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5/31/2007

ANOTHER STORM IS BREWING…

Filed under: prairie musings, friends, Dane Britton — Peg Britton @ 8:12 pm

A storm is nearing, so I need to pull the plug. From the way it sounded, the clouds dumped an inch of rain in short order on the Downer Creek area. My friend must be “mudded in”.

The Toto was flushed out of its large very sturdy cardboard box (great for a rainy day playhouse for a tyke) and set in place. Since he was here anyway, Randy changed filters on the furnace/AC and put the settings where it might work most efficiently. We’re ready for summer.

Dane said they got a new resident, as big as he is or maybe bigger, who had the idea he could order whatever he wanted for breakfast…

Dane’s on a diet…

A friend wrote today to say the water in Cheyenne Bottoms was lapping at the pavement on 156…that’s a good thing. The Bottoms has been dry as a bone for a long time. The migrating birds will love splashing around.

Tomorrow a friend and I are going to Pratt to visit a mutual friend. You might as well enjoy yourselves by adding a string of comments to the end of this blog

A pretty little fawn wandered around in our yard today.

Thanks for tuning in. I’ll post the May totals tomorrow night.

Storm’s here!

5/30/2007

BROWNBACK HAS MISSED 32% OF THE SENATE VOTES…(that’s a good thing)

Filed under: political musings — Peg Britton @ 8:37 pm

I don’t know why anyone would vote for Sam Brownback, given his extreme fundamentalist views and voting record. He missed six more Senate votes last week which brings his grand total to 58 absenteeisms out of 181 votes. That’s 32% of the time he hasn’t showed up to vote. He seems to have forgotten his constituents. That’s probably a very good thing.
Brownback missed key votes on war funding and immigration. Only John McCain and Tim Johnson (the senator with the brain hemorrhage) have worse attendance records than Brownback this year.

In comparison, presidential hopefuls Barack Obama missed 13 votes and Hillary Clinton missed 4 votes.

Bob Dole quit his senate seat to run for president and Brownback should do the same. When he first filed for the Senate, Brownback stated repeatedly he would only seek one term. He continues to flip-flop.

Brownback flip-flopped on abortion. In late 2006, Sen. Brownback backed a troop surge in Iraq. A few months later when he announced his candidacy for the Presidency, he opposed the surge. His list of flip-flops is long and they don’t really matter. He isn’t going anywhere with his campaign and when Fred Thompson enters the race, it will be all over for Brownback, McCain and the rest of the pack.

For more on Brownback, click here for what Josh Rosenau has to say. And don’t miss Jesse’s comment below.

MACKENZIE JUST RECEIVED HER SECURITY CLEARANCE…YAY. CONGRATULATIONS FAVE GRANDDAUGHTER.

Filed under: prairie musings, family — Peg Britton @ 12:49 pm

Mackenzie is my only granddaughter, so I can call her my fave granddaughter.

She works for L-3 Communications, a Department of Defense contractor, that deals mostly with the Air Force.  Mackenzie graduated from SMU with a B.S. in Computer Engineering and a B.A. in Mathematics. We haven’t a clue what she does in her work except it’s classified software communications security “stuff” for airplanes. Her b/f Luke Vahalik works for the same company.  Even if they could tell us what they did, we’d never understand it.

LAWRENCE COUPLE SUE STATE TO LIMIT AIR POLLUTION

Filed under: energy — Peg Britton @ 9:12 am

This article in the LJW ties in with my timely blog yesterday about the Holcomb expansion. The KDHE has the authority and is legally required to regulate toxic emissions.

Sarah and Ray Dean of Lawrence have filed a law suit demanding the state limit carbon dioxide emissions. Sarah Dean is an environmentalist and on the governor’s Energy Council. They have just achieved hero status in my mind.

If the Sunflower expansion is approved, the plants could pump 15 tons of carbon dioxide into the air each year. Actually, I thought it was more than that.

Sebelius continues to support coal-burning plants as part of the state’s energy portfolio. She has to as long as she’s pushing wind energy plants and a misguided approach to creating employment opportunities in western Kansas.

Last year the Lawrence City Commission created a huge wrangle in western Kansas when they voted to urge KDHE to deny the expansion permit.Then, as I’ve mentioned in several blogs, attorneys general from eight states — California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont and Wisconsin — have opposed the project and voiced their opposition in letters to our Attorney General.

Now…just watch the political flack that will result from this law suit.

Click here for the entire article.

5/29/2007

WHERE ARE ALL THE INTELLECTUALS GOING?

Filed under: political musings — Peg Britton @ 2:45 pm

Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., who has found Kansas…again… now that he’s decided to run for re-election, told an advisory committee at the KU School of Engineering that we need to produce more students with math and science skills. He says it’s a matter of national security.

Who could argue with that? We’ve fallen so far behind that I’m glad he’s noticed.

The U.S. Senate recently passed legislation in the form of the America Competes Act that would provide $16 billion over four years to recruit and train thousands of math and science researchers and provide more teachers in those fields. The bill’s future in the House is uncertain.

Thomas Friedman, the New York Times columnist and author of the best-selling book “The World Is Flat,” (a must-read book!) thinks Congress also should seek to retain foreign students studying at U.S. universities. Last week, he said in his column: “It is pure idiocy that Congress will not open our borders — as wide as possible — to attract and keep the world’s first-round intellectual draft choices. . . . I think any foreign student who gets a Ph.D. in our country — in any subject — should be offered citizenship. I want them. The idea that we actually make it difficult for them to stay is crazy.”

Yes, it is crazy, and that’s what we do. That’s why they don’t opt to stay or don’t come in the first place. Many are going to India instead. We’re losing the race for intellectuals… too.

The comments to articles in the LJW are always interesting. Particularly those of a political nature. “Science, but in Kansas, what form of science will be taught?” Take a look.

WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED FROM DUST BOWL DAYS?

Filed under: energy, political musings — Peg Britton @ 1:58 pm

The front page of the Salina Journal has this doomsday warning …”It could happen again”. For those of us who lived through and remember clearly (through dirt filled eyes and temperatures of 120 degrees) what dust bowls days were like, this comes as an ominous, but not unexpected warning.

Below the huge headline is a picture of the Sunflower Electric Cooperative’s coal-fired power plant near Holcomb. It is belching noxious gases (“steam”, they say) from several stacks. Worse yet, the cooperative and several partners plan to build three more units at this same site which will increase the energy output more than seven-fold. SEVEN-FOLD!

The power plant at Holcomb contributes tons of particulates to global warming. Attorney’s General from other states have complained that Kansas contributes enormously to this problem and is doing little to stem it through stiffer regulations. Kansas sells electricity to Colorado and Missouri to keep such plants out of their back yards. Kansas is already loathed and has been put on notice by states that are making conscientious efforts to lower greenhouse emissions.

The more wind turbine plants that are built, the more backup you need for them in the form of fossil-fueled plants like Holcomb.

Further, the Governor is encouraging the desecration of Kansas with wind turbine plants to create a haze of green goodness so people won’t see what is happening when she and KDHE give the “okay” for the expansion at Holcomb. And elsewhere. And for ethanol plants. She’s pushing for all of this it in the name of “creating jobs”. Ask how many jobs were created at Spearville, or Montezuma. A fourth of the houses in Spearville currently are for sale.

If you are going to increase Holcomb’s output by seven, how can wind plants help? What’s the point? Wind plants are currently contributing an insignificant amount of electricity to the grid and no matter how many turbines are erected, that will always be the case as more fossil-fueled plants will be required for back-up.

The turbines at Spearville only turn 1/3 of the time and that’s par for the course. All the proposed wind turbine plants planned for Kansas, Colorado and Nebraska won’t make a dent in the destruction that will come from the expansion at Holcomb.

Despite the recent rains and floods, we are consuming water far beyond its ability to replenish. Drillers are going deeper and deeper to find water. The aquifers are being pumped to such an extent that two-thirds of the irrigated acreage in Kansas will no longer have a reliable water supply in as few as 13 years. This should bring people to their knees.

It has only been seven decades since the “dirty thirties” and I lived through them to remember. Thirteen years is like a good night’s sleep.

Back then, for their own economic benefit farmers plowed up all the native grasses, removed trees and farmed fence row to fence row. When the drought came, it didn’t take long for everything to be buried in silt.

For their own economic benefit, farmers have pumped the aquifers almost dry. For their own economic benefit, they will continue to do that, or sell their pumping rights to ethanol plants or power plants who need the water to pump up their economic benefits. The attitude of many farmers who irrigate is that their kids don’t want to be there anyway, so why not suck it dry?

Emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil fuel burning, the main culprit in global warming, have increased three times faster in recent years than they did in the 1990s, so said climate researchers.

And, human-induced warming may have been responsible for an unprecedented observation reported by scientists for the first time in 30 years of U.S. satellite monitoring of Antarctica that there is “clear evidence” of snowmelt on some of the continent’s highest and coldest areas.

Developed economies such as the U.S., with only 20% of the population, still emit nearly 60% of all the fossil-fuel carbon dioxide released each year. If the earth continues to heat up, we’re going to see a hotter, drier climate without a source of water. If we don’t have water think “Buffalo Commons”.

5/28/2007

AREA YOUTH JOIN THE MILITARY

Filed under: family, Ellsworth — Peg Britton @ 7:51 pm

It’s rare anytime, but especially in time of war, that high school graduates aspire to join the military. Usually only one or two out of a graduating class elect to don a uniform of one of the services.

This year more than 10% of the graduating seniors at EHS have joined one of the branches of military service. Of the 48 seniors, six are leaving soon for duty.

Although they hope for technical training that won’t lead to duty in Iraq, Afghanistan, Korea or other trouble spots in the world, they are all aware it could happen and they will be prepared for it.

These members from the class of 2007 plan to join the military: Jean Winston, the only woman in the group, enlisted in the Navy for five years. She leaves August 8th for Great Lakes, Illinios for basic training. Then she goes to Pensacola to train in electronics or some other field. Following her five years in the Navy, she plans to attend college; Darrin Choitz will also follow the same path in the Navy; Cody Barta, Gary Naegel and David Vallier have joined the Army; Tyler Britton leaves July 17th for Air Force basic training in San Antonio, Texas then will attend technical school. His first choices are para-rescue and intelligence work.

After four years duty Tyler will be eligible to attend any college or university, at government expense, that has an ROTC program. He hopes to return to either KU or K-State to get his degree. Right now, he intends to make the Air Force his career. He’s counting the days. “48 days”, he told me this evening. And grinning said, “If all goes well, Grandma, I could retire when I’m 48″.

Four other area graduates are also leaving for military duty: Darin Larsen and Trenton Frimmel from Wilson High School; Brandy Sawyer and Sam Swain from Quivira Heights High School.

ELLSWORTH’S SIGNATURE INSURANCE BUILDING

Filed under: Ellsworth — Peg Britton @ 7:22 pm

Kansas State’s Historic Sites Board of Review approved a Heritage Trust Grant of $90,000 to restore the downtown Ellsworth signature building.

The money along with $34,000 matching funds from the National Drovers Hall of Fame Association will pay for a new roof, structural improvements and tin work. It will be the first major improvement (except for a lot of back-breaking clean-up work) since the board took possession of the building several years ago.

See the INDY for details.

The Drover Board still needs a lot of financial help.  For those of you who are reading this, please try to donate what you can to help with this restoration.

THINGS I LEARNED THIS WEEKEND…

Filed under: prairie musings, family, friends, Ellsworth — Peg Britton @ 6:34 pm

If you go to Lindsborg and see the sign for the fresh limeades at the old Blacksmith shop, don’t buy one. It’s a huge rip-off. I won’t go into the details except you don’t get them like you order them, and for $8.00 for two of them there might have been two sips of liquid. The rest was ice and very expensive limes (her justification for the price).

The Memorial Day celebrations in Wilson and Geneseo had more people than either town has residents. Well, almost. I think everyone from Wilson must have been at the cemetery for their services while in Geneseo, everyone in town plus another hundred or two from elsewhere were there. Those were both huge events. The Buffalo Soldiers and my pal Barry Tompkins were in Geneseo to affirm his group would be here for the Trail Drive in September.

There was a horse gathering of some nature in the east end of Brookville today. I’ve never seen so many horse trailers in one place in my life. It was a little hard to see what they were all about.

Pam Grout had a book signing in Lucas and whistled as she passed by. She sold a lot of two of her books…Kansas Curiosities and the new National Geo book where she did mention Lucas again. Lucas is one of her favorite targets. Pam and her sister Becki were both born in Kentucky when their dad, Bob Grout, was in seminary. Bobby was born in Canton where the family lived before moving to Ellsworth. Bob was the Methodist minister here for 5 or 6 years.

Dane and I had a quick chat on the patio at the home this morning. He was falling asleep as I left. It hasn’t been a particularly good week for him.

Tall Boy volunteered to wash, wax and detail my car today. He did a splendid job and it sparkles inside and out. I had spilled some of Ally’s homemade granola bars that were about to cause abrasions on the foot pedals. He said it was a challenge to get it all out.

Bill and Judy Irwin wheeled in from Denver and came by to visit with us Friday afternoon before going to Bill’s class reunion pre-party that evening. Bill, Bob and Rich Irwin grew up with our kids and were very much a part of our family. It was good to see him again and get better acquainted with Judy.

Our good friend from Wilson Lake days, Mary Swander, stopped in to see us today on her way from visiting her sis in Smith Center to her home in Salina. We made plans to drive to Dallas this summer for her to visit her daughter and me to drop in on Mackenzie for a weekend.

Ally was all keyed up to see a lot of her classmates at their 35th reunion Saturday night and was very surprised to find out she was the only one out of her class to show up. The only two even close to her age were Jeanne Grothusen and Billy Fox. She’s still wondering what happened, why no one else was there.

Todd inherited a fence post that Dane had installed when he lived in the same house. The post rotted and needed to be replaced. A problem was unearthed when he discovered it was buried in a 3×3x3 foot concrete base. He’s spent all weekend with a sledge hammer and Tyler’s help to no avail. Tyler is going to consult with his boss, Mark Roehrman, tomorrow to see how to proceed.

This hasn’t been my weekend…between limeades and salmon. They had fresh red sockeye salmon at Dillon’s so I bought two small filets. The guy behind the counter, who was new to me…and very similar in nature to their carry out boys, first charged me $26 something. I gasped. He weighed them a total of five times, while they were in a bag of ice and each time they went down some. I figured they had to be considerably less than $7.00 and when he finally decided on $6.20, I said that was fine. I’d had enough.

It was a day…and nice to be out and about except for a couple of toe-stubbings.

Thanks for tuning in.

5/27/2007

YOU KNOW YOU’RE IN KANSAS WHEN…

Filed under: prairie musings, print news — Peg Britton @ 7:02 pm

Sandwiched in between reading “I think Rome is burning” and “The God Delusion”, I turned page after page of a wonderful little book by Pam Grout called “You Know You’re in Kansas When…” It’s her twelfth book (out of around 20) and contains 101 quintessential things about Kansas. She could have written hundreds more, but was restricted by editors.

I was amused to find she referred to something I’ve done, but not by name. She isn’t aware I did it, she didn’t know me then.

The library found a copy for me in their vast world of library resources, and I’ve enjoyed it so much, I ordered one for my own along with three other books she’s written. I’ve had her “Curiosities..” since it hit the store shelves.

The blurb says, “Pam Grout is a mother, a playwright, an activist, and a collector of quotes and quirky information.” The quirky information she compiled about Kansas probably isn’t to be found elsewhere in a single book. It’s fun, interesting and informative. It’s assembled with a lot of wit and creativity, two of her trademarks.

Her “You Know..” book is part of a series that includes Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota and New Hampshire. She wrote the one about Kansas.
This isn’t a travel book, but it’s the kind of book you want when you travel as a resource or just for fun reading. I’ll put it in the side pocket in my car alongside Marci’s “Kansas Guide Book for Explorers”. They’re as important to me when I leave home as a spare tire and jack.

This book brings to your attention many of the wonderful things that are special about Kansas and being a Kansan. It makes you feel proud to have her remind you how wonderful Kansas really is.

Tyler loves Kansas and Ellsworth. As soon as he finishes basic training, I’m going to send him this book to make him feel close to home. It contains the kind of information he enjoys. It will easy for him to pack around.

The book sells for $10.00 and if you want a little something special for a friend, or for your ex-pat kids to remind them of home, this is the ideal gift. You’ll want one, too, for your end table, guest room or car.

Here’s the place to order it.

5/26/2007

MORE WIND FARMS BREED MORE COAL-FIRED PLANTS

Filed under: energy — Peg Britton @ 5:00 pm

Gov. Sebelius wants renewable resources - mostly wind - to represent 10 percent of the state’s generating capacity by 2010 and 20 percent by 2020. That’s her mantra.

Our governmental wind research people and those in England in their recent white paper (see blog below) say those goals are unattainable.

Wind turbines in Gray County turn about a third of the time.

Westar Energy Inc., the state’s largest electric utility; Empire District Electric Co.; Great Plains Energy; Kansas Electric Power Cooperative Inc.; Midwest Energy Inc.; and Sunflower Electric Power Corp. together provide power to 1.2 million Kansas customers, most of the state’s total.

Utility executives say renewable energy is part of a broader effort to meet future demands for electricity that will include coal-fired plants that environmentalists oppose.

Of course, you can’t continue to build wind farms without also building coal-fired or nuclear plants to back them up to cover for the time the turbines aren’t working. That’s 2/3s (TWO THIRDS!) of the time.

Believe it or not, the wind in Kansas doesn’t always blow.

Sunflower is seeking a state air-quality permit to build two, 700-megawatt, coal-fired plants next to one it operates outside Holcomb. Those two plants would have more generating capacity than all the wind projects now being planned by Kansas utilities.

See what is happening?

Read what Earl Watkins of Sunflower has to say about transmission lines in this article, “Kansas Utilities Make Wind Promise.”
Read the whole story here.

And….Wind power may not be the answer, says UVA scientist”A National Research Council report released this month says that by 2020, less than 2 percent of the United States’ total carbon emissions would be offset by wind energy development. Rick Webb, a senior scientist at UVA’s Department of Environmental Sciences, contributed to the report. He thinks wind energy’s negative impact may far outweigh its negligible benefits.”

“Previously, I would’ve thought that wind energy was a matter of benefits without any downsides, before I realized the size of the turbines, which can range from 400′ to 450′ tall. I also realized that the number of turbines that would have to be built to make any difference at all in terms of electricity supply is just extremely large. For example, Mount Storm Power Plant would require about 9,000 turbines. So you’re talking about 1,000 miles of turbines just to replace this one power plant.”

CLICK ON JOSH ROSENAU’S WEBSITE…

Filed under: prairie musings, political musings, Wilson Musings — Peg Britton @ 4:25 pm

Josh Rosenau has more to say about wingnut Ken Willard who is running unopposed for president of the National Association of State Boards of Education. Josh points out in detail how Willard has not served us well. He needs to be replaced on the KSBOE. Take a look. Like Josh said, if he’s elected to this position he would be able to screw up school administration in all 50 states like he has in Kansas during his tenure.

Josh also informed his readers about the activity at Al’s Bar and Grill tomorrow in Wilson: Get your rocks off in Wilson Kansas.

Joshua is a graduate student at the University of Kansas, in the department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. He provides us with a lot of interesting and informative material.

AUSTIN SEITZ WINS HIGH JUMP AT STATE AND SETS NEW SCHOOL RECORD

Filed under: Ellsworth — Peg Britton @ 10:33 am

Austin won the boys 3A high jump after clearing 6′ 9 1/4″ at the Kansas State High School Track and Field Championships in Wichita. Seitz’s leap is a new Ellsworth High School record topping that of Andy Friesen’s jump of 6′ 9″ set many years ago.

Ben Kruse placed second in the pole vault with 14′ 6″. On Saturday he threw the javelin 171′ 10″ for second place.   He throw was only 10″ short of the winner.

Laura Macek placed 3rd in the high jump with a leap of 5′ 2″.

5/25/2007

WE’RE TILTING AT WINDMILLS

Filed under: energy — Peg Britton @ 8:34 pm

The U.K. government has admitted it is likely to miss its own targets for renewable power generation. Britain will NOT be getting 20% of national energy consumption from renewables by 2020.

The energy white paper said renewable energy’s contribution had more than doubled since 2002 but the government said alternative energy still only represents 4% of their total generation.

The director of the National Renewable Energy Lab outside Boulder in a recent Knoxville Newspaper interview said the same thing…there isn’t any way the U.S. will meet its target of 20% target by 2020. Not even close.

We’re tilting at windmills.  The technology just isn’t there. I’d bet the farm on it.

FIRST MAINE, NOW WISCONSIN, NEXT A COMMUNITY NEAR YOU

Filed under: energy, print news — Peg Britton @ 2:39 pm

It just went “thud”!

“A steel cylinder weighing more than a herd of elephants tumbled off a truck here Thursday and snarled traffic all day, prompting state officials to halt all such future shipments. Bound for a wind farm in Iowa, the 55-foot section of windmill fell onto the road shortly before 10 a.m. as startled onlookers watched in the center of the village’s downtown business district. The colossal cargo came to a rest at Main St. and Appleton Ave., both state highways, where it blocked traffic throughout the day until about 9:25 p.m. and left downtown merchants cut off from their customers.” Read.

Click here for pictures of the event. And, look closely at picture #2. They have a signature building similar to Ellsworth’s.

TORNADO SWEPT MANOR HOUSE FROM PRAIRIE

Filed under: friends, print news — Peg Britton @ 11:28 am

(Fred Burgess and Jim Mathes were on the PEP board where I also serve. It has been a privilege to count them as my friends.)

Thursday, May 24, 2007 Great Plains SALINA JOURNAL
By The Associated Press

TROUSDALE — In the space of just months, Fred Burgess lost his health, his partner and the grand home the two of them had furnished and decorated in the manner of a French chateau — with real French antiques.

Burgess, 63, was out of town May 4, when an EF4 tornado roared across Edwards County and smashed Prairie Oaks Farm, which had been in the family of his late partner, Jim Mathes, for 100 years.

“If I had been there, I would have died of fright,” Burgess said.

Instead, as economic development director of Edwards County, he was in Garden City for the Kansas Sampler Festival. He could only watch on a motel room TV as warnings went up about tornadoes — the EF5 that devastated the Kiowa County town of Greensburg, and later the twister that hit Prairie Oaks Farm near Trousdale.

What remained of the house were three walls, exposing mud and straw freshly plastered on French antique paneling dating back several centuries.

Inside the once-grand living room, the chimney had crashed through the parquet floor. But the box holding the ashes of Mathes, who died March 27 of pancreatic cancer, remained intact on the mantle.

“You’re just kind of numb, and that’s a good thing,” Burgess said. “But, you’re also so uplifted by all the people who come to help and want to do anything and everything.” Burgess himself was diagnosed during the winter with lung cancer. He moved Thursday into South Wind Hospice Home. Prairie Oaks Farm, he said, won’t be rebuilt.

Even if it weren’t beyond repair, the farmstead could never be returned to its pre-tornado grandeur. It was truly one of a kind.

Mathes and Burgess returned to Edwards County in 1985 from the West Coast, where they both worked in broadcasting.

Before returning, they came upon a French antiques store in Hollywood that was going out of business. The store had 10 rooms of hand-carved wood paneling brought from France in the 1920s and ’30s.

The business had leased the paneling to film studios that needed to create French chateau-style interiors.

They knew they wanted to add on to the farmhouse in Kansas. “We built the rooms around the paneling.”

Burgess recalled that he and Mathes entertained in the home with gourmet meals. They taught cooking classes in the 20-foot by 30-foot kitchen and gave tours of their greenhouses filled with orchids and the aviary filled with tropical birds.

Just a year ago, they were planting flowers and a big garden, enjoying the peacefulness of the rural Edwards County countryside.

Nancy Mundhenke, of nearby Kinsley, spoke of attending Christmas parties at the farm with six or eight couples.

“They served an absolutely beautiful seven-course meal, with sorbet in between the courses,” she said. “It was lovely, and we always had a wonderful time. It was always a special occasion for us.”

Debbie Call, Burgess’s niece, spent time in recent days overseeing the salvage of some of the French antiques. A crew of about 100 volunteers from Youthville of Dodge City and Newton were picking up the rubble of what had been the 100-year-old barn on the property.

The volunteers were like “manna from heaven,” said Sally Frame, who was helping her good friends Burgess and Call with the cleanup.

Burgess declared the paneling ruined beyond use, although he was happy to offer the kitchen countertops and cupboards to the Methodist Church of Trousdale, which was also damaged in the tornado.

For Burgess and Call, the saddest part is the toppled burr oak trees, more than 120 years old.

5/24/2007

DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIP REGISTRY APPROVED IN LAWRENCE

Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 2:00 pm

The City Commissioners in Lawrence last night agreed on a 4-1 vote to make Lawrence the first city in the state to create a domestic partnership registry that will provide some official recognition to gay couples, who are prohibited by state law from marrying.

“This is the right thing to do,” the Rev. Peter Luckey, senior pastor at Plymouth Congregational Church, told commissioners. “It is good for Lawrence. It is good for humanity.”

Commissioner Boog Highberger said. “But the state has failed us on this issue, and the federal government has failed us. If we are to have the type of city and type of life we want, we have to deal with this.”

“It isn’t your job to tell me if my life is correct,” said Kelly Barth, a Lawrence resident who is a lesbian. “It is your job to ensure that all citizens are treated fairly and equitably.”

ANNUAL TESTICLE FESTIVAL IS SUNDAY AT AL’S BAR AND GRILL IN WILSON

Filed under: prairie musings, Wilson Musings — Peg Britton @ 1:13 pm

Al’s Bar and Grill will be the scene of the Annual Testicle Festival Sunday May 27th. For $20.00 you can have all you want to eat from the buffet of Rocky Mountain oysters, fried fish, salads, French fries, beer and music.  It starts at noon and goes until they run out of food. Now…that’s something to do in Wilson.

WILSON CHAMBER BREAKFAST FEATURES EMLER AND SVATY

Filed under: political musings — Peg Britton @ 8:34 am

Please join us at the next Wilson Chamber of Commerce Business Breakfast on Wednesday, June 6th.  Our featured speakers this month are State Senator Jay Emler and State Representative Josh Svaty.  Jay and Josh will update us on the legislative session just ended.  There will be time for questions.
The Breakfast will be at Made From Scratch in Wilson, Wednesday, June 6, 2007 from 8:00 am - 9:00 am.  We hope to see you there.

5/23/2007

THE GREAT GLOBAL WARMING SWINDLE (2007)

Filed under: prairie musings, energy — Peg Britton @ 8:05 pm

This documentary was sent to to me today and I strongly suggest you watch it when you have the time.

According to a group of scientists brought together by documentary-maker Martin Durkin, if the planet is heating up, it isn’t your fault and there’s nothing you can do about it.

“I think it [the film] will go down in history as the first chapter in a new era of the relationship between scientists and society. Legitimate scientists - people with qualifications - are the bad guys. It is a big story that is going to cause controversy.

“It’s very rare that a film changes history, but I think this is a turning point and in five years the idea that the greenhouse effect is the main reason behind global warming will be seen as total bollocks.” (’“Global Warming Is Lies” Claims Documentary,’ Life Style Extra, March 4, 2007;It’s an hour and 15 minutes long and the best presentation of evidence contrary to the widespread belief in global warming that I’ve found.
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