Friday, May 22, 2015

John Grant: "The Debacle That Bites Back" @ Discomfit Magazine




John Grant co-hosts 1:00 pm (Central, USA), Tuesday on Radio Free Kansas' "This Can't Be Happening."

He is a member of the news writer's collective
"This Can't Be Happening!"

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Today 4pm (Central) Hear Dr. Kris Neuhaus speak on the Progressive Radio Network!

Kansas State Board of Healing Arts revocation hearing Dec. 2014
(l. to r.) Kansans for Life lobbyist, Dr. Kris Neuhaus (center), convicted clinic bomber & Operation Rescue complainant.
Photograph by John Hanna, Associated Press
Women are going to be unnecessarily dying in Kansas.
Dr. Kris Neuhaus will be appearing today at 4pm (Central) on the This Can’t Be Happening Radio program hosted by Dave Lindorff.  The live stream, and call-in telephone number for the Progressive Radio Network is located here.


She will be discussing how the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts has continued in their ruling for permanent revocation of her state medical license, effectively destroying her medical career wherever she goes.  Her legal defense team has taken a review before the state district criminal court system, but it may be many months before a ruling is made.


She recently wrote a careful studied medical warning to Kansas women, that received some local press coverage, and was the only physician in the state to comment professionally on a law to go into effect July 1, 2015 banning 2nd trimester abortions.


You can read this study, the statistical analysis and her prognosis  here.  The news media covering her conference did not get it … in my opinion.


She recently was mentioned many times in a just released book, “Living in the Crosshairs: The Untold Stories of Anti-Abortion Terrorism” by David S. Cohen and Krysten Connon.  Excerpts quoting Dr. Kris Neuhaus are available here.


She has started a campaign fundraiser and wrote this week the following:


“ … Kansas is now firmly in control of Tea Party Republicans intent on arming everyone, ridding the state of public schools and poor people, trampling the civil rights of its citizens and mandating that doctors practice bad medicine. For years the Kansas medical board has been completely silent about the unethical and adverse health consequences of the ongoing slew of dangerous and senseless legislation added to the Kansas statutes, and it continues to field an unending stream of unfounded complaints from a convicted domestic terrorist.


On March 25, 2015 before the Kansas legislature, Rep. Mike Kiegerl compared me to Josef Mengele, complaining that Dr. George "Tiller is dead but Neuhaus is still alive". “


Again, listen to her today live on the Progressive Radio Network at 4 pm (Central).

Rally at the Topeka Statehouse 1st floor Rotunda, 11am, 22 May 2015

Dear Michael,


"I think it would be a great idea for Kansans to fly the Kansas flag upside down in distress mode until our Legislature and governor get their act together." (-Anonymous citizen in the Wichita Eagle editorial page, Tuesday, May 19, 2015.)

Bad news: No matter what compromise is passed and signed before our lawmakers go home this week, we should never have been in the jam of having a state budget for 2016 that is $400 million short. Cuts to the bone have already been made that hurt. Have YOU seen any prosperity materialize under Mr. Brownback's voodoo tax policy??

Better news: The number of signatures on the "Recall Sam Brownback" petition hit 38,000 Monday evening!

BEST NEWS: You can be a face on the Friday evening TV news when the media cover the legislature's "non-solution" on Friday. Your presence in Topeka at 11:00 am, first floor of the rotunda, for our one-hour "Rally to Restore Kansas Values" this Friday, May 22, and your help in delivering the 3,600-page petition to the governor's office will say, "This aint what the people had in mind, Mr. Brownback."

Link to the Facebook event for the rally:

https://www.facebook.com/events/953223418055305/

To sign the Recall Sam Brownback petition,  click and SHARE this link:

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/recall-sam-brownback?mailing_id=29348&source=s.em.cr&r_by=4481208

Rally with me, ride with friends. Go here to RSVP for the rally via MoveOn,

http://pol.moveon.org/event/moveonaction/143579

and give your phone number and add a note about where you are driving from or needing a ride from, and we will connect you to someone to form carpools.

Can I count on you to be there? If not, will you please share these event links or petition link with friends via email, Facebook, or Twitter?

Thanks for all you do to keep Kansas a sensible, compassionate place!

Keeping faith in my fellow citizens,

Jan Swartzendruber 
Regional Organizer, MoveOn.org in Kansas

With Tony Piazza (petition writer); Al Frisby (JoCo MoveOn Council Organizer); Dan Brennan (Topeka MoveOn Council Organizer); Lori Lawrence (Medicaid expansion organizer in Wichita); and Danilo Balladares (Executive Director), Reuben Eckels (Deputy Director), and Djuan Wash (Director of Communications), Sunflower Community Action.

P.S.  MoveOn in Johnson County and Topeka, plus our partners among teachers' unions, SEIU, CWA, Sierra Club, health care organizations, and many citizens organizations – along with our key partner Sunflower Community Action/Kansas People's Action – are all working together to make this a real people's statement. Are you in??

EXCLUSIVE @ DISCOMFIT MAGAZINE

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A little "mistake." First kill off uppity women, then drive the poor out of Kansas

Similar to the illegal and dangerous law banning 2nd trimester abortions, the theocratic fascists in the Kansas government have passed with the governor's signature an equally hate-filled law limiting welfare recipients to a $25 withdrawal limit from ATM's.
Another Kansan who believes in Gov. Sam Brownback.

However, a small problem, it endangers over $100 MLN in federal funding for welfare recipients. Now that get's the penny pinching Puritans and the newshounds in the local press attention!

Unlike the anti-abortion law, which has little traction in the state where Dr. Tiller was killed in broad daylight during Sunday church services May 31, 2009, Kansas is faced with losing a huge sum from the feds. Now that gets the "small government" advocates and the state's news media attention.

All this loud reporting to undo another fascist law Sam signed that placed a $25 limit on ATM withdrawal is sickening.  Sam claims he didn't know, and most in the press let him off the hook after years of passing lethal laws limiting reproductive health care for women and their doctors' treatments.

Sam just didn't know.  He will fix it. Sam and his supporters in the state legislature practice medicine, they must know how to drive the poor out too.
[Excerpt] “We’ll work with them; it’s a joint program,” Brownback said, “We’ll do what we have to do to work with the federal partnership.”  He stressed that the $25 limit didn’t originate with his administration. ... "
Except one big problem, as the article drills down to find the author of the amendment, describing how the legal sausage is made in Topeka, an inadvertent truth is revealed. Many readers will miss the fact and like most Kansans think it unimportant.
[Excerpt] "The House Committee that first worked the bill inserted a $60 limit. The amount was cut further on the Senate floor to $25 with the adoption of an amendment by State Sen. Caryn Tyson, a Republican who represents Parker, Kan." 
Parker, Ks. is Sam's hometown, nearest his family's network of federally subsidized farms, where he was raised. How stupid to think Sam wouldn't know who tacked on a $100 MLN "mistake?"

And how would Sam pass an idea to his family's state representative Sen. Caryn Tyson, Parker, Ks.?  

Well, by telephone, or like maybe Hillary Clinton, by private email!  Turns out he's used private email since he was a suckling on the federal government's tit, as a U. S. senator.  Sam's been caught shitting and texting in the outhouse again!  

It takes some searching to get the full article by the local Associated Press, since many Kansas news outlets chopped it up. We must love what can be got from the "news leaders" all the better to keep those campaign ads coming in before each Election Day.  

However, if one crawls under the pay-walls, or goes out of state where whole articles are published one can read uncensored some of the brave local reporters.  

Here are some quotes from the opposition wanting transparency in state government, and made some strong objections to Sam's nefarious "mistakes."


A repeat guest on Radio Free Kansas starts off with:
Doug Anstaett, executive director of the Kansas Press Association, criticized the governor’s private email use.
“It’s appalling that the state’s highest officer thinks operating outside the public realm is his right, and he believes that’s the best way to conduct public business,” Anstaett said.
Then a great speech maker, as played on Radio Free Kansas had this to say about the governor's secret communication channels: 

Rep. John Carmichael, D-Wichita, said the open records law is a valuable tool.
“The purpose of the open records act is to provide for sunshine and open government — not government done behind closed doors in the proverbial smoke-filled room,” Carmichael said. “And what we see here is an example of the people’s business being done in an electronic smoke-filled room behind closed doors.”
Congratulations to John Hanna of the Associated Press and the Wichita Eagle's Dion Lefler and Lindsay Wise of the national McClatchey Washington Bureau for the trigger article that popped my cork here at the Blue Barn. 
- Mike Caddell

Monday, May 18, 2015

Watch: Bernie Sanders School Alan Greenspan On How He Created the Bush Recession




In a House Committee on Financial Services hearing from 2008, Senator Sanders is unusually prescient in slamming the economic policies that have resulted in some of the worst income inequality in the world. He lays out all the ways in which our nation is failing the middle class- and “this is in an economy that is IMPROVING! I’d hate to see what would happen if our economy was sinking!” Then he takes on O' Reilly!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

News dense and fun! "Secular Sunday" on Radio Free Kansas, 17 May 2015


Click the headline above to listen.


Happy Birthday to Janice Bradley and she requests the following from her friends on Facebook.

"I'm asking all my friends today to Call Susan Wagle to get a Committee hearing for HB 2049 which is exempt from the usual procedural deadlines. Wagle is the key as President of the Senate."

Be polite and respectful of her office:


Susan Wagle Senate President
Phone: 785-296-2419 Topeka
Email: Susan.Wagle@senate.ks.gov
Phone: 316-733-5698

Read about HB 2040 reducing criminal penalties for Marijuana.

Show Summary:

Radio News from Radio Waves recorded for the week of May 16 - 22, 2015. Produced by Wave Farm and WGXC (90.7-FM) in the Hudson Valley. Wave Farm includes an artists residency program for radio artists, a full-power FM radio station, a Part 15 AM station, and other programs.

2nd Hour - Hear the latest (released for distribution May 15, 2015) from investigative reporter, Tony Gosling & "Old Labour" Historian Martin Summer as they host from Bristol's community radio station BCFM (93.2 - FM) the "Friday Drivetime" show.

Dave Lindorff: The latest from ThisCantBeHappening!: The US needs the Iceland option: If ‘Too-Big-to-Fail' Means Too-Big-To-Jail, It's Too Big!


In a couple of days, the so-called US Justice Department will be announcing an “agreement” reached with five large banks, including two of the largest in the US -- JP Morgan Chase and Citigroup, the holding companies for Chase and Citibank -- under which these banks or bank holding companies will plead guilty to felonies involving the manipulation of international currency markets.

This is not really a plea deal, or what in the lingo of criminals is called “copping a plea.” It’s a negotiation in which the nation’s top law-enforcement organization -- the one that just sentenced a teenager to death in Boston in the Marathon bombing case, and that routinely sends ordinary people “up the river” for minor drug offenses or even tax fraud -- is taking seriously these banks’ concerns that if they plead guilty to felonies they might be barred by SEC rules from engaging in many profitable practices. So -- get this -- the Justice Department is seeking assurances from the commissioners of the Securities and Exchange Commission that they will not enforce those rules against these particular felonious banks.

There will be fines, of course, though nothing that will even dent the profits of these megabanks, which also include two British-based institutions, Barclays and the Royal Bank of Scotland, as well as the Swiss-based bank UBS. But under these deals, not one bank executive will even be forced to quit his post, much less face jail time or even a fine. As the New York Times put it in an article last Thursday, “In reality, those accommodations render the plea deals, at least in part, an exercise in stagecraft.”

What this means is that the departure of bankers’ friend Eric Holder as Attorney General, and his replacement by Loretta Lynch, has not changed the policy announced by Holder several years back that there would be no prosecutions of the leaders of the so-called “too-big-to-fail” banks for the scandals and crimes that collapsed the US and the global economies in 2008, bringing on the so-called Great Recession that is still punishing the people of the US and many other countries. In fact it demonstrates that there will be no real prosecution of wrongdoing by these monolithic banks for crimes committed since the financial crisis either and going forward...

For the rest of this article by DAVE LINDORFF in ThisCantBeHappening!, the new independent, uncompromised, five-time Project Censored Award-winning online alternative newspaper, please go to: www.thiscantbehappening.net/node/2759

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Ray McGovern: "The Phony 'Bad Intel' Defense On Iraq" @ Consortium News


[Excerpt] Exclusive: Jeb Bush’s stumbling start to his presidential bid has refocused attention on Official Washington’s favorite excuse for the illegal, aggressive and disastrous war in Iraq – that it was just a case of “bad intelligence.” But that isn’t what the real history shows, as ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern recalls. 

Read more at Consortium News.

Dane Callstrom: "I'm Sam: The Suckiest" @ You Tube

Friday, May 15, 2015

Jefferey Schogol: "Group wants two-star court martialed for speech" @ Air Force Times

[Excerpt]  ... During his 23-minute address, Olsen spoke of "flying complex aircraft; doing complex nuclear missions — I have no ability to do that. God enabled me to do that."

"He put me in charge of failing programs worth billions of dollars. I have no ability to do that, no training to do that. God did that. He sent me to Iraq to negotiate foreign military sales deals through an Arabic interpreter. I have no ability to do that. I was not trained to do that. God did all of that."

At the end of his speech, Olson asks the audience to pray for Defense Department leaders, who "need to humbly depend on Christ."  ... [End of Excerpt]

A Kansas memory hole moment ... courtesy the art of Roberto Parada