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New Kansas blog: Cold Friday

New Kansas blog: Cold Friday

I've noticed a new conservative blog in Kansas, Cold Friday. It describes its goal as "to provide thoughtful opinions on current events and the moral issues of the day." The founder is J. Christopher Pryor of Topeka. He has been published with the Journal for the Study of Antisemitism, David Horowitz's NewsReal Blog, The Remnant, and Catholic Family News among others. He has a J.D., M.B.A. and B.A. in Philosophy. Pryor writes predominantly on issues of antisemitism, philosophy, current events and his hobbies of science and ham radio. To view the blog, click on coldfriday.org.
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Welcome back, Gidget

Gidget stepped away for a few months, but happily she is back writing about Kansas politics at Kansas GOP Insider (wannabe). One of the great things about the internet is it gives people an outlet for their writing and opinions that they probably would not have otherwise. I’d like to introduce you to someone whose writing I think you’d like to read. Well, I can’t really introduce you to her, because I don’t know who she is. On her blog she (?) goes by the name Gidget. It's titled Kansas GOP Insider (wannabe) at insideksgop.blogspot.com. Gidget writes anonymously, although I’m…
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In Kansas, Community Bridge Blog lies — in photographs

Falsely altered photograph of Kris Kobach posted on Community Bridge Blog In debates over public policy, words matter. But readers recognize that words represent the opinion of the writer, and as such can be incorrect, misinformed, or simply stating a preference that the reader may disagree with. But photographs are different. When presented with a photograph purporting to convey a message, readers (viewers) don't know if it is real or has been altered. So when the Community Bridge Blog, a Manhattan-based project, uses a doctored photograph of Republican Kansas Secretary of State Candidate Kris Kobach, readers might be justifiably confused.…
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We won’t do that here

Recently someone left a comment that tried to associate a made-up name someone uses when commenting on this blog with that person's actual name. I removed that comment. For one, I don't know if the charge made by the comment writer (themselves operating under an assumed name, or at least a name that gives little clue as to their identity) is true. Second, at the Wichita Eagle editorial blog, identity-speculating and other behavior stemming from that has poisoned that forum to the point where many discussions degenerate into the worst forms of name-calling, and even death threats. I won't let…
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In Anaheim, I am the press

In Kansas, alternative media outlets like this blog can't get the same level of access that traditional media has in the Kansas statehouse. My post Kansas alternative media shut out of legislative access gives details. This week I in was in Anaheim, California on a fact-finding trip. As part of this, I asked to meet with a planner for the City of Anaheim. Shortly after we started our meeting, he asked to leave the room for a moment. When he came back, a media relations person for the city was with him, and stayed with us during our meeting. This…
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I’m using a different theme

Today I've made a switch in the theme this blog uses. Last year, at about this time, I switched the underlying system this blog uses, changing from Drupal to WordPress. There isn't really anything wrong with Drupal, but it does a lot more than what is needed for blogging. Also, I felt -- and experience has confirmed -- that Google treats a WordPress blog better than a Drupal blog. At least that has been my experience. At the time I switched to WordPress, I selected the Cutline theme, created by Chris Pearson. It's a great WordPress theme. But as time…
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Kansas Jackass spotted at Kansas days

Through several methods, including excessive tweeting and plain old gumshoe work, the identity of the anonymous blogger Kansas Jackass was deduced. One tweet by the Jackass told me that the blogger would be entering the event hall at Kansas Days in a few minutes. I waited by the door and had a conversation with the Jackass.
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What impact do Kansas voters have on judges?

Recently a Kansas blog covered a political event and wrote this in a post titled Defending America Summit Brought out the Wingnuts: Stephen Ware, Professor at the University of Kansas Law School: "What’s unusual about Kansas is about how little the people’s wishes matter. There are no checks and balances in the judicial selection process." ********. It's called a retention voted [sic]. Don't like Justice Dan Biles? Vote him out in a year. And, hey, aren't all professors supposed to be crazy liberals? I asked Mr. Ware about the value of retention votes in giving a voice to the people.…
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And the basis for your criticism is?

A blogger in Kansas has an issue with a talk given by Jonah Goldberg at Americans For Prosperity's Defending the American Dream Summit in Wichita. As it turns out, the basis for the criticism is ..., well, let the speaker himself explain. See the post titled Well-Named.
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Wichita and Kansas General Election Coverage

My page of coverage of the general election for Wichita and the surrounding area is available. Click here to view it. I don't think I have all the candidate websites listed yet, so if I'm missing any, please send it to me though the contact page. I'd prefer an email message rather than a comment.
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Kansas Blog Roundup for September 19, 2008

I think I say this almost every week, but I'm amazed at some of the blogs that people create just to showcase and report on their own personal interests. This week it's Dave Knadler, who is a professional writer. His blog Dave's Fiction Warehouse deals with books and writing and movies, and also his assorted adventures, which sound like fun. And while I'm repeating myself, Douglas and Main by Bobby Rozzell remains a great spot to catch up on the good posts in Wichita-area blogs, and to learn of new blogs, too. At Americans For Prosperity, Kansas chapter head Alan…
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I’m at the Kansas State Fair

This weekend I'm helping out at the Kansas Taxpayer Network booth at the Kansas State Fair. The booth is in the Meadowlark building, north aisle. I'll be there from 4:00 to 10:00 today, 9:00 to 4:00 tomorrow (Saturday), and 3:00 to 9:00 Sunday. Stop by and say hello.
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Kansas Header Images Now Available

I created a Flickr photo set that holds all the header images that I use on the Voice For Liberty in Wichita. To see the images in full size, click on any image, then along its top, click on "All sizes." To view a slide show of these images, click here. I took all these photos myself.
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Kansas Blog Roundup for September 5, 2008

In Kansas this week, blog coverage of local issues is a little light, partly due to the holiday, but also the Republican convention. A local blog I've just become aware of (but has been around for a few years) is Book Nut. It covers, naturally, books. It's always amazing to me to see the effort that people put into their blogs, especially ones like this that are hobbies. Douglas and Main remains the leading place to learn about Wichita-area blogs and their posts. Kansas Liberty features KansasLiberty.com RNC journal report, a series of posts by Kansas Republican national delegate Maria…
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Web Map of Wichita

An interesting site someone just showed to me is Web Map of Wichita, a useful collection of Wichita-oriented web sites presented in an unusual way. This comes from 2Wichita, a new site (at least to me) that appears to be a useful resource for learning about all sorts of websites in and around Wichita. Also useful is from this same site wichitized googling -- popular sites version, a Google custom search engine that returns results only from sites popular in Wichita. Related is wichitized googling -- media scope, which searches Wichita media sites only. I have a Google custom search…
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Kansas Blog Roundup for August 29, 2008

Kansas bloggers were hard at work again this week, covering a wide variety of topics. A Wichita blog that's been around for a while but has recently undergone a change in direction is Wichita Art Directory. This blog contains wonderful images of the works of many Wichita artists. Also useful is an extensive list of links to mostly art-related websites in Wichita. Wichita's "Boondoggler" at Wichita 259 Truth continues to churn out great work. Last week he (she?) noticed that Wichita school bond celebrity spokesperson George Fahnestock doesn't live in the Wichita school district. This week two new posts appear.…
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Kansas Blog Roundup for August 22, 2008

In Kansas this week, some blogs are quiet, but others pick up the slack with some worthwhile posts. The Kansas Progress questions the actions of the Kansas Traditional Republican Majority in Actions by liberal group denounced by state GOP. The Kansas Republican Assembly blog has a two-part series of posts covering how Kansas has become the first state with government-owned casinos. The first post is How 73 voters brought state-owned casinos to Kansas, and the second part is How 50 voters brought state-owned casinos to Kansas. This is very interesting reading. Then, learn about Kansas' liberal senate president (a Republican,…
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Kansas Blog Roundup for August 15, 2008

No overarching theme emerged this week in Kansas blogs. Follow-up from the August 5 Kansas primary and Wichita school board action proved popular with readers. A new (to me, anyway) and interesting Kansas blog is Jewish Simplicity, which blogs about "... simplicity, frugality and sustainability from a Jewish perspective ..." Douglas and Main is a great place to learn about new Wichita blogs. This week, coverage of a statement by Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer proved popular with Voice For Liberty in Wichita readers. A transcription of his remarks may be read in Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer, August 12, 2008, and…
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Follow Me on Twitter. I’ll follow you.

Some people have asked if I'm on Twitter, and the answer is yes. Here's a link to my Twitter profile, from where you can choose to follow me. I don't use Twitter as much as a lot of people do. I don't have a mobile device like a Blackberry. I have a regular old-fashioned cell phone. (Isn't is funny to think of a plain cellular telephone as old-fashioned, even quaint?) So I just update from my computer. What I mostly do on Twitter is to post titles and urls to new blog posts. There's a problem, though. Often the title…
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