The Walking Dead Midseason 5 Finale Recap: Boom Clap


I know, I know. I’m over The Walking Dead. But that doesn’t mean I’m not going to watch the midseason finale! It’s a doozy. Or rather, the last few minutes of the episode are engrossing. The rest, well…it’s the new normal of sullen predictability.

Rick finalizes his metamorphosis into Bad Ass Rick, emphasis on the bad. Rick’s singular purpose is on his group, his people, and no one else. As such he takes out Officer Bob after New!Bob knocks out Sasha and attempts to escape. Rick didn’t have to kill him. Heck, he didn’t even after to run him over. He just had to drive his car around, cut off New!Bob’s frantic run, and re-apprehend him. Why didn’t he? Because he didn’t feel like it. This is New!Rick. How do you like him?

Boring, stupid stuff takes up most of the episode, all of which is a move to…

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The Day After the Verdict, Round 2: Yup, Still a Joke

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Maybe this time, I thought before yesterday’s grand jury decision was announced.

Because Daniel Pantoleo, the police officer who choked Eric Garner to death on July 17, has a history of alleged race-related misconduct.

Maybe this time.

Because the NYPD forbids its members from using chokeholds — a rule that went into effect 21 years ago, long before Pantoleo was ever a cop.

Maybe this time.

Because the New York City medical coroner ruled Garner’s death a homicide.

Maybe this time.

Because the entire incident was filmed.  Because you can see in the tape, as the New York Times stated, that Garner was “not acting belligerently, posed no risk of flight, brandished no weapon and was heavily outnumbered.”  Because you can hear him say “I can’t breathe” 11 times before he dies.  Eleven.  Times.

Maybe this time.

But then the news broke.

As I tried to make sense of the decision…

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Sioux Indian Song Stuns Senate After KeystoneXL Pipeline Vote Fails

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This took place early last week and seems to have gotten lost in the shuffle of Obama’s immigration speech (bump to 20 seconds).

The Senate failed to achieve a filibuster proof majority (60 votes) to approve the construction the KeystoneXL pipeline which brings Canadian tar sands oil through the United States and Sioux Indian territory and down to the Gulf of Mexico to be refined into gasoline.

Greg Gray Cloud of the Redbud Sioux tribe broke into song after the vote which puts of the construction of the pipeline for a little while at least.

According to Grey Cloud, the song translates as follows:

“Grandfather look at me, I am standing here struggling, I am defending Grandmother Earth and I am chasing peace.” [tc-mark]

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The 14 Worst Things Retail Workers Have To Deal With During Black Friday

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Ahhh, Black Friday. A glorious tradition of complete and total chaos with the ones you love most! Together, millions of people wake up in total darkness, struggle to zip up their jeans from the feast they partook in the night before, and rush down to the mall for the best deals in town. What a lovely, lovely time to make everlasting memories, right? And if you are one of the lucky employees WORKING during Black Friday, oh boy do you make memories…. and here are some things you can expect.

1. People forget you’re a human being

There’s some horrible voodoo spell Black Friday casts that sometimes turns otherwise nice, docile people into the most horrible, vile creatures to walk this planet. Sound harsh? I once had a woman tell me I wasn’t wrapping her gift quickly enough and then added, “Ugh, people like you don’t even deserve…

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On Celebrities and Image Control


The cult of the celebrity is something that will always be fascinating to me. Maybe it’s because I’m an official “spin doctor” (a term I hate yet acknowledge its inherent truth), but I’ve been thinking a lot lately about celebrity spin and how stars try to control their image. All celebrities want people talking about them on their own terms and about things they can control. But how much of it is genuine?

First off, we have Bill Cosby. The past rape allegations once again brought to light by comedian Hannibal Buress have not yet been personally addressed by the beloved sitcom star himself. Shortly after an ill-timed Twitter initiative backfired against him, Cosby went on NPR to officially talk about African art, but was of course also asked about the Twitter fiasco and the allegations. His response? Dead silence. Instead of issuing a statement of any kind, Cosby refuses to tackle this issue head-on, choosing…

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