The Kansas Federalist

Editor and Publisher Currie Myers, former sheriff of Johnson County Kansas and conservative strategist.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Military Fatalities in Perspective

While we should pray for all of our soldiers in the War on Terror and we humbly pray that none are ever harmed, we know that the reality of it all is that death occurs. The media has placed great attention on this fact. Many national television shows even list the war dead in memoriam to let the public know of just how many lives have been lost. Even though displaying those names are in honor ultimatley the reason many in the industry show the names is for behavior modification. To remind all Americans that our soldiers are dying oversees and to keep the anti-war machine in full gear.

On occasion, we have to place death in perspective. For instance, how many of you knew that six state troopers in Califorinia have lost their lives just in five months? All in individal events. The head of the California Highway Patrol, Commissioner Mike Brown, advised yesterday of the death of the sixth CHP officer in the past five months. "We have been struggling with this internally,'' a sometimes somber, sometimes angry Brown told reporters at the CHP headquarters. "I've never seen this in my career, the unprecedented level of events which have resulted in us going to many funerals.''

Gregory J. Bailey, 36, a motorcycle cop who pulled over a suspected drunken driver in southeastern California on Saturday night, was killed when he was struck by another driver who allegedly was driving under the influence as well. He became the 209th officer to die on duty -- and the fourth in just over two months and the sixth in just five months." As far as the highway patrol goes, as far as the number of incidents, with the number of fatalities,'' Brown said, ``we have nothing like this in our history." Four officers have died in crashes, two of them struck by vehicles at the side of the highway. Two were shot fatally next to cars they had pulled over.

These numbers reflect only the California Highway Patrol, no other agencies are included. There is no indication that these incidents are linked to one particular part of policy and/or training. There is no indication whatsoever that the officers did anything wrong. The deceased officers leave behind four wives and 11 children.

Every day, our thoughts and prayers go out to all officers, that they will return safely from their shifts, whether they be in police services or fire services. Please try to place that in context the next time you read the death reports coming from the media about Iraq.

Additional Facts About US Police Deaths

Over 14,000 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.
A total of 1,533 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty during the last 10 years.
Average of one death every 58 hours or 153 per year.
On average, more than 65,000 law enforcement officers are assaulted.

Top 10 Departments with the most officer deaths.
1. New York City, New York, P.D.---- 526
2. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, P.D.---- 229
3. Detroit, Michigan, P.D.---- 207
4. Highway Patrol, California---- 191
5. Los Angeles, California, P.D.---- 190
6. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms, U.S.---- 182
7. St. Louis, Missouri, P.D.---- 136
8. Kansas City, Missouri, P.D.---- 112
9. Metropolitan, Washington D.C., P.D.---- 104
10. State Police, New York---- 102

Currie Myers - Kansas Federalist http://kansasfederalist.blogspot.com

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Mom's Apple Pie - Wanted by the Kansas Department of Agriculture

There are many times in one’s life that you look back at the past and gaze at the wonderment of it all. One of those enjoyable memories is of my mom baking and preparing dinners at our house. She would always be preparing for some event. At school or church she would bake items for the annual bake sale and them take them to the event. The church would sell all the goodies made my other moms and actually make some money for the greater glory of others. At school it was the same thing. Many times our athletic teams, music department, or our student council would have a bake sale and use the proceeds to buy uniforms or purchase equipment.

My wife is an excellent baker and I enjoy watching and eating her baked goods. I love to go home to my in-laws because my mother-in-law can really bake. I guess when you have 10 kids you learn to keep them happy through their stomachs. Now my daughters and son are learning and enjoying the art of baking. I must admit personally, I love to cook but in the baking department, well let’s just stay I should concentrate on other accomplishments.

After twenty years in the public sector and working around many bureaucracies in government I have seen my fair share of excessive governmental regulations. The one true problem with government is that the tentacles of government bureaucracy grow and grow unless leaders in government ensure that those departments stay within their core competencies.

In an excellent example of excessive government regulation the Kansas Department of Agriculture has proposed a new regulation on “domestic kitchen goods”. K.S.A. 65-689 (a) states, “It shall be unlawful for any person to engage in the business of conducting a retail food store … unless such person shall have in effect a valid registration therefore issued by the secretary”. K.S.A. 65-688 (a)(1) defines a retail food store as “any establishment or section of an establishment where food and food products are offered to the consumer and intended for off-premises consumption.”

The regulation goes on to state, “If your activity is making a food product and offering it to the public, you must be registered. Registrations for domestic kitchen operations are issued for certain retail activities. Only certain types of activities are permitted in a registered domestic kitchen. Items, which may be produced, include non Potentially Hazardous Food (nonPHF) products such as: Jams ● Jellies ● baked goods ● Candies ● Lettuce salad mixes ● Shelled nuts.”

“Potentially Hazardous Food (PHF) products that cannot be made in a registered domestic kitchen include: Low acid food canning (vegetables, potatoes, etc.) ● Baking crème filled cakes and pies ● Dairy processing (like homemade ice cream, butter, cheese, etc.) ● All products that contain dairy (cheese spreads, cheese breads, etc.) ● Meat cutting or processing ● All products that contain meats (pizza, tamales, etc.) ● Most pickling and acidifying of foods (pickles, beets, etc) ● Heat treated vegetables ● Cut melons ● Bean sprouts ● Garlic in oil.”

Just when you thought the kitchen cops were done then KDA goes on to state even more requirements. ”During times of food processing, no domestic activities may be conducted in the registered domestic kitchen. Food handling activities must be confined to the kitchen and not be conducted in other areas of a dwelling. All food must be sold from the residence or delivered by the individual preparing the product. The products may only be sold to the end consumer in person (no wholesale, internet, or mail order sales are allowed). The product may also be sold by the registrant at chartered farmers’ markets.”

“Registration allows individuals to supplement their income while allowing KDA to track consumer complaints about food produced in a domestic kitchen. Additional registration information and the registration application can be found on the Division of Food Safety web page http://www.ksda.gov/Default.aspx?tabid=36. “

Wait, KDA’s not done yet. You may ask yourself, what about labeling? Shouldn’t we know what's in Mom’s apple pie? Their answer is yes, so we continue!

“Labeling - Packaged foods are required to be labeled. The required information includes:
· Name of the product
· Net weight (any product weighing less than one pound must be listed in ounces)
· Ingredient statement (from most to least, by weight)
· Name and address of the producer (including city, state, and zip code)
· Major Food Allergens (milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, soybeans)

The package or label of foods produced at registered domestic kitchens must also bear the statement:

“This food product was produced in a domestic kitchen not subject to routine inspection”.

It is a good idea to submit this label to the Division for review before having a quantity printed. Stickers bearing this statement are available from KDA for a nominal fee. There is a handout available at
www.ksda.gov that further explains the labeling requirements.

Requirements

If you are considering the operation of a domestic kitchen, the following features will be required of your home:
Doors – any domestic kitchen doors must be kept closed during operation of the domestic kitchen.
People – No one other than the registrant and employees under his/her supervision are permitted in the domestic kitchen during operating hours.
Children – No infants or children allowed in kitchen during domestic kitchen processing activity.
Pets – No pets allowed – ever – in the same building that houses the domestic kitchen.
Domestic Activity – All domestic activities must be completed before any commercial processing or baking takes place. The kitchen must be cleaned and sanitized prior to food production.
Storage – Separate storage facilities (labeled cabinet, refrigerator, etc.) are required for ingredients, finished products, cleaning materials, labels and packaging materials, as well as a separate refrigerated storage for perishable materials. Packaged items may be stored in other areas of the dwelling as long as they are protected from contamination and accessible for
inspection. Such areas may include pantries, basements, etc.
Storage of medical supplies is not permitted in the domestic kitchen.
Domestic Kitchens shall be available for inspection between 8am & 5 pm weekdays or other production times.
Domestic Kitchens must post a placard or sign at the point of sale that states

“These food products are produced in a domestic kitchen not subject to routine inspection”.

So remember that if you choose to participate in the age old and very American custom of having a bake sale then please ensure that you follow the guidelines of our state government and notify the Department of Agriculture of your intentions, invite them into your home to inspect your kitchen, make sure and label your ingredients for public attention, never have your family or your family’s best friend, Fido, in the room watching you bake and for God’s sake, never, I mean never, make the mistake of licking the spoon!

Welcome to George Orwell’s America and eat your mom’s or wife's apple pie as soon as you get home. From now on, we may only get Sam’s Club.

-Currie Myers – Kansas Federalist http://kansasfederalist.blogspot.com

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Sedition or Treason - The Gore-ing of America

You may have noticed that the Kansas Federalist very seldom personally calls out individuals for their actions. We have always viewed our role here at the Kansas Federalist as being a conservative commentary, intellectually honest electronic forum with our beliefs presented in a statesmen-like way. However, we must address a particular situation that is getting little to no attention with the mainstream media.

Former Vice President Al Gore appeared before a Saudi audience this past week and accused the United States of committing "terrible abuses" against Arabs after 9/11. Gore’s remarks are highly inappropriate during a time of war and he should be in fact, arrested and charged for sedition and/or treason for his anti-American comments. In fact, the accusations cited are false and he has used doctored research material to make his arguments.

Addressing the Jeddah Economic Forum, Gore said Sunday that after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, Arabs in America had been "indiscriminately rounded up, often on minor charges of overstaying a visa or not having a green card in proper order, and held in conditions that were just unforgivable." Gore told his audience, "I do want you to know that it does not represent the desires or wishes or feelings of the majority of the citizens of my country."

In a statement, the National Association of Chiefs of Police accused Gore of having "crossed the line of diplomatic decency by denigrating his own country within the Islamic world." It said if he had evidence of "terrible abuses" he should put it before the Department of Justice or Congress. The body also called the comments "shrill," "loathsome" and "ugly," and said they should be condemned by Republicans, Democrats and Independents alike."

What possesses a former vice president of the U.S. to travel to the birthplace of Islamist terrorism and denounce his country?" asked the website Investors.com in an editorial.Terence Jeffrey, editor of Human Events magazine, questioned Gore's statements criticizing post-9/11 visa policy, given the conclusions of the 9/11 commission that the hijackers - 15 of whom were Saudis - had taken advantage of weak immigration and law enforcement in the U.S.

According to the forum website, the Saudi Binladin Group - the Jeddah-based construction firm owned by Osama bin Laden's family - has been a key sponsor, listed in that capacity for this year's event as well as those in 2004 and 2002. The company, which employs 35,000 people, has distanced itself from the al-Qaeda leader.

The most serious questions, however, involved Gore's decision to criticize his country's policies while abroad -- at a time when Muslim feelings against the West are running high. What is also in question is to what extent Gore was paid and who did the paying. It is amazing to me that the media has hardly mentioned a word on Gore’s comments and activities but instead has focused all their attention on an accidental hunting incident involving Vice President Cheney.

The Chief’s of Police Association should be commended for their remarks against the former Vice President. An investigation should take place to help corroborate specifics but under the color of the laws of sedition and treason, it appears thus far that Gore has overstepped his freedom of speech bounds and has committed a terrible and unforgivable act to our country and what used to be his country.

Definitions of Sedition and Treason:

se·di·tion ( P ) Pronunciation Key (s -d sh n)n.
Conduct or language inciting rebellion against the authority of a state.
Insurrection; rebellion.

trea·son ( P ) Pronunciation Key (tr z n)n.
Violation of allegiance toward one's country or sovereign, especially the betrayal of one's country by waging war against it or by consciously and purposely acting to aid its enemies.
A betrayal of trust or confidence.

-Currie Myers – Kansas Federalist http://kansasfederalist.blogspot.com

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Kansas Legislature - Limit Government Spending

The year 2005 will be remembered as one of good intentions, bad disasters and earmarks. Then came Hurricane Katrina -- 90,000 square miles of the gulf coast destroyed. Congress responded by speeding relief and recovery funds totaling $60 billion in six days to rebuild the families and communities destroyed by this storm.

After the storm, many in Washington thought that fiscal discipline was the last thing Congress should be thinking about -- preferring raising taxes or the national debt to making tough choices. Seeing that a catastrophe of nature could become a catastrophe of debt, dozens of House conservatives, such as Congressman Pence and Shadegg, challenged the Congress to offset the cost of Hurricane Katrina with budget cuts. Their effort, known as 'Operation Offset,' sparked a national debate that propelled us into a renewed vision of strict fiscal discipline and strict constructionism that once made American great.

For Americans troubled by a rising tide of red ink in Washington, Congress must demonstrate the ability to make tough choices in tough times to put our fiscal house in order. But with a national debt of $8 trillion, nearly $26,000 for every American, completing the task of putting our fiscal house in order will take time.In 1994, the American people said yes to a vision of fiscal discipline, limited government and reform. Some called it the 'Republican Revolution.' With the passage of this Deficit Reduction Act, including an across-the-board cut in federal spending, the 'Republican Revolution' is back. Congress must renew their 1994 commitment to the principles of fiscal discipline and limited government that minted this majority and, in so doing; begin the task of ensuring the continued prosperity of our nation for our children and grandchildren.

I hope this vision is translated into the efforts of our own state of Kansas and do the Republicans that are in office. Our own members should embrace the soundness of fiscal conservatism and pass a state version of the Congress’s Deficit Reduction Act, that limits government spending.

-Currie Myers- The Kansas Federalists – http://kansasfederalist.blogspot.com/