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Juuuuuust Kidding!

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Jun/30/DSCN0230.JPG Well, our car blew up. In the middle of the motor way. Steam spewing out of engine. I guess it wasn't just a faulty sensor. Luckily all of this came to light before we left Glasgow, and we were merely on the way to a lovely ... Continue reading

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“Anvil!” pursues its dream at all costs

[three and a half stars] out of four If sheer effort and dogged perseverance were enough to guarantee success, then Steve “Lips” Kudrow and Robb Reiner (no relation to the director of “This is Spinal Tap”) of the Canadian heavy metal band Anvil would be household names. ... Continue reading

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The biggest window in space

The astronauts that work in the International Space Station (ISS) are about to get an office with a view. The Tranquility node is slated to be added to the space station in early 2010 and serve as a workstation for the crew during spacewalks and also give ... Continue reading

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Because of Krugman’s ire, he missed a second count of treason

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Jun/30/emissions.jpg Logic and fallacies used to be introduced in 9th grade, but based on a review of recent congressional debates, reader's comments, and a New York times column, many folk need a refresher course. In his Sunday's New York Times column, Paul Krugman, a Nobel Laureate in ... Continue reading

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Cherry Bombastic

We all have our favorite 4th of July traditions. We'll barbeque, we'll drink PBR, we'll light our leg hair on fire. Aside from all of that frivolity, though, I'd like to suggest that this year, you take it up a notch and for 4th of July celebration, ... Continue reading

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Weather models not up to lightning speed quite yet

Weather models have a hard enough time dealing with quick changes. A thunderstorm is a perfect example of a “quick-changing” weather feature that weather models are currently unequipped to handle very well. Here are a few reasons why thunderstorms are not picked up very well by weather ... Continue reading

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Writer dives into ‘Millionaire’ audition

Working at a newspaper isn’t exactly the formula for becoming a self-made millionaire these days. So that’s why I decided to audition for “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” Monday when the show’s traveling auditions barreled through Kansas City. It was a Midwesterner’s only chance for an ... Continue reading

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Computer prediction models not always so hot

So looking ahead to the next few days, there is most definitely one thing that is apparent. The models are teasing us with a bigger cool down than we'll actually see. This is a case-in-point of why you can't just trust a computer program or automated website ... Continue reading

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Health Care – yada –yada -yada

Nobody has provided any data that supports that a single payer government owned and operated system will be substantially cheaper then what we have now. How does it do that? It will have administrative costs not dissimilar to existing health insurance only they will present as employees ... Continue reading

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Honoring Confederate Veterans

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Jun/29/1stSCVolunteersProclamationcrp.jpg The 33rd USCT SC V, the only photo of first African-American troops in the US Army, circa 1864 Lonnie Randolph, state president of South Carolina's NAACP chapters, is just flat wrong when he touted that paying tribute to Confederate soldiers is the same as honoring Hitler. ... Continue reading

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Harper’s Island: A subplot dies and takes the life of the party with it

The penultimate episode of “Harper’s Island": Kind of shocking. Kind of gory – and kind of a downer, as some of the most likable characters fall prey to John Wakefield. First, Abby Mills’ father, Sheriff Mills, was hanged by Wakefield at the end of the last episode. ... Continue reading

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Ah, patriotism

My weekend of fun continued with another show on Saturday. I headed out to the Granada to watch local lovelies Fourth of July. I was happy to see the Kansas flag make a triumphant return. You can't really tell in the videos, so I'll just tell you. ... Continue reading

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Child abuse and neglect: Report it ,or look the other way

I have been a court appointed special advocate for 13 years. I have seen a lot of abused and neglected children due to parents who are drug users, have mental illnesses that they won't get help for, poverty and many, many things. I also get very upset ... Continue reading

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In Plain Sight, 6/28/2009

Previous: IPS 6/21/2009 Next:IPS 7/5/2009 Like last week's photos, the first image this week is clearly identifiable. It's location may not be. Thanks to mom_of_three for suggesting this week's subject. Image #1: http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Jun/28/sDSC_4506a.JPG Since Jonathan swooped in and quickly snatched victory this week. I'll just post the ... Continue reading

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Colorado River and Interstate-70: a small story from the West

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Jun/28/Colorado_and_I-70__t400.JPG While watching a TV documentary a couple of years ago, I savored some of the most beautiful scenery of western Colorado. However, one scenery particularly caught my attention. This scenery was shot on a major road and the two lanes were separated by the Colorado river. ... Continue reading

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And the Adventure Continues…

Well we've come to that special time. That time where we begin hustlin' and bustlin' on down the road. We hit Glasgow at full speed, and we've managed to take care of all the modifications and acquire all our spare parts in just over one week. We ... Continue reading

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Lower temps: A pleasant way to end the weekend

So the front sweeps through and almost instantly, the whole area crawls out from the air conditioning and Northeast Kansas is outdoors again! What a difference the northerly winds have made. Earlier in the day, much of the area had highs in the middle 90s with heat ... Continue reading

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There’s no place like home

Thank you, Lawrence! After a vacation that didn't go exactly as planned, I was so anxious to get back to Lawrence and check out some local music. Oh Lawrence, you spoil me. First, the Fiesta, then an incredible show at the Taproom. I get the feeling everyone ... Continue reading

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What About Free Market Health Care?

Well, I am new to blogging and I think I must have broken some rule. What I intended as a relative narrow piece on the cost of national health care as patterned in the Congress degenerated into a name calling diatribe on the subject of third party ... Continue reading

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From Des Moines, a link to the laugh of the year

Please, for the laugh of the year , click this news link from Des Moines. The picture and comments add to the humor. Do it! http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20090625/NEWS/90625008/1001&community Continue reading

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