Sep 29, 2011

Skipwaves - stuff you might have missed this week

‎"My father said, 'Politics asks the question: Is it expedient? Vanity asks: Is it popular? But conscience asks: Is it right?'"   -- Dexter Scott King

Wringing hands over Murders...Bloggers don't have the answer

Our friend Tony, of TKC's always lamenting about blacks shot down in neighborhood killings... 'oh what's the mayor doing?"   "And the po po?"  Preachin to the choir. The ones who see stuff in the bar or somebody's front yard...they don't read TKC or any of us.

Get it? This has to be on TV...perps and witnesses watch TV the night after the shootings to see how the TV stations handled it.

This isn't a blogger issue. WHY isn't our bud, Alonzo on TV? He should  be someone to give good talking opposed to old ministers and pro tem mayors.


 Wall Street Photos:
  Corporate America - Rage Against the Investors
More...demonstrations set for the Police; plans underway for winter.


Failed Board Member wants his old Presidency Back

A top Kansas City School source says Airick West has enough votes to reclaim the presidency of the Kansas City School Board.

West resigned the post during a power play inside the board in August. That was in the midst of the controversy over the sudden resignation of former school chief John Covington.

At the time, West was accused of trying to interfere with the execution of a multi- million dollar school district contract. That charge was never proved. West was replaced as president by Board member Derek Ritchey. In late August West made clear he wanted the presidency back. The Board has a private meeting late this (Wed 9/28) afternoon.

A public school board meeting is set for Wednesday night.   -- from 20 pounds of Headlines

Question:  What's allowed to be discussed in a 'private' meeting?  A matter of personnel, or contract negotiation, certainly.  But is BOE President a matter of 'personnel'?   Did they talk about that?  Is that proper?


Missouri Lawmakers tackle Unaccredited School Exodus.     from KOLR TV Springfield


Kansas is among the 26 states asking the U.S. Supreme Court to quickly strike down the federal government's overhaul of health care.

The states requested Wednesday that the high court consider the overhaul's constitutionality by summer 2012.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt (R) said states and the American public need certainty about whether the overhaul law is constitutional.

Schmidt, a Republican, had Kansas join the other states in a federal lawsuit in Florida against the overhaul championed by President Barack Obama, a Democrat.

A judge in Florida struck down the entire law. A federal appeals court in Atlanta upheld most of it, though it invalidated a provision requiring most Americans to buy health insurance starting in 2014.

Health Exchange talks Stalled in Jeff City

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - The Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandates the creation of health care insurance exchanges, marketplaces that let individuals and small businesses comparison-shop for health coverage online. Defining the details of an exchange, however, is left up to individual states.

Missouri state senators heard testimony this month about whether or not the Show Me State should even create its own exchange. However, Andrea Routh, executive director of the Missouri Health Advocacy Alliance, says the discussion has stalled because some senators don't want to implement an exchange system, arguing the ACA is unconstitutional.

"There are some senators who are determined to find ways to have Missouri not implement a state-based exchange. And it's true, they don't want the federal government interfering either, but they are betting on it that the Supreme Court is going to overturn the entire federal law."

Routh says creating their own exchanges allows states to tailor the needs for themselves. States have until 2014 to create their own health insurance exchange system; otherwise a federally operated exchange will have to be implemented.

Kansas City small business owner Dawn Lindsey testified before the senate committee that she's looking forward to the health insurance exchange as an affordable option. She dropped her insurance plan after her monthly premium went up to about $1,000.

"There's a vast number of middle class people who don't fit into the answers that the free market has supplied. And we do fall through the cracks and we are uninsurable. They should care about that."

The state Senate Interim Committee on Health Insurance Exchanges will make its recommendation to the legislature by year's end.
Heather Claybrook, Public News Service - MO


Army To cut 8.6 percent of troops

Apparently even the U.S. Army is laying off people. Starting in March, it will cut 50,000 troops, or 8.6 percent of its force, over five years, according to Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick. The cuts will bring the total force to 520,400 active-duty soldiers by October 2016. Bostick told the Army Times that demand in Iraq and Afghanistan is diminishing, and the military must manage a drawdown anyway. Most of the cuts will come through retirements, buyouts, and voluntary and involuntary separations.


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