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My wife and Chinchillas

Early on in our relationship it became very clear that my wife had an absurd love of animals.  And worms.  And rocks that we had become familiar with.  And mold that reminded her of something.  Basically anything that could be even remotely construed as a “pet.”  This comes from her upbringing in a house where […]

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Communication Skills 1 – How to run people off the road who suck

Humans seem to have this ridiculous notion that we are a chosen species that fell out of the sky in a perfectly designed, conceptually ideal construction, and ever since that time we have lived in villages and cities with Starbucks, blacksmiths, and community centers which have remained essentially unchanged since the dawn of our creation. […]

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Debate Forum: Left 3/15/11

… And Stay Out By Ben Tompkins I think the country … may … be growing up a     bit.  A few days ago, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton articulated the U.S. policy on the ongoing crisis in Libya with the following statement: “I think it is very important that this not be a U.S.-led effort […]

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Debate Forum: Left 3/8/11

‘V’ for Vendetta By Ben Tompkins Hi children. Today’s letter is “V.” “V” is for “vendetta.” Can you say “vendetta”? Kids: No Big Bird, we can’t. Big Bird: Why not, kids? Kids: Because “Sesame Street” isn’t on TV anymore. Nobody can hear us since conservatives and libertarians cut our funding because they believe the Corporation […]

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Hmm. Who doesn’t belong?

Headlines today, 3/1/11 CNN: The facts vs. Moammar Gadhafi BBC: Refugee crisis on Libya’s west border MSNBC: As clashes flare, Iranian security forces fire tear gas at protesters NPR: Libya Risks Slide Into ‘Protracted Civil War,’ U.S. Says New York Times:Powerful Cleric Joins Protest to Urge Islamic Rule in Yemen Washington Post: Rebels hold off […]

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Sylvester Stallone Can’t Fight

I read an interesting story recently about former #1 Heavyweight contender Earnie Shavers.  Apparently, when Stallone was casting for Rocky III he was considering, among other people, Earnie Shavers for the role of Clubber Lang.  Now, a lot of people don’t know this but Stallone used to consider himself quite a boxer in his early years, which is obviously where he […]

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Communication Skills part 2 (part 1 pending)

I have serious issues with people who don’t listen to what other people say.  Perhaps you can relate to this, because I deal with it on a daily basis and it pisses me off.  Here’s the thing.  When I open my mouth and speak, it’s because I’ve edited those thoughts and hand-selected the ones which […]

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Fast Food and Vampires

For the past 40 days, I haven’t eaten any fast food.  No Burger King, Taco Bell, or even Chik Fil A.  Especially Chik Fil A, because any company that maintains that there are grounds for a faith-based initiative in the business of selling deep fried chicken patties clearly needs to take its head out of it’s tail feathers.  […]

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Debate Forum: Left 2/23/11

Patriot Smacked By Ben Tompkins With the possible exception of the war in Iraq, the Patriot Act is the premier piece of post-9/11 action that made most moderate people go “wait, what?” “You heard us.  If you want to keep your children safe, you’re going to have to accept that the Constitution only works when […]

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FoxNews:Bare and Phallanced

No I’m  not backing off of that, that’s what they do to the news.  I spent a little time on FoxNews this morning because I like to read opinions I won’t necessarily agree with, and in case anyone is worried about reading future work of mine, don’t.  I put condoms on my finger tips, and […]

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Debate Forum: 04/15

Forum Center: Should Ohio go green with marijuana legislation? By Alex Culpepper The push for marijuana legalization is active and healthy. […]

Debate Forum: 04/08

Forum Center: Residents claiming violation of First Amendment seek an answer to their prayers By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Joseph Rank The […]

Debate Forum: 04/01

Forum Center: SCOTUS to decide whether corporations are eligible for Heaven and Hell By Alex Culpepper Illustration: ©2013 Rob Rogers. Reprinted with permission […]

Debate Forum: 03/25

Forum Center: Tesla and the retail automobile industry By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Dennis Porter Tesla Motors is a California company that […]

Debate Commentary 03/18

Your computer files might be protected by more than just a password By Alex Culpepper One of the freedoms under […]

Debate Commentary 03/11

Forum Center: If a person objects to a police search but is not home to state it, do the police still […]