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|Of Caucasians & Caucuses: My Short, Strange Trip To See Ted Cruz In Iowa
It was late out. So late it was almost early. Almost, but not yet—the timers on the upside-down soft-serve lightbulbs that lined the balconies and shone down on all the little stairwell moths ...
|In Whose Best Interest? The Ethics Surrounding the AIDS Healthcare Foundation Lawsuit
In the coming weeks, roughly 17,500 of the brightest medical minds in America will don their gowns and mortarboards and be formally welcomed as the latest initiates into the fraternity of practicing ...
|Black Protests, White Coverage: How The Mainstream Media Distorts The Uprising in Baltimore
You do not dress for war in order to wage peace. You do not suppress information when you have nothing to hide. You cannot serve & protect a community while you dig your knee into its neck. These ...
|The Persecuted Majority: A Letter to Governor Pence On The Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act
Governor Pence, It is with an abundance of gratitude in my heart and relief in my bowels that I write to congratulate you on your decision to sign the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act . I ...
|Reasonable Accommodation: The SCOTUS Case That Will Decide Whether Or Not Mentally Ill Lives Matter
There are no surer guarantors of the extraordinary than a story which is prefaced by a explanation of how ordinary things had seemed in its beginning. Ask survivors of the attacks on the World ...
|A Heads Up Play: Chris Borland's Early Retirement & What It Means For The Future of Football
“I got to go. I can't be here.” Those were the last words of former Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, spoken in the parking lot of the team's practice facility on the morning of ...
|Angels In The Outfield Asking For Help: Josh Hamilton & Baseball's Other Drug Problem
If, in the distant future, some baseball historian were to come across the box score for the Cincinnati Reds' Opening Day in 2007 , he wouldn't find anything that seemed particularly noteworthy. On ...
|A Snowball's Chance In Hell: Why We Can't Wait For Congress To Accept Climate Science
When Copernicus first advanced the idea of a heliocentric universe in the mid-16th century, the theologian and Christian reformer Martin Luther declared it to be heresy. Speaking for most of the ...
|Death By Doctor: The Assassination of James A. Garfield
On the morning of July 2nd, 1881, a slight, shifty-eyed man paced about the Baltimore & Potomac railway station with purpose, his freshly shined shoes digging furrows in the waiting room's thick ...
|Almost Presidents Day: Counting Down A Century's Worth of First Losers From Best To Worst
At the beginning of the day, you stand on the verge of becoming the most powerful person on the planet; by the end of it, you're unemployed and being forced to make a speech expressing humility and ...
|Standing Firm In The Face of Progress: Opposition To Same Sex Marriage in Alabama
To whom it may concern: The truth may not always be popular, but it will always remain the truth. Alabamans, perhaps more than any of the 49 other sovereign lands that comprise these United States ...
|The Fringe Candidate That Wasn't: Jack Fellure & The Inexorable Rightward Drift of the GOP
It's half past six on the morning of November 7th, 2012. The sun has finally crept up from under the Atlantic and begins to shine down on the city of Boston. There, in the cradle of Colonial America,
|Monsters of Our Own Creation: How Nigerian Corruption & Climate Change Gave Rise To Boko Haram
40 years ago, the town of Baga was bustling with an industry and a commerce born of the body of water that had given its residents life for as long as anyone could remember. Nestled in the most ...
|But The Hate Remains The Same: Reconstruction & A Changing Of The Guard in Southern Politics
History is not a linear thing. It is not neat, nor is it ramrod straight. It's beginning is theoretical; its end, unknowable. History—like the rotation of the earth, the orbit of the moon and the ...
|Goldwater Runs Deep: The 1964 Republican National Convention & The Rise of Conservative Extremism
On the most southerly outskirts of San Francisco, far away from the subsidized counterculture of the Haight and the boho hustle and bustle of The Mission District, lies the sprawling, unsightly mass ...
|Sins of Omission: The State of the Union & Obama's Race Problem
Speechmaking has never been Barack Obama's problem. From the first time the nation heard him as a young state senator from Chicago at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, through the Hope and ...
|Queen City Conservatives: How The Tafts Can Teach The GOP To Be Functional Again
There's an old saying--often attributed erroneously to Mark Twain--that has it that when the world ends, a man should want to be in Cincinnati because it's always 20 years behind the times. As a ...
|Edward W. Brooke & The Importance of Moderate Republicans in American Politics
Given the frenetic and bloody start this new year has taken with the Charlie Hebdo killings, the Boko Haram massacre of thousands of innocent civilians in northeastern Nigeria and the row over the ...
|Excusing The Appertaining Rage to Such a Meeting: A Young Man’s Anger in Early Sobriety
Clark’s face was like a kiwi—a big angry kiwi that had been left on a windowsill for so long that the sun had blanched it a blotchy cream color. None of the hairs on his head were longer than ¾ ...
|Constitutionally Incapable: Brief Reflections On My Time Living With an Autistic Alcoholic
In March of 2009, I went to the Hazelden Center For Youth & Families in Plymouth, MN to receive dual diagnosis treatment for alcoholism/addiction and bipolar disorder. Thankfully, both my addiction ...
|When 'It Gets Better' Isn't Enough: Leelah Alcorn & The Struggles of Transgender Youth
Adolescence is a wretched place—a charnel house chock full of freshly formed skeletons waiting to be shoved into closets and strange erogenous urgings that spring up at the most inappropriate ...
|What We Talk About When We Talk About Mental Health: The NYPD Shooting & Mental Illness in America
This past summer, I was being a good twenty-something and flossing my teeth with one of those tiny flosser-thingies with the handle on them when the floss caught itself in a little gap between one ...
|Bowling For Presidents: How College Football Can Help Sort Out The Field For The 2016 Election
Boys and girls, we have entered very strange air as of late. The mid-term elections are over. The dumpster fire that was the 113th Congress is pretty much finished. And, as 2014 fades into 2015, the ...
|The Wall Street Woodcutter & The Trees: A Look At The Passage of the Cromnibus Bill
Come on down and have a sit with me. Just a sit—a brief sit—so's I can tell you a little story my daddy used to tell me when I was knee-high and tow-headed and didn't know shit from Shinola ...
|The Whiteness of My Discontent: How Privilege Affects The Way I Protest
My whiteness speaks volumes, but I cannot hear them. It tells the world around me that my life matters—that the shedding of my blood and cracking of my bones will bring with it consequences denied ...
|Other Voices, Other Towns: Conversations With Complete Strangers
It was a little after 8:30 in the morning. I was sitting out on the concrete patio of a strip mall coffee shop in Dearborn, Michigan, still dead to the world due to the deficit of caffeine and ...
|The Click (Or, How I Came To Realize I Was An Alcoholic)
After 16 months of languishing in a storage locker just outside of Baltimore, I finally managed to schlep the bulk of my worldly belongings back to my apartment in Cincinnati. Moving is never fun, ...
|Mother's Milk & Mace: A Poem For Ferguson
Just about once a year, I am struck by an unshakable urge to write poetry and, as it turns out, that once a year is now. I don't claim to be a poet, but hopefully the words I've written down will ...
|When Hope Is Engulfed In Flames: Ferguson On The Night of The Darren Wilson Grand Jury Decision
Hope is like an appendage that hangs from your soul. It is flexible and it is lithe. It reaches out to grab hold of the things it needs to sustain it. And, like any other limb, it doesn't grow back ...
|The Men in the Plastic Masks: How Anonymous Complicates Protests in Ferguson
A movement without organization is little more than a ship without a rudder. Take an idea—any idea, no matter how noble or just—and let it loose upon the world in great numbers without anyone to ...
|Country Club Problems: The Dangers of Driving While Black In St Louis County
Country Club Hills. The name conjures up images of gated communities chockablock with gaudy McMansions and Maseratis that sit at the end of enormous gravel driveways; places with front lawns the ...
|The Center Cannot Hold: St. Louis County on the Eve of the Darren Wilson Verdict
The meeting starts and everyone around me instinctively stands up and faces towards the front of the room. It takes me a couple seconds to realize they've all angled themselves towards the American ...
|deepsouth - A Documentary That Matters Too Much To Not Be Seen
It's not hard to be a Monday morning activist. In fact, it's quite natural for folks to look back at the past that other people participated in and convince themselves that they would've done ...
|The Last of The Gang to Die: How Democrats Lost the Deep South
On the evening of July 2, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson lay down beneath the grand canopy of his four post bed in The White House's 2nd floor living room, exhausted; his mind surely swirling with ...
|This Is Just The Beginning: How The 2014 Midterms Can Be A Clarion Call For The American Left
Calm yourselves progressives. Turn off the TV, shut off the iphone, log off of Facebook and try to stay away from the mewling hyperbole of the 24 hour news media. These midterms should be no cause ...
|Different Shades of Black: A Conversation About Race & Class in America & Abroad
On the day that I happened to visit Tallahassee last summer, a group of student activists who call themselves The Dream Defenders were going into their 3rd week of physically occupying the lobby to ...
|You Can't Quarantine Stupid: Ebola & Unconstitutional Health Policy
The year was 1918. After two and a half years of uneasy neutrality, America had finally entered The Great War and had committed over 4 million men to the war effort. As one would expect—or at ...
|Opportunistic Infections: What HIV's Past Can Teach Us About Dealing With Ebola's Present
It was 65°F outside and Yusia was freezing. The cold and the damp of the Sudanese rainy season clung to his bones as he biked to work, the pumping of his legs over the sodden ground making thuck ...
|The Deep South Up North: The Struggle For American Indian Voting Rights in South Dakota
What happens to an injustice unheard? Does it wisp skywards like warm smoke from a gun or deflate down, dissolve and be done? Does it cry itself to sleep or rage into the night then softly weep? ...
|Here Comes The Freedom Winter: The Failure of Truth to Keep Black Men Breathing
Because that's what the job is for. To keep a little freedom bubble From rising to the surface And spreading Everywhere Pop Pop So the job of a cop Is to stop Stop Stop Those words are 50 years ...
|Clowns to the Left of Me, Jokers to the Right: Progressive Third Party Politics in West Virginia
It was all Nader's fault. Never mind the butterfly ballots and the hanging chads. Forget about Palm Beach County's sudden and accidental infatuation with Pat Buchanan(1) and Katherine Harris's ...
|A Walmart is Not a War Zone: Photos From The Journey For John Crawford
On Monday, September 22nd, more than 100 men and women set off from a Walmart in Beavercreek, Ohio--a predominantly white suburb of Dayton--and walked 11 miles to the Greene County Courthouse in ...
|Dope Sick With Mouths To Feed: The Struggles of American Women in Active Addiction
~~~~~~~ Author's Note ~~~~~~~ On the night before I was to publish this article, one of my cousins died at the hands of this insidious disease of addiction. The last time I saw her was early ...
|Who Are We Fighting Anyway? The Origins of Labor Day & a Scab's Eye View of a Union Strike
In 1894, America was in the midst of what was then the largest depression in its young history. Amidst all of the Sturm und Drang of the Second Industrial Revolution, the railroad industry had ...
|A Symptom of a Greater Sickness: How Ferguson's Roots Run From Our Schools To The Supreme Court
There is nothing that I can say about the shooting of Michael Brown that hasn't been said before by people whose experience affords them a perspective and an authenticity that I lack for the simple ...
|The Lash May Change, But The Pain Remains The Same: The Enduring Legacy of Slavery in Mississippi
Unless you're the churchgoing type, there's not much sense in driving through the Mississippi Delta on a Sunday morning. Folks tend to take the sabbath pretty seriously around these parts, and a ...
|Unscientific Methods: Why Young Earth Creationists Spun Scriptural Straw Into Pseudoscientific Gold
The pyramids of Saqqara stand in front of the Nile River Valley like weary sentinels. They act as guardians, looking over a 6 mile wide strip of fecund earth hemmed in by seas of sand. This stretch ...
|The Drug Dealer in the Cupboard: How The Prescription Drug Epidemic Revived Heroin in America
It pains me to say this, but after more than 5 years of continuous sobriety—5 years in which I lived in rehabs and halfway houses, worked in the drug and alcohol treatment industry, and spent ...
|Let Them Drink Pop: Detroit's Water Crisis & The Fight For Basic Human Rights in The Motor City
During the Super Bowl earlier this year, Chrysler unveiled the latest iteration of the “ Imported From Detroit ” advertising campaign that has been such a key part of their rebranding efforts in ...
|No Justice, No Peace...But We Do Have Photos: The Turn on the Water Detroit Rally
Today, I made the drive up I-75 from Cincinnati to the Motor City to attend the March & Rally to Turn the Water On in Detroit, which was put on by National Nurses United, Robin Hood Tax USA, ...
|Fractured Communities: How Fracking Is Widening The Gap Between The Haves & Have-Nots in Rural Ohio
Now's the time we smile. Well, not just smile. We have to nod too. Smile and nod. Wrinkle our brows and scribble down notes all sharp and hasty so he feels important; so he thinks we're hanging on ...
|Coal, Corporate Personhood & The Twilight of Labor Unions in America
In light of the Supreme Court's recent rulings in Harris v. Quinn and Burwell, Secretary of Health and Human Services v. Hobby Lobby Stores , which have dealt another body shot to organized labor ...
|We Are Our Mountain's Keeper: The Fight for the Soil & Soul of Appalachia
West Virginia is no country for young men. Nor is it a country for old men, brown men, poor men or women. West Virginia is a country for rich men; men with no names and no faces who live far away ...
|Kandahar Journals: Documentary Spotlight
4,645 days have passed since Operation Enduring Freedom was launched in Afghanistan in October of 2001. Over that period of time, 3,453 coalition soldiers and 21,000 Afghani civilians have been ...
|I Got Dem Ol' Post-Katrina Recessionary Blues Again Mama!
7 o'clock in the evening is the witching hour down in the French Quarter. A time when the touristy masses descend upon Bourbon Street like a plague of drunken frogs, with gaudy beads around their ...
|Real People, Fake Weed: A Slice of Life High on Spice
There are few things in this world that feel sketchier than meeting up with a person you've never met before in a random gas station parking lot. One of those things happens to be meeting up with a ...
|We Promise This Will Never Happen Again: Freedom Industries Spills More Waste In West Virginia
Sometimes, when I come across a story about a chemical spill or environmental disaster in West Virginia, my thoughts lead me to story of the Greek Titan Prometheus. In Greek Mythology, Prometheus ...
|Rahm Emanuel: Chicago's Mayor of Go F*** Yourself
By the time I got to Chase Park, the first tricklings of a crowd had begun to congregate at the corner of Ashland and Leland Avenues. A small group of men clad almost exclusively in black rucked ...
|Rage, Rage With West Virginia Against the Dying of Their Right to Clean Water
In May of 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson gave the commencement address at the University of Michigan and first laid out the framework of what would become his vision for America's "Great Society."
|The Family Afterward: West Virginia Four Months After The Freedom Industries Chemical Spill
“Put a marshmallow on it.” he told her. “I'm telling you, fish love the marshmallows. Helps 'em to see the bait underwater. Normally it's hard for fish to see bait moving around, but the ...
|You Needn't Pay Them Any Mind: A Brief Look at the Treatment of American Indians in US History
It has never been properly explained to me why we still celebrate Columbus Day as a national holiday. What is it exactly are we supposed to be celebrating? The fact that some gold-crazed Italian ...
|The Bones of a Country: One Night in a Dead California Desert Town
Driving the 220 miles of road that lie between the Tehachapi mountains and the California-Arizona border, I started hearing the voice of Tom Joad ring in my ears. This here's a murder country , he ...
|Mountaineers Are Seldom Free: Union-Busting in the West Virginia Mine Wars
Everything on and about my person had been coated in a thick film of stale tobacco smoke. After 30 days, 10,000 miles and 4 cartons of cigarettes, the air inside the cabin of my car had obtained the ...
|Closed Minds, No Heart, Will Lose: A Response to Paul Daugherty's Article Concerning Michael Sam
Mr. Daugherty: As a sports columnist for The Cincinnati Enquirer, you are entitled to publish a wide array of opinions concerning St. Louis Rams and University of Missouri defensive end Michael Sam.
| Krispy Kremes & Strip Clubs: A Trip To The Id of America
By the time I hit Sahara Ave, all of the phosphorescent glitz and glam of the Vegas Strip had petered out behind me. The streets that were teeming with fanny packs and booze-besotted flesh just a ...
|A Nation With No Ears: The History and Legacy of Little Bighorn
“The love of possessions is a disease with them. They take tithes from the poor and weak to support the rich who rule. They claim this mother of ours, the Earth, for their own and fence their ...
|An Open Letter to Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley Concerning New Foundations Transitional Living
Mayor Cranley, In your mayoral acceptance speech this past November, you pledged to turn Cincinnati into a more inclusive city; a city where government can find solutions that will bring disparate ...
|The Quality of Mercy in Oklahoma
Go to Oklahoma and you will find the quality of mercy is now strained. It withers in the rainless, nameless plains out west and finds no purchase in the Cross Timbers or the Red River Basin down ...
|Strictly Business: West Virginian Statehood & The Geography of Poverty
“God has blessed West Virginia with prolific hand; a topography grand to contemplate; a wealth unparalleled in coal, iron and oil—her hills fairly groan with undeveloped resources, and all of ...
|Mississippi Crumbling: The Inheritance of Inequity in The Magnolia State
“Everybody in the Mississippi Delta was a racist, white or black. Racism was built into our bones. It is a thing we will never recover from having committed, but it also had its side that we ...
|Following in Potentially Vanishing Footsteps: A Latina's Journey From LA to an Ivy & Back Again
Author's Note: I thought this piece might have particular significance in light of the Supreme Court's 6-2 majority decision to allow the state of Michigan, and by extension all states, the right to ...
|Watching As He Wastes Away: How a Kentucky Prison Let a Mentally Ill Man Starve to Death
As I type this, a delectable, carbohydrate filled pretzel bagel from Servatti's is busy baking in the convection oven of my favorite coffee shop. Within the next minute or so that bagel will be ...
|The Money's Too Good to Leave: A Look Inside North Dakota's Oil Boom
There is no acceptable English word to describe how hot it was on the day I ran into Toby. When I started talking to him on the corner of South Main and Charleston in Las Vegas's arts district it ...
|Same as it Ever Was: Anti-Semitism in the Ukraine
I am a Jew. I was confirmed in the Episcopal Church, attended a Jesuit college, know The Lord's Prayer and The Nicene Creed by heart and have never been inside a synagogue for any other purpose ...
|All That Glitters Is Not Gold: A Look At Detroit's Lackluster Renaissance
I've always found it strange that the melting pot is go to metaphor for those politicians and public figures looking to expound upon the merits of America's diverse populous, when all a melting pot ...
|Mob City: How Cincinnati Became The Poster Child for Unstable Race Relations in America
In the early morning hours of April 7th, 2001, a familiar scene was being played out in the Over-The-Rhine neighborhood of Cincinnati. A 19-year old black man, Timothy Thomas, was walking past a ...
|Watering Lawns in the Desert: What Las Vegas Can Tell Us About Climate Change (and Ourselves)
There are few places in this world that exemplify the ecological insanity of Western Civilization more than the city of Las Vegas. Take so much as a cursory glance at the landscape on which Las ...
|Dragged Over The Rubicon of Sanity by a Newtown Truther
At this point, I think it's pretty safe to say that the pioneering physical presence behind the creation of Occupy Wall Street is dead. The movement that it spawned is very much well and alive, but ...
|The Eye of God Looks Upon You: Eastern State Penitentiary & The Failure of Solitary Confinement
In three of the four Gospels of the New Testament, the two thieves crucified on either side of Jesus are but bit players. The Gospels of Matthew and Mark portray them as impertinent and ignorant ...
|A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Equality: How the Far Right Co-Opted American Populism
The diehards always show up first. Go to any protest or march and odds are you'll see them before you see anyone else. They're there before the cops and before the media and before the organizers ...
|Sweep The Leg Georgie: The Secrets to George W. Bush's Electoral Success
Much like the presidency that spawned it, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum is heavy on the style and light on the substance. For the most part, the exhibits trumpeting Bush's ...
|Making Fast Friends at The Oregon Country Fair
Every year during the second weekend of July, around 45,000 of the West Coast's crunchiest, eco-friendliest, peace crazed Deadheads and Phish Phreaks descend upon the tiny town of Veneta, Oregon ...
|Portrait of the Hedge Fund Manager as a Young Man
It was once said, by that grand dame of American etiquette Emily Post, that knowing how to properly enter a drawing-room is one of the surest tests of good breeding. As with all matters pertaining ...
|Coast-To-Coast Road Trip Photo Diary
No new articles today, however, I thought I'd have a little fun and post some of my favorite pictures from the 39 day, 13,000 mile road trip I took this summer. Hope you like them: This ...
|Requiem For an Old Mountain Mining Town: Stories From Butte, Montana
Like most of its coal mining Appalachian counterparts on the other side of the Mississippi, the city of Butte, Montana subsists today on little more than the fumes of its former glory. Now, over a ...
|Void My Bowels & Fill Me With Truth Serum: A Look at Aversion Therapy for Alcohol & Drug Abuse
Sometimes I miss it. Not all of it, but some of it. The part of it that made me feel like nothing. Not nothing in an empty way, but nothing in a weightless way, as if the physical properties that ...
|The New Virally Suppressed -- It's Time To Rake Some Muck
For many of us who come to find that our lives have become defined by the pursuit of some social good or the eradication of its attendant evil, it is possible to trace back the origins of our ...
|Tell "The Progressive": West Virginia's Story Will Be Heard
My latest article on the water crisis in West Virginia, "Trust is Not a Word We Use Around Here," (has been seen by thousands of people on my blog, Virally Suppressed and on DailyKos as part of the ...
|Trust is Not a Word We Use Around Here: Life in Chemical Valley During West Virginia's Water Crisis
Ask a random West Virginian over the age of 55 who the greatest President of their lifetime was and I'd bet you whatever money I had in my wallet that they'd tell you it was Jack Kennedy. Hell, ask ...
|Andrew Johnson Wasn't a Drunkard...He Was Just a Bigot
I have posted another excerpt from my book, Bread From the Sweat of Other Men's Faces today that focuses on the man who was judged in a meta-analysis of recent historical rankings of US Presidents ...
|Massive Amounts of Coal Slurry Spill into West Virginia Creek, Surprising No One
After Freedom Industries so kindly donated 10,000 gallons of Crude MCHM and PPH into the Elk River last month, tainting the water supply for more than 300,000 West Virginians, Governor Earl Ray ...
|If It’s a Correctional Facility, What Is Capital Punishment Correcting?
On the morning of May 23, 1701, Captain William Kidd found himself kneeling alongside a motley assortment of unwashed felons in the chapel of London’s notorious Newgate Prison, being lectured by ...
|In Most States, Schools Have Snow Days. In West Virginia, Schools Have Chemical Leak Days
Sunday will mark the one month anniversary of the day that the first reports began trickling in that a small chemical company called Freedom Industries had let between 2,000 and 5,000 gallons of a ...
|The Coal Ash Cup Runneth Over...Into Appalachia's Water Supply
This past Sunday, as the nation was sitting down to watch the Super Bowl and all of its attendant pomp and circumstance, a massive environmental disaster was taking place near Eden, NC, a small town ...
|A Tale of Two Senators: Rockefeller, Manchin & The West Virginia Chemical Spill
When it came out last week that an environmental scientist from Marshall University had found abnormal levels of Formaldehyde in a local water sample , I pretty much lost it. I suppose if I had ...
|West Virginia Chemical Spill Week 4: Problems Remain But So Do We
Anyone who has been following these diaries might remember that I had pledged to eat 1 of the evil laxative Haribo Sugarless Gummi Bears for every $5 that was donated to help the West Virginia ...
|Freedom Industries Maintains Freedom to Compulsively Lie About Chemical Spill in West Virginia
Update 12/28, 4:36 pm: I'm no farmer or poultry aficionado, but I'm pretty sure chicken eggs aren't supposed to get blue spots and smell like licorice. ------------------ You might be asking ...
|Anatomy of a Crisis: Joe Manchin and The West Virginia Chemical Spill
It was over 177 years ago that Daniel Webster, the longstanding Senator from Massachusetts and perhaps the greatest orator our Nation's legislative branch has ever known, appeared in the small town ...
|How Do We Help West Virginians Get Clean Water? By Eating Laxative Gummi Bears, Of Course!
My fellow interweb citizens! Let me present you with the following facts: 1. I am a pretty damn good writer 2. Haribo Sugarless Gummi Bears are a Weapon of Mass Destruction for the human ...
|West Virginia Clean Water Drive Photo Diary
Hey, I know it's really easy to forget about the water crisis in West Virginia right now, what with GMail crashing and Steve Stockman going AWOL and the Biebs getting arrested for being a drunk ...
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