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America's Next Great Pundit--Win a Weekly Opinion Column from WaPo
The Washington Post ^ | Recently | WaPo Op-Ed Page

Posted on 10/03/2009 10:31:32 AM PDT by rabidralph

Here’s your chance to put your opinions to the test -- and win the opportunity to write a weekly column and a launching pad for your opinionating career!

Start making your case. Use the entry form to send us a short opinion essay (400 words or less) pegged to a topic in the news and an additional paragraph (100 words or less) on yourself and why you should win. Entries will be judged on the basis of style, intelligence and freshness of argument, but not on whether Post editors agree or disagree with your point of view. Entry deadline: Oct. 21, 2009 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Announcements; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: oped; opinion; washingtonpost
The WaPo has a contest to find its next opinion writer. What better way for many of you FReepers to make your voices heard, much more than it's heard on FR.

Read the instructions at the link, write you essay and submit to the contest. Entries must be received by Oct. 21, 2009 at 2359.

1 posted on 10/03/2009 10:31:33 AM PDT by rabidralph
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To: rabidralph; Diana in Wisconsin; kristinn; JohnHuang2

BUMP for the highly opinionated!


2 posted on 10/03/2009 10:36:04 AM PDT by rabidralph (http://www.thealaskafundtrust.com/ http://www.sarahpac.com)
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To: rabidralph

I think I just might do this.


3 posted on 10/03/2009 10:36:56 AM PDT by wastedyears (The best aid we could ever give Africa would be thousands of rifles to throw out their own dictators)
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To: rabidralph
Entries will be judged on the basis of style, intelligence and freshness of argument, but not on whether Post editors agree or disagree with your point of view.

Yeah, like I believe that coming from the compost.

4 posted on 10/03/2009 10:45:58 AM PDT by Navy Patriot (Sarah and the Conservatives will rock your world.)
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To: wastedyears

Make sure you mention Obama is the Messiah at some point so you will be taken seriously :)


5 posted on 10/03/2009 10:46:40 AM PDT by OCC
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To: wastedyears

Please do! I have learned so much from you all in reading these threads—the breadth of opinions and summations on topics. One truly gets all sides of an argument by coming to FR. I know we have a ton great, thoughtful writers so please ping any fellow FReepers who might be interested.


6 posted on 10/03/2009 10:48:38 AM PDT by rabidralph (http://www.thealaskafundtrust.com/ http://www.sarahpac.com)
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To: kabar

Seen this? You would be awesome in this job


7 posted on 10/03/2009 10:48:46 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (The 0 years, Too bad a requirement for adult supervision was not put into the Constitution)
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To: Navy Patriot

Hey, at least they’re making the effort. If any paper needs a conservative perspective, it’s these guys.


8 posted on 10/03/2009 10:49:44 AM PDT by rabidralph (http://www.thealaskafundtrust.com/ http://www.sarahpac.com)
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To: Navy Patriot
Yeah, like I believe that coming from the compost.

Would the WaPost lie to you? I assume it's just a coincidence that all their current pundits are anti-Americans ranging from socialist to communist. That doesn't mean that they don't judge style, intelligence and freshness of argument in a non-partisan manner.

9 posted on 10/03/2009 10:56:45 AM PDT by TurtleUp ([...Insert today's quote from Community-Organizer-in-Chief...] - Obama, YOU LIE!)
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To: Navy Patriot

Now if that came from the NY Times, maybe I’d believe it. LOL (sarcasm)


10 posted on 10/03/2009 10:57:30 AM PDT by fish hawk (Lord, help us to attain knowledge and the wisdom to apply it toward your ultimate will.)
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To: rabidralph
If any paper needs a conservative perspective, it’s these guys.

Yeah, it's just a fluke there are none published there, just shills employed by random chance.

11 posted on 10/03/2009 11:01:47 AM PDT by Navy Patriot (Sarah and the Conservatives will rock your world.)
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To: TurtleUp
Would the WaPost lie to you? I assume it's just a coincidence

Yeah, it's just me, I'm not an intellectual, I just don't understand the egalitarian superiority of the enlightened elite.

12 posted on 10/03/2009 11:06:15 AM PDT by Navy Patriot (Sarah and the Conservatives will rock your world.)
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To: fish hawk
(sarcasm)

Not necessary, I could have written that myself!

13 posted on 10/03/2009 11:09:14 AM PDT by Navy Patriot (Sarah and the Conservatives will rock your world.)
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To: All

bump


14 posted on 10/03/2009 11:56:19 AM PDT by JLS
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To: OCC
You forgot the variations on the following boiler plate:

Bush Sucks!! It (what ever "it" is) is all BUSH'S FAULT. Bush Lied, People Died. Chimpy Bushitler. Worst President ever. 0bama inherited this mess, so there's not much he can do for a while to sort it out.

Republicans are evil, vicious monsters with long, sharp, broken, dripping teeth who kill and eat the poor as often as they are able. Democrats are beautiful, kind, caring creatures, with long, soft flowing hair and not a harsh bone in their bodies, although it's rumored that some of them say hard words like "doggone it".

I can paint some fancy language around those basic themes to make it sound different every day. Do I get the job?

15 posted on 10/03/2009 12:07:07 PM PDT by Hardastarboard (Maureen Dowd is right. I DON'T like our President's color. He's a Red.)
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To: rabidralph

“Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any entrant who submits an Entry (or a Challenge Submission) which Sponsor believes may be defamatory, obscene, profane, offensive, harassing, inappropriate or that may infringe upon or violate another party’s rights.”

That’s odd....the WP doesn’t worry about those kind of things when they are writing smear pieces about Sarah Palin or any other republican they deem unworthy of humanity. (eye roll)


16 posted on 10/03/2009 12:21:38 PM PDT by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: rabidralph

ping


17 posted on 10/03/2009 12:29:48 PM PDT by elk
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To: rabidralph

My entry:

Bushes Fault 400 times.

When can I start?


18 posted on 10/03/2009 12:38:54 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: penelopesire

That is a very odd disclaimer. I wonder if anyone proof-read this copy before posting it?


19 posted on 10/03/2009 12:43:22 PM PDT by rabidralph (http://www.thealaskafundtrust.com/ http://www.sarahpac.com)
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To: Jim from C-Town
There's an OF-612 with your name on it :-)
20 posted on 10/03/2009 12:46:13 PM PDT by rabidralph (http://www.thealaskafundtrust.com/ http://www.sarahpac.com)
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To: rabidralph

Paid Opinion BUMP


21 posted on 10/03/2009 1:02:32 PM PDT by rabidralph (http://www.thealaskafundtrust.com/ http://www.sarahpac.com)
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To: rabidralph

*Picks Jaw Up Off Floor*

Ralph posted? Wa-Hoo! Do more of that!

Anyhow, very interesting! However, something is afoot if they’re considering anyone other than a rabid, drooling commie to write a column for them, LOL!

Do they see the writing on the wall as reflected in their dwindling readership which equals dwindling advertising dollars?

I love it! :)


22 posted on 10/03/2009 6:05:10 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
I post every once in a while :-)

Hey, if you can spare the time, why not take their money for as long as they last as a paper? I think every FReeper should enter. They'd be flooded with entries and chances are all the finalists could be FReepers. How fun would that be?

23 posted on 10/03/2009 6:23:19 PM PDT by rabidralph (http://www.thealaskafundtrust.com/ http://www.sarahpac.com)
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To: rabidralph

That would be terrific fun! And we’d be a lot cheaper than paying the royalties to run, say, Ann Coulter or Dr. Walter E. Williams, Thomas Sowell, etc. ;)


24 posted on 10/03/2009 6:30:09 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: MNJohnnie

Thanks for the heads-up and the vote of confidence. I will look into it. I canceled my subscription to the WP after last year’s election and switched to the WT. I just couldn’t take their extreme partisanship any longer. I had been subscribing to the WP for over thirty years, on and off, during the times I was in the country and for the past 15 years. They are now trying to destroy Bob McDonnell similar to the way they went after George Allen using the “macaca” incident.


25 posted on 10/04/2009 7:34:58 AM PDT by kabar
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To: wastedyears
I think I just might do this.

Why waste your time? I wrote the word "Bush" on a piece of paper, took a dump on it and them mailed it in. How could I possibly not win?

26 posted on 10/07/2009 7:37:52 PM PDT by Onelifetogive (Liberals are always one genocide away from Utopia.)
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To: Travis McGee

Ping.


27 posted on 10/08/2009 10:10:19 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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