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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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When facts don’t get in the way of a good story It used to be that, when Mad magazine or National Lampoon printed a satirical story, it didn’t show up somewhere else as news. But that’s where we are now, folks. Most recently, it was reported last week that half-term governor Sarah Palin supposedly said […]

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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 bombing cover that bombed The New York Times has weighed in on the great debate over Rolling Stone magazine this week putting a portrait of the alleged Boston Marathon bomber on its cover. Much ado about nothing, The Times says. In an editorial Friday morning, The Times correctly points out that the particular image […]

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OK, so call me a Twit I continue to arrive in the the 21st century: Follow me on Twitter @jeffspevak1. I started Tweeting last month because Steve Martin wasn’t doing interviews. But Martin is a big Tweet guy, with 2.7 million followers. Maybe, if I sent him some Tweets, he’d respond. That would be like […]

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Andrew Breitbart and the party of family-friendly, neo-Nazis A 64-year-old insurance salesman who organizes family-friendly, neo-Nazi events around Adolph Hitler’s birthday is running for a seat in Illinois’ 3rd Congressional district. Arthur Jones of Lyons, Ill., said last week that the “Holocaust never happened.” “As far as I’m concerned, the Holocaust is nothing more than […]

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Hello from Mom, and a room full of vampire writers For the last few Sundays, readers of The Critical Mass have been complaining that they’ve had to read The New York Times themselves, because I haven’t had the time to do it for them. So, faced with your anger, that public service returns this weekend. […]

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Note to Penn State and Newt Gingrich fans: It’s not the media’s fault Enough with this “Blame the Media” game. We saw it last week in College Station, Pa., when angry students rioted after the firing of football coach Joe Paterno for his inaction on a very serious criminal charge. They blamed the school’s trustees and […]

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Are you ready for an ignorant redneck? I was talking with the writer David Sedaris Tuesday evening – that’s right, I hang with all the cool kids – and the subject of Hank Williams Jr. came up. “I read the transcript of that interview,” Sedaris said. “Was he drunk?” If Williams wasn’t, he probably is […]

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I’m more popular than Bob Dylan I’m really excited. Bob Dylan wants to be my friend. He came looking for me under “Friend Requests” on Facebook. And immediately I thought, Why does Bob Dylan need to be friends with me?  Interestingly, we have seven mutal friends. I click on Bob’s profile (Yes, we’re already on a first-name […]

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