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Posted by on Mar 12, 2016 in Blog, Essays, Politics, Rants and Raves | 8 comments

The Epidemic of Interruption




Have you noticed how often we interrupt each….

[No, people aren’t interrupting.  That’s not true.  It’s all in your imagination.  People have always been like this.  Besides, who wants to listen to someone else rambling on and on, when I have something far more important to say?]

On television, inside the workplace, while on leisure, within families, across all social media platforms — there’s a serious crisis in communication happening right now, and it’s….

[A serious crisis?  Puh-lease.  We don’t want substance.  We want entertainment.  We’re attracted to fireworks, not campfires.  Get real.  This is 2016.  Civility is old-fashioned.]

We’re plagued with an epidemic of interruption which threatens to….

[An epidemic! — what in the hell are you taking about?]

Well, if I can now be permitted to finish making my point — WITHOUT INTERRUPTION — I’ll explain.

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Posted by on Feb 28, 2016 in Blog, Essays, Movie Reviews | 3 comments

Ranking the Year’s Movies from Best to Worst (2016 Academy Awards)




Today would normally be a self-absorbed exhibition of passion for the annual Academy Awards presentation, taking place this evening in Hollywood.

However, for the first time in a very long while, I haven’t seen enough of the movies and performances which were nominated in each of the major categories to provide a truly fair assessment.  So this year, I’m doing something different.

I went back and looked over all the films released in 2015 and made my own list from top to bottom of those movies I viewed on the big screen.  For those interested, here’s the complete catalog of every major film released last year:  CLICK HERE.

What follows are the movies I saw in theaters (I’m biased toward the theatrical experience — giving little or no merit to watching on later on video), ranked best to worst, along with my brief comments about each film.  I also included a list of movies which were purposely avoided, in addition to those I either missed or chose not to see for other reasons.  That way, readers will know I didn’t forget some films, only that I didn’t have time to see them all:

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Posted by on Feb 15, 2016 in Blog, Essays, Music and Concert Reviews | 0 comments

2016 Grammy Awards Thoughts and Picks




If you were around last year at this time, you witnessed one of the most impressive instances of special events handicapping in quite some time.

Matt Lessinger, who has appeared here frequently as my guest on this site (usually giving out picks on boxing, Mixed-Martial Arts, Oscars, Grammys), successfully rattled off an astoundingly perfect night at the 2015 Grammy Awards, picking several winners including a 10-1 shot as “Album of the Year.”  That’s as amazing a feat as you will see on a public forum and is far better analysis than anything which appears on the conventional entertainment programs which tout “expert advice.”   This is just one reason Lessinger appeared on National Public Radio (NPR) a few years ago, evaluating all the major categories.

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Posted by on Jan 22, 2016 in Blog, Essays, Politics | 0 comments

Bernie Sanders’ “America”




Sometimes, less is more.

Bernie Sanders unveiled his new television commercial today, which is targeted towards voters in Iowa.  I just saw it for the first time.  That state will be holding the first party caucuses, now less than two weeks away.

The ad is a major diversion both style and substance from what we’re used to seeing from Sanders’ campaign.  Until now, Sanders has mostly deadpanned a deeply serious, some might even say scholarly approach to the major issues, which reveals an unwavering sense of personal conviction.  Typically, his campaign speeches are packed with mind-numbing percentages and lots of statistics — which is probably something we need to know and hear — but also frankly, which is not exactly an inspiring vision for the types of voters who just want to feel good about their future.  Indeed, Sanders seems to have resisted the notion of “being sold” to the electorate, an unorthodox strategy which likely accounts for his continuing surge in the polls which show he’s now ahead of rival Hillary Clinton in both Iowa and New Hampshire.  He also refuses to “go negative.”

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