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Forum Left. 4/10/12

The Long Finger of the Law By Ben Tomkins This had better be the one and only time I have to write about spreading butt cheeks in a publically distributed forum.  I do get paid for this, but there is no known way to argue that it’s not OK for the state to force me […]

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Forum Left, 3/27/12

Progress Depends on People By Ben Tomkins The lasting value of the declaration of intent by the Dayton police department and prominent members of the Dayton community will prove to be as valuable as the signers choose to make it.  That’s about all I have to say about this particular aspect of the topic.  Either […]

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Forum Left, 3/6/12

Blame, Blame, Blame, Blame … By Ben Tomkins We are wired to search for reasons behind unthinkable things, and when satisfactory reasons don’t present themselves, we are wired to manufacture reasons from the best available information. In many ways blame is nothing more than a crude tool for absolving ourselves from the difficulties of dealing […]

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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. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLWYnTFz9PE

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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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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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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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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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HTTAP – Bachmann’s $2 gas (simple)

Yes, there were lots of numbers in there.  I’ll give everyone a simple example of capitalistic forces. Coke costs, for simplicity, $1 a can.  Maybe it’s high, maybe it’s low, whatever.  You’ll quickly see this makes no substantive difference for my argument.  Coke sells 27,375,000,000 gallons a year.  That’s the equivalent of 292 billion cans a year.  […]

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