Thursday, October 18, 2012

Friday, October 05, 2012

"Drill baby, drill" is dangerous and not working. Beyond politics, after the next collapse. tonight ... Radio Free Kansas 06 October 2012

Building small communities that last ...
One gasoline refinery fire in Oakland, Calif. has caused local fuel prices there to soar $6.00 per gallon as of this week. This problem is not going away ... listen to some solutions at the jump to a special Radio Free Kansas program on this subject. Listen anytime to the program specific link available here.

Want to know more about building a permanent culture beyond politics?  How about a free full stereo copy to share with your neighbors and friends?  Explore the featured show tonight with an in-depth complete summary, sources and books at Radio Ecoshock.

Thursday, August 09, 2012

The LeRoy Show, Today @ 2pm!

Who will be our Mystery Guest today? 

Kaiser Manhattan 1953 4 Door Sedan.

1953 Kaiser Darrin Sport Car with sliding doors.

A blast from the past was the Kaiser - Fraser Automobile dealership immediately after WWII in LeRoy. Clarence Colton displayed similar cars in his car shop located just south of the schools on main street. 

Images are from the Wikipedia page about the first new automobile company to emerge after the war. Note the sliding doors on the sport car model at right. 

Recipes from the past!

Summer Pepper Relish
by Beulah Linebaugh

12 0NI0NS


Marshmallow Salad
by June Hess

1 can sliced pineapple (diced)
6 bananas
4 apples
1/2 cup nut meats
1/2 pound marshmallows
Dice fruit into bowl and cover with following, cooled.
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup vinegar
1/4 cup hot water
1 tbs. flour
1 egg yolk (beaten)
Mix sugar and flow together, add vinegar, water and egg yolk. Cook until thick, cool , pour over fruit.

Sustainability Action Newsletter, 07 August 2012

The largest free weekly compilation of regional events and gatherings about all things sustainable at Discomfit Magazine.

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Scott Rothschild: "New districts, photo ID, GOP warfare await voters" @ Lawrence Journal World

When Kansans vote Tuesday they will deal with different districts, a new requirement to provide photo identification and the smoke from Republican Party warfare.

Officials are predicting a low turnout at the polls, which will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

In the Republican Party primary, Gov. Sam Brownback, the Kansas Chamber of Commerce, the billionaire Koch brothers, and Kansans for Life have been working to defeat a group of Republican senators who they say have been obstacles to their agenda. ...

Monday, August 06, 2012

Editorial: "Cow Pokes, Unite!" by Michael Caddell

Below an edited version of a comment posted 01 August 2012, at the Wichita Eagle web site to “Why pick on Cowtown?” by Phillip Brownlee, who writes for the Editorial Board. It was inexplicably censored by the evening of the same day and remains so.

The same “comment” was reprinted by two world class web sites headlined, “Bible Belt Report: Culled, Kept Pols Picking on Cowpokes' Museum” at This Can’t Be Happening, and “How the Koch Bros. Bought Kansas” at Counterpunch

 “Poverty is the parent of Revolution and Crime.” - Aristotle

One of four Wichita museums are to suffer a $100,000 cutback in funding which may force closure. It is called “Cowtown” a tribute to the glory days of white settler expansion and cattle. A distant cry is heard from the editorial board of the city’s single daily newspaper, the Wichita Eagle, with the recent piece by Peter Brownlee, “Why pick on Cowtown?”

The money cut from the museum is less than that used this election cycle as seed money by the Koch billionaires to the state Chamber of Commerce in legally buying the state government.

Those little $500 to $1000 checks to Kansas lawmakers’ campaigns, tossed to PACs and lobbyists, sown each year as brome seed across the tiny Topeka state house, make a better “deal.”.

A common thought among many Kansans, after 50 years, if the museum cannot “make a profit” - the motivation for human culture and history according to many today - then the Cowtown museum must close, history be damned.

A substantial number of elites in Wichita would prefer all to forget the old “wild west” days, better to keep fluoride out of the water, and as many legally armed as possible against each other. Better to keep Wichita’s teeming humanity befuddled, as a herd.. Easier to ride as Roustabout, pointing the state politicians’ noses toward the limitless horizon of individual wealth each election year.

No, the Cowtown museum must go, lest the Wichita majority of “minorities” learn of the early days of democratic “mob justice” and the elites’ ancestral days when whore houses, cattle herds, railroad spurs, whiskey rivers and gunplay was normal.

The public relation firms have determined contemporary Wichita fares better in the “profit at all cost” as a white middle class Jesus armed with an assault rifle proclaiming control over the “free markets.” Kansans of the herd mentality are best dull witted and ignorant of ethereal matters like off shore tax havens, armies of tax shelter lawyers, tax deductible political “charities” and secretive annual government oil subsidy checks.

Whatever political Roustabout leads Kansans matter not to the 1% so long as their Judas goat leads reliably from prairie to the fattening feedlot, ever onward to the environmental slaughter house.

I'd say the "profit at all cost" crowd is dispensing a particular cultural message, favoring the sound of the bullwhip crack over the taxpayers to spoiling them with universal health care, food stamps or art filled niceties like the Cowtown museum.

It is fashionable today among the Big Thinkers in Wichita and Topeka, Kansas to not spoil the herd, but drive them quickly to “market.”

The deficit at the Cowtown museum pales in comparison to the figure of tens of millions donated by David Koch to build a wing at the distant New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. I surmise the family has tens of thousands of acres sublet from the Flint Hills south to Texas in case the herds of Kansas humanity stampede.

Saturday, August 04, 2012

Correction: Number of U. S. population served in armed services during WWII

The number cited of U. S. citizens serving in World War Two during the August 2, 2012 LeRoy Show was incorrect. 

The attributed number who served is 16,596,639 based on U. S. government data. 

Estimates for number of people killed during the war vary from 64 - 85 million deaths worldwide. The majority were civilians and the total number of people killed based on a country by country tabulation equals 2.5 % of the 1939 world population.  

See these figures and much more at the Wikipedia web page.

Ken Burns documentary "The War" airs intermittently at your local PBS affiliates. The embedded link above provides useful information, viewing schedule and a "making of" video for free viewing.

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Reminder! "The LeRoy Show" Today @ 2pm

Today's Subject: The railroad and the vital link it played for LeRoy before during and after WWII.

Listen on-line or call 646 716 8652 during the show. Press "1" to visit with the Linebaugh sisters live! 

Today's recipe from the past!

Carrots and Pineapple

Town Homecoming - August 24 - 26th, 2012
Attributed to Mrs. Marvin Shaw.

The Shaws ran the movie theater at one time.

2 bunches carrots
1 No. 2 can pineapple tidbits
1/4 cup butter
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup water
Pineapple juice
1/4 cup brown sugar.

Add butter, water, salt and pineapple juice to the carrots. Turn flame on full until steam forms, turn burner to simmer and steam until carrots are tender. Just before carrots finish cooking, add pineapple tidbits and sugar.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Professor Edward Flentje: "A Referendum on Brownback" @ Winfield Daily Courier

[Excerpt]    Reporters from Reuters, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal descended on Kansas in the last few weeks to cover a political contest they view to be of national significance, that is, a battle for the heart and soul of the Republican Party in the reddest of red states.

Never in state history has a sitting Kansas governor led a public campaign to oust legislators of his own party. In doing so, Gov. Sam Brownback is making the Republican primary on Aug. 7 a referendum on his governorship.

Brownback is asking Republican primary voters in a number of legislative races across the state to side with a slate of candidates composed by him and his allies against incumbent legislators. These targeted legislators view themselves as “traditional” Republicans in the lineage of Kansas icons such as Alf Landon, Dwight Eisenhower and Bob Dole, and former Republican governors; and they believe government has a more affirmative role in assuring a high quality of life for Kansans.

An understanding of what is at stake in the election requires a look at those who have energized Brownback’s rise to power and what they have in store for Kansas.

Read more at the Winfield Daily Courier.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

LeRoy may soon lose their state representative!

Rep. Bill Otto, 76th District
Rep. Bill Otto, LeRoy, Ks. is in a heated campaign against two out of county incumbents.

He needs our help before the August 7 Republican Party primary election.

I took a late night boat trip with him on the Radio Free Kansas "Lost News Tuesday" show.

You can listen to it now as "Wild Bill On The Neosho."

Please pass this along.

The LeRoy Show Archives Are Now Active!

The shows are now being archived for the long haul at a convenient one stop click.

Listeners can send this single link to all the shows for June - July, 2012 to their friends and relatives by email.

All are in the public domain, free to play or download.  

Click here.

Today's Guest Richard Crabtree on "The LeRoy Show"

The program specific link to today's show is here

Quote of the week from an alarmed listener in Germany, "the Ice House fell into the river?"

Almeda V. (Weaver) Nauretc’s Recipe



Thursday, July 19, 2012

A LeRoy History, Mystery Landscape Photograph, 19 July, 2012

Where is the road that leads to this mysterious place around LeRoy, Ks.? 
Click to enlarge. Hint: A Possible Hot Weather Remedy!

Recipes for "The LeRoy Show" 19 July 2012

The mysterious and historical LeRoy mural. Read more below.
One Gallon Ice Cream

3 eggs
3 cups sugar
1 tbs. cornstarch

Put one quart of fresh milk in skillet, let almost come to a boil, then add the beaten eggs, 1 cup sugar and cornstarch.  Remove from fire as soon as bubbles appear before it starts to boil.  Cool.  Then add remaining sugar, flavor and milk to fill within four inches of top of freezer and freeze

The Martz’s “Banana Cake”

1/2 cup shortening
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sour milk
1 tsp.baking powder
2/3 tsp. soda
2 cups flout
1/4 tsp salt.

When batter has been mixed, add 3 bananas (well mashed, nuts may also be added.)

Mrs. Verna Martz and her husband LeRoy ran the "Produce House" which is now the building with the mural painted on it.

Our featured guest for a short conversation on the condition of the Neosho River will be reporter Rob Burkett of the outstanding daily newspaper Iola Register.

"Red, White & Boom!" Independence Day, 2012 LeRoy, Ks.

The Bandstand located along Main Street downtown. Click image to enlarge.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Today's Featured Recipe for "The LeRoy Show" 12 July 2012

The question of the day is: What is "suet"?

The LeRoy Show is hosted by the Linebaugh sisters, Kay and Sondra, who introduce listeners to small town life in SE Kansas along the Neosho River. 

Music and comedic samplings are from Andy Griffith's comedy albums. Available at Amazon.  

Life during the middle years of the 20th century in Kansas was different from today and in many ways more healthy.

Cleone Ranes’ Chili 
Source: LeRoy Methodist Church Recipe Book 1951

2  1/2 lbs coarse ground beef       
1 small onion, grated
1/2 lb suet                                   
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 No. 2 can tomato juiice or           
    tomato puree
1/2 cup chili powder
 2 tbs. salt                                                  
1 small hot pepper, crushed.

Render suet and strain, add meat to suet drippings and cook slowly, one hour, stir frequently, then add tomatoes, onion and garlic and cook 1/2 hour, stir to keep from scorching, then add salt, chili powder and hot pepper.  Cook until thoroughly blended, adding water if necessary.  This can be stored in a glass or enameled container in cool place for sometime.  When using, cook beans separately and add before serving.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

"The LeRoy Show" 05 July 2012

What was life along the Neosho River like during the middle of the last century?

Listen to The Linebaugh Sisters discuss Margaret and Fay Bradley's place just south of town and their cabin on the Neosho.

Also find the Bradley's recipe for "Sweet Dill Pickles" at the show's site.

Click here the show will start playing automatically.

Regional Sustainability Action Newsletter, A Free Weekly 10 July 2012

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Friday, July 06, 2012

Films for Action: "Finding Sustainable Communities"

Monday July 9th. 7pm.
Film Screening of "Within Reach: One Couple's Journey to Find Sustainable Community"
Liberty Hall. 644 Mass St. Lawrence, KS. $7 admission. Featuring a post Q&A discussion with one of the film-makers: Ryan Mlynarczyk 
Watch the trailer plus full event details:

Visit their sweet website:

Synopsis: In celebration and exploration of all things green, Within Reach follows two bicyclists on a year-long journey around the United States to share what they've learned about sustainable communities. They’ve traveled more than 6,000 miles to visit and film 100 sustainable communities of all types, working to capture in film the abundance of community-oriented solutions out there that are already working.

"This is a magnificently subversive film. By the time you're done watching it, you're going to want to try out some of these new ways of living. So if you're 100% sure you've got all you want right now, don't watch it!" -Bill McKibben, founder of

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Featured Guest: Mayor Christine Williams, The LeRoy Show, Episode No. 2, 28 June 2012

Welcome to Mayor Christine's Pizza Parlor!

We were very happy to feature Mayor Christine Williams, and her Pizza Parlor on LeRoy's Main Street for the June 28th, 2012 episode of our show!

If you would like to listen to it click here.  While there also jot down and try Kay and Harry Arnold's recipe for BBQ sauce and seasoned hamburgers circa 1950s. Where would they get "mangos" back then?

Harry Arnold was for many years postmaster at the LeRoy post office.

If you would like to visit and learn about our hometown  LeRoy, Kansas go to the City Hall web site, it never closes. Click here.  

There you can find a short historical narrative of how LeRoy came to be named and what events are scheduled, the businesses there and much more.

Even the cook is friendly!
Visit The Pizza Parlor on Facebook!