Archive for February, 2010

Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook on State Sovereignty: House Judiciary Committee hearing this week

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

SCR 1615, the state sovereignty resolution, will have a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee this Thursday, Feb. 25 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., room 143-N.

House Judiciary Committee members

Hearings are held so citizens and lobbyists have the opportunity to testify. At a later time, the committee votes on the bill and it is sent to the full Senate with a report on committee action.  Usually the bill is not voted on in committee the same day the bill is heard. The public can attend any of the meetings.

The House Judiciary Chairman is Rep. Lance Kinzer. To testify at a hearing, you should contact the committee secretary.  In this case, the House Judiciary Committee phone number is (785) 296-5805.

You will need to find out:

  • the time limitations
  • the number of copies of testimony to provide
  • other guidelines

If you know of others testifying on this bill, try to coordinate testimony prior to the hearing to avoid duplication.

Seating will be limited, but due to the sound system, you might be able to hear the testimony in the outside hallway.

You will be asked to register at the door. If there is not time for all interested parties to be heard, you may submit written testimony.

If you decide to testify:

  • Begin your testimony by addressing the chair and committee members. Introduce yourself, declare who you represent, and state if you are a proponent or opponent of the measure.
  • Be courteous in your language and address.
  • Be brief–do not repeat what others have said.
  • Try not to be nervous–most hearings are informal. There may be questions from the committee members.
  • There is to be no clapping, booing, cheering or disruption of any hearing.
  • There may be no decision made by the committee on the day of the hearing. Continue to watch the Committee Agenda in the Calendar for final action on the bill.

Here is a summary of the Senate’s action:

State Sovereignty Resolution Senate Votes

The link above will take you to a page that not only has the votes and the explanations of votes, but also contains a link to the official resolution with the latest amendments and a link to the official Senate Journal.

The Democrats are highlighted in yellow so it’s easy to see the party differences.  A story is also appended below.

Thank you to every one of you who are able to attend and support this legislation.

In honor of your liberty,

Mary Pilcher Cook

Computerworld — Irate parents in Pennsylvania say schools use ‘Peeping Tom technology’

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Computerworld - The parents of a Pennsylvania high school student have asked a federal judge to bar school district personnel from switching on cameras in school-issued MacBook laptops, calling the security feature “Peeping Tom technology.”

Federal officials have also stepped up their investigation of Lower Merion School District of Ardmore, Pa., according to reports published Saturday. The Associated Press said that the FBI was exploring whether district officials broke federal wiretapping and electronic surveillance laws, while the Philadelphia Inquirer cited sources who said federal prosecutors have subpoenaed documents from school officials.

Chuck Norris botnet karate-chops routers hard — Computerworld

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

IDG News Service – If you haven’t changed the default password on your home router, you may be in for an unwanted visit from Chuck Norris — the Chuck Norris botnet, that is.

Discovered by Czech researchers, the botnet has been spreading by taking advantage of poorly configured routers and DSL modems, according to Jan Vykopal, the head of the network security department with Masaryk University’s Institute of Computer Science in Brno, Czech Republic.

Voice for Liberty — Americans for Prosperity model budget to be presented in Wichita

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

This Friday Derrick Sontag, Kansas State Director for Americans for Prosperity, will address members and guests of the Wichita Pachyderm Club. His topic is “An update on the budget shortfall in Kansas, how we got there through excessive spending, and how our state’s tax burden compares with neighboring states.”

AFP’s model budget for Kansas is titled Commonsense Budget Proposal. It contains “a roadmap for legislators seeking to make Kansas government more efficient – and less costly – without turning to Kansas taxpayers,” according to Sontag.

Voice for Liberty — Kansas school spending study finds $717 million in potential savings

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010


NSSF Wins Awards for Two Programs

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

For more information contact:

Bill Brassard Jr.

Ted Novin

NSSF Wins Awards for Two Programs

Project ChildSafe and Don’t Lie for the Other Guy Honored

NEWTOWN, Conn.Two nationwide initiatives developed by the National Shooting Sports FoundationProject ChildSafe and Dont Lie for the Other Guyhave been recognized by the Associations Advance America (AAA) Awards program.

NSSF received an Award of Excellence for its Project ChildSafe program, the firearms safety education effort that has distributed 35 million gun lock safety kits. Dont Lie for the Other Guy, the NSSF program that works to prevent the illegal purchase of firearms, was named to the AAA Honor Roll.

NSSF is one of only 13 organizations nationally to receive an Award of Excellence in the first round of the 2010 Associations Advance America Awards program, a national competition sponsored by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and The Center for Association Leadership in Washington, D.C. Project ChildSafe is now in the running to receive a Summit Award, ASAE and the centers top recognition for association programs, to be presented at ASAEs 11th Annual Summit Awards Dinner at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 29, 2010.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation is honored to receive these awards for Project ChildSafe and Dont Lie for the Other Guy from ASAE and The Center for Association Leadership, said Steve Sanetti, president of NSSF. It is through Project ChildSafe that NSSF promotes the safe and responsible use and storage of firearms to millions of gun owners throughout the country and through Dont Lie for the Other Guy that NSSF helps prevent illegal purchases of firearms by prohibited persons.

Project ChildSafes goal is to help reduce firearms-related accidents through the distribution of free gun locking devices and safety education literature. With support from the firearms industry and U.S. Department of Justice grants, Project ChildSafe has distributed approximately 35 million gun lock safety kits to nearly every law enforcement department in the 50 states and U.S. Territories. Law enforcement then provides the safety kits free of charge to gun owners in their communities, reminding them to safely handle and store firearms in their homes. Through the efforts of Project ChildSafe and other firearm safety programs, accidental firearms fatalities have dropped to their lowest levels since record-keeping began in 1903, including a 60 percent decrease in fatal firearms accidents among youth 14 and under in the last 10 years.

Through Dont Lie for the Other Guy, NSSF assists the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in educating federally licensed firearms retailers on how to better detect and prevent illegal straw purchases of firearms. An advertising component of the program warns the public that to illegally purchase a firearm is a serious crime. Dont Lie for the Other Guy, which is funded by the firearms industry and U.S. Department of Justice grants, has been launched in 25 cities, with the focus in the past year along the U.S.-Mexico border. The programs straw purchase deterrence messageBuy a gun for someone who cant and buy yourself 10 years in jailrecently topped one billion media impressions.

The NSSF programs Dont Lie for the Other Guy, Project HomeSafe (the forerunner to Project ChildSafe) and Step Outside were previously recognized by ASAE, the last time coming in 2006 when Dont Lie received an Award of Excellence.

Now in its 20th year, the prestigious Associations Advance America Awards program recognizes associations that propel America forwardwith innovative projects in education, skills training, standards-setting, business and social innovation, knowledge creation, citizenship and community service. Although association activities have a powerful impact on everyday life, they often go unnoticed by the general public.

NSSFs programs truly embody the spirit of the Associations Advance America campaign. It is an honor and an inspiration to showcase these activities as an example of the many contributions associations are making to advance American society, said 2009-2010 Associations Advance America Committee Chair Ping Wei, director of educational opportunities for the American Society of Civil Engineers.

For more information about NSSFs Project ChildSafe, contact Bill Brassard at, and for Dont Lie for the Other Guy, contact Ted Novin at

About NSSF

The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 4,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers. For more information, log on to


Buffett’s Partner: ‘It’s Over’ for U.S. Economy

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010


Lenexa — Arts Council scholarships available to high school seniors

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Arts Council scholarships available to high school seniors

Graduating high school seniors who live in Lenexa are invited to apply for the 2010 Lenexa Arts Council scholarships by March 1.

Given out each year to area seniors, the scholarships are split into visual and performing arts categories. Submissions are due by March 1 and applications are available at Lenexa City Hall and Community Center.

The scholarships are for high school seniors who live in Lenexa and are graduating this year with plans to attend college in the fall. Winning students will be recognized at a reception April 20, which includes a presentation to the Lenexa City Council.

A select committee of judges from the Johnson County art community will review submissions and make recommendations to the Arts Council on allocating the scholarship monies. Scholarships are awarded at the discretion of the Arts Council, and are paid directly to the winning students’ colleges and/or universities.

For the visual arts scholarship, students should complete the application form and submit it, two samples of original, signed artwork, two letters of recommendation and a biography or resume.

Performing art students need to submit a six- to 10-minute performance or compilation of performances on VHS or DVD. While others may appear in the video, the performance should be primarily solo.

Eligible visual arts include painting, drawing, sculpture, weaving, photography, jewelry making, printmaking and clay/pottery. Applicable performing arts are singing, instrumental performance, dancing and acting/oral interpretation.

Entries must be mailed or delivered to: Lenexa Arts Council Scholarships, Lenexa Community Center – attn. Debbie O’Connor, 13420 Oak, Lenexa, Kan., 66215.

For more information, call Lenexa’s Parks and Recreation Department at (913) 477-7100.

How to decline Facebook friends without offense

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A colleague I just met at work has invited me to be their friend on Facebook. I don’t want to offend them, but nor do I want to share my candid photos and lousy Scrabble scores with someone I hardly know.

Chinese schools deny link to Google attack

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010


Wal-Mart agrees to buy movie service Vudu

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Wal-Mart Stores Inc will buy the Vudu movie service in a deal that puts the world’s largest retailer in competition for online delivery of films with the likes of Netflix Inc, the New York Times reported on Monday.

Sam Adams — Save the Date for the Sammies! April 16, 2010 with Andrew Breitbart

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Save the Date!

Sam Adams Alliance is proud to announce that we will be hosting the Sammies April 16, 2010, at the Chicago Cultural Center with special guest Andrew Breitbart.

The last year has been one of the most active and visible for citizen leaders who support free markets and individual liberty. Join us for dinner, drinks, and conversation as we honor the very best at our third-annual awards show in downtown Chicago. Purchase your tickets today:

WHAT: The Sammies

WHEN: Friday, April 16, 2010

WHERE: The Chicago Cultural Center / 78 E. Washington Street, Chicago, IL

WHO: Andrew Breitbart, and all of this year’s Sammies winners


UK Guardian — Climate scientists withdraw journal claims of rising sea levels

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Scientists have been forced to withdraw a study on projected sea level rise due to global warming after finding mistakes that undermined the findings.

The study, published in 2009 in Nature Geoscience, one of the top journals in its field, confirmed the conclusions of the 2007 report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). It used data over the last 22,000 years to predict that sea level would rise by between 7cm and 82cm by the end of the century.

Geraldo Slams Kerik Sentencing — Newsmax

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Geraldo Rivera declares that former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik was sentenced by a “hanging judge” who treated the 9/11 hero as if he were a “terrorist or a murderer.”

On Thursday, federal district judge Stephen Robinson slapped Kerik with a harsh jail sentence of four years after he pleaded guilty to several charges, including lying to the White House and filing false tax returns.

Bob Dole Hospitalized, Undergoing Therapy

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010


Mo. Family Says Energy Drinks Hurt Teen by Causing Seizure

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010


KMBC — Serial Rapist Strikes Again In Waldo

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Five women have been attacked in five months.
The most recent happened early Monday morning. Authorities said they were called to the 300 block of East 69th Terrace at about 3 a.m.

KMBC — Man Shot, Killed At ATA Bus Station

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

An 18-year-old man was shot and killed at an ATA bus station at 39th Street and Troost Avenue Monday afternoon, Kansas City police said.

Huelskamp for Congress — Protecting Kansas’ Sovereignty

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Everywhere I go – from Liberal to Bird City or Ulysses to Junction City to Emporia – Kansans from all walks of life tell me that Washington has overstepped their boundaries.  And the insider politicians and bureaucrats are making our way of life in Western Kansas more and more difficult. Just think of a few of the recent examples from last year:

  • Attempting to mandate a government-approved healthcare system for every American.
  • An ultra-radical EPA decision that paves the way for excessive taxation and regulation of carbon-based fuels
  • Liberal Congressmen pushing to take away our right-to-work status and the secret ballot

And that’s just the beginning.
For far too long, too many conservatives in Washington have been content to play defense and try to stop destructive liberal policies. Unfortunately, that doesn’t work. Even if we stop 95% of the liberal’s advances, they still win a slow war of attrition and our liberties are gradually eroded away.
That is why we have to go on offense. Last week, the Kansas Senate overwhelmingly passed a resolution that I co-sponsored called the Kansas Sovereignty Resolution. This resolution claims state sovereignty under the 10th Amendment to our U.S. Constitution and sends a strong wake-up call to Washington that we will not stand for this kind of overreach. That means Kansas solutions for Kansas problems. The vote in the Senate was 33-7 and the resolution is expected to pass the House soon.
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NW JoCo Republicans — Meeting Next Monday, Shawnee Elections Night!

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Shawnee Elections Night at the Northwest Johnson County Republicans Monday, March 1, 2010 Barley’s Brewhaus Wheat Room 6:30 p.m. — Dinner Hour 7:15 p.m. — Meeting Please join us at this very important meeting as we hear from Shawnee City Council Members Dan Pflumm, Kevin Straub, Michelle Distler and Frank Goode about their efforts to defend the taxpayer and promote limited government and how they deserve re-election.  We must re-elect all four!   A special note about Kevin Straub — he is locked in a primary battle and that election is actually on March 2.  If you can help Kevin, we encourage you to do so –    Due to the strong possibility of a vote to endorse these candidates, there will be a sign-in at this meeting.  If you are not sure if you are a member yet, please e-mail us back and we’ll make sure you are — if not, we’ll get you approved prior to such a vote. Please attend this important meeting — this is the NWJCR doing what we were founded to do — helping conservatives.   Sincerely, Mike Pirner Chair, NWJCR   P.S. — If you’re a candidate or a member of an organization and want to make any kind of announcement at the meeting, PLEASE contact me beforehand.   Thank you.   Northwest Johnson County Republicans