KU, KU Med Center Reveal Preliminary Budget Cuts Required After Brownback Cut Funding This Summer

This is Governor Brownback’s legacy to the state of Kansas.

Long ago when I first arrived in Kansas I used to work for a person who was a self-designated “DINK” – Dual income, no kids. He was proud of the fact that he and his wife would enjoy life to the fullest by buying all the big boy toys, (he did,) and retire early (they did.) He didn’t just celebrate it, he reveled in it and rubbed people’s noses in it, sometimes sneering when he would hear of a new child to come for someone who worked with him. His usual comment was something like “well that’s a shame, there goes that hardbody…” This guy’s wife made a lot of money, and as a manager he made a respectable sum as well, but he kept his wife on a make up budget. If he wasn’t an outright libertarian then he was libertarian in nature.

The entire time I worked for him he had a pet peeve that you would hear about at least a couple of times per month. He would bitterly complain about having to pay for “other people’s kids to go to school.” It was an anathema to him, he would rant on and on about it while standing in a computer room surrounded by technology designed, created, and built by other people’s kids who attended public schools. He did it while driving in cars built by kids who attended public school, and he did it while driving down roads that they constructed. A few years later in life he had serious health issues and his life was saved by doctors who attended KU med. Even after that he never saw the hypocrisy of how he benefited from public schooling in Kansas while railing against it.

The University of Kansas has outlined the first half of about $3.8 million in cuts to academic and administrative programs expected this year at the Lawrence and Edwards campuses.

Among the programs taking significant cuts in this first-round announcement are the Kansas Geological Survey, Kansas Public Radio and the Audio Reader service for the blind and visually impaired.

Officials said the first $1.3 million in cuts announced by Provost Neeli Bendapudi on Wednesday are necessary as the university tries to manage a $7 million reduction in state funding mandated by Gov. Sam Brownback this summer.

An additional $3.7 million in state funding has been cut from the KU Medical Center budget, and officials there said the budget reduction would cause significant hardship for the medical school.

More: KU, KU Med Center reveal preliminary budget cuts required after Brownback cut funding this summer

Clinton on Trump: “A Man You Can Bait With a Tweet Is Not A Man We Can Trust With Nuclear Weapons”

Hillary Clinton on on Donald Trump’s greatest weakness.

Selecting Tim Kaine as VP aids Progressive Efforts

Since the pre-leak of the announcement there’s been lots of discussion of how progressive Tim Kaine is or isn’t, some of it emanating from the Berniacs, however much is also coming from the usual anti-Hillary camps. You know them, those edge forces who are going to vote Jill Stein or people masquerading as social libertarians but who really land on the tribal nationalist right if you lift their mask.

Their usual approach to the argument is through concern trolling (e.g. “Does Hillary really support LGBT causes enough? etc.)These same forces helped Barrack overcome Hillary through some pretty insidious campaigns when she ran the first time with the thought in mind that Obama couldn’t possibly win. That backfired big time, but here they are trying again.

So here is my take:

Because Financial and Banking regulations are crafted or blocked in the Senate, taking Tim out of that picture while leaving Booker, Sanders, and Warren in place to lead the efforts is really a stealth progressive move. Whether intentional or not removing Kaine pulls someone who wants to deregulate for Capital 1, or whatever the argument is, totally out of the picture. If progressives really want to aid the cause they can stop kvetching about this move and start lobbying Virginia’s governor to appoint a true progressive to back fill Kaine.

See my original post at LGF

Who to Vote For in Kansas

If you are like me then you are sick and tired of seeing jobs flee the state, our schools and roads running down, our health care choices diminishing while costs go up, and more budget deficits ballooning in the future. We need a reasonable tax revenue to secure the health of our citizens, the future of business in our state, and the future of our children.  However Governor Brownback and the zealots behind him have a pretty devil may care view about everything but tax breaks for big businesses that seem to wheedle more advantage out of our bewildered legislators at every opportunity while failing to pay their fair share.

The real dilemma faced by voters in this primary election is how the heck do you tell the moderate candidates from the laissez-faire zealots backing Brownback, especially since the zealots are trying to lay it all off on Brownback and pretend they are moderate now? The good news is that the Mainstream Coalition has created a list of endorsements to help you weed through the candidates in your area. I’m including it below or you can visit this link:

2016 MainPAC Primary Election Endorsements

Kansas Senate Endorsed Candidate(s)


Francisco (D)
Richey (R)
Marci Francisco (D)*


Holland (D)
Van Mereren (R)
Tom Holland (D)*


Haley (D) David Haley (D)*


Hutton (D)
Terrien (D)
Fitzgerald (R)
Bill Hutton (D)


Pettey (D) Pat Pettey (D)*


England (D)
Bollier (R)
Barbara Bollier (R)*


McGuire (D)
Denning (R)
Don McGuire (D)


Morrow (D)
Lynn (R)
Chris Morrow (D)


Hiatt (D)
Pitcher-Cook (R)
Vicki Hiatt (D)


Fannen (D)
Skubal (R)
Melcher (R)
Skip Fannen (D)
John Skubal (R)


Hensley (D)
Haney (R)
Anthony Hensley (D)*


Czerniewski (D)
Heley (D)
Smith (R)
Sykes (R)
Logan Heley (D)
Dinah Sykes (R)


Kerfoot (D)
Olson (R)
Spencer Kerfoot (D)


King (D)
Baumgardner (R)
Kansas House Endorsed Candidate(s)


Chociej (D)
Markley (R)
McPherson (R)
Patty Markley (R)


Wilson (D) John Wilson (D)*


Ring (D)
Esau (R)
Gabel (R)
Merlin Ring (D)
Leesa Gabel (R)


McCorkle (D)
Davis (R)
Dostal (R)
Palcic (R)
R. Paul McCorkle (D)
Kim Palcic (R)


Holscher (D)
Grosserode (R)
Cindy Holscher (D)


Stoll (D)
Cox (R)
Hildabrand (R)
Helen Stoll (D)
Tom Cox (R)


Neighbor (D)
Jenkins (R)
Cindy Neighbor (D)


Meitl (D)
Clayton (R)
Stephanie Clayton (R)*


McQueeny (D)
Bruchman (R)
Kessinger (R)
Christopher McQueeny (D)
Jan Kessinger (R)


Stogsdill (D)
Hughes (R)
Melton (R)
Jerry Stogsdill (D)
Dorothy Hughes (R)


Lusk (D) Nancy Lusk (D)*


Versola (D)
Gallagher (R)
Linda Gallagher (R)*


Ousley (D)
Johnson (R)
Jarrod Ousley (D)*


McCann (D)
Rooker (R)
Melissa Rooker (R)*


Tiffany (D)
Campbell (R)
Cheron Tiffany (D)


Miller (D)
Harmon (R)
Tarwater (R)


Koesten (R)
Lunn (R)
Joy Koesten (R)


Parker (D)
Todd (R)
Brett Parker (D)


Graham (D)
Dingwerth (R)
Powell (R)
Darla Graham (D)


Ruiz (D) Louis Ruiz (D)*


Curtis (D) Pam Curtis (D)*


Burroughs (D) Tom Burroughs (D)*


Winn (D) Valdenia Winn (D)*


Lampkin (D)
Henderson (D)


Wolfe Moore (D)
Thomas (D)
Braun (R)
Kathy Wolfe Moore (D)*


Frownfelter (D) n/a


Fonkert (D)
Dove (R)
Lucas (R)
Templin (R)
Mike Folkert (D)
Mitra Templin (R)


Lawson (D)
Brim (R)
Macheers (R)
Donohoe (R)
Angeliina Lawson (D)
Shelee Brim (R)


Reed (D)
Karlskint (R)
O’Brien (R)
Kara Reed (D)


Roberts (R)
Sutton (R)
Donald Roberts (R)


Ballard (D)
Davis (D)
Lindsey (R)
Barbara Ballard (D)*


Maines (D)
Pierce (R)
Sloan (R)
Tom Sloan (R)*


Highberger (D) Dennis “Boog” Highberger (D)*


Ackerson (D)
Kleeb (R)
Sandy Ackerson (D)


Hunt (D)
Schwab (R)
Darnell Hunt (D)


Hansen (D)
Corbet (R)
Renae Hansen (D)


Darby (D)
Clayton (R)
Ryckman (R)
Jason Darby (D)


Graff (D)
Kiegerl (R)
Jason Graff (D)
State Bd of Education Endorsed Candidate(s)


Cindric (D)
Roberts (R)
Chris Cindric (D)


Mah (D)
Mollenkamp (R)
Ann Mah (D)


Horst (R) Deena Horst (R)*


Busch (R) n/a


McNiece (R) Jim McNiece (R)*
JOCO Commission Endorsed Candidate(s)


Allen n/a


Steve Klika*


U.S. Congress Endorsed Candidate(s)


Potter (D)
Jenkins (R)
Britani Potter (D)


Marselus (D)
McLaughlin (D)
Sidie (D)
Goode (R)
Yoder (R)
Jay Sidie (D)

Printable PDF Table

Bernie Sanders Endorses HRC

Today Bernie Sanders gave a full-throated, unreserved endorsement to Hillary, here’s a transcript of the final segment:

In these stressful times for our country, this election must be about bringing our people together, not dividing us up. While Donald Trump is busy insulting Mexicans, Muslims, women, African Americans and veterans, Hillary Clinton understands that our diversity is one of our greatest strengths. Yes. We become stronger when black and white, Latino, Asian American, Native American – all of us – stand together. Yes. We become stronger when men and women, young and old, gay and straight, native born and immigrant fight to rid this country of all forms of bigotry.

It is no secret that Hillary Clinton and I disagree on a number of issues. That’s what this campaign has been about. That’s what democracy is about. But I am happy to tell you that at the Democratic Platform Committee which ended Sunday night in Orlando, there was a significant coming together between the two campaigns and we produced, by far, the most progressive platform in the history of the Democratic Party. Our job now is to see that platform implemented by a Democratic Senate, a Democratic House and a Hillary Clinton president – and I am going to do everything I can to make that happen.

I have known Hillary Clinton for 25 years. I remember her as a great first lady who broke precedent in terms of the role that a first lady was supposed to play as she helped lead the fight for universal health care. I served with her in the United States Senate and know her as a fierce advocate for the rights of children.

Hillary Clinton will make an outstanding president and I am proud to stand with her here today.

You can read the full text of his speech here:
Boston Globe transcript of Bernie Sander’s endorsement speech.

Donald Trump Praises Saddam Hussein’s Approach to Terrorism — Again

While the GOP loves them some authoritarian dictators, I hope this Jack Bauer extra-judicial approach to terrorism doesn’t resonate with the public beyond the small circle of committed idiots that Trump has already cultivated. When he says things like this he’s stating that he gives not a single shit for human rights, that he can magically determine who is and isn’t a terrorist, and that he can then pretend that the constitution does not exist for them. I mean – Fuck reading them their rights before you torture them amiright? Trump’s just like Jack, he knows when someone is lying, when someone’s bad, when someone’s good, he’s just that intuitive…

Saddam Hussein was a monster, murdering and torturing the citizenry of his country on whims and hearsay. (see here, an article on his practices before the GOP got us into the war in Iraq.)

Donald Trump is against our civic institutions, hates our legal practices, despises our American essence, and he loathes our very culture. If there is a such thing as a civic religion in this nation, then Trump and his cohorts in the GOP have formed a heretical cult to destroy that very thing. Indeed, the Republican leadership might as well go to our National Archives, march into the rotunda, break the bullet proof glass and then piss in unison on our constitution; because their presidential candidate is rhetorically doing that every single day with every speech he makes and every breath he takes.

RALEIGH, N.C. — Donald Trump praised former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein Tuesday night, allowing that he was a “really bad guy” but had redeeming qualities when it came to his handling of terrorists.

Trump lauded the former U.S. adversary for how “well” he killed terrorists, recalling that he “didn’t read them the rights, they didn’t talk. They were terrorists, over.” Now, Trump assessed, “Iraq is Harvard for terrorism. You want to be a terrorist, you go to Iraq.”

Hillary Clinton’s campaign seized the opportunity to once more paint Trump has unfit for office. “Donald Trump’s praise for brutal strongmen seemingly knows no bounds,” Senior Policy Advisor Jake Sullivan said in an emailed statement. “Trump’s cavalier compliments for brutal dictators, and the twisted lessons he seems to have learned from their history, again demonstrate how dangerous he would be as commander-in-chief and how unworthy he is of the office he seeks.”

More: Donald Trump Praises Saddam Hussein’s Approach to Terrorism — Again – NBC News

Amazon Fire sale

So you just got that credit from the Apple settlement and Amazon is having a fire sale with one priced at $50.00.

Memorial Day

Some get confused between Memorial day and Veterans day, but there is a difference. On Veteran’s day we honor all veterans, those living and those who fell.

On Memorial, or Decoration day as it was previously known, we honor those who have fallen. We honor them by visiting their graves, their monuments, and we decorate their graves with memorabilia and flowers. Decoration day was originally created by order in 1868 to honor those who fell in the civil war.

American Counseling Association Relocates Nashville Conference Over Tennessee’s Anti-LGBT Law 

On Tuesday, the American Counseling Association (ACA) announced that it would pull its 2017 Conference & Expo out of Nashville, Tennessee, due to the state’s new anti-LGBT legislation. Signed into law in April, HB 1840/SB 1556 allows a therapist or counselor to refuse to treat clients whose “goals, outcomes, or behaviors… conflict with a sincerely held principle” of that mental health professional, endangering vulnerable Tennesseans most in need of mental healthcare and treatment. “This was not an easy decision to make,” ACA CEO Richard Yep said in a statement. “After thoughtful discussion, the ACA Governing Council made the difficult—and courageous—decision on behalf of our membership… By relocating from Tennessee, ACA is standing up to this discriminatory law and we remain committed in the battle to ensure that this law does not become the national standard.”  Mr. Yep elaborated on the ACA’s opposition to HB 1840/SB 1556 in video to its members:

Source: American Counseling Association Relocates Nashville Conference Over Tennessee’s Anti-LGBT Law — Protect Thy Neighbor

Verizon workers’ union wants investigation of forced fiber upgrades

Put the union vs Verizon dispute in the article aside – this confrontation points out a major shortfall in modern telecommunications. As VOIP, SKYPE, and internet connectivity displaces traditional telephone service it should have to meet some of the same standards of reliability, redundancy, and availability that the old PTSN network does. All cable modems should come with battery backup, all internet plant should become as reliable as our old copper PTSN telephone plant. The FCC and local cable franchising authorities are falling down in not mandating better service from cable tv and internet providers.

The complaint stems from Verizon’s “Fiber is the Only Fix” program, in which Verizon automatically sets up copper-to-fiber upgrades when customers with copper-based landline phones call for repairs twice in 18 months. Though many customers welcome the shift to fiber because it brings more reliable and faster Internet access, some prefer to keep copper-based landline phones because they can remain in service during long power outages. FURTHER READING VERIZON WON’T FIX COPPER LINES WHEN CUSTOMERS REFUSE SWITCH TO FIBER “Do not fix trouble” with copper lines, Verizon document says. FURTHER READING VERIZON WORKERS STRIKE OVER LOST JOBS AND REFUSAL TO EXPAND FIBER Non-union employees will take over customer service and network repairs. The union, the Communications Workers of America (CWA), claims Verizon is violating a ban on deceiving consumers and a requirement that customers be given 90 days’ notice before retiring copper networks. Verizon denies the union’s accusations and called the complaint a “publicity stunt” timed to coincide with a strike that began three weeks ago and involves 36,000 Verizon workers. Verizon argues that the FCC’s 90-day rule applies only to the retirement of entire central offices, not service to individual homes.

Source: Verizon workers’ union wants investigation of forced fiber upgrades | Ars Technica