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April 27th, 2014

Cliven Bundy's towering tantrum of entitlement

    Here's an important lesson for politicians and talk show hosts: Be careful whom you put on a pedestal. They might fall on you.

    Yes, I'm referring to the saga of Cliven Bundy. I'm laughing too hard at the Nevada rancher's political cheerleaders to be shocked by his famously ignorant slavery remarks.

The Piketty Panic

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Of Fox and the Cattle

    So, what have we learned from the Crazy Rancher Guy saga?

    You have undoubtedly heard about Cliven Bundy of Nevada, who refuses to pay federal grazing fees for, um, grazing his cattle on federal land. When government agents, acting on a court order, tried to remove Bundy's cows, they were met by armed resisters. The agents wisely withdrew rather than risk bloodshed, and the resisters declared victory.

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A Rancher's Romantic Revisionism

    It appears that Cliven Bundy, the 68-year-old rancher and freeloader, doesn't reject only the federal government; he rejects history.

    Bundy decided this week to tell us all what he knows "about the Negro."

    Bundy was quoted by The New York Times as saying:

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Buffett Punts on Pay

    "The way to get big shots to change their behavior is to embarrass them."

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The Angel in Larry Kramer

    I learned long ago to open my inbox with trepidation. A journalist is a magnet for complaints.

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Slaves to Prejudice

    When a cranky anarchist in a cowboy hat starts a sentence saying "I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro," you can be dang sure it's going downhill from there.

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Who Will Influence Whom?

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Religion for $1,000, Alex

    With Easter and Passover freshly behind us, let's test your knowledge of the Bible. How many mistakes can you find:

    Noah of Arc and his wife, Joan, build a boat to survive a great flood. Moses climbs Mount Cyanide and receives 10 enumerated commandments; for all the differences among religious denominations, the Ten Commandments are a common bedrock that Jews, Catholics and Protestants agree on.

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High Plains Moochers

    It is, in a way, too bad that Cliven Bundy - the rancher who became a right-wing hero after refusing to pay fees for grazing his animals on federal land, and bringing in armed men to support his defiance - has turned out to be a crude racist. Why? Because his ranting has given conservatives an easy out, a way to dissociate themselves from his actions without facing up to the terrible wrong turn their movement has taken.

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