Today’s Tribune column: “The Faux in all of us,” plus a bonus prayer by the Bookseller.

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It’s always a lovely day when the two most prominent local targets for derision by the thesaurus-less mob both get mug shots in the newspaper. Expect a crescendo of subscription cancellation threats and a self-immolation for good measure — ignited with a banned novelty lighter, of course.

But first, as a prelude, Thomas Friedman wrote about jobs in the Sunday edition of the New York Times, making this astute observation along the way (emphasis added):

Obama should make the centerpiece of his presidency mobilizing a million new start-up companies that won’t just give us temporary highway jobs, but lasting good jobs that keep America on the cutting edge. The best way to counter the Tea Party movement, which is all about stopping things, is with an Innovation Movement, which is all about starting things. Without inventing more new products and services that make people more productive, healthier or entertained — that we can sell around the world — we’ll never be able to afford the health care our people need, let alone pay off our debts.

Ironically, my column in today’s Tribune also addresses people who wish to stop things.

BAYLOR: The Faux in all of us

“The city of New Albany can no longer afford to move ahead to the following day. We see no future in the future, and as long as clocks continue to move forward into time and space, rather than backward into our rose-tinted pasts, local rate payers won’t be able to feed their families with another sack of unnecessary Chinese plastic trinkets sold at Wal-Mart.”

Even better, there’s bonus commentary by Randy Smith (“Rnady” if you’re reading the on-line edition):

SMITH: Pray away

Now some may question why people who just want to petition their government or get first-hand knowledge of legislation must first be the audience for a religious conversation between a believer of a particular faith and his or her particular god or goddess.

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