Sep 30, 2011

Report: Robin Carnahan not going to run! Wow.

Steve Kraske of the Star reporting Robin Carnahan not seeking reelection for Mo sec state!

Missouri’s two-term secretary of state, Robin Carnahan, will announce this afternoon that she will NOT seek a third-term, Jeff City sources tell Prime Buzz.

Read more: http://midwestdemocracyproject.org/blogs/entries/breaking-robin-carnahan-not-seeking-re-election/#ixzz1ZT2KjyOM

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Democratic State Rep Jason Kander of KC announces he's running for Sec of State, to replace Robin Carnahan who announced hours earlier she would not run for reelection. Kander currently serves in the Army National Guard. As a military intelligence officer in the Army Reserve, Kander volunteered in 2006 for deployment and served in Afghanistan. Rep. Kander currently serves on the Missouri Veterans Commission. Kander is a lawyer and lives with his wife Diana in Kansas City.
-- from Tony's Kansas City.

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
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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 head...as opposed to old ministers and pro tem mayors.


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


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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?

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Missouri Lawmakers tackle Unaccredited School Exodus.     from KOLR TV Springfield


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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

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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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Sep 28, 2011

Video: Wall Street Protest Presses on

The more support the Wall street occupiers get, the the longer they stay. That is important because they are educating the public, and fighting the corporate control so many of us are determined to break. We who must stay home for our families or other responsibilities need to make efforts as well if the middle class has any chance left. We are all in this together, Unions, Civil Rights, Environmentalists, and working poor.

      Because right now those occupiers are entering their 3rd week. Rain has not broken them, arrests have not. Lack of food is an concern. And most are becoming more determined. Not only do they need our support, they deserve it.


The best thing you can do is GO THERE. Anytime, day or night you can hop on a train and get to Zuccotti Park now renamed Liberty Square. Bring some food to share. Reports are NYPD Blocking large amounts of supplies, people need to bring backpacks full of rations. Share your story with a protester, or listen to theirs. Instead of whining on facebook go preach Philosophy in the crowd and see how many common dreams Americans have, you would be surprised.

     Any talent you have can be put to use at Liberty Square. Artists could go and paint the scene, musicians can sing to a ready audience, bloggers can interview almost anybody for a good story. You can participate in the general assembly, a refresher course in democracy that many Americans could use.
  If you are stuck at home make sure to follow the  Redneck Party on Facebook or Twitter. Pass the links and educate your social media network. Monitor this link for real time events!  If the situation changes send out the alert through your circle of influence. Spread word and educate America, because corporate media is not our friend right now.

     The Redneck party will be sending a care package, you can donate to it here. This is our first fundraiser an it is one we would like to see succeed. It is for the troops, the front line activists, and they deserve our support. If you can give 5 bucks, that's a meal  and another day of fighting for these activists!

     Without leaving the seat you are in right now, you can sign online petitions like this one to break up Goldman Sacks criminal enterprise. Look up more petitions online and tweet them!

Florida expected to move GOP primaries up to January!

Washington (CNN) -- Florida is now expected to hold its presidential primary on the last day in January 2012, a move likely to throw the carefully arranged Republican nominating calendar into disarray and jumpstart the nominating process a month earlier than party leaders had hoped.

Florida House Speaker Dean Cannon told CNN on Tuesday that a state commission exploring potential primary dates is likely to choose January 31 to hold the nominating contest.

If that happens, it would almost certainly force the traditional early states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada to leapfrog Florida and move their primaries and caucuses into early- to mid-January.

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Sep 27, 2011

Rick Perry - a minion of big oil and big bid'ness. SOLD OUT!

The nation’s biggest oil companies — many of them headquartered in oil-rich Texas — are raking in record profits this year and don’t need any more incentive to keep doing business. But Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) and his hand-picked appointees are giving them one anyway, and literally taking money away from children and schools to pay for it.

Public education — along with Medicaid, women’s health care, and the Texas Forest Service — was gutted in the budget Perry signed this year. But the governor’s hand-picked appointees on the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality look likely to raid another $67 million from public schools to give Big Oil a tax break

More from THINK PROGRESS...

Sep 25, 2011

New York Spring? Dozens arrested in NYC's Wall Street Protest; Deadlock in Jeff City

Scores of protesters were arrested in Manhattan Saturday as a march against social inequality turned violent.

Hundreds of people carrying banners and chanting "shame, shame" walked between Zuccotti Park, near Wall St., and Union Square calling for changes to a financial system they say unjustly benefits the rich and harms the poor.

At least 80 people were carted away in police vehicles and up to five were hit with pepper spray near 12th St. and Fifth Ave., where tensions became especially high, police and organizers said.

The National Lawyer's Guild, which is providing legal assistance to the protesters, put the number of arrests at 100.   More from NY Daily News....


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Working families, community members, faith leaders, and seniors will join Congressman Russ Carnahan and  postal employees Tuesday at the Main Post Office in Downtown St. Louis as part of rallies nationwide to Save the United States Postal Service. The fate of the U.S. Postal Service is of concern to every American, every community, every business, and heated political rhetoric has often resulted in the public hearing misleading and incomplete information on...


— Democrats aren’t the problem, said State Representative Jason Kander of the stalemate in Jefferson City over an economic development bill.
The second term Democrat sent a message to supporters Sunday expressing despair over the state of the economic development bill being considered by the General Assembly.

“If you’ve seen the paper this week about the special session in Jefferson City, I hope you’ll forgive me for admitting that I am, at this moment, frustrated,” he said. “Unfortunately, due to a small minority of extremists in the House and Senate, we appear to be at a standstill.”

The entire package of legislation, supported by the Governor, business, and labor, and agreed to by bicameral, bipartisan leaders earlier this year, is stalled between the State House and Senate over the issue of tax credits.

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Sep 24, 2011

Skipwaves: Stuff you might have missed this week

Facebook’s new redesign aims to get you to provide more info they can use to serve you ads—and make more money. The question is whether users will be in control of privacy, says Justin Brookman.

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"Republicans understand the importance of bondage between a mother and child"---Dan Quayle
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After days of worldwide suspense, NASA declared Saturday that a decommissioned six-ton satellite came apart during a fiery fall over the Pacific Ocean.
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Respected Black Actor, Nails the Tea Party for what it really is.
Morgan Freeman laid down the chips on the Tea Party in a new interview with Piers Morgan that is due to air Friday night. The Oscar-winning actor sat down with the British TV host and, amongst other things, discussed his belief that the right wing Tea Party's anti-Obama stance is rooted in racism.    MORE....

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Fox favors Perry, Romney-- not leader Ron Paul. 

If you’ve noticed a lack of Ron Paul in the mainstream media’s coverage of the 2012 presidential race, it might not be an accident.  

After he placed first in a Fox News poll, the outlet has removed the results from their website without explanation.



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Cain wins Florida Straw Poll bigtime
Texas Gov. Rick Perry's presidential campaign was dealt a worrying blow Saturday when he finished a distant second to businessman Herman Cain in a closely watched straw poll in Florida.
Cain won 37% of the 2,657 votes cast in the straw poll conducted at Presidency 5, a three-day convention sponsored by the Republican Party of Florida. Perry got just 410 votes, or 15.4%. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney finished third with 14%.
Michele Bachmann won just 40 votes to bring in last place.  She had won the Iowa caucus although in that straw poll, she bought all the delegates votes.  Say goodbye to Bachmann.

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Perry's lousy performances.  Texas governor and 2012 candidate Rick Perry defended his recent debate performances. “Yep, there may be slicker candidates and there may be smoother debaters,” Perry said in Michigan on Saturday, “but I know what I believe in.” Why, asks The Daily Beast’s Mark McKinnon, does Perry not seem to care about one of the most critical parts of the campaign? George W. Bush spent six months prepping for debates. Even Dick Cheney rehearsed like crazy—but Perry sounded like he was hearing questions for the first time.


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Yemeni president's troops kill 40 in new battles (AP)
Protestors react during a demonstration demanding the resignation of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Sanaa, Yemen, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011. A Yemeni pro-opposition officer says troops loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh are attacking soldiers who sided with the opposition in the capital Sanaa, killing several. Abdel-Ghani al-Shimiri says government forces are also moving to clear the opposition encampment on Change Square, which has been the epicenter of Yemen's uprising. Earlier in the day, more than a dozen people died as government forces attacked the protest camp at the square.(AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)AP - Forces loyal to Yemen's newly returned president attacked pro-opposition troops with mortar shells and heavy gunfire Saturday and used rooftop snipers to pick off unarmed protesters fleeing in panic, killing more than 40 people and littering the streets of the capital with bodies.

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KC School Neighbor Nervous

Tremors were felt in Lee’s Summit after the Missouri State Board of Education dropped a bomb on the Kansas City School District Tuesday, voting to pull its accreditation on Jan. 1. But the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District is taking measures to minimize local impact.

State law allows students in unaccredited districts to transfer to any other district in their county or an adjoining county, and requires the unaccredited district to pick up tuition and transportation costs. But it’s not clear whether the Kansas City district would be able to cover those costs, especially if there’s a huge exodus, R-7 Superintendent David McGehee said. Therefore, he will ask the R-7 board next month to adopt a policy barring enrollment of out-of-district students before their tuition and transportation costs are paid. --Lees Summit Journal

Sep 22, 2011

Stuff: Darla, a NY Mosque, a falling space object, and a bear -- Oh My.

A 1991 satellite is scheduled to fall to earth  Sep23... officials hope it burns up and the debris ends up harmlessly in the Pacific.  NASA officials don't know where it will hit. IT weighs about 6 tons, the size of a schoolbus.

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12 year old escapes a bear rummaging around in the family kitchen in California.  How did the girl get away?...by CLAPPING.  Who knew?  Thats how you startle a bear so it will wander off.  Ya hope.  The home alone kid got upstairs to her room and called her dad, who called the sheriff.  The bear broke a lot of stuff but animal control people coaxed it out of a nearby tree. 

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NYC Ground Zero Mosque opens

The so-called Ground Zero mosque, where proponents of religious freedom clashed with conservative pols and the families of 9/11 victims for nearly two years, opened Wednesday without controversy.

Instead of protesters, who tried to shut down the Park51 center several times, spectators milled about the center before entering to view a photographic exhibition.
 
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FOX GOP Debate Thursday night
Since Rick Perry has taken the lead, he 'was the major target Thursday for 2nd place Mitt Romney and others who want a piece of the Presidential nomination.     Pundits on competing MSNBC reported Romney got the best of Perry though both were seen as the top two candidates after the debate was over.   Perry was seen as clumsy and uncomfortable.   Not much other news came out of it, the third debate in consecutive weeks, other than this:

IRAQ SOLDIER BOOED.    A soldier in Iraq outed himself as a gay soldier during the debate, asking Rick Santorum if he'd roll back the repeal of Don't Ask-Don't Tell.  The audience was very quiet... except for the boos of the soldier.  VIDEO

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Solve Social Security problems.   Smoke.  Live FAST, Die YOUNG!




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 U.S. Violent Crime Plummets

Despite the tough economic times, violent crime continues to fall. New statistics released by the Justice Department show that violent crime fell 13 percent in 2010. Crime has been falling for several years, but this last drop is about three times as great as the annual declines for the last nine years.


The Justice Department survey, which is done by telephone, does not include murder. It does include rape, robbery, aggravated assault and simple assault. Almost two-thirds of the violent crimes counted by the survey were simple assaults in which the victim was not injured.


SO if crime is down, how come local news keeps leading with it?  Could it be that they still follow the consultants' rule, "If it bleeds, it leads?" 

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IS Obama tough enough to battle the Evil Empire between now and 2012?

KMBZ talker Darla Jaye mistakenly called Barack Obama a phony for his jobs bill on her face book page the other day.  Darla has no clue about Obama. If he's not anything, he's not a phony.  If he's anything, he's naive for his honesty. Too naive. People voted for the guy to get some fresh air...to get rid of the phoniness. But they expected that he wouldn't be so NAIVE because he's also so POLISHED. He's fighting th Evil Empire and it takes more than a young Luke to defeat them.

IT's a fair statement... with GWB in office for eight years, we forgot how treacherous the GOP can be.  Obama was clearly caught unawares and so he made a lot of promises, underestimating the GOP.


Sadly, he's not come through with the promises that got him elected.  Why?  Because the phonies of the right are more effective than he is. More shrewd. They'll say anything.  They'll brazenly accuse him of the very tactics they do without batting an eye.   To stop the right, he either has to grow up really fast -- or step aside.

Hillary's lookin better all the time because she won't put up with this GOP Bullsh|t! She learned about them a long time ago.
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He took two years, two valuable years when he had a mandate. Now he doesn't. Now it will take nukes to get them unseated because they're so shrewd and have so hoodwinked American's mental midgets into thinking they're what America needs.

Perry is the personification of the stupidity of America. He's a cartoon. A dangerous one. That's why he might get elected in 2012. I'm starting to wonder if Obama's enough of a Jedi Knight to take these rats out!


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100 years ago:
THE YEAR IS 1911
Here are some statistics for the Year 1911:
 

 

  • The average life expectancy for men was 47 years.
  • Fuel for this car was sold in drug stores only.
  • Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.
  • Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.
  • There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads.  The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.
  • The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower !
  • The average US wage in 1910 was 22 cents per hour.
  • The average US worker made between $200 and $400 per year.  A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year.
  • A dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year, and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.
  • More than 95 percent of all births took place at home .
  • Ninety percent of all Doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION!  Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which
  • were condemned in the press AND the government as "substandard."
  • Sugar cost four cents a pound.
  • Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.
  • Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.
  • Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.
  • Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into their country for any reason.
  • The Five leading causes of death were:
  • 1. Pneumonia and influenza
  • 2. Tuberculosis
  • 3. Diarrhea
  • 4. Heart disease
  • 5. Stroke
  • The American flag had 45 stars...
  • The population of Las Vegas , Nevada , was only 30!!!
  • Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn't been invented yet.
  • There was neither a Mother's Day nor a Father's Day.
  • Two out of every 10 adults couldn't read or write and only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.
  • Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at the local corner drugstores. Back then pharmacists said, "Heroin
  • clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach and bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health!"
  • ( Shocking? )
  • Eighteen percent of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help ...
  • There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A. !
  • I am now going to forward this to someone else without typing it myself.
  • From there, it will be sent to others all over the WORLD -  all in a matter of seconds!
  • Try to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years.

The Long, Murderous Arm of the Law Has Killed Troy Davis | | AlterNet

Let us not mince words: The state of Georgia just murdered Troy Davis. The state coroner will list homicide as his cause of death. But he wasn’t the first and, sadly, he won’t be the last person slaughtered in the name of U.S. law and order. There are today dozens more people scheduled to be killed by states, according to Amnesty International. Their likely deaths represent the ultimate act of perversity in a system that destroys untold thousands of primarily black and brown lives every day.

The Long, Murderous Arm of the Law Has Killed Troy Davis | | AlterNet

Sep 21, 2011

Executed: No stay of execution for condemned Georgia man whose guilt is in question

The U.S. Supreme Court denied a last-minute stay of execution for Troy Davis after a delay to weigh arguments from Davis' legal team and the state of Georgia over whether his execution should be blocked.

The court's decision to deny the stay came after 10 p.m. ET, more than three hours after Davis' execution originally was scheduled today. The court did not comment on its decision.
The execution by lethal injection was expected to occur by 11 p.m. ET Wednesday evening.

There had been doubts about this man's guilt after several eyewitnesses recanted that they'd seen him kill a Georgia off duty policeman.

MOre details on the case from the AP.

MSNBC reports that because of the unavailability of a fatal cocktail normally used for executions--now no longer made in the US, Georgia is using a drug normally used to put down domestic pets.

MSNBC and CNN ran continual coverage on the protest outside a Georgia prison; Fox ran a lower screen crawl of the Supreme Court decision but went ahead with recorded repeats of their regular programs.


Witnesses at the execution heard his dying declaration that he wasn't the one who actually killed the Georgia off duty officer for which he was found guilty.    Strapped to the geurney before the chemicals were injected, Davis said to the officers' family that he was not responsible for the death of their brother, father.  He had previously asked his own family and friends to dig deeper into the case to show that he was telling the truth.

Davis was pronounced dead at 10:08 central time.   The son and brother of the slain officer seemed satisfied by smiling, as described by journalists.  

Sep 20, 2011

KCMSD loses accreditation

A source confirms the State Board of Education and Commissioner have chosen to pull the District's provisional accreditation. Said one board member, please understand that this only weakens the resolve of the uncommitted and gives those who are stubbornly dedicated to turn things around stronger resolve. 
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This is not particularly helpful to the young people going to school there but certainly reflects on the difficulty of educating low income students, many of whom want to succeed.  Obviously the traditional method of education does not work for this population.
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Sep 17, 2011

Jay Leno: Michele Bachmann convicted!; VIDEO Congress: Preps for RealAlien Invasion

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann Friday evening hit the late-night comedy circuit with an appearance on NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”

“If you become president — and you seem pretty strident in your views…,” Jay Leno said, before Bachmann interrupted him.

“Convicted. I’m convicted,” she said.

“Convicted?” Leno replied. “No, you don’t get convicted until after you’re in office. That’s later. You have to get elected first.”



Congress okaying budget for War with Aliens from Outer Space! 



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A Kansas high school teacher is apologizing after parents complained because she stepped on an American flag while discussing free speech rights in her class.
Officials at Circle High School in Towanda said Jennifer McKinsey, a U.S. government and history teacher, stepped on the flag this week while discussing controversial behaviors that are protected by the First Amendment.
  SURVEY
Did Towanda, Kan., teacher Jennifer McKinsey go too far during a First Amendment lesson when she stepped on a U.S. flag?
Cherie Davis, a parent of a Circle student, complained to school officials.








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WHY DOES AT&T SUPPORT THE EXTREMIST IDEAS OF RICK PERRY?

Texas Governor Rick Perry holds some radical—and dangerous—views. He's open to Texas seceding from the United States. He believes Social Security is "a Ponzi scheme." He doesn't believe in global warming, but believes in teaching "intelligent design" to kids. He's anti-abortion and anti-gay-marriage. And he opposes the federal income tax, which provides 45% of government revenue.
And yet AT&T contributed $462,739 to Perry since 2000.1 What's more, AT&T spent $18,349 to sponsor a lunch last December at a conservative summit and distribute 700 copies of Fed Up!, Perry's book which contains some of his most extreme ideas.2 Why? Good question.
The last time a Texas governor ran for president—remember George W. BushAT&T gave the maximum amount allowed to the Bush-Cheney campaigns in the 2000 and 2004 elections. And we know how that turned out for the country.
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The plane leaves Heathrow Airport under the control of a Jewish captain.  His co-pilot is Chinese.  It's the first time they've flown together and an awkward silence between the two seems to indicate a mutual dislike.  Once they reach cruising altitude, the Jewish captain activates the auto-pilot, leans back in his seat, and mutters, 'Ya know I don't like the Chinese.”
“No ‘rike’ Chinese?” asks the co-pilot, “why not? “You people bombed Pearl Harbor, that's why!” 
“No, no,” the co-pilot protests, “Chinese not bomb ‘Peahl Hahbah’!  That Japanese, not Chinese.” 
“Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese -- doesn't matter -- you're all alike!” 
There's a few minutes of silence. 

“I no ‘rike’ Jews!” the co-pilot suddenly announces.  
“Oh yeah, why not?” asks the captain.  
“Jews sink Titanic!” says the co-pilot.  “What?  You're insane!  Jews didn't sink the Titanic!” exclaims the captain, “it was an iceberg!” 

“Iceberg, Goldberg, Greenberg, Rosenberg” – “No ‘mattah’ -- all same!”

Sep 16, 2011

Airshow accident tonight in RENO NEV...scores in audience hit

horrible National Air Race air show accident at reno NV airport, a high performance WWII era P-51 crashes into an audience sitting in box seats... reports of 75 injured, many critically tonight.  Multiple fatalities, people lying all over a runway.  mass casualty situation.- msnbc
 More...3 dead 56 injured by one early evening count ... the pilot a 74 (fixed age) year old veteran racing pilot from Florida.
More yet.. by Saturday afternoon   9.
The death toll from the Reno, Nevada, air race plane crash has risen to nine people, Reno police said Saturday.   Seven people died on the tarmac, including the pilot, and two died in hospitals, police said.   More than 50 people were transported from the scene with injuries, officials said shortly after the crash Friday.  --CNN
 A stunt pilot died at Downtown Kansas City airport on Aug 20th while flying a high performance stunt plane.  That plane crashed into the grass a few hundred feet from the airport audience here.  There were no injuries other than the fatality of the pilot.  On that weekend, 2 others were killed in air show accidents elsewhere.
Reno's national racing show draws pilots from around the country and has been the scene of accidents in years past.
Reno's Reckless Air Tragedy...

Stay of Execution for Texas man; airshow accident tonite in RENO

The U.S. Supreme Court granted a temporary execution stay to Duane Buck late Thursday, the same night the Texas man had been set to die by lethal injection for two murders in 1995. Buck’s reprieve was granted two hours into a six-hour window when he could have been taken to the death chamber, and he had already eaten his scheduled last meal when his lawyers told him the news.

Buck’s lawyers had based their argument on a 2000 declaration by then-Attorney General John Cornyn that Buck was one of six capital murder trials that may have been tainted by racial testimony from a psychologist. Buck was convicted in 1995 of murdering his former girlfriend, Debra Gardner as well as her friend, Kenneth Butler, and also of shooting his sister, Phyllis Taylor—who recovered and later became an advocate to save his life.

This came as the Texas governor, Rick Perry, was campaigning in Iowa.

Chief Executioner Rick Perry...pious Christian or Pontius Pilate?



What would Pontius Pilate do?

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Grim Realities for POST OFFICE

The current mail system of the United States is "no longer financially sustainable," and the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is looking for billions of dollars in cuts to its services.

The postal service announced Thursday it was considering closing nearly 250 processing facilities, cutting equipment by 50 percent and slowing mail delivery in an extreme cost-cutting effort. It is looking for $3 billion in annual savings.

And as the president and Congress search high and low for ways to boost job creation, up to 35,000 people could be laid off as part of that effort.

"We are forced to face a new reality today,” said Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe. “With the dramatic decline in mail volume and the resulting excess capacity, maintaining a vast national infrastructure is no longer realistic."

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Sep 14, 2011

KC Update: Debate crowd yells, yeah, let him die! And Dr. Paul DID!



Just a few weeks ago, I posted an essay by former Colorado Richard Lamm on MEDICAL PRIORITIES. 

UPDATE: Ron Paul Wasn't Joking About Letting Uninsured People Die -- His Uninsured Staffer Died of Pneumonia

This is an unbelievably sad story, and it proves that Ron Paul was serious when he said (to audience applause) at Monday's CNN-Tea Party debate that society should allow uninsured people to die.
....As it turns out, Paul was not speaking purely in hypotheticals. Back in 2008, Kent Snyder — Paul's former campaign chairman — died of complications from pneumonia. Like the man in Blitzer's example, the 49-year-old Snyder...was relatively young and seemingly healthy when the illness struck. He was also uninsured. [The Kansas City Star quoted his sister at the time as saying that a "a pre-existing condition made the premiums too expensive."] When he died on June 26, 2008, two weeks after Paul withdrew his first bid for the presidency, his hospital costs amounted to $400,000. The bill was handed to Snyder's surviving mother (pictured, left), who was incapable of paying. Friends launched a website to solicit donations.
Somehow, Paul managed to turn Snyder's death into an opportunity to spout off about "freedom" -- you know, the freedom we have to die and leave our families with massive piles of debt.
After Snyder's death, Paul posted a message to the website for his Campaign for Liberty — a pre-Tea Party organization which served Paul as both presidential marketing tool and platform to promote his non-interventionist, free market ideals.
He wrote:
"Like so many in our movement, Kent sacrificed much for the cause of liberty. Kent poured every ounce of his being into our fight for freedom. He will always hold a place in my heart and in the hearts of my family."
Unbelievable. Luckily, Paul is getting a lot of push back for Monday's remarks. For instance, National Nurses United, which recently held a national day of action targeting Wall Street greed, released the following statement:
National Nurses United said the gruesome reaction from many in the audience is a reminder of the growing collapse of civil society in America, and the need for more humane policies. One such step would be to expand Medicare to cover all Americans so that no one has to be in danger of losing their life because they are uninsured.
Nor is it an academic question. Nearly 45,000 deaths in the U.S. every year are associated with lack of health insurance, according to a study this year by Harvard Medical School and Cambridge Health Alliance published by the American Journal of Public Health.
“It was stunning. My first reaction is how far have we degenerated as a society?” said NNU Co-President Jean Ross, RN who said she was watching the debate.
The nurses union also notes:
“Healthcare should be a right for everyone, not just a privilege for the few, a point nurses would debate with anyone,” said Ross.
Ross said she was also disturbed by Paul’s comment about “freedom.”
“Abandoning people is not freedom,” said Ross, especially those without the resources to buy increasingly expensive private insurance. "That isn’t what I hear from my patients or their families.”
Strikingly, the audience cheers came just hours before the release Tuesday morning of new Census Bureau data showing the number of uninsured Americans this year rising by another 900,000 to 49.9 million people. Concurrently the Census Bureau reported a huge leap in the poverty rate, one reason so many people are without health coverage as insurance premiums alone have doubled in nine years.
Read more about the NNU's efforts to support quality healthcare for all Americans here.

Sep 12, 2011

Perry wounded. Tea Party wounded. Obama wins Tea Party Debate.

The top two are still Romney and Perry but everybody was after Perry and they drew blood. Everybody pissed off the Hispanics who don't do things the way Perry does in Texas and the others came off pretty anti-immigration and Latino.

They most definitely aren't your dad's and rich uncle's Republican party. Me thinks the tea party isn't as popular as they think they are and the GOP is in deep trouble.

Sep 8, 2011

Have you had a Five Guys fabulous burger?

Zagat loves Five Guys

Zagat recently polled 6,064 people for its annual Fast Food Survey, in categories ranging from best coffee (Starbucks) to best salad (Panera). Among chains with up to 5,000 locations, Five Guys was deemed the most popular (which perhaps comes as no surprise), followed by Panera, Chipotle, Chick-fil-A and in fifth place, In-N-Out.

Last year, Five Guys also took top prize, though In-N-Out was the victor in 2009. Five Guys was not only the most popular chain; it also dominated the best burger category, putting In-N-Out in second place and McDonald's in fifth. McDonald's did, however, rank highest in value, child-friendliness and drive-thru experience.

Among chains with over 5,000 locations, Subway took the top popularity spot, followed by McDonald's, Wendy's, Burger King and Taco Bell bringing up the rear.

Five Guys Locations in KC
8952 North Skyview Avenue, Kansas City 
8600 Ward Parkway, Suite 2155, Kansas City 
12025 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, KS
 118 North Conistor ,  Liberty, MO 
1803 Village West Pkwy Legends, KCK, KS 
11331 W. 95th Street  Oak Park Mall, OP, KS
14965 West 119th Street, Olathe, KS 
614 NE M-291 Hwy, Lee's Summit, MO 
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Note to Governor Perry:  You shouldn't have eaten that corn dog at the Iowa State Fair.  mahahahahaha!


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Cleaver hit by minority Republican for Caucus' hate speech

KC Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, has been served a “sugar-coated Satan sandwich” (now with Demon Drink!) by Allen West in the form of a letter of condemnation over CBC members stepping way over the line at recent events:
Rep. Allen West, the only Republican member of the Congressional Black Caucus, threatened Wednesday to quit the group over what he called “racially motivated rhetoric” by fellow caucus members aimed at the tea party.     More from The Source.

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Wednesday night Perry Debate Debut.   Turns out he can turn OFF that Texas droll but he called Social Security a 'ponzi scheme'.  (Which it's not.)  The braintrust on TV thinks Romney won kinda sorta.  
 One commenter:   The Republican Party demonstrated to the entire nation last night just how out of touch with the mainstream they have become. They offered no positive vision for America's future and simply spent the entire time bashing the president for every single perceived crisis and pandering to the most extreme and base elements of the Tea Party. these people are not running top be President of the United States. they are running to be President of the Tea Party. That's dangerous.
Daily Beast Reviews who won the debate...

Radioman noticed that MSNBC had a lot to do with winners and losers...putting Romney and Perry next to each other....pitting them first with joint questions, and virtually ignoring everybody else.

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President speaks early tonight..announces National Jobs Act proposal
 Obama wants a highway bill to create jobs

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is appealing to Congress to pass a transportation bill that would put money in the pipeline for roads and construction jobs, arguing that it's an economic imperative.

Republicans say they support passing the bill, but Obama says time is running out and "political posturing" may stand in the way.

"There's no reason to put more jobs at risk in an industry that has been one of the hardest-hit in this recession," Obama said Saturday in his weekly radio and Internet address. "There's no reason to cut off funding for transportation projects at a time when so many of our roads are congested, so many of our bridges are in need of repair and so many businesses are feeling the cost of delays.

"This isn't a Democratic or a Republican issue – it's an American issue," the president said.

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Why are we still teaching French in high schools and not Chinese? Because thousands of French teachers haven't retired yet, the teacher unions insist they stay on, and none of them know Mandarin!
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Recent data provided by the nation’s largest health insurance companies reveals that a provision of the Affordable Care Act – or Obamacare – is bringing big numbers of the uninsured into the health care insurance system.
And they are precisely the uninsured that we want– the young people who tend not to get sick.
The provision of the law that permits young adults under 26, long the largest uninsured demographic in the country, to remain on their parents’ health insurance program resulted in at least 600,000 newly insured Americans during the first quarter of 2011.   More from Forbes....

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The Mayor's Problem Child Kyle James.  As seen in The Dirty...where the comments are telling on this young man who is a looker who can't keep his hands to himself..   The Dirty....


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Eddie Murphy hosts Academy awards in Februrary 2012.
Just as predicted, Eddie Murphy will be bringing his distinctive laugh and bright smile to The Kodak Theater this year. The comedian will officially host the 84th Academy Awards. This is Murphy's first time hosting the esteemed awards show.


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There is more money being spent on breast implants and Viagra today than on Alzheimer's research. This means that by 2040, there should be a large elderly population with big tits and huge erections and absolutely no recollection of what to do with them!