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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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Floyd Mayweather destroys Ortiz – or, Don’t be a Menace in the Ring while Drinking Your Juice on PPV.

A lot of people are pissed after last night’s Mayweather/Ortiz fight.  I agree.  They should be pissed.  One of the fighters in that ring shortened a $59.99 PPV event for 1.5 million people because instead of fight he decided he’d rather make out.  There is no porn on earth worth $59.99, especially on Saturday night when the […]

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A Quick Note on Quixtar

Yes, it is a pyramid scheme.  Sorry.  The only difference between Quixtar and, say, an email chain letter fishing for idiots to send you their kids’ college funds, is that you make everyone in the pyramid switch from regular supermarket toilet paper to Amway brand toilet paper.  That’s how the cash keeps flowing.  Every poor […]

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Ah, the Ponzi Scheme

Rick Perry.  Ponzi scheme.  I have this terrible suspicion that the Republican party is going to be very sorry for labeling Perry with that one if he actually wins the nomination and has to run for President.  Social Security is one of those sacred cows that occupies a…how do you say it…”strange” position in our political dynamic.  Everyone thinks […]

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Commentary Forum: Ben Tompkins, 9/13/11

Know your role, shut your Facebook page to students By Ben Tompkins I would be very, very surprised indeed to hear any serious professional educator strongly disagree with the decision of Dayton Public Schools (DPS) to ban teachers from adding their students as friends on Facebook. I’ve been involved in professional music education for the […]

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Shat Trek part 2: Courage in the Face of Illness

The filter through which William Shatner sees the world is so unbelievably distorting that he borders on schizophrenic.  He is literally the only person in the universe I can think of who can see a set of clear, undeniable events, and actually experience something totally, narcissistically different from the rest of humanity.  For instance, many […]

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Debate Forum: 04/22

Forum Center: No payday for the Paycheck Fairness Act By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Joe Heller The Paycheck Fairness Act failed […]

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 […]