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I recently read about a small company in Georgia that has been sued over and over by the same person. Having been on the receiving end of a never ending barrage of suits a few years back, I sympathize with them. In their case, the company won the trial and the first appeal, but is now bracing for..

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10 Dec 2010, by

Local Brew

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How about a break from politics? You bring the pretzels; I’ll bring the beer….

Before there was micro-brewed Apricot Ale, Bud Light with Lime, or any kind of “Light Beer” for that matter, there was the local brew.

In the 40’s and 50’s and even into the 60’s you didn’t see imported or super-premium beers on a restaurant menu. It wasn’t even listed by brand most of the time — your choice was “Western Beer” or “Eastern Beer. Western beer was a nickel or dime a glass cheaper, giving that “Eastern” beer — usually Schlitz, Budweiser, Miller High Life or Pabst Blue Ribbon that extra cachet.

San Francisco was the center of the Western beer universe — the home of California’s #1 brew, Acme, as well as Regal Pale and Lucky Lager. Seattle’s Rainier brewery had a branch in San Francisco, and there was a tiny brewery — the smallest in the US at the time — that brewed a type of beer unique to the Bay Area. You could only find it on tap (never in bottles) in a few taverns — Anchor Steam Beer. Burgermeister or “Burgie!” rounded out the beers that called San Francisco home.

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… (but not to stay #3 for long!)
I used to get paid to listen to Rush Limbaugh when I was a reporter on one of his affiliate radio stations. I still listen, even though it’s on my dime now, and I tune in Sean Hannity from time to time as well. Almost every day, a caller will suggest that we need a “Third Party” for conservative ideas to prevail. The response, whether its from Limbaugh or Hannity is always “no, no, we already have a Conservative Party — it’s the Republican Party — and we just need to take it over again!”

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End of Capitalism, or Just the Next Phase – Here Comes State Capitalism
The resignation of General Motors CEO Richard Wagoner – handed a pink slip embossed with the Presidential Seal — marks a major change in the relationship between “private” enterprise and the Federal Government. If all of the previous regulations placed on business, large and small, were like zoning laws, the new way of doing things is eminent domain.
Just as local governments have held the power to decide “we know better what to do with your property” and take real estate for “highest and best use,” now Treasury Secretary

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The U.S. President usually considered rock bottom worst (or at least in a tie with James Buchanan) by academic historians and most opinion surveys is Warren G. Harding. Yes, Harding, who came out of the smoke-filled room to become our 29th President. Yes, Teapot-Dome and a couple other scandals – THAT Harding.
But if the seed of Conservatism is the careful examination of

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The times they are a changing and so fast we can hardly keep up. By presidential fiat, everything we learned in civics class has changed. There are now four branches of the government, not three. Joining the well-known triumvirate of Legislative, Executive and Judicial, is the new branch – Corporate.

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On The Beach
In radio, we have a term for the occasional times we are not on the air (read “laid off” or even “fired” if you insist) it’s called being “on the beach.” So, here I am, on the beach after about 15 years continuously on the air. In my most recent gig as a traffic reporter, I never had much chance to pontificate on much more than overturned semis, or overnight closures of the carpool lanes (not counting the years I worked with Phil Hendrie, which allowed me to inject a lot more “personality” into

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