Monthly Archives: June 2011

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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AKIE BERMISS: Just 99 days ago, I was regular person (like you, dear reader!). I laughed and cried and loved. I ate and slept and wondered. I listened to the radio, I paid my taxes, and I only drank cocktails after 5pm. Hell, I used to put my pants on one leg at a time. But just under 99 days ago, I joined foursquare — and things have never been the same since.

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: Here I was all prepared to bring some hateration down upon the pointy head of Foursquare. It IS stupid, and meaningless, and it encourages the culture of constant trivial oversharing and petty one-upmanship that I hate about social media sites these days. Continue reading

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This Week in 2012: Huntsman, Perry

HOWARD MEGDAL: Well, it’s official: Jon Huntsman has entered the GOP race with a campaign guaranteed to get him nowhere in 2012. Whether it positions him well for the future has more to do with the GOP than it does with Huntsman.

CHRIS PUMMER: My opinion is that Rick Perry’s chances of grabbing the nomination are overstated. Dissatisfaction with the announced candidates might give him the appearance of strength initially, but he might not have the strength to weather the greatly increased scrutiny that would come with a real candidacy and still be able to slip by Mitt Romney. Continue reading

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Should Huma Run?

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: The idea of Huma Abedin running for her husband’s newly vacant seat in congress is pretty absurd to me, mainly because it seems like the sort of position that Abedin, if she aspired to it, would be perfectly capable of running for on her own, and not on the back of her recently resigned-in-disgrace husband.

While I agree with Molly that Huma is capable of running for this or another position on her own, this is less about her husband’s disgrace serving as her only way in, and more about the reality of politics as largely recognizing opportunity. Continue reading

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USA/Jamaica in Review

HOWARD MEGDAL: Sunday’s 2-0 win against Jamaica showcased one of the two American team personalities on display in the Gold Cup. Neither one looks like it will give Mexico much trouble, however.

MIKE CUMMINGS: You’re right, Howard. It’s hard to imagine Mexico quaking in its collective boots over either USA Jekyll or USA Hyde. I’ve stopped worrying about which one will show up for each game, just like I’ve stopped wondering why it happens and how to make it stop. All I worry about now is whether I’m being unpatriotic when I openly root for the USA to suffer another embarrassing loss. Continue reading

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As We Watched: The New Countdown with Keith Olbermann

JESSICA BADER: I’m not big on watching news programming on TV, largely because I prefer to get myself informed at a faster pace and in a more in-depth way by following way too many feeds in my RSS reader. But…

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So You Think You Can Dance Week in Review

ZOË RICE: Part of the fun of watching So You Think You Can Dance is the constant wondering, “How do they do that!” How do B-boys learn to flawlessly waltz in just days, how do new partners seem like they’ve…

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Review: Jon Benjamin Has a Van

HOWARD MEGDAL: You are either celebrating the new show Jon Benjamin Has A Van, the most effective claim on the mantle of Bob and Ray, or you have yet to see it and are wasting your life.

Benjamin has been…

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Lillian Jackson Braun Remembered

HOWARD MEGDAL: The pleasure I received from reading books by Lillian Jackson Braun, who died last week at age 97, was nearly as complete as the enjoyment over seeing her decades of triumph lay waste to virtually every rule of publishing.

JESSICA BADER: Braun lived long enough to see tremendous changes in the newspaper and publishing industries, yet stuck to writing in the way she felt comfortable (both in eschewing sex and violence in her books and in not using a computer to type them). The work she leaves behind will continue to captivate and inspire those who discover it the way that I did. Continue reading

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Ferris Bueller At 25

HOWARD MEGDAL: I’ll let Dave and Matthew fight out the specifics of the film itself, though I find myself far closer to Dave than Matthew on it. But there’s an insidious argument in Alan Siegel’s piece that I’ve seen elsewhere and need to address.

Simply, the idea that a story is invalidated due to a lack of representative economic and racially diverse characters is ludicrous. Continue reading

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