Posts in category "News"

Trump, Puccini, and Pavarotti: A battle cry in one act, in which the artistic community rallies against Donald Trump

Trump, Puccini, and Pavarotti: A battle cry in one act, in which the artistic community rallies against Donald Trump
Throughout history, Opera has been a reflection of the events occurring around it. Mozart’s The Magic Flute contained both the continued repression of women as well as the advancing ideals of The Enlightenment at the end of the 1700s. In the middle of the 1850s, Verdi’s La Traviata sang the joys of the potential future... Read more »

"Call Me Now!": The death of Miss Cleo and the demise of the commercial psychic

"Call Me Now!": The death of Miss Cleo and the demise of the commercial psychic
When my sister was a teenager in the early 90’s the most important relationship she fostered was with her telephone. It was a lifeline to the world, calling friends, pranking unsuspecting elderly curmudgeons, and infuriating our parents with slightly more expensive phone bills. Yet, there was one time where the cost of the phone exponentially higher than... Read more »

100th Blog Spectuacular! Fox News Sexual Harassment Scandal Episode III: Revenge of Megyn Kelly and the downfall of the Roger Ailes

100th Blog Spectuacular! Fox News Sexual Harassment Scandal Episode III: Revenge of Megyn Kelly and the downfall of the Roger Ailes
LADIES AND GENTLEMAN: You’ve tuned in this afternoon to hear the third installment of Fox News Theater, starring Gretchen Carlson, Roger Ailes, Hopalong Bill O’Reilly, and introducing that beautiful girl that Donald Trump loves to hate, Megyn Kelly! Sit back and watch the drama, smell the war paint, and hold onto your hats as the roller... Read more »
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The Trump Campaign and The Theft of Reason (or "Forget Murder, Plagiarism should be a capital offense!")

The Trump Campaign and The Theft of Reason (or "Forget Murder, Plagiarism should be a capital offense!")
Can someone say “YUGE WHOOPS”? The world today is abuzz with news that a portion of Melania Trump’s RNC Speech being plagiarized from one given by Michelle Obama in 2008. Trump advisor Sam Clovis told MSNBC that “what happened is the person who was helping write this plucked something in there and probably an unfortunate oversight —... Read more »

Fox News Sexual Harassment Scandal Episode II: Attack of Pedophile Roger Ailes' Libido

Fox News Sexual Harassment Scandal Episode II: Attack of Pedophile Roger Ailes' Libido
LADIES AND GENTLEMAN: You’ve tuned in this afternoon to hear the next installment of Fox News Theater, starring Gretchen Carlson, Roger Ailes, Hopalong Bill O’Reilly, and introducing that beautiful girl that Donald Trump loves to hate, Megyn Kelly! Sit back and watch the drama, smell the war paint, and hold onto your hats as the... Read more »

BREAKING: Usama Bin Laden's son swears vengeance against US for father's death (biography)

BREAKING: Usama Bin Laden's son swears vengeance against US for father's death (biography)
“Vani sono i lamenti; è tempo, o Sesto, ormai di vendicar il padre; si svegli alla vendetta l’anima neghittosa, che offesa da un tiranno invan riposa.” “Gone is the moment of lamenting; the time has come to avenge my father; I swear vengeance with utmost hatred, because a tyrant cannot live after such a crime.”... Read more »
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"It is you, it is they who desire to live": Finding solace in words after the Dallas tragedy

"It is you, it is they who desire to live": Finding solace in words after the Dallas tragedy
I won’t summarize what happened in Dallas, as I don’t have the words. We’ve been following the story with its images of blood, death, and destruction. The very essence of humanity is challenged in these proceedings. The value of human life is plunging into depths of deepest despair. “Those who most long for peace now... Read more »

"He tried to O'Reilly her Hannity!": Gretchen Carlson accuses Fox News' chairman Roger Ailes of sexual harassment

"He tried to O'Reilly her Hannity!": Gretchen Carlson accuses Fox News' chairman Roger Ailes of sexual harassment
“I think you and I should have had a sexual relationship a long time ago and then you’d be good and better and I’d be good and better.” My dear friends, these are not the words given to a high-powered executive in one of the tawdry romance novels by Jackie Collins or Jacqueline Susann. These... Read more »

"I write to understand as much as to be understood": Celebrating the life of Elie Wiesel (1928-2016)

"I write to understand as much as to be understood": Celebrating the life of Elie Wiesel (1928-2016)
When I wrote my blog about Elie Wiesel’s memoir Open Heart, I had no idea that in less than half a month he would be dead. Wiesel died today at the age of 87. In our lifetime, we have figures who stand at the finish line of tragedy and teach the world to learn from it.... Read more »
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This week on "Insane Reactions to National Tragedies": Donald Trump on Twitter and homophobic "Dennis" on Facebook react to the Orlando Shooting

With 49 dead at the hands in Orlando as a result of ISIS-pledged Omar Mateen gunning them down with an assault weapon, a veil has fallen over the nation. The rational are banding together and staying strong, offering support, and praying through the worst. But sadly, as is to be expected, a few ditch-rats have... Read more »