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Whack a Public Servant

I note with much frustration that elements of our legislature seek to punish our state employees for the economic downturn we are experiencing. It sure is easy to whack the powerless by 5% and argue that others are sacrificing so our employees should. It is also cowardly ... Continue reading

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To the Guillotine

I listened to Mr. Obama’s speech addressing the Chrysler Bankruptcy. I heard his harsh treatment of those who did not come to the table and sacrifice their investments. He cited hedge fund manager – and I understood. What has come to light since then is that some ... Continue reading

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Because I Can.

For several years a few of my girlfriends and I entered ourselves in the St. Patrick's Day Parade, on a float of our own design and making (mostly). Usually we had a sponsor to fork over the entry fee and we'd squeeze a little money out of ... Continue reading

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The Ultimate Fantasy Draft, 2009 KU football style

If you could pick one former Jayhawk football player, in his prime, to join the 2009 KU football team to give it the best shot to win the Big 12 North, who would you pick? Obviously, you could look at this a lot of different ways. Would ... Continue reading

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“X-Men Origins: Wolverine” worst of the comic book series so far

Eric Melin and guest host Aaron Weber from Transbuddha.com lock claws over the X-Men prequel starring Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. Does the movie live up to the hype? How does it stack up against the other X-Men movies (especially since "X2: X-Men United" is one of the ... Continue reading

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telephone wires

Someone told me that the tennis shoes strung together on the telephone lines represent gang members? Does anyone know if that is the truth or what the deal is. I have seen them all over Lawrence Continue reading

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Tennis shoes

Someone told me that the tennis shoes strung together on the telephone lines represent gang members? Does anyone know if that is the truth or what the deal is. I have seen them all over Lawrence Continue reading

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Palace Cards & Gifts in final days

It is time to buy a farewell card for Palace Cards and Gifts. The longtime downtown card and gift shop at Eighth and Massachusetts streets is set to close by the end of May to make way for the national chain restaurant Noodles & Company. It also ... Continue reading

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We Interrupt Our Regular Programming…

I know you thought I was a one-trick pony, and generally, it's true - I am. But I have other talents, including the ability to watch television for an astounding number of consecutive hours, the ability to grow extraordinarily long toenails, and the ability to read. I ... Continue reading

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The Symbols and Substance of Barack’s bow

Rich Lowry and the hundreds of others who becry Obama's breach of the unstated rules of Presidential conduct fail to realize that these very rules, originally initiated for outdated purposes, have to be challenged and broken in order to bring about progressive change, inside and outside of ... Continue reading

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Green Irony

What is the true definition of being "green"? Is it recycling your newspapers? Is it using strange shaped lightbulbs that use less power (and more mercury)? Nope, I think I've found it... A GREEN flyer sent to me by the City of Lawrence Water Division about Earth ... Continue reading

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For When You Can’t Be Bothered.

Mr. Meat and Potatoes and I generally like to have large amounts of prepared food around the house, because there are lots of days we don't feel like cooking, or even getting out a knife or saucepan. Sometimes, Kraft Mac and Cheese is too much work. Or, ... Continue reading

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Swine flu affecting high school sports in Texas

Until today, I figured that the biggest threat to high school sports as we know them was the state of the economy and the fact that many districts — nationwide — are having to face the harsh realities of cutting coaches and cutting back funding. Boy was ... Continue reading

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Rat Pack revisited on Idol

Last week, American Idol was encumbered with Disco Night. Though the clock was turned back a decade further this week, the songwriting mojo got cranked way up. Selecting music popularized by the Rat Pack in the early 1960s -- though music mainly written in the ’40s and ... Continue reading

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Go Fly A Kite

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Apr/29/Kite_001.jpg The kite was tucked at the back of the garage, forgotten. Spring cleaning has its surprises. Today the sky is crystal clear with a slight breeze--great for outdoor work but perfect for flying a kite. So we do. Forget the flu, economy, and cluttered shed. The ... Continue reading

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Mike Leach: The ultimate quote machine

I like to call Texas Tech football coach Mike Leach a quote machine. He's a little random at times, but always original, which makes his sound bites interesting. Two classic Leach quotes that immediately come to mind: 1. "If (former Tech quarterback) B.J. (Symons) is a product ... Continue reading

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Downtown to deliver postal convention

Neither rain, nor sleet, nor hail, nor the gloom of night should keep at least one group of shoppers away from downtown Lawrence this weekend. That’s because the Kansas Postal Workers State Convention will be there. The Lawrence Convention and Visitors Bureau announced Tuesday the event will ... Continue reading

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Specter party switch leaves Brownback ‘stunned’

Few people probably thought Tuesday would entail huge developments involving two politicians with Kansas ties. Most people expect the Senate in the afternoon to confirm Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as the new secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, but the major story of the day ... Continue reading

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Pierce not the same player?

I was talking with a colleague the other night about how different Boston Celtics superstar Paul Pierce looks this year in the NBA playoffs compared with the way “The Truth” looked during the playoffs a season ago. “Last year, I was starting to think that Paul Pierce ... Continue reading

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