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  • Before your favorite teacher dies

    By Marty Kaplan

    January 20, 2015 | 12:51 pm

    On City Cisco Island, Aunt Suzy saw funny men.

    That sentence is a mnemonic that Mr. Jaeger taught us.  The first letter of each word stands for a molecule in the Krebs citric acid cycle, the pathway that converts food to energy.  The O in “On” stands for Oxaloacetate; the C in...

  • How satire happens

    By Marty Kaplan

    January 12, 2015 | 9:05 am

    On May 4, 1970, when 29 Ohio National Guardsmen shot 67 rounds of ammunition at a group of unarmed Kent State University students protesting Richard Nixon’s expansion of the Vietnam War into Cambodia, killing four students and wounding nine others, I was the president of the...

  • My new favorite news network is not liberal (and not Fox)

    By Marty Kaplan

    January 5, 2015 | 1:18 pm

    This may be the kiss of death, but One America News is my new favorite TV news network.

    “If you take the channel lineup, the sources of national news tend to lean to the left… and all we have is Fox.” That’s what OAN Network president Charles Herring said when he and his father,...

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  • Sony ‘R’ Us

    By Marty Kaplan

    December 15, 2014 | 10:12 am

    The most shocking thing about the digital disemboweling of Sony Pictures’ computer data is that anyone would actually find it shocking.

    That goes for everything from the vulnerability of everyone’s personal and proprietary data, not just Sony’s, to the revelation that a...

  • God gave this land to them

    By Marty Kaplan

    December 1, 2014 | 2:14 pm

    Pat Boone wrote the words to “Exodus.”

    If you’re below a certain age, Pat Boone is some random dude you need Google to ID, and “Exodus” is the new Ridley Scott 3D with Christian Bale as Moses and a wicked cool CGI Red Sea. 

    To Boomers, Pat Boone was the un-Elvis in white bucks,...

  • The I-word isn’t impeachment – it’s idiocracy

    By Marty Kaplan

    November 17, 2014 | 11:03 am

    Is he – finally – the one we’ve been waiting for?

    Just days after the midterm election, President Barack Obama made a big climate change deal with China, asked the F.C.C. to regulate Internet service providers as if they were public utilities and pledged to address the...

  • Nightcrawler Nation

    By Marty Kaplan

    November 3, 2014 | 11:18 am

    When I heard my research into the amount of time local TV news spends on crime (plenty) and government (nearly nada) coming out of Jake Gyllenhaal’s mouth, I could have kissed him.  If he’d added that those same civically negligent, inflammatory stations also make billions of...

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