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Crews demolish buildings on the site of Berkeley Flats apartments, in the 1100 block of Mississippi

Waste is a part of the nature of capitalism - the notion of time value of money - and I'm sure that's what is driving this. Otherwise they'd take the time to salvage the air conditioning units, the windows, the fixtures inside the building, and other recyclable material, leaving the shell to be demolished and hauled off to the dump. But it's a lot quicker to just put the whole thing in the landfill - a couple of days of work - slap up the new building, and get in paying tenants. Like a lot of other "progressive" things in Lawrence, recycling is window dressing, a joke.

January 31, 2015 at 3:50 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Haskell seeking information about vandalism to sacred sweat lodges

The people who did this are the same kinds of people who spraypaint swastikas on synagogues - and they ought to be treated in the same way. I hope they're caught before there's an escalation of the harms caused.

January 28, 2015 at 10:02 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

New two-lane Wakarusa roundabout may be a little confusing at first, but it's safer, city official says

There's a three-lane roundabout at Meyer Boulevard and Ward Parkway in Kansas City, and it's been there since I can remember, which is a bit more than 52 years at this point. I can recall that it was challenging during drivers' ed classes, especially at rush hour, and there are *no* stop signs on that one, either. It was challenging then, but eventually I got used to it. Four lanes, two in, two out, of traffic from Meyer, six lanes into it and six out, from Ward Parkway, Tomahawk Road, and some other street - so it could be complex.

January 28, 2015 at 11:41 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas ethics official doesn't appear before grand jury in Brownback loan case

Jonathan is correct. If she went in and testified and lied or concealed, *then* it could be perjury or obstruction of justice. If the head of the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission gets cited for contempt by a federal grand jury - that would be interesting, we'll see if that actually happens. If it does and a finding is entered, it'll be funny if she keeps her job... On the other hand, I wonder if she has some sort of qualified immunity she can assert and refuse to testify.

January 15, 2015 at 3:02 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas mulling response to legal pot in Colorado

There's really only been one case like this before the Supreme Court, and that was Ableman v Booth (https://www.wicourts.gov/courts/supre...) which occurred when the State of Wisconsin refused to enforce the Fugitive Slave Act. In an 1859 opinion, written by Chief Justice Taney, author of the notorious Dred Scott decision of 1858, the Court found Wisconsin's actions unconstitutional. However, the Wisconsin Supreme Court refused to act on this mandate and has continued to refuse to the present. So, even if the Supreme Court overturns the actions of the Colorado voters and finds the law unconstitutional, what happens if Colorado, similar to Wisconsin, refuses to put the ruling into force? Do you, Clark Coan, support bringing Federal troops into Colorado to enforce the law? And what chaos could result down the road - suppose Colorado opposes the constitutionality of one of Kansas' laws - maybe a gun law. Suppose they sue on the same grounds... and win. What then? All sorts of mischief could result from this.

December 22, 2014 at 4:21 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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 )

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