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Old And In The Way: The Politics, Policies and Poverty Of Aging

Cait McKnelly

A perfect storm is brewing in the United States made up of several converging factors; an aging Baby Boomer population, a crashing economy, the draining of Social Security to pay the government's bills combined with the rise of ageism in the workplace. All of these factors are coming together to ...

So This Is Where Governor Brownback Gets It From

Cait McKnelly

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44217977/ns/politics-the_new_york_times/ "Over three terms in office, Mr. Perry’s administration has doled out grants, tax breaks, contracts and appointments to hundreds of his most generous supporters and their businesses. And they have helped Mr. Perry raise more money than any politician in Texas history, donations that have periodically raised eyebrows but, ...

Agnostick's Blog Post

Cait McKnelly

Agnostick's blog post, "Abortion in Kansas: “It’s A Trap!” " has been up since 4:50 PM on 7/29. It's not showing up on the blog post listings on the website's home page ("Community Perspectives") I'm not sure if this is a glitch or a deliberate case of censorship. Either way, ...

Atta Boy!

Cait McKnelly

This is my official kudos to Scott Rothschild on his recent investigative reporting on the Brownback administration. I named my blog, "Sharpening My Pen", after the adage, "The pen is mightier than the sword." It's attributed to a play written by Edward Bullwer-Lytton, however it has roots going all the ...

A Woman of Magic

Cait McKnelly

Joanne Rowling, (she has no middle name, the "K" is a nomme de plume) is one of the wealthiest women in the world, the first person to ever become a billionaire from writing books. Her work has spawned a multibillion dollar empire. She was also, at one time, a victim ...

Welcome to the Laboratory

Cait McKnelly

I think people need to understand that, not just on a national level but on an *international* level, Kansas is being viewed as the "laboratory" of the right. I have friends all over Europe; Britain, Ireland, Germany and the Netherlands among them. You would be surprised how often the name ...

First Amendment Out the Window

Cait McKnelly

http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/308137 I thought living in Kansas under Brownback was bad. I'm not sure even he would tolerate a judge going this far. In a nutshell, Mississippi Justice Court Judge Theresa Brown Dearman was suspended for thirty days without pay, publicly censured and ordered to pay court costs by the Mississippi ...

Pete "Spare Tire" DeGraaf

Cait McKnelly

In a story that's hit the internet like a bombshell (but not the LJ World), Kansas Rep Pete DeGraaf from Mulvane compared separate "abortion only" insurance to having a "spare tire on a car". http://www.religiondispatches.org/dispatches/sarahposner/4656/pete_%E2%80%9Cspare_tire%E2%80%9D_degraaf%E2%80%99s_operation_rescue_ties/ Considering that one in four women in the US will be sexually assaulted at some ...

"Rape" and "Not Rape"

Cait McKnelly

Once more the LJWorld shows it's inherent political bias in refusing to publish information that very well may have far reaching consequences for the national Republican Party. Day before yesterday, the US House of Representatives passed House Resolution 3, the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act". (Link to the full ...

Pigs Are Flying

Cait McKnelly

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/19/business/media/2011-pulitzer-prize-winners-announced.html I looked out my window this morning and saw a pig fly by. First FOX News fires Glenn Beck, then Bill O'Reilly comes out in defense of Obama. Now, for the first time since Murdoch took it over, the Wall Street Journal has won a Pulitzer Prize. What's next? ...

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