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NCPA: Oil Spill Hysteria

By   /  January 5, 2011  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico caused many things.  Most recently, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar cancelled previous plans for much expanded offshore oil and gas drilling, killing thousands of jobs and forgoing an opportunity to reduce the nation’s enormous foreign energy bill.  Oddly enough, however, the ecosystem of the Gulf itself turns out […]

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Cactus Thorns Readers Choice Awards-2010

By   /  January 1, 2011  /  29 Palms, General Posts, Opinion, San Bernardino Co, Yucca Valley  /  Comments Off

Yucca Valley, Ca- Having  recently joined this Band Wagon that has been rollin’ for over ten years along some pretty bumpy terrain, I started to review previous articles that were posted to this Blog, Cactus Thorns, by reading some of the author’s archives. When you click on the author’s name, you will be sent to their story […]

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SOS …—… SOS …—…

By   /  January 1, 2011  /  29 Palms, Desert Hot Springs, La Quinta, Opinion, Palm Desert, Riverside Co, San Bernardino Co, Yucca Valley  /  Comments Off

…While we may have the right to fly our Nation’s flag upside down or right side up, is often the fuel to provide heated arguments among patriotic Americans, crossing age barriers and political parties, as to the true meaning of flying our flag upside down. The one thing they will agree on is our Nation and the state of California is upside down!…

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FEEDING THE BEAST….

By   /  December 31, 2010  /  29 Palms, General Posts, Opinion, San Bernardino Co, Yucca Valley  /  Comments Off

CactusThorns-Going Up!

CACTUSTHORNS.COM   The 24-Hour News Revolution !  Having completed a basic radio class at Z107.7 some time ago, I was taught by Gary Daigneault, ROP instructor, the importance of reporting the facts, citing the source of information and writing 30 second spot commercials, among other broadcasting skills at the station. I was able to apply my new […]

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Social Security the Mother of all Ponzi Schemes

By   /  December 28, 2010  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

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A Ponzi scheme is a fraudulent investment operation that pays returns to separate investors from their own money or money paid by subsequent investors, rather than from any actual profit earned. The Ponzi scheme usually entices new investors by offering returns other investments cannot guarantee, in the form of short-term returns that are either abnormally […]

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What the Election Means

By   /  December 28, 2010  /  Opinion  /  Comments Off

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NCPA.org — As Newsweek declared on its cover in February 2009, “We Are All Socialists Now.”  Under President Obama, federal spending has increased 25 percent, the national debt has swelled to almost $15 trillion and health care reform will control 17 percent of the U.S. economy, says Pete du Pont, chairman of the board of […]

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Are Seniors “The Greediest Generation”?

By   /  December 27, 2010  /  General Posts, News, Opinion  /  19 Comments

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I received this email from a family member in the State of Washington. Foundation: On or about December 21, 2010, Wyoming Republican Senator Alan Simpson (Ret.) calls seniors the “Greediest Generation”.  A Regular American calls HIM “Captain Bullshit!” Are Seniors Greedy? By Jack Moore I’d like to have an answer from all of our Congressmen […]

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Yes Virgina, We Believe in Jesus too

By   /  December 26, 2010  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

I am about the least likely Mormon to ever be an authority on Church teachings. I am not even close to being perfect. I sin with every blog  I make and every foul word I utter.  The only thing that saves me from the sudden smite of the hand of the Lord is I am […]

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Huffington Post outflanked by Cactus Thorns

By   /  December 24, 2010  /  General Posts, Opinion  /  8 Comments

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MORONGO BASIN – Arianna Huffington on puffing her new citizen journalist blog could learn a thing or two from Cactus Thorns bloggers. We’ve been doing for years what she has recently accomplished in her hugely successful citizen journalist blog. And this blog has taken off in the Basin. It’s not in competition with the local […]

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HDWD Hands Out Lumps of Coal-Sewer Assessments

By   /  December 23, 2010  /  Opinion, Yucca Valley  /  2 Comments

  Yucca Valley, Ca.- Did you feel warm and fuzzy all over at the Hi-Desert Water District meeting last week? There was plenty of Christmas spirit promised but the Grinch came by to dash the hopes of many seniors and retirees on fixed incomes. As promised, HDWD CFO/Yucca Valley Mayor Pro-tem Frank Luckino delivered a […]

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Confessions of a Desert Weather Wimp

By   /  December 22, 2010  /  29 Palms, General Posts, Opinion, San Bernardino Co, Survival, Yucca Valley  /  1 Comment

Out of the Rain

Yucca Valley, Ca.- Living in the Hi-Desert for the past ten years has spoiled me. I have become used to 360 days of sunshine! When the summer temperatures hit triple digits there is relief when the sun sets. I live at an altitude of 3,500 feet and things cool off in the summer evening and […]

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HDWD Director Bob Stadum Conflicted-Recuse Thyself!

By   /  December 22, 2010  /  Opinion, Yucca Valley  /  Comments Off

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  Recuse Thyself  Bob Stadum! Hi-Desert Water Director Conflicted….again!   Yucca Valley, Ca.-At the December 8th  joint meeting of the Hi-Desert Water District and the Town of Yucca Valley Town Council, HDWD CFO/YV Mayor Pro-tem Luckino was seated with Staff  and HDWD Director Bob Stadum was not sitting on the dais. I did not hear […]

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The Selling Season

By   /  December 21, 2010  /  General Posts, Opinion, Yucca Valley  /  Comments Off

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by Veronique de Turenne Los Angeles Times printed 12/20/2010   Some of you know I do not own a television, or subscribe to cable or satellite at our home for the past ten years. My husband and I are very satisfied to receive the Los Angeles Times, The Sun, The Desert Sun, Desert Valley Star, Hi-Desert Star, The Desert Trail, American […]

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Is Our City Officials Safe? Are We?

By   /  December 19, 2010  /  General Posts, Opinion, Survival  /  2 Comments

After hearing and reading about what happened at a board meeting in Panama City, Florida, where a disgruntled man started shooting the board members because his wife lost her job at the school district. It makes me wonder if our city officials and those in the community who attend meetings are safe. For instance, how […]

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