So, Louie C.K. dropped by The Comedy Cellar the other night to do a few minutes. 18 months ago, that wouldn’t have been news outside of the comedy world. Today? It’s somehow as newsworthy as an American leader kissing the pinky ring of a Russian leader. And that seems disproportionate. Look, what Louie C.K. did was despicable. There is no doubt about that. I mean, … Continue reading This Business with Louis C.K.
I don’t like social media. While I have a presence on all of them, I am only moderately active on LinkedIn … and like almost anyone, I only use Instagram to waste time. Facebook? I don’t engage. Google+? Is that still a thing? Tumblr? I’m not a transsexual adult performer so I don’t really use it. Twitter? Ah yes. Twitter. Of the (current) social media big … Continue reading We Need to Talk About Twitter
The Radiotopia Showcase series presents The Great God of Depression, a five episode podcast. In his 2017 Netflix special 3 Mics, comedian Neal Brennan details his lifelong struggle with depression. I recently outed myself as having battled clinical depression for decades. Last week, in The Hollywood Reporter, media executive Paul Greenberg shared his success story with ECT in treating his depression. It’s fair to say that opening up about clinical … Continue reading Podcast Review: The Great God of Depression
Of all the people who have been accused of sexual improprieties, CBS head honcho Les Moonves comes as kind of a shock. At least outside looking in. He always seemed the perfect example of media mogul. Unless you’ve been in a cave, Moonves was, allegedly, far from perfect. Even if a fraction of what is alleged is true (as of this writing the count is up … Continue reading This Business with Les Moonves
This past Sunday, the new Sacha Baron Cohen show, Who Is America?, debuted on Showtime. If you don’t like satire, you won’t like this show (just wait, they’ll re-boot Two and a Half Men). If you like satire, you’ll love it. This show won’t bridge any cultural or political divide that currently exists. But, is that the job of a comedian? No. Is Who Is America? brutal? Yes. Is it unfair? Perhaps. Is it … Continue reading Review: Who Is America? on Showtime
The past 1 year, 168 days, 22 hours, 10 minutes and 38 seconds (as of this writing) has seen a cavalcade morons march (or goose step, take your pick) into Washington. You might even say Washington is home to a League of Morons. It’s also no secret that the current administration, regardless of educational pedigree or class status, has the intellectual wisdom of an article … Continue reading Net Neutrality … Again
Journalism is a tough racket. It always has been and it’s been made even more so with the explosion of the digital world, the never-ending media conglomeration and the polarization of political ideology. Today’s news appears to exist only in two worlds, one serves as propaganda and the other as a weak platform for resistance. Neither is ideal. Neither is representative. Because traditional news media … Continue reading Podcast Review: In the Dark
Last weekend I was scrolling through Netflix looking for something to watch and I stopped on Hannah Gadsby’s Netflix special Nanette. I read the little intro and determined I just wasn’t in the mood to pay the attention needed to watch and listen to an Australian stand-up comedian. So I settled on Portlandia. A few days later, blogger Bob Lefsetz wrote a missive about Nanette … Continue reading Review: Hannah Gadsby: Nanette on Netflix
I’m glad psychedelics are becoming more of a topic of discussion. They’ve been unjustly vilified for too long. Vilified by the very people who could most benefit from ingesting them. Many were actually created and used medically until made illegal and there is solid medical history of their benefit and, as it turns out, there are ongoing studies that prove their worth. Personally, I’m a … Continue reading Shaking the Sno Globe
The first season of Amazon’s Goliath was good. It was like a typical David E. Kelley show … but with swear words. In the second season, Kelley passes the showrunning duties to Clyde Phillips (Dexter) and Phillips raises the bar considerably. Not so much with the swear words but with the story and the performances (although there are still plenty of swear words). The 2017 … Continue reading Review: Season Two of Goliath on Amazon Prime Video
Are we really surprised? Seriously, are we so surprised that Roseanne Barr said something idiotic and despicable? She’s been this way her entire career. Her comedy was mildly amusing, at best, but there seemed to be something cooking under the surface (turns out it was hatred). Barr’s comedy comes from and is delivered with vitriol. We’ve had “angry” comedians in the past, like Richard Pryor … Continue reading This Business With Roseanne Barr
Dear neighbors who walk their dog unleashed, Hi! I’m the guy with the tan pit bull mix named Rufus. I want to take a moment and ask you to walk your dog with a leash. No, I get it. Your dog is amazing and well-trained. You’ve been through extensive training and your dog knows a slew of verbal commands. Your dog is a service animal … Continue reading An Open Letter to People Who Walk Their Dog Without a Leash
“Anger is an energy.” Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why returned on Friday and while it’s hard not to mention the unfortunate timing of the release, this isn’t an opinion piece about gun control (although it very easily could be). While we grieve the latest school massacre and wait for the next one (because until things change, there will always be a next one) here are 13 … Continue reading Review: Season Two of 13 Reasons Why on Netflix
Every once in a while, something comes along that you just really want to hip everyone to ASAP because it’s so great. The last time I recall being this excited about something was when I discovered Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Fleabag on Amazon Prime. This time it’s the podcast This Sounds Serious (click here or go wherever you get podcasts). Podcasts are a relatively new medium, so sifting through … Continue reading Podcast Review: This Sounds Serious
In December of 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to repeal Net Neutrality on June 11 of this year. It’s important to note that the FCC Commissioners are politically appointed. Also important to note, is that the current FCC Chairman, Ajit Pai, is a former lawyer for Verizon Communications. More importantly, this issue is a completely bipartisan issue; it’s neither an Obama nor Trump … Continue reading Net neutrality. Yes, it’s still a thing.
So, about three years ago I fired off a rather lengthy missive bloviating about how I am somewhat of an Anglophile (with television anyway). Specifically, I blathered on about Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror. It seems people have caught on to the show. I thought I would re-post that entry. Not to highlight how ahead of the curve I am (although that is a bonus) but … Continue reading New Episodes of Black Mirror Today (29.12) on Netflix
The Question is Not Where, but When Imagine if the Duffer Brothers (Stranger Things), David Lynch (Twin Peaks)and Alfred Hitchcock (seriously?) got together to create a show…it’d be something like Dark, now streaming on Netflix. Now I am only three episodes into this series so this may be a little premature…but I doubt it. Let’s get this over with, here are the things that will … Continue reading Dark, a Netflix Series
Well, the Senate passed the tax overhaul bill. So what, right? This is good for ‘merica, right? No. It’s absolutely not. In short, we’ve been flimflammed. Now if we define Class Conflict as “the tension or antagonism which exists in society due to competing socioeconomic interests and desires between people of different classes” and define Genocide as “the deliberate and systematic destruction of a racial, … Continue reading It’s Not Class Warfare, It’s Class Genocide
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Welp, the Internet is officially over. As you have probably heard by now, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has announced his plan to repeal net neutrality with what is being called “The Restoring Internet Freedom Order”. HA! I understand that the concept of net neutrality is a little arcane, but here’s what you need to know; it really is the last bastion of democracy in this … Continue reading The Repeal of Net Neutrality
Last night I watched the Hulu documentary Too Funny To Fail, a documentary about The Dana Carvey Show that aired on ABC in 1996. It’s hard to believe that the show was on 21 years ago. Even harder to believe is the caliber of writers and performers that were on the show. Dana Carvey (SNL) and Robert Smigel (Triumph the Insult Comic Dog) were the … Continue reading The Dana Carvey Show
Well, here we are again. In the past 45 days we’ve had the Las Vegas Massacre, the worst American terrorist attack since 9/11 and the recent horrific mass shooting in Texas. That’s an awful lot of sadness. And yet…and yet, the only thing President Trump (said together, these are two words that still make me puke a little in my mouth) has done is order Homeland … Continue reading Shoot Shoot Bang Bang!
So last Tuesday night (technically Wednesday morning) I woke up with a song firmly lodged in my head. Now this is not terribly unusual because I usually wake up with a song in my head (today it was The Sweet, “Fox on the Run”- not terribly pleased about that one, but I have had worse); what made this unusual was that I rolled over in … Continue reading Long Time Running
What’s the difference between white nationalism and white supremacy? Aside from wardrobe. Granted white nationalism is a much more marketable and relatable term because hell, by the words alone, I am a white nationalist. Now, I may not believe the United States is the best country on the planet but it is the place I am proud to call home; and I’m an active participant … Continue reading White Nationalism and White Supremacy
That is what we have boiled our society down to. One person wins and another one must lose. While not fundamentally incorrect, it isn’t exactly right either. While we are tossing kids trophies just for showing up we are purporting a culture where you are either winning or losing. I’m not saying everyone deserves a trophy but life isn’t so simple. Last week we had … Continue reading Winners and Losers
First of all, it should be noted that the recent revelations about Donald Trump are reprehensible…and I’m still not convinced that is a strong enough word. He behavior is, and has been throughout this 200 month election cycle, indefensible. His various tirades during the course of his candidacy are a stain on the little that remains of our democracy (which is probably better defined as … Continue reading Is Donald Trump Our Most Honest Candidate Ever?
Once in a while a show comes along that is poised to change television for the better. Fleabag is that type of show. And I was so thrilled with it, I just wanted to throw this out into the ether so people can get hip to it. All six episodes of the first series are currently streaming on Amazon Prime. This is without question one … Continue reading Fleabag
The television industry is predicated on deceit; whether it be scripted, unscripted (aka reality) or news, it’s always been that way. But before we jump into the fray, let’s address the elephant in the room. There is no such thing as reality television: there are scripted shows and non-scripted shows. Make no mistake, the non-scripted shows are not reality, so I beg you, can we stop referring … Continue reading The TV Problem
I can’t believe I am the only one who recognizes the irony in the first gold medal being awarded to an American comes in a firearm competition. Can you imagine how pissed the NRA would have been had we not gotten a medal at all? (shuddering) Oddly also coinciding with the release of the would be assassin of Republican deity Ronald Reagan, John Hinckley (where … Continue reading The Irony
“The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.” 4 U.S. Code § 8 The good ol’ red, white, and blue; angry white men vote in their red or blue states and there you have it, the red, white and blue. And unless we’re careful these angry crackers … Continue reading The Good Ol’ Red, White and Blue
By now we’ve all heard about Donald J. Trumps little boy tantrum because the democrats had the gall to criticize him (cuz that isn’t what politics does…at least shouldn’t do to Donald J. Trump.) Of course he attempted to retract his comment about wanting to “hit them so hard their heads would spin” and said he was just kidding. Well, here’s what I’d like to … Continue reading Trumps Toddler Tantrum
So they wrapped up the first night of the democratic convention last night and if you to believe the media you’d think it was the most contentious event since deflategate or the BET awards. I think it’s important to put a little perspective on it. Now when the media is claiming the republican convention wasn’t as contentious I have to call bullshit. Having that many white … Continue reading Media – Hall of Mirrors
“Some see things the way the are and ask why. I dream things that never were and say why not?“ – Bobby Kennedy The fact is Bobby Kennedy said a lot of really powerful things at a time when they needed to be said. On the plus side, they still resonate. On the negative side, they still need to be said. I’ve been noticing that … Continue reading Even More Bobby Kennedy
Christ, here we are again. Same bullshit. Same races. Same stupidity. Same God damn lunacy. I promised you more Bobby Kennedy. I didn’t think I would have to find this kind of speech, but… No preamble this time other than to say I made only minor edits (I’m unable to find a digital version of the text) and the speech is spot on and that … Continue reading More Bobby Kennedy
We are a service economy. Or if you are feeling all high falutin’ you can call it the tertiary sector of the economy. Agriculture and mining still rank as the first and second economic sectors. If one is curious how we ended up here, you need only look to two presidents, Reagan and Clinton. They both share an equal amount of blame. Reagan for his … Continue reading Service Economy, Yes. Tip Jar, No.