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Costume Conundrums

2 Comments · Wednesday, October 24, 2012
A woman must be tempting, society tells us, but not too tempting. The balance is a fine one; crossing that “threshold” — whatever it is — has led to slut-shaming and women-bashing rape apologia in a way that renders trying to understand that balance completely futile.    

Worst Week Ever!: Oct. 17-23

3 Comments · Wednesday, October 24, 2012
TUESDAY OCT. 23: Like Galileo, Christina Aguilera’s recent bomb of an album, Bionic, was “ahead of its time” ... at least according Aguilera.   

Cincinnati vs. The World 10.24.2012

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Ann Coulter says the darndest things. The Republican pundit tweeted this gem to her more than 200,000 Twitter followers, referencing President Obama: “I highly approve of Romney’s decision to be kind and gentle to the retard.” WORLD -2   

Worst Week Ever!: Oct. 10-16

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 17, 2012
 
THURSDAY OCT. 11: The Reds today became the first team in National League history to blow a 2-0 lead in a five-game Division Series. This latest painful postseason exit for a Cincinnati sports team caused more chafing than others because of how well the Reds played during the regular season, and for the first time in like 20 years local sports fans thought their team had a legitimate shot at winning a title.  

Cincinnati vs. The World 10.17.2012

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 17, 2012
President of the Central Mississippi Tea Party Janis Lane told the Jackson Free Press that women are too emotionally unstable and “diabolical” to be able to vote rationally, like men: “Our country might have been better off if it was still just men voting,” she mused. WORLD -2    

School of Shock

1 Comment · Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Miami University is a sick, sick campus in desperate need of the largest group therapy session ever recorded, top-rung leadership more palpably concerned with student safety and a less corporate approach to media relations.  

Nolstagia for a Time We Never Knew

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 17, 2012
For as long as I can remember, I’ve wished I had been alive in a different era. The fantasy to experience my life in another time period ignited with my obsession with American Girl books, historical fiction “chapter books” about young women of different eras.   

Fair & Balanced vs. Accurate and Contextualized

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 17, 2012
If this presidential campaign hasn’t been sufficiently enervating, here’s more dispiriting news. Gallup reports that “Americans’ distrust in the media hit a new high this year, with 60 percent saying they have little or no trust in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately and fairly.”   

Bully Pulpit

1 Comment · Wednesday, October 10, 2012
I was a ripe, sitting target for a bully when I entered the fourth grade at Heritage Hill Elementary School in Springdale: I was a shy 9-year-old; my single mother was settling her three kids after abruptly leaving our father and bouncing about in a station wagon.
  

Booze-Hounding for Dollars

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 10, 2012
I first developed a problem with alcohol when I was 16 and received a DUI. It’s a problem that I’ve had to live with ever since. I’ve had long, happy periods of sobriety and I’ve had long, gut-wrenching stretches when I’ve been a textbook alcoholic.   

Worst Week Ever!: Oct. 3-9

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 10, 2012
MONDAY OCT. 8: Pizza Hut will give an audience member at next week’s presidential debate at Hofstra University free pizza for life if they exploit the town hall format of it and ask one of the candidates if they prefer sausage or pepperoni as a topping during the debate.  

The Price of Independence

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 10, 2012
This is not just my response to the first presidential debate, which truth be told wasn’t a debate at all since one of the guys behind the podium was decidedly not in the mood to debate or discuss much of anything that voters might have been concerned about.   

Cincinnati vs. The World 10.10.2012

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 10, 2012
The nurse who was the famous receiver of the lip-locking depicted in the iconic 1945 “Kissing Sailor” photo from Times Square symbolically marking the end of WWII attests she was actually manhandled against her will by the sailor, who was a complete stranger; by modern standards, that’s an instance of sexual assault that’s been glorified. WORLD -2    

In the Case of Joy and Randy

0 Comments · Thursday, October 4, 2012
I’ve heard things happen for a reason. I’m not sure I buy that. All I know for sure, in the case of Joy and Randy, is I wish things could have worked out very, very differently.
  

Black Lamentations from BET

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 3, 2012
What now passes for Black Entertainment Television (BET) gives me a headache, makes me woozy and embarrassed. Didn’t always.