Archive for December 5th, 2009

The Tech Folks at ‘Fort Hard Knox’ Explain Google Wave – ‘Facebook’ for Business and Education

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

Video and more at Fort Hard Knox:

Wave is like GMail, Apps, and Reader on steroids. It has a lot of potential for collaboration of all sorts, especially in business and education. It has “social” aspects, in that it only works if your friends are also using it, but is not really a “social network,” (at least not yet). Previously, wikis were the best online collaboration tool, but had their limits in terms of multi-media, user-friendliness, and lack-of real-time capability. If you can figure out how to use G-Mail, you’ll be able to use Google Wave. It’s great for sharing photos, files, and multi-media. It also has threaded conversations, similar to those used in Blackboard.

Leavenworth County GOP, with speaker Kevin Yoder — How are they spending your tax money?

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

Representative Kevin Yoder will be at the Lansing Community Center on Monday night at 7pm.

Come spend an evening among friends and fellow citizens who share your concerns and frustrations about the Kansas financial mess.

As the Chairman of the Appropriations Committee in the Kansas Legislature, Kevin has a powerful influence on how your tax money is spent. Find out if the state legislators plans on asking you for more money.

The Kansas budget is currently in the red, but must be balanced by the end of the legislative session. How do our legislators plan on fixing this problem? Would you like your opinion to be heard. (Remember – Your silence is your consent).

With the economy in a down turn and with money tight all aound, do you really have enough to send more to Topeka?

It is time to get informed and to get involved in the political process. Make your views known to those who represent us in Topeka.

Come join with us and meet other concerned voters like yourself. Bring your friends and neighbors with you! They have a vested interest as well.

Register Now!

Get involved. Make a difference.
See you on Monday!


John Bradford
Leavenworth County Republican Party

New Pat Toomey campaign video: Job growth needed

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

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Today, President Obama is making his way through Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley to discuss the economic crises plaguing our country and our state. I’m delighted by the President’s visit and I appreciate the attention he is paying to Pennsylvania. Job creation is an awfully important issue here in Allentown and in the country.

At a press conference in the Lehigh Valley yesterday, I discussed the economic hurdles we face today in Pennsylvania and offered a few commonsense solutions. Putting a stop to corporate bailouts, getting government spending under control, placing no new burdens on job creators and lowering taxes will go a long way toward jumpstarting our recovery.

Please take a moment to watch the video of our press conference at the right side of this email and listen in on what steps I think we can take to get our economy back on track.

KFL — Urgent – Make weekend call to senators to support of Hatch-Nelson Amendment

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

U.S. Senate may vote any day now
on Hatch-Nelson Amendment
to prevent government-funded abortion


Sen. Sam Brownback: Phone: (202) 224-6521

Sen. Pat Roberts: Phone: (202) 224-4774

WASHINGTON (December 4, 2009)

This is an urgent congressional alert from the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC).

The U.S. Senate is working across the weekend, voting on amendments to the massive health care bill (H.R. 3590) proposed by Democratic Leader Harry Reid (Nv.). NRLC strongly opposes the bill because of multiple provisions that would promote abortion and the rationing of lifesaving medical care.

Pro-life Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ben Nelson (D-Ne.) plan to soon file an amendment to the bill, which will be supported by the NRLC and other major pro-life groups. The Hatch-Nelson Amendment would make the same critical policy changes to the Reid bill that were accomplished in the House of Representatives by adoption of the NRLC-backed Stupak-Pitts Amendment to the House version of the health care legislation (H.R. 3962) on November 7.

Thus, the effect of the Hatch-Nelson Amendment would be to prevent the proposed new government health insurance program — the “public option” — from paying for abortions, and also to prevent federal funds from being used to subsidize the purchase of private health plans that pay for elective abortion.

Time is short! Please telephone the offices of your two U.S. senators. Urge them to support the Hatch-Nelson Amendment to the health care bill (H.R. 3590). The Washington offices of all U.S. senators can be reached through the Capitol Switchboard, 202-224-3121. In most cases, you can also obtain fax numbers, and phone numbers for senators’ in-state offices, through the NRLC Legislative Action Center at this internet address:

After the Senate has voted on the Hatch-Nelson Amendment, there will be other critical votes on the health care legislation! The legislative situation may change rapidly. Any time you want to check the current status of the legislation, visit this page on the Legislative Action Center:

For further information on the abortion-related issues the health care legislation, go to:

For further information on the rationing-related issues on the health care legislation, go to:

Holiday Specials — The Roasterie

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

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Monday night — NW JoCo PAC meeting features Derek Schmidt, candidate for Kansas Attorney General

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

The Northwest Johnson County Republicans invite you to come hear Senate Majority Leader Derek Schmidt come talk about his candidacy for Kansas Attorney General. You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and give Senator Schmidt your Feedback.

Monday, December 7
Barley’s Brewhaus at 435 and Midland

Dinner/Social Hour — 6:30 p.m. (on you)
Meeting Begins — 7:15 p.m.

This is the first installment of the Northwest Johnson County Republicans candidate series. You are encouraged to come early and order food, as we are getting the room for free.       Please RSVP if you plan on attending by replying to this email, sending an email to or, if you are on Facebook, by confirming via this link: While an RSVP is not required to attend, we would appreciate it so Barley’s knows what kind of crowd to expect.

Northwest Johnson County Republicans

Paid for by Northwest Johnson County Republicans PAC; Sheila Wodtke, Treasurer

KU owes explanation on Mangino’s exit — JASON WHITLOCK

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

Someone – boosters, taxpayers – paid for the internal investigation into the alleged abusive behavior that cost Mangino his job as Kansas’ football coach. KU fans emotionally and financially invested in Mangino’s eight-year tenure.

They were owed an explanation.

Instead we got a nighttime press release from athletic director Lew Perkins praising Mangino for his years of service and explaining that the university can’t talk about the reasons Mangino was let go.

Investor’s Business Daily editorial — Rehire Bernanke

Saturday, December 5th, 2009


Hillary Clinton op-ed in UK Telegraph: All nations must play a part in Afghanistan mission

Saturday, December 5th, 2009


John McCain — End the War by Winning It

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

I think President Obama made the right decision to embrace a counterinsurgency strategy for Afghanistan and to resource it properly. I would have much preferred that Gen. Stanley McChrystal receive the entire force he had requested. But I have spoken with our military and civilian leaders, and I think the 30,000 additional U.S. troops that the president has called for — plus greater force commitments from our allies — will enable us to reverse the momentum of the insurgency and create the conditions for success in Afghanistan. I support the president’s decision, and I think it deserves the support of all Americans, both Republicans and Democrats.

San Diego Union-Tribune editorial: Climate-change research fraud is an outrage

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

This editorial page has accepted the predominant view of the scientific community that global warming is occurring partly because of mankind’s industrial activity, specifically the release of carbon dioxide and other “greenhouse gases” into the atmosphere. This view was strongly buttressed by a March 2007 editorial board interview with climate change experts Tony Haymet and Richard C.J. Somervill of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, who laid out a comprehensive view of the scientific case for global warming and the risks it posed to civilization.

But after the events of recent weeks, we have deep doubts about at least one assertion of Haymet’s: that climate researchers operate in “a very open community.” Instead, the recent leak of thousands of e-mails to and from scientists at the University of East Anglia in England, the world’s most influential climate research center, showed something else entirely.

WSJ editorial — The Welfare State and Military Power, Europe-style entitlements mean Europe-sized defenses

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

For our money, one of the better parts of President Obama’s speech at West Point this week was his connection between a healthy economy and U.S. national security. To quote: “Our prosperity provides a foundation for our power. It pays for our military. It underwrites our diplomacy.” We only wish Mr. Obama understood the link between the larger welfare state he is trying to build at home and the economic weakness that will undermine our military power.

Tina Brown at the Daily Beast: “I have come to the conclusion that the real reason this gifted communicator has become so bad at communicating is that he doesn’t really believe a word that he is saying.”

Saturday, December 5th, 2009


The End of Audacity — NINA EASTON

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

“Audacity” was a catchy campaign theme, but it’s less attractive as a governing principle. The all-important swing voters who decide elections are nervous about dramatic expansions of the Federal Government–even and especially in this time of economic distress. As it turns out, this financial crisis was not the call to bold action that White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel said shouldn’t “go to waste.” Quite the opposite: if he doesn’t want his presidency to be held hostage by a string of nail-biter votes in Congress, Obama needs to recognize that he overestimated the public’s appetite for taxpayer-funded solutions.

Gambling With American Medicine — Hugh Hewitt

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

This week I asked four proponents of Obamacare to spend some time on air with me. Transcripts of these interviews with The New Republic’s Jonathan Cohn, Brookings’ economist Dr. Henry Aaron, Princeton economist Dr. Uwe Reinhardt and MIT economist Dr. John Gruber are all available here .

Weather Channel founder John Coleman: the MSM won’t admit fault — they will preach global warming until they can claim, “We were misled.”

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

This simple three-word phrase is almost impossible to say because it changes everything. It is easiest for a child to say it – after all, a child isn’t expected to be right about things. But the higher you climb through life, the more difficult it becomes to admit being wrong. It would be devastating for a president of the United States to say it: “I was wrong.” And it may be about as difficult for an established, respected scientist who does research at an institution funded by millions of tax dollars.

That is why I don’t expect any of the scientists caught by the Climategate leak to admit “I was wrong” anytime soon.

Senate Races 2012-2014 — By Larry J. Sabato

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

As the most recent Crystal Ball ratings showed, Democrats are benefiting from the equal split of Senate seats up in 2010. Even though Democrats have a large majority of senators, it just so happens that both Democrats and Republicans are defending 19 seats each in the upcoming midterm election, which makes it exceedingly difficult for the GOP to gain enough seats to capture the Senate. However, the balance shifts dramatically in 2012 and 2014, when Democrats have 24 and 20 seats on the ballot to the GOP’s 9 and 13 seats.

Rasmussen: 62% Oppose Single-Payer Health Care System

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

Only 27% of voters nationwide favor a single-payer health care system where the federal government provides coverage for everyone. That’s down five points from August. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 62% are opposed to a single-payer system and another 12% are undecided. Most Democrats (54%) favor this type of system, though 37% are opposed. Most Republicans (87%) and voters not affiliated with either party (64%) are opposed to the idea.

South Carolina voters oppose impeachment of Gov. Sanford by 49-36%

Saturday, December 5th, 2009


Rasmussen — 37% Support President’s Plan for Afghanistan, 38% Oppose

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

The good news for President Obama is that 53% of voters nationwide support his plan to send another 30,000 troops to Afghanistan. Nearly as many (47%) support his plan to begin withdrawing troops from that war-torn country in 18 months. But the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 20% of voters agree with both parts of the plan.