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Who is Fighting Whom?

Therein lies the rub. Who is fighting whom in the Middle East? We already know some of it is Muslim against Christians. Been going on for centuries. Nothing new. Then there’s the different sects of Muslims fighting each other. Then we have the...


A New Word in Farming: 'Autonomous'

The word autonomous used to be attached mostly to governments. According to my Funk and Wagnalls it means “ acting independently or having the ability to do so.” “Robotics” comes to mind as well. Something that doesn’t need continual...


National Anthem Revisited

Why do singers want to discombobulate, so rudely, the Star Spangled Banner? Folks, this tune should be revered not reviled. I hear singer after singer trying to put their own twist to this wonderful yet difficult to sing song, failing miserably,...


Defining 'Puffery'

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has decreed that - in law, Puffery is a promotional statement or claim that expresses subjective rather than objective views, which no “reasonable person” would take literally. Whaaat? Seem that the FTC says it...


I Will Be A President For All The People P.S. The Check's In The Mail

Trump’s no dummy. But neither is he brilliant. A brilliant person who has just become President-elect of the United States would not make such a statement as “I will be a president for all the people.” Hey! President-elect Trump I am not in...


On Tax Reduction

First, to taxes as I see it. Every Presidential candidate since Nero has promised lower taxes. Here’s a quickie run-down of how the income tax occurred in the US. 1791 to 1802 federal taxes on booze, tobacco, snuff, slaves, refined sugar, carriages...


All Together Now, or Not

Have ya’ seen it? All those Gen Xer’s, Millenials and Dreamers, along with a dubious assortment of disgruntled movie actors on the evening news protesting the election of Donald J. Trump? They had best take a closer look at what they’re saying...



James Brovard proclaims, in his book Freedom in Chains “EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) officials have proclaimed private companies guilty of violating or impeding 'equal opportunity' because of their failure to 'race-norm' test...


Twixt the Devil and the Sea

It’s getting on to election time. Are you ready? Have you heard enough about the candidates for the next POTUS? Do you believe most of the trash both candidates are talking? Is the Trump fortune enough to sway your good judgment to his side? Is the... Full story


The Debate: Round One

Yikes, folks I haven’t heard so many unanswered questions, so much evasiveness and so many half truths and outright lies since my last face-to-face with my managing editor. The first lie was uttered by Hillary when she told Donald something like...


Despite Hustle, Lady Mavs Lose to Harlem

VIRGIL VAUPEL COURIER CORRESPONDENT I was late getting to Saco for the volleyball match Sept. 1 so when I finally got there the games had begun. Here's what I saw: There were six young ladies on the... Full story


The Thing About Water

Oh yeah, you see water all around the United States in our rivers, lakes and streams and think “How can we ever run out of drinking water?” Stay tuned and I’ll give you a tutorial on our diminishing water supply right after a word from our... Full story


North Country Lady Mavericks Compete in Malta Invitational Opener

As Maverick head coach Barry Malone told me at the tournament after the first game against Tri-Cities, "We made a lot of unforced errors, but all-in-all I thought we played pretty good for our first... Full story


Is Trump The Chump?

I tend to get a tad bit radical in my thinking from time to time. It helps clear my brain. Now, for the benefit of my 18.3441 readers, I would expound my theory as to why I think Trump is the Chump. I’ll have more on that later in the broadcast, bu...

 By Virgil Vaupel    News    August 3, 2016

Evening Entertainment Shines with Emerson Drive

Emerson Drive started out back in 1995 going under the name of 12 Gauge, but a few years later, after the band moved to Nashville, they discovered that 12 Gauge was already used by a rap group. So the... Full story


Stupid Question, Convoluted Answer

Today’s question of the day in the Great Falls Tribune was really stupid. Shows someone didn’t do any research. The question was (paraphrased): “Will the aging work force hurt manufacturing in the United States?” Yikes! If you take the time...

 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    July 27, 2016

The Urination Syndrome

Here’s the plan. I want every one of the 3.14159265 true conservative males over the age of 18, staunch supporter of HRC and who actually reads this nonsense column to take out your wallet and extract 25 percent of its wealth. Now go directly to th...

 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    July 13, 2016

On Guns, the Illusion of Control, and Deregulation

Since the early 1980’s there have been over 200 major publications touting the number of gun laws nationwide at the 20,000 figure. Since the early 1980’s lots of people have been killed with guns, singly or in bunches. No irreverence intended....

 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    July 6, 2016

How to Retire at the Age of 21 on $60K per Year

Intriguing headline, what? It’s true. One can retire and live a life of Riley on a little over $60,600 a year. Free ... No strings ... no obligations, and best of all, NO WORK!! Get paid handsomely while you sit on the beach or hike in the...

 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    June 22, 2016

EPA and Corps of Engineers Out of Control

What the hell are those two government agencies doing picking on a 77-year-old disabled Navy veteran who is just trying to live out his life in relative mountain comfort and not bother anyone? Seems as time goes by, and more and more people are...

 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    June 15, 2016

Ain't No Such Thing As Just A Few

Don’t pay the ransom! Through nearly inhuman cunning and deceitful deception, I have eluded my captors and have returned to my disheveled home intact. There were jars scattered around the county with “Help Save Virgil” labels printed on them....

 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    May 25, 2016

Attack Ads in Northeast Montana

I guess some of my liberal opposers will be saying “you’re a fine one to talk about attacking someone in print” and I suppose you’d be a little bit right but this kind of politikkin’ is something more better suited to Texas or Colorado....

 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    May 18, 2016

Satellite Cable Dish or Antenna

My first draft of this week’s column went off into cyber space never to return. While reaching for my coffee, I accidentally hit ctrl and something else and off it went, hurtling at 1.6 million miles per hour through the universe. I tried hitting...

 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    May 11, 2016

Netflix Roku

There are a lot of scams going on every day in this country and I believe I was the almost victim of one of them just the other day. I’ll tell you about this one so’s you can keep a look out for it should it come your way. It involves a company...

 By Virgil Vaupel    Opinion    May 4, 2016

A Most Embarrassing Moment

It took me 73 years and 71 days but I have finally had it! I know I have mentioned this before, but it seems to have fallen on deaf eyes, especially mine, but I don’t see a tangible solution to the growing problem. Several or more of the...


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