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The Food Stamp Challenge

What gets lost in all this hubbub about food stamps is that the idea of the program is to be a subsidy to help people get by. It is not necessarily supposed to fund your entire grocery budget for a month. Those who complain that it does not do exactly that are looking a gift horse in the mouth. If my food stamp allotment only pays for 2 1/2 weeks of my grocery bill, well, that's 2 1/2 weeks that I would have had to pay on my own if not for food stamps.

June 15, 2007 at 2:01 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Fans not victims when players leave

I wish Brandon and Julian were staying, but I can't for one second sit here and say that, if I was in their shoes, I wouldn't do the same thing. That's a lot of money that we're talking about, and let's face it, pro athletes have a limited shelf life. College will always be there to come back to, but the millions of dollars could be done in a heartbeat if an unfortunate injury were to occur.

Best wishes to Brandon and Julian.

By the way, our returning nucleus of Arthur, Collins, Robinson, Chalmers, Kaun, and Jackson is still the envy of 95% of teams out there.

May 22, 2007 at 3:11 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

A Basher's Dozen: Thirteen "Crimes of Dislike"

I agree with thetomdotdot. If the laws and penalties covering assault and the other crimes referenced above are not sufficient, then they need to be tightened across the board, not just for a few select cases. I bet one could come up with another list of random crimes of a similar nature against non-gay persons which have not been effectively prosecuted.

May 22, 2007 at 3:04 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

In a year of championships, which means most?

No contest. The football bowl win. Even though it was a minor bowl, still, it was FOOTBALL. In college athletics, it's all about football. In terms of importance in any ahletic department, I would give about 60% to football, 35% to basketball, 4% to men's baseball, and about 1% to everything else. That's the thing that KU missed in the 1990's. Everywhere around us, there was an arms race going on in football. KU was positioned well to succeed in that arms race, with an upstart coach, but the KU AD at the time decided that having great basketball and mediocre to lousy football was okay.

June 2, 2006 at 5:17 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Peter Gibbons Is My Hero

uuuuuuhhhhhh...yyyyyeeeeaaaahhhhh...Jill...I'm gonna have to go ahead and ask you to come in to work on Saturday. So if you could just be here around - oh - nine - that would be greeeeaaaat ... mkay? Thanks a bunch!

December 6, 2005 at 1:32 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

The Occupational Hazard of Making Babies

I realize this is a bit of a tangent, but I've always thought that the question of "are you trying to have a baby?" was sort of a back-handed way of saying "so, are you and your husband/wife getting it on every night or what?"

On the issue of miscarriages, my wife and I have one beautiful young daughter, and we have had one miscarriage (after we had our daughter). I think there are three main underlying reasons for the increase in miscarriages these days:

1. As alluded to in the blog, there are home pregnancy tests that detect pregnancy a lot earlier these days - in the old days, a lot of miscarriages never hit the radar since the woman never knew she was pregnant in the first place

2. Also been alluded to ... women today are waiting in many cases until they are well past their natural prime childbearing years to try to have children

3. Nutrition and general health in today's world (especially in America) are atrocious - you can't sit on your rear end all day and eat McDonald's and then expect your body to function optimally

December 2, 2005 at 8:35 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

A note to "fiscal conservatives" who voted for this President

I completely agree. The problem with Bush is that he's too Liberal.

September 23, 2005 at 4:24 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

All Hail The Dark Side

There is a web site devoted to this, I think it's called It is devoted to chronicling all of the misdeeds and lawlessness that are so prevalent among pro athletes these days.

As far as your list goes, I can't believe there is no mention of:
Dennis Rodman
Mike Tyson
Jeff George
Tonya Harding
Bandwagon KSU football fans
Jerry Jones
The NBA in general
Bud Selig

May 19, 2005 at 8:32 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Welcome To Cupcake City

I actually think this is a good thing for KU football, albeit a bad thing for college football in general. It's a good thing for KU because it means more bowl games - you're right, a 6-5 KU team is about all we can hope for. Also, did you see that they approved the addition of a 12th game permanently, starting in 2006? So, in 2006, a 6-6 KU team that went 5-6 against I-A competiton could go bowling. Again, good for KU. However, bad for college football. The motivation of every team out there is going to be to add one I-AA opponent every year.

I agree on the NHL playoffs. I can't stand the NHL regular season (80+ games is way too long), but the playoffs were exciting. I lived in Dallas a few years and I miss the 7-game Stars/Avs series that used to unfold like dramas every year. Lots of storylines, lots of rivalry, lots of trash-talking, lots of fights, lots of hoopla.

May 3, 2005 at 4:49 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

A Prayer For March

UNC won't make it to the regional final anyway. Roy usually did well with a 2 or 3 seed, but with a 1 seed, he was almost always out by the end of the Sweet Sixteen. With Villanova and Florida on that side of the bracket, I wouldn't even concern ourselves with UNC.

March 14, 2005 at 9:23 a.m. ( | suggest removal )