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WHY (AND WHAT) ARE YOU YELLING AT ME?

It's not that uncommon to be the target of some sort of oral abuse when I'm out on my bike.I don't know what it is about a grown man on two wheels that makes him such a welcome target for big mouths on four, but it's common ... Continue reading

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Primary Election Turn-Out

Is the percentage of the turn-out in the primary election a preview of what is to come in the November election? If so, that could be bad for counties in Kansas, one county in particular. Ford County, which is located five counties from Colorado and two counties ... Continue reading

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More than just a pretty face?

John McCain didn't make the worst choice in selecting his running mate. I just can't think of any that would help his campaign any less than Sarah Palin.CNN has been suggesting that John McCain's choosing Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate could be a knee-jerk ... Continue reading

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swamp milkweed

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2008/Sep/01/swamp_2.JPGMilkweeds always make me feel ignorant. For the longest time, I thought there was just one kind all milkweeds were common milkweeds and that was it. How embarrassing to find out there are a dozen or so different types. From unobtrusive whorled milkweed to gaudy butterfly weed, ... Continue reading

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A Bug Date…

Two assassin bugs take advantage of the caterpillars in my yard to do what these bugs do best- namely combine love making with a little dinner. The female is on the bottom.It is not clear if they are sharing, or if one of them has the meal ... Continue reading

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Leave the poor girl alone!

I'm with Obama. Bristol Palin's pregnancy is her business. Her family has pledged to be supportive and she's scheduled to marry the biological father. I, for one, have hope for this young woman and wish her the best. So many women wait and wait and wait for ... Continue reading

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Is Senator Roberts just too Chicken?

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2008/Sep/01/Chicken_suit1_pat_roberts_copy.jpgJim Slattery is challenging Pat Roberts to stand up and debate him on the issues that are important to Kansans. Slattery is asking Roberts to debate him in four televised debates, one in each congressional district on a series of different issues. 1st Congressional District Location: Dodge ... Continue reading

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Big 12 Week 1 winners/losers

I'd like to start this Conference Chatter Labor Day edition with a shout-out to an infamous Internet icon. Remember Brian Collins, the nervous sports anchor on Ball State University's campus TV newscast? _Later he gets the rebound...passes it to the man...shoots it...aaand, boom goes the dynamite._Despite this ... Continue reading

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Abstinence Education Fails the Palin Household

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2008/Sep/01/1065306_11970783.jpgFrom the Huffington Post: Sarah Palin's 17-year-old , unmarried daughter is five months pregnant, the campaign has announced. Hoping to quell internet rumors about about her youngest son, Palin released the news about her daughter Bristol earlier today. A statement released by the campaign said that Bristol ... Continue reading

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Milk and Honey For Everyone! (Unless you disagree with me.)

In listening to Obama's acceptance speech at "Mile High Acropolis", and the coorination of the "Saviour and Messiah" of the modern age, I witness a level of political gullibility I have never seen before. The long laundry list of political giveaways to "buy" his presidency, and nobody ... Continue reading

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Kansas versus Iowa

As we begin football season that morphs into basketball season I recall that last year the pigskin Jayhawks beat Iowa State by a score of 54 to 17 and that Self's guys beat them here and there. But Iowa is beating Kansas in the race to provide ... Continue reading

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So Much to See (8/31/2008)

Previous:SMTS 8/24/2008Next: SMTS 9/7/2008http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2008/Sep/02/cDSC_2360.JPGlori new what it was, again, right away, but, geekin_topekan took the plunge and identified the sundial in Veteran's park near 19th and Louisiana.I'm loosing my touch. Next week... Next week...http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2008/Sep/01/cDSC_2360b.JPGhttp://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2008/Sep/01/cDSC_2360a.JPGLast week lori, in the first comment, identified the mausoleum at the Oak Hill ... Continue reading

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The Fictional(?) Short Presidency of Sarah Palin

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2008/Aug/31/Gov-Palin-2006_Official.jpgAct IWhile on a visit to the Green Zone in Baghdad on September 11, 2009, President John McCain is severely injured when a suicide bomber makes it past security and detonates a bomb within feet of the President and his group.President McCain is immediately airlifted to Ramstein ... Continue reading

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Lawrence Citizens Beware!

Residents of Lawrence should be paying close attention to the District Attorney race in Shawnee County. Why? Because all of those "bad guys" from Topeka might be trading in their weekend passes to Lawrence in favor of a more permanent visit. If Eric Rucker, the Republican candidate ... Continue reading

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Caterpillars everywhere!

I love caterpillars but sometimes you just need to be careful what you wish for:These guys were, or rather are, chomping down on my cherry tree.Here's a group feed. These are social caterpillars and form vicious little packs:I am not sure what these larvae are, and have ... Continue reading

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The real reason McCain chose Palin

Today John McCain shocked both Democrats and Republicans by choosing Governor Sarah Palin as his Vice Presidential running mate. Many, including Republicans, are completely vexed at McCain's decision to add a hockey mom and Governor of, as Jack Cafferty pointed out, "a state that has 13 people ... Continue reading

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Dorothy was no pushover either

I think this Forbes list is astounding. Stated a bit differently from the article, two of the five most powerful women in the world are KU grads (and three of the fifty most powerful are). Continue reading

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Xylocopa Busted!

I've blogged on these wonderful carpenter bees (Xylopcopa virginica) before, but I never tire of taking shots of them. The other day I caught some in the act! Stealing nectar that is.If you look closely at the head of the bee, you can see it is biting ... Continue reading

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KU grad could be on tap to take over Anheuser-Busch’s North American operations

Looks like a Kansas University alumnus may be the next grand poobah of [Anheuser-Busch Inc.][1][The St. Louis Business Journal][2] lists [Dave Peacock][3], a [KU journalism school][4] grad, as a "marquee player," in the beer industry.Peacock is Anheuser-Busch's current vice president of marketing and is apparently considered to ... Continue reading

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Obama and McCain on Science

Several people have asked for my take on the two Presidential tickets with respect to their attitudes toward science. So here goes. From my perspective, there are good things and bad things about both candidates and science. Looking at the official web sites, Obama appears to have ... Continue reading

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