The Contrarian: A Farewell To Steve Jobs

Standards of living in the United States continue to evolve as technology and its capabilities streamline and improve upon the manner in which we complete tasks, proving a theoretically increased efficiency that the consumer will pay for in dollars and cents, and that the status quo will maintain through an …

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The Contrarian: Checking Our Homework

Last Wednesday, the Obama administration went to the Supreme Court with the request that they hear United States Department of Health and Human Services, et al., Petitioners V. State of Florida, et al., one of many cases regarding challenges to the 2010 health care reform provisions and the constitutionality …

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The Contrarian: Selling Out

One thing (of the many things) I find truly hilarious is when people talk about money “being the root of all evil.” In the best of times, you get what you pay for, and resources maintain value by maintaining how much people are willing to pay.

In the “Land of …

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The Contrarian: Oh, Word?

Thank goodness for Jon Stewart. Besides having provided stoners political jump-on points since 1999 (note: Commenting on the enthusiastic audience response to the topic of capital punishment at the Republican Presidential debate two Wednesdays ago, Stephen Colbert, Stewart’s ‘bitter blood rival,’ joked, “It’s like saying ‘pot’ to the audience of …

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The Contrarian: If You Can’t Beat ‘Em…

While one cannot predict the future, the past is a tangible source of information and potential insight regarding socio-economic trends. This is a theory, a habit that people have used to feel secure within the system, analyzing history on a macro scale to better understand things up close. Plans of …

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The Contrarian: Only The Strong Survive

On the premise that the word “liberal” is not synonymous with “hippie” and that the word “conservative” is not the same as “uptight,” New Jersey has got to have one of the most liberal state governments in the country. As discussed in last week’s column (“Jersey Trendsetters,” 8/31), we do …

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The Contrarian: Jersey Trendsetters

New Jersey has never been a state to look to the rest of the country for incentive. Since becoming the very first state of the Union to ratify the United States Bill of Rights in 1789, the Garden State has had an undeniable history of doing things its way and …

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The Contrarian: It’s a Small World After All, And No One’s Drawing You A Map

My friends, I am happy to report that the beauty of the interview remains intact. Christine O’Donnell’s appearance (and timely disappearance upon being “pulled away”) on Piers Morgan Tonight last Wednesday not only had me in a mixture of gleeful incredulity and grateful pause, but indicates that journalism, in its …

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The Contrarian: Hobbit? “Whah oh’ve eht?”

Generally when politicians use cultural references, I see it as a ploy to increase accessibility to their message. Sometimes these appeals miss the mark, as was the case when President Barack Obama spoke at this year’s Democratic National Committee LGBT Leadership gala, insisting that he had always “believed that discriminating …

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The Contrarian: For The People, By The People

Child’s Play

If there is one positive thing to come from all the hullabaloo surrounding the debt ceiling talks, it is that the American people realize that their relationship with Washington is not merely reactionary, despite the nonsensical comfort the general citizenry has often taken in the habit of exercising …

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