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March 5th, 2014

Mass Transit Is for the Young

    I frequently ride one of those cheap buses connecting my small city with a big city. At first, I expected my fellow passengers to be largely poor and old -- the folks who can't afford to drive or are unable to.

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Parade Marches Backward

    I have long been opposed to gays marching in the St. Patrick's Day Parade on Fifth Avenue.

    It isn't because my father was a past national president of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, which ran the parade for a century and started the rule that no gays need apply. Faith and begorrah, heaven knows I have nothing against gays. I have something against Irish parades.

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School reformers tied in knots

    I never thought I’d welcome black helicopters on the horizon. Black helicopters with jackbooted storm troopers in blue helmets, empowered to scan children’s tender corneas and report to the United Nations.

    Bring that on.

    That’s generally how discourse has devolved regarding the Common Core movement embraced by a host of states.

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Arizona's shield for bigotry

    As patriotism can be the last refuge of scoundrels, so religion can be the last refuge of bigots.

    The most recent attempts to besmirch religion have come from Arizona's Republican state legislators, who last week, on a near-party-line vote, passed a bill allowing businesses to discriminate against same-sex couples on religious grounds. The bill is on the desk of Republican Gov. Jan Brewer; she has until week's end to sign or veto it.

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Can Someone Please Cancel this Pity Party for the Rich?

    The über rich are full of ideas. Not ideas to help humanity, unfortunately. They’ve thought up new ways to help themselves grab more money and power at our expense.

    Take Tom Perkins. He’s one of a growing number of the put-upon rich — billionaires who grabbed a fabulous fortune by hook or crook but now complain that they are victims of a “rising tide of hatred.”

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Corporate America Needs to Change Our Diapers

    As you probably know, disposable diapers sit in a landfill, undecayed, for generations. They’re convenient for parents and caregivers but deadly for Mother Earth.

    Maybe you didn’t know about another big problem. There’s evidence that most popular brands of disposable diapers are bad for your baby too.

    The good news is that there are brands of disposable diapers that are better for babies. The bad news is that most parents don’t use them.

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Defeating Dems, Not the ACA, Is The Point Of Misleading Ads

    Politically speaking, here's the thing about those melodramatic ads attacking the Affordable Care Act currently running on TV: In terms of actual policy, they're as futile as the 40-odd votes to repeal the law that House Republicans have already cast.

    GOP hardliners are like a drunk in a bar fight, threatening to whip somebody twice his size if only his friends would turn loose of his arms.

    It's all over but the shouting.

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Don't Just Do Something. Sit There.

    With Russia growling over the downfall of its ally running Ukraine and still protecting its murderous ally running Syria, there is much talk that we're returning to the Cold War - and that the Obama team is not up to defending our interests or friends. I beg to differ. I don't think the Cold War is back; today's geopolitics are actually so much more interesting than that. And I also don't think President Barack Obama's caution is entirely misplaced.

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Five reasons to pay heed to Russians on Ukraine

    Russian rhetoric on Ukraine can be infuriating, a continuous rewriting of history to disguise a fundamental disbelief in its neighbor's right to become a fully independent country.

    For all that, Western leaders need to listen more carefully, because some of what is being said in Moscow is right.

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How drug gangsters copy al-Qaida

    Barely two days after Joaquin "El Chapo" (Spanish for "Shorty") Guzman Loera's arrest, Entertainment Weekly polled its readers as to who should play the Mexican drug lord in a movie about his life.

    The Spanish-language channel Univision already has ordered a 60-episode miniseries based on Guzman's life, EW reports. Its title: "The Drug Baron" or "El Varon de la Droga." Catchy.

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