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Election P.S.: Don’t Quit Campaigning!

posted by Douglas Howe

One of the more inspiring storylines to this year’s election cycle was the large number of people who went to the polls. And one of the driving forces behind that was the large amount of non-news channel coverage of the […]

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The Real Reason Obama Wins

posted by Douglas Howe

48 years ago, there was a national Presidential debate between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon. Those who heard it on the radio believed that Nixon won. Those who saw it on TV hailed Kennedy as the winner. Kennedy then […]

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‘SNL’ and The ‘Palin Effect’

posted by Douglas Howe

If John McCain is photographed holding up a “Dewey Defeats Truman” headline on Election Night in two weeks, pundits and media talking heads across the country will no doubt point to the invisible “Obama Factor” as the reason for why […]

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The Three Debate Goofs

posted by Douglas Howe

Man, what a drag! I like writing positive posts and wanted to say something great about last night’s debate. I suppose we could say that it was civil, and perhaps we could say that no fights broke out, and perhaps […]

Penn Jillette: A Welcome Change to the Political Discussion

posted by Douglas Howe

There’s a new kind of entertainment journalism emerging these days. Or, should I say that there’s a new kind of journalistic entertainment these days? I think it’s the former. Penn Jillette–the taller, louder partner of “Penn and Teller”–has written one […]

Must-See TV: McCain and Obama at Saddleback Church

posted by Douglas Howe

Well, if you’re tiring of the Olympics, or can’t afford the gas to drive to a movie theatre, or can’t afford the popcorn after you buy the gas, there’ll be a relevant, interesting, and hopefully inspiring show that you can […]

McCain and Obama’s Favorite Superheroes

posted by Douglas Howe

Presumed presidential nominees John McCain and Barack Obama have revealed their favorite pop culture icons, including superheroes, with McCain favoring Batman and Obama, Spider-Man and Batman, according to Reuters. I find myself asking two glaring questions: 1. Was this a […]

Jib Jab–For You, Too!

posted by Douglas Howe

The spirit of Bob Dylan, Johnny Carson and political cartoonists everywhere is alive and well in the newest (and best) political satire entertainment on the web. The folks at Jib Jab have again risen to the challenge of creating political […]

Top 5 Election Season DVDs

posted by Douglas Howe

If the candidates’ shticks and the talk shows are boring you, why not spice up your election season–and start some smart conversations with those you love–by buying or renting one of my Top Five Election DVDs of All-Time. With respect […]

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Rio de Janeiro will host the Summer Olympics from August 5-21, but preparations for the event are already underway. The Olympic flame that will burn at the Summer Olympics was handed over to Brazil last Wednesday. The ceremony was held in ...

posted 1:48:32pm Apr. 28, 2016 | read full post »

Celebrating the 46th Year of Earth Day
The movement continues. This year is the 46th year of Earth Day, a day that inspires, ignites passion, and motivates people to action. In 1970, the first Earth Day was celebrated with a mission to channel human energy toward environmental ...

posted 9:51:26am Apr. 22, 2016 | read full post »

Eclectic Pop Music Superstar Prince Has Passed
We mourn the loss of another musical great this year. Multiple sources have confirmed that the artist known as Prince has passed. He was 57. His publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, told the Associated Press the music icon was found dead at his ...

posted 1:52:31pm Apr. 21, 2016 | read full post »

Former WWE Star Chyna Found Dead
Former pro wrestler Joan Laurer, known as Chyna in the WWE community, has died at the age of 45. The cause of her death remains unknown to the public. Chyna was a huge pioneer for female wrestlers in the WWE. Fans and friends of Chyna took to ...

posted 10:35:25am Apr. 21, 2016 | read full post »

Former Syracuse Great Dwayne ‘Pearl’ Washington Dies at 52
Former Syracuse great Dwayne ‘Pearl’ Washington passed away at 52. Washington was diagnosed with a brain tumor last summer and received surgery in the fall. Washington grew up in Brooklyn, New York where he first received his nickname ...

posted 1:34:35pm Apr. 20, 2016 | read full post »

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