Archive for February, 2009

Newsmax: Jindal to Turn Down $100 Million in Stimulus Funds

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday. He explained his decision to turn down $100 million in federal stimulus money for his state.

Transcript follows:

DAVID GREGORY: You have a budget shortfall in Louisiana of $2 billion. Now, under the stimulus plan by the Obama administration, you would get a cut of that. You’d get $4 billion in federal stimulus. But this is what you said on Monday about the stimulus plan: “We’re going to have to review each program, each new dollar to make sure that we understand what are the conditions, what are the strings and see whether it’s beneficial for Louisiana to use those dollars.” And just Friday you made good on that pledge not necessarily to take the federal money, saying that you would reject almost $100 million in federal unemployment assistance. Why would you turn this money down? (more…)

KC Business Journal: Hallmark Cards will drop Hallmark Magazine, lay off 10 in Kansas City

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

KC Business Journal:

Hallmark Cards Inc. will quit publishing Hallmark Magazine , which it launched less than three years ago, and discontinue the publication’s Web site, the company announced Tuesday.

The move will eliminate the magazine’s 28 staff positions in New York, and an additional 10 employees will be laid off in the Kansas City-based creative division.

Hallmark CEO Donald Hall Jr. said in a release that the publishing industry’s poor outlook prompted the decision.

JCCC Shakespeare festival

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

From JCCC:


JCCC’s English and Journalism Division will present the first JCCC Shakespeare Film Festival on Feb. 26 and 27 in Craig Community Auditorium, 233 GEB

The festival features two film versions of “Hamlet:”

·         Michael Almereyda’s 2000 film will be shown at noon Feb. 26 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27

·         Laurence Olivier’s 1948 film will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26 and at noon Feb. 27.

In addition to the films, Dr. Dana Grove, JCCC’s Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs, will speak at 6:45 p.m. Feb. 26.

Justly celebrated as one of the greatest film adaptations of Shakespeare, Olivier directs himself as the indecisive hero in the 1948 film. Jean Simmons’ portrayal of Ophelia was recognized with an Oscar nomination.  Olivier’s picture eventually won four Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actor.

A native to Overland Park, Almereyda sets his “Hamlet” in the corporate realms of modern-day New York City.  Ethan Hawke plays the eponymous role, and he is supported by an array of respected actors including Julia Stiles, Kyle MacLachlan, Liev Schreiber, Bill Murray and Sam Shepard.

The JCCC Shakespeare Film Festival strives to offer our community film adaptations of the plays of the man who was arguably history’s greatest writer in the English language. The films will be related in some manner — by director, play or critical perspective.  To enhance the educational opportunity embedded in such an endeavor, we will also bring in speakers and panels to discuss various aspects of the writer, the plays, or the films.

We wish to invite the community to help us explore the methods by which a timeless poet is adapted to a contemporary medium.

Any questions or comments can be directed to Steve Werkmeister, Assistant Professor, at or ext. 2886).

Wichita Tea Party on Friday

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

From Bob Weeks in Wichita:

Voice For Liberty in Wichita
Individual liberty, limited government, and free markets in Wichita and Kansas

Wichita Tea Party This Friday (more…)

Bill Wyckoff column in Kansas Liberty: another tea party

Thursday, February 26th, 2009


Time to throw another Tea Party?

Just when I think it isn’t possible for our government to come up with any more ridiculous ways to waste our money and our future, I’m proven completely wrong.

Once upon a time a person’s word was a bond.  Someone says they will do something, it is expected they will do just that.  If you say you’re going to be at work at 8 a.m. but keep coming in at 11, you are going to be fired.  If you tell a neighbor you will watch their pet while they are gone and then don’t, the neighbor is going to be mad when they come home to a dead bird in the cage.

I’ve been involved with deals that didn’t turn out so well in the end.  I became wiser.   I have partnered with groups where the rules changed.  I became smarter. Life is not risk free, and a rich uncle isn’t going to come to my rescue. If I make a mistake, I shouldn’t look beyond the mirror for someone to blame.

Kansas has competition in profitable late-term abortion business

Thursday, February 26th, 2009


Madison, WI ( — Two days after the Authority Board of the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics approved a plan to create a second trimester abortion facility a second vote gave the go ahead. This time, the board of the Madison Surgery Center decided 6-0 to move the proposed abortion facility forward.

Dr. Nancy Fredericks, an anesthesiologist at the surgery center, was one of the leading opponents of the idea and told the board that it would hurt the reputation of the center to do late-term abortions there.

According to the Wisconsin State Journal, Fredericks said three of the four anesthesiologists at the surgery center will not take part in the abortions. An MSC spokeswoman said that wouldn’t affect its ability to do abortions.

The vote means that second-trimester abortions will be done again in Wisconsin within a matter of weeks or a few months.

The facility, which will be located at 1 S. Park St in Madison, will do approximately 125 abortions annually on women whose unborn children are about 19 to 22 weeks along. on Proposition K Opponents

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Voice for Liberty:

In public debate, sometimes people don’t let facts or reason get in the way of arguments they want to press. This is the case in some of the comments left to a Wichita Eagle article about Proposition K, an effort to reform property tax appraisals in Kansas. (more…)

Video: Axelrod Refuses To Rule Out Fairness Doctrine

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

From RCP:

Axelrod would not rule out reinstating the Fairness Doctrine, instead leaving it up to President Obama and the FCC to directly address.

Koala love story wins hearts after deadly fires

Thursday, February 26th, 2009


CANBERRA (Reuters) – A love story between two badly burned koalas rescued from Australia’s deadliest bushfires has provided some heart-warming relief after days of devastation and the loss of over 180 lives.

The story of Sam and her new boyfriend Bob emerged after volunteer firefighter Dave Tree used a mobile phone to film the rescue of the bewildered female found cowering in a burned out forest at Mirboo North, 150 km (90 miles) southeast of Melbourne.

Photos and a video of Tree, 44, approaching Sam while talking gently to her, and feeding her water from a plastic bottle as she put her burned claw in his cold, wet hand quickly hit video sharing website YouTube (, making her an Internet sensation.

Chef Debbie Gold to host two events at JCCC

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

From JCCC:

Chef Debbie Gold to host two events at JCCC

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. ­­­– As part of the Johnson County Community College Master Chef Series, Chef Debbie Gold, executive chef, The American Restaurant, will host a morning master cooking class and an evening dinner on Wednesday, March 4, in the Capitol Federal Conference Room of the Regnier Center, JCCC. (more…)

JCCC diversity award application

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

From JCCC:


The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) is sponsoring a Diversity award for a faculty member, staff employee, administrator or student who has demonstrated a commitment to furthering the goals of campus diversity.

For award consideration, individuals should be nominated by a member of the JCCC community. Self-nominations are welcome; Fellows or employees of ODEI are ineligible.

Please submit a one-to-two page letter which describes the nominee’s contributions to Dr. Jim Leiker, award committee chair, at Box 31 or

Nominations are due Friday, March 27.  The recipient will be recognized at the All-Staff Luncheon in May.

Freedom vs. teachers unions (and the 9th US Circuit). SCOTUS gives freedom the victory.

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

The AP:

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a state law banning local governments from letting workers use payroll deductions to fund their union’s political activities, a decision that could strike at organized labor’s ability to raise funds at local levels.

Five labor unions and the Idaho state AFL-CIO successfully argued in lower federal courts that a 2003 Idaho law forcing cities, counties and school districts to eliminate a payroll deduction funding union political action committees violated the First Amendment. (more…)

News from city of Olathe

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Recent news from Olathe:

This Edition of E-News
• Citizen Survey Results on Web
• Development Forum Scheduled for Feb. 18
• Public Meeting on Areas Potentially Impacted by Flooding
• A Loss for the Olathe Fire Department
• Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund Surpasses Goal
• Presidents Day Schedule
• No Council Meeting 2/10



Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

From JCCC:


The Johnson County Community College theatre department will perform Holiday, written by Philip Barry and directed by Linda Ade Brand, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 26-28 and Friday and Saturday, March 6-7 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 8 in the Black Box Theatre of the Carlsen Center.

The performances are free and open to the public.

This 1930s comedy of manners centers around a young man who refuses to adapt his lifestyle to please his future father-in-law. Although he is engaged to a girl of great wealth and social standing, he refuses to “make good” with her father, preferring to enjoy life as a holiday and an independent venture to happiness. In the end the girl’s sister, realizing that the young man is right and her family wrong, confesses that she is in love with him and chooses to marry him.

An active director in Kansas City, Ade Brand’s Kansas City Repertory Theatre credits include Master Class and All I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, along with nine seasons leading the casts of A Christmas Carol. She has directed several productions for the Lyric Opera of Kansas City including Don Pasquale, Don Giovanni and HMS Pinafore.

For more information call 913-469-8500, ext. 3245.

Fort Mills Times reports on ERA

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

The Fort Mills Times:

They said adding an equal rights amendment would reflect the feelings of Kansas and be much harder to remove.

Opponents included anti-abortion groups that said it would result in unrestricted tax-funded abortions. But supporters say that’s not the case.

Twenty-two states have an equal rights amendment in their constitutions.

The Mac at 25: Five forgotten Apple products

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Apple Computer—known for its groundbreaking work with PCs, PDAs, and…digital cameras? Indeed, 1994 saw the release of Apple’s QuickTake 100, one of the first consumer digital cameras in the US. The inaugural model of the QuickTake series debuted with an awkward form factor that resembled a one-eyed pair of futuristic binoculars.

Capable of storing eight photos at 640-by-480 resolution (or 32 at 320-by-240) on a whopping 1MB of internal flash memory, it was obviously primitive by today’s standards. Apple released more powerful members of the QuickTake family over the next few years, but under the weight of competition from Kodak and Fuji, the computer maker’s offerings never sold well.

Kline didn’t ask for records, but abortionist and KC Star attempt to create story

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

But lawyers for Tiller said in court documents that abortion records related to the case had been mailed to Kline’s new home in Virginia. That, they alleged, constituted a further demonstration of “outrageous” prosecutorial conduct by Kline, who, as Kansas Attorney General, first initiated the investigation of the Wichita clinic operator.

Tiller faces 19 criminal counts alleging violations of Kansas abortion law in Sedgwick County District Court. Judge Clark Owens is expected to rule soon on motions by Tiller’s lawyers that evidence be suppressed or the case dismissed. If the judge denies the motions, a trial is expected to begin March 16.

Caleb Stegall, a lawyer who has represented Kline in the past, said Kline had not requested the records and that a misunderstanding led to their mailing.

Wayne Godsey: enough with more seat belt laws

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

KMBC’s Wayne Godsey:

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Missouri’s director of transportation wants state lawmakers to enhance the seatbelt law. A Primary Seatbelt law would allow police to stop motorists for not wearing a seat belt. Current law allows citations only after motorists have been pulled over for other violations.

It’s too bad that this proposal is about money and not highway safety. Passage of the law would make the state eligible for $16 million in federal highway funds.

While more federal money might seem like a gift, it is instead, more federal blackmail. Just as with speed limits, if Missouri doesn’t conform with what federal officials want, it loses money.

Missouri’s current seatbelt law has worked. Last year, highway deaths in the state were the lowest in 25 years. instead of passing a new law that places another burden on law enforcement, state officials should insist that our representatives in Washington, D.C., demand an end to federal blackmail.

How the Supreme Court Destroyed Property Rights and a Little Pink House

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

From Sarah McIntosh at Flint Hills Center for Public Policy:

Title: How the Supreme Court Destroyed Property Rights and a Little Pink House

Author: Sarah McIntosh

Three years ago the United States Supreme Court made a decision that not only threatened the very core of Americans’ property rights, but also destroyed the dreams of a woman who just wanted to live in her beautiful pink house.

Perhaps you have already heard the story. If not, I will warn you it is a sad one. Ms. Suzette Kelo moved to New London Connecticut in 1997 after a divorce. She found an old cottage from 1893 that was in dismal shape, but she saw the promise in it. Even the front door was overgrown when she first laid eyes on it. But she purchased the cottage and started fixing it up right away.

She had a lot of work to do from the foundation to the roof. She devoted time, energy, and money to transforming the ramshackled cottage into a beautiful home. Ms. Kelo worked as a nurse and held other jobs on the side in order to make ends meet. (more…)

Kansas Court Decision: State v. Bennett

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009


January 30th. The Kansas Supreme Court has issued its opinion in State v. Bennett (No. 98, 038). In a unanimous opinion, authored by Justice Davis, the Court held that requiring probationers consent to warrantless, suspicionless searches as a condition of their probation violates their rights under the 4th Amendment to the United States Constitution and Article 15 of the Kansas Bill of Rights. Note: Former Chief Justice McFarland was a member of the Court at the time this case was argued, but did not take part in the decision. Her place was taken by Judge Christel Marquardt of the Court of Appeals. (more…)