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    Shared Creativity: Just For Fun

    I hereby challenge the wordsmiths of TPM to practice for the annual "It Was a Dark and Stormy Night" competition, sponsored by the English Department of San Jose State University that "recognizes (and rewards) the worst examples of  'dark and...
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    Arthur of the Roundish Table (Ch-XX)

    Lancelot and Palidan were proceeding east having ditched their previous dates at the inn.  Eduardo began neighing again.  His laugh became more and more uproarious until Palidan was having trouble staying on the saddle.  All right, all right.  Everybody makes...
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    Shared Housing

    2) Housing. As Vance Packard said a long time ago in his book, NATION OF STRANGERS, we've lost the cohesion and mutual support we had as a society when people stayed put, sharing houses or living across the street from family...
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    Job Sharing

    Last week my wry wit TPM Cafe editor, Boyd Reed, gave me a Friday deadline for converting a long-winded comment I made on Aunt Sam's blog into three separate blogs on the concept of sharing  -- which is, in my...
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    The Republican Rape of America

    BENEATH THE SPIN • ERIC L. WATTREE The Republican Rape of America The Republican leadership and their corporate cronies have systematically brutalized and raped America. Now they're insisting that we give them a bonus instead of treating our wounds. Those...
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    Welcome to Canada, Mr. President: a quiz

    Next Thursday, President Obama will make his first foreign visit since taking office. It will be to Ottawa, resuming a tradition that George W. broke by visiting Mexico first. Obama's visit is billed as a bare-bones, working meeting -- a mere five hours, no overnight stay or joint address to Parliament. No chance for mass adulation.

    But we're glad he's coming anyway. To mark the occasion, here's a trivia quiz about presidential visits and general U.S.-Canada relations. Try to answer without peeking at the answers; sorry if they're so jeezly long.

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    OUTSOURCING: Ceding Governmental Responsibility

    I came across this at The Daily Beast yesterday:Hillary Transue, 17, of Wilkes-Barre, PA, knew something was wrong when she was sentenced to three months in juvenile detention for making fun of her assistant principal on MySpace in 2007. "I...

    Rec'd reading: The China Price, by Alexandra Harney

    I'd like to see this book get as widespread attention as possible.  It is an engagingly reported look at working conditions in the south China industrial factories, which appears to be balanced and should help to ground discussion about our and other countries' policies...
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    Presidents on Presidents Day

    It's been so long since we had a President with an appreciation of what this country---this nation---means, and how important our history is to what we are today, that every time he speaks seems to be an astounding event. The...
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    Arthur of the Roundish Table (Ch-XIX)

    The Mystery Continues; Episode IIIThe Feast of St. ValentineWell why are we meeting in the French Count's room, inquired Iseult.Because I can no longer rent the anteroom, or the ante anteroom for that matter. It is getting so one cannot...
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    What does Wall Street do?

    Mainly, it lies there. a pile of asphalt showing its age. It runs from Broadway to South Street--a skinny little thing, hardly worth calling a thoroughfare. It has a church at one end, sort of--but it can't really claim it,...

    The Want of the “Why.”

    One over-thinking girl’s thoughts as to why she wishes dating was more like auditioning.

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    Tocqueville on Socialism

    Tocqueville on Socialism Translated by RONALD HAMOWY* Translator's Note: In February, 1848, the July Monarchy of Louis Philippe was overthrown, and the Second French Republic established. The new republic believed that the unemployment problem which was plaguing Paris could be...
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    From Liberty Fund Books

    About Our Logo The cuneiform inscription that serves as our logo and a design element in Liberty Fund books is the earliest-known written appearance of the word "freedom" (amagi), or "liberty." It is taken from a clay document written about...
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    Clinton Seeks Shift on China and Stresses Engagement

    February 14, 2009By MARK LANDLERSignaling a new, more vigorous approach to China, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton declared Friday that the United States had nothing to fear from an economically ascendant Beijing and that it would press Chinese leaders...
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    A Valentine's Day Card--no sloppy poetry, guaranteed

    At 9:00 sharp this morning my blood pressure returned to normal and my mood improved considerably.  My local NPR station's Valentine's Day Fund Drive was over.  It would be a year until I would be urged to send a significant...
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    $787B Stim Bill - 246 Yea 183 Nay 1 Present

    And the bill HR-1 has passed. . .And of course not one obstructionist from the right side of the aisle voted for the bill.~OGD~...

    My New York Story

    So here's my story:

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    Arthur of the Roundish Table (Ch-XVIII)

    A MYSTERY PART DEAUX    The morning always comes sooner when you cogitate through most of the night.  Sir Rathbone really attempted to fit all the clues into some paradigm over his favorite scotch and this new vice from Asia he...

    Doubts about evolution? Surrender your registration--you are too dumb to vote.

    This is so profoundly depressing. As a special cultural event co-incident with the bicentennial of Charles Darwin's birth, we are treated to a veritable blizzard of news so disturbing as to beggar belief. Reading the instant report, purporting to show...

    We Need to Fix The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) BEFORE We Develop a National Electronic Medical Records Database UPDATED!

    We need to move carefully in establishing a national electronic medical records database, since there really are serious problems as it stands now with healthcare records privacy. The fairly recent Privacy Rule (2006) established under The Health Insurance Portability and...
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    A Bicentennial Minute

    Today marks 200 years since the birth of Abraham Lincoln.  Quite a milestone.  What a happy coincidence that this great American's long shadow casts itself on the American scene at this time!  Our country could do much worse than to always...
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    The Republican Party-a Threat to America

    BENEATH THE SPIN • ERIC L. WATTREE The Republican Party-a Threat to America One of the Republican Party's most enduring talking points is that the Bush administration has kept America safe since 9-11, but what evidence do we have of...
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    Arthur of the Roundish Table (Ch-XVII)

    THE DEATH OF LAGAMOR, A MYSTERY IN PARTSSnerf was walking his rounds again with Macaca, his trusty monkey.  I wish I was back with the peasantry. I so dislike the aristocracy. The peasants are revolting, the peasants are revolting.I am...
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    Why Are the Democrats Letting Franken Twist in the Wind?

    The election took place on November 4th, 2008.  It was always close.  It remains close, with about 200 votes out of MANY still in Franken's favor.  Weekends passed with normal people checking out ballots.  Their conclusions were evaluated by a...

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