Daily Archives: June 16, 2013

Pompeo’s claim about Muslim leaders was ‘irresponsible’

What possessed Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, to give a speech on the House floor last week claiming that Islamic religious leaders across America don’t publicly and frequently condemn acts of terrorism? What’s more, he said their “silence” makes them “potentially complicit in these acts, and more importantly still, in those that may well follow.” U.S. Islamic leaders regularly and repeatedly condemn terrorism and say that it violates the core tenets of Islam. Muslim communities also have been instrumental in preventing terrorism by reporting extremist activities. And Muslims, of course, serve in the U.S. military and law enforcement, fighting on the front lines against terrorism. The Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, called on Pompeo to correct his “false and irresponsible” remarks and provided him with links to dozens and dozens of statements by U.S. Muslim leaders condemning terrorism. “It is difficult to understand how an elected official with the resources available to any member of Congress missed such an overwhelming amount of material,” a CAIR official wrote. Pompeo responded that he was “not backing down.”

Kansas’ best ambassador is 3 feet tall

There is no bigger Kansan at the moment than 2-year-old Titus Ashby, the Derby tot whose YouTube trick shots landed him a running “Clash of the Titus” gig with Jimmy Kimmel on ABC. “I’ve never been nervous in my life, but this kid makes me nervous,” said Metta World Peace, moments before Titus bested the Los Angeles Laker 11 baskets to six on Thursday. On earlier shows, Titus tied Laker Kobe Bryant and skunked legend Shaquille O’Neal, and Titus’ original trick-shot video has nearly 12 million views on YouTube.

UPDATE: Titus’ father, Joseph Ashby, hosts a local radio talk show and also appeared on the Kimmel programs (and produced the YouTube video). He has behind-the-scene photos of the Kimmel appearances on his radio show’s Facebook page.

Governor among Kansas’ aviation salesmen

Good for Gov. Sam Brownback and Commerce Secretary Pat George for planning to join the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition and businesses such as Beechcraft Corp., Bombardier Aerospace and Spirit AeroSystems at the Paris Air Show this week. With $2.07 billion in exports last year and more than 30,000 workers, Kansas’ aerospace industry remains a global heavyweight. But the fight to defend and build market share is fierce. For example, Wichita’s three business jetmakers now build 38 percent of all corporate jets, down from 70 percent less than a decade ago. As Brownback told The Eagle’s Molly McMillin this month, it’s time to promote Kansas’ aviation industry to the world and drum up new business. “We have to go sell that,” he said. He’s right to do so personally.

So they said

“I don’t want to lose people to Texas. I want to beat Texas.” – Gov. Sam Brownback (in photo), talking to the Wall Street Journal about his tax cuts

“It’s reminiscent of Marie Antoinette: ‘Let them eat cake.’” – Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka, linking the governor’s tax bill and trip to the Paris Air Show

“They passed something they didn’t think we’d pass. Basically, it was, ‘You won’t shoot the hostage.’ ‘Oh? Watch.’ And we did.” – Rep. Virgil Peck, R-Tyro, in Rolling Stone, on how the 2012 Kansas Senate got played by the House on tax cuts

“This isn’t right! This isn’t right!” – U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., in a Senate hearing, holding up a 3-inch-thick binder detailing what Kansas had to agree to for its No Child Left Behind waiver

“As we speak of defecating, that to me is a harder incident to observe unless an officer is just right there. How does that work?” – Wichita City Council member Lavonta Williams, chuckling, before the council banned defecating and camping on public property and also defecating on private property in view of others

“OK, let’s limit the discussion on this.” – Mayor Carl Brewer, in response (but “it happens,” Williams said)