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Rejoicing in Death: The Wicked Witch of the East Effect

So. Osama’s dead. (Or so we’re told–I give it a few days at most until the conspiracy theorists start showing how Bin Laden’s demise is all just a ruse to distract attention away from the Birther movement.) And there’s great rejoicing across the nation. People are singing spontaneously in public, and the country’s experiencing a degree of unity not felt since 9/11. How do I feel about it? I’m not crying the guy’s dead, first off. But I do kind of wish he hadn’t been killed, mainly because I think that was way too easy on him. I had a […]

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Thoughts on the Royal Wedding: What I Wish Would Have Happened

Yes, I watched it this morning. I was up working on my writing anyway, so I figured why not. I can’t say I devoted my full attention to it, but then again it didn’t really seem like something you needed to have your whole attention for. I mean, there was a lot of singing and music and waiting and waving and smiling. Not exactly rocket science, and there wasn’t even a quiz afterward. What did I think? I think I’m really glad I wasn’t anywhere near London this morning. Certainly not near Westminster Abbey. Because if I was, I think

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Marriott Ditches Adult Pay-Per-View: Observations on a Mormon Mentality

I just read over on USAToday that new Marriott hotels are no longer offering adult pay-per-view films. If I read it correctly, they’re not offering pay-per-view, period–switching over to some sort of internet-based option, instead. Why is this noteworthy? Well, for one thing, it’s noteworthy because up to this point, no other large hotel chain has done this. (Omni, which owns about 50 hotels, did it back in 1999.) For another thing, Marriott was started and is owned by a Mormon, and I’ve always found it curious that they would tacitly endorse pornography–even profit off it. My brother used to

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Elizabeth Smart and the 110% Mentality

I’ve been following the trial of Brian David Mitchell fairly closely over the last few weeks. For those of you who don’t know, he’s the guy who kidnapped Elizabeth Smart from her room over eight years ago. She was a fourteen year old girl living a normal life with her family in Utah, and overnight she became the essential slave of this psycho and his wife. I was living in Utah at the time, and I don’t know about the rest of the country, but her disappearance was huge news there. I remember after a few months thinking she was

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In Which I Take a Stand on the Health Care Thing

Okay people. Listen up. I’ve debated getting into this publicly, because it’s very clear that there are a lot of feelings involved in this health care thing, and I try my best not to hurt other people’s feelings. That said, people won’t shut up about it, and there comes a point when I’ve had enough–where enough people are talking about something, that I feel a public response by Yours Truly is justified. It’s gotten to that point with health care. A bit of history about me and my political views. Up to this point, I have always identified myself as

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