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Ken Lassman

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DougCounty (Ken Lassman) says...

Your neo-eugenics philosophy of blaming political behavior to a genetic "defect" is not only an scientifically unsound learned behavior, it is a foundational underpinning that historically has provided justification for some of the most abhorrent, racist ethnic cleansing in human history. Stop it now, Bob.

On Opinion: Racism is more than prejudice

Posted 22 April 2018, 7:03 a.m. Suggest removal

DougCounty (Ken Lassman) says...

It's so comforting to know that the Koch Brothers have been staying awake at night, worried that there is some little guy somewhere in our state who has had her/his pro bono lawyer pulled out from under her/him because that lawyer's corporate employer gave the lawyer transfer papers. I mean, really: doesn't it warm the cockles of your heart to know how much they care?

DougCounty (Ken Lassman) says...

Rejecting Mike Pompeo's nomination will not be because of his abilities and experience; I think it's safe to say that the Foreign Relations Committee is quite likely to reject Pompeo on Monday as a clear vote of No Confidence for what Trump has already done to the State Department and shows clear evidence of continuing under the tutelage of Mike Pompeo. Nobody on this Committee has been happy with the large scale dismantlement of our network of diplomats around the world that started with Tillerson, and they are right. Why would any country be interested in strengthening their ties with the US, when we just pulled out staff and leadership that was an important resource for that country? Our edge over other diplomatic corps from other countries was based on our own in-depth understanding of and relationship with that country in ways that helped that country stay democratic and economically healthy.

Trump's international policies can be seen as nothing less than the US's wholesale retreat from the world stage. Japan is stepping up to fill the void in the far east, Russia has stepped up to the plate in the Middle East and Europe, China is doing the same thing practically everywhere you look, and the EU is deciding where to place its influences. Sadly, Trump's silver spoon spoiled child upbringing and ADHD has created this crisis for our country, which in some domestic areas, has at least been mitigated by professional leadership stepping up to the plate to help take up the slack. But because the State Department has been so quickly dismantled, this strategy can't be put into place and the US's leadership worldwide has been sliding down unchecked.

The upcoming vote of no confidence is a direct vote against Trump and it's interesting to note that it is bipartisan. The only question for me is whether this bipartisan vote of no confidence is just the first vote of this kind, culminating in the eventual vote by the entire Senate during a future impeachment proceedings.

DougCounty (Ken Lassman) says...

And how do you think this is playing for any company considering coming to Kansas to take advantage of its "pro-business" climate? You can be sure that any businesses considering to move their headquarters to our state will cross us off the list, unless the local Chamber can vouch for a gated community-type private school to send all the leadership kids to. Is this really the type of Kansas we want? The continuing efforts to gut our public schools by the right wing extremists is leaving our ancestors spinning in their graves.

DougCounty (Ken Lassman) says...

Being on the outs with the governing "conservative" regime has been a good thing for George. I hope he keeps highlighting the small guys producing things about other small guys. Educating us about things that lie outside the Sauron-like gaze of mass media is what real journalism is all about, and even if I may not always agree with what George highlights, at least it approaches what real journalism/commentary should be about.

DougCounty (Ken Lassman) says...

You've gone beyond deflection to digging a hole, Bob, as usual. The topic is contempt of court for neglecting to tell registered voters that they are eligible to vote, and asserting that they are criminal trespassers is a diversionary statement from the topic at hand without a whiff of proof to boot.

DougCounty (Ken Lassman) says...

Why do conservatives want criminals to run for governor, or be president, for that matter? By the way, I don't for a minute believe either of these statements for a second, but if you're going to play THAT game, I'll match you and raise you one.

DougCounty (Ken Lassman) says...

Nobody likes to be called "victim," but even he couldn't come up with a better descriptor because it fits. Either KU Athletics is a victim of a well monied scheme of player payola run by the shoe companies and others, or we are an active participant in that scheme. Which do you want to be, Mr. Zenger? The crimes were committed, so which end of the gun are you on?

DougCounty (Ken Lassman) says...

Mr. Trump has walled himself up in a container constructed almost entirely of his own beams, Bob. To assume Hillary would have been worse is based on assumptions that are beyond the pale. What would have happened: a functional State Department? A cabinet that decided to stick around? An EPA that took on climate change seriously and provided global leadership instead of abandoning the world community? An immediate condemnation of the Charlotte neo-nazis? And that's just scratching the surface.

On the other hand, the gridlock might not have become so much further polarized that the Women's March organizers would have been unable to mobilize the youth against gun violence in the schools, and an unprecedented number of women and reform minded candidates would not have entered electoral politics while an unprecedented number of Republican incumbents, seeing their party in shambles, decided to retire.

So it's a tough call, Bob. But either way, I wouldn't be bringing up motes and beams if I were you.

DougCounty (Ken Lassman) says...

Even ignoring the specious logic of only listening to folks you agree with, pointed out by others, I'll call your bluff. George Will has been highly critical of Trump too. A quick cursory look back at his columns in the past few months, he's raked Trump over the coals for his supporting property seizures by law enforcement as a means to finance their departments, he's hated the appointment of John Bolton, disapproved of the way the tax cuts have gutted endowments and charitable giving, hates the tariff strategy, despises the deficit spending that comes hand in hand with the tax cuts, thinks the Administration policies toward Afghanistan are doomed, thinks backing Ray Moore was horrendous, and thinks his depictions of immigrants associations with MS-13 to be wrongheaded.

And that's just been in the last 6 months or so. So what is your excuse now? When are you going to admit that the Emperor has No Clothes?

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