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Letter: Related concern

I have no trouble with the Chinese people, who are routinely abused and killed by their government in their quest for freedoms we take for granted here in the US - for example, this: "Writer and investigative journalist Ethan Gutmann alleges that Chinese dissidents are routinely rounded up and executed so that doctors can harvest their organs for transplantation. Gutmann joins Here & Now’s Peter O’Dowd to discuss the findings in his book, “The Slaughter: Mass Killings, Organ Harvesting, and China’s Secret Solution to Its Dissident Problem." http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2014/11/28...

And it's the same Chinese Government which funds state propaganda outreach fronts like the Confucius Institute. We didn't let the Nazis get away with it, and we shouldn't allow the current totalitarian government get away with this whitewash, either

December 14, 2014 at 1:43 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence marchers protest recent police killings

And, as for Lawrence, it has remarkably good policing, they do a good job, and that's due to the leadership they have with Chief Tarik Khatib, and District Attorney Charles Branson, both of whom have gone a long way to really change the style and culture of policing here.

December 8, 2014 at 3:33 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence marchers protest recent police killings

You don't fool me, not with cryptoracist comments like this: "But without causing any more grief towards myself, check out the statistical figures as to what races are involved in the most crime." OK, so what race is Jamie Dimon? The rest of the Wall Street fraudsters, who managed to fleece the US taxpayer for a few trillion dollars and get away with it, along with their crooked cronies in government?

December 8, 2014 at 3:28 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence marchers protest recent police killings

Except Garner was selling loose cigarettes - an infraction - and they could have just handed him a ticket. They didn't need to arrest him, and they used a chokehold - which they knew could be lethal and often enough was - and they flat out murdered him. Police aren't supposed to be some sort of death squad, meting out rough justice to petty criminals, they're supposed to use the minimum amount of force to apprehend them, get them to jail, then court. And for the record, the NYPD has a long record of brutal corruption going back 150 years: http://sabotagetimes.com/reportage/th...

December 8, 2014 at 3:23 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence marchers protest recent police killings

So, Fred, you've seen a sign at a Lawrence business that says "for white people only"? Recently? If so, where? I lived down South in Florida and Georgia for most of the 1980s, and I didn't see any "whites only" signs down there. In fact, in Gainesville, Florida, the punk rock scene was pretty thoroughly integrated - the "Raging Pusbags" were half black (drums, bass) and half white (vocals, guitar) - and they were skinheads on top of that. Racism was a quick way to get forcibly uninvited from a show there. And you're saying that there are "whites only" businesses in Lawrence, Kansas nearly 30 years later?

Of course, Lawrence *does* have a history of this sort of thing: "Rather than arguing against integration around the nexus of white supremacy/black inferiority, these individuals—consciously or not—effectively resisted integration by painting themselves as defenders of individual freedom. They defined freedom as the right of an individual to acquire, dispose of, and use his or her property without interference from the state; equality as something to be “earned” by the individual rather than something to be “legislated” for particular groups; and the state as the defender of private property and individual rights, rather than the collective rights of minority groups. The result was a defense of segregation more rational and appealing than the crude argument of white supremacy based on racial hierarchies. By defining freedom as the right to own and dispose of property white Lawrencians in effect challenged liberalism and the activist state by reaffirming existing racial boundaries.[10]" https://www.kshs.org/publicat/history...

One would think that Lawrence has advanced since the 1960s, but apparently not...

December 7, 2014 at 1:27 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Journal-World websites to require commenters to identify themselves

well, if the intrusive questions from Google weren't enough to drive me off, then this will do the trick. And I do have a facebook account under my real name, but there are good reasons to use pseudonyms on this forum and others like it. It'll be interesting to see what the comment sections look like tomorrow... if I feel a need to even look at ljworld.com. and i like the idea of an alternative forum at http://w11.zetaboards.com/LJWDeserter...

October 9, 2013 at 5:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Indian tribe that purchased North Lawrence property involved in casino-related lawsuit

details, details: http://www.tulsaworld.com/site/printe...

"Some of the attorneys involved in the Delaware deal - Tulsa attorney Vicki Sousa and Luis Figueredo of Palmetto Bay, Fla. - are also associated with the court-battled casino in Broken Arrow proposed by the Kialegee Tribal Town and developers from Florida and Chicago. River Trails' lawsuit, which is filed in U.S. District Court in Tulsa, alleges that a May 2010 development agreement gave River Trails exclusive authority to develop a casino on the tribe's former lands in Ohio that would be placed in trust. It was signed by then-Chief Jerry Douglas, DEA president Wayne Stull, and River Trails managing member Rudy Gerbus of Ohio. The tribe is considered to be landless and cannot place any land into trust within 14 counties in Oklahoma because of a past agreement with the Cherokee Nation, records show."

I wonder if any of the two big local developers are going to get in on this deal - if they do, it's pretty much a done deal - and if they don't, it's toast.

And, while we're at it, since all of the land in Lawrence was part of an Indian reservation, the land under part of a Lawrence hotel - or on the lot - could be placed into trust by a tribe, and the tribe could get a gaming compact with the State...

August 9, 2013 at 2:29 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Verdict leaves key question unanswered

If Martin was wearing a hoody, and Zimmerman was following him from behind, and it was a dark night and raining, there's no way that Zimmerman could tell which race Martin was a member of. Think about it a bit - the only point at which Zimmerman found out that Martin was black was when Martin closed the distance between them, threw the punch, broke Zimmerman's nose, and knocked him to the ground. Up until then, Martin was a suspicious guy walking around the neighborhood, a neighborhood that had suffered a rash of residential burglaries. The hoody obscured Martin's race.

July 16, 2013 at 12:17 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Islam should seek return to tolerance

Islam is by no means monolithic, but most of Islam in Europe, the UK, and the US is the Saudi-bankrolled authoritarian Wahhabi branch of Sunni Islam, and it's less of a religion than a movement seeking political power and hegemony over other nations - rather ironic, seeing the nations affected. The trouble is is that Wahhabism is anti-human rights, anti-womens rights (to the point of outright misogyny), anti-LGBT rights, anti-science (especially evolution); it's a sort of Westboro Baptist Church on steroids. Westboro says "God Hates Fags", Wahhabists behead them in public; Westboro isn't terribly into womens rights, but only Wahhabists go so far as to perform large numbers of female genital mutilations and execute female rape victims for adultery, and so on and so forth.

It's this kind of Islam which we've got to deal with in the US and it should be given exactly the same amount of respect and toleration that WBC gets - or perhaps less.

July 16, 2013 at 12:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas House Speaker Merrick blasts regents, KU over funding, salary issues

When I went in the latter half of the 1970s - graduated 1981, all of my classes were taught by full professors, very few of whom were "duds". Some really good ones were: Albert Burgstahler and Gerald Maggiora in Chemistry, for whom I did research; Robert Carlson, William Argersinger, Clark Bricker, Peter Hierl, Chemistry; H. Lewis McKinney, History; Robert Nunley, Geography; Chester Sullivan, English; Henry Fullenwider, German; Karl Stockhammer, Biology. Bernard Williams, whom I've kept in touch with to the present, was the TA for my Western Civ class. I will say that my experience with the Math Department was horrible - and I've heard numerous complaints about it over the past 32 years since I graduated, but overall I got a superior education at KU. I went on to get my PhD in Chemistry in 1987 at U. Florida - and used my notes from Prof. Argersinger's class to tie for second place in the Physical Chemistry qualifiers there.

June 26, 2013 at 11:02 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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