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    Portrait of the terrorist as a young man

    The jury has been selected, and the trial begins this morning: the first prosecution of a Guantanamo detainee since Obama instituted his new, improved, Supreme Court-compliant military-commission system. Not at all like Bush's, except for every important detail.

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    Colorado Primaries: For Whom the Bullhorn Tolls

    Some Democrats have cheered the success of right-wing extremists in the Colorado primaries yesterdays. They have a point.

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    John McCain to offer jobs to “Kathy the Teacher” and “Steven the Flight Attendant”

    ARIZONA – In his latest Mavericky campaign maneuver, U.S. Senator John McCain has offered Alaska teacher Kathy Gustafson and former Jet Blue Flight attendant Steven Slater jobs within his campaign.

    “Anyone who will stand up to vested Washington interests like Sarah Palin is a valuable asset,” said McCain. “Karen the Teacher could teach us all something.”

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    Judicial "Overreach" Since 1783

    The inevitable talking point about Perry v. Schwarzenegger, the case overturning Proposition 8, is that it's "judicial overreach." Reason snaps together the prefabricated argument here. For the last generation at least, the allegedly "conservative" position is that judges should not be allowed to "make law" or to defy the will of the voters by ensuring justice or allowing equal protection under the law.

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    Alaskan V Palin

    Watch and be amazed. Citizen of Alaska goes after Palin for quitting her job to become a celebrity. Palin claims she is representing the whole United States now.

    That is all.

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    Violence I Can Get Behind

    I never saw the movie Fight Club. I know many people, both men and women, who place it on their list of top movies ever. But to me, it looks stupid. I couldn't comprehend violence as an antidote to boredom and insecurity. But the women of have helpfully translated the genesis into cultural language I can fully understand.


    I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that I still won't see the original Fight Club. I'd rather watch Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

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    Undermining Traditional Marriage (Amen!)

    A judge has overturned California’s Proposition 8 as unconstitutional, because it is, and our country has moved one more step toward making marriage a universal right. Those who want marriage rights restricted will complain that this decision “undermines traditional marriage,” and in a way they’re correct. It does. And that's a good thing.

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    John Edwards to run for President in 2012 as ‘Newt Nullifier’

    WASHINGTON – Humiliated former U.S. Senator John Edwards has announced to friends that he will likely campaign for the Presidency of the United States in 2012 as an Independent. Edwards will run under a singular campaign platform “What About Newt Gingrich’s Affairs?”

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    William K. Wolfrum’s Morning – August 4, 2010

    If Bill Cosby would just remember that he made “Leonard Part 6,” maybe he’d rethink his stance on living.


    Iran: Many an Iranian will look back to this day as the day someone almost killed Ahmadinehad.

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    Writing sports in the United Arab Emirates for The National

    From time to time I’ve been known to escape the confines of this blog, and this week is one of those times, as I have some stories up at The National, an English newspaper in the United Arab Emirates.

    The stories – given to me by former colleague Paul Oberjuerge – were on sporting venues in South America. The three stories:

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    William K. Wolfrum’s Morning – August 2, 2010

    Vampire Baby. Yes, we've come to that.
    Vampire Babies. Yes, we’ve reached the point of a demand for Vampire Babies. I just have to believe these are the death throes of a dying fad.

    Wolfrum’s Word

    Is anyone really talking that much about the Pentagon’s inability to account for $8.7 billion in Iraqi reconstruction funds?

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    Six Months In: Thoughts and Reflections on Living as an Ex-Pat in Indonesia


    When I came to Indonesia in the middle of January 2010, I came with a few preconceived notions:

    1. It was going to be hot;

    2. The food was going to be great; and

    3. The country had the largest Muslim population in the world.

    William K. Wolfrum's picture

    An Open and Honest Conversation about My Racism

    “You see, you’re one of the good Blacks,” I told my friend Al, at a high school graduation party. “It’s the bad Blacks that are the niggers.”

    “I think I hate you now, Bill,” said Al, walking away.

    It was 25 years ago when that scene took place, and his words still haunt me. Partly because I haven’t spoken to Al since. But mostly because that those words started me on a path toward acceptance and enlightenment that I remain on to this day.



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