Monthly Archives: June 2009

Night at the (Holocaust) Museum: A Multipart Discourse

HOWARD MEGDAL: The attack on the Holocaust Museum by an should be our 9/11 moment for fearing the elderly.

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: I’m Not Sure I Believe This Whole ‘Holocaust Museum Shooting’ Really Happened. Continue reading

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Terry McAuliffe: Wrong Man or the Wrong Time

JEFF MORROW: Neither I nor Virginia could bear to vote for Terry McAuliffe, a man indelibly associated with the most frustrating and disappointing Democratic moments of the decade.

CHRIS PUMMER: It was never in the cards for McAuliffe to win in the Commonwealth, where they prefer a more conservative brand of Democrat. But even if this is where Terry must exit the political stage, his party probably still owes him a curtain call. Continue reading

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Better Time: Wedding in Albany OR Funeral in New York?

JILLIAN LOVEJOY LOWERY: The things that make weddings so much fun (open bar, fancy food, tolerable people at your table) are never guaranteed, and a wedding at a bad venue can be truly painful. To that end, a wedding at a lousy destination can be a fate worse than death.

HOWARD MEGDAL: Sure, at first glance, it seems obvious to prefer a funeral in New York to a wedding in Albany. But upon closer examination, that fabulous day in black is little more than a chimera with a coffin. Continue reading

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Governor Corzine: Underdog OR Favorite?

HOWARD MEGDAL: It seems counterintuitive to suggest that Jon Corzine, a Democratic governor with limitless resources in a deep blue state like New Jersey, is the underdog in November’s matchup against Republican Chris Christie. But underdog he is.

CHRIS PUMMER: The polls say Corzine is in trouble, but what the numbers don’t say is that the incumbent governor has plenty of advantages working in his favor. Continue reading

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David Carradine Fans: Shame OR Pride?

HOWARD MEGDAL: Kudos to E! for taking it to the media, so transfixed by the mundane details of David Carradine’s death with their usual auto-erotic asphyxiation bias.

MOLLY SCHOEMANN:Not to be a sentimental fool, but whatever happened to not speaking ill of the dead? Continue reading

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Two Views of Nurse Jackie

JILLIAN LOVEJOY LOWERY: When I first heard of Showtime’s Nurse Jackie, I was a bit skeptical. “Hospital” shows are dime a dozen these days, and are rarely any good (Grey’s Anatomy, I’m looking at you). But I so admire Edie Falco that I decided to give it a go.

Nurse Jackie turned out to be one of the most enjoyable half hours that I’ve spent in front of the television in recent memory. It’s dark but not brooding, quirky but accessible, with exactly the right balance of humor and pathos. Continue reading

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Are Scrunchies the New Black?

Jillian Lovejoy Lowery: I hope that I will never wear a scrunchie again, but I can’t really be sure

Molly Schoemann: Just Say “NO!” to Formal Shorts. Continue reading

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John Cornyn: Savior OR Prisoner of GOP?

CHRIS PUMMER: That’s why John Cornyn has become an unlikely voice for a moderate GOP, and is maybe the closest thing the party has to a real leader capable of dragging the party closer parity with the Democrats.

HOWARD MEGDAL: But his politics do matter, just not for the reasons commonly assumed. Continue reading

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A Multipart Discourse on Conan O’Brien, Tonight Show Host

O’Brien’s first show is solid, but I miss the Masturbating Bear

JILLIAN LOVEJOY LOWERY:

Disclaimer: I am a Letterman girl all the way – since I was a bit young to have watched very much of Johnny…

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Brad Lidge: Stay OR Go as Closer?

DAVE TOMAR:With the lanky dominance of Ryan Madson drawing justified ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhhs’ from observers, the thus-far brilliant 8th inning specialist may well be the closer of the future. But in a season 50 games deep, far too many people think that his time is now.

At the risk of sounding self-righteous, show some goddamn respect. Brad Lidge was the game’s most important closer last year.

HOWARD MEGDAL: But there are a number of warning signs. If the Phillies want to be in the best possible position to win a third straight NL East title, Lidge may not be the man to close games. Continue reading

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