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Ventra Deadline: It's Now A Lot Harder For CTA Riders To Avoid New Payment System

Ventra Deadline: It's Now A Lot Harder For CTA Riders To Avoid New Payment System

Commented Oct 4, 2013 at 20:16:03 in Chicago

“I got an email last week confirming that the access code on my Ventra card had been changed according to my instructions. Thing is, I have yet to get a Ventra card. I tried emailing the link suggested for reporting complaints, but naturally, no answer. And people think that the Obamacare rollout is buggy...”
The Psychometer: Who Went Too Far Last Week?

The Psychometer: Who Went Too Far Last Week?

Commented Jun 11, 2012 at 12:43:17 in Comedy

“I usually like this column, but this week it's really having to reach. How is Mark-Paul Gosselaar's belief that SAVED BY THE BELL is not a great show "delusional"? And why should Miley Cyrus' announcement that she's getting married rank somewhere between "approaching insanity" and "should probably seek help"? And don't get me started on David McCullough's commencement speech - as an educator myself, I though that was a stroke of genius, not something "approaching insanity"!”

lexsird on Jun 11, 2012 at 14:03:23

“Indeed, I was thinking they should instead of making themselves look bad, they should just not put the meter all the way over. It's been a good week. I thought the commencement speech was brilliant myself. And Saved by the Bell, seriously? We're going to defend empty headed teen prattle-fest sitcoms like they are the flag?

Here's an idea, lets put the psycho meter on the psycho meter this week.”

Peartree3 on Jun 11, 2012 at 13:51:27

“x2...a case of summer interns given free range?”
The Psychometer: This Week In Crazy

The Psychometer: This Week In Crazy

Commented Jan 23, 2012 at 11:00:25 in Comedy

“Chuck Todd is just upset that none of his own political programming is getting nearly the ratings that Colbert is.”
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Iowa Caucus Results: Ron Paul Vows 'We Will Go On'

Commented Jan 6, 2012 at 14:30:27 in Politics

“I'm sorry, but this was most definitely NOT a case of censorship - it was a technical glitch, pure and simple. The words that this solider was supposedly being "censored" over according to the comments on these videos ("He mentioned Iran! He mentioned Israel! He said they should take care of themselves, and the liberal media elite don't like that!") don't actually occur until the signal from the remote feed has already begun to degrade. Watch CNN often enough, and you'll see that this sort of thing happens far too often - but it's NOT censorship.”
Which is a Friendlier Town -- New Orleans or Chicago?

Which is a Friendlier Town -- New Orleans or Chicago?

Commented Apr 9, 2014 at 08:45:58 in Chicago

“Sorry, but no - I've lived in both places, too, and there's just as much unfriendliness, litigation, and indignation in NOLA as in Chicago. Also, by "as I road the St. Charles trolley" should be "as I rode the St. Charles trolley" - and only out-of-towners called it the "trolley."”
An Open Letter to Straight Guys: Gay Men Just Aren't That Into You

An Open Letter to Straight Guys: Gay Men Just Aren't That Into You

Commented Feb 20, 2014 at 07:11:29 in Gay Voices

“There's a big difference between "tongue-in-cheek" (which I am familiar with, thank you very much) and doing the same thing in an argument that you're accusing the opposition of doing. And since when is expressing an opinion on the quality of someone else's argument something that requires "lightening up"?”
An Open Letter to Straight Guys: Gay Men Just Aren't That Into You

An Open Letter to Straight Guys: Gay Men Just Aren't That Into You

Commented Feb 19, 2014 at 09:01:42 in Gay Voices

“I'd have a lot more respect for this essay in particular, and Nico Lang's work in general, if he didn't resort to exactly the same sort of stereotyping to make his argument that he decries in his argument. While the belief that gay men are predators trying to snare the unsuspecting straight man is as old as the hills, so are the stereotypes that gay men don't enjoy sports, or watch movies like BOONDOCK SAINTS, or care about Daniel Tosh. (Sorry, Nico, but Daniel Tosh is hilarious no matter what your sexual orientation is.) I agree with the premise of the argument, but as someone who teaches argumentative writing for a living, I can't say I'm at all impressed with the actual argument.”

Jason Chenard on Feb 19, 2014 at 10:06:46

“The writer is using a technique commonly referred to as 'tongue-in-cheek'. "As a writing teacher", you probably ought to be familiar with it. Lighten up a bit!”
More English Grammar and Punctuation Rules That Drive Us All Nuts

More English Grammar and Punctuation Rules That Drive Us All Nuts

Commented Jan 8, 2014 at 12:45:03 in Books

“So would I, but while there are plenty of typos on HuffPost these days (honestly, can't they hire a few decent copy editors?), such a typo severely diminishes the ethos of an article which is otherwise devoted to pointing out common errors in English writing. My students make the "onto/on to" mistake constantly, so to see it made as an error in an article about common errors...well, I didn't cry, but I wanted to.”

ssspitz on Jan 8, 2014 at 13:26:34

“Actually, many "typos" as is likely this one are a result of the computer age! Spell check is a wonderful tool but pretty stupid -- as far as it is concerned "onto" is spelled correctly as would "on to" be also. I don't have the foggiest as to HP's budget for editors, but I can be pretty certain that it would take several costly bodies to do almost perfectly (there would still be occasional errors) what spell check does (perfectly for what its purpose is) for free.”
Three Printers Refuse To Publish Kent State LGBT Student Publication, Citing F-Word, Images Of Cross-Dressing

Three Printers Refuse To Publish Kent State LGBT Student Publication, Citing F-Word, Images Of Cross-Dressing

Commented Apr 29, 2011 at 12:36:20 in College

“I remember when I was editor of the NEW DELTA REVIEW at LSU back in the early 90s, we had a similar problem: we had to get bids from three different printers for the publication of every issue, and there was always one that refused to have anything to do with us because we printed stories and poems with such "immoral situations" as pre-marital sex, homosexuality, and the existence of African-Americans. Things don't change much, do they?”
Steve King: Gays Wouldn't Face Discrimination If They Didn't 'Wear Their Sexuality On Their Sleeve'

Steve King: Gays Wouldn't Face Discrimination If They Didn't 'Wear Their Sexuality On Their Sleeve'

Commented May 12, 2010 at 19:08:13 in Politics

“Lovely. By this "logic", African-Americans should apply for jobs in whiteface so as not to "advertise" their ethnicity and thereby cause someone to discriminate against them. What a moron.”