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In the news, the campaign dominates, of course. Is anyone not looking towards the finish line with the usual mix of anxiety and relief? Those stories dominated but there were some unusual twists and other tales worth reviewing.

  • Colin Powell endorses Obama. My favorite part of the interview centered on a subject most public figures have been too afraid to mention until now, which is that while Obama isn’t Muslim, who cares?  If a young Muslim-American wants to grow up to be President, why not? I’ve had some issues with Powell’s “good soldier” routine in the past but for highlighting the stupidity of continuing to equate all Muslims with terrorists, kudos.
  • Sarah Palin appears on “Saturday Night Live.”  I watched the show, which on balance was far inferior and less funny than previous shows had been (there was an entire skit about calling a colleague “fart-face”). Can’t these actors read cue cards and look at the person they’re playing off?  Even an amateur speech maker can look up from notes occasionally. As to Palin’s appearance, it confirmed my earliest impressions; she’s definitely an entertainer, destined to make tons of money with her own talk show someday.
  • “Joe the Plumber” isn’t actually a licensed plumber.  Joe is, however, apparently sick of the attention, or rather, the scrutiny. Hey Joe, that’s what fifteen minutes of fame is all about. Seriously, who cares?
  • High school cheating is on the rise. Okay my young friends, here it is, plain and simple: as to whether cheating is wrong, yes. As to whether “everyone’s doing it” is an acceptable excuse, no. As to whether bringing in cheat notes, “borrowing” an exam from a friend, copying from the Internet or using the exact wording from a book or article (it’s called “plagiarizing”) is actually cheating, also yes. As for whether oral sex is actually sex, also yes.
  • Mr. Blackwell, publisher of the “Worst-Dressed” list, dies. OMG, are we going to have to rely on Joan Rivers to tell us who’s tastefully clothed and who’s not? Say it ain’t so, Joe!

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