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“According to Chris Turney, an Australian professor of climate change at the University of New South Wales, the ship was surrounded by ice up to nearly 10 feet (3 meters) thick. It was about 100 nautical miles east of the French base Dumont D’Urville, about 1,500 nautical miles south of Hobart, Tasmania.”
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“The group continues to do research and find activities to stay occupied, but there is growing concern that blizzard conditions could worsen over the coming days, according to Turney.”
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“Even though it is summer in the Antarctic, waiting for the ice to break up on its own is not an option, Dr. Turney said, because of the risk that the ship could drift along with the ice and collide with one of several icebergs in the area, which are drifting independently of the pack ice.”
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Looks like nature is “stacking and packing” and “keeping on ice” Al Gore.
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“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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Obama does it.  Brownback does it.  Eilert does it.  What is it?

They all pick and choose what parts of The Constitution they enforce and what parts to ignore.

Stuart Little is the County paid “Lobbyist” and this is what he was instructed to do to assist in changing Kansas State Statutes in order to allow County Commissioners’ removal of appointed volunteers to County Boards/Commissions.

A good mechanic would have placed this tool in their toolbox.

A good mechanic looks at and tends to the whole car.

Little KORA

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‘Unacceptable’: Lawmakers battle military retiree cuts ahead of key budget vote

Published December 16, 2013

FoxNews.com

America’s veterans and military retirees suddenly have emerged at the center of the budget debate and could be the determining factor in whether the House-passed deal makes it through the Senate.

Despite the bill sailing out of the House last week on a strong bipartisan vote, Senate Republicans say the plan unfairly forces veterans to pick up the cost of new spending. The provision generating heated opposition from Veterans of Foreign Wars and allied lawmakers would cut retirement benefits for military retirees by $6 billion over 10 years.

“It’s unacceptable to single out our men and women in uniform in this way,” said Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., who on Monday is joining New Hampshire veterans groups to protest the bill.

The turbulence comes ahead of a key test vote on Tuesday. In sharp contrast to the confident statements issued by House leaders ahead of their vote last week, Senate leaders indicate they’re still corralling support.

“The struggle is still on in the United States Senate,” Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said in an interview on Sunday.

Democrats need to hold most their caucus of 55 senators together and pick up a handful of GOP senators in order to reach the 60-vote threshold to advance the bill.

But the Republican “no” votes were piling up over the weekend. Unlike in the House side, where Speaker John Boehner aggressively battled conservative groups trying to kill the bill, GOP leaders in the Senate are signaling opposition, or at least resistance, to the package. One member of the leadership team, Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, announced Friday that he opposes the deal because it breaches spending caps put in place by a 2011 budget deal “and doesn’t include meaningful spending reforms that address our debt and deficit.”

Meanwhile, Ayotte and other senators are rallying opposition against the military retiree provision.

The bill includes a 1 percent reduction in cost-of-living benefits for many retirees under 62 years old. It also requires most federal civilian employees to pay more toward their pensions — however, that provision affects only new hires, while the change for military retirees could affect those currently serving.

“Unfortunately, our current and future military retirees were not provided with similar protections that current civilian federal employees are receiving under this act,” Ayotte, along with Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Roger Wicker, R-Miss., wrote in a letter to colleagues.

They called the provision “unacceptable.” They estimated that a 42-year-old sergeant first class retiree would lose roughly $72,000 under this change.

The three senators indicated they could support the bill if the military retiree provision is changed. It’s unclear whether Senate leaders would consider making such changes — as that likely would require another vote in the House.

Durbin, speaking on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” predicted Senate leaders will need “about eight Republicans” to support the bill on Tuesday — indicating he expects about three Democratic defections.

“I feel we’ll have a good, strong showing from the Democratic side. But we need bipartisan support to pass it,” he said.

On the other side of the Hill, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan was defending his compromise budget deal, and suggesting congressional Republicans will be more demanding of Democrats during the upcoming debit-limit talks.

“We as a caucus — along with our Senate counterparts — are going to meet and discuss what it is we’re going to want out of the debt limit,” the Wisconsin Republican told “Fox News Sunday.” “We don’t want nothing out of this debt limit. We’re going to decide what it is we’re going to accomplish out of this debt-limit fight.”

Congress faces a Jan. 15 deadline to pass a budget bill or risk another partial government shutdown. The debt-ceiling deadline is expected to hit sometime in February.

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During a formal Charter Commission Meeting April 18, 2011 each of The County Commissioners were asked a series of questions.  Charter Commission Agendas Minutes Book

Question #1 was asked to each

Q#1

County Commissioner Allen responded

Allen Q#1 Answer

Question #4 was asked to each

Allen 4.18.11 Question

County Commissioner Allen responded

Allen 4.18.11 Answer

Each County Commissioner spoke to the Charter Commission in the presence of the other County Commissioners.  This led to adoption of The Resolution previously posted as part of The Charter Commission’s Final Report February 1, 2012 Charter Commission Final Report

So why would County Commissioner Allen later say this about funding The King Eddie Building?

Just to make it PERFECTLY CLEAR again, NOalthe has no horse in this race or dog in this hunt.  If changes are truly necessary to volunteer Boards/Commissions then the legal process should be observed and followed this time and every time.

“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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Apparently The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners missed the entirety of 2011, The Charter Commission and resulting issues.

As a public service NOlathe offers this documentation for their use and reference.

The current concerns expressed by our BOCC is about their inability to remove appointees to Boards/Commissions was extensively expressed and discussed during the entire one year-long Charter Commission review 2011.  The Charter Commission concluded that the BOCC needed State Statute changes in order to remove an appointee that was term limited.

As you read through the discussions below, you will notice  almost a nonchalant, in case we ever really need to replace someone, it would be nice to have this tool approach from the BOCC.  Alarming when you realize today the BOCC wants to replace an entire 9 member Board/Commission as one action.

Even more alarming is that the resulting Resolution was written by and given to the same two folks that now plead ignorance of it’s existance.

Below are the archived minutes (217 pages) of the year-long Charter and exerpts taken that deal with the current debacle.  At the end provides evidence that the resolution was written by Counsel Jarrett and issued to Chairman Eilert.

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Charter Commission Final Report

Ken Dunwoody   kdunwoody2@aol.com

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Reminiscent of 2011 year-end when Chairman Eilert pushed the Commissioners into purchasing a condemned and asbestos ridden building to house The National Museum of Suburbia from “friends of the Commission”, last week and again today we witnessed King Eddie attempt to persuade the Commissioners to violate both Kansas State Laws and the Johnson County Home Rule Charter. To his dismay and visual frustration, three Commissioners insisted on slowing this year-end push for more information.

http://lims.jocogov.org/sirepub/mtgviewer.aspx?meetid=1735&doctype=AGENDA  Action Item #13

NOlathe has no stated position on the status or future of Johnson County’s Mental Health Board or any of the many other Boards/Commissions appointed by the County Board of Commissioners.

NOlathe does however have a clearly stated position that “the rule makers should follow the rules.”

Johnson County has the only “Home Rule Charter” in Kansas which allows some autonomy in decision making.  A special “Home Rule Charter Commission” convenes every ten years to discuss changes in the Charter or suggested changes to State Statutes.  The most recent Charter Commission was in 2011 with the final report issued 2/1/12  Charter Commission Final Report

It is abundantly clear that both The County Commission and The Charter Commission had concerns about The County Commission’s inability to remove with just cause a volunteer appointed by The County Commission to any of the several Boards/Commissions as highlighted in this Resolution within the final report-

Charter Comm Res

During the 12/12/13 debate both Chairman Eilert and Chief Counsel Jerrett completely ignore both The Charter, State Statutes and the Charter Commission’s recommendation.  This 47 min debate is lengthy but extremely entertaining if just for hypocrisy’s sake.

So now to be discussed yet again 12/19/13 because of the pending urgency, to do what?  Again, to do what?  The Commissioners must stand as one to stop this imperial madness.

“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

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