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An Open Letter to Our Dysfunctional Federal Leaders

I note with some frustration that most of the budget cutting proposals on the table back there rely on significant cuts to programs such as Social Security, Medicare, Military Retirement, TFL and similar “entitlement” programs. You may fool many of my peers with that title but all ... Continue reading

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Big 12 realignment Part Deux: Is this really happening?

Here we go again. Or do we? By this time last year, the whole conference realignment mess was well behind us and KU fans — as well as those fanatics from the rest of the Big 12 — were comfortably able to look forward to the upcoming ... Continue reading

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Getting glam with social media

Note: Today's post is from Samantha Schwartz, former "Double Take" columnist for LJWorld.com who's returned for the summer from Grinnell College as our social media intern. Thanks, Samantha! Have you heard of Blair Fowler? Maybe not, but she has a loyal following of 764,871 fans on YouTube, ... Continue reading

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Swampyville’s - You’re the Poet - “The Ten Morals”

In that the Ten Commandments can't be displayed on government grounds, I guess the following could not be displayed either, although it doesn't have a religious connotation! While the Church vs State groups argue (for profit), the morals of our society are being destroyed. You're the Poet! ... Continue reading

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

Back to another pretty quiet overnight in Douglas County after the Thursday morning armed robbery. The suspect from that robbery remains at large. He is described as a black man, standing 5' 6", weighing 150lbs. At the time of the robbery he was wearing all black clothing ... Continue reading

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Work Work Work!

I need to vent , so I thought I'd make a stupid blog. This might take up some space, but I promise no cutty and pastey. This whole job thing is driving me nuts. It's been almost 2 years. I've had a lot of fun, but come ... Continue reading

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Thoughts on the end of the Space Shuttle era and “Hey Mom, it’s Me!”

From September 1997 until September 1999 I worked for a company called UnitedSpaceAlliance at Kennedy Space Center in FL. My cubicle was in a building roughly midway between the launch pads and the landing strip. If you look back a few years in my posts, you'll see ... Continue reading

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Big 12 topics in threes to get ready for next week’s football media days

Plano, Texas — Mark your calendars, iPhones, iPads or technological device of choice for 10 a.m. on Monday and Tuesday, July 25-26, when Big 12 football media days take place at the Westin Galleria in Dallas. I arrived a few days early to visit the family in ... Continue reading

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Song Blog: Is It Hot Enough For You?

******************************************************** There, I said it. Those six little words that everyone rolls their eyes to this time of year. I for one enjoy the hot weather, at least in short bursts. I've always thought it is easier to cool down from being too warm than warm up ... Continue reading

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

After almost a week of pretty quiet overnights, Lawrence Police had a busy night on their hands last night. Just before 3:30 a.m. Lawrence Police responded to the Kwik Shop at 845 Mississippi Street after a reported armed robbery. The victim advised officers that a black male ... Continue reading

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Summertime Haiku: include the word ‘hot’

Haiku does as many things for the human spirit as there are variations among humans. Haiku generally speaks to the core of 'the psyche in ways of beauty, love, spirituality, nature, connection with changing seasons, peace, tranquility and harmony. You know, those essentials that balance our hurried ... Continue reading

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

As anyone who has read the blog this week can tell you, its been a quiet week. Last night was no exception. Lawrence Police responded on a number of fairly routine calls; noise complaints, disturbances and also conducted several car stops. LPD also checked on a few ... Continue reading

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Photos and untold stories from Clinton Cemetery

I spent a few hot hours in the sun last Saturday at Clinton Cemetery. I first heard it mentioned in a book, Soil of our Souls, by Martha Parker and Betty Laird. The book was evidently self published between 1976 and 1980. It recounts tails of the ... Continue reading

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A Woman of Magic

Joanne Rowling, (she has no middle name, the "K" is a nomme de plume) is one of the wealthiest women in the world, the first person to ever become a billionaire from writing books. Her work has spawned a multibillion dollar empire. She was also, at one ... Continue reading

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Bye-Bye Bounty: CSA week 12 - A summertime Mexican feast

OK, so, a confession. I love cheese, it just doesn’t love me. It’s a sad state of affairs that has included a lot of back and forth over the years, but right now it’s safe to say that though I pine wistfully over goat cheese, eating it ... Continue reading

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The Killing Continues

DOD Identifies Army Casualties The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died July 17, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device. They were assigned to ... Continue reading

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July 19th Overnight Law Enforcement & Fire/Medical wrap up

One more pretty quiet night in Douglas County. Overnight the National Weather Service extended the Excessive Heat Warning until 7 p.m. Saturday. Lawrence Police were involved in a very short foot pursuit. It was unclear what the subject was wanted for but he did attempt to run. ... Continue reading

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Kansas City Royals week in review: 7/18/2011

The Royals just seem destined to lose to the Twins. It's been inescapable the past 10 or so years and this week's four game series was no exception. On paper, it seems as if the Royals are a better team than the Twins, but it didn't work ... Continue reading

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Summer snacks

We met my family at Grand Lake last weekend, which is becoming a yearly summer tradition. It's stupid hot, and stupid fun. Family, boats, pools, and food. Food, food, food. My mom and sister and I talk for weeks in advance about what meals we'll have and ... Continue reading

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Swampyville’s - “The Sixteenth Amendment”

Recently I came across an animated cartoon called "Make Mine Freedom" on You Tube. It was produced by Harding College (A christian conservative college) in 1948. It was produced soon after the Soviet Union exploded their Atom Bomb and the cold war began. It was about Capitalism ... Continue reading

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