Live from New York! SNL’s 38th Season!

Saturday Night Live skewers Mittens on it’s premiere. The “political commercial” segment showed the plight of Americans whose jobs had been outsourced by Bane Capital. Sadly, this is most likely the reality of a RMoney presidency.

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You mad, Bro?

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The Fickle Hand of Fame

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You Don’t Say?

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Mike Ashmore's Thunder Thoughts

Dylan Bundy is considered to be the best prospect in baseball…and I took a night away from Trenton to go see him here in Wilmington, DE. Here’s video of his complete outing before the rain game. With any luck, he’ll be with Bowie when they come to Trenton later this year.

As a bonus, here are two K’s from Royals pitching prospect Matt Ridings from the same game…

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The Typewriter Is Holy. The Biography: Not So Much

For a story about some of the more influential writers and poets of the 20th century, you would think a book would be more lyrical. But reading Bill Morgan’s “The Typewriter is Holy: The Complete, Uncensored History of the Beat Generation”, I came away feeling flat. book coverOh, Morgan’s account of the lives of Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs has the details. Lots of details. But it reads more like a laundry list of things they did. Allen Ginsberg did this. Then he met up with this guy, this guy, this guy and this guy and they did this. Then he went there. A few pages of this would be bad enough but chapter after chapter was numbing.

Yes, all the juicy details about Ginsberg, Kerouac and Burroughs are in here. And of course, all the associated men and women: Neal Cassady, Greg Corso, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Herbert Hunke, Gary Snyder etc. are included. I did find I learned quite a few things and the anecdotes seemed to put them in a proper light of who they were and what they were feeling. Morgan is a good researcher, and clearly an expert on the subject. He peppers the stories with a few well known and accepted opinions of the Beats (Burroughs could be misogynist, minorities weren’t well represented), and quotes extensively from the letters they continually wrote between each other.

Morgan’s overarching belief is that Ginsberg was the catalyst and the glue that kept the Beat Generation together. Ginsberg’s associates, his friends, and his influence were certainly crucial to the burgeoning literary movement, and Ginsberg’s friendships and relations certainly provided an avenue for some of the lesser known writers and poets. For a beginning student of the Beat Generation, I suppose this is a perfunctory overview of who they were as people and what they did. For someone looking for insight, poetry, language, or just reading paragraphs of beautifully written, lyrical imagery about angel headed hipsters, stick the the Beats themselves and pick up a copy of their words.

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You get Healthcare!

You get healthcare!

Supreme Court gets it right (finally!)

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