Pundit Wire

The New, Improved Payday Loan?

payday loanWhat would you say if I offered a $500  loan that would require that you repay me with $920 less than six months hence?

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The Christmas Truce at 100

Screen Shot 2014-12-19 at 2.43.26 PMThe story has been told many times. (photo: Sainsbury)

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Dickens Noir

JHM1Anyone who dismisses Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol as Victorian treacle should see the latest adaptation of the story as mounted by the Houston Grand Opera.

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God gave this land to them

Pat_Boone_by_Gage_SkidmorePat Boone wrote the words to “Exodus.”

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How Mike Nichols Mauled Plastic

the graduateThe recent passing of director Mike Nichols took me back to my college days and the first time I saw The Graduate. It was one of Nichol’s best movies, and certainly one of the best movies ever made. In particular, The Graduate deserves to be remembered as the movie that dramatically changed the significance of the word “plastic.”

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America Works

2349875751_a4f7ed5a91_zThe dysfunctional government epidemic endlessly tracked by the media has yet to reach my outlier within-the-beltway neighborhood.

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E-BOO!-la

ebola_patientHello, my name is Dr. Francis Collins, and I am the director of the National Institutes of Health. Thank you for joining us for this live-blogging session. I am here to answer all your questions about Ebola or any other health issue. Let’s get started.

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It’s a MAD, MAD, MAD World

Screen Shot 2014-10-24 at 3.36.22 PMWay back during the Cold War, the U.S. and Soviet Union were locked in a tense face-off for decades.  Both sides had huge arsenals of thermonuclear devices.  But there was a doctrine of military strategy called Mutually Assured Destruction, or MAD, that kept the missiles in their silos.  It became a foundation in the national security policies of both great powers that the use of high-yield weapons of mass destruction by either side would bring about immediate and total retaliation by the other side and cause the complete annihilation of both. 

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