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Culture War: 1, Ground: Zero

(6) Comments | Posted August 23, 2010 | 2:52 PM

Yes, it's been a hot summer here in America and you know what that means: those darned Mosque-itos are out sucking the red from our American flag ... pesky Muslims, tryin' to practice their Muslimism in New York City. Maybe they should go down to Arizona and build their "insensitive"...

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Health Care Reform: A Handjob for Insurers; Here's a Band-Aid, Shut up and Sit Down

(20) Comments | Posted December 17, 2009 | 1:45 PM

A day or so ago, I unsubscribed to Obama's emails. It was all becoming junk mail. I'd have a better chance winning the $22 billion from that Nigerian prince than getting health care from Obama.

Yeah, Obama made me a cynic again -- not about America -- but about...

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The Harrowing Journey North with Rebecca Cammisa's Which Way Home

(1) Comments | Posted August 24, 2009 | 4:23 PM

Rebecca Cammisa became a filmmaker in 1998, when she teamed up to co-direct, co-produce, and shoot the feature documentary film Sister Helen. In 2003, Rebecca founded Documentress Films, and received development support from the Sundance Documentary Fund, HBO, the Wellspring Foundation, and the William J. Fulbright Fellowship in Filmmaking for...

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It Might Get Loud with Davis Guggeinheim

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2009 | 6:17 PM

Davis Guggenheim directed and produced An Inconvenient Truth, which won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. He also directed Barack Obama's biographical film, which aired during the Democratic National Convention as well as Obama's infomercial, which was broadcast on 29 October 2008. His other credits as producer and director...

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America's Great Religion

(4) Comments | Posted July 27, 2009 | 11:13 AM

The Islamic clerics are to Iran what Wall St. is to the U.S. Both operate under fundamentalist ideologies that seek to maintain power and subvert the will of the people and both use extreme force to do it.

Don't get me wrong, Iran and the U.S. have their differences: In...

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TriBeCa Interview: My Life In Ruins with Nia Vardalos

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2009 | 12:01 PM

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Nia Vardalos/Photo by Leslie Hassler

Nia Vardalos is a Golden Globe-nominated Canadian-American actress, Academy Award-nominated screenwriter and producer who made her big break with My Big Fat Greek Wedding, which led to the CBS show My Big Fat Greek Life....

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TriBeCa: Immigrant Children Asking Which Way Home

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2009 | 12:54 AM

The debate over immigration tends to dehumanize the very real heartbeats and dreams of those struggling to for a better life. And the longer this conversation continues, the longer immigrant--particularly Latino--families are ripped apart in raids in their homes and their workplaces, forced into detention centers across the United States....

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TriBeCa Interview: In The Loop's Armando Ianucci and the Politics of War

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2009 | 2:53 PM

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Armando Ianucci/Photo by Leslie Hassler

By Matthew-Lee Erlbach and Carmelo Larose

Armando Iannucci is a columnist on the Observer, who has produced, hosted and written extensively for radio and television comedy, including his BBC 4 hit, The Thick of It. His film, In...

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TriBeCa Interview: The Minority Target in Andrew Cockburn's American Casino

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2009 | 12:08 PM

Andrew Cockburn is a writer and lecturer on defense and national affairs, and is also the author of five nonfiction books. He has written for The New York Times, The New Yorker, Playboy, Vanity Fair, and National Geographic, among other publications. He currently lives in Washington, D.C. His latest documentary,...

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TriBeCa Interview: Spike Lee Doin' Work

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2009 | 11:09 AM

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Spike Lee/ Photo by Leslie Hassler

by Matthew-Lee Erlbach
and Carmelo Larose

Spike Lee is a prolific writer, director, producer, and actor known for challenging the socio-political norms in American society. In 1986, his debut film, the independently produced comedy, She's...

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TriBeCa Interview: Barry Levinson and the Politics of Politics

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2009 | 12:56 PM

by Matthew-Lee Erlbach
and Carmelo Larose

Barry Levinson is an Academy Award-winning American screenwriter, film director, actor, and producer of film and television best known for Good Morning Vietnam, Rain Man, Wag the Dog, Liberty Heights, and the HBO series OZ, as well as many other notable and important...

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Harold Pinter, etc.

(0) Comments | Posted December 26, 2008 | 9:55 AM

WILL stands in front of Harold Pinter's dead body while NIC reads the paper.

WILL. Well he's dead.

NIC. What?

WILL. Look, there. He doesn't move.

NIC. Alright, hand me the tea. You're being rude.

He hands him the tea.

NIC. Anyway, if he was dead, he wouldn't just lie...

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Christmas Postponed as U.S. Declares War on North Pole

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2008 | 4:44 PM

WASHINGTON--U.N. weapons inspectors sadly boarded a plane and pulled out of the North Pole on Sunday after President Bush, facing the final days in his lame duck presidency, issued a final ultimatum for Santa Claus to step down or face war, thereby postponing Christmas indefinitely.

Reports on the threat of...

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Dear Americans, Pray Harder

(10) Comments | Posted August 18, 2008 | 9:57 PM

Dear Americans,

Barack and John here. We know that there's been some controversy over our appearance at Saddleback, the Evangelical Megachurch. Some of you have declared it pornography, and some of you have really enjoyed our performances concerning Jesus and whatnot. But friends, please know we are not puppeting about...

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American Democracy, LLC

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2008 | 1:42 PM

As the overture for an Iranian War crescendos from the orchestra of our complicit media, many truths, derided as aluminum foil hat-wearing fringe lunacy only too recently, are emerging more starkly and with more frequency:

George Bush, AP, Nov, 7, 2005:

We do not torture.

Tom Lasseter,...

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The Custody Battle for America

(1) Comments | Posted April 24, 2008 | 4:08 PM

Last week's debate proved something startling about this country as it was like watching Maury Povich and Dr. Phil perform a tag-team divorce in which the winner got custody of America. Yes, America, the fat kid on the playground that's been stealing your lunch money but tells you it's for...

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