The Nose is Stuck in Traffic

Jan 10, 2014

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Governor Chris Christie's administration is under fire for ordering  lane closures  that blocked access to the George Washington Bridge for four days last September, indulging in an egomaniacal fantasy of vengeance against a political foe who refused to recognize the Christie administration's self-professed superiority.

Still indulgent, yet a bit more chastened, a "deeply saddened" and "outraged" Governor Christie yesterday offered apologies to prospective 2016 voters for the betrayals of his staff.  Do you buy the apology? Did he know? Will it hurt him in 2016? Barring traffic congestion, The Nose panel weighs in.

Panelists also make room for the big happy family of Kody Brown, his four wives, and their 17 children, a modern family of polygamists cashing in on their lifestyle with a reality show called "Sister Wives," a book, and challenge in federal court to Utah's ban on polygamy. Where does a free society find balance between competing needs for personal choice and privacy and  the legal regulation of those personal choices.

And, finally a sad farewell to the incandescent light bulb

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