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Michael Russnow

The Fourth Debate: Barack Obama Gives Mitt Romney a Seminar on How to Be Presidential

Michael Russnow | Posted 12.23.2012 | Media
Michael Russnow

Through it all, and no matter what Romney tossed at Obama the president respectfully but forcefully threw it back, indicating that what had been said wasn't true and that Romney was all over the map in his pronouncements.

From Paris, Obama Scored and Romney Was Clearly Overmatched

Michael Russnow | Posted 12.16.2012 | Politics
Michael Russnow

From Paris, no coffee this time, but I did manage to stay up to watch the second presidential debate, beginning at 3 a.m. Unlike the first one watched in Amsterdam, the president was alert, prepared and seemed to leave Romney mystified at moments.

From Amsterdam at 3 AM, I Watched the First Presidential Debate: Obama Better Do Better Next Time

Michael Russnow | Posted 12.04.2012 | Media
Michael Russnow

Do I trust that the majority of Americans carefully listened to what was said, rather than how it was delivered? Sadly, I don't, and have to hope that the president is holding his best for the next two debates.

Frank Eudy's 'Ouster' From Big Brother 14: Teacher Dan Gheesling and Student Ian Terry Displayed No Integrity

Michael Russnow | Posted 09.07.2012 | TV
Michael Russnow

Frank, you're a good guy in my book, and with that affable personality it wouldn't surprise me if someone in the media calls. You'll be the winner in the end.

Romney's Speech: Pleasantly Delivered, A Bit of a Crock, Preceded by a Doddering Film Star

Michael Russnow | Posted 10.31.2012 | Politics
Michael Russnow

If Mitt Romney wanted to connect with his audience, he mostly succeeded, at least with the audience inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum. He was measured in tone, not really bombastic and full of pronouncements of love about his family and what he hopes for America.

Barack Obama Would Be an American Citizen Even if Born in Kenya, So Why Does the Media Keep Fanning the Story?

Michael Russnow | Posted 10.25.2012 | Media
Michael Russnow

Even if Barack Obama were born in Kenya (which I don't believe to be the case) the president still would have been a U.S. citizen at birth, because his mother was an American, a fact which nobody to this date denies.

California Primary Ballot Hodgepodge: We Need a Return to Voting By Party Members Only

Michael Russnow | Posted 07.14.2012 | Politics
Michael Russnow

Wasn't the purpose of political primaries to take the process out of the hands of big city bosses and to allow the citizenry of each state to choose their nominees?

The 2012 Golden Globes: The Taming of Ricky Gervais

Michael Russnow | Posted 03.17.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Russnow

It's oddly intriguing that a lackluster show and a diluted dose of Ricky Gervais appeals to me greater than his shockmeister two prior appearances.

The Iowa Caucuses, What Do They Prove? Shakespeare Was Right About The Masses

Michael Russnow | Posted 03.05.2012 | Politics
Michael Russnow

In reviewing the Iowa Caucuses, wherein former Governor Mitt Romney achieved his desired victory, I can only conclude that the votes demonstrate conclusively Shakespeare was right about the masses and their follow-the-pack mentality.

Some Memories of Hollywood Great Hal Kanter

Michael Russnow | Posted 01.08.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Russnow

The great writer/director/bon vivant wit Hal Kanter died on Sunday at the ripe old age of 92. And it got me to remembering, and I decided to share the thoughts with you.

To Be Or Not a Juror: It Ain't Easy to Be Selected

Michael Russnow | Posted 08.20.2011 | Comedy
Michael Russnow

It's interesting to be in a group representing so-called peers, which is the whole point of a jury, yet, looking around and listening to conversations, for the most part they're people with whom I have little in common. But maybe that's a good thing.

Should Anthony Weiner Resign for Lying?: If So, Lots More Congressmen Should Go for Their Lies and Deeds

Michael Russnow | Posted 08.09.2011 | Media
Michael Russnow

The main thing I draw from the Anthony Weiner incident is that the greater shame is in our puerile culture and how the media feeds the frenzy. On its own face their actions are ludicrous and the well-paid media honchos should be equally ashamed.

Chekhov Alive and Well in Hollywood: Two One-Acts at the Tres Stage Theatre

Michael Russnow | Posted 08.01.2011 | Los Angeles
Michael Russnow

Classical theatre may not be your thing, but this is an evening that most would find accessible and to their liking. And as an added bonus it's cheap, with tickets just ten dollars.

Texting in Theaters Is a Blight: Let's Make Smartphones Smarter With Apps to Obstruct Rude People

Michael Russnow | Posted 06.18.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Russnow

I'm a fan of new technology and was among the first on my block to buy a VCR. I've also been surfing the Internet for many years and bought a cell ph...

Survivor Redemption Island: Matt Went From Champion to Totally Lose My Respect

Michael Russnow | Posted 06.07.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Russnow

Last night's episode caused me to jump up aghast when I saw Matt Elrod, having regained entry to the game after masterfully winning six challenges in a row, throw it all away with an incredible blunder.

Citigroup Continues Its Dance With Reverse Splits: The Question Is Why?

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael Russnow

Citigroup just sent me its annual statement and ballot to vote on suggestions from its Board of Directors, which, among other things, extends its flirtation with a reverse split that began two years ago.

Donald Trump Firing David Cassidy Instead of Richard Hatch: Clearly Ratings Trump Truth and Integrity

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Russnow

As the first Project Manager in the latest Celebrity Apprentice, Richard Hatch was not only arrogant and obnoxious, but mildly physical with the much smaller David Cassidy.

The 2011 Academy Awards: It Gets a C-Plus at Best

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Russnow

You know the writers are in trouble when they have to rely upon Hathaway's mother and Franco's grandmother to help out in the audience. All in all the show was mediocre, but not a disaster.

Charlie Sheen's Rant: Maybe it's Time to Stop Channeling Mel Gibson

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Russnow

Heretofore, I have never been a Charlie Sheen fan nor have I disliked him. I've been disappointed as have many others with his apparent shallow lifes...

I Can Die Now, I've Met Betty White: National Treasure Stars in Hallmark Hall of Fame

Michael Russnow | Posted 09.12.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Russnow

As I was leaving the Hallmark Hall of Fame reception at 20th Century Fox' commissary, a studio guard wished me a good night to which I replied, "I can die now, I've met Betty White."

Golden Globes Got a Lot of it Right: Not so With Host Ricky Gervais

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Russnow

I was also delighted when Katey Sagal won for Sons of Anarchy. Kudos also for Chris Colfer's win for Fox' Glee. But then we had to listen to Gervais again.

Black Swan: A Must See Even if Ballet Ain't Your Thing

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Russnow

Black Swan is wrapped together in a wonderful package by director Darren Aronofsky to such an extent that you are gripped from almost the beginning right until the captivating end.

Survivor Nicaragua: Yes, Fabio, There Is a Santa Claus!

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Russnow

With Christmas coming, isn't it great when a miracle occurs? Judson Birza (aka Fabio on the latest edition of CBS' Survivor Nicaragua) managed to sta...

The Fighter May Not Win Oscars, but It Ought to As the Best Fight Film Since Rocky

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Russnow

I'm not a boxing fan, but when it's part of a good story my heart races. That's how I felt encountering Rocky many years ago, and the experience was matched at a screening of The Fighter.

ASUS Computer Products: Customer Service Ranges From Non-Existent to Unacceptable

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael Russnow

ASUS is a Taiwanese company that hit it big in the United States. It had been mostly known for computer parts, and in 2007 decided to build computers...