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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 13:03:00

Facebook memes and idiotic thoughts

Everyday on Facebook one can see countless memes featuring the likes of Gene Wilder, Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Sam Elliot and others, supposedly expressing notions which would see the average person laughed out of the room.

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 12:48:00

Eviction Circus: If you take away someone’s home, give them the money to rent a new place

Eviction Circus: If you take away someone’s home, give them the money to rent a new place

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Monday, June 4, 2018

Monday, June 4, 2018 - 11:01:00

The Second Lieutenant and the National Anthem

I’ve written about this fellow before, but I think his story deserves to be told anew.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 16:30:00

On not being “The Guy with Cancer”

Tracy asked, “Have you noticed people treating you differently?” And thankfully, I can say that so far, they haven’t. But I also know that eventually I’ll run into someone who can only relate to me (or perhaps even you) as merely someone with cancer.

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 13:40:00

Why you never want to be just “the talent”: Some folks want to be stars and others just want to do a good show

When I first began doing my show, way, way back in the last decade of the 20th Century, I was uncomfortably aware that I was what was regarded as “the talent” - the sort of fellow who sits in front of the camera and talks, but doesn’t know a damn thing about how a program is actually put together.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 13:27:00

Incels: From romantic rejection to mass murder

In the last few years we have seen an alarming new factor coming into play in our mass murder horror: men and boys who can’t deal with romantic rejection.

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Sunday, May 20, 2018 - 13:30:00

“And rats may die, and one need have no compunction about rats . . .” Human beings or animals?

In recent days, the Great Humanitarians of Facebook have been debating (well, not debating so much as agreeing) that there are people in the world who are not human, but animals.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 13:58:00

Dublin: The Passing of a Border Prince

Like T.S. Eliot’s cats, many dogs also have a secret name. Oh, not all dogs, mind you, - but certainly the ones who are poets at heart, have the soul of of an adventurer, and are ever alert to the first sign of danger to to their realm, and those they feel feel called upon to defend.

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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 12:11:00

Cancer and Conservation of Energy

You never call, you never write are words I have heard often over the years - now along with you never check your answering machine, email or Facebook messages.

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Sunday, May 6, 2018

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 12:52:00

Has Facebook become the new Westboro Baptist Church?

Many of us have a complicated relationship with Facebook. On one hand you can communicate with others, and on the other, you often have to contend with the stalwarts who would use it to stir up contempt towards anyone who doesn’t see the world as they do.

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Monday, April 30, 2018

Monday, April 30, 2018 - 12:30:00

Donald Trump does the full Urko

One of the chief joys of NBC’s “Return to the Planet of the Apes” in the 1970s was the character of General Urko, the bellicose ape in charge of hunting down the fugitive astronauts.

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 12:25:00

What might a man accomplish with a mortal deadline?

The Dalek in my liver having grown considerably since scans were first done a few months ago, I am looking at having radioactive beads slipped into me in the next few weeks.

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 11:31:00

My life long love affair with West Side Story - and no, I really don’t care if Natalie Wood didn’t do her own singing

Just imagine, if you dare, a roomful of seventh-grade boys, singing “Maria” from mimeographed sheets of paper.

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Sunday, April 15, 2018 - 12:26:00

Not quite the worst book in the world, but still . . .

Sitting next to my keyboard is a book which just annoys the hell out of me, but I can’t give it away, and good conscience forbids me from throwing it in the trash.

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Sunday, April 8, 2018

Sunday, April 8, 2018 - 12:21:00

Running for My Life . . .

“We’ll see if we can get you an extra couple of years,” the doctor said, and my mind unaccountably went to Ben Gazzara.

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 12:15:00

Fayetteville: Is Alderman John La Tour capable of learning?

One day, like Saul on the road to Damascus, John La Tour may well have an epiphany - namely, that the folks he rails against online are also his constituents, and deserve more respect than the felgercarb he likes to post online.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 12:33:00

When is a whistleblower not a whistleblower? When they are trying to set you up for a lawsuit . . .

Once upon a time there was a columnist (in a publication I will not name) whose writing bordered on such outright racism that I felt compelled to write about him on several occasions.

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 11:22:00

Dear President Trump: I look good on TV - can I have a job?

First off, sir, I realize that if If I really want to be considered for a job, I should post my plea on television, but I suspect that you are far more literate than many suspect.

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 12:13:00

Candidates and elected officials: your Facebook/Twitter pages should be open to everyone - no private accounts

Maine GOP candidate Leslie Gibson, whose sole claim on history may be that he Tweeted that a young Parkland survivor was a “lesbian skinhead” in response to her joining in on protests (and called another a “moron” and a “baldfaced liar”) tried to salvage his campaign for the state legislature by making his Twitter page private, meaning that only the folks in his intellectual treehouse could read what passed for his wisdom.

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 13:29:00

Isn’t a “No Soliciting” sign supposed to be like a crucifix against a vampire?

“Young man,” I said, pointing to the sign on the door, “is English your second language?” I might not have been so testy, but he was the second one to come pounding on the door that day.

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