Archive for March 6th, 2009

Video: Steele on Obama’s budget

Friday, March 6th, 2009

Today Show profile of Aaron Shrock, youngest Congressman

Friday, March 6th, 2009

News from Fine Arts Theater Group

Friday, March 6th, 2009

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Movie Schedule from 03/06/2009 to 03/12/2009

One new film this week entitled THE CLASS.    This Oscar nominated film will open at the Leawood on Friday! (more…)

KC Business Journal: Permit purgatory: Economy, high prices make Johnson County home building hellish

Friday, March 6th, 2009

KC Business Journal:

When Jim Kostusik appeared at Overland Park City Hall to obtain a building permit for a single-family home recently, the employee on the other side of the counter looked at him with surprise, then peered at the ceiling.

“I said, ‘What’s going on?’” recalled Kostusik, who owns Redstone Homes Inc. in Overland Park. “He said: ‘I’m waiting for the confetti and balloons to start dropping. You’re the first (single-family) permit this month.’”

What made the event strange was that Kostusik got his permit on Jan. 29. In a more typical year, Overland Park would have issued dozens of single-family permits by that date, and Johnson County would have been on target for another market-leading year of several thousand housing starts. But this has not been a typical year for wealthy Johnson County or its largest city, Overland Park (population: 173,000).

Star: Tiahrt gives Sebelius a thumbs-down

Friday, March 6th, 2009

Prime Buzz:

Republican Rep. Todd Tiahrt of Kansas said he would not back Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to head the Department of Health and Human Services.

Tiahrt said she “holds some liberal views that I cannot support,” including abortion.

President Barack Obama nominated Sebelius this week as secretary of HHS. Tiahrt called the choice “par for the course.”

US News: Brownback’s Political Explanation for Supporting Kathleen Sebelius

Friday, March 6th, 2009

US News:

How to explain ardently antiabortion Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback’s early support for Kathleen Sebelius, an ardent abortion rights supporter and a fellow Kansan, to head the Department of Health and Human Services? Kansas courtesy—and the fact that Barack Obama won in November and gets to appoint whom he wants. At least that’s what the senator is saying publicly.

But two sources tell me that Brownback’s people have been making the case to antiabortion groups—especially those in Kansas—that there’s a strong political rationale for installing the Kansas governor in Washington. The move gets her out of Kansas, Brownback’s argument goes, heading off her expected run for the Senate in 2010. Which means the Sunflower State Senate seat that Brownback’s vacating for a gubernatorial run is likely to stay in Republican hands, since the Kansas Democratic Party doesn’t have another candidate who is half as popular as Sebelius. And that’s good for the antiabortion cause, according to the reasoning.

“It was much more important that the Senate seat remain red than it was that Brownback directly oppose Sebelius at HHS,” says one person familiar with the situation who would only speak anonymously, “given that Obama is going to be driving the HHS agenda regardless of who’s in charge.”

Star: KU’s Aldrich, Taylor cleared to play after injuries

Friday, March 6th, 2009

The Star:

LAWRENCE | Kansas center Cole Aldrich and guard Tyshawn Taylor, who sustained minor injuries in Wednesday night’s 84-65 loss to Texas Tech, have been cleared to practice and play, KU coach Bill Self said Thursday night.

Aldrich, who has been wearing a protective boot on his left foot, sprained his right ankle. Taylor suffered a bruised left big toe. Self said neither injury should have a lasting effect.

Star: KU is top seed in Big 12 men’s tournament

Friday, March 6th, 2009

The Star:

Kansas is the top seed in next week’s Big 12 men’s tournament despite Wednesday’s loss to Texas Tech. Three other seeds are known entering the final weekend of the regular season.

The Jayhawks, who would win a tie breaker over Missouri because of a better record against North foes and over Oklahoma because of their head-to-head win, will play the winner of the 8-9 game between Nebraska and Baylor.

Colorado is locked into the 12th seed. The Texas Tech at Iowa State winner will be the 10th seed, the loser the 11th.

Peterjohn asks the tough questions in Wichita

Friday, March 6th, 2009


The county will put up almost $200,000 for the program, which was already figured into this year’s budget. The city will contribute the same amount. Supporters say its money will go a long way to ending chronic homelessness in the Wichita area.

County commissioners heard high praises for Housing First. The program will provide apartments to the homeless. By the end of the year, 64 people could be off the streets and in permanent homes.


“We could keep doing what we’ve always done, and let that population grow and affect the downtown and our society or we could try these new models, I think they are going to work,” said Commissioner Tim Norton.

But not everyone agreed. Commissioner Karl Peterjohn voted against funding because the program does not require addiction treatment or offer medical help for mental illness.

“My experience as an economist that if you provide incentives, and you provide negative incentives for misbehavior or improper behavior, you will get more of it,” said Peterjohn.

WIBW on K-State’s NCAA chances

Friday, March 6th, 2009


K-State has certainly exceeded expectations this year.  After losing Mike Beasley and Bill Walker to the NBA, there were big question marks coming into the year.  They lost some close games in the non-con schedule then started 0-4 in big 12 play.  Since then the wildcats are 8-3 and now have 20 wins on the year.  With a win this Saturday vs. Colorado they will have a winning record in big 12 play with huge wins over Missouri and at Texas.  They also played OSU very close on the road.  So my question is do you think KU will get in?  Do you think they deserve to be in?  My answer is different for those questions.  I think KSU will be left out of the tourney but I feel they deserve to be in.  They are playing well right now and could win some games in the tourney.  Unfortunately they struggled early and that will come back to beat them.  In order for KSU to make the big dance, they need to make a good run deep into the Big 12 tourney ( which i think they are certainly capable of).  Good luck Wildcats.  Is anyone going down to OKC to watch the Big 12 tourney?

K-State women knock off No. 15 Texas

Friday, March 6th, 2009


Salina Journal

MANHATTAN — The seniors got their due and Kansas State’s women got their groove back.

Not a bad night at Bramlage Coliseum.

K-State honored its four seniors before the game, but the bigger celebration came after the Wildcats turned in a big second half to dismantle No. 15-ranked Texas, 66-50, Wednesday night in their home finale.

“This, to me, was a game that was about our seniors,” K-State coach Deb Patterson said of Marlies Gipson, Shalee Lehning, Danielle Zanotti and Kelsey Nelson. “I thought they dominated what we brought to the floor.

“They played to their strengths, they brought every ounce of what they possess as players and it gave us just an unbelievable boost and a very good win at this point in the season.”

With the victory, the Wildcats improved to 22-6 overall, 9-6 in the Big 12 and broke a tie for fifth in the league with Texas (20-9, 8-7). It also was their most impressive performance in over a month, and the seniors led the way.

Women’s tennis: K-State Topped by BYU

Friday, March 6th, 2009

WAMEGO, Kan. – In Kansas State’s first outdoor match of the season on Thursday afternoon, No. 61 BYU defeated the Wildcats, 7-0, at the Wamego Recreation Complex.

The Wildcats (3-3) won at number three doubles with the combination of sophomore Antea Huljev and freshman Petra Chuda defeating Jocelyn Jensen and Chie Hayasaka, 8-4. This was just the second time Huljev and Chuda have been paired together this season, winning both. The Cougars (5-5) captured the doubles point with wins at the number one and two positions.

Star: KU routs No. 5 Baylor; K-State tops Texas

Friday, March 6th, 2009

Women’s basketball:

LAWRENCE, Kan. | Baylor, playing without leading scorer and rebounder Danielle Wilson, made just 26 percent of its shots from the field and was upset by Kansas 69-45 Wednesday at Allen Fieldhouse.

Wilson, who may have suffered a torn ACL against Texas on Saturday, did not make the trip to Kansas.

Meanwhile, the other Danielle — that would be McCray of Kansas — fired off 35 points in the Jayhawks’ biggest victory of the season. McCray made seven three-point shots in her career-high game.

‘Cats Host Buffaloes on Senior Day

Friday, March 6th, 2009

Game Information
Kansas State (20-10, 8-7 Big 12) vs.
Colorado (9-20, 1-14 Big 12)

Date: Saturday, March 4, 2009
Tipoff: 12:47 p.m. CT
Location: Manhattan, Kan.
Arena: Bramlage Coliseum (1988)
Capacity: 12,528

Series: K-State leads 94-43
(K-State is 52-10 at home)

Television: Big 12 Network/ESPN Full Court/
Dave Armstrong (play-by-play)
Bryndon Manzer (analyst)
Doc Carothers (producer)
Channels: KMCI (Kansas City), KSNT (Topeka), KMTW (Wichita)

Radio: K-State Sports Network (29-station); Yahoo! Internet Radio; Sirius Satellite 147
Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play)
Stan Weber (analyst)

Tickets: 500 tickets from student allotment went on sale Monday for $20 each at Athletics Ticket Office, by calling 1.800.221.CATS. Big 12 men’s basketball seeding scenarios

Friday, March 6th, 2009

Dallas News:

This is from the Big 12 home office. Here’s what we know are confirmed seeds for the Big 12 men’s basketball tournament:

Kansas is No. 1, Nebraska No. 8, Baylor No. 9 and Colorado No. 12.

The winner of Iowa State and Texas Tech is the No. 10 seed and the loser is the No. 11 seed.

Here are the scenarios:

• If Missouri and Oklahoma win (or both lose): Missouri No. 2, Oklahoma No. 3

• If Missouri wins and Oklahoma loses: Missouri No. 2, Oklahoma No. 3

• If Missouri loses and Oklahoma wins: Oklahoma No. 2, Missouri No.3

• If Texas and Oklahoma State win: Texas No. 4, Oklahoma State No. 5

April Webinar for JCCC staff: Digital Media Trends, Technology and Standards

Friday, March 6th, 2009



It wasn’t too long ago that a classroom PowerPoint presentation was seen as “cutting edge.”  Seems almost quaint, doesn’t it?  Today, digital media are revolutionizing higher education. More students are expecting mixed media in their courses; more faculty are incorporating them; and more institutions are building them into their strategic planning.  Business is booming, in other words … but as you know, as this growth is occurring, media are also continuing to evolve and change. New standards and platforms are continually taking hold, new social media are becoming dominant, and if you’re not working very hard to stay current, you’re undoubtedly falling behind.

Staff Development will sponsor an online audio seminar titled “Digital Media: The Latest Trends, Technology and Standards”, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, from in 264 GEB. (more…)

Recent message from Pat Toomey at Club for Growth

Friday, March 6th, 2009

From fundraising letter from Pat Toomey:

Talk about nerve. Barack Obama has been president for only a month and already the liberals are declaring victory.

In a cover story last week, the left-leaning New Republic declared, “CONSERVATISM IS DEAD.” And Newsweek magazine joined in, boldly declaring on its front cover: “WE ARE ALL SOCIALISTS NOW.”

EXCUSE ME?!?!?!?

Since when does Newsweek speak for all Americans? Maybe the liberal pundits at Newsweek and the New Republic have given up on our country, but here at the Club for Growth, we have not thrown in the towel yet. Somebody better put the liberals on notice: At the Club for Growth, we are vowing to fight this attack on Capitalism with every bone in our body. (more…)

Kathleen Sebelius: ‘Abortion industry’s top governor’

Friday, March 6th, 2009

Jennifer Giroux at Human Events:

Last year, Planned Parenthood boasted in a Wall Street Journal story they would spend an unprecedented $10 million in the 2008 election cycle to make sure they elected strong allies at all levels of government. With the election of President Obama and a long chain of Planned Parenthood affiliated cabinet and staff members, the investment has paid off.

The crown jewel for Planned Parenthood’s portfolio is the appointment of Governor Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas as Secretary of Health and Human Services, deceptively presented in an Associated Press article on February 28 as a lovable Democratic governor “reaching across the aisle” to do whatever she can to “minimize abortion;” the article even credits her with the 9% drop in abortions from 2002-2007.

As she now takes center stage, it is important that pro-lifers pull back the curtain and allow America an unfiltered look at what really went on in Kansas under the watch of Governor Sebelius in the state known as “the abortion capital of the world.”

30% Read Local Print Newspaper Regularly, Just 8% Read It Online That Way

Friday, March 6th, 2009


Just 30% of Americans say they read a print version of their local newspaper every day or nearly every day, but under the age of 40, only half as many (15%) say the same.

Another 20% of all adults say they read the print paper several times a week, but 30% say they rarely or never read it. Twenty percent (20%) also say they read the print paper once a week or less.

The findings in a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey are cold comfort for the newspaper industry which in most major cities is struggling to stay in business. Not only are younger readers avoiding the daily print product, but they are not shifting their allegiance to the newspapers’ websites in large numbers which is what newspaper future business plans have been counting on.

Christopher Berger editorial: Schadenfreude

Friday, March 6th, 2009

Christopher D. Berger


The Obama’s announced solution to the massive deficits he’s amassing will be to tax the rich into oblivion, though the full extent of his taxation scheme is not yet apparent.  In the budget he’s announced he wants to sunset the Bush tax cuts (raising taxes, but not couched in those terms), bringing the top marginal rates up to 39.6% from 36%, raising the capital gains rates to 20% from 15%, and keeping the taxes on estates above $3.5 million at 45%.  The single biggest problem is that it won’t actually balance the budget, there simply aren’t enough people making the kind of money he’s talking about to do it, and it will effectively deter any economic growth his spending may generate, even doing further damage to the economy.

According to numbers published by the IRS, you could confiscate all the income of all kinds made by those with incomes above $250,000 per anum and still not quite cover the federal deficit of $1.5 trillion or so for this year (so far, though that’s likely to go up).  Obama, intelligent man that he is, and surrounded by so lofty a cloud of advisors, surely knows this. (more…)