Have you heard about the secret conspiracy between the Saudis and the White House? I haven’t either, probably because there isn’t one. But events are playing out exactly as one would expect if such a conspiracy existed.
No, you don’t have to watch Super Bowl XLIX Sunday evening, matching the New England Patriots against the Seattle Seahawks. Go ahead. Do something else with your time. In fact, here are 10 serious reasons for avoiding the big game.
Women will be safer from sexual assault at the University of Virginia and on campuses nationwide when fewer men commit assaults. The answer isn’t to limit where and when women can go. It’s to demand appropriate behavior and enforce penalties for violations, including criminal charges if warranted.
The Kansas cash crunch crisis got even worse in January, when the state fell $47 million short of expected tax collections. That’s going to make it even more difficult to balance the budget in a state rapidly running out of money.
The way gun laws currently read in Missouri and Kansas, the right to own a gun too often supersedes a woman’s right to safety. Given the lengths that legislators have gone to expand gun rights, bills that would allow police to temporarily remove guns in extreme circumstances, like severe domestic violence, will face the obstacles of ignorance and patriarchal dismissal.
In our politics, ideological assertions tend to gain an immediate, massive velocity. It is not enough to raise questions about global warming; it must be (according to Sen. James Inhofe) the “greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people.” It is not sufficient to call for improved control of the border; immigrant children may be carriers of Ebola (as Rep. Phil Gingrey once asserted). It is zero to 100 in no time flat.
Tom Schweich’s announcement that he’s running for governor of Missouri was greeted as an act of treason by some of his fellow Republicans, who already have cast their lot with former House speaker Catherine Hanaway. But actually, Schweich’s entry is a public service.
Helped along by Missouri’s Claire McCaskill, the U.S. Senate on Thursday approved construction of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline. She was one of just nine Democrats who approved the bill, 62-36. But here’s the good news for environmentalists and other Americans: That falls short of the 67 votes that would be needed to override President Barack Obama’s promised veto.
Last November, Johnson Countians put their future in the hands of Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback. Three months later, that’s looking like a terrible idea. Plummeting state revenues — largely caused by the excessive Brownback-endorsed income tax cuts of 2012 — have produced a gusher of recent bad news for many Johnson County parents and businesses.
When Democrats were looking for evidence of a Republican war on women, they overlooked Exhibit A — Sarah Palin. This isn’t to say that Palin was part of the war on women, though many Democrats would say so. Rather she was one of the war’s most conspicuous victims — fragged, you might say — by her own troops.
If the Kansas economy were booming, and the governor had a scintilla of fiscal credibility, then the appeal to boost the impoverished pockets of Kansas City, Kan., and Wichita would make a lot of sense.
The hyperfocus of a judge solely addressing such cases would help expedite them, possibly keeping the suspects jailed on high, cash-only bonds. It’s time for this to be seriously considered. It might go a long way to getting guns out of the hands of the people most likely to kill.
Adults sometimes speak ill of young people’s behavior not realizing that grown-ups have to own a lot of responsibility for youths’ actions. That came into full focus recently when I went to a private, black Northland school at the invitation of an administrator.
A hit 2005 Carrie Underwood country song, “Jesus Take the Wheel,” needs to be rewritten to say GM, Ford, Chrysler, VW, BMW, Honda, Mercedes, Subaru or Toyota take the wheel because of all of the technological advances being built into new cars.