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The Brownback administration is in a time warp, trying to recover the worst in our past and to destroy our future.
administration, Kansas ranks 41st out of 50 in job creation, with only a 0.7%
increase compared to 1.6 nationally, and we lost 7400 jobs in December alone.Kobach’s and Brownback’s voter ID laws are among the most
restrictive in the nation, in spite of a dearth of evidence for their need.
They serve only to suppress voting among the poor and minorities.
The administration is intent on maximizing what they term
“freedom” for everyone – meaning freedom from government involvement in guns
and taxes and the like. But when it comes to the health and bodies of women,
they feel it is time for the government to dictate morality.
In the matter of taxes, Brownback has reduced income taxes at
the expense of sales taxes, which are the most regressive of taxes. Also,
everyone, especially farmers in the “Big First”, is seeing substantial property
tax increases as an offset to the income tax reduction. Taxes are not being reduced;
they are being shifted to the backs of the middle and working classes.Brownback and his puppet legislature have gutted education
funding in the state in a way that hits rural communities and minorities the
Craziest of all, the taxes we pay to the federal government are used in part to support Medicaid; yet Brownback, in his knee-jerk reaction against anything Obama, has rejected federal Medicaid funds that are needed to support our poor and our hospitals. Some will die as a result of that decision.In the latest assault on our freedom, there is now legislation pending to stop or restrict broadband internet implementation in the state. This will have the largest effect on underserved communities.Brownback’s constituency is not the people of Kansas, but the Koch brothers and their ilk.Additionally, every member of the Kansas delegation to Congress just voted against the Farm Bill for the first time in history.Brownback, Kobach, Huelskamp, Yoder, Pompeo and Jenkins all desperately need to be sent out to pasture.
By; Douglas McGaw
10:36 AM 1 comment
THE NEW HITLERHere we go again. The same corporate military industrial media complex that helped con us into a war in Iraq is working their magic. The American public, one of the most propagandizable and gullible populations in the world is tripping and falling over itself to the accept the new narrative that ISLE is the new Hitler, the new boogie man, the new “weapons of mass destruction” horror that will require massive open-ended military intervention and hundreds of billions of dollars for years to come. And take heed, shivering masses, Sen. Lindsey Graham said, “We’re all going to die.”
Wow, didn’t we just spend $3 trillion on the longest war in U.S. history that created the basket case scenario we now see in Iraq? And now instead of investing the needed trillions into a rotting U.S. infrastructure and creating millions of jobs we will be arming and throwing money at this week’s tribal faction flavor of the month that was our arch enemy last month, and on and on for a mission that no one understands. But of course the corporate contractors will rake it in and the chicken hawks in Congress who receive their enormous campaign contributions will continue to pound the war drums.
Woe to America. Eisenhower warned us 50 years ago about the corruption and insatiable greed of the military industrial complex and now it is even more entrenched and corrupt than ever.
By; Gerry Rempel
9:34 AM No comments
|Ebola Workers Removing Child|
The response of our government toward the Ebola threat is appalling. As a community doctor I think the measures taken by Washington are totally inadequate and unsafe. The lessons of the past (please see the book “Plagues and Peoples,” by William H. McNeill) show quarantine is the major role in dealing with plagues.
This must start with essentially no entry into the U.S. by individuals coming from areas of high disease burden. Stop the flights from West Africa. Quarantine people coming from that region for 21 days.
As to the hot spots of disease already here, health care providers should adhere to the CDC’s own guidelines of Biosafety Level 4 (BSL-4) procedures. This requires individuals coming into contact with sources of Ebola virus to use an air-supplied positive pressure suit and take a shower after exit. This is not possible at community hospitals. No amount of training of ordinary health care providers and use of equipment less than BSL-4 clothing standards will make handling this virus an acceptable risk. This virus does not allow for any errors.
It is obvious that “breaches of protocol” are not to be blamed on the nurses; it is a failure of the protocol itself. I suspect this protocol does not use BSL-4 methods. The CDC BSL-4 lab has been managed safely for a number of years. A weaker version of the protocol in Dallas did not work. Fix it!
9:57 AM No comments
What people want to believe
Here’s some food for thought:
President Harry Truman, Aug. 6, 1945: The first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, a military base.
President John F. Kennedy, April 18, 1961: I have previously stated and I repeat now that the United States intends no military intervention in Cuba.
President Lyndon Johnson, Aug. 5, 1964: United States ships were attacked today on the high sea in the Gulf of Tonkin.
President Richard Nixon, Nov. 19, 1973: I’m not a crook.
President Ronald Reagan, Nov. 13, 1986: We did not ... repeat ... did not trade weapons or anything else for hostages...nor will we.
President Bill Clinton, Jan. 26, 1996: I want you to listen to me. I’m going to say this again: I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.
President George W. Bush, Oct. 16, 2002: Iraq has weapons of mass destruction.
President Barack Obama, Sept. 9: Ebola is not a threat to America. Sept. 16: First and foremost, I want the American people to know that the experts here at the CDC and across our government agree that the chances of an Ebola outbreak here in the United States are extremely low.
I certainly feel reassured and safe, don’t you?
6:01 PM No comments
Ebola scare highlights risk of no insuranceIn Texas, a man was diagnosed with Ebola after two visits to the emergency room with what was initially thought to be the flu.Twenty-two percent of Texans and 20 percent of Floridians do not have health insurance. Let's speculate on what might happen if just one uninsured person were to contract Ebola and, thinking he had just the flu, decided to wait it out. Let's also assume that he works in the hospitality or restaurant industry and has no paid sick leave, and he can't afford to miss a day's pay.How many people might be infected before it is discovered that he has a serious, deadly and contagious illness?
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Thank You Mr. President!
Why is it that people can’t see all the good President Obama
has done for America?
Is it because we have a Republican- controlled House of Representatives which from the day Obama was elected vowed to not work with him on anything? People need to understand that more than any time in history this Republican Party has used the super majority rule to block bills from getting passed in Washington.
11:31 AM 2 comments
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Israel is defending itself
What do you think the United States would do if thousands of missiles coming from Mexico or Canada rained down upon Americans? Americans who live on land we did not get peacefully, or in many cases, ethically and honestly? Much of our country has been deplorably stolen from Native Americans, whom we subjected to “ethnic cleansing” and forced exile. If these former occupants were to mobilize against us, would we dutifully return our homes, businesses and the land which our ancestors stole, and hope the missiles would stop? My guess is that we would blow these enemies to high heaven.
11:20 AM 2 comments
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Bashing the presidentWhy all the Obama bashing?It seems to me things are going pretty good now. The stock market is at a record high, unemployment is near 6 percent, housing sales and new homes are on the rise, construction of all types is going on, roads and infrastructure are being updated, health insurance is available to anyone who wants it (and affordable).
I do not know if President Barack Obama is responsible for all of the positive things listed above, but if these areas were not doing well, you can bet the GOP would be blaming the president.
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Government is about essential services; business is about profit. Business types have no “business” running government. That is the purview of elected officials.Government’s focus should be on solving problems, not on available dollars. The challenge is to find the resources, not cut the programs. It’s a different way of thinking and the best example of a failed businessman-politician is Florida’s Gov. Rick Scott.By “hook or crook,” he has become a very successful businessman. But as a governor, he will be rated among the worst.
8:28 AM 2 comments
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Some ‘rights’ trample others
In the First Amendment to the Constitution, you will find the “Establishment Clause.” It prohibits the government from passing any laws that imply an establishment of religion.
Since the 1880s, the government has violated the Establishment Clause through numerous polices that involve religion. Among them:
“In God we trust” on our money.
Prayer in schools and government meetings.
Refusing to provide service to the public on religious grounds.
Bans on gay marriage.
11:24 AM No comments
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Regulate deadliest weapons
There is something very bad happening in this country: The gun debate has gone cold, despite the fact that an overwhelming majority of Americans support common-sense measures to reduce gun violence. Gun owners, aided by the National Rifle Association, have successfully fought the Obama administration’s legislation, even though polls show broad support for tougher gun laws.
There was a time when the NRA did not object to fair gun laws. What has happened? Some ill-advised people have secured assault rifles because our armed forces use them, and now the NRA backs no restrictions and apparently does not care if mentally deranged people kill as many as possible. Our officials owe it to their constituents to make assault rifles with extended clips illegal. If our present legislators can’t do the job, let’s get some who can. For example, two Colorado legislators who backed new gun restrictions were recalled due to the NRA. Gun-control supporters have failed to win any new supporters in the Senate and those already there are afraid of losing their jobs. These are hypocrites who put themselves before their responsibility to protect constituents.
When carnage in this country becomes acceptable, death becomes routine. When this happens, we lose more than lives. We lose some essential element of our very humanity. Georgia seems to have reached the pinnacle of American insanity. It recently enacted a law allowing guns in churches, school zones, bars, government buildings, even parts of airports.
When are we going to put public safety above pleasure? In 2010, there were 11,000 gun homicides and 71,500 emergency room admissions for gun injuries in the U.S. This is a horrific toll. These statistics never end and they never lie. With elections coming up, do your homework. Vote only for those legislators who want to save lives instead of saving their jobs.