Monthly Archives: January 2011

Afghanistan: Military Expects Casualties to Rise

Over the past two years, casualties in Afghanistan have approached those of the worst years in Iraq. There were 961 coalition deaths in Iraq in 2007, the highest single-year total of the war. Afghanistan had 711 last year, and 521 … Continue reading

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What’s Racist?

A few days ago, Rush Limbaugh caught some flak from Asian-American Congresspeople for an on-air impersonation of Chinese premier Hu Jintao. I remember a few years back, Rosie O’Donnell caused a similar kerfuffle when she used the “ching-chong” expression to … Continue reading

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Book Review: ‘Freedom’

I live in one of the few cities in America where you might still catch someone reading in public. It may be in a park or a Starbucks or a bench along the Hudson River, but usually it happens on … Continue reading

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Will Ferrell to Guest-Star on NBC’s ‘Office’ (4 Episodes!)

So this sounds pretty awesome. I’ve fallen back into the ‘Office’ bandwagon this year. And having Will Ferrell as a visiting branch manager (the producers have already said his character is ‘inept’) for four episodes sounds like an ace in the hole … Continue reading

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How Our Movies Play Overseas

According to this article in the L.A. Times, foreign audiences often flock to see movies Americans reject. Gulliver’s Travels? The Tourist? Flops here, generating big business everywhere else. But why? Why would foreign people want to see Prince of Persia: Sands of Time … Continue reading

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Oscar Nominations

Oscar nods came out today. Some thoughts: 1) Best Picture– 8 of these, according to literally every pundit alive, were locks. The slots that went to 127 Hours and Winter’s Bone were in question–and both of those were probably the popular picks to … Continue reading

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Joel Osteen, Prosperity Gospel, and the Recession

Joel Osteen is the head pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, the largest congregation in the United States, with over 43,500 members. He is an author whose books have reached No.1 on the Times Best-Seller list, and the weekly … Continue reading

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