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Alaska’s GOP Senate leader has Kansas roots; Roberts on climate change; Brownback gets endorsement

Joe Miller, the tea party and Sarah Palin favorite who leads incumbent U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski in the Alaska Republican primary, is from Kansas. His website states: “He grew up in a working class family in Kansas.” U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., quoted in the Topeka Capital-Journal ... Continue reading

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Conference ChatterTV returns for second season; lost art of running the ball returns in Big 12

With the second season of Conference ChatterTV set to begin, my goal is simple: top my record of 81-24 from last season. It must be done. Brief refresher on Conference ChatterTV, a YouTube extended component of my Big 12 blog here on KUsports.com: Basically, I make picks ... Continue reading

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Mary Loveland - Boundary Issues

The Lawrence Journal World article, "SCHOOL BOARD PRESIDENT MARY LOVELAND EXPLAINS HOW HER DAUGHTER BECAME A RESIDENT OF THE FREE STATE HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT" explains Loveland's actions to ensure school choice for her daughter and provides source for this writing. Aidan Loveland expected to be a senior ... Continue reading

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I Be of Stars: For DougCounty

This is the poem I promised DougCounty after his response to my last blog entry: http://www2.ljworld.com/weblogs/dangerous-ideas/2010/aug/22/just-hanging-around-and-c/#c1342737. A bit lengthy, in fact I had forgotten how long this poem is. Try to guess what I am in in the poem and what is happening as "I" go through ... Continue reading

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“Theme for English B”

Thinking about Langston today. Langston Hughes was a poet who traveled the world. He who once motored by bus from Russia through Tajikistan to Turkmenistan to Tashkent and Samarkand and then to China; all of this after the film company he signed on with went broke and ... Continue reading

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State Democrats facing oblivion?; Kansas Chamber’s average below the Mendoza Line; Koch brothers v. Obama

An analysis by Kansas State University political science professor Joe Aistrup says two Democratic underdogs at the top of the ticket could spell trouble for three Democratic incumbents farther down the ballot. http://www.hutchnews.com/Columns/Aistrup-insight-kansas8-23--1 Wichita State University professor Edward Flentje tallies up the results from the primary and ... Continue reading

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CrockPot Recipe Deal at Amazon

There has been a lot of discussion on my blog post from Sunday about cooking in this heat...solutions and recipes for dinner that won't make you feel like your house is the oven. I went looking to a blog I love but haven't visited in a while: ... Continue reading

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Ding Dong the Yearbook is Dead

After 13 years teaching journalism I have come to expect a call from a reporter in the fall. One year the question was “Is Facebook replacing the high school yearbook?” Another it was “Is the economy causing orders for yearbooks to dwindle?” Basically the questions translate into ... Continue reading

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Old Chestnut Tree

Goodbye, old chestnut tree. In 1944 you were the world to me. You were all that I could see, in Amsterdam - in hiding. I watched you change seasonally, as I prayed and held my breath. You were my freedom and my hope. I lived an eternity ... Continue reading

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‘Cat Scratch Theatre’ proves both wild and tame

The Grim Reaper is shamed, graves are being filled back in, and everyone gets one question before they’re sent to heaven or hell. Such are some of the realities presented in EMU’s “Cat Scratch Theatre,” the purported 10-play (actually 11-play) series of shorts designed to entertain, excite, ... Continue reading

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A trip down memory lane

I recently found a goldmine stuffed into a purse in my closet. Six tapes containing performances and interviews of bands in the Lawrence music scene in 2004. At the time I was gathering this footage for a project of mine. But I didn't have a job, and ... Continue reading

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Murguia bucks family for Brownback; Jenkins proud to obstruct; Counties angered over tax break for pipeline

Here's a fun read from Kansas City Star's Steve Kraske on the decision by Alfred Murguia, whose family has deep, deep Democratic Party roots, to back Republican Sam Brownback for governor. http://primebuzz.kcstar.com/entries/kraske-you-just-wont-believe-whos-backing-sam-brownback/ U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, was quoted in the Wichita Eagle at the Kansas Independent ... Continue reading

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Swampyville Nursery Rhymes for the Older Animals; “One, Two, Donate Your Due”

One, Two, Donate Your Due! By Ollie Owl One, two, Donate your due; Three, Four, They want more; Five, Six, More political tricks; Seven, Eight, They can't wait; Nine, Ten, Your taxes to spend; Continue reading

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Wherein I eat my words, and my chicken

Because I am a ridiculous control freak, I plan our meals for two weeks at a time, in advance. I'm not sayin' I always actually make each of those meals, on its designated night, but the process helps me to shop efficiently and avoid a bajillion mini-trips ... Continue reading

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Put a lid on it

I was riding home from work Saturday night/Sunday morning and rolled to a stop at the light at Sixth and Kentucky. A car had been tailing me for half a block or so somewhat oddly — I thought it would get in the left lane so it ... Continue reading

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Just Hanging Around and Checking Up on Climate Change

Saw this wonderful mantid at Prairie Park this afternoon. Just hanging out reminding me it's time to check up on climate change. First off in California we have a voter initiative called Proposition 23 which attempts to roll back California's ambitious goals in the area of reducing ... Continue reading

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90s to Start September?

After a brief cooldown during this upcoming week (Aug 23-27), when our high temperatures Tue-Thu will likely hold in the 80s, a return the 90s is expected by next weekend. These conditions, which will be several degrees above normal, should last into early September with less than ... Continue reading

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I feel the need to get cooking

The kids have gotten settled in school. I’m done with the supply shopping. It’s time to get back into our routine. And it seems like that routine is coming back with a vengeance . . . homework, hockey tryouts, fall ball. We have been running. I need ... Continue reading

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Who’s driving the bus?

Imagine that your household is a bus, and the family members (or, just you and your partner) are the passengers on the bus. But, instead of having each family member represented by just one passenger, each family member represents a number of passengers: the passengers are the ... Continue reading

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Menus and Stockpiling Go Hand in Hand

In the spirit of “Frugal Fest” I’m keeping my pledge to plan my menus and stick to a grocery list. This week [SuperJenn][1] is under redesign so I thought I’d post them here for the world to see. I’ve highlighted items that I had on hand and ... Continue reading

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