Monthly Archives: August 2011

Jason Isringhausen and 300 Saves

CHRIS PUMMER: Not a lot of people seem enthused about Jason Isringhausen getting his 300th save, and I think that’s too bad. Ok, as far as milestones go, it’s not a big deal. But considering the injuries and struggles he had earlier in his career as a starter, why can’t we enjoy this kind of marker as a celebration of second chances? Continue reading

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Texas A&M and the SEC

CHRIS PUMMER: As they say, the grass is always greener. That’s how Texas A&M feels about trying to move from the Big 12 to the SEC. And maybe if the grass isn’t, the money just might be. Continue reading

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The Week in 2012

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: As those of you who know me personally are aware, and those of you who don’t know me will soon find out, I don’t follow politics very closely, except for a few rabid months before a presidential election, when I engage in heated debates and pretend to be politically aware. But I do what I can. And tonight I did listen to NRP’s Fresh Air hosted by Terry Gross, in which she interviewed Rachel Tabachnick, who has been studying the growing “New Apostolic Reformation” or, “Terrifyingly Crazy-Pants Fanatical Right Wing Evangelical” movement in America.

CHRIS PUMMER: Seeming crazy in his own way, Jon Huntsman has been trying out a new, tougher attitude with his GOP rivals. Not crazy like believing in demons, but perhaps crazy in thinking he’s advancing his cause to become the Republican presidential nominee. Continue reading

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Curb Your Enthusiasm: Week 7 in Review

SONIA BRAND-FISHER Maybe Larry David should have stayed in LA. Week 7 of “Curb Your Enthusiasm”‘s Season 8 fell dangerously short in comparison to previous episodes of the season. Between the hackneyed plot of Rosie O’Donnell and Larry trying to win the heart of a bi-sexual woman, Jane, and the thoroughly L.A.-looking people and interior shots trying to pass as authentically New York, I found myself wanting more. The return of Leon certainly warranted a groan from the living room I was watching this episode in, and I get the feeling that it echoed across living rooms everywhere. Stories stopped and started all over this episode, and none of them seemed up to par with the typical Larry David antics that we have come to enjoy and cringe at.

HOWARD MEGDAL: Ultimately, I came down on the complete opposite side from Sonia on this one. As I expressed to her via email, she’s probably right. But I absolutely loved this episode. Continue reading

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Liberal Opinion of Obama

AKIE BERMISS: I guess it would be hard for me to describe myself as a hardcore liberal. Not me. Certainly, born a Democrat, liberal-leaning values, and in my ideal world everything is green, recyclable government-by-the-people. However, whenever I start to consider problems in the imperfect and corporeal world before me, I become a sort of Democratic pragmatist. That is, I know that if I have some liberal fantasy I’ve been nursing in the back of my mind then there is problem someone out there with a non-liberal utopian paradise that they’d like to see. I think adhering to core principles is a great virtue especially as an academic or theorist, as a sophist or teacher, or something like that. But when it comes to governing — and, let’s be clear, by “governing” we mean ruling/guiding/helping/punishing a large group of people — there is simply no effective way to be both an effective idealist and an effective ruler. This sounds like pooh-poohing, I know, and my liberal friends have already condemned me to an atheistic perdition because of it. Nonetheless, I think if you really look at history, you’ll find it to be true.

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The State of Independent Baseball

MIKE SILVA: I believe independent baseball has an important place in the game today. First, from a standpoint of continuing to provide big league clubs with the largest pool of talent. Second, to continue to market the game to various…

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Rebecca Black and Bullying

NAVA BRAHE: Bullying pisses me off – and don’t for a second think that kids are the only ones guilty of it; adults are just as culpable.

When I read the story about Rebecca Black leaving school for being bullied for the success of her “Friday” music video, I was upset, but I also had a revelation: grown-ups have become obsessed with protecting their kids from bullies, but who is preventing the grown-ups from bullying each other? It’s a conundrum I never before contemplated, but the more I think about it, the more it makes sense. Kids aren’t the only ones doing it. Continue reading

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The Week in 2012

HOWARD MEGDAL: Ah, so much to discuss. I guess I’ll stick with Rick Perry for a bit.

CHRIS PUMMER: Maybe someone can get Mike Huckabee on the phone. What? He doesn’t what? Jeb Bush then. He said no, too? There’s a message from Bob Dornan. No, he’s not dead yet. Continue reading

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Cindy Sherman for MAC

ZOË RICE: I have a problem with the word “sellout,” in part because I think it negates the possibility of using a commercial outlet for creativity and innovation. I adore the idea of MAC collaborating with Cindy Sherman, and I find it makes me think better of both the artist and the brand. Continue reading

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Curb Your Enthusiasm, Week 6 in Review

SONIA BRAND-FISHER Our heroes of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” are right where we left them last episode: on an airplane, eating Pinkberry, ready to take off into the skies and land in old New York. With the impending skyline in the distance, things seem to be looking up for Larry. Yet, what was interesting about Episode 6 of Season 8 was that Larry, “The Hero,” (as this episode is titled) hasn’t really changed or developed much outside of location and circumstance. Larry seems to be playing his surroundings, and the happenings within them, to his benefit without actually changing his outlook, his cynicism, or his chutzpah. Yet what we ultimately see is a faulty lionheart trying to negotiate new life and New York.

HOWARD MEGDAL: Ultimately, this episode felt a bit dissonant. Things like the waiter, the argument with the coachy woman, even the courtship/breakup with the hero worshipper, none of it felt coherent in the usual Curb Your Enthusiasm way. Continue reading

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