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Obama’s foreign policy collapse

President Barack Obama’s stated goal in the fight against the Islamic State, aka ISIS, is to reduce it to a “manageable problem.”What this means, he hasn’t spelled out in great specificity. Presumably fewer beheadings. A slower pace of Western recruiting. Fewer genocidal threats against embattled minorities. A downgrading of the caliphate to a mini-state, or merely a large swath of territory in Syria and Iraq.

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The many islands of ‘Dr. Moreau’

H.G. Wells was a true visionary who penned classic stories about fantastic subjects. He was also a slightly paranoid genius, who cloaked his fears for the future of mankind in compelling sci-fi stories. Though he is most famous for introducing the idea of an invasion from outer space (as seen in the classic “War of the Worlds”), he always returned to the theme that man was his own worst enemy. In stories like “The Invisible Man,” he pr...

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Rental Central

A good week for solid entertainment saw several quality TV series and two blockbuster films hitting the shelves.“Godzilla” — If you hated the 1990s’ reboot of this legendary monster flick from the 1950s, then you are not alone. The Japanese studio that created the franchise, Toei, did too. They made sure to get director approval this time and demanded that a portion of the film be made in Japan. It worked. We now have a stunning modern versi...

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Important election

Right now, there is an epic battle raging over whether America will be a democracy governed by the people or a plutocracy ruled by corporations and the ultra-rich.Mitch McConnell and Alison Grimes sit on opposite sides of this debate about the role of money in U.S. elections. More than any lawmaker, McConnell is the face of eliminating campaign finance limits. Alison Grimes agrees with an overwhelming majority of Americans who oppose the toxic influence of money in politics and bel...

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Work together for clean coal

Our struggling coal industry must find a way to revive itself for the regions whose economies and families depend on coal. I do not see regulations being dialed back in the near future as 70 percent of Americans are of the opinion something must be done to further protect the environment from the negative effects of the carbon emissions created by burning coal.

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Walk in their shoes

I’m a CEO with a GED, and I have walked in the shoes of a minimum wage worker. I know from experience that it’s a tougher road today.The minimum wage buys fewer necessities now than it did when I needed it to survive. And as a successful capitalist, it pains me to see that the American Dream, which so inspired me, is increasingly out of reach.As a young boy, I knew all too well the despair of empty pockets. I learned to be resourceful, making money by selling...

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A problem far worse than radioactive waste

Imagine walking into a business, whether to work or simply to shop, and seeing a patron of the store walking around with radioactive waste, seemingly oblivious to exposing himself and everyone else to its dangers. Quite naturally, you would be concerned, about the safety of yourself and everyone around you.

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Out of touch

The multimillionaire, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, is drowning in his own self-importance. The senator thinks more of himself than of our own families.The amount of time the senator has spent glorifying himself leaves no time for him to introduce any type of legislation that would have improved the economic well-being of our struggling men, women and children.Instead, the senator has spent his time raising millions of dollars from the big corporations, the billionaires and...

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Too busy for meetings

Mitch McConnell has been too busy to attend meetings of the Senate Agriculture Committee for the last four-plus years — too busy kowtowing to his rich cronies like the Koch brothers and other Washington-area power brokers.Mitch doesn’t seem to recognize that agriculture is one of Kentucky’s signature industries and that the state is still working to recover from the loss of what was once its major crop, tobacco.He needs to visit Kentucky now and then fo...

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Eastern Kentucky energy and heritage-entrepreneurship can move Kentucky to #1

In August, Gov. Steve Beshear announced a dramatic climb in Kentucky’s entrepreneurial climate. The Commonwealth advanced 45 places — from 49th in the nation to fourth — in the annual State Entrepreneurship Index.The index is based on the following four factors:1. Growth in the raw number of employer establishments. (i.e. businesses other than sole proprietorships)2. Growth in the number of establishments per capita3. Business form...

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Build it and bikes will come

Did you see the baseball movie Field of Dreams? Even if you didn’t, you’ve probably heard the phrase “If you build it, they will come” — which it immortalized.Well, how about “If you don’t build it, they won’t come”?When it comes to bicycles, cars, and public transportation, both sayings are true (even though one is decidedly catchier than the other).I recently moved back to Madison, Wisconsin after spendin...

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‘Blood Lake’

Killer eels rampage towards Lake Michigan in this nature-runs-amok flick that managed to sneak onto “Animal Planet” before hitting the bargain section of your video retailer.It all starts with a county maintenance worker checking out a pipeline. Turns out, it was gummed up by lampreys (you might remember them as the freeloaders who attach themselves to sharks). Here, they are aggressive and very hungry bloodsuckers who are more than willing to leap out of their watery h...

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Rental Central

A good week for renters saw two well-made action flicks sharing space with some lesser genre efforts.

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For Kentucky, entrepreneurial economy requires a new way of thinking

If you take a poll of the average person on the street and ask them, “What is it Kentucky should be most focused on?” the answer would overwhelmingly be “JOBS!” Nothing is more important to our state than promoting, creating and saving good jobs.

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Holding big banks accountable

As your Attorney General, I am committed to fighting for Kentucky families and keeping the big banks honest. That’s why I was proud to join the U.S. Department of Justice last month in announcing a nearly $17 billion settlement with Bank of America – a settlement that’s returning $23 million to our state pension system.

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