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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Notes: things you can count on


First things first, locally:

There was an article in The Star yesterday in the "As I See It" column by a liquor store owner, lamenting the attempts by some Kansas legislators, to open up Kansas liquor laws so that grocery stores and other companies can finally, finally sell liquor, along with all their other goods as the rest of the world now does.

And the thing is, with the big companies like Wal-Mart and Hy-Vee and all the others, no doubt giving that state's legislators "campaign contributions", look for it to happen.

It's likely--very likely--only a matter of time.

Between that money they can flood in and the fact that it would be far more convenient for Kansans to shop for their alcohol, oh yeah, look for it to happen, like it or not.

Second, more nationally:

As of Rand Paul's grandstanding filibuster yesterday about this president's administration policy on drones, look for yet more grandstanding and filibustering and, very unfortunately, even less productivity from our nation's Congress because of it.

Sick, isn't it?

Face it, Mr. Paul got attention and his supporters--the far Right Wing and Tea Party members--no doubt loved and support his blocking tirade.

Finally, again, nationally as well as internationally:

Drones, the nation and world over, are inevitable. Further, they will be used by private companies as well as nations and even states. How they're used and by whom and for what will be the only questions.

And our laws won 't keep up with the drones and this technology, either, just as they already aren't now.

Links: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/03/05/4102267/dont-penalize-small-liquor-stores.html

http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2013/03/07/173715032/rand-paul-talks-his-way-into-the-political-big-time

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