Tony Norman

Tony Norman is a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist. He was once the Post-Gazette’s pop music/pop culture critic and appeared as an expert on cultural issues on local radio talk shows and television programs. In 1996, he began writing an award-winning general interest column, which, he says, rejuvenated his enthusiasm for the kind of journalism that makes a difference.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2008 - 3:41pm
McCain's God Squad: Huckabee and Hagee
Sen. John McCain is not a religious man, but he has people around him who are qualified to talk to God on his behalf. For reasons that have more to do with electoral politics than a deep and personal faith, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee knows he has to genuflect in the general direction of Jesus Christ to get his party's nomination. That's what conservative Republican candidates have done ever since casual churchgoer and astrology buff Ronald Reagan made conventional piety mandatory for anyone with White House ambitions.
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Friday, December 14, 2007 - 3:16pm
Blessed Be the Muslim Peacemaker
Usually, I go out of my way to avoid giving rapacious media baron Rupert Murdoch any of my hard-earned cash. Still, Mr. Murdoch's U.S. tabloid -- the delightfully unhinged New York Post -- remains a guilty pleasure from my days as a working-class New Yorker two decades ago. It's easier to justify a lingering fascination with the scrappy tabloid by copping to reading it online. It spares me the indignity of paying $1.50 picking it up at newsstands this far west of the Hudson.
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Friday, December 7, 2007 - 4:14pm
Mitt Romney Steps into the Lion's Den
If there's one Republican presidential hopeful who could eventually rival the current occupant of the White House in the annals of boobology (as H.L. Mencken might have put it), Mitt Romney is that guy. Typically oozing enough smarminess and insincerity to stand out at a convention of used-car dealers, Mitt Romney nonetheless managed to deliver a good speech yesterday about religious belief in the American political arena.
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Friday, November 30, 2007 - 4:35pm
Exploding Cells, Extreme Hubris
Modernity is killing us. In the last few days, we've gotten a whole lot of disturbing news that could make a reasonable person think that maybe the whole world is downshifting into the realm of urban mythology. We were shocked to find out that many of our cell phones are really Improvised Exploding Devices in disguise. While trying to wrap our heads around that, we also heard that sitting down for long periods at work will make us fat, no matter how much we exercise.
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Friday, November 16, 2007 - 4:58pm
The Gradual Abolition Act of 1780 and the Journey to Freedom?
On Oct. 22, 1816, a 14-year-old girl named Lucy took her first steps to freedom in Pittsburgh. Born on the freedom side of the Gradual Abolition Act of 1780, Lucy was entitled to the expectation of manumission that eluded all other blacks born before March 1, 1780. All Lucy or a sponsor had to do was scrounge up the necessary cash and goodwill to make it happen. Freedom was a pen stroke away.
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Friday, November 2, 2007 - 3:08pm
The Tortured Logic of the Torturers
The terrorists have won. Despite its roots as a tool of interrogation during the Spanish Inquisition, the nominee for U.S. attorney general isn't prepared to call waterboarding what it is -- torture. In a letter to skeptical Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Michael B. Mukasey claimed that though he found waterboarding personally "repugnant," its usefulness had to be determined "solely on the actual facts, circumstances, and legal standards presented."
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Friday, October 12, 2007 - 2:31pm
Here Come da Judgment Day
Homeland Security dropped the ball. Like a thief in the night, Judgment Day came as unexpectedly as prophesied, taking even the White House with its praying president by surprise. Around the world, potentates were dragged from their palaces and dictators corralled from underground bunkers by winged creatures with multiple faces and burning auras.
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Friday, July 20, 2007 - 3:34pm
When N-Word Becomes the In-Word
Guess what? We're going to bury the N-word, just like they did at the NAACP convention in Detroit a couple of weeks ago." "Really? How are civilized folks supposed to express their simultaneous affection and contempt for black people if you do that?" "They can just say: 'N-word.' " "I thought you said you were burying the N-word."
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