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Jim Lampley

Entries by Jim Lampley

Bill Maher Can't Lay a Glove on the Olympics

(123) Comments | Posted February 17, 2006 | 1:02 PM

I'll come clean first. I've been lying low here these past few months, stepping aside to allow writers with greater access and better information to daily deconstruct the Bush Administration and the surrounding neoconservative criminal conspiracy. There was no way a part-time entertainment producer and fulltime boxing commentator could match...

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The Dangers of Bush Agonistes

(17) Comments | Posted October 29, 2005 | 4:22 AM

More than eighty years ago the administration of Warren G. Harding imploded in embarassment and shame because the President lacked the awareness and the moral commitment necessary to curb his associates' greediest and most craven instincts. Harding receded into detached paranoia, and was largely absent from the closing days of...

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Death in the Ring

(44) Comments | Posted September 27, 2005 | 12:39 AM

On the night of Saturday, September 17, Leavander Johnson of Atlantic City, N.J. defended his world title belt in boxing's lightweight division against Jesus Chavez of Austin, Tx. The fight appeared as the first of three scheduled bouts on an HBO Pay Per View telecast, a set-up for showcases involving...

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10 Katrina Items Of Which Conservatives Can Be Proud

(55) Comments | Posted September 5, 2005 | 4:21 PM

Karl Rove is right. The whole thing has really been a triumph of Bush Administration management, it's just that we liberals are too blinded by our prejudices to see it. Foolishly misguided as we are, we might have thought the priorities would have been to constructively save lives and property...

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A Lost Romance

(26) Comments | Posted September 2, 2005 | 12:57 AM

Never will forget my first day in the French Quarter. August 30, 1970. I was slipping into New Orleans for a few days on my way to Chapel Hill for my senior year at UNC. I was walking down Bourbon Street holding hands with my favorite girl in the world....

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The Height of Shamelessness

(35) Comments | Posted August 30, 2005 | 5:10 PM

His ship increasingly buffeted by the storm, today Captain Ahab and his handlers saw fit to compare the Iraq War to World War II. More precisely, W linked his own commitment to an ill-chosen invasion of a country peripheral to the central conflict to the courage and leadership of...

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Wrong Again

(10) Comments | Posted July 6, 2005 | 8:55 AM

In my limited defense, I'm not alone. This morning's awarding of the 2012 Olympic Games to London instead of Paris ranks somewhere between a big surprise and a seismic shock for Olympic observers who thought the French capital was all but a mortal lock this time around. After failed...

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Patriotism vs. Ethnocentrism

(2) Comments | Posted July 3, 2005 | 9:44 PM

On my way back to California from the Mayweather vs. Gatti fight in Atlantic City last weekend, I stopped through Indianapolis to serve as master of ceremonies for Youthlinks Indiana, a large civic event that bridges sports and charity in that city. More than a thousand people dined amid...

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Notes From a Weekend in the ER

(2) Comments | Posted July 3, 2005 | 9:16 PM

If you're not a migrainer, you probably wouldn't think of migraine headache as the kind of condition which sends you to the chaos of the emergency room on a July 4 weekend. But in fifteen years of living with a migrainer, I've learned that they live in a different...

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A Poor Choice of Sources

(16) Comments | Posted June 19, 2005 | 11:02 PM

The material in my previous post was strong, so I tried to err on the side of caution by suggesting I had no way of verifying the credibility of the website I cited as a source. Over the weekend The Huffington Post has received numerous corrective comments from...

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The Ultimate Deception?

(38) Comments | Posted June 18, 2005 | 1:11 AM

A Bush-watcher website identified as is reporting under the byline of "domestic intelligence reporter" Brian Harring that the Department of Defense is using a cynical tactic to mislead the public regarding the true death toll for American military personnel in Iraq. Harring claims he has an internal...

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The Hypocrisy of Sports Editors

(5) Comments | Posted June 11, 2005 | 4:28 PM

Tonight American sports fans can watch two separate boxing telecasts, one on Showtime Pay-Per-View, the other on HBO.

In the first, and by far the more heavily publicized, Mike Tyson seeks to continue his charade of a boxing career by beating up hopelessly-outclassed Kevin McBride, a fighter...

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A Thank You to the New York Post

(9) Comments | Posted June 9, 2005 | 5:54 AM

Over the past weekend a New York Post sports media columnist named Phil Mushnick attempted to eviscerate me for some of the columns I have posted here, most particularly my persistent references to the well-established irregularities which cast doubt on the validity of the 2004 Presidential election. To learn...

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The Followup to Beijing

(2) Comments | Posted June 6, 2005 | 6:24 PM

In London today the International Olympic committee issued its preliminary reports on the handful of cities vying for the right to host the 2012 Olympic Games. The three leading candidates are New York, London and Paris, but not in that order. The preliminary reports seemed to confirm what Olympics...

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Why We Should Bring Back the Draft

(19) Comments | Posted June 3, 2005 | 3:03 AM

I hope the next Deep Throat is sleepless right now, thinking of all the things he was a part of in Florida and Ohio these past few years. And reading Bob Levey's thoughtful post, I couldn't help thinking it won't come from conventional media anymore, it has to...

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Tying Up Loose Ends on Election Theft

(0) Comments | Posted May 31, 2005 | 3:30 PM

When I returned to the subject of the "biggest story of our lives" a week ago, some of the web links malfunctioned (unintentionally of course). In addition, I slightly botched the facts of Bob Koehler's relationship with the Chicago Tribune and I want to clear that up.


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A Sudden Revival

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2005 | 7:13 PM

In 1986 and 1987 I had the privilege of narrating the first two live telecasts of the Indianapolis 500 for ABC Sports. Think about that: more than thirty years into the live sports television era, more than twenty-five years after the first live national telecasts of the Kentucky Derby,...

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A Different Kind of Cuban MIssile

(7) Comments | Posted May 29, 2005 | 6:12 PM

Sportscenter stereotypes Mark Cuban as a 21st Century NBA Greek chorus, reacting visibly to every big moment, exploding at every real and imagined slight, operatically baiting referees and the league office, generally competing grabshot for grabshot with his three-headed counterpart in Sacramento, the Maloofs. We also know he's...

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The Worst and the Dumbest

(16) Comments | Posted May 27, 2005 | 5:19 PM

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld kicked off the Memorial Day weekend by proclaiming to Ft. Bragg's 82nd Airborne troops that a wounded Abu Musab al Zarqawi was now like HItler in his bunker, firing off in all directions at the bitter end approaches. Ten hours later Al Qaeda claimed...

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An Even Bigger Story, I Guess

(2) Comments | Posted May 27, 2005 | 3:14 AM

Finally, a project big enough for my horizons. While still gaining purchase on several tracks in the comparative triviality of my crusade to kindle the Big Detective Story of 2004, I'm alerted by the helpful voice of Sandy Frank to a far more salient heist. Idolatry, or the...

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