Richard Crowson

Editorial commentator

Richard Crowson is not only a editorial commentator for KMUW. He's also a cartoonist, an artist and a banjo player.

You might have heard him play with his band Pop & The Boys or with his wife at their standing gig at Watermark Books & Cafe. Richard is also KMUW's editorial cartoonist.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Guns Are Not Even Child's Play Anymore

I’m not a huge fan of guns. But I used to like them. At one time I had 2 rifles, 7 pistols (including a snub-nose .38!) and a Tommy gun. I blasted away at anything that moved. It made me feel powerful and important. I was 9. My room was protected, not by Smith and Wesson but by Mattel.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri August 15, 2014

What Are We Supposed To Do When A Famous Person Dies?

Robin Williams
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Our celebrity-obsessed culture has a lot of trouble handling death. Arguably our ordinary everyday American culture does as well, but in the aftermath of Robin Williams’ passing, it’s become obvious that the end of a celebrity’s life can just leave us mystified.

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Commentary
1:48 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Remembering A Legend

Commentary
5:00 am
Fri August 1, 2014

The Truth Is Out There... But We Might Not Like It

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A poll revealed last year that 48 percent of American adults are open to the idea that alien spacecraft are visiting earth to observe us.

Why they would want to observe us is a question that I’d count among life’s greatest mysteries. Perhaps it’s a little bit like not being able to take your eyes off of a situation that you know is going to be awful. Sometimes you just can’t look away.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Tiny Flashes Of Insight

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It strikes me that among the ethereal mysteries of our planet, there are some that it would be deeply challenging to explain to a visitor from another world. Some of these pleasures are things like music, art and lightning bugs.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Happy Independence Day, Ladies!

It’s Independence Day for the women of America! You are now officially independent from the tyrannical rule of equality. No longer do you have to suffer by being clumped into the same category as men when it comes to issues like reproduction.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Football? Really? Football?

Soccer is in the news a lot lately. There apparently is something called a 'World Cup' associated with it and all of the rest of the earth’s nations want this cup. The cup is awarded to the country that has demonstrated that they are the best at getting a ball into a net without the use of their hands and arms. (I swear I’m not making this up!)

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Richard Crowson: The Cost Of Campaigns

Among the many great mysteries of life for me is this one: political candidates who loudly proclaim themselves to be conservative, all the while gleefully flushing handfuls of thousand dollar bills down the toilet.

One of the tenants of conservatism that is usually most loudly touted is this one: diligent watchfulness over the spending of every dollar.

Indeed, with the rise to prominence (if that’s what you want to call it) of the Tea Party, tight-fisted fiscal obsessiveness is practically the defining trait of conservatism.

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Commentary
11:21 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Richard Crowson: I've Just Seen A Facebook

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What do I do when I’m not wasting time on Facebook? Why, write songs about Facebook, of course!

(To the tune of the Beatles' "I've Just Seen a Face.")

I’ve just seen a Facebook post It really was the most amazing video I’ve ever seen of someone’s dog Eating some ice cream...like, like, like, like, like, like

Then I scrolled on down and saw some fascinating pictures of a cat In an amusing situation there’s no way I can’t like that! Like, like, like, like, like, like

Sharing, yes I am sharing I can’t stop staring, at that Facebook

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri May 9, 2014

The Glory Of The Thundershirt

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Hooray for Thundershirts! Our dog, Lucy, is deathly afraid of thunderstorms and firecracker pops. She would nervously pace the house every time a storm came or on the Fourth of July, virtually inconsolable, shaking and cowering until the noise stopped.

Then a friend told us about the Thundershirt. It’s basically a wrap-around for dogs that attaches with Velcro and somehow provides them the comfort they need to make it through the rumbles and explosions of our violent Kansas storms. The Thundershirt has saved the day for Lucy.

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