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TheChat: Ben Carson describes his violent youth

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▪ “As a teenager, I would go after people with rocks and bricks and baseball bats and hammers. And, of course, many people know the story when I was 14 and I tried to stab someone.” — Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson describing how he’s moved past a violent youth.

Carson was talking about his life on “Meet the Press.” He added this: “You know, fortunately, you know, my life has been changed. And I'm a very different person now.”

▪ “Ben Carson is super low energy, right? He's super low.” — Donald Trump describing Carson in a refrain of his critique of Jeb Bush.

Carson responded that while he has a tendency to be relaxed, “I wasn't always like that. There was a time when I was, you know, very volatile.” That’s when he talked about his more violent side as a youth. Trump clearly is worried about Carson, who’s shot past him in Iowa.

▪  “Very ill-prepared.” — former Missouri Gov. Bob Holden describing his state’s level of preparedness for a terrorist attack following the strikes against New York and Washington on Sept. 11th, 2001.

The state rallied quickly, said Holden,who was governor at the time. Missouri was the first state in the nation to create a Homeland Security Department, and communications have improved dramatically since then. (link via

▪ “It’s a very serious issue.” — Marge Ahrens, co-president of the League of Women Voters of Kansas, on the practice of state lawmakers hiding the names of those sponsoring legislation.

Some lawmakers defend the practice, saying the important thing is how they vote on issues. But Ahrens has problems with anonymous bill filing, saying “anything threatening the right for us to understand the source and the need for legislation is of great concern to us for the workings of representative government.”