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Old 10-08-2019, 09:06 PM
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The Dope gets cited in the Washington Post


On the topic of kangaroo courts. Enjoy.
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Old 10-09-2019, 01:03 AM
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Paywall. Could you please excerpt?
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Old 10-09-2019, 01:08 AM
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Article from today explaining that Captain Kangaroo is not a judge.

"But it may date even earlier than that, back to the 1849 California Gold Rush. In 1985, the nationally syndicated column “The Straight Dope” explained that “some say miners established kangaroo courts to deal with claim jumpers (get it?).”"

When I first followed that link I was hoping the SD cite was along the lines of Impeachment strategies: Let's help Nancy! from the elections forum.
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Paywall. Could you please excerpt?
Oh, sorry, forgot about that. Steatopygia has already posted the relevant excerpt.
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Old 10-09-2019, 06:12 AM
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Of particular interest is the last paragraph.

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On Tuesday morning, the Merriam-Webster Dictionary tweeted that “kangaroo court” was its top trending search. It had also found an even earlier first reference for the term, dating to 1841 and describing a lynching of “loafers ... instituted by the kangaroo court.”
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Old 10-09-2019, 08:19 AM
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Cool.
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Old 10-09-2019, 08:36 AM
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And I'm happy to see that the link they included is to straightdope.com, not to Creative Loafing or one of the local papers that ran the column. That should help our rankings in Google searches.
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Old 10-09-2019, 10:52 AM
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Why is the Post's Retropolis column being written by somebody 30 years younger than I am?
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Old 10-09-2019, 02:04 PM
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Thank you! Definitely cool.
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Old 10-09-2019, 05:05 PM
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The powers that be should add to the homepage a huge clickable button: Cool Messege Board Here!
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Old 10-11-2019, 07:31 AM
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Going the other way, here's 4 times Cecil cited the Washington Post or Washington Post Magazine:

https://www.straightdope.com/columns...idneys-stolen/
https://www.straightdope.com/columns...f-lung-cancer/
https://www.straightdope.com/columns...hristmas-tree/
https://www.straightdope.com/columns...u-to-levitate/

(Gfactor also cited the WP in one SDSAB column.)

With the most recent WP cite of Cecil, one could wonder if logrolling was involved but the column retirement rules that out.
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Old 10-11-2019, 09:45 AM
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Why is the Post's Retropolis column being written by somebody 30 years younger than I am?
Because you're over 100 years old?
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