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Interesting photos - the first two images after the map show no visible flame or even smoke, and then very gradually over a course of hours the entire building was engulfed in fire. Was there a sprinkler system? Was it operating? Were there fire walls between rooms, or other means to prevent the spread of fire? The fire appears to have been located near the front of the motel, near the office - third photo. How did it spread so far? Lots of questions here.
Posted 15 January 2018, 5:58 p.m.
Sounds a bit odd, all he had to do to clear it was to point it in a safe direction, hold it with his finger on the trigger guard, drop the magazine, then rack the slide, which extracts the chambered round. Takes about two seconds. Generally, it's not safe to walk around with a pistol with a chambered round, anyway. I'd suggest the NRA Basic Pistol course for him. The rule of thumb is to assume that all firearms have chambered rounds until cleared, btw.
Posted 28 December 2017, 1:02 p.m.
It might be a good idea to find out the occupancy rates for the Eldridge House hotel, a block away, and the Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, across the street. If they don't have pretty much full occupancy - and I think they don't, then putting in another 12-story hotel and conference center in the middle isn't likely to be very profitable. If the developers group wants to do this on their own, without city assistance or funding or tax incentives, then it's their property and their money. I think if the city got involved with this, it would be a costly mistake.
Posted 13 December 2017, 3:13 p.m.
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 http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/... The guy has no prior history - no political or religious affiliation, no job history, he just popped out of nowhere.
Posted 2 October 2017, 5:10 p.m.
It actually did happen before back in 2006 - one dead, one wounded, after a rap show at the Granada: http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2006/feb...
Posted 1 October 2017, 4:13 p.m.
except for the Continental Army (1775), the Marine Corps (1785), the US Navy (1775) ...
Posted 1 October 2017, 4:10 p.m.
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 - https://www.azlyrics.com/l/lilyachty..... 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.
Posted 1 October 2017, 3:04 p.m.
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.
Posted 15 September 2017, 3:43 p.m.
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." http://www.home-remedies-for-you.com/...
Here's a picture of it: http://www.wildflowers-and-weeds.com/...
Posted 8 July 2017, 10:39 p.m.
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.
Posted 5 January 2017, 6:18 a.m.
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