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Some guys get all the breaks I’m newly obsessed with Toronto Mayor Chris Farley, who admitted this week in a bizarre press conference that yes, he’s done crack, but only while in a drunken stupor. Yesterday morning, I tweeted this: If I was doing jail time in Toronto right now for crack, I’d be thinking: […]

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Plagiarizing from the pros Another day, another example of Rand Paul playing fast and loose with the rules of attribution. The evidence… Oh, pardon me. You are correct. I plagiarized that opening sentence. It was actually written by Josh Voorhees, in a column this morning for Slate.com. It doesn’t matter that I agree with the […]

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You want propylene glycol with those nuggets? The news on chicken nuggets is…. gross. A couple of recent studies of nuggets sold by two major fast-food outlets reveals that only 40 to 50 percent of that chicken is tender breast and succulent thigh meat. As you dig into that wax-paper box, the bulk of what […]

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Republicans: It’s treason in any language Let’s call the behavior of Congressional Republicans since the evening of Jan. 20, 2009, what it is: Treason. I was reminded of it this morning, while listening to an NPR interview with Saxby Chambliss. The Georgia Republican senator admitted that an extreme cabal of Republicans had engineered the government […]

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Can Gretchen Rossi save America? Monday morning, on one of the web sites that I check regularly, six of the first 11 stories posted were addressing the same topic. Seems reasonable, right? The Republicans are hours away from shutting down the government again, because they don’t like the outcome of the last election. That’s worthy […]

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The boys in the junk store The bravery of the citizens who rushed to the aid of their fellow citizens maimed by the Boston Marathon bombings on Monday, and the bravery of the police and assorted authorities and military personnel who brought the two suspects to justice on Friday, bookended the shameful cowardice of the […]

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Delusion is hard work A 3-year-old Samoyed died three days after it competed in the Westminster Kennel Club show last month. And it may be… murder. Cruz’s owner says the dog appeared to have been poisoned. Cruz’s handler – who’s now out of a job, I guess – takes it a bit further, and suggests […]

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The 21st century isn’t here yet, but we’re getting close Believe what you want. The Earth is 6,000 years old?  Humans were created by God in his image? Obama was born in Kenya? Go ahead and think so, there’s plenty of room here for all kinds of beliefs. It’s a big world. And an old […]

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Founding Fathers, welcome to the 21st century The 21st century has been tough on our Republican friends. This week has been particularly unnerving. The world’s most-famous Marine, Gomer Pyle, married his longtime boyfriend. Female soldiers were granted a privilege formerly reserved for men, engaging in hand-to-hand combat. And now, we’re finally having that gun discussion […]

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A clean sweep for Democracy I didn’t read the Sunday New York Times last weekend, as I generally do. It was such a beautiful day, hitting 70 degrees in November. It was a yard work day. All up and down the street, neighbors were doing yard work. Creating mounds of brown leaves at the curb […]

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