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Co-Founder of Kansas Patriot Guard dies

One of three co-founders of the Kansas Patriot Guard, Greg (Ebay) Hansen, lost his own life today, Monday, December 22, 2008. The Patriot Guard was founded in Kansas in response to the protest at military funerals by Fred Phelps and his misguided flock. Check the Kansas Patriot ... Continue reading

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Saying no to the ‘Yes Man’

[two stars]Nothing I write in this movie review will convince you whether or not you should see the new Jim Carrey comedy “Yes Man.”Let me explain.I’ve seen the film, so let me tell you this much: You already know whether you want to see it because you’ve ... Continue reading

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Real men ride in the cold

Unknowingly, a co-worker threw down the gauntlet.“Did you ride today? If you rode today, you’d be a man,” he said.No, I didn’t ride, but not because of any gender issues, thankyouverymuch.I didn’t ride Saturday, just as the cold wave started to roll in, because of a balky ... Continue reading

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So Much to Have Seen (12/21/2008)

Previous: SMTS 12/14/2008 Next: IPS 12/29/2009 No, the title doesn't mean that this is the last post in the series, but on the anniversary of the first post, it is a good time to look back.It seems a little ironic that I chose the name In Simple ... Continue reading

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Waxing Philosophical

So there I was, willingly craning my neck at an angle that my chiropractor would cluck her tongue at and allowing Hannah to apply hot wax onto my bare skin. I braced myself and raised my eyebrows as she pressed strips of paper into the wax, then ... Continue reading

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Inside Dakotah

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2008/Dec/21/Dakotah_in_Leggitt.jpgFreedom is a peculiar companion, and in its company, satiation for movement seems unachievable. The angst of waiting was evident as Dakotah weathered the winter storms that assailed the north coast of California.Rain, snow flurries and cold, ensconced the makeshift ranch of horse and teamster along the ... Continue reading

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making compromises for mental health

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2008/Dec/20/me_at_work.jpgOne evening in late September of '07, while working in Bartle Hall in Kansas City, I snapped.I had had enough.As I watched a coworker walk out the door for the night to take his girlfriend to a hair appointment,I thought, I need to go too. My ten ... Continue reading

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Devil’s Work Dictionary: Winner & New Term

Congratulations to cthulhu_4_president who won last week's challenge with 40% of the votes. (jonas_opines came is second with 30% of the votes.) Here's the winning definition for acronym:Acronym: 1) the time-honored practice by which the meaning of language is simultaneously sharpened and obfuscated through grammatical manipulation. 2) ... Continue reading

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KU mascots headed to nationals

It's not just Jayhawk fans, apparently, who love Big Jay.The esteemed Kansas University mascot was tapped to participate in an upcoming national cheerleading competition in Orlando, Fla.Kelsey McMahon, a senior and a spirit squad member, said the squad had to put together a video submission to the ... Continue reading

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The Sideline Report with Quintrell Thomas

It's been a bit of a layoff, I know, but back just in time for the holidays is this week's Sideline Report with Quintrell Thomas.[Editor's note: I love that his initials are Q.T. Makes me think of Freezonis.]The Sideline Report with Quintrell ThomasJesse Newell: What’s your favorite ... Continue reading

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FREE NUDE BIKES! and other two-wheeled Internet naughtiness

I haven’t ridden a bike for more than a week now, other than the 10-minute spin I was allowed at the physical therapist’s the other day.So what’s a recovering, red-blooded American boy to do?Fire up the old computer, of course, and hit the Interwebs for some good, ... Continue reading

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Devil’s Work Dictionary - Vote for the Winning Definition

Last Friday I posted a modern business term and challenged you to write a definition for it in the spirit of The Devil's Dictionary, a satirical work by American humorist Ambrose Bierce. Here's the background for the challenge:Devil's Work Dictionary ChallengeBasically, it works like this:- I post ... Continue reading

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NOW is the time to buy an American car.

NOW is the time to buy an American car. The dealers WANT your business, BAD. I know from personal experience. Holy cow do they want your money. Like I said, NOW is the time to buy. Continue reading

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2009 May Be Home Buying Opportunity of a Lifetime

With interest rates at near record lows as home prices have fallen a few percentage points in the Lawrence, Kansas area instead of our traditional 3% to 8% annual increase in values, the first half of the year 2009 may prove to be a rare and unique ... Continue reading

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McNish Foundations, Inc.

Over 35 years experience. Commercial and residential. We also have our own Concrete Pump for concrete placement and a Tele-belt truck for sand and gravel placement. Please call Dennis McNish for an estimate (785) 842-3977 or cell, (785) 423-3869. Thank you Continue reading

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Freezing drizzle highlights Thursday night’s outlook

Here is an update on the current situation. Numerous light rain showers and drizzle will continue for most of the evening. Our temperatures remain close to the freezing mark, which could lead to freezing rain and drizzle for the majority of the evening. Drier air in the ... Continue reading

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Top Chef Season 5, Episode 6 — 12 Days of Christmas

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2008/Dec/18/elim_hosea.jpgChristmas is the season of giving. And that spirit was certainly on display during episode six of “Top Chef.”Quite honestly, this show was packed like a Christmas goose stuffed with a ham.In a matter of minutes, viewers got to see the Harlem Gospel Choir, cancer battles, a ... Continue reading

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The legend of ‘Slumdog Millionaire’

[three and a half stars]Q: What movie genre best describes Danny Boyle’s newest film, “Slumdog Millionaire,” about an orphaned street kid from Mumbai who never gives up hope of finding his lost love? A. Romance C. Social problem drama B. Action/Adventure D. ComedyThe answer is all of ... Continue reading

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Universities ask to be included in federal stimulus

Representatives from 36 different institutions of higher learning, including three Big 12 Conference schools, asked President-Elect Barack Obama on Tuesday to consider the needs of higher education in any stimulus plan.The letter ran as an advertisement in the Tuesday editions of The New York Times, Washington Post ... Continue reading

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KU expects to save $1 million next year using new purchasing program

Kansas University will save more than $750,000 in fiscal year 2008, and would save more than $1 million in fiscal year 2009, under new regulations that allow for additional flexibility in making purchases.A pilot program approved by the Kansas Legislature allows KU and Fort Hays State University ... Continue reading