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Baby-boomers and Concerts: How NOT to Act

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.06.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Yes, I'm as excited as you are to go see (name of Legacy Act) when they play tonight. But if we can all observe a few rules of polite social behavior, I won't have to tell you what an a**hole you are in front of your equally annoying wife.

Don't Be Black In Bulgaria And Other Travel Tips From...

Orlando Jones | Posted 10.06.2012 | Travel
Orlando Jones

You don't just walk up to a Black man and touch his face. You don't let little Bulgarian kids run over, bite my ankle and scream, "Ooo Chocolaten!"

WATCH: Living Under the Gun

Bill Moyers | Posted 09.19.2012 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Every year there are 30,000 gun deaths and 300,000 gun-related assaults in the U.S. Firearm violence may cost our country as much as $100 billion a year. Toys are regulated with greater care and safety concerns.

Commentary's Racist Attack Against Iranian Americans

Jamal Abdi | Posted 09.19.2012 | Politics
Jamal Abdi

The terror attack in Bulgaria is being exploited to silence Iranian Americans who had nothing to do with this appalling act, simply because of our heritage.

Summer: Day One, 2012

Will Durst | Posted 07.25.2012 | Comedy
Will Durst

Memorial Day: When the world alters unalterably for every kid and teacher and parent and water park operator across the land.

Golf in a Burka

Madeleine M. Kunin | Posted 06.13.2012 | Politics
Madeleine M. Kunin

I hadn't thought that women were particularly dangerous golfers. Could that be the reason that the Augusta National Golf club refuses to take down its...

Consistency, Consistency, Consistency

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 05.13.2012 | Comedy
Howard Steven Friedman

"Please urinate into this little cup here before we begin processing your tax statement. Once you've done that, we'll be happy to process your mortgage interest deduction and give you that refund I know you've been looking forward to."

COMMENTARY: How My Syrian Speech Is Being Freed

Turnstyle | Posted 05.05.2012 | Impact
Turnstyle

By "Ali Mohamed Al-Issa" EDITOR'S NOTE: Syrian expatriate "Ali Mohamed Al-Issa," now residing in the U.S., writes about how he and his fellow citizen...

Celebrating a Virtually Forgotten Media Maestro

David Tereshchuk | Posted 02.02.2012 | Media
David Tereshchuk

December's days are to dwindle down to year's-end, and I'm already into holiday time's mental excursions. They're taking me off-road a bit, into the b...

The Commenterati's Tourette's Problem

Emily Bracken | Posted 11.21.2011 | Media
Emily Bracken

The understatement of the century is that the Internet is fantastic in myriad ways. But because of the anonymity of the medium, it's also the Royal Flush port-a-potty for people's raging ids.

Power to the People Works When People Claim the Power

Rev. Barbara Kaufmann | Posted 10.24.2011 | Media
Rev. Barbara Kaufmann

Does the media have responsibilities? When people are in positions of power or influence over others, is there an inherent obligation to tell the truth?

Zaarly? Really?

Bill Lichtenstein | Posted 09.28.2011 | Media
Bill Lichtenstein

I just got this notice about a new web application called Zaarly. It seems that right in your area, there are people selling things you want, and Zaa...

Comparing Bridesmaids to The Hangover Isn't Sexist, Just Inaccurate and Lazy

Scott Mendelson | Posted 07.18.2011 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

Other than the fact that they are both technically comedies, Bridesmaids and The Hangover have absolutely nothing in common whatsoever.

Top Neocon Faults Obama for Not Showing "Loyalty" to Israel

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
MJ Rosenberg

The "Bibi, right or wrongers" are not Obama supporters and will not be voting for him in the next election. They certainly will not be sending him campaign contributions.

The F Word: Let the Punishment Fit the Crime

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

Well, we now know the punishment for the BART officer who shot Oscar Grant: 2 years and time served. He could actually be out of prison in seven months.

Love in the Age of H8

Dylan Brody | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dylan Brody

The same groups who now oppose gay marriage not so long ago railed against homosexuals for their promiscuity. Let me put forth a simple theory: You can't please bigots.

Review: Running Commentary

Fern Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Fern Siegel

In part, the meticulously researched Running Commentary, The Contentious Magazine That Transformed the Jewish Left into the Neoconservative Right is the story of post-war America.

How Badly Is Bank Reform Needed? Even Ben Stein Agrees With Obama's Plan

Rich Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Rich Robinson

If Ben Stein calls out the gamblers of Wall Street as the cause of our not-so-Great Depression and proclaims Obama's reform as the right thing to do, we're obviously in serious times indeed.

Fear of Peace Will Be the Death of Israel

Bradley Burston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bradley Burston

Israel's international standing has plummeted to an unprecedented low -- and the number of Palestinians killed has concurrently soared -- specifically because of Israel's having done much too much for peace.

Searching for a Minyan: Our Response to Being Censored by J Street

Kevin Coval | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Kevin Coval

Some right-wing blogs and pseudo-news organizations have churned the alarmist rumor mill about the J Street conference. What is disappointing, and troubling, is J Street's response: caving.

The Day Michael Miner Killed Commentary

Mike Doyle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Mike Doyle

Miner's less than well-meaning suggestion to dispense with commentary and turn Chicago's columnists into service-oriented seat-warmers for journalists was nothing short of cowardly.

Entertainment vs. News

Jim Lichtman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jim Lichtman

We don't need flash, flag-throwing or yelling at the camera. We just need honest, factual stories. And we need reporters who can give us those stories in a responsible and trustworthy manner.

Finally Seeing Clearly

Mike Papantonio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Mike Papantonio

I was advised to take a break from political clutter and that peculiar kind of tunnel vision that develops when we focus too closely on any tiny part of the huge world around us.

Post-Election: Call it Decompression

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

He did the strangest thing last night: He turned the TV off. There he was, still in the early part of the evening, with another hour or two of pol...

The Last Time

Roger Fransecky | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Roger Fransecky

Nancy and I celebrated every day. We made our marriage a daily commitment. We had fun, grew wiser, struggled, laughed, collected, built, moved, nurtured, spat, loved and lost as all of us do.