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KFC done wrong?

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Thursday, May 18, 2006

See my latest on live web (and dead tree.) Now, it seems the Kentucky Fried Chicken people are upset with being compared —and not favorably, in their eyes — with Ward Churchill. Leaving aside the point that no such inference was intended, it's fair to note, who can blame them? Being tarred with a Ward-Churchill brush is not to be welcomed, even by accident. Let's leave it at this: Ward Churchill couldn't pluck the Colonel's chickens, no matter how many of his own come home ...

A problem of mammoth proportions

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Monday, May 15, 2006

So, what was that about man-caused global warming again? And what was that about how hungry, carnivorous Stone-Age nimrods hunted the mammoth to extinction? Er, well, maybe not. Now I could be wrong, but unless there were Pleistocene pick-ups tanking up at the tar pits, the SUV wasn't to blame for this go-round of global warming. In fact, it looks as though Mother Nature was up to her old tricks, devouring her creations with new ones. In fact, if you like mammoths and want them back, it ...

A curious gap

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Friday, May 12, 2006

The political class is all atwitter over the latest revelation that the feds, which is to say the National Security Agency, running a data-mining operation on phone-calling patterns in hopes of isolating terrorist activity. Never mind that none of the political class was upset when the Clintons were doing even more during peacetime (when, as it happened, there really was a war on, but Bill just had other, um, things on his mind) with Echelon, an operation in which the NSA actually listened ...

Banks, 3 - Coffeshops, 1

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Tuesday, May 9, 2006

Starbucks is coming to town. Does that mean that 24 Road finally is on the way to becoming the gateway into Grand Junction? Well, if caffeine comes, can progress be far behind? Actually, in many respects, Starbucks is fashionably late to the party on 24 Road. Three banks, American National, Bank of the Rockies and Vectra, were under construction before with what appear to be solid-looking buildings, the kinds of places bankers, and bank customers, like. Bankers are the ones who know ...

And now for something completely different

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Monday, May 8, 2006

Now if your name was Lotta Silt, you might want a name change. On the other hand if the town you live in has been named Silt for decades, ought you change it? Changing the name of a town is sort of like deciding to boot a politician at election time. First you have to decide it's worth the effort to get rid of the incumbent. Then you have to decide whether you want the new guy. So, to Silt. Well, we know it happens. But if it doesn't, what else to call it? Wilt? Chamberlain might like it ...

It’s good to be dictator

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Saturday, May 6, 2006

Fidel Castro is angry, really really angry, that Forbes magazine lists him among the world's richest people, although he doesn't quite make the $1 billion cut. Forbes is far too conservative, tracking Castro's wealth only to the shell companies owned by the dictatorship he heads. Really, let's be honest, the guy owns an island and a criminal enterprise with worldwide tentacles. He has close ties to an oil giant in dictator buddy Hugo Chavez - you think he has trouble gassing up the ...

Like heavy, man

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Friday, May 5, 2006

It's always nice to know that when Americans are fighting and dying in faraway places that we can count on the likes of Bill Clinton to keep his eye on the thighs, er, prize and go after soda pop. The amazing thing is, of course, the pop makers go right along with it. As though they are real contributors to obesity and not, oh, sedentary complacency, television, video games and pasta. Talk about being obsessed with the irrelevant, that's the attack on sod Really, wouldn't it have been ...

A wreck is still a wreck

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Thursday, May 4, 2006

The Van Gundy salvage yard will remain in south downtown, unless the Grand Junction City Council decides against issuing a conditional-use permit to the recycling center (modern lingo for junk yard.) There will be a large faction of people dissatisfied with the decision, preferring to see the junk disappear (they don't say where — they exist only to complain). The faction that does like the decision won't be satisfied for long. All that, of course, is pretty much standard ...

“America, you lost”

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Wednesday, May 3, 2006

That's what Zacharias Moussaoui said when he beat the rap today. He likely would have have said the same thing had the jury found for the death penalty, which says a fair amount about his credibility. He's also the guy who said he wanted the death penalty. Given that nothing ZM says can be believed, it really makes no sense to keep him alive, but now that the decision is made, we can only hope it sends a message of compassion. More likely though, in the quarters that are irreversibly ...

Behind the curve, still

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Wednesday, May 3, 2006

The Grand Junction City Council and Mesa County Commission like to say they're looking ahead and in certain respects, dealing with methamphetamine for example, they might be doing just that. Meth, though, is one thing. Simple necessities are another. In this regard, local government isn't behind the curve. It's being lapped by by it. Rents in the Grand Valley are shooting upwards, not exactly a shocking trend. It's hardly news that drilling for natural gas is a growth industry that has ...

Where did they go?

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Tuesday, May 2, 2006

Just a quick comment on the Day Without Immigrants on Monday. One thing seems to be certain - but for some Mexican restaurants and a few other non-essential businesses, it was a Business as Usual Day. We can draw two conclusions, which are not mutually exclusive, about that. One is that illegal immigrants decided not to draw attention to themselves, which generally is a good idea if your status begins with that word. The other is that people in that category decided that whatever they ...

Had enough of Zacharias Moussaoui?

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Sunday, April 30, 2006

Really, ZM ought not be long for this earth. It's his devout wish, he says, to be martyred and there are voices that say, less than persuasively, that he should be denied his wish. It's really not as complicated as many would have it. ZM is an announced combatant on the other side. Generally speaking, there's one good way to treat combatants, especially foot soldiers of ZM's particular unimportance and incompetence. One simply dispatches them. It isn't an emotional thing, it's nothing ...

Apologies to Peter Sellers

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Thursday, April 27, 2006

See my dead-tree entry here. Strange fact is that the importance of the drilling economy is so vastly misunderestimated even here, where it is having a giant effect on the local economy. To be sure drilling has its downside, but then, so does every other industry, even tourism. At least drilling pays well. And if you don't like gas prices, then short of the electric car, the only way to address the issue is through the drill. Otherwise, you get caught with your pants down, thank you, ...

Well, well, well

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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Seems that the people at much-maligned Denver International Airport know something about how to do well(s). Now we look over here at energy country to learn that the Walker Field folks might have been sitting on a gas mine and haven't done squat - except complain about the Bureau of Land Management and the chance that drilling might limit the opportunity to expand the airport. Yeah, it's the BLM's fault, all right. Has it occurred to the Walker Field types that without gas and oil ...

Can there be a CSAP test for honest debate?

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Monday, April 17, 2006

It would be nice if we could get some reasoned discussion going on with the Colorado Student Assessment Program. Opponents want to ban the exam because it promotes competition (if only!) and proponents conveniently overlook the dubious constitutional implications of the CSAP. Let's deal with opponents first. The idea that schools ought to discourage competition is contrary to the point of being asinine. What next, do we get rid of AP classes so no one needs to feel left behind? Why have ...

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