11:36 am
Mon August 18, 2014

The Graffiti We Deserve?

Credit Denis Bocquet / Flickr / Creative Commons

Graffiti is always a political act, whether overtly or accidentally. The very nature of vandalism requires some kind of confrontation between a disruptive actor and established structures of the status quo.

While throwing a brick through a window is also vandalism, it differs from graffiti in that it is a subtractive form of vandalism—that window is no longer there—while graffiti is inherently additive: structures become augmented with new political or social meaning.

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2:00 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Politically Punishing A President

Republican House Speaker John Boehner
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On July 30, the House of Representatives passed a resolution approving of Speaker John Boehner’s proposed lawsuit against President Barack Obama. This represented the first time in U.S. history that a chamber of Congress has endorsed a lawsuit against a president.

Historically, if Congress believed a sitting president engaged in unlawful behavior, it issued “articles of impeachment.” Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton have been the most recent targets of such punitive congressional action.

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10:51 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Richard Crowson: The Real Spirit of the Season

For too long we have suffered under the delusion that the “spirit of the season” is sweetness and love. Truth is, nowadays it’s bitterness and hate! So here’s a seasonal song to fit our times:

Deck the next guy who says “Happy holidays!”

Hum-hum-hum-hum hum-hum-humbug!

Tis the season to argue ‘bout Santa’s race!

Hum-hum-hum-hum hum-hum-humbug!

Shop while you gripe that it’s too commercial!

Hum-hum-hum hum-hum-hum hum-hum-humbug!

Everything’s now controversial!

Hum-hum-hum-hum hum-hum-humbug!

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1:39 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Crowson Cartoon: No Turkey Pardons This Year

12:30 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

OnWords: Analyze This!

Credit Keith Springer / Flickr / Creative Commons

What passes for political analysis these days is often really just opinion.

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5:00 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Richard Crowson: Comets! Or Asteroids! Whatever, Just Blame Someone!

An asteroid, probably
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There have been an awful lot of unpredicted rogue comets entering Earth’s atmosphere lately, first in Russia and then this week in California. Shouldn’t we be taking action? And by “action” I mean placing  blame.

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Common Core Standards
5:44 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

GOP Committee Opposes New Education Standards

The Kansas Republican Party's central committee is taking a stand against new standards approved by the state Board of Education for teaching math, English and science.

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5:00 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Richard Crowson: A Truth Barometer

Here we are again. The dog days of summer. The perfect time to reflect... on dogs.

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7:56 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Moderate Party of Kansas Co-Founder Considers Run Against U.S. Senator Pat Roberts

"Moderate Party of Kansas" co-founder Aaron Estabrook says he's considering a run against Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts.

Estabrook, of Manhattan, Kan., says he is forming an exploratory committee to look into running against Roberts, who's up for re-election in 2014. Estabrook is Army veteran who works at the Salvation Army as a case manager for homeless veterans in northern Kansas.

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6:01 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

New Kansas Political Party Proposed

A Manhattan man says he wants moderates of both the Democratic and Republican parties to form a new political party in Kansas.

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