Skeptic SINema Series: The Invention of Lying

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For the next several months, Cafe Inquiry will be your host for major motion pictures with a secular, skeptical, or topical bent, followed by discussion.

Poets Talk: Socrates, Cirino, Hunter Thompson, Tina Fey, et. al.

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Gary Corseri and Chuck Orloski: Where is there a Socrates in the mainstream media? They fired Phil Donahue at the beginning of the rape of Iraq. The best we get is some ironic wit from Colbert or Maher or Tina Fey.

Sarah and Newt: Campaign Doubletalk

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Michael Sigman: How can politicians and their consultants expect voters to “re-remember” reality when a quick Google search can verify what actually happened? Perhaps because they know that’s how the brain works — or, rather, doesn’t.

Fey’s Fantastic, But Never The Twain She’ll Meet

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Michael Sigman: Given the commodification of dissent in corporate America, it’s doubtful Fey or anyone else will achieve Twain’s trifecta of talent, courage and mass popularity. But worrying about what we can’t control will only invite the kind of unhappiness that caused the great man himself to reflect that, “My life has been a series of disasters, most of which never happened.”

“Tis The Season To Be Obama:” Merchandise Cottage Industry and Its Impact on the Economy

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Politics of Merchandise Barack Obama’s election to the Presidency of the United States has had a residual effect on the economy in ways that are not (yet) reflected on the New York Stock Exchange. Barack Obama merchandise is huge. T-Shirts, hats, buttons, coins, photos, posters, calendars, bobble head dolls, and other paraphernalia has created a [...]

Palin Hits SNL; Rebuttal Rap

Credit where it’s due, what little Sarah Palin did on last night’s Saturday Night Live was funny, and who knew the Lipsticked Pitbull could groove like that? All the mav’ricks in the house put your hands up, indeed. Naturally, I had to answer back to that well-delivered rap that Amy Poehler did. (We heart Amy!) [...]

McCain’s Talking Deer Flatlines, Plans Coup?

Could Sarah Palin really be a Walt Disney creation? At some point the comparisons between her and perky Mouseketeer Annette are hard to push out of consciousness. Annette learned her lines and recited them with real “Gosh, Shucks” authenticity in such a way that she became an old man’s and America ’s sweetheart (not to [...]

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