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The Oscars a Mixed Bag: Kudos for Bringing Back And the Winner Is

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Russnow

The 82nd Academy Awards on ABC was a mixed bag. It was a tepid start, but eventually picked up steam heading for the finish line.

John McCain's No Longer a Hero: His Stance on Patriotic Gays is Shameful and Un-American

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Russnow

Watching the Senate Armed Services Committee hearings on repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell, I couldn't help feeling relief John McCain was soundly beate...

Obama Asks Pundits Not to Skew Words: But That's What They Did

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Russnow

Media types are there to keep themselves and their hefty paychecks forthcoming, egged on by the networks' need to create controversy. How else will they get the viewers to watch, and thus generate valuable ad revenue?

Re Brown's Victory, Message to Obama: Making Nice Doesn't Work, Time to Play Hardball!

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Russnow

We have a president who understands the politics of campaigning but not the politics of governing.

The Golden Globes a Disappointment: Gervais was Mixed and Lots of Winners Weren't Prepared

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Russnow

The Golden Globe awards are often the best of the awards shows, because they're more freewheeling and it appears no one really takes them seriously.

Barack Obama, Nobel Peace Laureate: Whatever Happened to Awarding for Deeds Actually Done?

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Russnow

It is enormously premature for Obama to be getting this great tribute, which to a certain extent cheapens the prior recipients and the work all of them performed over so many years.

Nicholas Hoult of A Single Man: About a Boy Who's Become a Man -- With Oscar Prospects!

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Russnow

For most of us in America it's startling not only to see the physical change to manhood in Nicholas Hoult, but to remark how intriguing and comparable his roles are in About A Boy and A Single Man.

Survivor Finalist Russell Really Is an Ass: Whereas 4th Place Brett Showed Class Will Tell

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Russnow

The point here is to cast light on the devil incarnate of the most recent Survivor, which concluded Sunday night on CBS. Machiavellian is too tame to describe the overconfident and somewhat deluded Russell Hantz.

Conan O'Brien's Pissed, But His Defensive Posture Is Wanting

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Russnow

I cannot believe that if the public preferred Conan over Dave they wouldn't have switched to NBC from whatever prime-time network they'd been watching.

Letterman's Running Gag About Crashing Obama/Oprah Dinner on Martha's Vineyard: Hasn't Dave Heard Teddy Kennedy Died?

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Michael Russnow

David Letterman continued joking about not being invited to dinner with Oprah and Obama in Martha's Vineyard even after he knew the president was delivering a eulogy for Ted Kennedy on Saturday.

My GE Dishwasher Tragedy, Manufacturer Parts, Car Repairs and Doctor Visits: Let's Be Mad as Hell and Not Take it Anymore!

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael Russnow

Manufacturing CEOs do very little to reduce the need for maintenance work and perhaps there should be legislative enforcement requiring them to do so.

Citigroup Proposed Reverse Stock Split: Didn't They Learn Any Lessons from AIG?

Michael Russnow | Posted 11.11.2011 | Business
Michael Russnow

For God's sake, let the company continue to mend and slowly work its way back to financial health without methods that are historically unhelpful to the stock value.

Obama Backtracks Calling Police Action Stupid: Was It Moderation or Is Obama Becoming the First Wimp?

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Russnow

The fact that our president won't stand behind his words when they become controversial makes me quite concerned about his future.

AIG Proposed Reverse Stock Split: Shareholders Should Vote This Down as a No-Brainer

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael Russnow

This 1:20 split smells, to me, a bit too rancid for the ordinary shareholders, not to mention the U.S. public who are hoping to recover their investment.

Racial Advancement on TV: Is the Progress Depicted Well-Intentioned Fantasy?

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Russnow

I've been noticing over the past several years a tendency for the Media to depict racial togetherness in a manner that doesn't come close to representing reality.

Susan Boyle Placed Rather Than Won: Hollie Steel Cried Her Way into the Finals

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Russnow

it seems to me Susan's negative press in the tabloids and CNN, plus tweets on Twitter may have worked against her.

Susan Boyle's Phenomenal Ride Just Won't Stop: And Yes, It Mattered That She Could Sing

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Russnow

It's been a week and I still can't get enough of the Susan Boyle phenomenon -- I've watched her video countless times.

Susan Boyle Made it to the Finals But Wasn't Great in the Semis: A Case of Nerves and the Wrong Song Choice

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Russnow

To win the contest Boyle should revert to a song that shows her greater strengths, one which is in her complete range so that she can demonstrate she deserves to be a musical star.

The Amazing Race - Still the Best of its Genre: But the Itinerary's Not as Amazing as it Once Was

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Russnow

The Amazing Race provides fewer decision-making opportunities and clocks less mileage in each episode, thus diminishing the potential for bad luck affecting the teams. What's the reason?

Airline Service is a Sham: Memo to Doug Parker of US Airways, Your Company Tops the List

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael Russnow

Why haven't these horrendous so-called cost conscious changes been rescinded as the gas prices have come down?

Tea and Sympathy's Robert Anderson Was a Class Act: The Great Playwright Lured Deborah Kerr to Broadway

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Russnow

Tea and Sympathy will be remembered eternally for its final line, "Years from now when you talk about this -- and you will -- be kind" -- one of the tenderest moments in Broadway history.

Good the Movie is Only Somewhat So: Another Nazi Film About a Flawed Relationship

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Russnow

Good hasn't a prayer of making any money but if you don't care about only seeing what's in vogue you won't go away feeling unmoved.

Che The Movie, Exquisitely Detailed: It's Not Just One Film, It's Two, Though a Little Bit Overdone

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Russnow

Benicio Del Toro is magnetic and haunting as Che, but he has the difficult task of communicating to us through subtitles, as most of the film is told in Spanish.

Bernard Madoff Didn't Just Hurt Jews: He Was an Equal Opportunity Swindler

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael Russnow

Why should Jews be any more surprised that one of their own is less than honorable? Are we not subject to the same failings of other humans?

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.