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Filed under: political musings — Peg Britton @ 3:40 pm
Smoky Hill Development Corporation
Invites All Ellsworth County Landowners to
“Kansas Wind Farm Leases:  Issues Regarding Leasing”
presented by
John Sherman & Patrick Hoffman
Sherman, Hoffman, Hipp LC
Thursday, August 6th, 7:00 pm
Robbins Memorial Library
Ellsworth, KS
Come learn about your rights and options as a landowner before signing a lease with a wind development company.
**This is not a forum to discuss the benefits, downfalls, pros/cons of windfarms in the area.  This is an educational opportunity for landowners.
Rob Fillion
Executive Director
Smoky Hill Development Corporation
P.O. Box 321
Ellsworth, KS 67439
785.531.2479 (cell)
785.472.4136 (work)



Filed under: prairie musings, family — Peg Britton @ 5:36 pm

Today is Ally’s special birthday…and it’s a very special day.  Wish her happy birthday as we’re going to celebrate for a week or more…or maybe all month..and next month…

She keeps thanking me for having her.  I remember that day very well.  Love that gal….

She’s spent all day mowing my yard and the pasture so I’ll have to make up for that.

Thanks for tuning in….


Filed under: political musings, Joshua Svaty — Peg Britton @ 2:50 pm

July 27, 2009

From the Wichita Eagle, by Acting Secretary of Agriculture for KS, Josh Svaty:

Farming is the foundation for feeding the world, and farming will be the foundation of the renewable energy economy.

Changes in farming over the past 150 years have made agriculture more productive than ever in its history. At its core, however, agriculture is still a sustainable enterprise.

When appropriate, we save seeds for next year’s crop; we farm the contours and use no-till methods to preserve the soil; we pump water under a regulated system so as to preserve the potential of an aquifer for future generations.

Click here for the rest of the story.



Filed under: political musings, Sam Brownback — Peg Britton @ 6:25 pm

A cover article in the Kansas City Star by David Goldstein and Dave Helling, brings forth the names of law makers caught in scandals. House on C Street plays unlikely role in Washington scandals. Take the time to read it.

Sam Brownback is closely associated with the group and lived at C Street in 2002 and 2003, but won’t answer questions regarding his involvement.

Todd Tiahrt will not respond to questions.

So much for their version of transparency in government.

Jerry Moran who has lived in the house for three years as well as some of the other residents of C Street vigorously reject characterizations of some of the residents and their purpose for living there. Moran has been open and truthful about his involvement, it would appear. Moran is a good man and not a part of this, so far as I can tell.  He also may not be aware of all there is to know.  Unlike others, he spends a lot of time in his home state.

We do know that three legislators who live at the C Street address…Gov. Mark Sanford, Sen. John Ensign and Chip Pickering…men who greatly influence legislation…have all been caught in sexual scandals that were well known to other residents at the time they were being “perpetrated”.

If you have not already done so, you need to read the article written by Jeff Sharlet for Rolling Stone magazine:  God’s Senator. Who would Jesus vote for?  Meet Sam Brownback. You need to read this article to see what lies beneath the surface of a person of the religious right who might be the next governor of Kansas.

Jeff Sharlet is the author of “The Family”, one of the hottest book on the shelves.  He lived undercover at the C Street residence to gain information on the residents.  My copy of the paper back book is on the way from Amazon and I’ll make references to it as the secret lives of these individuals unfold.

These folks don’t belong in Washington.


Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 2:35 pm

Early morning note from a friend:  I just saw Dylan Ratigan (MSNBC) eviscerate faux-dem Dan Boren (Oklahoma 2nd Congressional District) this morning.  He gutted him with criticism over congress critters, taking millions from health care lobbyists and then gutting the competition of the public option.  Boren didn’t ever realize what hit him.  I just wish he’d get primaried or leave the party - he’s a disgrace.

Ally is in my kitchen doing mise en place for potato salad for 75.  Give her a sharp knife and she can chop and slice as fast as anyone on the food channel.  It would have taken me hours back in my good days to do what she can turn out faster than greased lightning.  That’s fast.

Grandson Tyler said on his  Face Book page:  “… can’t wait to deploy”.  Ordinarily one might ponder over that, and maybe worry, but he just loves what he’s doing in the Air Force and he does want to deploy.  He’s a respiratory therapy technician and loves his work. And he loves the CCATT school he is attending right now to prepare him to air transport injured servicemen back to the U.S. He certainly has found his niche in the Air Force and is doing very well because of it. They are giving him extraordinary opportunities that he’d never have in civilian life.

It was coldlast night.  The wind changed to the north and brought in more fall weather. Ringo and I had to pull up the covers. The folks in Oregon and Washington are getting what one could describe as normal hot July weather in Kansas as we get theirs.  Climate change.

Drew is coming home this weekend to help his dad celebrate his 56th birthday and his Aunt Ally her landmark 55th.  YAY! The bank where he works is open seven days a week and although he gets a couple days off a week, they are rarely consecutive days.  So, we’re lucky when he can manage to come home.

The trees in our yard have grown like Jack’s bean stalks and almost engulf our house, as was our intention when we built here. I always wanted to live in a tree house and it feels I am in one now.  The pin oak I planted 30 years ago is enormous and probably the tallest of any pin oak in town.  It resides comfortably at the end of a septic tank lateral and never has shown any signs of iron chlorosis as do many pin oaks in this area.  Happily, it gets a daily dose of iron, magnesium and nitrogen to keep the leaves dark green and healthy.

Some of the cotton woods are tall and spindly, but I expect they will be huge some day as they can live to be over 100 years old.   They like to keep their feet wet and there seems to be an abundant supply of water to meet their needs. They are crowding out the two ginkgo trees that need more room to grow. The bald cypress is beautiful and huge, like the one I planted and left behind at our 8th St. house.  Ally’s Japanese pagoda is heavy with beautiful blooms that glisten in the sunlight. The swamp oak that Brit, Ally and I held upright during a terrible wind storm is going to be huge.  We may have to move the house to the north to give it more room but then we’ll run into a magnolia, dogwood and sunburst locust. Alas.

I like to watch trees grow.  Most of the trees that were here when we built are now over three times as tall as they were back in ‘76.  I planted 400 seedling trees on our acreage …most didn’t grow, but many did.  There will be some magnificent bur oaks, walnut and maple trees here one day.  I spotted a seedling bur oak this morning that Ally can move to the farm next fall.

On the other side of the coin, we have to deal with cottonwood “cotton” in the air compressors, on the decks, in the window screens, and in the house as we come and go.  Some days it’s all over us and we sieve it out through our teeth. We’re going to lose two Austrian pines to beetle disease. And, I’m going to remove a spruce that is heading south as well.  Two juniper trees are looking sickly. And..among others, I never could get dawn redwoods or pecan trees to grow here.

One of the nice things about having such a wide variety of trees, as we do, is that for one of Lindy’s science classes, his students used to find our yard a haven for one of his year end projects.  During his time at EHS, they would flock here to gather leaves and ask for help in identifying species. Most found it easier than the alternative of providing skeletal remains of a critter. One year, a couple of students waited until the last minute to complete their project.  They boiled the bones of some animal and it fell apart on them, rendering it worthless for their assignment.  They were in our back yard with flashlights at midnight…with me in tow…frantically picking leaves from trees and scribbling information on scraps of paper. They passed the class.  Those were good days.  I miss Lindy…and the kids.

Thanks for tuning in…


Filed under: political musings — Peg Britton @ 7:28 am

Kansas officials are preparing to announce details of the state’s new online voter registration process.

Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh and Revenue Secretary Joan Wagnon scheduled a news conference Tuesday in Topeka. Thornburgh’s office launched the online registration system in June without fanfare, to test how it works.

Tuesday’s event marks the formal announcement.

Kansans will still be able to register in person. The online system gives them an alternative. Kansas had 1.72 million registered voters as of January. The state holds primary and general elections next year for all statewide offices and all 125 members of the House of Representatives.


Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 7:20 am

Tanning beds cause cancer.

The link between tanning beds and the deadliest form of skin cancer is now as definitive as the one between tobacco and lung cancer, an international cancer research group said Tuesday.

A 2006 analysis found a person who uses tanning beds before age 30 runs a 75% greater risk of eventually getting melanoma than someone who doesn’t use beds.

Skin cancer is one of the fastest-rising cancers and melanoma is one of the deadliest solid tumors

The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer announced today that it has moved UV tanning beds to its highest cancer risk category — “carcinogenic to humans.”

The studies found that ultraviolet A (UVA), ultraviolet B (UVB) and ultraviolet C (UVC) radiation all cause cancer in animal models, he says.

The American Melanoma Foundation said three out of four skin cancer deaths are from melanoma and it is the second most common cancer in women between ages 20 and 30. A Stanford University study released in January found skin cancer increasing in men age 65 and older.

Read more.

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Filed under: print news, Tyler Britton USAF — Peg Britton @ 5:23 pm

Someone I know in the Air Force is attending CCATT school. Critical Care Air Transport Team.

In December, respiratory therapists, flight nurses and otheraeromedical professionals from the U.S. Army Institute for Surgical Research at Fort Sam Houston, Texas joined Air Force colleagues in a challenging course designed to prepare them for what the aeromedical evacuation community characterizes as “critical care in the air.”

Grandson is the only one from his group who was selected to participate.  He’s also the youngest in the group and the lowest in rank.  He loves the school.

Army burn flight teams consist of a general surgeon, a criticalcare registered nurse, a licensed vocational nurse, a respiratory technician and an operations Non-Commissioned Officer.  Grandson is a respiratory technician.

The CCATT course provides joint training in fixed-wing aeromedical transport of critically ill and injured patients that integrates real-world en route care lessons learned from Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom.

The joint training is especially important to the Army and Air Force aeromedical evacuation community because of the significant number of combat casualties suffered in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since Operation Iraqi Freedom began in March 2003, Army burn flight and Air Force CCATT teams have evacuated and treated hundreds of patients who’ve suffered burn and inhalation injuries primarily resulting from improvised explosive device detonations.

You can draw your own conclusions where this training will take him.  He’ll probably be stationed at an Air Force hospital where injured military personnel will be brought to his team by the Army. He and his team will then transport patients back to the U.S.


Filed under: political musings, Joshua Svaty — Peg Britton @ 5:02 pm

Larry Gates emphatically refutes the suggestion that the Kansas Democratic Party lacks star power on its bench.

“It’s just boldly inaccurate and defies the facts,” said Gates, party chairman. “If you look at some of the young people we have holding office with tremendous potential going forward, our bench is superior.

Rep. Paul Davis, former Rep. Josh Svaty, Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson, Rep. Raj Goyle, and Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor are all in potential Democratic candidates for Kansas governor.

Read the rest of the story by Austin Meek here.


Filed under: political musings, Barack Obama — Peg Britton @ 4:32 pm

“One of the common-sense rules of life can be summed up this way: Don’t Mess With Cops.”

“Verbally disrespecting a cop may well be rude, but in a free society we can’t allow it to become a crime, any more than we can criminalize criticism of the president, a senator, or the city council. ”

“The arrest of Harvard African-American Studies Professor Henry Louis Gates has certainly got everyone talking. Unfortunately, everyone’s talking about the wrong issue.”

“Put the race talk aside: the issue here is abuse of police power, and misplaced deference to authority.”

When James Crowley responded to a 911 call and confronted Henry Gates who had been observed by a neighbor prying open the door to his own home, he asked him to prove his residency.  Gates provided identification. The neighbor who called to report the incident identified the two men as “gentlemen” and didn’t make any reference to their race.  Race is not the issue here.

What happened next has been a subject of dispute, but it seems clear that Gates did mistakenly presume that Officer Crowly had racially profiled him.  Gates swore at him in response.

As I said, race is NOT the issue here.  What is the issue here is that  Gates should never have been arrested for disorderly conduct in his own home.  That is the only issue and one that needs to be followed by further investigation.

“The conversation we ought to be having in response to the July 16 incident and its heated aftermath isn’t about race, it’s about police arrest powers, and the right to criticize armed agents of the government.”For the rest of the story, the real story, please read this very too the point article by Radley Balco.  Radley Balco is a senior editor at REASON Magazine.


Filed under: political musings, print news — Peg Britton @ 12:54 pm

The decision to locate a $700 million dollar research facility for highly infectious pathogens in Manhattan is still undergoing scrutiny and is the subject of continuous squabbling.

GAO’s draft report said the agency’s assessment of the risk of accidental release of toxins on mainland locations, including Kansas, was based on “unrepresentative accident scenarios,” “outdated modeling” and “inadequate” information about the sites.

Along with the highly contagious foot-and-mouth disease, NBAF researchers plan to study African swine fever, Japanese encephalitis, Rift Valley fever and other viruses.

The Washington Post carries the latest details on the controversy.


Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 12:22 pm

Kevin Heinz and Jillian Peterson surprised their wedding guests at their June 20th wedding in St. Paul with a sunglasses-clad bridal party dancing down the church aisle to Chris Brown’s “Forever”. This YouTube sensation has received more than 6.8 million viewers.  Here is the five-minute video of their choreographed wedding.  You’ll like it.  Good news for Brown: The 2008 song reached No. 7 on iTunes download list yesterday.

My friend Rose was head’s up in sending me the link.


Filed under: political musings — Peg Britton @ 8:30 am

On July 6, 2009, the Kansas Ornithological Society, along with six National Audubon Society Chapters in Kansas, filed a petition with the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks requesting the department to consider an emergency listing of Lesser Prairie-Chicken as a Threatened Species.

Click here to read the petition, etc.


Filed under: prairie musings, political musings — Peg Britton @ 5:33 am

Yesterday Hillary was on Meet the Press for the full hour. She was well-informed, articulate to a comma, and expressed her views so that they could be easily assimilated. She was humorous when the situation called for it and cautious about not getting trapped by David Gregory or going beyond topic.  It was an hour well spent listening to her.  She is a terrific advocate for the United States and there is something demonstrable about her efforts.

She’s logged 100,000 miles traveling around the globe, pushing President Obama’s foreign policy goals as his top diplomat. Now, fresh off her trip to Asia — where she trading barbs with the North Koreans and warned Iran about it’s nuclear ambitions — we find out how she thinks she can influence those U.S. adversaries abroad. Plus, what influence is she having on her former political rival, President Obama, when it comes to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as domestic issues, such as health care? (Play clip)

On the other hand, during a sleepless night, I caught Sarah Palin’s qivit address yesterday that can only be described as a sarcastic, rambling, incoherent jumble of words delivered in a high screechy voice where she took pot shots at everyone.  She wanted to get a last word in on everything that has happened to her since she first appeared out of obscurity. She was at the opposite end of the speaking and intellectual spectrum from Clinton. She rambles while searching for one of those right wing conservative right phrases that brings cheers from the crowd, then rambles some more.  Carl Berstein said Palin is “ignorant and a flake” and railed on McCain for selecting her as a running mate.  There is no predicting Sarah actions except to say she’s all about me, myself and I.  She’s another reason I don’t want to twitter and I couldn’t care less what she has to say when she talks at the Reagan Library.

Rachel Maddow was the first and has been the only media reporter to get to bring out the information about the C Street Family and what some of our nations’ leaders are all about.  Last night on Channel 12, they touted having a big report on that subject but it didn’t amount to anything.  They only skimmed over the surface by mentioning Congressmen Todd Tiahrt and Jerry Moran and didn’t bring Sen. Sam Brownback into the fray as they should have. There is much to say on this subject and the best place to learn about it is on MSNBC at 8:00 p.m. M-F.

I can’t believe that our youngest will soon be 55.  How time flies. It will be a special event.

Thanks for tuning in…



Filed under: political musings, MetaPro totals — Peg Britton @ 4:16 pm

Last month I forgot to post my totals.  So for June, I had 449,309 total hits.
In May, there were 441,884 hits up from April’s 366,296.  But…those are way down from my all-time high of 1,451,218 in November when people were searching the information I posted about Obama, etc. Those are nice numbers, and I thank you.

There is hardly a breath of air moving outside.  And…it’s very hot.  It’s supposed to be cool on Tuesday so I’ll just stay put until then.  Well, not really.

This afternoon I made some apricot preserves…and they are very good even if I do say so myself. Karen brought a variety of apricots from her brother’s trees in Idaho and shared some with me.

I don’t measure such things, but I can tell you I used a little orange juice to get them started, lemon juice, lemon zest, splenda and brandy.  I cooked them about an hour, and they could have used more than that, but I played out over the stove.

Oh, in case you didn’t know what can perk up the taste of cooked fruit in preserves or pies, here’s how it goes according to my friend, Ryon.  For apricots, use brandy.  For peaches, include peach schnapps.  Use amaretto with cherries and apples. It makes all the difference in the world in the taste of the finished product…and you’ll find it much more flavorful.

What is in the water on C Street?

They’re Christians, so it is simply inconceivable that they could have lapsed so far from the strict morality of their faith unless something underhanded is going on: some liberal probably spiked their water supply with Viagra, or sprayed aphrodisiacs into the air ducts.

The above post from Pharyngula is a quick read and will make you chuckle. The C Street Family home is really a boarding house for weirdos.


Filed under: political musings — Peg Britton @ 1:43 pm

The New York Times today carries an article by David Barstow about abortion provider,George Tiller, an abortion battle fought to the death and Tiller’s adversaries.  It’s an excellent article.

Scott Roeder, the man charged with the murder of Dr. Tiller, is facing a hearing Tuesday where he will get the first look at the evidence compiled against him by the prosecution.  If convicted of first-degree murder, he faces life in prison with the possibility of parole after 25 years.

It’s interesting to note that not a single Kansas politician of statewide prominence showed up for Dr. Tiller’s funeral, which drew 1,200 mourners.  Nor were any at the Reformation Lutheran Church the next day, the first Sunday service after his death.

If you want to know more about Dr. Tiller and his medical practice, this is a good article to help become informed.



Filed under: political musings — Peg Britton @ 2:27 pm

Harry Patch, Britain’s last survivor of the trenches of World War I, was a reluctant soldier who became a powerful eyewitness to the horror of war, and a symbol of a lost generation.

Britain’s Ministry of Defense called Patch the last British military survivor of the 1914-18 war, although British-born Claude Choules of Australia, 108, is believed to have served in the Royal Navy during the conflict.

Patch was one of the last living links to “the war to end all wars,” which killed about 20 million people in years of fighting between the Allied Powers – including Britain, France and the United States – and Germany and its allies. The Ministry of Defense said he was the last soldier of any nationality to have fought in the brutal trench warfare that has become the enduring image of the conflict.

There are no French or German veterans of the war left alive. The last known U.S. veteran is Frank Buckles of Charles Town, West Virginia, 108, who drove ambulances in France for the U.S. Army.

Patch did not speak about his war experiences until he was 100. Once he did, he was adamant that the slaughter he witnessed had not been justified.

“I met someone from the German side and we both shared the same opinion: we fought, we finished and we were friends,” he said in 2007.

“It wasn’t worth it.”

Read the whole story in the Huffington Post.  It’s an interesting article.

Patch and my mother were both born in 1898.  My father, born in 1892, and a veteran of WW I, fought the same battles as Patch. It seems strange that someone my mother’s age would still be alive today since she died 45 years ago.


Filed under: political musings, Bush and Cheney — Peg Britton @ 1:55 pm

HuffPost’s QuickRead…

AP  |  MARK MAZZETTI and DAVID JOHNSTON  |  July 25, 2009 at 12:09 PM

WASHINGTON — The Bush administration in 2002 considered sending U.S. troops into a Buffalo, N.Y., suburb to arrest a group of terror suspects in what would have been a nearly unprecedented use of military power, The New York Times reported.

Vice President Dick Cheney and several other Bush advisers at the time strongly urged that the military be used to apprehend men who were suspected of plotting with al Qaida, who later became known as the Lackawanna Six, the Times reported…



Filed under: prairie musings, Sam Brownback — Peg Britton @ 9:07 pm

I hear they picked up the miscreants who stole the food and liquor from the American Legion Hall in Kanopolis that belonged to a wedding party. The Pampered Chef pan, etc. was returned to the family.  If there is any follow through, you can probably read about it in the INDY.  If one of my reader’s made the phone call to Crimestoppers, I thank you.

The state ethics commission dismissed a nepotism complaint against House Speaker Mike O’Neal stemming from his wife’s hiring on the chamber’s leadership staff.  The commission voted 5-2 to dismiss the case with one abstention and one absence.  Commissioner John Solback said he evidence didn’t suggest O’Neal played a role in the hiring decision.

The Czech Festival started tonight…

The Farmers’ Market will be in full swing tomorrow under the cottonwood tree by the railroad tracks.

Now to find Ringo and find our feathers.  He’s such a good dog.

Thanks for tuning in…


Filed under: political musings — Peg Britton @ 8:49 pm

God’s Senator Sam Brownback will be returning to Kansas to run for governor and he is bringing a lot of baggage with him:  he lives in the house at 133 C. St. SE with five other members of Congress, including Sen. John Ensign of Nevada. The group living in the house are extreme religious fundamentalists who tout plans for Christian world control.

Ensign has admitted to an affair with a staff member and allegedly paying her family nearly $100,000. The husband of Senator Ensign’s mistress says that prominent members of the family, including sons of the group’s founders … were both aware of Ensign’s secret affair and were involved in his efforts to pay off the mistress and her family….”

Gov. Mark Sanford received counseling from the fundamentalist group regarding his Argentine heart throb and infidelity to his wife.

Gov. Bart Stupak, who lives there, doesn’t like to be questioned about the shadowy religious groups known as The Family which owns the house.

 Here is a video that reveals from the Rachel Maddow show that shows the politically connected church’s bizarre plans control of “seven key sectors” of society.

U.S. News & World Report reported that the house is owned by a “secretive religious organization” alternately known as the “Fellowship” or the “Foundation.” The bottom two floors of the building are registered in tax records as a church. The members of Congress live on the third floor. Each pays $600 a month rent, an extremely low rate for housing within walking distance of the Capitol.

According to the Washington Post the house is owned by Youth With a Mission D.C. Youth With a Mission is one of the most extensive Christian fundamentalist para-church organizations on Earth, and YWAM founder leader Loren Cunningham has publicly outlined a vision for Christian world-control.

The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power by Jeff Sharlet is very much in demand…and hard to find.

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