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Movie Review: My Sister’s Keeper

Nov 20th, 2009 | By | Category: Movie Reviews, Reviews

My Sister’s Keeper gets a rating of 2/10 stars.



Looking at ‘My Sister’s Keeper’ and dead serious issues

Nov 10th, 2009 | By | Category: Book Reviews, Commentary, Opinions, Reviews

by Mike Courson Every so often, I find a book that absolutely moves me. Unfortunately, Jodi Picoult’s “My Sister’s Keeper” failed to do that. Still, I read the 430 or so pages in four days, so surely that means something. Of course, this book was made into a major motion picture. Another book of this […]



Many rack up debt for degrees they will never use or need

Oct 29th, 2009 | By | Category: Blogs, Opinions

by Mike Courson Often, reactions tell me more than the event that inspired the reaction. The event in question this time is Newsweek’s cover story about the three-year degree. Lamar Alexander wrote the story for last week’s edition, and readers have responded. Alexander relates college to automobile manufacturers: not adapting to the present could mean […]



Capitalism does not work in practice

Oct 16th, 2009 | By | Category: Uncategorized

by Mike Courson Humans ruin everything. Today at work, I chatted with a not-uneducated coworker about some of the major theories of society. She could not believe some prominent media figure suggest capitalism does not work. She is a conservative, and that is fine. Though I do not agree with most of her views, one […]



Changes needed in meat processing industry

Oct 14th, 2009 | By | Category: Blogs, Opinions

by Mike Courson As a watcher of news, and one who frequently regurgitates such, it is convenient when I sometimes stumble across a few items that tie some thoughts together. Monday’s “Larry King Live,” and an article by Daniel Lyons in last week’s Newsweek did just that. King’s show featured a discussion about the safety […]



Why Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize

Oct 10th, 2009 | By | Category: Blogs, Opinions

In my opinion, Obama won because he is not Bush. The world hated the United States in December 2008 and prior to that. Even without accomplishment, one can feel the hope Obama generates.



Jon & Kate legal drama raises interesting questions

Oct 6th, 2009 | By | Category: Commentary, Opinions

by Mike Courson I avoid “reality” television like former President Bush avoided books and Vietnam. The Jon & Kate Plus 8 saga, however, has recently crossed over into the ‘interesting’ category. There are many allegations coming from all parties involved, and I am not hip enough to know about all of them. After watching Jon […]



Sports columnist not deserving of criticism for Dugard article

Sep 17th, 2009 | By | Category: Blogs, Opinions, Sports, Sports Commentary

Mark Whicker, a columnist of 22 years, is the latest to draw national ire for a recent column in the Orange County Register telling kidnap victim Jaycee Dugard what she missed in the sporting world during the last 18 years.



Hateful, ignorant right-wingers spew talk radio’s untruths about healthcare reform

Aug 11th, 2009 | By | Category: Uncategorized

by Mike Courson The liberals have done it again. We’ve offended those poor, persecuted right-wingers. This time, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called the recent outbursts at health care-related town meetings “un-American.” First of all, what a stupid thing to say. What, exactly, is un-American? Not all bad is un-American. The United States has a very […]



Raw humanity, not contrived ‘reality,’ displayed in Biography Channel’s show I Survived…

Aug 3rd, 2009 | By | Category: Reviews, TV Reviews

Unlike many so-called reality shows that feature washed-up celebrities, or regular people trying to become washed-up celebrities, in scripted dramas that in no way model reality, I Survived… is as real as it gets. These are normal people that never asked for trouble but, once it found them, managed to get away and share their stories.