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Re: “Unnatural Selection

Connie Morris misspells the word "foul" in "her" book as well.

Weird, especially for someone raised on a chicken ranch.

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Posted by Frank` on 07/18/2012 at 4:14 PM

Re: “Capitol Bully

Barone was dumped by SE area Kansas voters in the 2008 Democratic primary.

He was one of only two Democratic senators taking money from the Koch brothers. The other was his close ally, ethically challenged Chris Steineger.

Posted by Frank` on 11/13/2011 at 12:46 PM

Re: “Kansas is almost full up on sex offenders

This was created by Sedgwick county D.A. Nola Foulston's pursuit of incarceration beyond the terms to which oiffenders have been sentenced.

The problem is that a sentence is no longer what the law says it is. An offenders sentence can be extended indefinitely.

If a facility evaluation determines that an offender is not suitable for release, he can be kept interminably. The criteria for establishing dangerousness are very subjective, so an offender who does not go along with the program may never be released, but a con man who does comply may be released since no one is pissed at him.

It really is an erosion of civil liberties. If they can jerk around sex offenders this way, who's going to be next?

Also, the for-profit prison industry, specifically GEO Group, pushed passage of Jessica's Law in Kansas as a way to get the ban on new private prisons repealed, so they could build anywhere they wanted.

The measure was extremely problematic, making the possibility of plea bargains evaporate due to the long mandatory sentences the legislation codified. So that raised the specter of young victims being subject to withering cross examinations and extended trials in defense efforts to raise reasonable doubt as to the crime.

It meant that relatively minor offenders would be treated much like the worst rapists, costing the taxpayer upwards of $25,000 a year in today's dollars for potential life sentences. The cost of incarceration goes up substantially as prisoners become elderly and more prone to need medical treatment and pharmaceuticals.

The Koch brothers, who claim they're libertarians, have pushed this process that at this point has 2.5 million Americans incarcerated on various charges, mostly drug-related.

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Posted by Frank` on 09/13/2011 at 3:58 AM

Re: “Bob Corkins, anti-government activist, gets another government job

Corkins is best known for being such an asshole, that even moderate Republican legislators didn't want to talk with him when was a junior lobbyist for the Koch-dominated state Chamber of Commerce.

He was an executive with the Koch's Flint Hill Center for Public Policy, now the Kansas Policy Institute, their flagship in the chain of 85 reactionary propaganda factories, a.k.a., "think tanks" to which they contribute, sometimes as the dominante donor.

He took the helm of the Department of Education in the waning days of the lunatic fundamentalist majority before the ouster of the larcenous Connie Morris and their failure to replace the perhaps senile Iris Van Meter with her carpetbagger son-in-law from Idaho. Corkin's task there was no doubt to destroy the K-12 education system by forcing the taxpayers to pay for the education of the children of the wealthy and upper middle class and at the same time reducing the Kochs' state and local tax obligations by progressive destruction of public schools and disempowerment of the unions and professional associations representing teachers.

The only reason to give Blusterbob this appointment would be with the intent to wreck the state SRS. To the best of my knowledge, no one, not even his close friends, has ever claimed that he possessed the smallest degree of competence in any useful endeavor. His brief tenure as Commissioner was marked by numerous sweetheart contracts he awarded to his radical reactionary friends and ideological compatriots that were beyond oversight and board review.

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Posted by Kansan on 06/24/2011 at 9:19 AM

Re: “Jason Croucher, Kansas Jackass blogger, gets 17.5 years in prison for child porn

Hi Tom,

It wasn't that long ago that girls could get married in Kansas at 14.

I'm not suggesting that a 14-year can give legal consent. What I meant was the hypothetical touch might have been non-coercive. I should have realized that an attorney might read my post.

It may be interesting to you that Mark Lunsford came to Kansas at the request of ex-Rep. Patricia Kilpatrick, who accumulated quite her own criminal history and ethical breaches, to push Jessica's Law. That was for the benefit of GEO Group which had engaged Derek Schmidt to get the Kansas ban on private prisons repealed.

Lunsford's own son was later busted in Ohio for sexual touching or more with a 15-year-old. He threatened the judge who was sentencing him to go after him, if he treated his 18-year-old son like he was some "36-year-old pervert." It was, "Romeo and Juliet," he claimed.

His son got a very brief sentence, I think, and at the end of his brief probation immediately tried to get his record expunged.

Lunsford's daughter may have been killed after her kidnap was reported, but the police focused on him at first because they supposedly found kiddie porn on his computer.

He solicited contributions to his foundation, also named after his daughter. It was given an extremely high priced, customized Harley, with her picture on the tank. He kept it, claiming it was a "gift" but I think he gave the custom enclosed trailer in which it was to be carried to a 501(c)3.

He later briefly hired Kilpatrick to work for the foundation. She lasted a few weeks.

Not that it's germane, but are you sure that the feds keep child sexual abusers separate from other prisoners?

Croucher was never charged with child abuse, was he?

My point was that the federal court doesn't seem to have much reticence in giving non-white collar criminals an enormous amount of time. Spending time in criminal court, you've probably heard other attorneys telling the judge, in seeking straight probation for defendants, "Your honor, my client has suffered the loss of his reputation," as if that was sufficient punishment for ripping off millions or more.

Do you think that food worker in Topeka deserved ten years?

Do you think that convictions for consensual sex before the Lawrence v. Texas decision were legitimate?

Posted by Kansan on 05/21/2011 at 9:43 AM

Re: “Jason Croucher, Kansas Jackass blogger, gets 17.5 years in prison for child porn

Hi Tom,

It wasn't that long ago that girls could get married in Kansas at 14.

I'm not suggesting that a 14-year can give legal consent. What I meant was the touch may have been non-coercive. I should have realized that an attorney might have read my post.

It may be interesting to you that Mark LUnsford, who came to Kansas at the re

Not that it's germane, but are you sure that the feds keep child sexual abusers separate from other prisoners?

Croucher was never charged with child abuse, was he?




Posted by Kansan on 05/21/2011 at 9:43 AM

Re: “Jason Croucher, Kansas Jackass blogger, gets 17.5 years in prison for child porn

Hi Tom,

It wasn't that long ago that girls could get married in Kansas at 14.

I'm not suggesting that a 14-year can give legal consent. What I meant was the touch may have been non-coercive. I should have realized that an attorney might have read my post.

It may be interesting to you that Mark LUnsford, who came to Kansas at the re

Not that it's germane, but are you sure that the feds keep child sexual abusers separate from other prisoners?

Croucher was never charged with child abuse, was he?




Posted by Kansan on 05/21/2011 at 9:43 AM

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