Tag: George W. Bush

Dw. Dunphy On..., Film

Dw. Dunphy On… The Other Side of Charles Foster Kane

Heaven help those who willingly place power in the hands of angry children who only seek payback....

'Face Time, Music

‘Face Time: John Mellencamp, “Walk Tall”

Join Popdose for a look back at three decades of Babyface's wide-ranging influence as a singer, songwriter, and producer....

Film, Popdose Lists

Popdose Prime: 10 Movies With Amusing Fictional Presidents

As Americans we like our president to be some combination of likable and better than us. Our last two presidents got in this way, albeit in...

Book Reviews, Books

Book Review: Jack Kimble, “Profiles in Courageousness”

Political satire is usually pretty lead-footed. It’s hard to do well, with the result usually falling into the realm of smug,...

Music, World's Worst Songs

World’s Worst Songs: Alan Jackson’s “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)”

While the scope and audacity of the September 11 attacks was shocking, that the United States had finally been hit was not. Informed...

Current Events, Dw. Dunphy On...

Dw. Dunphy On… Our Man in London (Think You Could Keep Him?)

Rule Brittania! There's only one man who could dis the Olympics Opening Ceremony....

Lefschmutz, Music

Lefschmutz: Bob Lefsetz Thinks Everybody Should Listen to Average Country Music!

In which Bob possibly sets a new personal record for equivocation....

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Film, Television

Popdose Roundtable: Hail to the Chief

If everyone did a "Favorite Movie Presidents" post, would Popdose do it too? Yes, and then we'd jump off a bridge....

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Books, Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: Ayn Rand Takes a (Midas) Mulligan

When I was a senior in college, instead of prepping for a career as a Rand-ian Master of the Universe with high-level courses in economics...

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Current Events, Sugar Water

Sugar Water: Promise Some Peace, Win a Prize!

President Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, a decision that instantly created controversy. For one thing, Tina...

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Current Events, Sugar Water

Sugar Water: Those Shoes Were Made for Throwin’

Muntadhar al-Zeidi, the Iraqi TV reporter who threw his shoes at President George W. Bush during a press conference in Baghdad last...

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Current Events, Dw. Dunphy On...

Dw. Dunphy On… “You Lie!”: The Backstory

The outburst heard ’round the nation, at least until Kanye West co-opted the mike: South Carolina Representative Joe Wilson’s...

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Current Events, Numberscruncher

Numberscruncher: The Poorer Americans

With pure obviousness, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that median household income in the United States fell to $50,303 in 2008, a 3.6...

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Current Events, Film, Music, Sugar Water

Sugar Water: Black and/or White

Writer-director Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing opened in theaters on June 30, 1989. “White people still ask me why Mookie threw...

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Film, The Bigger Picture

The Bigger Picture: Nothing to Fear

Appropriately for a week in which an Eddie Murphy movie is reaching theaters, Arend Anton devotes his latest Biggest Picture column to...

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Current Events, Sugar Water, Television

Sugar Water: “24” and the Enhanced Techniques of Viewer Torture

In February 2007 The New Yorker published “Whatever It Takes,” an article by Jane Mayer about the Fox series 24, and how the...

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Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: Christian Right, R.I.P.

Have right-wing evangelicals won their last battle? Maybe not, but Jon Cummings thinks it'll take them more than three days to resurrect...

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Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: Whose Mandate Is It Anyway?

The last couple weeks have served as a brilliant, if butt-ugly, reminder that governance should be judged not on the back and forth of...

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CD Reviews, Music

CD Review: Lily Allen, “It’s Not Me, It’s You”

Lily Allen – It’s Not Me, It’s You (2009, Capitol) purchase this album (Amazon) When you weigh Lily Allen‘s...

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Current Events, Sugar Water

Sugar Water: The Year in Science (Last Year, Not This Year)

The Associated Press reported last Tuesday that the bicycles of former U.S. president Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, were stolen from...

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Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: Shall We Plunge the Sword In?

Sometime in the early afternoon next Tuesday – after Barack Obama takes the oath of office, and before the new President and First...

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Current Events, Pop Politico

Pop Politico: “So Long to the C- Student”

Watching President Bush’s final press conference yesterday reminded me of the phrase “failing upward.” Never in recent...

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Current Events, Pop Politico

Pop Politico: “The Party Bush Destroyed”

If you’re a Republican Party stalwart, and say you went to the Republican Governors Association meeting in Miami hoping for a good...

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Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: The Final Days

Doesn’t it seem like just a decade since the protagonists of our current national melodrama began taking the stage? John McCain...

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Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: McCain-Palin Plays the GOP’s Greatest Hits

Last night I had a dream … of long-faded memories, and basic-cable infomercials: Voiceover: Remember…this? John McCain:...

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Dw. Dunphy, Off on a Tear

We’ve been fairly professional about this up ’til now. However, after this week, my objectivity is gone. Hitch up your sports...

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Current Events, Pop Politico

Pop Politico: “That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore”

In the realm of public speaking, it’s tough for anyone (even accomplished speakers) not to make mistakes. In my current line of work...

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Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: Two Guys Named George Play Ball

In our current age of hyper-partisan combat and contempt – to which I have proven myself at least as susceptible as my fellow...