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Monday, July 27,2015
Sordid Tales

Rihanna’s oversexed take on American history

Singer doesn’t know when to lay off the sex stuff

By Edwin Decker
I finally saw the video for the relatively new Rihanna song, “American Oxygen.” And while I rather like the haunting resonance of the music and its theme, the video itself has one glaring problem: Rihanna is in it. 
Monday, June 22,2015
Sordid Tales

The Premium Liquor Experiment and Taste Test

Don’t order premium liquor when rotgut does just as well

By Edwin Decker
Most publications' drinks issue contains lots of hipster-crafty cocktail recipes with a variety of fancy liquor brands. I would like to pipe in at this time to say, "Don't. Don't. Don't believe the hype."
Monday, June 1,2015
Sordid Tales

The trouble with smiting

God gave us the drought because he hates gays, duh

By Edwin Decker
Whatever the cataclysm, be it a tsunami, hurricane, pandemic or Kardashian family squabble, there's always more than a few lunatics who like to say the disaster is God's wrath against the LGBT community.
Monday, May 18,2015
Sordid Tales

To asterisk or not to asterisk?

Devising a system to identify disparities in the sports record books

By Edwin Decker
Thanks to recent controversies surrounding Tom Brady and Alex Rodriguez, the age-old argument involving the asterisk has re-emerged.
Monday, May 4,2015
Sordid Tales

Condoning and/or participating

A solution to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act problem

By Edwin Decker
It truly hurts my gonads to agree with the religious right about anything, but I take their side regarding the Indianapolis gay wedding cake denial debacle, and a spreading piece of legislation known as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).
Monday, April 20,2015
Sordid Tales

How to survive a music festival

The real-world advice on dress, drugs, Vaseline and more

By Edwin Decker
Now that music-festival season is upon us, it’s time once again to be inundated with countless magazine and blog stories with advice on how best to survive and enjoy your festival experience. 
Monday, April 6,2015
Sordid Tales

Treason! School pledge read in Arabic

I pledge allegiance to jihad on the United States of America

By Edwin Decker
I'm sure you've heard the one about the New York high school that committed "treason" by permitting a student to recite the Pledge of Allegiance over the school's PA—in Arabic.
Monday, March 23,2015
Sordid Tales

Putting women on money is so money

Why Harriet Tubman’s more deserving of the 20-spot than Andrew Jackson

By Edwin Decker
Perhaps you've heard of the group Women on 20s, which is seeking to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with a notable American female.
Monday, March 9,2015
Sordid Tales

The House that Influenza Built

Why I will no longer say, ‘God bless you’

By Edwin Decker
In other words, I will never again utter the words "God bless you" after somebody sneezes. And I don't care who it is: my mother, my boss, my parole officer.
Monday, February 23,2015
Sordid Tales

The changing definition of the word ‘literally’

Amnesty for ignorance is what it is

By Edwin Decker
Apologies for addressing this issue belatedly, but it only recently became known to me. Apparently, a little more than a year ago—quite silently and with minimal brouhaha—Webster's Dictionary (an