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Munch Madness

(111) Comments | Posted October 16, 2013 | 8:17 PM

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Long story short: Once upon a time Barry Levinson heard me on the "Howard Stern Show" and brought me in to audition for a role on "Homicide: Life On The Street." He cast me as Detective John Munch!

Now after 21 (record setting) years, Munch has...

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Lamentation and Regrets

(16) Comments | Posted July 6, 2013 | 9:58 AM

"Even today, there is little value in insuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it. And there is very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized upon by those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of...

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Law and Order: SVU Makes the Connection With Veterans

(3) Comments | Posted May 1, 2013 | 10:54 AM

There may be no more powerful force to influence public awareness and perception than the entertainment industry. Most of us probably don't even realize how much our attitudes and assumptions are informed by what we see on television and in movies. That's why we came together -- an entertainer and...

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The Most Important Election?

(14) Comments | Posted November 3, 2008 | 1:45 PM

It's not hype to say that this is the most important American election in history. I'm saying that because FDR was already in office when the Second World War started. And Lincoln was established before before the Civil War began.

Not only is there no incumbent President or Vice President...

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Regrets: I Have a Few

(78) Comments | Posted August 2, 2008 | 12:21 PM

"I'm going to strip the bark off that little bastard and make Willie Horton his running mate!" So said Lee Atwater about Governor Michael Dukakis during the 1988 presidential campaign. Atwater, was Bush Sr.'s manager, and is legendary among the loathsome bottom-feeders of right-wing attack politics. On his deathbed, however,...

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Death Be Not Proud

(60) Comments | Posted June 23, 2008 | 8:23 PM

Still reverberating from the stunning loss of the beloved Tim Russert along comes Mr. Death to twist the knife of unanticipated loss and drown us once again in grief.

George Carlin is in the rarefied pantheon of the few, too few, truly great stand-up comedians. Along with Mort Sahl,...

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Tim Russert: Thespian

(8) Comments | Posted June 17, 2008 | 11:10 AM

As an actor I have had the good fortune to work with many stars. But when I heard that Tim Russert was booked to do a cameo on Homicide: Life on the Street in 1996 I was thrilled. Tim was gracious, nice to everyone and obviously thrilled to be on...

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Every Vote Counts

(53) Comments | Posted January 22, 2008 | 3:18 PM

Stalin once said it's not the votes that count but who counts the votes.

So here we are in a presidential election year and there is genuine concern about "who counts the votes." Can there be a more compelling question in a democracy?

One person, one vote sounds so reasonable...

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Tear Heard 'Round the World

(47) Comments | Posted January 10, 2008 | 3:15 PM

"Look at me, I'm as misty as"...well, anyway it seems this moment has turned the tear into a Rorschach test for just about every person imaginable!

How fascinating to watch the reactions and unending analysis over what essentially was a slight show of emotion and vulnerability: Was it real? Was...

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Only??????

(97) Comments | Posted January 4, 2008 | 6:57 PM

There is a weekly wrap-up of the war on a certain cable news network where the host talks and acts like a game show host.

His fake earnestness and total lack of humanity sterilizes the war and trivializes the reality of what our government has wrought in Iraq and...

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Happy New Year?!

(123) Comments | Posted January 1, 2008 | 2:27 AM

If ever a salutation was more ironic: Happy New Year in this of all years is it.

There is no way on God's earth that 2008 will be a good year. The events set into place over the last seven tortuous years have unfortunately made prospects for a Happy New...

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It's Time to Drop the "F" Bomb: Fascism!

(75) Comments | Posted December 11, 2007 | 11:22 AM

It's an epithet that has been used -- and certainly misused -- but what is fascism exactly? Simply put: it's government that favors the corporation and not the individual. Mussolini defined and installed the "corporate state." Hitler had his version and of course there were others.

This political philosophy sought...

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It's the Banks, Stupid!

(108) Comments | Posted November 30, 2007 | 5:35 PM

Let's all face it (once and for all!): We Americans have been bamboozled; deceived; denied; defaulted; robbed; repossessed; dispossessed and all the rest!

Once upon a time -- 1910 to be exact -- Rockefeller and Morgan banking representatives, along with government officials, boarded a luxurious railcar owned by Nelson Aldrich,...

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Food Insecurity?

(90) Comments | Posted November 21, 2007 | 10:10 PM

This Thanksgiving some of us have more to be thankful for than others. The millions -- yes, millions -- of Americans who go hungry everyday (most being children) must be overwhelmed with gratitude towards our beloved government. Why? Because the geniuses whose job it is to pervert and redefine reality...

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Willful Ignorance, Callous Indifference, or Both?

(150) Comments | Posted November 13, 2007 | 2:13 PM

What do almost 100 million Americans have in common? They are at -- or perilously close to -- the official poverty line! Yet government officials and most of the so-called punditocracy declare rather impatiently that the economy is just fine and only the misguided masses don't think so. The universally...

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Look up in the Sky: It's a ???

(107) Comments | Posted November 1, 2007 | 11:30 PM

An object in the sky just happens to be called unidentified, therefore if anyone sees such an object it does not necessarily follow that it is from outer space. There are those, however, who do believe in extraterrestrials, and famously among them was President Ronald Reagan who mused at the...

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I Got Mine... So F You Kids

(95) Comments | Posted October 27, 2007 | 8:45 PM

Have you noticed that the meanest, shrillest, least compassionate and most heartless people who are well off and have all the medical coverage they'll ever need are seemingly sickened beyond cure by the notion that someone who literally cannot afford health care is somehow beneath contempt and must be vilified...

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Who Needs Terrorists?

(215) Comments | Posted October 19, 2007 | 1:43 PM

Who needs terrorists? We can scare the shit out of ourselves, thank you very much.

We have Bush's wet dream of an End Times scenario where he would like to usher in World War III before, according to him, the Persians, start some trouble in a few years.

We...

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Jesus Must Be Weeping

(282) Comments | Posted October 12, 2007 | 3:26 PM

If ever there was a misnomer in the political lexicon, surely "values voters" is the all-time champ. The use of this term to describe the so-called base of the Republicans' so-called party mainly refers to an extremist, ultra-conservative, strain of so-called Christian conservatives. And what are their so-called "values"? Mostly...

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A Letter and a Prayer

(158) Comments | Posted October 7, 2007 | 5:37 PM

Robert Fantina, author of Desertion and the American Soldier: 1776-2007, recently wrote a letter to the New York Times. His heartfelt eloquence and outrage bears repeating: "It is incomprehensible that President Bush and his neo-con cohorts have somehow convinced congress that 'supporting the troops' means sending them into an...

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