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Boy they really got big Coasters nowadays. By the time you get to the top you feel like you’re gonna need oxygen. However, no matter how big the Coaster the standard operating procedure is to just throw your hands in the air, close your eyes, and screeeeeamm! Everybody ready, and away we go. Preview Open

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I  just saw a reference to the Obamacare bill and the phrase “established by the state” in reference to the subsidies through exchanges. I have been under the impression that the phrase was “established by the states” – as in however many of the fifty who set up exchanges. Preview Open

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There is a lot of time between now and November of 2016.  The lamestream media are already using gotcha journalism to harass GOP candidates.  That will only get worse.  There is no topic that is controversial that the GOP candidates will be able to avoid. GOP candidates are going to be asked their views on […]

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You may not know this, but part of the user agreement when you buy an Apple product—like an iPad or laptop—is that you’re required to be seen using it to type a trendy bit of writing while sipping caffeine in a Starbucks.  I don’t make the rules, I just do by best to adhere by […]

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I suspect that all of us have a professional, an activity, a way of life or an admired skill watched from a distance that has been nurtured for a life time by talented, dedicated individuals who grew it over decades. They, for the most part, became absorbed in it and their passion, quiet reflection and […]

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I managed a few decent shots today from the waterfront in Kingston, Wa. Yes, this is atypical for Winter/Spring around here, but it gives you some idea of why people live where it rains all the time. (I linked the pictures so you can see them full size.) Preview Open

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Some winters are mild enough for some hardy Canadian robins to winter-over in my yard.   (The robins that nest here don’t hang around for winter; they fly down to Baton Rouge for the winter.)   This winter was cold and icy, and all the robins went further south, down into Mississippi, below Tupelo and […]

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Political Islam as a rival and/or an enemy of liberal democracy will assuredly continue in some form for at least the next two Presidents. Islamist inspired terrorism will continue to take lives in at least four continents and possibly Australia and South America as well.    Possibly of even more importance are the attacks that […]

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I’ve spoken with more than one conservative friend at work who’s said “I’m tired of always having to vote for the lesser of two evils in a Presidential election.”  Now, a lot of people feel that way—heck, even I feel that way—but those Republicans won their primary battles fair and square.  However, I’ve started thinking […]

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No, I’m not talking about the new 59th gender identity option “fill-in-the-blank”.  I’m talking about addressing the needs of the trans-species community. Facebook needs to have a species identity option.  For all too long, Facebook users have been unable to tell their fellow users just what species they identify themselves as. Preview Open

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Leonard Nimoy. There. I’ve made this post topical. (For the record, I cannot remember a time when I did not find the religiosity of Star Trek to be anything but an unbearable embarrassment. I liked the show because it was entertaining, and–let’s be honest–the casting of Nimoy vs. Shatner was Roddenberry’s single brilliant decision [which […]

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Dear Shep,   Please accept my referring to you in the familial manner-we bonded during those dark days of 9/11 when you were the constant presence in my life as we all tried to understand what was happening.  Most recently, I have truly appreciated your reporting from Ukraine.  We are living in Budapest on and […]

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I’m going to list two or three reasons, and then leave it to you to add to the list. If we are diligent, we can get all of ISIS’s transgressions into public view. I’m sure there are many microaggressions that ISIS commits. Let’s list them all. Maybe the list will shine enough light on ISIS’s anti-progressive policies to shame them enough to […]

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