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Author: Gordon Kushner

“House of Cards” vs Reality

Written by on 30 May 2017

Remember the hit television show The West Wing? It ran from 1999 to 2006 and was highly rated, winning three Golden Globe Awards and 26 Emmys. Even with its overt left-wing bias, Sorkin’s storylines gave us an idealized yet engaging glimpse into what life in the Executive branch could be like. But I stopped watching roughly […]

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One Trump, Well Roasted

Written by on 2 May 2017

About a month ago I went on a Groucho Marx YouTube binge, watching the videos then moving on to the recommended links. I ended up on the Friar’s Club roasts of the early Seventies. Although I was a kid at the time, my family would hurt ourselves laughing as titans of comedy mercilessly ripped each other. […]

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Chutzpa

Written by on 24 March 2017

You come home to find that your roommate drank your last beer. When confronted, he says he didn’t do it. He’s a liar. If you’re really mad, you call him on it and it escalates to some shouting. Or you might just say “whatever” and start looking for a new apartment. Either way, that’s the […]

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Logan – A Mature Comic Book Story

Written by on 14 March 2017

CONTAINS SPOILERS! Logan is for mature audiences and for the first time, “mature” doesn’t mean there’s a sex scene. Hugh Jackman’s final X-Men movie is a somber farewell told in the style of the comic book series at its absolute pinnacle in the early eighties. Chris Claremont, along with co-writer and artist John Byrne, cast […]

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Literally Hitler

Written by on 14 March 2017

Much has been made of the chilling similarities between Adolf Hitler and populist President, Donald Trump. Leading intellectuals in entertainment and journalism have carefully considered the parallels in the rise of one of the most horrible dictators and mass-murderers in history and Adolf Hitler. IF🚽WINS,HE WILL STILL BE WHAT HE IS NOW…A PETTY VENGEFUL,COWARD‼️AS GERMANY […]

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The Mob Rules

Written by on 6 March 2017

In the spirit of the First Amendment, which states that “hate speech is not free speech”, Middlebury students ran another controversial speaker off campus. Not only shouting down Charles Murray’s presentation but also physically injuring a faculty member and swarming their car as they tried to leave campus. As is usual for liberal thinkers and […]

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Weakened Update

Written by on 23 February 2017

The buzz is that Saturday Night Live is exploring a prime time news comedy show spinning off their Weekend Update segment. Saturday Night Live never shied away from political parody and perfected “fake news” decades before Stephen Colbert took it to a new level with a bloviating Bill O’Reilly character. Going back to 1992, Saturday Night […]

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Trump and Ozzy – Diary of the Madmen

Written by on 21 January 2017

Sometime between Randy Rhoads’ death and the time Ozzy Osbourne checked himself into rehab, I had the pleasure of seeing Ozzy live. At the time there were only two albums, Diary of a Madman and Blizzard of Ozz. To my 16 year old ears, Randy’s unrelenting guitar riffs were pure awesomeness. So as a fanboy, it […]

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Failed Funny

Written by on 20 December 2016

What makes the portrayal of young conservative Alex P. Keaton from the eighties show “Family Ties” or “30 Rock’s” Jack Donaghy so funny and Seth Meyers’ monologue and Stephen Colbert’s faux conservative shtick so painfully unfunny? Conservatives have not dominated the cultural conversation since at least “All in the Family” and the anti-Vietnam war “Smother’s […]

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