Aug
0

Moscow explains

Moscow explains

An email from an old Russian “friend:”
Is Ivan from Siberia in Moscow. Ivan has job feeding propaganda—telling truth—to-gullible—revered American washed-up blogger. (Ivan is hearing you are being paid by Eagle now. Next great paper is hiring drunk chimps.)
U>S. and Russia is having bi fight over Russians fighting in Ukraine. Is not Vladimir Vladimirovich is giving soldiers long leave to take wives and honeys tic beach. They are invading instead. Ivan is shocked. Putin is shocked. Wives and girlfriends are not happy all because soldiers are taking harmless joyrides in tanks across border. Hitler had same problem, tank joyrides!
Take care and send Coors! Lying is beige hard work.

Aug
0

A Committee of Correspondenc

A Committee of Correspondenc

A group of people at the Timbers, the apartment, community I call home, are writing letters to The Wichita Eagle. An outside group has been showing people how and it’s working. In the past two weeks, the Eagle has published lattes by Mike Eastman and Jerri Nussen in favor of voters passing a city sales tax this fall. They say the tax would, among other things, improve city bus service and Para-transit.
The two are right and their letters were very good. I’m not active on what I call our committer of correspondence since I prefer to get paid when the paper publishes me. The committee does impress me, I hope they get more letters published and they get the tax appr0ved.

Aug
0

More on the Evils of Cynicism

More on the Evils of Cynicism

I was serious about not being cynical. It’s bad. For one thing, as Lilly Tomlin said, no matter how hard you try, you can’t keep up.
Threw was a vacancy on the Supreme Court. The way it works here when that happens, a committee of Bar Association-selected lawyers submits three candidates to the governor. The Court of Appeals used to be that way. When Sam Brownback became Our Beloved Governor, he noted that the Bar candidates tended to be to his left. To be fair, it’s hard not to be to his left if you’re not in the Tea Party.
Anyway, OBG got it changed to where he nominates people to the Appeals Court and the state Senate confirms them. Foes said that would politicize the selection process but it’s the way things are done in Washington.
Back to the Supreme Court. The Bar committee submitted the three candidates, one of whom was Caleb Stegall. Who’s he? You ask. I’m glad you did. Stegall was one of the first appellate judges chosen under the new system. Before that, who one was of OBG’s closest aides and before that, he was known for his right-wing stance on school funding, which is either in front of the Supreme Court again or soon will be.
Democrat’s legislators saw Caleb’s name on the unwarranted conclusion, according to Brownback, that OBG’s choice of Stegall was as certain as a hot August here. Most of his critics, your humble servant included, laughed our heads off. But I repented. No, really, I did.
So today OBG announced his choice and it was…Caleb Stegall. Obviously, it was a very close call, one that ONG up at night for weeks. I’m sure he read and reread each candidate’s resume’ over and over. I’m also sure Caleb Stegall was as surprised as anyone he got the nod.
Remember, when evaluating Stegall’s elevation, crash cynicism has no place. Any cynicism you may have should be very, very refined.

Aug
0

Let’s Not Be Cynical

Let’s Not Be Cynical

According to khi.org, the state Attorney General’s Medicaid fraud division finds the sledding tough now that private MCOs run KanCare. This is ironic since GOP loves to talk rooting fraud and waste in government, a good goal. However, OBG, pillar of virtue that he is, has inadvertently made getting bad guys in health care fraud a lot harder.
What is he going to about it? We’ll see. The cynic might say he’d blame others. I hate folks like that.

Aug
0

Taxing Matters

Taxing Matters

Speaking of Our Man Kobach, his opponent Jean Schodorf (I have been misspelling her name and I apologize.) released her tax records for the past couple of years and asked him to do the same/ He called it silly, intrusive and more or less called it unprecedented.
Maybe he got the challenge confused with his Voter ID Law. That’s intrusive and can be time-consuming. It is also unprecedented in our state’s history; And given that only a handful of voter fraud cases have arisen in the past decade, the law, like Kobach’s stonewalling on his tax returns, is very silly.