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zwrite

zwrite
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I own a dog, and I'm a writer. During my career, I have had several thousand articles published under my real name as a full-time and free-lance reporter for major and minor publications. I've written news, business, sports, and technology articles as well as features, columns, editorials, and lots of nonsense. My highlights include crashing a Ronald Reagan press conference by flashing my pass for my college’s football press box, interviewing baseball star Kent Hrbek as he started a farting contest, and chasing Joe Biden as he ran down the stairs of a temple to a covert presidential fundraiser.

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DECEMBER 30, 2008 2:13AM

Caroline, you know, is not ready

CAROLINE, YOU KNOW, IS NOT READY

Like Sarah Palin, she is way too inarticulate to be a national leader

By ZWrite

I wrote a column tangentially about Caroline Kennedy a week or so ago. It focused more on my opinion that her backers’ contention that she is smart because of her… Read full post »

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DECEMBER 19, 2008 6:26AM

My Kennedy connection

MY KENNEDY CONNECTION

OK, it’s really tenuous, but it’s instructive

By ZWrite

Throughout this week, I have been reading columns about why Caroline Kennedy should or shouldn’t be the next U.S. senator from New York.

A common argument among the pro-Caroline crowd is that she is "smart… Read full post »

DECEMBER 6, 2008 9:16PM

My hometown's shame

MY HOMETOWN’S SHAME

But Wal-Mart incident reminded me of my late father’s courage

By ZWrite

I left my hometown 26 years ago after graduating college and stopped visiting it when my widowed mother moved several years later.

Nevertheless, Valley Stream, N.Y., is my hometown, the only place… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 21, 2008 2:28PM

What if 2000 election wasn't stolen

WHAT IF 2000 ELECTION WASN’T STOLEN?

You can vote on who would be president in 2009 if Gore won

By ZWrite

As I read reports about the recount in the Minnesota Senate race I couldn’t help but wonder what would have happened if Al Gore had won the 2000 presidential election.… Read full post »

IF OBAMA FIXES COLLEGE FOOTBALL, I’LL BE HAPPY

Solving this decades-old problem will make him a successful president

By ZWrite

I’m very concerned about the U.S. finally capturing Osama Bin-Laden, moving tens of thousands of troops from a nation where it shouldn’t have been in the fi… Read full post »

BAILOUT SHOULD GO DIRECTLY TO WORKERS

Auto industry executives can’t be trusted

By ZWrite

Multimillionaire business executives have already proven that they can’t be trusted with the money given to them by the U.S. government – the taxpayers’ money.

But, the $700 billion bailo… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 28, 2008 3:40PM

Baseball Voting Disproves "Bradley Effect"

Baseball Voting Disproves "Bradley Effect"

Are many Americans who have been polled covert racists or aren’t they?

Political pundits have been studying survey data and the results of past elections in an effort to determine the answer to this question, but they are wasting their time.

The answe… Read full post »

OBAMA SHOULD PUT AYERS ISSUE TO REST TONIGHT

I hope John McCain brings up William Ayers at tonight’s debate so Barack Obama can put this inane issue to rest once and for all. He should say something like the following.

"I’m glad you’ve given me a chance to talk about William… Read full post »

(This is NOT the comedy version; this list is a plan that is roughly in recommended chronological order)

10. Pretend Sarah Palin doesn’t exist (Dump her if it’s legally possible at this late date).

9. Broadcast a television commercial that consists of him looking into the camera and prais… Read full post »

SUBSTANCE COUNTS: Obama won debate on important issues

The commentary on the Oct. 7 McCain-Obama debate was sickeningly superficial.

Commentators not smart enough to understand issues or too lazy to pay attention are focused on absolute nonsense such as McCain’s off-hand "That one" comment &nda… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 27, 2008 9:22AM

Why did Obama avoid town hall meetings?

WHY DID OBAMA AVOID TOWN HALL MEETINGS??

I haven’t had a TV for the last few weeks (a column on that is coming soon), but here is my analysis of the debate as I heard it on the radio after declining Obama debate parties invitations.

I took three pages of notes.… Read full post »

JOHN McCAIN'S BEST HOPE -- "I AM DUMPING SARAH PALIN"

 If John McCain makes the following speech, I will vote for him for president.

I know that my fantasy of sleeping with Sarah Palin is more realistic than the below fantasy, but I’m a dreamer.

"My friends, for most of my… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 24, 2008 11:20AM

Fake letters in newspapers are common

Kerry:

Many years ago, I was the editor of a newspaper.  A local woman regularly wrote letters to the editors on the topic of Soviet Jewry.  They were poorly written.  I also knew her personally because of her activism.  I did not think that she was bright.

 One day, she walk… Read full post »

RACISM DOESN’T EXIST – AND DIDN’T IN 1960 EITHER

"You’re black!!!"

The man was practically screaming at me. I was startled. I am white, but this man was proclaiming that I was being discriminated against because I was African-American.

It was 1982. I had sought a management tr… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 17, 2008 11:19AM

TOP TEN REASONS OBAMA LOST THE 2008 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

TOP TEN REASONS OBAMA LOST THE 2008 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

According to presidential scholars, Illinois Senator Barack Obama should win the 2008 presidential election by about 10 percentage points. The scholars base these projections on all sorts of data that have proven to be historically accurate &n… Read full post »

I LOST MY JOB OFFER – AND IT’S BUSH’S FAULT

Last week, I had my third interview for a job I really wanted. It was clear from the second the interview started that the manager had already decided to hire me, but wanted to give me a chance to ask questions… Read full post »

There are an alarming number of people who lack historical perspective in deciding who is the world’s best athlete and are close-minded in not considering athletes in individual sports (except for golfers for reasons that are mystifying to me).

The issue of who is a great athlete is a common to… Read full post »

If you were an independent voter who doesn’t pay that much attention to politics, who would you vote for?

A. Barack Obama

B. A team led by Obama that includes a Republican secretary of defense (Hagel?), a conservative southern Democratic national security adviser (Nunn?), someone with a long re… Read full post »