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 +10Posted on Jan 17th, 2013 | re: The Perfect Crime: Sleeping In The Iowa City Library (65 comments)

As someone that has worked at both the Iowa City Public Library and at the University of Iowa main library, can say that neither this rule nor the 5th Floor Masturbator surprise me.

I once walked into the private handicap accessible bathroom on the first floor of the UI main library and found the bathroom covered in semen. All over.

 +3Posted on Sep 24th, 2012 | re: The 2012 Emmy Awards (28 comments)

I have a serious question. Does Ty Burrell have some kind of eye disorder? I’ve noticed that he blinks a lot (and does a twitchy double blink) on Modern Family, but I didn’t realize HOW much he does it until he was on stage last night. It made me a little nervous for him.

 +7Posted on Sep 17th, 2012 | re: Oh To Be A Fly On The Wall During This Conversation (32 comments)

I don’t want to defend Kim Kardashian and I don’t want to be all serious (and I don’t know which charity she works for), but Dress for Success and Clothes that Work are both really great charities. A lot of people do not have attire that would be appropriate for a job interview, and that is a huge hindrance in getting a job. The charities also help women (and men) with interview prep, tips about appearance in interviews (don’t wear too much cologne, don’t smoke before the interview, wear minimal make-up, if you have glasses– wear them, make sure your clothes are pressed and wrinkle-free, etc). Anyway, if you are getting rid of suits or other interview-appropriate attire, I would recommend donating it to one of those organizations.

But otherwise, Kim Kardashian and Donald Trump are both nightmares pretending to be humans. Also, Obama called Kim’s boyfriend a jackass, so that might be why she’s undecided.

 +4Posted on Sep 12th, 2012 | re: Parenthood Season 4 Premiere Open Thread (13 comments)

She is totally Sarah 2.0. She won’t make a good decision until she is 40-years-old, but then she’ll screw it up again by choosing Ray Romano over Mark.

 +3Posted on Sep 12th, 2012 | re: Parenthood Season 4 Premiere Open Thread (13 comments)

I totally turned to my husband during the Crosby/Jasmine/Jabbar storyline and said that this is something we’re going to totally have to deal with when we have kids (except we won’t be as pretty).

I love how real that was, because 30% of Americans are non-religious (and that number is even higher for people under 35). I also loved how it showed Crosby and Jasmine actually really caring about Jabbar having a system of beliefs and ethics. I think a lot of people think that religion is the only way someone learn to be a good human, and they showed that this is possible without religion. (I typically kind of dislike Grandma Braverman, but I loved when she said that she chose to live on this earth and do the best she can.)

 +14Posted on Aug 10th, 2012 | re: Our TV Is Not The Problem With Our Culture (63 comments)

She is 2 years older than me, and will be a grandmother soon. My husband and I are the couple from Idiocracy, waiting until the market is stable to have kids. And this lady has created two generations of people!

 +3Posted on Apr 3rd, 2012 | re: How Are We Supposed To Feel About Megan On Mad Men? (106 comments)

My theory is that they made her sad, just because it is the only expression she has in her acting handbook (besides dead-eyed stare — she’s great at that).

 +1Posted on Apr 3rd, 2012 | re: How Are We Supposed To Feel About Megan On Mad Men? (106 comments)

And I don’t think that it is a coincidence (because Matthew Weiner doesn’t allow coincidences in his world) that he named the housewife on the show Betty, a la Betty Friedan.

 +1Posted on Mar 9th, 2012 | re: Here Are Some Afternoon Links! (9 comments)

I would have been AT that movie had they cast Adam Beach as Tonto (and they actually costumed him to look like a Potawatomi Indian, not whatever the hell that is).

 +12Posted on Mar 6th, 2012 | re: Ann Romney Doesn't Even Consider Herself Wealthy (37 comments)

When will the Romney campaign realize that acknowledging and addressing the issues that will prevent people from voting for him (wealth, religion, previous voting record) that he will come out ahead? Remember when Obama took on race and religion in his Reverend Wright speech? It didn’t fix the problem completely, but it did take it off the table for people to use against him. And when Kennedy gave his speech about being Catholic?

If you watch Obama when he gives speeches, he always acknowledges that he is wealthy. The reason this works for him, is because he is essentially saying, “Look, I’m wealthy, and I should pay more in taxes than those who make less than me.” It looks virtuous. It is a lot harder to say, “Look, I’m super wealthy, and I think that I should pay less in taxes. Oh, and poor people need to start paying more.” But there is a way to deal with being wealthy and wanting to lower taxes on the wealthy (I completely disagree with it, but it is possible). You say, “I am wealthy, that is an obvious fact. My family and I have worked hard for generations to get to where we are. We’re an American family that reached the American dream. I want everyone to strive for that, and I don’t want anyone to be punished with taxes when they reach that dream.” It is right in line with Republican talking points, and it makes it seem like the other side is attacking the American dream. The problem is, you have to sound sincere when you say it, and Romney doesn’t have a sincere bone in his body.

Sometimes when I watch election related stories unfold, I wonder why no one who works for the Republican campaigns knows anything about previous elections and history in general. If you study elections, you’ll notice that the more uplifting, positive candidate almost always wins. The one that says, “this is what I can do”, not “look at the mess the other guy made.” That is why Obama will win. Republicans are too busy being mad.

tl;dr

 +4Posted on Mar 5th, 2012 | re: This Is Your Laughter (30 comments)

Watch that while looking at this, and you will die.

 +1Posted on Mar 5th, 2012 | re: This Week In Movie Trailers, You Guys (58 comments)

This is very late, but when I watched the Bernie trailer I kept picturing that episode of The Office when Andy, Jim, and Pam watched the Jack Black May/December romance movie.

 +2Posted on Feb 29th, 2012 | re: Parenthood Season Finale: Open Thread (34 comments)

I must have missed that. Thank god.

 +3Posted on Feb 29th, 2012 | re: Parenthood Season Finale: Open Thread (34 comments)

I kept on yelling, “Use a condom! Julia doesn’t want to adopt 2 babies!” at my tv screen.

 +14Posted on Feb 23rd, 2012 | re: Candidates Describe Themselves In One Word (78 comments)

One word that would describe yourself?

Courage!

 +3Posted on Feb 23rd, 2012 | re: Top Chef S09E15: Open Thread (34 comments)

I told my husband that I wouldn’t watch the final episode if they sent Paul home. I think we were both a little disappointed that Paul stayed– even though we’re clearly rooting for him.

Also, Sarah saying that she knew that it would always be her and Paul in the finale was such utter bullshit. Gah!

 +32Posted on Feb 20th, 2012 | re: Saturday Night Live: Maya Rudolph And Sleigh Bells (62 comments)

 +14Posted on Feb 16th, 2012 | re: Top Chef S09E14: Even More Boring Than The Regular Olympics! (27 comments)

I can understand why Beverly would be annoying to Sarah and the others. She is new-agey and a little out of touch. In close quarters, that could be irritating.

But as an adult, I know that if I’m interviewed about my performance on a show, I don’t sit and bitch repeatedly about someone else. And I don’t roll my eyes when someone I don’t like accomplishes something or is praised. That is just immature, and will never serve to make you look better. Paul never resorted to saying negative things. While being bullied by Sarah, Lindsey, and many others, Beverly never resorted to talking shit. She just went about her business.

If Sarah had been on the phone to her boyfriend/husband, and bitched about not liking someone, I would probably have sympathy for a bitch edit. But she chose to spend her interviews bitching about someone else, instead of talking about the challenges or her own accomplishments. (Also, a lot of the shit that was said about Beverly had a racist undertone. I’m not saying these people are racist, but I am saying that they said some racist shit.)

No matter what Beverly did (shown or unshown), Sarah was worse.

 +11Posted on Feb 16th, 2012 | re: Top Chef S09E14: Even More Boring Than The Regular Olympics! (27 comments)

Did anyone else get excited when they showed the “after the commercial break” montage that implied that Beverly would get to shoot Sarah? You can tell that the editors were relying on the viewers hating Sarah (or maybe they hated her, too?)

 +3Posted on Feb 14th, 2012 | re: It's Time To Talk About Kirk Cameron's Monumental Trailer, You Guys (57 comments)

“You can smell the history!”– I have a degree in History, and I don’t remember ever being told to smell something to ascertain the history from it. But, that may be why I don’t know Kirk Cameron’s REAL history that can be solved by people visiting a statue?

 +5Posted on Feb 9th, 2012 | re: Top Chef S09E13: Welcome Back, Beverly (21 comments)

I agree. When the show first started, I was kind of annoyed with Beverly’s crying and ‘The Secret’ inspired motivational techniques. She seems like she can cook, but is obviously very nervous and awkward. She seems to have some trouble acting human at times.

But those are not sins worthy of the bullying she received. They made me root for Beverly, because I wanted her to kick those mean girls’ asses. She handled being picked on, blamed for every mistake others made, and being constantly shit on by others very well. Better than I would have handled that kind of situation. It actually made me like Ed, Paul and Grayson all the more, because even if they were annoyed with Beverly, they always treated her respectfully.

I wish Sarah and/or Lindsey had gone home. Luckily either Paul (hopefully!) or Beverly will kick their asses, since they’ve consistently cooked better throughout the competition.

 +4Posted on Feb 1st, 2012 | re: Who Doesn't Love Sketch Comedy From College Students?! (33 comments)

Parks and Recreation ripped off your shtick, except they substituted raccoons for opossums. (And it really is very funny!)

 0Posted on Jan 30th, 2012 | re: This Week In Movie Trailers, You Guys (106 comments)

I think that they’re just relying on it opening on 4/20. It would make perfect sense if you were stoned.

 +6Posted on Jan 26th, 2012 | re: Host Of Wheel Of Fortune ISN'T A Job You Have To Do Sober? (56 comments)

Remember when he wrote a National Review editorial that said that public employees shouldn’t be able to vote? Maybe he just had 6 margaritas before he wrote that?

 +6Posted on Jan 24th, 2012 | re: Paula Deen's Publicist Quits (11 comments)

Doing a great job, Paula!