Archive for December 18th, 2009

Dude, they’re putting pot in more than brownies — AP

Friday, December 18th, 2009

In Denver, a new medical-marijuana shop called Ganja Gourmet serves cannabis-infused specialties such as pizza, hummus and lasagna. Across town in the Mile-High City, a Caribbean restaurant plans to offer classes on how to make multi-course meals with pot in every dish. And in Southern California, a low-budget TV show called “Cannabis Planet” has won fans with a cooking segment showing viewers how to use weed in teriyaki chicken, shrimp capellini and steak sandwiches.


Friday, December 18th, 2009


UK Daily Mail — Your (commuter) carriage awaits! Thrifty Queen catches ordinary passenger train on her journey to Sandringham for Christmas

Friday, December 18th, 2009


WSJ — Congress Travels More, Public Pays; Lawmakers Ramp Up Taxpayer-Financed Journeys; Five Days in Scotland

Friday, December 18th, 2009

EDINBURGH – The expenses racked up by U.S. lawmakers traveling here for a conference last month included one for the “control room.”

Journalist deaths hit record in 2009

Friday, December 18th, 2009

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The number of journalists killed around the world in 2009 rose to a record 68 after a massacre in the Philippines, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said on Thursday.

AP –Two-legged dog gives hope to disabled Army vets

Friday, December 18th, 2009

So Reuben turned Faith over to his mother, English professor Jude Stringfellow. At first the family had to carry Faith to keep her off her chest and chin. But with peanut butter and practice, Faith learned to walk on her two hind legs.

Today Faith is a brisk, upright walker. When she runs, every so often she adds a hop or skip to her step, but she stumbles less often than most humans. She takes vitamins and joint supplements, and vets have declared her very healthy, Stringfellow said.

WSJ — Insurgents Hack U.S. Drones, $26 Software Is Used to Breach Key Weapons in Iraq; Iranian Backing Suspected

Friday, December 18th, 2009

Senior defense and intelligence officials said Iranian-backed insurgents intercepted the video feeds by taking advantage of an unprotected communications link in some of the remotely flown planes’ systems. Shiite fighters in Iraq used software programs such as SkyGrabber — available for as little as $25.95 on the Internet — to regularly capture drone video feeds, according to a person familiar with reports on the matter.

US to expand eyes in the sky over Afghanistan

Friday, December 18th, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. military is adding more drones and expanding its video surveillance in the skies over Afghanistan to meet the needs of American forces as 30,000 more troops head into the war zone, a top Air Force general said Wednesday.

Mexican navy kills top cartel kingpin in shootout

Friday, December 18th, 2009

CUERNAVACA, Mexico (AP) - Two hundred sailors raided an upscale apartment complex and killed a reputed Mexican drug cartel chief in a two-hour gunbattle, one of the biggest victories yet in President Felipe Calderon’s drug war.

Holdout Sen. Nelson rejects abortion compromise

Friday, December 18th, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) - A moderate Democrat whose vote could be crucial said Thursday an attempted Senate compromise on abortion is unsatisfactory, raising doubts about whether the chamber can pass President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul by Christmas.

Blizzard Dumps Snow on Copenhagen as Leaders Battle Warming

Friday, December 18th, 2009

Dec. 17 (Bloomberg) — World leaders flying into Copenhagen today to discuss a solution to global warming will first face freezing weather as a blizzard dumped 10 centimeters (4 inches) of snow on the Danish capital overnight.

3rd District Congress — Patricia Lightner signs Taxpayer Protection Pledge from Americans for Tax Reform

Friday, December 18th, 2009

Link to ATR article here.


CONTACT: John Kartch
Adam Radman

16 DECEMBER 2009

Patricia Lightner (R-Kan.) signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge

Congressional candidate promises to protect taxpayers’ wallets

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Patricia Lightner, a Republican running in Kansas’ 3rd Congressional district, recently signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). The Pledge commits signers to “oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses … and oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.” (more…)

Hodge announces advisory board for Kansans for Government Reform committee

Friday, December 18th, 2009

Benjamin Hodge writes at the “Johnson County” section of Red County:

From earlier this week:

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Announcing PAC Advisory Board:

Sen. Kay O’Connor, Wayne Flaherty, Rep. Judy Morrison, Steve Weatherford, and Joel Yourdon (Wichita)

I am excited to announce the creation of an advisory board for the Kansans for Government Reform PAC (Political Action Committee). The following five individuals have agreed to offer their support and counsel to Kansans for Government Reform: (more…)