When ‘Springtime for Hitler’ Became Serious Opera
Oct23

When ‘Springtime for Hitler’ Became Serious Opera

Is Mel Brooks smiling? Brooks’ 1968 comedy “The Producers” dealt with an outrageous, fictitious Broadway musical called “Springtime for Hitler” that trivialized Nazism and became a surprise hit. The New York Metropolitan Opera is now presenting “The Death of Klinghoffer,” which tries to explain the point of view of PLF members who hijacked the cruise ship Achille Lauro in 1985, shot elderly...

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POLL: Romney ahead among Republicans, Hillary Clinton dominates among Democrats
Oct19

POLL: Romney ahead among Republicans, Hillary Clinton dominates among Democrats

Less than a month before the scramble for the 2016 Presidential nominations of both parties really begins — the second after the November elections ballots are counted — the latest ABC News/Washington Post shows former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney ahead in a split Republican field and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton totally dominating among Democrats. While it’s silly to predict that Clinton is now a shoo...

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Meet the Comedy Central Press
Oct19

Meet the Comedy Central Press

In what has been a season of jaw-dropping news, the latest bombshell seems like it was ripped from the pages of Mad Magazine. First, the terrorist group ISIS has now unquestionably emerged as a territory-gobbling group offering the same kind of brutal, merciless murder of men, women and children that Adolf Hitler and the Nazis offered during the 20th century. Hitler had a country to back up and implement his ideological and racist...

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MELTDOWN! Rick Scott’s  refusal to come out at a debate due to Crist’s fan probably didn’t win him  fans
Oct16

MELTDOWN! Rick Scott’s refusal to come out at a debate due to Crist’s fan probably didn’t win him fans

Even if it did involve a rule being violated, or a genuine misunderstanding it was akin to one of two job applicants appearing to throw an infantile tantrum when an employer has called them to meet him together so he could compare the two. Republican Gov. Rick Scott stalled his debate with challenger former Governor Charlie Crist, a former Republican now running as a Democrat, due to a fan. Crist had a small fan installed under the...

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New Bullying Problem for Schools: Parents
Oct10

New Bullying Problem for Schools: Parents

BROOKLYN, New York — When you visit Brooklyn, you have to be amazed at the number of stoops. They’re scenic and historical. These graceful old stairways were often built steep because they were constructed during the era when Grand Pianos thrived, and when people would gather on the stoops to gossip, smoke and drink. In his excellent ebook, “Letters from Brooklyn,” detailing a detailed, three-year exploration...

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Logistical TMV posting delay today
Oct08

Logistical TMV posting delay today

There is a logistical posting delay on posts for today’s TMV of features normally on this site. Check back later in a few hours when things will be back to...

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Naomi Wolf Suggests ISIS Beheading Videos May Have Been Staged
Oct06

Naomi Wolf Suggests ISIS Beheading Videos May Have Been Staged

How uttery silly and impulse-control-challenged has our political discussion gotten? This silly and impulse-control-challenged : former Bill Clinton and Al Gore political consultant and author Naomi Wolf has suggested the ISIS beheading videos might have been staged. Which shows you that the afflication that causes some to suggest Barack Obama was born in Kenya, or 9/11 was a government or Israeli operation, or that Hillary Clinton...

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The Barney Fife Secret Service
Oct05

The Barney Fife Secret Service

Law enforcement has long been a popular subject in film comedy. It looks like some producer now has a lot of potential material. In the early 20th century, the incompetent Keystone Cops did big “B.O.” (Variety’s old term for “box office,” although it also means “body odor”) for Mack Sennett and his Keystone Film Company. With its cast including later-to-be-famous actors such as Edgar Kennedy...

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Sabato: Republican chances of winning the Senate increase
Oct02

Sabato: Republican chances of winning the Senate increase

Democrats: start sweating now. The University of Virginia’s Larry Sabato, the most accurate political prognosticator in American (he’sin effect the anti-Dick Morse) says the Republican Party’s chances of taking the Senate have increased. In his must-read Crystal Ball, he and associate Kyle Kondik write: The race for the Senate is perceptively moving in the Republicans’ direction, but not so dramatically that we’re...

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Another stunning Secret Service fail: man with armed gun allowed into elevator with President Obama
Oct01

Another stunning Secret Service fail: man with armed gun allowed into elevator with President Obama

The revelations that people got beyond the White House fence, and one got further into the White House than officially revealed, has now been coupled with yet another revelation that calls into serious question the efficacy of today’s Secret Service and the competence of its current leadership. The latest twist: a contractor armed with a gun was allowed to get into an elevator with President Barack Obama. You almost have to say...

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Oklahoma beheading: workplace violence or ISIS tie in or  ISIS imprinting?
Sep28

Oklahoma beheading: workplace violence or ISIS tie in or ISIS imprinting?

The news from Oklahoma that a man went haywire in his place of work and beheaded a co-worker, and seemed ready to take out as many people as he could in a style now made popular in the snuff videos posted online by ISIS has — what else? — led to a new controversy and speculation being presented as near fact. Was this an example of a mentally loose cannon who absorbed too much of what was on the news and Internet, or the...

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NFL Gave Offenders a Pass
Sep26

NFL Gave Offenders a Pass

The news stories on Google News are surging as forcefully as a tsunami. The subject: the NFL and domestic abuse. “Domestic violence much bigger than NFL…Domestic violence in the NFL…The Media’s NFL Domestic Abuse Hysteria…NFL looks to training to prevent domestic abuse in players…NFL sponsors don’t want their ads running during Ravens or Vikings games.” But that’s only one of the...

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Alaska reporter on air reveals she has medical marijuana business and quits on air (Video)
Sep23

Alaska reporter on air reveals she has medical marijuana business and quits on air (Video)

Conflicts of interest still matter to editors when it comes to their reporters. The public can point to even small ones that and say it compromises their reporters’ and their news organizations’ reporting. It turns out that Charlo Greene of Alaska’s KTVA had a BIG one: during a report on the Alaska Cannibus Club in the context of November’s vote on legalizing marijuana in the state she told viewers she was the...

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Prosecutors: WH fence jumper had 800 rounds of ammo in car
Sep22

Prosecutors: WH fence jumper had 800 rounds of ammo in car

The case of the man who jumped the White House fence last week and made it all the way up to the White House residence door is becoming more shocking by the minute as more details emerge. It’s clear this wasn’t just some nutcase who jumped the fence. It was a vet who had a knife on him and — according to new reports — 800 rounds of ammunition in his car. The man who jumped the White House fence and made it...

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Chief Justice Roberts: Scalia, Ginsburg wouldn’t be confirmed today
Sep21

Chief Justice Roberts: Scalia, Ginsburg wouldn’t be confirmed today

Chief Justice John Roberts has now pretty much confirmed what many American independent, centrist and moderate voters have more than suspected: if Justice Anton Scalia or Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had been nominated today, they wouldn’t get confirmed: United States Chief Justice John Roberts told a Nebraska audience he worries the partisanship that grips Washington will spill over onto the Supreme Court. WILL spill over? Some...

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Do ‘Civilized’ Nations Have What It Takes to Defeat ISIS?
Sep19

Do ‘Civilized’ Nations Have What It Takes to Defeat ISIS?

Does the “civilized” world have what it takes to defeat the self-declared Islamic State, otherwise known as ISIS? To be sure, the U.S. has launched air strikes on ISIS targets over Iraq, Congress and President Barack Obama finally seem in gear, and there are ongoing efforts to put together a coalition involving NATO and countries such as Saudi Arabia to combat the world’s leading producer of snuff videos. French...

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United Kingdom remains united: Scotland votes “No” on independence
Sep19

United Kingdom remains united: Scotland votes “No” on independence

History and tradition have prevailed in Scotland. The United Kingdom remains united: Scotland has voted “No” to independence and you can almost hear and FEEL the sigh of relief from British Prime Minister David Cameron and from Washington, where a formally downsized U.K. could have had a slew of implications. Scotland has voted to stay in the United Kingdom after voters decisively rejected independence. With the results in...

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Sarah Palin’s family (including Sarah) allegedly ‘involved in drunken brawl’ at house party
Sep12

Sarah Palin’s family (including Sarah) allegedly ‘involved in drunken brawl’ at house party

History has not been kind to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Except in the eyes of some die-hard conservatives, it’s clear she will go down as the living embodiment of the poor judgment of Arizona Sen. John McCain and his 2008 Presidential campaign advisors. She’s not considered a serious politico, but a specialist in pithy zingers, tweets, Facebook posts and getting big bucks money for being a political personality. And...

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ISIS and the Nazis
Sep12

ISIS and the Nazis

Whither the Islamic State? That’s a real double-edged question: where is the group otherwise known as ISIS headed, and can the United States and other civilized nations make it shrivel up and die? The group is and has taken off like a bat out of hell, gobbling up territory and becoming a virtual murder machine. President Barack Obama’s speech on his plan to try to eliminate the ISIS threat could not have come soon enough...

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Book Review: “Talk: A Novel” by Michael Smerconish rips the scab off talk radio
Sep04

Book Review: “Talk: A Novel” by Michael Smerconish rips the scab off talk radio

You’d think by now with its addictive impact on America, there’d be a good novel about ideological talk radio, a mega-bucks business that has enriched corporations, turned once-serious and spirited political debate into the equivalent of verbal political professional wrestling, and redefined the once-cherished concepts of consensus and compromise into dirty words among many. Some hosts have clearly undergone ideological...

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