Monthly Archives: October 2010

Fan Mail From A Flounder

Ave atque vale Alex Anderson, the cartoonist who created Rocky and Bullwinkle. Rocket J. Squirrel and Bullwinkle The Moose were the perfect pair: One hard-headed, the other noodle-headed. They were don’t-miss TV every night. And don’t miss this tribute in … Continue reading

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Facekook

Sunday Boston Herald Page One screamer: ACEBOOK FLAP Mass. districts eye cyber-crackdown on teachers Lede of piece (on Page Nine – so much for the cover story): Teachers could be disciplined or fired for friending students on Facebook and school … Continue reading

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First Amendment Things First

The Juan Williams/NPR rumpus has turned into a tempest in a Tea Potty, with innumerable conservatives claiming that the public broadcast network has violated Williams’ First Amendment right to free speech. Except it hasn’t. Handy First Amendment refresher course: Congress … Continue reading

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Boston Herald’s NPR Headline Not Precisely Right

Saturday’s Boston Herald features this piece: NPR official admits fault in firing National Public Radio’s ombudswoman admitted the nonprofit botched the firing of Juan Williams for his remarks about Muslims making him nervous on planes, but the firestorm around the longtime … Continue reading

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Doom Yankees

This is all you need to know about the 2010 ALCS: New York Yankees 2-23 with runners in scoring position and two outs. Texas Rangers 8-24 with RISP and two outs. Ouch! Oh, yes, and then there’s this about the … Continue reading

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Emma Bovary Smackdown!

Ruth Franklin in The New Republic: Why Is Emma Bovary So Maligned and Misunderstood? Emma Bovary is one of the most abused heroines of the modern novel. It’s not enough for her to lose her mind in love for an unworthy … Continue reading

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NYT Hiller Killer Checks In

New York Times “This Land” columnist Dan Barry emailed the Global Worldwide Headquarters regarding our question about why he failed to identify WHDH’s Andy Hiller in this piece on Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Tim Cahill. Barry wrote in the piece: [A] … Continue reading

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Cable News Nets: “Forward,” March!

First it was MSNBC with its Lean Forward promotional campaign, described thusly: TO LEAN FORWARD IS TO THINK BIGGER, LISTEN CLOSER, FIGHT SMARTER, AND ACT FASTER. TO CELEBRATE THE BEST IDEAS, NO MATTER WHERE THEY COME FROM. TO DARE TO … Continue reading

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Ginni Thomas Gins Up Publicity

There are only two plausible explanations for the bizarre, out-of-the-blue phone call Mrs. Justice Clarence Thomas placed to Ms. Call-for-Justice Anita Hill this past Columbus Day weekend. [Text of voicemail, via the New York Times: “Good morning Anita Hill, it’s Ginni … Continue reading

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Damn Yankees! (2010 ALCS Edition)

Dude, can the Yankees please get a mercy rule for the 9th inning of their games? I understand why Sergio (The Human White Flag) Mitre was on the mound for the final frame of last night’s beatdown by the Texas … Continue reading

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