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Comedy Congress live in the Crawford Family Forum!

Comedy Congress live in the Crawford Family Forum!

The only true medicine for the pain of politics is laughter—after all, if we weren’t laughing at the (mostly) unintentional humor emanating from Washington D.C. and state capitols, chances are we’d be crying. It’s been over a month since Republicans mercilessly beat up on House Democrats and yet the lame duck continues to quack away, […]

Veteran writer-director Blake Edwards dies

Veteran writer-director Blake Edwards dies

Blake Edwards, the comic genius behind Peter Sellers' "Pink Panther" character, passed away Wednesday evening at the age of 88. The filmmaker is well known for a slew of other comedies including "10," "Victor/Victoria" and "S.O.B." — the last of which were collaborations actress Julie Andrews, his wife of 41 years. Edwards had a more […]

What earmark ban?

What earmark ban?

Political irony rang through the halls of Congress yesterday as the Senate voted overwhelming to approve the deal that would extend tax cuts and unemployment benefits at the same time that votes were taking place on the massive 2011 omnibus spending bill—why is that ironic? Because as conservatives in the Senate were fulfilling one campaign […]

‘Tis the season to be… angry about religion

‘Tis the season to be… angry about religion

According to many in the media and across the country, Santa had better get his hard hat and AK-47 ready, because there’s a war brewing across the country against Christmas. Okay – maybe it’s not that dire, but over the past few years, greetings most likely aimed at being politically correct (like Happy Holidays instead […]

Call of Duty: Black Ops, Halo: Reach, Donkey Kong Country Returns – what’s hot & what’s not in video games?

Call of Duty: Black Ops, Halo: Reach, Donkey Kong Country Returns – what’s hot & what’s not in video games?

Video games these days have something for everyone. There are plenty of offerings for the warriors among us. For more light-hearted adventure, there are offerings like “Donkey Kong Country Returns.” “NBA 2K11” scores points with sports fans. And platforms like Nintendo’s Wii allow gamers to swing into untethered action. Want to dance? Try “Dance Central” […]

Skateboarding’s Tony Hawk – still SHREDding after all these years

Skateboarding’s Tony Hawk – still SHREDding after all these years

San Diego native Tony Hawk is undoubtedly the most famous skateboarder in the world but his life, like any good run, has been filled with hurdles that needed jumping, or grinding, ollieing, or flipping over. Thankfully, he happens to be good at all of those maneuvers. In 1999, Hawk retired from competitive skating at the […]

Michelle Rhee: radically reforming public education, whether you like it or not

Michelle Rhee: radically reforming public education, whether you like it or not

She started as a Teach for America recruit and has since become one of the most prominent public education officials in the country. Michelle Rhee has made it her life’s mission to reform the public education system, and her resume proves it. After Teach for America, Rhee founded and ran the New Teacher Project for […]

Radio man Michael Krasny’s quest for spirituality – is there a God?

Radio man Michael Krasny’s quest for spirituality – is there a God?

On one side, you’ve got Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens declaring that God is a delusion. Or, just as stridently, there’s no shortage of believers espousing the existence of a deity. But what about all those who fall between, who are unsure if God exists or what form he – or she – takes? In […]

Anne Rice’s Of Love and Evil

Anne Rice’s Of Love and Evil

<i>Interview With the Vampire</i> author, Anne Rice, is back with a new novel, <i>Of Love and Evil</i>. Filled with history, architecture, angels, assassins, mystery, and intrigue, <i>Of Love and Evil</i> follows former government assassin, Toby O’Dare on his quest to solve a crime of poisoning and find the truth behind the haunting by a spirit […]

‘Blue Valentine’ and the battle over movie ratings

‘Blue Valentine’ and the battle over movie ratings

In a rare reversal, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) changed its rating of the new film Blue Valentine, directed by Derek Cianfrance, from NC-17 to R after a fierce challenge from The Weinstein Company. In another debatable move, the MPAA gave the King’s Speech an R rating because of its main character’s repeated […]