Category Archives: Politics

Amendment, run

It took me a lot of time to get here — so much so that I hope it will have taken you considerably less time, as there’s very little of it left as I write these words. The polls in North … Continue reading

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Words miffing

Dear Everybody, I propose we ban the following worn-out words and phrases this year: I know, right? Alternately, just Right? It’s used to express enthusiastic agreement with something that somebody just said, but entusiastic agreement really shouldn’t be expressed as a question. If you agree, … Continue reading

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Do they know they’re rich pop stars at all?

I finally heard a song from the She & Him Christmas album tonight, and as I suspected I would, I enjoyed it as much as I enjoy their non-seasonal stuff. Which is to say, I didn’t. I’d rather sit through a special two-hour … Continue reading

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A-weighin’ a manger

I’m no attorney. My family is probably grateful for that, but let it serve as a warning to anyone else — a warning to take any legal analysis herein with a generous grain of salt. (As if anyone who reads my stuff would need such a … Continue reading

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The (t)reason for the season

Several years ago, I had the honor of opening a meeting for an organization I admire. It was mid-December, so I started with, “Happy Holidays, everyone!” Before I could say more, a grumpy-sounding retort rang out from someone in the … Continue reading

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Remember to dose up for your close-up

Anybody remember the hot topic from this time last year? It was the TSA’s enhanced security measures, which had the nation in an uproar. Part of the problem was the practically nude scans of travelers, prompting people to opt for an enhanced … Continue reading

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Armageddon sick of this

Okay, raise your hand if you feel like you have complete understanding of how world finance works. You, in the back — put your hand down, you liar. Let me admit right off the bat, I simply cannot grasp the subtle … Continue reading

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Nonsensorship

This has been an angry week, between the abortion flap in state news and the debt ceiling flap (do I really need to provide a link?) in national news. Almost everyone I know — including myself — is stewing over one view or … Continue reading

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A first, the Fourth and a fifth

Yesterday was the first Independence Day in several years that I didn’t write a cynical piece about the state of our country. Don’t get me wrong; I’m not saying everything’s yankee-doodle-dandy up in Washington this year. It’s just that I’ve had a hard time … Continue reading

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Flushing queens

For the record, I don’t hate the royals. I’m not British and I don’t have a dog in that fight. Still, I vehemently question their necessity. And I deeply resent the implication that any human being is superior to another … Continue reading

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