Archive for March 21st, 2009

Message sent to JCCC employees, regarding new mission and vision

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

JCCC:

YOUR FEEDBACK NEEDED ON PROPOSED NEW JCCC STATEMENTS AND INITIATIVES

Below is a site that provides you with access to JCCC’s proposed new Mission, Vision and Values Statements and Strategic Goals and Initiatives.  This link also allows you an opportunity to provide feedback on these proposals.

Please look this material over carefully and record your input by 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 24.  We will take your suggestions to the March 28 Board Retreat where the documents will be finalized.  Thank you for being a vital part of JCCC’s future!

To provide feedback, follow these steps:

Access the college home page (http://www.jccc.edu);
Click on the MyJCCC link, and login to MyJCCC;
Click on the JCCC Applications tab;
Drop down the list of available Human Resources applications in the JCCC Applications Menu;
Click on the MVVSIP link.

KSN: Council gives first-round approval to pit bull ordinance

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

KSN:

WICHITA, Kansas – Pit bulls are the target of a proposed city ordinance. The city council gave first-round approval Tuesday to a new law that would limit the number of pit bulls a person could own.

Thanksgiving morning 2007, a one-year-old boy was mauled by a pit bull. The attack was so bad; surgeons had to re-attach the toddler’s scalp.

KCPDC 2009 Professional Development Conference

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

JCCC:

KANSAS CITY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE TO BE MARCH 25

The Kansas City Professional Development Conference (KCPDC) will present its 2009 Professional Development Conference, “Work/Life Enrichment,” on Wednesday, March 25.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the entrance to Pierson Auditorium in the University Center, 5000 Holmes Street, Kansas City, MO, on the University of Missouri-Kansas City campus.

The keynote presentation is “How to Go Green—and Why.” Everybody knows they’re supposed to ‘go green’, but from there it gets a little vague—and a lot confusing. Are there really, as Time magazine and Newsweek suggest, 79 things we’re supposed to do to save the planet? Are all 79 equally important? Kristin Riott, outreach director for Bridging The Gap, will give you a concise perspective on the world’s top environmental issues, their causes, and the easy, highest-impact solutions you can incorporate into your life at home and at work. Learn, too, how “going green” can help our economy—the nation’s, and your own.

The conference sessions featured two tracks:  Work and Life.  Participants may choose to stay on one track, or alternate from one to another.

Work Track sessions are Give ‘em a Pickle, Getting to an Empty Inbox Every Day and Learning to Affirm and Accept People.

Life Track sessions are Biofeedback and Breath Work for Stress Management, Achieving a Life of Balance (Part 1) and Achieving a Life of Balance (Part 2—must have attended Part 1)

There is no cost for JCCC full and part-time employees since JCCC is a member of KDPDC.   Registrations may be done online by March 18, through MyJCCC using CRN 30539.  Individuals with dietary requirements or needing accommodation should contact Cathy Misenhelter at cmisenhe@jccc.edu or Ext 3958.

SC Gov: Use stimulus to help ease state’s debt

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

SC Gov Mark Sanford:

I don’t believe it’s wise to spend money one doesn’t have.

This is true in our personal lives, it’s true in business and it’s true in government.

While that is my opinion, and one shared by many across this state, it was not the prevailing view on the federal stimulus bill. So as governor I’m now faced with the practical considerations of how to implement a bill I didn’t support.

With the question of whether spending money you don’t have is a good idea behind us, the question now is how the money gets used — and whether it’s a good idea to spend all of it at this time. I don’t believe it’s wise to do so, and for this reason have asked the Obama administration for a waiver to direct 25 percent of it to paying down our state’s debt. Here are the reasons I think this approach makes sense:

Too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. Over the next 24 months our state government is projected to get a $2.8 billion windfall. That’s roughly half of what our state spends every year. If you got a sudden windfall worth half your yearly paycheck, could you really spend it on things that would produce lasting dividends to your family? Or would some of it be misspent if you had to spend that much money that fast? Wouldn’t prudent families take some of the money to pay down the mortgage and credit cards — or even just set it aside for a rainy day?

Most people I know would, and for this reason we have proposed taking the 25 percent that I have discretion over and allocating it to paying down our state’s debt. My administration really can’t impact the other 75 percent that comes through program funding. This $2.1 billion windfall would go to everything from transportation to Medicaid to education — which doesn’t even included tax cuts that equate to several billion dollars more of financial impact to our state. If people really viewed this as their own money rather than so-called “free money out of Washington,” I think they’d be proposing just what we have in this waiver.

69% Would Rather Cut Mail Delivery Than Pay More for Stamps

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

Poll:

The U.S. Postal Service is facing a budget squeeze as customers flock to the Internet and has proposed cutting mail delivery back from six-days-a-week to five. Sixty-nine percent (69%) of Americans say five-day-a-week service is preferable to them than another increase in postal rates.

Twenty-six percent (26%) say they’d rather pay more for stamps. Five percent (5%) are undecided in a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.

Forty percent (40%) of Americans said they use the Postal Service less now than they did five years ago, while 16% say they use it more now. The plurality (43%) say they use it about the same amount as they did five years ago.

With the emergence of online bill paying, 40% of Americans also say this is now the way they pay. However, a majority (56%) are still more likely to pay bills through so-called “snail mail.” Americans ages 30 to 49, though, are trending away from using the Postal Service.

In testimony to Congress last week, Postmaster General John E. Potter said his agency delivered nine million fewer pieces of mail in 2008 compared to the previous year. He asked Congress for permission to go to five-day-a-week mail delivery to reduce transportation and distribution costs after the agency suffered a net loss of $2.8 billion last year. Potter said that the ‘lightest’ delivery day would be cut, most likely Tuesdays or Saturdays.

Conservative v. libertarian on Sunday alcohol sales

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

Peach Pundit last month:  “Oxendine announces his opposition to free markets and local control”

While pandering to the religious nuts in the GOP Primary

Oxendine Says Put Family Values First; Opposes Attempt to Legalize Sunday Sales

ATLANTA – Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine, a 2010 candidate for the GOP nomination for Governor, today announced he will oppose any legislative attempts to legalize Sunday sales of alcohol in the 2009-10 term of the General Assembly.

“Republicans are supposed to be the party of family values. Where is the value in selling alcohol on the Lord’s Day?” Oxendine asked.

Georgia lawmakers are considering legislation to allow Sunday package sales and in grocery stores on Sundays. Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle has said he would allow a vote on the issues in the state Senate.

Oxendine said he will join Gov. Sonny Perdue, the Georgia Christian Alliance, the Christian Coalition of Georgia, the Georgia Baptist Convention, and the Georgia Council on Moral and Civic Concerns opposing Sunday sales.

AP: EPA proposes reporting greenhouse gas emissions

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

The AP:

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government wants to require companies for the first time to disclose how much greenhouse gases they’re releasing into the atmosphere.

The Environmental Protection Agency today proposed mandatory reporting of the gases blamed for global warming from approximately 13,000 facilities nationwide. The regulation would cover companies that either release large amounts of greenhouse gases directly or produce or import fuels and chemicals that when burned emit heat-trapping gases.

Refineries, automobile manufacturers, power plants, coal mines and large manure ponds at farms would all have to report to the government emissions of at least six different gases.

Claeys on victory in Republican straw poll

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

A recent press release from:

Claeys Wins Republican Straw Poll

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: media@jrclaeys.com

Online: http://www.jrclaeys.com/content/display/00139000.php

Topeka, Kans. — J.R. Claeys defeated his Republican primary challenger for Kansas Secretary of State in the first Republican Straw Poll of the 2010 election. Claeys earned 61.7% of the vote compared to just 38.3% for Kris Kobach.

“I appreciate all the Kansas GOP activists who participated in the poll,” said Claeys. “We’ll continue doing what we’ve been doing. Traveling the state, taking our message to the voters.”

Stay Red Kansas conducted the poll of Republican activists over a three day period online. The official straw poll results were posted today on the Stay Red Kansas Blog.

“To those who voted for me, I will work hard to make you proud of your choice,” said Claeys. “And to those who didn’t, I will spend the next 18 months earning your trust.”

Claeys is a Salina native and former president of a national business association. Kobach is a professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.�

Claeys arrives in El Salvador tomorrow to serve as an international elections observer for the presidential elections there on Sunday. Claeys is a certified international elections observer, running for the office that oversees Kansas elections.

Complete Straw Poll Results:

Secretary of State�
�- J.R. Claeys – 1360 – 61.7%
�- Kris Kobach – 844 – 38.3%

U.S. Senate
�- Congressman Jerry Moran – 1838� – 64.3%
�- Congressman Todd Tiahrt – 1017 – 35.7%

Kansas Governor
�- Senator Sam Brownback – 1439 – 62.3%
�- S.O.S. Ron Thornburgh � � � – 871 – 37.7%

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P.O. Box 1776
Topeka, KS 66601-1776

Topeka: 785-783-0530
Wichita: 316-665-4600

www.JRClaeys.com

Paid for by J.R. for Kansas, Inc.
Mary Kay Hendrickson, Treasurer

Economist: Wal-Mart Is A Better Place to Work Than Both Target and The Small Mom-and-Pop Stores

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

Mark Perry:

Charles Platt (picture above) is a journalist, computer programmer and author of over 40 fiction and nonfiction books and was a senior writer at Wired magazine.

Charles moved recently from being a senior writer at Wired magazine to an entry-level position at Wal-Mart, “a company reviled by almost all living journalists,” after he read the book “Nickel and Dimed,” in which Atlantic contributor Barbara Ehrenreich denounces the exploitation of minimum-wage workers in America. According to Charles, “Somehow her book didn’t ring true to me, and I wondered to what extent a preconceived agenda might have biased her reporting. Hence my application for a job at the nearest Wal-Mart.” (more…)

Jay Cost: The Limits of Bipartisanship

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

Jay Cost:

There is something to be said for changing the tone of political discussion. There is often a great deal of nasty or ill-tempered rhetoric that can be toned down. But beyond that, talk of bipartisanship sounds to me like the hazy dreams of casual observers who don’t understand how American politics has practically functioned for 200+ years.

For starters, when we think about bipartisanship, we need to remember that virtually all of the Framers were opposed to partisanship when they were drafting the blueprint for the government. But when they actually got down to governing, they became the first partisans! If we want to talk partisan nastiness, we can always look back to the election of 1800, which actually pitted the authors of the Declaration of Independence against one another. If Thomas Jefferson and John Adams couldn’t manage a civil discussion of the issues that divide us, what hope do the rest of us have?

Within fifty years of our decidedly anti-partisan founding, we had two robust political parties akin to what we have today. That’s a tip off that partisanship is perhaps an inevitable feature of our politics – and political scientists have done good work explaining why politicians find parties and partisanship to be of so much use. I don’t want to get into all the details of why parties are helpful for politicians – I’ll just make three points that are relevant to the stimulus bill.

Blago a star on MSM

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

Here was the former Illinois governor on Larry King:

Here was Blagojevich on Letterman:

BMI — CBS Anti-Tax Haven Segment Omits Reason for Their Purpose: High U.S. Taxes

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

Bus and Media Institute:

Attkisson singled out the Cayman Islands, “where there’s no income tax, no corporate tax, no capital-gains tax.” However, she neglected to point out how high those taxes are in the United States. The United States has the second highest corporate tax rate in the world and a capital-gains tax rate that President Barack Obama had threatened to hike during his presidential campaign.

However, Attkisson couldn’t avoid reporting that business is still awfully good in these “tax havens.”

“Whatever the case, the next time you’re reminded the U.S. economy is in shambles, remember there are places where business is still booming, where some bailed out companies are getting your tax dollars and maybe helping others pay less,” Attkisson said.

While Attkisson’s report was undoubtedly designed to outrage, viewers could take away another, more productive lesson: that the place with struggling economy – the United States, could learn from the Cayman Islands with their low taxes and “booming” business. Bottom line: Low taxes attract investment.

Video:

19 Georgia legislators late on taxes

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

Atlanta Journal Constitution:

The report on the alleged tax dodgers, with names and Social Security numbers redacted, has been forwarded to Republican and Democratic leaders of the state House of Representatives and Senate.

“Leaders of both parties have made it clear this will not be tolerated,” state Rep. Joe Wilkinson (R-Sandy Springs), chairman of the House Ethics Committee, said in an interview late Thursday night.

Wilkinson said House and Senate leaders are now discussing what should happen to the 16 House members and 3 senators in wake of the disclosure.

Wilkinson said he requested the report from the Department of Revenue after another House member was found delinquent on his tax returns.

There apparently is no provision in state law to keep the Legislature from seating members who are behind on their taxes, Wilkinson said. But he said both chambers do have the right to expel members who fail to hand over taxes to the government.

HT Ben Cunningham.