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At least 59 killed, 527 wounded as gunman opens fire at Las Vegas concert; worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history

The selective fire sear required to make an AR-15 into an M-16 is already regulated, and so is the select-fire switch. You'd have to have a gunsmith do the work, and the gunsmith would require the NFA form from you. Most mass-market news sources are not good references, you'd want to look at an NRA publication or a gun mag. I listened to the audio of the rifle shots, and the guy is firing a full-auto. He's got to have had a fair amount of practice, or experience. There's a lot that's really fishy about this - see The guy has no prior history - no political or religious affiliation, no job history, he just popped out of nowhere.

October 2, 2017 at 5:10 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

5 people shot in downtown Lawrence; 3 dead

It actually did happen before back in 2006 - one dead, one wounded, after a rap show at the Granada:

October 1, 2017 at 4:13 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

5 people shot in downtown Lawrence; 3 dead

except for the Continental Army (1775), the Marine Corps (1785), the US Navy (1775) ...

October 1, 2017 at 4:10 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

5 people shot in downtown Lawrence; 3 dead

I doubt it was a "responsible gun owner". It happened after a Lil Yachty rap/hip hop show at the Granada. Yachty's lyrics are pretty much representative of rap - It's a violent culture, and it's not just black people or poor people, you're just as likely to hear it on Frat Row as you are in East Topeka or KCK. But there are certain standards which are upheld, and transgression is likely to end up with someone getting shot. I lived in Over the Rhine in Cincinnati about 25 years ago, and so I gained a bit of familiarity with that culture. It wasn't racist, by the way, the local Crips had both white and black members. Good manners were essential to survival; disrespect someone, and it wouldn't go well for you.

It sounds like a pretty typical drive-by shooting, with the shooter firing pretty much indiscriminately into a crowd. The people who got shot may not have had any connection with the shooter, they might just have been in proximity - wrong place at the wrong time. There was another shooting at the Granada back in 2006 after a rap show, with one dead and one wounded.

I suppose the lesson is that if you bring in a crowd which is part of a violent culture, then if violence occurs, it's not really a surprise. It's just a part of that culture, and you have to keep that in mind. Situational awareness is key, you have to learn to avoid situations where such events might take place, and most people don't have that awareness. I was thinking about going to a benefit show at the Replay last night, but decided not to, because of that show at the Granada, a half block away. I'm glad that no one I know got shot, but it's a risk I didn't want to take, so I didn't go.

October 1, 2017 at 3:04 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Questions emerge about whether Tonganoxie mayor has conflict of interest in Tyson project

This is the big story here: "Tonganoxie City Council and Leavenworth County Commission officials signed nondisclosure agreements that prohibited them from talking specifically about Tyson’s plans to build a plant near Tonganoxie." OK, so this potentially puts them in an agency relationship with Tyson - and creates a conflict with their fiduciary duty to the citizens of Tonganoxie and Leavenworth County. I'd argue that not just the mayor is conflicted out, but the council and commissioners are as well. What do they know that the rest of us don't? What material inducements to enter into contract have been offered, and to whom? That's the story.

September 15, 2017 at 3:43 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Garden Variety: Battling bindweed no easy task

Bindweed has some interesting medicinal properties: "The extract of bindweed is believed to arrest the growth of tumors, and its anticancer properties are presently being researched.
Bindweed also exhibits actions similar to that of anti-diabetic medications as it is considered to inhibit the action of beta-glucosidase and alpha galctosidase. This, in turn, aids in lesser absorption of carbohydrates into the intestine, thus checking the blood sugar levels. Similar to sweet potato, the insulin-like compound in bindweed aids in effective diabetes management.
Bindweed, especially its flowers, is believed to exhibit antibacterial and antifungal properties against a broad spectrum of microbes, including E. coli, salmonella species, and candida albicans." And it can be good for contaminated soil: "Bindweed finds other uses in restoring the fertility of agricultural land that has been subject to the extensive use of chemicals and pesticides. It is researched and believed to eradicate chromium, copper, and cadmium from the soil."

Here's a picture of it:

July 8, 2017 at 10:39 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

First bill calls for repealing reporting requirements for asset forfeiture

Theodore Calvin - As noted below, Laura Kelly is a Democrat from Topeka. This particular outrage is one that neither the GOP nor the TP is responsible for, it's the thoroughly dysfunctional Kansas Democrats behind this.

January 5, 2017 at 6:18 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Super 8 owner who stabbed his wife gets probation; family's religion played role in judge's decision

That's pretty impressive, taking cultural considerations into account. And if he were sentenced to prison, not only would his family be ostracized, shunned, and cut off, but he'd receive no treatment either for his alcoholism or for his bipolar disorder. The trauma of a jail sentence would most likely make those problems worse. "Not only did Patel's family vouch for his character, Kerns said, but they were also willing to ensure that he continues to remain sober and sticks to his medication regimen." He's got a support structure in place, with strong incentive to make sure that he complies with the treatment plan for his mental disorder. Kansas needs to adopt this sort of policy statewide, instead of simply warehousing people with psychiatric problems, not treating them, and then letting them go after a set length of time. I've heard that approximately 40% of Kansas prisoners have untreated psychiatric illness, which is often the basis for the offense which gets them sent to jail or prison. This is an intelligent sentence.

August 26, 2016 at 12:58 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Journal-World staff changes announced with upcoming ownership change

If Ogden follows what McClatchy did with the Kansas City Star, these firings will not be the first, and the effect will be noticeable, as witness this latest controversy with the Star: If I were amongst those retained, I'd be looking for another job and quickly. The only loyalty the LJW has to its employees is a day's wage for a day's work, nothing else.

July 20, 2016 at 3:36 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

What's the farthest you've ever biked?

Compared to 300 miles in 21 hours this is nothing, but back years ago I did a double century ride, 200 miles in two days. First day rode alone, did the first 100 miles in 5 hours 30 minutes, coming back the next day, got with a group of riders about 20 miles out and did that 100 miles in 4 hours 15 minutes - that was a fast group.

July 16, 2016 at 3:20 p.m. ( | suggest removal )