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1/31/2011

ABILENE COUNTRY CLUB…ET AL…

Filed under: prairie musings, political musings — Peg Britton @ 10:08 pm

I heard the Abilene Country Club was sold to the company that also owns Chisholm Trail in Abilene, Junction City and elsewhere in the state.  It sold for $275,000 and additional liabilities, wiped out all the debt and was a wash deal.

I remember when they designed and built the club…and who managed the kitchen and golf course.  It was a beautiful facility for Abilene and drew a large membership.  Ally even had a stint there for a year or so as manager.  We enjoyed going there for tournaments and parties over the years.   But…like so many other things, it just lived its life and faded away.  People have so many other options for good places to eat and playing golf can be a very expensive sport.  Course and club house maintenance is expensive.  Some things just have their time and place then pass on.

Todd built a fire for me after he returned from work this afternoon.  It has warmed the living room so that I’m actually warm for the first time since…well, probably the last fire.  I’ve become accustomed to wearing layers… a tee shirt, a long sleeved shirt, a sweat shirt and a jacket over that.  This is a pleasant change.

A pork loin roast was on the menu for dinner.  I prepared it in a small electric roaster with lots of seasonings, potatoes and carrots.  That went well with baby peas and cold apple sauce.  I’m going to miss my downstairs renters when they get back into their own newly remodeled house.

There is not much accumulation of snow…maybe an inch.  it’s supposed to snow all day tomorrow so it will probably be a good day to stay home.  I have no place to go!

Today I started reading (seriously) “Paris of the Plains”, a referral to Kansas City,  written by a very talented writer/friend of mine, John Simonson. It’s a wonderful book, brilliantly written, and I’m enjoying it enormously.  It is one of the most interesting books I’ve read in a long time.

I’ve had a hankering to spend time in Slovenia.  I know that won’t happen at this stage of my life, but I did see a wonderful documentary on PBS about it last night so I feel like I have breezed through the country.  I’ve heard from a friend whose grandson lives and works there that the people there are unmatched any place else in the world for their kindness and generosity.  It’s one of those perfect places to live.

For anyone who is interested:  Tim Huelskamp will be here tomorrow on his tour of the big first.

Stay warm and thanks for tuning in…

ALLY ROCKS…

Filed under: prairie musings, Ally Britton — Peg Britton @ 8:31 pm

Ally has been been invited to be a Marshall on the 9th hole at the Women’s U.S. Open Golf Tournament at the Broadmoor in July. This is a big deal.  Really big.  Especially for someone who has attended many of these tournament in the past.

The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs has three 18 holes golf courses and has been the site of many national golf tournaments.

Congratulations, Ally!   You rock…

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH…

Filed under: prairie musings, Ringo — Peg Britton @ 11:06 am

This is nothing from “official” sources, but I have had a couple of friends living in Ellsworth who very recently have had their houses “invaded” when they weren’t at home.  Someone broke into their homes by forcing/shouldering entry through a locked back door.  I am unaware if anything was taken.  I don’t know how prevalent this is.

It would be a good idea if we all kept our doors locked and maintained a close watch over our neighbors houses.  This has been going on in the rural area for some time and now it’s happening in town.  We need to catch these culprits and hold them accountable for their actions.  Don’t you think?

Ringo!  On guard!

THE ECF SPIRITUAL LIFE CENTER PRESENTS….

Filed under: prairie musings, Ellsworth — Peg Britton @ 10:56 am

“ARSENIC AND OLD LACE”

A play by Joseph Kesselring; directed by Larry Temple

A night of laughter and fun is in order.  If you have never attended one of these performances, you really ought to make the effort to go.  The food is good and the production by the inmates is hilarious.  This year’s performance it going to be a riot, so I hear from inside sources…maybe even better than last year, although I don’t see how.  I laughed until I ached last year.  It’s a delightful way to spend the evening with friends and support a good cause.

The dinner and performances will be:
Friday April 29th, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Saturday April 30th, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Sunday May 1st, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Tickets $20.00 per person or $160 for a table of eight.

This year’s meal will feature lasagna, salad,  bread sticks, dessert, tea and coffee.

Make reservations by calling ECF Chaplaincy at 785.472.6212.  All proceeds will benefit the Spiritual Life Center. Checks or money orders to be made out to Spiritual Life Center: ECF SLC PO Box 107, Ellsworth KS 67439.

1/29/2011

HAPPY KANSAS DAY TO ALL…

Filed under: prairie musings, Kansas — Peg Britton @ 10:04 am

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1/28/2011

CHIMAY ALE…

Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 8:10 pm

Some things pass you by in life and you never know about it.  You didn’t see it coming; you didn’t miss it when it passed.  I just hate it when I miss something I should have seen.  It’s a big world and I’ve always wanted to be a part of all of it.  Impossible, I know, but I try to catch the essence of what comes near.

I almost missed Chimay Ale, but my friend Greg in Austin introduced it to me over the holidays.  What a joy….both Greg and the ale.

Chimay Ale…Grande Reserve…is a very, very good ale brewed within  the walls of a monastery  under the control of the trappist community.  The major part of the sales revenue is used by the monks to support charitable works.

The exceptional yeast isolated by Father Theodore, combined with the purity of the highly protected water of the abbey’s wells, gives Chimay its unique richness.  Since 1862, Chimay’s secondary  fermented ales have neither been pasteurized nor filtered and only natural ingredients are used.  It is brewed at Scourmont Abbey in Beligium.

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It’s no secret that I love good beer, good vodka, and good single malt.  I can now add Chimay to the top of my list of the best dark, stout ale. When I grow old, dear grandchildren, skip the note cards, stationery and lotions…just get me a bottle of Chimay Ale.

Thanks for tuning in…

ELLSWORTH STEAK HOUSE RESTAURANT…

Filed under: prairie musings, Ellsworth, Eat, Drink — Peg Britton @ 3:16 pm

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“McAtee’s 45″  Restaurant reborn.  An Ellsworth landmark gets a new lease on life.

Many of us old-timers remember well when Frank and Bert McAtee took the plunge and built a restaurant on the very lonesome stretch of  the newly constructed 45 highway that skirted Ellsworth.  It later became highway 156.   It was a huge gamble for the McAtee’s who had owned and operated a very successful restaurant in downtown Ellsworth for many years.  With four sons to feed and educate, it was a proposal that also shouldered a great deal of apprehension.  The city fathers encouraged and supported the McAtees.  It was a bold move for them, but one that was well-taken. Somewhere they are smiling.

Now, in another bold and adventurous move, Tina and Rick Davis have taken the old restaurant that has been in operation all these years under other owners and completely rebuilt the inside and changed the exterior appearance.  Everything inside is new, shiny clean and …well…classy.

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Last evening the new owners had a soft opening for some of their friends to give the employees an opportunity for training experience.  It was a very nice teaser for the guests who enjoyed appetizers and drinks from the bar.

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Machelle McAtee Connally, granddaughter of the original owners, thoroughly enjoyed the renovations particularly the unveiling of the old ceiling that once again displayed its original beauty.

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The interior design and paintings throughout the restaurant are the creation of the multi-talented Tina Davis.  The dining rooms and lounge are very comfortable and inviting.   And, a nice sideline is that you can talk without being heard throughout the room.

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The buffet area is in the corner of the main dining room.  Chef  Anthony and Ally talk shop about their days working the kitchen at the Salina Country Club.   There is also a pastry/baking chef from Capers with a lot of experience who will join Anthony in the kitchen to create specialty items. They have a first-class kitchen staff.

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The restaurant has a new look, new roof and new sign on the exterior which was being erected as I took the picture.  The grand opening is February 4th and 5th.  It should be a gala weekend and opportunity for people wanting a new place to eat, with a new and exciting menu and excellent chefs working the kitchen.  Prime rib and steaks will be among their specialties.  And, as one of my friends observed, it’s the only place in town where you can get a glass of red wine.  There is a well-stocked bar.

The Davis’s have contributed a lot to making Ellsworth a better place to live by giving us a new and exciting dining opportunity.  Stop in for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  They have earned our support and we wish them well in their new endeavor.

Their hours are:

Monday through Thursday 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Friday and Saturday 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Sunday 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m

Phone 785.472.3043

The restaurant is located on Highway 156 at the intersection of highway 1-40 at the northeast edge of Ellsworth.

Thanks for tuning in…

1/27/2011

WILL WE ALLOW PHARMACISTS PLAY GOD?

Filed under: political musings, print news, Pro-life/Pro-choice — Peg Britton @ 4:09 pm

Here are a couple of articles to give you pause about what the religious right is trying to inflict on others.  Think about the consequences if this gets a stronghold in the country.  Of course, it would be happening in Texas and with our fringe right leadership in Kansas, it could very easily happen here.

When Julee Lacey, a married mother of two, tried to get her birth control pill prescription refilled at a CVS near her home in suburban Dallas, the pharmacist refused.

“She began to tell me that she personally does not believe in birth control, and that therefore she would not fill my prescription,” said Lacey, who attends church regularly and is a former teacher of the year. Lacey’s situation could happen with increasing frequency, since many conservatives are seeking laws that would protect pharmacists’ jobs if they refuse to fill any prescription they oppose on religious or moral grounds. ……people most vehemently opposed to abortion were equally opposed to contraception. How can that make sense?

“If you don’t offer to a woman — a wife, for example, in a family situation — an option to plan her pregnancies, then you are just inviting an unplanned or unwanted pregnancy, inviting the possibility of abortion,” he said.But to many conservatives, some forms of birth control and abortion are essentially the same thing: the ending of a human life.

For more on this fierce debate, click here.

And in another case…

A nurse calls in a prescription to a local pharmacy. The nurse’s patient is a woman experiencing heavy uterine bleeding, and she needs medication. But the pharmacist suspects the woman’s had an abortion. So he won’t fill the prescription. He won’t even give her a referral of another pharmacy where she can go. He leaves her to bleed, and without the medicine she needs, she’ll either have to go to the emergency room or risk a serious hemorrhage.

This is what happened at an Idaho Walgreen’s two months ago. And what the pharmacist did was absolutely legal. In its last session, the Idaho legislature passed a “conscience clause” law for pharmacists. The law was intended to allow pharmacists the option to deny women access to emergency contraception, even if the woman in question was raped. Moreover, and perhaps even more importantly, the law’s vague wording allows for heinous abuses like the story described above.

This isn’t a law that protects pharmacists – it’s a law that endangers women. The medicine the bleeding woman needed was called Methergine, and it’s often used when a woman bleeds after an abortion or miscarriage. The pharmacist had no idea whether the woman in question had had an abortion or not. Yet he decided it was his right to punish her by refusing to provide the care she so desperately needed.

The women of Idaho deserve better than this.  Particularly the women in rural Idaho, who may have only one pharmacy in a hundred mile radius. If their local pharmacist refuses care, is a bleeding woman supposed to drive for hours to get another prescription?

For more on this...click here.

It would be a very good idea if everyone paid attention to the bills that are introduced in the legislature…both at the local level and the national level.

Thanks for tuning in…

KRIS KOBACH’S COSTLY LEGAL ADVICE…

Filed under: political musings — Peg Britton @ 8:10 am

REPORT CITES KOBACH’S COSTLY LEGAL ADVICE
Municipalities who have worked with Kobach rack up millions in legal fees

TOPEKA - Recently, the Southern Poverty Law Center released a report titled “When Mr. Kobach Comes to Town: Nativist Laws and the Communities they Damage” which takes aim at Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach. Kobach has a habit of working with cities to pass immigration legislation and then defend that legislation in court. These court costs end up costing small municipalities that Mr. Kobach works with millions of dollars.

A recent article on the Huffington Post put it this way:

Even if the motives of Kobach are otherwise, the experience of those towns that have collaborated with him should serve as a stark warning. After the city of Albertville, Ala., decided against working with Kobach based on his track record, the publisher of the local Sand Mountain Reporter summed it up like this: “I fear Mr. Kobach targets towns like ours, and towns like Hazleton, Pa., Valley Park, Mo., and Farmers Branch, Texas, as financial windfalls. I think he preys on the legitimate concerns, the irrational fears and even some bigoted attitudes to convince cities to hire him to represent their interests in lawsuits that may not be winnable.”

In response KDP Executive Director, Kenny Johnston issued the following statement:

“Mr. Kobach continues to embarrass this state. First, he wouldn’t commit to working full-time at the job he was just elected to do and now he’s being accused of fleecing small cities across the country. Kansans are waking up to find their state taken over by an extreme wing of the Republican Party.”

“Kansans expect their Secretary of State to live up to certain minimum standards of independence and competency. Kris Kobach has proven time and time again that he has neither.”

If you want to know what else he’s up to, check this out.   Apparently, Kobach thinks voter fraud in Kansas is running rampant.

1/24/2011

MAKE A DONATION TO PLANNED PARENTHOOD…NOW!

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.

Jackass.

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

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

1/23/2011

EGGS BENEDICT OSCAR…

Filed under: prairie musings, family, recipes, Ally Britton — Peg Britton @ 9:21 am

Now here’s something for breakfast you can’t find just anywhere:  Eggs Benedict Oscar.

For our brunch, Chef Ally is preparing Wolferman’s English muffins, topped with crisp bacon, sliced ripe tomatoes, asparagus spears,  soft poached egg, all slathered with homemade hollandaise sauce and topped with fresh steamed crab meat.   It’s very, very special…something we haven’t had in a long time.  The grandkids will be envious as they love it.

It makes my head swim just thinking about putting this all together, particularly the hollandaise sauce.  It has to be just right, and hers always is.  Mine is not all that predictable.

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When the grand kids were young, grade school/junior high age, Ally and I took them tent camping in New Mexico on a patch of land she owned that was atop a mesa and 30 miles from the next human being as the crow flies.  It was a gorgeous, isolated piece of this planet that we loved.   Ally did all the cooking and nothing seemed out of her realm of possibility.  One morning as she was firing up the campfire, she asked Tyler, Drew and Mackenzie what they wanted for breakfast.  I supposed we were about out of food at this point and was surprised they were given a “choice”.  We’d already had all kinds of wonderful fruit topped pancakes, personalized omelets , scrambled eggs with dill pickles (a family favorite), etc.  “EGGS BENEDICT!”, they yelled.  Impossible, I thought.  Absolutely impossible.  Sure enough, it wasn’t long before we heard her say, “Voila!  Eggs Benedict.”  What a wonderful camping experience that was for all of us. It’s something you don’t easily forget.

Thanks for tuning in…

1/22/2011

EARLY MORNING SUNRISE ON THE KANSAS PRAIRIE…

Filed under: prairie musings, Ally Britton — Peg Britton @ 8:04 am

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Photo by Ally Britton…taken outside her front door, looking past her pole barn loaded with firewood.  The colors of the sky were breath-taking.

1/21/2011

GOVERNOR NAMES EXPERIENCED WARDEN AS CORRECTIONS SECRETARY…

Filed under: political musings, Ellsworth — Peg Britton @ 5:59 pm

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Topeka – Kansas Governor Sam Brownback named Ray Roberts as his Secretary of the Kansas Department of Corrections.  Roberts has managed a variety of correctional facilities, inmate populations and programs during his 35 years of correctional experience.  He is currently the Warden of the El Dorado Correctional Facility.

“Ray Roberts has a reputation of getting things done effectively and efficiently and working well with correctional stakeholders.  He knows how prisons operate, how inmates behave and react and how to improve security and reduce employee turnover,” Gov. Brownback said.

Brownback also pointed to Roberts’ work with two non-profit organizations to bring spiritual life centers to the Ellsworth and El Dorado Correctional Facilities at little or no cost to Kansas taxpayers.

“I believe it is important not only to ensure a prison is well-fortified but to also give the men and women serving their time the opportunity to change the path their lives are on.  The spiritual life centers that Ray helped build here in Kansas are impacting inmates’ lives and giving them a chance to break the cycle,” Brownback said.

Roberts began his career at the Mississippi State Penitentiary as a corrections officer in 1975.  Since then he has served as a correctional counselor, staff development coordinator, deputy warden, director of faith-based ministry, warden of five correctional facilities and deputy secretary of facility management.

“I am excited to become a part of the Brownback administration because he is a man of faith and I believe in his plans to improve the State of Kansas,” Roberts said.  “I have dedicated my life to the field of corrections for the last 35 years and feel fortunate to be employed by the Kansas Department of Corrections.  The KDOC has made tremendous strides in the past few years and the system has many professional and dedicated employees who are committed to providing public safety and innovate programs and services for inmates.  I look forward to working with them and taking the correctional system to an even higher level.”

Roberts’ appointment must be confirmed by the Kansas Senate.

NEVA EGAN, ALASKA’S INITIAL FIRST LADY, DIES AT AGE 96. NEVA EGAN WAS BORN IN WILSON KANSAS…

Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 8:17 am

By MIKE DUNHAM
mdunham@adn.com
Anchorage Daily News
Published: January 21st, 2011 02:42 AM
Last Modified: January 21st, 2011 02:42 AM

Neva Egan, the state of Alaska’s initial first lady, died on Wednesday night in the Juneau Pioneer Home. She was 96 years old.

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Neva McKittrick was born in Wilson, Kan., on Oct. 3, 1914, the third in a family of five children. She worked at her father’s grocery store until she could save enough money to attend first Kansas State College, then the University of Wyoming in Laramie, where her aunt was a member of the faculty.

She taught music in the public school of the tiny Wyoming town of Glenrock for two years. She considered the $1,000-a-year salary to be “fabulous.” Music was among her lifelong interests.

In 1937 she moved to Valdez, one of three new teachers hired that year. All were single women and all were warned that the town was “a little rough.” Shortly after she arrived, one of the few local guys with a car, William Egan, and a buddy called on their hotel to invite them to a dance.

She turned him down, but eventually warmed to what she described as Egan’s “kind and considerate” nature. They married on Nov. 16, 1940.

That same year Bill Egan was elected to the Territorial House of Representatives. It was the beginning of a career in politics that, aside from a stint in the Army during World War II, would last for the rest of his life. He later chaired the Alaska Constitutional Convention and became the first governor of the new state in 1959, being re-elected to that office in 1962 and 1970.

“I bet our family has been the only one in Valdez where national politics always has been discussed at mealtime,” she said. “And sometime I get plain hungry for small talk.”

In addition to Valdez, where she helped her husband run a grocery store, the family lived in Fairbanks during World War II and Anchorage during the run-up to the 1970 election.

But Juneau would become the city where she spent most of her life. At the Governor’s Mansion, she made the beds and ironed her husband’s shirts herself while planning events for entertaining hundreds of guests and picking up the supplies in the family car.

“When the clerks wonder about the boxes being too heavily packed for me to lift, I tell them not to worry,” she said. “I’ve had a lot of practice in carrying groceries.”

Whether laying out buffets for the whole Legislature or attending to a steady line of luncheons — she always tried to invite each member and their spouse to at least one smaller dinner — she enjoyed taking a hand in the kitchen. She was known as a good cook and her recipes were often featured in the food sections of Alaska newspapers.

“Bill’s real easy to cook for,” she once said. “He likes steak and french fried potatoes — doesn’t care much for casseroles or desserts. But he’ll eat anything.”

As first lady, she accompanied the governor on good-will trips to other states and countries. She christened the state’s first ferry, the Malaspina, the Navy’s USS Juneau and numerous other vessels.

In 1969, she was diagnosed with uterine cancer. She hesitated undergoing surgery because she wanted to be “on my feet” for her son’s wedding. The doctor assured her that she would be back up in time and the surgery was successful.

Cancer awareness was one of many causes to which she gave her time in later years. She was a popular guest at civic events. “Her sense of humor … is evident in her sparkling conversation, punctuated often by a hearty laugh,” wrote one reporter.

In 1984, the mezzanine lobby of Anchorage’s William A. Egan Civic and Convention Center was dedicated to her.

Neva Egan was preceded in death by her daughter Elin Carol, who died as an infant, and her husband William, who died in 1984. She is survived by her son, state Sen. Dennis Egan, his wife, Linda, and their daughters, Jill and Leslie.

The family will make funeral details and other information available at a future date.

(It is interesting to note that Wally Hickel succeeded Eagan as Governor of Alaska.  Wally Hickel was from Claflin Kansas.  William Eagan was elected Governor of Alaska in 1959 and again in 1970.  Walter Hickel was elected Governor of Alaska in 1966 and again in 1990.  Claflin and Wilson Kansas have played a very important part in Alaska’s political history.)

1/20/2011

SHARI AND TYLER ON VACATION…

Filed under: prairie musings, friends, Tyler Britton USAF — Peg Britton @ 1:37 pm

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My friend, Shari, is in Cabo and posted this picture on Facebook today.

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Tyler is in NZ, near Akaroa today.  I googled pictures of the area and found this nearby.

“A scenic one hour drive from Christchurch, Akaroa is a quaint little fishing town situated on the southern side of Bank Peninsula and is a must see for anyone looking for a few days rest and relaxation. The town has a distinct French flavour to it. Many street names are of French origin because of its French Whaling history.

Akaroa is quiet, relaxed and perfect for anyone wishing to unwind from a hectic day in the city. For a little more adventure, try the Akaroa Harbour Cruises which take you to see a Seal colony along with the opportunity to swim with Hectors dolphins. French Farm Winery on the western side of the harbour is also worth a visit.”

I thought the similarities were striking, especially since they both came my direction within an hour.

It all has to do with the angle of the shot.

Thanks for tuning in…

HYPOCRITE TIM HUELSKAMP…

Filed under: political musings — Peg Britton @ 10:59 am

Who would have the audacity to vote for repealing affordable health care for 32 million Americans while gladly accepting generous, federally subsidized insurance for themselves?

Our representative — Rep. Huelskamp — along with 236 other congressional health care hypocrites.

Huelskamp should practice what he preaches and cancel his own federal health insurance.

1/19/2011

SHEET OF ICE…

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

It’s a “sheet of ice” outside.   It’s dangerous and getting worse by the minute.   Vehicles are creeping to approach the intersection of 40 and 14. I’m glad I have no reason to leave home and suggest you not leave without pressing need.

AUKLAND NEW ZEALAND

Filed under: prairie musings, Tyler Britton USAF — Peg Britton @ 8:43 am

Personal note to grandson who is in Aukland visiting New Zealand and Australia  before he heads back to Afghanistan next month:

I notice you were on my blog this morning.  If we need to pass something newsworthy forward to you, I’ll post it here.

You’ll be pleased to know your parents, so far,  are adjusting to their temporary quarters in the basement that isn’t really a basement.  They have all the comforts of home without the construction mess and I benefit enormously from their help.   Bentley is doing fine and maybe in a week or two, he might stop barking.  Ringo is patient but looks askance at Bentley’s bouncy, intrusive behavior.  That might all change if Bentley finds Ringo’s toy stash in the tower.

As far as the yard art is concerned, the culprits confessed….the Guilfoyle gang did it.  Others seem to be joining in the fun and contributing additional objets d’art.    Scroll down for a picture of the neighborhood collection.

If you go to Rotorua,   think of your grandpa as he spent one of the best days of his life fly fishing there.  The chef at the hotel where we were staying prepared his bountiful catch and served it to everyone in the dining room that night for all to enjoy.  And, if you get to Melbourne, stop by the Rod Laver Arena for a taste of down under culture.  Even if you can’t get tickets, you’ll enjoy mingling with the Australian Open crowd.

It’s 20 degrees with light freezing rain and 2-3 inches of snow in the forecast.  I’m not venturing out in this weather.  Ally will go to the Co-op and get sunflower seeds for my birds and pick up my mail.  That’s all I need today.  Enjoy your balmy down under weather.

Have fun and thanks for tuning in…

1/18/2011

HOPE FOR FULL CIVIL RIGHTS FOR ALL

Filed under: political musings, LGBT — Peg Britton @ 1:11 pm

Earlier today, the United States Supreme Court turned away an appeal by opponents of marriage equality in Washington D.C., in their attempt to have a ballot referendum on the District’s 2009 ordinance legalizing same-sex marriage.

From the Washington Post:

“The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to revive a lawsuit intending to allow a voter referendum on the District’s same-sex marriage law.Local courts have said the District’s Board of Elections and Ethics was justified in denying attempts by opponents of same-sex marriage to put the issue to a vote. Without comment, the justices said they would not review the latest decision upholding the board’s decision by the D.C. Court of Appeals.

The board has contended that such a ballot initiative would, if approved, violate the city’s Human Rights Act, which bans discrimination based on sexual orientation. A judge agreed, and the appeals court by a 5 to 4 vote upheld the ruling.”

This could be an indication of how the Supreme Court may rule on other marriage equality suits now working their way through the courts, most significantly the challenge to California’s Proposition 8.  This is news that should bring hope for eventual victory in the GLTB fight for full civil rights.

GRASSROOTS YARD ART…

Filed under: prairie musings, family — Peg Britton @ 9:06 am

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Someone took advantage of the remodeling opportunity at Todd and Karen’s to create some grassroots art. I can’t tell from the shadow in the picture who might be responsible, but conspirators usually surface with huge grins on their faces. The K-State flag lends a special touch of refinement.

Meantime, the above home owners, whose house has been gutted, are tucked in my downstairs throughout their remodeling project.  After a couple of days, they are starting to adjust to their new digs.  They are usually gone before sunup while Ringo and I are still enjoying our fluffy mattresses.  They pop in at noon to make a quick lunch and are off again.

We haven’t figured out the evening meal activity as yet, but are feeling our way through it.  Ally and I are fixing a pot roast for dinner tonight as we’ll all be here.  With all the evening meetings Todd and Karen have, I doubt we’ll cross paths often in the kitchen.  I’m loving having them around.

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