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Commentary Forum: 3/22/11

A difficult, but nuclear reality By Benjamin Tomkins The hardest part of writing about human tragedies is figuring out how to start talking. Preliminary estimates of the death toll in Japan are somewhere in the 10,000s. That number is a little large for my limited, hyper-simian brain to deal with when it comes to suffering […]

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Why people get hit

Hi. I’ve decided to start a new thread dealing with what stupid things we’ve all done that had absolutely no need to happen other than our own personal stupidity. Ideally, someone gave you a smack, but it’s OK if you just jacked up your car or destroyed your house. Please add on as you see […]

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Tea Party whining begins somehow not unexpectedly.

Tea Partiers have gotten exactly what they should have expected from a candidate who runs on the platform of whining about Washington without having any actionable ideas.  Marco Rubio actually wrote on his blog:  “I did not come to the U.S. Senate to be part of some absurd political theatre.”  HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA….. HAHAHAHAHA… HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! HA! WHAT […]

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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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News of the weird: 11/18

With Chuck Shepherd The other world series In October, another premier world sports event reached its climax, with one team […]

Advice Goddess 11/18/14

Along came polygraph by Amy Alkon   I’m an aspiring comedian – seriously aspiring – so I’m out most nights […]

The Docket: 11/18

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove A new trend? A 36-year-old woman […]

Advice Goddess: 11/11

By Amy Alkon Scold rush  I try to be direct, but my girlfriend often sees this as meanness. For example, […]

The Docket 11/11/14

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove Hail seizure! Officers responded to a […]

news of the weird 11/11

by Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Baby beauty Amanda Collins, 28, took “beauty pageant mom” to the next level (down) […]