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Did you read the comments over there? He's always sucked.


Posted by: Josh | Link to this comment | 01-28-09 11:23 PM
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1: I confess that I skimmed them and missed kid bitzer(!)'s link. Wow.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 01-28-09 11:28 PM
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Nobody reads the comments, Josh.


Posted by: ari | Link to this comment | 01-28-09 11:55 PM
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Forget the pundits; all you need to know about Obama is that he talks a good game about change, but continues to shamelessly follow in the footsteps of Bush.


Posted by: Gaijin Biker | Link to this comment | 01-28-09 11:59 PM
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Listening to a Fox News liberal is like ordering the steak at a seafood restaurant: If that's what you really want, you should have gone somewhere else.


Posted by: Gaijin Biker | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 12:01 AM
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LOL

I was expecting the Daily News to stop calling Obama "BAM" if he got elected. Not exactly!


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 12:06 AM
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Juan Williams has sucked ass for a few years.


Posted by: Tj | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 12:16 AM
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He's one of the Republicans' "honest, we're not a racist party" professional Black conservatives, isn't he?


Posted by: Martin Wisse | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 12:21 AM
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Edge of the American West? Is that one of those newfangled web logs? I think I'll stick with respectable electronic newsletters like Unfogged.


Posted by: paranoid android | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 1:58 AM
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What happens if you get to the edge of the American West? Do you fall off? Could you get a cut from the sharp edge?

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Posted by: max | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 2:41 AM
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I find it interesting that this is the most-viewed NYT article right now. It's up against "It's the Economy, Girlfriend," FFS. It's about bacon, and how a bacon recipe got a blog some hits on Christmas. Seriously?
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Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 3:49 AM
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I find it interesting, nay startling, that you're still up.

Also, I read that article with profound interest. Did you see that fucking bacon log?


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 3:51 AM
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No, Sifu. I was up until 1:30, and then went to bed, and am now up to begin my day at 5am. I have sleep-scheduling problems.

I grew up in Kansas in the town where the KC-area barbecue contest was held. By the time I found myself vegetarian at the age of 16, I had consumed more different kinds of smoked and grilled meat than any human being should. I have no regrets while looking at that thing.


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 3:55 AM
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And to the post, yes, Juan Williams has always existed as someone who remains relatively calm (for Fox) about politics until a black person is mentioned, and then he gets all nasty and racist. It's like he exists on Fox solely for the cause of saying the racist things that are just one step too heinous for the white people on Fox to say.


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 3:57 AM
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I remember when Juan Williams was on NPR all the time. What the fuck, NPR?


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 3:59 AM
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He actually made Bill O'Reilly look good at the end when Juan said Obama was going to go all Carmichael, and O'Reilly said, "she's not gonna do that. All right now..."

Williams worked on Eyes on the Prize, which, I'm ashamed to admit I've never seen, but I've heard that it's good.


Posted by: Bostoniangirl | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 5:17 AM
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16: I think that's, like, in his contract or something. Make the evil right-wing assholes look comparatively good by saying the racist things they suggest so they can say, "Oh, come now" and sound half-sane, while giving voice to what the viewer is led to think by what they say.


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 5:23 AM
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Juan Williams did non-sucky work for the Metro section of the WaPo, especially on public schools. But that was 20 years ago. I have a theory that covering the Marion Barry-led DC government for too long made him ashamed of being Black.


Posted by: Knecht Ruprecht | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 5:31 AM
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11: I am not happy that the internet is getting me annoyed with bacon.


Posted by: JL | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 5:38 AM
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Juan Williams has sucked for a long time. I get irritated whenever I hear NPR about to have him on.

Maybe I should start chanting "Juan Williams cannot make me irritated" when I hear his name.


Posted by: will | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 6:50 AM
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As I think I once mentioned here, the moment that AB learned she was pregnant with Iris, I was in the bathroom with her ranting at Juan Williams for tossing softball questions at Don Rumsfeld and letting him flat-out lie in response.

So I have kind of a soft spot for the useless old fuck.


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 7:19 AM
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Juan Williams is genuinely terrible. I've only ever known him in the context of hearing him on NPR but he is why I keep a local "hits of the '80s and '90s" station programmed on the radio in the shower. I cannot listen to him in the morning and have a good rest of the day.


Posted by: Robust McManlyPants | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 7:23 AM
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15: He's still on NPR all the time. He has full time positions at both Fox and NPR. This says a lot.


Posted by: rob helpy-chalk | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 7:25 AM
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That Mary Katharine person is really awful.


Posted by: Mary Catherine | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 7:28 AM
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Unfogged only has MC on to say the nasty things that the rest of us think about Mary [k]atherines but can't without fear of being called anti-Mary[k]atherites.


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 7:31 AM
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Juan Williams is from my neighborhood! I suspect he didn't enjoy living here.


Posted by: Jackmormon | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 9:09 AM
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22: I should adopt that strategy so as not to angry up my blood so often (e.g.)


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 9:26 AM
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16: it's not your fault you haven't seen eyes on the prize. It can't be aired due to copyright issues.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 10:23 AM
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28: Is that true? I had an idea to buy it as an Xmas present for CA, but it was listed on Amazon for $500, which seemed odd.


Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 10:52 AM
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I think they just recently did a bunch of rights-buying and re-editing to make it releasable, maybe?


Posted by: redfoxtailshrub | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 10:53 AM
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Williams is inconsistent, but he does provide a relatively regular diet of things that piss me off. I have given him more slack than I might have otherwise because as I recall he was a relatively sane voice on the Whitewater and Lewinsky (although for the latter he probably felt constrained due to his prior slap down on his office behavior).


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 10:56 AM
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Iraq honors shoe-thrower with a statue

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Posted by: rob helpy-chalk | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 11:33 AM
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32: Awesome.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 11:45 AM
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We need to start a tradition: every December 14th people should get together to hurl shoes.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 11:47 AM
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it's not your fault you haven't seen eyes on the prize. It can't be aired due to copyright issues.

You know who needs a good cock-punching? IP lawyers (and their willing representatives in Congress).


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 12:04 PM
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I think they just recently did a bunch of rights-buying and re-editing to make it releasable, maybe?

Apparently, but so far that has only allowed rebroadcast, and it's not (legally) available otherwise.


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 12:15 PM
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it's not (legally) available otherwise

It appears to be. Possible they edited to avoid problems, though I imagine the crazy price reflects high licensing expenses.


Posted by: potchkeh | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 12:25 PM
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Actually on closer look that looks like it's for educators only.


Posted by: potchkeh | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 12:26 PM
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You know, this totally undermines my nefarious plan to purchase a 30 hour documentary in order to hear 30 second snippets of popular songs without having to pay the musicians*. Curse you, ever-vigilant, selfless protectors of our common musical heritage!

* Mwa-ha-hah


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 12:30 PM
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38: That's how I took it. "Priced for libraries," as it were.

35: I have a friend who is technically "an IP attorney," but he mostly sues big drug companies on behalf of generics and is an EFF engineer dork. I think he'd call himself a patent attorney, though.


Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 12:42 PM
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37: Oh, right. Institutions only, which means that you may be able to find it at your library, but I gather that it's unclear whether cuts were made to release it that way.


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 12:48 PM
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He sucked as host of talk of the nation.


Posted by: Bitchphd | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 1:37 PM
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Williams worked on Eyes on the Prize, which, I'm ashamed to admit I've never seen, but I've heard that it's good.

It might be out now, but a while back I looked for Eyes on the Prize on DVD and couldn't find it (or maybe just not on Netflix). I thought it was widely played in schools and they'd want a wide audience, but my view of what schools play in class is probably skewed by being from the Bay Area. I saw maybe half of it in high school; it's about all I remember of the 20th century American history class.


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 6:57 PM
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I guess I could have read the whole thread before posting.


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 6:59 PM
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See? I told you nobody reads the comments.


Posted by: ari | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 7:34 PM
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Also, I have a copy of Eyes on the Prize (on VHS, alas). Am I now a millionaire? Because if I am, you must all kneel before me.


Posted by: ari | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 7:36 PM
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So when are you hosting a showing, ari?


Posted by: Josh | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 7:42 PM
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47: What, you think I'm taking those babies out of the box? You're talking about my kids' college fund.


Posted by: ari | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 7:45 PM
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46: What's this "VHS" of which you speak?


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 7:46 PM
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Viral hemorrhagic septicemia.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 7:48 PM
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You're talking about my kids' college fund.

You're faculty at a state school. They get a discount, right?


Posted by: Josh | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 7:49 PM
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50: Aha, so this is that viral video thing everyone's on about. Noted.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 7:52 PM
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Thanks to the budget crisis, UC faculty will have to pay extra for their kids to attend UC schools.


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 7:55 PM
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49: You'll have to speak louder into my ear trumpet, sonny.

51: You mean beyond in-state fees? No, actually, they don't.


Posted by: ari | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 8:00 PM
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Is Schwarzenegger getting a lot of credit for drowning the government of the great state of California in the bathtub? Norquist must love him.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 8:26 PM
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I'm waiting to hear Gray Davis announce he's spearheading a recall. Just so he can point and laugh maniacally.


Posted by: TJ | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 8:28 PM
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46: I think now you're a criminal.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 8:33 PM
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A smooth criminal?


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 8:39 PM
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58: On his dome, yeah.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 8:41 PM
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Apparently if Gregg gets a cabinet post that will be another Democrat appointed. That will be 60, though of course there are about 8 Blue Dogs.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 8:44 PM
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I once had a blue dog. The vet gave me some pills for him, but I liked him just the way he was. Too bad he didn't live longer.


Posted by: paranoid android | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 8:51 PM
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I once had a blue dog. All the other guys at the barbecue dared me to eat it. I did.


Posted by: paranoid android | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 8:54 PM
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55: The governor is getting credit for being what he is: a lame duck with an uncertain future in state or national politics. But boy oh boy is the state bleeding. And the day of reckoning is close at hand, arriving in about a month, when there won't be enough money to pay any public employees. The state GOP, meanwhile, won't budge an inch. And the Democrats seem utterly incapable of playing the kind of hardball that now has to be played. Brother, can you spare a dime?


Posted by: ari | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 8:59 PM
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The Minnesota gov (Pawlenty) is standing firm on No New Taxes No Tax Increases during our crisis here.

This what Norquist was waiting for. It also looks like the Shock Doctrine coming home. This'll teach that stupid Naomi Klein bitch to be methodologically unsound and write in an irresponsibly journalistic manner! We sure made fools of her!


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 9:05 PM
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Luckily for Dick Armey, he doesn't have to marry her.


Posted by: ari | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 9:09 PM
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65: Yeah, I saw that here. What a nitwit.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 9:12 PM
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Armey's the real deal: a petty thug who became very powerful, the kind of guy who, by all rights, should have topped out as a rent-a-cop on the beat at the local mall, an elevated perch from which he could have harassed high school kids and black men in their twenties, but instead he became a congressmen and began bullying the entire country. DeLay's another good example of the type. These are very bad people.


Posted by: ari | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 9:20 PM
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Armey is from North Dakota, up by Canada.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 9:24 PM
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67: A Dick Army, basically.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 9:25 PM
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I guess that should have been "A Dick Army of One", but I'm dumb.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 9:27 PM
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Now Ari, he is a PhD economist. From Oklahoma, which is one of the 150 best econ grad schools in the nations.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 9:30 PM
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Specifically, #109.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 9:35 PM
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Total pages in journals? Really?


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 9:36 PM
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72: They beat out Oklahoma State, didn't they? That's really all that matters.


Posted by: ari | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 9:38 PM
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73: Look, give them a break. They're being asked to measure the unmeasurable. It's like trying to gauge the size of god.


Posted by: ari | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 9:40 PM
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I'm sure someone will be along to defend the practice, but total pages is hilarious. Maybe this is a corrective over a previous weighted ranking which was undone by journals trying to game the system with denser paper.


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 9:41 PM
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I'm pretty sure God has been gauged. A lot of cubits, IIRC


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 9:44 PM
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6,867 pages per faculty member is certainly impressive. Laughably so, in fact. One might in fact think the metric is incredibly stupid if that's the kind of number it comes up with.

So, that's 687 pages per faculty member, per year. Pages in journals, not including books. Half of the faculty at Harvard produce less than 687 pages per year, but half produce more. In fact since it's a mean rather than a median, there must be a few people who published 2,000 or 3,000 pages of articles per year, bringing up the average of the rest. That certainly sounds plausible.


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 9:44 PM
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You people hate science, don't you.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 9:46 PM
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God, being the all-rational being in whose image humans were created, is of such size as is needed to maximize utility.


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 9:46 PM
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Laughably so, in fact.

More so if they made sure it was 100 pt. Comic Sans and then printed it out.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 9:48 PM
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"This god is too big, and this god is too small, but this one is JUST RIGHT!" said Little Red Riding Hood, who was filling in that day.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 9:50 PM
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In James Buchanan's autobiography (the Nobelist, not the President) there's an admiring story about an economist who seems to have worked himself to death, and who was very upset on his deathbed because he wasn't able to get anything done that day.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 01-29-09 9:52 PM
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who was very upset on his deathbed because he wasn't able to get anything done that day

...thus definitively refuting the aphorism "No one ever regretted on their death bed that they didn't spend more time at the office."


Posted by: Knecht Ruprecht | Link to this comment | 01-30-09 5:44 AM
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84: No, I think it's the expiration that proves the rule.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 01-30-09 6:48 AM
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Back on the OP, a column about "America's most two-faced senior black correspondent."


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 01-30-09 9:05 AM
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