Musings of an educator from Lawrence, KS. Obsessions include: Kansas Jayhawks, politics, women's rights, TV/movies, music, and books.

 

What’s happening in Kansas right now, and why you should give a shit:

lordy-lou:

disclaimer one: this is gonna be a long one.  strap in.

Most of you, I’m willing to wager, don’t know much about Kansas—and what reason would you have to know anything?  It’s been said that we’re flatter than a pancake (false), we’re flyover country (probably true), and that we’ve got more cows than people (definitely true, with a ratio of 2:1).  There aren’t many interesting facts about Kansas, and the only times we really make the news are when a particularly vicious tornado hits or Fred Phelps does something awful again.  Now that he’s dead, we’ve only got tornadoes.

Oh yeah: Dorothy, and her little dog, too.  We’ve got that.  Beyond this, there doesn’t seem to be much to know about Kansas, or at least not anything of pressing importance.

But there’s something going on in the Kansan education system right now that’s frightening and important, and you need to know about it.

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demnewswire:

Three public polls have come out in Kansas and all three polls show Paul Davis beating Sam Brownback. Today, a new PPP poll shows Davis beating Brownback 45-41. And this poll was conducted BEFORE Brownback’s far-right legislators attacked Kansas teachers and showed their true colors on public education.

Please let it happen. Please. Please. Please.

demnewswire:

Three public polls have come out in Kansas and all three polls show Paul Davis beating Sam Brownback. Today, a new PPP poll shows Davis beating Brownback 45-41. And this poll was conducted BEFORE Brownback’s far-right legislators attacked Kansas teachers and showed their true colors on public education.

Please let it happen. Please. Please. Please.

thecivilwarparlor:

Battle of Island Mound 

The first battle fought by African-Americans in the Civil War, depicted for the first time ever in film. A film by Brant Hadfield.

"The Battle of Island Mound" is a short film made in collaboration with Missouri State Parks and Brant Hadfield of Motionpath Productions. The film depicts the inspiring true story of the first battle fought by African-American soldiers in the Civil War, fought and won by the 1st Kansas Colored Infantry. Without the courage and victory of the 1st Kansas Colored Volunteers, there would not have been the 54th who were famously depicted in the 80’s film “Glory”.

As told by a young, runaway slave and newly enlisted Union soldier named George Washington, it all happened in Missouri in October 1862. George’s regiment was charged with clearing out a large group of rebel forces near the Missouri-Kansas border in Bates County, Missouri. 

Unlike the men in “Glory,” these men won despite being surrounded and outnumbered nearly 5 to 1. It’s an incredible story of honor, courage and the fight for freedom now told for the first time on film.

I need more of anything that involves the African American soldiers of the Civil War from Kansas fighting off the rebels in Missouri.

flagmaster:

Bandiera alfabetica per il Sunflower State: il costrutto a K evoca l’espansione verso est, il motto dello stato (Ad astra per aspera) e il numero 34 (l’ordine d’ingresso nell’Unione, evocato dalle punte delle stelle).

Translation:

Alphabet flag for the Sunflower State (Kansas): the construct K evokes westward expansion, the state motto (Ad Astra Per Aspera), and the number 34 (the order of entry into the Union, evoked from the tips of the stars).

I kinda dig this flag, compared to our state flag.

flagmaster:

Bandiera alfabetica per il Sunflower State: il costrutto a K evoca l’espansione verso est, il motto dello stato (Ad astra per aspera) e il numero 34 (l’ordine d’ingresso nell’Unione, evocato dalle punte delle stelle).

Translation:

Alphabet flag for the Sunflower State (Kansas): the construct K evokes westward expansion, the state motto (Ad Astra Per Aspera), and the number 34 (the order of entry into the Union, evoked from the tips of the stars).

I kinda dig this flag, compared to our state flag.

tauycreek:

Fred Phelps, the founder of the anti-gay, funeral protesting Westboro Baptist Church has reportedly passed away.
Phelps was born in Mississippi in 1929. He obtained a law degree from Washburn University where he became prominent in defending people from racial discrimination. Phelps was disbarred in 1979 and stopped practicing law altogether in 1989.
Phelps started the Westboro Baptist Church in 1955 and didn’t begin to actively protest against gay people until at least 1991. It’s interesting to note that the Phelps family didn’t receive national attention for their protests until they picketed the funeral of Matthew Shepard in 1998. They started protesting at the funerals of soldiers in 2005.
Over the last few years, the church has mainly been headed by Phelps’ daughter Shirley Phelps-Roper and people have been pushing back against the WBC by blocking off the route to funerals or passing laws keeping protests away from funerals. According to Nate Phelps, Fred Phelps had been excommunicated from the church since August 2013 after advocating for a kinder church and was in hospice waiting for death.
Since news of his impending death broke back on March 16, there have been many threats of people protesting Phelps’ own funeral and celebrating his death. Protesting the funeral of Fred Phelps is the same thing he and his church did to victims of homophobia and soldiers who died in war. The buffer zone laws still apply to the common people and protesting makes you no better than him and his followers. Instead, donate money to LGBTQ+ groups, write letters to your representatives advocating for same-sex marriage reform if your state doesn’t have it. Those things will do more for the cause than protesting a funeral ever will.

Couldn’t agree more. Especially with the bolded section (my bolding).

tauycreek:

Fred Phelps, the founder of the anti-gay, funeral protesting Westboro Baptist Church has reportedly passed away.

Phelps was born in Mississippi in 1929. He obtained a law degree from Washburn University where he became prominent in defending people from racial discrimination. Phelps was disbarred in 1979 and stopped practicing law altogether in 1989.

Phelps started the Westboro Baptist Church in 1955 and didn’t begin to actively protest against gay people until at least 1991. It’s interesting to note that the Phelps family didn’t receive national attention for their protests until they picketed the funeral of Matthew Shepard in 1998. They started protesting at the funerals of soldiers in 2005.

Over the last few years, the church has mainly been headed by Phelps’ daughter Shirley Phelps-Roper and people have been pushing back against the WBC by blocking off the route to funerals or passing laws keeping protests away from funerals. According to Nate Phelps, Fred Phelps had been excommunicated from the church since August 2013 after advocating for a kinder church and was in hospice waiting for death.

Since news of his impending death broke back on March 16, there have been many threats of people protesting Phelps’ own funeral and celebrating his death. Protesting the funeral of Fred Phelps is the same thing he and his church did to victims of homophobia and soldiers who died in war. The buffer zone laws still apply to the common people and protesting makes you no better than him and his followers. Instead, donate money to LGBTQ+ groups, write letters to your representatives advocating for same-sex marriage reform if your state doesn’t have it. Those things will do more for the cause than protesting a funeral ever will.

Couldn’t agree more. Especially with the bolded section (my bolding).

I have such an incredible crush on this kid. He’s a cutie and has the potential to be a great basketball player for KU.

I have such an incredible crush on this kid. He’s a cutie and has the potential to be a great basketball player for KU.

equalitizzle:

Wait so I like I don’t want to look it up because news articles tend to be really vague and deceptive and I’m afraid of what I might find anyway but

What happened to the Kansas law did the Supreme Court shut that down yet or

The BILL was not passed in both houses of the Kansas legislature, which means it was never officially a law.

The last time Kansas wasn't Big XII Champions...

kuathletics:

… George Bush was in his first term as president.

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… Usher’s “Yeah” was the No. 1 song (LISTEN HERE).

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… Shrek 2 was the No. 1 movie.

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… The final season of Friends aired.

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… Jason Sudeikis hadn’t joined the cast of SNL yet.

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… LeBron James had just begun his…

Ahhh, look at how adorable Baby Self is!!!