Opinion

by Don Winsor | Thursday, November 13 | Posted in View

October has arrived, and, since we aren't at war with anyone*, it's time to focus on what's truly important: Halloween specials. Oh, you haven't seen any this year? Or you did, and they were truly awful?

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by Bill Jenkins | Thursday, November 13 | Posted in View

Last week was hectic, what with turning 70 with the accompanying partying followed by a very good Winfield festival. And it seemed that the news was full of all kinds of ISOL, ISIS and caliphate updates, conferences, air strikes, etc. It seemed that some things got pushed off the front pages.

Looking back, one thing that happened made me sad and unhappy with our president. He signed a one year extension of the trade embargo against Cuba. This was part of the Trading With the Enemies Act, but it requires an annual signing off by the president.

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... from famous assholes.

by Don Winsor | Thursday, November 13 | Posted in View

After alarming polls drove home the fact that Governor Sam Brownback is in severe danger of losing his office to Senator Paul Davis in the coming election, the Brownback campaign picked up some big endorsements this week. Irrelevant political dancing monkeys, such as failed reality-show star Sarah Palin, traveled to Kansas and offered condescendingly faux-homespun folksiness in hopes of throwing a lifeline to the drowning incumbent.

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by Will Darrah | Thursday, November 13 | Posted in View

I don't know why I first got involved with Positive Directions Inc., Wichita's HIV/AIDS charity, but I know why I am involved. Wichita needs PDI, and PDI needs me.

PDI needs you, too. As with many of the great service organizations, most of our work is invisible to the masses because it happens outside their spheres of reality.

It would only be when PDI failed that the absence of its work would be seen.

Those who do not have the ability to care for themselves would be left to die and spread HIV, and cases would rise due to the lack of education and prevention.

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by Don Winsor | Thursday, November 13 | Posted in View

Here at F5, our favorite holiday is Halloween. That's not just because our founder Jebediah Effive released the first edition of F5 on Halloween in 1770, but because it's the holiday that most represents the ideas that Wichita was built on — terror, costumes and women who think adding cat ears to lingerie makes it a costume. Halloween has become far more important since the Tea Party brought black magic into the mainstream, and decorating your home for Halloween goes a long way toward making sure Samhain passes without danger to your theoretically immortal soul.

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by Bill Jenkins | Thursday, November 13 | Posted in View

Danger! Republicans thinking. Or at least showing some signs of rational, if devious, thought.

It seems that a few Republicans in Congress, tired of what to many women appears to be an anti-female agenda, have come up with a new wrinkle. Actually, it was probably some conservative think tank or strategist who put them up to it.

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by Don Winsor | Thursday, November 13 | Posted in View

This week, Wichita was abuzz with excitement as the weeklong celebration of the re-opening of Joyland culminated in a lavish fireworks extravaganza from the freshly renewed park. The facility, in no way a horrifying, stuff-of-nightmares and Scooby-Doo stories, decaying, clown-haunted place where promises go to die, brings back hazy, inaccurate memories of the park that once brought capital "J" joy to people from miles around.

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by Bill Jenkins | Thursday, November 13 | Posted in View

Here it is the middle of September, and I should be busy with lots of productive things. Setting up camp at Winfield, for instance. Or tightening up my presentations on the Renaissance for my class at Butler. Or mowing the lawn. But instead, I am waxing nostalgic.

It could have something to do with the fact that I turn 70 years old this week. When I was a kid, 70 was ancient. Back then, anyone over about 40 was old. But then, a lot has changed since I was a kid.

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by Don Winsor | Thursday, November 13 | Posted in View

We've all had conversations at some point revolving the general concept, "when I have kids, I won't allow them _____________ until they're at least ____________," because there's clearly no need for a child to have a ___________ because we got along just fine without them.

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by Bill Jenkins | Thursday, November 13 | Posted in View

A couple of decades ago, I spent a couple of weeks working on an elephant habitat study in Botswana. One day, along the Zambezi River, I was looking across to the Namibian panhandle at a group of elephants. It was a breeding herd made up of cows and calves. I looked away for a couple of minutes to take notes, and then I heard a loud but dull thud. Looking back, I saw the dominant cow standing over a young male. He had been picking on one of the younger calves, and Big Mama had charged over and broadsided him.

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by Don Winsor | Thursday, November 13 | Posted in View

On Sunday, Aug. 31, a hacker began to release hundreds of private nude photos stolen from the iCloud accounts of over 100 celebrities. After holding out for a ransom to give other 4chan.org readers a peek (4chan is a troubling place; do not go there), the original source earned the probably very disappointing sum of $95 in Bitcoin before releasing so very many nakeds into the wilds of the internet.

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by Don Winsor | Thursday, November 13 | Posted in View

The cover of last week's issue was a photo taken by our editor. It was an enlargement of a photo he'd taken of a brown recluse spider in his own home. Discussing this photo, he callously dismissed the rational concerns of other, reasonable folks whose means of dealing with this abomination would be less Polaroid and more napalm. He insisted that the brown recluse has been unfairly labeled a killer and only wishes to live in peace. He said if they want to live in his unused upstairs bathroom, he's not using it, so go ahead, dude(s).

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Iraq's situation will lead to either boots on the ground or the revival of an Islamic government not seen for 1,000 years.

by Bill Jenkins | Thursday, November 13 | Posted in View

You've gotta feel bad for President Obama. He's trying hard to do what he said he'd do, what we really want him to do. That's to keep from getting U.S. troops involved in the war in Iraq while still keeping the Islamist militants of ISIS or the Islamic Caliphate from taking over Iraq.

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by Don Winsor | Thursday, November 13 | Posted in View

I have had, in my 28 years with F5, the opportunity to interview some of the most influential personages of our time. Yassir Arafat, Bill Clinton, George Clinton, George Jefferson and Jefferson Airplane are but a few people, bands and/or fictional characters whom I have neither met nor interviewed. This has never stopped me from publishing an interview with such prominent individuals; no, that task has fallen to High Editor Marlett.

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by Bill Jenkins | Thursday, November 13 | Posted in View

The calendar says we have a month to go, but unofficially summer is over. School is starting.

The State Fair is close upon us. Winfield is just around the corner.

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by Don Winsor | Thursday, November 13 | Posted in View

I was apparently a very gullible child. My older brother Walt used to perform these hilarious bits of stand-up in the back room of our house as my friend John and I laughed ourselves stupid. He did these manic bits ranging from vulgar to sublime, and I thought he was a genius.

Years later, I heard Robin Williams' Live at the Met for the first time. It was all strangely familiar, and I quickly realized that while my brother is immensely talented in many ways, it was all Robin Williams that first said, "LOOK IN THE HOLE! THERE MIGHT BE A SNAKE!"

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by Lauren Compton | Thursday, November 13 | Posted in View

Many times, I've gotten discouraged while relating my experiences in Hiroshima six years ago. Sometimes I felt this way because others would counter with something like, "All I can say is 'God bless America,'" and walk away; however, most of my frustrations arose from the times when I told somebody that I visited Hiroshima, and he or she would give me that look of "Hiroshima? That's still a place?" At first, I wanted to shout, "Yes, you half-wit.

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by Don Winsor | Thursday, November 13 | Posted in View

As the Kansas gubernatorial race heats up in advance of the unelection of Gov. Sam Brownback, Sen. Paul Davis' popularity has risen dramatically since his campaign adopted the slogan, "Hey! I'm not Sam Brownback," which leads voters to believe that Davis is not, in fact, Gov. Sam Brownback.

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by Bill Jenkins | Thursday, November 13 | Posted in View

Oh, Newton, I am so disappointed. Last week, at a city council meeting which was considering an action that could lead to bringing some of the young border jumpers to Newton temporarily, the local NIMBYs (Not In My Back Yard) showed up in force and made their wishes clear.

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by Bill Jenkins | Thursday, November 13 | Posted in View

The Republicans won big in the off-year elections, and that must be good news for the energy sector of the economy, particularly oil and gas interests. What will that mean for the rest of us? I am somewhat of an expert in the "oll bidness," having spent about a half a day back in 1962 spreading a pile of gravel evenly around a new well and storage unit. Doesn't that at least qualify me to ask a few questions?

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