Saturday, August 01, 2015

Activist turn out to oppose Sedgwick County Commission cuts

By Otto

Tired of seeing their community damaged by constant public funding cuts, local people turned out for a rally for QuitTheCuts, in Old Town, Wichita, Friday evening. More than 60 people showed up for the rally.
Many people had QuitTheCuts signs and the stood in front of a stage to hear several speakers. The action was encouraged to support the Sedgwick County arts and culture community.
County commissioners are planning to make deep cuts, amounting to $1-million, into arts and cultural programs, health services, the Sedgwick County Zoo and GED programs for prisoners.
Bruce Rowley, of RSA Marketing was one of the speakers.
"When I was 18 I couldn't wait to leave (Wichita)," he said. "Recently I called my parents to tell them I plan to come back to Wichita. I thought they'd be happy. They said 'Oh you don't want to do that"
He said he want this community to be a place where people will want to come and live. He also said that people won't want to live here if services and arts are not funded and supported.
"I thought this was a nice place to grow up," he added.

People in the audience were encouraged to contact their commissioners and oppose the cuts. Letters and envelopes were provided for those who wanted them.   
Bruce Rowley talked about making this a community people want to live in.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Bernie Sanders campaign gets a start in Wichita

by Otto

A large crowd turned out last night (Wednesday) for a live pod cast of Bernie Sanders, at the Hughes Metropolitan Complex of Wichita State University.  About 90 people attended the event, which was hosted by Jim Phillips and Dotty Billings. Both hosts have worked in Democratic Socialists of America.
The majority of the audience was interested in supporting the local campaign for Bernie Sanders, presently the independent senator from Vermont. After the pod cast Phillips explained that WSU had a NEW policy against any kind of fund raising or organizing on the campus. This new policy has come down after pressure from conservative politicians who tried to use the campus for their own fund raising, earlier.
Phillips invited the crow to go to the Peace and Social Justice Center, for an organizational meeting. There were about 25 people went to the organization meeting and many were young people there, even members of the Young Democrats. Discussions focused mostly on reaching out to the Democratic Party in the Wichita area and other parts of Kansas. The campaign will focus a lot on young voters.

So far there seems to be a lot of enthusiasm in this area for building a movement to get Sanders (or Bernie as his supporters call him) on the ballot and elected in the primary.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Sedgwick County Commissioners legalize neglect

By Otto

The Sedgwick County Commission got slammed by the local newspaper The Wichita Eagle for putting a budget together that picks takes from the health and quality of life as they took funds away from organizations that have had adequate funding in the past.
Yes...we still have a county commission. It covers the entire county, including Wichita. Since all the cities in Sedgwick keep expending, the county commission covers less area and has less importance every year. On the bad side of it is that people keep electing the same mean-spirited poor-hating politicians that get elected for all the other branches of government in Kansas.
The commissioners have cut health and arts programs. They decided to let the Federal Government should pay for roads and bridges, even though they have condemned the Federal Government as a great evil. Now they are going let that evil government fix all the problems they don't want to mess with.
The Wichita Eagle reported the words of Commission Chairman Richard Ranzau who said;
"I would argue this county is at this time moving to the center. We're moving the country back towards the center, back to the core American Values."
Then he blamed "moving to the left," for obscuring American Values.
Ranzau has an active imagination. This county has NEVER MOVE LEFT in 30 years. The US political spectrum has lunged far to the right and that is the direction he and his chums are moving the county. They are moving towards neglect, hatred of the poor and the worship of an artless robotic mindless nation of autotrons, all lacking imagination as much as the far right politicians.
He also talked about "fiscal responsibility, individual freedom, property rights, individual responsibility, limited government." I wonder what he means by freedom—the freedom to neglect those in need?!?

Our County Commissioners Plan for the future—and what a vision they have?!—the freedom of neglect. Pix from

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Idiot Conservative news anchor’s message to Obama goes viral

What an asshole and racist. This woman is one of the most anti-religious freedom and inept person on foreign affairs. -  -Otto
From Yahoo News:

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Pluto at last- ten years and billions of miles

When I was a kid I learned about all the planets and was amazed at how cold the planet (now just a dwarf planet) Pluto was supposed to be. I imagined it to be mostly ice. It still just looks like a ball of colored chemicals, no atmosphere- not liquid water, rivers or oceans. Maybe there are craters like the Moon. Still it is interesting to see what the little planet actually looks like, after years of being just a white dot on some pictures taken from telescopes. -Otto

Close-up photo of Pluto.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised-Updated

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
By Gil Scott-Heron

This was a word-song from 1970. I updated it for a reading at the open mic night at Kirby's as a part of my performance art events. The open mic got cancelled so I'm posting this anyway. I really like this.-Otto

You will not be able to stay home, brother
You will not be able to plug in your Ipad and cop out
You will not be able to lose yourself on a hit a' dope
And skip out for beer during commercials
Because the revolution will not be televised

The revolution will not be televised
The revolution will not be brought to you by dancing with the stars
In 6 episodes with lots'a commercial interruptions
The revolution will not show you pictures of Obama
Blowing a bugle and leading a charge by John Mccain
Scott Walker and Joe Biden to eat hog maws
Confiscated from a Harlem sanctuary
The revolution will not be televised

The revolution will not be brought to you by the
Koch Arena and will not star Ted Nugent
And Kid Rock or Bullwinkle and Sponge Bob
The revolution will not give your mouth sex appeal
The revolution will not get rid of pimples
And make the girls wanna fuck you
The revolution will not make you look 12 pounds thinner
Because the revolution will not be televised, Brother

There will be no pictures of you and  Royals manager Ned Yost
Pushing that shopping cart down the block on the dead run
Or trying to slide that color TV into a stolen ambulance
NBC will not be able predict the winner at 8:32
Or report from 29 districts
The revolution will not be televised

There will be no pictures of cops shooting down
Blacks on the instant replay
There will be no pictures of cops shooting down
Blacks on the instant replay
There will be no pictures of  Cornel West
Being run out of Harlem on a rail with a brand new process
There will be no slow motion or still life of Jesse Jackson
Strolling through Watts in a red, black and green Kwame Nkrumah
T-shirt that he has been saving
For just the proper occasion

The Voice, American Idol and Biggest Loser
Will no longer be so damned relevant
And women will not care if Dick finally gets down with Jane
On search for tomorrow because people
Will be in the street looking for a brighter day
The revolution will not be televised

There will be no highlights on the eleven o'clock news
And Michelle Obama blowing her nose
The theme song will not be written by Pharrell Williams
Francis Scott Key, nor sung by Hank Williams Jr., Beyoncé,
Taylor Swift, Englebert What'is'dink or Aerosmith
The revolution will not be televised

The revolution will not be right back after a message
About a white tornado, white lightning, or white people
You will not have to worry about a Shark Vacuum sweeper in your bedroom
Flow the insurance girl or the Ty-D-Bowl man
The revolution will not go better with Coke
The revolution will not fight the germs that may cause bad breath
The revolution WILL put you in the driver's seat

The revolution will not be televised, will not be televised
Will not be televised, will not be televised
The revolution will be no re-run brothers
The revolution will be live
The original: