• Gimme My Seat Back

    fat planeAs I walked up the handicap ramp to the Denny’s outside my hotel in Raleigh, NC, I cringed watching the sloth-like line of customers entering this marvel of American cuisine.  I’d never been to a Denny’s sober before.  I watched and judged these people wondering if I could possibly look like I belonged here as much as they did, but I had no choice, it was the only eatery for miles.  While waiting to be seated, I watched a man unsuccessfully try to fit into a booth.  His enormous pot-belly wouldn't clear the table.  This man would need a different seat.

    A waitress named Rahnay, fresh out of her hair curlers, led me to a booth and served me a much needed coffee.  I mulled over the options, Lumberjack Slam, Moons over My-Hammy, how could I choose with so many delicious options? "Does the scrapple come with a barf-bag?", I asked.  "No sir, it does not." "Then I'll have the American Slam," I said begrudgingly. "Would you care for a side of spam?" "I'd better not."

  • The Decade in Politics

    From a electing as president a bumbling, underachieving, overprivileged bafoon who set our progress back an incalculable number of years to electing a Black, Muslim who wasn't even born in this country (jk), the political landscape has changed markedly over the last 10 years and Jeff Larson has something to say about it.

  • Glenn Greenwald, You Broke My Heart

    glenn_and_keith.jpgI've been reading Salon's Glenn Greenwald about as long as I've been intently following news and politics commentary on the web, and over the last three plus years, I've become quite a fan of his writing.  While not always entirely agreeing with his stance on certain issues, it's tough to argue against his credibility and journalistic ethics, a couple of traits sometimes in short supply these days.  However, all of that changed yesterday afternoon when Greenwald posted his third piece on the squashed feud between Keith Olbermann and Bill O'Reilly that had been orchestrated by higher-ups from the parent company of each's network, GE and NewsCorp, respectively.  (I guess this is also where I mention that, while I find his shtick to be sometimes tiresome, I watch Olbermann's show a lot.)

    Because of the Olbermann-O'Reilly feud-getting-squashed story, I've lost all my respect for Glenn Greenwald.  Instead of being a man of ethics and truth, he has shown himself to be a truly petty person, interested only in his own standing and his own stake.  Whereas he was once someone I truly respected, especially in disagreement, some of his actions and responses over the last three days have made me question his journalistic integrity and his moral make up.  Instead of sticking to the truth of the story, and the pursuit of that truth, Greenwald has chosen to put his personal interests at the forefront and make his reputation the most important thing, to the detriment of not just his integrity, but the truth as well.

  • Scrubs is Back, but It's Not Here

    Scrubs is back from the dead, but it's a new show. What? Exactly.

  • Debate Prep: Remember Your Frames!

    debatelakoffWe're all gathering tonight at Tim's house to watch the debates and it's bound to be a doozy.  With the two presidential candidates, Barack "Hope" Obama and John "I've-Crashed-Three-Or-Four-Airplanes-So-I-Think-I-Know-A-Thing-Or-Two-About-How-To-Run-A-Country" McCain, sparring over who our next leader will be.  This second debate will likely be marked by vicious attacks and economic policy dramatics so I just wanted to remind all of you to keep George Lakoff in mind tonight.

    George who?  I'll put it in perspective for you before I tell you about Lakoff himself and why he's perhaps the most important person for anyone who wants to get into politics to read.

  • The Decade in Cell Phones: A Memoir

    What appliance has meant more to our lives in these past 10 years than the cell phone? Nate Katz has taken every turn, hit every pot hole, and has even ridden in the carpool lane on the road that is the journey of the cell phone.

  • Seinfeld Reunion on Curb Your Enthusiasm - Finale Chatcast

    The finale of Curb Your Enthusiasm was a wild ride of meta-jokes, alternate realities and post-modern documentary. Come along as Jaclyn and Matt attempt to deconstruct all its various elements.

  • Seinfeld Reunion on Curb Your Enthusiasm - Chatcast 2

    Back after a couple of weeks, Jaclyn dismisses and Matt rants about the latest Seinfeld reunion episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm.

  • What We Talk About When We Talk About The Aughts

    When we talk about how the world has changed during the last decade it boils down to one large change that altered all of our lives; indeed, what we talk about when we talk about the Aughts is the internet.

  • What We Talk About When We Talk About The Aughts

    When we talk about how the world has changed during the last decade it boils down to one large change that altered all of our lives; indeed, what we talk about when we talk about the Aughts is the internet.

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