Late Night: Beware the Ides of March

By: Saturday March 15, 2014 8:00 pm

Today’s the 2,076th anniversary of the assassination of the original Emperor, Julius Caesar (not accounting for the changeover to the newfangled Gregorian Calendar in 1752* — *at least here in the colonies, your calendar zone may differ (YCZMD). Obviously Caesar did not heed the soothsayer’s advice about being ware.

 

Houses of Cards

By: Sunday February 10, 2013 9:30 am

House of Cards, the Netflix original series, just might be the best of a genre that ought to be called the “political sleezie.” Wildly entertaining, it stars Kevin Spacey as Congressman Frank Underwood and Robin Wright as his wife Claire. Majority Whip Underwood is so underhanded it makes you feel guilty that you almost root [...]

Olympic Thoughts

By: Sunday July 29, 2012 9:30 am

Maybe Danny Boyle’s $42 million Olympic opening spectacle wasn’t a song of homage to working people, but it played one on TV.

It included a tribute to Great Britain’s National Health Service. The workers who built the arena served as honor guards for the arrival of the Olympic torch. There was a gritty look at the Industrial Revolution. And there were comic bits poking fun at the grandiosity of the event, including filmed sketch plus stunt-double-skydive that featured the Queen.

The Normalization of Corruption

By: Sunday July 10, 2011 9:30 am

A decade ago the wise American public told us something important: they believe corruption is so endemic to our political system that unethical acts are no longer illegal.

As long as our leaders talk of virtue and morality, their actual acts are shrugged off as sad by-products of humankind’s fall into sin.

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