The Mission: Impossible Episode That Doesn’t Work

While I absolutely adore the old TV classic Mission: Impossible, I have to admit my suspension of disbelief will only go so far. Greg Morris’s amazing techno-gadgets seem plausible now that we have cellphones and computers in every home. I can grudgingly roll my eyes and go along with the fact that blue-eyed, white Martin…
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Bad Ideas On Television: An Antivaccination “View”

Jenny McCarthy has been hired as a “personality” on “The View,” ABC’s morning TV show, and this is, most likely, a very bad thing. It will give her a platform from which to proclaim bad ideas, primarily the idea that vaccines cause autism. Vaccines do not cause autism. Multiple scientific studies have found no connection…
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Book Review: A Drowned Maiden’s Hair

Laura Amy Schlitz has written a fantastic book, though I’m honestly not sure what makes “A Drowned Maiden’s Hair” a “young adult” book. I suppose the story of slightly-bratty, lonely Maud, an impoverished orphan taken in by a trio of mysterious old ladies is a tale that has no sex, little if any swearing and…
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Music Review: Modern Vampires Of The City

Vampire Weekend’s third album, “Modern Vampires of the City,” released earlier this year, has drawn some criticism because some believe its tone and style differs from the group’s previous work. “Modern” is darker; its tunes reek of existential doubt and cynicism, its lyrics speak of death, time, God, identity and betrayal. However, if you were…
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What Should A Princess Look Like?

I had the best princess role model when I was a child. Although she had beautiful dresses and ornate, stylish hairdos just like the Disney lineup of princesses, she also carried a blaster, didn’t take any lip from any scruffy nerfherders, and actively participated in her own rescue. Yes, she was still a bit of…
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