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Telemarketers Must Identify Themselves

How did we ever live without called ID? Although we haven’t bothered to sign up for the federal “do not call” list because we are lazy and indolent, we get a similar effect by simply ignoring any call when the little box reads “caller unknown.” But that way we sometimes …

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Jackson Camp Responds

The Jackson family – after 40 years in showbiz and with a who’s who list of friends and acquaintances – has chosen … … Firpo Carr to speak for them regarding the scabrous allegations made against Michael in the new Vanity Fair by Jackson nemesis Maureen Orth. Um, Firpo Carr? …

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The Power of Collective Positive Thinking

Regarding the economy, it’s something of a self-fulfilling prophesy: if enough people think it’s getting better, they will behave as if it’s getting better, and then it WILL get better. So this means a lot: Consumer confidence rose in January to its best level since November of 2000, amid an …

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Sharon Shown Door

Looks like “wacky” doesn’t work in the daytime: The wacky lady’s daytime talker–featuring Ozzy’s missus hosting in-bed interviews–has been axed by the Tribune stations, its main outlet. Sources close to the production confirmed the cancellation to E! on Thursday. No official statement has been issued by producers, but without the …

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Groundhog Blogging

Weatherbug meteorologist Ryan Towell is blogging his journey to Punxsutawney, Penn in pursuit of Bill Murray’s furry friend. Here is today’s entry: The History of Groundhog Day An important part of preparing for our trek to Punxsutawney involved doing some background research on the whole Groundhog Day tradition. Groundhog Day …

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Explosive New Jackson Allegations

Maureen Orth, who is clearly not a fan of Michael Jackson, has a new neutron bomb of allegations against him in the March issue of Vanity Fair, most expolsive of which is that he seduced boys by giving them Coke cans filled with white wine he called “Jesus juice” and …

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Crack in Stewart Case

Yesterday bookofjoe had an interesting post about whether or not Martha Stewart should take the stand in her securities fraud trial. After a blunder by the prosecution today, it may be a moot point: A federal judge criticized prosecutors in the Martha Stewart trial for waiting too long to give …

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Pixar Splits With Disney

Talks have ended between Pixar and Disney regarding their distribution deal: Pixar Animation Studios Inc. said Thursday it ended talks with Walt Disney Co. to extend a five-picture deal for Disney to distribute Pixar films. Pixar, the computer animation pioneer founded by Apple Computer Inc.’s Steve Jobs, said it would …

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Iraq: “a left-wing war of liberation”

The happiness I felt when I read this little dialogue of Paul Berman’s – in Dissent no less – caused me to dance around the room festooning my office gaily. Perhaps now the vile film of self-deception will be cast from all afflicted eyes, or at least one or two: …

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