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Kinky Friedman Is Back on the Scene and This Time... He's Serious

(0) Comments | Posted September 20, 2012 | 3:26 PM

If you're a Texan, you know the name Kinky Friedman. If you're not, you may have heard of his much-publicized run for the governor's seat against Rick Perry, his songs like "Get Your Biscuits in the Oven and Your Buns in Bed," or his books with titles like...

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Rich Kids of Instagram and Twenty-First Century Blues

(2) Comments | Posted September 4, 2012 | 5:30 PM

By now, you've probably seen the photos on the Tumblr Rich Kids of Instagram (RKOI) showing preppy teenagers and twenty-somethings posing in front of their yachts (or their parent's yachts), showing off their array of Birkin bags, and boarding their preferred method of transpo -- the ubiquitous private...

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The Multi-Ethnic Mitt Romney: Foreign Policy Made Simple

(1) Comments | Posted August 1, 2012 | 6:19 PM

In an amazingly awkward, wind-swept interview that aired recently, Piers Morgan interviewed Ma & Pa Romney in London. The CNN producers were probably banging their heads against a wall somewhere. You've seen Newsroom -- you know how uptight and masochistic journalists can get. Whoever decided to film the...

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The Bachelorette Finale -- Keeping an Open Mind

(1) Comments | Posted July 22, 2012 | 9:41 AM

"She likes men that have quiet confidence," my mom declared as she and my pajama-clad sisters discussed what seems to be the biggest even in life next to the birth of my niece and the Oscars. "I think she's gonna pick Jeff. But I love Arie."

Most people know...

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You Say 'YOURgage,' I Say 'Mortgage'

(2) Comments | Posted June 28, 2012 | 5:09 PM

What is it with CNN having the world's most oddball commercials? If it's not the soul crushing cacophony of the Free Credit Report band (give me blaring Bieber any day), it's someone telling you to sell your stockpile of gold and diamonds in this crazy economy and then all your...

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An Open Letter to Botox

(4) Comments | Posted June 14, 2012 | 3:33 PM

Dear Botox,

Allow me to introduce myself, since we have not yet formally met. How do you do? I'm a woman in my thirties. You don't know me, but obviously I know all about you since you're pretty popular these days. You probably feel real good about that with your...

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An Open Letter to the CEO of Sallie Mae

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2012 | 6:31 PM

Albert Lord is the CEO of student loan giant Sallie Mae.

Dear Mr. Lord (or do you prefer to just be called "Lord"?):

Have you seen the movie Moneyball with Brad Pitt? It's a good flick. It's about baseball, which I am sure you love since...

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The Zombie Apocalypse vs. The Diamond Jubilee: Pick a Side

(5) Comments | Posted May 31, 2012 | 4:50 PM

It's always comforting to awake on your futon, flip on the news, and hear about some dude eating another dude's face off in Florida or some mysterious flesh-eating bacteria making a smorgasbord of innocent Southerners. On the flipside, if you're a Princess or Elton John you probably awake...

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Your Parent's Basement: The New Post-College Vacation

(2) Comments | Posted May 17, 2012 | 12:34 PM

Post-college panic attacks are nothing new. Sure the economy is worse than it was in the late '90s or at the turn of the century (this century). Dreams of tossing off your cap and gown and waltzing into a steady, paid gig pretty much belong in the past, at least...

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The Bureaucracy Of Travel: Lake Como Vs. La Quinta

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2012 | 7:00 AM

Ah, first class. The swift ease of being whisked to the airport or private jetway by your trusty driver. The elegant roll of your Louis Vuitton valise as it passes ratty backpacks and broken Walmart suitcases, hobbling pitifully on one wheel.

Sure, the security line may feel a bit pesky...

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Keeping Up With the Romneys: It's Not the Money, Honey

(4) Comments | Posted April 16, 2012 | 1:16 PM

With all the hoopla swirling around Ann Romney's new title as Queen of the Mommy Wars, the debate about the Romneys' immense wealth has kicked into high gear. The economy of the U.S. -- and the universe -- is in turmoil, so it's easy to demonize the Romneys as out...

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The Things We Do for... Rent Money

(1) Comments | Posted April 9, 2012 | 6:21 PM

I've had some silly jobs. I've never stood on the side of a busy street wearing a hot-dog costume, dancing around and waving a sign like a maniac to try and lure people into a fast-food joint. Not yet, anyway. But I have sold "The Chopper" from a kiosk in...

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In Defense of Smash: What It Shows Us About Women and Careers

(7) Comments | Posted April 4, 2012 | 6:50 PM

At first the NBC show Smash was a guilty pleasure. As a sucker for any TV show, movie, or book about people sweating their way to the top in toe shoes (or jazz heels) I knew I was destined to at least watch the pilot. Sure, it's corny as hell...

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The High Cost of Nostalgia

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2012 | 11:40 AM

It's not news that over the last few years, college grads from Bakersfield to Boston find themselves packing up their hard-earned diplomas and moving back in with mom and dad while they search for jobs and defer their student loans. Fun times. Almost every new comedy pilot coming to a...

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The Budget Bachelorette

(1) Comments | Posted March 21, 2012 | 7:56 PM

It's an honor when a friend asks you to be in their wedding. You're one of the chosen few. You're an insider, like the cool people sitting in the front row at the Academy Awards, sharing inside jokes with the host while the rest of the world looks on from...

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