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From the comedian-in-chief.

So Much for Staying Together for the Kids

I typically don’t talk about education, mainly because I don’t have kids. But then again, neither does Oprah, so maybe that makes me an expert just like her. In any case, I find it quite troubling that we could very well soon have five separate public school districts within East Baton Rouge Parish. That’s five times the number of Dairy Queens in the whole damn parish, for Christ’s sake! Seriously, five school districts to one sorry Dairy Queen? And it’s not even a full-fledged stand-alone DQ! It’s one of those crappy quasi-DQs embedded in a gas station, conveniently located in “” of all places “” Central. Of the countless parishes, counties, and townships across this country that have at least one DQ, do we really want to be the only one with a 5:1 school district-to-Dairy Queen ratio? I know, I know, there are supposed to be more DQs opening …

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Political Data

It would seem that the inevitable is even more inevitable now. Mitt Romney has all but wrapped up the GOP nomination for the presidency, thanks to a crap ton of super PAC money and underwhelming endorsements from people who really wish someone else worth endorsing would have run for president in the first place. For many Republicans, Romney may be a turd of a candidate, but he’s their turd. A very white turd. I, for one, am glad Romney will be the nominee. Sure, he’s neither likable nor interesting. Nevertheless, he is quite entertaining, in a quirky, offbeat, quasi-funny sort of way. Basically, Romney is the Napoleon Dynamite of the GOP, only instead of Pedro, he wants you to vote for him. And just like Napoleon Dynamite, Romney is a bit eccentric, especially for a rich guy running for president and trying to convince voters he’s just like them. Granted, …

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C What We Did?

It truly is hard to believe this is the 100th issue of Red Shtick Magazine. This is such a big deal for a bunch of smartass upstarts like us, we’re commemorating it with a nonsmartass cover. No lampoon. No joke. Just the previous 99 covers in the background with the number 100 spelled out in three elements that best represent Baton Rouge: the State Capitol (politics), a king cake (culture/religion), and a football (sports/religion). Now before all you math whizzes out there starting wondering how a monthly publication could get to 100 issues when last month was our eighth anniversary issue, the answer is very simple: We started as a biweekly publication. However, it took only six biweekly issues to say “f””k that” and switch to monthly. So, yeah. This is kind of a big deal for us. Mainly because, from the get-go, we’ve had more than our fair share …

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Bused or Bust?

Let me start by saying that if you don’t get this month’s cover because you don’t know who Sarah McLachlan is and/or have never seen her famously depressing ASPCA commercial, I envy you, but not because I don’t like her music. (Of course, even if I didn’t like her music, I still wouldn’t say so. I wouldn’t want to piss off my lesbian friends.) No, I envy you because you’re still capable of hearing the song “Angel” without disturbing images of abused and neglected cats and dogs coming to mind. Seriously, for millions of people like me, that song is forever inextricably linked to shivering, emaciated puppies. That commercial is by far the most depressing thing ever aired on American TV, even more so than all the Waltons reunion movies put together. Watching that entire commercial is enough to make Zig Ziglar tap a keg of Zoloft. It’s almost as …

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