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ComPost: November 21, 2010 - November 27, 2010

Black Friday and how not to restart the economy

It's Black Friday! "When the going gets tough," Robin Williams once quipped, "the tough go shopping." This seems to be the unofficial motto of Black Friday in these trying economic times. To me, the name "Black Friday" sounds like some...

By Alexandra Petri  | November 26, 2010; 1:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Epic Failures, Petri, Worst Things Ever  | Tags:  Black Friday, law of the jungle  
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Tom 'The Hammer' DeLay is convicted of money laundering?

Tom Delay was just convicted of money laundering? For years, I thought money laundering was something you did after you accidentally left $75,000 in your bra. But apparently not! For years, whenever I found a dollar in my pants after...

By Alexandra Petri  | November 24, 2010; 7:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  Congress, Petri, Worst Things Ever  | Tags:  Tom Delay, turkey  
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Top reasons newsmakers past and present have to be thankful

Pilgrims: We're thankful we made it through another year. Sarah Palin: I am thankful for our North Korean Allies. Birther: I'm thankful the president hasn't shown me his birth certificate yet, adding an air of mystery that gives my...

By Alexandra Petri  | November 24, 2010; 2:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Petri, Top Lists, Worst Things Ever  | Tags:  Thanksgiving, Twas The Night Before, turkey  
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Thanks, but no Thanksgiving -- updates to the Other Side of the Coin

In the early years of the Internet, a series of thankful phrases circulated on the internet called "The Other Side of the Coin." You can read them here. These are inspiring words! But say them today, and people scoff. The...

By Alexandra Petri  | November 24, 2010; 2:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Bad Advice, Only on the Internet, Petri, Top Lists  | Tags:  Thanksgiving, parody  
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I miss telemarketers -- and, soon, land-line pollsters

I miss telemarketers. Remember those? They were the butt of constant jokes from everyone from late-night comedians to your neighbor who liked to pretend that he'd expired in the night and was responding from the afterlife. Since telemarketers, if someone...

By Alexandra Petri  | November 24, 2010; 11:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Bad Advice, Petri  | Tags:  losers, phone calls  
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Thanksgiving Word Search game -- reality edition

Are you tired of drawing hand turkeys? ("That's not an obscene gesture! The turkey has alopecia!") Looking for a fun thanksgiving game to keep your family or classroom occupied while you escape them and run outdoors to drink alone? Look...

By Alexandra Petri  | November 23, 2010; 4:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Petri, Quiz, That's awkward, Worst Things Ever  | Tags:  Thanksgiving  
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Can Palin win? Is that halibut she clubbed completely deceased?

So, can she win? I think the real question of whether Sarah Palin can win comes down to whether it is a greater hassle to vote for Dancing With The Stars or to vote in real life. In real life,...

By Alexandra Petri  | November 23, 2010; 9:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
Categories:  Petri, Reality? Television  | Tags:  Sarah Palin, dancing with the stars, dead fish  
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Most dangerous cities in America? St. Louis, here I come!

The CQ Press just came out with its list of most dangerous cities in America. I know where I'm moving! Colonie, N.Y.? No, even though its crime rate is 82.49 points below the national average. That would be lulling...

By Alexandra Petri  | November 22, 2010; 3:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Epic Failures, Petri, Worst Things Ever  | Tags:  city, scary  
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Holiday songs revamped for how early they play in restaurants and on the television these days

I'll Be Home For Christmas, Which is More Than Two Months Away, But I Am Making Travel Plans In Advance All I Want For Christmas Is You To Wait Three More Weeks Before Playing This Song Jingle Bells Jolly...

By Alexandra Petri  | November 22, 2010; 11:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Petri, Top Lists, Worst Things Ever  | Tags:  slow news day  
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Mulligans: TSA puts out 'feelers,' Jimmy Carter reveals killer rabbit details

Florida Republican Allen West is fast becoming our favorite congressman-elect. First he tried to hire as his chief of staff a radio personality who had talked about hanging illegal immigrants. Now he's on Meet the Press offering his critique of...

By Dana Milbank  | November 21, 2010; 8:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Mulligans  
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