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Maybe 'Seinfeld' Saved My Life

0 Comments · Monday, July 1, 2013
As luck would have it, or maybe it wasn’t luck at all, right across the street from the office was a bar called “Chuck’s Rockin’ Ranch.” But I never went to Chuck’s or drank on Thursdays. That was Seinfeld night. I didn’t want my head to be all fuzzy watching that show. It was always the highlight of my lonesome week.  

In the Land of Cotton

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 26, 2013
 I suspect you will get the full drift of how wrong it’s been to hold that soft spot in your heart for slavery once your endorsements dwindle and your TV appearances are relegated to repeats, if that.   

Marriage, Right?

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Religious zealots are also protesting the DOMA review because they believe gay marriage and gay parents will ruin America’s children, despite the fact that there are plenty of straight people out there — murderers, cult leaders, narcissists — who probably shouldn’t have been allowed to commingle.  

Shield Laws Create Gray Areas

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 26, 2013
 A press card means we’re special until we irritate someone who can ignore it or take it away. It doesn’t matter what level of government is involved; the power to issue a press card is the power to withhold.  

Worst Week Ever!: June 19-25

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 26, 2013
TUESDAY JUNE 25: An Ohio man’s recent trip to Michigan took a turn for the worse after he took some mushrooms and was found trespassing inside Ypsilanti Middle School. Responding officers noted that the man had ripped part of his penis off.
  

Cincinnati vs. The World 06.26.2013

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Radical anti-abortion group Personhood Ohio tried fundraising for its cause — to outlaw all abortions — by selling assault rifles. CINCINNATI -2   

Aralee Strange: 1944-2013

1 Comment · Wednesday, June 19, 2013
There was this woman with a deep, slow drawl spoken in something between a rasp and a whisper who had a lightning bolt inked high on her right cheekbone not as thuggery, irony or defiance but as a simple, stunning marker adding to the mystique of a woman easily mistaken in her era-defying androgyny for a man.
  

In Defense of Lobsters

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 19, 2013
This happens to me like clockwork around the start of summer, when the weekend air is pregnant with the fumes of grills and charred hamburgers. You don’t really want it, I tell myself; sometimes I’ll even linger in front of the meat displays at Findlay Market, a stomach-twister on command: no, no, no.   

Worst Week Ever!: June 12-18

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 19, 2013
SUNDAY JUNE 16: The Muppets from Sesame Street today introduced a new character named Alex whose father is incarcerated. Since we live in the nation that imprisons a higher percentage of its populace than any other in the goddamned world, it makes sense to reduce the stigma attached to this aspect of our society.   

Same-Sex Love in Graphic (Yet Quite Ordinary) Frames

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 19, 2013
The crazy cool thing about the X-Men was always the many splendored nature of those loves and lovers. Mutants of various abilities and appearances could, at any given moment, fall for one another, regular old human beings from other worlds, god-like personages, what have you, and readers never seemed to care or make a fuss.
  

Cincinnati vs. The World 06.19.2013

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 19, 2013
China has invented “anti-pervert” hairy pantyhose for women to wear in case anyone should wrongly glance at a woman’s bare legs in the summer. WORLD -1   

Much Ado About Court Packing

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Language abuse — as opposed to abusive language — is as old as language itself. After 50-plus years of reporting and editing, I should be used to it, but I’m increasingly irritated by its deliberate, partisan misuse.
  

Dads, as Animals

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Many parents attest that when your child is born, some instincts just kick in. In nature, this is seen all the time. Females are generally the primary caregivers to their offspring, but there are plenty of species whose fathers don’t just hit it and quit it.   

Go Ask Your Father

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Sixteen months ago in a gated Sanford, Fla., community patrolled by a zealous, jittery and armed volunteer neighborhood watchman who felt threatened by the mere presence of an “unfamiliar” black kid walking alone, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin died on a sidewalk of a single gunshot to the chest.
  

Worst Week Ever!: June 5-11

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 12, 2013
MONDAY JUNE 10: When people get freaked out that everything they do online and via telephone is being recorded by an unconstitutional and invasive governmental presence, the first thing they do is get on amazon.com and order George Orwell’s novel 1984.