Archive for July, 2013

Mark Twain “Wait five minutes.”

Politician “Vote for proposition XX”.

Shawn Dietrich “Study earth’s history”.

So they are telling me that we have had global warming up until 400 years ago that was equivalent to what we have right now?  And then all of a sudden we had global cooling for the last 400 years that covered those plants in ice?  This is an inconvenient truth is it not?  I wonder if Al Gore will address this issue on why there were plants 400 years ago exactly where there is a glacier melting today?  But then again the center of the earth is several million degrees as seen here.


Shawn Dietrich

Start with the premise that where ever you find an oil based substance, it was once (or several times) covered with water, mainly sea water.  The Permian Basin in West Texas extended the Gulf of Mexico not less than three times North to modern day Wyoming and beyond.

Whether you believe in Creation or Evolution, the documentable patterns of warming and cooling cycles has long been geologically proven without question.  IT IS SCIENTIFIC FACT.

While politicians blame all our problems on mankind,  “If you don’t like the weather……Vote for proposition XX.”

“Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Anyone Who Threatens It”
Ken Dunwoody                                      
Henpecked Acres                                           One Nation
14850 W. 159th St.
Olathe, Ks. 66062

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I am reminded back when schools had chalk boards and student hall monitors.  In seventh grade, Drake Junior High School somewhere in Colorado, I think it was Math Class, the student sitting behind me was only known at the time as George.  He found great pleasure in leaning forward (out of teacher’s view) and “flicking” the back of my right ear.  Never the left, always the right.  The students behind him would chuckle and become silent when the teacher turned.

Not sure how long I put up with this, but eventually I turned and spoke those immortal words “choose ya!”  That meant we were going to have a fight and George got to pick the time and place.  After class and walking down some steps the “tennis courts during lunch” was agreed.  There we were, swinging like professionals for about 5 minutes without either landing a punch.  With neither hurt and growing tired, a teacher broke us up and off to the Vice-Principal’s Office we went to await parental pick-up.

George and I were casual friends through out high school and only recently learned that we served in Vietnam at about the same time.  Today I would trust George Beard with my life.  Amazing how things work out.

In 2008 when I became politically active, I noticed that Johnson County, Kansas had been “flicking” my ears (both of them).  And in 2011 out came those same words “choose ya!”.  This fight would be in the courts of public opinion and the courts of justice.

Fighters always have a “corner person” with expertise in cuts and swelling.  Johnson County folks have been busy.  But let me add at this point that the “go to work 40 hours a week” folks have always treated me with respect and courtesy.  This is not about the “career civil servants” that do as instructed and led.

During the nearly unanimous decision in our favor, the judges ruled entirely in our favor regarding “redistricting” of the County Districts.  We contended that with four of the six Districts representing The City of Overland Park (plus the chairperson elected at-large) left The City of Overland Park with potentially 5 of 7 votes on any issue.  Toe to toe with The County Commission ruled cities don’t count (recorded in previous postings).  The ten year review of the County Home Rule Charter counted me down for the count.  Although bloodied, we stood and counter punched, an ear “flick” of our own so to speak.

On the agenda for July 18, 2013.

7.18.13 Redistricting

Redistricting criteria

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

Ken Dunwoody                                               
Henpecked Acres                                                     One Nation
14850 W. 159th St. Olathe, Ks.
66062 (913)768-1603

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Requiem for the National Suburbia Museum in Johnson County               

Posted  by   on Wed, Jul 10, 2013 at 3:37 PM


  • This old building won’t become an homage to the suburbs.

The most prominent obituary in Tuesday’s Kansas City Star was written by Steve Rose. It announced the death of the National Museum of Suburbia idea in Overland Park.

Rose reported on comments made by Ed Eilert, chairman of the Johnson County Board of Commissioners, who said at a budget hearing recently that the expensive idea to build a monument to the suburbs at the old King Louie West building (right in the middle of a suburb) needed to be “off the table.”

Eilert stopped just short of saying that to The Pitch a little more than a month ago, when the paper was trying to figure out why Johnson County bought King Louie (8788 Metcalf in Overland Park) in 2011, and why it thought building a National Museum of Suburbia was a good idea.

If anyone should know that projects like these have a strong chance of not working out, it’s Eilert.

He served on the first Bi-State Commission that pulled taxes from both sides of the state line to restore Union Station and add to it Science City, a concept that was supposed to generate revenues from visitors to support Union Station’s operations.

“Did not happen, could not happen,” Eilert told The Pitch. “That experience, observing what happened there, you go into a new concept like the [National] Museum of Suburbia, you have capital costs, you have ongoing operating costs. I think those need to be covered by the private sector, if anything happens.”

Good luck with that. Officials with the existing Johnson County Museum in Shawnee were looking forward to trying to raise $10 million as their share in helping build the National Museum of Suburbia at King Louie. But the museum’s fundraising record seemed to show that $10 million would be a tough boat to row; recent years’ tax records show that the museum has drummed up no more than $38,000 in a single year.

Aside from the cost, it was difficult to find many folks who thought that visiting a museum to observe the suburbs, already in abundance all around Kansas City, carried any kind of strong appeal.

Now Johnson County gets to figure out what to do with King Louie. It spent $3.6 million, a figure that includes the $1.95 million purchase price and the rest going to sealing up the code-violation-ridden building.

Johnson County wants to move the current Johnson County Museum from its obscure, water-damaged north-Shawnee location into King Louie. It also plans to move an advance voting center to King Louie from the moribund Metcalf South Shopping Center, along with the Johnson County Enterprise Center.

Eilert thinks the building was a good buy. Many officials refer to it as an “iconic” building, a former bowling alley and ice rink that’s part of Johnson County’s heritage and needs to be preserved.

But people said the same thing about the White Haven Motor Lodge in Overland Park, and Johnson County is no worse off without it.

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Joco Opinion

Steve Rose — Suburbia museum is an idea whose time hasn’t come

By STEVE ROSE      The Star
Updated: 2013-07-09T23:03:43Z
July  9


Special to The Star

The National Museum of Suburbia is officially dead, at least in Johnson County.

The Museum of Suburbia had more than its share of skeptics from the beginning, including me, when I wrote that it was a “fantasy, rather than a dream.” Eilert himself was doubtful from the beginning that such a concept could attract the $10 million needed to bring it to reality.

The Museum of Suburbia died with hardly a whimper, in sharp contrast to the notoriety it received over the past couple of years. That included a front page article in the Wall Street Journal, which was a bit tongue-in-cheek.

So much for expensive feasibility studies that indicated it would be doable to raise $10 million.

Still, the “father” of the idea, Larry Meeker, president of the Johnson County Museum Foundation, believes a museum of suburbia will be built…somewhere. He said so in the Wall Street Journal article, and he repeated it again to me very recently: “I’m virtually certain there will be a museum of suburbia.”

I could not disagree more, but kicking an idea when it’s down is not the polite thing to do. So, we’ll let it go.

The focus now should be on the former King Louie bowling alley at 87th Street and Metcalf Avenue, which the county purchased two years ago to house a regular kind of historical museum of Johnson County, currently located in an old flooded house in Shawnee.

The building is 76,000 square feet and will cost the county, all-in, including acquisition costs and improvements, a total of $15.6 million.

Of that space, a fourth of it will go to house the exhibits of the present museum, which tells the history of this county, from American Indians to the postwar suburban explosion.

Meeker, who now is turning his attention to the current historical museum, said he and the foundation board are committed to raising $2 million to enhance the exhibits, including making the museum more “kid friendly.” We shall see. The Johnson County Museum Foundation has never raised more than $38,000 in any year.

That leaves three-fourths of King Louie to fill.

The county is moving into the facility The Enterprise Center of Johnson County, which needs 13,500 square feet, plus 3,000 square feet for early voting —now at Metcalf South Shopping Center. That leaves a whole bunch of empty space that may someday house other county agencies or an expanded museum.

Of course, at one time the National Museum of Suburbia might have been an anchor tenant, but Eilert says he never figured on that when he recommended to the County Commission that they buy the building. Rather Eilert thinks they got a steal on the building, at just a bit more than half the asking price.

Eilert is one of the most frugal public officials around. His track record proves that.

So, when Eilert says the purchase and improvements of this “iconic” bowling alley was a good deal, you may have to take a leap of faith that he is right.

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