Random Thoughts From Kosmo

Jul 22, 2011
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There’s much debate in Washington – and much discussion around the nation – about whether or not to raise the nation’s debt ceiling. Realistically, everyone knows that the debt ceiling must be raised. In recent history, neither party has had a track record of balancing the budget. There’s chatter about cutting spending, but when the […]

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I Bought A Kindle

Jul 13, 2011
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I recent bought a Kindle.  As some of you know, I’ve long been a proponent of printed books and have resisted to urge to jump to e-readers.  Why the change of heart? The battery life issue is not as much of a concern as I would have thought.  I was under the false impression that […]

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Break Up The Pirates!

Jul 09, 2011
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Going into play on Saturday, the Pittsburgh Pirates are in a tie for second place in their division, just one game behind the Brewers. The last time the Pirates wrapped up a winning season, I was starting my senior year of high school.  The year was 1992.  George Bush (the elder) was president.  Jeffrey Dahmer […]

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90 Feet To History

Jul 08, 2011
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Darren Wieters felt the butterflies in his stomach. The 39 year old had been working toward this moment for his entire career. It was the final game of the season, and Wieters had entered the game with 2994 career hits. The sports world was resigned to the fact that Wieters would have to come back […]

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Lawrence Block: An Author Who “Gets It”

Jul 07, 2011
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I make no secret of the fact that I’m a big fan of crime writer Lawrence Block.  I’ve profiled him in one article and placed him atop my baker’s dozen list of favorite authors.  He has written novels, short stories, and even writes a monthly column in a philately magazine.  Additionally, he has written books […]

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Inside The Prison Walls

Jul 01, 2011
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Could it be? A brand new story? Yep! Andrew sighed as he pressed his face against the window and watched the rain fall. It was going to be another dreary day inside cell block K. He had been rousted from his bed far earlier than he would have liked, and after the morning’s calisthenics, he […]

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Who’s Worth More – Albert Pujols or Prince Fielder?

Jun 30, 2011
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First basemen Albert Pujols of the Cardinals and Prince Fielder of the Brewers will hit the free agent market this off-season, unless they are re-signed by their current teams.  The Yankees (Mark Teixeira) and Red Sox (Adrian Gonzalez) already have significant money tied up in their first basemen, and are not likely to chase after them, which […]

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What Does It Mean To Be Educated?

Jun 30, 2011
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I don’t usually do personal dedications in my articles.  However, this article is dedicated to the woman who declared that she was too educated to be kicked off a train after the conductor asked her to keep her noise level down. What, exactly, does is mean to be “educated”? It’s not a piece of paper […]

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Tricky Baseball Trivia

Jun 29, 2011
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If you’ve been reading The Soap Boxers very long, then you know that I’m a big baseball fan.  Major league baseball has been around since 1876, and teams play a game almost every day, so there’s an almost bottomless well of trivia to tap into.  So without further ado, let’s jump in. All question refer […]

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When in Rome

Jun 26, 2011
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I should be getting back to writing new short stories in a few weeks, but until then, I’ll share this re-run with you.  It originally ran on January 1, 2010.   Jay Maxwell grabbed a cloth and polished the exterior of the machine. It wasn’t really necessary for the machine to shine, but Jay took […]

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