The shop local mantra shouldn't be limited to just giftboutiques and farmer's markets, but extend to drinking, too. I mean, why not?Wisconsin is rife with distillers, brewers, vintners and cocktail ingredientmakers. So the next time you .. more

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It’s got a plot with shades of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Red Dwarf and every cheesy pulp-era space exploration story that had been so lovingly ripped-off by the Star Trek franchise. It’s called Ten Thousand Moons.. more


I was way ahead of the media uproar over the latest airport security procedures that include either zapping passengers with radiation to look under their clothing or feeling them up.I’ve long opposed the rituals of pretend airport security.... more

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My family celebrated Thanksgiving early this year. If your family is anything like mine, you can expect to have at least one dinnertime conversation about the new Transportation Security Administration (TSA) airport rules regarding pat-down... more


I write this at my own peril. I plan on flying out to Boston in August to visit my family. The Transportation Security Agency has put CNN reporter Drew Griffin on the terrorist watch list. Why him and not, say, the more sinister sounding Wolf Bli.. more

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