Steele: Reverend Cleaver, “Repent” Thyself

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Emanuel Cleaver

“My hope is that they will come out tomorrow and repent,” the right reverend Emanuel Cleaver told his fellow reverend Al Sharpton last week…

The “they” in question are Republicans. Apparently, they need to “repent” for criticizing Obama.

Repentance begins at home, and our favorite Missouri congressman has much to repent for, the car wash scam being the least of his sins. Much uglier was Cleaver’s role in “Spittlegate,” a racial incident he helped manufacture to defame the tea party and further divide the nation.

In March 2010, protestors gathered on Capitol Hill to protest the impending passage of Obamacare. That afternoon a few members of the Black Caucus, including Andre Carson of Indiana and civil rights icon John Lewis, chose to skip the tunnel and walk through the gathered crowds.

As Carson told reporters, he and Lewis were “walking down the steps” of the Cannon Office Building when they heard ‘n-word, n-word,’ at least fifteen times, hundreds of people.” This was nuts. When questioned on specifics, Carson reduced the hundreds of people to “maybe fifteen,” who were shouting “Kill the bill, then the n-word.”

This was still nuts. Continue reading

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Hearne: Here’s Why Barack Crashed @ Lawrence’s Holiday Inn

IMG_5344The reason President Obama stayed at the Lawrence Holiday Inn?

It’s really quite simple, he had no choice.

With an entourage of more than 100 people, no way could arguably ritzier hotels like the historic Eldridge in downtown Lawrence (48 rooms) or shiny, new Oread overlooking the KU campus (99 rooms) get the job done.

Whereas as a convention hotel, Holiday Inn was up to the task.

And even at that, “They had to move a lot of people out,” says one Lawrence retailer who asked not to be named. “So when (Obama) stayed there, everybody else had to leave – they moved everybody to different hotels. We had people in the store here talking about that they had to move.”

On a more positive note, Holiday Inn Lawrence VP of sales Ivan Simac says the hotel was more than happy to accommodate the prez, albeit on less than a week’s notice.

“It was a lot of work for us to pull all this together, but of course it was a privilege,” Simac says. “I think that due to our size and our location right off the highway, we were the perfect location to fit their needs.”

And for those who may be wondering, yes indeed, the Holiday Inn Lawrence has a Presidential Suite. Continue reading

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Steele: Have Kansas Teachers Become The Rural Aristocracy?

a7331bbf9350bbf9de35f12c83eddcb0Although rural Kansas school districts do not have anything like the seventy-four $100K-plus employees of the Blue Valley District or the sixty-two $100K-plus employees in Shawnee Mission, they don’t do half bad – especially compared to the people paying their salaries…

Ford County, for instance, ranks 94th out of 105 Kansas counties in median per capita income at $19,348 per year. Median household income in Ford County is just $46,621 a year. The county seat of Ford County is Dodge City. At least 300 employees of the Dodge City School District earn more than the median HOUSEHOLD in Ford County. And that does not include generous benefits that range up to 35 percent of salary.

Some 442 employees in that district make more than $40,000 a year, and not many teachers make much less than that. This may not seem like a lot to Johnson Countians, but in rural Kansas that salary goes a long way, especially considering that teachers typically get their summers off.

Or do they? Continue reading

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New Jack City: Obama Slums It @ Holiday Inn Lawrence

51DpF-3pGpL._SX940_Perception is everything…

But President Obama overnighting at the Holiday Inn during his visit to Lawrence?

Give me a break.

Was it the indoor pool at the Holidome? The daily housekeeping, the self-laundry facilities, ATM or limited fitness center that attracted the White House’s biggest fish to the hotel? A hotel chain that was tongue-in-cheek named after the 1942 Bing Crosby Fred Astaire Christmas movie?

If the lodging had to be in Lawrence, why not the historic Eldridge downtown? You know, the one a prominent local toured as a possible site for his daughter’s wedding, only to find a pair of whitey tighteys dangling from a hook on the entry door. Or what about the stately-looking Oread high on a hill overlooking the KU campus?

Of course, flying into Topeka could have also meant an exciting night at T-town’s Ramada Convention Center or the Senate Luxury Suites. Continue reading

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Glazer: Is Bill Self Mailing It In, Waiting for the NBA?

usp_ncaa_basketball__kansas-late_night_at_the_phog_67928002-e1413042488474KU basketball coach Bill Self is out to win his 11th straight Big 12 title…

And the Jayhawks just  might get that job done – maybe. But it will be a season long battle for Self’s solid but not overpowering ball club. That’s because he really has no big time stars this year and because of that his loses have been huge ones.

The air seemed to go out of KU’s tires after that early massacre by  Kentucky (72-40). KU looked like a bunch of kids playing men. Kentucky platooned two squads against Self’s team and just walked all over Kansas.

Yes, most experts felt Kentucky was the best team out there, but KU was talked up as being a top 5 team. A team that maybe could at least battle Kentucky. The answer was clearly NO WAY. The huge loss rocked the Jayhawk faithful and it was immediately clear that without a massive and fast improvement Kansas would just be an also ran nationally. Continue reading

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Valentine: The Cost of Higher Education

CaptainKUHigher education is so expensive…

Our leaders all express concern over student debt. Condoleezza Rice said access to education is, ”the civil rights struggle of our day.” President Obama says we should tax “The Rich” to pay for Community College for the poor.

But has anybody bothered to ask the institutions of higher learning to explain their expenditures?

Earlier this week, Kansas University spokeswoman Errin Barcomb-Peterson announced that a seven-passenger Cessna Citation CJ4 was delivered Dec. 23 and has already been used on some school trips.

The exact price of the plane was not announced, but the purchase came from a grant that could not exceed $8.1 million. Keep in mind, this is the purchase price, not the use and maintenance costs. Continue reading

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Starbeams: Smoke Em If You Got Em, Sprint, Google, Lawrence & JC Penney

54bd58e6984a5.imageWhat a great year for people in Seattle to celebrate getting another BOWL!

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Google will lease bandwidth from Sprint to provide high-speed internet access to customers.  It’s the best thing to happen to Sprint since Gary Forsee left town in 2007.

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The Marlboro Man just died at age 85.  His ashes will be spread just outside the entrance to your office building.

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Steele: Guess How Many Blue Valley Employees Make 100K +

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Employees of the Blue Valley School District have got to enjoy the chronic editorial handwringing about the alleged underfunding of public schools…

In between calls to their stockbrokers and money managers, this has to be a subject of great amusement among them.

For the record, they are doing quite well.

According to most recent data, in the Blue Valley District alone, 74 of them make in excess of $100,000 a year, and that’s just salary. 

The benefits are solid and their vacation days are the envy of the working world. Continue reading

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Steele: Steve Kraske, Please Tell Us The Sebelius Story Is A Joke

tiller_amp_govcaptionedThe featured Kansas City Star headline reads as follows, “Kathleen Sebelius criticizes Gov. Sam Brownback’s vision for Kansas.

This is one of two prominent Brownback-bashing articles in Wednesday’s newspaper – by freelance political writer Steve Kraske – a slow day for the anti-Brownback fetishists on Grand Boulevard. Specifically, Sebelius accused Brownback of having a “failed and flawed vision.”

No, you are not mistaken.

This is the same Kathleen Sebelius who orchestrated the notorious rollout of Obamacare, the same Sebelius whom Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts wanted fired for “gross incompetence,” the same Sebelius whom even Democrats criticized for gross incompetence.

“What has happened is unacceptable,” said Nancy Pelosi of the rollout. Continue reading

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Leftridge: The Hubbub About Balls

ballsoneSUPER BOWL SCANDAL! DEFLATIONGATE! BALLGHAZI!

In case you’ve been somewhere under a rock—or, you know, not in front of a television or a computer or a newspaper or a radio for the past couple of days—here’s the biggest story in the week-and-a-half leading up to the Super Bowl:

In the AFC Championship game, Indianapolis Colts linebacker D’Qwell Jackson intercepted a second quarter Tom Brady pass and said, “Holy shit. This feels a bit soft, son.” He then handed the ball to the ref and expressed his concern. An investigation into the soft ball was made and it led to the revelation that 11 of the 12 balls used by New England didn’t meet the NFL’s inflation requirements, which is a thing you probably didn’t even think about being a thing until now.

But it is. Continue reading

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Steele: St. Louis PD Goes Silent on Crime Stats

1001158-6-20141128082607-alleged-plot-bomb-arch-murder-ferguson-officials“Just checked the STL Police Dept. website,” wrote a criminologist friend who monitors crime trends. “Not only do they not have the latest homicide stats, but they even took off the stats from the week ending Jan. 13–the current listing is for the week ending Jan. 5. Most strange–tends to confirm my suspicion of how sensitive the whole issue of crime in STL is.”

That issue started getting sensitive on August 9, 2014, with the (since justified) police shooting of strong-arm robber, Michael Brown, a.k.a. “the gentle giant.”

The issue got a whole lot more sensitive in a 24-hour period beginning last Wednesday when seven people were murdered in St. Louis in six separate incidents. Continue reading

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Steele: Star Goes OCD on Brownback Budget

cry-babyIn the same week that the Kansas City Star will editorialize rhapsodically about Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech, one in which he will lay out the numerous new ways in which he plans to keep increasing the national debt – free community college, anyone? – its editors predictably lashed Kansas Governor Sam Brownback for his conscientious efforts to control spending in Kansas.

Again!

The Star editors bash Brownback not out of principled resistance, no longer even to boot him from office. No, their Brownback-bashing shows all the signs of a flaming case of obsessive compulsive disorder.

So pronounced is the Star editors’ OCD that they actually criticized Brownback’s proposed tax increase on alcohol and cigarettes.

This may well be the first tax in recent bi-state history that its editors have slammed. Continue reading

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Hearne: Posnanski was Right; NCAA Sells Out on Paterno Deal

paterno-book-3-bdf0ebefc057c967Turns out Joe Posnanski was a prophet…

Three years ago the former Kansas City Star sports columnist took a ton of heat for his puff piece biography of disgraced Penn State football coach Joe Paterno.

You know, the dude who turned the other cheek while convicted child rapist Jerry Sandusky helped him become the winningest NCAA Division One football coach ever.

Take, Deadspin’sA Plea to Joe Posnanski to Stop Writing Mealy-Mouthed Nonsense About Joe Paterno.”

Dead spin’s Tom Scocca quoted Posnanski from Sports Illustrated as follows:

“I asked Paterno at one point in that last month if he hoped that people would come to see and measure his full life rather than a single, hazy event involving an alleged child molester. ‘It doesn’t matter what people think of me,’ he said. ‘I’ve lived my life. I just hope the truth comes out. And I hope the victims find peace.'”

“A single, hazy event,” Scocca wrote.

“A single, hazy event.

“Jerry Sandusky is charged with 52 criminal offenses, spanning 15 years, against 10 different victims. Presumably Posnanski is referring to the one incident in which Mike McQueary, a graduate assistant coach at the time, said he had seen Sandusky anally raping a boy in the Penn State football showers and reported the rape to Paterno…

“The question Posnanski posed to Paterno is vapid nonsense. He was asking the old man to bullshit him. It’s like the Washington Post‘s Sally Jenkins declining to challenge Paterno when he told her he’d “never heard of rape and a man. Continue reading

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Hearne: Is Winter 2015 History?

Screen Shot 2015-01-20 at 11.21.17 AMHeard on the street; that Winter 2015 is o-v-e-r…

Retailers are fire selling off winter coats, Paul Wilson’s primping his new above ground pool in Olathe, Harley’s waxing his surfboard and Jack Frost is nowhere to be found.

Time to mothball the snowblowers and tune up the lawnmowers?

No way, says KSHB TV weather wonk Gary Lezak.

“This winter there’s a warm pattern and a cold pattern and we just went through the warm pattern,” Lezak says. “We’ve had below average snowfall – but we’ve had 4 1/2 inches of snow so far – do you realize it’s snowed six times already this month?”

Get outta town.

“Seriously, one time it was .2 of an inch, another time it was .2 of an inch, then we had three inches one night. You know, 4 1/2 inches of snow by the end of January isn’t much. So far we’ve averaged 1/2 an inch of snow each time.”

So no May blizzards, like a couple years back?

“It can happen,” Lezak says. “But it’s not going to happen this year.”

And what of the talk that winter 2015 is done for? Continue reading

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Glazer: Super Bowl Here We Come!

2ps361eWell, at least I picked the right teams to win…

Too bad Indy just got walked on so bad that even the 13 points in the tease didn’t help.

Most fans will be pulling for the New England Patriots and Tom Brady.

It’s Tom’s sixth Super Bowl and nobody has six. A win would secure the title BEST QUARTERBACK OF ALL TIME for Brady. And he may already be just that.

The Pats played the perfect game crushing the Colts from the opening bell.

It was a 45-7 win with many records broken by the Pats. Indy is the AFC team of the future. Just not right now. Mister Blunt ran over the Colts like they weren’t there. Three touchdowns in both games were a record for any back in the post season. Continue reading

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Leftsetz: Today Last Day to Buy the Failure Known as Google Glass

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WWE wrestler The Miz

Killed by the public, the press gave it a free pass…

That’s right, for years we were subjected to fawning stories about this idiotic product in the mainstream press. There were numerous pictures of Google cofounders Sergey and Larry at parties, looking like the dorks that they are, until suddenly barroom backlash surfaced in San Francisco and the media woke up to the fact that Google Glass might be an undesired product.

And there you have the modern media paradigm in a nutshell.

The nitwit organizations trumpet everything made by people with money and the truth comes from the public. The inane writers tell us every movie and album is good until someone checks the sales charts thereafter and finds out that they’re stiffs.

How did this happen? How did reporters seeking out truth miss it?

Because they saw themselves as reporters and not analysts, just getting the facts, giving credence to every contrary opinion. Just like on TV all the anchors employ happy talk, all writers believe if you don’t contain the opposite viewpoint in your article you’re not doing your job. And that opinion should be left…on the opinion page.

So therefore, newspapers have turned into sales catalogs, no wonder the younger generation ignores them. Continue reading

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New Jack City: ‘AMERICAN SNIPER’ SMASHES RECORDS!

fnd_mc_americansniperThis just in…

Clint Eastwood’s movie American Sniper took in $90.2 million domestic 3-day opening weekend – double the industry’s prediicted numbers.

The anticipated 4-day Martin Luther King weekend gross: $105 million.

Exit poll scoring: A to A+.

Warner Brothers distribution chief Dan Fellman called it the perfect storm.

“The movie is going to have great legs and it’s going to continue to break records,” Fellman said. “It’s going to go down in history.” Continue reading

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Glazer: Final Four NFL Playoff Picks

glazeAfter a season of upsets, injury and bad calls by refs, it comes down to the elite teams…

These teams were the favorites going into the season, with only Denver absent. Many picked Indianapolis over the Broncos to be in the AFC title game, but New England and Seattle were the favorites all along to go to the Super Bowl.

And today they’re still the favorites.

Green Bay has the great Aaron Rodgers, but beating the Seahawks on the road is unlikely given his calf injury. Thus the Pack is a huge eight point underdog. I think Marshawn Lynch will eventually wear down the Packers defense and Rodgers will be unable to repeat his outstanding performance last week against Tony Romo‘s Cowboys.

By the way, that was a catch for a TD by Dallas last week. It wouldn’t have won the game because the Packers still had four minutes left to score. But I like Seattle and don’t think it will be an edge of your seat ending. Continue reading

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Leftridge: Here’s How My New Year’s Resolution Went

New-Year_Resolutions_listFour out of every seven Americans will make a New Year’s Resolution; three of those four will fail within the first three weeks. The remaining one individual will keep that resolution for at least one month, but half of that one person will then also do it longer. (I just made all of this up, but it’s convoluted enough to sound real, so feel free to use it in casual conversation.)

Anyway, we all make resolutions. Some of us want to save more money or stop smoking; others want to watch more pornography or swear less. The most popular resolution by far is to lose unwanted fat. Although I’m typically not one for such frivolity, I decided to give this last one a shot.

See, like 89% of all Americans, I am morbidly obese and one pepperoni-milkshake away from a massive coronary. I keep an emergency cheeseburger on the nightstand in case I wake up in the middle of the night and need beef; I cut up pieces of hot dog and blend them into mayonnaise, and then I dip pizza crust in the mayonnaise. (I’d seriously rather not even tell you what I do with French fries.)

So I vowed to lose some weight. Not a lot, mind you (I mean, we can’t ALL be as hunky and ripped as John Candy, RIP), but enough so that I don’t have to wear a bra anymore and sitting up too fast doesn’t cause sharp, stabbing pains to ripple through my chest.

Here’s how it’s gone so far: Continue reading

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Fitzpatrick: Guns Do Kill People, Even in Shawnee

Charlton-Heston---Guns-Dont-Kill-PeoI was out of town when the Shawnee gun shop robbery and shootout took place last week, and I didn’t go back and read the news stories about it…

Although from reading Hearne’s and Rich Steele’s pieces on KC Confidential, I see that store owner Jon Bieker’s decision to emerge from a back room during the robbery has come under close scrutiny. I’m sure that many members of the public have put themselves in his position and thought about what they would have done.

Hearne has asked me to weigh in on this, and because I’m like him – a former reporter – I’m willing to offer an opinion on just about anything. (When we were at The Star, reporters had to repress their opinions and approach everything with fairness and even handedness in mind.)

At any rate…I don’t pretend to possess the Wisdom of Solomon on this, but I would put my chips somewhere between Hearne’s position that Bieker should have stayed in the back room and Steele’s assertion that Bieker did the right thing by coming out. Continue reading

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