Archive of Articles for December, 2011

The Amazing, Ginormous List Of Official Banished Words Of The Year

[ Posted Friday, December 30th, 2011 – 17:25 UTC ]

It's that time of year again -- when we turn our eyes to Lake Superior State University (in beautiful Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan), and their official list of this year's banished words.

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Question Of The Day

[ Posted Wednesday, December 28th, 2011 – 17:41 UTC ]

[Program Note: Only a few days left in our Holiday Fundraising Drive! If you're sending your donation in by "snail mail," drop me an email and let me know the amount, and I will add it to our total. We're very close to reaching the goal we set, so get those last-minute donations [...]

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Merry Politically-Correct-mas?

[ Posted Monday, December 26th, 2011 – 17:29 UTC ]

[Program Note: We're going to have a week of frivolity here at this week. Partly, this is so I can work on other projects, and partly it's because nobody's in the mood for politics this time of year anyway (Iowans aside...). To start us off, here's a blast from the past, a [...]

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My 2011 "McLaughlin Awards" [Part 2]

[ Posted Friday, December 23rd, 2011 – 15:08 UTC ]

Her campaign so far has been the populist model for every other Democrat to mimic if they want to catch the wave of anger at Wall Street, and use it to their benefit. Without question, Elizabeth Warren is Destined For Political Stardom.

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Obama Looking Stronger

[ Posted Thursday, December 22nd, 2011 – 16:58 UTC ]

President Obama is looking a lot stronger these days. Today, especially, the president emerges as the big winner in the showdown with John Boehner and the House Republicans. But Obama's been looking better and better all month, so Boehner caving should be seen as just the icing on the cake for Obama.

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Making A List, Checking It Twice...

[ Posted Wednesday, December 21st, 2011 – 17:32 UTC ]

The Head Elf turns back to his iPad. "Mitch McConnell says he wants some media attention. He complains they all ignore him and run to John Boehner instead. Boehner, on the other hand, wants less attention paid to the fact that he can't control his own caucus."

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More Award Suggestions?

[ Posted Tuesday, December 20th, 2011 – 18:11 UTC ]

Once again, we're tying something new with our annual awards columns, by asking for your nominees in advance. We got plenty of good suggestions last week, and we're hoping to get a few more this week.

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War Is Over. What Next?

[ Posted Monday, December 19th, 2011 – 17:20 UTC ]

American troops are, finally, out of Iraq. The war is technically over. Our men and women in uniform will be home for the holidays. This is all good news, and is worth celebrating by a nation weary of decade-long wars.

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My 2011 "McLaughlin Awards" [Part 1]

[ Posted Friday, December 16th, 2011 – 18:36 UTC ]

As always, if you disagree with any (or all) of my picks, feel free to make your own in the comments. The categories are completely open to interpretation, and don't forget that there will be a "Part 2" column next week, so I can likely squeeze things I forgot in there.

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Happy Bill Of Rights Day

[ Posted Thursday, December 15th, 2011 – 18:03 UTC ]

Instead, I'd like to gently point out that the same Founding Fathers that achieved this monumental milestone in government (some of them, at least) were the same ones who tried to eviscerate these same basic protections -- within seven years of the Bill of Rights' ratification.

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