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Paying to Prevent Them From Playing

Posted: April 10, 2017 at 8:30 am   /   Features, Politics, Top Stories

Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire owner of the Sands casino in Vegas, has been “spend(ing) whatever it takes” – his words – to secure passage of pet legislation titled the Restoration of America’s Wire Act (RAWA), but the bill has nothing to do with restoring anyone’s wires. It has a lot to do with pulling strings, […]

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Seeing Red Over Green: What the American Optometry Association is Lobbying Against

Posted: February 27, 2017 at 1:10 pm   /   Business, Features, Politics, Top Stories

Why should it be necessary – legally required – to go to a “bricks and mortar” eye doctor’s office to get your vision checked – and a prescription for new contacts or eyeglasses issued? It’s 2017 – not 1917 – and apps such as Opternative and GlassesOn can check for refractive error via a 25 minute online […]

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The Game…

Posted: February 12, 2017 at 12:00 pm   /   Features, Politics, Top Stories

Strong passions can erupt in unpredictable ways. The government understands this – and desires that strong passions be diverted in a harmless – to the government – way. Enter the cultivated, culturally and socially enforced obsession with organized, mass spectacle sports. Fuuhhhhhtttttball especially but also the others. These games – a new one to keep people busy almost every […]

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Car Review: 2017 Hyundai Elantra

Posted: February 11, 2017 at 11:15 am   /   Entertainment, Features, Politics, Top Stories

First, they aren’t twins. The Hyundai Elantra – and the Kia Forte. This isn’t Camaro/Firebird – or Tahoe/Escalade. The same thing sold under two different labels. Usually for two very different prices. There are meaningful – functional and physical – differences between the Elantra and the Forte (which was reviewed here, earlier). For instance, the […]

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Cash for Not Clunkers

Posted: February 9, 2017 at 11:20 am   /   Business, Features, Politics, Top Stories

You’ve heard the saying that history repeats . . . as farce? Well, here we are. Not quite ten years after the government paid people to throw away perfectly good used cars to “stimulate” demand for new ones – the despicable Cash for Clunkers program – the government is doing the same thing again. Only […]

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Rocket Man… on the Taxpayers’ Dime

Posted: February 8, 2017 at 11:00 am   /   Features, Politics, Top Stories

Critics of the Apollo program argued it was extravagantly wasteful, that the money spent sending men to the Moon could have been put to better use here on Earth. Maybe so. But at least all those taxpayer dollars went toward putting men on the Moon. And they did actually get to the Moon. Today, NASA […]

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Car Review: 2017 Ford Escape

Posted: February 7, 2017 at 10:30 am   /   Entertainment, Features, Politics, Top Stories

Did you know that after the F-150 pick-up, Ford’s best-selling model is . . . the Escape? This is quite something given that unlike the F-truck, which only has to compete against two major and a small handful of minor rivals, there are at least a dozen compact-sized crossover SUVs in the Escape’s bracket vying […]

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Car Review: 2017 Subaru Forester

Posted: February 5, 2017 at 11:00 am   /   Business, Entertainment, Features, Politics, Top Stories

You may have noticed that there are lots of Subarus (all kinds, including ancient Brats from the ’80s) running around places where it snows a lot. This is what they call in law enforcement a clue. Subarus are not popular because they’re sexy. They are popular because they’re almost as unstoppable as a Russian T-34 tank […]

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Trump Dumps Carbon Tax… Hopefully

Posted: February 4, 2017 at 6:00 am   /   Features, Politics, Top Stories

People sometimes said Ayn Rand’s writing was . . . heavy. Obvious, too. Villains with names too good to be true (or believable). Elsworth Monkton Tooey… rhymes with … things unpleasant. Well, how about Elon Musk. Something definitely stinks. The latest being the Crony Capitalist King’s suck-up to President Trump to impose carbon taxes… which […]

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