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Review: My Kid's First Concert

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2012 | 6:08 PM

There are two kinds of first concerts, and both are often equally embarrassing. There's the first concert your folks took you to see, and then there's the first concert you went to sans parents. The first usually takes the form of some ridiculously dated legacy band from your parents' glory...

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Want Better Income Equality? Raise Taxes.

(1) Comments | Posted May 24, 2011 | 7:00 PM

I flipped through the slideshow on Huffington Post today that ranked the nations with the worst income equality. New Zealand, Italy, the U.K. ... not the countries that first spring to mind. But then I got to the top. The worst countries for income equality: 4. The United...

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Everyone's a Critic: The Top 10 Albums of 2010

(8) Comments | Posted December 10, 2010 | 4:58 PM

As usual, in creating my annual top 10 albums of the year, I limited myself to albums of original, contemporary studio work. This year, that was harder to do than in previous years. Ruling out reissues meant I had to toss out pretty much the greatest rock album ever made...

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New Poll Shows Most Opposed to Full Tax Cuts ... Just Who Does the GOP Serve, Anyway?

(20) Comments | Posted December 3, 2010 | 10:25 AM

John Boehner, he of the (fill in your orange skin joke here), has said on multiple occasions that the recent elections, in which the GOP kicked so much Democratic ass that even downright scary, religio-crazy, swirly eyed yahoos won races across the country, were a mandate for the...

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It's the Stupid, Stupid: Rick Sanchez Fired for the Wrong Reasons

(30) Comments | Posted October 5, 2010 | 5:21 PM

By now, any news junkie worth the name knows that Rick Sanchez parted ways with CNN last Friday after he went on the radio show Stand Up! With Pete Dominick and unloaded on The Daily Show's Jon Stewart and Jews in general. You can read the...

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Why the Shock Over Newt Gingrich's Nazi-Muslim Comparison?

(12) Comments | Posted August 17, 2010 | 1:07 PM

Ol' Newt did the president a favor when he came out and said "Nazis don't have the right to put up a sign next to the Holocaust museum in Washington... We would never accept the Japanese putting up a site next to Pearl Harbor."

Just a short while...

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Charlie Crist's Independent Run Is Doomed, or: Why I'm Right and Everybody Else Is Wrong

(31) Comments | Posted April 29, 2010 | 2:52 PM

No one could've guessed it a few months ago, but by today, Charlie Crist's bailing on the Republican Party here in Florida surprised no one. Crist is set to make the announcement in about three hours. The other two candidates, Republican Marco Rubio and Democrat Kendrick Meek, have conference calls...

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"No Taxes, No Tyranny!" Declare Somalia-Bound Anti-Obamacare Americans

(5) Comments | Posted April 1, 2010 | 1:25 PM

Determined to live in a country without "socialized medicine," a group of conservatives from across the country set sail from Port Everglades this past Friday aboard a commandeered cruise ship. Destination: unknown.

"We were going to Costa Rica, like Rush [Limbaugh] had planned," one passenger remarked. "But then,...

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The Hair-Tearing False Equivalency of American Political Violence.

(6) Comments | Posted March 30, 2010 | 11:27 AM

Please, someone, anyone, stop Mika Brzezinski before she kills journalistic integrity again. Ms. Brzezinski if you're reading this, I'm begging you, just google "false equivalency" and read some of the commentaries on the various blogs that pop up. It won't take you that long. And, joy of joys, you'll be...

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Don't Blame Conservative Democrats' Woes on Their Vote for Health-Care Reform. Blame Their Attempts to Kill It.

(2) Comments | Posted February 5, 2010 | 4:13 PM

I don't know where most of you folks go for your daily dose of conventional wisdom, but I go with Morning Joe. When the alarm goes off at 7 a.m. and I laugh at my wife for having to get up that early, Joe Scarborough's face is often the second...

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Everyone's a Critic: The Top 10 Albums of 2009

(20) Comments | Posted December 29, 2009 | 11:14 AM

(Originally published in City Link Magazine. You can read the full story here, which includes my list of 10 honorable mentions.)

As usual with my year-end Top 10s, I immediately threw out live albums and reissues. It's a weird rule, but I think that any album worthy of...

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Why Democrats Couldn't (Read: Wouldn't) Save the Public Option

(103) Comments | Posted December 23, 2009 | 1:40 PM

What the past several months have revealed, far more than the power of lobbyists (which we already knew) or the ability of senators to toss their ideology out the window for fun and profit (ditto), is the complete and total inability of the government to govern. Whatever your opinion of...

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Danation: The Magical Miseries Tour

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2009 | 11:29 AM

(The weekly Danation column is first published in City Link Magazine.)

Sometimes, focus on a particular ongoing news story comes and goes in waves. I first read of the plight of African albinos about a year ago, but the Associated Press did a story on them just...

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Republican Racism: Example No. 54,982

(4) Comments | Posted October 26, 2009 | 12:22 PM

So the Republican National Committee has a Facebook site. It's right here. That link leads you to the RNC Facebook home page, which features Republican heroes such as Jackie Robinson, the inclusion of whom made the entire "Republican heroes" bit a laughing stock when it was...

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The Obama Presidency Is Finished

(5) Comments | Posted October 9, 2009 | 2:00 PM

I tore my hair and beat my breast when I first heard the news. The people who delivered it to me fared little better. "The damage is done," lamented Mika Brzezinski on Morning Joe.

"No," I gasped as I sat upright in bed, turning the volume up on...

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Are We Finally Done With This Bipartisanship BS?

(12) Comments | Posted September 17, 2009 | 12:06 PM

I have a deep, dark secret to admit. I am a hopemonger. During the presidential primary one of the first things to sway me toward Obama (and I was on the Obama bus earlier than most, pretty much from the day the man announced his campaign) was the idea, espoused...

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We Don't Negotiate With Terrorists

(16) Comments | Posted August 19, 2009 | 1:12 PM

Per the American Heritage:
Terrorism: The unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence to intimidate or coerce societies or governments, often for ideological or political reasons.


The news this morning that the Obama administration is finally considering seriously the process of budget reconciliation to...

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Idle Speculation: Mel Martinez Is Retiring Early Because He Supports Marco Rubio

(55) Comments | Posted August 7, 2009 | 1:10 PM

Word just came down the wire that Sen. Mel Martinez of Florida, who had already announced that he wouldn't run for re-election, is stepping down early. My first reaction to this news was, WTF? It makes no sense. None at all. The senator offered the usual explanation for such...

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Embracing the Crazy

(24) Comments | Posted July 22, 2009 | 12:06 PM

Remember the Bush years? Yeah, yeah. I know -- you'd rather forget. But stay with me here, ace, because this is important. Throughout that post-9/11 Age of Darkness and Despair, a whole segment of the left wing slipped off the deep end and believed that the Bush administration caused 9/11....

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What 60 Democratic Senate Votes Really Means: Welcome to the Age of Ben Nelson

(246) Comments | Posted July 1, 2009 | 1:02 PM

Following yesterday's final confirmation of Al Franken as the new senator from Minnesota, thus ushering in the Al Franken Decade 20 years too late, all the talk on last night's political shows was of the magic number 60. Of course, multiple guests on all the cable talk channels were quick...

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