May 2011

World Ends on Friday

May 25, 2011
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This is the Year of Living Embarrassingly. Just ask Charlie Sheen. From Bin Laden’s blue (and I don’t mean ray) movie collection to Arnold’s revelation that, despite immigrating to the US more than 40 years ago, he has maintained European mores regarding domestic retainers, the famous are wallowing in public scandal. Unlike IMF chief Dominique […]

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Big Bad Newt

May 19, 2011
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(Sung to the tune of Jimmy Dean’s “Big John”) Ev’ry day on the set you could see him arrive He stood six foot tall and weighed 285 Kinda broad in his jowls and as wide at the brow Everybody knew he favored the chow, Big Newt Literati said he charged too much to his card […]

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Harmon Killebrew: pre-steroid slugger

May 18, 2011
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Harmon Killebrew has died, and one item that strikes me in his obituary is how far he has slipped down baseball’s all-time homerun list: number 11. I don’t remember Killebrew’s actual playing days, as they were before my time, but my friends and I used to have a “Hall of Fame” statistics-based league we ran […]

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Shaking the Sheik

May 14, 2011
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It’s no great surprise that commandos who killed Osama Bin Laden report the dead terrorist had a considerable stash of pornography at his compound. Recall that some of the September 11 hijackers spent one of their last nights receiving lap dances at the Pink Pony strip club. And lemon-sucking-faced Mohammed Atta evidenced in his last […]

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No fool like a Noam fool

May 8, 2011
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It would be tempting to call 82-year-old Noam Chomsky a senile old dolt, but the word “senile” connotes an age-related deterioration of one’s faculties. To deteriorate, however, a mind must have at one time shown superior cognitive abilities. Although in fairness Chomsky’s work in linguistics indicates a specialized if arcane brilliance, his political thinking has […]

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John Mellencamp’s criminal bandmate

May 6, 2011
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I was never really a fan of John (Cougar) Mellencamp, even when he first became popular and before he became way politically left. To me his music is bland and just not interesting–someone I will change the dial when it plays on the radio, without necessarily hating it. He used to be compared with Springsteen, […]

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“Thanks for dying, Osama”–Obama

May 6, 2011
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During the eight years of the Bush presidency, Republicans welcomed the return of executive power…and then some. Democrats, on the other hand, were rueful and chafed each time President Bush would make a remark about how much easier it would be to govern in a dictatorship. True conservatives warned that the unfettered, unilateral executive would […]

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Have we won yet?

May 3, 2011
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Osama Bin Laden is dead. Did he even matter anymore, and more importantly, where do we–the United States–go from here? That is. can we declare victory in the War on Terror, or is terrorism, like the poor, something we will now have with us always?

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