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Shrew vs. shrewd

What? Do you think "cool, fun loving slackers" is not a demeaning sterotype? I've never seen Heigl on TV. I've only seen her in "Knocked Up," and I thought she was appealing in a fairly preposterous movie. I don't think her character was at all stereotyped. Both she and her sister were portayed as complicated, multi-dimensional people. Every man in the movie, however, is just a goof and a loser, and many are more than a little bit creepy - even her love interest, the guy we're supposed to care about. If you want reality, go stand on the street corner and watch the human parade as it passes. Don't expect anything but light escapist entertainment from TV and film.  (Jul 30, 2009 | post #12)

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New O'Hare runway prompts noise complaints in Park Ridge

What does voting for Stroger have to do with anything? The residents of Park Ridge didn't vote to have the airport expanded, but those who complain about it are told by posters on this forum to move if they don't like it, because the airport has been there a long time, so the noise should not be a surprise. So, by that logic, if you don't like Daley or Stroger, stop complaining them and move somewhere else, because corruption has existed in Cook County a long time, it was here before you were, so what did you expect?  (Jul 29, 2009 | post #145)

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Shrew vs. shrewd

Everyone is stereotyped in movies. Why should women be exempt from this?  (Jul 29, 2009 | post #5)

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Lou Dobbs and the canard over President Obama's birth

His birth certificate is already in the public record. He was born in Hawaii, he's a citizen, and now he's your President. The "doubt" you mention does not exist - only calculated partisan goofiness and racially motivated paranoia.  (Jul 22, 2009 | post #853)

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New O'Hare runway prompts noise complaints in Park Ridge

Very well put. Nobody who lives in the city has a right to complain about Daley; nobody who lives in Cook County should complain about Stroger. After all, the endemic corruption they symbolize has existed for decades - it was certainly here before you were. If you don't like it, move. There is also a strong element of reverse elitism in the reaction to this story - everyone in Park Ridge, apparently, is a rich, whining snob who deserves to suffer. That's not true, of course, but I guess every Mayberry has its Mount Pilot. But the real point is - people do not exist to serve the airport. The airport exists to serve people. It doesn't matter who was there first, or who's rich and who's not, or what annoyances people in other parts of the area choose to put up with. If the airport is too loud, residents have a right to complain about it, and a right to do whatever they can to make their neighborhoods as pleasant as possible.  (Jul 22, 2009 | post #140)

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Lou Dobbs and the canard over President Obama's birth

With Fox News and MSNBC apparently locked in a to-the-death shin-kicking contest, CNN is supposed to be the cable news source for serious adults, but the continued presence of the increasingly irrational Lou Dobbs threatens to permanently ruin the network's credibility. It's bad enough, if not surprising, that the right-wing extremists continue to promote the birth certificate nonsense - but no one, after all, really expected them to accept a black President of the United States. It's quite another thing, hiwever, for a mainstream news organization to give daily air time to an obviously disturbed man who refuses to accept reality and who encourages others to join him in his foggy world of paranoid fantasies and fears. CNN needs to cut this clown loose.  (Jul 22, 2009 | post #845)

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New NASA images show scar on Jupiter apparently made by i...

Here's a story that includes a picture taken by an amateur astronomer: http://www.skyandt elescope.com/news/ home/51237952.html  (Jul 21, 2009 | post #10)

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New O'Hare runway prompts noise complaints in Park Ridge

No, I'm not joking. O'Hare is new to the area compared to all of the towns that surround it. The interests of the cities in the area come first.  (Jul 14, 2009 | post #129)

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Amazon lowers price of Kindle electronic reader to $299 f...

It is also easy on the eyes because, unlike a computer screen, it is not backlit. You can read for hours without getting that feeling you've been staring into a strobe light. Unlike laptop and cell phone screens, the Kindle screen is completely readable in bright sunlight - the more light, the better. I agree it's pricey. If you're the kind of person who buys a lot of paperbacks, then resells or trades them them to get more books, the expense may not be worth it. (You can't resell an ebook.) If you regularly loan your books to friends, you can't do that unless you loan them your Kindle. If it's important to you that you know with near certainty that the book you buy today will still be on your bookshelf in 30 years, the Kindle might be a gamble - will you have a device thirty years from now that can read ebooks in their current format (especially Amazon's proprietary and DRM protected format)? But I don't loan or resell my books, and I'm not concerned about the permanence of ebooks - paper books that I will never read again take up WAY too much space in my house. The Kindle allows me to purchase books without adding to the useless clutter.  (Jul 14, 2009 | post #26)

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Powerful storms threaten to sweep the area

I hate grapefruit. Couldn't we have French toast sized hail instaed? I love Frenc toast.  (Jul 14, 2009 | post #40)

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New O'Hare runway prompts noise complaints in Park Ridge

Park Ridge, Des Plaines, Niles, and all those other towns were there long before O'Hare was. It's the airport that needs to adjust to its neighbors, not the other way around.  (Jul 10, 2009 | post #47)

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Amazon lowers price of Kindle electronic reader to $299 f...

I was like you - couldn't see the use of it. Why not just read "real" books? But then my wife gave me a Kindle for Christmas, and I love it. Now I read more than I ever did, and I read a wider variety of books than before, too. I carry dozens of books, magazines, and newspapers on my commute each day, so I always have a variety to choose from, depending on my mood. Electronic books are cheaper than the paper versions, and I've also downloaded a lot of free public domain ebooks as well (e.g., Shakespeare, Twain, Wodehouse). I also like that I can adjust the text size on the Kindle to suit my aging eyes. I haven't given up on dead-tree books entirely - books that rely heavily on illustrations don't translate well (or aren't available) on the Kindle - but, honestly, I haven't read anything but ebooks since I got my Kindle. I don't miss the heft of the book, or turning pages, and so on. You should give it a try.  (Jul 9, 2009 | post #8)

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Al Franken sworn in, with a straight face

You mean like the way right-wing nutjobs screech about ACORN and MoveOn.org and La Raza and Michael Moore and MSNBC?  (Jul 8, 2009 | post #31)

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Strip search of teen was unconstitutional, Supreme Court ...

"We don't think it is a horrible decision, but it is going to limit the discretion of school officials. They will think long and hard before they authorize a strip-search in the future," said Naomi Gittins, a lawyer for the National School Boards Assn. Really? It takes a Supreme Court ruling to get schools to "think long and hard" before ordering the strip-search of a child? How could such disgusting words come out of anyone's mouth?  (Jun 26, 2009 | post #32)