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Rarely do I find myself with a complete loss of words or will to write. But here I am two days of trying to understand what I just witnessed and remain at least somewhat respectful to those that have created, quite intentionally, my confusion. It starts with this statement presented before our Johnson County Board of County Commissioners yesterday June 11, 2015.

Consider authorizing the reallocation and expenditure of fund balances (reserves) for Fiscal Year 2015 for the Park & Recreation General Fund in the amount of $2,500,000; for Public Health fund in the amount of $626,318; for County General Fund for a total of $3,422,882 to be used to pay off the King Louie capital lease for $2.9 million and to provide authority in the amount of $522,882 for the transfer of 6.0 Mental Health FTEs and related contractual expenditures to the Department of Technology and Innovation; and for the Mental Health fund, authorize the reclassification of $522,882 expenditures related to the transfer of the FTEs and related contractual expenditures.

Even with a week to prepare for the potpourri discussion, this is how it played out.

In his princely moment of laying lying a sacrificial offering before the monarch, Commissioner Klika continued his babbling fool rendition. King Louie now endowed by The Parks and Wreck thanks the jester.

But look at what else occurred during this comical joust.

You may recall that two good citizens sued the County and these Commissioners in January 2014 for violating our cherished Home Rule Charter by appointing themselves as the Mental Health Commission. While the County blamed Mental Health financial woes on the then Mental Health Management and Commissioners, questions about the County’s Budgeting process surfaced.  “Nearly a million dollars” of County reserves were necessary to fund Mental Health and a District Judge ruled the Home Rule Charter as unenforceable.

You may also recall that in December 2014 at least another $800,000 of County General Fund reserves were provided to Mental Health “to pay the bills”. This time new software was blamed for delays in receipt of billing revenues. This I.T. problem (Technology and Innovation) was not dealt with in a timely manner?

Now 6 Mental Health FTEs (Full Time Employees) have a moral problem and will work more efficiently if $522,822 from General Fund reserves is given to Technology and Innovation and this equivalent amount removed from Mental Health Budget. Didn’t they just come up with additional funding and not transfer funds from one entity to another?

But who really cares in this new land of Oz.  All we find behind the curtain are those without a Heart, Brain or Courage. We’re not in Kansas any more.

“Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Anyone Who Threatens It”

Ken Dunwoody                                         
GOD
Henpecked Acres                                       
One Nation
14850 W. 159th St.
Olathe, Ks. 66062
(913)768-1603
kdunwoody2@aol.com
http://NOlathe.net

 

 

Originally posted on NOlathe's Blog:

In early 2014 Mr. Benjamin Hodge and myself filed a lawsuit in District Court claiming the Johnson County Board of Commissioners had exceeded their Home Rule Charter authority when dismissing previously appointed members of the Johnson County Mental Health Commission. Events preceding the suit were well documented by The PITCH shared here:   http://nolathe.net/2014/01/02/county-commissioners-straight-jacket-mental-health-board-of-volunteers/

Johnson County commissioners get rid of its troubled mental-health board

Posted by Steve Vockrodt on Tue, Dec 24, 2013 at 9:44 AM

http://www.pitch.com/FastPitch/archives/2013/12/24/johnson-county-commissioners-get-rid-of-its-troubled-mental-health-board         The PITCH

STEVEN KLIKA: “WHEN YOU HAVE CANCER, YOU GET RID OF IT ALL.”
  • Steven Klika: “When you have cancer, you get rid of it all.”

JoCo BOCC claimed their intervention was necessary to end the nearly $1,000,000 per year funding out of General Funds to keep the Mental Health Fund solvent.  After two court hearings the County persuaded the Judge that an old State Statute rendered the County’s Home Rule Charter void and ruled in favor of the County.

UPDATE, Lets look one…

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Since the approval and signing of the Lease Agreement with UMB Bank to pay for the purchase and “button up” costs for the King Louie Building totaling $3,600,000 8788metcalfleaseagreement on February 9, 2012 the here until now question loomed.  How was the $2,900,000 Principal payment due on September 1, 2015 going to be paid?

Base Rentals

We must first ignore that when we hurriedly purchased King Louie in December 2011 with ca$h from Reserves we threatened our Bond Rating.  Less than two months later we leased King Louie to UMB Bank for ca$h returned to Reserves saving our Bond Rating.  Now let’s ignore for a brief moment that we have already paid $120,576 Interest Only for a vacant non-tax generating building with yet another $17,400 Interest Only due.  Let’s ignore for another brief moment that this vacant non-tax generating building consumed several hundred hours of County Staff time and tens of thousands more dollars in consultant fees to find this once asbestos laden building a purpose. We still end up with the lingering question…………….

How was the $2,900,000 Principal payment due on September 1, 2015 going to be paid?

Earlier today June 4, 2015 King Louie shared the answer with us peasants.

CA$H

NO JOKE FOLKS vote scheduled for June 11, 2015 67574906042015101756410

June 11, 2015

Safe to say that the “Court Jester” positions have been filled.

“Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Anyone Who Threatens It”

Ken Dunwoody                                        GOD
Henpecked Acres                                       
One Nation
14850 W. 159th St.
Olathe, Ks. 66062
(913)768-1603
kdunwoody2@aol.com
http://NOlathe.net

Updated NASA Data: Global Warming Not Causing Any Polar Ice Retreat

5/19/2015 @ 9:53AM
http://www.forbes.com/sites/jamestaylor/2015/05/19/updated-nasa-data-polar-ice-not-receding-after-all/

Updated data from NASA satellite instruments reveal the Earth’s polar ice caps have not receded at all since the satellite instruments began measuring the ice caps in 1979. Since the end of 2012, moreover, total polar ice extent has largely remained above the post-1979 average. The updated data contradict one of the most frequently asserted global warming claims – that global warming is causing the polar ice caps to recede.

The timing of the 1979 NASA satellite instrument launch could not have been better for global warming alarmists. The late 1970s marked the end of a 30-year cooling trend. As a result, the polar ice caps were quite likely more extensive than they had been since at least the 1920s. Nevertheless, this abnormally extensive 1979 polar ice extent would appear to be the “normal” baseline when comparing post-1979 polar ice extent.

Updated NASA satellite data show the polar ice caps remained at approximately their 1979 extent until the middle of the last decade. Beginning in 2005, however, polar ice modestly receded for several years. By 2012, polar sea ice had receded by approximately 10 percent from 1979 measurements. (Total polar ice area – factoring in both sea and land ice – had receded by much less than 10 percent, but alarmists focused on the sea ice loss as “proof” of a global warming crisis.)

A 10-percent decline in polar sea ice is not very remarkable, especially considering the 1979 baseline was abnormally high anyway. Regardless, global warming activists and a compliant news media frequently and vociferously claimed the modest polar ice cap retreat was a sign of impending catastrophe. Al Gore even predicted the Arctic ice cap could completely disappear by 2014.

In late 2012, however, polar ice dramatically rebounded and quickly surpassed the post-1979 average. Ever since, the polar ice caps have been at a greater average extent than the post-1979 mean.

Now, in May 2015, the updated NASA data show polar sea ice is approximately 5 percent above the post-1979 average.

During the modest decline in 2005 through 2012, the media presented a daily barrage of melting ice cap stories. Since the ice caps rebounded – and then some – how have the media reported the issue?

The frequency of polar ice cap stories may have abated, but the tone and content has not changed at all. Here are some of the titles of news items I pulled yesterday from the front two pages of a Google News search for “polar ice caps”:

Climate change is melting more than just the polar ice caps

2020: Antarctic ice shelf could collapse

An Arctic ice cap’s shockingly rapid slide into the sea

New satellite maps show polar ice caps melting at ‘unprecedented rate’

The only Google News items even hinting that the polar ice caps may not have melted so much (indeed not at all) came from overtly conservative websites. The “mainstream” media is alternating between maintaining radio silence on the extended run of above-average polar ice and falsely asserting the polar ice caps are receding at an alarming rate.

To be sure, receding polar ice caps are an expected result of the modest global warming we can expect in the years ahead. In and of themselves, receding polar ice caps have little if any negative impact on human health and welfare, and likely a positive benefit by opening up previously ice-entombed land to human, animal, and plant life. Nevertheless, polar ice cap extent will likely be a measuring stick for how much the planet is or is not warming.

The Earth has warmed modestly since the Little Ice Age ended a little over 100 years ago, and the Earth will likely continue to warm modestly as a result of natural and human factors. As a result, at some point in time, NASA satellite instruments should begin to report a modest retreat of polar ice caps. The modest retreat – like that which happened briefly from 2005 through 2012 – would not be proof or evidence of a global warming crisis. Such a retreat would merely illustrate that global temperatures are continuing their gradual recovery from the Little Ice Age. Such a recovery – despite alarmist claims to the contrary – would not be uniformly or even on balance detrimental to human health and welfare. Instead, an avalanche of scientific evidence indicates recently warming temperatures have significantly improved human health and welfare, just as warming temperatures have always done.

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James Taylor

Ruckus at King Louie

http://cove.kcpt.org/program/ruckus/

http://cove.kcpt.org/video/2365449700/

Interview with Annabeth Surbaugh and Ruckus Round Table discussion on King Louie.

Recently we became aware of and shared with you a communal involving Johnson County, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri governments conducting greenhouse gas surveys. At the end of the posting dated February 8, 2015 http://nolathe.net/2015/02/08/secret-meetings-hidden-documents-and-spooky-votes/  we noted the need for more discovery via Kansas Open Record Act (KORA) requests.

Now accomplished we have a better understanding for why we are hated by JoCo Staff and feared by JoCo Commissioners. Our simple and dates specific request resulted in hundreds and hundreds of documents. We received three emails, each with attachment containing the maximum amount of data transferable electronically.

The order in which we share this information is not in order of importance, events or dates.

With todays post we must start with a brief introduction to   http://www.icleiusa.org/networks/networks-1/heartland-local-government-sustainability-network

Heartland Local Government Sustainability Network

Dubuque, Iowa by Pete Zarria on flickr

Dubuque, Iowa. Photo credit: Pete Zarria on flickr.

September 17, 2010 marked the inaugural meeting of the Heartland Local Government Sustainability Network (HLGSN). HLGSN is an independent peer forum of municipal professionals in sustainability, energy, planning, environment, and allied disciplines. The geographic scope of the network includes Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, and Kansas—aligning decidedly with U.S. EPA Region 7. The network allows some participation from South Dakota and North Dakota, which reside within U.S. EPA Region 8. The impetus for HLGSN is to help member local governments with the administration of federal initiatives, build capacity for members to improve sustainability performance locally, and provide a forum to exchange ideas and information with regional peers who share a common economy, culture, and climate.

HLGSN is self-governing, and membership is invite-only through peer review. The only requirement is that members are local government professionals. Current members include top-level managers from 14 cities and counties. Thus far, the network is comprised of mostly ICLEI USA communities, but ICLEI USA affiliation is not a requirement.  Kansas City, Missouri, is the founding member of HLGSN.

 

The 3 page document reviewed today may be viewed here Heartland CALL_2014_01_24

Portions shared and commented on below in order:

MARC 1.24.14.1

  • NOlathe note: All past (?) and current ICLEI members.

 

MARC 1.24.14.3

  • NOlathe note: Brendle is the recommended ICLEI contractor.

 

MARC 1.24.14.4

  • NOlathe note: As hard as we have tried, that makes no sense.

 

MARC 1.24.14.6

  • NOlathe note: We concede that corn is not the crop of choice in Oklahoma nor is cotton in Nebraska. But lets get another grant to study this?

 

MARC 1.24.14.7

  •  NOlathe note: ICLEI has already concluded there is Global Warming Climate Change but hasn’t any data to support that. Heartland group founded in 2010 and atleast partially responsible for massive mandates/spending is just now talking about acquiring data.

 

MARC 1.24.14.8

  • NOlathe noteGlobal Warming Climate Change Climate Resiliency.

 

MARC 1.24.14.9

  • NOlathe note: Global Warming Climate Change Climate Resiliency Climate Adaptation.

 

Conclusion– As recently as January 24, 2014 participants in ICLEI aka Agenda 21 have no data to support their mandates. Our elected have once again been duped with Chicken Little hysteria http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henny_Penny .

Commissioners– This is the time of year to hatch and add new chicks to ones flock. Henpecked Acres currently has 18 under a heat lamp. Please tell Henny Penny we’ll keep the light on for her, it’s time to come home.

“Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Anyone Who Threatens It”
Ken Dunwoody                GOD
Henpecked Acres            One Nation
14850 W. 159th St.
Olathe, Ks. 66062
(913)768-1603
kdunwoody2@aol.com
http://NOlathe.net

To reverse the negitive bond rating impact of having used ca$h to purchase King Louie in December 2011, Johnson County leased to and leased back this political favor from a bank on February 9, 2012 8788metcalfleaseagreement  with termination date of September 1, 2015. Base Rentals

With this date rapidly approaching we find on March 12, 2015 our SPEEDO BOYZ are scheduled to discuss this Outstanding highlighted with: Outstanding

Problem: SPEEDO BOYZ have already spent $870,576 on a $3,650,000 debt that has an appraised value of $450,000.

  1. Can’t outright sell King Louie without first paying bank $2,900,000.
  2. Can’t extend lease because bank now knows of appraisal.

Solution: SPEEDO BOYZ will pretend this wasn’t their fault and convince us they’ll fix it by spending $22,230,000 and call it something else!! (NOlathe Note: “Costs of Issuance” equals appraised value.)

“Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Anyone Who Threatens It”
Ken Dunwoody                                      GOD
Henpecked Acres                                    
One Nation
14850 W. 159th St.
Olathe, Ks. 66062
(913)768-1603
kdunwoody2@aol.com
http://NOlathe.net

 

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