In bleak times such as these (and yes, I am well aware it can get so much bleaker than this), I’ve come quickly latch onto any joy I can find, and these past few weeks, it’s been the US Women’s National Team (USWNT) at the Women’s World Cup.

A quick disclaimer: I am not a soccer guy. I have nothing against the sport; I am just not an aficionado in any way, shape, or form. I get the basics of the game, but I couldn’t break it down for you with any specifics. But between Atlanta United winning the MLS Cup and now this, I’m getting more into soccer. I will hop on any bandwagon.

But there’s also the thrill of watching this team of women unapologetically kick ass. When people asked if Megan Rapinoe really meant that they were snubbing the White House, she stood by it. When people criticized Alex Morgan for the egregious crime of miming a sip of tea after scoring on England, she stood by it. These women are the best in the world at their jobs, and they know it.

And it’s good to see that kind of pride. While there’s so much in the world to bum us out, I can’t help but take comfort in their swagger. It has felt lousy to be an American ever since November 9, 2016. And yes, the warm feeling following USWNT’s World Cup win will fade. But for now, it feels great and I’m going to revel in it. These are the times when sports are good.

Sunday, July 7th, 2019 brilliant, sports No Comments

Best Way to Deal with the Westboro Baptist Church


Saturday, August 27th, 2011 brilliant, humor, religion No Comments


So yeah, I work for this website that usually runs trailers, but I wasn’t around when the new Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 trailer went online so I didn’t get to comment on it.  Thankfully, I have this far less trafficked personal blog!  Hooray!

Basically, I needed to let the five of your who read this know how much I loved this trailer.  I’ve seen so many trailers that most don’t do anything for me at this point, but my jaw dropped at the point where Harry tells Voldemort, “C’mon, Tom.  Let’s finish this the way we started it.  Together!” and then throws both of them into an abyss.  First off, I love that Harry calls Voldemort, “Tom”.  And while I haven’t read the book since it came out, I’m pretty sure there’s not a scene of Harry throwing himself and Voldemort off a cliff, but the producers have already stated that they’ve drawn out the battle between the two.  The only thing I don’t like about the trailer is the end: “Complete the Journey in 3D”.  I’d rather complete it in 2D.  I like 2D.  2D works.  Post-converted 3D (which is what Deathly Hallows – Part 2 will be) tends to look like garbage.

Yes, the trailer is kind of spoilery if you haven’t read the book (they even show a major character death!), but I’ve read the book so I don’t care!  Enjoy!

Thursday, April 28th, 2011 brilliant, movies No Comments

The University of Lincoln Rejects Their Best Student

“TomSka” made two short advertisements for his school, the University of Lincoln.  They were both rejected.  As a result, I now reject the University of Lincoln because these ads are brilliant.

Friday, March 18th, 2011 brilliant, humor, Internet No Comments

Special Comment: “We’re Very Sorry.”

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Tuesday, December 7th, 2010 brilliant, politics, television No Comments

If Grammys Mattered…

…this song should win every one.

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010 brilliant, humor, music No Comments

Master of His Domain

On a talk show, there needs to be a respect between a guest and a host.  It’s the same respect a guest and a host would show each other in a home.  A host implicitly agrees to be cordial and inviting and in turn the guest implicitly agrees not to be a total dickbag.

I will not be inviting former House Majority Leader-cum-lobbyist Dick Armey to my home any time soon.  Armey appeared on last night’s The Daily Show and obviously there were going to be disagreements between him and Jon Stewart.  However, Stewart has shown that he is perfectly happy to have on guests who disagree with him.  Bill Kristol, Mike Huckabee, and (before he sold-out every belief he had), John McCain have all been repeat guests on the show.  The problem comes if there’s a guest who doesn’t respect the forum or Stewart.  The brilliant and gifted comedian does not abide rudeness.

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Wednesday, August 18th, 2010 brilliant, humor, politics, television No Comments

Special Comment: There Is No “Ground Zero Mosque”

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This is a strong special comment except for two things:

1) The rhetorical shortcut of using Pastor Martin Niemoller’s famous quote.

2) Not criticizing Obama for his back-peddling on the issue.  Obama first came out and made a strong stance supporting the cultural center.  Then, realizing he had made a strong stance, instantly retreated to a middling position and questioned the wisdom of building the center “near” Ground Zero.  And I would take the Obama Administration’s advice on wisdom like I would take driving tips from Stevie Wonder.

Monday, August 16th, 2010 brilliant, politics, television No Comments


Wednesday, July 28th, 2010 brilliant, humor, movies No Comments

Special Comment: “Decisive Action”

This is one of Olbermann’s best to date.

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Friday, July 23rd, 2010 brilliant, politics, television No Comments