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ComPost: October 24, 2010 - October 30, 2010

Peace Trains, Crazy Trains, Love Trains and automobiles at Stewart rally

It was all about the trains. The highlight of the Rally To Restore Sanity And/Or Fear, headlined by the comedic duo of Stephen Colbert's bloviating, bombastic pundit and Jon Stewart, America's straight man, was a clash that occurred towards the...

By Alexandra Petri  | October 30, 2010; 6:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Petri, Reality? Television, Tea Party  | Tags:  Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, cars, rally, trains  
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For Halloween, the twelve things that frighten us the most

Flying Public speaking Speaking publicly about flying Katherine Chloe Cahoon Being called late at night by Virginia Thomas Being robocalled later at night by Sandra Day O'Connor, after you've hung up on Virginia Thomas and gone to bed. Melisma...

By Alexandra Petri  | October 29, 2010; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Petri, Top Lists, Worst Things Ever  | Tags:  scary, spooky  
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Missing Links: Clinton-Gingrich Adultery Assoc; Christine O'Donnell's Halloween costume

Dick Armey on Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich: "They had many meetings that we didn't know about where they'd drink wine and smoke cigars and talk about their girlfriends." *** Aren't you glad we took the high road and didn't...

By Dana Milbank  | October 28, 2010; 9:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Missing links  
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But Gawker, I, too, had a one-night stand with Christine O'Donnell

I, too, had a one-night stand with Christine O'Donnell. It's awkward that it had to come out this way. I'm amazed that Gawker didn't contact me and offer me the "modest amount" it says it paid the Anonymous Philadelphian (AP...

By Alexandra Petri  | October 28, 2010; 5:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Only on the Internet, Petri, Tea Party, That's awkward  | Tags:  Christine O'Donnell, parody  
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Before you check the College Board for your SAT scores

Today the College Board (which, incidentally, would be a terrible name for a band) is releasing everyone's SAT scores from the Oct. 9 test date. The day you get your SAT scores is like Christmas morning, if Christmas at your...

By Alexandra Petri  | October 28, 2010; 1:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Bad Advice, Petri  | Tags:  SAT scores  
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A poll Joe Miller can't manipulate; the new migrant workers

Maybe Joe Miller shouldn't have sworn off manipulating poll results. Documents ordered released this week by a judge show that the Republican nominee for Senate in Alaska, in his previous job, admitted to surreptitiously using office colleagues' computers to participate...

By Dana Milbank  | October 28, 2010; 11:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Missing links  
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Karl Rove and Sarah Palin -- defying gravitas

Karl Rove says Sarah Palin lacks gravitas! Well, actually, what he said (to the Daily Telegraph) was this: There are high standards that the American people have for it [the presidency] and they require a certain level of gravitas, and...

By Alexandra Petri  | October 28, 2010; 11:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
Categories:  Petri, Reality? Television, Tea Party  | Tags:  Levi Johnston, Sarah Palin, gravitas  
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Charlie Chaplin Cell Phone Woman is the worst time traveler ever

I saw the grainy video footage, taken from the DVD extras of the Charlie Chaplin film "The Circus." A woman in black boots and a dark coat walks through the background, apparently talking on a cell phone. Time traveler! says...

By Alexandra Petri  | October 27, 2010; 4:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
Categories:  Only on the Internet, Petri, Worst Things Ever  | Tags:  science, the power of myth  
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What is wrong with Joe Miller?

Some journalists and bloggers have been stalking the Alaska Republican Senate nominee to see whether he's receiving military disability benefits, and, if so, for what. The court-ordered release of documents from his last workplace, the Fairbanks North Star Borough local...

By Dana Milbank  | October 27, 2010; 2:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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Rand Paul supporter asks for apology from woman he stomped? An apology guide

Doesn't anyone understand how apologies are supposed to work? First, Virginia Thomas calls Anita Hill to demand an apology for whatever it was that happened 20 years ago. Now Tim Profitt, the Rand Paul supporter who subdued a woman...

By Alexandra Petri  | October 27, 2010; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Petri, That's awkward  | Tags:  Rand Paul, Virginia Thomas, apologies  
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DiFi sees doom; Rand Paul supporter votes with his feet; Soros drops $1 million for marijuana

Millions of words have been wasted in the coverage of the midterm elections. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) was able to sum up the whole situation with a single word: "bad." *** Atlas Shrugged. Rand Paul supporters go a bit further.
Lauren...

By Dana Milbank  | October 26, 2010; 8:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Why the Jon Stewart Rally is my generation's Woodstock

We don't go to rallies. Drag races? Men in heels. Once we were in a protest, but only because we had to walk through it to get to a Lady Gaga concert. Sign petitions? Please. March for a cause?...

By Alexandra Petri  | October 26, 2010; 4:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (81)
Categories:  Petri, Reality? Television  | Tags:  Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, irony, millennials, rally  
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Goodbye Pulpo Paul: a tribute to our favorite psychic octopus

"How far that little candle throws its beams. So shines a good Octopus in a naughty world." - The Merchant of Venice, Octopus Edition Before commenting seriously on the news, I want to take a moment for Paul the...

By Alexandra Petri  | October 26, 2010; 10:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  From bad to verse, Petri  | Tags:  Pulpo Paul, RIP  
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Missing Links: Obama shoves it and Barbara Boxer gets ribbed

Maybe Frank Caprio, the Democratic candidate for governor of Rhode Island, meant to say he would "love it" if President Obama would give him an endorsement. But, when push-it came to shove-it, there was no endorsement. Now comes the surely...

By Dana Milbank  | October 26, 2010; 8:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Top 25 topical Halloween costume ideas

So you've run out of costume ideas, but want to impress your friends with your grasp of today's hot issues? Have no fear! That's why I'm here. The biggest tip I can give you is NOT to dress as...

By Alexandra Petri  | October 25, 2010; 2:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Petri, Top Lists  | Tags:  Halloween  
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Jennifer Mee -- from hiccups to murder?

"Hiccup girl" Jennifer Mee has been charged with first-degree murder! It's the classic tragedy. Someone rises to fame and prominence for something innocent and then starts arranging for people to be killed. Like Macbeth! Or Mark Zuckerberg -- at...

By Alexandra Petri  | October 25, 2010; 12:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Petri, Reality? Television  | Tags:  Too soon?, hiccups  
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Joe Miller hires the "Christian Indiana Jones"; Obama packs bag lunch; Meg Whitman wastes $139 million

Don't mess with Joe Miller. First, the Republican nominee for the Senate from Alaska caused a stir when the active-duty military bodyguards protecting him handcuffed a reporter who was trying to ask the candidate questions. Now comes word from Mother...

By Dana Milbank  | October 24, 2010; 11:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Missing links  
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