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Top 100 words and phrases to avoid

1. It’s the economy, stupid.

2. A week is a long time in politics. Or variants thereof, such as, “If a week is a long time in politics then a month seems an eternity.”

3. What part of x don’t you understand? Although this one seems to have nearly died out already.

4. Way beyond, or way more.

5. Any time soon.

6. “Events, dear boy, events.” (Except as the name of an excellent political blog, currently in abeyance.)

7. Learning curve.

8. Raising awareness.

Muckraker!

Greg Payne's column is missing from this week's Alibi! What happened? Maybe it says why somewhere in the incredibly-hard-to-find print edition? "Payne's World" was probably the best thing the Alibi had going for it. Hate to see it go.

A smarmy new offering

KRQE News 13, a.k.a. The Greatest News Program In The Universe, aired the most incredible story last night about a cheerleader voyeur web site. Here's how it opens:

Dick Knipfing: There's a big buzz tonight among teenagers in New Mexico and elsewhere about a smarmy new offering out on the Internet.

A big buzz? Among teenagers? In New Mexico and elsewhere? A smarmy new offering? Tell me more!

Fun times with Dick and Heather

In this make-believe Q and A session with Dick Knipfing and Heather Wilson [Windows Media Player required], Knipfing demonstrates his newsman's prowess by asking Wilson the tough questions. A typical exchange goes something like this:

Dick: Some people are concerned about X. What do you think?

Heather: I don't think X is a concern.

Dick: Me neither. Next question...

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