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Just a Little Off the Top, Please

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2013 | 1:26 PM

If it has been awhile since you've paid $15 for a haircut, you may be unaware of the increasingly intrusive policies of purveyors of affordable grooming services with "hair," "cuts," "clips," or "snips" in their names. From sea to shining sea, the minions of corporate clippery now demand that you...

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Graduation Day

(1) Comments | Posted May 8, 2013 | 12:27 PM

The chaplain begins the commencement by offering ambiguous praise of assorted higher powers without really endorsing any one over another. Next, the president reviews the superlatives of the graduating class. One student patented a way to make shoes out of used tea bags; another was involved in brokering a Kardashian...

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Office Hours

(2) Comments | Posted November 29, 2012 | 4:01 PM

The scene is after-class on any given day. The students, having paid varying degrees of attention for 60 minutes, are collecting their things. Without exception, every one of them has a smart phone in-hand and every one of them is giving that device the undivided attention the professor would be...

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Manifesto of the Common Sense Party

(2) Comments | Posted August 29, 2012 | 5:16 PM

PREAMBLE

A spectre is haunting America -- the spectre of common sense.

All the powers of old America have entered into a holy alliance to exorcise this spectre: Religious fundamentalists and Tea Partiers, Roves and Kochs, FOX News and those who actually believe its coverage is "fair and balanced."

Where...

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GOP Conventioneering

(0) Comments | Posted August 23, 2012 | 7:24 PM

Now that Paul Ryan has been pegged as the vice presidential nominee for the GOP, all that remains for the "also-rans" is to fill out the 2012 GOP Convention lineup. You thought you said goodbye to Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and the rest, didn't you? Never!

Sure, candidates may...

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The Attraction of Distraction

(27) Comments | Posted June 14, 2012 | 11:31 AM

I can't compete with their gadgets. I can't beat out even the most mundane email coming in from an ambiguously named university office the students haven't even heard of. I can't top the text message from the girl they met last night but whose name they cannot remember. (And of...

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The Attraction of Distraction

(0) Comments | Posted June 14, 2012 | 11:05 AM

I can't compete with their gadgets. I can't beat out even the most mundane email coming in from an ambiguously-named university office the students haven't even heard of. I can't top the text message from the girl they met last night but whose name they cannot remember. (And of course...

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