Catsap (Joe Blackford II)


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Editorial: Naive thinking

NO "it is naive to think no terrorists from ISIS or other groups are being concealed among the" 300 NBAF researchers who will be conducting "dual use research of concern" (DoD scientist named as Anthrax Mailer) for 50 YEARS.

"Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC) is life sciences research that, based on current understanding, can be reasonably anticipated to provide knowledge, information, products, or technologies that could be directly misapplied to pose a significant threat with broad potential consequences to public health and safety, agricultural crops and other plants, animals, the environment, materiel, or national security.

IF you don't believe Top Secret security is a concern @ KU & KSU, please explain why KSU's VP for Research, Karen Burg, resigned within a year of her appointment. Passing a background investigation ought to be a PREREQUISITE for appointment to Top Secret positions @ Kanas universities, since the Us have stated they can't share secrets with the Board of Regents, or Kansans:

November 18, 2015 at 8:48 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU town hall forum on race draws about 1,000 to Kansas Union

"Armenian, 1.5M of my people were slaughtered by the Ottoman Turks"

YEAH, & that revelation keeps popping up a great deal more in Europe, than here in the USA. IS that possibly why you're here in the USA. Or did you ancestors move here years ago to escape it?


How often are you greeted with slurs re: being Armenian on the streets of Lawrence? When people find out you're Armenian, do they ask for the "Armenian" perspective on some subject?

In 1992, when I suggested an Asian boy in my 8th grade class might later in life find that people expected him to have a better understanding of Science because of his race, I was called out equally by all races in the classroom, as RACIST. Regardless of how I intended the remark, my students perceived it as racist.

There's little reason to believe that commenters the age of Bob, Bart, Richard, Armen, myself & others, have any real appreciation or understanding of today's racial atmosphere.

November 12, 2015 at 1:02 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Reality check

I believe "dead in the wool Republican" is more apt at this point in time. (RIP, Dad)

November 11, 2015 at 7:58 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas again faces possible loss of all federal arts funding

". . . . historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery, has experienced a revolution in the conduct of research. Partly because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity. For every old blackboard there are now hundreds of new electronic computers.

The prospect of domination of the nation's scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present and is gravely to be regarded.

Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite.

It is the task of statesmanship to mold, to balance, and to integrate these and other forces, new and old, within the principles of our democratic system -- ever aiming toward the supreme goals of our free society.”

November 11, 2015 at 7:49 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas again faces possible loss of all federal arts funding

Shawn => my 2 posts were meant to show that "funded by donors" turns out to be our tax $$$$$$ laundered thru the pockets of the 1%, in this case the small pool of connected univeristy-military-industrialists (the ones Eisenhower warned about, YES he included our universities, already sucking on Uncle's Defense teats in the 1950s). Ms. Weis's "arts $" will come from all the real estate deals she makes due to the promised NBAF employees.

As there were no bio-WMDs in Iraq; & the FACT that the only use of biological agents upon US Citizens was by USAMRIID's Dr. Bruce Ivins, a 19-year researcher @ the germ lab; I view the NBAF as a war-profiteering farce. The 70% likelihood of a Foot & Mouth Disease release (=> $5 Billion price tag to "cull" all herds within 200 miles of NBAF), leads me to conclude that the "threat" of terroristic use of bio-terrorism is far less than an accidental, or INTENTIONAL, release by a NBAF researcher over its 50-year lifespan.

November 11, 2015 at 7:26 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas again faces possible loss of all federal arts funding

Yes, Weis accompanied Kansas Bioscience Director Tom Thornton to the library screening. A press release indicated Thornton would comment following the film.

When the filmmaker asked for audience questions, I stood up & asked why he had not interviewed the enablers of the Anthrax Mailer, KSU distinguished alumni Colonels David R. Franz, Jerry & Nancy K. Jaax. I stated that Dr. Franz, as a member of the KBA executive committee, was awarding our tax $ to companies he administered contracts with as Commander, United States Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases.

Suddenly, Thornton got up & left the room, accompanied by Weis. After Thornton's disgraceful KBA departure, Kansans would learn he'd been moonlighting with an out-of-state firm developing a new anthrax vaccine. As you might guess, there were NO KSU REPRESENTATIVES "present to hand out materials to inform the public about NBAF and refute any allegations about potential anthrax hazards." No supporters of the NBAF spoke!

"Linda is an active leader in support of the bio-security of our nation and bioscience economic development opportunities in Kansas. She is a member of KansasBio and served as the lead community proponent for attracting the National Bio and Agro Defense Facility (NBAF) to the Manhattan-Kansas State University communities. She participates actively in Kansas City Animal Health Corridor activities and is supportive of the Kansas City Area Development Council in attracting bioscience economic development opportunities to Kansas. When she arrives at bioscience events around the State, the call goes out, “Here Comes Manhattan Real Estate!” Linda B. Weis truly is Manhattan real estate!"


November 10, 2015 at 9:47 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas again faces possible loss of all federal arts funding

NBAF WILL SAVE THE ARTS (if they can wait until 2023).

When Brownback appointed the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission, he included one Linda B. Weis of Manhattan. Now, Linda, a former Chamber VP, was responsible for an email that went out to chamber members following a showing of "Anthrax Wars" @ the Manhattan Public Library. She urged CoC members to show en masse @ the KSU screening of "Anthrax Wars" the next day.


"From: "Linda B. Weis"
Date: September 8, 2009 6:22:54 PM CDT

Dear NBAF Supporters:

I received an urgent message today from Kansas BioScience Authority
President/CEO Tom Thornton concerning a public viewing at 6:30 tonight
at the Manhattan Public Library of a film called "Anthrax Wars". This
film is being presented as a medium of opposition to the NBAF.

Tom Thorton will be present tonight to answer questions from the
public, address the media, and hand out a flyer (“ANTHRAW FLYER”) that
I am attaching to this email. Sue Peterson, Gov Affairs
Representative from Kansas State University, and Dr. Ron Trewyn,
K-State VP for Reseearch, has just advised me that there will be
K-State representatives present to hand out materials to inform the
public about NBAF and refute any allegations about potential anthrax

PLEASE NOTE: Those who are opposed to NBAF are making their concerns
known in a BIG way! This is a Golden Opportunity for those of us who
support and understand the value of NBAF to create an even greater
positive impression about our desire to host this world-class facility
at Kansas State University!"

November 10, 2015 at 9:44 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback: Kansas has 'good shot' at meeting revenue targets

Just in time for the holidays, PAYOLA RECORDS has licensed AKOMA* to remarket last year's most promising Kansas record: Sam The Sham & The SayNOs' "I Shot The Adrenaline.” AKOMA technicians have dubbed in the backing vocalists so familiar to the impoverished & disabled (legless only, no one with difficulty voting on a computer) of Kansas: de KOCHROCHETTES.

AKOMA* => Avoiding the Kansas Open Meetings Act, as in: "I did not have (a meeting &/or sex) with . . . . . "

The Sham's lucrative contract with PAYOLA RECORDS has bankrolled Brownback's Atlas of Road Maps To Nowhere, an experimental genre of undelivered promises evoking mournful wails from even the most ardent listeners.

Past & present members of The SayNOs backing Sham with their tuneful lyrics include:

a balding RonE, featuring "My Learning Quest Kiddies Are Too Young to be Mine"

Outdoors DJ Robbin' J's "Lesser Prairie Chicken Sues" with that catchy line "my scientists are better than your scientists (at disappearing species)"

NickyJ's enigmatic figurative composition "My Numbers Don't Add Up (to nuthin' much)"

Former AP sideman, Jay Milburn's "You CAN Make This Stuff Up"

Mikey King's "Where Did Those KTA Dollars Go?"

LG "Jeff" C's myth-busting tour-de-force "How Many Times Can I Bail Sham Out?"

Jimmy Clark's jiving "Audit Cost So Much To Repeal KPERS?"

Kari B's "You're Only As Old & Disabled As We Deem"

Jackie Mac's "I Can See Clearly Now, The NBAF Dying Cow"

Pat G's "Creationist Job Blues (Ridin' My Dino For Reggie J"

RayR's "Faith-based Ministry Prison Warden Blues"

Bobbie Moser's "(That Coal) Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" & "Fa la la la la Ogallala"

P Gilmore's "Oh That Sam (He Can Sham The Seniors Out Of Medicare)"


November 10, 2015 at 12:11 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Urban vs. rural: How the economic recovery hasn't benefited all of Kansas

To be honest, I've waited a long time for the urban interests in KS to pull ahead of the rural's in at least one area: access to land for recreational purposes. The % of Kansans with such access is actually rapidly diminishing, as fewer farmers => fewer urban Kansans with farm relatives with land to recreate on.

KANSAS => 50th in per capita public lands. LAST (less public land per person than Rhode Island?).

A look @ KDWP&T lands will show that the majority are tied to USCoE & BLM water projects. There are Sand Hills (gift of Dillons family) & Mushroom Rocks (Kansas' smallest state park - 5 acres, also a gift) State Parks. Missouri dedicated a half-cent sales tax decades ago to increase & support public land recreational opportunities. Meanwhile the total accessible acreage in Kansas has remained as stagnant as the water kept behind Tuttle Creek Dam.

For decades Kansans have fought against adding any public lands for recreational purposes, what turned out to be a "Quality of Life" issue for businesses & individuals to pick a location. The reason: takes rural property off the tax rolls.

The KS Farm Bureau fought for years against a "tall grass prairie" National Park.. They succeeded => the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve is only 10,894 acres. Recreational activities are limited to day use. The tourism brought to Strong City & Cottonwood Falls => not enough to keep the Emma Chase Cafe, Ad Astra Food and Drink or Pizza Hut open.

Now's the time for those rural Kansans to reap the rewards of keeping land all over the state on the tax rolls . . . . . ad astra per aspera

November 8, 2015 at 9:33 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Media outlets file open records suit against Kansas governor

It was my understanding that the Kansas Press Association's Handbook of Titillating Headlines requires the noun "media" always be proceeded by the adjective "liberal," as in:

LIBERAL Media outlets file open records suit against Kansas governor

I can guess why the LJW printed this KPA transgression, but honestly, any competent Kansan should be able to discern "Liberal," the place name, from the Right adjective "liberal."

November 5, 2015 at 10:59 a.m. ( | suggest removal )