Monthly Archives: May 2010

Calling After the First Date

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: Lately it seems as though a lot of women I love and respect have been prefacing statements with, “I’m not a feminist, but—“. This tends to make me mad, because the statements they’ve prefacing are usually about how women deserve to be treated equally, which, to me, is what feminism is essentially about.

AKIE BERMISS: Maybe I’m not the person who should be writing this. I don’t date well. I get alternately mildly talkative/anxious and viscious/untalkatively bored. I hate dates. I hate the idea of coming home from a day of work, getting showered and cleaned up and heading back out. I don’t like the whole trip on trying to keep things interesting. Dinner and movie is too dull? Can’t just go to a bar with live music?! Stroll in the park is a bit overdone (especially when you’re surrounded by other couples on their “romantic” walks). Yes, I’m awkward and unkempt and I don’t like crowds.

Let’s put this as simply as possible: what are you trying to date for? If the answer is anything significant, relationship-wise, let your emotions, not some ever-changing set of rules, be your guide. Continue reading

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For Dems: Crist or Meek?

HOWARD MEGDAL: Charlie Crist’s plan is clear. He hopes to combine independent votes with Democratic votes to capture the 2010 Senate seat in Florida. And he’s well within striking distance to do so.

So where does that leave Kendrick Meek, the presumptive Democratic nominee? And more importantly, where does that leave the Democrats? Probably with little choice but to back Crist, if they want to win this election.

CHRIS PUMMER: While the Democrats certainly don’t push party purity like conservative activists do within the GOP, base Dems probably deserve a candidate more in line with their beliefs. Continue reading

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State of the Lastings

HOWARD MEGDAL: It’s hard right now for us in the pro-Lastings Milledge camp. His batting line, entering Thursday night’s games, is .244/.313/.305. His UZR in left field, despite a ton of work out there, is terrible. In short, he’s not just far less than the player many expected he’d be by now- he’s not nearly the player he was just three years ago, playing at age 22 with the Mets.

But I, for one, am not giving up on him just yet.

CHRIS NEEDHAM:Oh, Lastings. I used to think you were a misunderstood black kid in a world of crusty ol’ white men. Then I saw you play. They may be crusty, but you’re pretty crappy. Continue reading

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Maiden Names

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: During the last few months I’ve begun to consider the question of whether or not to take my fiance’s last name when we marry. It’s proven to be a much more complicated issue than I ever would have expected, and there are no easy answers. Continue reading

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JILLIAN LOVEJOY LOWERY: To use the terminology of my colleague, Akie Bermiss, I am indeed a grown-ass woman. And I’m one who doesn’t allow herself to get too hung up on the semantics of gender-descriptive words because, if I did, I’d become severely depressed. I get pretty bummed out about our society’s reliance on both patriarchy and heteronormativity, and gender descriptors are steeped in both of those traditions. Continue reading

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Lost in Review

ZOË RICE: And so we put to rest the second to last episode of Lost. Ever. Plenty happened–some of it exciting, some of it cop-outish. More death and destruction, more flash sideways bleeding (both figurative and literal), more Team Jacob and Team Smokey. And–for now, at least–still more to come.

TED BERG: One more shot to blow our minds is right. And I’ve lost all faith in the writers’ ability to do that. Continue reading

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Specter Spectre Retrospective Spectacular

HOWARD MEGDAL: I was surprised that of all the emotions I felt Tuesday night, watching Arlen Specter give his concession speech, sympathy wasn’t one of them. In short, it was just too hard to develop feelings of attachment for Arlen after decades of thinking of him as a man apart from what I wanted to happen in the country. I’m guessing that’s as good a reason as any for his defeat in the Pennsylvania Senate primary.

JESSICA BADER: When the polls began to indicate that Arlen Specter might not be the Democratic nominee for the Senate seat he had held for so long as a Republican, my first concern was for how this might affect the Democratic agenda going forward. No, I’m not talking about the shallow “Obama endorsed Specter and he lost the primary, so this is bad for Obama” pronouncements that were flying around today. Let’s not forget that Specter will still be a Senator for the remainder of the year and that some pretty important matters will be dealt with by the Senate between now and then, including but not limited to a Supreme Court confirmation. What I’m wondering is what kind of votes Specter will cast now that he no longer has a political career to fight for. Continue reading

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In Briefs: BP

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: Is BP really claiming that it is impossible to measure how quickly oil is coming out of a broken pipe?

Have they heard of physics? Do they thus not know how much oil they have when it’s flowing through a working pipe? WTF.

AKIE BERMISS: well Molly, maybe they’re talking about particle physics. like quantum mechanics style. and they’re saying you can’t measure how much oil is coming out of the pipe at any given moment because, you know, by observing it you change the nature of it. like, if we leave it alone, its possible — through the uncertainty principle — for there to be no oil coming out of the pipe at all. as soon as we try to measure how much oil coming out, then oil IS coming out.
MOLLY SCHOEMANN: Also, since oil and water are both elements and both come from the Earth in some way, if you think about it in a philosophical Zen way, at some point those elements will become one, because of the nature of the universe, so really why are we even worrying about this?

AKIE BERMISS: isn’t that exactly what Rush Limbaugh said last week? Continue reading

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Home Run Derby: Kelly Johnson vs. Rod Barajas

HOWARD MEGDAL: With both Rod Barajas and Kelly Johnson among the leaders in home runs, it behooves us to consider which of these unlikely sluggers will end the season with more long balls. I submit that it will be Rod Barajas, and comfortably.

JESSICA BADER: As much as I’d love for it to be so, Rod Barajas is not going to end the season with more home runs than Kelly Johnson. Barajas has provided somemoments for my great beloved Mets over the first quarter of the 2010 season, but there are some major obstacles holding him back in the Great Unexpected Power Surge Race. Continue reading

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NHL Conference Finals

CHRIS PUMMER: Sunday didn’t hold many surprises when it came to the NHL conference finals.

JASON CLINKSCALES: I believe that despite Game 1 losses for both teams, the San Jose Sharks and Montreal Canadiens will meet in the Stanley Cup Final. Continue reading

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