Aug 31, 2011

KMBC reports interim Supt has been chosen locally

The Kansas City school board has named Dr. R. Stephen Green, President and CEO of the Kauffman Scholars program, as the interim superintendent of Kansas City schools.
The announcement was made at 5 p.m. in a news release from the district.Green will become superintendent pending a successful negotiation, the news release said.Prior to joining Kauffman Scholars, Green was the superintendent of Community School District No. 28 and a local instructional superintendent in Region 3 in New York City. He has also served as president and executive director of the non-profit New Jersey Teaching and Learning Collaborative and national executive director for the College Board.

Aug 30, 2011

Moron BOE President Airick West Gives up the Gavel... while the Gettin's Good!

The Kansas City School Board called an emergency meeting late Tuesday afternoon. FOX 4 has learned that school board president Airick West has resigned. A school board spokesperson told FOX 4 that West turned in his resignation at a school board meeting on Monday night.

Actually, other media, including the KC star reports he only stepped down as PRESIDENT but hasn't resigned from the school board.   And the BOE has named an interim superintendent.

Will that keep the heat off WEST?  Bet not.  Too bad he didn't leave the top post BEFORE Supt Covington took that job in Michigan!  Maybe we still would have a good superintendent! 


Erroneous From 4's web site
The Kansas City School Board called an emergency meeting late Tuesday afternoon. FOX 4 has learned that school board president Airick West has resigned. A school board spokesperson told FOX 4 that West turned in his resignation at a school board meeting on Monday night.

West's resignation comes after superintendent John Covington resigned to take a new job in Michigan. The school bard accepted Covington's resignation and it goes into effect on August 31 at midnight. 


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Petty, whiny BOE Pres too big for his britches now replaced by petty, whiny, faggy girltalk for his temp successor.  This isn't a circus.  This is a cheap carnival!  More...



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Love lost for the Animals.  Platte County has joined CASS county in deciding not to put a sales tax increase on the ballot to fund the Zoo.  So far only Jackson and northlander CLAY county are bringing the question up on the next ballot.

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Natural Disasters:  If one of today's Republican candidates becomes president, YOU'RE ON YOUR OWN! 

Aug 29, 2011

Mother Jones writes on KC's very own Nuc plant this morning....

Courtroom effort to block the Honeywell plant.

In Kansas City, Mo., a local zoning fight is going nuclear, literally: A Monday-morning courtroom showdown between activists and politicians could determine whether the city becomes host to the world's first privately owned nuclear weapons plant. ...."They just closed half of the schools last year," Suellentrop notes. "The school system is in chaos; the hospitals have mostly moved to the outlying areas. It's not a very good economic stimulant, making nuclear bombs."

More on the story....from Mother Jones 

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Based on reviews from Dick Cheney's new book on his Bush years, and his hype to sell it, it appears his head has exploded.   Colin Powell suggests Cheney has stooped to cheap shots on Condi and others.


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No shortage of caution by officials on the east coast about flooding and windage.  And nobody more colorful than NJ Governor Christie who loves the camera.  "Heck of a job, Christie".   Now who's going to talk to Gawd (the one who loaned us Rush Limbaugh) why He broke His Promise about no more floods?  Sadly, Washington DC wasn't flushed out!



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Three surgeons are discussing who makes the best patients to operate on, the first surgeon said, "Electricians are the best, everything inside is color coded." the second surgeon says, "No, I think librarians are, everything inside them is in alphabetical order" the third surgeon shut them up when he said: "You're all wrong, politicians are the easiest to operate on, there's no guts, no heart, no balls, no brains, and no spine, plus, the head and the ass are interchangeable

Aug 27, 2011

Thanks Wolf, I'm just off the coast of Maryland warning you NOT to take unnecessary risks...

Wave by wave coverage on 3 cable news channels
Well, Wolf, do I win the contest for doing the most dangerous TV news standup?


What...its only a tropical storm now?  Can't we PuhLEEZE keep calling it a 'hurricane'?

Aug 26, 2011

Speculation on KCSD makes lots of pundits look dumb

More TOP Upheaval in the Kansas City School district, right as the year starts!

From Mahoney...
KC School Board member Arthur Benson says Superintendent John Covington is in Detroit to take a new job.

“He is there today accepting the job” Benson says on the greeting message of his voice mail.
The Detroit Free Press and Kansas City Star ate reporting Covington is being considered for a post to lead Michigan’s poorest performing districts. Benson is considered a close ally of Covington.

Wednesday night Benson submitted his resignation contingent on Covington’s abrupt resignation Wednesday. Developing.


More from the KC Star....
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Then later Benson unresigns.  Benson, West, and Covington have their supporters and detractors.  It seems nobody who had an opinion's changed their minds much...except on Covington.  

Lots of mouths running on talk radio and blogs without many hard facts.   All we've gotten so far are carefully crafted CYA news releases.

There's speculation that Covington was hired as a gunslinger to come in, cut out dead wood, cut out half empty schools, cut out half the unnecessary teachers and then move on to the next city where a school board needs that done THERE.   If so, wonder which board members hired this henchmen to take the heat after doing the dirty deads?

But at the risk of making yet more needless speculation, what if Covington would NOT have taken that job he had in the wings had West resigned?  I still think Covington was just fed up.   Who knows?  The Shadow Knows!  Until the principals say something publicly.

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3 die in weekend airshows

DETROIT (Reuters) - A wingwalker at an air show near Detroit plunged about 200 feet to his death on Sunday as he tried to climb onto a helicopter in mid-air, in the third fatal air performance accident this weekend, officials said.

The death of wingwalker Todd Green comes a day after an aerobatic flyer crashed and died at a Kansas City, Missouri, air show and a British Royal Air Force "Red Arrows" pilot crashed and died at an air festival on the coast of England.

Green was flying atop an aircraft at the Selfridge Air Show, less than 30 miles from Detroit, on Sunday when he fell while trying to perform a transfer to a helicopter, organizers said on a website for the event.
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Charges were dropped against the monetary big shot from France after the hotel employee accusing him of rape in NYC was reported to have lied. A judge freed him on July 1 after prosecutors learned the woman had lied about the specifics of her whereabouts after the incident and past details of an asylum application and information on tax forms.
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Dear Texas,
If you keep running candidates dumber than a box of rocks, we may have to build that fence around YOU.
Thanks,
America

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Stolen from MO Rage: “Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.” -John Steinbeck
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Man calls 911 and says "I think my wife is dead" The operator says how do
you know? He says "The sex is the same but the laundry is building up!"

Aug 24, 2011

THe Hunt for Colonel Gadhafi

A rebel celebrates while wearing a hat, necklace and scepter thought to be taken from Col. Moammar Gadhafi's Bab al-Aziziya compound, in Tripoli, Libya, Aug. 23, 2011.

Well at least the guy isn't wearing the dictator's underwear!  What they want is to find his underwear with him IN them, but nobody's seen the dictator lately even tho the war is virtually over.

Aug 22, 2011

Libya Endgame: Two Minute Warning


TRIPOLI — Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi’s four-decade-long rule over Libya was crumbling at breakneck speed Sunday as hundreds of rebel fighters swept toward the heart of Tripoli and dissidents said they had secured control of many parts of the capital.

With rebel leaders saying that Gaddafi’s compound was surrounded, that his son Saif al-Islam had been captured and that his presidential guard had surrendered, the six-month-old battle for control of Libya appeared to be hurling toward a dramatic finale.

In an audio statement broadcast on state television late Sunday, Gaddafi made what came across as a desperate plea for support. “Go out and take your weapons,” the Libyan leader said in the brief broadcast. “All of you, there should be no fear.”

By late Sunday, rebel fighters had converged on the capital from four directions, and opposition flags were fluttering over buildings across the city. Thousands of people poured onto the streets in areas under rebel control to celebrate, stomping on posters of Gaddafi, setting off fireworks and honking horns, even in the symbolically significant Green Square in the heart of the city, previously the scene of near-daily pro-Gaddafi rallies.

Check out AL Jazeera's website! 

Reuters: Hunt for Colonel Gaddafi

Telegraph:  Gaddafi son captured while on TV

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Jobless try to go on disability...straining system to insolvency
WASHINGTON (AP) — Laid-off workers and aging baby boomers are flooding Social Security's disability program with benefit claims, pushing the financially strapped system toward the brink of insolvency.

Applications are up nearly 50 percent over a decade ago as people with disabilities lose their jobs and can't find new ones in an economy that has shed nearly 7 million jobs.

The stampede for benefits is adding to a growing backlog of applicants — many wait two years or more before their cases are resolved — and worsening the financial problems of a program that's been running in the red for years.



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"If by a "Liberal" they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people -- their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, and their civil liberties -- someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a "Liberal," then I'm proud to say I'm a "Liberal."
 
~President John F Kennedy


Animals to the South
(Reuters) - Authorities in Mexico found the decapitated bodies of four men and a woman in Acapulco on Saturday, the latest in a string of slayings in the popular Pacific resort this week.

Federal police said the corpses of two men and a woman were found tied up in the back of a sport utility vehicle near Acapulco beach, in what appeared to be a crime related to drug gangs.

Reforma newspaper said messages were left in the vehicle linking the killings to the powerful Sinaloa cartel, headed by Mexico's most wanted capo, Joaquin "Shorty" Guzman.

The dismembered and decapitated bodies of two other men were found at the entrance to an outlet of Sam's Club, a unit of U.S. retailer Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

Aug 19, 2011

TKC still fights on his blog against libel suit.


Tony Botello's fighting.  After having a lawsuit filed against him by the retiring IAFF President, Louie Wright, Tony continues his battle...no apologies.  Now soliciting donations for his legal defense fund.  And he's getting his supporters... here's a link to Bottom Line Communications, run by John Landsberg.  In it, Landsberg links to the donations and also publishes this link which is part of the suit and which TKC had put on his site.  This youtube video, by an unknown producer, is critical of Wright and the action by the city to what amounted to a hostile takeover of Mast ambulance by the KCFD:



http://youtu.be/kEFz1l7sIHk
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Jobless fair draws long lines in Atlanta.
Thousands of unemployed waited overnight, camping out in their business suits and office heels and braving the tormenting heat in Atlanta to stand in line for a job fair Thursday. Authorities treated 20 people for heat exhaustion as they struggled to keep the line moving and get people moved inside.ABC News Reports...


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Making its way around FB:

  • The economy is so bad that, I got a pre-declined credit card in the mail.  
  • CEO's are now playing miniature golf. 
  • Exxon-Mobil laid off 25 Congressmen. 
  • Angelina Jolie adopted a child from America. 
  • Motel Six won't leave the light on anymore. 
  • A picture is now only worth 200 words. 
  • They renamed Wall Street "Wal-Mart Street" 
  • Finally, I called the Suicide Hotline. I got a call center in Pakistan and when I told them I was suicidal, they got all excited, and asked if I could drive a truck!!
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 Bankster to Rick Perry, "Bank of America will help you out"



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Cutback on deportations of low risk Latinos.  Bowing to pressure from immigrant rights activists, the Obama administration said Thursday that it will halt deportation proceedings on a case-by-case basis against illegal immigrants who meet certain criteria, such as attending school, having family in the military or having primary responsible for other family members’ care.

The move marks a major step for President Obama, who for months has said he does not have broad categorical authority to halt deportations and said he must follow the laws as Congress has written them.

But in letters to Congress on Thursday, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said she does have discretion to focus on “priorities” and that her department and the Justice Department will review all ongoing cases to see who meets the new criteria.


The Dream Act by Decree.  Obama tells the republicans to go to hell with their reindeer games about comprehensive immigration reform.

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Tripoli, Libya (CNN) -- Embattled Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi may be making preparations for what is described as a "last stand" in Tripoli as a months-long NATO air campaign continues amid reports of rebel advances, according to two U.S. officials.
A second U.S. official confirmed a similar concern and said the Gadhafi plan could involve a final military offensive against civilians, launched from his last major strongholds around the Libyan capital."We believe he could be planning for a last stand," one U.S. official said.

The officials, who have knowledge of the situation on the ground, did not want to be named because of the sensitive intelligence matters.

Tripoli is under attack by rebels on three sides.


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FIVE RULES TO REMEMBER IN LIFE:

1.) Money cannot buy happiness, but it’s more comfortable to cry in a Mercedes than on a bicycle.

2.) Forgive your enemy, but remember the bastard’s name.

3.) Help someone when they are in trouble and they will remember you...when they're in trouble again.

4.) Many people are alive only because it’s illegal to shoot them.

5.) Alcohol does not solve any problems, but then neither does milk.

Aug 18, 2011

9pm kid curfew, very very stiff fines to parents!

City Council Passes 9pm kid curfew for all entertainment districts and a citywide summer curfew later


From TKC:  2 parts of the ordinance . . .


Citywide ordinance . . . Under age of 16 in summer months the curfew is 10pm. 16 age and up to 18 during summer months curfew is 11pm. The remainder of the year.


2nd part . . . The Entertainment Districts: Plaza, Westport, Zona Rosa, 18th and Vine and the Central biz district i.e. Downtown . . . 9pm for anybody under the age of 18.


The fine . . Currently $1 fine is raised to a maximum of $500 for parents for each offense.  Penalty will only be assessed to parents.

The fine's pretty stiff!   KMBC9's Michael Mahoney reported that there would be exceptions, including school events, city-sanctioned events, if teens are with their parents or if they work in those designated areas.

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Air show this weekend at downtown airport.  TAKE KIDS!!  Kids under 16 are FREE with paying adult.  BE there or be Square!

South Bus Route

Air show South Buses pick up at Union Station and at designated stops on Grand. Handicapped accessible buses are available on the South Route only. Click to download directions (.pdf)

North Bus Route

Air show North Buses Pick-Up and return to Briarcliff Village 4100 N. Mulberry, Kansas City, MO 64166
Click to download directions (.pdf)

Buy tickets, see features here....


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Canadian Buses for Bonzo

Obama's been catching serious heat because the two buses bought by the Secret Service were either made or configured in Canada.  Faux Nudes is all over it.  The Houston Chronicle reported both of BUSH's BUSES were bought from the same Canadian company.  Ma-hahahahahahahahahaha!

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Stocks close down sharply in brutal day

The Dow plunges 419 points due to rising fears of another recession in the United States.
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What about KMBZ AM 980?
I noticed the KMBZ PROMO HAS CHANGED. No longer "KMBZ 980 and now 98.1 FM" and now it's just "KMBZ 98.1 FM". So what will Entercom do with it's AM RADIO FREQUENCY? Go Mexican? Is it sold or for sale?  What? I know I no longer listen to AM RADIO at all, now that KMBZ has moved to FM.

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www.thenation.com
It is unfathomable that yet another Texas blowhard governor has emerged as a front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination.

Aug 16, 2011

Disturbing truths about Tea party darlings Perry and Bachmann



Meet Rick Perry, The Anti-Constitutionalist Who Wants To Be Your President   You won't  believe what a liar he is!
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Michele Bachmann Pledges to Have the EPA’s “Doors Locked and Lights Turned Off”

This woman is astounding. And dangerous. The EPA is how we got lead out of fuel, eliminating a significant cause of childhood brain damage. The EPA enforces countless laws that protect our food, water and air from toxic chemicals. Any leader who advocates eliminating the EPA is not fit for public office. -- comment

CFL bulbs conserve energy. Dim bulbs become leaders of the Tea Party Caucus. - comment

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Texas Gov Rick Perry is presently on a blitz to become the GOP presidential nominee, and he's already making all sorts of false claims about his experience with jobs (here's our latest on that) and saying various wild Rick Perry things. But here's one of his more startling offhanded comments, made last night while campaigning in Iowa. Talking about the Federal Reserve, he said, "I don't know what y'all would do to him in Iowa, but we would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas. Printing more money to play politics at this particular time in history is almost treasonous in my opinion."   
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Perry, Bachmann and the Tea Party’s Destructive Plan for America

With the rise of the Tea Party and the hard-right stance that Republicans have taken, names like Perry and Bachmann have a legit shot at winning the GOP nomination. Though the supporters of the Tea Party drool over the evangelical preacher like atmosphere that the likes of Perry and Bachmann bring to the table, if they really want a legit shot at winning back the White House in 2012, they should put all their eggs in the basket of a more moderate candidate like Romney or Huntsman.    Read more......

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DC TEEN JOBLESSNESS 50 PERCENT!!!
(CNSNews.com) – An analysis based on U.S. Census Bureau data by the Employment Policies Institute (EPI) shows that the average unemployment rate for teens ages 16 to 19 in the District of Columbia was 50.1 percent as of June 2011. This corresponds with data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) showing that for D.C. the annual average unemployment rate for teens in 2010 was 49.8 percent.

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WEST ALLIS, Wis. (WLS/AP) - The investigation into 11 of the violent incidents on the opening night of the Wisconsin State Fair has resulted in the arrest of a 16-year-old African-American who reportedly told investigators he targeted whites.


West Allis police said Thursday the teen was arrested late Wednesday. The Milwaukee teen was booked on suspicion of attempted robbery and robbery. Police recommend that he face additional penalties for hate crimes.

Police say the teen told investigators whites were chosen because he considered them "easy targets."

On opening night of the fair last week, 31 people were arrested and at least 11 people were hurt. The West Allis Police Department has said race was a factor in the 11 violent incidents it's investigating.

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The wife has been missing a week now. Police said to prepare for the worst.   So I have been to the thrift shop to get all her clothes back.

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An Arab student studying in Europe writes his dad:


Dear Dad

Berlin is wonderful, people are nice and I really
like it here, but Dad, I am a bit ashamed to arrive
at my college with my pure-gold Ferrari 599GTB
when all my teachers and many fellow students
travel by train.

Your son, Nasser

The next day, Nasser gets a reply to his e-mail
from his dad:

My dear loving son

Twenty million US Dollars has just been transferred
to your account. Please stop embarrassing us.
Go and get yourself a train too.

People actually PAY Worlds of Fun to get the Hell Scared Out of Em.


Aug 14, 2011

Mayor visits KC Plaza, riot breaks out later. Kids run amock!

At least three youths were injured in shootings late Saturday night on the Country Club Plaza, where a melee erupted in which Mayor Sly James was shoved to the ground by his bodyguards.

Police confirmed the shooting victims were two boys and a girl, ages 11, 15 and 16.

Police were releasing few details, but said one victim was shot in the leg, and a bullet creased the cheek of a girl, witnesses said. They did not describe the third victim’s injury.

The shooting occurred near 47th and Wyandotte streets, near the Cheesecake Factory
Read more: http://www.kansascity.com/2011/08/14/3074974/mayor-james-walks-the-plaza-for.html#ixzz1V2KriipG  (From the star)

Sunday, the mayor said he'd take action by next week. (More from the Star...)  James’ announcement came after he was in close proximity to a shooting Saturday night that saw three teens wounded and the mayor forced to the ground by his security team.

However, James gave no specifics about what the plan might include. Whatever results will be worked out with the City Council after consultation with school officials, police and the juvenile court, among others.

James did not rule in or rule out imposing an earlier curfew, as suggested by an attorney for Plaza owner Highwoods Properties and others.

“We can’t expect that imposing a curfew is going to stop some 15-, 16-, 17-year-old from bringing a gun to anywhere,” he said at an afternoon news conference. “On the other hand, we should be able to expect parents not to have their 13-year-old children on the Plaza getting shot.”
He said the plan had to be broader than a change in any one ordinance.

More than 160 Comments from readers on TKC on the meleeMost critical of political correctness, unsupervised kids and lack of firm hand by the city.

Monday 11am...KMBZ radio reporting mayor plans to declare state of emergency for the purpose of setting an earlier curfew on weekends.  Plaza owners want a 9pm curfew on weekends to solve the problem of roving, unsupervised teenagers.\
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Drudge Report runs a little blurb on Monday on the left column, mentioning the KC plaza issue.  Copy is what the Star ran...and that's Drudge's link.


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Aug 13, 2011

As expected, Rick Perry announces for President. Bachmann takes Iowa Straw poll

Near the tail end of a long speech in South Carolina, Texas Gov Rick Perry announced himself as  a candidate for president.  Going for a Kennedy-esk quote, Perry said, "We are not subjects of the government, the government is subject to Americans."  Perry began portraying his small town roots and ended appealing to Tea Party activists with many popular Republican talking points...balanced budget, tort and tax reform, jobs for America...all the usual conservative high notes.

AMES, Iowa (AP) - Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann won a test vote of Iowans on Saturday, a show of strength five months before the state's caucuses kick off the GOP presidential nominating season. The result is the first indication of what Iowans think of the field of Republicans competing for the chance to challenge President Barack Obama next fall. But it's hardly predictive of who will win the winter Iowa contest, much less the party nod or the White House. 

Ron Paul finished second in the Iowa poll and Governor Perry finished sixth as a WRITE IN vote. More from CNN...


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Iowa observation:  Based on several interviews and the debate itself, it's clear Bachmann offers well rehearsed responses to questions, no matter what the question is.  Escape and evade.  Bachmann's the QUEEN OF TALKING POINTS!
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Texas Observation:  Rick Perry is so far to the right, I need to buy a wider computer screen just to see his face! 

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Bonus:  How the Head of Fox News Is Making Americans More Right-Wing, More Ignorant and Ever More Terrified

Even his boss Rupert Murdoch is afraid of Roger Ailes   .More from Alternet/The Guardian

Aug 12, 2011

When Medicare, Medicaid, Insurance should say NO: Rationing could fix health care.

Guest editorial by former Colo Governor Richard Lamm who has maintained that American insurance and Medicare cannot afford to sacrafice GOOD TREATMENT FOR EVERYONE by giving UNLIMITED TREATMENT TO SOME.

The hard choices ahead of us.


Another Perspective on Rationing 



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 The New Government Symbol 
 
 
The government today announced that it is changing its symbol from an Eagle to a CONDOM, because it more accurately reflects the government's political stance.  
 
A condom allows for inflation, halts production, destroys the next generation, protects a bunch of dicks, and gives you a sense of security while you're actually being screwed! 
 
Damn, it just doesn't get more accurate than that!
 
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The unabashed GOP Debate... and more stuff on Skipwaves

Republican candidates Spar on Fox debate
Newt Gingrich jumped FOX's Chris Wallace for asking a series of 'gotcha' questions rather than ask content questions.  He made sense when he talked, imho.  Tim Pawlenty and Michele Bachmann held a catfight--going after each other's records.  Suffered some damage.

Front runner Mitt Romney basically looked good and stayed above the fray.  Rick Santorum pleaded that he was being ignored.  Ron Paul pressed hard to get out of America's multiple wars to mixed applause.  All candidates raised their hands to the question that they would NOT raise taxes, even if it was coupled with ten times as many budget cuts.   Not there was Texas Governor Rick Perry who has leaked that he will announce his candidacy Saturday. The Iowa Caucus straw poll is Saturday.  Resigned Alaska Governor Sarah Palin was not on the debate but she is in Iowa to play spoiler to work the crowd and get attention.


Ezra Klein says everyone on the debate stage LOSES!

A debate Coach REVIEWS THE REPUBLICAN DEBATE!

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 An appeals court ruled Friday that President Barack Obama's healthcare law requiring Americans to buy healthcare insurance or face a penalty was unconstitutional, a blow to the White House. The Appeals Court for the 11th Circuit, based in Atlanta, found that Congress exceeded its authority by requiring Americans to buy coverage, but also ruled that the rest of the wide-ranging law could remain in effect.
The legality of the so-called individual mandate, a cornerstone of the 2010 healthcare law, is widely expected to be decided by the Supreme Court. The Obama administration has defended the provision as constitutional.
The case stems from a challenge by 26 U.S. states which had argued the individual mandate, set to go into effect in 2014, was unconstitutional because Congress could not force Americans to buy health insurance or face the prospect of a penalty.

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Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer filed an appeal Wednesday with the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that put on hold key parts of the state's immigration enforcement law.

The appeal comes as Brewer faced a deadline for contesting a district court's decision that, among other things, barred police from enforcing a requirement that police while enforcing other laws to question the immigration status of those they suspect are in the country illegally.

Brewer lost her first appeal in April when a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected her request to overturn the decision. The nation's highest court has discretion on whether to hear her appeal.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/08/10/arizona-governor-has-until-end-day-to-appeal-immigration-law-to-supreme-court/#ixzz1Uj6wrSMp

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London Riots... about RACE?  Does anyone dare say it?


16,000 British troops brought some quiet to the looting and rioting on the 4th consecutive day of fires and looting that affected London and several other cities.  Even so Brits are shocked at the lawlessness and asking why.  One writer says its about race...

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Miracle on the Beach
12 year old boy sucked to sea but found and revived after many minutes underwater... all as his friends pray for him to be found.  See the heartwarming photo story from California on MSNBC.


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Supercommittee appointments
Speaker John Boehner has appointed Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.), Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Republican Conference Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) as the House GOP members of the deficit reduction "super committee." Hensarling will be co-chairman of the committee. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell also announced Wednesday the Senate Republican members: Jon Kyl of Arizona, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Rob Portman of Ohio.

On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced the Senate Democratic members of the committee: Patty Murray of Washington, John Kerry of Massachusetts and Max Baucus of Montana. Murray will be the other co-chair.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has yet to name the House Democratic members of the committee.

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 After being married for thirty years, a wife asked her husband to describe her.

He looked at her slowly...then said, "You're A, B, C, D, E, F, G,
H. . . .   I, J, K."

She asks, "What does that mean?"

He said, "Adorable, Beautiful, Cute, Delightful, Elegant, Foxy,
Gorgeous, Hot."

She smiled happily and said, "Oh, that's so lovely. . . but what
about I, J, K?"

He said, "I'm Just Kidding!"

His eye is still swollen.... but it will get better.

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If you had purchased $1,000 of shares in Delta Airlines one year ago, you would have $49.00 today! If you purchased $1,000 of shares in AIG, you would have $33.00. 
If you purchased $1,000 of shares in Lehman Brothers, you would have $0.00 today. 
But, if you purchased $1,000 worth of beer, drank all the beer, turned in the aluminum cans for recycling, you would have $214.00. 
Therefore the best current investment plan is to drink heavily & recycle. It is called the 401-Keg Plan

Aug 11, 2011

GOP Candidates debate on Fox Thursday night.

Republican candidates Spar on Fox debate
Newt Gingrich jumped FOX's Chris Wallace for asking a series of 'gotcha' questions rather than ask content questions.  He made sense when he talked, imho.  Tim Pawlenty and Michele Bachmann held a catfight--going after each other's records.  Suffered some damage.

Front runner Mitt Romney basically looked good and stayed above the fray.  Rick Santorum pleaded that he was being ignored.  Ron Paul pressed hard to get out of America's multiple wars to mixed applause and the dark candidate.  All candidates raised their hands to the question that they would NOT raise taxes, even if it was coupled with ten times as many budget cuts.   Not there was Texas Governor Rick Perry who has leaked that he will announce his candidacy Saturday. The Iowa Caucus straw poll is Saturday.

A debate Coach REVIEWS THE REPUBLICAN DEBATE!

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Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer filed an appeal Wednesday with the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that put on hold key parts of the state's immigration enforcement law.

The appeal comes as Brewer faced a deadline for contesting a district court's decision that, among other things, barred police from enforcing a requirement that police while enforcing other laws to question the immigration status of those they suspect are in the country illegally.

Brewer lost her first appeal in April when a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected her request to overturn the decision. The nation's highest court has discretion on whether to hear her appeal.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/08/10/arizona-governor-has-until-end-day-to-appeal-immigration-law-to-supreme-court/#ixzz1Uj6wrSMp

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London Riots... about RACE?  Does anyone dare say it?


16,000 British troops brought some quiet to the looting and rioting on the 4th consecutive day of fires and looting that affected London and several other cities.  Even so Brits are shocked at the lawlessness and asking why.  One writer says its about race...

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Miracle on the Beach
12 year old boy sucked to sea but found and revived after many minutes underwater... all as his friends pray for him to be found.  See the heartwarming photo story from California on MSNBC.


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Supercommittee appointments
Speaker John Boehner has appointed Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.), Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Republican Conference Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) as the House GOP members of the deficit reduction "super committee." Hensarling will be co-chairman of the committee. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell also announced Wednesday the Senate Republican members: Jon Kyl of Arizona, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Rob Portman of Ohio.

On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced the Senate Democratic members of the committee: Patty Murray of Washington, John Kerry of Massachusetts and Max Baucus of Montana. Murray will be the other co-chair.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has yet to name the House Democratic members of the committee.

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 After being married for thirty years, a wife asked her husband to describe her.

He looked at her slowly...then said, "You're A, B, C, D, E, F, G,
H. . . .   I, J, K."

She asks, "What does that mean?"

He said, "Adorable, Beautiful, Cute, Delightful, Elegant, Foxy,
Gorgeous, Hot."

She smiled happily and said, "Oh, that's so lovely. . . but what
about I, J, K?"

He said, "I'm Just Kidding!"

His eye is still swollen.... but it will get better.

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If you had purchased $1,000 of shares in Delta Airlines one year ago, you would have $49.00 today! If you purchased $1,000 of shares in AIG, you would have $33.00. 
If you purchased $1,000 of shares in Lehman Brothers, you would have $0.00 today. 
But, if you purchased $1,000 worth of beer, drank all the beer, turned in the aluminum cans for recycling, you would have $214.00. 
Therefore the best current investment plan is to drink heavily & recycle. It is called the 401-Keg Plan

Aug 10, 2011

Stuff you Might have Missed - Wisc Dems get spanked last night

Recalls in Wisconsin...Repubs hold onto the senate with 4 wins--shocked unions only win two of six.
August 9, 2011  |  
Wisconsin Democrats last night may not have won the whole quesadilla they had hoped for, but liberal cheeseheads succeeded in taking back two state Senate seats from Republicans in last night's unprecedented recall elections, falling short in this round of their goal in taking back control of the legislative body by recalling sitting Republican senators.

If, as some pundits declared, last night's recall elections for Wisconsin state Senate offer a preview of what the 2012 presidential elections will look like, we can look forward to millions of dollars of uncertain provenance spent on sneering TV ads to arrive at a result to be determined by a few thousand votes counted by an unreliable official, under inevitable accusations of vote tampering.
  Another recall election for two Democratic state senators is scheduled for next Tuesday.
MORE from ALTERNET...
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 The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the health reform law's individual mandate is unconstitutional but that the rest of the law can stand.

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Riots in 4 Brit Cities
London is reeling from three nights of rioting that's poured hundreds of people into the streets, leaving several local neighborhoods in shambles. One man is dead, dozens injured and arrested.

Two police cars and a large number of buildings were on Saturday set ablaze in north London following a protest over the fatal shooting of a 29-year-old man in an armed stand-off with officers. The patrol cars were torched as dozens gathered outside the police station on the High Road in Tottenham.

The protests have now spread to other cities, with violence reported in parts of Birmingham, Liverpool and Bristol. 


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The Taliban lured US forces into an elaborate trap to shoot down their helicopter, killing 30 American troops in the deadliest such incident of the war, an Afghan official said Monday.

US President Barack Obama pledged that the incident -- which killed 38 people -- would not keep foreign forces from prevailing in Afghanistan, and the Pentagon called the downing of the Chinook a "one-off" that would not alter US strategy.

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DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. – Assuming the grimmest role of his office, President Barack Obama on Tuesday privately honored fallen forces returning home from war, this time the troops killed in a helicopter attack that claimed more American lives than any other strike of the Afghanistan war.

Obama's afternoon trip here was unannounced to ensure the security of his helicopter flight. Members of the media covering the trip agreed not to report on it until he had landed.
After about a half-hour flight from Washington, Marine One touched down at the base. The president climbed into a limousine that took him to the two C-17 aircraft that arrived earlier in the day carrying the remains of the 30 Americans killed in Afghanistan.

The president boarded each plane to pay his respects to the fallen. The White House said Obama then spent more than an hour meeting with 250 family members and service members gathered at the base, offering his condolences for their loss and his gratitude for their service and sacrifice.

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KC Boy says Remember my Dad.


CNN broadcast a photo Tuesday submitted by 10 year old Braydon Nichols, saying remember my dad who died among the Navy Seals shot down in Afghanistan. 
(CNN) -- A week ago, 10-year-old Braydon Nichols started to think about his dad and how much he missed him.  Army Chief Warrant Officer Bryan Nichols, a helicopter pilot, had been deployed for two months in Afghanistan.   Link to the entire story
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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid plans to tap Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) to serve as the co-chair of the deficit reduction super committee. His other two picks will be Sens. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and John Kerry (D-Mass.), according to Democratic sources.

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Leavenworth County Fair Parade



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                  National Cyber Alert System
                  Cyber Security Alert SA11-221A

Microsoft Updates for Multiple Vulnerabilities

   Original release date: August 09, 2011
     * Microsoft Windows
     * Microsoft Office
     * Internet Explorer
     * .NET Framework
     * Microsoft Developer Tools


Overview

   There are multiple vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows, Microsoft  Office, Internet Explorer, .NET Framework, and Microsoft Developer Tools. Microsoft has released updates to address these  vulnerabilities.


Solution:  Install updates

   The updates to address these vulnerabilities are available on the  Microsoft Update site (requires Internet Explorer). We recommend enabling Automatic Updates.


Description

   The Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for August 2011 describes multiple vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, .NET Framework, and Microsoft Developer Tools.

   Microsoft has released updates to address these vulnerabilities, which may allow an attacker to gain control of your computer or cause it to crash.

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GOP Kansas Governor Gives back Federal Money

- Kansas became on Tuesday the second U.S. state to return a large federal grant meant to help it create a prototype health insurance exchange as part of the Obama administration's healthcare overhaul.


Republican Governor Sam Brownback said the state would give back the $31.5 million it received from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to become an early leader, along with six other states, in establishing health insurance exchanges that other local government could use as a model.

Exchanges are meant to provide an open marketplace of competing insurance plans that allow uninsured people and small businesses to band together to negotiate cheaper rates.
Kansas's move brings the total amount of the returned exchange-related federal grants to almost $90 million as Republican governors seek to block implementation of the healthcare law supported largely by Democratic lawmakers.

Experts warn that many states are falling far behind schedule for a smooth and timely roll-out of the reform.   More from Reuters....


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Stocks take another hit Monday after Friday's S&P Downgrade.  Predictable.  But still painful for those whose retirements and investments are in the fickle stock market.  Wall Street had its worst day since the 2008 financial crisis as fearful investors reacted to the United States losing its coveted AAA credit rating. FULL STORY

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In case you needed it, here's yet another sign of just how bad the economy is:
Illegal aliens are leaving the United States and returning to Mexico in search of a better life.
You heard that right. One Mexican official tells the Sacramento Bee that Mexico has "become a middle class country" where it's now easier to buy homes on credit, get higher education and find a job."
Not so here in the U.S. where the employment picture remains grim. Just today came announcements from Cisco and Goldman Sachs that they're cutting thousands of jobs.  Jack Cafferty CNN

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Fox, Limbaugh Campaign Against Majority Rule In Secret-Ballot Union Elections

August 05, 2011 10:42 pm ET Media Matters — 9 Comments
Rush Limbaugh and Fox News contributor Dana Perino have claimed that the FAA shutdown was caused by a dispute over the Democrats' "backdoor way to help the unions with the card check bill." In reality, the dispute involves corporate and Republican opposition to a decision by the National Mediation Board to change the way it conducts unionization elections to a method that allows workers to unionize if a union wins a majority of the ballots cast.