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  • Monarch butterfly migration was off this year and researchers are worried

    01/20/2018 6:05:33 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 20, 2018 | By Joe Trezza
    Thanksgiving was right around the corner, and a sizable number of one of America’s most famous migrants could be seen still sputtering south. Not across the Texas-Mexico border, where most monarch butterflies should be by that time of year. These fluttered tardily through the migratory funnel that is Cape May, N.J., their iconic orange-and-black patterns splashing against the muted green of pines frosted by the season’s first chill. This delayed migration is not normal, and it alarmed monarch researchers across the country. Scientists fear that climate change is behind what they’re calling the latest monarch migration ev er recorded in...
  • Experts discuss officer's use of force in 'swatting' video

    01/17/2018 10:09:31 AM PST · by JP1201 · 14 replies
    Based on the approximate eight seconds of body cam video released by Wichita police, Eyewitness News asked several experts around the country if they could answer those questions. Their perspectives didn't necessarily align. Dr. Delores Jones-Brown is a former prosecutor and professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. "It appears that all the police officers had taken cover and there are no civilians on the street," she says. "So there would not have been a necessity to fire his weapon at the time that he fired." Jeff Noble, a former Irvine, Calif. police officer now works as a police...
  • Trump Touts Tax Cuts to Farmers Amid Immigration, Trade Concerns

    01/08/2018 11:39:51 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom
    newsmax ^ | Jan 08, 2018 | Associated Press via Newsmax
    Connecting with rural Americans, President Donald Trump on Monday hailed his tax overhaul as a victory for family farmers and pitched his vision to expand access to broadband internet, a cornerstone of economic development in the nation's heartland. "Those towers are going to go up and you're going to have great, great broadband," Trump told the annual convention of the American Farm Bureau Federation. "Farm country is God's country," he declared. Trump became the first president in a quarter-century to address the federation's convention, using the trip to Nashville as a backdrop for a White House report that included proposals...
  • Kansas Swatting Perpetrator 'SWauTistic' Interviewed on Twitter

    12/31/2017 12:22:20 PM PST · by Governor Dinwiddie · 77 replies
    Slashdot ^ | December 31, 2017 | EditorDavid
    "That kids house that I swatted is on the news," tweeted "SWauTistic" -- before he realized he'd gotten somebody killed. Security researcher Brian Krebs reveals what happened next. When it became apparent that a man had been killed as a result of the swatting, Swautistic tweeted that he didn't get anyone killed because he didn't pull the trigger. Swautistic soon changed his Twitter handle to @GoredTutor36, but KrebsOnSecurity managed to obtain several weeks' worth of tweets from Swautistic before his account was renamed. Those tweets indicate that Swautistic is a serial swatter -- meaning he has claimed responsibility for a...
  • LAPD arrests man on suspicion of making deadly swatting call to Wichita police

    12/30/2017 6:44:28 AM PST · by Governor Dinwiddie · 149 replies
    The Wichita Eagle ^ | December 30, 2017 | Nichole Manna
    Los Angeles police have arrested a 25-year-old man on suspicion of making the swatting call that ended with a Wichita man being killed by police. Tyler Barriss was arrested Friday afternoon, according to KABC. Booking records for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office say he was arrested at 3:15 p.m. for a felony. Barriss is accused of reporting a fake homicide and hostage situation to the Wichita Police Department just after 6:15 p.m. Thursday. The practice is called "swatting" and happens when someone makes a call to a police department with a false story of an ongoing crime – often...
  • AG Jeff Landry joins 10 others in backing Trump's 'sanctuary cities' executive order in court

    12/28/2017 4:34:57 PM PST · by bgill · 9 replies
    The Advocate ^ | Dec. 27, 2017 | Elizabeth Crisp
    Attorney General Jeff Landry is urging a federal appeals court to reverse an order that is preventing the implementation of President Donald Trump's executive order regulating so-called "sanctuary cities," arguing that such immigrant-friendly jurisdictions "undermine the rule of law and deprive law enforcement of the tools necessary to enforce the law effectively." "We have seen too many crimes occur against our own State’s citizens due to sanctuary city policies; which is why I have been actively fighting back against these policies since taking office," Landry, a Republican, said in a news release announcing that he had joined 10 other attorneys...
  • A Kansas man was beaten, arrested and convicted. This bodycam footage cleared his name

    12/23/2017 9:59:51 AM PST · by JP1201 · 34 replies
    The footage, released publicly by the city for the first time this month, cleared Morris’ and Becerra’s names in the September 2014 incident. They had been convicted in Topeka municipal court on charges ranging from assaulting an officer, disobeying an officer, disturbing the peace and interfering with law enforcement. The judge vacated the sentences, and Morris was awarded a $40,000 settlement from the city of Topeka. Becerra received $10,000. The video that exonerated them wasn’t released in time to make a difference before their trial. After a judge had found both Morris and Becerra guilty on all counts, Luther Ganieany,...
  • The great rethink of ethanol

    12/19/2017 8:58:28 AM PST · by george76 · 90 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Dec 19, 2017 | Wayne Allard
    For the first time in years, there is an emerging consensus that the biggest racket in national politics deserves to end. Earlier this month, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and 10 other Republican senators held a luncheon summit at the White House with President Trump with the goal of drastically reforming the Renewable Fuel Standard, the federal mandate that annually funnels $13.5 billion from the wallets of American fuel and food consumers into the coffers of agribusiness giants. Before the national nightmare of Obamacare, there was the RFS, the most sweeping and intrusive federal intervention in the American economy undertaken in...
  • Kansas Dem Andrea Ramsey, accused of sexual harassment, will drop out of U.S. House race

    12/16/2017 4:17:42 PM PST · by simpson96 · 26 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | 12/15/2017 | Lindsay Wise And Bryan Lowry
    WASHINGTON — Andrea Ramsey, a Democratic candidate for Congress, will drop out of the race after the Kansas City Star asked her about accusations in a 2005 lawsuit that she sexually harassed and retaliated against a male subordinate who said he had rejected her advances. Multiple sources with knowledge of the case told The Star that the man reached a settlement with LabOne, the company where Ramsey was executive vice president of human resources. Court documents show that the man, Gary Funkhouser, and LabOne agreed to dismiss the case permanently after mediation in 2006. Ramsey, a 56-year-old retired business executive...
  • Kansas Dem Andrea Ramsey, Accused of Sexual Harassment, Will Drop Out of US House Race

    12/15/2017 8:04:04 AM PST · by LRoggy · 51 replies
    Kansas City Star Online ^ | 12/15/17 | Lindsay Wise and Bryan Lowry
    WASHINGTON Andrea Ramsey, a Democratic candidate for Congress, will drop out of the race after the Kansas City Star asked her about accusations in a 2005 lawsuit that she sexually harassed and retaliated against a male subordinate who said he had rejected her advances. Multiple sources with knowledge of the case told The Star that the man reached a settlement with LabOne, the company where Ramsey was executive vice president of human resources. Court documents show that the man, Gary Funkhouser, and LabOne agreed to dismiss the case permanently after mediation in 2006. Ramsey, a 56-year-old retired business executive from...
  • Republicans reach deal on tax cuts with key farm benefits

    12/13/2017 10:22:59 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 19 replies
    agri-pulse.com ^ | Dec 13, 2017 | Philip Brasher
    Congressional Republicans say they reached agreement on a final tax bill that will provide a new 20-percent deduction for pass-through income from farms and small businesses. The agreement, which the House and Senate are expected to take up early next week, also calls for doubling the estate tax exemption and will include key expensing provisions that farm groups sought to preserve and expand, lawmakers said. They said the agreement also would allow deduction of state and local taxes, including income and property taxes, up to $10,000, a concession to lawmakers in high-tax states that could also benefit farmers. Senate Agriculture...
  • Student suspended for debating Islamic extremism with Muslim peer in debate club

    12/07/2017 8:16:56 AM PST · by DFG · 34 replies
    The College Fix ^ | 12/07/2017 | KAYLA SCHIERBECKER
    A Missouri high school that suspended a student for making critical comments about Islamic extremism says he’s not allowed to appeal the finding of wrongdoing. Senior Alex Lonsdale, a member of Liberty High’s nationally ranked debate club, says he was just trying to have a friendly debate. During his free period Oct. 17 at the public school near Kansas City, Lonsdale joined a spontaneous conversation among acquaintances about the nature of Islam.
  • Independent Orman officially sets in motion campaign for Kansas governor

    12/05/2017 10:39:23 PM PST · by Impy · 22 replies
    gctelegram ^ | 12-5-2017 | Tim Carpenter
    Olathe businessman Greg Orman returns to Kansas’ political forefront Wednesday by formally launching an exploratory committee for an independent campaign for governor in a move certain to jolt the congested field of Republican and Democratic hopefuls. On Tuesday, The Topeka Capital-Journal confirmed Orman’s plan to submit required documents to the Secretary of State’s office and begin accepting campaign contributions for what is expected to be a compelling and expensive showdown for governor. “I would be shocked if he didn’t run. If Greg runs, I’m confident he’ll win,” said Jim Jonas, who managed Orman’s campaign for the U.S. Senate in 2014....
  • The odd things tucked into the GOP tax plan

    12/02/2017 11:37:17 AM PST · by DoodleDawg · 33 replies
    Axios ^ | 12/2/17 | Haley Britzky
    The GOP tax plan was passed through the Senate Friday night in a 51-49 vote. There are a number of things included in the last-minute text, including a provision by Sen. Gardner of Colorado that exempts Kombucha, a fermented tea drink, from alcoholic taxes and regulations. Why it matters: These are small examples of what got slipped in the bill last-minute as the Senate vote neared, and reveals some of the senators' pet projects back in their home states. Odd amendments included in the tax plan: Sen. Orrin Hatch Prohibit things like cash and gift cards to be given as...
  • Mennonites and BDS: A Lawsuit Amid a Legacy

    12/02/2017 2:40:59 AM PST · by SJackson · 8 replies
    Frontnpagemagazine ^ | December 1, 2017 | Edwin Black
    Kansas case arguing for the religious right to boycott Israeli Jews may have far-reaching ramifications. Ellen Koontz, a Kansas contract schoolteacher, is asking a federal judge to re-affirm the anti-Jewish boycott campaign begun by Adolf Hitler on April 1, 1933, openly adopted shortly thereafter by the Mufti of Jerusalem as part of the Arab-Nazi alliance during the Holocaust, internationalized against the Jewish State after WWII by the Arab League in December 1945, made illegal in America by a 1976 amendment to the Tax Reform Act and a 1977 amendment to the US Export Administration Act, which governs commercial activity impacting...
  • Author: Racism revealed in Dr. Seuss' work, children's literature

    11/28/2017 4:53:04 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 48 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | November 27, 2017 | Darcell Rockett
    Dr. Seuss’ colorful characters and rhyming whimsy have made the late writer’s books a staple in libraries both personal and public. But Seuss was not without his shortcomings, says Philip Nel, an English professor at Kansas State University. According to Nel, Seuss’ “The Cat in the Hat” is rife with racial caricature and “the influence of blackface minstrelsy lingers.”
  • Sebelius: The Clinton White House doubled down on 'abusive behavior' and it's fair to criticize...

    11/22/2017 12:42:37 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 43 replies
    Sebelius: The Clinton White House doubled down on 'abusive behavior' and it's fair to criticize Hillary Clinton By Pete Jones, The Axe Files Updated 2:01 PM ET, Wed November 22, 2017 (CNN)As a wave of stories unfold about sexual harassment and assault by men in power, a senior Democratic leader says her party should reflect on how it handled such charges when they were leveled against former President Bill Clinton. "Not only did people look the other way, but they went after the women who came forward and accused him," says Kathleen Sebelius, the former secretary of Health and Human...
  • Another conservative leads Kansas governor race after crisis

    11/20/2017 2:36:38 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 8 replies
    seattletimes.com ^ | 11/20/17 | John Hanna
    If you thought Kansas emerged from its long budget crisis to reject deep-red politics and move back toward the center, think again. A year ago, many voters concluded that Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s experiment in cutting income taxes had ended in failure, opening the door to a more moderate agenda. But now an even more aggressively conservative figure could win next year’s race for governor. Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a Harvard-, Yale- and Oxford-educated lawyer, leads a large field of likely candidates after building a national reputation as hardline provocateur on immigration and voter ID laws. His visibility rose...
  • Marshawn Lynch only stands for Mexican national anthem

    11/19/2017 4:06:31 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 45 replies
    Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch sat during most of U.S. anthem and stood for the Mexican anthem before their game against the Patriots at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City. Lynch has not stood for the national anthem since returning from retirement this season. There did not appear to be any other protests during the anthem as the afternoon games kicked off. Five NFL players protested during the national anthems before early games. The Dolphins’ Kenny Stills, Julius Thomas and Michael Thomas took a knee before their game against Tampa Bay. Giants defensive lineman Olivier Vernon took a knee, as he...
  • The Democrats’ Kansas Distraction

    11/18/2017 2:23:09 AM PST · by jonefab · 20 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Nov. 14, 2017 | Ron Eastes
    When House Republicans unveiled their plan for tax reform this month, Democrats offered a curious response. Rather than give their own proposal, they held a mock hearing—a show trial, really—on Kansas’ 2012 tax cuts. Democrats see my state as proof that supply-side economics doesn’t work and that the GOP’s national tax reform will lead to budget cuts and enormous deficits. But the comparison is less a cautionary tale than a tall tale. I was Kansas’ state treasurer from 2011-17, and no one watched the dollars flowing in and out more closely than I did. Consider a few facts: First, the...