The Kansas Federalist

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

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Week of September 3, 2006 - Placing Conservative Views in the Headlines

News from the Kansas Federalist

National Headlines

Kidnapped Fox News journalists freed
Steve Centanni: 'We were forced to convert to Islam at gunpoint'
Almost two weeks after their abduction in the Gaza Strip, two kidnapped Fox News journalists were freed today by their captors after reportedly being forced at gunpoint to convert to Islam on video.

Brownback Provides National Leadership on Bioethics Debate
“The 2006 Senate Bioethics Debate”
Senator Sam Brownback (R-Kansas) is one of the pro-life movement's greatest friends and allies in the US Senate. Not only does he vote the right way, but also he pro-actively fights for our cause and strategizes every day on how we can make more progress.

Sex Predator Linked to Murder of Student
Guilty Verdict for Sex Offender Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. in Murder of Dru Sjodin … Next Stop … Death Penalty
Rodriguez, 53, of Crookston, Minn., was charged in the disappearance and death of Sjodin, 22, a University of North Dakota student from Pequot Lakes, Minn.

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Plame Out – The Drive By Media Strikes Again
HITCHENS: Plame Out; Ridiculous End To The Scandal That Distracted Washington...
This is one of the biggest embarrassments in media history. The drive-by media attempted to ruin President Bush’s reputation along with our Vice-President. And it cost Scooter Libby his job. The drive by media keep this story going even now after it is reveled that they new the original “leaker” of the story within weeks after the event. Yes, folks the media kept a fabricated story alive over one and a half years. In addition, Colin Powell owes the President an apology, as well.

Mexican flag flies at U.S. post office
Old Glory stamped on in protest by backers of illegal immigration
Backers of illegal immigration at a rally near Los Angeles took down an American flag at a U.S. post office, stamped on it and replaced it with a Mexican flag as police looked on, according to witnesses and a video of the event.

Gasoline prices are falling fast and could keep dropping for months
PAPER: Gas prices could keep falling; 'Closer to $2' by Thanksgiving...
It's good news for consumers and the economy. Continued lower prices "may act like a tax cut" and stimulate spending, says Richard DeKaser, chief economist at National City in Cleveland. He calculates that higher energy prices the first six months cut growth of consumer spending 1 percentage point.

Campus-diversity chief gets big paycheck
To ensure everyone 'fully respected for their individuality and what they represent'
UC Berkeley Chancellor has just announced he's creating the new post of vice chancellor for equity and inclusion -- a job that not only has an impressive title, but an equally impressive salary of between $182,000 and $282,000 a year. Plus an annual operating budget for the office of $4 million. Oh brother! I’m sure public college and universities in the Midwest will soon follow the left coasts lead.

Recent Stem Cell Announcement Untruthful
No stem-cell triumph: Embryos were destroyed
But the lay media weren't the only ones who misunderstood. Nature, the prestigious international journal that published the paper, initially issued a news release that declared the team had made embryonic stem-cell colonies "while leaving the embryo intact." The journal has since issued two "clarifications" and published online the supplemental data showing the embryos were destroyed.

Local/Regional Headlines

State Sen. Jim Barnett, the Republican nominee for governor, announced endorsements Monday by a virtual Who's Who of Kansas Republican politics
GOP unites behind Barnett for governor
The endorsement list included Former US Senator Bob Dole and former Kansas Governor Bill Graves, U.S. Senator’s Pat Roberts and Sam Brownback, U.S. Reps. Todd Tiahrt, Jerry Moran and Jim Ryun, Attorney General Phill Kline, Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger, Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh and Treasurer Lynn Jenkins, plus former Govs. John Anderson and William Avery.

Kline gets Endorsement from the Kansas Chamber of Commerce
Kansas Chamber of Commerce endorses Kline for AG
The Kansas Chamber of Commerce has endorsed Republican Attorney General Phill Kline over his Democratic challenger, Johnson County District Attorney Paul Morrison. The chamber, with some 10,000-member businesses, is the state's largest business organization. This is the first time the group's PAC has endorsed a statewide candidate. "Attorney General Kline is a forceful and articulate advocate for a stronger Kansas economy through positive legal reform," Jay Allbaugh, chairman of the chamber's legislative committee, said in a news release announcing the endorsement Thursday.

Fairway residents have lost faith in their elected officials
letter letter
We have seen an unfortunate pattern. Plans are announced that many citizens believe will be detrimental to their quality of life and the future of the city. They attend city meetings to register their disagreement and offer alternatives. They leave convinced no one listened and there will be no modifications, and alarmed by attitudes they see as arrogant and undemocratic.

School Superintendent Salary goes over $200,00 mark
School board extends superintendent’s contract
The school board approved her contract, including an annual salary of $203,277, on Monday. Under the contract, Kaplan is entitled to 30 days of paid vacation each year, in addition to regularly scheduled school holidays. Her contract includes a monthly allowance for Kansas City area travel. The board also approved raises for associate superintendents and the deputy superintendent for operations

Another Tax Increase for Johnson Countians
Heritage Center funding increased OLATHE CITY COUNCIL
Much of the funding for the project will come from a Johnson County sales tax. The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farmstead Foundation will provide $978,000.

Founder will teach new courses this fall at Johnson County College
Group investigates reports of the paranormal
Gonzalez will teach a new class at Johnson County Community College this fall, taking class members on investigations and deflating common deceptions with photos and voice recordings. What a great use of the people’s tax money. Not!

Union members should use this occasion to learn where union chiefs spend their hard-earned dues – Happy Labor Day!
Unholy Unions
One hundred top union executives made at least $280,000 annually, not counting benefits. And among them, 93 percent are male. NEA president Reg Weaver made $438,920, plus benefits. At his headquarters, 335 officers and employees scored $100,000 or more, averaging $140,977, before benefits. The typical teacher makes $47,808, NEA calculates. “You are better off representing teachers than being one,” one labor analyst laments.

Commentary of the Week
By Jerry Agar as posted on his website at http://www.kmbz.com/showdj.asp?DJID=25933

“Considering the massive amount of money already taken in by all levels of government, raising taxes is not a solution; it is an admission of failure.”

Short and to the point, Jerry. Well put!

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