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Our Crapo Government

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On March 2, 2018
Sometimes the jokes really do just write themselves: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Thursday the Senate will turn to a banking bill next week, dashing hopes of many senators in both parties that the Senate would be able to pass gun legislation quickly in the wake of the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida. … […]
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Black Panther and Black Children

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On February 19, 2018
There have been some interesting points made on the Black Panther open thread that Scott started, some of which I agree with and others of which I very much don’t. I saw the movie on opening night and absolutely adored it.  There are, of course, things to nitpick, but I think that it succeeded in its […]
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Paul Simon is Homeward Bound

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On February 5, 2018
Paul Simon announced today that his upcoming “Homeward Bound” tour will be his last. It would be hard for me to overstate how much Paul Simon’s music has meant to me. I am of an age (34) where Paul Simon was the soundtrack to my childhood. My parents were huge fans. They had most of […]
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Some among you may remember the spectacular failure known as the XFL — the “Extreme Football League” that was the brain child of World Wrestling Federation owner Vince McMahon. Imagined as a more violent, less regulated, and more theatrical version of professional football that would host its games during the NFL’s off-season, the XFL lasted […]
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