Farts are Funny; Censorship is Not.

Some truths that I hold self-evident: Googly eyes are inherently funny. A well timed fart (or fart noise) can be a source of amusement, especially if the associated odor is minimal. Vandalism is a crime. Our First Amendment right to free speech is a cornerstone of democracy. How do these seemingly random things come together?  […]

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The Best and the Worst of America

Tonight, my daughter woke up crying. A dry diaper, a few ounces of formula, and some gently rocking on Daddy’s chest got her calmed down and back to sleep.  While I waited for her to get into a deep enough sleep so I could move here back to bed without waking her, I scrolled through Twitter […]

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My 2 Cents: Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson

By now, most of you probably know that Phil Robertson – one of the stars of the A&E “reality” series Duck Dynasty – has been suspended for his remarks in GQ about homosexuality. Frankly, I don’t really care what he said.  I don’t watch Duck Dynasty, and I’m not that shocked by Robertson said.  I think Drew […]

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Thought of the Day – 12/14/12

Let’s be honest…with what has occurred in Connecticut today, I have a great many thoughts in my head.  I’m not sure how many of them will see the light of day – we’ll see how much I feel like addressing some of what I believe to be underlying issues with these shootings as Christmas nears.  […]

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Why I Vote

Nebraska is a big red state – both in football and in politics.  It’s been said that the only thing that outnumbers Republicans in Nebraska is cattle – and most of those cows would vote GOP if they could. There are definitely pros and cons to living in a state where one party dominates all […]

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Sandy’s Audience

Yesterday, with the mega-Franken-hurri-storm-of-the-Century-cane attacking the east coast, a number of TV shows taped in New York City were cancelled.  Two notable exceptions – The Late Show with David Letterman, and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon – kept their shows going, but did so without studio audiences. The results were fascinating. This piece from Slate has some […]

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How to Improve the Presidental Debates

The third (and thankfully, final) Presidential debate is tonight.  I’ve watched most of the first two rounds, and I think the debates are long overdue for some changes.  Instead of hearing clear, concise answers to tough questions, we get spin, cheesy stories about some schmo they met on the campaign trail, distortions, half-truths, and flat-out lies.  […]

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