The Paragraph Stacker

Uncensored columns from an exiled newsmane

Friday, Oct. 23, 2020 From the desk of Daniel P. Finney, sergeant of the watch, Drake Neighborhood Station, Des Moines, Iowa. ITEM ONE: Netflix released the third season of “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman” earlier this week — and goodness, it is good to see Dave again, even if this series …

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Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020 From the desk of Daniel P. Finney, sergeant of the watch, Drake Neighborhood Station, Des Moines, Iowa. ITEM ONE: A faint knock on the door shook the typist out of a nap inspired by the late afternoon football game. ITEM TWO: The typist found a blue-eyed boy with tousled brown hair …

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Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020 From the desk of Daniel P. Finney, sergeant of the watch, Drake Neighborhood Station, Des Moines, Iowa. ITEM ONE: President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden met in what was loosely described as a “debate” Tuesday somewhere in America. The typist didn’t watch a frame of it. He watched …

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Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020 From the desk of Daniel P. Finney, sergeant of the watch, Drake Neighborhood Station, Des Moines, Iowa. ITEM ONE: Every group who sent the typist mail urging him — almost begging him to register to vote — can fucking relax. He’s been registered since age 18. Also, as it comes to …

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From the desk of Daniel P. Finney, sergeant of the watch, Drake Station. ITEM ONE: Word reached Hot Sheet early Wednesday that the reality TV series “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” will end after 20 seasons in 2021. Oh, how one longs for the the halcyon days of yesteryear when all we cared about was …

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From the desk of Daniel P. Finney, sergeant of the watch, Drake Station: ITEM ONE: Monday marks Labor Day, a day when most Americans are released from work to honor the successes of the labor movement. Unions’ hardscrabble battles against power brokers in the 19th and 20th centuries won more than niceties such as paid …

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Lewis S. Jordan of Winterset is my friend.We were born nine days apart.We were in Cub Scouts together. His dad was den leader. My dad was assistant. We made pinewood derby cars. We made rubber band guns. We put on a skit for the VFW. I spent uncounted afternoons at the Jordans’ house watching cartoons …

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The inaugural episode of “The Exile” includes discussion of John Wayne’s racist talk and his stature as an Iowa icon, the bad news of the new baseball season, comics and movies and some frank talk about unemployment during the coronavirus pandemic.