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 stepping into sticky situations and solving problems for complete strangers. The show’s creator, the veteran character actor Markus Flanagan, says its principal theme – bettering a community on the sly, one person at a time – has been floating around in his head for years. But on another level, Rogues can be seen as the culmination of similar themes that Flanagan has been pursuing throughout his career. Like many other actors and other industry pros, Flanagan – a familiar face from films such as Biloxi Blues and Life As We Know It, as well as guest spots on TV series ranging from Seinfeld and Friends to NCIS and Major Crimes — has eyed the internet as an outlet for pursuing passion projects, for experimenting with new roles (in front of and behind the camera), and for extending his career. Rogues of L.A., whose premiere episode debuts today, is allowing him to attempt all of these. …
Dw DUNPHY: Well, now that Syria has vanished from the front pages, Big Tea has refocused on the fight they really wanted: Running the government into a brick wall. Praise the lord and pass the ammo. JON CUMMINGS: Unfortunately, the polls show that Republicans have attained one of the key goals of their “governance”-by-crisis shenanigans of the last three years: Large numbers of Americans now believe that government is incapable of playing a healthy or positive role in dealing with the big issues, such as job creation, health care and rising income inequality. Operating on Chaos Theory since 2011 – since 2007, really – the GOP has convinced the public that chaos is all that’s possible. The flipside of that is that senior and/or sane Republicans (and when we’re calling Mitch McConnell “sane,” we’re really off the reservation) recognize that a government shutdown or a credit default would be too much chaos for the public to bear. If the GOP were simply to make no waves between now and November 2014, the midterm election of …
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