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U of L forum pricks writer’s conscience

I first heard about the University of Louisville‘s community forum on public discourse through a news update on my iphone. I thought that might be interesting to see but I have way to much to do at home after an unexpected three-day weekend. Oh well. Then I read on Facebook where U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Greyson and UofL political science professor Jasmine Farrier would be holding the forum at noon and it would streamed live through UofL’s homepage. Hmmm. Maybe I could catch it. Then I forgot about it while switching out a load of…


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An introduction with a touch of irreverence.

My Philadelphia friend (Adam Brodsky, a hilarious Yankee singer-songwriter who has a Guinness World Record™ for touring 50 states in 50 days, and whose music will make you LOL, omg) shared this article with me, along with the clever comment “its nust a simple mistake, the two keys are right jext to oje ajother,” thus reminding me if people as far off as Philadelphia are stumbling across Rick Redding’s new and awesome website, that I am LONG overdue in posting an introductory blog.


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No Name-Calling Week Pushes For More Than Civility

This week at UofL is “No Name-Calling Week.” It may sound trite, the phrase “name-calling” bringing to mind a childish squabble. But as recent events have reminded us, name-calling can, and does have a negative and perhaps deadly impact on the targets. As children, we’re admonished to ignore those who called us names, that it reflects more on the name-caller than it does the one the jeers are directed toward, and anyone who says otherwise is labeled too sensitive, among other things. It is interesting that we admonish the one targeted by the name-caller just as much as the name-callers…


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Kutcher and Portman’s ‘NSA’ Relationship

Disjointedly tasteless with moments of awesomeness. Starring Ashton Kutcher, Natalie Portman, Kevin Kline, Ludacris and Lake Bell. Directed by Ivan Reitman It’s theorized that in Hollywood there is a machine. It lives, breathes, and exists below the streets of Los Angeles much like the purported ones that record all of our phone conversations exists somewhere beneath the windswept plains of Nebraska. Studio Execs keep this machine secret, looking behind their backs as they take the Metro to a clandestine tunnel located directed under Century City to another rail line that transports them to the room where this machine is kept….


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UofL Scores: Sterling @ Sustainability

UofL is among only a handful of schools to receive a STARS Silver designation, the association’s third-highest rating. Only one, the University of Colorado-Boulder, has placed higher with a STARS Gold. No school has yet earned the highest STARS designation, a Platinum.


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2 Women Crying

This past weekend I had two women on separate occasions get into my  taxi crying their eyes out.  On Friday night there was a dispatched run to the Crescent Hill area.  As I approached the apartments I noticed there was a man standing outside in sweats flagging me down.  The first thing he said to me was ‘she’s been hit!’  She came out of the apartment complex a couple minutes later and got in the taxi…crying hysterically.  She closed the door and away we went.  As we pulled out of the complex she screamed and ducked down in the taxi saying ‘that’s him, hurry get out of here!’   I found out that…


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Bad Day for the Jets, and WLKY

  There’s always somebody watching with a camera, I guess. Wonder how many people noticed this little graphic mistake during Sunday’s Jets-Steelers game.  This screen capture posted by CNBC sports reporter Darren Rovell.


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Jumpin’ Jack

My first memories of Jack LaLanne were from my parent’s small living room and black & white Phillips television set. I sat on the braided rug watching this man dressed in a tight-fitting jumpsuit, bulging with muscles and kicking way up in the air with his….soft slippers. He did so with the help of a big furry white dog named Happy and a rolling soundtrack of a Hammond organ. Jack LaLanne did not look like my dad, who was the model of all men, of course, and I’d stack my father’s manly pair of brown wingtips shoes against this smiling,…


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Politics and Footballs, and Political Football

Yes, there was a “light dusting” of snow. And JCPS didn’t call off classes. Packers-Steelers: Count me among those disappointed in the outcome of yesterday’s games, as I was hoping for a Bears-Jets SB XLV. The big game is two weeks away in Dallas. No local angle, really,  unless you count ex-Cards Jason Spitz of Green Bay and William Gay for Pittsburgh. Both teams, though, have huge local fan bases. I’ll be surprised if any local reporters cover it. I’m looking forward to the commercials. Speaking of which, how about those NFL TV ratings, which all may be ending after…


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K.O. Says Goobye-For Now

To my surprise Keith Olbermann has taken his leave from MSNBC. I imagine many others who religiously watched him five nights a week felt shocked and dismayed at his sudden, and somewhat mysterious farewell, but I can’t stop thinking that it was a self- immolation of sorts by Olbermann.  I was an avid watcher of Olbermann when he first came back to MSNBC eight years ago, but as time went on, his somewhat self-indulgent indignation began to rub me wrong, and I drifted away. Olbermann has made no secret that he is a great admirer of the late CBS legend…