Flowers. Have you ever really looked at flowers? How about kittens, have you ever really looked at kittens? How about dogs, you know, cute, cuddly puppies? Windmills? Barns? Horses? Sunsets? Little kids? Brothers,? Sisters? BFFs? The Royal Gorge? Grand Canyon? The St. Louis Arch? If you've ever judged 4-H and/or open class photography at a county fair, you have – over and over again. As the Barton County Fair gets rolling this weekend, it signals ...
Former President George Bush signed, in 2007, the federal Energy Independence and Security Act that set new energy efficiency standards, reducing our dependence on foreign oil. One provision was phasing out the traditional incandescent light bulb, invented in the early 1800s.
BEVERLY HILLS – God bless America, and how's everybody? The Los Angeles Lakers surprised the basketball world Wednesday by signing future Hall of Fame guard Steve Nash. He enjoyed the standard L.A. welcome ceremony. After passing the team physical he was given his jersey, his locker, and his choice of Kardashians. San Diego's July Fourth fireworks show lasted 15 seconds when the fireworks all went off at the same time. We should never put the ...
America is a nation in crisis. Faith in our economic and political institutions, from Wall Street to Congress, is at or near historic lows.
I grew up in Salida, Colo surrounded by majestic mountains, located only 20 miles from Monarch Ski Area on the Arkansas River with three hot springs swimming pools within a 15 mile radius. It had a bowling alley, movie theater, and stunningly beautiful golf course. We also had an ice skating rink open about three weeks per year.
You should not judge what others do. You should tolerate the opinion of others. You should not push your values onto others. You say I should do this because I'm a "better" person? Well what exactly is "better," if I'm the one compromising my beliefs for the sake of others? Doesn't that make me a "lesser" person? This year my husband and I will celebrate the 21st ...
The financial situation and recent elections in Greece are once again bringing to the forefront the deficit issues in our own country. Admirably, the citizens of Greece elected the party vowing to stay in the European Union but work toward reducing the harsh terms of the bailout program.
Elder abuse is a hidden epidemic that annually impacts the health and well-being of 6 million older people, as well as their families and caretakers. As U.S. Attorney in the District of Kansas, I am dedicating our office to join in the drive to protect older Americans.
My wife, son and I visited Manhattan this past weekend. We returned Sunday, well most of us did. My son's mind remained on the Kansas State University campus and in Aggieville. He officially moves into the K-State dorms in mid August, but he has already checked out of Great Bend. This is as it should be – time to move on and tackle the next challenges life sends his way. It was a weekend of ...
From out of the green mist enveloping the campaign doldrums they come. Relentlessly. Doggedly. Cattedly. Trudging, blank-faced and soulless. Armies of cash-hungry zombies brandishing partisan pickaxes, shovels and crowbars, with only one goal rattling around their feverish brains. Campaign booty. Pieces of eight. Entire 8s. Eight-figured 8s.
HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody? The White House was urged by the U.S. Senate Tuesday to reveal who leaked sensitive national security secrets to the New York Times. Yesterday we learned conclusive proof that Muammar Khadafy and Osama bin Laden are dead. They both registered to vote in Chicago. L.A. Porn Tours advertised to visitors a one-night tour of the L.A. porn industry for four hundred dollars. It includes a party bus ...
Eighteen year old Justin Combs accepted a full-ride football scholarship this month to UCLA. This is a little difficult to swallow for some as Justin's father, (rapper, actor and businessman) Sean Combs, is estimated to be worth well over half a billion dollars and is perfectly capable of forking over the sizable tuition bill that many hard working Americans are unable to pay. I am already shaking in my pocketbook trying to figure out how ...
As a kid growing up in an era of limited television viewing options (we had three channels, maybe four when the wind didn't blow or there were no clouds), the few programs we watched left lasting impressions. One I keenly recall came on Sunday evenings. It was the Wonderful World of Disney.
HOLLYWOOD – God bless America, and how's everybody? Queen Elizabeth enjoyed huge crowds at her Diamond Jubilee celebrations over the weekend including two million Americans. The color is spectacular. Queen Elizabeth would be America's queen today but British soldiers insisted on wearing red in the woods. John Edwards dodged prison Thursday after he bilked a star-struck wealthy widow out of millions to hide a pregnant mistress from his dying wife. He ditched the mistress to ...
This weekend marks the opening of a grand, five-year experiment. The first-ever June Jaunt opens Friday and runs through Sunday.
Environmentalists and budget critics of California's proposed bullet train may be breathing a sigh of relief.
President Obama's "Mission Accomplished" moment: "We have met the goal" of fixing the Healthcare.Gov website.
A new study has come out that finds men and women really do think differently.
After losing the Virginia governor's race because single women voted for the Democrat by a margin of 42 points, Republicans have found the solution. They will teach their candidates how to, in Speaker John Boehner's words, "be a little more sensitive" to the ladies. But Republicans painting over policy differences with pretty words piles insult on top of offense and will do little to close the gender gap.
A hundred years ago, business tycoon Samuel Insull consolidated smaller utility companies to form the behemoth (albeit public charity-sounding) Commonwealth Edison. Because of the infrastructure needed to provide energy to an increasingly power-hunger public, Insull and others argued that Commonwealth Edison was a natural monopoly; inherently one company had to dominate the market. This battle cry enabled a mere 10 utility systems to control three-quarters of the nation's electricity business by the time FDR was ...
What compromises must we make when it comes to our security on the one hand, and our privacy on the other? Personally, I'm far less concerned about being tracked by the National Security Agency than I am about being monitored by, say, Google.
Trust ain't what it used to be in America.
God bless America, and how's everybody?
Back in elementary school when I was hand-writing my newspaper The Lewisburg Snoopy Nose, I never dreamed what sort of tools journalists would be using today.
Clearly, it MUST have been a video produced by America's enemies, a vicious piece of propaganda that was so outlandish it would have brought laughs 10 years ago. No one except indoctrinated citizens of communist countries would ever believe it.
In the week following Halloween, Jimmy Kimmel's stunt involving kids and their candy climbed to over 20 million views on YouTube. But public fascination with the gag doesn't change the fact that it is cruel and sadistic. It underscores the worst elements of mass media and social media, and the incendiary possibilities of combining the two.
God bless America, and how's everybody?
Here we go again. Pointing to a conservative study, Gov. Rick Perry proclaimed, "The discussion's over. The debate's over. The proof is in. Texas wins." And who did we beat? California, of course. It's enough to make you wonder if little Ricky got enough love growing up on the dirt farm. Someone get this kid a 4-H ribbon so the grownups can talk, because we've got some work to do.
I've heard a lot of interesting stories of people trying, and failing, to sign up for ObamaCare, but this one takes the cake.
Ahh. Thanksgiving. Best Holiday Ever! Love it all. The fact that a national holiday falls not on a Monday but a Thursday. How wacky is that? A regular Thursday in dead-solid center fall. Where the weather could be 80 and sunny, or 20 and snowing. Or, in certain parts of the Midwest, both.