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NAACP Hosts Shirley Sherrod Charade

The Shirley Sherrod saga has one common thread. Follow the thread as it weaves its way through the news cycles of the week. I am probably going to regret writing this; yet, I think it needs to be done. The 24-Hour News Cycle: Day One Before reading ... Continue reading

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The ring’s the thing

I’ve struggled with a bad habit for years now. No, not hookers and blow. That was so last week. My bad habit is, I play with my wedding ring, almost compulsively. See, years ago, some wise old (married) gent advised me to buy my band big. The ... Continue reading

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Local Tax Conundrum VII - Social Services

In our county budget considerations, we will face decisions as to the level of social services we should provide. I believe that all responsible citizens understand that we must provide social services. As a civilized society, we just cannot accept people starving, precluded from health care, denied ... Continue reading

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Local Tax Conundrum VI - Heritage

In our county budget considerations, we will face decisions about committing resources to acquire properties associated with our heritage. Exactly how this is to work is not clear. Making such investments could improve our competitive position in attracting tourists. It could avoid important parts of our history ... Continue reading

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$5 Movie Tickets, Free Photos, Grocery Deals and Free Shipping for College Students

I'm excited to share this first deal with you this weekend. It seems to me that when we are trying to save money and operate within a budget we often forget to include "entertainment" to our budget expenses. It is important to enjoy ourselves whithout spending a ... Continue reading

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Mayfly

This is an adult mayfly from near Mary's Lake in Lawrence. Mayflies are not flies but belong to the insect order Ephemeroptera. The name refers to the fact that adults are short lived, typically living only a few days. The adult mouthparts are vestigial; the adult lives ... Continue reading

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Back to school sales bring mixed emotions this year

Well, here we are again. It seems like the kids just got out of school and enjoying their summer break, and this week the back to school ads are in full force. This is a big transition year for our family. Eric is headed off to college ... Continue reading

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Keep it locked on KUsports.com next week for Big 12 football media days

Greetings to Kansas football fans and Big 12 fans. Hope your weekend is going well. If you haven't seen Inception yet, do yourself a favor and take a trip to the movie theater before next week. Those folks who have seen it can tell you...mind-blowing. Ah yes, ... Continue reading

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The new blog list page

Uh..yeah. This new page that show the entire blog entry instead of just a list of titles....can go suck a biscuit. I don't like it. Cumbersome and messy come to mind. Now, change it back but go fix me a gin and tonic first...and I like a ... Continue reading

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Swampyville Nursery Rhymes for the Older Animals; “Grid Lock - What the Government REALLY Wants”

Grid Lock - What the Government REALLY Wants! By Ollie Owl G overment feels they are great, R unning the big, big show; I nterference they want not, D aring the People to know; L aymen they need not apply, O nly the elitists will reign; C ... Continue reading

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The Rich Are Begging—For Your Vote!

This year the rich are running for office. Having purchased the toys, ransacked the economy, cowered their peers, pink-sipped thousands, finangled millions, handled the stress of it all by vacationing in places beyond everyperson's dreams, the last and ultimate gold ring for those who have a limited ... Continue reading

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Fun with Lawrence music on YouTube

It's Friday, and because I love you I've decided to give you something fun to watch at work while you're counting down the hours until the weekend starts. Sssh!! Don't tell the boss! I've been spending a lot of time geeking out on YouTube lately, and decided ... Continue reading

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Peak Oil: The Real Story Behind the BP Oil Disaster

You wouldn't know it from the mainstream media's coverage of the BP oil spill, but the 184 million gallons of oil that are now devastating the Gulf region is only a part of a much larger problem. Corporate greed and corrupt government oversight played their roles in ... Continue reading

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Can’t we all just get along (or at least have the decency not to try to kill one another?)

I was driving home the other day (yes, driving; I know, it sucks), and I was within sight of my home when I noticed a familiar truck headed my way. The street I live on is choked with cars parked on both sides, so sometimes it's tricky ... Continue reading

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The New Blogs - The First One

**New Blog Format 07/22/2010** Before someone else makes the comment: Nothing to see here. This is just my first blog on the new system. I am experimenting. You are welcome to watch and comment. The new system is sending an email to me every time someone comments ... Continue reading

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The Power of Passive Suggestion

In recent years the internet has become a tool for research. We have all seen the optional surveys, but that is only one way to collect data. One of the problems with surveys or questionaires is that people tend to think through what thier response will be. ... Continue reading

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3 pc Luggage Set $29 at Sears

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2010/Jul/22/luggage-set.jpg My friend Jaycie over at CouponGeek.net has been shopping for luggage for a trip we are taking in September. She found this deal today and sent it my way. Whether you are traveling in the near future or you are sending a kid off to college ... Continue reading

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Changes to LJWorld.com blogs

Starting Friday you're going to see some changes to the system for posting blogs on LJWorld.com. Many of these changes have already rolled out on WellCommons.com, but here is what you'll see on this site: Navigation The first change is the removal of the left navigation. The ... Continue reading

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COMPLETED: Some site maintenance coming about 12:45

1 p.m. update: We've now completed this maintenance. We'll be doing some maintenance on all of our sites at 12:45 this afternoon, meaning our sites may go down for as much as 10 minutes at that time. Since midnight, we've been getting sporadic site overload errors that ... Continue reading

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States Wrongly Cracking Down on Car Title Loans

Several states are putting limits on the car title loan industry. This is where people take out short-term loans with high interest rates using their cars as collateral and no credit check. The lender gives them a few thousand dollars for a piece of paper which says ... Continue reading