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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Welcome To The Finger-Wagging Olympics

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The article below is a re-print of a story that was published for Time Inc.   Moral outrage is exhausting. And dangerous. The whole country has gotten a severe case of carpal tunnel syndrome from the newest popular sport of Extreme Finger Wagging. Not to mention the neck strain from Olympic tryouts for Morally Superior Head […]

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“Sorry” Doesn’t Cut It Around Here

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  When I was kid and I was an asshole to another kid my mom would tell me to apologize. I’d tell the little jerk who tattled on me, “I’m sorry.” Quickly following what I considered to be an apology, my mom would iterate, “Tell him why you’re sorry.” I’d sass back and shout, “I […]

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No Political Group Should Be Tax Exempt

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Let’s get a few things out of the way right quick. I, like you, think the IRS is in the wrong here for their recent targeting of conservative groups. I, like you, thought this was wrong when it was done to liberal groups under the Bush administration as well. Political proclivities aside, if, on the […]

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An Unfortunately Fair Argument Against “Gay Marriage”

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Everything – every word that follows – is an opinion. It’s probably not shared by most (if not every) contributor to this website. I dare say that it’s mostly unpopular with a certain segment of the population that most easily and generically can be identified as “hypocrites” but that’s not to say that anyone that […]

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The Slacktivism Of The Equal Sign

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Slacktivism (slaktəˌvizəm) noun Actions performed via the Internet in support of a political or social cause but regarded as requiring little time or involvement – If your profile picture on Facebook or Twitter is a red/pink equals sign, you are a slacktivist. Slacker+activist=you (Note that the equation is weighed extraordinarily heavily on the slacker side, […]

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The War On Drugs, Fake Pot And Portuguese Policy

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Few things better illustrate the utter ridiculousness and paramount failure of the American War on Drugs than the advent of synthetic marijuana. Well, either that or the trillion or so dollar price tag over the last 4 decades. Or that the trillion dollars and 45 million drug arrests since 1971 accomplished basically nothing (except overcrowding prisons) considering that illicit drug use has been on the rise since 2002 and pot […]

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The Inauguration, God & Politics

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First, the invocation. …I believe in a president whose religious views are his own private affair, neither imposed by him upon the nation, or imposed by the nation upon him as a condition to holding that office… ~John F. Kennedy, September 12, 1960 Then, the Tabernacle Choir performs ‘Battle Hymn of the Republic‘. Glory, glory, hallelujah. […]

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NRA’s Wayne LaPierre Was America’s Mad Gunman In First Comments After Newtown Shool Massacre

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The editorial below was published in today’s New York Daily News: Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association, America’s mad gunman, just shot himself in the foot, if not somewhere far more damaging. May it spell the demise of the NRA’s twisted agenda and the death it brings daily to America’s cities, suburbs and towns. […]

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Opinion: A Battered, But Unbowed Obama Begins A Second Term

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WHEN PRESIDENT OBAMA strode to the podium in Chicago in the early hours of Wednesday morning after a near-sweep of swing states, he was a figure in stark contrast to the man the nation elected four years ago. This story line is, by now, nearly played out: He was elected in 2008 on a wave […]

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How Hurricane Sandy Will Affect Voter Turnout

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As the northeast battens down the hatches in preparation for Sandy’s landfall, I can’t help but think of the political ramifications of this cat 1 juggernaut. To be sure, I’m not trying to make light of or overlook the very real dangers and widespread damage this Frankenstorm will certainly cause, but I’m trapped inside, on […]

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Downtown Magazine Op-Ed: Latest Shooting is Horrible, but Progress Persists

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Below is a reprint of an Op-Ed piece that was penned by one of the talented young writers at our new strategic partner, Downtown magazine. Chris Haire has written an opinion post about violence in America. You can read more of Chris’s work along with our very own Mike Hammer at   Around 11 […]

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On Libya & Richard A. Clarke’s Op-ed

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After reading the NY Daily News piece by Richard A. Clarke that News Burner republished, I couldn’t help but feel taken. Cheated in a sense. It read to me as merely a superficial political attack, devoid of any of the true expertise that Mr. Clarke could’ve theoretically supplied. More than anything this just seemed like […]

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Pools of Tears: Remembering Lives Lost on 9/11

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Just months following the vicious assault on our country in 2001, I traveled to NY for a speaking engagement.  I vividly recall upon our descent into JFK,  being overwhelmed with a feeling of fear and panic;  my brain was flooded with “what if’s?”  When the attacks of 9/11 occurred, I was on my honeymoon, having […]

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Welcome To The New America: Land Of – Shootings, Violence And Chaos

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Welcome to America – Land of the free and the home of the brave – Oh, I’m sorry, let me rephrase that. Welcome to America – Land of the shooting, home of the violence and chaos. Seriously America, what is going on out there? I feel like I should multi-bolt the door, order groceries from […]

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BREAKING NEWS: Woman’s Vagina Responds to Rep.Todd Akin’s “Legitimate Rape” Theory

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This was sent to me on Facebook today – The woman/vagina gave us permission to use and print on the web, so I felt what a better place than here. Please enjoy – Thank you – Brentley Foster, you created a masterpiece. Dear Rep. Todd Akin, On behalf of all women, please allow me to […]

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Apparently I’m Supposed To Feel Bad For Tony Farmer

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If you’re  unfamiliar with Tony Farmer, here’s a photo: He’s pretty good at basketball judging from the ‘All Ohio’ jersey. Google him, you’ll find he’s one of the nations top recruits, somewhere in the top 100 nationally. If you’re any of these schools; DePaul, Illinois, Penn State, Xavier, Dayton, Michigan, St. Josephs, Virginia Tech, West […]

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Avoiding the Post-Summer Blues

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For most of us, it’s hard to face the fact that summer is coming to an end. Before you know it, the leaves will be falling from the trees and the cold weather will sweep in. The post-summer blues can bring on some seasonal depressions for some, so we need to make the most of […]

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Rubio & Romney Way Off Base On Tax Exempting Olympic Winnings

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“Our tax code is a complicated and burdensome mess that too often punishes success, and the tax imposed on Olympic medal winners is a classic example of this madness… …athletes representing our nation overseas in the Olympics shouldn’t have to worry about an extra tax bill waiting for them back home. We need a fundamental […]

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Politics & Red Herring

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Actual policy issues aside (who talks about issues anyways?), I’ve been hearing and reading a lot of gibber jabber about some thoroughly tangential points in regard to Mitt Romney. Here’s a short list of the utterly useless red herrings that are brought up ad nauseum, as if they mean something, to detract and distract from […]

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The Reality Television Epidemic

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Ten years ago, the only big reality TV shows that were on TV were The Real World, Big Brother and Survivor. Fast-forward to 2012, and now it seems as if reality TV has taken over America. No matter what time of the day it is, you can most likely find a reality show on TV. […]

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There’s More To Missouri’s ‘Right To Pray’ Amendment Than Meets The Eye

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Missourians, Misery-ans, are set to vote yes on House Joint Resolution #2. A bill colloquially known as Amendment 2 and even more colloquially known is the ‘right to pray’ bill to their egregiously long constitution. A constitution 8 times longer than the constitution of the United States. Missouri’s constitution isn’t even the longest one, Alabama holds that […]

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The controversy continues in this Presidential race and now it’s even moved into fashion – So, if you haven’t heard yet? Most media outlets are now concerned over who spends more money on their clothes: Michelle Obama or Ann Romney? Exactly what I was most concerned about in the Presidential race!! NOT – Michelle Obama […]

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Hey Kobe – Want Respect? Start Earning It

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Kobe Bryant just keeps giving us reasons not to respect him – Hey Kobe, little advice from a total basketball fan – Start earning respect from players, fans, media and even your family, by actually being a stand up guy. See, its painfully obvious you would like to be talked about like Michael Jordan, Larry […]

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Endorse Gun Control? Where Do Mitt Romney & President Barack Obama Stand?

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After the tragic events yesterday in Aurora, Co there has been much talk about GUN CONTROL – So, when the Gun Control issue comes up, where do you stand? Better yet, where does our current President & Frontrunner Republican Presidential nominee, Mitt Romney stand? People are asking, yet neither made mention of it when speaking […]

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Healthy, Home-Made Ice Cream: No Longer Too Good To Be True

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When you read “make delicious, creamy, low-cost, healthy frozen treats in just minutes” it almost seems too good to be true. But look no further, it IS true. This tagline is posted directly on the Yonanas homepage, and, in my opinion, is a 100% accurate statement. For all you foodies out there, there is a new kitchen […]

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