Daily Archives: May 2, 2014

Open thread (May 2)


Sterling, Bundy show that racism is still alive

bundy,clivenWhat we really have with Donald Sterling and Cliven Bundy (in photo) is a master class in how American racism is still alive, columnist Robin Abcarian wrote. “It’s at home on the range and, incredibly, courtside at the NBA, where three-quarters of the players are black.”

Happy birthday to a third U.S. senator from Kansas

Wyden-0702508-18401- 0010In addition to Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran, another Kansas native is serving in the U.S. Senate. Sen. Ron Wyden (in photo), D-Ore., was born in Wichita 65 years ago this Saturday while his father, Peter Wyden, was working for The Wichita Eagle. He would live in St. Louis, Chicago and Washington, D.C., before going to high school in Palo Alto, Calif. In 1996 Wyden moved from the House to the Senate; he became chairman of the Senate Finance Committee this year. There were four U.S. senators from Kansas until Arlen Specter, who was also born in Wichita, lost his re-election bid in Pennsylvania in 2010. Three or four might sound like a lot from one state except that New York is the birthplace of 11 current senators. Arizona, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Pennsylvania each can claim four. The states with no natives to their name? Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Kentucky, New Jersey, New Mexico and Utah.