Monday Night Video – The Politics of Youth

Even better than the picture from ThinkProgress, this Talking Points Memo mashup of Mitt Romney and President Obama addressing college students in separate speeches highlights the slightly different levels of enthusiasm at each event.

Quote of the Day: Marc Maron

That’s anything on the internet: could be nothing, could be cancer.

- Marc Maron on WTF 273.

Marc Maron - Caricature

Marc Maron - Caricature (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

TV in Review: Mad Men, “At the Codfish Ball”

I usually dislike the “Previously on Mad Men” snippets which kick of new episodes, because they accent the melodrama, which is an integral part of the show to be sure, but less vital to me than the subtler moments. Nonetheless, “At the Codfish Ball” grabbed my attention as soon as I saw the face of Glen Bishop (played by Marten Holden Weiner, son of series creator Matthew Weiner). One of the weirder presences in previous Mad Men, I’ve been bemoaning Glen’s absence. How might the years have changed him?

If you’re not afraid of some spoilers, let’s talk about it…

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Sunday Night Video – President Obama at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

And now, here was what preceded Jimmy Kimmel’s headlining act at the 2012 White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Ladies and Gentlemen, the President of the United States…

Austerity is Awesome

Looking at the front page of the BBC News website last night and noticed that the two business headlines on their front page both testify to the awesomeness that is austerity.

Spanish unemployment hits record

US economic growth rate slowing

How much do you want to bet that our Benevolent Rulers will double down (yet again) for more of the same? Another few decades of record big business profits and they’ll reward us all with free toasters or something. I think that’s the plan. Except for the toasters.

Jimmy Kimmel at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

In case you missed it, here’s Jimmy Kimmel performing at the 2012 White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Of course, nothing may ever match the depth and delivery of Stephen Colbert speaking truth to power.  I found Kimmel uneven, both in style and substance. Some jokes were great and some were pretty bad, but I do respect that Kimmel didn’t back down. And what a professional — note how he pretty much ignores the president as he strides up to deliver his set, his mind obviously set on the job at hand.

Here are my favorite moments from Kimmel’s routine…
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Saturday Night Pic – How Excited Are Young Voters?

There are times when Mitt Romney shows his age, such as when picking his favorite tunes — or when speaking to college students. ThinkProgress just did a comparison of President Obama’s visit to the University of Iowa versus Romney’s speech at Otterbein University.

Passing Thought: Wo/Men’s Sports

When I listen to the often ludicrous arguments regarding “excitement” in women’s sports versus men’s sports, I don’t seem to hear the simple fact that trillions of dollars has been spent in manufacturing men’s sports. Seems like a lot of money to me.

60 Second Movie Review: Attack the Block (2011)

I finally saw the first film on my randomly ordered list of Top 5 Movies I Wish I Saw in 2011. That is, I finally saw Attack the Block. It was fun. It was engaging. But Attack the Block wasn’t nearly as fun or engaging as what I’d built up inside the imaginarium of my cranium.

How did I imagine it? To quote that earlier post…

Brit-kids defending their world against an alien invasion, as produced by the same people who brought us Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. I’m hoping for similar fun, with perhaps an even bigger emphasis on the action this time.

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Friday Night Music – Iggy Pop

Can someone explain to me how this heroin-riddled song wound up selling a cruise line?

Quote of the Day: William Faulkner

The past is never dead. It’s not even past.

- Gavin Stevens in William Faulkner’s Requiem for a Nun (1951)

Requiem for a Nun

Requiem for a Nun (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

TV in Review: Community, “Basic Lupine Urology”

Sometimes Community adopts a genre without connecting to a specific work, but this week it’s clear from the start. We’re not doing just any old police procedural show. We’re doing Law & Order, baby.

Greendale Community College is represented by two separate yet equally important types of people: the goofballs that run around stirring up trouble, and the eggheads that make a big deal out of it. These are their stories.

(Spoilers to follow.)
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