Thursday, February 20 | Posted in View

SUPER GAY

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Despite the persistent reputation in the suburbs, Old Town has a long way to go to be actually scary.

by Don Winsor | Thursday, February 20 | Posted in View

I am currently sitting in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, having just listened to an explanation about why it is now once again considered safe enough for tourists in the area. For the past two or three years, even the most popular tourist destinations in Western Mexico (Mazatlan, PV, Cabo, etc.) have lost much of their tourist trade as there were too many incidents wherein foreign visitors were robbed and/or assaulted while visiting, even if just for a day via a cruise ship.

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by Gustavo Arellano | Thursday, February 13 | Posted in Amuse

Dear Mexican: I know an 18-year old getting deported from the United States. He has been here since he was five years old. His entire family is here and undocumented. He grew up in juvenile halls and did a felony as soon as he turned 18. Will he be deported for sure or will the immigration judge give him a break since his entire family is here?

— Deportations are for Dummies

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Thursday, February 13 | Posted in View

BECAUSE "DULLES AIRPORT" IS TAKEN

To the editor:

It is difficult to understand why many keep hoping that the City Council renames Wichita Mid-Continent Airport after Dwight D. Eisenhower. Or why the editorial board of the Wichita Eagle has endorsed this idea as well.

During his two terms, President Eisenhower ordered dozens of covert operations throughout the world, many involving assassinations. These were blithely carried out by Allen Dulles, the director of the C.I.A.

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by Mike Marlett | Wednesday, February 12 | Posted in View

As our state legislature attempts to take giant, heartbreaking and breathtaking steps backwards, let's ignore that for a second and consider what our legislature should be doing. It should be raising some revenue streams, helping people who need it and otherwise staying the hell out of people's private lives. Which is, of course, why it should legalize pot.

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The skinny on your week

by Diviner Mme Zanzibird | Thursday, March 14 | Posted in Amuse
  • Aries: (March 21 — April 19)
    Week rating: F2
    Don't forget to treat your Pisces friends to birthday drinks and sushi. They may return the favor when your birthday comes along. This week: Sing out the pain at karaoke.
  • Taurus: (April 20 — May 20)
    Week rating: F5
    You'll get more support than you anticipate when you wear Ziggy Stardust-era Bowie makeup. This week: Take a road trip to Dunkin' Donuts.
  • Gemini: (May 21 — June 21)
    Week rating: F4
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    by Jedd Beaudoin | Thursday, March 14 | Posted in Film

    Dead Man Down is the latest film from director Niels Arden Oplev (the original The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) and it's a muddled, sometimes stupid, mess.

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    Paying into the system may piss off young whippersnappers, but you aren't the only one who paid in.

    by Bill Jenkins | Thursday, March 14 | Posted in View

    I know you. You are under 40 and work hard to make ends meet. It's hard to put anything aside for the future. You have been paying into Social Security since the fast food job when you were in high school. You will keep paying into it because you have little choice. Still, you are under no illusion that you will get anything out of it. You are sure that it will be gone when you reach retirement age. That pisses you off.

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    You don't need a bunch of fancy ammunition to make a mean fighting force.

    by Elizabeth Stevenson | Thursday, March 14 | Posted in View

    The Canadian Army is a reasonably well-dressed, well-fed, well-housed, and — for the most part — a well-equipped fighting force. We did, however, find ourselves occasionally rather short on ammunition when sent out to play. War games are an always popular way to while away a few hours in any infantry unit, and the Queen's Own Foot Soldiers, the elite Grenadier Guard, were no different.

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    by Aaron Wirtz | Thursday, March 14 | Posted in Culture

    Last week, I received a letter at my job that had the following headline: WARNING: Is Your Competition Trying To Bad Mouth You?

    The letter was five pages thick and adorned with the colored logos of Google, Yelp and the Yellow Pages, and they were even nice enough to reprint some of our own photos from our Google+ Local listing. This letter must have taken half an Inkjet cartridge to print, so I gave it a look. Naturally, the claims got worse.

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    Thursday, March 14 | Posted in News

    Tallgrass alumni filmmaker James Choi returns to Wichita for the fourth year in a row to lead the Tallgrass Film Association's first Project Nano, an intensive, hands-on, short filmmaking workshop.

    Choi has brought the films Made In China, Joint Body and Faith In Destiny to previous Tallgrass Film Festivals. He is actively writing, directing and producing films in Chicago and also teaches at DePaul University and Tribeca Flashpoint Academy.

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    by Gustavo Arellano | Thursday, March 14 | Posted in Amuse

    Dear Mexican: I would be most interested in hearing your point of view regarding our raza always voting for someone with a Latino last name, without even considering if the vato/vata is qualified for a particular office. Often I hear comments like, "If he is Latino it makes up for all the years of injustice." But don't you think that our Mexican forefathers and recent immigrant friends left our native countries because Latino politicians have been unable to govern without corruption?

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    by Jason Quinn Malott | Thursday, March 14 | Posted in Books

    The Slow Movement has become a bit of a thing lately: Carlo Petrini's protest against the opening of a McDonald's franchise in Rome in 1986, has led to Cittaslow, Slow Living, Slow Travel, Slow Design, Slow Parenting and so on. The idea behind the Slow Movement is to slow down life's pace, which is a fabulous idea, and the thing perfectly suited to slowness is a book. Books, by their nature, seem to stubbornly resist speed and, so, books must, surely, constitute the Ur-Slow Movement.

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    Ackerman Island's Wonderland Park was a smash hit in early Wichita, until blue laws took it down.

    by Michael Carmody | Thursday, March 14 | Posted in Culture

    Enough time has passed since the closing of Joyland to see the maturation of a generation of young Wichitans who have neither fond memories of its creaky wooden "Queen of the Prairie" rollercoaster nor terrifying nightmares of Louie the Clown at the Wurlitzer Band Organ. But one must backtrack several additional generations to find among the living those who recall Wichita's earlier amusement attraction, Wonderland Park.

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    by Aaron Wirtz | Thursday, March 14 | Posted in Culture

    Last week, I received a letter at my job that had the following headline: WARNING: Is Your Competition Trying To Bad Mouth You?

    The letter was five pages thick and adorned with the colored logos of Google, Yelp and the Yellow Pages, and they were even nice enough to reprint some of our own photos from our Google+ Local listing. This letter must have taken half an Inkjet cartridge to print, so I gave it a look. Naturally, the claims got worse.

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    by Don Winsor | Thursday, March 14 | Posted in Food

    Years ago, I asked a thinly-mustached waiter at a small café in France how the "Café Americano" was named. He gave me a condescending smirk as only a native Frenchman is able and said, "I don't want to say, because I think you are an American."

    "No, no, please tell me. For the moment, assume I'm Canadian."

    "It is called Americano because it is the same amount of coffee only made fat and weak," he enunciated clearly as his smirk grew. "Like the … you see?"

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    Though Franco is not always so Powerful.

    by Jeremy Webster | Thursday, March 14 | Posted in Film

    Over his long and varied career, Sam Raimi has proven to be nothing if not versatile. From the roaring visual kineticism of his Evil Dead/Army of Darkness roots, through taut thrillers like A Simple Plan and The Gift, through the monstrously expensive first Spider-Man trilogy, Raimi's filmography may have its blemishes, but they're rarely due to lack of cinematic vision. Oz the Great and Powerful is a solid continuation of this streak, and, as can be imagined, it's absolutely gorgeous to watch unfold.

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    On its way south for SXSW, TGTB puts on a good show.

    by Jedd Beaudoin | Thursday, March 14 | Posted in Music

    The Giving Tree Band. Forget the beards, the weird hats and the acoustic instruments — this ain't no gentle music. Hailing from Yorkville, Illinois — close to the Windy City, closer to the sticks — the seven-piece unit prides itself in performing music that's a little bit removed from today, harkening back to the green, green grass upon which Crosby, Stills and Nash, Neil Young, and The Band first planted themselves upon.

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    Thursday, March 14 | Posted in News

    Tallgrass alumni filmmaker James Choi returns to Wichita for the fourth year in a row to lead the Tallgrass Film Association's first Project Nano, an intensive, hands-on, short filmmaking workshop.

    Choi has brought the films Made In China, Joint Body and Faith In Destiny to previous Tallgrass Film Festivals. He is actively writing, directing and producing films in Chicago and also teaches at DePaul University and Tribeca Flashpoint Academy.

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    by Kate Clause | Thursday, March 14 | Posted in News

    The folks behind the Skeptics of Oz conference want you to fill your free time this weekend by learning about skepticism, or by watching some sweet atheist stand-up comedy.

    The Wichita Coalition of Reason — composed of the Air Capital Skeptics, Wichita Atheists and the WSU Atheists and Agnostics — have teamed up for this conference on skepticism, science and atheism. It takes place Friday and Saturday at Wichita State University's CAC Theater.

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