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    Detroit Auto Show

    Despite the weather, this is the one week a year I miss Detroit. The North American International Auto Show combines the excitement of opening day with the special effects, smoke and lasers of a championship game. There may also be something to the idea of having motor oil in the…
    Locker Room contributor, January 11, 2005
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    Apparently, I’m sitting on a gold mine

    News from Germany: The hottest thing in German music right now is a 4-year-old girl’s made-up song about a crocodile. Joy Gruttman’s song, “Snappy the Little Crocodile” (“Schnappi, das kleine Krokodil”), is the No. 1 song on the German charts. Her family posted the song on a Web site…
    Locker Room contributor, January 10, 2005
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    More power to them (us)

    Occasionally one of my older children will get officious with a younger sibling. My response to the young autocrat is that if he wants authority to boss his younger brothers around, fine, but he’ll have to be held responsible for whatever they do. Invariably there’s a pause, and then a…
    Locker Room contributor, January 10, 2005
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    Ribbit-wing conservatives

    96 percent of the time CSRs gave the wrong answer to physicians questioning the appropriate way to bill Medicare. John’s right, words just about fail. The presumably random selection of answers from the toad suggests an almost intentional error rate from the taxpayers’ employees. Someone needs to start ‘splainin’. (Was…
    Locker Room contributor, January 10, 2005
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    Thousands, Millions, and non-judgmentalism

    I’m agreeing with John today about the emotional draw of sudden cataclysm vs. persistent wasting. It should also be noted that natural disasters which can’t be blamed on Republicans don’t impose the stickiest and most harrowing demand of all — the need to take sides against evil. I…
    Locker Room contributor, January 10, 2005
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    Some ribbeting new research

    Try as I might, I can think of no introductory language worthy of the following research summary from the National Center for Policy Analysis, so just read it: An ordinary toad successfully provided more accurate responses to Medicare policy questions than Medicare customer service representatives (CSRs), according to a new…
    Locker Room contributor, January 10, 2005
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    Re: The weak-legged Armstrong

    All I know is now Williams’ brief, bizarre stint as Michael Jackson’s apologist finally makes sense. Creepy Jacko would never leave a child behind. Way to go Armstrong.
    Locker Room contributor, January 10, 2005
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    Name Change

    One would think that getting one’s name changed would be such a frequent occurence that the powers-that-be would make it a painless process. This is not the case. I have now been to the DMV twice and still have nothing to show for it. The first time, I had not…
    Locker Room contributor, January 10, 2005