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  • taylor.armerding.jpg IRS spins email yarn as Obama slips past another scandal

    Forget everything you've heard about email. All digital trace of a former IRS official's email over the 25 months the agency harassed conservative groups has mysteriously, improbably vanished. Gone, too, is the White House's accountability as President Obama slips from another scandal.

    June 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • taylor.armerding.jpg Obama: Don't listen to those who knew Bergdahl best

    The Obama administration chides anyone who suggests that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl - the POW traded for a dream team of Taliban terrorists - might be something less than a hero. The White House wants us to stop jumping to conclusions - unless, of course, we're jumping to the right conclusions.

    June 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • taylor.armerding.jpg Left tallies 'true cost' of coal with a political calculator

    Weighing the "true cost" of coal-based energy is politically convenient. In a "true cost" world, coal may be more expensive but alternate energies aren't affordable, either; you don't get a tax break on your mortgage; and the feds don't protect the United Auto Workers from Chrysler's bankruptcy.

    June 6, 2014 1 Photo

  • taylor.armerding.jpg Veterans wait for healthcare, we wait for accountability

    Poor care and long wait times at the Veterans Administration are little surprise for an organization with such an entrenched bureaucracy. It's almost predictable as the Obama administration's mock surprise and non-response.

    May 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • taylor.armerding.jpg Reality replaces Obama's foreign policy promises

    Terrorists were supposed to disappear and tensions would dissolve between the United States and other countries when President Barack Obama took office. But prize-winning promises don't hold up to real-life Chinese hackers, attacks on U.S. diplomats and Russian land grabs.
     

    May 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • sampollak.jpg Presidential perk turned into a bummer

    Who wants to be president of the United States if you don't get time to actually linger and soak in the Baseball Hall of Fame?

    May 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • taylor.armerding.jpg Obama maneuver to silence debate finds followers

    President Barack Obama is good at this much: Shutting down debate with those who don't like his policies. Unfortunately this strategy is finding converts from college presidents to cable networks.

    May 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • taylor.armerding.jpg Sterling wasn't right - but has every right to free speech

    Before banishing Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling from the NBA for his comments about blacks, we should slow down and remember what it means to have free speech.
     

    May 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • mug_joe-hadsall-112613.jpg No need for tablet with curved-screen G Flex by LG

    There's a bit of hilarious marketing copy on LG's web page discussing the features of the G Flex -- in describing the smartphone's curved design, it claims that the device "follows the curvature of your face, for an outstanding voice and sound experience by reducing the gap between the microphones and your mouth."

    Funny, because I don't see many people smash their phones to the side of their face. I know the crap that my face leaves on a screen, and I don't even wear makeup. And though the G Flex is indeed curved, it's not curved by that much, so voice isn't magically amplified for the other half of a phone conversation.

    That being said, much of the site's advertising copy is spot on. The G Flex is a powerful device, with a curved screen and high-powered processor that helps videos and games play like a dream.

    AT&T provided a device that I tested out for about 10 days. It's available at AT&T retail stores around Joplin ranging from $299 with a two-year contract to $694.99 without.
     

    May 7, 2014 1 Photo

  • taylor.armerding.jpg Liberal complaints of 'big money' in politics are overblown

    My friends on the left regularly go on about how obscene and corrupting it is for conservative billionaires like the Koch brothers to have a much louder voice in the electoral process than average people like you and me. But I don’t hear them complaining about liberal billionaires like George Soros, who is just as politically active as the Kochs, and whose voice in American politics is also vastly more prominent than that of average voters.

    April 25, 2014 1 Photo

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