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News can't hold writer's interest

April 26, 2007|by TIM ROWLAND

Commentary

Every day I look for interesting stories. Every day I scan the news of the nation and the world. I'm beginning to think the two are mutually exclusive. Is it old age? Have I lost interest in everything? Why does my brain go numb every time I start to read a lede?

A suicide car bombing north of the Iraqi capital has killed nine ...

Every time I see the word "Iraq" I hit a wall. Call it combat fatigue.

As Nicolas Sarkozy and Segolene Royal head for a May 6 showdown to determine the next president of France, the losers from Sunday's first round of the presidential election are still ...

Can you believe there was a time when I actually might have cared who the president of France was? Maybe.

After hammering out an agreement on Monday, members of the House and Senate are preparing to vote later this week on a war spending bill that would start ...

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Why do they always have to "hammer" out an agreement? Aren't there any other tools out there? I'm sick of hammering. I want them to forklift an agreement, tire iron an agreement or post-hole digger an agreement. Please. Enough with the hammers already.

Nigeria's presidential and federal legislative elections were held as scheduled on April 21. Early returns suggest that the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Umaru Yar'Adua, is likely to win ...

I need to have my automobile emissions tested. Tell me how knowing this helps.

Ken Lewis doesn't expect picketers outside of Bank of America branches bemoaning the loss of the LaSalle Bank name. The chief executive of Charlotte-based Bank of America, which announced plans to buy the Chicago's No. 2 financial institution Monday, doesn't expect anything in the way of backlash ...

Another takeover. El Snoozo. For the love of Pete, just get one Very Big Corporation to buy up every other corporation in the world and be done with it.

The mayor of New York City hopes a proposed tax on commuters will reduce congestion and help make the city greener, but it's the loss of green in commuters' wallets that has some drivers and their representatives worried ...

We've all got troubles. Tell some drivers and their representatives to get over it.

Research in Motion will release an "application suite" this fall that will let some Windows Mobile 6 devices run all BlackBerry applications, executives said Monday. By clicking on an icon on your Windows Mobile device, a user will enter a world of ...

Idiots. Let all these geeks enter a world of vipers, scorpions and tarantulas and maybe then I'll be mildly interested.

Hamas's armed wing declared an end to a five-month-old ceasefire on Tuesday, firing rockets into Israel from the Gaza Strip after Israeli forces killed ...

This story could have been from six months in the past, six years in the past, six months in the future or six years in the future. Nothing ever changes. Build a big wall around the Middle East, and then wake me if they can manage to go three days without slaughtering each other.

A new study from researchers at Harvard University has set the pot boiling again over one of the most perturbing questions in the abortion wars: Does terminating a woman's pregnancy increase her chances of developing ...

As the only living human who has no strong feelings about abortion one way or the other - oh, never mind.

World Bank President Paul D. Wolfowitz met yesterday with senior managers to promise unspecified changes in his leadership and to appeal for their help, even as he hired a prominent defense lawyer to ...

Whofowitz? Until such time as the World Bank can get me a used car loan at 5 percent, I fail to see its relevance to my life.

See? I just can't find any traction here for my interestometer. It must be me. I can't imagine anyone else wouldn't find these stories riveting.

Tim Rowland is a Herald-Mail columnist. He can be reached at 301-733-5131, ext. 2324 or via e-mail at timr@herald-mail.com. You can listen to his podcast, The Rowland Rant, on www.antpod.com.

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