Posts Tagged ‘Japan’

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 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 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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Armed park rangers held tourists in lockdown after shutdown commenced

In what seemed like something out of a police state from Nazi Germany or the former Soviet Union, a new report has emerged that in the immediate aftermath of the shutdown, armed park employees engaged in what a tour bus driver called “gestapo tactics” after prohibiting tourists from leaving the park .   The incident […]

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Housing Market Slowing Quickly, Again

by Mike McCune —   Scandals, wildfires, Syria and the looming implementation of the Affordable Health Act continue to dominate the news. The economy has been pushed to the back burner. Big mistake for America.   If you think things are rosy, think again. Despite all the “things are back to normal” news being aired so […]

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2013 Infiniti M35h RWD Hybrid Sedan

Infiniti began selling cars in America two dozen years ago with a pair of initial offerings; the Q45 and the M30.  As the luxury division of Nissan of Japan, they brought out the Infiniti line pretty much in response to Honda and Toyota’s introduction of their Acura and Lexus nameplates.  Infiniti chose to use a […]

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The Rant – Crisis Bubbles Form From Fed’s QE3

The Federal Reserve’s decision to proceed on an open-ended asset-buying policy is being well-received by other central banks but few others.(1)   The problem for Ben Bernanke and the U.S. dollar is the move’s aim and its outcome are not the same. Bernanke wanted to address unemployment but, by buying American debt–caused by too much demand […]

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Weld County announces department reorganizations

WELD COUNTY, CO – During Monday morning’s Board of County Commissioners meeting, three department-head appointments were announced and passed unanimously by resolution.   Trevor Jiricek, formerly the Director of Planning Services, will move into the position of Director of General Services while maintaining his role as the Director of the Environmental Health Services, a Division […]

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A Pair to Draw – 2013 Infiniti FX37 & G37xS

          Recently Ruth and I travelled to Phoenix to watch the final 2012 Colorado Rockie series at Chase Field against the Diamondbacks.  It was nice that our home team won both games that we attended, and also nice that we were allowed to test a new Infiniti while there for a […]

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2013 Lexus GS450h 4Dr Hybrid Sedan

    I don’t know if GS means “guaranteed satisfaction” on this particular sedan offered by Lexus, but it would be OK with me.  That’s what the buyer gets with a car like this, which is the model I drove this past week.  It’s called a GS450h, and the “h“ stands for hybrid drive train, made […]

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2012 Nissan Juke SV AWD Sport Cross

The word “juke” has multiple meanings, but in sports parlance, to juke is to feign or fake out, as, for instance, a running back might do.  I suppose that is what Nissan had in mind when naming the mini-crossover that they introduced in 2010.  I had one last week to test, a 2012 “SV” all-wheel […]

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Weakening Oil Prices Demand Government Action

by Mike McCune —   World governments have not learned their lessons from 20th Century history. It is inevitable they will generate a conflict with “global implications” somewhere soon. The price of oil demands it.   Oil continues to fall on world markets, a sure sign of the depths of the slowdown in the global […]

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China engaging in military buildup while US cuts forces

by Matt Lacy – An expert on Communist China says the United States could be making a grave mistake by cutting back on defense spending while China is doing just the opposite. Beijing recently announced a new defense budget of approximately $106 billion, which equates to an 11.2-percent increase. Cheng says this increase coupled with […]

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2012 Infiniti FX50S AWD Luxury Crossover

Last week in Phoenix I was able to test drive a 2012 Infiniti SUV, courtesy of PageOneAuto of Chandler, Arizona.  Carrie Owens, of POA, was nice enough to have the vehicle waiting at Sky Harbor airport for my visit to the Valley of the Sun  where Ruth and I  visited the Colorado Rockie spring training […]

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Yen-Yuan, when Keystone hangs in the balance, what’s in a name?

by Craig Masters On January 17, the Greeley Gazette posted an article authored by Craig Masters recapping town-hall style meetings held in the area by U.S. Congressman, Cory Gardner. The Keystone XL pipeline was one of the topics the congressman addressed. His position on the Energy and Commerce Committee gave the audiences a rare opportunity […]

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Lexus ES350 Auto Review

  By Stu Wright   Lexus automobiles have been shipped to the United States since 1989.  The company is a division of Toyota and is in fact headquartered in Toyota City, Japan.  They initially shipped the highly successful LS-400 to our shores and it was a pretty good seller right off the bat.  The nomenclature is […]

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The Rant

by Mike McCune —   Washington is having a nasty debate over “taxing the wealthy” these days. By good fortune or bad more Americans than ever before don’t have to worry about the ramifications of the debate because they don’t qualify as wealthy even by some Third World countries’ standards.   The real topic of the debate […]

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Air Force Academy apologizes for e-mail promoting toy drive

    by Jack Minor –   The Air Force Academy has issued an apology after cadets sent an e-mail promoting a toy drive for children.   The e-mail, which was not coercive, was sent by cadets to other cadets and asked for recipients to consider volunteering time and money to the drive.   “As […]

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(This is the 3rd in a series of articles designed to shed some light on why the economic recession has defied expert projections of a recovery and continues on its path to collapse.)

    It is amusing to listen to the dire saber rattlings coming from Moody’s and Standard and Poor’s about a threatened downgrade of the U.S. dollar by those two rating agencies. They can threaten until the cows come home and it can’t possibly compare to the what the Federal Reserve and offical Washington are […]

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The Lexus IS-F

  By Stu Wright The high performance Lexus IS-F arrived at my house just before the Fourth of July, and I immediately grabbed it for a trip to Denny’s in Ft. Collins for lunch with my wife.  When you fire it up with the push button starter, the big V-8 rumbles to life and reminds […]

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Another nuclear crisis fizzles, authorities say Nebraska nuclear plant not in danger from Missouri river flooding

by Jack Minor   Following news that radiation from three of the six reactors at the Fukushima power plants did not result in nuclear armageddon, alarmists are now saying a Nebraska nuclear plant is in danger of a similar catastrophe.   Reports have been circulating on the Internet that the Ft. Calhoun nuclear plant is facing […]

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Scientist and Tea Party candidate: world never in danger from Japanese reactor

by Jack Minor   A controversial scientist who ran as a Tea Party candidate last year says media claims regarding the danger from nuclear power are not based on sound science and the US was never in danger from radiation caused by the Japanese nuclear power plant accidents.  Art Robinson possesses a doctorate in Chemistry […]

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General Motors Likely to Regain Number 1 Spot

By Mike Bauman A scant three years after filing bankruptcy and receiving a huge government bailout, General Motors is likely to overtake Japan’s Toyota for the world’s biggest automaker in 2011.  GM’s status was boosted by the earthquake and tsunami that ravaged Japan and disrupted Toyota’s production.  In addition, GM has gained a stronger market […]

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2011 Subaru Forester Review

The 2011 Subaru Forester was delivered to my house on Monday and I immediately headed to Cheyenne for lunch and an appointment.  The model that I had control of was the 2.5XT Touring, Subaru’s top of the line Forester.  Leather-trimmed seating was a pleasure to the senses, as was the Spark Silver metallic paint job […]

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Japan Nuclear Disaster Rated as Bad as Chernobyl

By Mike Bauman  On Tuesday Japan raised its estimation of the radiation leaked from its crippled Fukushima Daiichi plant. New measurements  showed more radiation than had previously been thought had leaked during the early days following the earthquake and tsunami.  The increase changed the international scale of the disaster from a level 5 to a […]

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Could Japanese Radiation Reach the US?

By Mike Bauman With the flow and direction of the jet stream, some are asking if radiation leaked from Japanese nuclear reactors could contaminate the United States. Experts with the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NCR) stated on Sunday that it is very unlikely that harmful levels of radiation from Japan will accumulate in the United […]

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What’s the Deal with the Debt?

By Mike Bauman The national debt has been a political football for years.  It seems no national politician has been elected in the past decade without addressing, and usually promising to solve, this issue.  But what is the debt?  How does it work?   Who really holds it? The national debt is not like a […]

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