I’m not someone who watches bad movies for kicks. I do sort of understand the appeal: There really is a kind of euphoric charge you get from seeing something transcendently awful. It’s just that there are so many good movies I’ve never seen that I just don’t want to spend time on the bad ones. 

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the White House
Not a creature was colluding, not even his spouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Vladimir soon would be there;
When out on the lawn there were TV crews,
And Trump sprang from his bed to check out the fake news.
When what did his wondering eyes see below,
But nineteen #MeToo victims all in a row.
Congressional women for his resignation did call;
Trump screamed, “Dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”

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The coming session of the state legislature has the major task of providing what the Kansas Supreme Court says is adequate funding for K-12 schools.  The court has not said what the word “adequate” means. However, the Kansas Court adheres to what is known as the Rose standards.

OnWords: Snowflake

Dec 12, 2017

A popular idea about the way water freezes notes that all snowflakes are unique, beautiful latticeworks of crystals revealing themselves when magnified and properly attended to.

This notion has led some well-meaning folks to apply the word “snowflake” to people, implying that we are all beautiful in our own way and should be treated according to our own special needs.

A person standing at Broadway and 21st Street can see how immigration has reshaped the urban landscape. 

Some Were Paupers, Some Were Kings is a collection of columns written by Mark McCormick over the past 20 years. 

Cecilia Raheb is guitarist and vocalist with the Wichita-based band Crisis Casanova with Brenna Beeson.

Marginalia: Terry Virts

Dec 8, 2017

In the year 2000, Terry Virts transitioned from an Air Force fighter pilot to a Space Shuttle Commander. During his 217 days in space, he took more photographs than any other NASA Astronaut. The stunning photos have been compiled in a book published by National Geographic titled View From Above.

I caught up with Terry Virts recently and talked to him about his time spent on the International Space Station, Earth’s varying colors, and celestial navigation. Here’s our conversation:

And if you listened to the commentary on-air, this is what you heard:


It seems that people are interpreting Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri on three different levels.

The Art of Emprise

Dec 6, 2017
Curt Clonts

I took a drive downtown yesterday to go to the home office of Emprise Bank. I wanted to take a look at some of the art featured in the collection known as “The Art of Emprise.”