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Name: Rick
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And I got a performer recumbent this last summer.

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Chelsea Clinton: Trump Degrades 'What It Means To Be An American'

Source: Huuffpost

Chelsea Clinton skewered President Donald Trump’s character in a recent interview, accusing him of degrading “what it means to be an American.”

Clinton, a philanthropist and the daughter of former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, tore into Trump when asked about his planned July visit to Britain during an interview published Saturday in The Guardian.

“If I lived in Britain I would show up to protest, because I don’t agree with what he’s doing to degrade what it means to be an American,” Clinton said.

Clinton, 38, also told the newspaper that she’s been the target of “vitriol” for as long as she could remember and credited Trump for prompting her decision to start firing back at people who say “hateful” things to her.

“The reason, now, I no longer ignore it when people say hateful things to me on the street or on social media is, I think we have to shine a light,” Clinton said.

“I think those of us who have platforms to do that have to say this is wrong and unacceptable, so we don’t normalize it but try to detoxify what has been unleashed,” she said. “Because if we don’t, we leave a vacuum. And I think the darkness fills that vacuum.”

Trump has continued to call for Hillary Clinton, his 2016 election opponent, to be jailed for her e-mail practices as secretary of state, even though the FBI almost two years ago concluded no charges were warranted. The president has also mocked women’s appearances and promoted bigoted views.

“I think that the way that our president and many people around him have not only mainstreamed hate, but mainlined it, is so deeply dangerous,” Clinton said.

“I think the wreckage that we’re seeing at this moment is one that will, I hope, be repaired on the policy standpoint when we elect Democrats,” she continued. “But I think we will still then have work to do on repairing the tone in our country, the exposure of the real racist and sexist, homophobic, Islamophobic and anti-Semitic feeling which is on the rise in our country ― a rot that has been exposed.”

Clinton praised the “hugely important” First Amendment, but said “freedom of speech” doesn’t mean there should be a “freedom of consequences.”

“Sure, you should not be in prison because you said something racist,” Clinton said. “But you also shouldn’t be able to run for president. And yet here we are.

Read more: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/chelsea-clinton-trump-degreades_us_5b0a9e10e4b0fdb2aa547d4e

Chelsea says what so many have said for so long..trump represents
anti american, anti democracy..anti constitution rich people...he needs
to go.

Steve Kerr: NFL Is Using The Anthem As Fake Patriotism, Nationalism, Scaring People

Source: S.I.

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr called the NFL's new national anthem policy "idiotic" while talking with reporters ahead of Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals.

Under the new NFL policy, NFL owners voted to allow NFL comissioner Roger Goodell to discipline any league personnel who does not stand and show respect for the flag and national anthem before games. Players are given the option to remain in the locker room if they prefer not to be on the field for the anthem. Teams will have the option to fine any team personnel or players that attempt to sit, kneel or protest during the anthem.

Kerr is no stranger to speaking out against President Donald Trump and has supported NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick's decision to kneel during the national anthem. In October 2017, Kerr told the Pod Save America podcast that he believes Kaepernick is being blackballed by NFL teams.

"It's just typical of the NFL," Kerr said, according to Anthony Slater of The Athletic. "They're just playing to their fanbase. Basically just trying to use the anthem as fake patriotism, nationalism, scaring people. It's idiotic. But thats how the NFL has conducted their business. I'm proud to be in a league that understands patriotism in America is about free speech and peacfully protesting. Our leadership in the NBA understands when the NFL players were kneeling, they were kneeling to protest police brutality, to protest racial inequality. They weren't disrespecting the flag or military. But our president decided to make it about that and the NFL followed suit, pandered to their fanbase, created this hysteria. It's kind of what's wrong with our country right now – people in high places are trying to divide us, divide loyalties, make this about the flag as if the flag is something other than it really is – which is a representation of what we're about, which is diversity, peaceful protests, right to free speech. It's ironic actually."

Read more: https://www.si.com/nba/2018/05/24/steve-kerr-nfl-national-anthem-policy-idiotic

We have a low rent, adulterer, liar and supporter of racism playing his nfl rich buddies like the puppets they
are. The pros should threaten a strike if these sophmoric actions continue..hit them in the pocketbook.

What a freak show...

First the energy czars were going to raise rates...

May 18, 2018 06:02 PM
Updated May 21, 2018 11:59 AM

Westar Energy is proposing a substantial rate hike and changes in the way you're billed for electricity.
And the opening shots in a months-long battle over new rates will be fired in a public hearing next week in Topeka..
If the company's proposal is approved, rates would drop briefly by a small amount and then rise by a much larger amount early next year.


Solar enthusiasts said Westar's plan for an extra demand charge on customers who generate some of their own electricity is discriminatory and wrongheaded.

Westar vice president Jeff Martin said in a question-and-answer session before the hearing that solar customers use the power grid like everyone else does, but they don't pay their fair share to maintain the equipment because they're buying less energy. (thats right moron)

Read more here: http://www.kansas.com/news/local/article211718559.html#storylink=cpy
"We are a high-cost energy state," Ward said. "Homeowners, renters, businesses, schools, hospitals, manufacturers, all pay too much for electricity. We pay more than Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas, Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, Colorado. And we pay more than the national average.

"There have been 30 rate increases over the last 10 years. Westar rates have increased 67 percent since 2007."

Read more here: http://www.kansas.com/news/local/article211718559.html#storylink=cpy

Read more here: http://www.kansas.com/latest-news/article211379999.html#storylink=cpy


But then you read this...and all looks like goodness..
Especially in kansaas..I don't trust the utilities,at all.

Goodbye Westar Energy and KCP&L, hello Evergy; most Kansans to get new power company

May 24, 2018 01:04 PM
Updated 12 minutes ago

In a change that promises some rate relief, the merger of Westar Energy with Kansas City Power & Light has been approved, forming a new company to be called "Evergy."

The deal, approved Thursday by the Kansas Corporation Commission and the Missouri Public Service Commission, creates a mammoth power company with about 1 million Kansas and nearly 600,000 Missouri customers.

The new combined utility will be renamed to "Evergy," a combination of the words "ever" and "energy," said Westar spokeswoman Gina Penzig.

It will probably take until next year to implement the name change, she said.

Read more here: http://www.kansas.com/news/politics-government/article211832124.html#storylink=cp

Fair haired jerk gets some brownsmelly in his face..

When I am governor..blah blah blah...
Sanctuary cities? In kansaas?

Eighteen people were arrested Monday afternoon during a protest at Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s office.

Dozens of protesters with the Poor People’s Campaign entered the building at 120 S.W. 10th Avenue around 1:30 p.m.

Kevin Bryant, of Manhattan, said an officer with the Capitol Police made an announcement that they were subject to arrest.

While one group was led out of the building, a smaller contingent stayed understanding they would be arrested.

“It would be nice if he’d (Kobach) have come and listened to his constituents,” Bryant said.

The event was the second protest that is part of a 30-state, six-week program. Last week, two dozen protesters were issued citations for blocking a downtown intersection. This week’s theme focused on systemic racism.

Protesters honed in on Kobach, chanting against his immigration and voting rights policies.

Kobach, who is running for governor, has championed stricter voter registration laws to prevent noncitizens from voting. However at a trial last month, he struggled to provide evidence to support claims of widespread voter fraud and was also found in contempt of court. Kobach has also been an outspoken opponent of sanctuary cities and benefits such as in-state tuition for undocumented students.

In response to Monday’s protest, Kobach released a statement defending his stances.

“What these protesters do not seem to understand is that the law is the law, and illegal means illegal,” Kobach said. “I have fought illegal immigration throughout my entire career. When I am governor, Kansas will stop giving in-state tuition to illegals, and sanctuary cities will cease to exist in the state.”

The building was locked and several Capitol Police vehicles responded to the scene.

Organizer Rachel Shivers called Kobach the “lead architect of voter suppression across Kansas and across the nation,” and said that he has promoted an “anti-immigrant sentiment.”

Several speakers shared their experiences.

Monica Ramero, a student at Kansas State University, spoke about her family’s struggle to build a better life in the U.S. and the importance of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Rev. Letiah Fraser, of Kansas City, Kan., talked about the “preschool to prison pipeline.”

“Jail bars are now the new form of enslavement,” Fraser said.

She also recalled how her parents had the “race talk” with her and her brothers.

“At a young age, I also remember my parents sat my brothers and I down to have the race talk,” Fraser told the crowd. “My brother was told that when he saw a police officer, they were not his friends. That if and when he was stopped by a police officer, he was to do anything they said because it is a matter of life or death.”

Often protesters responded by yelling, “That ain’t right,” in response to the speakers’ stories.

Moussa Elbayoumy, board chariman of Council on American-Islamic Relations Kansas, spoke about Islamophobia.

He said artificial lines have been created to stoke divisiveness, adding that various groups need to stand together.

“Our issues are the same, our plight is the same, our struggle is the same and our fight has to be the same,” Elbayoumy said. “We have to stand side-by-side, shoulder-to-shoulder, fighting together for our freedom, for our voice and for our rights.”

Just before 2:30 p.m., the group of arrested protesters, in handcuffs or zip ties, were led out of the building and loaded onto an awaiting bus.

Protesters continued speaking on the west side of the building until 3 p.m., when a Capitol Police officer told them the gathering wasn’t permitted.

They moved across the street to the south steps of the Kansas Statehouse where they had a planned news conference.

Eighteen people were arrested in connection with criminal trespassing, a misdemeanor, said Kansas Highway Patrol Lt. Adam Winters.

Common rightwingers! You can't be this stupid!!

kohack for govnor? Please, please review;



Roughly four months after Jeff Colyer became Kansas' governor, nearly half of likely Republican primary voters have no opinion about him, according to a new poll.

Colyer, an Overland Park plastic surgeon who succeeded Sam Brownback as the state’s top executive in late January, held a lead within the margin of error over Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach in a poll of Republican candidates that was conducted this week by Remington Research Group, a GOP polling firm based in Kansas City.

But nearly a third of Republican voters — a plurality of 30 percent — were undecided about which candidate should be the GOP nominee for governor when the party holds its primary in August.

Colyer found support from 29 percent of the poll’s respondents, while Kobach drew 27 percent. Colyer’s lead falls within the margin of error of plus or minus 2.58 percentage points.

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article211363209.html#storylink=cpy


If your in aircraft in kansas your economic situation might be...should be better than the ag community that
has suffered low prices and lousy weather...drought etc. The article imho doesn't really pinpoint why kansas
seems to be such an anomaly...It may be we were an exception to other states problems and are now just
catching up. I love kansas...raised here back in the early 50s..in n. central ks. Hate to read about these sad
statistics in that area...

Stressful living conditions in Kansas are contributing to a dramatic increase in the mortality rate among middle-aged whites and concentration of the phenomenon in regions marked by prolonged economic insecurity and lower educational achievement, new research said Friday.

Death rates of U.S. residents have generally been on decline during the past century with minority populations suffering higher mortality due to socioeconomic inequities of employment, education and housing. On a national level, the recently documented rise in deaths among whites ages 25 to 64 has drawn scrutiny of researchers, including a deep dive into Kansas.

“What we found is that it is happening in Kansas,” said Steven Woolf, a physician at Virginia Commonwealth University and the study’s lead researcher. “Since the 1990s, mortality rates have been increasing significantly in that age group primarily from what we call stress-related conditions.”

He said a 112 percent rise between 1995 and 2014 in Kansas’ death rate within the 25-64 age category likely resulted from people adopting unhealthy coping behaviors and being at greater risk of lethal substance abuse and suicide.

In terms of the change in Kansas, here are key numbers over the two-decade period studied: drug overdose, 585 percent increase; alcohol poisoning from binge drinking, 440 percent increase; alcoholic liver disease, 54 percent increase; and suicide, 52 percent increase.

Another way to examine the trend is to compare the mortality rate among 100,000 whites in Kansas from 1995 to 1999 against the rate for 2010 to 2014. In that sense, the rate for drug overdoses shifted from 2.2 percent in the early period to 15.1 percent in the more recent period. Alcoholic liver disease escalated from 4.1 percent to 6.4 percent, while suicide broadened from 15.4 percent to 23.3 percent.

The Kansas project, a collaboration of the Kansas Health Institute and Sunflower Foundation, left to future researchers questions of precisely why middle-aged whites in particular had been disproportionately affected. Still, Woolf offered a reasoned theory of the culprit.

“The areas that are more severely impacted are those that have been going for a long period of time at the bottom of the economic ladder,” Woolf said. “I can’t prove A leads to B, but it seems highly plausible.”

He said the largest relative increase in mortality associated with stress conditions in Kansas between 1995 and 2014 occurred in regions with lower household incomes, greater poverty and income inequality and a higher proportion of single-parent households.

The largest transformation of mortality among middle-aged whites -- 147 percent --- occurred in north-central Kansas. The escalation in east central Kansas, including Topeka and Kansas City, Kan., was 115 percent. Northeastern Kansas’ rate expanded by 112 percent.

“Frustration and hopelessness over these conditions would be expected to increase anxiety and depression,” the report said. “Over time, chronic stress, despair and the pain they produce can induce harmful coping behaviors.”

The report also said: “These upstream conditions are not solved by doctors and addiction specialists, but by policies that create the social and economic conditions necessary for each person, family and community to be healthy and survive -- including strong schools, affordable housing, transportation options and more.”

In 2016, the Commonwealth Fund’s analysis of data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed rising death rates among middle-aged whites was associated with the nation’s stalled progress in fighting leading causes of death -- respiratory disease, diabetes, heart disease. That work also pointed to suicide and substance abuse as culprits for working-age adults from 1968 to 2014.

That report followed the assessment of two Princeton University researchers who pointed to a “mortality gap” related to a rising death rate for non-Hispanic, white Americans ages 45 to 54 since 1999, despite several previous decades of decline.

'I guess the love is gone': Ex-FBI director Comey responds to Rudy Giuliani's suggestion that he

Source: Washington Post

Former FBI director James B. Comey on Tuesday responded to Trump lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani’s recent broadsides against him, saying that his view of the former U.S. attorney whose work once inspired him had “changed over time,” and Giuliani seemed to feel the same way.

“I guess the love is gone,” Comey joked. “I used to be one of his star prosecutors. It appears I’m not anymore.”

Comey’s comments came during a wide-ranging conversation with reporter Carol D. Leonnig at a Washington Post Live event. He was responding to comments Giuliani had made on various television appearances, including the assertion that one reason President Trump might not agree to an interview with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III is that the special counsel is more likely to believe Comey’s version of events than Trump’s.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/i-guess-the-love-is-gone-ex-fbi-director-comey-responds-to-rudy-giulianis-suggestion-that-he-might-have-lied/2018/05/08/1994ad04-52be-11e8-a551-5b648abe29ef_story.html?utm_term=.b3c00883e37c

Sincere apology's if this is a dup...

Pay up you worthless turd...

And running for the kansaas governorship..As screwed up as the voters
in the state are, this clown might actually get elected. Kobitch wants to
return to a "screw the taxpayers" platform...more trickle down. Wonder
if the farmers in western ks would fall for it...again. The question on
who pays these attorney fees is up in the air..could be kobacky or
it could be the taxpayers....

The American Civil Liberties Union is asking for more than $50,000 in compensation for hours spent fighting Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach over issues that led to his contempt of court finding.

U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson ordered Kobach’s office to pay for attorney fees and expenses when she ruled last month that Kobach ignored her orders after she blocked enforcement of the state’s voter registration law. Kobach has filed a notice with the court saying he intends to appeal her decision.

Kobach failed to follow through on a promise to Robinson that counties would send postcards notifying people they could vote, even if they failed to show proof of citizenship when they registered. He continued to fight the notion that postcards were necessary until the day of his contempt hearing, which followed a trial in which he struggled to prove claims of widespread voter fraud.

In a filing on Monday, the ACLU said the court should award $51,646.16 for 133.5 hours attorneys spent on the contempt motion and related correspondence, as well as 19.41 hours from paralegals. Those hours, the ACLU said, were exacerbated by Kobach’s repeated refusals to cooperate.

“Indeed, the hours expended prosecuting this motion were largely due to defendant’s unnecessary recalcitrance, which is exactly why this court found it appropriate to hold defendant responsible for plaintiffs’ fees,” the ACLU said.

From September 2016 to March 2018, the ACLU “had to investigate, monitor, and work to resolve” issues of Kobach not complying with the temporary injunction in the case. Kobach’s “willful defiance of this court’s authority” required unnecessary proceedings, the ACLU said. Work by attorneys is detailed and dated, action-by-action, with related costs.

Kobach told Breitbart the counties should be blamed for failing to follow orders, even though his contempt hearing revealed his office never notified them of the need to send postcards.

“The notice of appeal has already been filed,” said his spokesman, Moriah Day. “The position of the office is that the fees were erroneously awarded and therefore the disposition of this issue will not be known until the appeal is completed.”

In making its request, ACLU shows how many hours various attorneys spent and how much they charge for an hourly rate, ranging from $110 per hour for a paralegal to $450 per hour for the top attorneys on the case. Even if the rates exceed the Kansas City market, the ACLU argues, they are justified because voting rights litigation is highly specialized.

During recent debate over the state’s budget, Republicans in the Kansas House endorsed a proposal from Rep. Russ Jennings, R-Lakin, to ban the use of state funds to pay for fees related to Kobach’s contempt finding. The measure passed with overwhelming support, 103-16, but was stripped during negotiations with the Senate. The legislation was problematic because it is Kobach’s office that is responsible for paying the fine.

“We made our point,” said Rep. Troy Waymaster, a Republican from Bunker Hill and the House budget chairman. “Would we have liked to kept it in? Yes. We decided to go ahead and let that go.”
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