On the ideological origins of an infamous phase:
The most enduring memory many Russians have of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow has nothing to do with international boycotts or the fact that the Soviet Union won the most medals in Olympics history that year. Ask a Russian about Misha, and a nostalgic tear might come to his eye.
The smiling, chubby cartoon bear known as Mikhail Potapych Toptygin, or Misha, was the official mascot of the 1980 Games and lives on today as a potent cultural icon in Russia...
...But for the man who created Misha, it is a sore point.
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A high school student, described by one classmate as possessing "very strong beliefs about gun laws" tragically followed his extreme right-wing beliefs to their inevitable end point:
Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said Friday that a school shooting suspect died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound and was found in a classroom at Arapahoe High School in suburban Denver.
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Or, if you prefer, "Obama's Out-of-Step Puritanism Deprives Americans of Their Freedom!" Anyway, once you look past Forbes' "Blame-Absolutely-Everything-On-Obama" approach to this issue, its attack on America's Drug War sounded pretty good to me.
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'Fast & Furious' star Paul Walker killed in car accident at age 40.
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What are your favorite horror movies?
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And the Tea Party has already started a parallel Miss Tea Bag pageant to "take their country back" from Muslim Communist Socialist non-White pageant winners.
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The United Kingdom has announced plans to filter all internet content by the end of the year to block out pornography and basic dental care information. Foppish leggings and powdered wigs are apparently still acceptable.
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4 year old shoots a 6 year old.
Six-year-old Brandon Holt has died from injuries sustained when his 4-year-old neighbor shot him in the head with a 22-caliber rifle Monday evening as they played between their New Jersey homes, reports the Asbury Park Press.
The two boys were playing outside in Holt's side yard when the 4-year-old, who has not been named, left to retrieve the 22-caliber rifle from inside of his home. He fired one shot into Holt's head while he sat in a golf cart right beside his garage.
Certainly, DYFS had no reason to inspect that home.
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Film critic Roger Ebert has passed away from cancer at age 70
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Nobel Prize-winning ex-VP Al Gore is back in the news: He just sold his underperforming Current TV network to Al Jazeera TV for $500 million.
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In which your resident music major shits on a film you will probably like. Also: If you need a spoiler alert for Les Mis, WTF?
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By now you've probably seen the picture: A man pushed onto the tracks of the NY subway struggles to climb back on the platform while the train bears down on him. The venerable tabloid the New York Post captions the image "Doomed", and the poor man, Kee-Suck Han, was killed by the train. Now the question is this: did the newspaper photographer do everything in his power to save the doomed man, or did he worry more about getting the picture?
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The British Broadcasting Company is one of the most distinquised media entities in the world. Unshackled by advertisers, they have produced amazing programming and are famous for their fearless news reporting. That is, right up to now, when they have been beset by 2 1/2 or 3 simultaneous scandals.
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