• 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Top 5 Words of Wisdom

    In this week's Top 5, Elle Scoots changes course completely from last week and gives us a list of words of wisdom that are actually wise.

  • 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.

  • Top 5 Things About Thanksgiving

    Forget your natural cynicism and just accept that Thanksgiving is awesome. Elle Scoots has 5 great pieces of evidence.

  • 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.

  • Top 5 Words of Crap

    Sometimes people just need to face the facts and stop dishing out positive sentiment where it doesn't exist. If you find that hard to swallow, don't worry; this week's Top 5 is here to gulp it down for you.

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