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California valedictorian will no longer give graduation speech over ‘alarming’ discussion

The University of Southern California said its valedictorian will no longer deliver a graduation speech this year, citing “substantial risks relating to security” over social media chatter surrounding the Israel-Hamas conflict. The Los Angeles school revealed that Asna Tabassum, a fourth-year student from Chino Hills, California, was selected as the valedictorian and would give a…

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CURBING THE CALLS

A San Francisco lawmaker is proposing a bill that would make California the first state in the country to give workers the right to ignore after-hours calls, emails and texts from their employers. An employer could be fined $100 if they violated the law if it were to pass. The goal is to give workers…

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JET BLUE BLEW IT

A lawsuit has been filed against Jet Blue for alleged discrimination against an Orthodox Jewish couple and their traveling companion for being removed from a flight. Rabbi Langer, his wife, and a friend were asked to leave the plane after the cabin crew said that the Rabbi was being uncooperative…but the Langers have a different…

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TICK TOCK ON TIK TOK

Americans could lose access to TikTok within months if a bill that seeks to force its Beijing-based parent company ByteDance to sell its stake is signed into law. But the popular video-sharing app’s potentially swift demise depends on whether the bill can overcome a number of hurdles.   Lawmakers have long tried to regulate the…

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NO LAUGHING MATTER

After 41 years the Montreal Comedy Festival is being cancelled. One of the most prestigious if not the most prestigious comedy festival is seeking protection from creditors. They did carry on through the pandemic but did so with reduced revenue. They also say the business of free festivals has changed. They hope to be back…

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GROSS MONEY GRAB

Wendy’s has been making plans to outfit their restaurants with dynamic menu boards, which many believe is secretly a plan to use “dynamic” prices, known as “surge pricing”. This means the prices for food items will change, according to location, time of day, and how busy the restaurant is. If they go through with this…

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FROZEN

In unprecedented decision, Alabama’s Supreme Court ruled frozen embryos are children. It could have chilling effects on IVF, critics say In a first-of-its-kind ruling, Alabama’s Supreme Court said frozen embryos are children and those who destroy them can be held liable for wrongful death – a decision that puts back into national focus the question…

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MOTHER CRUMBLEY

Jennifer Crumbley was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter after her son, was found guilty of killing four classmates and injuring seven others in a school shooting. She was accused of being negligent for letting her son have a gun and ignoring the warning signs that he was mentally ill. Her son had asked for mental…

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THE “OTHERING” OF FASHION

A bride from New York flew to Ontario, CA to try on a beautiful dress that she had seen in a magazine.  When she was standing in the boutique, admiring herself in the mirror, she was told that the “nude” colored undergarments that go with the dress would have to be special ordered for her…

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BAPTISM BY FIRED

A Georgia high school football coach was fired after he held a baptism service for 20 of his players on school grounds last month, according to a report. The superintendent of Tattnall County High School announced coach Isaac Ferrell’s firing after a video uploaded to the team’s official Facebook page showed players being baptized in…

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LATE NIGHT

Some Madonna fans are suing the “Material Girl” because they bought tickets and say she did not perform at the advertised start time. They claim when the concert was over they faced less choices to travel home and were faced with higher prices. The show started at 8:30 and Madonna took the stage at 10:45….

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NJ political boss booted from Eagles game after displaying Israeli flag threatens lawsuit

The New Jersey Democratic power broker who was kicked out of a Philadelphia Eagles game after displaying a US-Israeli flag says he is considering legal action against the team. Party leader George Norcross — a 67-year-old insurance executive and former co-owner of the Philadelphia Inquirer — was captured on video being accosted by security officers…

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HUMAN OVERFLOW

On my flight to the Bahamas I was on a small jet. The plane had two seats, an aisle, and two more seats. You could not put your carry- on bag above your head. You had to check your bag and they would give it to you when you land. The seats in coach class…

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ELON’S STINKY MUSK

Elon Musk is going to be remembered as another smart guy with some stinky ideas. I know that some people look up to him as this amazing entrepreneur, and certainly, he must be doing some things right to have amassed the wealth he has. However, at least one of his kooky ideas has veered from…

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Antisemitism Goes To School

Yale’s campus newspaper is being criticized for censoring a pro-Israel columnist by removing what it called “unsubstantiated claims that Hamas raped women and beheaded men.” The Yale Daily News last week cut out the reference from an Oct. 12 column by sophomore Sahar Tartak titled “Is Yalies4Palestine a hate group?” In the past years on…

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DR. DISMISSED

Dr. Dana Diab, A New York City emergency room doctor, has been fired for controversial posts online that applauded Hamas’ massacre at a music festival in southern Israel, saying of the October 7 attack, “Zionist settlers getting a taste of their own medicine.” Diab insisted that she “never called for harm to anyone” in her…

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FREEDOM OF SPEECH?

Union College is discussing expelling a student for stating that anyone who attended a fundraiser for Israel should “burn in hell”.  There are multiple layers to this issue. First of all, there is video showing her discussing and admitting her comment to a professor in front of her class, so there is no room for…

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Principal Speaks Out After School District Brands His Anniversary Pic with Wife ‘Questionable’

A Texas high school principal is defending himself after he says he was told to remove an anniversary photo from Facebook following complaints from parents. Colleyville Heritage High School’s new principal, Dr. James Whitfield, is now speaking out saying he wishes he could’ve taken more of a stand in 2019 after his photo first stirred…

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OWN IT

A couple of weeks ago Hamas ambushed and killed 1,400 Israelis and took over 200 more hostages. Like everything in the world, there are opinions of all sorts on the Palestinian and Israeli conflict. Humans being what they are feel the need to share that opinion. It’s what we do. It’s what I am about…

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XENOPHOBIA KAREN

Recently there was a woman in the news who thoroughly embarrassed herself and her boyfriend by drunkenly (maybe?) launching into a tirade against some German tourists on a New York train.  For no reason that was apparent in the video, she got into the face of the one man, with the usual xenophobic  “you don’t…

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THE MOST TRANSPARENT POLITICIAN?

Susanna Gibson is running as a Democrat for the Delegate for Virginia’s 57th District. She is also a performer on webcams where you can give her money to perform sex acts on her husband. The Democratic party has not called for her to end her campaign but she is down in the polls since this…

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YOU WANT TO BE A CAT

A 13-year-old girl was called “despicable” by her teacher at a Church of England school in the United Kingdom on Friday after asking a classmate how she identifies as a cat. The schoolgirl and her friend were reprimanded by their teacher where they were told that they could “be who you want to be and…

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WHEN COMEDY HURTS

Recent interviews with comedian Hasan Minhaj have people questioning the way he has been presenting stories about his life as an Asian and Muslim in the US. Part of his comedy has been telling stories of racist incidents and aggressions he has endured throughout his upbringing until now, including a story of rushing his daughter…

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A FLIGHT FOR THE DOGS

A New Zealand couple is demanding a refund after they spent a 13-hour flight stuck next to a slobbering, farting and whiny dog.  Gill and Warren Press paid extra money for premium economy seats. The flight was full. The offending pooch at one point was under the seat of Mr. Press drooling on him. They…

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NO OPT OUT IN MARYLAND

A Maryland court ruled this week that parents cannot opt their children out of lessons featuring inclusive LGBTQ+ books on religious grounds, stating that families do not have a “fundamental right” to disrupt public education in the name of their faith. The controversy in Maryland’s largest public school district erupted last fall, when the schools…

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THE TUBERVILLE LIMBO

Republican Senator Tommy Tuberville (Alabama) has been using his power to hold up the nominations for several key military positions and hundreds of other lesser military positions – all over his objection to the military’s position on abortions for servicewomen.  The Pentagon has held a position of reimbursing servicewomen who must travel across states in…

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CHAMELEON, BABY

Kid Rock put out a video of himself shooting cans of Bud Light after Bud Light sent social media influencer and transgender woman, Dylan Mulvaney, some cans with her face on it commemorating her one- year anniversary of her transition. This brought a lot of negative attention to Bud Light and to Dylan Mulvaney. It…

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PROOF OF ID

In the small town of Freedom, Wisconsin, Buzz’s Pub and Grill –  has been short-staffed since the pandemic. Jeff Baker, the owner, says he “could use one more bartender, and probably two more cooks”. He hasn’t found takers in over a year of running “help wanted” ads, so he’s made do by working extra shifts…

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COERCED SCAMMERS

Recently, The Register reported that Cambodian officials have made a raid on criminal operational bases where imprisoned foreign national were being forced to work as scammers. The workers had been lured there with promises of well-paying jobs, and were subsequently held captive and forced to scam people out of money by phone or internet chat….

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RETRO FIGHT

In N Out Burger is not allowing its workers to wear masks unless they have a note from a doctor in the name of customer service.  This sounds like a headline ripped from 2020 when we were in the middle of the Covid 19 pandemic. Yet this is 2023 and apparently this is still a…

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DON’T HAVE A COW

Elise Stefanik bucks Mayor Adams, wants chocolate milk offered in all schools This puts a whole new wrinkle in the school choice debate. Upstate New York Rep. Elise Stefanik is proposing a federal law that would require all schools to offer chocolate or other flavored milk in addition to regular milk — in a not-so-subtle…

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Big Brother is Reading

Oh great, now the government is actually planning on monitoring the social media of our former Pentagon members, supposedly to “avoid embarrassment”. The government has purchased surveillance software in order to sweep their social media for…well, what exactly? This is problematic on several levels. First of all, it is our First Amendment right to make…

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NO MAYR

Chrissie Mayr fresh off her walking some audience members at a comedy show made an appearance on Newsmax. She was there to discuss the conservative manufactured Chick Fil A controversy. No longer content with eating Chick Fil A’s chicken they decided to eat their own and go after the conservative purveyor of fried chicken. Chick…

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iHeartMedia CEO Bob Pittman sings radio’s praises, says it’s as ‘strong as ever.

I believe Mr. Pittman is correct, but radio is changing and consolidating with old formats being phased out. In the New York market rock radio is dead. There is only one rock station in New York city and two on Long Island and Jersey. But on those stations, there is a connection to the fans…

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Go Ahead and Punch Down, Clown

New York comedian Chrissie Mayr upset some audience members in Dallas, and the video of the walk-out and the comedian’s reaction has gone viral.  Mayr was telling jokes regarding the recent controversy surrounding transgender influencer Dylan Mulvaney being part of a recent ad campaign for Bud Light. During part of the routine in question, Mayr made…

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LET’S GO LAWSUIT

A mother is suing a Michigan school district because her middle school aged sons were forbidden from wearing sweatshirts that sat “Let’s Go Brandon.” Let’s Go Brandon is a euphemism for Fuck Joe Biden.  The mother and her attorney allege this is a free speech issue. The school district maintains it is not a free…

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I refused to swap plane seats so a mom could sit with toddler: ‘Hell to the f–k no’

An angry traveler has shared their frustrations over a woman who had “the audacity” to request a seat swap so she could sit next to her kid. In a resurfaced Reddit post now going viral, the flummoxed flyer said it was “not my problem they didn’t book together” when asked to switch seats. I’m with…

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Shoot the Kids, Spare the Zygotes

All of the dystopian novels we middle-aged to oldsters read in school were right. The political and cultural climate of the modern U.S. is shaping up to be The Handmaid’s Tale, Brave New World, and 1984, with a bit of Lord of the Flies for extra seasoning. This isn’t exactly a hot take, because many people have made that observation…

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BOOTY FULL

Only Fans model, Steph Oshiri, has a 55 inch booty. Her booty is not just a show booty but a work booty. She smuggles bottles of booze in between her cheeks into concerts and bars. There is a lot to unpack here, including bottles of hooch apparently. First I do not know the official way…

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DRAG QUEEN SHOW (REDUX)

The administration of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is moving to revoke the liquor license for the Hyatt Regency Miami over a drag event the hotel hosted in December called “A Drag Queen Christmas,” which a complaint alleges admitted children to the “lewd” and “vulgar” event. Regulators in the state said they had warned the Hyatt…

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SHOPPING LIST

Meat Butter Flour Cooking Oil Coffee, Tea Rice Seasonings White bread Sliced Cheese Could be anyone’s grocery list, right?  Normal, every day items that are pretty much staples of an American family’s diet, no luxuries or outlandish items, wouldn’t you say? Except these are some of the items proposed to be cut the from SNAP (Supplemental…

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I’LL PASS

Rumor has it Tom Brady, recently retired greatest quarterback of all time, wants to use his new found free time to pursue standup comedy.  On a similar note, I am leaving comedy to pursue a career as an NFL quarterback. Both of those statements should strike you with the same amount of absurdity yet one…

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NO KIDS AT NETTIE’S

A popular Italian restaurant in New Jersey will be saying no to children under the age of 10, banning them from the restaurant starting early next month. Family style dining usually means, sure, bring the kids. But not if they’re under 10 years old at Nettie’s House of Spaghetti, a Tinton Falls hotspot since it…

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SCREWDOLPH SHOW SCREWED THEMSELVES

Ron DeSantis’ Administration has filed a complaint against the Orlando Philharmonic for holding a holiday drag event. When first reading the headline, I’ll admit that my first thought was, “Oh, there they go again, getting all up in arms about drag performance.  Man, they need a hobby. Oh wait, this is apparently their hobby.” After all,…

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TRADITION

A school board in Farmington, Connecticut is reversing its controversial decision to “delete” Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the Jewish faith’s holiest holidays, as days off on the schools’ academic calendar. This happened after there was protest about this move within the community. The decision to remove the holidays was made in order to get students more…

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Mall of America Fashion Show

A man in the Mall of America showed up wearing a t-shirt that showed the popular “Co-Exist” slogan crossed out, and the phrases “Jesus Saves” and “Jesus is the only way” on it. He was ordered to remove it by mall security. He was eventually allowed to shop and leave, but Christians are planning to…

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CURTAINS FOR JESUS

A massive painting of Jesus on display in the US Merchant Marine Academy in New York has been covered by a curtain after objections that the religious image should not hang in a room used for mandatory activities. The painting, featuring Jesus with his arms outstretched over a lifeboat packed with sailors lost at sea,…

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LICENSE TO PLAY

Louisiana has a new state law that requires uploading a state form of identification to view online pornography. The goal is to curb underage viewing of pornography as the fear is pornography is doing harm to underage people. Porn has been around forever. When new technology becomes popular pornography is often right at the forefront….

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GEORGE SANTOS IS A LIAR

New York Republican Rep.-elect George Santos admitted on Monday to lying during his campaign about his work experience and education, according to reports. Santos, who will represent a portion of Long Island in the House of Representatives, made the confession during an interview with the New York Post, though he insisted the lies would not…

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NOT NECCESARILY THE NEWS

Dominion Voting Systems is suing Fox News for defaming the company by spreading the lie that their voting machines were switching votes from Donald Trump to Joe Biden. Trump’s attorney Sidney Powell was all over right wing media spreading the lie. The cool thing about litigation is people have to testify under oath about what…

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NO ENVY FOR THE SUPREME COURT

The Supreme Court is currently debating a case in which a Web designer has denied services to a same-sex couple who wanted her to create a wedding website for them. The problem resulted because the designer is against same sex marriage, and refused to provide service. Since there are already laws preventing denial of accommodation…

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THE 1 OUT OF 5 DOCTOR

California is trying to enact a law that will penalize doctors for giving their patients misleading information.  This sprung out of Covid 19 and the uproar it caused. The offending doctors would face fines and possibly be no longer allowed to practice medicine in California. Opponents to the law worry it will infringe on free…

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LIGHTFOOT WITH A HEAVY HAND

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago Police Department Superintendent David Brown worked together to deny the press credentials of reporter William Kelly in an unconstitutional bid to suppress his First amendment rights. Kelly stated that he has been hitting the Mayor with what he called “obvious” questions, and she is hitting him back by denying…

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I’M AN A$$HOLE FOR YOU

Former President Donald Trump urged the District of Columbia’s highest local court to adopt his argument that he was acting in the interests of the American people when he made allegedly defamatory remarks while denying a rape claim by New York author E. Jean Carroll. Trump claimed his rape accuser made this all up and…

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WHERE’S THE COMPASSION

There is tremendous political division in our country, combined with a lack of compassion and decency, and it appears to be getting worse rather than better. Recently, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s 82-year-old husband was assaulted in their home by a hammer-wielding attacker. The assailant fractured Mr. Pelosi’s skull with a hammer, while asking,…

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NUTS OVER NAZIS

An Indiana anesthesiologist running for a chair on his local school board is under fire after declaring that “all Nazis weren’t ‘bad’” in a Facebook post.  He was responding to a question about indoctrination.  The question that elicited his comment was, “Can they also teach students that all Nazis are bad?’  “All Nazis weren’t ‘bad’…

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CANCEL EMOJIS…REPLACE WITH F U

Some in Gen Z want to cancel emojis because they deem them as hostile, passive aggressive, and dismissive. Some were upset by the use of the heart symbol because it had a more intimate meaning of love. Some say using the Eggplant emoji is a turn off. Where to start? I certainly don’t want to…

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NEW YORK AIMS FOR ZERO EMISSION CARS

NEW YORK (WABC) — Gov. Kathy Hochul says New York State is aiming for zero-emission vehicles by the year 2035. She directed the state Department of Environmental Conservation to require all new passenger cars, pickup trucks and SUVs sold in New York State be zero-emission by 2035 on Thursday. That means all new vehicles purchased in…

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A TIME TO DIE

Alan Miller, sentenced to die for a 1999 workplace shooting, says he requested to be executed by nitrogen hypoxia but that the state lost his paperwork request.  A federal judge blocked Alabama from executing him saying, ““Miller will likely suffer irreparable injury if an injunction does not issue because he will be deprived of the…

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CRUELTY

The GOP, the party of supposed limited governmental interference as a platform, has waged war on the women of this country by striking down Roe v. Wade, which was the catalyst for states to enact the most personal, private and invasive laws imaginable.  The “Trigger Laws” limiting abortion in many states have already begun causing…

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Comments about the Holocaust from representative sponsoring ‘divisive concepts’ bill raise concerns

In the debate over the divisive concept bill which could change the way topics considered controversial are taught in public institutions.  There are moments in our history where there are not two sides to debate,” said James Pasch, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League. “There is a right side and a wrong side.”In the case…

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White Privilege Card

An Alaskan woman pulled out a White Privilege card at a traffic stop, and got off without a ticket. The cops found it funny, and let her go. I want to be mad about this story, I really do. First off all, the fact that she got it at a rally for the ex-president makes…

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ROSITA’S EYES

Sesame Place is now the defendant in a 25 million dollar law suit after a video went viral of one of their characters (Rosita) waving off two small black girls after slapping hands with white children.  The lawsuit claims that theme-park performers dressed as “Sesame Street” characters — including Elmo, Ernie, Telly Monster and Abby Cadabby…

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JUST SING AND SHUT UP

Rocker Pat Benatar‘s recent setlists are missing one of her most popular songs: “Hit Me With Your Best Shot.” The reason, she told USA Today in an interview published Thursday, is directly related to current events. “We’re not doing ‘Hit Me With Your Best Shot’ and fans are having a heart attack,” Benatar said, “And I’m like, ‘I’m…

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I WANNA BE TAYLOR SWIFT’S TRACK 7 JULY 19, 2022

Davin’s trip to Atlantis, Taylor Swift, Restaurants closed in the middle of the day, blogs, You Stink (Air conditioner and health care)

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WORDS MATTER

We’ve learned over and over again that the words we use to describe our history, and the present, are important.  The shades of meaning give us all a better sense of what actually happened.  The tone of the words give context to the actions, especially in retrospect, having the luxury of time and perspective. The…

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YOU’RE INVITED BUT YOUR TECH CAN’T COME

Comedian John Mulaney had a show in Madison Square Garden and he would not allow ticket buyers to bring in their phones, tablets, or laptops. Madison Square Garden did not have a place to store the lap tops and fans had to run around to various locations and find a place to store their laptop….

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Brian Kilmeade is a Troglodyte

Brian Kilmeade has long been a blight on our tv screens, and his latest, blazingly intelligent opinions are no change from the usual.  On a recent “Fox and Friends”, he was complaining about the placement of Nina Jankowicz as the new head of the Disinformation Governance Board of the Department of Homeland Security.  It seems that Kilmeade…

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I’LL SUE

The 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals has put a Texas law that allows users to sue social media companies back into effect. Under the law, users will be able to sue large social media platforms with more than 50 million active monthly users such as Facebook and Twitter if they believe they were banned…

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PULLING OUT

The Republican National Committee said Thursday it was withdrawing from the Commission on Presidential Debates, alleging that the organization was biased in favor of Joe Biden and against Donald Trump during the 2020 campaign. The RNC’s concerns include the timing of the 2024 presidential debates, changes to debate procedures without prior notification, the selection of…

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FLYING THE FRIENDLY SKIES

Just a minute now, bucko. Believe it or not, I kind of understand your intense libido.  You need to clear the pipes now and then. It helps you relax, helps you sleep. That’s understandable, and really, just a natural part of life.  Didn’t expect to hear that, did you? Now here’s the tricky part.  You cannot, and I…

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CHURCH IS OUT

Country superstar Eric Church cancelled his concert in San Antonio four days before his performance. There was no health scare. There was no impending pregnancy. There was no Covid outbreak.  There was no impending weather emergency. There was a basketball game. Specifically a Final Four game between Duke and his beloved North Carolina Tar Heels….

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Byeski

A substitute teacher in Virginia is out of the classroom after saying he supported Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine, district officials confirmed Thursday. John Stanton, 65, was suspended by Arlington Public Schools Tuesday due to comments he made during an eighth-grade Spanish class on Friday at Swanson Middle School. “I said, ‘Here’s…

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