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The PATCO Solution

By on 12.21.05 | 8:56AM

We have been neglectful of our New York relations, leaving them to suffer the outrages of an illegal transit strike without comment. Let it begin here.

I was doubtful that the strike would go a second day. For that reason alone, I was opposed to the PATCO solution: fire every one of them who won't come back to work by tomorrow, and replace them starting tomorrow morning.

I was opposed to this because it will take a while to teach the new generation of Ralph Kramdens the routes the buses must travel. But how hard can it be? New Yorkers aren't being well-served by their governor and their mayor, who aren't taking as hard a line against the strikers as they could.

I haven't researched the law on this yet, but if the strike is illegal, why can't the judge order the workers back to work and jail the union leaders for contempt? Let's raise the heat on these guys, and start issuing pink slips at sundown.

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McDonnell or Deeds?

By on 12.21.05 | 7:42AM

Virginians learn today who won the attorney general race after a court-administered recount. Republican Bob McDonnell looks like the favorite.

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Americans Judge Alito Worthy

By on 12.21.05 | 7:35AM

The Washington Post and ABC News report this morning that Judge Samuel A. Alito has the support of 54 percent of Americans, versus 28 percent who oppose his nomination.

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Bad Ties

By on 12.20.05 | 5:27PM

I just saw Ted Stevens, arguing something fervently on the Senate floor. Wearing an "Incredible Hulk" necktie. Someone needs to call Mrs. Stevens.

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Re: Lose Yourself in the Music

By on 12.20.05 | 4:13PM

But John! By using rap, they'll only be encouraging these peaceful young jihadists towards violence!

Will they also have to freestyle when interrogated? Will that also be considered cruel?

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Re: Lose Yourself in the Music

By on 12.20.05 | 4:09PM

Let's not forget how U.S. troops drove Gen. Noriega out of his compound: blasting AC/DC. By the standards of the Human Rights Watch, that must have been torture as well.

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DNC’s NSA FOIA

By on 12.20.05 | 3:31PM

Alphabet soup prevails in Washington, but the headline means to say that the Democratic Party is sending the administration a Freedom of Information Act request for info on the National Security Agency's domestic wiretapping. They erroneously call it "domestic spying," but no matter. The real entertainment is watching Howard Dean try to appear earnest. He begins his missive:

This is not an easy letter to write, and I'm afraid it may be a hard one to believe.

Come now, Chairman. What's hard to believe is that you don't enjoy writing the letter. Revel away and help Americans dissociate Democrats and national security. Now would be a great time for a party leader to have some credibility and gravitas in store instead of a history of rabid partisan opportunism.

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Gone Bowling

By on 12.20.05 | 3:29PM

The fun of the College Football bowl games begins. For a preview into what this bowl season will bring, check out Fox Sports' witty analysis, starting with the "Can't Miss" ranking all the way down to the "Serious Dog Potential" category which features such classics as the Fort Worth Bowl (Houston vs. Kansas), Meineke Car Care Bowl (NC State vs. South Florida), the Emerald Bowl (Utah vs. Georgia Tech -- the bees have lost their sting), the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl (UCF vs. Nevada), and the best named of them all, the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl (Colorado State vs. Navy).

My "money" will wait for the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl featuring my beloved Fightin' Irish (Grandpa belonged to the "Class of the Finest," '44) vs. Ohio State (boo, hiss, boo).

And for the record, thank goodness this is the last year of BCS-ridiculousness! Here's to having a fair and square college football champ next year.

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