Caveat Suffragator

Caveat Suffragator

30

Sep

2012

I am not the first, and may not even be the one millionth, person to point out that a lot of voters approach politics as something about halfway between a sports fandom and a religion.  In every election, there are massive numbers of people who treat the process not as a contest of competing interests to rationally shape t ...
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Out Standing in Their Fields

Out Standing in Their Fields

28

Sep

2012

Of all my many musical obsessions, the one I have the most trouble explaining -- let alone defending -- is my love for unadulterated field recordings.  That's probably because they're not music at all, in the traditional sense; they are not composed, they are not performed, they are not even subject to the most basic eleme ...
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How I Learned My Lesson

How I Learned My Lesson

25

Sep

2012

I was adopted when I was two days old.  I never met my birth parents, and my adoptive family is the only one I have ever known.  But I know a few things about the couple who conceived and bore me:  my mother was a white American, who married quite young. My father was an immigrant, born in Saudi Arabia to Arab parents. ...
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MOHOTMU

MOHOTMU

24

Sep

2012

Continuing my wiseass commentary in conjunction with Calamity Jon's OHOTMU Redux project, which you should be following like it was your dad and you wanted to buy a Slurpee:SUPREME INTELLIGENCE. The Kree were just as crazy-mad for adding superlatives to everything as were their enemies the Skrull. The leade ...
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Watchin’ My Stories: Glimpses of Harriet

Watchin’ My Stories:  Glimpses of Harriet

21

Sep

2012

(Fade in to Harriet's upstairs apartment. There are boxes piled up everywhere, and the place has that freshly-moved-into look. Pan across the wreckage to the sound of scrubbing and foul-tongued mutterings under the breath. We see Harriet Kostaki squatting on her living room carpet, which appears to be matted with some horri ...
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President Boss

President Boss

20

Sep

2012

Elections, as people on the losing end of them are painfully used to being reminded, are as much about personalities as they are about politics.  A candidate can have the most reasonable, sensible policies imaginable, but doesn't stand a chance of winning office if, as they say, the dogs don't like the food.  Democrats ha ...
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Pre-Viewed For Your Convenience

Pre-Viewed For Your Convenience

19

Sep

2012

It's a new fall season on the television machine, and thanks to exciting new advances in Internet technology and desperate marketing ploys, we're now able to see the new offerings from the networks weeks before they air.  And that's good, because it means if you plan your time wisely like me, you can have given up on the h ...
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Between Impression and Expression: Edward Said

Between Impression and Expression:  Edward Said

16

Sep

2012

"When we refer to a subject, place or person in the phrase 'the question of', we imply a number of different things.  For example, one concludes a survey of current affairs by saying, 'And now I come to the question of X.'  The point here is that X is a matter apart from all all the others, and must be dealt with apart. ...
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Hardy Oldman Double Feature

Hardy Oldman Double Feature

15

Sep

2012

An angel came down from heaven and give me twenty dollars, so I rolled my bones out to the picture show.  My plan was to see the evening screening of The Dark Knight Rises, perpetual Batman mark that I am, but I had plenty of time to kill before it started, and no particular place to go, so I saddled up with the appropria ...
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They Schools

They Schools

14

Sep

2012

There are a number of symptoms of rot amongst the "New Democrats" -- the dominant aggregation of technocratic centrists who have given us the presidencies of Bill Clinton and Barack Obama -- that keep progressives and leftists from doing our party-bound duty to embrace new realities of forced austerity and class-unconscious ...
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Tasteful San Antonio: The Headlining

Tasteful San Antonio:  The Headlining

13

Sep

2012

My home base of San Antonio, like many overgrown frontier towns where the remnants of bloody old colonial powers contend with the ascent of new money and power, is insane.  But because it is rarely the spectacular craziness of the big cities, its public entities communicate the most recent ripples of madness in a way that ...
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Bad Habits 1-10

Bad Habits 1-10

12

Sep

2012

FAILED FAST FOOD FRANCHISES1. Kimchee Korner2. International House of Seaweed3. Everything Fish Paste!4. Ohara's Sun-Baked Sushi5. Clamato HutFORGOTTEN BASEBALL MILESTONES1. Ray Cotton: first fan to choke to death on a pretzel (May 11, 1924)2. Jack "Spats" Hollander: first player to miss a ...
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The Most Beautiful Fraud: The Rider Named Death

The Most Beautiful Fraud:  <i>The Rider Named Death</i>

9

Sep

2012

The use of violence is not only one of the most powerful conundrums not only in fiction, but in life.  In art, the most problematic aspect of violence is that it is often used as a framework for threat and action, designed to bring viewers into a story who might not otherwise have the patience for an ordinary story of stru ...
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Homeland on the Range

Homeland on the Range

6

Sep

2012

"Die Sterne im Nacht sind groß und hell!"KLATSCH KLATSCH KLATSCH KLATSCH"Tief im Herzen von Texas!"KLATSCH KLATSCH KLATSCH KLATSCH"Vier hoch und breit, Prärie Himmel!"KLATSCH KLATSCH KLATSCH KLATSCH"Tief im Herzen von Texas!  Der Salbeiblum ist wie Parfüm!"KLATSCH KLATSCH KLATSCH KLATSCH"Erinnert mich auf Heidi Klum!"KL ...
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Last of the O HOT MUmas

Last of the O HOT MUmas

5

Sep

2012

Some of you may be familiar with Calamity Jon Morris' nifty OHOTMU Reduxe project, where he's solicited a raft of talented inksmiths to offer up their interpretations of that unforgettable nerdcyclopedia of the 1980s, the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe.  If you aren't, then get familiar with it -- and click on ...
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