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Musicians Work to Create Future Guitar Heroes

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2012 | 3:21 PM

Jen Pastalo Dacpano and Nicole Severson are on a mission to bring music, song, and community into the hearts and souls of school children across the Front Range.

Dacpano, a school psychologist at East High in Denver, and Severson, a music instructor from Boulder, have already created guitar programs...

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Heroism in the Modern Era

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2010 | 12:04 PM


There was a time when the word "hero" meant something. It was a cherished word that denoted something almost unattainable.

Homer (not Simpson, but the other one) nailed it with tales of war and glory. The heroes earned it in Homer's day. They took on...

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Sarah Palin's Secret Dictionary

(26) Comments | Posted July 29, 2010 | 12:03 PM

Obama's thought thugs will arrest me for the following blog. But as a journalist, it is my duty to shed light in the darkness no matter the consequences.

As most of you know, short-time Governor and current conservative media starlet, Sarah Palin, got libs in a fluster...

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Of Presidents and Men

(5) Comments | Posted July 14, 2010 | 12:09 PM

Now that the Ruskies are once more spying on the United States and using their sex-crazed models to destroy Mel Gibson, America must rely on strength and power to save our precious union.

Toughness is the only thing Ivan understands, which is why manly presidents have served us well in...

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Thoughts on an American Hero

(7) Comments | Posted June 21, 2010 | 5:16 PM

The search for America's newest hero is over. The people have spoken and Gary Faulkner, the Greeley, CO. man bent on sending Osama bin Laden to hell, is the people's champion.

Faulkner's quixotic quest for the most wanted scumbag in the world has transformed a complex and hard to understand...

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Heavy Reading

(2) Comments | Posted May 13, 2010 | 5:54 PM

I'm inspired, transformed in anticipation of part-time, kinda sorta Gov. Sarah Palin's upcoming tome.

My Lady of the North is a regular Stephen King with the writing business. Her first best seller, Going Rogue, is barely out in paperback and already Sarah is ready to deliver another surefire hit. The...

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The Rise of Eco-Terror

(10) Comments | Posted May 7, 2010 | 12:50 PM

As the bubbling crude slowly makes its way into every estuary, wetland and beach cove from Venice, La. to Hilton Head, S. C. the blame game heats up. Naturally, The Halliburton haters of the world point a greasy finger at Big Oil.

I blame the environmentalists.

Everyone...

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The Curious Case of Randy Quaid

(4) Comments | Posted April 28, 2010 | 1:11 PM

In Hollywood there is the oft-told tale of the greater brother and the lesser brother. Consider Jeff and Beau Bridges; this year the former won an Academy Award in the category of Best Actor in a Leading Role while the latter starred in Free Willie 4.

The same is...

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The Last Meal

(4) Comments | Posted April 16, 2010 | 6:20 PM

There's been a lot of tough talk lately about my favorite fast food outlet, Kentucky Fried Chicken. Apparently, the Food Nazis have a problem with KFC's new creation, The Double Down Sandwich -- a culinary breakthrough that "is so meaty there's no room for the bun."

Everyone knows bread is...

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Diplo-dunce Avoids the Murtaugh Rule

(7) Comments | Posted April 9, 2010 | 12:01 PM

In the 1989 buddy cop classic, Lethal Weapon 2, LAPD lawmen Martin Riggs and Sgt. Roger Murtaugh battle krugerrand-craving South African racists. The jerks from Johannesburg carry diplomatic immunity. As such, they do as they please, even if they have to kill Riggs' attractive gal pal.

Bastard!

As the body...

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The Clock Runs Out on 24

(10) Comments | Posted March 30, 2010 | 4:39 PM

The War on Terror will end this spring when Fox pulls the plug on its long-running action drama 24. The pop-culture phenomenon concludes in May when the show's anti-terror tough guy, Jack Bauer, tortures his last suspect.

The hit show first aired less than two months after 9/11. The timing...

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Will California Lead to a Rocky Mountain High?

(6) Comments | Posted March 29, 2010 | 2:09 PM

With California ready to vote on legalizing marijuana this November, pot lobbyists in Washington, D.C. say Colorado will be a legal weed battleground come 2012.

"Colorado is a state that looks intriguing for 2012," said Steve Fox, Director of State Campaigns for the Marijuana Policy Project, a Washington, D.C.-based...

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