always been the goal of these feckless lickspittles in Topeka (the actual power, of course, residing in their corporate donor class). Kansas, especially rural Kansas, when you will realize the GOP has been the party that has been screwing you all along?

May 30, 2017 at 2:07 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kobach to announce plans on governor's race within 2 months

Polls aren't worthless; media coverage of polls is worthless, as is/was the media's misunderstanding of the fact that the only thing that mattered for 2016 presidential vote was electoral college (which needs to be abolished).

Trump won by having 70,000 more people in the right three states...he still lost the overall vote by millions. I give his campaign all the credit for playing the game the right way to target market to the right voters in the right states that Clinton largely ignored.

In terms of Kobach though, we should not feel better because of a bit of polling this early. We should take the threat of his governship very seriously, as it absolutely could happen and would be a disastrous extension of the Brownback era.

May 23, 2017 at 9:38 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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