Nearly every viewer of Kansas television likely has seen these ads recently. They feature a large and most unflattering photo of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. The graphics and voice-over tell us that Kansas utility ratepayers have seen their electricity bills rise since Sebelius, while governor of Kansas, proposed the renewable portfolio standard requiring that by 2020 Kansas utilities generate 20 percent of their electricity from renewable sources, essentially wind.
Last June, Laszlo Bock, the senior vice president of people operations for Google – i.e., the guy in charge of hiring for one of the world’s most successful companies – noted that Google had determined that “GPAs are worthless as a criteria for hiring, and test scores are worthless.… We found that they don’t predict anything.” He also noted that the “proportion of people without any college education at Google has increased over time” – now as high as 14 percent on some teams.
The Legislature is running off the rails.
If you blinked, you might have missed seeing Congress pass and the president sign a bill increasing the federal debt ceiling.
“Discrimination,” he said, “is horrible. It’s hurtful. It has no place in civilized society.”
A recent wire service story took on an ominous tone: The United States is facing a clown shortage. “What’s happening is attrition,” said the head of the Clowns of America International. “The older clowns are passing away.”
“Sunshine is the strongest antiseptic – its rays may penetrate areas previously closed.” So opined the late Robert H. Miller, former chief justice of the Kansas Supreme Court, as he explained in a court case why government records must be open under penalty of law.
A long-distance appraisal is rarely advised, but in the case of architect Frank Gehry’s proposed Eisenhower Memorial in Washington, D.C., an exception is warranted.
I’m not a global warming believer. I’m not a global warming denier. I’ve long believed that it cannot be good for humanity to be spewing tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. I also believe that those scientists who pretend to know exactly what this will cause in 20, 30 or 50 years are white-coated propagandists.
Republicans have excelled at concealing their brilliance in recent years. Whether discussing women’s reproductive systems or offering up unelectable candidates – “I am not a witch” might have been a tip-off – Republicans couldn’t stop handing gifts to their opponents.
What’s the real cost of wind power? For Kansans, it’s more than $24 million in handouts to big business. According to the Institute for Energy Research, Kansans paid that much money in 2012 so that multinational corporations could experiment with wind power on the taxpayer dime – a textbook case of corporate welfare.
The United Auto Workers’ failed invasion of the South has all the earmarks of the old “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” philosophy mixed with more than a touch of anti-unionism inherent in the region’s distrust of collective bargaining led by outsiders.
A new United Nations report on human rights violations in North Korea compares conditions in the country to the atrocities of Nazi Germany and details crimes against humanity within the country’s vast labor camps including “systematic extermination, torture, rape, forced abortions and starvation.” The panel recommends the prosecution of the country’s top leaders by the international criminal court, though as long as ally China holds a veto on the security council, this is extremely unlikely.
We’ve come a long way since Justice Charles Evans Hughes remarked a century ago that “the Constitution is what the judges say it is.” Or have we?
Ever since a wave of conservative insurgents arrived in Washington after the congressional election of 2010, Congress has careened from one tea party-inspired fiscal crisis to another, from the debt-ceiling showdown of 2011 to last year’s 16-day government shutdown.
No human has ever written a law that cannot lead to a dispute. The diversity of the human race, our naturally disputatious nature, and a plentiful supply of lawyers and other dedicated advocates ensure that litigation will arise.
It is easy these days to imagine that one is living in a fairy tale, albeit a dreary one.
The debate over the Keystone XL pipeline may look like just another example of the partisan divide on Capitol Hill. If only it were that easy.
I used to get blamed all the time for stuff Bob Steinback said.
Emily, a 15-year-old ninth-grader, ran away from home in early November, and her parents were sitting at their dining table, frightened and inconsolable.
There’s a new controversy at the intersection of primary fights and campaign finance. It centers on one of the final artifacts of the era of moderate Republican control of the Kansas Senate.
A bill that sailed past the state’s representatives tells Kansans: You can be as discriminatory as you like against homosexuals and the state will have your back. Just be sure and do it in God’s name.
In the ongoing saga of the Affordable Care Act, oddly referred to by Democrats as the law of the land even as it is amended at will by presidential fiat, we are beginning to understand the extent of its war on jobs.
Let us now praise ruthless men. And women.