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HELP! I’m out of books!

My headline today is not strictly true, I am NEVER out of books. I'm just out of books I haven't already read. This weekend I finished Under Heaven, by Guy Gavriel Kay. I've mentioned it in a couple of other blogs already. What a ride! I'll warn ... Continue reading

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Bye-bye bounty: CSA week 17 — Colorful kale salad

I’m kind of sad because I know there are only about 10 more weeks to my [CSA][1]. Yes, that’s almost three months, but I’m still in mourning. Good thing I’ve got these beautiful fruits and veggies to cheer me up. So, those are my fruits and veggies ... Continue reading

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Sick Day Mac and Cheese

I was in the mood for comfort food. The baby had been sick and I was off work for two days tending to his fever and taking him to the doctor, so I decided to give us all a little something special. Being home, I had the ... Continue reading

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August 23rd Overnight Law Enforcement & Fire/Medical wrap up

Another fairly quiet night in Douglas County. Lawrence Police responded on a few noise complaints and disturbances, pretty routine stuff that happens on most nights. Shortly after midnight, Lawrence Police were called to the 3300 block of Iowa on a non injury accident. The only truly odd ... Continue reading

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Where’s Waldo, North Africa Style

With rebels at the gates and the despotic regimes falling left and right, where in the world has Muammar el-Qaddafi gone? It seems like just a few short years ago we were blowing his bass boat navy out of the water. Jeez...does that date me? I think ... Continue reading

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Old And In The Way: The Politics, Policies and Poverty Of Aging

A perfect storm is brewing in the United States made up of several converging factors; an aging Baby Boomer population, a crashing economy, the draining of Social Security to pay the government's bills combined with the rise of ageism in the workplace. All of these factors are ... Continue reading

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Swampyville’s - “Priming the Pump of World War Two”

Ask the Politically Correct! Question: Who Primed the Pump for the Second World War? Politically Correct Resolution: Priming the Pump for a Second World War! (Part of the second age of Globalization l9l9 to 1945) In the autumn of 1919 began the rise of the Nazi party ... Continue reading

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Kansas City Royals week in review: 8/22/2011

While the Royals could only secure two wins last week, they did play two of the best teams in baseball. They also didn't seem to be completely outclassed. They hung in most of the games and were battling from beginning to end. Also in the news this ... Continue reading

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Cicada swan song

As a year-round cyclist, I tend to view seasons a bit differently than most folks. I still acknowledge the recognized four, but I like to break each into smaller sub-seasons. Invariably, bugs somehow play a part. Early spring is the start of mosquito season. Early summer: lightning-bug ... Continue reading

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Meatless Monday recipe of the week: Vegetarian Shepherds Pie

OK, this one’s a lot more work than usual, but once you’re done, you’ll have a hearty dish your kids will love. No kids? This one will give you leftovers for the work week. **Vegetarian Shepherds Pie** 3 small potatoes (3/4 pound) 2 cloves minced garlic 1/2 ... Continue reading

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August 22nd Overnight Law Enforcement & Fire/Medical wrap up

After several active overnights, last night was pretty quiet for this time of year. The majority of Police activity was fairly routine for Douglas County. Vehicle stops, a few noise complaints and disturbances. Police did respond multiple units on several domestic disturbances, two of which involved weapons ... Continue reading

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So This Is Where Governor Brownback Gets It From

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44217977/ns/politics-the_new_york_times/ "Over three terms in office, Mr. Perry’s administration has doled out grants, tax breaks, contracts and appointments to hundreds of his most generous supporters and their businesses. And they have helped Mr. Perry raise more money than any politician in Texas history, donations that have periodically ... Continue reading

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Why Jordan Webb is the right QB for Kansas

By now, you’ve surely heard that Kansas University football coach Turner Gill has named sophomore Jordan Webb his starting quarterback for the 2011 season. And, by now, I’m sure you’ve formed some kind of an opinion about this move. Maybe you think it’s the right move. Maybe ... Continue reading

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Home Depot and Lowe’s Coupons

When you move, you inevitably find yourself replacing, fixing, or improving *something* in your living space. I think this is true whether you are moving into a dorm, an apartment, a rental house or your own new home. When we moved last spring we found ourselves at ... Continue reading

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August 21st Overnight Law Enforcement & Fire/Medical wrap up

In case you were not already aware of it, there is a large number of college age kids back in Lawrence now. Police were kept busy all night. There were an extremely large number of; disturbances, vehicle stops and noise complaints as compared to the rest of ... Continue reading

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Always the right price at Half Price Books

A month ago I purchased a cookbook at Half Price Books. The book is titled Great Food Fast. It is a compilation of recipes from the Everyday Food magazine (From the kitchens of Martha Stewart Living). The book is a few years old. The cover price on ... Continue reading

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Illegal immigrant amnesty?

you know its going to happen inevitably. but what would your list be, in order to allow this process to occur? my first two years of work in australia, as a legal immigrant, were taxed almost double to the average citizen. what should it be for those ... Continue reading

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Guess Who is not Paying Taxes - Round II

About a week ago I published some original research that supported the hypothesis that approximately half of all households pay little or no federal income tax. I was denounced as a hypocrite and a liar. This time I present data from the Wall Street Journal (that reactionary ... Continue reading

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August 20th Overnight Law Enforcement & Fire/Medical wrap up

Another storm filled, hectic night for emergency crews and Westar throughout Douglas County. Lawrence Police were kept busy responding on the normal Friday night calls along with the added call load from the storms that passed through the area. Police handled several non injury accidents, disturbances, noise ... Continue reading

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Has your life, improved over the last four or five years?

I am curious, as I have not been in the USA for almost three years now. But in America, how are things going for you? Continue reading

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