The Kansas Federalist

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

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

September 27, 2006 - Placing Conservative Views in the Headlines

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Dow soars to near record high
Dow Industrials Hit High for the Year
Wall Street surged higher Tuesday, carrying the Dow Jones industrials to their second-best close ever, as positive economic data further buoyed a growing sense of optimism among investors. The Dow closed just 53 points away from its record high close

Karzai defends war on terror
'Do you forget people jumping off the 80th floor or 70th floor when the planes hit?'
"Terrorism was hurting us way before Iraq or September 11 ... These extremist forces were killing people in Afghanistan for years, closing schools, burning mosques, killing children, uprooting vineyards," Karzai said. "They came to America on September 11, but they were attacking you before September 11 in other parts of the world. We are a witness in Afghanistan. "Do you forget people jumping off the 80th floor or 70th floor when the planes hit them? Can you imagine what it will be for a man or woman to jump from that high?" Karzai asked recalling some of the more shocking scenes from the World Trade Center bombing. "How do we get rid of them? ... Should we wait for them to come and kill us again?"

US Economy Soaring
Consumer Confidence Higher Than Expected...
The New York-based Conference Board said Tuesday that its consumer confidence index rose to 104.5 from a revised reading of 100.2. in August. Analysts had expected the index to rise to 103. The reading, the highest since July's 107, followed a big dip in August, when employment worries dragged down consumer sentiment.

Clinton's anger like a 'mountain coming down'
Chris Wallace tells of former president's wrath after being asked about hunt for Osama
"The president was clearly stung by any suggestion that he had not done everything he could to get bin Laden. He attacked right-wingers – accused me of a 'conservative hit job' – and even spun a theory I still don't understand that somehow Fox was trying to cover up the fact that NewsCorp. Chief Rupert Murdoch was supporting his Global Initiative. I still have no idea what set him off."

Condi Rice: Clinton lying about bin Laden
'We were not left a comprehensive strategy to fight al-Qaida'
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice yesterday accused Bill Clinton of making "flatly false" claims that the Bush administration didn't lift a finger to stop terrorism before the 9/11 attacks
'Anchor babies' overwhelm hospitals South Texas facility finds 70-80% of births are to illegals
Rising numbers of undocumented immigrants from Mexico and Central America are streaming into Texas to give birth, straining hospitals and costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars, health officials say.

White House rebuts interpretation of intel
Discounts N.Y. Times report saying overall terrorism problem worse
A newspaper report that a U.S. intelligence analysis said the Iraq war gave rise to a new generation of Islamic radicals and made the overall terrorism problem worse was "not representative of the complete document," the White House said on Sunday.

Oil prices drop below $60 a barrel
Amid signs of growing petroleum inventories
Oil prices fell below $60 a barrel on Monday amid signs of growing petroleum inventories

US Military Honors Members for Heroism
Pace honors service members for heroism
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Peter Pace, recognized five service members for their contributions to the war on terror, calling them the hope for a peaceful future.

Top Australian cop: Learn English
Commissioner says no excuse for immigrants not to learn language
Police Commissioner Ken Moroney believes there is "no excuse" for migrants who cannot speak English – and has called on ethnic groups to embrace Australian values.

Prison Fellowship program has track record of transforming lives
Supporting Prison Fellowship
Alliance Defense Fund attorneys filed a friend-of-the-court brief today in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit in support of a successful Prison Fellowship rehabilitation program being attacked by Americans United for Separation of Church and State. (Editor’s note – Here we go again, the use of the term “separation of Church and State” like it is in the U.S. Constitution. Faith plays an important role in framing our society. We should embrace it even more in our prisons and jails.)

New Yorkers rally for 'illegal' guns
Event mocks idea that gun restrictions would stop crime
"Without it, we have no rights," he said. "Government should not make self-defense a crime. Merely possessing a firearm should not be a crime, and using a firearm in self-defense should not be a crime. The bad guys will always have access to weapons. The police cannot protect everyone, everywhere, all the time. We must allow and encourage the people to be responsible for themselves." (Editor’s note – The framers of the U.S. Constitution placed the ability to bear arms. Perhaps New York City should consider it important as well. Please visit this website to have a greater understanding of the Second Amendment: United States Constitution Amendments - Article II)

Army Special Forces Making Gains in Afghanistan
Afghans Coordinating Efforts to Suppress Extremists
Coalition forces, along with the Afghan government, soldiers and police, are focusing efforts on quelling the recent increases in the level of violence by extremists.

Life Chain Scheduled for October 1 Across North America
Conduct a Life Chain on Oct 1
Annually, on the first Sunday in October, LIFE CHAIN invites the churches in each city and town across North America to stand on a designated local sidewalk and pray for one hour, while holding one of the following approved pro-life sign messages. (Editor’s note – Contact your church to see if they are sponsoring a life chain, if not, volunteer yourself.)

Flat Tax Unveiled in Utah
Utah's New Flat Tax
“Utah residents will be able to choose between paying state income taxes at a rate of 6.98 percent -- down from the previous 7 percent rate -- or a "flat tax" rate of 5.35 percent with no deductions, under a bill approved by lawmakers. The flat-tax option, approved late on Tuesday, will not kick in until the April 15, 2008, filing deadline.” (Editor’s note – Kansas and Missouri should give considerable weight to a flat tax.)

Illegals get free kidney dialysis, hospitals suffer
'They have no way of paying for it, and in 6 months they rack up $750,000'
Between 20 and 25 undocumented immigrants arrive each week for kidney dialysis at Mission Regional Medical Center’s emergency room. (Editor’s note – Soon to be coming to a hospital near you.)

Local/Regional Headlines

Problems Run Deep at JOCO Department of Corrections
Turmoil continues in Johnson County correctional system
For the second time in recent weeks, a Johnson County Department of Corrections official has resigned amid an apparent internal investigation. Press referred questions about the investigation to the Sheriff’s Department, which declined to comment. (Editor’s note – My suggestion is to outsource the programs to the private sector at considerable savings)

Barnett touts competition as the key in the healthcare process
Barnett outlines plan for improving access to health care
Saying his goal is to make sure all Kansans have access to medical care by 2010, Republican gubernatorial candidate Jim Barnett outlined a plan that includes creating a one-stop shopping center for health insurance.

Crackdown on cameras at gymnastics meet
Officials concerned about pedophiles taking unsavory photographs
Images of children that may be sexually interesting to some people can find their way onto the Internet. People with pedophiliac tendencies could find child gymnastics appealing. This same issue could be a problem for volleyball meets and basketball events that incorporate large numbers of children at one time.

Invitation to Attend Charity Event on October 12th at the Ritz Charles
www.missingoffenders.org.
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. Call now for a table sponsorship or individual tickets. All donations are tax deductible. For further information call 1-866-755-1133.

Teen's Text Messages Lead Investigators To Sex Offender
Read Full Story
A Shawnee, Kan. mother concerned about her teenage daughter's behavior checked her daughter's cell phone and found some disturbing information. She was seeing a registered sexual predator.

NSPIC Board Member featured on Glenn Beck Show
Tim Miller of Texas EquuSearch will be featured on CNN’s The Glenn Beck Show
Tim Miller and Texas EquuSearch will be discussed on tonight’s Glenn Beck Show. It can be seen on CNN’s Headline News at 7pm, 9pm and 11pm EDT. Tim is in addition a board member of the National Sexual Predator Information Center located in Johnson County, Kansas.

Morrison’s Past Lobbying of Criminal Justice Bills Questioned
new website
An alarming number of second offense felons whose sentences were affected and reduced under legislation Paul Morrison authored and introduced are identified in a new website.

K-State Expert leads the way on Bioterror
On the front lines of bioterror defense
K-State associate vice provost for research and compliance, Dr. Jerry Jaax, is one of the foremost experts in the United States on threats posed by pathogens and infectious diseases. This week in Kansas City, he will speak at the International Symposium on Agroterrorism about protecting the nation’s food supply. (Editor’s note – I had the opportunity to work with Dr. Jaax when I was a KBI special agent. He is indeed a wonderful man and we are very lucky to have him here in the Midwest and working for Kansas State. He is a leader in his profession.)

Surbaugh will continue to raise all types of taxes in Johnson County
Candidates differ on fiscal approaches
"We're obviously going to have to address it (running Johnson County Government) through the mill levy as well as other taxes, sales taxes," Surbaugh said. (Editor’s note – Make no mistake, if we don’t make a changes in the BOCC Chair we are in deep financial trouble in Johnson County)

News-Line Commentary

Please mark your calendars to attend the Kansas Federalist Event at Broadmoor Park in Mission, Kansas on October 14th from 3PM-5PM. Special guests include GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Jim Barnett, Johnson County Chair Candidate Charlotte O’Hara and State Representative Mary Pilcher Cook among others. This event is a good old fashion ice cream social with cake. Bring the kids, play at the park and meet candidates running for office! Being uninformed is not an excuse! It’s free because it my gift to thee!

Currie Myers, Editor – The Kansas Federalist

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