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Posted by on Jan 4, 2016 in Blog, Essays | 10 comments

Can Someone Explain FarmersOnly.com? (Because We City Folks Don’t Fucking Get it)


 

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If you watch television, you can’t miss the slew of commercials from an online dating site called FarmersOnly.com.  The ads are so embarrassingly bad, they’re actually great.

This baffling website claims to help farmers find relationships.  It connects “cowboys to cowgirls.”  It’s targeted to people who prefer the country lifestyle.  The commercials even take a swipe at cynical urbanites, purporting that “city folk just don’t get it.”

They’re absolutely right.  I don’t fucking get it.

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Posted by on Dec 12, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

A Life Force — U2’s Stunning “Innocence and Experience” Concert in Paris

 

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“ISIS and these kinds of extremists are a death cult.  We’re a life cult.  Rock ’n’ roll is a life force, and it’s joy as an act of defiance.  That’s what U2 is.”

— Bono

 

One of the most extraordinary music events in a very long time took place in Paris earlier this week.

Irish band U2’s concert tours are always an experience for the eyes and ears.  But two back-to-back concerts on the nights of December 6th and 7th transcended rock theater and transformed an otherwise pedestrian Parisian stage into one of the great geopolitical marches of our time.

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Posted by on Nov 1, 2015 in Blog, Essays | 3 comments

Is Great Sportswriting Becoming a Thing of the Past?

 

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The first book I remember reading from cover to cover was a prematurely scripted ten-year history of the Dallas Cowboys during their formative years of the 1960’s.

Dallas Cowboys”  Pro or Con?,” penned by the late Dallas Morning News sportswriter Sam Blair, was released in 1970.  It’s long since out of print, and beyond dated.  To give some perspective, this is a book that came out during the first year Monday Night Football went on the air.  Nonetheless, almost 45 years after being absorbed by the narrative, passages of the book remain imprinted upon my conscious, leaving lasting memories which has instilled great affection for traditions that remain with me to this day.  Why so?

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Posted by on Oct 27, 2015 in Blog, Essays, Politics, What's Left | 1 comment

Fracking the Media: Can We Have TOO MANY Different News Sources?

 

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Fracking the Media:  Does shrinking and therefore dividing news sources sabotage our common understanding of reality and impede compromise?  Might this spell the end of democracy?

Writer’s Note:  Today’s essay is a continuation somewhat of yesterday’s topic, “Are Twitter and Facebook Flaming Out?” which can be read HERE.

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