Sunday blog: Talking Wheat Festival whining, Logan Mize, gay marriage, cray Kansas…

first_imgCommentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for July 5, 2015…1. A rant to not rant“I didn’t win this #[email protected]*$ baby contest, mommy!The other day someone called around 9 a.m. and yelled at me about the Medallion Hunt clue not being on the Newscow site. I tried to explain to her that we have the new clue up temporarily from 6:30 to 7 a.m. for the early bird hunters. It is then taken down temporarily, before going back up permanently at 10 a.m. She did not care. She wanted it on right now and hung up.Dang, people. The Kansas Wheat Festival hasn’t even begun and we are already cranky.There is no doubt people are angrier these days” not just Wellington but everywhere.So I’m here to provide a community service and give everyone a little pre-Wheat Festival pep talk. You have to do just two things this year at the Wheat Festival:1) Relax.2) Have fun.The Wheat Festival is about camaraderie, reunions with old friends, riding rides, music, food, contests and celebrating living in a small town.It’s not about being whiney.Yes, we can text one another instantaneously from London and back, but getting the cow to poop at cow patty bingo is a whole different matter. Your baby might indeed be the most adorable in Sumner County, but there’s a chance the judges will pick that booger eating brat down the street to win the baby contest. Not everyone is going to find the Medallion and the clues will seem stupid to you once they are revealed.And for the love of Peter, Paul and Mary, there will be horses in the Wheat Festival Parade this year.I’m looking over the Wheat Festival schedule and I don’t see a Drama-fest scheduled. So leave the drama at home.Because, next week when the Wheat Festival is over and everyone has gone home to sweat out the rest of the summer, it isn’t going to matter one way or the other.Logan Mize in Wellington.2. Logan MizeThe Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce has upped the ante this year in entertainment by bringing Logan Mize to town. Mize will be the featured attraction at Thursday’s street dance in downtown Wellington. His show begins at 9 p.m. Buttons will be sold for $10 at the event so if you want buttons at a discounted rate, purchase your buttons beforehand at the chamber or at a Wheat Festival event.The Clearwater native is an up and coming Nashville singer who landed a top 50 single Can’t Get Away from a Good Time, earlier this year. Mize has opened for groups like Lady Antebellum, LeAnn Rimes, Eric Church and Blake Shelton. Listen to single here.I have always maintained if the Kansas Wheat Festival is truly going to grow and become a destination event for the weekend in south-central Kansas, it needs to feature a premiere performer or group to the local stage ” someone who would make people drive from Wichita other than to get funnel cakes and attend a parades.But these performers come at a cost. And there needs to be a place for these performers to perform. Eventually, the city of Wellington needs to address the installation of air conditioning at Memorial Auditorium, because that will pave the way for more of these kind of events.It will be interesting to see what kind of crowd Wellington will attract Thursday evening. I personally can’t wait.U.S. Supreme Court makes Gay Marriage official in all 50 states.3. Can we move on? The U.S. Supreme Court’s recently ruled gay marriage legal in all 50 states. And predictably people who care about such stuff had a cow (but not newscow).I was happy for the ruling as well, but not for the same reasons as the pro-gay marriage forces. I just want the stupid argument to go away and the court’s decision may be a start. Of all the issues in the world I care about, gay marriage rates right there near the bottom situated between the chemical makeup of the planet Neptune and whatever happened to Honey Boo Boo. The gay marriage debate is tedious and repetitive and both Democrats and Republicans have used it unscrupulously as a way to further their agenda and gain political power.Alfred E. BrownbackDespite my wishful thinking, I should expect that Kansas Governor Alfred E. Brownback will screw it all up. He’s like that bad cousin who always shows up and ruins family functions. The other day, Brownback said he is thinking about introducing religious liberty legislation to defy the U.S. Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling (see story here).Brownback won’t win with this kind of legislation. Any law passed by he and the Kansas State legislature will be overruled in court. Federal law trumps state law every time.Plus, the gay marriage debate is no longer a winning issue for the Republican party. Polls have shown a more dramatical shift in the public’s perception of gay marriage. Even conservative commentators like Bill O’Reilly has changed to the positive side.Any good coach knows when his team is beat and makes adjustments. It is time for Brownback to pick a new strategy, like focusing his full attention on fixing the state budget and leave the sideshow stuff to other people.But he won’t. He’s Brownback. Brownback does what pleases Brownback and to the heck of the overall welfare with the state of Kansas.3. Kansas still cray¦ Larry WilmoreLarry Wilmore has replaced Jon Stewart on The Daily Show on Comedy Central. And in his short tenure, he has had fun with the state of Kansas.In his show, Wilmore has this list which includes state that are Cray i.e. bat-doo-doo crazy.Unfortunately, Kansas has made his list. The other state with us? Missouri. MISSOURI!?!?! See the not-suitable-for-children video here. The Nightly ShowGet More: The Nightly Show Full Episodes,The Nightly Show on Facebook,The Nightly Show Video Archive ———If you go back to thought #2, this is the whole problem with Brownback. The battles he wages does nothing but make Kansas a national joke.5. Shout out of the weekThis week;s shoutout goes to the Wellington Rec Board and staff both past and present who diligently worked to make the new rec center/ fitness center a reality. That’s a cool complex which was 20 years in the making and it came at no extra expense to the Wellington City taxpayers.Last week was the official dedication of the new USD 353 Wellington Rec Center and it brought out city and business leaders across town. Couldn’t at least one Wellington school board or USD 353 Central Office staff member have attended the ceremony. REALLY???I urge all of you to go check out the new digs. They are impressive.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more