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

Sunday, September 17, 2006

September 17, 2006 - Placing Conservative Views in the Headlines

News from the Kansas Federalist

National Headlines

Pope Benedict become new target for Islamo-Fascist
Sheikh's judgment comes after pontiff says some Islamic teachings 'evil'
A hardline cleric linked to Somalia's powerful Islamist movement has called for Muslims to "hunt down" and kill Pope Benedict XVI for his controversial comments about Islam.

'Bioethicist': OK to kill babies after they're born
'Animal rights' promoter asserts actual birth makes no difference
An internationally known Princeton "bioethicist" and animal-rights activist says he'd kill disabled babies if it were in the "best interests" of the family, because he sees no distinction in the child's life whether it is born or not, and the world already allows abortion.

SEALs Receive Navy Cross
Two SEALs Receive Posthumous Navy Cross Awards
Special operations forces personnel, so accustomed to operating in the shadows, stepped sadly into the light Sept. 13 as the Navy presented the widows of two SEALs (Sea, Air, Land) killed in Afghanistan with the nation’s second-highest military award for valor.

Ties between elites, child-sex rings 'beyond imagination'
Journalist faces death threats for exposing Mexican politicians, businessmen
A 2004 study by researcher Elena Azaola, which estimated that some 17,000 children under the age of 18 are victims of the sex trade in Mexico, is also based on interviews with minors who managed to escape, as well as visits to establishments where underage girls and boys are forced to work as prostitutes. The number of Mexican politicians and businessmen involved in child pornography and sex rings "would shock us if we knew the real extent of the phenomenon," said activist Lydia Cacho.

Invitation to Attend Charity Event on October 12th at the Ritz Charles
The National Sexual Predator Information Center is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that is dedicated to the enforcement of absconders from sexual predator registries across the US. The Oct. 12th Banquet features speakers Beth Holloway Twitty (mother of Natalie Holloway) and Rick Segall of America’s Most Wanted. Seat and table sponsorships available. Please consider a gift to this great non-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible. For further information call 1-866-755-1133 or visit the NSPIC website at

Teacher gets 30 counts of incest, rape
Man, 45, accused of sexually assaulting 3 young women
The head of the Lowell, Mass., high school math department and prominent chess player was ordered held on $1 million bail Wednesday when he was arraigned on 30 felony rape and incest charges. Wamala is a native of Uganda who became a U.S. citizen after immigrating in 1988 to get his doctorate at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell.

'Peaceful pill' would give patients permanent rest
Australian founder of suicide group promotes plan at conference
An Australian doctor who promotes suicide as a way to die has introduced a new "peaceful pill" plan to advocates at a conference, touting the pill for its accessibility – and legality.

Price of gas continues to fall
With fear of supply disruptions ebbing, oil prices began sliding. With oil inventories high, refiners that turn oil into gasoline are expected to cut production. As refiners cut production, oil companies increasingly risk getting stuck with excess oil supplies. There's already anecdotal evidence of oil companies chartering tankers to store excess oil. (Editor’s note: See folks, let the market fix itself. I called it this summer in one of my editorials to let the natural supply and demand market work itself and not have government interference)

Judges could be fired for 'violating rights'
Voters may give citizens' panel power to require accountability
Now comes the newest statement on morals and conservative values from the roughly 800,000 people who live between Nebraska and North Dakota, Minnesota and Wyoming: A South Dakota Judicial Accountability plan that would require judges to follow the Constitution

Robert Novak elaborates on the CIA leak embarrassment
Novak: Armitage's leak
Armitage's silence the next two and one-half years caused intense pain for his colleagues in government and enabled partisan Democrats in Congress to falsely accuse Rove of being my primary source. When Armitage now says he was mute because of special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald's request, that does not explain his silent three months between his claimed first realization that he was the source and Fitzgerald's appointment on Dec. 30. Armitage's tardy self-disclosure is tainted because it is deceptive.

Conservatives are the answer in the upcoming elections
We Need More Conservatives
Government is still too big and it still spends too much. Our taxes and entitlements cry out for reform. Abortion is still legal and euthanasia is gaining acceptance. There is much work to be done. For Americans frustrated with the expansion of government and the erosion of values, even under Republican control, House conservatives have one suggestion: send us reinforcements!

PBS Uses Tax Dollars to Sway Voters
PBS Uses Tax Dollars to Sway Voters
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (PBS)—an organization funded by your tax dollars—is at it again. With Election Day 2006 less then 60 short days away, PBS is producing and airing biased pieces of yellow journalism that insinuate the Bush administration and Republican legislators across the country are engaging in a campaign to deny minorities and poor the right to vote.

Young Mother Killed in Baby’s Abduction
MO Mom's Throat Slashed, Baby Taken
State and federal investigators kept up the search Saturday for a woman who walked into a rural home, told a young mother "I'm here to take your child," then slashed the mother's throat and left with her 1-week-old baby. (Editors note – I am at a loss for words. Please pray for the safety of this young child and for the soul of the young mother)

Intel specialist: Kim Jong-Il in failing health
North Korean leader reported to have difficulty walking
North Korean reclusive leader Kim Jong-Il's health has further deteriorated and he can no longer walk without difficulty due to worsening diabetes, a South Korean lawmaker said.

Local/Regional Headlines

Archbishop has serious concerns for Sebelius’ stances on issues
Bishop asks Catholics to pray for Sebelius to change on abortion
Roman Catholics in northeast Kansas have been asked to pray for Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to "reconsider her long held position supporting legalized abortion." The request came from Archbishop Joseph Naumann, of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, in a Sept. 8 column in the diocesan newspaper The Leaven, with a circulation of 52,900. "It is never permissible for a Catholic to support the legalization of the killing of innocent lives by abortion, much less lead the fight for legal abortion," Naumann wrote. The bishops said Catholics may not promote or remain indifferent to choices that are "intrinsically evil," such as abortion, euthanasia, assisted suicide, same-sex marriage, cloning or embryonic stem cell research.

The main role (of state government) is that we provide a business-friendly atmosphere
Barnett running on pro-business record
“Barnett has been there on a lot of the issues that businesses are concerned about: tort reform and workers' compensation," said Bernie Koch, the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce's vice president for government relations. "The impression I get is he has been strong" in supporting legislation that's important to business. "We need to have a minimum of regulation and common-sense regulation for business,” Barnett added.

Kansas Congressman’s Votes on Security have been problematic
Kansas congressman called soft on terror
During a news conference at his Overland Park campaign headquarters, Chuck Ahner said that Moore, a Democrat from Lenexa, wrongly voted to kill the Patriot Act last year and opposed the death penalty for terrorists. (Editor’s note – Chuck Ahner is a West Point Graduate and former Army officer)

Liberal Judge Nixes Voter ID Law
Judge strikes down Missouri voter ID law
Callahan's ruling bars the photo ID requirement from being enforced. He said the requirement is a particular burden to women and the poor. That's because a separate Missouri law requires those getting or renewing a driver's license to show they are lawfully in the country, generally with a birth certificate or passport. (Editor’s note - This is one of the most outrageous decisions from the judiciary in recent time)

Bonner Springs Republican shows his true colors
Republican supports Democrat as successor
Cox is endorsing Democrat Corey Mohn, saying Mohn’s moderate leadership puts him more in tune with the values of northeast Kansas than Republican Owen Donohoe. (Editors Note – Owen Donohoe is a good and decent man and will be an excellent state representative)

“Kansas cannot give government incentives to illegal immigrants”
Barnett against incentives for illegal immigrants Kansas cannot give government incentives to illegal immigrants, cannot grant them driver's licenses and cannot allow employers to hire them as workers

Fairway Residents take stand against huge bridge
Fairway residents blast, support plan for bridge
"For our sake and yours it is time to take a new approach," Gilbert said. "You must hold public meetings in which citizens are allowed to make alternative proposals for modifying the size of the bridge, and you must attempt to make them work if at all possible. What if you were wrong? What if the impact of this bridge is as overwhelming as most people think it will be and it wasn't absolutely necessary? How will you justify your refusal to address citizen concerns?"

Kansas City is moving closer to Mexico
Operation U-Turn
Kansas City Smart Port, a nonprofit affiliate organization of the Kansas City Area Development Council, is spearheading efforts to put a Mexican customs office - the first ever outside of Mexico - in Kansas City..." Traffic World Special Report

Clear Choices in County Chair Race
County commission chair candidates speak at forum
O'Hara, a real estate agent, owned a construction company. Surbaugh cited 17 years as an elected official and her "passion for the community" as her greatest strengths. (Editor’s note – Let’s see a business owner of a large company or a career politician. I pick the business owner!)

State Agency’s Failings Indicate Sebelius’ Lack of Leadership
SRS: A Failed Agency
Millions in over billing Medicaid, state employees abusing patients, failure to investigate the rape and abuse of children, and falsifying food stamp data are all recent develops with on of the biggest state agencies under Sebelius’ control.

Kansas Legislature – Cut Gas Taxes!
Kansas committee considering gas tax 'buffer' along borders
A proposal to create a tax buffer zone along Kansas' borders with other states drew praise from the owner of a gasoline station and strong objections from some state officials concerned about losing tax revenue. (Editor’s Note – The tax should be cut all across Kansas not just in the buffer zones. Supply and demand folks. Let the market adjust naturally not through government regulation. The more you cut the gas tax the more money people will have in their pocket, which means the more they will drive around and buy things which will stimulant buying)

Liberal Judge to retire
Judge prominent in school finance controversy to retire
A Shawnee County district judge whose ruling ultimately forced Kansas legislators to dramatically boost spending on public schools confirmed Wednesday he will retire next year after more than 30 years on the bench.

News-Line Commentary
By Currie Myers

In a recent debate AG Candidate Paul Morrison made a statement that has just infuriated me personally and it should you too. Morrison, a lawyer and prosecutor and someone whom you would think would be schooled in the United States Constitution said the following: “The founding fathers spent a great deal of time and energy in deciding that church and state should be separate.”

What an outrage! The founding fathers never spend time discussing separation of church and state. In fact, there is no such issue raised in the Constitution concerning the separation of church and state. It’s a myth, propagated by liberals and anti-federalists.

The United State Supreme Court made that decision on their own referring to a remark in a letter made by Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson wrote a letter to the Danbury Baptist Association in 1802 to answer a letter from them written in October 1801. A copy of the Danbury letter is available here. The Danbury Baptists were a religious minority in Connecticut, and they complained that in their state, the religious liberties they enjoyed were not seen as immutable rights, but as privileges granted by the legislature - as "favors granted." Jefferson's reply did not address their concerns about problems with state establishment of religion - only that on the national level. The letter contains the phrase "wall of separation between church and state," which led to the short-hand for the Establishment Clause that we use today: "Separation of church and state."

For a person attempting to run for the Office of Attorney General, the state’s top law enforcement officer mind you, it is problematic if you fail to understand or have knowelege in the Constitution of our great Country. Finally, I must ask this question: “If one doesn’t understand our Consitution in full, what rights will one not understand when bearing his full weight and authority as an Attorney General?


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