October 13, 2011 |
Liberal fervor, which took a hit when it became apparent that Barack Obama the president was not going to live up to the promise of Barack Obama the Shepard Fairey poster, is back in action. From the streets of Manhattan to the pages of Facebook, from L.A.'s City Hall to email blasts from MoveOn.org, left-leaning types are getting their mojo back, summoning the spirit not just of the Obama campaign (that decorous, dignified affair) but kicking it old school in the vein of the wild and crazy 2004 Howard Dean campaign (you remember, back in the days when the word "liberal" was actually spoken out loud — in Dean's case really loud)
August 19, 2010 |
In the wake of the sudden fame of Steven Slater, the JetBlue flight attendant who, as you've surely heard, dramatically walked off the job last week when he cursed out an unruly passenger, inflated the aircraft's emergency slide and plunged feet first to instant celebrity (after grabbing two beers for the road), I've spent the last few days trying to figure out the ins and outs of his new occupation: folk hero. According to Wikipedia (yes, I just resorted to that middle school term-paper info source)
May 15, 2010 |
On the bright side for Cavaliers fans, at least they can see LeBron James when he comes to town with his new team! They're playing for keeps this spring with Toronto's Chris Bosh and Atlanta's Joe Johnson already surveying the ruins of their teams before the Cavaliers' season, and possibly their world, ended in a stunning loss to the creaky Celtics. Actually, it wasn't stunning at all, with James playing much of the series left-handed. Nevertheless, the world that kissed his feet right up to the presentation of his second MVP award before Game 1, suddenly awoke to the realization he was clueless, heartless and/or a quitter.
December 16, 2008 |
In the few seconds it took Iraqi journalist Muntather Zaidi to wing a pair of shoes at President Bush, the Middle East got its own version of Joe the Plumber. Just as Joe Wurzelbacher's gripes to Barack Obama during the U.S. presidential election catapulted him to fame, Zaidi's burst of rage toward Bush during a Baghdad news conference Sunday has made him a household name across the Middle East.
October 5, 2008 |
ST. PETERSBURG -- Let's go ahead and get this out of way. Evan Longoria was never Miss Corpus Christi, and Eva Longoria never homered in her first two postseason at-bats. People who follow the Rays know this and got tired of the Eva-Evan jokes about 70 wins ago. But it's new to people who haven't seen many Tampa Bay games. That means just about everybody who owns a TV outside Florida. For them, Thursday's playoff game was Tampa Bay's national debut. What they saw was a rerun of the last five months.
September 30, 2008 |
Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman The Fabled City (Epic) * * * Some people think folk music is more honest than other forms, but it's also rich territory for alter egos. Bob Dylan called himself Blind Boy Grunt to continue making folk recordings as he was heading toward pop stardom; his early mentor, the Brooklyn-born Elliott Adnopoz, became a Wild Westerner as Ramblin' Jack Elliott.