Posts Tagged ‘system’

Is Opting out of History possible?

Abraham Lincoln understood the importance of history in decision making for the future. He explained it this way, “History is a relentess master. It has no present, just the past rushing into the future. To try to hold fast is to be swept aside.” Is he perhaps saying that to deny history in education is [...]

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2015 Buick Regal Turbo FWD Sedan by Stu Wright

The Buick Regal was introduced 42 years ago, and the mid-size sedan has been sold pretty much every year since then, and is currently marketed as an upscale sport sedan.  The car is placed by Buick between its Verano and LaCrosse offerings, and is 6” longer than the Verano in both wheelbase and length (107.8”/190.2”).  [...]

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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 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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NoCoGazette – smarter readers better news from a Simpler Time

by Craig Masters While regular readers of the Northern Colorado Gazette don’t always agree with the opinion pieces, they always trust that the news is reported with minimum bias. We don’t have to report stories we might not like or want to give exposure. If an article is under our opinion column, it is more often [...]

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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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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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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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Ukrainians have shown US it can be done

by Craig Masters Once again Obama has demonstrated there is no depth to which he will not slither. His list of treasonous acts just keeps growing. Sadly, unlike the rugged Ukraine people who saw their government had crossed the line and moved backward away from freedom, Americans no longer have the vision nor apparently the [...]

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2014 Honda Pilot 4WD Touring SUV Review by Stu Wright

Honda’s latest Pilot, unchanged for 2014, is a still-popular midsize SUV that has been marketed by the Japanese company for over ten years.  Sales last year were over 125,000 units, placing it second in sales for Honda behind the CR-V, which happens to be the best seller of any SUV.  The Pilot is manufactured in Lincoln, [...]

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Sebelius to Americans nervous about issues with website: “Get in line”

By Jack Minor –   Americans who are having problems with signing up for Obamacare due to government problems with the website and now face the possibility of an insurance coverage gap have received a harsh message from Health and Human Services Director Kathleen Sebelius, “get in line.”   The Detroit Free Press reported how [...]

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In the battle for the economy the consumer is the loser

Rising Markets, Bad Jobs Report Conflict Economy Analysis The American economy has a split personality and that spells trouble for everyone–but most particularly the bureaucratic elitists and those dependent on that system.   In the Red corner there is the soaring stock market, in the Blue corner is the continual employment woes. The market is [...]

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2014 Toyota Venza AWD Limited Review by Stu Wright

The latest test car that was delivered to me recently was a 2014 Magnetic Gray metallic five-door with all-wheel drive and a V-6 engine.  Since the Venza was introduced into the Toyota line five years ago as a 2009 Camry derivative (one of many), the company has chosen to dress the car out with lots [...]

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2014 GMC Yukon XL AWD Denali by Stu Wright

In 1976, I started selling GMC trucks right after college, and at that point the Suburban, which is what GMC at that time called their big SUV, had been in production for 39 years.  Right after I started my new job, I ordered two  Suburbans for a Western Slope construction company.  The excitement of my [...]

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Obamacare glitches now affecting those attempting to use benefits

Individuals needing to actually use healthcare benefits they supposedly obtained under Obamacare are now coming fact to face with the nightmare of a government run healthcare system as doctors are being held up from performing surgery and people  are walking out of the emergency room rather than wait for approval.   President Obama insisted on [...]

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2013 Toyota Camry V-6 XLE FWD Sedan by Stu Wright

The Toyota Camry XLE that I drove last week was painted silver – Classic Silver metallic.  I enjoy the names that this company gives its paint colors, including this one as well as names such as Super White and Attitude Black.  The Toyota Camry is America’s number one selling car, having been so for eleven [...]

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2014 Buick Verano 1SL FWD Sedan by Stu Wright

Americans in big numbers are getting into Buick sedans; in fact big Americans are getting into Buick sedans.  I recently reviewed the company’s LaCrosse offering, noting that Shaquille O’Neal drives one in television commercials and is a spokesman.  Another Buick spokesman is Denver Bronco Peyton Manning, seen on television at the wheel of a Buick [...]

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Amendment 66: Taxpayer con job

By Tom Tancredo – (WND) – Next week voters across Colorado will be asked to approve Amendment 66, a nearly $1 billion tax increase supposedly designed to fund smaller classrooms and better education outcomes for all kids. What’s happening in Colorado is also seen in many states and communities every year.   Surprise! It’s a [...]

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Chase now limiting withdrawal amounts

New reports that Chase Bank is preparing to limit withdrawals for business customers has caused some to wonder if the bank has inside knowledge about a possible upcoming financial calamity facing the United States.   Infowars first reported that they had received copies of letters sent by Chase Bank to numerous customers with Chase BusinessSelect [...]

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LESS FUNDING + MORE MANDATES + EROSION OF LOCAL CONTROL = UNACCEPTABLE RESULTS

By Weld Commissioner Mike Freeman–   With regard to the formation of a 51st state, no issue is more important than education. A new state with new educational goals would provide our children with the schooling they deserve and a system that returns funds to classrooms and control to local school boards. In fact, the [...]

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2014 KIA Cadenza FWD Sedan by Stu Wright

The Cadenza, introduced in the U.S. by KIA in January of this year, is a full-size, front-wheel drive luxury sedan produced in Hwasung, South Korea.  Hyundai Motors owns KIA, and produces a version of the Cadenza named the Azera.  The Cadenza is KIA’s flagship automobile and is the sedan one model larger than the venerable [...]

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Shredded Constitution Means We Live On Borrowed Time

By Mike McCune –   The Constitution is under mass attack by progressive politicians. For this reason alone, the best news that could happen is a government shutdown to protect this document that contains all the principles on which this civil government was established.   The Constitution, despite popular belief today, did not guarantee any group or [...]

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Banks Disappear In Economic Weakness

By Mike McCune –   To paraphrase President Obama, “I took my eye off the [real economic] ball.” For that I apologize to Rant readers.   While trying to keep up with the messes scattered by this Administration–Benghazi, NSA, IRS, Syria, monetization of the debt, etc.–I took my eye off the economic ball. Today the oversight [...]

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Lawlessness – not just fashionable any more.

by Craig Masters It is mandated so we can’t really do anything about it… so say the current and want-to-be school board members all across the country when questioned about the implementation of the federal/socialists’ take over of local education. But is it true that the local schools can’t “do anything” about Common Core Curriculum [...]

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Muddy Water: Some Pray for it

By Craig Masters Water has overwhelmed us here in Northern Colorado. But in only a few days the millions of gallons and tons of mud will be eastbound and down – toward New Orleans and the salty Gulf. While we will soon be recovering and remembering, the muddy water we are so relieved to see [...]

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If you send your kids to a private school, you are a bad person

(Slate) — You are a bad person if you send your children to private school. Not bad like murderer bad—but bad like ruining-one-of-our-nation’s-most-essential-institutions-in-order-to-get-what’s-best-for-your-kid bad. So, pretty bad.   I am not an education policy wonk: I’m just judgmental. But it seems to me that if every single parent sent every single child to public school, [...]

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Fort Collins council supports delay on marijuana businesses

Coloradoan — Retail marijuana stores won’t be allowed in Fort Collins soon, but their opening dates may not be as far off as expected.   The Fort Collins City Council on Tuesday gave initial approval to an ordinance that would temporarily ban marijuana stores until March 31 so the city can line up regulations for [...]

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Thompson Schools proudly promote Communism

by Craig Masters The new home page of the Thompson Valley School District boasts of initiating the COMMON CORE CURRICULUM. A video on the home page covers all sorts of ‘advantages’ and makes all sorts of claims about how the students will benefit. The only problem is that this video leaves out the real story [...]

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Crowded Prisons Might End Sentencing Tax Evaders

by Mike McCune — Eric Holder, the detestable Attorney General of the United States who selectively enforces laws and has rendered the U.S. law moot, is at it again. Holder, using cost as a factor, wants to eliminate the overly-long sentences for druggies in this country.   On this principle, economically logical, I agree with him. [...]

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Bill of Rights’ Taxation in America’s Future?

by Mike McCune — All Americans are aware Obamacare would not be an issue today if the Supreme Court had not taken the curious track of deciding it was a tax and not insurance because the Internal Revenue Service was involved.   Based on the exemptions and selective enforcement installed since, the Court made a major [...]

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GPS tracking unavailable for Fort Collins mosquito spraying

Coloradoan — Online tracking information for Colorado Mosquito Control trucks spraying for mosquitoes in Fort Collins will not be available.   The tracking page was overwhelmed by traffic seeking GPS information on the trucks Wednesday, causing the city’s entire site to crash, said Mike Calhoon, parks supervisor.   Stress tests done Thursday showed the system [...]

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Fort Morgan Cargill plant certified for “tender” meat

Ft. Morgan Times — A new U.S. Department of Agriculture system for rating beef could mean consumers will have a better idea whether or not their meat is tender — and Cargill Meat Solutions is a part of that program. Cargill’s Fort Morgan beef plant has been certified to harvest, fabricate and package officially “tender” [...]

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The “Two Party” system is on only One Path

by Craig Masters Politicians who label themselves as republican beling to the the majority party in the Michigan House of Representatives, the Michigan Senate; and Governor Snyder list himself as a republican. Yet as Detroit begins operating under a bankruptcy administrator, the state government of Michigan is charging blindly into billions of additional debt to finance more [...]

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