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Date

May 8th, 2014

Bring back firing squads? We do worse

    Bungled executions by lethal injection are beginning to make firing squads look good. Seriously.

    I did not always feel this way. I'm an opponent of the death penalty.

    But with lethal-injection drugs in short supply and new questions being raised about their effectiveness, a seemingly humane form of execution is looking a lot less palatable than such old-fashioned methods as the rope or a team of sharpshooters.

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Devaluing Work and Workers

    The Great Recession leveled a blow to the middle and working classes from which they haven’t yet recovered.

    Given that labor’s pay and prestige in America peaked in the 1960s, this isn’t exactly new. Still, it’s time that all our leaders took this challenge more seriously. After all, we don’t just have the rich getting richer while the poor get poorer anymore. The middle is collapsing.

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Grotesque

    That's what the Simon Wiesenthal Center called the assignment given to eighth-grade students in Rialto, Calif., to research and write an argumentative essay about whether the Holocaust actually happened or was "merely a political scheme created to influence public emotion and gain wealth."

    Who came up with this assignment? Apparently, it was a group effort, the work of a group of teachers and the district's "educational services division."

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Honoring the Missing Schoolgirls

    When Boko Haram fanatics attacked a girls' boarding school in northeastern Nigeria, kidnapping several hundred girls whose only offense was to dream of becoming doctors, teachers or lawyers, the Nigerian authorities' initial response was to lie.

    The military promptly claimed that it had freed 107 of the girls. In fact, it had done nothing, and, the girls' parents say, it has continued to do little for the three weeks since.

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It's the Viral Season

    Alas, poor J.D. Winteregg. We knew him . um, actually not very well at all.

    Winteregg ran as a Tea Party challenger to the House speaker, John Boehner, in this week's Ohio primaries. He only got about 22 percent of the vote. So he's gone, politically speaking. But not forgotten, thanks to his video charging Boehner with "electile dysfunction."

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Lewinsky's Hillary favor

    Monica Lewinsky may not have intended it this way, but she just did Hillary Clinton a big favor.

    Lewinsky could be forgiven, of course, if she did not mean to join Team Hillary. She is the forgotten, tragic roadkill of the affair.

    Bill Clinton paid the price of public humiliation and House impeachment, but he moved on, concluding what is remembered as a successful (if tarnished) presidency and a post-presidency at least as successful.

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Occupying the Koch Brothers’ Lobby

    The gabillionaire Koch brothers feel entitled to occupy the people’s elections, barging in with sacks full of corporate cash. So, how would the brothers feel if the people barged into their political affairs?

    To find out, a few citizens recently paid a visit to Koch Companies Public Sector. That’s the grandiose name the brothers give to their Washington, DC, lobbying headquarters.

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Rove crashes N.C.'s tea party

    There was a rumble in North Carolina among the factions of the Republican party on Tuesday. The establishment won.

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Take a Hike! No, Really

    For the first decade that I suffered from severe and almost daily migraines, I didn’t consider them a gift. Yet, in a way — a very painful one — they are.

    My headaches began setting me apart from the rest of society at the age of 15. Back in 1996, my brother got a Nintendo 64. Eager to try it out, I begged him to give me a turn. But it was unmistakable — watching the screen gave me headaches.

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The Great Benghazi Scandal Gets Sillier

    You like potato and I like potahto

    You like tomato and I like tomahto

    Potato, potahto, tomato, tomahto.

    Let's call the whole thing off.

    -- George and Ira Gershwin

 

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