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Richard Zombeck
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Richard Zombeck is a freelance writer and podcaster living in the Boston area.

As a contributing blogger to Huffington Post and www.samuel-warde.com/ he writes mostly about social, consumer, and political issues.

Zombeck is also a contributor to T&Z Talk, a podcast with co-host Tony Trupiano.

Zombeck’s writing career started as a dare and out of desperation. A professor, after having read one of his papers out loud to the class, cursed him by suggesting that he pursue a writing career. Shortly thereafter he landed his first writing gig as a staff reporter with a North Carolina newspaper, when they were still printed on paper.

For five years he covered and wrote about everything and anything that came across his desk: school boards, cops, murders, drug busts, fires, tattoo artists, doll house hobbyists, elections, giant turtles known as “Cooters” and the 90-year-olds named “Pearly” that catch them – His articles were regularly picked up and published nationally by the Associated Press.

As a result of an unnatural fascination with technology and a living wage he turned to technical writing. For nearly 15 years he cranked out technical manuals, how-to instructions, created step-by-step online videos, and wrote software and app reviews for Adobe Systems, Inuit, and Bitstream.

Having worked in restaurants, tech support, and as a reporter, Zombeck has developed and cultivated a cynical view when it comes to human nature and behavior.

You can see more at T&Z Talk

Entries by Richard Zombeck

Chris Matthews Has A Clear Conflict of Interest When it Comes To Bernie Sanders

(462) Comments | Posted February 9, 2016 | 9:17 PM

I've been watching Chris Matthews for a while. I like him. I liked the "thrill up my leg" comment he made during one of Barack Obama's campaign speeches. I like his brash, direct questions and sarcasm when he's interviewing someone he finds frustrating. I like the way he...

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Michigan Rep:Why Is Gov. Snyder Using Dark Money To Fund PR Spin?

(0) Comments | Posted January 26, 2016 | 7:13 PM

Michigan State Rep. is concerned that Governor Rick Snyder is using dark money to hire two outside PR firms to spin the crisis in Flint. 

We were joined today on T & Z Talk by Michigan Democratic House leader Tim Greimel, who came on to discuss the water...

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Let's Put Sarah Palin in Charge of Veteran's Affairs

(137) Comments | Posted January 22, 2016 | 9:37 AM

Like everyone else in the world, I like to dump on Sarah Palin. Let's face it, when a public figure appears to be as idiotic as she does, we can't help it. Ridiculous, incomprehensible ramblings come out of her every time she's within spitting distance of a microphone, and when...

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President Ted Cruz's State Of The Union: An Exercise In Fantasy And Delusion

(64) Comments | Posted January 13, 2016 | 5:00 PM

Yesterday I wrote about Ted Cruz snubbing the president by skipping the State of the Union address. Arrogant and disrespectful as that might be, Cruz took it a step further. He delivered his own pre-response to Obama's address. His own State of the Union address. A glimpse into...

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GOP Has Gone Completely Off The Rails In Defense Of Mass Murder

(36) Comments | Posted October 9, 2015 | 5:16 PM

The GOP is heading towards a disaster they may not easily recover from. In the last couple of weeks, they seem to have ratcheted up the crazy to a level beyond their typical insanity. As a good friend of mine put it, "It's like they've all contracted syphilis and have...

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A Socialist, Marxist Priest Is Scaring the Crap Out of the GOP

(2) Comments | Posted September 27, 2015 | 7:43 PM

I've never been particularly religious despite having grown up going to church on Sundays, singing in the choir, and doing a short gig as an altar boy; though in the Episcopal Church we were called acolytes. I understood the concept of God as an idea, a presence, and even a...

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Facebook Rolling Out Dislike Button -- What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2015 | 5:44 PM

When I first heard about the recently announced prospect of Facebook rolling out a dislike button the same nauseating feeling I had in 2013, when Facebook decided to allow users to edit their posts came over me. The negative and unintended consequences of either of those just makes me...

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Facebook Patents Technology That Could Allow Banks And Businesses to Discriminate Based on Social Connections

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2015 | 3:14 PM

Facebook, the website everyone and their sister, brother, cousin, uncle, and friends you didn't even know you had is a member of just secured a patent on Tuesday that could help filter spam and offensive content and improve searches. Isn't that great? Less spam and no more nude pics, Obama...

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The GOP Debate Season Is Upon Us - Let the Games Begin

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2015 | 12:04 AM

If you couldn't sit through the two hours of the 2016 Republican Presidential Debate 'Voters First' Forum on CSPAN, not only do I understand, but I've got you covered. The event was organized by New Hampshire's Union Leader newspaper and took place on the campus of St. Anselm College...

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GOP Sets New Bar for Disgusting Rhetoric

(0) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 10:38 AM

When I was a kid I liked to see how far I could push my teachers, parents, friends, church minister, and girlfriends with the things I'd say. I'd say outrageous things to get a reaction. I've done the same thing in my marriage trying to get a rise out of...

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Donald Trump Is the Perfect GOP Spokesperson

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 11:14 PM

Donald Trump has turned out to be the perfect spokesperson for the GOP. He says the things they think but are, unlike him, too afraid to say in front of cameras and into microphones. A look at the polls, which put Trump in first place, in some cases and...

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Republicans Are Going to Leave the Country and Set Themselves on Fire Due to SCOTUS

(2028) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 12:20 PM

Things are about to get weird. After months of hearing from conservatives and fundamentalists about how they were going to secede, leave the country, or burn themselves in effigy over same-sex marriage, the day has arrived. The Supreme Court has rendered their decision in a 5-4 ruling that same-sex marriage...

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New Walmart Ads: An Exercise in Lip Service

(2) Comments | Posted June 16, 2015 | 10:35 AM

Have you seen the new Walmart commercials? They're fabulous. They're heartwarming. They bring back any faith in humanity you may have lost. Actually, they're a spectacular exercise in disingenuous, masturbatory fiction.

Walmart has begun to inundate the airwaves with their new commercials about how great they are. They want everyone...

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GOP Calls for 'All Hell Breaking Loose' Over Gay Marriage, Because 'God'

(253) Comments | Posted June 8, 2015 | 3:06 PM

As the Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage bans looms, the right wing has begun their assault on reason and intellect with the standard dire warnings, threats, and fear mongering in the form of corporate boycotts and revolt. As usual, their claims include flagrant misinterpretations of their favorite documents, the...

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Affordable Fast Food That's Good for You? What a Concept

(2) Comments | Posted May 24, 2015 | 12:24 AM

The fast-food industry is constantly complaining about how they can't afford to serve unprocessed food or raise workers' wages. According to them, prices would rise, their sales would plummet and the CEOs, now raking in millions, would end up homeless and destitute.

However, it is quite possible to serve real,...

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How Did You Become Such a Friggin' Liberal?

(3) Comments | Posted May 20, 2015 | 12:07 AM

I'm often asked by some family and some friends, "How did you become such a Liberal?" Usually not that nicely, but you can guess the rest. The question comes of course from my right leaning friends and family members, which I surprisingly have quite a few. The question generally has...

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GOP Works to Defund Studies So They Can Deny Climate Change

(580) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 11:06 AM

Rather than address or even face the impending issues surrounding climate change, the GOP has chosen instead to stick their fingers in their ears. Not only do they want to simply ignore the problem, but they are trying to make it difficult for the rest of us to even know...

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Bernie Sanders Could Change Political Discussion

(22) Comments | Posted May 7, 2015 | 2:50 AM

I first saw Bernie Sanders in 2010 speaking outside of Congress on the sidewalk on a windy day while I was in D.C. lobbying for financial reform. The wind made his hair look even crazier than it does normally and he didn't seem to care.

I don't remember exactly...

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GOP and FOX Get It Wrong Again in Baltimore

(15) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 10:02 AM

The GOP can never pass up an opportunity to make themselves look like complete buffoons, and a protest following the funeral for Freddy Gray, who died from a severe spinal cord injury while in police custody, is no exception. Why display compassion, understanding, and leadership when you can jump on...

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GOP Candidates Confounded by Questions from Press

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 11:05 AM

Typically, at least in the last decade or so, Republicans have avoided the press. They've remained aloof and distant from what they commonly refer to as the "Liberal Media" or what Sarah Palin and her ilk likes to call, "The Lame Stream Media" in that signature catty mean girl way...

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