Monthly Archives: July 2010

Make Mine a Cosmopolitan

Those of us out here who grew up in the fifties in Pittsburgh seldom think of going back – we all left for a reason. The world was elsewhere. One of the actors out here, who grew up in Pittsburg, … Continue reading

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No Downside to Crazy

The trick is to grab the cool domain names before anyone else does – you buy them up before anyone else thinks of the potential, so you become the registered owner of PoodlesPlayingChess.com or LithuanianBagpipes.com before the obvious trend sweeps … Continue reading

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Lying

It was the story about a vindictive black woman who works for the government and screws the white people she deals with – and then it wasn’t. The buzz was supposed to be about Shirley Sherrod, and the NAACP, being … Continue reading

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To Be Fair About It

Each morning out here in Hollywood, as the sun edges up over Griffith Park Observatory off to the east, it’s the same thing. Along with strong black coffee and the Danish pipe tobacco – the breakfast of champions – it’s … Continue reading

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The One-Day Never-Ending Story

Hollywood will be the death of America – but not for the reasons some evangelical fire-and-brimstone pastor in Iowa says. Yes, the starlets are shallow and the movies full of sex and violence and all sorts of odd stuff, and … Continue reading

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Guessing What Wins

Political junkies like to think about who will win the next election and why – who made the big gaffe, who looked good in the debates, who had the most to spend, and who masterfully managed the key structural elements … Continue reading

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Cracks in the Armor

Americans don’t get around much. Sure, Johnny Cash sang I’ve Been Everywhere, Man – not a bad patter song, if you can imagine Gilbert and Sullivan going Country – but in that song everywhere was, save for two Canadian cities, … Continue reading

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