Thursday, September 27, 2007

Public School bans niece of MLK from speaking...

The Des Moines Register has reported that Dr. Alveda King was scheduled to speak at Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, Iowa. about civil rights, morals, values, STDs, and relationships. Dr. King is a supporter of Brownback's presidential bid and a frequent guest speaker around the country, and she has appearances slated for Iowa State and Drake universities. Yet we cannot have a open forum on "morals" in our public schools. Listen to what the school's principal said:

Danielson, who previewed King's presentation, said that
"quite a bit of it does talk about civil rights, but there is a connection to
morals. ... It was scheduled to take place during the school day, cutting into
class time, and we just thought it was best to cancel it."

Oh no, a connection to morals! Whatever happened to free and open debate? Open forums? The president of the school's PTA stated that there would not be an opposing viewpoint, naming that it would be unhealthy because there would be no one giving the opposing view: namely, the joys of promiscuity, unwanted pregnancies, and multiple abortions. But since when is there a mandate that an opposing view be given every time a speaker is invited to talk? I was unaware that our public schools instituted a "fairness doctrine" requiring speech codes and "eqaul time" for opposing viewpoints.

Whether or not you are pro-life, this is a disturbing situation. Dr. King is a civil rights activist, and her talk emphasizes her experience in the civil rights struggle and how it is informed by her moral and religious views. When schools cease to become generators of knowledge and ideas and instead become fixated on propagating just one ideology or viewpoint, we all lose out. Open those classroom doors: allow any and all discussion on issues on which we can disagree within reasonable bounds. Sadly, many high schools seem to be following the example of universities who seek to silence those who disagree with the establishment line.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Jordan making waves; scramble for KS senate seat

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Sources have told the Konnection that Nick Jordan is off to a good start in fundraising for his congressional race against Dennis Moore. He's done so well, in fact, that the National Republican Congressional Commitee has already promised to direct funding to his race, based on his preliminary fundraising numbers thus far.

Jordan's announcement has created a scramble among Republicans seeking to run for his 10th district state senate seat. Former Rep. Mary Pilcher Cook of Shawnee, Bob Bibb (former Johnson County GOP chair), State Board of Education member Sue Gamble of Shawnee, and Shawnee realtor Patrick Regan have all voiced interest in the race, while current Democrat Rep. Cindy Neighbor of Shawnee has also announced that she is considering a run for the seat. While rumors are circulating around the blogosphere that Board of Ed. member Sue Gamble may change parties to run as a Democrat, our own conversations with Mrs. Gamble and our sources indicate this is very unlikely, and that Mrs. Gamble has every intention of running in the Republican primary. The 10th Senate District includes parts of Lenexa, Shawnee, Lake Quivira, and Bonner Springs. The competitive GOP primary that will ensue for this seat may be the hottest state legislative race to watch, so let us know who you would vote for:

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Thursday, September 13, 2007

Hollywood opening up to the GOP...

Hillary, Obama, and the rest of the Democratic field enjoy lopsided support among the Hollywood crowd in terms of official endorsements and donations.

However, some very well-known Hollywood A-listers are opening their mouths and their wallets in support of Giuliani--some of whom have been uninvolved in politics up until now.

Adam Sandler, Ben Stein, Melissa Gilbert, Kelsey Grammar, Kevin James, Tony Sirico, producers Joel Surnow and David Zucker are publicly supporting Rudy Giuliani. Ron Silver recently signed on with Rudy's campaign as an official advisor and respected actor Robert Duvall shocked Hollywood with his first foray into politics--announcing that he plans to host a fundraiser in support of Rudy. Says Duvall: "Rudy has consistently proven he’s ready to confront tough challenges. I don’t normally get involved in politics, but I think the stakes are too high this election."

No other GOP candidate has attracted sizable support from Hollywood. Maybe this is a sign that Hollywood Republicans are more willing to come out of the closet now, especially since the stakes are so high in 2008.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

We Will Never Forget

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On this sixth anniversary of 9/11, let us never forget that Islamic terrorism remains the #1 threat against our security here at home. As we commemorate and remember the 2,997 victims who perished at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, we would be wise to shake off our complacency, partizan divisions, and polarizing moods that have enveloped our society in the past six years and come together to fight this threat head on.

For those who ignorantly view 9/11 as an isolated incident, take note of the foiled terrorist attacks against our country below, all since 2001:

December 2001: Richard Reid, a British citizen and self-described follower of Osama bin Laden, foiled an attempt to blow up a Paris-to-Miami flight with explosives hidden in his shoes.

May 2002: Jose Padilla is arrested in Chicago on a return trip from Pakistan. Initially held as an enemy combatant and accused of planning to build a “dirty bomb,” he was formally charged with aiding foreign jihadists in a Miami court in 2005.

September 2002: The “Lackawanna Six,” American citizens of Yemeni descent living near Buffalo, N.Y., are arrested for allegedly having attended an al-Qaida camp in Afghanistan in the months before the Sept. 11 attacks. The six pleaded guilty in 2003 to providing material support to a terrorist organization.

May 2003: Iyman Faris of Columbus, Ohio, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Kashmir, pleads guilty to supporting al-Qaida. He was accused of planning to destroy the Brooklyn Bridge.

June 2003: In Virginia, the FBI charges a group of men with being part of a conspiracy to support holy war overseas. In all, 11 men eventually were convicted in what the government described as a “Virginia jihad network” that used paintball games as a form of training.

August 2004: U.S. authorities issue alert, announce evidence of a years-long plot to attack the New York Stock Exchange and other financial institutions in New York, Washington and Newark, N.J. They later accuse plotters of also planning attacks in England. Eventually, five men pleaded guilty in London, where alleged ringleader Dhiren Barot was convicted.

August 2004: Two men are arrested on the eve of the Republican Convention in New York for allegedly plotting to blow up a busy subway station. James Elshafay, a U.S. citizen, eventually pleaded guilty and testified against the other man, Shahawar Matin Siraj, a Pakistani.

August 2004: Authorities arrest two leaders of a mosque in Albany, N.Y., and charge them with aiding in a purported plot to buy a shoulder-fired grenade launcher to assassinate a Pakistani diplomat. The former imam of the Masjid As-Salam mosque, Kurdish refugee Yassin Aref, and Mohammed Hossain, a mosque founder, were later found guilty to counts relating to money laundering and conspiracy.

June 2005: A Pakistani immigrant and his American-born son in Lodi, Calif., are arrested for allegedly lying to the FBI about the younger man’s training at a jihadist camp in Pakistan. Hamid Hayat, the son, was found guilty of supporting terrorism and lying to the FBI. He is seeking a new trial.

August 2005: Four California men, one the founder of a radical Islamic prison group, are indicted for allegedly conspiring to attack Los Angeles-area military bases, synagogues and other targets. The men have pleaded not guilty and await trial.

February 2006: Three men are arrested in Toledo, Ohio, for allegedly providing material support to terrorists. One of the men is accused of downloading videos on the use of suicide-bomb vests.

April 2006: Two Georgia men are charged with material support of terrorism after allegedly videotaping buildings in the Washington area, including the Capitol and the World Bank, and sending the video to a London extremist active on jihadist Web sites.

June 2006: The FBI announces the arrests of seven men in Miami and Atlanta in the early stages of a plot to blow up the Sears Tower in Chicago, and destroy FBI offices and other buildings. All pleaded not guilty and are awaiting trial.

July 2006: U.S. authorities announce the arrest of Assem Hammoud, a Lebanese man they claim was plotting to bomb New York City train tunnels to flood the financial district.

March 2007: A Pentagon transcript is released indicating that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the suspected mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks, confessed to that attack and a string of other terror plots, including that of Reid, during a military hearing at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

May 2007: Six men were arrested in an alleged plot to unleash a bloody rampage on Fort Dix in New Jersey. Five are charged with conspiring to kill military personnel and could face life in prison if convicted. The sixth faces up to 10 years in prison if he is convicted of weapons charges.

June 2007: Four Muslim men planned to destroy John F. Kennedy International Airport, kill thousands of people and trigger an economic catastrophe by blowing up a jet fuel artery that runs through residential neighborhoods. Three men were arrested and one was being sought in Trinidad.

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