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I’m Paying You To Prepare My Meal

I’m Paying You To Prepare My Meal

For the last several years, there's been a trend against tossing salad ingredients in a bowl. Instead of a correctly-prepared salad, I am presented with a gated community -- a lawn of lettuce topped with segregated communities of tomatoes here, cucumbers there, turkey...

Best Thing I’ve Read Today

Best Thing I’ve Read Today

A wonderful profile of the late Harry Anderson, by David Hill: One of Anderson’s signature pieces was a trick called the Needle Through the Arm. It was a simple feat; he stuck a long hat pin through his arm. But like most of Anderson’s act, he drew out the trick into...

I’m Just Asking

I’m Just Asking

From the Washington Post: Lance Armstrong will pay $5 million to the federal government to settle a fraud lawsuit that contended he owed $100 million to taxpayers for doping while competing for a cycling team sponsored by the U.S. Postal Service.... The government...

Movie Review: “I Feel Pretty”

Movie Review: “I Feel Pretty”

To say Renee Bennett has low self-esteem is to say that the Pacific Ocean is kinda wet. Renee, Amy Schumer's character in "I Feel Pretty," has serious body-image issues -- until she falls off a bike at a Soul Cycle class, hits her head, and wakes up believing she's...

Movie Review: “Lean On Pete”

Movie Review: “Lean On Pete”

"Lean On Pete" is the story of 15-year-old Charley, played by Charlie Plummer, fresh off his performance as the kidnapped Getty heir in "All The Money In The World." Charley comes from a poor family, with a dad who doesn't seem to care that he's barely raising his kid...

Another Movie You Might Not Know

Another Movie You Might Not Know

I first noticed John Hawkes opposite Jennifer Lawrence in 2010's "Winter's Bone," in which he matched her intensity scene-for-scene. He also played Frances McDormand's ex-husband last year in "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri." In between, Hawkes has had...

As I Tweeted

As I Tweeted

At a time when journalists are belittled by those in power, take a moment to see the reporters, photographers, columnists, and organizations who did such good work in the last year that they've been awarded a Pulitzer Prize today. In some cases (e.g. the Harvey...

Why I’m Not Mourning Art Bell

Why I’m Not Mourning Art Bell

After his death this weekend, Art Bell, whose "Coast To Coast AM" show owned overnight radio for a couple of decades on hundreds of stations, is being mourned by many in the radio industry. I am not one of them. I believe Bell contributed to the dumbing-down of...

An Accident Waiting To Happen

An Accident Waiting To Happen

I bet the people at Mid-America Airport aren't happy about last night's "60 Minutes" piece on Allegiant Air's long list of safety problems -- and the FAA's shameful failure to do anything about it. The story (which took up two segments) should have been called "An...

Defending Offense

Defending Offense

Yesterday, I wrote a piece about the blowback felt by two right-wing media personalities after their comments caused activists to start a boycott of the businesses that advertised on their programs. What I neglected to say is that there has to be a line where...

Big Mouths, Big Trouble

Big Mouths, Big Trouble

In the last week, a couple of conservative loudmouths have gotten some backlash after making comments about David Hogg, one of the survivors of the Parkland high school shooting who has become an outspoken advocate for gun law reform. First it was Fox News Channel...