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December 9, 2022

          Our winter holidays are a mishmash of many religions and historical events and thought of in general as celebrations of peace and love. Fancy that, given it’s often a time of anything but.           Start with love—as in Barbara Love, a young denizen of Greenwich Village who morphed into a lifelong advocate for lesbians […]

Of Race, Rebels and Reprisal

October 17, 2011

    Three recent movies. And it is not my custom generally to say run, don’t walk, to see modern flicks. If you are as selective as I am regarding cinema and of what among it is a waste of time, you too are amazed at the way people enter theaters with such expectation and, sadly, […]

The Emmys: Or, Where the Red Carpet Leads

September 20, 2011

    I am cynical to the max regarding the world of celebrity, and TV’s Emmys take no edge from my sarcasm. It is my missionary duty to convince others that it will rot mind and soul.     Emmys night is the time to see all the TV actors and shows you didn’t know existed. Or […]

Crime Pays: Imagine That

July 27, 2011

    There was a time, we thought, that the good guys got the bad guys. Justice, it seemed, was swift and fair. Punishment, we imagined, fit the crime. The cell door slammed and that was that.     Where did it end? With corrupt or lenient judges? With the dumbing-down of jury panels? No, it had […]

Of Weiners and Hooters

June 14, 2011

    If not sick of this story, we all should be. Too many sexual shenanigans among the famous surely have us jaded by now. I am here to add to the fascination, but as a concluding unscientific postscript.     Certainly Anthony Weiner’s name lends itself to parody, given his particular fall from grace. But how […]

Other Memories for Memorial Day

May 27, 2011

    People die every day, and there is a scramble to give meaning to their lives.    When the young die in war there are dignified rituals to acclaim that they were brave, courageous and sacrificed themselves for us all. Drums roll, guns roar and loved ones clasp folded flags as proof of the family’s […]

Of Floods and the End of the World

May 17, 2011

    For the umpteenth time, we’re told the Second Coming of Christ is imminent, this time on May 21 of this year. That’s the coming Saturday. So say some 1200 billboards nationwide, at a cost of $13 million. The ugly thing about this prospect is that certain people will be taken up to heaven while […]

A Wedding and a Funeral

May 5, 2011

    We know there’s a god, or the death of Osama bin Laden would have come the day before the royal wedding. Imagine then the shrieking and screaming from all who still believe in fairy princes and princesses, were the best news about the world’s worst terrorist allowed to infringe on Happy Times in Britain’s […]

Bending It Like Beck

April 28, 2011

    Not, “Bend it like Beckham,” a film of both drama and good humor about a dude, David Beckham by name, and his skill at free-kicks that curve, or bend, past walls of soccer defenders.     This is about Glenn Beck, he of rapidly receding fame while his infamy grows. Beck is good at bending […]

It Was A Most Un-Civil War

April 17, 2011

    It was a hundred and fifty years ago and we still aren’t over it. Less than a century after Independence to create a nation, we were at each other’s necks in a Civil War of “father against son and brother against brother.” Keep in mind that included mothers and daughters too. The accompanying graphic […]