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2020-05-30 6:54:06 PM  
Here's hoping.


Give to Barbara Bollier if you dare to think women have the right to control their own bodies.
 
2020-05-30 7:00:41 PM  
I've been asking that question myself.

It used to be progressive in many ways in the 19th century and early 20th century, but now it seems to have a lot of Trumpers. In some ways the Good Old Days of Queen Victoria seem like a rational and scientific respite in a sea of superstitution and reaction, the Glory Days of progressive legislation by Tory and Liberal alike. In Canada there are still traces of Red Toryism but Americanization has been preceding rapidly and that kind of noblesse oblige among the educated and wealthy elites is rarer, I think, so Kansas is possibly not all that out of step with the rest of the world.
 
2020-05-30 7:02:33 PM  
Of course, I can't say "You used to be cool" because maybe in the immediate vicinity of Kansas City with its meat-packing unionists and the University on the Hill, it was never really all that true.
 
2020-05-30 7:05:07 PM  
Perhaps Kansas' Republicans should take more services away from the bottom 90% in order to afford more tax breaks for the rich. Kansans love that.
 
2020-05-30 7:06:04 PM  
I do hope they turn blue.  It's been sad to see what has happened to a state founded by abolitionists.    John Brown must be rolling in his grave.
 
2020-05-30 7:56:18 PM  
I mean.....they're running Kris Koback. He makes Actual Human Ted Cruz look good.

/ Koback couldn't run a group of supermodels in bikinis selling Girl Scout cookies in front of a dispensary.
 
2020-05-30 7:59:24 PM  
Dear MAGA people,

Eat sh*t
 
2020-05-30 8:01:24 PM  

Notabunny: Perhaps Kansas' Republicans should take more services away from the bottom 90% in order to afford more tax breaks for the rich. Kansans love that.


You joke, but the further west you get in Kansas....the weirder shiat gets. There are still dry counties out there, for god's sakes.
 
2020-05-30 8:05:21 PM  
They're at the point of no return.
 
2020-05-30 8:13:18 PM  

My Sober Alt: They're at the point of no return.


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Seriously, though. They're all just dust in the wind.
 
2020-05-30 8:18:07 PM  
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2020-05-30 8:26:12 PM  
Lots of problems could be solved by building a new US Capital... In Kansas.
 
2020-05-30 8:42:19 PM  
Inbreeding and meth?
 
2020-05-30 9:52:59 PM  
Mitch is trying to get Pompeo to run?  Nobody in Kansas likes him... or Kobach either for that matter

The only way either of them would get elected is if people just voted a straight (R) ticket and didn't care whose name was in that race... which is unfortunately, likely in Kansas :(
 
2020-05-30 10:24:28 PM  
Nah, the GOP has Kansas locked down.
They don't need to fundraise or do a damn thing differently. In fact they can sleep in since it's going to be a Landslide victory for the GOP.

/seriously stop alarming the Republicans
 
2020-05-30 10:24:35 PM  

I am Tom Joad's Complete Lack of Surprise: Here's hoping.


Give to Barbara Bollier if you dare to think women have the right to control their own bodies.


I need to ask Mr. Bobug what I think about that. My poor Lady brain can't make these kinds of decisions.

/s
//dare I hope that the clusterfark of the past 4 years will usher in a more progressive and tolerant society?
///without more mass casualties. *sigh
 
2020-05-30 10:30:31 PM  
Pompeo is staying in the State Department.  Much more money than in the Senate.
 
2020-05-30 10:36:45 PM  
The good news is that Kobach is toxic, even in Kansas.  The bad news is that Republicans are starting to figure that out.
 
2020-05-30 10:37:10 PM  
If you warn Republicans they start mobilizing attack ads and fundraising.

Let them sleep.
 
2020-05-30 10:37:14 PM  
Wasn't it Kansas that was bankrupted by Republican Sam Brownback? Did they not learn anything
 
2020-05-30 10:40:03 PM  
Sunshine, sunflowers, sons-of-b*tches.
 
2020-05-30 10:44:53 PM  

TomDooley: I do hope they turn blue.  It's been sad to see what has happened to a state founded by abolitionists.    John Brown must be rolling in his grave.


It should farking ILLEGAL to fly that POS Un-American rag in this state.
 
2020-05-30 10:44:53 PM  

iheartscotch: I mean.....they're running Kris Koback. He makes Actual Human Ted Cruz look good.

/ Koback couldn't run a group of supermodels in bikinis selling Girl Scout cookies in front of a dispensary.


Ya, cause girl scout cookies are BS, you can buy those things year round in the grocery store for half as much.
 
2020-05-30 10:44:55 PM  
Well, they did win the Super Bowl.
 
2020-05-30 10:47:25 PM  

Devolving_Spud: Inbreeding and meth?


Your're thinking of our great neighbors to the east and south.
 
2020-05-30 10:49:01 PM  

Demetrius: My Sober Alt: They're at the point of no return.

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Seriously, though. They're all just dust in the wind.


[Sigh]  Couldn't think of a cleaver Dorothy reference?
 
2020-05-30 10:53:36 PM  

I am Tom Joad's Complete Lack of Surprise: Devolving_Spud: Inbreeding and meth?

Your're thinking of our great neighbors to the east and south.


I've never thought of the Missouri compromise in that light, and I shan't ever think of it in another.
 
2020-05-30 10:57:45 PM  

squirrelinator: Wasn't it Kansas that was bankrupted by Republican Sam Brownback? Did they not learn anything


Well, they learned enough to elect a Democratic governor. They also elected Republicans to every other statewide seat, to make sure that Gov Kelly can't actually do anything to fix everything Brownback and Kobach farked up, but at least it probably won't get worse for now?
 
2020-05-30 10:59:54 PM  

Rapmaster2000: Pompeo is staying in the State Department.  Much more money than in the Senate.


Better opportunities to steer the world towards the Rapture.
 
2020-05-30 11:00:45 PM  
That loss worries many Republicans, including Marshall, Kobach's chief rival for the Senate nomination, who asks, "Here we are in a state that President Trump won by over 20 points, how does a Kansas Republican lose a governor's race?"

Maybe because people are tired of your shiat? Ever thought of that, big guy?
 
2020-05-30 11:01:50 PM  
They've been bleeding since they day they were born?  That much unchecked blood loss can't be good for a state, y'know...
 
2020-05-30 11:05:38 PM  

I am Tom Joad's Complete Lack of Surprise: Demetrius: My Sober Alt: They're at the point of no return.

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Seriously, though. They're all just dust in the wind.

[Sigh]  Couldn't think of a cleaver Dorothy reference?


Hey, William S. Burroughs lived there. And it made Truman Capote write In Cold Blood. So it's got that going for it.

CSB: I rode through there once on a church ski trip in Jr High.  We stopped in Hayes? Haynes? and when I got out of the van I almost vomited. The stench was palpable. The cashier at the truck stop said "Oh, that's the paper mill. You get used to it." Also remember hearing, "There's a pretty girl behind every tree in Kansas."
/not trying to rag on KS
//just remembering
///I'm from MS FFS
 
2020-05-30 11:12:05 PM  

Johnny the Tackling Alzheimers Patient: Rapmaster2000: Pompeo is staying in the State Department.  Much more money than in the Senate.

Better opportunities to steer the world towards the Rapture.


I WISH the Rapture was real. If I could press a button and all those people would vanish, I would push it until my farking thumb fell off.
 
2020-05-30 11:21:30 PM  

squirrelinator: Wasn't it Kansas that was bankrupted by Republican Sam Brownback? Did they not learn anything


Enough to not elect Kobach.
 
2020-05-30 11:24:48 PM  

OldRod: Mitch is trying to get Pompeo to run?


And there's the reason why this whole thing is trying to get traction. Power for power's sake.

Moscow Mitch wants someone who will speak only when he's told (and only say their talking points and no more) and vote as he's told.

Pompeo will do all that and keep his mouth shut. Kansas Kris Kobach will just run his mouth. Add that he lost the governor's race and Moscow Mitch doesn't like to take chances.
 
2020-05-30 11:31:34 PM  

Exile On Beale Street: I am Tom Joad's Complete Lack of Surprise: Demetrius: My Sober Alt: They're at the point of no return.

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Seriously, though. They're all just dust in the wind.

[Sigh]  Couldn't think of a cleaver Dorothy reference?

Hey, William S. Burroughs lived there. And it made Truman Capote write In Cold Blood. So it's got that going for it.

CSB: I rode through there once on a church ski trip in Jr High.  We stopped in Hayes? Haynes? and when I got out of the van I almost vomited. The stench was palpable. The cashier at the truck stop said "Oh, that's the paper mill. You get used to it." Also remember hearing, "There's a pretty girl behind every tree in Kansas."
/not trying to rag on KS
//just remembering
///I'm from MS FFS


I grew up in a Kansas town that had a cattle feedlot a mile west of town. Residents would say, but yeah it only stinks when the wind blows in from the west.
Then while I was in junior high, another bunch of rich farmers built a feedlot a mile east of town. People would visit and say my god it stinks here. Residents would say, well you get used to it.
 
2020-05-30 11:45:25 PM  

Rapmaster2000: Pompeo is staying in the State Department.  Much more money than in the Senate.


Also more power. For Pompeo, being Trump's biatch boy has its perks. Why throw it away to run as a senator?

Though, if Trumpy gets thrown out, Pompeo is out on his ass as well.
 
2020-05-31 12:00:35 AM  
There's actually a book titled "What's Right with Kansas."

Twenty bucks says these folks aren't in it:

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https://www.kcfs.org
 
2020-05-31 12:07:41 AM  
I guess so many years of being Brownbackistan taught them a lesson.
 
2020-05-31 12:16:35 AM  
2 words: Johnson County

So goes Johnson County, so goes the state. The fact the GOP has had bad luck in Johnson County lately has the KS GO in panic mode.

Much like other parts of the country, the well-to-do suburbs aren't embracing Trumpism as much as you'd think.
 
2020-05-31 12:19:31 AM  
What's the matter with Kansas? Voters are finally sick of the Republicans' shiz. They've constantly gotten wrecked by the constant failure that is the GOP's economic strategy and got REALLY sick of all of the gaslighting. It's either "We're not doing it hard enough" or "Well, we're all going to be dead by the time this kicks it, but man when it does...it'll be glorious".

Meanwhile, credit card reform happens under Obama and people are immediately more informed about what their credit card is doing to their budgets. The ACA happens and millions of people (including myself) now have health care.

Republicans are less and less able to campaign on emotion every day. The Republicans might be louder, but there are fewer and fewer of them.
 
2020-05-31 12:26:56 AM  
Some of this may have to do with changes in population.  Blue areas in Kansas are becoming more populated, while rural red areas are becoming more sparse.

The future of Kansas:
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2020-05-31 12:27:43 AM  
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Where the extreme right-wing economic policies we set up are choking the life out of our state.
 
2020-05-31 12:41:44 AM  

brantgoose: I've been asking that question myself.

It used to be progressive in many ways in the 19th century and early 20th century, but now it seems to have a lot of Trumpers. In some ways the Good Old Days of Queen Victoria seem like a rational and scientific respite in a sea of superstitution and reaction, the Glory Days of progressive legislation by Tory and Liberal alike. In Canada there are still traces of Red Toryism but Americanization has been preceding rapidly and that kind of noblesse oblige among the educated and wealthy elites is rarer, I think, so Kansas is possibly not all that out of step with the rest of the world.


I wonder at which point the noblesse oblige became socialism?  The 80's?
 
2020-05-31 12:43:23 AM  

iheartscotch: I mean.....they're running Kris Koback. He makes Actual Human Ted Cruz look good.

/ Koback couldn't run a group of supermodels in bikinis selling Girl Scout cookies in front of a dispensary.


Additional hope: Brownback ran us into the ground and we (Kansas) elected a D governor. There are some sane people here.
 
2020-05-31 12:44:36 AM  
They have kept Mitch this long, what makes them worry about it now? It's all good GOP, it's not like they suddenly got a brain.

/Yeah, sorry YOU got put in that group just because you live there.
//YOU live there.
 
2020-05-31 12:46:14 AM  

squirrelinator: Wasn't it Kansas that was bankrupted by Republican Sam Brownback? Did they not learn anything


But Democrats want to make illegal alien babies get gay abortions!
 
2020-05-31 12:47:33 AM  

iheartscotch: Notabunny: Perhaps Kansas' Republicans should take more services away from the bottom 90% in order to afford more tax breaks for the rich. Kansans love that.

You joke, but the further west you get in Kansas....the weirder shiat gets. There are still dry counties out there, for god's sakes.


My mother's side of the family comes from Protection. That's a bit Southeast of Coldwater. Which is West of Medicine Lodge. Which is ESE of Wichita.

They are from the boobies. I'm familiar.
 
2020-05-31 12:49:51 AM  

Exile On Beale Street: I am Tom Joad's Complete Lack of Surprise: Demetrius: My Sober Alt: They're at the point of no return.

[i.ytimg.com image 377x212]

Seriously, though. They're all just dust in the wind.

[Sigh]  Couldn't think of a cleaver Dorothy reference?

Hey, William S. Burroughs lived there. And it made Truman Capote write In Cold Blood. So it's got that going for it.

CSB: I rode through there once on a church ski trip in Jr High.  We stopped in Hayes? Haynes? and when I got out of the van I almost vomited. The stench was palpable. The cashier at the truck stop said "Oh, that's the paper mill. You get used to it." Also remember hearing, "There's a pretty girl behind every tree in Kansas."
/not trying to rag on KS
//just remembering
///I'm from MS FFS


Didn't the murders make Capote write "in cold blood"?
 
2020-05-31 1:01:09 AM  

GlenninSac: There's actually a book titled "What's Right with Kansas."

Twenty bucks says these folks aren't in it:

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https://www.kcfs.org


😂
 
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