Author Archives: Dani Alexis Ryskamp

Michele Bachmann’s Downfall: Sexism?

DANI ALEXIS RYSKAMP: Michele Bachmann predicted “a miracle” in Iowa only to come in functionally last (ahead only of Jon Huntsman, who didn’t campaign in Iowa; Herman Cain, who is no longer running at all; Buddy Roemer; and “No Preference”). Not surprisingly, Bachmann offered her concession speech not long after. And I’m inclined to believe – perhaps too generously – that it wasn’t sexism that cost Michele Bachmann in Iowa.

CHRIS PUMMER: Save the sexism talk. Bachmann’s ship sank because if would have been lunacy to consider her as President of the United States, and the media should be shamed for ever trying to tell us we should have taken that prospect seriously. Continue reading

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The Liberal Enthusiasm Gap

DANI ALEXIS RYSKAMP: The folks at Public Policy Polling recently announced that Democrats are facing an “enthusiasm gap” going into the 2012 presidential (re)election, with fewer than 50 percent of polled Dems announcing they are “very excited” about…

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So You Think You Can Dance: Week in Review

ZOË RICE: Forgive me, but SYTYCD and Lady Gaga do not make for a bad romance! Gaga sat her ornately costumed ass down in Nigel’s usual spot, kicked up her giant platform heels, and had herself a quippy, teary, dramatic episode. Unafraid to slam the choreographers (rather brutal to Nappy Tabs!), eager to praise every dancer, and ready to spar with Nigel, Gaga infused the show with fun and delight. Continue reading

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So You Think You Can Dance: Week in Review

ZOË RICE: So while i was away in Florida toasting my grandfather’s 90th birthday, Ryan got sent home. Hip hip hooray! I feel a tinge of guilt in my celebration. She didn’t seem like a bad lot, not malicious at…

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Moving

EMILY SAIDEL: Unfettered or unsettled? Those were the emotional poles between which I vacillated while selling off furniture to facilitate a cross-country move. Continue reading

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So You Think You Can Dance: Week in Review

ZOË RICE: Carmen Electra? Really? Because she makes Robin Antin look like an ABT principal ballerina. Just sayin’. But other than the celebrity guest judge whose deepest insight was “I know what I feel,” overall another strong week for our SYTYCD-ers, with the right couple going home after all was danced and done. Continue reading

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City Mouse, Country Mouse

ZOË RICE: So apparently, city life is stressful. And growing up in a city makes you more stressed out than, say, a lifestyle of gingham and greenery. As a third-generation nice Jewish girl from Brooklyn, culturally and geographically disposed toward neuroses and anxiety, I call “Duh” on this study. But I wouldn’t have it any other way. Continue reading

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So You Think You Can Dance: Week 4

DANI ALEXIS RYSKAMP: Week Four of So You Think You Can Dance revealed the season’s most pressing questions:

What on Earth was Cat wearing?
Does Debbie Reynolds’ entire wardrobe consist of sequined blazers?

And, of course, the question de…

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CA-36 and the Worst Ad Ever

DANI ALEXIS RYSKAMP: Like many people, I generally dislike campaign ads. But I’ve never seen anything as over-the-top despicable as this campaign ad Turn Right USA recently released, accusing Democratic candidate Janice Hahn (of California’s 36th District) of spending taxpayer money on gang members and I don’t know what all.

CHRIS PUMMER: I don’t think there’s any sort of communication fail here. It couldn’t really be more obvious what ad is trying to say, which is what makes it disgusting. Continue reading

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Florida’s New Drug Testing Law

ALLISON REILLY:Last week, Governor Rick Scott of Florida signed a bill requiring applicants for temporary cash assistance to pass a drug test. If, and when the law takes effect July 1 (as the ACLU is expected to

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