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Posted on November 11 at 6:22 a.m.
Thanx for the laughs, Star. You're still a goofball (and a hot soccer mom), and that gives me hope for the future.
On Coach Charming
Posted on October 27 at 2:19 p.m.
There goes the neighborhood. BoL, Star.
On Thank-You Notes
Posted on October 1 at 10:58 a.m.
A thoughtful and very relevant column, Star. And I couldn't agree with you more. As one who earns his living with the written word, I have too much respect for the language and its expressive nuances to corrupt and defile it in the manner of our less-caring contemporaries.
Hell, I became so frustrated with the whole text-speak gibberish trend that I called my mobile phone provider and had them eliminate the feature from my service. This, from a guy who routinely flouts rules and mocks convention.
On Uptight Texter
Posted on September 24 at 7:02 a.m.
I agree completely with your perspective, Shep. Don't use the act for anything but love.
Still, there are methods for evoking worthwhile political and social change in a positive manner.
Correct paradigm: “Great decisions are made during pillow talk,” campaign organizer Patricia Nyaundi told the BBC at the time, “so we are asking the ladies at that intimate moment to ask their husbands, ‘Darling, can you do something for Kenya’?”
Incorrect paradigm: “I never withhold sex to get something,” says one married friend “… but I certainly offer it up more often if there’s something I want! Manipulate, schmanipulate — we’re both happy in the end.”
Stay classy and mindful, friends.
On Sex Strikes
Posted on September 8 at 9 a.m.
If I ate only when the Redskins are ahead, I'd have starved to death years ago.
P.S. Star, I'm curious: how do you know what earwax tastes like?
On I'm Gluten-Free-Vegan-Intolerant
Posted on August 24 at 1:54 p.m.
"Just a dopey damsel in dinnertime distress going all girly and guileful for a gallant gristle-chiseler."
Nice line, Star. It gets a bit thick at the end, but you've still got it. ;-)
On The Dirt on Flirting
Posted on July 27 at 1:33 p.m.
Calling the News Press a respected community newspaper is like describing a greeting card as literature.
On Is Murdoch the World's McCaw?
Posted on July 27 at 9:09 a.m.
"Successful news media can’t play fast and loose with ethical standards. At least they can’t do it forever."
No? When was the last time you saw a mainstream newspaper run an investigative piece critical of the duplicitous, unethical and altogether sleazy sales tactics used by automotive dealers advertising in their newspaper?
How about never? And you never will, because new car dealers buy more full- and half-page display advertising than any other category of local merchant and newspapers will not expose the dealers' bait-and-switch tactics for fear of losing the advertising revenues. Accordingly, the dealers take out ads, week after week, advertising new car prices thousands of dollars below the invoice price. They do this in an attempt to lure away their competitors' customers, with no intention of selling the cars for the advertised price.
Posted on June 1 at 3:13 p.m.
"I don’t know how to reverse ignorance and intolerance. But I do know this: They don’t go away just because we ignore them."
Nice job, Star. You should get your leftie, anti-soccer mom gumption on more often. It becomes you.
On Don't Say ‘Gay’
Posted on May 28 at 6:43 a.m.
I've got a newsflash for you, Star. If you have the means to ship/drop your kids off to all manner of recreational camps, as a means of keeping them entertained and out of your hair for much of the summer, you're already in Wealthy Camp.
Imagine being a divorced mother of three in DC who is forced to chose between feeding and clothing her kids, this summer. She's working two jobs for which she is overqualified, just to keep a roof over their heads, while praying her oldest lands a scholarship to some third-rate Midwestern college. Because while the daughter is a good student and has decent grades, the colleges have cut back on financial aid to such an extent that a lot of smart, ambitious, hardworking kids from poor families can no longer find a seat on the bus to Prosperityville.
Maybe there's a camp for that.
On I Want Camp