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by John Stossel

As a group, black Americans have made the greatest gains -- over some of the highest hurdles and in a very short span of time -- of any racial group in mankind's history. What's the evidence? If one totaled up the earnings of black Americans and considered us as a separate nation with our own gross domestic product, we would rank among the 20 richest nations. It was a black American, Gen. Colin Powell, who once headed the world's mightiest military. Black Americans are among the world's most famous personalities, and a few are among the world's richest people.

The significance of these and other achievements is that at the end of the Civil War, neither a slave nor a slave owner would have believed such progress would be possible in a little over a century -- if ever. As such, it speaks to the intestinal fortitude of a people. Just as importantly, it speaks to the greatness of a nation in which such gains were possible. Nowhere else on the face of the earth would such progress be possible except in the United States of America. The big and thorny issue that confronts our nation is how these gains can be extended to the one-third or more of the black population for whom they have proved elusive.

A major part of the solution should be the elimination of public and private policy that rewards inferiority and irresponsibility. Chief among the policies that reward inferiority and irresponsibility is the welfare state. When some people know that they can have children out of wedlock, drop out of school and refuse employment and suffer little consequence, one should not be surprised to see the growth of such behavior. The poverty rate among blacks is about 30 percent. It's seen as politically correct to blame today's poverty on racial discrimination, but that's nonsense. Why? The poverty rate among black intact husband-and-wife families has been in the single digits for more than two decades. Does one want to argue that racists discriminate against female-headed families but not husband-and-wife families?

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by John Stossel

Expect more craziness this weekend. Earth Day is Saturday. This year's theme: Government must "do more" about climate change because "consequences of inaction are too high to risk."

They make it sound so simple:
        1) Man causes global warming.
        2) Warming is obviously harmful.
        3) Government can stop it.

Each claim is dubious or wrong.

This weekend at a movie, I was surprised to be assaulted again by former Vice President Al Gore. In a preview, a puffy-looking Gore suddenly appeared, attacking Donald Trump and mocking critics of his previous movie, "An Inconvenient Truth," the deceitful documentary that spreads fear in classrooms today. Yes, teachers play it in class.

Now Gore claims "the most criticized" part of the film was his assertion that the 9/11 memorial site would flood. Then, during Hurricane Sandy, it did!

But Gore creatively misremembers his own movie.

He had claimed the World Trade Center would flood because of a permanent 20-foot sea-level rise.

Actual scientists called that nonsense. It would take hundreds of years for such a thing to possibly happen.

But since the area flooded, briefly, Gore spins that as confirmation of his exaggerations.

This preview was the first I learned that theaters will soon show a sequel to Gore's film.

Google tells us that "An Inconvenient Sequel" got a standing ovation at the Sundance Film Festival. Trendy Hollywood is so dumb.

At least critics who've watched it gave it poor reviews.

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By Ed Duffy

Grandma's Simply Cupcakes and Sweet Treats is now open at 5652 S. Hwy 85/87 in Fountain, behind Independent Records.

Grandma's offers made to order gourmet cupcakes, specialty cakes, cake pops, candies, pastries, kids party themes, dairy free and gluten free products. Everything is made on site, from scratch with the highest quality ingredients.

Next holiday party, event, office party, birthday or special occasion, take some of the stress of yourself and let Grandma's take care of the custom treats made just for you.

You'll find them in the Fountain Valley Shopping Center (Main Street and Hwy 85/87) in Fountain, Colorado, next door to Alpenrose Deli. You can also visit them on Facebook, or in person at the shop. They're open from 9am to 6pm Tuesday through Friday and from 10am to 6pm Saturday, Closed Sunday and Monday. Reach them by phone at 719-419-CAKE (2253) or Facebook Messenger at @grandmascupcakes. 

 

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Acclaimed Gourmet Hot Dog, Sausage and Burger Concept to Welcome Community to the Haus with Free Hot Dog on Opening Day

Press Release (RedEnergyPR.com)

Dog Haus, the celebrated craft casual concept known for its gourmet hot dogs, sausages, burgers and one-of-a-kind creations, will open its next franchise location in Colorado Springs on Saturday, April 22 from 11 am – 10 pm. Located at 162 Tracker Drive, this will be franchisee Lyle Rider and Jeron Boemer’s second location with the brand, which was founded in 2010 by Partners Hagop Giragossian, Quasim Riaz, and André Vener to recapture the nostalgic childhood experience of eating a hot dog. To commemorate its arrival in the Pikes Peak area, business partners, Rider and Boemer will invite locals to swing by for a free Haus Dog on Opening Day until 10 pm.

"We’re thrilled to bring Dog Haus to Colorado Springs," said Lyle Rider. "Jeron and I are committed to making this restaurant an important part of the community and look forward to becoming a part of this incredible city."

As part of its introduction to the community and its surroundings, guests can stop by from 11am - 10pm on opening day to enjoy a free Haus Dog from a selection of Dog Haus’ seven signature hot dog creations featuring signature all beef dogs served up on grilled King’s Hawaiian Rolls. Options include fan favorites like Sooo Cali, with wild arugula, tomato, crispy onions, spicy basil aioli and avocado; Downtown Dog, featuring a smoked bacon wrapped dog topped with caramelized onions, pickled bell peppers, mayo, mustard and ketchup; and Cowboy, with white American cheese, smoked bacon, bbq sauce and crispy onions.

In addition to Haus Dogs, Dog Haus' full menu includes gourmet dogs, sausages, burgers, corn dogs, sides, beer, and shakes. Sausage favorites include The Fonz, which partners a spicy Italian sausage with pastrami and melted mozzarella; and Das Brat, which features a bratwurst with caramelized onions, sauerkraut, white American cheese and whole grain mustard aioli. Haus Burgers run the gamut featuring 100% genetically tested, humanely raised Black Angus beef using no hormones and no antibiotics – never ever in one-of-a-kind creations like The Freiburger®, with white American cheese, fried egg, haus slaw, fries and mayo and Holy Aioli, with white American cheese, caramelized onions, smoked bacon and garlic aioli.

Lighter eaters and kids can indulge in smaller-sized portions – the dog slider is made with an all beef mini dog, haus made cheese sauce, and bacon; the burger slider has just the right amount of caramelized onions, white American cheese, and mayo; and the corn dog slider features an all beef mini dog dipped in haus made root beer batter. Equal attention is paid to the quality-driven sides, like chili cheese tots or fries with haus made cheese sauce, cheddar, haus chili, and green onions; and beer-battered onion rings. Save room for dessert and finish off the meal with a Fosselman’s premium ice cream milkshake or soft serve.

The fast-casual concept, designed to elevate the hot dog and burger-eating experience, serves up its quality meals within the contemporary aesthetic of a modern industrial space. After ordering at the counter, diners can grab a barstool at the communal tables, take a bench seat at one of the reclaimed wood and steel tables or step outside to the welcoming patio.

The new restaurant, located at 162 Tracker Drive will be open for lunch and dinner daily from 11 am - midnight. For more information call 818-340-HAUS or visit www.doghaus.com.

ABOUT DOG HAUS:

Dog Haus is a craft-casual hot dog concept known for its gourmet takes on hot dogs, sausages and burgers; premium shakes and soft-serve ice cream; and a beer program that spotlights local brews. Founded by partners Hagop Giragossian, Quasim Riaz and André Vener, three friends who share a passion for creativity, quality and commitment to community, the first Dog Haus opened in Pasadena, California in 2010. The fast-casual concept has since garnered critical acclaim and national attention for its signature all beef Haus Dogs and hand crafted proprietary Haus Sausages, as well as the 100% genetically tested, humanely raised Black Angus beef using no hormones and no antibiotics – never ever. All dogs, sausages and burgers are served on grilled King’s Hawaiian rolls.  Open for lunch and dinner daily, guests can choose from signature, one-of-kind Haus creations or customize their own from a wide array of unique toppings.  For up to date store and brand information visit doghaus.com or find us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @DogHausDogs.

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All University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) students, faculty, and staff will be able to ride Mountain Metropolitan Transit fixed-route buses for free Monday, April 17 through Friday, April 21.

UCCS and Mountain Metro have teamed up to provide students, faculty, and staff free public transportation for one week. The program is intended to introduce newcomers to the local bus system and highlight how affordable, convenient, and sustainable taking the bus can be. UCCS is offering free travel training classes and local business, Poor Richards, is offering a 10% discount at all four of its businesses to UCCS riders for the entire week. Students, faculty, and staff simply need to show a valid I.D. card.

“This is a great way to introduce local bus service to the students, faculty and staff here at UCCS”, said Jim Spice, executive director of parking and transportation for UCCS. “Using the Mountain Metro bus system to get to school, downtown, shopping, and local attractions is an important transportation option for our community.”

Mountain Metropolitan Transit provides local fixed-route bus service and Metro Mobility ADA paratransit service for Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region. All buses use clean diesel technology and are wheelchair-lift equipped. Mountain Metropolitan Transit also provides other services such as Metro Rides’ ridesharing, vanpool, and bicycling programs. For added convenience, there are bike racks on all buses for riders who want to utilize the bike-n-bus program. For additional information regarding Mountain Metropolitan Transit please visit www.mmtransit.com, or call (719) 385-RIDE (7433).

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in Colorado Springs, is one of the fastest-growing universities in Colorado. The university offers 39 bachelor’s degrees, 20 master’s and five doctoral degrees. UCCS enrolls about 11,300 students on campus annually and another 2,000 in online programs. For more information, visit www.uccs.edu.