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    ‘Base’ Beliefs

    So, who represents the true identity of the Republican Party: the moderates who populate the prime time speaking roles at the convention this week, or the “conservative core” that Democrats allege the GOP is trying to keep hidden behind the curtain? I say it’s the former, not the latter,…
    Locker Room contributor, August 31, 2004
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    Running for a/the House

    Democratic nominee Anne Fischer has told reporters that she is staying in the 10th Congressional District race against Patrick McHenry despite the fact that, due to financial problems, she has just lost her home to foreclosure. In true political-spin fashion, however, Fischer is portraying the development as a plus: “I’m…
    Locker Room contributor, August 31, 2004
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    Fun with political word-play

    President George W. Bush was supposed to be coasting his way to this week?s acceptance speech in New York, but is instead stirring up lots of political chatter with his trademark malapropisms. Or, at least, that?s the gist of several news stories I?ve read so far today, including this…
    Locker Room contributor, August 31, 2004
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    The Not-So-Bad Bombmaker

    Last night I received an e-mail from a gentleman in response to my “Media Mangle” article, “The Good Bombmaker,” which critiqued The News & Observer over its reporting about a teenager who is being investigated for building pipe bombs. Here is his feedback: Having known the Brown family…
    Locker Room contributor, August 31, 2004
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    They Ought to Post It On the SAG Website

    Actor Ron Silver last night: “Even though I am a well-recognized liberal on many issues confronting our society today, I find it ironic that many human rights advocates and outspoken members of my own entertainment community are often on the front lines to protest repression, for which I applaud them…
    Locker Room contributor, August 31, 2004
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    Convention-al Wisdom, or Lack Thereof

    Tim Russert called it “a very effective political night” for the Republicans, and I would have to agree. Democrats must be seething at the extensive usage of 9/11, its widows, and interviews and messages from veterans, police, and (Milwaukee!) firefighters. I didn’t see very much of the Democratic convention (only…
    Locker Room contributor, August 31, 2004
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    The Tacky Trend Toward Outsourcing

    A craft maker who sold her goods through an artisan’s association for 12 years is now suing it, because the organization has failed to pay her for some consignment items they sold since November. The Watermark Association of Artisans, based in Elizabeth City, says it has fallen on hard…
    Locker Room contributor, August 30, 2004
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    On “machine law” and a new caveat on “when ya gotta go”

    I just concluded an elegant book by F.H. Buckley entitled The Morality of Laughter, which makes the case that laughter provides instruction on how to live the good life by pointing out extreme aberrations from virtue. It’s an excellent read, but I cannot do Buckley’s thesis justice with just…
    Locker Room contributor, August 30, 2004