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Brad Rourke

Brad Rourke writes a column on public life called Public Comments, produces an occasional videolog called Taxonomies, is a founder of the Maryland neighborhood blog, Rockville Central, and is in a band called The West End.
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The Identity (Theft) Crisis

Sunday, November 16th, 2008 - by Brad Rourke

How personal credit information ends up in the hands of Pakistani criminals.

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What If It Had Been More Than an Infomercial?

Saturday, November 1st, 2008 - by Brad Rourke

Obama's 30-minute broadcast was a squandered opportunity.

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University Bribes Students to Retake SAT

Sunday, October 26th, 2008 - by Brad Rourke

Baylor University's unethical ploy to game the college ranking system.

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Why the Bailout Plan Failed

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008 - by Brad Rourke

The reasons become clear when one steps away from the panic for just a moment.

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McCain Can’t Plead Ignorance in the Age of Google — Nobody Can

Monday, June 16th, 2008 - by Brad Rourke

Wake up, presidential hopefuls! Embarrassing revelations about donors, staffers and "spiritual mentors" are just a search engine away.

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What I Would Say to Eliot Spitzer

Monday, March 24th, 2008 - by Brad Rourke

Publicly shamed ex-governor Eliot Spitzer is now Citizen Spitzer: a full-time repentant husband. What would you say if you were his neighbor?

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Got Ethics, McCain?

Friday, February 22nd, 2008 - by Brad Rourke

The New York Times' bombshell story on John McCain proves that sometimes in today's political climate "we seek examples of wrongdoing and find them where they do not quite exist," contends Brad Rourke.

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White Men Can’t Talk

Sunday, February 10th, 2008 - by Brad Rourke

MSNBC correspondent David Shuster got into hot water when he said that Chelsea Clinton was being "pimped out." In trying to use so-called street lingo, he made the same mistakes any foreign language speaker makes when idiomatically out of their depth, with similarly hilarious results, observes Brad Rourke.

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It’s Not Whether You Win or Lose… Or Is It?

Monday, February 4th, 2008 - by Brad Rourke

As Brad Rourke watched the presidential debates and the candidate interviews, he couldn't help but think how he would answer certain questions or parry certain jabs if he were in their shoes. It baffled him when presumably savvy politicians stumbled. However, a Pinewood Derby changed his perspective.

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Combative Sound Bite Politics Are Fine With Me

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008 - by Brad Rourke

Brad Rourke used to get worked up about reforming the political scene. Now he's learned to stop worrying and love the hyperpartisan bomb.

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So Much Content, So Little Information

Saturday, December 15th, 2007 - by Brad Rourke

It's quantity, not quality that counts these days when it comes to words. Brad Rourke is nostalgic for the days of strong but silent leaders like President Calvin Coolidge. As for the media, with the ratio of junk to nutrition increasing, it's harder for people to find out what they need and want to know.

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Words Hurt: The PC Police vs. Your Vocabulary

Thursday, December 6th, 2007 - by Brad Rourke

Watch out before you refer to a thief being caught "red-handed," condemn a "blacklist," or, heaven forbid, refer to someone who is cheap as being "niggardly." Brad Rourke just doesn't comprehend the rationale behind many of the "no-no words" recently circulated by the Army. It's all Greek to him.... Oops! Better apologize to Greek-Americans.

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Stop The Presses: Writing in the Internet Age

Friday, October 26th, 2007 - by Brad Rourke

Who among us has not sent an email to the wrong person and felt the desire for recall? PJM columnist Brad Rourke, like many writers on the internet, knows what it's like to pay the price for hastiness in remorse.

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Hack The Vote

Wednesday, October 17th, 2007 - by Brad Rourke

"Life hacks" explains PJM columnist Brad Rourke, is a new trendy term for things that ordinary people can do to affect change in their world with existing tools. He's got some suggestions for action that disgruntled citizens frustrated with the political process can take - and invites more ideas from readers.

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How Lazy Can You Get?

Thursday, October 11th, 2007 - by Brad Rourke

In our modern information age, everything is getting easier and more convenient....and PJM columnist Brad Rourke is getting worried. Have we forgotten what it's like to make an effort for anything?

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Learners Are People Too

Friday, October 5th, 2007 - by Brad Rourke

PJM columnist Brad Rourke is fed up with the fancy language bureaucrats use to hide their real obligations. He argues that it's time to get rid of the ten-dollar-words and face up to the fact that our actions affect real people.

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The Pressure of High Anxiety

Friday, September 28th, 2007 - by Brad Rourke

It has become all too common today to blame egregious behavior on pressure. PJM columnist Brad Rourke makes the case for more personal responsibility.

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Expensive Money

Friday, September 21st, 2007 - by Brad Rourke

"Payday" loan companies comprise a $28 billion industry in terms of loan volume. PJM columnist Brad Rourke questions the morality of these operations "that can only survive on poor decisions made in desperation."

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Living Like Xerxes

Monday, September 10th, 2007 - by Brad Rourke

What do global warming "carbon offsets" and the movie "300" have to do with each other? Sounds like a riddle not even the Goracle could unscramble. Well, PJM columnist Brad Rourke has an answer.

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Sen. Larry Craig’s Personal Alamo

Tuesday, September 4th, 2007 - by Brad Rourke

The Idaho senator with the shiny wedding ring made a last stand at his own Alamo of truth as he vainly attempted to deny what was clear to all. Brad Rourke writes he feels more pity than outrage at the fallen legislator. "Lies are corrosive threads that shoot through the fabric of our days. Public life is filled with them but private life is, too. They suffocate us, they mount and build and kill our souls."

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Porn Nation

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007 - by Brad Rourke

What's a father to do when an innocent slip-up on the computer enables his daughter to see "paparazzi photos of celebrity nether regions"? Brad Rourke is one of the many parents in America who "feel besieged by a culture around us of non-stop porn."

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