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Joe Lapointe

Entries by Joe Lapointe

Lot of Blood on Lots of Hands

(46) Comments | Posted February 28, 2012 | 9:22 AM

Guns don't kill people.

Bullets kill people.

And bullets come from guns fired by people to kill other people.

And we saw this again Monday at a high school in Ohio when one student was killed and four others wounded (two critically) by a young man who fired...

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Why the Right May Be Right to Be Offended by Chrysler's Clint Eastwood Super Bowl Ad

(164) Comments | Posted February 7, 2012 | 8:19 AM

This year's commerical

Last year's commercial

For two straight years, Chrysler has won the Super Bowl advertising competition, both times with a two-minute commercial. This year's effort combined impressively artistic visual elements with a serious socio-political message rarely available on commercial television.

Last year, it was...

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Will Republican Union-bashing Draw Backlash in Indiana?

(87) Comments | Posted January 14, 2012 | 5:26 PM

National Football League players, even when their union is locked out by their bosses, rarely connect on an economic level with laborers in the general population. Some athletes' salaries are closer to those of the 1 percent who hold most American economic power than to those of the 99 percent...

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Obama Holds a Whip Hand Over Republicans on Recess Appointments

(100) Comments | Posted January 5, 2012 | 11:43 AM

These Republicans are too clever by half and too clumsy by twice that.

Remember last month, when GOP radicals in the House of Representatives threatened to raise payroll taxes and cut unemployment compensation unless President Obama put an oil pipeline and other goodies in their silk Christmas stocking?

Their big...

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The NAACP's Fight Against GOP-led Voter Suppression

(6) Comments | Posted December 8, 2011 | 11:05 AM

A few years ago, I attended a baseball game with an elderly Federal Appeals Court judge who happened to be the father of a friend.

The judge, nominated to the bench by President Eisenhower, was one of a vanishing breed -- a moderate Republican with wisdom, common sense and a...

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Some Republican Lawmakers Are Turning Their Backs on Grover Norquist

(4) Comments | Posted November 16, 2011 | 1:11 PM

Grover Norquist's most famous statement is the one about lowering taxes with a purpose. "I don't want to abolish government," Norquist said. "I simply want to reduce it to the size where I can drag it into the bathroom and drown it in the bathtub."

Think about his imagery. Dragging...

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Mitt Romney's Tin Ear

(16) Comments | Posted November 15, 2011 | 11:35 AM

As Mitt Romney and the other Republican Presidential candidates debated in Rochester, Mich., Wednesday night, they might have been wise to glance over the chips on their right-wing shoulders to recent political events in that critical swing state.

The night before, in nearby Grand Blanc, voters recalled Paul Scott, a...

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The Hard Truths Illuminated by the Fall of Joe Paterno, the Death of Joe Frazier and the NBA Lockout

(27) Comments | Posted November 10, 2011 | 9:36 AM

NEW YORK -- More than a decade ago, when Ken Dryden was President of the Toronto Maple Leafs, I rode with him as he drove to Buffalo during the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Dryden -- a Cornell graduate, a Hall of Fame goalie, a lawyer, an author and a future member...

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Occupy Wall Street: Meet Some of the Protesters at Zuccotti Park

(63) Comments | Posted November 2, 2011 | 7:51 PM

NEW YORK --- On a ledge at the edge of Zuccotti Park on Monday afternoon sat a neatly groomed young man wearing casual pants and a clean, light jacket.

He held two large graphs showing the distribution of wealth over the last several decades. They illustrated how a growing and...

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An Earlier Version of Dr. King's "Dream" Speech in Detroit

(5) Comments | Posted January 17, 2011 | 8:49 AM

In a Washington Post essay to honor the birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the esteemed scholar and lawyer Clarence B. Jones recalled his surprise at how King "winged it'" by departing from his prepared text at the March on Washington for civil rights on...

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In Green Bay, the Packers Are to Live and Die for -- and Then Some

(1) Comments | Posted January 4, 2011 | 2:37 PM

How seriously do Packers' fans take their football? One fan wants to be buried in a green and gold casket with a tailgate picnic after her funeral. The team enters the playoffs this season amid a Vince Lombardi revival. Click here to read further.

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Dirty Deed by Jets' Coach out of the Woody Hayes Playbook

(62) Comments | Posted December 13, 2010 | 12:35 PM

NEW YORK -- The swaggering Jets do not embarrass easily, but even they must be ashamed of Sunday's stunt. When strength coach Sal Alosi stuck out his knee and tripped Nolan Carroll of the Miami Dolphins on the sideline at New Meadowlands Stadium, it represented a new low...

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Through Word and Deed, Justin Tuck Bucks Up the Giants

(1) Comments | Posted November 29, 2010 | 6:58 AM

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The pass from Jacksonville quarterback David Garrard traveled between the hands of Justin Tuck and bounced off the face guard of the Giants' defensive end.

Had that moment proved pivotal in a Giants' defeat, few laughs about it would have been shared afterward in New Meadowlands...

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Notre Dame-Army a Blast From the Past in the New Yankee Stadium

(5) Comments | Posted November 22, 2010 | 7:14 AM

NEW YORK -- The college football game between Notre Dame and Army in Yankee Stadium Saturday night was a revival of an old rivalry -- church vs. state in a new sports palace built for baseball royalty.

The grandeur of the event peaked at halftime under a big, round moon...

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Memories of Sparky Anderson

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2010 | 8:43 PM

Sparky Anderson, who died Thursday, was the kind of manager even reporters cheered.

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Broadway Vince: The Lombardi Legend on Stage Fumbles Before the End Zone

(4) Comments | Posted October 22, 2010 | 8:17 AM

In a vigorous but uneven "Lombardi,'' which opened on Broadway Thursday night, a sparkling moment shows New York Giants assistant coach Vince Lombardi and his wife, Marie, mulling Vince's chance to become head coach and general manager of the Green Bay Packers.

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Football Helmets As Weapons...Time to Ban the Kickoff?

(188) Comments | Posted October 19, 2010 | 10:46 AM

In a pithy comment by one President about another, Lyndon Johnson once said of Gerald Ford "He's a nice fellow but he spent too much time playing football without a helmet.''

Johnson implied that Ford's head and mind were damaged by collisions inherent in the violent sport. Such jokes lose...

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Save Baseball! Expand the Playoffs and Shorten the Season

(2) Comments | Posted September 30, 2010 | 5:39 PM

Now that the Steroids Era is over, Major League Baseball needs new juice. One way to stimulate interest is to expand the post-season playoffs and shorten the regular season.

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Yankee Cap Flap a Bad Rap?

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2010 | 9:43 AM

Charging $2,500 per ticket for prime box seats to New York Yankees' games is highway robbery (or subway robbery) to some fans. But now the Yankee cap itself has become a fashion statement for everyday lawbreakers. What can you expect from a team that wears pinstripes -- just like the...

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Indicted Roger Clemens Will Need a New Pitch

(136) Comments | Posted August 19, 2010 | 3:24 PM

By coincidence, Roger Clemens was indicted for perjury Thursday while Andy Pettitte struggled to come off the disabled list with a groin injury. The two pitchers used to be friends and teammates on the New York Yankees and the Houston Astros but that relationship ruptured amid talk of how banned...

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