The New York Times today has an article pimping Kansas. Its premise is that Kansas is “claiming a much greater place in the national consciousness.” I think the author is delusional.
Earth to author: The capture of the BTK killer is hardly an event that promotes the state’s excitement factor. Having an attorney general who moves to obtain private abortion records and violate women’s civil liberties diminishes, rather than enhances the state’s image. It’s really not true that negative publicity is better than no publicity at all.
Face it, Kansas is a plain-Jane. It’s “I Like Ike” and Bob Dole country. It reminds me of my mosted hated food – mayonnaise – pale, bland, uniform in consistency and boring. There’s no ocean, no mountains and its population is hardly a model of diversity. And it’s always going to be that way. A simply mediocre, generic kind of place, totally devoid of bathos, highs or lows.
The best things to come out of Kansas were Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz and Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood. Newsflash to the New York Time: Kansas is still Kansas, no one is paying greater attention to the state or its population of conservative, law-abiding citizens. Don’t forget, Dorothy never really left home.
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