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Moms gone wild!

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A few years ago, we got an actual movie from Garry Marshall called “Mother’s Day”—a sentimental celebration of the great women who birthed and raised us—that failed to live up to the challenge every mother ever laid down for their progeny. The movie was little more than a homemade card scribbled on a cocktail napkin, […]

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On your marc 5/15: Traded, without baggage

Try as I might, I can’t feel sorry for former Reds catcher Devon Mesoraco, and not because he had so many injuries and was being paid so far beyond his production he had to be traded. He’s with the Mets now, after about as clean a break a team can make with a player. The […]

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Conspiracy 5/15: Modern Useful Idiots

Sometimes I wonder if people know what capitalism is. Wikipedia states, “Capitalism is an economic system based upon private ownership of the means of production and their operation for profit. Characteristics central to capitalism include private property, capital accumulation, wage labor, voluntary exchange, a price system, and competitive markets.”

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Debate 5/8: If you don’t have anything nice to say…

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Here’s a name you may have heard recently: Randa Jarrar. Here’s another: Barbara Bush. The latter, former first lady and mother to Bush 43, died on April 17 at the age of 92. The former, a tenured creative-writing professor at California State University, Fresno, was pretty happy about it. So happy, in fact, that just […]

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Conspiracy 5/8: Ford surrenders

Arch-thieves kill a giant business By Mark Luedtke Even steel can only bend so far before it breaks. The same with businesses and the economy. For decades, free market supporters have warned that government interventions in the market—taxes, regulations, money-printing, and strong-arm tactics—burden, pervert, and ultimately break companies and markets. Progressively onerous interventions inevitably destroy […]

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On your marc 5/8: Taking the Browns to the Super Bowl

Cleveland’s less-than-spectacular history with the NFL Draft By Marc Katz This draft thing the NFL held recently. Plenty of beer and popcorn, a comfortable seat at an indoor stadium without a ride through snow and cold to get home. Oh, and nobody loses because it’s only some self-appointed analyst handing out grades, not wins and […]

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Debate 5/01: Wright or Wrong

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WSU messed up its budget; now the state might get involved By Sarah Sidlow Cartoon by Greenville’s Paul Ackley, PaulAckley@DaytonCityPaper.com Q: Should the State take over the management of WSU’s finances? Managing a budget is hard—just ask Wright State University (WSU). This year, the school’s budget has hit a new low: Just $31 million dollars […]

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Conspiracy 05/01: Not too Bright

Call for revolution alongside plan to dim the sun By Mark Luedtke There’s a not-so-old saying that if you scratch a green, you’ll find a red inside. The saying arose after discredited communist activists scurried into the environmental movement and painted it red following the fall of the Soviet Union. These well-named watermelons promote the […]

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On your marc 05/01: To pitch or not to pitch

Double-threat Cory Thompson weighs his options By Marc Katz Babe Ruth entered the major leagues as a pitcher, not a slugging outfielder. Mickey Mantle and Hank Aaron were shortstops before they were outfielders. Trevor Hoffman signed as a shortstop and made it to the Hall of Fame as a pitcher. Rick Ankiel made it to […]

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Confidence Game

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Female insecurity is more than skin deep in “I Feel Pretty” Aidy Bryant, Busy Philipps, and Amy Schumer (L-R) in “I Feel Pretty” By T.T. Stern-Enzi There’s a pretty simple reading of the new Amy Schumer movie from writer-directors Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein (the writing duo behind “Never Been Kissed” and “He’s Just Not […]

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Debate 4/24: The Death Debate

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Should terminal patients choose when to die? Q: Should doctors be allowed to end a terminally ill patient’s life by painless means if the patient requests it? By Sarah Sidlow In America, there are rules. Rules about how you drive, rules about what food is available to you, and even rules about how you die. In […]

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On your marc 04/24: The Earle of Columbus

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A branch falls from the Buckeye Tree My daughter Rachel still treasures the Buckeyes cap given to her by Coach Bruce By Marc Katz What kind of a guy was he? Well, he always asked about my kids, and I’m not sure he knew how many I had. At one pre-season photo day, he noticed […]

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Conspiracy 04/24: Pavlov’s Presidents

Another false flag chemical weapons attack in Syria By Mark Luedtke President Trump almost did the right thing despite the US war-profiteers. At the end of March, CNN reported, “President Donald Trump said Thursday that the US would ‘be coming out of Syria like very soon,’ just hours after the Pentagon highlighted the need for […]

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Conspiracy 4/17: The Gateway Drug

Cops commit assault, rape, and home invasion over marijuana By Mark Luedtke A few months ago I related a story of Houston-area sheriff’s deputies digitally raping a college woman on the side of the road ostensibly in search of marijuana. This is not an isolated incident. Every day, cops around the country assault, often sexually, […]

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On your marc 4/17: Giving in to smoke

The Astro-logic of Ricky Williams choosing pot over pro football By Marc Katz I once had a roommate who smoked marijuana, and I have a friend who touts me on its medicinal value all the time. That’s about it for my knowledge of MJ, weed, pot, cannabis. Growing up, I didn’t like strange smells and […]

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Debate 4/17: Green certified

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How should workplaces handle medical marijuana? Q: Should a medical-marijuana patient be prevented from using medical marijuana at work? By Sarah Sidlow When the leaves change color in Ohio this year, a few more of them may be green. The state’s medical marijuana law is expected to go into effect in September, allowing residents with […]

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Summer Sun and Salutations

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Queensrÿche have spent their career defining a uniquely heavy progressive sound. Whether delivering Mindcrime, Empires or taking fans to the […]