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Sun May 19, 2013 at 10:42 AM PDT

Plagiarism Scandal Rocks "The Onion"

by opinIANs

America’s Finest News Source” finds itself reduced to a shell of the first-rate satirical outlet it once was. The Onion's degeneration into a sham of plagiaristic deceit was on display for all to see last week when the fading humor brand published a brief article on the cancellation of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” initiative.

While The Onion’s take on Mrs. Obama’s embarrassingly ineffective effort to combat the obesity crisis plaguing America's youth was basically amusing, the once-proud entertainment pacesetter left out one crucial fact: the idea was stolen from a much better story published more than two years ago on liberal news blog Daily Kos.

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Multiple sources confirm that former National Football League Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, who oversaw the league's ascendancy and transformation into a multi-billion dollar business in his 17 years as the chief executive of the NFL, has been named the newest Pope.

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The National Basketball Association announced a major change in the format of its all-star game, which will now pit a team comprised of the best black NBA players against the top white players.  Since the first NBA All-Star Game in 1951 the mid-season clash has featured the best players in the Eastern Conference versus the best of the Western Conference.  But starting with the inaugural Segregation Showdown at this February’s game in Houston, sides will be chosen by race.

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What is your opinion about the NBA’s new All-Star Segregation Showdown?

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National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre admitted he has "been feeling a strange and vague sense of responsibility, and having trouble sleeping through the night," following the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., where 20 elementary school children were murdered with a semi-automatic assault rifle.

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The Onion, a leading satirical publication branding itself as "America's Finest News Source," will soon be forced to cease and desist publication, in both print as well as Internet text and video. The newspaper, founded in 1988 by students at the University of Wisconsin, gained woldwide recognition as well as 7.5 million unique visitors to theonion.com each month, the Chicago Tribune reported in 2011.  But it seems lawmakers aren't always amused, because the federal government is set to force the "news" outlet to close.

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Is the government right to close down The Onion?

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Google, the ubiquitous American Internet and software giant with a market capitalization of approximately $225 billion, announced a $34 billion investment--some say it looks more like a takeover--in the Internet pornography industry.

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Did Google make a wise decision?

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Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 09:03 AM PDT

American Exceptionalism

by opinIANs

The Trust for America’s Health announced more depressing news on the obese state of the nation.  On Tuesday the non-profit released “F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2012,” a 124-page document detailing the “profoundly, and clearly hopeless, situation regarding our expanding national waistline.”

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On a scale of 1 to 10, how fat is this country?

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Sat Aug 25, 2012 at 06:00 PM PDT

Who Built That?

by opinIANs

The Romney campaign got a nice treat July 13th in Virginia.  No sense denying the red meat President Obama served up when these precise words came out of his mouth:

“If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that.  Somebody else made that happen.”

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