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Vroom! Vroom!

16. March 2009

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Ten o’clock Sunday morning in the hills of North Carolina. Cars, miles of cars, in every direction, millions of cars, pastel cars, aqua green, aqua blue, aqua beige, aqua buff, aqua dawn, aqua dusk, aqua aqua, aqua Malacca, Malacca lacquer, cloud lavender, assassin pink, rake-a-cheek raspberry. Nude strand coral, honest thrill orange, and baby fawn […]

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Let the games end!

13. March 2009

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The U.S. Olympic Committee/city/LandCo drama continues, with no end in sight – or if there is, the principal players aren’t talking.  We don’t know whether the Mayor Lionel Rivera’s clandestine fundraising campaign to prop up the deal continues (to read the letter in its entirety, click here), or whether the USA Boxing still wants a $3 […]

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Spoils of war

13. March 2009

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Some months ago, I was wandering through a riverside park in Bangor, Maine, when I paused to look at a beautiful bronze cannon handsomely mounted on a turn of the century stone monument. A bronze plaque explained the cannon’s significance. “Spanish Bronze Cannon. Cast at Seville, February 9th, 1782.  Dismounted from Fort Toro, Guantanamo Bay, […]

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Spring Break!

13. March 2009

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We received this hopeful press release yesterday afternoon from the City of Colorado Springs.  Further comment seems … well, superfluous. It’s not Daytona Beach, but this Spring Break is just as fun … and it’s FREE It’s Spring Break, and kids are out of school looking for something to do. In these tough economic times, […]

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Conservatives are … as conservatives do

13. March 2009

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Got a fancy, little four-color mailer from Congressman Doug Lamborn in the mail yesterday, decrying the stimulus bill.  Lamborn wants us to know that he’ll “continue the fight to reduce spending, debt and taxes.” Admirable goals, congressman, but how does your vow to reduce spending square with your willingness (nay, eagerness!) to spend tens of […]

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Dean makes a move

12. March 2009

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Nobody ever accused Media News Group titan Dean Singleton of being dumb. Once The Rocky Mountain News closed, the Denver Newspaper Agency’s presses had a lot of surplus capacity.  So Dean went looking for partners – and who did he find? Not the logical partner – that’d be The Gazette, whose ancient, cranky presses have […]

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Pinon Canon

12. March 2009

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The Pueblo Chieftain is reporting that the Army is close to an agreement with a Denver landowner to lease 70,000 acres near, but not adjacent to, the present Pinon Canon maneuver site. Area ranchers and members of Colorado’s congressional delegation were quick to condemn the proposed deal, saying that it represents an attempt by the Army to […]

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Freedom’s junk bond status

12. March 2009

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Earlier this week, Moody’s made public a list of 283 corporations, private and public, which, the ratings firm said, are in danger of default.  The list of “bottom feeders” included a sizeable number of companies with Colorado connections, including both Freedom Communications, which owns the Gazette, and Denver Post owner Media News Group. Judging from […]

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Bernie Madoff

10. March 2009

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You’ve gotta hand it to Bernie-rather than doing what you’d expect of a remorselessly psychopathic swindler, he’s apparently decided to be a mensch.  He’s taking the fall, protecting his family, and spending his declining years in the slam.  When he saw the wheels coming off, he could’ve have taken the last $50 million, and disappeared to some […]

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