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Etan Bednarsh

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The Kiss Cam Isn't for Same-Sex Kisses... Except When Same-Sex Kisses are Funny

(5) Comments | Posted July 27, 2009 | 2:38 PM

Sports stadium Jumbo-trons are powerful beings. They can make otherwise sane people dance wildly in the hopes of appearing on camera, cheer themselves into a frenzy to score higher on a loud-o-meter, and turn a crowd of adults into fifth graders trying to force two people to uncomfortably kiss on...

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We Don't Blame Michael Jackson Because We Blame Ourselves

(3) Comments | Posted June 26, 2009 | 4:59 PM

Had I been five years older, Michael Jackson would have been important to me. I would have tried to do the thriller dance, learned the circle slide, and attempted poor approximations of approximations of the moonwalk. But that ultra-cool, guys want to be him, girls want to be with him,...

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I'm Upset with Archie Andrews and It's Why Some on the Left are Upset with President Obama

(24) Comments | Posted May 28, 2009 | 12:44 PM

Archie Andrews is getting married to Veronica Lodge, and I have to admit: It's killing me. I am genuinely upset and angry about it. It's a bizarre...

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ESPN's Mel Kiper and Todd McShay Should Actually Make NFL Draft Selections

(2) Comments | Posted April 21, 2009 | 10:56 AM

More than any other sport, the NFL has successfully transformed its non-game activities into events. There is no bigger musical showcase than the Super Bowl Halftime Show. Fantasy Football has been turned into a thriving industry. Even the NFL schedule was announced in prime time.

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How Would The Real World's Scott Herman Have Handled the AIG Bonus Controversy?

(3) Comments | Posted March 26, 2009 | 3:08 AM

It took us a long time to get to a calm place with AIG. Amazingly, it took Scott Herman a lot less time. In a parallel situation on The Real World, Scott reacted immediately in the manner in which we are now acting, after two weeks time. Let's take a...

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Sarah Palin and Caroline Kennedy Aren't Victims of Glass Ceilings, There is Something Wrong with the Floor.

(43) Comments | Posted January 23, 2009 | 11:00 AM

In this morning's Washington Post, discussing the recent political experiences of Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, and Caroline Kennedy, Anne Kornblut asks whether a glass ceiling still exists for women in politics.

Like Hillary Rodham Clinton and Sarah Palin before her, Kennedy illustrated what some say is an enduring double...
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Dear Saturday Night Live, Hire Justin Timberlake!

(11) Comments | Posted December 10, 2008 | 11:42 AM

Saturday Night Live is funny. I don't mean that it "was funny when we were younger," or "used to be funny in the 90s," or any other premature eulogy you may overhear. I mean that SNL is currently funny right now. (Well, not right now, but at 11:30 -1:00 on...

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Why Are There So Many Memorable TV Episodes About Thanksgiving?

(2) Comments | Posted November 27, 2008 | 8:19 PM

Whether it's sweet potatoes, cornbread, yams, or turkey, every family has their own favorite traditional Thanksgiving recipes. Families aren't the only ones who know how to cook up something, though. Television also has its own special Thanksgiving recipe. And it feeds an audience.

You start with one premise of your...

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The Key to Continued Obama Success: Hand it Off to Brandon Jacobs; Oh, and Get a Pass Rush

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2008 | 1:32 PM

I can still feel the joy of that night. I had spent months anticipating the event. I had watched the momentum slowly build over the course of the improbable run, and I had been moved, transformed from a passive viewer into a true believer, a fan who dared to dream...

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Obama's Thursday Night TV Special: Liz Lemon and Jack Donaghy are Nice, But Where is Barack Obama?

(3) Comments | Posted October 31, 2008 | 2:11 PM

I have an impressive streak going. I have never in my lifetime missed even one, single 30 minute presidential campaign infomercial when aired in prime time on network television. When I heard that the Obama campaign would be producing one for this year's election, I planned my night accordingly. So...

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But What About Jeremiah Wright?

(18) Comments | Posted October 29, 2008 | 11:22 AM

Or William Ayers. Or ACORN. Or Karl Marx. Or whoever is the next person introduced on this Obama themed episode of This is Your Life.

"Wait a minute, Obama voter," I am often asked when declaring my voting intent, "What about Jeremiah Wright? Obama went to his church!" Sometimes I...

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