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Doug Lambert

The Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary defines the noun "socialist" as "One who advocates or practices the doctrines of socialism." The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language defines the adjective, "socialist" as "Of, promoting, or practicing socialism." Obviously, if one were to understand what a socialist actually is, one must first define "socialism." Before I go further, I probably should explain where I am headed with this train of thought. The June 9 edition ...

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George Epstein

Liar. That's just about the toughest thing you can call someone. The obscenities we throw around so frequently have lost much of their bite through overuse. Ethnic slurs retain a capacity to hurt, but given our Politically Correct world, they are most frequently used by members of the same tribe in jest. "Coward" used to be pretty powerful — at least when applied toward men, but the lack of physical danger in most of our lives leaves us with cowardice most often applied in social ...

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Jim Rubens

One of America's most stunning achievements is our record of material progress greater than during all of prior human history. Life expectancy at birth has more than doubled from 30 to 75 years. Maternal death during childbirth has declined by 99 percent. Real wages for the average American have increased four times since 1900. These achievements were absolutely dependent upon abundant and increasingly efficient sources of energy. By the mid 1800s, the area surrounding Claremont, ...

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Ed Philpot

What do the Columbia shuttle tragedy and the Bush administration’s WMD two-step have in common? The Mother of All Alliterations: an “institutional inclination to ignore inconvenient information.” In each case, the bureaucracy was not inclined to consider evidence contrary to what it wanted to hear. The Columbia disaster provided a chilling visual illustration of the perils of this kind of government thinking, and the independent panel investigating the shuttle accident is expected to ...

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Dave Berry

It is time once again for Ask Mister Language Person, the column that provides you with the grammar, punctuation and vocabulary skills you need to verbally crush your opponents like seedless grapes under a hammer. Today's first language question comes from author Joyce Carol Oates, who writes to ask: Q. At restaurants, I often order the soup du jour. My question is, what is "jour"? A. It is a French word meaning "bat spleens." Q. Speaking of restaurants, can you give an example of ...

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