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Forum Left, 2/14/12

Who Dictates Your Standards? By Ben Tompkins Maybe even as recently as six months ago I would have dismissed this issue entirely on the grounds that any law that compels people of faith to submit to a state-mandated miscarriage of their otherwise semi-harmless beliefs is generally frowned upon by the Constitution.  I don’t like that […]

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Forum Left, 1/31/12

The Degradation of the American Public By Ben Thomkins I have long suspected, despite the endless torrent of lip service they offer to the contrary in the guise of Christianity, trickle-down economics, unregulated mortgage firms and insurance companies, that Republican Congressmen and women actually don’t give a single crap about any human being who isn’t […]

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Forum Left, 1/17/12

And The Senate Was Without Form, And Void By Ben Tomkins President Obama’s decision to appoint Richard Cordray to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau despite the Senate holding pro forma sessions is a victory of principle over policy. The original intention of recess appointments was to allow the president to carry on with necessary business […]

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Debate Forum Left, 12/27/11

Call of Duty: Black Ops By  Benjamin Tompkins As 2011 closes its eyes, so too has our country borne witness to the death of the two most influential and venomous propagators of fear and hate. The first, of course, is Osama bin Laden. By any account, left or right, this was a gutsy foray by […]

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Debate Forum Left, 11/29/11

The parade of the little penguins By Benjamin Tompkins Six little penguins can’t decide to dive- One falls in, and now there are five… — “Penguin’s First Swim” It’s friggin’ freezing out here. Seriously. I clearly remember my father telling me not to bother packing my down jacket because “Australian winters are not like Ohio […]

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A Few Excellent Examples of Frazier’s Style – and great boxers of recent years

1.  Frazier vs. Quarry II Make no mistake about it, Jerry Quarry was an excellent fighter with a great chin.  He fought Ali, Frazier, and Floyd Patterson (the first man to recapture the heavyweight title after losing it), all of them  twice, and Ken Norton on about two weeks notice.  He is generally regarded as the creme […]

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The Smoke of a Legend: Joe Frazier pt. 3 – a legacy

All of this resulted in a record of 32-4-1.  At first glance, it doesn’t look like a particularly long or outstanding record all things said and done, but this is where specifics add to his laurels.  Fighters the ilk of Frazier generally have short careers because of the way they fight.  They win wars of attrition through force […]

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The Smoke of a Legend: Joe Frazier pt. 2 – a fighter

I’ve watched almost all his fights, and certainly the biggies at least ten times apiece.  I have been an Ali fan (see that?  Five seconds into boxing and you can’t mention one without the other)  for many years, and in the last few years or so I’ve spent my time getting to know Smokin’ Joe.  Holy sh-t.  The first thing […]

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Favorite Frazier KO

Frazier vs Ellis I:  Ellis is a world class fighter, and this was for the belt vacated by Ali.  Ellis would probably beat almost anyone today.  Watching this fight is like watching a tree get chopped down with a blunt sledgehammer.  Rarely do you see someone take such a sustained and powerful assault in the […]

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My Favorite Joe Frazier Quote

“You gonna have to punch down to hit me, and when you do?  I got summthin’ fo’ yuh.”  – To Ali, shortly before Ali/Frazier I To see the present Frazier bought for Ali, click below and look for :27.

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The Smoke of a Legend: Joe Frazier pt 1. – a history

Joe Frazier is a man who took it as far as he could go.  Very, very few of us will die saying we did everything we could in the thing we love. His total commitment to his sport manifested itself not only in his successes in the ring, but in the way he fought.  A […]

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Debate Forum Left, 11/8/11

What kind of cage would the make the governor happy? By Ben Tompkins “Ben, I was wondering if you think the proposed ban which exempts some facilities accredited by the Zoological Association of America (ZAA) goes far enough to reasonably insure that animals will be treated safely and humanely?” No sweetie. No it doesn’t. “But […]

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Thoughts on the 10/18 debate

I actually watched the whole thing, and frankly it was fascinating.  Of all the f-king people on that panel, of all the least likeliest candidates to marginally impress me, you know who actually impressed me the most ? Newt F-king Gingrich. That’s right.  I said it.  He sounded like an old guy who doesn’t want to fart around any […]

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Debate Forum Left, 10/11/11

Time for outrage By Benjamin Tompkins To say the Occupy Wall Street movement is disjointed and without a cohesive agenda is like criticizing Marcel Duchamp’s “Fountain” because it looks like a reoriented urinal. Once you understand the message, you understand why it looks the way it does. 1917, the year “Fountain” was rejected by the […]

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Debate Forum Left, 9/27/11

Sins of Faithless Trolls (SOFT) By  Benjamin Tompkins Well of course the University of Dayton (UD) is “allowed” to deny the Society of Freethinkers (SOFT) the right to organize, the same way the Catholic Church is “allowed” to deem homosexuality a sin and Ben Roethlisberger is “allowed” to rape people as long as he’s winning […]

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Michelle Bachmann and HPV

*I recently realized I have been misspelling Michele Bachmann’s name.  This is because I hate her.  I will not be changing it in any previous work because I absolutely refuse to engage in any behavior that further validates her as a human being beyond what is necessary to point out the depth of her ignorance.  […]

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