Archive for December 12th, 2009

Zack Rawsthorne’s Diversity Lane Op-Ed Cartoon Series, A Liberal Family Saga: “Attaining Oneness”

Saturday, December 12th, 2009

Read more at Diversity Lane.  Re-published with permission.

Daniel Gilyeat: Today, the Republic Stands in Danger

Saturday, December 12th, 2009

One of the things that has bothered me since I decided to run for Congress this year is the fact that American people are being lied to by their so called leaders. Almost everything that Obama and the Democrats have said since the inauguration has been reversed, sometimes in the same sentence. While commenting on the 200 billion dollar TARP payback by financial institutions Obama said: (more…)

Notes From Funk’s Front Porch

Saturday, December 12th, 2009

Funk’s Front Porch
11 December 2009

Dear Folks,

This Week’s City Business

On Wednesday, the Mayor went to the airport to welcome area military families who were participating in the Snowball Express Program.

The Snowball Express is a volunteer, not-for-profit organization that arranges all-expense-paid trips to provide hope and new memories for the children and spouses of military men and women who have given their lives in defense of our nation. The trip, sponsored by American Airlines, is taking 1,300 spouses and children of fallen military personnel to Dallas, Texas, for a week of entertainment from December 9-13. (more…)

New video message from Patricia Lightner

Saturday, December 12th, 2009

Watch My New Video Message

As the weather gets cold, the campaign is heating up!

Today, I launched my new YouTube video message, which you can view by visiting my website at

While you’re visiting my website, I encourage you to learn more about my beliefs by reviewing my Principles, my “Bolts of Lightner” columns, and my responses to questions submitted to “Ask Patricia”. (more…)

SmartMoney — Should gold bulls be worried?

Saturday, December 12th, 2009


NY Times — Many See the VAT Option as a Cure for Deficits

Saturday, December 12th, 2009

Introducing such a tax would probably require an overhaul of the entire federal tax code, no small order, and something the government last did in 1986. At the time the goal was to simplify the tax system, to raise money more efficiently and with fewer headaches for taxpayers.

Since then, federal spending has ballooned, while the government’s ability to raise taxes has become increasingly inefficient. Consider the page length of the tax code and tax regulations, which has expanded by more than 70 percent, according to Thomson Reuters Tax and Accounting. (There are more words crammed onto each page, too.)

John Boehner in Wash Post — A better plan for jobs

Saturday, December 12th, 2009


Finalists Named For K-State Vice President For Communications And Marketing

Saturday, December 12th, 2009

Source: Virginia Moxley, 785-532-5500, moxley@k-state.eduPronouncer: DeDiemar is dee-deh-marrWeb: release prepared by: Cheryl May, 785-532-6415,

MANHATTAN — Three finalists will be interviewed for the position of Kansas State University’s new vice president for communications and marketing. This is a new position at K-State and the vice president will oversee the creation of an integrated communications and marketing strategy and provide leadership for the following units: media relations, university publications, Educational Communications Center, printing services and two proposed units – a Web design team and a marketing research team. (more…)

WSJ — American Dream 2: Default, Then Rent

Saturday, December 12th, 2009

Thanks to a rare confluence of factors — mortgages that far exceed home values and bargain-basement rents — a growing number of families are concluding that the new American dream home is a rental.

Some are leaving behind their homes and mortgages right away, while others are simply halting payments until the bank kicks them out. That’s freeing up cash to use in other ways.

The New Job-Creation Nonsense — Investor’s Business Daily

Saturday, December 12th, 2009

Last week, we watched as 130 Big Labor bosses, community organizers, left-wing think tanks and a few token CEOs supposedly put their heads together to come up with a way to create jobs in the worst U.S. recession since 1929.

It was window dressing. Instead of looking to proven solutions to create jobs, like tax cuts and free trade, Big Labor’s agenda ruled.

Newsweek — The increase in government jobs—courtesy of stimulus planning and spending—is turning Washington, D.C., into a boomtown

Saturday, December 12th, 2009

Scan the national horizon and it’s hard to find many cities with a robust job market. In Los Angeles, unemployment sits just under 13 percent; in Detroit, it’s at 17 percent; and in Houston, it’s at 10.3 percent. There is, however, one exception: Washington, D.C. A boom in government jobs, courtesy of stimulus spending and the city’s ability to hunker down during tough times, has kept the unemployment rate for the area (which includes D.C., Northern Virginia, and parts of Maryland) down around 6 percent, among the lowest in the country.

Recent fundraising letter from Kansas Family Policy Council

Saturday, December 12th, 2009

KFPC exists to serve and strengthen Kansas families. Did you know that Tim Gill, a pro-homosexual millionaire is funneling money into Kansas to influence elections? Did you know there are 3 Acorn offices in Kansas? In Ohio, a public employee was forced to remove all Christian symbols from his workplace and in Tennessee, an elementary school barred a child from reading his pocket New Testament at recess. Kansas is not safe from these issues, but Excitment is sweeping across Kansas and we want you to join God in what He is doing. Religious Liberty is just one area that Kansas Family Policy Council stands for in Kansas. (more…)

Dan Perrin at RedState: “The New York Times is actually reporting the Dems still do not have 60 votes” on ObamaCare

Saturday, December 12th, 2009

Well, now this is something. The New York Times is actually reporting the Dems still do not have 60 votes, even after Senator Reid’s much trumpeted vapor deal by the MSM (mainstream media):

“Democrats do not dispute that they still have not nailed down the 60 votes that will be needed to approve the health care measure.”

K-State Chapter Of Phi Kappa Phi Inducts More Than 100 New Members For Fall 2009

Saturday, December 12th, 2009

1) Source: Nancy Calhoun, 785-539-4448, News release prepared by: Katie Mayes, 785-532-6415,


MANHATTAN — The nation’s oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society recently inducted more than 100 new members from Kansas State University.

Phi Kappa Phi’s new members are second semester juniors in the upper 7.5 percent of their class, seniors in the upper 10 percent of their class or outstanding graduate students, also in the top 10 percent of their class. (more…)

Recent Email from Chris Chocola: Great Article on the Club for Growth

Saturday, December 12th, 2009

The Washington Times‘ Don Lambro did an extensive profile piece on the Club for Growth a few days ago. It’s great exposure for the Club, especially because it follows on the heels of our Fox News Sunday video and the Politico article from last week. I’ve re-printed the Washington Times piece below, or you can go here to read it on the Times’ website.

Human Events, the long-respected conservative newspaper, published my op-ed on Wednesday about President Obama’s plan to make the economy what I describe as “an arm of the state.”

Have you seen the Club’s new website yet? We have totally revamped it so that Club members can interact with each other online.

Be sure to check it out. You can log in right now by clicking here. Once you have, you can update your profile page so that people know who you are and where you’re from. After that, find other Club members and add them as your friends much like people do on Facebook.

Finally, please be sure to make plans to attend the Club’s 2010 Annual Winter Economic Conference. It’s scheduled for March 4-6 in Palm Beach, Florida. For more information, please contact Stacy French at or at (202) 955-5500.

Have a great weekend.

Best Regards,


Bill Sutton on the Manhattan Declaration

Saturday, December 12th, 2009

Proud Catholic Voters,

I bring you salutations and praise, dear reader! At the time of this writing, there have been over 282,000 wise souls sign up to become Proud Catholic Voters!

Okay, they’re not all in my distribution list yet, but their intent is the same, and it’s something about which to be really excited. I’m referring to the Manhattan Declaration, a document unprecedented in American church history. Reminiscent in some ways of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail, it’s a unified call by believers from all Christian traditions (Orthodox, Catholic and Evangelical) to confront our toxic culture with biblical absolutes. (more…)

Bruce Bartlett — Additional stimulus spending could do more harm than good.

Saturday, December 12th, 2009

An important debate is going on among liberal economists about whether the economy needs another substantial dose of fiscal stimulus lest the unemployment rate linger at unacceptably high levels for the foreseeable future. Although I supported the original $787 billion stimulus package in February as an emergency response to a crisis situation and am even sympathetic to the idea that it should have been larger, I believe that going forward additional stimulus carries more potential risks than rewards.

Weekly News from Ronnie Metsker, Johnson County Republican Party

Saturday, December 12th, 2009

Fellow Republicans,

We have three big events this week. (1) Saturday, Dec. 12, will be our largest Grassroots Boots activist training session yet with over 30 attendees. (2) Tuesday, Dec. 15, is the year’s last Elephant Club Luncheon. (3) Thursday, Dec. 17, is the Convention to elect Senator Wysong’s replacement. Our all-volunteer staff is up for the challenge.

SC first lady files for divorce from cheating gov

Saturday, December 12th, 2009


CNET: Is it game over for Microsoft on consumer front?

Saturday, December 12th, 2009

So it’s not that Microsoft totally doesn’t get the consumer. Rather, I would argue, the consumer it understands best is the nerd, as opposed to the mainstream user. That’s why, from my way of thinking, its products tend to start as niche products for gearheads and work their way toward the average consumer.