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3 Really Detestable Wine Habits

'WSJ' columnist spells out things that drive her crazy when it comes to vino

(Newser) - Lettie Teague has some pet peeves when it comes to wine—ones that take away from wine's intended purpose, which is, obviously, "to bring pleasure, perhaps even joy," she writes in the Wall Street Journal . Three of Teague's major buzzkills:
  • "Wine-dumping waiters," as Teague
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Santorum's College 'Snob' Zinger Backfires

'I wish he'd said it differently,' says GOP Gov. Bob McDonnell

(Newser) - Labeling President Obama as an elitist is a tried and true way of resonating with an electorate that doesn't give a fig about the price of arugula at Whole Foods , but lambasting him as a "snob" for his efforts to get Americans a college education is falling flat... More »

GOP Bluebloods Should Stop Bashing Tea Party

Classim isn't helping their case, Glenn Greenwald says

(Newser) - The Republican Old Guard should stop dissing less pedigreed newcomers who share their far-right views, argues Glenn Greenwald on Salon . The radical "commonsense conservatism" espoused by the likes of Sarah Palin and Christine O'Donnell is not much different than the Bush doctrine, yet Karl Rove feels it necessary to... More »

Why Can't You Wear White After Labor Day?

Time explores the origin of a long-standing faux pas

(Newser) - Everyone knows the style rule that you're not supposed to wear white after Labor Day. But why? The rule’s origins are surprisingly difficult to pin down, writes Laura Fitzpatrick for Time. The most conventional explanation has it as a practical matter: white fabric was cooler than the relatively heavy... More »

Kindles, iPods Spell Tragic End to Snobbery

How can we show off taste when it's onscreen?

(Newser) - On the subway or in a cafe, taking a peek at what others are reading has long provided a convenient way to judge them on the spot: a mindless crime-novel fan? A Joyce-toting member of the intellectual elite? But with the Kindle, we’re left guessing, observes James Wolcott in ... More »

Gay-Marriage Ruling Belies Iowa's 'Bumpkin' Image

(Newser) - No doubt you snobby big-city, coastal types did a double-take last week when Iowa legalized same-sex marriage, but the state has a long tradition of avant-garde social positions, Rex Huppke writes in the Chicago Tribune. Its university was the first to admit women, it allowed mixed-race marriages 100 years before... More »

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