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State Controller's Office Says Your Money is Waiting: So Why Don't You Just Get it?

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael Russnow

I'm always amazed that so many people bitch about not earning enough money to make ends meet when many of these same folks disregard money that is just sitting and waiting for them to collect.

The Reader is a Surprising Film: Nazis Can Be Sympathetic, Though Not Forgiven

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Russnow

On the whole David Hare has written a fascinating and engrossing script, and Director Stephen Daldry has given us a taut and emotional filmmaking achievement.

Defiance is Not Just Another Holocaust Movie: Jews Can Be Tough Guys, Too

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Russnow

It is extraordinarily moving in ways that surprise us and reassure us even as some of our favorites are slain and we wonder whether everything they're doing is all for naught.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: Unusual, Sometimes Preposterous and That's What Makes it so Effective

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Russnow

What unfolds is episodic and at times a bit long, but a good deal of the sequences are quite original, some very funny, most important extremely intriguing, much of which holds our attention.

Revolutionary Road's Not So Revolutionary: But Thanks to Leo and Kate, It's Worth the Watch

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Russnow

Revolutionary Road plods ever forward to the final fade out, but it still encompasses some wonderful moments and makes us look forward to the next pairing of Leo and Kate.

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.

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.

Mike the Writer is for Obama: So are Most Europeans, but Why Do Media Pundits See That as a Downside?

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Russnow

Rather than think our foreign friends' hopeful anticipation is a bad sign, it should give us more incentive to restore the love and respect the world has long held for the United States.

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?