Archives for September, 2006

Kansas Guild of Bloggers

Every week the finest blogging of Kansas gathers at the Kansas Guild of Bloggers. This week TfK will be the guildhall. Emaw from Three O’Clock in the Morning offers a Friday signoff, so go “Leave a comment, and maybe a link.” Previous host John from the Blog Meridian writes On clarity, a look at where…

Popular governor, unpopular President

In SurveyUSA’s latest poll of presidential approval in all 50 states, there are only 5 states where a majority backs him, and only 7 where a plurality approves. Kansas is moving back to the president, up to -4% net approval, the tenth most supportive state and a shift of 15%. That move was largely among…

Where do we stand?

Gulag historian Kate Brown tells Harpers: Perhaps the domestic installation of wartime technologies and military surveillance in civilian settings has become acceptable to us because we have become accustomed, as Soviet citizens did during the endless Stalinist purges, to open-ended wars–wars with no opening salvo and no concluding treaty. Whether or not one agrees that…

Fools

In order to protect their property values, landowners in North Carolina are clearcutting their land. If that seems silly to you, know that you aren’t alone. Apparently, their plan is to make the land unsuitable for endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers. The town is considering instituting a moratorium on land-clearing permits, and the feds are pointing out…

Attention Kansas bloggers!

Submit your posts to this week’s Kansas Guild of Bloggers ASAP! Submissions are due by tonight.

Happy Year 5767 everyone! As this article from the Westchester Journal News observes, precisely what that number means remains somewhat unclear: at a time when growing numbers of evangelical Christians are thumbing their noses at science — insisting that the Bible says the earth is really 6,000 years old — what do modern-day Jews think…

The revenge of the Goat

A report from the Department of Education’s Inspector General says the government broke the law in how it promoted particular programs through its Reading First program. The director of that program: repeatedly used his influence to steer money toward states that used a reading approach he favored, called Direct Instruction, or DI. In one case,…

Barnett lagging in governor’s race

Anderson: Poll shows Barnett not a household name – CJOnline Blogs: Overall, only one of the 10 people I approached this week in downtown Topeka for a random political poll could correctly identify Barnett as the Republican candidate for Kansas governor. Five said they’d never heard of him. Four said the name rang a bell…

Dinosaur adventureland!

Thanks to the Angry Astronomer for pointing out Captain Occam, a webcomic that treats creationism with the respect it deserves.

Friday Find: Rat snake

Finding a rat snake coiled up on a bit of shrubbery is a bit of a surprise. Rat snakes like this Elaphus obsoleta are among the most abundant snakes around, and are incredibly economically beneficial. As the name suggests, they are major predators on various pest species. This one was just hanging out comfortably on…