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Thoughts on GM from a GM Family

0 Comments | Posted November 13, 2008 | 6:50 AM

All four of my grandparents were lifelong General Motors employees and my father worked there when he was young. Accordingly, its recent collapse has been a topic of conversation in my family. Today, its market cap fell to 1.88 billion dollars. That means that the relatively small company I work...

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Sarah Palin Disney Trailer

0 Comments | Posted September 25, 2008 | 4:48 PM

We made the following video at CollegeHumor today.

After hearing Matt Damon's brilliant comparison of a Sarah Palin presidency to a bad Disney movie, I called up Sam Reich (our Director) and said "Let's make a trailer for what that movie would look like."

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Someone Has Already Pointed This Out, Right?

0 Comments | Posted February 14, 2007 | 4:34 PM

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I really hope NY Times Political Columnist Patrick Healy ends up with Pam and not that jerk Karen.

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Overheard at the DNC: Jan '07

0 Comments | Posted February 1, 2007 | 4:28 PM

"OK, so here's the deal. This '08 election is gonna be a slam dunk. The Republicans have proven they can't lead the country; Bush has the lowest approval rating since Nixon during Watergate. As long as we play it safe, there is no possible way we can lose this thing....

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The 24 Diet: How Compelling Television Can Thin Out America

0 Comments | Posted November 26, 2006 | 11:00 PM

Coming off the non-stop gorging event that is the Thanksgiving holiday, I found it an appropriate time to share a diet secret I learned earlier this year.

Like many of you, I was always the type of person who would buy a gym membership but rarely go. Not that I...

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Hagg Bashing

0 Comments | Posted November 3, 2006 | 11:06 AM

Anyone who has seen the scary documentary Jesus Camp will recall seeing Ted Haggard prominently featured as the president of the National Association of Evangelicals. A fact from the film they might not recall is that Mr. Haggard holds a weekly call with President Bush. Wait, our President holds...

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The Grey's Anatomy Girlfriend Test

0 Comments | Posted October 29, 2006 | 9:35 PM

I've recently found a quick and sure-fire way see if a girl is worth dating by simply asking her three questions about the television show Grey's Anatomy. It only works on girls who watch the show, but fortunately that includes every girl in America. Now, ladies, you can play along...

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Probing for Cocktail Conversation

0 Comments | Posted December 25, 2005 | 12:12 AM

No matter how smart you are, any random person you come across will know exponentially more about at least one subject than you ever will. That’s something my parents would repeatedly tell me growing up, and, I assume, is part of the reason I tend to ask people annoyingly detailed...

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Your Surrogate Conservative Father

0 Comments | Posted November 27, 2005 | 11:45 AM

Arguing with your Republican father about politics: it's really nothing new. Among Thanksgiving traditions, it's as time-honored as "the kids table" and falling asleep on the couch. But what about the sons and daughters out there with rational Tom-DeLay-hating parents who are denied this hallowed tradition? What becomes of the...

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