spaceman_spiff (Tyler Palmer)

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Kansas panel considers divesting pension fund from Iran

If by "took off" you mean "didn't remove and they are still on the list", then you are correct; otherwise, please consider taking the very small amount of time it takes to confirm the facts before posting GOP/FOX propaganda.

http://www.state.gov/j/ct/rls/other/d...

Name: Hizballah / Date Desginated: 10/8/1997

http://www.state.gov/j/ct/list/c14151...

Name: Iran / Date Designated: January 19, 1984

March 19, 2015 at 9:15 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas records law doesn't cover officials' private emails

Why should people supposedly working for the public interest have to disclose who is influencing them, why they are voting the way they vote, how they arrive at the decisions they arrive at, etc? It would only confuse the general public to know such things. All state business should be done in clandestine, backroom deals where only the monied interests are allowed to participate and benefit, since they are clearly the only folks that matter or can truly understand the issues. The electorate should only be allowed token participation with no real input or leverage.

March 17, 2015 at 9:57 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawmaker suggests school finance case could affect judicial budget

This is why low voter turnout in elections hurts. When most of the people voting are the radicalized fringes motivated by FUD and misinformation and the moderate majority simply can't be bothered to participate in elections, we end up with a governor and legislators like we have here in Kansas.

March 17, 2015 at 9:47 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

TEDxLawrence announces 12 speakers for March 23

On a Monday during the day? *sigh* Come on, folks.

March 17, 2015 at 9:47 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas Senate passes Brownback's school funding overhaul

This is why low voter turnout in elections hurts. When most of the people voting are the radicalized fringes motivated by FUD and misinformation and the moderate majority simply can't be bothered to participate in elections, we end up with a governor and legislators like we have here in Kansas.

March 17, 2015 at 9:46 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas proposal would allow concealed carry with no permit

You appear to be suggesting that anyone not willing to carry a gun should stay home. Kind of a weird position to take for someone in a supposedly civilized society. You also appear to be suggesting that someone staying at home is a menace of some sort. Also an odd position.

My comment makes no mention of me or anyone else being afraid of armed people to the point of not wanting to go out in public. Just the opposite. It's also pretty clear that someone that feels the need to walk around armed is, in fact, a potential menace, since they have a lethal weapon with them.

Personally, I'm not afraid of my fellow citizens and feel zero need to walk around armed when I'm in public in order to protect myself from some unknown boogeyman. I'm also not afraid to be in public knowing that a certain percentage of others are, in fact, afraid enough of their fellow citizen that they feel the need to carry a lethal weapon.

I would suspect that a very large majority of people in this country are not so afraid of their fellow citizens that they feel the need to carry around a lethal weapon. Carrying around a lethal weapon out of fear is an aberrant stance.

The legality of carrying a gun has zero to do with whether someone who is carrying a gun should be considered a potential threat or not. It also has nothing to do with whether others will be uncomfortable around an armed person, since they can't be sure whether the armed person is going to use their weapon to cause kill or seriously injure someone else.

Guns are simply unnecessary for private citizens to have in a public setting. Guns for hunting or home protection have a legitimate justification.

February 27, 2015 at 10:27 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas City's Spin Pizza coming to Sixth and Wakarusa area; rumor of another restaurant for South Iowa; Mojo's chicken wings make a return

Drat! Way to tease me, Chad! You had my hopes up with that headline that Mojo's would be opening back up. I miss the days when it was where Terrebonne is now and was pick-up or delivery only. Super delicious. Something went wonky when they opened up the sitdown location, so I was hoping to hear that they were going back to their roots and opening another little hole-in-the-wall joint.

My wing dream would be if the Mojo's folks (or anyone for that matter) decided to buy the rights to the sauces and processes used by The Right Wing in Tulsa and open up a place here. The Right Wing nitro sauce wings, or even better...a mix of the nitro sauce and the garlic sauce, plus their fries have so far been the best wings and fries I've had. Bummed that they are closing in the not too distant future.

February 27, 2015 at 9:12 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas House, Senate pass teacher collective bargaining compromise

While I like the optimism, I see this as more a measure of expediency by the legislature, so they can move on to more "important" items like limiting abortion and trying to distract the public from the budget mess they created, rather than a win against KPI and other so-called conservative groups that eschew facts and spew propaganda. Once they have some spare time in a subsequent session, this will come up again.

February 27, 2015 at 8:50 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Effects of Kansas business tax break more widespread than estimated

That's easy. I'm sure it's Obama's fault somehow, right?

February 24, 2015 at 3:42 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas proposal would allow concealed carry with no permit

I'd recommend that if you are so afraid of everybody else that you feel the need to carry a gun at all times, you're better off staying at home behind a locked door where you can cower in your paranoia without being a potential menace to the rest of us.

Most people, even with significant training, will simply not function well in a situation where there is live gun fire. It is unlikely that a private citizen with a gun is going to do anything but escalate the situation. They will make it much more difficult for the police to determine who the bad guys really are and will likely make it more likely that innocent people will get hurt.

Plus, there's the common issue of how carrying a gun tends to change peoples' aggressive responses. If you get into an argument and have a gun on you, you're more likely to use that gun to "settle" the argument. How many times have we seen incidents in Lawrence at various nightspots where altercations result in guns being drawn and used. Personally, I'd much rather have someone take a swing at me if they're unable to rationally discuss something than for them to pull out a gun, shoot me, and either wound me or end my life entirely simply because they don't like what I'm saying and react in the heat of the moment.

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2...

February 13, 2015 at 1:40 p.m. ( | suggest removal )