Archive for February, 2015

On February 26, 2015 our Johnson County Board of County Commissioners will view the latest proposal to make King Louie a purdier pig. This make-over presentation only cost $150,000 that the Commissioners said was old money, already approved money, saved up to move the old moldy museum sometime long ago money. Funny no one asked how to pay for moving the museum if that money was spent finding a place to move it. Duh? Oh well, simple solution. Give the museum its own taxing authority and call it a park! More like a Merry-go-round cuz it seems we are going in circles.

Here is the $150,000 lipstick King_Wrecks all 62 pages. Mostly pictures so even our Commissioners can participate. But here is only little tidbit White HavenNext Steps

This is where it really gets neat (nutty can be neat). Merge the museum into the Parks and Wreck District so that both functions can administratively work under the direction of that District in a building they are not responsible for so that the county can sell $22,000,000 Bonds to pay for the renovations necessary while not affecting the District’s ability to also sell an additional $22,000,000 Bonds to pay for more parks only separated by new voting booths no one asked for while children play a sketch inside a building that has asbestos remembering when someone stayed at a hotel before bowling on an ice rink. Wasn’t that simple.

Degrees of separation between DC and JC is immeasurable. Stupid is as stupid does (when it is someone elses money).

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

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NOlathe has always attempted to hold the “work 40 hour employees of Johnson County” in the highest regard. For the most part, they work as directed and not necessarily responsible for the really stupid things they do or say. No truer words could be said about Bureau Chief Joe Waters “and if you believe that I have a bridge to sell you”.

http://www.jocogov.org/press-release/johnson-county-announces-new-director-facilities-management ” Johnson County Government’s new Director of Facilities Management has a 30-year career that includes related industry experience at Sprint Corporation and HCA Midwest Health. Brad Reinhardt joined the County on January 12, 2015. Joe Waters, who previously held the position, advanced to the County Manager’s Office, becoming the County’s full time Bureau Chief in November 2014 where he is responsible for central services departments.”

The typical Bureau Chief is use to deadlines so a reasonable person would have to ask why the often trembling voice and lack of conviction in this 1/8/15 presentation: 

In Context or Out of Context that is the question. The 100 page report is full of interpretation if one wants 201408FormerKingLouieAppraisalReportwithPIV but NOlathe stands by our previous position. This bridge is wore out and useless. On page 28 highlights a sequel to “A Bridge Too Far”.

Age / Life
Year Built: 1959
Actual Age: 55 years
Effective Age: 40 years
Typical Building Life: 40 years
Remaining Economic Life: 0 years

 For now we wait to evaluate what the approved $150,000 study will produce to market  “and if you believe that I have a bridge to sell you”.

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

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Two things you do not ask a United States Marine to do:
* Abandon their post to the enemy
* Abandon their weapon to the enemy

Yet that is exactly what happened yesterday in Yemen. Quite intentionally NOlathe posted this just a few months ago https://nolathe.net/2014/09/22/yemen-capital-falls-after-obama-cites-strategy-for-isis/ to document 9/11/14 events and because we saw this moment in time was coming. Yemen went from the model of success to diplomatic failure not yesterday, but from the months and years of failed leadership.

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(CNN) — When President Barack Obama said that U.S. strategy to combat the terror group ISIS could follow the models of strikes in Yemen and Somalia, it drew a swift rebuttal from some top Republicans.

Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona took to the Senate floor Thursday to say the administration’s tactics in both of those countries had not succeeded and would be even less effective when used against ISIS.

“That is so disturbing, to think that a strategy against ISIS would be the same as against al Qaeda in Somalia and Yemen,” said McCain. “Yes, we have been killing with drones. But we have by no means defeated them,” he said.

He was responding to Obama’s speech Wednesday night: “This strategy of taking out terrorists who threaten us, while supporting partners on the front lines, is one that we have successfully pursued in Yemen and Somalia for…

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JoCo Commission Chair “Oh shucks! We need to discuss the 2013 Cow Flatulence Study. But the last time we had public meetings on this, the room rumbled when we lost control.”

JoCo County Manager “Let’s schedule a secret meeting in the bowels of the building.”

JoCo Commission Chair “Make sure all the exhaust fans are pointed towards the Courthouse. Just in case someone gets wind of this they won’t blame me. There’s an election next week and tomorrow is Halloween.”

JoCo County Manager “Don’t worry boss. No advanced notice, no minutes, no recordings and no press or public. Unless they’re downwind, no one will ever know about the votes either. Just between us, I really like it when you call me Spooky Dude, ah sorry boss. Consider it done!”

JoCo Commission Chair “Okey Spooky Dude, Depends.”

Spooky Dude “Depends?”

JoCo Commission Chair “Depends you idiot! Don’t forget Depends!”

This “Keep 50 feet from open flame” story starts in 2012. Briefly:

Wanting to know the 2012 connection between George Soros, Johnson County and Clarion Associates we filed a KORA Request and Complaint   https://nolathe.net/2012/03/21/complaint-filed-with-kansas-attorney-general/

Wanting to know the 2012 connection between George Soros, Johnson County and I.C.L.E.I. we filed a KORA Request and Complaint https://nolathe.net/2012/04/12/second-complaint-filed-with-kansas-attorney-generals-office/

Maybe due to increasing pressure or just an act of nature, shortly after these filed complaints Johnson County leaked out their I.C.L.E.I. membership had expired.  Even recently one Commissioner was quoted to have said “We aren’t a member of ICLEI, I had Spooky Dude confirm that.”  NOlathe and others have often said that getting JoCo out of I.C.L.E.I was much easier than getting I.C.L.E.I. out of Johnson County. In the years 2013, 2014 and 2015 since leaving I.C.L.E.I. George Soros and Agenda 21 is not only alive but thriving.

But unknowingly during the complaint investigations of 2012, JoCo released to The Kansas State Attorney General’s Office what will be referred to as the “stinking document” ICLEI kora letter

Or more specifically

Real stinky

“Except as ICLEI expressly authorizes in writing and in advance, Consultant shall not use, copy, modify, or distribute any of the ICLEI Property (electronically or otherwise) or any copy, adaptation, transcription, or merged portion thereof.”

A reasonable person would conclude that neither Johnson County nor Consultant may use ICLEI name or property without written/prior approval. Spooky Dude says “Depends!

On October 30, 2014 held a secret meeting to discuss the  2013 Cow Flatulence Study provided here October 30, 2014 unrecorded meeting document

  • Just like Clarion Associates is ICLEI’s endorsed Charter 2020 coordinator the Brendle Group     http://www.brendlegroup.com/ is the recommended Consultant for ICLEI endorsed Cow Flatulence Studies.

Further review of the secret October 30, 2014 Greenhouse Gas 2013 documents we find

  • Johnson County’s Consultant was Brendle Group
  • For the first time in Flatulence Study History a joint study was conducted with Kansas City, Missery a current and dues paying member of ICLEI.
  • Licensed measuring and accounting property of ICLEI was used to collect and compile the data
  • ICLEI.1
  • ICLEI.2

NOlathe is quite sure that a lawfully answered KORA request would reveal a written agreement between ICLEI, Kansas City and Johnson County. These Soros Dudes are Spooky, but they ain’t stupid. They leave that to us. In 2014 our Commissioners accept a study from 2013 conducted by a group they dropped from 2012 and bet their flatulence in silence near silence.

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



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Steve Rose: Purchase of iconic King Louie might still be a bargain

02/03/2015 5:43 PM

Some critics have referred to the 1960-era King Louie facility at 87th Street and Metcalf Avenue as a white elephant.

No, it turns out it was a sow’s ear, and the Johnson County Commission is about to make a silk purse out of it. There may be a happy ending to the controversial purchase.

It seemed at the time that it probably was not the best call by the commission to buy the 76,000-square-foot former bowling alley and ice rink for $1.95 million in 2011. Some commissioners bought into the idea of a National Museum of Suburbia, which never went anywhere.

Now, after some false starts, it appears the commission has come up with a dandy idea as to what to do with this iconic building.

As proposed, King Louie would house the Johnson County Museum — a history museum — now housed in a 1927 building in Shawnee that is falling apart. It also would house the All-Electric House, which is part of the exhibit at the museum. That has always been part of the original intent to buy King Louie. In fact, the original estimate in 2009 to relocate and expand the museum in an existing building was $15 million to 20 million.

What is new is the idea of converting the rest of the building into a Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center, including Theatre in the Park productions when it is not performing outside in the warm weather at Shawnee Mission Park. Intensive arts programs also will be part of the concept.

The arts and theater combination would be a massive step in Johnson County toward improving the arts culture in a county previously described by many as a “cultural wasteland.”

In addition, there would be room set aside for an advance voting, which previously was housed in Metcalf South, a now empty mall, probably soon to be razed.

The renovation of King Louie will cost taxpayers $22 million. That is not a small sum, but if King Louie can become what is envisioned, it will be a bargain.

The commission’s majority vote to approve, which could take place next month, is not a done deal.

The vote to approve something like a feasibility study for $150,000 passed on just a 4-3 vote.

Assuming the study provides positive information, especially on costs, one has to wonder why the three dissenting commissioners would not reverse their votes on the final approval and make this a unanimous decision.

The persistent grumblings, which were highlighted in the race for county chairman, were that the county paid too much for the building; and that the cost of remediation was too great for what we were getting.

Those criticisms are no longer valid.

Thanks to some very creative thinking, the idea of making King Louie an arts and culture mecca for the county would make the original purchase look like a very smart idea, as would the additional funding to bring this to reality.

As a bonus, the revitalization of King Louie blends in perfectly with Overland Park’s “Vision Metcalf,” which is an effort to beautify the corridor. Already, there has been great progress, and the redevelopment of Metcalf South will be the capstone. A rundown King Louie could only have become an eyesore.

Now, taxpayers have the opportunity to make King Louie one of the most significant public buildings in Johnson County.

A 7-0 vote may be wishful thinking, but it is not unreasonable.

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According to the folks interviewed, residents could hold a ping-pong tournament on this island and Prairie Village could care less. So what is it about a fire pit? Could Prairie Village possibly be a member of ICLEI? Well DUH!!

A little harder to find now cuz ICLEI has learned listing membership is bad for membership. But as of July 2013 we found this http://downtowncary.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Member-List-ICLEI-USA-7-3-2013.jpg You’ll notice Kansas has 2 counties and 3 cities including Prairie Village.

We already know just how deep in denial Johnson County has been involved so we looked at Prairie Village for a change. Here is a small sample of what we found http://pvkansas.com/index.aspx?recordid=279&page=31

Prairie Village Honored at MARC’s 2011 Sustainable Success Stories Event
Posted Date:12/5/2011

Geothermal Well Drilling

Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) selected Prairie Village’s geothermal project as one of 7 honorees to present at this year’s Sustainable Success Stories Event on December 2.

Prairie Village is the first city in Johnson County to use geothermal energy in its municipal complex, which includes City Hall, the Police Department and the Community Center. Using geothermal energy benefits the local environment by substantially reducing the City’s carbon footprint. It is also fiscally sustainable – the City is estimated to save $45,000 in annual energy reductions, with a total estimated savings of $53,500. To install geothermal energy and implement energy conservation measures in the municipal complex cost a total of $1,290,924, with $400,000 of that amount provided from energy grants.

MARC worked jointly with 4A Collaborative (an organization representing allied planning and design professionals in the metro area), along with Regional Energy Efficiency and Conservation Steering committee, to facilitate a panel of nine professionals who chose seven of the 25 submittals to be honored at this year’s Sustainable Success Stories Event. The honorees were chosen for guiding sustainable regional planning and development.

Now we ben purdy cleer bout not bein the sharpest tool in dar shed. Butt ifin i takes $1,290,924 and makes 45,000 piles of dollars eyes gets me 28.7 piles.

So using FREE money Prairie Village (aka ICLEI, MARC) support and HONOR a 28.7 year ROI (Return on Investment) as a good use of public funds.

Kind of makes you wonder/wander about a smoky fire pit huh? Stepping in one would certainly lead to more carbon foot prints.  And could lead to this.

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

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Transparency in the Kansas House of Representatives: Some success

Last week the Kansas House of Representatives took votes on several amendments to its rules regarding transparency and understandability of the legislative process. Of the three most important amendments, two passed. The amendment that failed, however, was much more important than the other two.

The important amendment — the record all votes amendment — failed 51 to 67. This would have required that every non-trivial vote be recorded. Currently many important votes are by voice only, and no recording is made of who voted which way.

The limiting hours amendment passed 69 to 49. This would prevent the late-night sessions, where procrastination by the legislature has resulted in important business being conducted in the early morning hours.

The bundling amendment passed 82 to 35. This would prevent many unrelated bills being presented together for a single vote.

I’ve prepared a list of legislators and their votes on these amendments. I’ve also assigned weights to these votes, as one — the recording all votes amendment — is much more important than the others. So each member has a computed score, with higher numbers meaning the legislator is more concerned about operating transparently as opposed to the current ways. 42 Members voted in favor of transparency on all three amendments. But 34 voted against all three. The latter group includes the Speaker of the House, the Speaker Pro Tem, and the Majority Leader.

Looking forward: Will the Kansas Senate consider any of these reforms?

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Also read   http://wichitaliberty.org/kansas-government/ray-merrick-gotcha-factor/


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