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Charlie My Boy

So Much More Than Just a Dog
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There was no traffic at 3am. That’s good in one respect as I needed to get my dog to the Emergency Animal Hospital and it’s horrible in another respect in that I knew what would happen when we got there. There was a little more traffic at 4:30am, when I drove back to my house [&hellip
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In light of the most recent U.S. mass shooting, here’s a quiz to try to put the killings and America’s firearm obsession in perspective. 1. When you heard of the October 2nd mass shooting at a community college in ...
Groundhog's Day

The Mass Shooting Rorschach Test

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In light of the most recent U.S. mass shooting, here’s a quiz to try to put the killings and America’s firearm obsession in perspective. 1. When you heard of the October 2nd mass shooting at a community college in Oregon, what was your first reaction? a. Feelings of sympathy for the victims and their families [&hellip
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Every now and then a band will take the classical music heritage and expression and turn it into something exciting and interesting. I'm not necessarily talking about sound experiments, but rather, about the use of what we ...
Refreshing and Lovely

Listen To: Air&Rain, ‘when faraway is here’

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Every now and then a band will take the classical music heritage and expression and turn it into something exciting and interesting. I’m not necessarily talking about sound experiments, but rather, about the use of what we come to recognize as “classical” — instruments, harmonies, thematic development — and t
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"The Martian" is one of the best movies I've seen in years. I give "The Martian" 4 plus stars (really, really good).  Top Eight Reasons You Will Love "The Martian": 1. Matt Damon, Matt Damon, Matt Damon, and Matt ...
You'll Love It

The Martian: “Science, Fuck Yeah!”

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“The Martian” is one of the best movies I’ve seen in years. I give “The Martian” 4 plus stars (really, really good).  Top Eight Reasons You Will Love “The Martian”: 1. Matt Damon, Matt Damon, Matt Damon, and Matt Damon Only a handful of actors has the ability to keep an audience captivated and
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Am I surprised that a Republican representative has written an article for Fox News? Of course not. Am I surprised that it’s about immigrants? Of course not. Am I surprised that Rep. Brian Babin mentioned studies and data, ...
Is It Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, Start?

HOW 2 HYPERDINK?

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Am I surprised that a Republican representative has written an article for Fox News? Of course not. Am I surprised that it’s about immigrants? Of course not. Am I surprised that Rep. Brian Babin mentioned studies and data, but never cited them? Especially not. Recently, Rep. Babin wrote an article for Fox News plugging his [&hellip
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Come for the Jackassery nominations and libations, and stay for the eventual proof that everything doesn't suck in the world! In the 14th episode of the This Week In Jackassery podcast, my co-host Adrienne Boettinger (aka ...
Get Ready to Drink

This Week In Jackassery, ep. 14

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Come for the Jackassery nominations and libations, and stay for the eventual proof that everything doesn’t suck in the world! In the 14th episode of the This Week In Jackassery podcast, my co-host Adrienne Boettinger (aka The Queen of Everything) and I cover a broad range of topics, including: – Where presidential candidates s
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Before y’all rub your hands together in glee over the news of John Boehner’s soon-to-be de-Speakering, simmer down. Yes, I know many Congressional Conservatives are breathlessly blissful that the most liberal person on ...
Be Careful What You Wish For

Happy Holidays, You Crapweasels!

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Before y’all rub your hands together in glee over the news of John Boehner’s soon-to-be de-Speakering, simmer down. Yes, I know many Congressional Conservatives are breathlessly blissful that the most liberal person on the face of the earth will no longer be Speaker of the House (mainly because they don’t understand what the word
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In the mood for some laid back, meditative instrumental music that will enable you to relax and think? As the summer has turned into fall for those of us living in the northern hemisphere, one can't help but feel a bit ...
The Fischermen gave permission for the world to hear his "Diary"

Take a Peek Into Someone Else’s Diary

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In the mood for some laid back, meditative instrumental music that will enable you to relax and think? As the summer has turned into fall for those of us living in the northern hemisphere, one can’t help but feel a bit melancholic. Fortunately, The Fischermen has the perfect album that will fit any kind of [&hellip
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Last weekend, the DC metro area (Maryland to be more specific) was host to both the Maryland Renaissance Festival (Ren Fest) and the Baltimore Comic-Con (comic convention).  These types of events can draw in more than ...
Wench or Superhero?

Nerd-Off: Ren Fest vs. Comic-Con

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Last weekend, the DC metro area (Maryland to be more specific) was host to both the Maryland Renaissance Festival (Ren Fest) and the Baltimore Comic-Con (comic convention).  These types of events can draw in more than 150,000 attendees in one weekend. Both venues seem to attract and certainly welcome the socially awkward.  I thought t
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The sudden announcement from House Speaker John Boehner that he’ll soon be outy 5000 has got me all verklempt. No, not because the Speaker is not afraid of a good cry. I’m feeling nostalgic because without Speaker ...
We'll Miss Your Orangeness and Your Sass

Bye Bye Boehner

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The sudden announcement from House Speaker John Boehner that he’ll soon be outy 5000 has got me all verklempt. No, not because the Speaker is not afraid of a good cry. I’m feeling nostalgic because without Speaker Boehner I might never have started yammering about how things will be When I Become Queen of Everything. [&hellip
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I wrote an article about Planned Parenthood (PP) previously, and got into a little spat with the writer of the article I dismantled. During our exchange, she implored me to go and watch the unedited interviews with Planned ...
PLANNED PARENTHOOD IS NOT YOUR ENEMY

This again?

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I wrote an article about Planned Parenthood (PP) previously, and got into a little spat with the writer of the article I dismantled. During our exchange, she implored me to go and watch the unedited interviews with Planned Parenthood executives that (apparently) show them admitting to harvesting and selling the organs of fetuses for profi
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Let’s take an informal poll: can we get a show of hands for who thinks Muslims are more violent and less trustworthy than Christians, Jews, Hindus, other religions or atheists? According to the Pew Research Center, that ...
Though Your Kids Are Probably Way Smarter Than You, So Just Teach Yourselves

Muslim: Teach Your Kids It’s Not a Dirty Word

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Let’s take an informal poll: can we get a show of hands for who thinks Muslims are more violent and less trustworthy than Christians, Jews, Hindus, other religions or atheists? According to the Pew Research Center, that number is alarmingly high and has been for a while. But here’s the kicker: for those of you [&hellip
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I grew up a mere four New England small towns and twenty-minutes away from “Southie," where a majority of the “Black Mass” story takes place.  “Southie" is a highly populated neighborhood located in South Boston, ...
Truly Disturbing

Black Mass: The Good Bad Johnny Depp

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I grew up a mere four New England small towns and twenty-minutes away from “Southie,” where a majority of the “Black Mass” story takes place.  “Southie” is a highly populated neighborhood located in South Boston, MA, historically inhabited by Irish immigrants and unfortunately associated with the now famous former cri
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As our nation’s capital prepares for the pomp and circumstance of a papal visit (and I prepare to spend most of my week sitting in traffic), I’ve been thinking about Pope Francis and the sentiment he has inspired. To ...
Will I Get to Drive the Pope Mobile?

The Pope of Hope?

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As our nation’s capital prepares for the pomp and circumstance of a papal visit (and I prepare to spend most of my week sitting in traffic), I’ve been thinking about Pope Francis and the sentiment he has inspired. To paraphrase eleventy gazillion pundits, the Pope has favorability ratings that the presidential candidates would sell th
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