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Christmas #1670

The first recorded Christmas celebration on December 25th took place in Rome in the year 336, which means that today would mark the 1,670th Christmas Day. I hope yours was a merry one, whether you celebrated the day or not....
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Germo- or Homo-?

Rosie O'Donnell says Kelly Ripa is a homophobe. Recently, singer Clay Aiken substituted for host Regis Philbin, co-hosting with Ripa on Live with Regis & Kelly, a show I don't watch. At some point during an interview, Aiken apparently felt that Ripa was monopolizing the interview, and he put his...
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Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope all of you have all the turkey, dressing (or stuffing, depending on where you live), and the rest of the fixin's you can't live without this Thanksgiving day. And before you start the feast, here's some information that may burst a popular myth about the bird on the...
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Wacky Weather

I don't hate snow. Growing up in South Carolina, it was just somewhat rare that we ever got it. Normally, when we did, it was because some big winter storm system moved in from the western mountains of the Upstate. As such storms continued through central South Carolina, they usually...
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Did You Remember?

Last night was the night to "Fall Back," by setting your clock back one hour. Officially, the time change occurred at what would have been 2:00am. Just after 1:59am, the clock switched to 1:00am again, with a "second chance" at that overnight hour. This marked the end of Daylight Saving...
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Am I Missing Something?

Let's review, shall we? "We're making steady progress. A free Iraq will mean a peaceful world. And it's very important for us to stay the course, and we will stay the course." --President Bush July 10, 2003 "But we will stay the course. We will do what is right. We...
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A Beautiful Autumn Day

Some parts of the country get a nice display of autumn colors. Central and Eastern South Carolina, unfortunately, don't get the long display that places closer to the mountains get, so when I saw a few trees showing vibrant oranges and reds, I had to go get the camera. Luckily,...
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300 Million…and Counting

I watched the 300 Millionth American being born this morning. That is to say, I watched the nation's population clock, which estimates the number of people in the country based on birth and death records, flip to 300,000,000 on NBC's Today. The real 300 millionth may or may not have...
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Remembering Josh: ‘I Need To Tell You…’

It was a sunny, virtually cloudless morning in Manhattan. All indications on the ride to work likely indicated that a beautiful, perhaps even uneventful day was ahead. Twenty-four-year-old Joshua Birnbaum had arrived for work at his job as an assistant bond trader at Cantor Fitzgerald on the 104th floor of...
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A Very Brief Vacation

If you've been dropping by lately, you'll have noted that I haven't had a great deal to say lately. I apologize for this. I spent Labor Day weekend back home in South Carolina on a short visit with the family. There was a second reason for my quick visit, but...
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