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Posted by Andy Adams on July 9, 2014 - 11:43am
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If "smart bricks" become the dominant construction material in 10 years, my boys are going to have a solid future in construction, given their passion for legos.  Smart bricks are a prototype construction material made from high strength concrete.  They stack and interconnect like legos:

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Posted by Andy Adams on July 8, 2014 - 4:47pm
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As the dust settles from the Hobby Lobby decision, it is becoming clear that this will not be the end of the matter.  A TPA trade association is upset that are being stuck with the bill for contraceptives:

 

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Posted by Andy Adams on July 3, 2014 - 12:01pm
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The Fourth of July is the quintessential American holiday.   We hold parades, gorge ourselves, kick back and relax, and blow stuff up.   I can always remember getting tripped up on the Trivial Pursuit question: “Do they celebrate the Fourth of July in England?”  Of course not, but I just could not wrap my mind around someone not wanting to celebrate something as awesome as the Fourth of July.

But do not mistake our enjoyment of these delights for thinking that we have forgotten the source of these gifts—they are God-given and guaranteed by the blood and sacrifice of our men in uniform since 1776.
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Posted by Tracy Dacus on July 3, 2014 - 11:06am
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As we break for 4th of July weekend (so glad it’s on a Friday this year) – let’s pause to remember what Independence Day is really about, and honor a true hero. 

The story of World War II vet Louis Zamperini is one that calls out to be made into a movie.  You may have seen previews for the film during the Olympics, although it is not scheduled for release until this Christmas. 

Louis Zamperini was born in 1917 to Italian immigrants in Olean, New York, but the family moved to Southern California two years later.  Louis took to distance running, and was setting records at state championships before he graduated from Torrence High School.  His abilities earned him a scholarship to USC, and at 19 he made the U.S. team heading to the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.  He led the U.S. finishing eighth place in the 5,000 meter race.  He wowed everyone (including Adolph Hitler) with his final lap, run in just 56 seconds.

 

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Posted by Andy Adams on July 2, 2014 - 4:12pm
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While motor vehicle fatalities involving driving under the influence has dropped since 1993, the nature of those driving under the influence has changed in surprising ways:

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