Thursday, March 31, 2011

It's a love and hate relationship!

Talk radio is a radio format that has discussion about issues. Most of these radio talk shows are hosted by a single individual, unless your Shanin & Parks, and often feature interviews with a number of different guests. Talk radio is also known for listener participation by airing live conversations between the host and listeners who call on by phone to the show. Sometimes the callers get to talk to the guest in studio. There is conservative talk, hot talk, progressive talk and sports talk.

I love the talk about issues and view points. I hate the mean spirit that it sometimes fosters. I hate that some talk show hosts think that they are always right and everyone else is wrong. I love when a caller calls in and the talk show host cuts them down or vice verse. I love talk shows that allow both points of views to be expressed. I hate it when a talk so host has someone on that they disagree with and continually cut them off not allowing them to finish their point. I like to listen to conservative talk radio for several reasons. It makes me laugh, I may agree sometimes, but not all of the time and the topics are hot.

I listen to Tony from Tony's Kansas City this past week on KMBZ Live with Darla Jaye. I really don't know why Tony even bothers going on her show. Tony holds his own pretty good, even though I suspect that he never sees any of the emails, tweets, or texts supporting him.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

This is funny now, I don't care who you are!

This headline in the Kansas City Star made me laugh because I do have a dirty mind sometimes. Ok, most of the time, I just don't share!

Wood leads All-Olathe girls bowling team

Local polka band packs up its accordion for good

A one-a and a two-a... Come on now, who doesn't love Lawrence Welk and a good polka, except it's not Lawrence packing up the accordian. I grew up around polka. As a catholic, there were polka masses, polka weddings and other celebrations surrounding polka music. Oh yeah and the Big Joe Polka Show. Makes me laugh just to think about it. I remember that I had this album of three nuns singing polka music including In heaven there is no beer. I can't tell you how many dumb ass records i have liked but this one here has to take the cake! The Transcendental Sisters of Saint Francis. Ah....good times in a small town in Western Kansas.  
After 25 years, polka band packs up its accordion for good -

Walter Cronkite - Sunday Hero

Walter Cronkite was born in Saint Joseph, Missouri, November 4, 1916, and was the son of Helen Lena and Dr. Walter Leland Cronkite, a dentist. Walter Cronkite was best known as anchor of the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite and his key phrase and the end of each newscast, "And that's the way it is" for Sunday, March 27, 2011. He is often referred to as the most trusted man in America. 

Cronkite is remembered also for giving the nation the breaking news that that President Kennedy had died and showed a little emotion on national television after saying it and then regaining his composure to move to on report and help the nation mourn for a dead president. History has also remembered him for his covering of the Vietnam War and the possibility of changing the mind of the U.S. Government to get out. Other things that are considered outstanding in broadcast history was his reporting of World War II, the Nuremberg Trials, the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, Republicans and the Watergate scandal that embarrassed a nation, the Iran Hostage Crisis, and the American Space Program.

He is one of my heroes because he gave me the sense that it was important to know what was going on in the nation and the world and that what happened in the world would affect me in one way or another. Positive or negative. My interest in what goes on in the political world can also be attributed to him because of his way that he explained how the process worked or maybe doesn't work. I wonder what he would say about what is going on now with our country and the political crisis we have now. I also want to note that because of him, I have always been interested in the news, journalism and broadcasting. That is why I majored in it, for a while at least in college. On a lighter note, I also enjoyed saying his last name when I was just a child. It rolled off my tongue.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Golden Ghetto Power!

Johnson County Sun reports: RETAIL SALES UP IN THE COUNTY

The holiday season helped push Johnson County’s 2010 retail sales figures ahead of the data posted in 2009 by 2.4 %. The unemployment rate for Johnson County in January was 6.7 %, down from the 7.2 % mark for the same month in 2010. The lowest unemployment rate for January in the past 5 years was 4 % in 2008. The unemployment rate for the nation is 9.1 %. For Kansas it is 6.4%.

Wednesday evening barbecue

I had an awesome time last evening when I went out to dinner with a great  guy and friend. The Jack Stack Barbecue in the freight house district still continues to be a great dinning experience in Kansas City. The exposed brick, the cool chandeliers, the windows the provide awesome views of Union Station and the crossroads district and of course the yummy food and professional staff.

I am not a rib kind of guy, but I decided to go outside my comfort zone and do the baby back ribs. I normally will get the burnt ends. The baby back ribs were so tender and good. A must have for me always is the potato salad and the cheesy corn. The nice thing about the baby back ribs is that they came with two onion rings. It was awesome! I can see why Jack Stack Barbecue is a Kansas City tradition.

GOP proposes denying food assistance

News Radio 98.1 FM and 980 am?

Soon you will be able to hear my favorite news and talk radio station in Kansas City on the FM dial! (I don't think they call it that any more but I'm old school!) I wonder what Shanin & Parks and Darla Jaye will sound like in the FM world? KMBZ will simulcast on 98.1 FM starting next Wednesday. It will be the same KMBZ as you know it, just bigger and better. Starting at 2:00pm Wednesday KMBZ will be broadcasting simultaneously on 980 AM, where KMBZ been for decades, like Mike Shanin, as well as 98.1 FM.

Man Barricaded In Mission Home

Bachmann says she is in I say she should get out!

ABC NEWS - "I'm in for 2012 in that I want to be a part of the conversation in making sure that President Obama only serves one term, not two, because I want to make sure that we get someone who's going to be making the country work again. That's what I'm in for," Bachmann said.
"But I haven't made a decision yet to announce, obviously, if I'm a candidate or not, but I'm in for the conversation."

This is how dumb this women is! In New Hampshire earlier this month she misplaced one of the seminal moments in American history: the battle of Lexington and Concord and the "shot heard round the world" that began the Revolutionary War. She told a group of school children that the 1775 battles took place in New Hampshire, when in fact they happened in Massachusetts.  earlier this year Bachmann -- whose reverence for the nation's founding fathers and love of the Constitution define her politics -- told an Iowa crowd that the founders had "worked tirelessly until slavery was no more."

She and the other "leaders of our nation" need to focus on passing a budget instead of worrying about running for president or going on vacation! She really needs to prove herself first like learning the history of the United States!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Money hungry fat cats!

KCP&L and the parent company Great Plains Energy provide me with electric to my domicile. I don't have gas and water is paid. I live in the dark most of the time and kept the electric heat at the lowest setting that I could. I live in a very tiny 1 bedroom apartment. They like to trick you into a false sense of security with their budget billing ideas. My budget bill was $41 a month. Today I found out that it is now $91 a month. A $50 increase! It was a shock! Oh yeah, let's not forget that they asked the Kansas for a rate increase. They didn't get what they asked for but got a little one. So the rate increase plus my increase usage caused a huge increase in my electric bill. I have no choice but to pay it.

Out with the Funky in with the Sly

And now the new Mayor of Kansas City, MO.
No more bare feet at city hall. No more national TV interviews giving the city a bad name. No more lawsuits. No more discrimination. We won't have anything to talk about then or will we?

Monday, March 21, 2011

VOTE vote VoTe vOtE

              Hey, remember to get out vote Tuesday (Tomorrow) (Today)!

Charle's Angels return to TV!

Charlie’s Angels Coming Back to TV as ABC Series!

This is actually a pretty awesome development! I would beg my mom to let me stay up late to watch The Angles fight crime!

Lawmakers reward staff with end-of-year bonuses -

Lawmakers reward staff with end-of-year bonuses -

Oh yeah, they want to cut spending in Washington but give out bonuses. Federal employees didn't get bonuses!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Justin Dart - Sunday Hero

My Sunday Hero, Justin Whitlock Dart, Jr.

I had the honor once to me Mr. Dart while I was advocating for people with disabilities in Washington, D.C. with ADAPT.

Justin Dart was born August 29, 1930 and left us in the summer of 2002 (June 22, 2002). He was an American activist and advocate for people with disabilities. He helped to pas the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and co-founded the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD). He traveled across the country to educate and gather information to help pass the ADA.

Dart came from a wealthy Chicago family. His father, Justin Whitlock Dart, Sr., was President of Dart Industries. Dart contracted polio in 1948 before entering the University of Houston, where he earned undergraduate degrees in history and education in 1954; however, the university refused to give him a teaching certificate because of his disability. The university is now home to the Justin Dart, Jr. Center for Students with Disabilities, a facility designed for students who have any type of temporary or permanent health impairment, physical limitation, psychiatric disorder, or learning disability.

During his time at the University of Houston, which was then segregated, Dart organized the first student group to oppose racism. After graduating, Dart was a successful entrepreneur who founded three Japanese corporations, but in 1967 he gave up the corporate life to devote himself to the rights of people with disabilities, working in Texas and Washington, D.C. as a member of various state and federal disability commissions.

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Time Warner Cable screws with channel lineup!

Kansas City Star: Time Warner Cable to mega-shuffle its channel lineup
The Easter Bunny is going to be bring changes to your Time Warner Cable channel line up in April. It doesn't sound like it's going to be a good Friday in many homes in the Kansas City area! They are calling it epic. I say "What the hell"? Why??

Every customer will get a new lineup card mailed to them. So, watch for it and don’t-throw-this-away or your screwed!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Does this mean spring is here?

While driving down Metcalf at 75th Street, it was raining and had been raining for quite sometime. This where is all started...started to hail. Yes, pea sized hail! My first thought was, "Oh crap" but then I realized that is was not going to get any bigger and that pea sized hail was not going to ruin my '04 Toyota Avalon. I laughed and thought to myself, is this really the first sign of spring? Dam, I sure hope so!

Tony's Kansas City

I got an email from my hero when it comes to blogging today. I was so excited when I did. I had blogged before but decided to get back into it. Tony is my inspiration. Tony, keep up the great blogging!

Friday, March 18, 2011

What the hell?? Another short-term funding bill?? They are out of their minds!

President Barack Obama signed legislation Friday that will keep the federal government funded through April 8, according to a statement from the White House.

KS Lawmakers may fund Arts Commission

As Reported by The Witchta Eagle

A state Senate committee has taken out their Crayolas and blank white paper towards the first step in funding the Kansas Arts Commission for next year. Governor Sam Brownback's budget didn't allocate enough money for the Crayolas because he wanted to move it into the Kansas State Historical Society and create a foundation with different shades of green to raise private funds to promote the arts. Such a bad idea! I wish the governor would think more in color instead of shades of black and white.

Experts Say The American Royal Rodeo helps Kemper Arena break even on its bills

The American Royal Royal could sprint downtown!
  • The American Royal is in talks with the Sprint Center to move the rodeo even downtown
  • The barbecue and livestock events will stay at Kemper Arena
  • Hopes that Sprint Center can bring in a famous concert act to triple rodeo's audience
  • KC loses $1 million a year at Kemper Arena and the excess royalties from Sprint Center keep Kepmer opened.

Radation hits U.S. coastal cities from Japan but nothing to fear, experts say


Official: Radiation Levels in L.A. 'No Higher' Than Before Quake Radioactive plume will lose force as it travels from Japan

A Viennese diplomat with ties to the UN did say Friday that radioactive fallout from Japan has reached Southern California, but levels are about billion times lower than what would be hazardous to people's health.
Remember Three Mile Island? Wolf Creek?


Restricting Adult Businesses stalls

— A push in the Kansas Legislature to impose new restrictions on strip clubs and other sexually oriented businesses stalled Thursday because a Senate committee wants to leave the job to cities and counties. I say, leave them alone!

Washington can learn from Kansas

Kansas Senate endorses budget close to Gov. Sam Brownback’s plan

— A Kansas Senate committee endorsed a proposed state budget on Thursday that is similar to a spending plan outlined by Gov. Sam Brownback but that calls for a slightly less severe reduction in base aid to the state’s public schools. The committee’s endorsement of the budget sends the measure to the Senate, and its leaders hope to have a debate on it next week. The House Appropriations Committee is drafting its own proposed budget. It’s an ugly budget,” said Sen. Jean Schodorf, a Wichita Republican who serves on the budget committee but is also chairwoman of the Senate Education Committee. “We had to make tough choices.” But the Senate budget committee, like Brownback, is planning to cover the increasing costs associated with social services, particularly Medicaid, which pays for health services for the poor and needy.

We are all "Special" regardless of out abilities

The Special Olympics Kansas Basketball and Cheer leading Tournament sponsored by the Knights of Columbus kicked off Thursday night at Gross Memorial Coliseum on the campus of Ft. Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

People with "intellectual disabilities" are no more special then the rest of us and neither are people with other disabilities. We all have our own abilities and talents that make us all special. By using the word "Special" we are singling out a group of people, segregating them from the rest of society because they have a disability. Then they group the children and adults together and then people refer to them all as "kids". No. most of them are adults, not children who participate in Special Olympics.

Our communities should be able to offer what Special Olympics claims. They should provide programs in an integrated setting instead of the continuous segregation that continues to limit their abilities to share their gifts, skills and develop friendships. Free our People!

Reid wants Social Security Debate in 20 years

The Rev. Fred Phelps is evil, new book confirms!

              Estranged son of anti-gay Westboro pastor says father does 'evil'

Nate Phelps, shown above, is the 7Th of the Westboro Baptist minister's Fred Phelps's 13 children. The younger Phelps cut all ties with his family on his 18th birthday, very smart kid i might add, and said he hasn't had contact with his evil father in 3 decades. Nate Phelps is currently writing a book about his evil family or should I say the members of the the Westboro Baptist Church Cult.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


A new CNN poll says that Americans don't favor a shut down of government but the tea baggers do. Go figure! The tea baggers need to go away!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Governor's plan is a failure!

The Kansas City Star - Kansas officials say governor's plan creates conflicts

Keep the Kansas Human Rights Commission out of the attorney generals office. No justice will be served.
The change would be problematic because the attorney generals office represents state agencies and officials when they're sued and conflicts of interest would arise when the commission pursued a complaint involving a state agency.

Friday, March 11, 2011

hay hay hay it's Bill Cosby!

Kansas City Star - Bill Cosby coming to Ruskin High School!

“We aren’t going to talk about problems so much as focus on solutions,” Cosby said in a statement released by the Hickman Mills School District.

Some people are not going to like what he has to say, especially in this town!

KCK Man loves Charlie Sheen!

The Kansas City Star - KCK man arrested at home of Charlie Sheen!

We can add yet another character from the area to the long list of people who disappoint us and give us all a bad name!

The Governor of Kansas doesn't like education?

The Kansas City Star - Education hit hard as Brownback cuts $56.5 million from current Kansas budget!

Overpaid Federal Employees a huge lie!

Private sector employees actually earn on average 24 %  more than federal employees performing comparable jobs, according to objective salary surveys by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. These surveys are used by the Federal Salary Council to calculate the gap between federal and private sector pay. Yet some newspapers and conservative think tanks have falsely asserted that federal employees earn far more than private sector workers by manufacturing and distorting other data that never should be used to compare federal and non-federal salaries. The two-year pay freeze is a political stunt! In spite of the misinformation campaign and the pay freeze members of our Government should rely upon the facts and evidence regarding federal pay. And the facts are that even prior to the freeze, federal wages and salaries were lower than the wages and salaries in the private sector and state and local government, when compared on a job-by-job basis both nationally and regionally.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

A prescription for allergy medicine?

Another example of government trying to tell us how to live out lives! It's not bad enough that you have to go to the pharmacy counter and beg for an allergy or cold medicine from behind the counter and flash your drivers license, but the Kansas State Senate wants us to have a prescription?

I would be in the doctor's office all the time then. What a waste of time and money. Leave it the way it is! Criminals would find ways around the law, but the legitimate consumer would be forced to go and see a doctor for a product that doesn’t require a doctor’s advice to be taken safely and effectively.

The concern is that they want to curb meth production and hopefully use. This bill is not going to eliminate meth in the State of Kansas.