Whew! That ol’ Kansas wind! It’s been blowing like crazy lately with gusts up to 35 miles per hour and higher.
It’s been blowing so hard that it completely blew the cover off a couple of Koch subsidiaries.
The Kansas Chamber of Commerce and Americans for Prosperity were left shivering and coverless by those recent gusts. The Kansas Chamber and Americans for Prosperity are known for their own windy proclamations about jobs and how much they, oh, so sincerely just want what’s best for the Kansas economy.
Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has just released his memoirs of his time in both the Bush and Obama White Houses. It’s called Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary At War. In it, Gates writes about situations in China, the Middle East, and Russia.
Gates, who holds a Ph.D. in Russian and Soviet History, writes in Duty that he viewed Vladimir Putin as a “stone-cold killer,” and that he's been watching Russia once more with a close eye.
The fifth annual County Health Rankings are out, and the parts of Kansas that have struggled in prior years are still at the bottom of the list. The rankings provide a clear picture of just how much health depends on social factors like poverty and education.
Johnson County tops the list again this year as the healthiest county in Kansas. Dr. Gianfranco Pezzino, of the Kansas Health Institute, says it’s more than just coincidence that the Kansas City suburb is also the state’s wealthiest county.
Jason Elliott of the Atlanta, Georgia band Spirits and the Melchizedek Children says that listeners will notice that the group’s second full-length album, the just released So Happy, It’s Sad, is not as dark as the band’s last album, We Are Here To Save You. The bandleader said some of that difference can be attributed to changes he’s made in his life since the 2011 album’s release.
“A couple of years ago I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease and that was really the start of me making that decision of living healthier," Elliott says.
One of the best known sounds from Africa is the music of South Africa - and one of the best known South African groups these days is the Soweto Gospel Choir - a super group made up of some of the best voices of the townships. The choir ranges from 20 to 30 members and is accompanied by bass, guitar, drum and keyboard – as well as lively dancing. From the beginning, the Choir has been an international hit and has acted as musical ambassadors to the world. They are currently in the midst of a 37-city U.S. tour.