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Single rate tax really shows patriotism

WASHINGTON, July 28, 2014 — Over this past weekend, President Obama said American companies that relocate their headquarters to foreign countries in order to pay lower corporate tax rates are unpatriotic. It is like the companies are renouncing their citizenship, he said. While Obama admits that the solution is to reduce the corporate tax rate, he

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Does U.N. stand for United Nations or Useless Neurotics?

RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., July 28, 2014 – Civil unrest in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Ukraine (just to name a few), incomprehensible malnutrition and disease in the middle-African country of your choice, the Israeli/Palestinian crisis, and serious immigration issues on the United States’ southern border create a disturbing level of unrest in the world,

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Does U.N. stand for United Nations or Useless Neurotics?

RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., July 28, 2014 – Civil unrest in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Ukraine (just to name a few), incomprehensible malnutrition and disease in the middle-African country of your choice, the Israeli/Palestinian crisis, and serious immigration issues on the United States’ southern border create a disturbing level of unrest in the world,

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Does U.N. stand for United Nations or Useless Neurotics?

RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., July 28, 2014 – Civil unrest in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Ukraine (just to name a few), incomprehensible malnutrition and disease in the middle-African country of your choice, the Israeli/Palestinian crisis, and serious immigration issues on the United States’ southern border create a disturbing level of unrest in the world,

IMAGE: United States government work

Does U.N. stand for United Nations or Useless Neurotics?

RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., July 28, 2014 – Civil unrest in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Ukraine (just to name a few), incomprehensible malnutrition and disease in the middle-African country of your choice, the Israeli/Palestinian crisis, and serious immigration issues on the United States’ southern border create a disturbing level of unrest in the world,

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Dustjacket for Paul Ryan's upcoming book.

Caught in the act: FEC to hobble sales of new Paul Ryan book

WASHINGTON, July 24, 2014 – Think the IRS is the only politicized Federal agency trying to silence Republican voices? Think again. Democrats on the Federal Election Commission (FEC)—comprised of three Republicans and three Democrats—managed to get a fourth vote Wednesday in favor of imposing some restrictions on Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan’s (R-Wisconsin) publisher regarding the

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Recorded in Washington: Review of ‘In Medio Ecclesiae’



COLLEGE PARK, May 16, 2014 – There is simply no substitute for authenticity. Where sacred vocal music is concerned, the truth of this maxim is amplified significantly. As polished as certain professional performances of the sacred masterworks may be, these recordings are often eclipsed by groups that may be short on professional accolades, but long

Screenshot of scene from Universal's new "Fifty Shades of Grey" trailer.

Just out: Hot new trailer for ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ (video)

HOLLYWOOD, July 24, 2014 – Universal released today its first trailer for “Fifty Shades Of Grey,” the sexy, much-anticipated film that’s based on E.L. James’ eponymous blockbuster book. James’ erotic novel has sold over 100 million copies, and the studio is hoping to spin the turnstiles for the new movie, scheduled for what Deadline Hollywood

Santa Fe Opera's Crosby Theatre, via Wikipedia. Photo illustrates the unusual "sails" designed to keep out New Mexico's summer monsoon rains during performances.

Santa Fe Opera’s 2014 summer season gets underway

SANTA FE, N.M., July 28, 2014 − The Santa Fe Opera kicks its 2014 summer season into high gear this evening as it rolls out six operas-two of them being one-acts-in five days at its marvelous outdoor amphitheater just outside New Mexico’s picturesque capital city. All the productions are new, and three (well, four) of

From L: Julian (Alex Podulke) and Claire (Barbara Kingsley).

CATF: Thomas Gibbons’ ‘Uncanny Valley’ is uncannily good

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W. Va., July 19, 2014 – Back in the late 1960s, science fiction author Philip K. Dick wrote a novel whose title posed a most interesting question: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? In 1982, a script loosely based on Dick’s haunting tale came to life in “Blade Runner,” a now classic science fiction

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Screen shot of video purporting to show larger form factor of iPhone 6.

Apple [AAPL] reports OK Q3 numbers, stock off in after-hours

CUPERTINO, Calif. — Apple (AAPL) released its eagerly anticipated third-quarter earnings report after Tuesday’s closing bell. The company earned $7.7 billion, $1.28 per share, for the three-month period ending June 28, which was a 12% increase from 2013’s Q3 earnings of $6.9 billion, $1.07 per share. On the other hand, while revenue jumped 6% from

Mexican immigration protest

Mexico’s fascism and illegal immigration

WASHINGTON, July 28, 2014 — There are many interesting views on illegal immigrants from Mexico and other Latin American countries to the US. Jill Bossi a candidate from South Carolina for the America First party for the US Senate says in her blog, “the US needs to work with the Mexican, Central and South American governments

Screenshot of new Sebelius music software packaging. (From the Avid Sebelius web site.)

Music and Technology: Review of Sibelius 7.5



WASHINGTON, July 4, 2014 – The Finnish Composer Jean Sibelius was unable to complete his eighth symphony before he died, just short of his 92nd birthday. The Avid music notation software named after him long seemed destined to have concluded its existence at a seventh effort. That is, until the company recently released Sibelius 7.5.

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Zillow buys Trulia, Dollar Tree buys Family Dollar

WASHINGTON, July 28, 2014 − Wall Street woke up this morning to doubly stunning news on the mergers and acquisitions (M&A) front. Online real estate listing giant Zillow [Z] announced it will buy its fierce rival Trulia (TRLA) for $3.5 billion. Meanwhile, cut-price retailer Dollar Tree (DLTR) announced a deal to buy one of its

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