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Pulling the Plug on Healthcare Reform

by Jon N. Hall6/16/17
At some of the raucous town hall meetings this year, indignant constituents would tell their representatives that if it weren’t for Obamacare they’d be dead. Actually, if it weren’t for modern medicine they’d be dead; Obamacare is merely a payment system, (and a rather rickety one). More » • (359 views)

Posted in Economics | 9 Comments

To Serve my Turn Upon Him

by Deana Chadwell6/16/17
Does anyone else have the strange feeling that we’re caught up in some Shakespearian tragedy, some skullduggery creeping through the entourage of Henry VIII? I sense spies hiding in the curtains and hear whispers behind the potted palms. More » • (539 views)

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TV Series Review: Westworld (HBO)

by Steve Lancaster6/13/17
Asimov’s three rules of robotics: 1) A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.  •  2) A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.  •  3) A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law. More » • (560 views)

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Was Mohammed a “True Muslim”?

SellwynThumbby Selwyn Duke6/13/17
In the wake of every terrorist act there is the same argument. The voices-in-the-wilderness right will say, insofar as they’re not muzzled with hate-speech laws, that Islam is the problem. In contrast, a leftist drumbeat of media and mainstream politicos will assert that the Muslim terrorists aren’t really “Muslim” terrorists More » • (403 views)

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 Ten Transgender Truths

SellwynThumbby Selwyn Duke6/12/17
Whether you’re a lawmaker considering a “bathroom bill” or some other “transgender”-oriented legislation, or a citizen pondering a vote influencing the matter, you need the facts. The following are 10 “transgender” truths: More » • (462 views)

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The Phone Call

by Pat Tarzwell   6/9/17
I was sitting at my computer the other day, just trying to do a little work when I got the call.  It was one of those rare events where no-one else was available to answer the phone, so I picked it up and had no idea just how much fun I was about to have. More » • (409 views)

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Cliff Hanging and Earthquakes

by Deana Chadwell5/31/17
This is shocking, and in our post-modern world I shouldn’t admit it, but I like to think.  I know, I know – if I were truly cool and trendy I’d acknowledge, in grand existentialist style, that everything is just matter, therefore nothing matters More » • (910 views)

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Movie Review: Rogue One

by Brad Nelson5/28/17
Rogue One tells the story of the downfall of the Death Star that materially occurs later in Star Wars: A New Hope. The plans for the Death Star are stolen from the Imperial archive and transmitted to rebel forces. These plans, as you know, end up in the memory banks of R2D2. And off we go. More » • (590 views)

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Satanic Language

by Anniel5/26/17
After discussing how nauseating and vile the political discourse in our lives has become and the need to “Turn Off the Sound” (ST 5/22/17), I suddenly remembered the book for which I had previously written a Review: I Speak For the Silent – Prisoners of the Soviets by Vladimir V. Tchernavin. More » • (1150 views)

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Chick Flicks and ‘High Sentiment’

by Jon N. Hall5/22/17
Although my drinking buddies may find it pathetic, I nonetheless admit to having a taste for “chick flicks.” But because certain attendees of my health club, especially the ruffians who hang around the bench press machine More » • (766 views)

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Turn Off the Sound

by Anniel5/22/17
Bear and I have been talking about trying to find some venue where news is accurately reported by intelligent, well-informed people who are dedicated to facts that can be proven. I suppose that makes us old-fashioned. More » • (678 views)

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Movie Review: Sicario

by Steve Lancaster5/19/17
In Mexico Sicario means hitman  •  This 2015 production could be one of the most worrisome movies of recent times. There is no date for the movie except that Juarez is in the middle of a cartel war. More » • (377 views)

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