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Lisa Derrick

About Me:
Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.
 
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About Me:
Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.

Paula Deen Can Relate to “That Black Football Player” aka Michael Sam

By: Thursday February 27, 2014 3:30 pm

No Paula, you don’t know what Michael Sam is saying. “Embattled” and “disgraced” don’t do you justice, though “still racist” and “ignorant” work fine. You became disgraced and embattled through ignorance and stupidity. Michael Sam–that’s his name, Michael Sam–is a good football player and while being an openly gay draft pick is a first, because of progressive social norms and what hopefully will be many successes on the playing field, Sam’s sexuality won’t matter to the handful of people who are all freaked out about something that is really the least interesting thing about the NFL draft pick.

Late Night: Piers Morgan’s Replacement? How About Robbie Rist!

By: Tuesday February 25, 2014 8:00 pm

With the (not soon enough for my taste) departure of Piers Morgan, CNN is gonna need to fill that slot. Larry King says he’s willing to come back but seriously, zzzzz.  The slightly younger Jay Leno’s available, but how about going with someone who has Gen X, Y, Z and Baby Boomer recognition? Someone who knows how to interview, who has the name and connections to draw viewers? Someone who co-starred in one of 2013′s most talked about films?

FDL Movie Night: Oscar Chat

By: Monday February 24, 2014 4:59 pm

Next Sunday we’ll be live blogging the Oscars, so tonight we’re discussing the nominees in the major categories. Right now, as I write this the Oddschecker has Twelve Years a Slave as the 4:1 favorite, followed by Gravity at 9:2. American Hustle (18:1), Dallas Buyers Club (25:1) and The Wolf of Wall Street (80:1) rounds out the top the five, with the others (Captain Philips, Her, Nebraska and Philomena, coming in at very poor odds–250:1 for the Tom Hanks piracy movie and 300:1 for the the others).

Guggenheim Protest Highlights Labor Conditions on UAE Luxury Island

By: Monday February 24, 2014 3:15 pm

Saturday night at the Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan, art lovers experienced an intervention action designed to highlight the labor conditions on Saadiyat Island in the United Arab Emirates. A franchise of the New York’s Guggenheim, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, is under construction on the man-made resort island

RNC Crowdsourcing Presidential Candidates: Opinions Can be Heard for $12!

By: Sunday February 23, 2014 6:10 pm

The Republican National Committee has sent out a nifty “pre-season” letter asking party members to participate in a confidential Republican Exploratory Presidential Preference Poll, designed to measure “early awareness and opinion of various high level Republicans who have been mentioned as possible candidates for the Presidency…to help our Party and possible candidates establish early baseline gauge of the interest and viability, within our Party, of a provisional slate of possible presidential nominees.”

Sochi: Pussy Riot Attacked, Beaten With Whips by Police

By: Wednesday February 19, 2014 4:20 pm

Members of Pussy Riot were attacked by police with whips, then beaten, pushed, dragged and had their hair pulled as the punk performance group set up for an unpermitted performance in front of a mural in Sochi. There were plenty of cameras to capture the brutality of the special Cossack police, hired to handle drunks and rowdies.

Late Night: RIP, Devo’s Bob Casale Dies Suddenly

By: Tuesday February 18, 2014 8:00 pm

It is stunning when someone you grew up listening to, whose music was an ongoing part of your life dies, and suddenly, unexpectedly. It is a great a loss to Devo fans, to music, and a even greater loss to Bob Casale’s friends and family.

Coca-Cola Soda Sales, Profits Down, Boycott On

By: Tuesday February 18, 2014 6:31 pm

LGBTQ activists around the world are boycotting Coca-Cola for its sponsorship of the Winter Olympics and thus a tacit endorsement of Russian President’s Vladimir Putin’s anti-gay stance.

Sochi: Pussy Riot Members Arrested at McDonald’s

By: Tuesday February 18, 2014 3:16 pm

Two members of feminist punk band Pussy Riot and several people in their group were arrested at a McDonald’s in Adler, a suburb of Sochi. McDonald’s is sponsor of the Sochi Winter Olympics.

FDL Movie Night: Bombshell

By: Monday February 17, 2014 4:59 pm

Bombshell, produced and directed by Jason Lehel and starring Kelly Mullis–both guests tonight–follows Marilyn Monroe in the final hours before her death. The short film takes us into the actress’s psyche, her addictions to substances and to John F. Kennedy. Using biographies and Monroe’s diaries as a foundation for the film, Bombshell is a shattering, painful look at a woman destroyed by forces internal and external.

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