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Re: “Missouri school district bans 'biblically contrary' novels by Kurt Vonnegut and Sarah Ockler

No problem--I do some writing myself (not nearly that much) and I know the feeling.  But Springfield's my hometown, so I was feeling a touch defensive.

Posted by Ben on 07/28/2011 at 10:41 AM

Re: “Missouri school district bans 'biblically contrary' novels by Kurt Vonnegut and Sarah Ockler

The Republic High School Board did not vote in Springfield, Missouri.  They voted in Republic, Missouri, which is the town where Republic High School is located.  It was covered in the Springfield newspaper because Springfield is where the nearest decent-sized newspaper is located.  What you wrote would basically be the equivalent of writing, "In Kansas City, the Liberty High School board has voted..."   They ain't the same town.

Thus ends your Ozarks geography lesson.

Posted by Ben on 07/28/2011 at 2:29 AM

Re: “Holy shit, Rockfest has sold 40,000 tickets

You don't have to do illegal drugs--as a dentist, you have unlimited access to all the good legal stuff.

Posted by Ben on 04/20/2011 at 7:18 PM

Re: “Ten dope regional sports anthems, including the Royals' anthem by X-Dash, "Get on the Bus"

I'm sad that I cannot find on YouTube Pastor Travis Hearn's "We Believe", the theme song of the 2004 Kansas City Royals. It is stunning--a Limp Bizkit-esque Christian rap-rock that samples the riff from "Crazy Train" and hyperbolizes the awesomeness of D.J. Carrasco. Well worth a listen if you can find it.

Oh, and speaking of "Meet the Mets", here is a solid contender for the title of "Worst Recording of Yo La Tengo's career":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

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Posted by Ben on 04/08/2011 at 10:46 AM

Re: “Marcus and Markieff Morris of KU reportedly close to signing with an agent. And no, this isn't an April Fools' joke

Go through the list of Big 12 POTY's--it's far from a guarantee of pro success. The full list is LaFrentz (solid pro career but never a star); Venson Hamilton (bust); Marcus Fizer (near-bust); Jamaal Tinsley (decent pro career derailed by injuries); Gooden (very nice career but never a star); Collison (contributor but no longer a starter); Tony Allen (bust due to injuries and off-court stuff); Simien (bust); P.J. Tucker (bust); Kevin Durant (mega-super-duper-star); Beasley (off to a good start); Griffin (mega-super-duper-star in training); James Anderson (injured, in D-league).

So yeah, the whole list suggests that Big 12 POTY is far from a pro guarantee. Basically since the late-90's, the list includes two big stars, six guys who never really panned out at all, and five or six guys somewhere between decent and excellent careers. You could argue that the list has done better more recently, and you could argue that, Simien aside, Kansas big men have done better than most other folks on the list, but honestly, my gut feeling is that Gooden or LaFrentz probably represent Morris' ceiling. And to be that good would be one heck of an achievement, but it is not necessarily what pro teams are looking for with top-10 draft picks.

Posted by Ben on 04/02/2011 at 3:18 PM

Re: “The five rookie mistakes that eaters and drinkers make at the ballpark

Well, going to a Royals game is a pretty big mistake.

Posted by Ben on 03/31/2011 at 11:59 AM

Re: “Sly James is Kansas City's next mayor

In November, KC voted 52 to 48 to put the E-Tax up to a vote, which would suggest that the vote this time will be close. However, it's worth remembering that in November, conservative turnout was much bigger than liberal turnout because of anti-Obama sentiment and all the congressional races, and also at the time, there was a ton of advertising to overturn the E-Tax and virtually none from the pro-E-Tax side (which assumed that the statewide measure would get passed, and the place to take a stand was in the city election in April).

My guess is that the E-Tax lives on, but only in a narrow vote, and I'm not at all super-confident in that prediction. Where in the city people turn out matters (basically, South of the river is likely to vote for and North is likely to vote against--it'll just matter who shows up).

As a city resident, I sure hope it passes. If the E-Tax gets eliminated, taxes for KC residents will unquestionably go UP, not down, since the city is going to have to make up the revenue somehow, and really the only way to do it will be property taxes that will be paid entirely by city residents rather than (as we have with the E-Tax) partly by city residents and partly by commuters. Also, the idea that KC policy will be changed because of the pet project of some A-hole St. Louis billionaire offends me.

Posted by Ben on 03/23/2011 at 12:29 PM

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