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Name: Rick
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Hometown: Kansas
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Retired aerospace engineer. Bike when I can, I have a specialized tricross and a hardrock. Read sci-fi.

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Topeka Zoo provides look at 1-month-old tiger cubs, who have growing confidence, personalities

Oh, yeah! And life goes on...Pity they can't roam free..

Distinct personalities of the four tiger cubs born at the Topeka Zoo one month ago are starting to emerge, director Brendan Wiley said Thursday.

Jingga gave birth to three males and one female Oct. 15.

“They’re starting to really kind of look different and act different,” Wiley said. “Their personalities are starting to show up.”

Badar, who is named after the tiger ranger in southeast Asia whom the zoo supports, has a “big, tough guy attitude,” according to Wiley.

He described the female, Zayana, as “a little bossy.”

Kansa Raja has some of the prettiest markings on the sides of his face, Wiley said, while cub three, who was expected to be named Thursday afternoon, is the most laid back.

People are often caught off guard by the cubs’ development process.

“They’re not unlike kittens you may see at home, where it takes them a while to get their eyes open, then it takes them a while for them to really start being mobile,” Wiley said. “They’re just now kind of getting their legs under them. They’re just a lot of fun to see, the daily changes each day.”


The kids

The old man

This is what a Democratic leader is supposed the do...

And this reversal of the disastrous "experiment" by brownbutt...and all
the programs that suffered from lack of funding...This is what will need
to be done when cheetoz has its ass thrown out of the white house..
Either by mueller or the voters...Throw out the tax law that gave the
1% ers a trillion dollar payday..Throw out all the executive orders that
the traitor signed into law during its reign...


During the news conference at the Capitol, the Democrat said she wouldn’t be blinded by partisan loyalties when making appointments to the Cabinet and other key positions in the executive branch.

“It will be diverse, dynamic and highly skilled,” Kelly said. “People who know what they’re doing. Highly-skilled people will be our No. 1 choice. We need really top-notch managers.”
The Topeka state senator, who will be inaugurated in January, said she would issue an executive order soon after taking office to reverse decisions by Gov. Jeff Colyer and former Gov. Sam Brownback to withhold employment discrimination protection from gay, lesbian and transgender state workers. The job protection was established by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius in 2007, but removed by Brownback in 2015.
In terms of public education, Kelly said, the state would no longer “get by just doing the minimum. We will truly invest in our children’s future.” The state has been mired in years of school-finance litigation resulting in decisions by the Kansas Supreme Court to compel infusion of more than $500 million into public education.
Kelly said her administration would collaborate on a plan to expand eligibility for Medicaid to reach thousands of Kansans lacking access to health care. Brownback vetoed a Medicaid expansion bill, and Colyer opposed expansion efforts.
Complexities of repairing Brownback-era policy on health care, education, taxes, transportation, foster care, adoption, corrections and other areas would be a “long and challenging process,” she said.

Never ceases to amaze me.....

How red most of kansas is...same locations time after time...
And how hard it is to challenge conservatives at the poles..It
takes the county's with colleges and in this case, the state
capital to beat the republicans...time after time...


The house needs to challenge the constitutionality

of the trade wars..What was the reason?..endangerment to our nation security?
I wanna see documents from the rightwinger house minority leadership...
I wanna see pentagon and armed forces acknowledgments that americu
is being threatened..infiltrated and weakened by our trading partners...
I want people to stand in front of a committee and get asked hard, relevant questions about
trade imbalances..And if the Democrats decide its all smoke and mirrors
challenge it in the courts...

Givem something to do..

So excited!! Libs take the house...Kansaas shows some sense!!!

Democrat Laura Kelly defeats Kris Kobach to become Kansas’ next governor


We brake for orcas: Killer whales surround ferries during Monday commute, cause delays

Thought this was pretty cool..


The good news? You get to see a pod of killer whales on your way to work, and take amazing Instagram shots to impress your friends who aren't from Seattle.

The bad news? Your ferry can't move.
Recommended Video

Ferry riders south of Seattle experienced that delay Monday after ferries heading between Fauntleroy, Vashon Island and Southworth were surrounded by a group of orcas.

The ferries Sealth and Kittitas were impacted. Washington State Ferries both boats were "surrounded by orcas! Orcas back on the move."


Chiefs handle the Browns..but their defense still sucks..


Saudi Arabia grants citizenship to humanoid robot

Is this what the yellow haired traitor really is?


Saudi Arabia has become the first country to grant citizenship to a robot. The lucky machine is Sophia the Humanoid, who was designed to look like Audrey Hepburn.

News of Sophia’s citizenship was announced at the Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Wednesday.

“I am very honored and proud for this unique distinction,” Sophia said in an interview with moderator Andrew Ross Sorkin. “This is historical to be the first robot in the world to be recognized with a citizenship.”

Sophia was created by David Hanson for Hong Kong company Hanson Robotics. Hanson is known for making human-like robots.

Sophia demonstrated her “expressive face,” showing the audience her angry and sad face. “I want to live and work with humans so I need to express the emotions to understand humans and build trust with people,” Sophia said.

When asked whether robots can be self-aware, Sophia responded. “Well, let me ask you this back, how do you know you are human?”

“I want to use my artificial intelligence to help humans live a better life,” she said. “I strive to become an empathetic robot.”

Sophia was asked about the fear that robots could take over, and responded: “You’ve been reading too much Elon Musk and watching too many Hollywood movies. Don’t worry, if you’re nice to me, I’ll be nice to you.”

Kris Kobach echoes Donald Trump on citizenship issue in hot Kansas race

Well of course he does! The shoe polish on kohacks lips had barely
dried after meeting with the traitor when he announced his destiny
was in tracking down illegal voters...What other stance could the
little turd have? And baby...if there is anyone that really understands
the issues with children born in amercicu to a woman that wants a
better life for both..its gotta be a redneck midwestern hillbilly.

Republican candidate Kris Kobach on Wednesday echoed President Donald Trump’s assertion that Trump can deny U.S. citizenship to babies born to parents living in the country illegally, intensifying a focus on immigration in the final days of a close Kansas governor’s race.

Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state, is Trump’s biggest political ally in the state and has advised the White House on homeland security issues. He also has made pursuing tough state measures against illegal immigration a cornerstone of his campaign for governor.

But in backing Trump on whether the president can end birthright citizenship without an amendment to the U.S. Constitution, Kobach broke with some fellow Republicans, including U.S House Speaker Paul Ryan. Like Trump, Kobach contradicted legal experts who see the issue as long-settled and clear under the Constitution’s 14th Amendment.

“That’s one of the interesting things about birthright citizenship. There are many people who are under the misimpression that the 14th Amendment commands it,” Kobach said during a Fox News television interview. “It doesn’t.”

He added that Congress could end birthright citizenship or, “The president could do it through a regulation.”

Kobach is in a toss-up race with Democrat Laura Kelly, a veteran state senator from Topeka. She has argued that combating illegal immigration requires comprehensive legislation from Congress and that Kobach’s get-tough approach would damage the state’s economy, particularly in western Kansas and when it comes to agriculture.

Kelly’s campaign declined Wednesday to comment on Kobach’s comments. But Ethan Corson, the Kansas Democratic Party’s executive director said: “As Republicans like Paul Ryan and legal scholars from across the political spectrum have stated, the president obviously has no authority to alter the Constitution by executive order.”

Patrick Miller, a University of Kansas political scientist, said Kobach needs his conservative base to turn out to defeat Kelly. He said raising birthright citizenship as an issue after it’s remained relatively neglected represents “a fresher angle” on immigration issues.

“If you want to kick life into some kind of advertising, whether you’re selling a candidate or toothpaste, having a fresh angle is sometimes good to reignite interest and engagement,” Miller said. “Kobach also likes to push the envelope on a lot of things.”

The 14th Amendment begins: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.”

Kobach, an attorney and former law school professor, argued Wednesday on “Fox & Friends” that immigrants living in the country illegally are not under U.S. jurisdiction, allowing Trump or Congress to deny their U.S-born children automatic citizenship. But a move in line with that thinking would likely spark a legal challenge.

States ratified the 14th Amendment after the Civil War to secure U.S. citizenship for newly freed black slaves. It later was used to guarantee citizenship to all babies born on U.S. soil after court challenges, including one that led to an 1898 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Trump said in an interview Tuesday that he wants to end birthright citizenship and could do so with an executive order. Ryan responded in a radio interview, saying: “Well you obviously cannot do that.” That drew a tweeted rebuke from the president.

Trump’s comments also were an issue in a debate Tuesday between Republican Rep. Kevin Yoder and Democratic challenger Sharice Davids in Kansas’ 3rd Congressional District, where immigration has been a major issue. Trump, who narrowly lost the Kansas City-area district in 2016, has endorsed Yoder, the chairman of a House subcommittee on homeland security.

During the debate, neither candidate said directly whether they would support an effort by Congress to end birthright citizenship, though Davids said an executive order by Trump would “violate our Constitution.”

When asked after the debate about ending birthright citizenship, Yoder told reporters that if the U.S. secured its borders adequately, “That’s not an issue then.”

Orman treasurer resigns, endorses Kelly in Kansas governor race

Well done Greg!! Hopefully Tim will follow suit...Quickly


The campaign treasurer for independent Greg Orman resigned his position on Tuesday and endorsed Democrat Laura Kelly in the Kansas race for governor.

Tim Owens, a former Republican state senator, said it is time to unite behind Kelly, a Topeka state senator, in an effort to stop Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach.

“I’ve been a friend and colleague to Greg Orman for several years. I supported his run for Senate in 2014 and until today I supported his run for governor. However, this is a critical election for Kansas. We cannot risk the future of our state,” Owens said in a statement released by the Kelly campaign.

Read more here: https://www.kansas.com/news/politics-government/article220853690.html#storylink=cpy
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