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Michael Russnow

Clint Eastwood in Gran Torino: Who Knew He Could Act? Like John Wayne in True Grit, it May Lead to an Oscar

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Russnow

John Wayne found True Grit towards the end of his career and now Clint Eastwood has done the same with an unforgettable performance in Gran Torino.

Proposition 8 Backlash: What's Wrong with Discriminating Against Those Who Want to Discriminate?

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Russnow

When hate or smugness affects one of our neighbor's quality of life and places him or her on a pedestal below, it deprives that person of the chance to be happy and fulfilled.

Media Pundits, Stop Talking About the Same Thing: Do Something Useful and Plot to Castrate the Electoral College

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Russnow

Amazingly, with all the frenetic emotion of the 2000 election nothing was done -- to abolish our outmoded and increasingly stupid Electoral College.

Obama Promised Change -- Change from Bush and Cheney: So Why Do the Media Foment Faux Controversy?

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Russnow

Change is coming no thanks to many in the media, who, perhaps looking at the gloomy economic forecasts, are more concerned at being downsized themselves.

From Germany It Was Clear: So Why Didn't the Media See McCain Suffered a Nervous Breakdown?

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Russnow

The TV panel has to justify its salary and keep interest in the campaign for the next few weeks, so most of these folks propped up McCain.

The McCain/Palin Debate Spin: We Won Because She Wasn't a Dithering Idiot

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Russnow

What Gertrude Stein said about her hometown Oakland could also be said of Sarah Palin. "There is no there, there." Sarah Palin is simply without substance.

McCain Pulls Out the Heartstrings: Pity He Didn't Use a Violin Instead of a Kazoo

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Russnow

I felt bad for Obama, who treated McCain with a level of respect, even as McCain often had a frozen condescending grin while the Democrat spoke.

Sarah Palin's Real Appeal: Annie Oakley is Running for National Office

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Russnow

In their attempt to sell newspapers and build ratings, the major media outlets have accentuated Sarah Palin's so-called virtues, and in so doing made her more appealing than the reality of her public and personal life.

Sarah Palin: A Right-Wing Gidget for Leader of the Free World

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Russnow

Watching the Republican convention tonight, I was struck by a number of things, most notably how the prime-time star speakers whipped up the audience ...

Sarah Palin's Amazing Feat: The Transformation of GOP Leaders Into Stepford Wives

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Russnow

On TV panel discussion after another, no matter what obvious shortcoming of Palin is presented, these so-called knowledgeable and pure Americans have a ready answer no matter how illogical.

Sarah Palin: You're No Dan Quayle -- and That's Not a Compliment!

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Russnow

John McCain sold his soul in the bleakest of hopes that he could convert angry Hillary voters to his cause.

Donald Trump Bailing Out Ed McMahon: It Only Encourages More Millionaires to be Wastrels

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael Russnow

If Donald Trump is so concerned about the woes of his fellow man or woman, why stick only to those whose names he recognizes?

The WGA Strike For Dummies: It Ain't Over 'til It's Over

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Russnow

It's intriguing how the writers' strike rumor mill builds everybody up and then shoots him or her down.

Mitch Reinholt of American Teen: How a Supporting Player Upstaged the Film's Stars

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Russnow

I'm not saying Mitch Reinholt will have the career of someone as talented as John Travolta -- nor do I know if he even wants to try -- but who knows?

Ed McMahon's Money Problems: Should We Really Care About Millionaires in Financial Distress?

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Russnow

Is his bad luck a legitimate news story? Yes. But the real question is why he has not been lambasted for stupid behavior.

TV Shows and Films May or May Not Be in Jeopardy: Nonetheless, Studios Won't Have it So Easy Screwing the Talent

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Russnow

Thanks to the WGA strike, management now takes the artistic community seriously, but it couldn't have been accomplished without the support provided by the Screen Actors Guild.

You Can Be Ticketed for Feeding a Parking Meter After the Time Limit: How Many People Really Know?

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael Russnow

I've been refeeding meters for years and never gotten a ticket. Apparently, according to the meter maid, I'd been lucky in all cases.

Patriotism is not Synonymous with the Republican Party: It's Time They Stopped Using the "P" Word

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Russnow

Whatever you think about the war in Iraq or how we got there, suggesting that those who are in opposition are less than patriotic is irrational and undemocratic.

How to Cut Travel Costs and Hassles: Bitching Can be Effective

Michael Russnow | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michael Russnow

Have you ever traveled and been less than satisfied? It may take a bit of time doing research in how to complain, but in the end it's more than likely you will receive some measure of success.

Superdelegates Caved in to Obama: Why Do We Need Them? They Served No Purpose At All

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Russnow

If the superdelegates had any cajones they'd be calling each other tonight and say, What have we done? There's still time to set this thing right.