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The Thermostat Dial

This summer I was home almost everyday, so I was in control of the thermostat. I love air-conditioning,but I don't like to be cold. I kept the dial at 76* during the day and was comfortable. If it felt warm, I turned on the ceiling fan and ... Continue reading

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Links between Koch brothers and Brownback explored; Libertarians hopeful; Evolution downplayed in SBOE races

Two of the richest people in the country -- Charles and David Koch -- have contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to Republican gubernatorial candidate Sam Brownback. Reporters with the Kansas City Star provide the analysis of the donations and the Koch brothers' vision of de-regulation and ... Continue reading

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The Pixies

Not too many people know that I grew up in the Middle East. And although I enjoyed my time there, I blame it for missing out on a lot of music (bands don't really stop in Saudi Arabia on their world tours). For this reason, I had ... Continue reading

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Confessions of a permed, paranoid base jumper

Not so long ago, I [blogged][1] about how dorky it is to wear a helmet when riding a bike. I wouldn’t be caught dead without one, mind you. I sorta like keeping what little I have inside my head, inside my head. But wearing a helmet just ... Continue reading

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Hitler Comparisons

Godwin's Law states, "As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1 (one)." A recent blog, The Rise of the New "Nazism," made an unlikely comparison of the ultra-conservative Sarah Palin with the Nazi socialist Adolph Hitler while denigrating ... Continue reading

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Feeding my po boy.

Mr. Meat and Potatoes and his baby like to sit in the big leather chair and watch sports. Which is good for me because it means he's not out spending money, watching games in sports bars, and he's also entertaining the kid so I can do important ... Continue reading

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The Totalitarian Right

An article in the LJW today about taxes on small businesses triggered this blog. I want to talk about how the totalitarian right slams all of us regularly. Mr. O'Reilly and Mr. Limbaugh (and the Republican Party Leadership) let hardly a day pass without arguing that it ... Continue reading

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Spicy Black Beans and Rice A Favorite Frugal Fall Recipe

Yesterday we celebrated my youngest son's first birthday. It is amazing to me that he is already an entire year old. It seems that time flies faster with each and every child. We had a great time, he got his first shake at birthday cake, opened up ... Continue reading

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Sunday’s pork chop dinner has a taste of nostalgia

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been spending my time working on my housekeeping. I’ve been cleaning, organizing and getting my home ready for fall. I’ve enjoyed getting my house in order, and I’m pretty proud of my family for helping me keep it this way. But ... Continue reading

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Avett Bros Concert Videos Must Watch Incredibly Powerful!! See Them With Grace Potter And The Nocturnls At Crossroads Saturday September 25th

The Avetts Brothers music is some of the most powerful music that has been created in recent years. With beautiful string band harmonies and nice indie angst tinges. Their live show have been being widely praised, I would strongly advise to watch at least one their videos ... Continue reading

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Job Posting - State School Seeking New Athletic Director

The University of Kansas a Division 1++ NCAA university is seeking an older, over privileged businessman to lead its not-for-profit+++ athletic department to victory. Successful candidates will have the following skills and qualifications. **Financial Management:** Candidates should be able to increase the organization’s debt by millions of ... Continue reading

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The Rise of the New “Nazism”.

http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2010/09/17/the_crackpot_gap/index.html Facebook says, "What's on your mind?' .Indeed, this is on my mind and it's worrisome. Not because I "want to see the Dems win (or lose)" or I "want to see the Republicans win (or lose)". This worries me because these people are outright crackpots that ... Continue reading

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Print or Online - Which Coupons do You Use the Most?

A recent study found that 80% of coupon redeemers got their coupons from a newspaper. And close to 78% say they've printed out an online coupon at least once. Good article with some interesting information on coupon habits. The report speculates "These findings may indicate a lasting ... Continue reading

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Getting chirpy about New Twitter

If you've been hanging out in the Twittersphere this week, you'll already know that the community is all abuzz (a-tweet?) about Twitter's big-time revamp, which has been rolling out to selected users since Tuesday. And by "selected users," sadly, we don't mean us - as of this ... Continue reading

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Week 3 in Big 12 filled with intriguing games, difficult predictions

Week 3 in the Big 12 Conference should produce a plethora of captivating games that could go either way when trying to predict a winner. For my picks on all 10 conference games this weekend, check out the latest episode of Conference ChatterTV: Here's a bit more ... Continue reading

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Movie review: ‘I’m Still Here’

With the release of “I’m Still Here,” the mockumentary has officially come full circle. Actors have already played roles in documentary-style comedies (“This is Spinal Tap,” “Best in Show”), they’ve combined that format with real-life pranks (“Borat,” “Bruno”), and they’ve played fictional versions of themselves for laughs ... Continue reading

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Swampyville’s You’re the Poet; “Inequality”

You're The Poet! Fill in the below blanks with the following words or use your own words. Be, child, child, did, drink, drink, eat, eat, man, need, need, not, so, thou, thou, thou, thou, want, want, woman. Inequality! By L. Don Oliver Oh! impoverished _____, Where goes ... Continue reading

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The Kindest Act

In a world where people seem all too eager to get in heated discussions about raising children, how to fix the environment, or how best to drown the tea party, it's time to take a look in a different direction. Let's spend some time remembering the kindest ... Continue reading

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The Five “A”s that Threaten Your Union: Abuse

*(This is the second part of a five-part series entitled The Five As that Threaten Your Union.)* Abuse is a bad thing to have happen in a relationship. This is such a no-brainer, why even take the time to write (or read) about abuse? It’s bad. Don’t ... Continue reading

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Saving Rain

Today I walked our dog in the rain, drove in the rain and, most importantly, saved some of the rain. I put out four containers to collect rainwater which I will use to water thirsty plants that I have been nursing along all summer in the cruel ... Continue reading