Tag Archives: Kansas

OPEN THREAD DAAA DA! Saturday 01-23 and the first day of the rest of your life!

Went on a job interview yesterday, looks like I maybe getting back into security.

Law enforcement seems to think I am older then I think I am.

And no one else seems interested in a 52 y.o. who piddle his younger year away and had not decided what he wanted to be when he grew up….. I really need to decided that one of these days!

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Costa Rica: The Land of Contented Citizens…

Kristof offers that Costa Rica ranks highest among the happiest countries in the world.  The beautiful coasts may have something to do with this.  Also, Costa Rica in 1949 disbanded their army and started devoting money to education.

Costa Ricans rank high on any of the methods employed to measure such variables as happiness.  See Kristof’s editorial here.

Honestly, if I had to choose between spending next week in Kansas or Costa Rica, I don’t believe the decision would be at all difficult for me.

iggydonnelly

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The Kansas definition of “Conservative”

bk_frank_kansas_lg[1]In this fine book, Thomas Frank goes to lengths to figure our what being a “conservative” means in Kansas.  His main premise is that due to social conservative attitudes in Kansas, our voters get convinced to support the Republican party, even though this is in conflict with our economic interests.

I believe that when Kansans are calling themselves “conservative” they are not usually thinking of Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck.  But, if I’m correct, what exactly do they have in mind?  Please help bloggers…

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Armadillos in Kansas?

Armadillo[1][1]I hesitated to post this so soon aftwe fnord’s excellent Kennedy post [I will see if I can back date it], but on North Oliver a little south of 29th Street North, yesterday, I saw an Armadillo who had been on the unfortunate receiving end of some contact with a motor vehicle.  I had heard that Armadillos were showing up in Kansas, but this one was the first one I’d seen ino our state.

I wonder if them showing up here is in some way a reflection of global warming?  What do you bloggers think?

An interesting bit of trivia, all Armadillo litters of babies are made up identical quadruplets.  This is supposed to be some sort of selective advantage, though I am not recalling what that was.  Anyone else know?

A bit of advice I’ve heard: it is a good idea to not drive over an Armadillo if you can avoid it.  They jump up and can really wreak havic on a car’s undercarriage.

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Wednesday, 08/05/09, Public Square

kansas-mapIn this RED state, the Prairie P&P bloggers are like a gentle breeze, a refreshing rain, a dose of sanity!  😉

What are you doing to stay cool?

fnord

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Friday, 07/31/09, Public Square

jul04haybalesThe last day in July in Kansas often means nothing is very green anymore.  Usually lack of rain and lots of wind have made our state brownish by now.  Not this year!  Everything is still green, and although we’ve had some stretches of hot weather, we’ve also had many pleasant and cooler days.

What’s going on with everyone this last day of July?

fnord

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Wednesday, 07/29/09, Public Square

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Kansas was the 34th state admitted to the union on January 29, 1861.

Population: 2,688,418 (2000 – US census report that comes out every 10 years. Largest Cities: Wichita, Kansas City, Overland Park, Topeka. Major Industries: Aircraft Manufacturing, Agriculture, and Education.  Geographic Size: 82,282 square miles–ranked 15th in geographic size.  Geographic Center of Continental US: Near Lebanon in Smith County. And, (drumroll!) one of the reddest of the red states where Republicans don’t even have to show up to be elected!

fnord

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