Beware of empty climate promises

BarackObamaFrontmanThroughout President Barack Obama’s participation in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties, known as COP21, international partners should be aware that his commitments stand on hollow ground. The President not only lacks support from his own country, but he has no way to follow through on any of his promises.

In the President’s efforts to finalize domestic plans to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and greenhouse gases, he has deliberately ignored concerns of environmentalists, states, job creators, U.S. courts and Congress.

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Common millionaires among us

millionaireMindMany of us grew up with images of millionaires as rare and unusual people.  Movies and television depicted millionaires as untouchable and unapproachable individuals that common folk could never meet.  Here in the 21st century, economic conditions along with the availability of pre-tax investing for everyone have created an environment where millionaires are commonplace. 

If you stand on a street corner and inquire of everyone who passes by if they are a millionaire or a school teacher, you will find that you are three times more likely to meet a millionaire than a school teacher. 

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Native American Senator joins Republicans

Arizona State Senator Carlyle Begay

Arizona State Senator Carlyle Begay

Arizona State Senator Carlyle Begay announced on Monday he was leaving the Democratic Party for the “party of progress.” He’s now a Republican.

Begay, appointed as a Democrat in 2013 and re-elected in 2014, recently cited his colleague’s reaction to his decision to cross party lines to pass the current budget as a “tipping point.”

In a video released on Monday, Begay said it has been the Republicans who have worked with him to “improve education, jobs and infrastructure.”

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Nanny State of the Week: NYC bans hoverboards

HoverBoardThe future is here, but New York City nannies won’t have it.

The hoverboard — a mash-up between a razor scooter and a Segway, sans handles – is a self-balancing two-wheeled personal transportation device, which has made a splash with kids and seems poised to be a huge seller this holiday season.

Sure, they might not look exactly like the hoverboards we were promised in a “Back To The Future” view of life in 2015, but the movie got the year right.

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Ted Cruz rising in Iowa

TrumpCruzThe Hill is reporting that Donald Trump has company on the Iowa GOP presidential podium, as Sen. Ted Cruz has moved within the margin of error at the top of a new Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday.

The real estate magnate wins one-quarter of likely Republican caucus-goers, compared to the Texas senator’s 23 percent. Ben Carson, the former neurosurgeon who edged Trump out for the lead in last month’s Quinnipiac poll, sits in third with 18 percent while Sen. Marco Rubio rounds out the upper-tiers of candidates with 13 percent.

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