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Born in Afghanistan, Doon escaped the raining Soviet bombs and arrived in America as a refugee. He grew up in the Pacific Northwest in the 80s, with the requisite mullet and “O.P.” shorts. He graduated from a liberal university where he occasionally attended Grateful Dead concerts in ROTC uniform. He served as a Paratrooper in the U.S. Army before moving to Hollywood. He has worked on a number of Emmy award winning TV projects, with the occasional acting gig thrown in for fun. He currently practices entertainment lawyer.

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Et Tu, Media?

(0) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 12:11 AM

While most reasonable folk have finally succumbed to... reason... that uttering the word "r-dskin" is as vile as uttering the word "n-gger" and that in either case, it should at most be referenced as the "R-word" or the "N-word," I'm left to wonder still.

Uttering the R-word is just wrong....

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Sifting Through Clutter

(0) Comments | Posted November 1, 2013 | 1:28 PM

News organizations lean right. Or left. Or wade in the vanilla center.

But I just don't know if anything is that simple. I think you have strong right inclinations. And strong left. And even some strong center.

I don't know. Walt Whitman once said:

Do I contradict myself?

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Bland. James Bland.

(143) Comments | Posted April 4, 2012 | 5:38 PM

Very few people can say that they didn't grow up with James Bond. Mr. 007 has been the ubiquitous spy in our lives for decades, long enough that a tuxedo has become synonymous with being a spy, more so than being at a black-tie affair.

You may have started...

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Racist Republicans in Berkeley?

(5) Comments | Posted September 28, 2011 | 4:40 PM

There's a big huff and puff going on in Berkeley. Them hippies are caught up in the storm of yet another conniption because of them meanie Republicans. They're throwing snowball fight words like "racist" and "ignorant" at the poor outnumbered Republicans who claim they are the bulwark against the forces...

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Et Tu, Obama?

(1) Comments | Posted February 16, 2011 | 7:21 PM

Revisionist Historian was a title often given to W. Changing facts, revising the very history that we were witnessing, in order to justify his policy decisions.

Then came a new leader, an honest man, a beacon we could all look to for guidance, for justice, and for...

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Anderson Cooper v. Hosni Mubarak -- The Other Battle

(1) Comments | Posted February 10, 2011 | 3:41 PM

Among the various reasons we were given, ("WMD", etc.) the Iraq invasion was also about W wanting to kick some serious butt because Saddam messed with his old man. It was Bush v. Saddam. It was personal.

Then, there's Egypt. Mubarak messed with the wrong man. He pushed and...

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Ground Control, Am I Still a Gemini?

(1) Comments | Posted January 19, 2011 | 8:25 AM

Somewhere along the way, we lost ourselves. We gave ourselves up. We relinquished command. "Ground control," we said, "take over. I'd rather watch TV."

We are no longer captains of our own ships, commanders of our own fates, masters of our own destinies. We are like those unmanned drones over...

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Crusades, Afghanistan, and the Unnecessary Risk to Our Troops

(2) Comments | Posted January 25, 2010 | 10:39 AM

I was having coffee with a friend recently, a rare social outing for me nowadays, and we got to talking about the war in Afghanistan and Iraq.

He was telling me that he can't make out why these "crazies" won't accept us being there, that we are there to help...

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Avatars and Tron

(1) Comments | Posted January 11, 2010 | 11:57 AM

Hollywood just can't seem to do right by me, although I'm certain that I don't matter to Hollywood, anyway.

It's just that, I've been a devoted and loyal follower for so long, and it feels like Tinseltown, you've abandoned me; you are a two-faced traitor with no soul!

Take...

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You Believed the Hype!

(4) Comments | Posted July 24, 2009 | 1:45 PM

I know the world loves to follow. I'm sorry if you don't like to admit it, but it's just the way it is. We've gotten too lazy. We hardly do anything for ourselves anymore.

We have people praying for us, shopping for us, reading for us. We have people telling...

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Why We Are Not Winning Afghanistan

(4) Comments | Posted May 6, 2009 | 2:31 PM

I think we should pay a little attention to history, both ours and theirs, in order to come out ahead in this chaotic struggle for world peace and prosperity. Take Afghanistan, for example.

Afghanistan has a very violent history. It has been invaded by just about everyone. Alexander the Great...

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If Torture is Not Punished, Charles Manson Should be Freed

(18) Comments | Posted May 5, 2009 | 10:41 AM

I'm a bit confused about this whole torture ordeal we're currently going through.

It seems as if the people who were actually doing the torturing, the foot soldiers, so to speak, will not be prosecuted at all. They get set free. Basically, they are not expected to have ever...

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Duped by CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC

(25) Comments | Posted April 27, 2009 | 11:53 AM

The media puts a spin on everything, for the most part, and no matter which network you're on. Some try to stay fair, and so their intentions are center, but their sources are actually biased one way or another, and so the result is unintentional biased news about the truth...

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God, I Miss George Bush

(20) Comments | Posted January 28, 2009 | 3:06 PM

George W. Bush was not my favorite person in the world; let's be upfront about that. I am unable to conceal the acrimony that just gushes out whenever I'm describing him. But with that said, don't you kind of miss him? Just ever so slightly?

I do. I truly do....

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Golden Globes and Demi Gods

(10) Comments | Posted January 12, 2009 | 5:34 PM

I love movies. I really do. I could sit all day and night and watch movies. Not that I actually would, mind you; my wife would kill me.

Movies are a panacea to most of my life's worries. Whenever I feel the blues, I push play on my DVD...

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Heathens Stealing Christmas?

(0) Comments | Posted December 28, 2008 | 12:26 PM

My buddy in Texas called me last week to wish me a Merry Christmas and was taken aback when I thanked him, but informed him that I do not celebrate Christmas, that I was not Christian. He actually took offense.

It shocked me. I researched into it and found...

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Do We Really Need to Say, "African American?"

(40) Comments | Posted December 5, 2008 | 3:15 PM

I take issue with the term "African American."

I often read things about the "African American vote," for example, compared to, say, the "white vote." By changing "black" to "African American," a segment of the population is made foreign. An African American is an American of African descent. Which of...

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A Man Did Not Get Pregnant, Stop Lying

(56) Comments | Posted November 14, 2008 | 3:27 PM

There are a plethora of topics that are newsworthy. Topics that people should hear about. I am appalled that topics that should be reported are being forsaken for a mendacious propaganda designed to bamboozle readers and make money.

There are "stories" that are stealing airtime from far more important,...

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Barack and the Prize

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2008 | 9:35 PM

With Obama as our president, I feel like I've won the Academy Award for being an American. I feel like I've won the Nobel Peace Prize and the Pullitzer for best country. I feel inclined to jump up on every couch like Tom Cruise and burst out into song and...

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Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2008 | 12:56 PM

I have this cute little dog, an adorable fluffy white Maltese. Her name is Lola and she's one of those jocose little creatures that make you smile just thinking about her. You know that warm-and-fuzzy you get when you look at even a photograph of something or someone so adorable...

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