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The Top Five: Titles, beers, sex and destiny

Britten Fay

May 11, 2011

Sticks and stones As a guy who grew up with an unusual name which can be scoffed at, confused, inverted, changed at the speaker’s whim, easily rhymed with derogatory terms, needs repeating several times on the phone, out-right refused by listeners because it’s different, gotten wrong by peers, ...

What will it mean for CSUN students when Koester leaves office?

Britten Fay

May 9, 2011

After nearly 11 years in office,  Jolene Koester announced Monday that she will retire from her position as CSUN president by the end of 2011. Her announcement listed highlights of achievements during her time in office including increased graduation rates, successful fundraising campaigns, a policy...

The Top Five: Anger, cool kids, jerks & hard love

Britten Fay

May 4, 2011

Rage Last week, a man in Seattle was arrested for firing his pistol after another car cut him off in traffic and two landscapers in Orange, Connecticut mixed it up until one was injured by a weed eater. While I think a weed eater in a fight is pretty awesome, this is no way to make friends. But ...

The Top Five: Protests, mania, bunnies, death and too much love

Britten Fay

April 21, 2011

Freedom from speech This story required little from me, I just wanted to pass it along because it’s been a long time coming. A Louisiana website tells the tale of a Mississippi town standing up to a Kansas nuisance: The body of USMC Staff Sgt. Jason Rogers returned from Afghanistan to his hometown ...

The Top Five: Salary, vanity, Jesus, sanity and libation

Britten Fay

April 13, 2011

Men do work harder… screw it, what’s on TV? Tuesday was Equal Pay Day, an occasion birthed by feminists to shout at leaders about the discrepancy in pay between men and women for equal work. In an article on the same day, safely androgynously-named writer for the Wall Street Journal, Carrie ...

The Top Five: Bad music, bad parents, jerks and selfishness

Britten Fay

March 23, 2011

I’m every woman A music-loving man in Folkestone, England was first served a noise abatement notice and then actually had cops kick down his door because he wouldn’t stop blasting Whitney Houston and 50 Cent. He was so obnoxious with his “tiny collection of CDs” the warrant is still open an...

The Top Five: Extreme sports, badness, breakfast and bugs

Britten Fay

March 17, 2011

Flying deathtrap The FAA says you have a choice:  You can live in the past like your grandmother and fly in planes that feature emergency oxygen tanks in lavatories, though they could be used as bombs by extremists to take down airplanes. Or you can take the jaunty new, extreme sport approach to flyi...

The Top Five: Infidelity, no-fidelity, fear, sloth and flight

Britten Fay

March 10, 2011

Not just for toppling dictators anymore Facebook has been fingered by some divorce attorneys as a prime suspect for failed relationships in the U.S., with some even going so far as to demand access to a client’s Facebook page before any real legal action takes place. It makes sense, a password-protected,...

Privacy, mortality, sex & emergencies

Britten Fay

March 3, 2011

SCOTUS: Corporations do not have personal privacy rights The U.S. Supreme Court overturned an appeals court ruling on Tuesday that said the FCC could not release records of its investigation into AT&T. Chief Justice John Roberts said the word “personal” normally refers to individuals and...

Should women serve in direct combat?

Britten Fay

March 1, 2011

Women have played a variety of supporting roles in war for as long as people have waged them, but U.S. policy forbids them from serving at the point of the spear. Even so, two current wars with no real delineated front or rear and a foggy understanding of who and where the enemy is have repeatedly...

The Top Five: Tragedy, equity, ennui & alms

Britten Fay

February 24, 2011

Four Americans killed by Somali pirates Scott and Jean Adam of Marina del Rey were sailing their yacht off the coast of Oman with friends Bob Riggle and Phyllis Macay when they were taken captive by pirates Tuesday. A U.S. warship negotiating the captives’ release was fired on by the pirates a...

The Top Five: Free market, near-free books, bullies and socks

Britten Fay

February 17, 2011

Unions face the chopping block For the second day in a row, thousands of students and public employees gathered in Wisconsin’s capital on Wednesday to protest Gov. Scott Walker’s bill that would strip unions of collective bargaining rights. The bill would eliminate the protected negotiations bet...

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