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MORE BEFUDDLING LABOR STATS — You know that federal Labor Department report touting 5.3 percent unemployment nationally in July?

It’s horse hockey as usual. Why?

Because it does not include 93.8 million people who are job-eligible but who have dropped out of the labor force. This is just another example of how to lie with statistics and paint a picture that’s as false as grandpa’s teeth.

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LIFE SENTENCE A JUST ONE — In case you missed the announcement Friday evening, James “The Joker” Holmes was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted in Colorado of killing 12 people and wounding 70 others when he shot up an Aurora movie theater in the summer of 2012.

The 12-member jury fell short of a required unanimous vote needed to sentence Holmes to death. So the court automatically meted out a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

Some folks might think justice was not done because Holmes won’t suffer the death penalty. But others, myself included, believe the life term offers far more punishment. Holmes will have plenty of time behind bars in a mind-numbing, stone-and-steel environment to suffer mental and physical hurt for what he did before he goes on to suffer his just reward in eternity. 

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NEW SKATEBOARD INTRIGUING — Reuters reports that young Japanese engineer Kuniako Saito has invented a personal transporter that’s small enough to fit into a backpack, dubbing the device the world’s first “car in a bag.”

Powered by a rechargeable lithium battery, the “WalkCar” is about the size of a laptop computer and functions like a skateboard. If the thing catches on, it could revolutionize transportation in big cities, possibly bolstering more interest and increased use of energy-saving and pollution-fighting mass transit for working people.

The skateboard of tomorrow could be on the market by this coming spring. Anticipated price tag: $800.

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A SALUTE TO GOP CANDIDATES — That two-tiered Republican presidential forum in Cleveland on Thursday night was dubbed in advance as a debate. Except for a couple of outbursts between one candidate and another, the FOX News presentations fell short of their billing.

Both forums were more like a “meet and greet,” or a “show and tell.” That’s not entirely a bad thing, especially in a campaign that involves 17 candidates. To that end, prospective voters — Republican and Democrat alike — got a pretty good initial look at who could be the next occupant of the White House.

There was no single winner. All 17 candidates appeared to have a good grip on contemporary issues, and all appeared to offer sturdy planks in their platforms as well as some zany one-liners to keep the audience in the game.

But there were losers — they would be the Democratic presidential candidates, who had no voice in the debate. Moreover, front-runner Hilary Clinton was so cheeky that she never even took the time to join 24 million others to watch the forums involving her political opponents on live TV. At least Bernie Sanders did. And he took notes as he tweeted his responses to the exchanges on stage.

If nothing else, Thursday evening’s twin events generated plenty of interest in the November 2016 presidential election. The approaching state primaries could be invigorating.

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