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On Thursday May 23, 2013 moments prior to Congress leaving town for a long week-end (Memorial Day), Obama attempted to distract America from his three scandals but in fact created #4.  As if choreographed by Johnson County’s ballet dancing, we have a President on tip-toes wading through a pile of chicken poop, from Henpecked Acres.

http://www.politicususa.com/obama-masterfully-code-pink-heckler-case-gitmo-closed.html

Obama Masterfully Uses Code Pink Heckler To Make His Case That GITMO Must Be Closed

By: Jason Easley    May 23, 2013

A Code Pink heckler thought she was protesting the president, but in reality she helped President Obama make his case that GITMO must be closed immediately.

Video:

Obama was explaining that there was no justification for Congress to prevent him from closing GITMO, when a Code Pink heckler interrupted him. The president said, “Let me finish ma’am.” The heckler started ranting about the detainee hunger strike, and the president replied, “I’m about to address it ma’am, but you’ve got to let me speak. I’m about to address it ma’am. Why don’t you sit down, and I’ll tell you exactly what I am going to do.” The Code Pink heckler was incorrectly claiming that Obama is Commander in Chief so he can close GITMO. This is true, but the president needs funding from Congress in order to close the facility, and move the detainees. Congress continues to refuse to fund the closure of GITMO.

The Code Pinker wasn’t going to swayed by anything that the president had to say, so she continued to rant. Finally, the president said, “Thank you. Thank you, ma’am. You should let me finish my sentence. Today, I once again call on Congress to lift the restrictions on detainee transfers from GITMO.” The protester who has been identified as Medea Benjamin interrupted the president a third time. His patience wearing thin, the president said, “Part of free speech is you being able to speak, but also me being able to speak. And you listening.”

Obama later said that he cut her some slack with her interruptions, and admitted that she had a point. The president also mentioned that he thought Benjamin wasn’t listening to a word he said.

Do you want to know why President Obama let her speak? This is going to come as a shock to the far left, but Obama agrees with her on the basic idea that GITMO must be closed. By letting the Code Pink protester ramble on, President Obama got his message about Congress needing to authorize the transfer of detainees out of GITMO on the frontpage of every website, and it will be the lead story all over cable news tonight.

Code Pink has been grossly misinformed, as has much of the far left, about the political maneuverings that have resulting in Congress blocking the closure of GITMO. They want to blame Obama, because as Benjamin put it, he is the commander in chief. Their childlike naive view of presidential power is that the president can do anything, but that’s not the way it works.

In March, Republicans admitted that they are the ones who are preventing GITMO civilian trials, yet groups like Code Pink continue to blame Obama.

The president needs funding in order to close the facility and move the detainees. Congress refuses to grant that funding. Obama has been down this road numerous times on GITMO. He gets everything ready to close the facility and move the detainees, only to see Congress refuses to fund it.

Obama handled the heckler beautifully, and the whole thing worked out to his advantage, because now the world will get to see who is really preventing the closure GITMO.

Since 2009, congressional Democrats have repeatedly screwed Obama by refusing to close GITMO. If Code Pink and the rest of the far left want to protest those responsible for GITMO still being open, they should start with Harry Reid.

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In a lawful exercise we asked for details of Johnson County’s hidden agenda governed by a treacherous  treaty with The United Nations.  https://nolathe.net/2012/04/12/second-complaint-filed-with-kansas-attorney-generals-office/ 

In a Gorean like response that resonates Soros like ideologies, we learn that Kansas Open Records Act is worthless (read all 8 pages).  Much like those that depend on it’s darkened hole of transparency.

Last lose end done.

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April 12, 2012

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt

General@ksag.org

Mr. Attorney General,

Please accept this as a signed complaint regarding Johnson County Board of County Commissioners refusal to supply documents as a result of a legal KORA request dated March 17, 2012 viewed here ICLEI Kansas Open Records Request and the response dated March 20, 2012 viewed here ICLEI-kora-response .

Following a similar complaint filed with your office Clarion KORA Request and the response provided by Johnson County Clarion KORA Response and with The AG’s involvement and intervention, The County acknowledged public access dated March 30, 2012 here JoCo Concedes Clarion .

This current complaint demands of The County the same public access to ICLEI members only information that is only accessible to few County Staff and elected officials.  This complaint remains that The County has access to tax paid ICLEI information that The County uses in a variety of means and methods yet remains inaccessible to the public.

I respectfully request that this complaint remain in control of your office and not forwarded to the Office of Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe. Sitting County Commissioners violated the County’s Home Rule Charter by endorsing Mr. Howe during the 2008 campaign Section 2.07. PROHIBITIONS. No Commission member shall directly interfere with the conduct of any agency or any department, or any part thereof, including the appointment or removal of employees, except at the express direction of the Commission or as otherwise provided by this Charter.

As the District Attorney, I have met with him personally or with immediate Staff on two occasions submitting two complaints on the conduct of one or more of the Commissioners. With multiple follow-ups on my part, now more than two years later there has been no decision rendered by the DA Office and consistent with this recent report on “Transparency” http://www.stateintegrity.org/

The County Cites KSA 45-217g “”Public record” means any recorded information, regardless of form or characteristics, which is made, maintained or kept by or is in the possession of any public agency including, but not limited to, an agreement in settlement of litigation involving the Kansas public employees retirement system and the investment of moneys of the fund. http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2011_12/statute/045_000_0000_chapter/045_002_0000_article/045_002_0017_section/045_002_0017_k/

Johnson County tax payers provide $3,500 annually which includes access to non-public information on and with ICLEI. Prior directions from the Kansas Attorney General’s Office http://ag.ks.gov/docs/publications/kansas-open-records-act-(kora)-guidelines.PDF?sfvrsn=2

  • Computer data is a “record.” State ex rel. Stephan v. Harder, 230 Kan. 573, 582 (1982) (considering prior records statute). A.G. Opins. No. 87-137, 88-152, 89-106, and 94-104

  • Albeit temporary (although printable and saved), when accessing “Member” information the County is in “possession” of material that should be Public.

The lawfully executed KORA request dated March 17, 2012 attempted to make public information that was paid for by The County with tax dollars but only accessible to a few.

Respectfully Submitted,

“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 http://NOjocoboco.net
View Sarah’s Story http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUWuUvOZ7RY http://vimeo.com/23038312

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In preparation of the Tom DeWeese tour of Kansas citizens of Pittsburg requested a “basics” of Agenda 21 and ICLEI presentation.  Jim Mullins with Americans For Prosperity and myself were pleased and honored with the turn out, questions and participation.

http://www.americansforprosperity.org/013112-sustainable-development-guest-column-sedgwick-county-commissioner-richard-ranzau

NOlathe’s portion of presentation.

Introduction to “free market solutions to saving energy”

Introduction to Agenda 21/ International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI)

Introduction to Mr. Tom DeWeese

Introduction to George Soros

Introduction to Occupy Wall Street

Introduction to Milton Friedman

Introduction to “Been there done that”.

“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 http://NOjocoboco.net
View Sarah’s Story http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUWuUvOZ7RY http://vimeo.com/23038312

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Search Results:  ICLEI   http://www.naco.org/searchcenter/pages/results.aspx?k=iclei

File with extension: aspxCounty Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Portal

ICLEI Local Municipal Clean Energy Toolkit … ICLEI’s Municipal Clean Energy Toolkit includes guidance on how municipalities can finance, purchase …

http://www.naco.org/programs/csd/pages/countyenergyefficiencyandrenewableenergygenerationtoolkit.aspx – 58KB

File with extension: aspxValerie Brown reflects on her NACo presidency

… a board member of ICLEI USA will continue to advocate for energy efficiency and climate protection …

http://www.naco.org/newsroom/countynews/current issue/7-19-10/pages/valeriebrownreflects.aspx – 27KB

File with extension: pdfLocal Government Going Green

… PlanMembership in ICLEI and Climate Communities

http://www.naco.org/legislation/policies/urbancaucus/documents/naco local government going green oct 2010.pdf – 3MB – fripple – 10/25/2010

File with extension: pdfNACo e-News 9/28/2010

… Initiatives’ (ICLEI) Local Action Summit Conference, NACo released its latest publication highlight …

http://www.naco.org/newsroom/enews archives1/enews_09282010.pdf – 197KB – NACo – 11/13/2010

File with extension: pdfCNSSA070207.1-16.indd

“The wisdom to know and the courage to defend the public interest”National Association of Counties • Washington, D.C. http://www.naco.orghttp://www.countynews.orgVol. 39 No. 13 • July 2, 2007Quik Takes■ See CLIMATE …

http://www.naco.org/newsroom/countynews/archives/documents/2007/cnews-jul2-07.pdf – 2MB – 2/23/2010

File with extension: pdf

INSIDE >> QuickTakes See AGING page 6 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES ■ WASHINGTON, D.C. VOL. 40, NO. 4 ■ FEBRUARY 25, 2008 County volunteers help snag online pedophiles. >> Page 7 Two veteran NACo leaders …

http://www.naco.org/newsroom/countynews/archives/documents/2008/cnews-feb25-08.pdf – 1MB – 2/23/2010

File with extension: pdf

INSIDE >> See NRF page 5 QuickTakes Airport, aviation bill advancing. >> Page 2 NACo Audit Committee releases independent counsel’s report on NACo election >> Page 3 No more county jails in Maine … maybe. …

http://www.naco.org/newsroom/countynews/archives/documents/2007/cnews-oct1-07.pdf – 1MB – 2/23/2010

File with extension: pdfCNSSA032607.1-20.indd

“The wisdom to know and the courage to defend the public interest” National Association of Counties • Washington, D.C. http://www.naco.orghttp://www.countynews.org Vol. 39 No. 6 • March 26, 2007 Inside this issue …

http://www.naco.org/newsroom/countynews/archives/documents/2007/cnews-mar26-07.pdf – 1MB – jack – 2/23/2010

File with extension: pdfmarch 1, 2010 county news.pdf

QuickTakes Counties with highest percentage of Married-Couple Families Source: The American Community Survey Goochland County, Va. 83.4 Holmes County, Ohio 72.0 Jefferson County, Idaho 71.8 Box Elder County, …

http://www.naco.org/newsroom/countynews/archives/documents/2010/march 1, 2010 county news.pdf – 1MB – 6/7/2010

File with extension: pdfcnewsjuly19-2010-web.pdf

QuickTakes States with the Highest Volunteer Rate Source: Corporation for National and Community Service, 2010 Utah 44.2% Iowa 37.8% Minnesota 37.5% Nebraska 37.4% Alaska 37.3% NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF …

http://www.naco.org/newsroom/countynews/archives/documents/2010/cnewsjuly19-2010-web.pdf – 2MB – 7/14/2010

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National Association of Counties
Washington, D.C.   www.NACo.org            

 

Valerie Brown reflects on her NACo presidency

Valerie Brown
Sonoma County, Calif.

Each year, County News asks the outgoing NACo president to reflect on the highlights of her or his term. Following are the thoughts of outgoing NACo President Valerie Brown, Sonoma County, Calif. supervisor.

How would you describe your year as NACo president?

Exhilarating, challenging, thought-provoking and rewarding. The opportunity to be in a leadership position of such an outstanding organization has broadened my understanding of our diverse country, the counties, parishes and boroughs responsibilities and the place of local government in the global economy. It has strengthened my resolve that the best form of government is county government and those that have chosen public service have made great sacrifices to place their constituencies first.

What was the most challenging part of your role as president?

TIME. Knowing my role as president was only for 365 days, I was committed to filling each day with new experiences, traveling to State Association conferences, frequent trips to our U.S. capital, and returning to my own district with a demanding schedule, plus being chair of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors. The most frequently asked question was, “how do you do it all?”… I experienced a chronic case of fatigue, and felt blessed and rewarded every day because of the people I met and the places I visited.

What did you find most interesting or exciting?

Finding that although we wear the same hat (counties-parishes-boroughs) we are very different in meeting the demands of those we serve. I loved the exhilaration of talking to elected officials all over the world, being shown parts of the country I had only dreamed of visiting and learning new innovations, and best practices in dealing with fundamental problems of leadership during tough economic times.

What advice would you give your successor?

Make the most of every day; the time flies by! The federal agenda frequently omits the role we play in government. Bringing congressional members and the White House into an understanding is tedious, time consuming and at times frustrating — but essential if we are to receive the funds and policy development that works for the programs we provide and the people we serve.

What’s next for Valerie Brown?

I am passionate about healthy communities and as a board member of ICLEI USA will continue to advocate for energy efficiency and climate protection locally and globally. Making sure that health care reform is implemented with little cost to local government is another key focus of mine. I look forward to the presidency of Glen Whitley and furthering the positions that our members of NACo have developed through their work on steering and standing committees.

 

Any final thoughts?

Don’t spend a moment of time regretting what you could have done….Just do it…the rewards are so sweet….

 
 
 

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Individual liberty, limited government, and free markets in Wichita and Kansas

Kansas rates low in access to records

by Bob Weeks on March 19, 2012

The organization State Integrity Investigation has conducted an investigation of how states rank regarding integrity and protection against corruption. According to SII, “The State Integrity Investigation is an unprecedented, data-driven analysis of each state’s laws and practices that deter corruption and promote accountability and openness.”

Overall, on the “Corruption Risk Report Card,” Kansas received a letter grad of “C,” ranking it ninth among the states. Journalist Peter Hancock wrote the story for Kansas, opening with “Kansas has a history of enacting major reforms in the wake of scandals. But in the absence of any major uproar, the state is often inclined to leave things as they are, even though there may be significant weaknesses in laws meant to ensure transparency and accountability.”

One area in which Kansas rated low is in “Public Access to Information.” Kansas received a letter grade of “C” in this area. Hancock wrote: “On paper, Kansas has a fairly extensive law, known as the Kansas Open Records Act, or KORA, that is meant to ensure public access to official government records. But enforcement of the measure is left largely to the discretion of the state attorney general and local prosecutors who, according to interviews with researchers and media professionals, may be reluctant to take action. The only other option for citizens seeking records is to file civil lawsuits at their own expense.”

Drilling down to more detail illustrates the discrepancy between what Kansas law says, and what actually happens in practice. On the question “Do citizens have a legal right of access to information?” Kansas received a score of 100 percent.

But on the important question “Is the right of access to information effective?” investigators gave Kansas a grade of 47 percent. Averaging these two scores might produce a letter grade of “C.” But looking at more detail reveals why Kansas is often ranked very low in the more important measure of actual access to records.

Drilling down farther, Kansas rated very low on these measures: “In practice, citizens can resolve appeals to access to information requests within a reasonable time period,” “In practice, citizens can resolve appeals to information requests at a reasonable cost,” “In practice, when necessary, the agency that monitors the application of access to information laws and regulations independently initiates investigations,” and “In practice, when necessary, the agency that monitors the application of access to information laws and regulations imposes penalties on offenders.” The last measure received a score of zero percent.

Those who have followed the struggle to have Wichita quasi-public agencies follow the Kansas Open Records Act shouldn’t be surprised by Kansas’ low score on the actual application of this important law.

 

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