The Broken Children Factory

If you have been exposed to the celebrity scandal media in recent weeks, and it is highly unlikely that you haven’t, you’ve no doubt seen the downward spiral of actress Amanda Bynes turn into more of a tornado. At this stage ...

PopSmarts: Let Nothing Come Between Us

One of the most anticipated television events of the summer is Under the Dome, a 13-week summer series adapted from the Stephen King novel of the same name. Under the Dome, which premieres June 24 on CBS, has a high-concept ...

PopSmarts: Looking for God in “Toy Story”

It’s not a revelation to anyone, anymore, to point out that Hollywood is no longer in the business of original ideas. It takes a great deal of money to make and market a movie — any movie. And the ...

Keep It To Yourself: The Writing On The Wall

So I’m standing on the 7th Avenue subway platform in lower Manhattan, circa 1983.  Two knuckleheads are discussing a picture of a baby in a circle.  The primitive image is drawn in white chalk on the black paper pasted over an advertising billboard ...

PopSmarts: The Judas Gospels

 And so we come, by the turning of the year, to the end of Shrovetide and the beginning of the Christian liturgical calendar. When I was a choir director, these three days of Easter were my favorite time of ...

PopSmarts: Damned By Dawn!

It’s coming on St. Patrick’s Day now. That’s when all the amateur Irishmen come out for a night on the piss and an annual flirtation with Celtic folk music. In particular, the Pogues will come out for their yearly ...

PopSmarts: The Camera Always Lies

I’ve always been a know-it-all. I was the kid who actually did read the encyclopedia for fun, and I carried my reputation as a fount of useless knowledge into adulthood and into the workplace. Break-room conversations would wind into arcane ...

Book Review: “Profiles in Courageousness” by Rep. Jack Kimble

Political satire is usually pretty lead-footed. It’s hard to do well, with the result usually falling into the realm of smug, obvious, and overwhelmingly direct (Capitol Steps), or fear-mongering and overwrought (Bob Roberts). It also has a limited shelf life, because politics ...

The Improbable New York Mayor Ed Koch

Ed Koch was one of those larger-than-life kind of guys. He looked like an Al Hirschfeld character long before Al Hirschfeld drew him. In the depths of decay in the 1970’s New York City was not a tourist-friendly place. Crime and ...

An Open Letter to Manti Te’o, from Jan Brady

Hi, Manti Te’o. It’s me, Jan Brady! I’m a sophomore at Westdale High School in California. I live with my three brothers, two sisters, and parents. Oh, and Alice! Don’t forget Alice! (She’s our maid, but she’s more like one of the ...

Keep It To Yourself: My Precious

In a hole in the ground there lived a lawsuit.  Not a nasty, dirty, wet lawsuit, filled with the ends of contracts and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy lawsuit with ...

Opinion: Why We Need The New Year

Even the most disorganized among us require certain boundaries, and we assign them naturally. Spring is for cleaning, summer for vacations, fall is for reflection, and the new year is traditionally the time when we decide to impose big ...

Just Remember, It’s Your Fault

After a week’s hiatus following the horrible massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut the NRA finally decided to make a statement. Instead of making an impassioned and sympathetic plea to America to understand, show reason, and ...

Sugar Water: Please Judge These Books by Their Covers

Spurred on by the extraordinary sales of E.L. James’s “adult” romance novel Fifty Shades of Grey, which has sold 60 million copies worldwide since its initial publication in Australia last year, Clandestine Classics has issued new e-book editions of ...

On America and Its Guns

Killeen, Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora, and now Newtown, Connecticut.

I readily acknowledge that the problems associated with gun violence in this country go deeper than simply insufficient or poorly enforced laws and regulations. There are aspects of mental illness, broader societal ...

Keep It to Yourself: Just Desserts?

 

I scream, you scream, we all scream for hardcore pornography!

Hippie royalty Ben & Jerry were not amused when L.A. smut merchants Caballero Video released a series of dirty DVDs with names and packaging mimicking their wholesome family treats.  The naughty ...

Political Culture: Lose Your Delusion

A week and a half past the 2012 election, conservatives predictably have formed the traditional circular firing squad; less predictably, but (I suppose) unsurprisingly, they’ve left the heavy artillery at home. They’ve apparently chosen to use paintball guns instead ...

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

Last weekend, while performing the fall-Saturday ritual of refreshing the ESPN ScoreCenter app on my phone every few minutes, I couldn’t help but consider the irony that oozed like primordial slime from the Ohio State-Penn State matchup. Here were ...

Hurricane Sandy: Sunday, October 28

The following account, while focusing on a specific region, contains advice that could be helpful to many readers. Consider that this is an unprecedented weather event unlike anything seen in modern meteorology and do not trust your reaction/overreaction to previous weather events ...

Numberscruncher: Of Course, Mitt Romney Lies!

It’s a given: Mitt Romney has issues with the truth. I think it’s cultural. People in business learn to lie, and in the big-stakes, big-money worlds of consulting and private equity, the truth isn’t all that valuable.

In my investment ...

Political Culture: Running Against the Wrong Romney?

 My favorite quote of the past month came from a pollster who had watched Mitt Romney’s post-convention fall and post-debate rise – and had withstood all the attendant Republican whining about supposedly skewed party-ID samples. “When you give conservatives ...

Keep It To Yourself: Banana Polemic

The first Velvet Underground Album only sold 5,000 copies, but everyone that bought it filed a lawsuit.

Welcome back to Stately KI2Y Manor!  Mrs. Keepit and I have finished our summer additions to the old pile (new trout pond, a velodrome, more stables and outdoor ...