Monthly Archives: May 2011

Modern Family: Season Finale

KIP MOONEY: There you have it, folks. Another season of one of the finest of all television comedies comes to a close. While there were definitely some rough patches, I can safely say this: Whether I continue to review this…

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Champions League Final: Initial Thoughts

MIKE CUMMINGS: So Barcelona is the best team ever. But we already knew that didn’t we? Continue reading

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Newt’s Week In Review

CHRIS PUMMER: It’s tempting to think that Newt Gingrich’s botched campaign launch did in his chances at winning the GOP presidential nomination. That probably overstates the odds of winning he had to begin with. Continue reading

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In Briefs: RIP, Macho Man

CHRIS PUMMER: Macho Man Randy Savage, dead at 58.

MATTHEW DAVID BROZIK: And so it begins. Not with a bang… oh, wait. Indeed, with a bang. And also an “Oooooh yeah!”

CHRIS PUMMER: Begins with a snap — like…

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Mitch Daniels Says No

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: Politicians and pundits won’t have Mitch Daniels’ name to kick around anymore when it comes to conservative presidential nominees, but don’t worry—he got one last dig in before he made that announcement, by effectively de-funding Planned Parenthood…

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NY-26: What It Means

JESSICA BADER: It’s tempting to look at the special election in New York’s 26th congressional district as the mirror image of the special election for a Senate seat in Massachusetts a little over a year ago. There are surface similarities – shortly after a party-line vote on a bill that would have a major impact on the health-care system, the majority party loses an open-seat special election in a state or district that’s usually safe. But even a cursory glance beneath the surface reveals significant differences.

CHRIS PUMMER: No matter what the circumstances that make the special election in NY-26 unique, the GOP was bound to walk away with egg on its face having to defend a U.S. House seat in a race that shouldn’t have been competitive. Continue reading

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In Briefs: The Rapture

CHRIS PUMMER: Anyone else have big plans for the rapture? I’m going to a White Sox game and might swing by for burgers at Kuma’s Corner. Don’t know if the rapture can rain out, but I’m worried the baseball might.

ZOE RICE: It’s Gary Keith and Ron event night! Guest bartenders. If I go out, it’s with Ron Darling pouring me a drink. Continue reading

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Review: Albert Brooks’ 2030

AKIE BERMISS: Albert Brooks’ new book, 2030, is a more complicated pleasure than one would think. If you think it’s just a bit of dark comedy about the near future, you’re in for a big surprise. It would appear that Mr. Brooks decided to write: a novel. Since I know him primarily as a humorist and actor I thought this would be a light bit of fluff, a quick read, and leave my mind as soon as a closed the book. Instead, the story and its prognostications stay with me. If I didn’t know that Brooks was a humorist, I’d be tempted to say this was actually a “sad” story.

HOWARD MEGDAL: It would be nearly impossible to find a more devoted Albert Brooks fan than me. I think I’ve seen Julie Hagerty lose her nest egg more than 50 times. I want every omelet to be the one served in Defendingg Your Life. And freezer burn, in my house, is “protective ice”. I once went to the Museum of TV and Radio just to see Albert Brooks’ short films made for Saturday Night Live before they were widely available. Continue reading

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No Huckabee; Now What?

HOWARD MEGDAL: The exit of Mike Huckabee from the 2012 GOP race has huge ramifications. Arguably, no candidate or potential candidate had a broader hold on the likely GOP electorate as Huckabee.

Consider the groups Huckabee could claim as his…

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Modern Family: Season Two, Episode 23

KIP MOONEY: There are good episodes, and there are classic episodes. The good ones give you some good scenes, some memorable lines, but plenty to complain/nitpick about. But those classic episodes make you forget all that because they do everything the show did to make you fall in love with it in the first place AND add some new wrinkles that make you love it even more.

Only thing that made no sense to me in this episode: Cam, who is a former professional clown, doesn’t see any humor in falling down? Once again, this is a ridiculous misuse of is character as it was originally constructed. Continue reading

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