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Matthew Modine

Entries by Matthew Modine

Dead Cold Hands

(2724) Comments | Posted January 14, 2013 | 3:28 PM

"I'll give you my gun when you pry it from my cold, dead hands."

That line was barked by the man who portrayed Moses in Cecil B. DeMille's epic film, The Ten Commandments. Moses was taking his orders from a higher power and since it was about 2,500...

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(45) Comments | Posted March 2, 2012 | 7:01 AM

It's easy to bemoan our political leaders and we no doubt expect way too much from them. They are, after all, no more than elected public officials. We vote them into office to represent us. When they fail to represent the will of the people and the nation, we need...

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(190) Comments | Posted November 22, 2011 | 7:50 AM

It's hard to see the forest for the trees. And it's hard to see a movement when it is happening. It's easier to look back in time and read about successful campaigns by individuals that changed the course of human history. If we look back upon the Civil Rights Movement,...

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Whispering Sweet Nothings?

(65) Comments | Posted June 17, 2011 | 10:16 AM

Have you ever played the whisper game? First you make a circle or a line with a dozen or more people. The first player whispers a sentence into the ear of the player to his left. Each player successively whispers what he or she believes they heard into the ear...

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Good Teachers Are Super-People

(127) Comments | Posted October 8, 2010 | 11:46 AM

What happened to education in America? How did we allow the system of public education get so out of line? So understaffed. How did we allow school classrooms to become so overcrowded? How did we get a teachers union that protects uninspired teachers, teachers that no longer care about education,...

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Here's What Obama's Next Speech on the Oil Spill Should Say

(89) Comments | Posted June 24, 2010 | 9:29 PM

Dear Mr. President,

Hey, thanks for giving me this opportunity to write and offer my analysis of your recent address to the nation and to offer my thoughts and counsel for your next speech. Power to the people, right on!

First, you did a fine job of placing accountability...

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Sucking Big Oil's Tit: We Are All Complicit in the World's Latest and Largest Oil Disaster

(326) Comments | Posted June 11, 2010 | 12:28 PM

Our fate and the ocean's are one. The gleeful, defiant cheer "DRILL BABY, DRILL" has disappeared and those that boorishly barked it look like snails caught on a warm summer sidewalk. I once saw a cowboy movie that featured a hanging. Just like the aforementioned mob, the film mob screamed,...

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Consumed With Guilt

(25) Comments | Posted October 21, 2009 | 2:14 PM

Cross-posted with Finch's Quarterly Review.

The current financial crisis has taught us many things about our consumer behavior -- the most important lesson might just be the one that could save our planet. The lesson is this: the world cannot support a consumer-based economy. With...

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I Live In The Land Of You, Me And We

(25) Comments | Posted October 15, 2009 | 1:48 AM

I was recently a guest on a highly rated TV show to promote a new production of a play I'm performing in at the Hartford Stage in Hartford, Connecticut. The play, To Kill a Mockingbird, is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Harper Lee. It was made into an...

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Cars Are Like Cigarettes; The New Pariah

(147) Comments | Posted May 26, 2009 | 6:29 PM

I am often asked, "Why do you love bicycles?" For a few reasons, but mostly because I am in love with self-propulsion and self-motivation. I love finding solutions to problems and I want to leave the world in better condition than when I arrived. For too long we've behaved...

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Note to a Poop Stirrer

(327) Comments | Posted January 18, 2009 | 9:31 AM

Liberal is derived from liber, which can literally be defined as the state or quality of being free. In the dust jacket of Ms. Coulter's new book it says, "Liberals loyalty to the United States is off-limits as a subject of political debate." Really? Since when? Does she suggest that...

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