Archive for February 17th, 2010

David Freddoso on Joe Biden — Keep talking, Sheriff Joe. No one believes you.

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Even worse, as Chris Stirewalt points out in his morning run down, is the news that more than 90 percent of stimulus spending so far has gone either to entitlement programs or to shore up public school budgets. If Democrats believe that the David Plouffe strategy of un-stigmatizing the stimulus is going to save them in November, they are in for a long year.

Byron York — It’s Battle of the Stimulus day

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

One year ago today, Barack Obama signed the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, better known as the stimulus. At the time of its passage, the White House claimed the stimulus would keep unemployment from rising above eight percent. By late summer, when joblessness was moving toward 10 percent, a Gallup poll found that 57 percent of those surveyed felt the stimulus had either no effect or was making the economy worse, and slightly more than half felt Congress had spent too much on the recovery bill. At a time when the president was gearing up for a fight over his proposed national health care bill, he found himself on the defensive over the stimulus, as well.


Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

JCCC will honor a total of 124 students associated with athletics department at tonight’s annual Academic Awards ceremony following the women’s basketball game.

These 124 students posted a grade point average of 3.0 or better during the fall semester. Additionally, the top academic teams from the fall also will be honored. Some of the top teams last fall were volleyball with 80 percent of its roster at 3.0 or better. Baseball and softball were at 76 percent. Women’s basketball had 75 percent, women’s tennis 71 percent, men’s tennis 70 percent, women’s cross country 58 percent, women’s soccer 53 percent and men’s soccer 50 percent.

The JCCC women’s basketball game is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men at 7:30 p.m.

City of Shawnee — Public Information Open House for K-7 & 55th Street/Johnson Drive Interchange Project in Johnson County

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) is hosting a Public
Information Open House for the K-7 & 55th Street/Johnson Drive interchange
project in Johnson County on Thursday, February 18. Open house hours will
be anytime between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. at Monticello Trails Middle
School, located at 6100 Monticello Road, Shawnee Kansas. (more…)

Brownback Campaign Statement Regarding Democrat Gubernatorial Announcement

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information, contact:
February 17, 2010 Sherriene Jones-Sontag

Brownback Campaign Statement Regarding Democrat Gubernatorial Announcement
TOPEKA, KS – Sherriene Jones-Sontag, spokesperson on behalf of the Brownback for Governor Campaign, released the following statement regarding the announcement of Tom Holland’s candidacy for governor:

“Senator Brownback remains focused on growing our economy and creating good jobs in Kansas.”

For Apple suppliers, loose lips can sink contracts

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

LONGHUA, China /TAIPEI (Reuters) - The massive manufacturing complex in the South China city of Longhua resembles an industrial fortress. To enter the facility, workers swipe security cards at the gate. Guards check the occupants of each vehicle with fingerprint recognition scanners.

Google and OP? Could be

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Google and OP? Could be

Contact:vicki irey – 913-895-6061,
Google and Overland Park working together in the future?

Could be.

Google has launched a nationwide effort asking cities across the country to submit Requests for Information regarding interest in an experiment to make Internet access better and faster.

According to Google, it plans to test ultra-high-speed broadband networks in one or more trial locations. Delivery of Internet speed would be 100 times faster than most web users experience at fiber-to-the-home connections.

Part of the RIF requires city officials gather pertinent information and gauge public interest, including businesses and individuals.

If you have an interest in helping Overland Park apply to be part of Google’s effort, let the city’s Information Technology Department know at to

News Facts 93 percent of Overland Park residents have access to a computer, and 98 percent of those are connected to the Internet.

Twitter dating for tech-savvy singles

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

TORONTO (Reuters) – For tech-savvy singles who are unlucky in love, shy or just looking for a new way to meet people, Flitter could be the answer.

Smartphones a growing problem for networks

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

BARCELONA (Reuters) – The chief executive of Vodafone Group Plc, the world’s largest mobile network operator, expressed the fears of many on Tuesday when he said Google Inc should not be allowed to dominate the mobile space.

Visual concepts on display for Vision Metcalf

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Visual concepts on display for Vision Metcalf

Contact:Jason Beske – 913-895-6242,
Come to an open house and see Overland Park’s future.

Visual concepts that embrace a pedestrian-friendly and urban setting will be presented from 4-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, at the Matt Ross Community Center, 8101 Marty. A formal presentation will be at 5:30 p.m.

City planners will provide illustrations of conceptual building designs including height, size, and block configurations as it relates to streets, and more.

The designs are being considered for Downtown Overland Park, 95th and Nall, and 95th and Antioch.

Overland Park is pursuing different design standards as it relates to a 16-month study – Vision Metcalf – of Metcalf Avenue from I-35 to 123rd Street.

Over 4,000 residents, business managers and owners, and developers were involved with Vision Metcalf.

Call 913-895-6000 for more information.


Internet Strategy Helped Scott Brown Click With Voters — Ronald Kessler

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

A number of forces came together to propel Scott Brown into the U.S. Senate: Brown was an appealing, tireless campaigner with a clear message. His opponent was weak. And Massachusetts voters, like so many across the country, are rejecting the left-wing agenda of President Obama and congressional Democrats.

But one secret of Brown’s successful campaign for the Senate was a nimble, hi-tech online strategy. Behind it was Robert Willington, the executive director of, a nationwide organization that is working to modernize GOP tactics with the latest technology.

Son — Ronald Reagan Would Applaud Tea Party Movement

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

This past week I’ve been making the rounds to talk about something that was very important to my father, and which is very important to me: the strength and power of a grass-roots movement of ordinary citizens.

In the past year, we have seen – again and again – the power of the people to upset the political establishment and steer our country back on course. From town hall meetings to elections, from marches on Washington to shifts among independent voters, the American people have demonstrated their power in our democracy.

Newsmax — Thousands of Haitian Illegals Apply for Earthquake Amnesty

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

The chance to work is critical for many of the immigrants who are hoping to help families trying to overcome the magnitude-7 earthquake that leveled parts of Haiti.

Because it is unsafe to return the illegal immigrants to Haiti, DHS said it would grant eligible immigrants temporary protected status. Successful applicants can remain and work for 18 months without fear of deportation or detention.

Application fees to stay total $470.

RNC Takes Down Controversial Tea Party Site

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010


US Thrashes Russia 13-0 In Women’s Hockey — KMBC Kansas City

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

The only mom on the U.S. women’s hockey team is teaching her youngsters to be respectful and generous to opponents who don’t have as much talent.

Jenny Potter is also putting on a dynamic goal-scoring exhibition that will have all the kids wanting to be like her someday.

US Thrashes Russia 13-0 In Women’s Hockey – Sports News Story – KMBC Kansas City.

Computerworld: Rogue PDFs account for 80% of all exploits, says researcher

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Computerworld – Just hours before Adobe is slated to deliver the latest patches for its popular PDF viewer, a security firm announced that by its counting, malicious Reader documents made up 80% of all exploits at the end of 2009.

According to ScanSafe of San Bruno, Calif., vulnerabilities in Adobe’s Reader and Acrobat applications were the most frequently targeted of any software during 2009, with hackers’ PDF exploits growing throughout the year.

Rogue PDFs account for 80% of all exploits, says researcher.

Teacher Unfazed by Visual Disability — Korea Times

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Kim Hun-yong wants to prove that a physical handicap will not prevent him from becoming a good English teacher.

The 24-year-old has already passed the 2010 state-run exam to become a teacher. It is the first time in Seoul that a person with level 1 blindness has passed the test and can now teach at a regular middle or high school, not at a special school for the disabled.

Teacher Unfazed by Visual Disability.

KSGOP Thanks Ron Thornburgh, Though Thornburgh’s Departure May Help Democrats

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

From the Kansas GOP on February 8, 2010:

Contact: Ashley McMillan

KSGOP Reacts to Ron Thornburgh’s Departure

Topeka, KS – Kansas Republican Party Chair Amanda Adkins released the following statement today regarding Ron Thornburgh’s resignation as Secretary of State.

“The Kansas Republican Party is grateful to Ron Thornburgh for his many years of leadership and service to our party and state.

Thanks to him, the Kansas Republican Party has a unified plan for victory in 2010. We are committed to continuing the legacy of superb public service by Republicans in the Secretary of State Office.”- Amanda Adkins


Lightner for Congress — Lightner Praises Kansas Senate for Defending State Sovereignty

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Lightner Praises Kansas Senate for Defending State Sovereignty

Olathe , Kan. – Patricia Lightner, Republican candidate for Congress in the 3rd District of Kansas, today praised the Kansas Senate passing SCR 1615, the resolution upholding Kansas State Sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment of the Constitution. (more…)

AFP Kansas — KansasOpenGov coming to a TV near you!

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

In This Issue:

  • Why Tobacco Tax Increases Hurt Retailers
  • AFP/KPI Promote New Online Tool
  • AFP Issue Watch: Property Taxes
  • AFP-Kansas Letters to the Editor/Op-Eds
  • Government Planning in Wichita
  • Upcoming events (more…)