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Monthly Archives: May 2014

Understandable McCarthyite hysteria

May 7, 2014, 3:31 pm

When you leave the U.S.A, you always wonder what you’re missing back home. I remember living in Spain in 1997 and somehow coming across a Rolling Stone cover of Jenny McCarthy squirting mustard on a hot dog. I thought, darn, I’m missing that? Fast forward ten years, and Jenny McCarthy is having her own displacement trauma as she watches her kid get the measles-mumps-rubella vaccination. Or as she told Oprah that year, “Boom! Soul, gone from his eyes.” Sometimes, people […]

How I Met Your Mother: A Tribute

May 5, 2014, 12:41 pm

Dammit, Ted. The major websites – heck, and the minor websites – forgot to properly eulogize How I Met Your Mother. As Ted would say about five minutes into every third episode: fine, fine, I’ll do it. First, the series-end tributes had no idea where the central premise for HIMYM even came from. Sure, for all we know, show creators Craig Thomas and Carter Bays might have spent years kicking around an idea for an all-flashback show told to its […]

The New N-Word is Nuance

May 2, 2014, 10:41 am

So, now that L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling was fired, where are we? I like to think we’re in the era of nuance. That means looking at people’s questionable statements and coming up with – get this – different responses. Which statements? Wellllll…let’s just do 25 of these since President Obama was elected in 2008, okay? (I just heard Michael Richards and Laura Schlessinger sigh with relief.) Ayaan Hirsi Ali: “I think that we are at war with Islam. And there […]