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Addicted to Violence

two-men-fighting-300px-best-size.gifGREAT BEND, Kan. - Can we finally have a discussion about violence in America? Can we have a conversation without people shouting and grabbing their guns?

Discussing violence is a social taboo, when in reality it is a conversation we need to have. Let's not waste anymore time.

Compared with 168 other countries America has the highest prison population. Compared with 32 other countries America has the highest homicide rate (by fire arm).

Most of us are aware of the Bobo Doll experiment in the 1960's...

Tragedy in Tucson


Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Capt. Mark Kelly, a Navy
pilot and veteran of Desert Storm; Kelly is an astronaut and
also the only active duty spouse of any member of Congress
DODGE CITY, Kan. - Earlier this week, U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords read from the First Amendment to the Constitution, including the statement that Americans shall have the right to assemble peaceably.

She read it at the microphone in the well of the U.S. House of Representatives. Reading the Constitution aloud was a highly-touted gimmick of Republicans to make the point that THEY believed in the Constitution as the law of the land. Tonight Congresswoman Giffords lies in a Tucson hospital fighting for her life after being shot in the head at close range while holding a "peaceable assembly" for her constituents to hear a report on her activities in the Capitol on their behalf. What irony!

In case you are interested in more irony: shortly before Giffords' election last October, she was "targeted" by Sarah Palin as one of twenty vulnerable Democratic representatives who Republicans could and should beat. In order to show it graphically, Ms. Palin put out a map, with a dot on the place on the map to show the district that each candidate represented. Inside each dot was a cross-hair, like on a gun sight. Three of those were in Arizona. One was Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' district.

Why Are We in Afghanistan?

WICHITA, Kan. - Here are some of the good, the worse and the worst reasons, or excuses, for our occupation of Afghanistan.

"This will not end well," George Will, the conservative columnist wrote early on after we lapped our war in Iraq over into Afghanistan. As political predictions go, it was right on. As a matter of fact, it is not even close to ending. Despite President Obama's promises hopes and commitments, Secretary of Defense Gates this week sent in 1400 more troops.

I cringe when I see another announcement of an American soldier, sailor or Marine killed over there or another man from the supporting NATO countries who has died. I always remember the Wartime Prayer found in Eleanor Roosevelt's papers: "Dear Lord, lest I continue my complacent way, help me to remember that somewhere, somehow out there, a man (or woman) died for me today. As long as there be war, I then must ask and answer, 'Am I worth dying for?'"

HAYS, Kan. - Many thousands of raucous Americans roared, clapped, and sang, holding placards high above their heads - signs with simple but powerful messages. Hope. Change. I could see the hunger for hope and change in the eyes of the people that day.

I was in Invesco Field in Denver in 2008 as Barack Obama accepted the nomination of his party for President of the United States. With my much coveted 'floor access' press pass, I stood right on the field with fabulous freedom to move around and view the stands filled to the brim with enthusiastic people.

Through my camera lens, I witnessed the sparkling eyes, the tear-drenched cheeks, the exuberant hugging. Even members of the press corps danced and swayed. Those were the heady, hopeful days of 2008.

These are different times.

immigration.gifTOPEKA, Kan. - House Minority Leader Paul Davis (D-Lawrence) says he plans to propose a bill to prevent statewide elected leaders of Kansas from "significant" outside employment while they are suppose to be working full time for the people of Kansas.

Very quickly, Kris Kobach took offense to the proposal describing it as a "brazen attempt to stop me from making the reforms I've made in the illegal immigration area." No word if after this remark Kobach stomped his foot in petulant indignation. The nerve of Rep. Davis proposing that statewide officials attend to their day jobs first and foremost.

Elected officials in Kansas should be doing their jobs instead of using their state office to further promote other political agendas. We all know that Kobach has been far more interested in rustling up illegal immigrants than working all day on that voter stuff. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand why Kobach had to connect illegal immigration to voting fraud or he would lose his convenient excuse to use the Secretary of State office for his own personal and political agenda regarding illegal immigration.

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