Monthly Archives: July 2014

April Surprise!

The coming tax season brings new forms, which apparently will need to be filled out and included with your return in order to satisfy the requirements of newly-added Line 61 on your Form 1040: Health care: individual responsibility. New this year for your … Continue reading

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Cape Disappointment Well-Named

You have to buy a “Discover Pass” ($30/year, $10/day) to visit many of the parks in Washington state. One of the big draws – and greatest source of complaints – is Cape Disappointment, near Astoria, Oregon. But buying those required passes … Continue reading

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Union News And Legal Blues

International Association of Fire Fighters and AARP have filed briefs in support of public retirees in the ongoing dispute over the cutting of cost-of-living adjustments for current retirees; a case now before Oregon Supreme Court. The AARP and the International Association of … Continue reading

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Now They’re Just Getting Stupid

Members of the Congregation of Perpetual Outrage now suggest that having a barbecue in a park is anti-social behavior. Some people don’t like the smell of searing flesh, while others object to the smoke. So for some of these folks, even grilling … Continue reading

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The Color Of Hypocrisy Is Green

In a finding that comes as absolutely no surprise, a British government environmental agency reports that those who profess great concern about climate change use more energy than climate change “deniers” (paging AlGore!). Those who say they are concerned about the … Continue reading

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Heads Up

You may be getting a call from 347-960-4787, which is a New York City number. Actually, you may receive as many as three in the space of an hour or so, if you don’t answer the first time. I never answered, … Continue reading

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Coming Soon To Your Hardware Store

Makerbot 3-D printers are already available on the Home Depot website, and now they’ll be rolling out in stores as well: The Brooklyn-based firm will begin selling its printers at 12 Home Depot stores around the country, including two locations in the … Continue reading

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Israel’s Incursions Into Gaza Adhere To International Law

Yeah, that’s about what you’d expect them to say…wait, what? Who said that? WTH? The Palestinian Authority’s envoy to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has said the PA has no hope of pressing charges against Israel in international courts … Continue reading

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Fine – And Very Polite – Dining

Shooters Restaurant in Rifle, Colorado offers weapons training in addition to dinners, and all of the waitresses are packing pistols. Open-carry is legal in the state, so customers can carry as well. It’s probably one of the most polite dining venues around. … Continue reading

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Nachos, Not Yours – What Difference, At This Point, Does It Make?

MANTECA (CBS13) – Police say that the whole Tillamook Cheese Tour truck caravan was stolen from the parking lot of a Manteca hotel Saturday morning. Well, it’s a town of about 66,000 in the Central Valley – based on agriculture, it’s been … Continue reading

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