Wednesday, June 19, 2013


Obituary: Actor James Gandolfini, 51, star of the premium cable television show The Sopranos, a show that is supposed to be really good but I never saw it on HBO (didn't subscribe) and didn't see it rerun on A&E, of a massive heart attack in Italy. Way, way, way too young to die.


Gandolfini won three Emmys for playing Tony Soprano, a beleaguered mob boss with mom issues. The actor specialized in playing brusque, intimidating guys whose big frames concealed generous hearts.

As Tony Soprano, he anchored a show that ushered in what many consider a new golden era of television. The series invited viewers to sympathize with the bad guy, and only Gandolfini's charm made it possible to root for Tony even as he cheated on his wife and betrayed his loved ones.

Gandolfini walked a tough line, asking us to understand Tony without necessarily liking him. But in spite of ourselves, we usually did.

You can't trust the Democratic Party as far as you can throw it on public education now that it is infested with neoliberals.

Holy shit: Nitwit Arne Duncan as "national superintedent"? Who were the fuckheads who came up with that?

Obama is the worst president in the history of the United States because he is a neoliberal TOOL.

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