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Speakers At Topeka Pro-Gun Rally Criticize Student Firearms Protests

A pro-gun rally on the south side of the Kansas Statehouse drew about 200 people to Topeka on Friday morning as students around the country walked out of class to protest gun violence. The rally was organized by the Kansas State Rifle Association and the NRA. Speakers repeated familiar slogans, arguing that "only a good guy with a gun stops a bad guy with a gun," that progressives want to repeal the Second Amendment, and that if people are old enough to serve in the military, they're old enough to conceal carry.

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The amazing thing about the tragic BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico for me, is not that it happened. It’s not the gargantuan size of the spill itself. And it’s not that the three corporations involved are each blaming the other. What’s unbelievable about this disaster is the fact that the drilling industry had no plan for what to do in the event that such a spill took place. They seem to be scrambling and improvising in a way that reminds me of a three-year-old who shattered Mom’s favorite flower vase all over the kitchen floor while trying to get to the cookie jar.

There’s a local businessman who’s running for Representative Todd Tiahrt’s congressional seat.  This guy is apparently just nuts about me. He really really really wants to be my pal. I know this because he’s tried three times to “friend” me on Facebook. Each time I turn him down and it never hurts his feelings. He just comes back again with another request. He’s positively smitten with me, I can only surmise.

Spring is such a generous season. Without our having to lift a finger, nature showers us with spectacular abundance every April. It didn’t require a public vote on which trees would bud first. There was no legislation passed stipulating that by a certain date all tulips would burst open. The enthusiastic birdsong outside our kitchen windows every morning now does not have to be critiqued by a panel of celebrity judges.

My ego can beat up your ego. My team can beat your team. My political party can beat your political party. My country can beat your country. My planet can beat your planet. My galaxy can…well, we’re not quiet that far yet, but the time will come.

Bragging rights. We humans love ‘em. Gotta be the best, the biggest, the baddest. In a conversation with a friend recently I found myself saying this about the recent basketball season: “Thank goodness for the Emporia State women’s team! National Division II champs!”

What’s wrong with this picture: Here I am living in Wichita, Kansas, and I have to buy frozen White Castle cheeseburgers at the grocery. That’s right. Frozen. They come 6 to a box. Shipped in from God-knows-where. To Wichita.

Wichita is the home of White Castles. They were invented by Walter Anderson and Billy Ingram right here in 1921. They swept throughout the Midwest in the next decades. They continue to thrive all over the place. But are there any in Wichita? No, there are not.

I don’t know about you but I’m seeing signs of spring everywhere these days! The tiniest hint of green on my lawn; birdsong in the mornings; two whole weeks without snow and that surest indicator of Spring in Kansas – state legislators giving more tax breaks to businesses while our schools agonize over deep budget cuts.

You see, our legislators argue that they may be creating new jobs for our state by giving businesses these tax breaks. You know, to sort of offset the jobs lost due to school budget cuts.

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Feb 25, 2010

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Justin Cary

Cooking With Fire: Pulled Pork Waffles with Bourbon Maple Syrup

What does a communion wafer and one of my favorite breakfast foods have in common? More than you would think.

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Kevin Wildt

Spirit of the Stairs releases its new EP, Sagas, at the Shamrock Lounge on Friday, April 20, marking its 16th anniversary.

Monday, April 23

More global guitars this time in the Global Village for the April Guitar Month feature, including Indian electric guitarist Prasanna, Indian slide guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya, Jamaican guitar legend Ernest Ranglin, the guitar duo of Larry Coryell and Steve Khan, a flamenco guitar/ukulele duo with Pepe Romero and Daniel Ho, the Montreal Guitare Trio, Mandinka guitar master Djessou Mory Kante, and Malagasy guitarist D’Gary.

Tuesday, April 24

Jeff Tuttle

One Stop is the latest release from guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Shane Marler. This new collection of songs finds him joined by some players from his past (Ryan Heinlein, Mark Foley) as well as some he'd never met before (Steve Hatfield). The record is also a return in a way to the work he did with the band Ophil as it carries influence from the ska and reggae music that is deeply intertwined with Marler's love of jazz and rock.

Marler releases the album this Friday, April 20.

When Steve Barton moved to Portland, Oregon a few years ago, he found himself removed from the California music scene which he’d been part of decades. That didn’t bother him. Instead, he set about making one of his most ambitious records, Tall Tales And Alibis. It’s a three-album set that sets three distinct moods. In some instances it would be appropriate to call such a work “sprawling” but, despite its length and sheer volume of material, Tall Tales And Alibis is tightly woven and, in its way, succinct collection that speaks to Barton’s emotional and musical range.

Sunday, April 22

Sunday on Soulsations, join us for an hour of Earth Wind & Fire music. The legendary R&B and funk band, which has sold more than 90 million records, continues to tour including a stint in Las Vegas in May. Hear their engaging music plus a short interview with a super EWF fan, who recounts an unexpected encounter with lead vocalist and percussionist, Philip Bailey.