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All over the length and breadth of our great nation, lefty blogs such as Dailykos and Huffington Post have found a new target/victim: rookie Congressman Doug Lamborn. For those of you with actual lives who don’t follow petty political spats, here’s some background. A Monument couple, Jonathan and Anna Bartha, one of whom had worked… Continue Reading Swiftboating the Congressman

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Here’s an email from Senator Salazar’s office that was forwarded to me a couple of days ago. From: Richard Skorman, Regional Director and Angela Joslyn, Regional Representative for U.S. Senator Ken Salazar Re: Invitation to Forum for Military Issues in the Pikes Peak Region When: Wednesday, August 29th 10:00 A.M.-11:30 Where: City Council Chambers, 107… Continue Reading Managing Community Input

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As a native of our fair city, I appreciate both its extraordinarily beautiful setting and its enduring quirkiness. General Palmer, poised gracefully in the saddle of his noble bronze steed at the intersection of Nevada and Platte, is part of that quirkiness. The statue, which was funded by citizen contributions, was placed in its present… Continue Reading Leave the General Alone!

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My favorite columnist

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Having written a newspaper column for more than 10 years, I’ve become something of a connoisseur of the genre. I suppose that I read a dozen columnists regularly. Some I admire, some I abhor, but one stands out – and he’s not really a columnist. He’s Bill Gross, an investment advisor who runs PIMCO, the… Continue Reading My favorite columnist

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Michael We Hardly Knew Ye…

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Nope, I didn’t have advance notice of Michael De Marsche’s impending exit – even though, in retrospect, last week’s column seems eerily prescient. I just remembered the wise words of the favorite author of my youth, A. Conan Doyle, whose most famous creation, Sherlock Holmes, once said : “When you have eliminated the impossible, then… Continue Reading Michael We Hardly Knew Ye…

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Barry Bonds is, by all accounts, a singularly unpleasant man-sullen, arrogant, and nasty to opponents, teammates, and fans alike. In all likelyhood, he owes his home run record both to his own remarkable athleticism and to the relentless use of performance-enhancing drugs in the latter years of his career. So that puts baseball fans in… Continue Reading Baseball, Bonds, and a number

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News from North Korea-On the Campaign Trail

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Here’s a little news item from the so-called Korean News Agency of the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea. “New Ice Physical Acrobatics Created Pyongyang, August 4 (KCNA) — The Pyongyang Circus has recently created the ice physical acrobatic suite “Young People on the Ice”. The suite consists of more than 10 items, including Plastic… Continue Reading News from North Korea-On the Campaign Trail

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Way back in the early 70′s, when I was pretending to be an investment banker in New York, I met with a delegation of Native Americans who were concerned about plans to construct a massive coal-fired generating plant on tribal lands. In heart-rending detail, they told me how disruptive this would be to their way… Continue Reading Whatever Rupert Wants, Rupert Gets

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Is innumeracy (i.e., mathematical and/or arithmetical ignorance/incompetence) a problem among the political class? You’d certainly think so, given an article in this morning’s Denver Post questioning the financial assumptions of a couple of state legislators re revenue from gas wells on the Roan plateau in western Colorado. Here’s an excerpt: “A proposal by statehouse Republicans… Continue Reading Politicians and Numbers

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The Detroit News had an interesting article this morning about the much-quoted foreclosure stats published by Realtytrac. Here’s an excerpt. “Two years ago, when RealtyTrac Inc. started releasing monthly foreclosure numbers, it filled an information void and became the self-appointed record keeper for the nation’s ugly spike in mortgage defaults. Those numbers have been widely… Continue Reading Foreclosures: Now you see ‘em, now you don’t

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