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Friday, May 30, 2014

Friday, May 30, 2014

Debbie Downer

8 Reasons "Congressman" May Be the Worst Title in America

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Fri, May 30, 2014 at 8:02 AM
ILLUSTRATION BY SCOTT ANDERSON
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Imagine, in a moment of suspended disbelief, that your job pays 174 grand a year. And comes with a $1.3 million expense account. And a staff of 18 Ivy League yes-men whose sole duty is to bray loud and wide about the miracle that is you - when they're not babysitting your kids or fetching your dry cleaning, that is.

You get free travel to anywhere on the globe. A private dining room and a private gym replete with swimming pool, sauna and steam bath.

Best of all, you're only required to show up for the equivalent of four months per year.

Former congressman Tom Tancredo had this life for a decade. By the time it was over, he'd caught that affliction known to anyone who hates his job: a fear of Monday mornings. "As I drove to work, I'd get a knot in my stomach, and it would just start to grow," Tancredo says. 

Here's why:

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

BEFITT
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You know that Debbie Downer friend on Facebook who posts each day about being unable to sleep well, stand the pain or, worse, find true love?

Oy vey. Turns out she's bringing everybody down with her.

New research presented in Southern California recently concludes that "emotional contagion" can go beyond face-to-face communication:

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Walking in L.A. - PRAYITNO
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  • Walking in L.A.
You can sleep well knowing that L.A. came in at No. 27 -- if you weigh for population and walking to work -- in a national ranking of big-city pedestrian deaths by the organization Transportation for America. Or you can wake up in a cold sweat knowing that we had the second-highest number of total fatalities in the '00s

This glass is half full: People really don't walk in L.A? But they sure die trying.

Grandma will probably get a few more strolls in on her pedometer. Unless, of course, she lives in downtown, Pico-Union or Koreatown, which look downright perilous when you see a map of walkers fatally mowed down by drivers:

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Debbie Downer

Party-Foul Fines Could be Reality in Newport Beach This Summer

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Wed, Apr 13, 2011 at 8:07 AM

Dennis Rodman would be kicked out of this game.
  • Dennis Rodman would be kicked out of this game.
Your next hangover just might come with an $8,000 price tag.

That's right. The city of Newport Beach gave preliminary approval last night to an ordinance that would put the "party foul" into law there -- including tickets with fines as high as $8,000 for getting down all Dennis Rodman-like. In other words, you could get a ticket just for partying too much.

Can they do that? After all, partying is a nebulous activity -- some might say it's a kind of speech that should be protected. Oh, no, say Newport Beach police:

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Friday, March 18, 2011

Run in moderation. - MIKE BAIRD
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  • Run in moderation.
Have fun at the L.A. Marathon Sunday but don't drop dead.

Seriously. Turns out those ironic tales about hardcore athletes and fitness fanatics taking their last steps during grueling runs might not be so rare. Running could actually be bad for your health.

Seriously. Well, there is a catch ...

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