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The suckers born every minute Four of us were on the way outta Cooperstown when I slammed on the brakes. A sign along the roadside had caught my eye: THE CARDIFF GIANT. He was here, at the Farmer’s Museum. I had to see him. The Cardiff Giant is often labeled as the greatest hoax in […]

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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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Mitt Romney thinks you’re dumb Since the first day of the Republican National Convention, the Romney campaign has been unspooling like a disaster-flick trailer. I can’t think of one positive tidbit of news that’s emerged about the dynamic duo of Romney-Ryan since then. Character flaws? There are plenty. But I suspect there’s more to it. […]

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I read The Sunday New York Times, so you don’t have to: Sept. 16 The coffee is Guatemalan. First music of the day: Danish jazz  trumpeter Palle Mikkelborg, as close to a living Miles Davis as you’ll hear today. 1, In today’s top story, “After days of anti-American violence across the Muslim world, the White […]

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The party of Norris, Lovitz, Stein, Nugent and Williams Jr. I see that the Republican Party has evolved into a homeless shelter for washed-up entertainers. Despite his much-discussed conversation with an empty chair at the Republican National Convention, we’ll leave Clint Eastwood out of this argument. He’s 82 and I can overlook a few late-season […]

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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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I read The Sunday New York Times, so you don’t have to: Oct. 30 1, Just in case you’ve forgotten this was still going on: “At least 13 American soldiers and four Afghans were killed when a Taliban suicide car bomber attacked an armored shuttle bus in Kabul on Saturday…. It was the single most […]

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The dim bulbs of Congress Republicans had a bright idea: Tuesday night, they orchestrated a vote in the House of Representatives calling for repeal of light-bulb efficiency standards that will take effect at the beginning of 2012. Their argument was that these regulations were an assault on liberties dating back to the Founding Fathers. Thomas […]

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I read The Sunday New York Times, so you don’t have to: Oct. 31 This morning’s coffee was imported from Mexico, which you may interpret as a statement on immigration policy if you wish. First music of the day, the Debussy opera Pelleas et Melisande. It’s in French. The dog is chewing on a rawhide […]

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