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Only in October

It’s interesting how many news stories center around things that happened in the past. It’s a disgusting tactic that is used to discredit and undermine the worthiness of a candidate. Instead of being disappointed with the targeted candidate, I reach a new level of disdain for the media and the campaigns that dig up the bones. Have we really […]

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Patriot: Dirty Job

  I’ve always enjoyed Ford and Grainger’s deeply-baritoned Everyman Mike Rowe. His celebratory respect for the full-time ethics of the average, hard-working, blue collar American is the antithesis of the elite upper class. Maybe that’s why they seem to hate him. Lately he’s had to explain and defend his personal and political beliefs to irate […]

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It’s interesting how legality affects morality. As a father I take very seriously the job of raising my kids to know the difference between right and wrong. Why? Because making the right decisions will prolong their longevity and their ability to positively impact humanity. Lately I find myself competing with the message that society is […]

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Happy Trails, Kid

America’s snack aficionados said adios to the beloved Twinkie over the weekend. Hostess Foods’ recent bankruptcy has the former snack cake sensation hitting the trail along with Captain Cupcake, Fruit Pie the Magician and Happy Ho Ho. Apparently the country’s growing health consciousness led to the bakery’s lagging sales. I’m not exactly lamenting the loss […]

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First Pacific Encounter

After a long day of driving through Washington and half of Oregon we bedded down in Newport. There our boys caught their first glimpse (and freezing cold touches) of the Pacific Ocean. I have to admit that I expected milder temperatures, but it was really quite cold. The locals assured us that this area is […]

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Never Forget

With all the festivities surrounding the official launch of summer it’s often easy to overlook the reason for the holiday. Memorial Day (originally observed as Decoration Day) was intended to be a day to honor the fallen Union soldiers of the Civil War. Logically this day has grown to encompass the remembrance of not only […]

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If you haven’t heard about the healthcare bill in Congress being pushed for a vote on Sunday you’ve been living under a rock. I don’t mean to be cynical because I know there are some serious problems with our healthcare system but I’m of the opinion that Uncle Sam will do little to actually improve […]


The Taxman Cometh

My mailbox has been filled with those special envelopes marked “Important Tax Information” which can only mean one thing: tax season is upon us. Living in the greatest nation on the planet has its advantages, but also a very hefty price tag. Seems Uncle Sam gets a little hungrier every year. Thanks to the lovely […]