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Debate Forum Left, 7/5/11

Is this alcohol or lead poisoning? By Benjamin Tompkins If you drive about 30 minutes back into the high country on highway 285 in Colorado, just before you pitch off the map into the timeless oblivion of the deep back country, you will come across a sleepy little town on the edge of civilization. It’s […]

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Debate Forum Left, 6/21/11

Seriously Congress? Permission, shmer-mission by Benjamin Tompkins I think one of the most frustrating things in the entire universe is watching Congress ruin a good cause because of a perceived procedural slight. It’s very playground, and when that procedural slight comes from the president, you can bet the size and scope of the tantrum is […]

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Debate Forum Left: 5/31/11

Give them stability or give them … you know. By Ben Tompkins I’m not sure how a case can be made that President Obama calling for an independent Palestinian state, which is founded on the principles of security and respect for Israel and well organized autonomy, can possibly result in a less stable situation than […]

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Ha! See if this is the tag line for you

This is the little bio line for another harsh, conservative opinion column masquerading as legitimate commentary on the front of FoxNews’ page: Michael Goodwin is a Fox News contributor and New York Post columnist. To continue reading his column on other topics, including Sarah Palin, click here. Yeah.  Can’t f-ing wait to check out his […]

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FoxNews test of objectivity – replace “Obama” with “Reagan”

Fair and balanced huh?  A lot of you don’t know this, but the only reason Obama ordered the bin Laden hit was to garner political capital.  Oh yeah, political capital that was actually stolen from the years and years of groundwork GW Bush did in…Iraq.  Listen, I know a lot about not being objective.  I’ve […]

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Debate Forum Left: 5/3/11

That’s “Therapists,” and I Hate You By Ben Tompkins Conspiracy theorists are an interesting bunch. I don’t recommend talking to them for long periods of time, because very quickly you realize that if you distill the content of their conversation, conspiracy theorists don’t talk about conspiracies. They’re really talking about themselves and their massively overblown […]

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Commentary Forum: Ben Tompkins 4/26/11

JobsBlowhio By Ben Tompkins I generally don’t get asked to write things like this. If any of you have bothered to read my bio, you might notice that I live in Colorado, and as such I’m not a natural go-to guy when Dayton needs some perspective on state and local political issues. It’s not that […]

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Perpetual Douchebag Syndrome

This one’s for the ladies.  Appendix A Perpetual Douchebag Syndrome is defined (by me) as a hateful, cyclical set of self-defeating, empty relationship skills that inevitably result in the sufferer whining to their emotionally stable and normal friends about how they always seem to end up dating douchebags.  It works something like this: A semi-naive […]

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Security Guard Stories pt. 1

I don’t know why comedians works so hard to pull new material out of their butts.  As near as a I can tell, the funniest stuff in the universe is already being played out every day by collections of moderately-to-severely disturbed/bitter/hateful/annoying/sociopathic troves of pure comedy genius roaming the face of the planet completely unaware of their super […]

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Debate Forum Left: 4/12/11

Obama a flip-flopper? Quit your crying. By Ben Tompkins I have never in my entire life seen any president take so much crap for things beyond his control. Ever since 2008, when then-Senator Obama said if he were president he would try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his co-conspirators in a civilian court in New York […]

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Homegrown harmonies

National Sing-Off Live Tour in Troy By Tara Pettit Photo: Street Corner Symphony will perform at Hobart Arena as part of The […]

Chew on this: 2/24

Be your own nutrition sleuth By Jayne Powers Photo: Composer Jake Heggie; photo: Art Clarity You may have read the […]

News of the weird: 02/24

By Chuck Shepherd Lead story – Weird news you can use It turns out that a person having a heart […]

Advice Goddess: 2/24

By Amy Alkon Beak experience I recently started dating this new girl. I asked her whether her lips and boobs […]

Under the spell

Yellow Springs Theater Company stages “Godspell” By Gary Spencer Photo: Director Robert Campbell [standing, forefront] rehearses with Yellow Springs Theater […]

The Artsy Adventures of the JafaGirls

Just when you thought you had seen everything By Tor Gregory Simms Photo: Nancy Mellon and Corrine Bayraktaroglu; photo: Scott […]