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April 17th, 2014

Weed vs. 'white lightning'

    Everyone has experienced the oddness of meeting up with a long-lost acquaintance after many years, only to find impressions downright strange.

    So it is with me and marijuana.

    At least the smell of marijuana, that is.

    Though long an advocate of its legalization, I’ve never inhaled it, except in the ambient sense.

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Bacon Is Not a Vegetable

    As a vegetarian, I have to walk a fine line.

    Really, I’m not judging you. But I often find it necessary to establish myself as “not a threat” to meat eaters. I also occasionally bump up against militant vegans.

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Can ethnic hate be a mental illness?

    In early April, the Anti-Defamation League offered some happy news about a very grim topic. It reported a "significant and encouraging decline" in anti-Semitic acts across America in recent years. Unfortunately, the new spirit of hope would not last long.

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Death by Stalling

    Compassion for the dying is gaining traction. It’s about time.

    In 1948, 37 percent of Americans supported the idea behind the “death with dignity” movement. Last year, 70 percent of us did. While that number leveled off two decades back, how big a majority does an issue need to be worthy of some attention?

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How We Devalued The 'R' Word

    At the risk of angering somebody like MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry, I sometimes used to joke that I only look white. Actually, I'm Irish. Meaning basically that I wasn't raised to think the man in the big house had all the answers, nor deserved all the power he'd inherited.

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In Ukraine, Little Love for Putin

    For decades, Ukrainians have been starved, oppressed and bullied by Russians, and, with Russia now inciting instability that could lead to an invasion and dismemberment of eastern Ukraine, plenty of brave Ukrainians here say they've had it and are ready to go bear-hunting.

    If they could just equip themselves.

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Obamacare, Part Two

    As I walked into the pharmacy, the technician who has kept track of all of my prescriptions for years was on an endless call trying to figure out who is going to deliver her baby and where.

    The good news: Her new plan, which fully complies with the Affordable Care Act, provides much more comprehensive coverage and lower co-pays than the one she used to have.

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Of High-Speed Fastballs and High-Speed Trades

    The sweet-swinging Detroit Tigers infielder Miguel Cabrera may or may not turn out to be, by the time he retires, the best hitter in baseball history. But Cabrera already holds a historic distinction Just before the opening day of the 2014 baseball season, the 31-year-old slugger became America’s highest-paid professional ballplayer ever.

    Cabrera’s newly signed contract runs 10 years. Over that span he’ll receive paychecks totaling $292 million, a near $30 million annual average.

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Pulitzer committee makes a stand for free press, accountable government

    The Pulitzer Prizes to two news outlets that cooperated with whistleblower Edward Snowden in the disclosure of widespread National Security Agency surveillance of electronic communications at home and abroad has U.S. officialdom in a dither.

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Ryan’s Joke Is on Us

    My guess is that Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican Party’s highly touted budget guru, doesn’t have a very tight grip on the concept of irony.

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