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Keep up with our fearless leader right here! Join the fight or just admire the grit.

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Posted by Andy Adams on December 22, 2014 - 11:23am
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Colorado, 1972 with "The Elk"

 
1964 was a busy year.  The Beatles took the stage on the Ed Sullivan Show.  The Civil Rights Act was passed.  The US bombed North Vietnam.  There were race riots in Harlem.  Walt Disney’s Mary Poppins premiered to wide acclaim.  
 
There were a few other notable events in 1964 as well.  Norman Earl Adams married his junior-high sweetheart Debra (Debbie) Sue Sherrill.  This was also the same year he decided to get into the insurance business.  Neither one of those occasions made the national news, but they forever changed the lives of quite a few folks.
 
For starters, my very existence was dependent upon the first event.  So I am much obliged for the occasion.  But, that is just my bias.  Getting into the insurance business may not seem of much import to most folks.  Heck, that happens every day, right?  Some guy (or gal) flunks out of some other business and decides to start selling insurance!  How hard can it be?  
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Posted by Andy Adams on December 22, 2014 - 1:22pm
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NASA wants to build a "Cloud City"

The High Altitude Venus Operational Concept -- HAVOC -- is a conceptual spacecraft designed by a team at the Systems Analysis and Concepts Directorate at NASA Langley Research Center for the purposes of Venusian exploration. This lighter-than-air rocket would be designed to sit above the acidic clouds for a period of around 30 days, allowing a team of astronauts to collect data about the planet's atmosphere.
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Posted by Andy Adams on December 19, 2014 - 10:48am
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It is a no-win situation when you have to ask, "Where's the outrage?"  The North Korean hack into Sony and Sony's rapid capitulation is something new and different for the age of the internet.  To be sure, the attackers are benefitting from the low esteem held for their victims.  Indeed, most of us chuckled as we heard about the release of embarassing private email exchanges between Sony execs that highlighted actual hypocrisy that was already perceived by millions.  
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Posted by Andy Adams on November 17, 2014 - 11:17am
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O.M.G., this is bad.  Little did I know that the slowly dwindling stockpile of Halloween candy in my pantry could be the last we see of . . . CHOCOLATE!  NO!!!!!

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Posted by Andy Adams on November 12, 2014 - 3:45pm
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Jonathan Gruber is an interesting case.  He is an MIT professor that was one of the chief architects for Romneycare in Massachusetts and Obamacare.

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