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The Triumph of the Trivial

The Triumph of the Trivial

Recently I gave evidence in a tragic case in which a young man died whose life...

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Toss Another Bag of Coal on the Christmas Fire

Toss Another Bag of Coal on the Christmas Fire

Dear Santa Claus: It’s been well over forty years since I wrote you a letter,...

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The Men Who Taste Jews in Their Sandwiches

The Men Who Taste Jews in Their Sandwiches

I woke up this morning with a bit of a chest cold and decided not to blame the...

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Anything Goes No More

Anything Goes No More

Teen pop star Miley Cyrus is in the news again. I think she bared her torso or the...

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The Year in the Rear-View

The Year in the Rear-View

A week is proverbially a long time in politics. A year is 52.14 times longer than...

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You’re Not Supposed to Notice

You’re Not Supposed to Notice

There seems to have been a lot of rioting recently. The Greeks are rioting over...

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Was Jesus a Pennsylvania Dutch Neocon?

Was Jesus a Pennsylvania Dutch Neocon?

During the last five years I’ve written provocative fortnightly columns for the...

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Seven Ideas You Can Never Discuss on Television

Seven Ideas You Can Never Discuss on Television

In 1972 comedian George Carlin famously delineated the “Seven Words You Can...

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Loyalty to the Tribe

Loyalty to the Tribe

It’s been over six years since I last attended a church service. I maintain a...

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The Tyranny of Availability

The Tyranny of Availability

“I had a wonderful time—but this was not it,” is what I contemplated, then...

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Procrastinating, From Mallorca to Marbella

Procrastinating, From Mallorca to Marbella

The longer we postpone things we must do, the harder it becomes to accomplish...

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The Little Man and the Dentist

The Little Man and the Dentist

—-Forgive me for interrupting, the little man said, but I thought I had read his...