Richard Crowson Commentary http://kmuw.drupal.publicbroadcasting.net en What Are We Supposed To Do When A Famous Person Dies? http://kmuw.drupal.publicbroadcasting.net/post/what-are-we-supposed-do-when-famous-person-dies <p></p><p>Our celebrity-obsessed culture has a lot of trouble handling death. Arguably our ordinary everyday American culture does as well, but in the aftermath of Robin Williams’ passing, it’s become obvious that the end of a celebrity’s life can just leave us mystified.</p> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Richard Crowson 38974 at http://kmuw.drupal.publicbroadcasting.net What Are We Supposed To Do When A Famous Person Dies? The Truth Is Out There... But We Might Not Like It http://kmuw.drupal.publicbroadcasting.net/post/truth-out-there-we-might-not-it <p></p><p></p><p>A poll revealed last year that 48 percent of American adults are open to the idea that alien spacecraft are visiting earth to observe us.</p><p>Why they would want to observe us is a question that I’d count among life’s greatest mysteries. Perhaps it’s a little bit like not being able to take your eyes off of a situation that you know is going to be awful. Sometimes you just can’t look away.</p> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Richard Crowson 38299 at http://kmuw.drupal.publicbroadcasting.net The Truth Is Out There... But We Might Not Like It Tiny Flashes Of Insight http://kmuw.drupal.publicbroadcasting.net/post/tiny-flashes-insight <p></p><p>It strikes me that among the ethereal mysteries of our planet, there are some that it would be deeply challenging to explain to a visitor from another world. Some of these pleasures are things like music, art and lightning bugs.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Richard Crowson 37605 at http://kmuw.drupal.publicbroadcasting.net Tiny Flashes Of Insight Happy Independence Day, Ladies! http://kmuw.drupal.publicbroadcasting.net/post/happy-independence-day-ladies <p></p><p></p><p>It’s Independence Day for the women of America! You are now officially independent from the tyrannical rule of equality. No longer do you have to suffer by being clumped into the same category as men when it comes to issues like reproduction.</p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Richard Crowson 36914 at http://kmuw.drupal.publicbroadcasting.net Happy Independence Day, Ladies! Football? Really? Football? http://kmuw.drupal.publicbroadcasting.net/post/football-really-football <p></p><p>Soccer is in the news a lot lately. There apparently is something called a 'World Cup' associated with it and all of the rest of the earth’s nations want this cup. The cup is awarded to the country that has demonstrated that they are the best at getting a ball into a net without the use of their hands and arms. (I swear I’m not making this up!)</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Richard Crowson 36198 at http://kmuw.drupal.publicbroadcasting.net Football? Really? Football? Richard Crowson: The Cost Of Campaigns http://kmuw.drupal.publicbroadcasting.net/post/richard-crowson-cost-campaigns <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Among the many great mysteries of life for me is this one: political candidates who loudly proclaim themselves to be conservative, all the while gleefully flushing handfuls of thousand dollar bills down the toilet.</span></p><p>One of the tenants of conservatism that is usually most loudly touted is this one: diligent watchfulness over the spending of every dollar.</p><p>Indeed, with the rise to prominence (if that’s what you want to call it) of the Tea Party, tight-fisted fiscal obsessiveness is practically the defining trait of conservatism.</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Richard Crowson 35529 at http://kmuw.drupal.publicbroadcasting.net Richard Crowson: The Cost Of Campaigns Richard Crowson: I've Just Seen A Facebook http://kmuw.drupal.publicbroadcasting.net/post/richard-crowson-ive-just-seen-facebook <p></p><p></p><p>What do I do when I’m not wasting time on Facebook? Why, write songs about Facebook, of course!</p><p>(To the tune of the Beatles' <em>"I've Just Seen a Face."</em>)</p><p>I’ve just seen a Facebook post It really was the most amazing video I’ve ever seen of someone’s dog Eating some ice cream...like, like, like, like, like, like</p><p>Then I scrolled on down and saw some fascinating pictures of a cat In an amusing situation there’s no way I can’t like that! Like, like, like, like, like, like</p><p>Sharing, yes I am sharing I can’t stop staring, at that Facebook</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 16:21:00 +0000 Richard Crowson 34881 at http://kmuw.drupal.publicbroadcasting.net Richard Crowson: I've Just Seen A Facebook The Glory Of The Thundershirt http://kmuw.drupal.publicbroadcasting.net/post/glory-thundershirt <p></p><p>Hooray for Thundershirts! Our dog, Lucy, is deathly afraid of thunderstorms and firecracker pops. She would nervously pace the house every time a storm came or on the Fourth of July, virtually inconsolable, shaking and cowering until the noise stopped.</p><p>Then a friend told us about the Thundershirt. It’s basically a wrap-around for dogs that attaches with Velcro and somehow provides them the comfort they need to make it through the rumbles and explosions of our violent Kansas storms. The Thundershirt has saved the day for Lucy.</p> Fri, 09 May 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Richard Crowson 34153 at http://kmuw.drupal.publicbroadcasting.net The Glory Of The Thundershirt The Early Roots Of Crowson's Cartooning http://kmuw.drupal.publicbroadcasting.net/post/early-roots-crowsons-cartooning <p>I do love Rat Fink. Rat Fink always cheers me up.</p><p>But some people don’t feel the same way about him. My much better half, Karen, for instance, confessed recently that Rat Fink is just so ugly she can hardly stand to look at him. I just gave her (what I imagined to be) a vaguely cryptic smile, thinking to myself, “She can be forgiven. She doesn’t have the history with Rat Fink that I have.”</p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Fletcher Powell 33530 at http://kmuw.drupal.publicbroadcasting.net The Early Roots Of Crowson's Cartooning Richard Crowson: We Need Some Education http://kmuw.drupal.publicbroadcasting.net/post/richard-crowson-we-need-some-education <p></p><p>You know that soccer mom who jogs by your house every morning? The other day she went right up to your son’s third grade teacher and stripped her naked of the due process rights she’s had for the last 57 years here in Kansas.</p><p>And that guy who was smiling and joking with me in the checkout line at the grocery last Saturday? He lit a firebomb, taped a tax credit for private school supporters on it, and flung it through the window of a first grade classroom in the wee hours of Sunday morning.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Richard Crowson 32836 at http://kmuw.drupal.publicbroadcasting.net Richard Crowson: We Need Some Education