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It's been a tough summer in my family.  Health issues and relationship issues.  The kind of stuff that takes it out of you but you can't really spill it in public.

Something just waltzed into my professional life that gives me the healing glow of a dream come true.

I have been hired to write a weekly humor column in the vein of my boyhood hero, who left us on August 15, 1935.  I know I am not him, but I will do my best to honor his legacy.  I'm weekly and it does not escape me that he was daily.  It brings home to me my limitations.

Anyway, it's called for now the Friday News Dump, and I will tease it here with a link, since all the content is of extremely short shelf life, picked from the news of the week.  I'll try to keep each item to one paragraph, and you can read a sample below.

I hope you enjoy reading it even half as much as I'm going to enjoy writing it.  And once you get the idea, if you have any news items you think I should comment on, feel free to tip me off by email to swrussel at gmail dot com.  I will try to remember to stick everybody at whose expense my remarks appear in the tags.

Foreign Policy writes that Venezuela hired Rudy Giuliani to recommend measures to combat the wave of street crime in Caracas—but all his suggestions were ignored. Your correspondent surmises that the Giuliani Report got reduced to only a couple of pages after the locals cut out every mention of 9-11, and they found the idea of stopping and frisking all Hispanics to be a little more burdensome in Caracas than it was in New York City.

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