Nancy Kohn Kansas City , Missouri
Kay Barnes is proud of her employment at the Metropolitan Inter-Church Agency (MICA). Maybe too proud. Because she mentioned it so often in bios, we thought we should check them out. What it led to was a goldmine, one we just have to share. You see, MICA had this newsletter which is archived at the Kansas City Library. The newsletter was filled with community events, programs...and seminars. But first, some history.
During the 2003 mayoral election an article surfaced from a 1976 Kansas City Woman magazine. In it, Barnes was featured as a sex therapist extraordinaire. The article has been pretty well publicized by now. Barnes’ typical reply to any questions about it, usually through her mouthpiece Steve Glorioso, is that she just dabbled in sex therapy, wasn’t very good at it, and gave it up after a few tries. That is a flat out lie.
The Source has documented at least fourteen seminars Barnes advertised over a five year period in the MICA newsletters. Between 1974 and 1979 Barnes advertised her “services” as a therapist in seminars with titles like “Human Sexuality,” “Expressing My Sexuality,” “Sexuality and Intimacy,” “My Sensual Self,” “Owning My Sexuality,” and “The New Intimacy”. Some of the early seminars were offered through the Jewish Community Center, but in 1976 Kay Waldo & Associates was launched with these sexually related seminars.
Those seminars were usually held on a Saturday in Barnes’ home. Who knows if her then teenage children were in the house at the time? Barnes charged around $40 or $50 for her “services”. We may never know what specific topics were discussed, or if there was any physical dimension to the “therapy.” But if we look back at the KC Woman article we get a hint with suggestions of “masturbation practice.”
It is no surprise that Barnes lies about her involvement in such a shady industry. Barnes has a history of telling lies to hide things she doesn’t want people to know.
Interesting Tidbit #1: In the KC Woman article, Barnes says she is an associate at the Center for Sexual Enrichment. The Center was based in the OBGYN department at KU Med. While few records exist of the Center itself, we found that it was run under the authority of a Dr. Kermit Kratz. Interestingly, the department and Kratz were well known as one of the major abortion providers of the time, including late-term abortions.
Interesting Tidbit #2: In the ads she placed in the newsletter, Barnes often gave a second number in addition to her home phone number. That number, 881-3750, was her official Jackson County legislative office phone. Barnes was illegally funneling sex therapy calls through her official office. That may be a sign of things to come, as later Barnes is often accused of misusing her official office.
Interesting Tidbit #3: MICA disbanded in 1979 after a sub-committee on teen pregnancy was found to be referring minor girls to abortion clinics (perhaps KU Med?). On that news the Catholic Church pulled their membership and several other denominations followed. Within a month MICA announced it was disbanding.
Next: Barnes is Absent
In her one term on the Jackson County legislature, Kay Barnes made an interesting friendship. As Chair of the Health and Welfare Committee, Barnes first passed new laws benefiting convicted felon and massage parlor owner Ted Irving, and then she took a contribution from him for her city council run.
Here is some history. In 1976 the Jackson County Legislature passed a law creating a Board to regulate massage parlors. At the time, two such businesses existed in the Blue Valley area of unincorporated Jackson County. The legislature also passed a requirement for special use permits for such businesses. The Board that was put in place then regulated such things as hours, dress code and licensing of massage parlor employees. An August 13, 1976 Kansas City Star article described Ted Irving’s massage parlor as breaking those regulations.
In 1977 Kay Barnes (then Kay Waldo) sponsored a resolution that would abolish the Board and drop any dress code requirements. The law eventually passed in October of 1977 and was described by the Kansas City Times as a “weak ordinance.” Irving had lobbied for such an ordinance. One of Barnes’ fellow legislators said the ordinance gave Irving a “virtual monopoly.”
Little wonder then that Ted Irving contributed $200 to Kay Barnes’ campaign for City Council just over a year later in January of 1979. $200 may not seem like a lot now, but in 1979 that was one of her larger contributions.
Thus began the Kay Barnes history of taking money from individuals or companies for which she had done political favors. The list is long, and includes lawyers, developers, and downtown businessmen.
Interesting Tidbit #1: Kay Barnes’s first act as a Jackson County Legislator was to essentially confirm Mike White's appointment of someone to Director of Records. That someone…Steve Glorioso.
Interesting Tidbit #2: Kay Barnes was called a “legislator with basically an urban orientation” by the Kansas City Times in 1977.
Tomorrow: Kay’s Sex Seminars Revealed
Over the next few days The Source will publish all the opposition research information that we collected on Congressional candidate Kay Barnes, but didn’t need to use. Yes, we have juicy details on her sex seminars, including never before seen details. Yes, we have emails from within city hall…lots and lots of emails. Yes, we have corruption and backroom dealings. Yes we have ties to felons and other criminals.
Stay tuned, folks. This should be good!
Later today: Kay and Massage Parlors
For conservative talk show host like Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, Joe Biden has been the gift that keeps on giving. It all started when Biden said that it was time to get patriotic and start paying more taxes.
Then in September Biden told network news anchor Katie Couric “When the stock market crashed in 1929, FDR got on television and didn’t just talk about the princes of greed. He said, ‘Look, here is what happened’.” There are few problems with this statement, one commercial television had not yet been invented and two Herbert Hover was president in 1929, not Roosevelt. Can you imagine the endless line of jokes on late night television had President Bush made that statement?
Perhaps the most freighting statement was made this past Monday in Seattle, WA when Biden said “Barack Obama will face an international crisis early in his presidency…Mark my words. It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy. The world is looking.”
This is Joe Biden himself admitting that American security would be in greater jeopardy under a Barack Obama administration than under John McCain. Perhaps what might be even more frightening is that Biden may have mistakenly released information from a security intelligence briefing to the national and worldwide media.
So according to Obama’s running mate not only are they going to be more patriotic by making us pay more in taxes, but he is guarantying and international crisis focused on the United States if they get in to the Oval Office. Halloween is only week away, but those are the terrifying statements made all year.
During last nights Presidential debate the theme was not national security, global warming or even the economy. The theme was Joe the Plumber. Joe Wurzelbacher from Holland, Ohio is a plumber that has worked at a company for over 20 years with dreams of one day owning his own plumbing business. Last week during a campaign stop Barack Obama’s campaign stop Joe asked why Obama would want to tax him more for being successful. Obama’s response “I want to spread the wealth around.”
In one night the tone of this election may have changed. It is not about national defense, it is not about soccer moms or Starbucks Republicans, it is about Joe the Plumber and all the common–place Americans he represents. Joe has stated he does not make anywhere near $250,000, but feels that with years of hard work that one day he may. Joe the Plumber is not just Joe Wurzelbacher from Ohio. Joe the Plumber is all the hard working Americans that get up every morning put in long hours and work hard to achieve the American Dream.
Voters have to ask themselves if it should be the millions of Americans like Joe that work hard to own their own business, make a good living and in doing so are able to spread the wealth around by creating jobs for other Americans. Or should the government take more money out of your pockets so they can spread it around? It is hard to think of anything that the government can do better than the hard working American citizens. Ronald Reagan said it best when he said that “Government is not the solution to your problems. Government is the problem!”
The McCain campaign would be wise to see the immediate impact Joe the Plumber has had and refocus their strategy. You can tell that Joe the Plumber had an effect on this campaign last night. Within minutes, opposition research experts were busy digging into his record. So eager were they to find fault with this common American that they released information that wasn’t even true. The AP and Daily Kos reported that Joe Wurzelbacher wasn’t registered to vote. The problem is they didn’t bother to slow down enough to find out that wasn’t his first name. If the elite liberal media is that bent on harming this guy, McCain has to use his story. Voters will relate to this story.
There are millions of Joe the Plumbers throughout America. They are the people the elite liberal media ignores. They do not want to focus on the hard working optimistic Americas they only want those to portray a forecast gloom and doom for our great nation. These everyday Joe the Plumbers could easily represent a silent majority. On Nov 4th it is time for them to stand up and be heard.