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Archive of entries posted on January 2011

No, It’s Not That Simple

I tend to avoid reading the conservative columnists in the New York Times. Am I close-minded? Perhaps. Do I just want to hear rationalization for what I already believe? Maybe. But as a morning-time NY1 watcher, I had my attention drawn to today’s Ross Douthat column during the In the Papers segment. The premise is [...]

Moon Fight!

Between Obama’s reference to Sputnik in his State of the Union address, and Sarah Palin’s strange implication that the Soviets won the space race, I’ve been thinking about space and fights, and I’ve decided that Moon Fight would be the Best Movie Ever, and Hollywood should totally get on it, creating an alternative historical reality [...]


Every so often, I come upon something that’s just jaw-droppingly good. Sometimes these discoveries make me feel like an asshole. In my late-twenties, I moved to Queens. Although the missus doesn’t believe me (mostly because she saw the state of it when we were first together), I would occasionally clean my apartment. To get the [...]

Now That’s a Real Man

Like most of you, I’ve been deeply affected by the shooting in Tuscon. The stories of lives cut short are heartbreaking; the portrayal of the shooter is disturbing and upsetting; the actions of survivors, and indeed some victims, were instinctual and heroic; and the recovery progress reports on Congresswoman Giffords are hopeful and terrifying. During [...]

The Real Victim

It’s been four days since the tragic shooting in Tuscon. But let’s not forget the real victim of this terrible event: Sarah Palin. Yes, that’s right. In the aftermath of the shooting, Sarah Palin, “listened, at first puzzled, then with concern, and now with sadness, to the irresponsible statements from people attempting to apportion blame [...]

Oh, the Humanity

It’s the sort of character complexity a dramatist loves. Deeply flawed hero stuff. I’m a fan of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The programs that came out of his four-term presidency have proven to be popular and vital, especially to the people in this country who make less money than others. The New Deal was a truly [...]

Bearded Goodness

It’s been a while since I’ve focused on beards, but a strange confluence of activities requires that I address the topic once again. First, a colleague decided that I would enjoy the continuum of beards, from friendly to evil, which I blogged about some time ago. She was right. I still enjoy it. It’s a [...]

Fuck You — For the Cure!

My job circles in and around the nonprofit world. So it was with some interest that I read that Susan G. Komen for the Cure spent about a million dollars last year going after grassroots groups that use “for the cure” for supposedly being in violation of their trademark. Dude. Susan G. Komen. Excuse me: [...]