February 2011

Florida gets serious

February 8, 2011

In contrast to the paltry ridiculousness of President Obama’s proposed $775 million budget cut, the Governor of Florida, Rick Scott, has unveiled a new budget containing $5 billion in spending reductions. To put that in perspective, Florida’s deficit is $3.6 billion, so Scott is actually cutting more than is necessary to erase the state’s fiscal […]

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TV executive convicted of beheading wife

February 8, 2011

Is it religious bigotry when I hear of some unknown someone “beheading” or “decapitating” a victim, I immediately wonder whether the murderer…held certain beliefs? Perhaps it’s because of remembering Daniel Pearl and Nicholas Berg, the murder of the latter registering as the single worst thing I’ve ever personally seen on the Internet. (I suggest in […]

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The Motor Country

February 7, 2011

If I were planning to run for a big-time office in 2012, I would want Wieden-Kennedy in my corner to produce my ad spots. Fresh off their Old Spice triumph, the agency scored a touchdown with their Super Bowl spot about Detroit. Unlike the many critics of the city the ad references who have never […]

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Our Afghan allies

February 7, 2011

If you thought the overthrow of the Taliban in Afghanistan had brought any kind of Western-style human rights to the country, think again: Afghan officials have been unapologetic. “The sentence for a convert is death and there is no exception,” said Jamal Khan, chief of staff at the Ministry of Justice. “They must be sentenced […]

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Obligatory Super Bowl post

February 6, 2011

My sports watching has diminished since school and college, so that I haven’t seen a Super Bowl in several years. And although my second favorite team growing up (after the Dolphins) was Green Bay, I won’t be watching this one either. As the Internet has challenged TV as America’s true favorite distraction, national events like […]

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Mitt Romney and the problem of porn

February 6, 2011

Karl Rove’s most famous campaign strategy was to turn his opponent’s greatest perceived strength against him: John Kerry had won three Purple Hearts in Vietnam while George W. Bush served spottily in the Texas National Guard. Aside from the charges of flip-flopping, however, the most effective damage to Kerry came–whether instigated by Rove or not–from […]

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Mad Children

February 5, 2011

Mad Men season four is due out on DVD next month, and Daniel Mendelsohn of the New York Review offers a critique of the show thus far: I am dwelling on the deeper, almost irrational reasons for the series’s appeal…because after watching all fifty-two episodes of Mad Men, I find little else to justify it. […]

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Depp Shadows takes on a green tint

February 4, 2011

The Wrap reports that Eva Green will play the witch in Angelique in the new Johnny Depp reboot of the old Dark Shadows TV show, which will be directed by long-time Depp collaborator Tim Burton. Although my opinion of Burton’s oeuvre is mixed, I’m looking forward to this film and hope that it comes out […]

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14-year-old rape victim whipped to death

February 4, 2011

In the West, she would have been the victim of statutory rape. Thanks to Shari’a, Mosammet Hena is dead because her 40+ “cousin” had sex with her: The girl collapsed after she was lashed in public with a bamboo cane about 70 times on Monday, Rahman said. She was taken to a hospital where she […]

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Christie v. O’Malley

February 4, 2011

NJ Gov. Chris Christie has received enormous press since his surprise victory in blue state NJ because of his combative, pugnacious style and his unapologetic stance that political business as usual must end. Although his single-minded elevation of budgetary issues has left social conservatives less enamored with him than fanboy fiscal conservatives, his articulate, no […]

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