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Update written by Dave Losey.

Ken, if you are inclined could you post this on your blog? And Janmarie if you are inclined could you post this on Facebook?I have recently become aware of how far the effort to regionalize the KC area transit system has gone. I had followed the effort to rebrand all buses with the Ride KC colors and logo, however, it has gone much farther as reflected by the Jan. 4, 2016 changes.

First, a little history. Up until earlier this year the K.C.A.T.A. (the Metro), Indebus (Independence), Unified Government Transit (KCK), and the JO (Johnson County Transit) were all operated separately. This meant separate routes, scheduling, fares and passes, etc. The initial effort to provide more effective and efficient service was to combine the Administrative Offices of the Metro and the JO with the JO administrative staff being eliminated. A few minor changes also occurred this year. The JO began to honor the Metro Day Pass on certain routes, we accepted IndyBus transfers, and we began accepting the UMKC Student ID as fare payment.

We (the operators of the JO service) were informed that a Regional Bus Coordinating Council was looking at fare structure, monthly pass acceptance, route efficiencies, and route expansions. We did not know the name RideKC.org. As it turns out RideKC, is the umbrella for all modes of transportation operating in the Kansas City area. The partners are MARC, K.C.A.T.A., the JO, Indybus, United Government Transit, and the Regional Bus Coordinating Council.

The Regional Transit Coordinating Council is an advisory body to MARC, Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) and local jurisdictions and convenes on a bi-monthly basis to address regional transit planning, coordination and implementation of transit priorities. The objectives of the committee is to:

  • Provide improved forum to support coordination of regional transit operations and services, planning and related transit activities;
  • Advise on technical and policy input to existing KCATA, MARC and local groups;
  • Improve alignments between federal, KCATA and MARC planning and programming requirements and processes;
  • And support governance and structural changes to the regional transit services, over time.

http://marc.org/Transportation/Committees/Transportation-Committees/Transit-Coordinating-Council

The representative for JOCO is Steve Klika (who is also on the KCATA Board and a member of the Board of County Commissioners. Can you say conflict of interest?)

So I am sure you would like me to get to the bottom line. The bottom line is that due to fare structure changes there will be a reduction in fare revenues for JOCO. On Jan. 4 the fare for local JO routes will go down from $2.25 to $1.50 on Jan. 4, 2016) and the JO will now accept the Metro monthly passes, the Metro 1-day pass, the Indy monthly pass and the Indy 10-ride pass. There are indications that there will be some reciprocity between agencies. In the end, however, JOCO will have a loss of revenues at a time when Mr. Klika is advocating for expanded services in JOCO.

My question is where will the money come from. Of course we all understand that there is only one source of funds for transit. That is through the confiscation of our money via taxes. As you know this last year JOCO BOCC increased the property tax mill levy in order to increase funding for Johnson County Transit. Again Mr. Klika is lobbying hard for an even greater increase in funding for transit. His vision is to see all areas of JOCO served by fixed route transit service with buses running at least every half hour. He has absolutely no qualms about increasing taxes to do so.

And for his efforts Mr. Klika received the Transit Advocate of the Year Award.

http://ridekc.org/blog/commissioner-klika-awarded-transit-advocate-of-the-year

If this is not a full blown regional transit system it is a small step away. That step is the consolidating of Federal, state, and local funding. Specifically RideKC will control all transit money and will determine how and where it will be spent. I am firmly convinced that these decisions will favor KC, MO to the detriment of JOCO. By this I mean JOCO residents will pay more for transit service they do not use!

In conclusion, may I remind you that according to Agenda 21 stated objectives it is prudent to disperse the poor and underprivileged into the suburbs in order to solve the economic/crime problems of blighted inner cities. A robust transit system will play a part in this effort.

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(NOlathe Note): ICLEI USA Headquarters 414 13th St., Suite 400  Oakland, CA 94612

http://greenjihad.net/2015/08/19/naomi-klein-admits-global-warming-is-not-about-science-but-destroying-capitalism/

Naomi Klein admits global warming is not about science but destroying capitalism

The Heartland Institute published a very revealing article about Leftist shock jock Naomi Klein who just published a new anti-capitalst screed entitled This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate. Essentially, Ms. Klein admits that the issue of climate change (formerly known as global warming) is not about science but really about overthrowingcapitalism.

“Our economic model is at war with the Earth,” writes Klein. “We cannot change the laws of nature. But we can change our economy. Climate change is our best chance to demand and build a better world.”

The Heartland article goes on to say:

For the author, this completely boring, run-of-the-mill flight delay became a flight of fancy, inspiring her new work. This flight delay, she reasoned, was evidence of climate change. Who cares, she added, if we know that the solar cycles impact the planet, even more than CO2 emissions ever could. Science is not the point, but it makes for a great alibi. “The really inconvenient truth is that it’s not about carbon—it’s about capitalism. The convenient truth is that we can seize this existential crisis to transform our failed economic system and build something radically better,” she writes.

Another motivational moment for Klein, a single mother, happened when she was reading a children’s book to her son. The story was about a moose. She worried that the young lad would “never seen a moose” in his life. Then, reading another children’s book, this one about bats, she worried that the boy would “never see a bat.” Her overly emotional reactions to everyday things — plane delays, reading bed time stories to junior — are something that she feels must motivate us all to give up our way of life.

I am sure Ms. Klein has no problem traveling by plane, car, or train in order to promote herself or her publications. If global warming is not about science then I guess, in Klein’s mind, her promotion without regard for her carbon footprint is justified since if people like her are successful then her emissions won’t matter. Yet she has no problem enjoying all of the benefits of capitalism while condemning it in word but not deed. However, those of us on the side of civilization and reason owe people like Klein a debt of gratitude for their honesty. Naomi Klein is open about what environmentalists deny or refuse to admit and the greens probably cringe every time she opens her pathetic mouth.

Ms. Klein isn’t the first to communicate the Left’s blunt honesty about climate change. During October of last year, PJMedia posted this revealing article soon after a climate change event in Oakland, California. The article reveals a strong far Left presence at the ceremony during September 21st. Here is a video of the keynote speaker taken at the gathering:

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Above quote from “Dorothy Furgerson, M.D., Chief Medical Officer” http://www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-mar-monte/who-we-are/management-team-board

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Ken Dunwoody                                     GOD
Henpecked Acres                                   
One Nation
14850 W. 159th St.
Olathe, Ks. 66062
(913)768-1603
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Massive Government Overreach: Obama’s AFFH Rule Is Out

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/420896/massive-government-overreach-obamas-affh-rule-out-stanley-kurtz

by STANLEY KURTZ July 8, 2015 10:47 AM Today,

HUD Secretary Julian Castro announced the finalization of the Obama administration’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule. A front-page article preemptively defending the move appears in today’s Washington Post. The final rule is 377 pages, vastly longer than the preliminary version of the rule promulgated in 2013.

AFFH is easily one of President Obama’s most radical initiatives, on a par with Obamacare in its transformative potential. In effect, AFFH gives the federal government a lever to re-engineer nearly every American neighborhood — imposing a preferred racial and ethnic composition, densifying housing, transportation, and business development in suburb and city alike, and weakening or casting aside the authority of local governments over core responsibilities, from zoning to transportation to education. Not only the policy but the political implications are immense — at the presidential, congressional, state, and local levels.

It is a scandal that the mainstream press has largely refused to report on AFFH until the day of its final release. The rule has been out in preliminary form for two years, and well before that the Obama administration’s transformative aims in urban/suburban policy were evident. Three years ago, when I wrote about Obama’s policy blueprint in Spreading the Wealth: How Obama Is Robbing the Suburbs to Pay for the Cities, the administration’s efforts to keep this issue under the radar were evident. Only last month, an admission of the stealth relied on by advocates to advance this initiative was caught on video. http://www.brookings.edu/events/2015/06/01-place-and-opportunity-social-mobility-reeves and 3 minutes captured by NOlathe here

Obama has downplayed his policy goals in this area and delayed the finalization of AFFH for years, because he understands how politically explosive this rule is. Once the true implications of AFFH are understood, Americans will rebel. The only prospect for successful imposition is a frog-boiling strategy of gradual intensification. The last day the frog will be able to jump is Tuesday, November 8, 2016.

Fundamentally, AFFH is an attempt to achieve economic integration. Race and ethnicity are being used as proxies for class, since these are the only hooks for social engineering provided by the Fair Housing Act of 1968. Like AFFH itself, today’s Washington Post piece blurs the distinction between race and class, conflating the persistence of “concentrated poverty” with housing discrimination by race. Not being able to afford a freestanding house in a bedroom suburb is no proof of racial discrimination. Erstwhile urbanites have been moving to rustic and spacious suburbs since Cicero built his villa outside Rome. Even in a mono-racial and mono-ethnic world, suburbanites would zone to set limits on dense development.

Emily Badger’s piece in today’s Washington Post focuses on race, but the real story of AFFH is the attempt to force integration by class, to densify development in American suburbs and cities, and to undo America’s system of local government and replace it with a “regional” alternative that turns suburbs into helpless satellites of large cities. Once HUD gets its hooks into a municipality, no policy area is safe. Zoning, transportation, education, all of it risks slipping into the control of the federal government and the new, unelected regional bodies the feds will empower. Over time, AFFH could spell the end of the local democracy that Alexis de Tocqueville rightly saw as the foundation of America’s liberty and distinctiveness.

At this point, municipalities across the country need to seriously consider refraining from applying for Community Development Block Grants and other grant programs sponsored by HUD. Take one dollar of HUD money and you will be forced to submit to its demands, which can reach far beyond housing. Unfortunately, this is a highly imperfect solution, and not only because municipalities would be surrendering money taxed from their citizens’ pockets. The recent Supreme Court decision in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project has provided the federal government with a second club to use against municipalities seeking to escape HUD control. (See my piece on Inclusive Communities in the latest issue of National Review.) Ultimately, only a Republican president acting in concert with a Republican Congress can stymie AFFH and undo the damage of the Supreme Court’s recent housing decision.

This brings us to politics. As noted, AFFH is a largely unacknowledged attempt to force economic integration on every neighborhood in America. Yet in a recent Rasmussen poll, 83 percent of respondents said it was not the government’s job to diversify neighborhoods by income level, while only 8 percent say that this is an appropriate task for government. Now you know why the Obama administration and a compliant press corps have kept this initiative quiet.

It will take time to collect the data on which HUD’s new demands for local governments all over America will be based. While important enforcement will begin under the Obama administration, the major impact of AFFH will come under President Hillary Clinton, should she be elected. And Obama’s AFFH enforcer, Julian Castro, is widely touted as a likely vice-presidential running mate for Hillary. That means AFFH is going to be an issue in the next presidential campaign.

And the political implications go deeper still, to every level of government. Westchester County, New York, where AFFH has had a dry run of sorts, is now administered by Republican county executive Robert Astorino. Many forget that before the Obama administration tried to force Westchester County to cast aside its own zoning laws and build high-density, low-income housing at its own expense, Westchester was a liberal Democratic county run by liberal Democrats. After all, this is where Bill and Hillary Clinton live. At the local level, the Obama administration drove Westchester into the arms of the Republicans. The same thing could happen nationally, at every political level. But only if the frog wakes up and jumps by November of 2016. Even with AFFH now public, the Obama administration and the press corps will do everything in their power to obscure the real issues at stake in the massive AFFH power-grab. Don’t let that happen. —

Stanley Kurtz is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. He can be reached at comments.kurtz@nationalreview.com.

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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

 

 

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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

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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

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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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