Opinion

Thursday, February 19 | Posted in View

NRA, SHOCKINGLY, LIED

When conceal-carry laws were passed 20 years ago with blessings from the National Rifle Association, critics said it would simply be a matter of time before people would be allowed to carry guns without permits or training. An NRA spokesperson at the time said that should that happen, the NRA would "vigorously" oppose those bills because "gun safety through training" was still a principle they strongly believed in.

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by Kristin Rommel | Thursday, February 12 | Posted in View

What do Miley Cyrus, Liv Tyler and Lena Dunham have in common? All three of them are passionately involved in a titillating cause that's ready to take the world on in a bare-chested brawl.

These women, and many other people of all genders, are part of the Free The Nipple movement.

The movement, which has over 90,000 tagged posts on Instagram and over 100,000 followers on their official Twitter account, aims to equalize the rights of men and women.

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by Don Winsor | Thursday, February 12 | Posted in View

The text came in at around 4:30 p.m.

"(Guess who's stopping in Wichita tonight? This guy!)"

It was from my friend Jeff, whom I hadn't seen in quite some time. It was an unscheduled stop due to some fluke travel mishap. Unfortunately, I was busy that day trying to drum up ad sales for F5 (BUY ADS IN F5!) and immediately following I had a rehearsal for Mosley Street Melodrama, so I couldn't meet him until later in the evening.

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by Bill Jenkins | Wednesday, February 11 | Posted in View

I'm not the sharpest knife in the drawer. Far from it. I just muddle along through the fog hoping occasionally to get a glimpse of the big picture. That happened this week. Monday night, while having a glass of a really good single barrel bourbon and watching the news on the local CBS affiliate, the clouds parted and I got an inkling of what was happening.

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by Bill Jenkins | Thursday, February 5 | Posted in View

This evening I flipped on my TV to catch the news, hoping to hear how the Ukrainians were faring under Russian-backed invasion. I also wanted to catch the weather to see how long the cold snap was going to last. The lead story, however, was something else entirely. Something that should have been old news.

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by Don Winsor | Thursday, February 5 | Posted in View

It is a strange sort of sexism that denies history. I'll admit that I have not been paying a great deal of attention, but I have gleaned from casually browsing the internet in recent weeks that there has been a great deal of silly outrage and uproar over the recasting of the upcoming American Ghostbuster Sniper reboot with an all-female cast.

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by Don Winsor | Thursday, January 29 | Posted in View

I don't know why no one else has thought of this. Surely, if they had, society's troubles would be at an end. What am I talking about? You fools, we've had access to the sum of human knowledge and experience at our fingertips for years now! The internet represents our finest achievement, and thanks to a little website called "Ask Jeeves" we can now answer our most probing queries with the unparalleled wisdom of a god. Our internet-dwelling hivemind, while not yet self-aware, will offer wisdom and guidance… so, together, let us ask Jeeves.

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by Bill Jenkins | Thursday, January 29 | Posted in View

Last week, I went out to the 13th Street Warren Theatre and saw Selma. Partly, I wanted to see if the complaints of the critics were justified. And partly I wanted to see what I had missed while in jail 50 years ago.

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by Bill Jenkins | Thursday, January 22 | Posted in View

As events unfolded in Paris a week or two ago, the media referred to Islamic terrorists or Islamist terrorists so frequently that the phrase stuck in my mind. I began to ruminate on the attachment of a religion to any other criminals. Have we heard lately of any Hindu terrorists? Or Buddhist terrorists? How about Christian terrorists?

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by Don Winsor | Thursday, January 22 | Posted in View

The world of modern investing is difficult to understand. The adaptations that will be required of everyone, relatively soon, to become comfortable with the use of digital currency, NFC payments and Google Munny are hard to wrap your head around. It's hard for even the most expert currency analysts to wrap their heads around Bitcoin, and carrying around that conventional paper money in your pocket just makes you look like an old, tired grandfather desperate to find a place to soak his dentures while he gums down some lead-filled tapioca.

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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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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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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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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 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 Bill Jenkins | Thursday, January 8 | Posted in View

Here's the scenario. It is a Christmas party just off campus. Most of the people there are students. Todd is there with his roommates, hoping to get lucky. He hasn't found a girlfriend since he got here in August. Nan is there with a casual acquaintance that she met at another party earlier in the evening. She is just tired of sitting in her dorm room while her friends go out, get drunk and then regale her with stories of hot sex.

Todd and Nan are not particularly hot for each other, but both are open to a hook up. Maybe.

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by Bill Jenkins | Wednesday, January 7 | Posted in View

Oh, those crazy guys and gals in the Kansas state legislature. You can hardly leave them alone for a minute or two and they go do something that can make us a laughingstock nationwide. Leave them alone for a week and they can set the state back a century.

This week, the House was debating Bill 2453. Anticipating that the U.S. Supreme Court might rule that forbidding same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, they decided that they had to do something.

This bill proposes to make it legal to refuse service to same-sex couples on the basis of religious beliefs.

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by Bill Jenkins | Wednesday, December 24 | Posted in View

Perhaps Bill Warren will team up with the NRA to bring The Interview to his screens. I can see it now. The eyes of the nation, indeed the world, would turn to Wichita, Kansas, on New Year's Eve this year. The world premiere of the film could be at the Oldtown Warren Theater in the city's Old Town entertainment area. Then, on New Year's Day, the film will open in the Warren chain's other theaters in the Midwest.

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