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'Stop the insanity!' plea of the day

NPR has made a conscious attempt to be more "mainstream" and less "liberal". Thus, the fluffier news.

November 11, 2007 at 9:01 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Spreading the legend of Billy Q. Effinger

Watched the video. Song was stuck in my head for hours. Not happy.

October 20, 2007 at 10:35 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Jason Rose

You're exactly right, Joel. I was raised in a conservative home and believed for many years that criminals deserved to rot in jail. These days, things are not so black and white to me. Taking already damaged people and giving them zero---or less than zero---tools to better themselves seems like a recipe for more disaster.

June 19, 2007 at 2:15 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

The Buzz is banned

Okay, I'm going to try once to defend my liking of Church of Lazlo and then I'm going to shut up and go away.

feeble: I like Lazlo precisely because he DOES NOT pull that lame crap of making prank calls or insulting callers. He engages in lots of debate, but he never makes anyone the butt of a joke just for the hey of it, like Howard grasshole Stern does.

Shelby and feeble: fine, maybe I'm the one who's lame, but I happen to like Lazlo and Ephedra's anti-Bush, anti-war rants and generally anti-religious stance. It makes me laugh. While most DJs think that telling poo-poo and pee-pee jokes is being "edgy," Lazlo and Ephedra will actually discuss an issue that's in the news and debate it with their callers, not just call people names. And they're not afraid to say that they think Jesus freaks are freaks. This appeals to me.

The guy I absolutely hate is that dumbass who buries himself every year for charity and thinks he's some sort of biker... Johnny Dare. As if.

May 30, 2007 at 3:18 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

The Buzz is banned

Frankly, this surprises me about the Buzz. I'm in my mid-30s, married, with a kid and I love, love, LOVE the Church of Lazlo show in the evenings. What's so sweet about it is it's edgy and political and funny, but it's a couple who does the show---Lazlo and Afedra (spelling?)---and he ALWAYS insists that callers and guests are polite to her. I don't think they're married but they've been together like, forever.

Shame on those poo heads at the Buzz.

May 30, 2007 at 9:35 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Artful Thinking (Street Level)

Wakarusa Fest?

December 19, 2006 at 6:50 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Behind the music

My bad. I guess Moore doesn't actually say Scott is a punk rocker. Apologies.

November 30, 2006 at 10:29 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Behind the music

Somebody please explain to me when I fell asleep and the term "punk rock" was redefined... Back in the day, Bon Scott of AC/DC's music was always called "hard rock". Billy Idol has now decided to do some revisionist history as well and today refers to the music he was performing in the 80s as "punk rock". Bullsh*t. Back in the day, his music was always refered to hard rock or *maybe* borderline metal, but never punk. "Punk" is bands like the Ramones, the Clash, the Sex Pistols ... that's the trinity of 80s punk, right?

November 30, 2006 at 6:59 p.m. ( | suggest removal )


p.s. I bought an original Nathan Rightmeier painting from the Olive for $150. I figure it's an investment.

November 22, 2006 at 10:03 a.m. ( | suggest removal )


It's no secret that there's not a single, successful artist in town--i.e. someone who actually makes a living from his or her art and doesn't have a day job---who makes that living by selling the art here. The "big" artists here in town sell their work in galleries on the coasts, Arizona....the only midwest towns that seem to support art sales are St. Louis and Chicago. This isn't a Lawrence problem, per se; it's mostly due a down-home, Midwest sensibility that says that art isn't necessary, it's an extravagance. And I'm not saying that's a bad thing, it's just the way we are. There have been several people on several forums in town who have said that the art is "overpriced," yet many of those people wouldn't think twice about dropping $350 for a new game system or $1,000 for a plasma TV. It's just the way we're wired here.

November 22, 2006 at 9:55 a.m. ( | suggest removal )