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Filed under: prairie musings, blogs — Peg Britton @ 1:58 pm

The congregation at Seattle’s Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church gave the Rev. Tim Clark a standing ovation Sunday when he announced that the parish would not gather signatures for a referendum to repeal same-sex marriage.

The parish became the sixth in Seattle to opt out of the petition drive for Referendum 74 that has been endorsed and foisted on parishes by Archbishop J. Peter Sartain.


Fifty-one years after the failed attempt to invade Cuba, the Central Intelligence Agency and Department of Justice continue to claim that releasing the final volume of a CIA history of the debacle would “confuse the public” and should therefore remain withheld.
You know how Republicans in Congress believe all of our laws should be Catholic Church-approved, right? Well, all of our laws regarding lady parts, anyway. Other stuff, like, say, the federal budget … meh, not so much.

Seems like only yesterday, Republicans couldn’t stop shoving bishops in front of cameras to explain why women’s health care is immoral. But now that the bishops have some strong words for Republicans on their immoral budget to screw the poor, Republicans are sticking their fingers in their ears and saying, “Lalalalalala, we can’t hear you.” In fact, House Republicans would prefer the bishops shut up and stop talking about morality.

Now that Republicans have flip-flopped on their decades-long denigration of mothers and decided that staying at home to raise children is work—or at least, it’s work when Ann Romney does it; poor mothers, not so much—House Democrats are telling them to put their money where their mouth is.
Not like we didn’t see this coming. It turns out, the only way House Republicans can figure out how to pay for the goodies in Paul Ryan’s budget, like giving the Pentagon more money than it even wants and massive tax breaks to the rich, is to cut food stamps and let millions go hungry.

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Filed under: political musings, blogs, Mitt Romney — Peg Britton @ 3:58 pm

Here is a pretty good blog by a 75 year old woman… Her daughter posted it on Daily KOS.
From Outfrontpolitics
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Ann Romney “At Home” with $20 Million a Year
It doesn’t matter whether Ann Romney stayed at home to raise her five sons. Nobody cares.

What matters is that she stayed at home to be a full-time mom with millions of dollars of annual income.  Maybe when her sons were young the family income was lots less than the $20 million annually of recent years. Maybe it was only 10%, only $2 million a year.

That’s still an awful lot of money.

I raised five sons and a daughter. Sometimes I was a full-time stay-at-home mom; sometimes I was a  married working mom; and sometimes I was a single parent working mom. In any of these situations I sure would have been glad to have millions of dollars in annual income.

Think how different being a mom is when you’ve got bushels of money! You can hire household help  - lots of it. Someone else can cook, clean up the kitchen, do the laundry, fold the clothes, do the marketing, pick up the kids, wash the dog (when he’s not on the roof of the car). Someone else can go to the dry cleaners, sweep the porch, call the plumber, make the beds, pick up after the kids, pick up after the kids, pick up after the kids. Someone else can bake the birthday cakes, wrap the presents, address the holiday cards, take your various Cadillacs to be serviced, schedule the pediatrician appointments and  the dentist appointments and the barber shop appointments. Someone else can take the kids to get shoes and school clothes. Someone else can make sure teeth are brushed and ears are clean.

You get the picture.

Most of all, you don’t have to worry about money. You don’t have to think about it at all. There’s no budgeting issues, no waiting for the next paycheck to get the kids those shoes. No dismay as the kids’ dental bills pile up on your credit card or winter heating oil doubles in cost. There’s no stricken sense of calamity approaching when one of your Cadillacs starts making a funny noise. There’s no sorrow to endure because you have to tell a kid he can’t go on a school field trip because of the expense. Or can’t play on the soccer team because you can’t afford the equipment.

There’s no agony about wanting to sit next to a sick child in a hospital but not having the money to hire a sitter for the kids at home.

Money doesn’t buy happiness but it sure can provide you a cushion against the anti-happy aspects of most people’s lives.

What money buys is insulation.

Ann Romney has indeed been insulated. There is no way, with millions a year in income, that she can have the slightest idea of any normal mom’s life. She knows nothing of being a stay at home mom except the percs: no nasty boss, no juggling work and home, no terror of leaving infants all day with sitters, no raggedy loss of sleep because of days that start at 5 a.m. and end near midnight.

She got the percs of staying home and paid little of the price. With her millions she could avoid all the mess and work of baking cakes and just enjoy the birthday boy blowing out the candles. She never had to suffer the loss of income of a stay at home mom. Nor did she have to endure (let’s face it) the boredom and loneliness of being home alone all day with small people who are less than stellar conversationalists. If the home drill got a bit tedious, she could boogie on down to her “girls club” for companionship or jump a plane for a week of fun somewhere.

Hers was not the stay at home life of 99.9% of those moms who do stay at home. If ahe chose to do some of the scut work of mommying, she could so choose. But, unlike the rest of us, she had a CHOICE. We had no choice about who cleaned up the vomit when a kid was stricken with flu at 3 a.m.

Mitt Romney boasts that he relies on his wife for information about women and their concerns. If this be true, he’s a very stupid businessman. What chief executive would use a consultant who knows NOTHING about the topic, i.e. nothing about the lives of women other than the lives of very rich women?

Because Romney and his missus are so insulated by their vast income, they don’t even know that they don’t know! This accounts for his “tone deaf” remarks that underscore his wealth, like relating to NASCAR on the basis of being chums with owners of NASCAR teams. Romney isn’t just “tone deaf”. He’s deaf, blind, and so wrapped in wealth he might as well be from Mars. And if he’s from Mars, Ann is from Venus, an even further planet. Neither has a clue about lives of people outside a $20 million a year bubble.

This is probably what that clumsy nobody, Hilary Rosen, meant to say. Let’s hope so. But it’s hard to give the benefit of the doubt to a woman who so ineptly creates a distraction just when Obama had accrued a 20% advantage with women voters. In its thirst for controversy, the media bent over backward NOT to tell the public that Hilary Rosen has absolutely no role in the White House and none in the Obama campaign. Her sole role is getting herself on TV. Given the politically stupid nature of her attack on Ann Romney, it’s pretty obvious why no one at the White House or the election campaign gave her a job. With a Democratic friend like Hilary Rosen, who needs an enemy?

Better yet, to paraphrase that famous political film, “Bambi”:  “If you can’t say something well, don’t say anything at all.”

Will Rosen’s remark change any votes? No. And that points out another instance of how out of touch with women Romney, his missus and his fellow GOPers are. They think we women are a bunch of dumb bunnies who will abandon a candidate who is solidly on our side because some woman we never heard of said something about Romney’s wife.

WE WOMEN ARE NOT STUPID (except for Hilary Rosen).

We do not think as we are told to think. We older ones had a lifetime of men telling us what to think and what to do. “We have been down on the floor!” The younger among us can’t even imagine such goings on and certainly want nothing to do with such a program. SO SHUT UP, ROMNEY, AND YOU GUYS AT THE AUGUSTA GOLF COURSE!

And shut your wives up too, the last women in America who do what their husbands tell them to do. We don’t want mouthpiece Ann Romney telling us about the hard work of being a stay at home mom when she did not have to do one lick of the work of being a stay at home mom.

So just shut up, Ann Romney, and go to your roots-bleaching appointment like a good girl and leave us real women alone.



Filed under: political musings, print news, Pro-life/Pro-choice, blogs, Women's Rights — Peg Britton @ 11:24 am

Of course this never would have been an issue if prepubescent boys could get pregnant.

From Daily Kos
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops offer a compromise on birth control

by Barbara MorrillFollow

Compromise: Do it our way or burn in hell

Since last month’s announcement by the White House that the Affordable Care Act will require employee health insurance to cover contraception without co-pays, we’ve watched as the outrage of celibate men and the Republican Party melded into a perfect storm of religious fervor and political pandering.

But finally, a way out of the apparently controversial concept of providing American women with basic health care has been found. From the general counsel for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, a compromise has been offered:

“There has been a lot of talk in the last couple days about compromise, but it sounds to us like a way to turn down the heat, to placate people without doing anything in particular,” Picarello said. “We’re not going to do anything until this is fixed.”

That means removing the provision from the health care law altogether, he said, not simply changing it for Catholic employers and their insurers. He cited the problem that would create for “good Catholic business people who can’t in good conscience cooperate with this.”

Problem solved! Restrict access to a basic health service for all women.

Of course this never would have been an issue if prepubescent boys could get pregnant.



Filed under: prairie musings, blogs, Jeffee Palmer — Peg Britton @ 3:52 pm

Out of Step in the Upside Down World of Progress

By guest writer Jeffee Palmer

Lawyer, historian, writer, mother, grandmother, native Texan, UT grad, and proud Austinite!
Posted on June 5, 2011 by nowandthenadays

Younger readers will probably be horrified to learn that during my formative years living in Austin, we had just one television station.   The sole source of television fare was provided by KTBC, which started broadcasting in 1952 and was owned by the Johnson family (as in Lyndon Baines Johnson).  It was said, by at least some folks, that LBJ made sure that no other competitors could get a station from the FCC.  I’ve also read that this wasn’t necessarily true – that there was a quirk in the system at the FCC involving the allocation of stations, something to do with VHF and UHF station availability.  I’ll leave it up to you students of quantum wave theory (I made that up) to clarify whether there was some scientific reason for this station shortage, but I don’t think you have to be a conspiracy theorist to speculate that LBJ had significant quantum clout at the FCC that could have untangled any non-scientific quirkiness.  In fact, one of Barry Goldwater’s favorite opening lines in his presidential bid against LBJ was “I didn’t have any trouble finding Austin; I just looked for a great big city with only one TV antenna.”

KTBC was primarily a CBS affiliate with secondary affiliations with NBC, and ABC until 1965, when Channel 42 (eventually KXAN) came on air as an NBC affiliate, joined in 1971 by the ABC local affiliate (KVUE).  Needless to say, between 1952 and 1971 there were some television shows that were never broadcast in Austin.   For me, part of the fun in visiting Dallas grandparents was being able to view all three networks and programs on three different Dallas stations (expanding to 6 local stations during the 1960s).  One of the shows I liked to watch at my grandmother’s house  was the Jack LaLanne Show, who would lead us in morning exercises, calisthenics, and isometrics.  Don’t ask me why, but a guy on television doing sit-ups was quite intriguing.  During my younger years, I watched Romper Room in the mornings and the Mickey Mouse Club in the afternoons, and as I got a bit older, the afternoon episodes of  “Love That Bob” and “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis,” none of which appeared in the Austin lineup of shows.  In contrast, daytime television in Austin was devoted to game shows, soap operas, and for kids, the Uncle Jay Show with his sidekick Packer Jack.

The advent of cable changed all that, and now, with satellite and/or cable and computer modems, virtually anything is available any time.  Every niche market has its station and no one needs to drive 200 miles up the highway to see a television show.  In fact, I think you can watch tv on smart phones . . . but since I’m not smart enough to have one yet, I can’t guarantee that.

But, I’m glad this change to one station to a virtually inexhaustible supply happened gradually because the number of choices can be overwhelming to those of us raised on so few, if any, choices.   Television was only one aspect of our no-choice world.  There were only telephone landlines, that were all provided by Southwestern Bell, which all looked alike and had rotary dials.  All car windows had to be opened and closed with a manual roll-up handle and all kitchen appliances were white.  Typewriting involved pressing a key hard enough to make an impression and returning a “carriage” to the beginning point whenever you finished typing a line, usually at the sound of a pre-set bell.

Is it any wonder that many of us from that generation are technologically challenged?  Our brains are not hardwired to be constantly learning new ways to view television, deal with telephones, and constantly be choosing, choosing, choosing.  It’s tiring, I’ll have you know!

Back in the mid 70s, I remember a fellow UT student from Spain telling me that the problem with America was too many choices, which I thought was extremely amusing.  What could be wrong with choice?   In Spain, he explained, there were 2 or 3 choices for products such as toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, etc.  Consequently, there, it was easy to go about your shopping, whereas here, he explained, you could spend hours deciding between the relative efficacy of these products, i.e., whether you should try the next new thing, stay with “old faithful,” or whether some newly identified hair problem (e.g., limp) required a speciality product in lieu of the one you bought last time.  Although I’m sure Spain has expanded their product choices, I have to wonder if my Spanish friend’s head has exploded yet.

And you can’t think about these choices without being reminded of commercials and how they shape our minds and attempt to convince us that one thing is better than another.  One of the latest ones that convinces me that we are all crazy, is the Direct TV ad that explains how one can get hooked up to watch cable television in every room in the house, with this great new feature:  you can walk among your rooms of televisions, pausing the show in one room and un-pausing it when you get to the next one.  Exactly what we need, right?!

Do I really need to mention that there are real needs that our society is not meeting?  Like figuring out why we have citizens fighting and dying in wars that have no meaningful point, how we can solve the worst economic crisis since the great depression, and how we can provide for American children who are going to bed hungry, just to name a few.  Instead, as a society, we are spending mental energy and capital in the name of progress that amounts to nothing more than figuring out ways not to miss even a few seconds of a television program as we move about in our houses full of televisions?

This is about the time when that little girl who got excited about a trip to Dallas to watch some television is afraid to wonder what she will see next on these black boxes of “progress.”



Filed under: prairie musings, blogs — Peg Britton @ 10:17 am

An end of magic

Arthur C. Clarke told us, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

Head back to the 1800s with a Taser or a Prius or an iPad and the townsfolk will no doubt either burn you at the stake or worship you.

So many doors have been opened by technology in the last twenty years that the word “sufficiently” is being stretched. If it happens on a screen (Google automatically guessing what I want next, a social network knowing who my friends are before I tell them) we just assume it’s technology at work. Hard to even imagine magic here.

I remember eagerly opening my copy of Wired every month (fifteen years ago). On every page there was something new and sparkly and yes, magical.

No doubt that there will be magic again one day… magic of biotech, say, or quantum string theory, whatever that is. But one reason for our ennui as technology hounds is that we’re missing the feeling that was delivered to us daily for a decade or more. It’s not that there’s no new technology to come (there is, certainly). It’s that many of us can already imagine it.

From Seth Godin’s blog…. And….also from Seth’s blog:

Marketing to nobody

Nobody wears a watch any more.

Nobody wears a tie either.

Nobody shops at a bookstore, at least nobody I know.

The market of nobody is big indeed. You can do really well selling to nobody if you do your homework. In fact, most companies selling to nobody outperform those that are trying to sell to everyone.

Don’t you just love it?

If you lose the link, you can find his blog on my blog list…



Filed under: political musings, print news, Pro-life/Pro-choice, blogs — Peg Britton @ 1:56 pm

I told you, Margaret.  It’s only just beginning.

Texas Governor Rick Perry said he will introduce emergency legislation requiring women seeking abortions to first get a sonogram of the fetus and listen to a recording of the heartbeat.

Why?  Well when someone has all the information, according to Perry, “the right choice will be made — the choice for life.”

I find it funny how  universal healthcare is big government gone bad, but somehow the government crawling up my uterus and telling me what choice to make isn’t.  Odd how giving patients information about end of life options is a “death squad for Grandma” but sonograms before abortions are simply souvenirs for the family photo album.

Rick Perry is a jackass.  Period.

Did it ever occur to you Governor Jackass that some of those women who you plan to force to have a sonogram and listen for a heartbeat are young girls who have been abused… young women who are devastated that a wanted pregnancy has gone bad…  poor women who just can’t afford to feed another mouth… scared women who have been raped… and even regular ‘ole women who made peace with their God and don’t need to hear from yours?

Governor, please take your big hair to church as often as you like.  Get down on your knees and pray to your God everyday.  Join the choir and sing his praises until the cows come home.   Get it all out of your system so that when you walk into that Capitol building you are a little less inclined to blur the line between religion and politics and force your narrow-minded, black and white version of right and wrong on millions of people who just maybe – maybe - don’t agree with you and your backward ass group of right-wing zealots.

2,700,000 Texans voted for you.  2,100,000 Texans voted for the other guy.    So many important problems to be solved and you decide to divide us even deeper.


Tomorrow I will make a donation to Planned Parenthood.  I mean it.  Really.

(Taken from the blog “Margaret and Helen”.)



Filed under: political musings, blogs — Peg Britton @ 11:48 am

Since the Tucson tragedy, I’ve wanted to express how I felt about it.  Today the following arrived from a friend who lives in Tucson and alerted me to this article. It says better than I what I want to say. It is written by Larry Gellman who lives in Tucson, is a Financial Advisor, Jewish community leader, former TV news reporter, and observer of the human condition. He has been cited as one of the nation’s top money managers by a national investment publication. He has chaired and served on the boards of a number of major Jewish organizations and has lectured in the U.S. and Israel on the subject of Judaism and Business Ethics.

You can find this article  by Gellman along with other writings.   It’s worth your time to read it in its entirety.

Monday, January 10, 2011
Some Thoughts from Tucson–Truth and Consquences

Kristen and I were driving to our Tucson home from Phoenix Saturday morning when we heard the news on the radio. Our friend and Congressman Gabby Giffords and more than a dozen other people had been shot (CNN and NPR actually reported that she was dead) outside the Safeway store at Oracle and Ina. We were on our way home and would have driven right by that intersection a few minutes later. We would have certainly stopped to say hello to Gabby.

Instead we had to take a detour around the police roadblock and finish the trip to our house listening to this horrific event repeatedly described as “shocking” by every one on the radio. But I live in Arizona and I live in the United States. As devastated as I was by the news, I was no more shocked than one would be to learn that a person who drank a quart of scotch a day for years had developed liver disease or that a 4-pack-a-day smoker had contracted lung cancer. This was a devastating and sad but totally logical outcome of the toxic trends that have been at work in our country and my home state for years now.

Thoughts from the Desert…



Filed under: political musings, print news, Pro-life/Pro-choice, blogs — Peg Britton @ 11:35 am

The next front for Operation Rescue is Albuquerque.
Operation Rescue declared Albuquerque, New Mexico, a new capital of abortion  in April, and now they’re on their way to join a longstanding group of anti-abortion protesters. These are the same folks who kept a Tiller Watch on their blog before Dr. George Tiller was murdered in Wichita last year.

KRQE says the opposition is already forming:

A pro-choice group opposing their move has already sent a letter to Archbishop Michael Sheehan calling for his help and will soon send a petition his way.

“Right now we have over 550 signatures,” Joan Lamunyon-Sanford said. “Many of those are Catholic.”

Lamunyon-Sanford said this fight is not about the abortion debate.

“They might attract extremists, who might resort to violence just as they did in Wichita, Kan., and other cities,” Lamunyon-Sanford said.

Operation Rescue still says they had nothing to do with Dr. Tiller’s death.  A special hour-long documentary on Monday, October 25 will be carried on MSNBC by Rachel Maddow.   The point, as you’ll see in “The Assassination of Dr. Tiller,” is that the murder didn’t happen in a vacuum.

From Rachel’s blog.

A federal grand jury is investigating whether the murder last year of Dr. George Tiller, one of the nation’s few late-term abortion providers, was connected to a broader case involving radical anti-abortion activists, according to a federal law enforcement official familiar with the case.



Filed under: prairie musings, blogs — Peg Britton @ 4:50 pm

For your information:
Stayredkansas has been reported to be an Attack Page!

This web page at has been reported as an attack page and has been blocked based on some security preferences.

Attack pages try to install programs that steal private information, use your computer to attack others, or damage your system.

Some attack pages intentionally distribute harmful software, but many are compromised without the knowledge or permission of their owners.

Just so you know…



Filed under: prairie musings, blogs — Peg Britton @ 2:45 pm

On Wednesday (tomorrow) the supreme court is set to hear the case of Alfred Snyder vs.The Westboro Baptist Church.  At stake will be the limits of free speech and whether or not the WBC violated Snyder’s rights to a peaceable assembly during the funeral of his 20 year old son, a marine who was killed in the Iraq war.

In 2007 Snyder won 11 million in damages from the WBC for protesting his son’s funeral and inflicting intentional emotional distress on the Snyder family.  A later judge reduced the damages to five million, but the case was eventually overturned on appeal and Snyder was ordered to pay some of the court costs incurred by the Phelp’s family.  When news of the overturn hit the news media, thousands of people donated money to help the Snyder family pay off the sixteen thousand dollar court ordered tab including Fox News reporter, Bill O’ Reilly.

For the rest of this story, click here to read  Rechelle Unplugged.



Filed under: prairie musings, blogs — Peg Britton @ 8:27 pm

From the Washington Post Blog Post: 

Get ready for a night show. It’s tough to come to grips with the end of summer. Luckily, autumn will enter with a bang this year.

Not only will Northern America witness the beginning of autumn at 11:09 Eastern tonight, there will be a full moon in the sky. Put those two occurrences together and you’ll get the rare “super harvest moon.”

“The two sources of light will mix together to create a kind of 360-degree, summer-autumn twilight glow,” NASA Science writes.

When farmers relied on moonlight to extend harvesting hours, they started calling the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox the harvest moon. If the full moon fell on the first actual day of autumn, it became “super harvest,” or the “harvestest.”

The event has not occurred for 20 years, and probably will not reoccur until 2029.

As an added bonus, Jupiter will appear very close to the moon tonight. NASA’s Tony Phillips writes: “A Super Harvest Moon, a rare twilight glow, a midnight conjunction–rarely does autumn begin with such celestial fanfare.”

If you’re out on the town tonight, take a photo of the super harvest moon. Or better yet, take a photo howling at the moon and submit your images here.



Filed under: political musings, blogs — Peg Britton @ 12:37 pm

Helen Philpot has come up with another good post.  I have no idea who writes this blog…maybe there really is a Helen Philpot who writes this cleverly.  The “Burning Bush” comment cracked me up.  You can read it here…God Loves a Good Book Burning, etc.

Margaret did we really expect anything less?  Religious intolerance has defined the Republican Party for almost 30 years now.   A culture of life.   Family values.  America’s Christian Heritage.  The sanctity of marriage.  Gays in the military.  Prayer in school.   A mosque in Manhattan.  For goodness sakes, the current  leaders of the Republican Party (Palin, Limbaugh, and Beck) have been screaming about a Muslim family in the White House for months now.  It was only a matter of time before someone called for a good ‘ole fashion book burning.  Does it really matter if that book is the Quran instead of The Catcher in the Rye?

German-Jewish poet Heinrich Heine, prophetically wrote in 1821 that “Wherever people burn books, there, in the end, will they also burn people.”

There you have it!



Filed under: political musings, blogs — Peg Britton @ 9:55 am

From the blog, Margaret and Helen  Best friends for 60 years and counting:

Margaret please tell Howard that 100,000 people will show up to a tractor pull if the entry fee is cheap enough.  Big deal. I’ll tell you what I’m going to do. I’m going to ignore them and have some pie.

As I see it dear, if more than a hundred thousand dead civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan can be dismissed,  so can slightly less than a hundred thousand peckerwoods at a Beck rally.

If the civil rights of millions of gay and lesbian Americans are not important, then neither are the pathetic rants of almost a hundred thousand Palin addicts.

If millions of children without healthcare are  inconsequential then why should I give a rat’s ass about a hundred thousand shitheads who actually think Beck and Palin have something worthwhile to say?

As long as millions of American Muslims don’t have religious freedom, a hundred thousand Tea Party yahoos shouldn’t be allowed to have cable television.  It only seems fair…

I just can’t believe 87,000 people are dumb enough to buy that crap. If Beck and Palin want a government so focused on one God and one religion, they should visit the Middle East and see how that concept is working out.  It’s gotten to the point where you can’t distinguish Fox News from the Christian Broadcasting Network.   It’s nauseating.

Palin and Beck don’t care about you, me or anyone except themselves.  They are getting filthy rich pandering to angry white mobs so transparent in their racist feelings toward the President that a sheet of Saran Wrap would cast a darker shadow.

The greatest threat against America is not terrorism.  It’s not a mosque in Manhattan.  It’s not gay marriage.  It’s not healthcare reform.  And, believe it or not, it’s not even Beck or Palin.  The greatest threat against America are the tens of millions of Americans who won’t turn out to vote this November effectively giving power to 87,000 angry assholes.

Sarah Palin is an idiot.  Glenn Beck is a moron.  And I am sick of Fox News.  I mean it.  Really.



Filed under: prairie musings, friends, blogs — Peg Britton @ 12:23 pm


My book is ordered and in the mail, and you may want one too. If you love Kansas, you’ll want her book.   You can learn more about it, and how to order, here.

Reading Cheryl’s placement of words is like listening to very well-composed music.  There is beauty in every essay.  It is a treasure.

You can also learn what Marci Penner, Dave Kendall and Kevin Rabas have to say about Cheryl’s book on the Quincy site.

Cheryl’s brother, Leon Unruh, edited her book.  It’s what he does.  He and his sons were the topic of several of my blogs a few years ago when they participated in the Bike Across Kansas tour.  His son Nicolai  was the youngest cyclist ever to pedal every inch of the way across Kansas, and he’s still setting records as you can learn from Leon’s blog, Too Long in the Wind,  which is a wonderful read.

The Unruhs, sister and brother, are wonderful folks…and write from their hearts in ways few others are able to do.  If you haven’t visited Cheryl’s blog, Flyover People, you can do that here.  It’s the best!


I know you will love Cheryl’s book.



Filed under: political musings, Sam Brownback, blogs — Peg Britton @ 12:33 pm

U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback wears his religion on his sleeve. He once washed the feet of a staffer at a farewell party, and he’s been known to hang  with the likes of Lou Engle, a homosexuality-fixated evangelical who rocks back and forth when he speaks, in the manner of a true kook.

Brownback would like to see America get tighter with Jesus. At the same, he is blocking the appointment of a diplomat he feels has not done enough to promote secularism.

In a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Brownback outlined his reasons for placing a “hold” on Frank Ricciardone’s nomination as ambassador to Turkey. Brownback believes that Ricciardone was soft on human rights and too cozy with the Mubarak government while stationed in Cairo.

Brownback, in his letter, goes on to warn that the Turkish government “is moving away from its secularist roots.”

Over the last few years, secular opposition parties have complained that they received less access to the U.S. Ambassador than the ruling party, and based on his record to date, I am concerned that this situation will not change under Ambassador Ricciardone.

The funny thing about Brownback’s concern about religiosity and Turkish politics is that he complains the U.S. has wandered too far away from God. When he put himself in a position to run for president in 2008, Brownback spoke of “cultural renewal.” It was his way of telling social conservatives that he was their guy without scaring the bejeebers out of everyone else.

Brownback dropped out the presidential race on October 18, 2007. Nearly finished with his second term in the Senate, he is seeking to become the next governor of Kansas, a job that seems to bore him already.

From The Pitch

By David Martin, Tue., Aug. 17 2010



Filed under: political musings, Sam Brownback, blogs — Peg Britton @ 11:36 am

Kansas Sens. Sam Brownback and Pat Roberts are among the GOP lawmakers filibustering  an extension of unemployment benefits because it would increase the federal deficit. They want the extension paid for with unused stimulus funds. After years of supporting bloated budgets, tax cuts and unfunded wars, it’s good that Brownback and Roberts are now concerned about deficits. But why is it that many GOP lawmakers seem to care about deficits only when Democrats are in charge or when the spending would go to help struggling citizens?

Read more here…

By Phillip Brownlee of the Wichita Eagle



Filed under: prairie musings, friends, Symphony in the Flint Hills/music, blogs — Peg Britton @ 6:46 pm

This is a video of Governor Mark Parkinson’s welcoming address at the Symphony last night that is very much worth viewing. I have heard nothing but glowing remarks from numerous people about what he said. This video was taken by Cheryl Unruh and appears on her facebook page. She is the author of the famous Kansas blog… Flyover People.



Filed under: prairie musings, blogs — Peg Britton @ 8:57 am


“Sure wish folks would invent something to keep the sun out of my eyes!”

Posted by Charley James on the Progressive Curmudgeon


Filed under: political musings, blogs — Peg Britton @ 8:50 am

What do two candidates for the Republican nomination do to win over voters when their opponent is really selling the same old slop? They nit pick over meaningless fodder such as who raised taxes, or who raised them the most, or who saved voters the most on their taxes. This has been the case with the campaign between Rep. Todd Tiahrt and Rep. Jerry Moran, in their bid for Republican nominee to replace U.S. Senator Sam Brownback.

According to The Wichita Eagle:

Senate candidate Todd Tiahrt’s campaign accused fellow Kansas Republican hopeful Jerry Moran on Wednesday of trying to hide past votes to raise taxes, while Moran’s campaign labeled Tiahrt’s tactics as desperate.

The two congressmen sparred over a television ad from Tiahrt attacking Moran on tax votes. The ad began airing Tuesday in what appeared to be a light rotation in the Topeka, Wichita and

Kansas City markets.Both Tiahrt and Moran have portrayed themselves as fiscal conservatives, favoring lower taxes and less spending by the federal government. They’re vying for the seat held by U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, a Republican who’s running for governor. The primary is Aug. 3.

The reality is that these are pro-business politicians who will use their seat to vote against government regulations and to make sure their business friends get everything they want. They don’t have much to offer the public other than lowering taxes a tiny amount to convince gullible voters that they are trying to save them money and make their lives easier.

As for hot button issues such as abortion, gay marriage and gun control, there positions are the same. Therefore it is important for them to find ways to look different from each other and provide a contrast.

There really isn’t much difference between Tiahrt and Moran. Kansas Republicans all say about the same thing and they haven’t had any candidates with new ideas for a long time. It’s the same old same old.

From  Wichita Peace and Freedom Party Examiner



Filed under: prairie musings, friends, blogs — Peg Britton @ 1:38 pm

Dena and John Stoltz are creative, adventuresome and delightful.  They do spontaneous, wonderful things that most people only dream about.

They and their two young daughters are on their way to Alaska for the summer after having sold their house, stored their possessions and quit the only income producing job they had.

The part-time gypsies will have pictures, videos and many tales to share with all who are interested in following along.

Here’s a sample of what to expect:

This trip actually began the Christmas of ’95.  Johnny and I decided to go spend the whole next summer in Alaska.  Just traveling around in a pick-up, working when we needed money, playing the rest of the time.  One night that Christmas he snuggled up to me on my parent’s big brown couch and said, “You know, if we’re going to spend the whole summer together in Alaska, we should probably get married.”

And I said, “Okay.”

Now, 14+ years later, we’re finally going on that summer trip to Alaska.  The purpose of this blog is to document our adventures to share with friends and family.

We decided last December – notice the end of the year thing always makes us a little itchy to do somethin’ drastic? – that we needed CHANGE.  Didn’t really have any ideas as to what that change should look like, just that it had to happen or….well, it just had to.  Since we didn’t have any better ideas, we decided the way to get things rolling was to put the house up for sale.  Well, that is definitely a good way to get things going.

We had a contract on the house within a month with a closing date of May 27th.  Now we just had to figure out where to go.

While in Nashville at Johnny’s uncle’s wedding, we met Jon Underwood, owner of Happy Trails.  He spends all summer building bike/ATV trails all over Alaska.  And he needed help.  So, long story short, we decided to follow our dreams of travel, adventure, spontaneity and unpredictability and take the opportunity that landed in our lap.  Johnny quit his job with Enel, we sold our house, we packed up everything but what we could travel with in storage units (and a few garages, shops, and basements of our nearest and dearest) and left.

As we headed down I-70 to Denver…

You’ll want to follow this….Parttimegypsies blog/  You’ll find the blog link to the right under my list of blogs.

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