Archive for March 29th, 2009

Top videogame forum to highlight sector’s health: Reuters

Sunday, March 29th, 2009


SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The videogame sector is looking for a resurgence this year through casual users and programs for mobile phones, themes that will be underscored this week at one of the industry’s most closely watched events.

Because videogames cost less than $50 but provide hours of entertainment, analysts and industry executives expect them to show strength even in a severe economic slump that has punished the entire consumer technology sector.

Brad Zimmerman, Chestnut Fine Arts Center, letter to Star

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

The Star:

I own and operate the Chestnut Fine Arts Center, a professional theater located on the proposed site for the new Johnson County courthouse.

I opened the Chestnut more than 10 years ago with the understanding that my property was situated in a protected area. In 2003, the city of Olathe announced a 30-year plan called “Envision Olathe,” a revitalization plan and a “tool to guide long-term decision-making to realize a shared future.” I was excited to be a part of the revitalization and thought the Chestnut was an asset and a perfect match to the long-term city plan.

US News: Father of Dead Kansas Student Blames Alcohol

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

US News:

The father of a 19-year-old University of Kansas student says alcohol is to blame for his son’s death, the University Daily Kansan reports. Jason Wren of Littleton, Colo., was found dead Sunday at his fraternity house, Sigma Alpha Epsilon. He had just moved in at the end of February. “One week of fraternity living killed him,” Jay Wren told the Denver Post . “He overdrank. Kids have got to understand alcohol is the worst.”

An autopsy has been completed, but the coroner has not released an official cause of death.

Young Downscale Voters Didn’t Vote

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

Michael Barone:

An update to my blog post yesterday on young voters: I’ve just checked out some Census numbers which I should have consulted before finishing that post. From the Census estimates of population by age in 2007, I find that of the 227,719,424 people 18 and over, 50,550,121 were 18 to 29. In other words, the under 30 population was 22 percent of the total adult population. So the young made up 22 percent of the potential electorate (or maybe one percent or two percent less, since they’re probably less likely to be citizens and more likely to be imprisoned felons than their elders) but were only, according to the exit poll, 10 percent of the actual electorate


O’Reilly: Follow The Bailout Money

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

Bill O’Reilly:

Neil Cavuto: ‘Bitch at AIG, but be consistent. Bitch at public pensions, too. They’re even bigger’

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

Video of Fox News’ Neil Cavuto.

Democratic Senator: ‘We Are Piling Up Debt At A Record Rate’

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

Video from RCP of ND Democrat Kent Conrad:

Scott Rasmussen editorial: Comparing Approval Ratings From Different Polling Firms

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

Scott Rasmussen:

A number of polling firms routinely measure the president’s job approval ratings. Generally, they all show a similar trend even when the specific numbers are different.

There are a number of reasons for this, including:

Likely Voters or Adults? – Some firms poll all adults while others, including Rasmussen Reports, base their results on likely voters. Generally speaking, polls of all adults will show a somewhat higher rating for President Obama than polls of likely voters.

Why is this? Primarily because some demographic groups such as young adults are less likely to vote than others. These same groups also happen to be segments of the population where the current president gets rave reviews. So if a poll of all adults shows the president’s approval rating at 60%, you’d expect a comparable poll of likely voters to show a rating of roughly 57%.

73% Say Cops Should Check Immigration Status During Traffic Stops

Sunday, March 29th, 2009


Seventy-three percent (73%) of U.S. voters believe that a police officer should automatically check to see if someone is in this country legally when the officer pulls that person over for a traffic violation. Only 21% disagree, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.

Sixty-seven percent (67%) of voters also say that if law enforcement officers know of places where immigrants gather to find work, they should sometimes conduct surprise raids to identify and deport illegal immigrants. Twenty-four percent (24%) oppose surprise raids.

But most voters (61%) are at least somewhat concerned that efforts to identify and deport illegal immigrants also will end up violating the civil rights of some U.S. citizens. That figure includes 32% who are very concerned. Thirty-seven percent (37%) are not concerned.

KMBC: Driver, 19, Pulled From Car Before Sinking

Sunday, March 29th, 2009


Strong winds pushed Krista Mansfield’s car to the shoulder of the road on Monday night, and the car slid off the road when she overcorrected. The car landed in the pond in the 5900 block of Northeast Lakewood Way.

Mansfield said she had been driving home from work when it happened.

“The first thing I was going to do was I was going to call someone,” Mansfield told KMBC’s Peggy Breit. “The water started to rise. I was thinking, ‘I don’t want to die like this.’”

Recent news from The Funk

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

Mayor Funkhouser:

Funk’s Front Porch
20 March 2009

Dear Folks,

This Week’s City Business

This is the final week to hash out the details for the upcoming budget. The budget will be adopted in the Legislative Chambers on the 26th floor of City Hall next Thursday, March 26, at 3 p.m. The Mayor’s main priority with the budget this year is to put Kansas City Families First. What that means to you is that your Mayor is against increasing your property taxes and, so far, he has been successful in taking that possibility off of the bargaining table. The Mayor is also against closing community centers and pools. In tough economic times, we have a greater responsibility to provide our youth and elderly with somewhere to go and something to do. The budget amendment before the council now protects these important facilities as well. (more…)

Global warming ‘cap and trade’ to cost $1,145 per family!

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

Ben Cunningham:

New Tax Foundation Study on Cap and Trade Tax

Their study indicates “cap and trade” would amount to a per household tax of $1,145.

Many U.S. lawmakers view cap and trade as a politically superior non-tax approach to climate policy. However, cap and trade imposes identical economic burdens on households to a similarly designed carbon tax. Using the newly-released 2002 input-output accounts we present new estimates of the distributional impact of a typical cap-and-trade system by income, age, U.S. region and family type. In total, households would face an annual burden of roughly $144.8 billion per year with costs disproportionately borne by low-income households, those under age 25 and over 75 years, those in Southern states, and single parents with dependent children. Using RIMS II multipliers we estimate the broader economic impact of cap and trade. Depending on how the system is structured, cap and trade could reduce U.S. employment by 965,000 jobs, household earnings by $37.8 billion, and economic output by $136 billion per year or roughly $1,145 per household. Lawmakers weighing the costs and benefits of climate policy should be aware that cap and trade would impose a significant and regressive annual burden on U.S. households, and would not represent a “tax free” way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

American Solutions: Tax Day Tea Parties

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

From American Solutions:

We’re happy to announce that on April 15th, American Solutions will be sponsoring Tax Day Tea Parties all across the country. We’ve partnered with the Nationwide Tea Party Coalition, and over 150 cities have already been confirmed.

You can find a Tea Party in your area by going to

This is our opportunity to do two things.

First–to communicate our anger and opposition to the irresponsible, big spending policies of Washington politicians who have failed to solve problems.

Second–to clearly define a bold, new agenda and tell our elected officials that they can either work for us, or we will vote them out of office.

To help do this, we’ve created an American Solutions Toolkit for Tea Parties. It includes our 12 American Solutions for Jobs & Prosperity, a few handouts about our solutions relating to spending and taxes, and a checklist so we can begin to find out where our elected officials stand.

To download your Toolkit for Tea Parties go to

Propping up and bailing out failure with our tax dollars is not a solution for our economy. It is irresponsible, and we must not tolerate it any longer.

We hope you’ll join us on April 15th to make this clear to Washington.


Dave Ryan
President & CEO
American Solutions

Woman dies of meningitis after returning from trip with students: The Star

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

Jim Sullinger in The Star:

A 58-year-old Lenexa woman died Monday after returning Sunday from a trip to a Mexican resort where she was accompanying a group of students from Shawnee Mission West High School.

Mary Jo Allen, a developer, contracted bacterial meningitis, an infection of the fluid around the spinal cord that ultimately surround the brain. The Johnson County Health Department said the symptoms range from fever, headache and a stiff neck to more severe symptoms such as confusion or seizures.

Americans spend eight hours a day on screens

Sunday, March 29th, 2009


Adult Americans spend an average of more than eight hours a day in front of screens — televisions, computer monitors, cellphones or other devices, according to a new study.

The study also found that live television in the home continues to attract the greatest amount of viewing time with the average American spending slightly more than five hours a day in front of the tube.

The figure drops to 210 minutes a day of average TV viewing time among 18-24 year olds but rises to 420 minutes a day among those aged 65 and older.

The “Video Consumer Mapping” study was conducted by Ball State University’s Center for Media Design (CMD) and Sequent Partners for the Nielsen-funded Council for Research Excellence (CRE).

TOTUS: Teleprompter of the United States

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

A new term for many.

From the Meadowlark, video of the KU Dole Institute’s Bill Lacy discussing TOTUS:

George Will: The Toxic Assets We Elected

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

George Will column:

With the braying of 328 yahoos — members of the House of Representatives who voted for retroactive and punitive use of the tax code to confiscate the legal earnings of a small, unpopular group — still reverberating, the Obama administration yesterday invited private-sector investors to become business partners with the capricious and increasingly anti-constitutional government. This latest plan to unfreeze the financial system came almost half a year after Congress shoveled $700 billion into the Troubled Assets Relief Program, $325 billion of which has been spent without purchasing any toxic assets.

TARP funds have, however, semi-purchased, among many other things, two automobile companies (and, last week, some of their parts suppliers), which must amaze Sweden. That unlikely tutor of America regarding capitalist common sense has said, through a Cabinet minister, that the ailing Saab automobile company is on its own: “The Swedish state is not prepared to own car factories.”

Hero worship

Sunday, March 29th, 2009 last month:

We know Obama followers are part of a cult. We have more proof of that today.

Go to the White House website.

Click on the picture that comes up in the top third. Doesn’t matter which picture it is. Open it in a new window.

Note the directory: “Hero”

That’s right. Instead of an images directory, the Obama White House puts pictures of Obama in the “Hero” directory.

As a friend of mine pointed out:

Our hero announces Sen. Judd Gregg as Commerce Secretary nominee:×351/gregg_announcement.jpg

Here’s our hero watching the Super Bowl (nice screen logo plug for NBC, by the way):×351/superbowl2.jpg

Evidently the first photo wasn’t big enough for a hero:×351/superbowl.jpg

Artur Bagyants with a re-design

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

Kansas blogger Artur Bagyants has a re-design to his Web site.  Looks good.

Netflix integrating movie ratings with Facebook: Reuters

Sunday, March 29th, 2009


LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Netflix Inc is the latest media company to integrate with social networking website Facebook, whose huge community of young, tech-savvy users could help drive growth of the online DVD rental service’s subscriber base.

Starting on Tuesday, Netflix users can use Facebook Connect — software that links individual Facebook pages to third-party Web sites — to share their ratings of Netflix rentals with their Facebook friends, the companies said in a statement.