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    From: pundit
    To: undisclosed-recipients: ;
    Date: Fri, 30 Oct 2009 19:01:35 -0400
    Subject: Your Pundit Entry

    Thank you for entering the first season of the America's Next Great Pundit contest. You didn't make the judging easy for us. Not only did we get nearly 5,000 entries, but a great many of those entries were really quite excellent -- smart, interesting, funny, well written and well argued. So while we're sorry to say that we can't include you as one of our ten finalists this time around, we hope this isn't the last time we hear from you. We hope you'll follow the rest of the contest and participate as voters. But even more important, we hope you'll pitch us more of your work. The various ways you can send various types of pieces
    are outlined here:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/​wp-​dyn/​content/​article/​2009/​04/​21/​AR2009042103705.html

    Thanks again for giving this a try. We enjoyed reading.

    Best,
    The Editors
As you can see from the above form email, I didn't quite make it to the Top 10 after all. The folks who DID can be found right here (views.washingtonpost.com). I'm sure it's a coincidence that it's five men and five women, ah ha ha.

Now I can DEFINITELY stop procrastinating and shoot you my (in retrospect, probably too narrowly focused) entry.

Their web page said this was EXACTLY 400 words. (They were really counting the number of spaces between words, I think.)
    Originally posted by CRZ
    As has been the case every year since 2001, the marking of the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks is devoted a lot of sound, ink, video and kilobytes. But just two short months later, another anniversary goes unheralded - an anniversary for a different act which, while not extracting an equivalent cost in lives, perhaps has caused as much fiscal impact over the past eight years as the 9/11 attacks did in their few moments.

    On November 19, 2001, with the passage of the Aviation and Transportation Security Act, the "September 11 Security Fee" was created to help defray the costs borne by the new - and quickly massive - Transportation Security Administration. This fee added five to ten dollars to each round trip of air travel originating in the United States. Funds collected were put towards helping to ensure that one wouldn't be able to board a plane without first taking off his or her shoes and sending them through an X-ray machine. Later, these funds were also applied to help make sure your teeny-tiny bottle of shampoo was strategically placed inside the correct zip-top bag.

    Adding insult to injury, the TSA continued to charge the Fee with no sign of an end, despite receiving an enormous slice of the budget of the Department of Homeland Security - a budget, like so many others, funded by the taxpayers. In essence, the charging of the Fee effectively allows the government a chance at a double dip against those hapless Americans unfortunate enough to have suffered the indignity of having to board an airplane.

    Although some may argue that it's time to repeal the September 11 Security Fee, the argument should instead be made that the Fee should be increased. With lawmakers lacking the ability to bravely, fully fund the TSA during the budgeting process, it is left to payers of the Fee to continue to pick up the slack. It is clear that the TSA lacks the necessary technology to effectively balance passengers' security with their ability to keep their shoes on at all times, from the curb to the gate. Who among us wouldn't willingly fork over extra - however much it takes - in exchange for the ability to bring aboard the plane the largest energy drink in the supermarket, forgoing the plastic bag and letting it roam loose inside a carryon bag?

    On the other hand... common sense is free.
I think you can tell I ran up upon the 400 word limit pretty quickly and kinda just cut it short right then and there. I didn't MEAN to end up in such a niche, but at the same time I didn't think I'd get 400 words out of "I'm tired of taking my shoes off at the airport, oh and Congress are a bunch of chickenshits with their sneaky taxes they call 'fees,'" either.

I also might have been better off leaving off the last sentence, but that's a style choice and you know my questionable taste in style choices. ;-)

For a BOUNS, my "100 word" bio, answering the question "why do you think you should win?":
    Originally posted by CRZ
    I'm a thirty-something white male-- wait, wait, don't give up on me yet. I've written about professional wrestling for the better part of two decades, so the leap to punditry seems both logical and necessary. I still believe in two spaces after the full stop, even if the Javascript on this entry page does not. Mostly, I feel I can win because even though I am not privy to the details, I'm still confident that I did a better job than both the person you read before me and the person you'll read after me.
Well, clearly I was wrong on that one, but it sure would have been hard for me to enter if I wasn't that confident.

In the end, it's probably better for me not to have to worry about expending the time that it would have taken (although, c'mon, DVD posts aren't such a great use of time either) and as it was, I procrastinated terribly just getting the initial entry in - the deadline was 11:59 some night, and I made it with a bit over an hour to spare (having not started until a couple of hours before THAT). Still, certainly within the rules to get it in at that time, and if the deadline had been a week earlier, I'm sure I would have been done a week earlier.

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Are they not teaching the two spaces after a "." anymore? I had someone (a young someone) think I was making up that rule recently.
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    Originally posted by Lise
    Are they not teaching the two spaces after a "." anymore? I had someone (a young someone) think I was making up that rule recently.
It's been gone for apparently more years than I'd thought. Of course, old habits and muscle memory die hard, so I doubt I'll be making the switch as nobody at work seems to notice that I'm doing it. :)













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    Originally posted by CRZ
      Originally posted by Lise
      Are they not teaching the two spaces after a "." anymore? I had someone (a young someone) think I was making up that rule recently.
    It's been gone for apparently more years than I'd thought. Of course, old habits and muscle memory die hard, so I doubt I'll be making the switch as nobody at work seems to notice that I'm doing it. :)
Thank you for giving me hope. I thought I was the only one left who still was a stickler for this!




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I just saw a co-worker who is my age write a memo that had the two spaces. I thought it looked ridiculous though.
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    Originally posted by Lise
    Are they not teaching the two spaces after a "." anymore? I had someone (a young someone) think I was making up that rule recently.


I am a "two spaces"-person, out of habit from learning it that way in keyboarding. I believe the rationale for switching is that the computers have the proper kerning built-in, so the space after a period is a bit wider than the standard space.



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Am I pointing out the obvious by asking, "Why did you quote your submission twice?"

(edited by Leroy on 31.10.09 1059)


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    Originally posted by Lise
    Are they not teaching the two spaces after a "." anymore? I had someone (a young someone) think I was making up that rule recently.


We use it when we write reports at work.

I was weened of the two spaces while working in newspapers, where it's been one space for as long as I can remember.



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I hadn't realized they got rid of the two spaces, been doing it all my life.

My iPhone still thinks it's two, as anytime you want to end a sentence you can just hit space twice and it will throw in the period for you.
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    Originally posted by Leroy
    Am I pointing out the obvious by asking, "Why did you quote your submission twice?"

    (edited by Leroy on 31.10.09 1059)
I guess it wasn't obvious last night when I pressed "Paste" twice without noticing. ;-)













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same letter for me. Bummer.

wait - you SAVED yours? Creepy

(edited by AWArulz on 31.10.09 1718)


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    Originally posted by AWArulz
    same letter for me. Bummer.

    wait - you SAVED yours? Creepy

    (edited by AWArulz on 31.10.09 1718)
Does this mean we won't be reading yours then? ;-)

Well, it's in my personality that I DO save everything, but not only did I want to prove later I actually had an entry, I composed it in a text editor before pasting it into the washpost page, so of course I ended up with a version saved on the hard drive.













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I was never taught the two-spaces-after-a-period rule in school. My girlfriend was, though. I picked the habit up after my mom gave me hell for not doing it, and I dropped it years latter because my current work's style guide says to not do it. Plus, if you have a document where it's done inconsistently, it's way easier to take the extra spaces out (using Word's find-and-replace feature) than it is to put extra spaces in.



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    Originally posted by wmatistic
    I hadn't realized they got rid of the two spaces, been doing it all my life.




I am a two spacer and hadn't noticed that the rules were changed. My excuse is old age and I am not changing now.




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I never learned to do two spaces, but my wife who is a month younger than me does it. I suppose being from Maine is her excuse.



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In middle and high school, I was taught two spaces. My community college and university profs followed the AP style guide and wanted one space.



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I did learn to type on a typewriter (which is probably also why I type hard enough to annoy people with the noise) so I guess that's where I picked up the habit. I've never had a professor correct it on my papers, but I didn't go for an English degree either. I only catch the auto-correct shifting the space over every so often, but when I do it irritates the hell out of me.
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