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2014 Subaru Crosstrek XV AWD Hybrid by Stu Wright

 Last week my wife and I drove a Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid to Vail.   In the past I have tested several Subarus, none with as stunning a paint job as the Touring edition that was brought to the house prior to the trip.  The color was called Plasma Green Pearl metallic, and I became  fond of [...]

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2014 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid Crossover SUV by Stu Wright

Volkswagen’s Touareg, named after a nomadic people that inhabit the Saharan interior of North Africa, has been manufactured by the company since 2002.  It is a mid-size luxury crossover made in a plant in Bratislava, Slovakia that is owned by the Volkswagen Group.  That Group owns Audi and Porsche, and the Q7 and Cayenne models [...]

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2014 Lexus IS350C Convertible Review by Stu Wright

    Lexus, Toyota’s luxury car division that has been around for 25 years, sells cars in 70 countries and is headquartered in Nagoya, Japan.  The name of the company’s product was selected from a list that included Verone, Calibre, and Alexis, among others.  Lexus was decided on, and is a combination of the words [...]

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2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE 4WD Crossover by Stu Wright

With a trip to Kearney, Nebraska on the schedule last week, I was in hopes of obtaining a nice loan vehicle for the trip, and lucked out when Tom Cooney of STI Drive offered a 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE to drive.  It turned out to be a terrific vehicle for the road with minimum [...]

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2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid AWD SUV Review by Stu Wright

    The week before last I received for testing, a Toyota Highlander Hybrid, a Limited top-of-the-line unit that carried an M.S.R.P. of $50,875.00, including freight.  The Limited hybrid’s base price of $49,790.00 had, as an option, a set of carpeted floor and cargo mats ($225.00).  It was what was called the Platinum Package edition, [...]

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Next battle in “marriage equality” debate: Incest

By Jack Minor –   A judge has suggested that now that same-sex marriages and homosexuality have become more accepted the next logical step could be to legitimize incestuous relationships.   “A jury might find nothing untoward in the advance of a brother towards his sister once she had sexually matured, had sexual relationships with [...]

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2014 Nissan Rogue SV AWD Crossover by Stu Wright

Nissan has sold the better part of three-quarter million Rogues since the introduction of the model in 2007.  A year ago I wrote a review of the 2013, first generation Rogue, and at that time their sales were up 13% for the year.  Now I have been testing a 2014 Rogue, much redesigned, and as [...]

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2014 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Sport Review by Stu Wright

    The 2014 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0i Sport Premium is the topic of this week’s review.  I recently got to test out a Deep Sea blue pearl 5-door hatchback model with ivory cloth buckets and a “boxer” four cylinder power plant.  It was supplied by Greeley Subaru.  The punch-counterpunch action of the boxer pistons [...]

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IRS may get special counsel after all

By Jack Minor –   While Attorney General Eric Holder has so far resisted demands from Congress to appoint a special prosecutor over the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups, the agency may not have dodged the bullet after all as a federal judge is calling the agency on the carpet to explain itself over the [...]

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The Gospel According to Old Glory

by Jack Minor –     I am known by many names. The Stars and Stripes, the Star Spangled Banner and the Red, White and Blue. However, many simply call me “Old Glory.”   In truth I am all of these things and yet so much more. While some may say I am simply a [...]

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2014 Volkswagen Jetta SE Review by Stu Wright

    Volkswagen was originally founded in 1937 by the German Labor Front, a Nazi trade union.  The venture included production of an inexpensive car for the common man along with state-sponsored financing (“five marks a week you must put aside, if in your own car you want to ride”).  Previously, Germans could typically only [...]

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Cooke vows to continue gun law fight to Supremes

GREELEY, Colo. – A sheriff in Colorado who spearheaded a lawsuit against the state’s radical gun laws, adopted by Democrats in 2013 and this week upheld by a federal judge, said the case is not over, vowing to take the battle all the way to the highest court in the land if necessary.   “These [...]

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High court rules in favor of religious freedom

In a 5 to 4 decision, the Supreme Court today ruled that closely held corporations, in this case Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties, are excluded from Obamacare’s mandate that employers must provide birth control for their employees. Justice Samuel Alito wrote the majority opinion which found that the government may not force “closely held” [...]

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Supremes strike another blow against union

In a continuing string of defeats for the Obama administration and his allies, the Supreme Court dealt a split decision ruling that mandatory public dues to labor unions violate workers First Amendment rights. The case Harris v. Quinn was about whether Pamela Harris, a home care worker in Illinois who takes care of her disabled [...]

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2014 Lexus RX350 F Sport AWD Crossover by Stu Wright

Several Lexus vehicles have been delivered to me for testing since 2010, and the latest was the RX350 luxury crossover SUV.  It came in Nebula Gray Pearl metallic, and inside it featured the black leather interior with black trim and black carpet.  M.S.R.P. for this car was $55,189.00, and it included a Mark Levinson premium [...]

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2014 Lexus GS450h Hybrid Sedan Review by Stu Wright

The Lexus GS is a mid-size luxury car sold by Lexus, the luxury division of Toyota.  Its design was hatched by Italdesign Guigiaro over a quarter century ago as a simplified, European-looking offering.  The GS is the car that I was loaned to test this last week.  The car is called a GS450h, and the [...]

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2014 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T Turbo FWD Sedan by Stu Wright

  The Hyundai Sonata 2.0 Turbo, refreshed for 2014, is currently in its sixth generation configuration and is a sister sedan to the KIA Optima.  KIA is owned by Hyundai, and has been for several years.  Its styling is more cutting edge than that of the KIA, and in fact is more so than most [...]

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2014 Chevrolet Volt Sedan Review by Stu Wright

This past week I had the pleasure of testing out a new 2014 Chevy Volt four-door sedan.  The Volt came in White Diamond Tricoat – a pearlescent  white paint job, which is a very popular color for this model vehicle.  The Volt is a version of the Chevrolet Cruze, but dressier with fancier mirrors, extra [...]

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2014 Toyota Highlander Limited AWD SUV by Stu Wright

For 2014, Toyota’s Highlander has been updated for the first time since 2008, and  is now in its third generation iteration.  It is a car-based mid-sized SUV with seven-passenger, three row seating.  Sales of the Highlander (127,572 in 2013) places its revenue right in the middle of the Toyota SUV lineup.   This past week I [...]

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Beware the killer tomatoes

Firearms Solicitation Number: USADOIGWEA-5-7-14 Agency: Department of Agriculture Location: Procurement Branch This is the notice on Federal Business Opportunities ( FedBizOps.gov)  for companies to submit bids to the USDA for selling the department SUB-MACHINE GUNS. Colt .40caliber … … …with 30 round magazines. Is there anything else to say? posted by Craig Masters Share on [...]

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2014 Acura ILX FWD Sedan Review by Stu Wright

    The Acura ILX is the entry-level luxury car sold by the upscale division of Honda Motor Company.  It is based on Honda’s Civic, with luxury appointments to bring it up to the Acura standard.  It is the first luxury sedan sold by Acura in America since 2001 – that was the Integra.      A [...]

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A WWI vet writes on Gun Control

Questions on GUN CONTROL, an essay by Carl E. Smith History is learned best from those who made it as submitted by Craig Masters Carl E. Smith was born May 19, 1899.  A World War I veteran who served on the German front lines and later served as a German interpreter after the Armistice and Avid outdoorsman, [...]

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2015 GMC Yukon XL 4WD SLT Review by Stu Wright

General Motors has been building a big body-on-frame SUV for 80 years with the Chevrolet and GMC nameplates affixed to each.  Essentially a station wagon mounted on a light truck frame, the “Suburban” designation was used on all of them until the year 2000, at which time GMC began naming their version, the Yukon XL.  The [...]

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2014 Lexus IS-350 AWD F-Sport Sedan by Stu Wright

Lexus, Toyota’s luxury automobile division, has built and sold the IS series of sedans since 2006.  The cars are manufactured in the Tahara plant in Aichi Prefecture, Japan. For 2014, the model underwent an update in body styling, with the drive train carried over from 2013.  I recently tested a new IS350,  equipped with the 3.5-liter, [...]

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EPA rules ‘Waters of the U.S.’ threatens all private property

by Craig Masters Under the EPA proposed new Waters of the U.S. rule, not one single acre in America is safe from the exact kind of federal trooper confrontation which took place this past week in Bunkerville, Nevada.  Using the concept of “protecting clean water” every dictator in history would be envious of the latest [...]

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Texans and Oklahoma City bomber – all the same to Reuters / Connecticut College professor

by Craig Masters Did these guys die in Vain? Reuters makes no apologies for a leftist college professor who says the Oklahoma City bomber and Texans should be studied as one phenomenon. Reuters is often caught slanting their reporting as far left as possible while mis-categorizing rants as news articles. The article following the events of [...]

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Gun Sense in America speaker kicks of new Bloomberg gun grab plan

by Craig Masters The April 15, New York Times headline warns us that “Bloomberg Plans a $50 Million Challenge to the N.R.A.” The story details the announcement that the former Democrat, former Republican, former Independent, and now simply self-promoting Michael Bloomberg is planning to create a nationwide network based on lies and supported by millions [...]

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Heartbeat bug opens servers to hackers

by Craig Masters A computer bug named Heartbleed is working its way into the heart of tens of thousands of internet servers in what is described as the most significant internet virus yet. The Wall Street Journal estimated that as many as two-thirds of the world’s internet servers could be affected. HEARTBLEED is described in [...]

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Gun Ownership and Murder rates offensive to Democrats

by Craig Masters From a source most democrat politicians trust more than any other document comes a serious international study on the relationship between restrictive gun laws and murder rates. The Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy (Vol.30, no.2) has published an exhaustive study by two criminologist, professors Don Kates and Gary Mauser. The [...]

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Congress challenges EPA over wind power “free pass to kill eagles”

By Jack Minor –   House Republicans are seeking information on whether the Obama administration is once again choosing which laws to enforce or not by granting what are essentially waivers to wind energy farms to kill eagles while fining oil and gas companies for similar deaths.   Forbes reported that on March 11, a [...]

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The multiple fronts in the War on Liberty

Craig Masters Gun ownership is under attack, from our flanks. Have no misunderstanding about immigration reform. While the Obama regime makes more pie-in-the-sky promises which sound like good ideas, their reform plans are about gun control and a national database of political viewpoints. This attack on the Second Ammendment will surprise most gun owners while [...]

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Did Obama lie to the Pope about religious liberty under Obamacare?

By Jack Minor –   While news media outlets have been focusing on President Obama’s meeting with the Pope by discussing the contradiction between the White House and Vatican officials over what was discussed, another more important question to the millions of Catholics in the world is did the president lie to the Pope Francis [...]

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Maryland scrapping state exchange, Oregon’s to get investigated

By Jack Minor –   After spending $125 million of taxpayers money and just days before the March 31 deadline for Americans to purchase health insurance or face a fine the state of Maryland is throwing in the towel and abandoning its Obamacare website which has been plagued with glitches from the first day.   [...]

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Seeing the light: Vulnerable Dems now backing Republican changes to Obamacare

By Jack Minor –   Democrats who preferred to see the federal government partially shut down rather than support Republican proposals to delay the law and implement changes to the healthcare system are now calling for some of these same things.   Six Democratic Senators came out and have said they are going to propose [...]

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Piers Morgan takes parting shot at Second Amendment supporters

By Jack Minor –   Despite his fetish with gun control proving to be a ratings disaster for his show, British CNN host Piers Morgan let loose with one final tirade against Americans who support the Second Amendment on his final show this week.   He stated that he was completely opposed to any private [...]

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