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Friday, July 23, 2010

Street Justice team targets crime by ringing doorbells

Posted By on Fri, Jul 23, 2010 at 8:00 AM

T-shirt design courtesy of Union Press
  • T-shirt design courtesy of Union Press

"Tired of all the shootings and killings in our community?" asks a flier distributed by members of the AdHoc Group Against Crime. The organization is calling for volunteers "who are not afraid to walk neighborhoods, knock on doors and enter the homes of residents to discuss crime, shootings and unsolved homicides in a non-threatening manner."

Not surprisingly, the safety of said volunteers isn't guaranteed.

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Friday, July 9, 2010

Jason Miller and Bite Club bringing monkey research protest to a neighborhood near you

Posted By on Fri, Jul 9, 2010 at 2:12 PM

Jason Miller's protests could be coming to a neighborhood near you.
  • Jason Miller's protests could be coming to a neighborhood near you.

Animal rights activist Jason Miller appears to be working on another restraining order.

Miller and his fellow Bite Club of KC members have been banned

from the University of Kansas Medical Center, where security didn't take kindly to him passing out "Wanted" posters

targeting the so-called crimes of two researchers or his crusade

to end animal research. That's fine with Miller. He's taking his protests to the researchers' neighborhoods.

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Friday, June 11, 2010

Kris Cheatum, local peace activist, dead at 73

Posted By on Fri, Jun 11, 2010 at 8:00 AM

Kris and Lynn Cheatum fought long and hard for peace.
  • Kris and Lynn Cheatum fought long and hard for peace.

Longtime peace activist Kris Cheatum died on June 6.

Back in 2006, I wrote about Cheatum and her husband, Lynn, ("Granny the Terrorist"). They believed the government was spying on them. And in 2003, ex-Pitch writer Allie Johnson wrote about the Cheatums ("Young Blood").

Cheatum's obituary is a better tribute than I could give.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

PETA's latest bloody naked protest

Posted By on Wed, May 12, 2010 at 12:30 PM

I missed yesterday's PETA's anti-meat demonstration on the Country Club Plaza, but the animal rights organization sent over a few photos of nearly naked women wrapped in cellophane on a tray ... just like a KC strip.

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Looks like a homicide scene.

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Catherine Bleish of the Liberty Restoration Project featured on 'Anderson Cooper 360'

Posted By on Tue, Apr 20, 2010 at 1:30 PM

Yesterday, CNN's Anderson Cooper marked the 15th anniversary of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City with a segment on "the rise in rhetoric from groups on the political fringe."

CNN's Drew Griffen interviewed Parkville native Catherine Bleish, executive director of the local Liberty Restoration Project, which has staged protests in Kansas City against the use of red-light cameras, and most recently, against full-body scanners at the Kansas City International Airport.

Griffen described his meeting place with Bleish -- Brave New Books in Austin, Texas -- as "subterranean." It's down a set of stairs, sure, but Griffen was playing up the ominous subtext. So-called patriot groups like the LRP have been described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as potentially dangerous because of their support of gun rights, racist rhetoric and attachment to conspiracy theories.

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Monday, April 12, 2010

Protesters at airport don't want the TSA to see you naked

Posted By on Mon, Apr 12, 2010 at 11:30 AM

TSA wants to see these "Little Libertarians" naked.
  • TSA wants to see these "Little Libertarians" naked.

Members of the Liberty Restoration Project protested the use of full-body scanners at the Kansas City International Airport on Saturday. The responses from passengers was wide ranging. 

"What if you need an MRI?" an old man snarled at the group as he exited the airport, shaking his head.

Tracy Ward, whose sign read, "Refuse the human microwaves!" retorted with a shrug, "I won't get one."

The LRP's Kansas City chapter, which has also protested the use of red light cameras, takes issue with the scanners that were recently installed in Terminal B.

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Friday, April 9, 2010

Will Suarez asks Congressman Dennis Moore to DREAM

Posted By on Fri, Apr 9, 2010 at 6:00 AM

Will Suarez wants Dennis Moore to co-sponsor the DREAM Act.
  • Will Suarez wants Dennis Moore to co-sponsor the DREAM Act.

Will Suarez and Sen. Sam Brownback were short-lived friends.

The Peru native and Johnson County Community College student became a fan of Brownback on Facebook and started posting comments on the Republican's wall, calling on the Kansas conservative to support a bill that would allow undocumented students obtain in-state college tuition.

It didn't take long for Suarez to find Brownback's Facebook minion had blocked him.

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