Author: Jon Cummings

Popular Culture

Crowdfunding Helps Web Series Build A ‘Rogues’ Nation

Rogues of L.A., a web series launching today here on Popdose and at roguesofla.com, features a cadre of snarky-yet-idealistic young people...

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Popdose Politicks: Debt Ceiling! Shutdown! Fight, Fight, Fight! (Again)

Dw DUNPHY: Well, now that Syria has vanished from the front pages, Big Tea has refocused on the fight they really wanted: Running the...

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Political Culture: If Laws Can’t Curb Guns, How About Shame?

A newspaper's map of permit holders points a way forward if gun control fails....

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Political Culture: Lose Your Delusion

GOP: Time to give the Outrage Loop a rest....

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10 Reasons The G.O.P. Deserves The ‘Death Penalty’

When nothing short of the ultimate punishment will do......

Jesus of Cool, Music

Taylor Swift’s ‘Red’: A Listening Sesh With Catie C.

Forget those hifalutin rock critics. What does a 10-year-old girl think of Tay-Tay's new platter? Popdose gets the scoop from Jon Cummings'...

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Political Culture: Running Against the Wrong Romney?

Battling Multiple-Choice Mitt might have blunted Obama's Denver debacle....

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Democracy Is Coming(?): Money Talks, Voters Walk

What if they gave an open primary and nobody came?...

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Democracy Is Coming: “Good Government” Gone Bad?

CA-26 is a humdinger of an open primary -- for better and for worse....

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Democracy Is Coming: When Democrats Attack!

A deluge of negative ads may swamp a congressional campaign -- but not necessarily the one that's under attack....

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Democracy Is Coming!: The Imperfect Candidates

This race is closely watched. If only it were more FUN to watch......

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Political Culture: Obama (Finally) Marries Reality

The president's support for gay marriage opens a new front in his battle for re-election -- but its historical importance will reverberate...

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Democracy Is Coming!: How One Candidate’s Declaration of Independence Might Shake Up Congress

Linda Parks won't pick a party or take PAC money. She might win anyway....

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Popdose Flashback ’82: Marshall Crenshaw on “Marshall Crenshaw”

The power-pop legend looks back on his debut....

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Political Culture: Democracy is Coming! (part 1)

A high-stakes congressional race is taking shape in the sleepy L.A. suburbs...

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Political Culture: The GOP’s Identity Crisis

Can Romney ride the radical tigers?...

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Political Culture: Teabag Wall Street!

Can't the populist right and left just get along?...

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Political Culture: Why We Care About Steve Jobs

Duh ... Because he gave us what we want....

Music, Popdose Flashback '91

Popdose Flashback ’91: Garth Brooks, “Ropin’ the Wind”

Remembering the guy who brought country, and bad shirts, to the suburbs....

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Political Culture: America – Too Big To Fail?

How did the Tea Party force a stupid deal, prove itself unfit to govern ... AND simultaneously send the economy over a cliff? Jon Cummings...

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Political Culture: A “Permanent Majority,” or Totalitarianism?

Wednesday's anti-democratic (and anti-Democratic) shenanigans in Wisconsin were just part of a GOP effort to destroy the Democrats' power...

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Jesus of Cool, Music

Jesus of Cool: The Misfit Empowerment Project

Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" exemplifies the shift among pop's reigning divas -- from P!nk to Katy to Ke$ha -- away from self-aggrandizement...

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Political Culture: Absolutism Sucks! (Relatively Speaking)

Conservatives now claim the Constitution as their own -- yet couldn't bring themselves to read it in its entirety on the House floor. Jon...

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Political Culture: We Have Met the Enemy, and They Are Us

Can taking the vitriol down a notch really prevent another tragedy like Tucson? Jon Cummings explores the state of our discourse - and his...

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Political Culture: Greetings, Fellow Hostages!

President Obama may have given up the store on tax cuts this week, but at least he coined a useful metaphor in the process. Still, is it...

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Theatre

Theatre Review: Randy Newman’s “Harps And Angels”

One of America's greatest singer/songwriters gets the jukebox-musical treatment in L.A., bringing to life his brilliantly drawn characters...

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Political Culture: Everybody Into The Conflictinator!

Chastened by Jon Stewart, if not the midterm election results, Jon Cummings invites Popdose readers to Be Their Own Pundits and pontificate...

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Political Culture: How to Take a “Leap of Faith” … and Fall Flat on Your Ass

As a disastrous new show stumbles toward Broadway and "Glee" rebounds from its worst episode, can issues of religious belief inspire decent...

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Film, Film Reviews, Music

Film Review: “Nowhere Boy”

John Lennon's traumatic teens, and the birth of the Beatles, get the little-British-art-film treatment. But can it work both as cinema and...

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Political Culture: Americans, Running Hot N Cold

Katy Perry's aborted Sesame Street appearance launched a short-lived kerfuffle, but offers a neat allegory for explaining the idiocy...