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Band Day Parade

Speaking from someone that had two generations of Band Day participants in their family, I am greatly disappointed in the fact that we will not have a parade this year. My grandchildren look forward to it as mom tells them how she and grandpa both marched in ... Continue reading

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LIVING UNITED

Today, with much excitement, we begin to raise awareness for our annual United Way Employee Campaign at The World Company. Every year we are known for setting a pace in the community and giving a great deal in volunteer hours and donations to help 24 non-profit agencies ... Continue reading

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School dazed

My kids haven’t even been back to school a week yet, and already I’m tired of having to ferry them there. There no longer is bus service for kids who live within the magical 2.5-mile radius of their school, so folks like me have to find a ... Continue reading

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Fall practices begin today for area high school sports teams

Today is one of my favorite days of the year. No, Aug. 17 is not my birthday and it doesn’t mark some other kind of milestone in my life. In fact, it’s not the Aug. 17 part of it that makes today so great. It’s the fact ... Continue reading

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Ghost Hunter

When I was young all I wanted to do was go on dates and dancing, and fall in love. I am in my 50's now and I would really like to be a ghost hunter, mostly to see if there really are ghosts (actually I don't know ... Continue reading

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In Plain Sight 8/16/2009

Previous: IPS 8/9/2009 Next: IPS 8/23/2009 Technically, 'thetagger' was the first to identify this week's photo, but 'think_about_it' clearly knew where it was, too. See end of the post for picture(s) and answer. http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Aug/16/DSC_4625b.JPG 2nd image: http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Aug/17/DSC_4625a.JPG 3rd image: http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Aug/18/DSC_4625c.JPG And yet a 4th partial image: http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Aug/19/DSC_4625d.JPG ... Continue reading

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Boy am I stupid!

Fooled again - I sure am gullible. Here I was protesting a requirement that I pay a disproportionate fee for the sidewalk that I do not own and that is not on my property. I had been willing to pay a flat fee. But, I missed the ... Continue reading

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Disingenuous Obama

Another provoked blog. I could put you to sleep with definitions of authorization, appropriations and outlays as they apply to federal spending, so I will not. Medicare is defined in law and changing much of it requires changes in law. It is what is called an entitlement ... Continue reading

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The Great Divide?

Another interesting exchange - in a recent blog one commenter expressed a view that those on the west side of town exhibit an extravagant lifestyle. I have also heard criticism of the size of the houses on the west side of town. I never really thought about ... Continue reading

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So You Want To Be A Gun Nut….

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Aug/15/Gun-Nut_.jpg We've all heard parents say things like,"I won't let my child watch violent programming, but...", or, "I wouldn't let my child play with toy guns. He/She would pick up a broken branch, point it and yell BANG!", or, "My little Nathan would never play like that, ... Continue reading

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The anatomy of “District 9”

[three and a half stars out of four] Neill Blomkamp's feature-length directorial debut does what really good science fiction does—it makes you think about the world you live in. It also does what mainstream crowd-pleasing sci-fi does and entertains with a lot of well-designed action scenes and ... Continue reading

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The Dawn of Time – 1985

One of the advantages of being a senior is that you have been alive for a number of decades and might actually remember, with appropriate biases, all the way back to the fifties. Anybody remember the Clean Air Act? That is when we started to address Climate ... Continue reading

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Jayhawk Flashback: Colorado, 10/28/06

I noticed that we received one comment on last week’s Jayhawk Flashback YouTube video. This was from the user jfalbe06: “next flashback should be the cu game where we pulled reesing redshirt.” Sounds like a plan to me. This week’s flashback takes us back three years to ... Continue reading

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You must look elsewhere for “The Goods”

[one star out of four] From the quick-cut opening scenes in “The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard,” it’s obvious what director Neal Brennan has in mind. He’s hoping that the lightning-fast pace of the movie will cover up for the fact that nothing about it is neither ... Continue reading

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A (not-so) starry, starry night

I had high hopes for the Perseid meteor shower earlier this week. See, a couple of years ago, I decided I needed a hobby. I wanted something that worked well with my crazy work hours, that I could take part in after I got home in the ... Continue reading

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Wake up early to check out some beautiful sunrises

What better way to wake up then with a beautiful sunrise, right? The last few mornings you might have noticed more vivid sunrise action in Northeast Kansas. (Catch this morning's on video here.) There are some really cool reasons why this is. The past few sunrises have ... Continue reading

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Rapacious Health Insurance Companies – or not

During the course of blogging about health care, a recurring theme is that of a rapacious health insurance industry. The criticisms include obscene profits, over generous executive compensation and denial of medical services to name a few. I pulled the 10K reports on some of the health ... Continue reading

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A Little History of the Handgun

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Aug/12/Yuan_chinese_gun.jpg (Chinese hand cannon) ********************************************************************** It is generally accepted that firearms were invented and first used in China.There is no solid evidence for firearms in Europe before the 1300s. Archeologists have discovered a gun in Manchuria dating from the 1200s, and a historian has identified a sculpture ... Continue reading

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Top Chef Masters — A mountain goat sweating on the beach

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Aug/13/Picture_1.png So last week I was on vacation in Colorado without a TV or access to "Top Chef." But, while shopping in a little mountain town, I came upon a very friendly face: "Top Chef Masters" contestant and George Clooney look-alike Michael Chiarello. There he was, smiling ... Continue reading

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My Beef with… Well, Beef

At a recent BBQ outing with my wife and a couple of friends, someone I was talking to was surprised by the fact that I don't eat beef. “How do you live?” she asked with a genuine tone of surprise in her voice. What I responded was ... Continue reading

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