Archive for February 26th, 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.