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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 Left 02/02/11

Who Took Third Place in Miss Alaska? By Ben Tompkins I’ve never in my life heard a public figure who has such a consistent and level-headed dedication to the elevation of discourse and realistic view of reality as Obama. I think if he weren’t so eloquent it wouldn’t work, because generally partisanship is much more […]

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Omar Sharif on Egypt

Howdy everyone.  I found this on bbcnews.com and I thought it was very interesting.  Omar Sharif gives a fairly level-headed assessment of what’s going on in Egypt, and it shows how attractive a panorama of Egypt can be if you have the money to buy a place near the Nile.  I was planning a trip […]

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Debate Forum Left 01/19/11

Calm the Huck Down By Ben Tompkins I’m afraid I can’t really answer the question the way it’s worded.  When someone asks me “should ‘X’ be done in art” it presumes that I have the some standing to speak on behalf of other people, which I don’t.  If you mean to ask if “I” would […]

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Debate Forum Left 01/05/11

Teenagers can’t be punished for their own stupidity By Ben Tompkins Legislators are fixers.  They see a problem, want to help and naturally assume the best way to do so is to make a new law. So in 1996, when the state of Ohio updated chapter 2907:323 of its legal code, it seemed OK to […]

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Debate Forum Left 11/03/10

DST: The Greatest Bargain By Benjamin Tomkins In preparation for this article I spoke to people in all kinds of professions about how Daylight Saving Time impacts their business. The vast majority of them -teachers, gas station attendants, and shopkeepers- find it mildly annoying to lose an hour of sleep once a year, but are […]

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news of the weird: 10/28

by Chuck Shephard Lead Story – Eye of the beholder The Osiligi Maasai Warrior choir, from Kenya, in ornate, mystifying […]

The hands-on headless horseman

Zoot Reboots for “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” By Jacqui Theobald Photo: C.J. Suchyta and Natalie Houliston display Ichabod at a Zoot […]

The Docket

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove Editor’s Choice: Saucy and stalk-y After […]

Advice Goddess

By Amy Alkon Knight Terrors I’m a woman in my early 30s. I was one of the employees who got […]

Putting the ‘boo’ in book

Inside Troy’s haunted bookstore By Matt Bayman Photo: Around About Books is located at 8 W. Main St. in Troy […]

News of the weird 10/21

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Signs of the times “Selfie fever” has begun to sully the sacred Islamic pilgrimages to […]