by Vickie Kline | Thursday, January 22 | Posted in Food

There was an interview with Meghan Trainor on NPR recently and now her song is stuck in my head. As irritating as this is, it gives me a good topic for discussion. For Meghan, it's all about the bass, and for wine drinkers, it's all about the glass. Before you start shaking your head, booing or hissing, let me explain. The shape of a glass changes the taste of wine and our experience when we drink it, meaning there is a reason for varying wine glass sizes and shapes.

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Thursday, January 22 | Posted in View

RELIGIOUS GROUPS
CAN BE PRO-CHOICE

To the Editor:

In his recent column concerning the "post-Christian rant," Bill Jenkins lists some religious groups who have worked on behalf of causes, mostly relating to civil rights. He also makes note of religious groups that oppose abortion rights. I would like to add to his list religious groups that support those rights.

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The skinny on your week

by Diviner Mme Zanzibird | Thursday, January 22 | Posted in Amuse
  • Aries: (March 21 — April 19)
    Week rating: F2
    All you need to perk up is a new velour sweatsuit. This week: Don't let the bastards grind you down.
  • Taurus: (April 20 — May 20)
    Week rating: F4
    The time has come to adopt a cat. This week: Drink with a friend and listen to old country music.
  • Gemini: (May 21 — June 21)
    Week rating: F3
    Journalist Brian Williams will actually follow up on the news tip you left him last month. This week: Make sure everything you say is on the record.
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    by Gustavo Arellano | Thursday, January 22 | Posted in Amuse

    Dear Mexican: I have a hard time believing that the immigrants we see at Home Depot are the best Mexico has to offer. Why can't we entice more of the cream of the crop of Mexicans to come up north? (Mexico has the richest man in the world, so someone has to be doing something right.) Are the laws just fucked up, or are these people better off staying? It couldn't hurt the other immigrants if we had more well-educated immigrants messing up our stereotypes.

    — We Can't Do Better?

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    by Jeremy Webster | Monday, January 19 | Posted in News

    Marchers, musicians and concerned citizens are invited to take part in a funeral procession style march in Wichita to protest and raise awareness of the fifth anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in the Citizens United case.

    The funeral procession theme is intended to represent the death of democracy due to the Citizens United decision.

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    by Mike Marlett | Thursday, January 15 | Posted in View

    I am Charlie Hebdo.

    By that, I mean that until terrorists broke into the French newspaper's offices and killed 10 of its staffers and two policemen outside, I'd never heard of it. And, honestly, it routinely publishes way more offensive things than anything I'd normally publish. It publishes things I flatly and loudly disagree with and even despise. I'm not literally Charlie Hebdo, but only Charlie Hebdo is literally Charlie Hebdo.

    I am Larry Flynt, too.

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    by Don Winsor | Thursday, January 15 | Posted in View

    In the long course of human history, before we all had phones in our pockets, you would call someone and either speak to them, leave a message with either a machine or a person or know you needed to call back later. When I first lived in New York in the 1990s, pretty much everyone had an answering service. This was something you could call from a pay phone, and if it rang (i.e. didn't immediately pick up) you could hang up and get your quarter back, because that meant you didn't have a message. If you had a message, you took it down and called the person back.

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    How could this happen to us?

    by Eleonore Verfaillie | Thursday, January 15 | Posted in View

    Editor's note: Eleonore Verfaillie is a native of France and former F5 contributor and Wichitan who now lives in Cincinnati.

    The terrorist attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo happened in my country, in my city, in the very neighborhood I lived for years. It's a nice neighborhood, pretty central, with a ton of cafes, restaurants, shops, movie theaters and farmers' markets several times a week. This is where guys with assault weapons killed a dozen people.

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    by Bill Jenkins | Thursday, January 15 | Posted in View

    An old friend stopped by last week. I mean a very old friend. We were in graduate school together in 1966 and '67. I hadn't seen her since then though we had communicated occasionally since she found herself in Kansas City the last four or five years. Prior to that, she had lived in 20 or so cities around the country. Then, it was just Christmas cards.

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    by Don Winsor | Thursday, January 15 | Posted in Food

    I lived in and around Italy in 2012. While I love the country and learned many things, a component of my time there was some reinforcement of my mantra "stereotypes exist because enough people behave stereotypically." Thus it is no surprise that while they did send their first female astronaut, Samantha Cristoforetti, into space in November, they sent her there to cook.

    OK, that's not exactly true, but they did send her with a cooking implement — the first zero-gravity certified espresso maker.

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    by Vickie Kline | Thursday, January 15 | Posted in Food

    When my husband and I met and began dating, it was also the beginning of our wine journey. We would spend evenings playing gin rummy and sipping wine. I think we felt sophisticated coming home after work, having a glass of wine while making dinner and discussing our day. After dinner we would carry our glasses to the front porch and get out the deck of cards. It wasn't all that exciting, but it worked for us at the time.

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    by Jeremy Biltz | Thursday, January 15 | Posted in Books

    It generally doesn't take 20 years or more to write a novel, but that's how long Christopher Scotton's debut novel The Secret Wisdom of the Earth has been kicking around in his head. The idea came to him while in his 20s when he noticed the constant sadness in his friend's mother. This friend told him of his brother's tragic death as a child, and the story stuck with Scotton, building and changing and developing.

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    by Jeremy Webster | Thursday, January 15 | Posted in Film

    2012's The Woman In Black proved to be an important film in two important ways. In a more immediate and pop cultural sense, it promoted Daniel Radcliffe's acting abilities outside of the Harry Potter franchise.

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    by Dan Kampling | Thursday, January 15 | Posted in Film

    Any actor typically relishes the chance to be in a fairy tale adaptation. Not only is it content safe for their children to see them in, but it allows them to step outside their usual roles and have a chance to fulfill a childhood fantasy.

    Take that notion, along with the chance to be in a Disney picture, and you've got the driving force behind the production of Stephen Sondheim's Tony-award winning Broadway musical, Into the Woods, which appears to have entertained the actors and filmmakers more than it does for the viewers.

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    The skinny on your week

    by Diviner Mme Zanzibird | Thursday, January 15 | Posted in Amuse
  • Aries: (March 21 — April 19)
    Week rating: F3
    Split pea soup is also good for the soul. This week: Swim laps in the hot tub.
  • Taurus: (April 20 — May 20)
    Week rating: F2
    You'll have just enough time to knit an extra sweater before the snow falls again. This week: Keep knitting and stay warm.
  • Gemini: (May 21 — June 21)
    Week rating: F5
    Happiness is a cheese pizza from Knolla's with extra cheese. This week: Share the happiness with a friend.
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    Special Tucson Edition

    by Gustavo Arellano | Thursday, January 15 | Posted in Amuse

    Dear Mexican: I go to Mexico frequently, as I live in Tucson. I kinda like Mexicans. Many Mexicans die in the Sonoran Desert in the Tucson border sector, trying to get to el otro lado. This is because your buddies at la migra in the L.A. sector have pushed them over this way. Instead of sneaking in with small groups, why don't Mexicans just mass at the border at a chosen spot in an urban location and come on in! Can't catch them all. Migra will just send them back if they get caught.

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    by Mike Marlett | Friday, January 9 | Posted in View

    I am Charlie Hebdo.

    By that, I mean that until terrorists broke into the French newspaper's offices and killed 10 of its staffers and two policemen outside, I'd never heard of it. And, honestly, it routinely publishes way more offensive things than anything I'd normally publish. I'm not literally Charlie Hebdo, but only Charlie Hebdo is literally Charlie Hebdo. But I get what it's doing.

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    by Don Winsor | Thursday, January 8 | Posted in View

    2015 is upon us, a year as far in the future as we ever dreamt possible. Some of you had a great summer of '69. The Smashing Pumpkins help us fondly recall 1979. We knew we would party like it was 1999. We failed miserably to undertake a space odyssey in 2001 or any year since, and thus 2010 was not the year we made contact. 2012 saw the fulfillment of the longest-form joke in history by Mayan comic sculptor Henny Quizchoticalstein. We've known for some time that the prophet McFly would return in 2015 astride a fiery Delorean, but after this… we're just punting.

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    by Jeremy Webster | Thursday, January 8 | Posted in Film

    When it comes to reviewing, biopics — such as The Imitation Game, the recent release starring Benedict Cumberbatch as computer forefather Alan Turing — can really be kind of a pain in the butt.

    A biopic is, by nature, a film that's often at odds with itself. It's trying to present via cinema an approximation of a period of history in order to educate its viewers. In contrast, by the very nature of being a commercial motion picture, it also has a goal of entertaining and satisfying its audience in order to stand a chance at being commercially successful.

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    by Torin Andersen | Thursday, January 8 | Posted in Music

    Starting slow and creeping, waiting over 90 seconds to drop the first hint of a beat, Cleme is approaching electronic dance music as a means to produce art. EDM (electronic dance music) has long been just a vehicle to fill clubs with loads of thirsty dancers, but Cleme aims to expand the genre's horizon.

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