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Update: Ukraine Part 1

Update: Ukraine part 1 It’s been an entire year since I’ve visited my favorite European country.  Usually, when you revisit an area, you can see subtle changes, but it’s still pretty much the same.  Not true for Ukraine. My first trip to Ukraine was 2008, just before the crash.  Viktor Yuschenko was President, and Yulia […]

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Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina….

  Don’t cry for me, Argentina Politics and rugby.  For this guy, it doesn’t get much better than this.  I got to watch the Argentinian team run rampant through the Rugby World cup, showing a strength and agility that a top tier team would envy.  It’s hard to push the Australians around, but push them […]


Maddened by Reefer – Marijuana Debate

Maddened by Reefer It looks like Marijuana will be on the campaign trail yet again this year.  After Colorado’s legalization of the ubiquitous drug, and word of subsequent revenues splashed across the headlines for months, other states are lining up to get in on the cash cow parade.  Last year Gov. Branstad signed Iowa’s own […]

60 Minutes: Never Telling the Whole Story | Obamacare

60 Minutes:  Never Telling the Whole Story | Obamacare I was on an emotional high, having just watched the Broncos get embarrassed at home by the Colts.  Being a long time Raiders fan, nothing feels better than a Broncos’ loss, unless it’s a Chief’s loss. Imagine my glee, when “60 Minutes” came on, and on […]


Celebrate Black Friday, Our Most Successful Export

Celebrate Black Friday, Our Most Successful Export As most of you know, I was traveling this Thanksgiving.  As I touched down in London, UK, I was greeted by giant signs proclaiming different sites and strategies for dealing with Black Friday.  I won’t bore you with the details, but with the drollness the Brits are famous […]

Shoppers rush through the doors at a Macy's Inc. store in New York, U.S., on Friday, Nov. 23, 2012. Discount store shoppers are prepared to wait in long lines on Black Friday, though they are skeptical about whether they'll get the best deals of the season. Photographer: Peter Foley/Bloomberg via Getty Images

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Americans are Exceptional… Except When They Aren’t.

Americans are Exceptional… Except When They Aren’t. I had occasion to see the New Zealand All Blacks wafflestomp the USA eagles a couple of weekends ago.  Now, before those of you who are less exceptional than the rest of us get your panties in a twist, the All Blacks are named for their uniforms, not […]