Reality Check: Rob Astorino; Friend & Colleague In The Land Of Scum

Not one hour ago I received a link to a story in the Journal News that turned my stomach, something that rarely happens to cynical old hacks who’ve not only seen but done it all twice. It seems that during the previous day’s debate between candidates for the county’s executive …

by   |  10/26/2009  |  Comments (2)

Reality Check: Afghanistan, The Original Quagmire

The United States must leave Afghanistan now.

Not in eleven months or after careful discussion and continued study to determine an undisclosed time, but now.

Soon after, it must leave Iraq.

These and other difficult but sound decisions are only debatable because it is today, and not four or five …

by   |  10/02/2009  |  Comments (3)

Reality Check: The Race Illusion: Jimmy Carter’s Insult As Excuse-Making

I think an overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Barack Obama is based on the fact that he is a black man.

—Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter, America’s political equivalent of Liz Taylor, who emerges every so often to stammer out the most insane gibberish known to freethinking …

by   |  09/22/2009  |  Comments (1)

Interview with Alice Cooper: The Indestructable, Three-Dimensional Cabaret Villain

If a nom de plume can be an enigma, then Alice Cooper is its riddle.

He is the flash-in-the-pan that is mere months from entering a sixth decade of volume-addled irony that is best described in his memorable tune, “Guilty,” as “waking up the neighbors with a roar like

by   |  09/21/2009  |  Comments (2)

Reality Check: Hopeville In Autumn

This debate has become less about facts than emotions.

—Joe Scarborough

Political animals, real political animals, know virgin territory when they see it. This kind of thing can create weird currents and strange vacuums and absorb concussive effects unrecognized to the untrained eye. The efficient aggressor can use it as …

by   |  09/15/2009  |  Comments Off on Reality Check: Hopeville In Autumn

Reality Check: Edward Moore Kennedy: 1932-2009

It is a good thing Ted Kennedy is Irish Catholic. He is going to heaven. That’s how it works. No matter what kind of sham your life is, what type of negligent homicide you’re guilty of, scores of hypocrisy you’ve dabbled in, and the fraudulent legacy you leave behind, the …

by   |  08/28/2009  |  Comments (11)

Impeccable Peccadillos: Tori Amos Defies The Sins of Sexual, Religious & Corporate Segregation

“I can’t stop it,” an ebullient Tori Amos whispers over a phone line somewhere on the outskirts of the road. “The muse walks in and grabs me by the throat, and demands, ‘Pay attention!’—it could be in the middle of a movie or a nice evening with the husband, where …

by   |  08/13/2009  |  Comments (1)

Reality Check: Stupidly, Stupidly, Stupidly, Life Is But A Dream

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or

by   |  08/04/2009  |  Comments Off on Reality Check: Stupidly, Stupidly, Stupidly, Life Is But A Dream

Reality Check: The Healthcare Shuffle

Fourth Rail of American Politics Goes Nuclear

At the risk of continuing to make Glenn Beck weep like a schoolgirl or cause Chris Matthews further senseless hemorrhaging, it is important that this space reiterate its apathy when it comes to either the overhaul of the nation’s convoluted sinkhole of a …

by   |  07/27/2009  |  Comments Off on Reality Check: The Healthcare Shuffle

Reality Check: Woody Being Woody

In Praise of The Master’s Latest Opus, Whatever Works

Whatever love you can get and give, whatever happiness you can provide, every temporary measure of grace, whatever joy you can filch from this immense void of nothingness, whatever works.
—Boris Yellnikoff from Whatever Works

It was somewhere in the painful …

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