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Originally published January 18, 2017 at 10:54a.m., updated January 18, 2017 at 11:10a.m.

Obama commutes life sentence for father of former KU basketball player Jamari Traylor

Kansas senior forward Jamari Traylor puts down a dunk during warmups on Feb. 27, 2016, prior to the Jayhawks' game against Texas Tech at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas senior forward Jamari Traylor puts down a dunk during warmups on Feb. 27, 2016, prior to the Jayhawks' game against Texas Tech at Allen Fieldhouse.

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The life sentence of Jessie Traylor, father of former University of Kansas basketball player Jamari Traylor, was commuted on Tuesday by President Barack Obama, according to a report from the International Business Times.

Jessie Traylor was convicted of a number of felony charges related to possession and intent to distribute cocaine in Illinois in 2009. He was sentenced to life in prison the next year.

On Tuesday, Obama commuted Traylor’s sentence to a total of 20 years in prison on the condition that he enroll in a drug treatment program. He will now be released from prison on Jan. 8, 2030.

Traylor’s original sentence also carried a 10-year term of supervised release. It is not clear if his commuted sentence also includes a term of supervised release.

Traylor applied for clemency in 2016 through The Clemency Project after Obama's administration announced it would seek applications for hundreds of inmates.

Traylor's sentence was commuted alongside those of 208 other people. Obama also pardoned 64 people on Tuesday.

Jamari Traylor played for KU from 2012 to 2016, averaging 3.6 points and 3.2 rebounds in 143 games. He now plays for Austria's Redwell Gunners Oberwart.

Comments

Jay Scott 4 years, 2 months ago

47 more hours until the Obama nightmare officially ends.

Brett McCabe 4 years, 2 months ago

Yep, those hundreds of thousands of jobs created, unemployment at a 20-year low, the low fuel prices, the slow-down in the national deficit, the end of the Iraq war, the millions of uninsured who are now insured, the scandal-free administration, the complete class act that is the Obama administration. The greatest American president in 50 years, really beyond even debate. Eight years of class traded in for four years of a**, if Captain Deferment makes it that long.

Jay Scott 4 years, 2 months ago

I wonder sometimes if people are stupid or just dishonest when they ramble on with that same list of garbage.

Surely you know that fewer Americans are working now than under Jimmy Carter and that the unemployment rate now only tallies those freshly unemployed. You also surely realize that the number on permanent soc security disability has quadrupled. Assuming that you aren't stupid, you must just be dishonest?

Millions more insured. Even if that number were true, is a $6000 deductible really useful insurance? Do 25 or 55 year old men really need maternity coverage?

No scandals. Having the IRS audit tens of thousands of conservatives isn't a scandal? It makes Watergate look like a parking infraction. Giving guns to Mexican drug lords isn't a scandal? Having the AG meet with the husband of someone under FBI investigation isn't? Lying under oath about all the above isn't. Surely you're not that stupid.

The end of the Iraq war. It's ended? Really? Didn't notice that troop levels INCREASED up until the Iraqis suspended legal jurisdiction waivers necessitating the withdrawal?

C'mon Brett. For someone who gets so fired up about politics you can't really be so completely in the dark. Maybe you're just hoping others are and will swallow the usual lies?

Brett McCabe 4 years, 2 months ago

Facts hurt, don't they? For a guy who spent half-a-day imagining what my college dating life was like, I'm sure your imaginary view of the world is almost as enlightening and your constant flip-flop opinions on sports on this site. Stupid is as stupid does. Hopefully, Comrade Trumpski, will fulfill all of your dreams.

Jay Scott 4 years, 2 months ago

Your college dating life? Since you brought it up, imaginary is likely a great description.....

Ryan Gee 4 years, 2 months ago

Jay Scott, I would love to see your sources. I will only take on point one about employment as this is a sports website. I am assuming that you too are not stupid and know that the actual number of Americans working continues to increase with the population (roughly 91 mil during Carters last year and over 140 mil now) If you are looking at percent of population employed it was 44.84% in 1979 and 45.32 in 2011(when this data was discontinued) according to FRED found at:

https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/USAEPP.

The BLS tracks employment percentage for the population 16 and over and it has increased from 58.3% in 2011 to 59.7% in 2016. The only thing I have found that seems to make your case about Carter/Obama is the actual unemployment rate which was slightly lower on average during the Carter administration (7.44 vs 6.54). It would be safe to say that Carter didn't inherit the same level of problems that Obama did.

I feel like you may be the one being dishonest. source: http://historyinpieces.com/research/us-unemployment-rates-president

Len Shaffer 4 years, 2 months ago

Awesome, Ryan! But be careful, you never know what Jay and his Faux News cronies will be up to next.

One of the scariest things about Orange Jesus taking over is that we won't even know which numbers we can trust any more, as the pathological liar (and all the psychos around him) will no doubt alter the "facts" to make himself look great, just as he has been doing for his entire miserable excuse for a life.

Joseph Leon 4 years, 2 months ago

It's fascinating how quickly Jay Scott fires off his mouth, except when confronted by Ryan Gee's post with actual facts and analysis.

Jay Scott 4 years, 2 months ago

It's cute that you posted some gibberish about employment and NOTHING about any of the other points. They're conceded? Great.

If employment is so high, and there's no disputing that the new Obama way of calculating "unemployment" by tracking only the recently punted has barely kept numbers looking acceptable, why did voters in Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin and other rust belt states elect Trump? Why are there 1042 fewer elected Donkeys now than in Jan 2009?

Hmmmm......

Ryan Gee 4 years, 2 months ago

That "gibberish" is called numbers and statistics that you can also begin to look up. I believe that I stated that I wasn't going to tackle your other points due to this being a sports website and to be honest they get a little "black helicopter-ish". Obama did not change the way that unemployment is tracked, that change was made in 1994 by the Clinton administration. I agree with you that there are many flaws in the unemployment rate. There are also many flaws in looking at the labor force participation rates. You may have heard of the that giant population of people who are now retiring called the Baby boomers.
I don't have to tackle all of your points if the first one you make is so poorly thought out.

Jay Scott 4 years, 2 months ago

In other words, you have nothing. Thanks Ryan.

Ryan Gee 4 years, 2 months ago

Ok, if I must. Point two that you made about "permanent social security benefits recipients quadrupling." I assume you meant since Obama took office as you were not specific. There were 49,864,978 people receiving benefits in 2007 and 60,907,307 in 2016. That is not quadrupled. If you are blaming the fact that a huge population of people are now retiring and are on permanent social security on Obama I guess that is your own deal. I mean even the disability insurance or SSDI only increased from 8,920,371 to 10,610,070.

I am assuming that you are not mailing in your replies to kusports.com and having them type them out for you. Please begin to use whatever device you have and do some research. Instead of claiming that others are being dishonest try to back up what you are saying with some sort of source.
Here is mine: https://www.ssa.gov/oact/STATS/OASDIbenies.html

Joseph Leon 4 years, 2 months ago

Ryan Gee is my hero. It is so exhausting dealing with these Archie Bunkers like Jay Scott, who still hasn't posted a single thought he hasn't regurgitated from Hannity. And then the Archie Bunkers project onto us that we are the ones who uncritically believe whatever we see on media, watch fake news, are alt-left, etc. But it is important that actual thinking be put on display.

Micky Baker 4 years, 2 months ago

No it's not. Millennials outnumber Baby Boomers now and ALL Millennials are of working age now. 4 million fewer people under the age of 55 are participating than at the pre-recession peak at the end of 2007. Only two groups have seen an increase in participation. 55 and older, and 25 to 34. 65 to + and 70 + have increased in labor force participation the past 9 years. So try again.

Micky Baker 4 years, 2 months ago

Slow down in the national deficit? The debt doubled under Obama. In just 8 years, 230 years of debt was doubled under Obama.

Scott Oswalt 4 years, 2 months ago

47 hours until the Trump nightmare officially begins.

Micky Baker 4 years, 2 months ago

At least that is what is being told to you. I doubt you'd actually be willing to acknowledge when it is better than under Obama.

Damian Glaze 4 years, 2 months ago

But it won't. That we all know. The blind just won't open their eyes to see it.

Len Shaffer 4 years, 2 months ago

That's not true, Damian. It WILL be better for a handful of rich, white men; it will just be worse for everybody else. (And God help the poor women and minorities who will have to deal with the fallout.)

Micky Baker 4 years, 2 months ago

Yeah, because MSNBC told you so, or some know nothing person that hates people like you because you're not in their bubble says so?

Micky Baker 4 years, 2 months ago

No, we don't know. He's not even in office yet.

Damian Glaze 4 years, 2 months ago

Do we really think a 70 year old man that has a very long and proven record of deception, fraud and illegal business practices to change because he is president? All facts: he did implement discriminatory leasing practices; he did cheat out 1000s of subcontractors and vendors of money they were due; he has defrauded 100s in Trump University; he has put 100s of small businesses out of business by his fraudulent and deceptive business practices; he has bilked several investors out of money with deceptive business practices while making money on multiple bankruptcies; the list goes on and on. These are all factual and have court documentation on hand.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legal_affairs_of_Donald_Trump

Mike Greer 4 years, 2 months ago

We shouldn't anymore think Donald Trump will change than we should think the Clinton's would change. Bill Clinton was a womanizer long before he was in the white house and obviously that didn't change. People voted for him anyway. The Clintons have made all their wealth on the American people. Neither has had a job for any length of time other than politician, yet they are worth millions. How does a public servant get millions? I'm not a Trump supporter, but I'm not a Clinton supporter either and honestly there isn't anything you can accuse Trump of that a similar charge can't be made against the Clintons. Hillary probably would have won this election had there been an honest bone in her body. Instead, we're all stuck with Trump, you might as well quit winning and start trying to make the best of it. As someone else stated, and applies to anyone elected President of the United States, if they are successful we all stand to benefit, if they are not we all stand to suffer.

Micky Baker 4 years, 2 months ago

You're using widipedia as a source? really? Dismissed. Have a nice whiny day.

Damian Glaze 4 years, 2 months ago

Typical. Averse to facts. Everything on there is cited and points you to filed court documents. Don't let that get away of your fantasy for a Kremlin nation. Idiot.

Brett McCabe 4 years, 2 months ago

You tell us when that happens, okay? And tell us now the metric you are going to use, don't make it up later. Will he lower the unemployment rate? Lower health-care costs? Reduce the deficit? Name your terms now because you guys are slippery when it comes to actual facts.

Jay Scott 4 years, 2 months ago

Here's a real metric that provides real hope and real change.....

Since he took office, Obama has managed to oversee an increase of 1042 elected Republicans at the federal and state level. 1042 more clear thinking people elected at the State house, State senate, Governor, Congressional House and Senate level. 1042 MORE than when Obama was sworn in. The 1043rd will be on Friday. That means 1042 FEWER Donkey-socialists. 1043 in 2 days!

By that metric, Obama was a spectacular president. His legacy will be a GOP White House, Congress, Senate and a 6-3 or 7-2 GOP Supreme Court.

Len Shaffer 4 years, 2 months ago

No, Jay, that will NOT be Obama's legacy. It will be the legacy of the liars, sociopaths and other greedy bastards who populate Faux News, the 91% of talk-radio stations that are conservative (i.e., controlled by money and power), and the "patriots" like the Koch Brothers who will continue to line their pockets at the expense of the great majority of the country.

Jay Scott 4 years, 2 months ago

Keep ranting snowflake. Angrily avoiding reality got Trump elected. You can do it again!

Micky Baker 4 years, 2 months ago

Len, you really have no ability to think for yourself do you? Get yourself out of your box and into the real world. Because that attitude you have will be the reason the left continues losing ground. Grow up a little. That would be a good first step.

Benz Junque 4 years, 2 months ago

Jay, I am sure it's just a coincidence that Congress is full of Republicans and that Congressional approval ratings are at historic lows as the Congress has reached a new low of incompetence.

Jay Scott 4 years, 2 months ago

I'm also sure that it's a coincidence that they were all re-elected.....

Maybe it's because voters wanted to mitigate Obama damage?

Micky Baker 4 years, 2 months ago

No Brett, you're slippery and shady and slimy.

Jay Scott 4 years, 2 months ago

It's OK Scott. Though you'll have no idea how or why, even snowflakes like you will have better lives with President Trump. Unless of course you're a government bureaucrat or a welfare cheat.

Brett McCabe 4 years, 2 months ago

Or a Russian prostitute, or an underage girl getting undressed in a locker room, or a business trying to collect from a serial bankruptcy filer, or someone who actually serves in the armed forces when called...... you know, actual real people.

Jay Scott 4 years, 2 months ago

Armed forces? You think service men and women who voted 90% in favor of Trump prefer the poorly supplied and managed military under Obama? You really can't possibly be that simple.You should have stayed with your childish non sequitur babble. It actually looked smarter.

Rae Bricil 4 years, 2 months ago

90 percent of the entire armed forces!?--maybe 90 percent of the white males above 40. please provide a source--if you can.

Micky Baker 4 years, 2 months ago

Race baiting isn't going to help your argument.

Len Shaffer 4 years, 2 months ago

Jay, you have the NERVE to say that others aren't using facts when you post something so insanely stupid as that 90% of the military voted for Trump!?!?!

Actually, I don't know why I'm surprised. You're showing that you fit in very well with Orange Jesus.

Jay Scott 4 years, 2 months ago

I noticed you offered only insults and no counter point. Not surprising.

Benz Junque 4 years, 2 months ago

Exit polls have the US Military service vote at 61%

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/11/08/us/politics/election-exit-polls.html?_r=0

And with a huge number of current and former military members also being devout gun owners, it is no surprise when they vote for basically ANY Republican.

Jay Scott 4 years, 2 months ago

You do realize that most members of the service don't vote in person? Do exit polls track absentee ballots? Wow. That was pretty pathetic..

Micky Baker 4 years, 2 months ago

That would make sense because they're all somewhere besides where their actual residence is, at least a large portion of them.

Bryce Landon 4 years, 2 months ago

Not nearly as bad as the Hillary Clinton nightmare we could be having. Clinton would have made the Obama nightmare look like a birthday party by comparison.

That said, Obama did right to reduce Traylor's sentence, and I elaborate further on that below.

Phil Leister 4 years, 2 months ago

Oh this is going to be a fun comment thread.

Josh Galler 4 years, 2 months ago

boy I really want to put my 2 cents in I sure hope The Trump stays off Twitter and listen to ALL Americans. I kind of want to know if his oompa loompa cousins let us visit the candy factory.

Benz Junque 4 years, 2 months ago

And that's as likely as my hope to win the Powerball this year.

Micky Baker 4 years, 2 months ago

Because Obama listened to all Americans? As soon as the Democrats become that, you can talk, until, you got work to do on the left wing.

Bryce Landon 4 years, 2 months ago

Seems to me that cocaine distribution, while very wrong, isn't wrong enough to justify a life sentence unless there was more going on that the LJW isn't reporting. In this case, I think Obama did right to reduce Traylor's prison sentence and to add the condition that he seek treatment for his addiction - it's both just and responsible.

This doesn't mean I support Obama. Far from it, I think he's been a terrible President who has behaved more like a petty third-world dictator than like a servant of the American people. But when he does something right like reduce an excessively harsh sentence and add conditions to that reduction, it's only fair to acknowledge it.

Jay Scott 4 years, 2 months ago

That's an intriguing discussion. I'd love to get input from the loved ones of the 800 or so murder victims in Chicago last year.... While I'm not sure about Mr. Traylor's activities, we all know that the drug trade fuels nearly all that violence.

I'm glad that Jamari is such a wonderful young man. Hopefully his dad has become a good man and will do great things with his newfound freedom.

Bryce Landon 4 years, 2 months ago

Again, it goes back to what the LJW is and isn't saying. Was Jessie Traylor involved in violence? Did he kill someone (or more than one someones)? And if he did, were those killings premeditated, or heat-of-the-moment actions? I'm only going by the facts the LJW has supplied. If Traylor wasn't involved in violence, then the life sentence was too harsh. If he was, maybe the original sentence was just. I don't know. I wasn't on that jury, I wasn't the judge in that case, and I don't know what Illinois law has to say about those type of crimes. I'm only going by how much the LJW is telling us.

Jay Scott 4 years, 2 months ago

All good points. What the Chicago and Cook County law enforcement/prosecution know, and could prove may also be very different things also. This notion that those convicted and sentenced for drug offenses are not violent is often folly. In many cases it was simply easier to get the trafficking conviction than the others and the sentences were long enough to stop there.

Mike Greer 4 years, 2 months ago

From what I've read and heard on the radio, President Obama's intent was to reduce the sentences of those who through drug arrests got the "3 and out" treatment to a permanent prison sentence. I would suspect this is what landed the elder Mr. Traylor his life sentence and the corresponding commutation of same. I don't have solutions for most of the worlds problems, and the drug problem is one that falls into that category. Doesn't seem like the prospect of life in prison is much of a deterrent, in fact, it may be a life saver. The death rate in prison isn't as bad as the one in Chicago. (I'm being neighborhood selective here.)

Adam Collins 4 years, 2 months ago

My question for you, Jay, is why is drug trafficking so rampant?

Adam Collins 4 years, 2 months ago

I was interested in your opinion as to why it is rampant. The article that Jonathan quoted stated that Jamari's father was selling drugs because he couldn't find a decent paying job to support his family. I didn't know if you had an opinion other than poverty.

Jay Scott 4 years, 2 months ago

"other than poverty"? what does that mean?

Adam Collins 4 years, 2 months ago

I wanted to know if you felt like there was a more salient factor contributing to drug trafficking other than poverty (since that was mentioned as the reason why Jamari's father was trafficking drugs).

Damian Glaze 4 years, 2 months ago

It costs (on average) $31,000 per year for an inmate. Many that have committed minor crimes with punishments that are excessive relative to the offense. To complain about why someone's sentence is being commutated or the number of clemencies by Obama without knowing the crime and REHABILITATION behind it is similar to believing fake news. Do your homework because all of these clemencies come with support from lawyers, judges, wardens, police officers and /or others familiar with the cases. Obama, Bush, Clinton etc. just don't wake up and draw names out of hat.

Full disclosure: I have been involved in planning, construction and financing of justice and correctional facilities in Arizona, California and Utah. The $31k per inmate is operational cost. The capital outlay for the facility is mind-boggling. The one in Utah my company is managing will be over $1 billion. Most prisons are in irreparable condition so the construction corrections market sector is on the verge of booming. Tax payers will pay for that. This country needs to reevaluate how they punish non-violent criminals.

Micky Baker 4 years, 2 months ago

You see, your comments show how disingenuous and out of touch you are. This is why I don't care what you say, because you aren't thinking for yourself.

Damian Glaze 4 years, 2 months ago

I guess you can't read either. I actually put down factual information; and actual working experience that has proven those numbers and information to be true. Do you even know what disingenuous means? Let me help you, you do not. What I wrote here is genuine and backed by factual information. The total opposite of that big word you used wrong... bigly.

Bert White 4 years, 2 months ago

If memory serves correct I think he got the life sentence because of the 3 strike law... Which personal opinion the 3 strike law life sentence for non-violent crimes is stupid. Sentences should be based on a case by case basis and idiotic blanket laws shouldn't exist. Personally outside of just it's KU ties and the fact that I know Jamari may get to see his father again outside of prison I support this case more so than the Manning case being commuted.

Harlan Hobbs 4 years, 2 months ago

Ditto, Ditto, Ditto, Ditto, Jay! You highlight and describe the facts quite well. We'll see what they have to say when President Trump more than doubles our economic growth even from Obama's best year which never got above 2%, after all of the adjustments. As I have stated before, it will be like Ronald Reagan on steroids, assuming the Republican Congress doesn't gum up the works like the Democrats tried to do under Reagan.

Len Shaffer 4 years, 2 months ago

It's hysterical how the Republicans (i.e., the emphatetically challenged) continue to conveniently ignore the fact that no president has EVER faced a congress as intransigent as Obama had to face. Sadly, we'll never know what Obama could have really accomplished if he had been allowed to put in most of his programs (or if the Republican Senate hadn't filibustered everything they could get their grubby hands on).

Let's also not forget the Repubs not allowing a duly elected president to even get a HEARING for his Supreme Court candidate for the reason that it was the last year of his presidency.

Jay Scott 4 years, 2 months ago

If Obama spent less time meeting with the IRS director and more time meeting with Congressmen... Reagan had a veto proof Donkey congress. Clinton had a solidly GOP congress. Sorry Lenny. Bad miss.

Micky Baker 4 years, 2 months ago

As intransigent as Obama had to face? Obama got everything he wanted. Because the media lied for Obama.

Chris D'Amore 4 years, 2 months ago

Harlan, Reagan should have died in a federal prison.

Mike Greer 4 years, 2 months ago

If you just choose to be mean and hateful, I can add to that.

That's also where Bill and Hillary should spend their retirement years.

Chris D'Amore 4 years, 2 months ago

Sorry Mike, that's what I meant. The Clinton's should die in a federal prison along with Obama of course. But that goes without saying. All better now?

Damian Glaze 4 years, 2 months ago

Many of you will believe what you want and disregard the truth, but you should watch the HBO Special by Vice News: "A House Divided". That will give you as true and clear a picture of how congress and President Obama operated over the last six years.

Mike Greer 4 years, 2 months ago

I didn't see it but I heard it was very insightful. It was probably off limits viewing at my house, would just prompt an argument. I hope there will be a way to view it online or something in the near future.

Jonathan Allison 4 years, 2 months ago

Jamari's story and some background about his father.

http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/8777358/kansas-jayhawks-forward-jamari-traylor-fines-home-lawrence-college-basketball

"According to Golson (Jamari's mother), Jessie had been arrested twice (before) on drug-related charges, which made it difficult for him to find a well-paying job. No one wanted to hire someone with his criminal record, and hocking peanuts at baseball games wasn't paying the bills.

Feeling pressured to make money for his family, Jessie resorted to selling drugs in his neighborhood each time he got out of jail.

"He felt like that was the only option," Golson said. "It was usually only small, little bags. But each time it got him in trouble."

In June of 2008, Jessie disappeared. Jamari dialed his dad's phone number each day, but no on ever answered."

"According to public court records, Jessie Traylor was charged with conspiracy to distribute five or more kilograms of cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and two counts of using a telephone in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime.

The documents indicate that Jessie acted as the middle man in a drug ring -- a "runner" -- by transporting the cocaine and cash between Chicago and Decatur, Illinois, on a Greyhound bus.

A grand jury found Traylor guilty of all four counts in September of 2009 and he was sentenced to life in prison in June of 2010. He is now incarcerated in a federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind."

Kent Kossoy 4 years, 2 months ago

Can we just keep this to basketball and keep the stupid Trump comments out. And keep the Nobama Lies out as well??? Hey snowflake, get yourself another team to root for please!!

Damian Glaze 4 years, 2 months ago

You win for dumbest comment in this thread related to this article. There are other articles on the site for you to participate in with regards to KU basketball. This article was about Obama reducing the sentence for a former KU player. The comments will reflect whether people agree or disagree on THIS SUBJECT. Politics is a part of it. Go comment on Josh Jackson's perimeter shooting struggles in that article if that is what you want to discuss. It's not that hard to figure out.

Clara Westphal 4 years, 2 months ago

It is a credit to Jamari that he rose above all that was going on in his family. He came to KU, played basketball and earned his degree. Best wishes to him for his future.

Len Shaffer 4 years, 2 months ago

At last, something we can ALL agree on!

Marius Rowlanski 4 years, 2 months ago

Glad for Jamari. Agree with Kent Kossey, let us skip politics here. The never ending political debate (debate being the kindest word) just serves to divide us.

Mike Greer 4 years, 2 months ago

I'm a little shocked to see the evenness of the divide on thumbs up given the way the State of Kansas votes in elections. But then there is no reason this board shouldn't reflect the country as a whole, and it too is about a 50/50 split. All I can say is that this election like the many before it has some jumping for joy and others sorely disappointed. With that in mind, we as citizens, need to as a minimum, as MLK III suggested, give the new President an opportunity. My candidate, Obi Wan Kenobi, didn't win either, so I share in your disappointment if you didn't vote for Mr. Trump, but there has been nearly 50% of the population from elections of past decades that have been disappointed in the result, yet the country has continued to prosper over the long haul. In my lifetime we have survived Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush I, Clinton, Bush II, and Obama. If you go back and look over the last 70 years or so, the only times we didn't go from one party to the other was when a president left office early for one reason or another, and Regan to GHW Bush.

We are certainly a great nation and support a great basketball team. So let's not come unglued.

Bryce Landon 4 years, 2 months ago

Kansas is generally staunchly Republican, but I find the northeastern part of the state to be more moderate to liberal; and Lawrence, Douglas County, and the University of Kansas more solidly in the Democratic column. That might explain the divide on this comment thread.

Benz Junque 4 years, 2 months ago

AKA, the part of the state that went to college.

Mike Greer 4 years, 2 months ago

Calling people names (deplorables) really rallied them around Hillary and worked out really well for her bid for the presidency. I'm not on her staff, but I think she would like to have that one back.

I can assure you, you're not making any headway by insulting the population in the other 103 counties that didn't vote Democratic.

Micky Baker 4 years, 2 months ago

How do you know that? You're actually helping the conservative movement by stating things like that. You don't know. In fact, you aren't right either. You're being what you accuse Trump of being, and you're not intelligent.

Bryce Landon 4 years, 2 months ago

Uh, conservatives have college degrees too...

Jay Scott 4 years, 2 months ago

Surely by now you realize that Brett McCabe has at least a half dozen other ID's. He even had a clone Jay Scott one until the LJW shut it down.

John Boyle 4 years, 2 months ago

As your list suggested, we have change back and forth with presidents from each party since 1945 with Democrats holding office 32 years and Republicans 36 years. We as a nation have been successful both economically and socially over those years. Even though both parties would like to argue that we haven't made strides, that just isn't the case. What we don't need is everyone calling the people stupid or ignorant who didn't vote for the candidate of their choice. I've seen this from both sides but especially from the democrats at this time because they lost the election. We need to come together as a nation and support OUR president. Give him a chance to succeed because if he is successful we will ALL benefit even if the opposing party tries to paint it otherwise. And that is true of either party.

Damian Glaze 4 years, 2 months ago

I think the biggest fallacy that some believe is that if Trump isn't successful the US won't be successful. The wellness of the country is far bigger than Trump or the Presidency. While he fumbles through foreign policy and trips all over himself on social issues the country will continue to strive. I, for one, will never support him so long as I have self-respect. I can support most of his cabinet members and what their vision may be, but if I see his mouth moving I won't believe a thing coming out of it. He would be better off letting his administrative team do the press conferences.

This is a man that cut off water to a Scottish family that has land that has been in their family for 100s of years - BECAUSE THEY WOULDN'T SELL TO HIM for his golf resort. This is not a person that cares about other human beings.

Damian Glaze 4 years, 2 months ago

So you're saying "Make America Great Again" is totally BS. I absolutely agree. America has never not been great. Another lie in the long list of lies by the worst human being ever elected. A true disgrace to men all over the world.

Matt Lindaman 4 years, 2 months ago

I'm with Mr. McCabe on this one. I can recognize and respect differences, but please act like a President and respect the institutions--that would be the patriotic thing to do, along with not selling your soul to Russia.

Humpy Helsel 4 years, 2 months ago

Good luck and best wishes to you and your family, Jamari. You made all of us proud watching you and cheering for you out there busting your butt for Ole KU. I hope the school will continue to find ways to be a support and a resource for you and your family going forward into the future. You will always be a part of the Jayhawk family.

Yonatan Negash 4 years, 2 months ago

To put things into perspective, I have two son's (both under 10 years old) and both dislike Trump. They don't think he's a good role model and I agree.

As for Mr. Traylor, hope all works out for him. Don't have a strong opinion on the matter.

Barry Weiss 4 years, 2 months ago

In other news, Oklahoma went into Morgantown tonight and knocked off WV......SWEET!

Bryce Landon 4 years, 2 months ago

One reason why Kansas keeps winning the conference is because other would-be challengers keep losing games they shouldn't lose. WVU should have been able to wipe the floor with this year's OU team.

Marius Rowlanski 4 years, 2 months ago

Oklahoma played us pretty tough although that was at Oklahoma. I'm never really surprised when a Lon Kruger team puts out a strong showing.

Nick Kramer 4 years, 2 months ago

Sweet indeed! Didn't catch the game but noted that Oklahoma bigs went 15 - 22 from the field. A fluke or a deficiency KU can exploit?

Marius Rowlanski 4 years, 2 months ago

Wasn't something we exploited at Oklahoma.

Mike Greer 4 years, 2 months ago

I watched the second half of the game, it was great, OU should have won it in regulation, a missed free throw from their best shooter put it in overtime. What WVU was unable to get Oklahoma to do that they have been very successful at over the past few seasons, is turn over the ball. I think that will be a key to success of the Jayhawks plan to come out of there with a W as well. The announcers commented that OU had been so effective at breaking the press that WVU had all but given up trying to run it. They got 28 points off the bench. 6'10" McNeace had half of that, but Lattin and the other forward didn't have that big of a night.

John Boyle 4 years, 2 months ago

Agreed. The biggest reason OU was able to go to Morgantown and win the game was because they didn't turn the ball over. The bigs going 15-22 was due to the easy baskets when OU beat the WV "hack and hold press".

Timothy Rake 4 years, 2 months ago

I rarely post here, but now I know all I need to know as to why J.S. is the belligerent "chicken little" know-it-all poster he is. He is to this site what DJT is to Twitter. Must have been offered a job in the White House as official court referee - of course, which he turned down because a President-of-color (and a gracious, scandal-free one at that) dropped too many beads of sweat there.

BTW, Glad to see KU just took the next biggest step towards #13 without really doing anything. Thank you Oklahoma.

Micky Baker 4 years, 2 months ago

Typical "tolerant" left wing response there. You didn't hear a word any of those you disagree said, because you think you know them already. That's the enemy of learning, and that is why the Democrats can use you so easily.

Josh Galler 4 years, 2 months ago

no matter what side you are on we all fans and alumni of the greatest University..... University of Kansas. Sorry LJWorld that is the true name of KU. I am hoping the gov't has a good heath care plan to replace Affordable Health care Act. and don't cancel the law until the new plan is agreed upon. FYI the Act is not the sole reason of increase preniums. It is the insurance companies and the health System of hospitals and such are to blame too.

Micky Baker 4 years, 2 months ago

It is the primary reason for the high increases this year.

Dave Voss 4 years, 2 months ago

WOW, this thread has got to be one of the single minded ones of all that I've read. I don't really have a comment to say a lot of times, and haven't found a reason too in the first place. But it sure is funny or sad that more people are so outspoken with the hate and discontent with our newly elected President. We've endured 8 years of the Obama administration and even though I didn't ever agree to there time in office. I never once heard so much outcry from so many cry babies in my life. So this is what I have to say to all of you naysayer's , SUCK IT UP and PRESS!!!. as basically the rest of us Americans did for these past 8 years.

Suzi Marshall 4 years, 2 months ago

Dave, that is why I've stayed away from commenting. Some of the numbers sited to make certain cases are correct but they are only half truths to support failures. We have a lot of work to do now and need to get on with the job. We are going to do a great job. The SCOTUS is saved. The haters will hate and the mid-terms in two years will continue to speak out.

Dave Voss 4 years, 2 months ago

Suzi, Well said. I couldn't agree with you more

Marius Rowlanski 4 years, 2 months ago

I can't remember ever seeing so many Americans hoping that the new President fails. I saw it to some degree when Obama became president but this is pathetic.

Colby Hebert 4 years, 2 months ago

Obama is a war criminal and enemy of human rights, He has repealed the right to a trial. He has signed off on the execution of AMERICAN CITIZENS without a trial, He is bombing 8 countries. He refuses to have trials for american war criminals, He sealed the torture report for 12 years,His drone strikes have killed THOUSANDS of innocent civilians, He never closed Guantanamo Bay. Where was he at Standing Rock, Occupy Wall Street?Racial unrest is rampant.

Obama is a corporate mupoet. Obamacare is Romneycare, Obama never even fought for the single payer option when DEMOCRATS HAD MAJORITY. He is BOUGHT.

Obama is maybe one of the worst world leaders ever in the world. He looks and talks pretty though so people love the mass murderer,..

Mike Mills 4 years, 2 months ago

Outside of the economic effects of this election, how has it and will it affect us socially? With the election of Trump are we really heading in a direction that is bringing our country together? I know we all have our reasons for the way we voted and it's our right to do so in the greatest country in the world. Maybe I'm a bit too optimistic but believe most people raise their kids and teach them to be individuals of high moral character and be tolerant of others different than them (at least that happens in my house). I don't think the campaign Mr. Trump ran and the rhetoric spewed necessarily supported that initiative. So I am interested to hear comments on how we move forward. After seeing and/or hearing of a child of color, woman, etc weeping after the election is there some understanding of their perception of the future or is our response... "get over it....WE WON!"

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