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Re: “Why some Pulaski votes aren't being fed into scanners this morning

Faulty M100s may be a blessing in disguise, according to the conspirators at my breakfast table. Their logic is that electronic machines are easier to tamper with than paper ballots. I hope to have a followup report after breakfast tomorrow.

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Posted by Downriver on 11/06/2012 at 1:25 PM

Re: “With attendance down, 'Great Passion Play' facing closure

Wiser heads may remember more clearly, but I think it was James Scudder, the Gazette's religion writer, whose obituary of Gerald L. K. Smith said that Smith was buried in the shadow of the only Jew he ever loved.

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Posted by Downriver on 09/26/2012 at 8:31 AM

Re: “Smirnoff planning on fighting dismissal from Oxford American

OA has long needed new editorial direction. It has been meandering for years. Every year the music issue has great music and some of the densest, most narcissistic writing you'll find outside Phillip Martin's diary. It manages to make the meaning of the blues hard to fathom. The articles about rock-a-billy artists read like required reading in a graduate level course in social sciences. The Southern literature issue is equally pointless. If you have a layman's understanding of literature it's a slog through mud. If you're well read in literature and criticism, the issue is transparently pretentious. OA has merit occasionally, but mostly it's boring stuff.
That said, if Smirnoff got a raw deal, more power to his attorneys.

28 likes, 14 dislikes
Posted by Downriver on 07/17/2012 at 9:54 AM

Re: “The death of the American newspaper — New Orleans

Sure, newspapers have to change with the times, but you can't spread out two dozen crabs and 10 pounds of crawfish on your computer monitor when friends drop by.
The Times-Picayune had more ads and more sections than the States-Item, the afternoon paper. Being thicker, the T-P was more absorbent and made it easier to roll up the pile of shells in the middle of the table when the feast was finished.
A sad day.

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Posted by Downriver on 05/24/2012 at 9:52 AM
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