Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Tuesday Reads

The fact Bernie Sanders is doing so well in the polls shows there is a deepening crisis in American politics.

This is the real reason Ted Cruz will never be president.

When everybody hates your guts, it really is the end of the line.

Obituary: Actor Abe Vigoda, 94, best remembered for starring in the Barney Miller sitcom decades ago, has died.

He always looked like death warmed over, so I suppose some were surprised when he finally did pass away.

The tall character actor with the characteristically slouched shoulders and hangdog face became something of a pop culture figure due to repeated false reports of his demise, which became the subject of jokes. Reflecting his somewhat odd celebrity was the existence of a punk rock band named Abe Vigoda; his recurring appearances in the late 2000s on “Late Night With Conan O’Brien”; and the existence of a website named Isabevigodadead.com, which for years consisted simply of a blank page with the word No.

Vigoda made his feature debut in a bit part in Marcel Carne’s 1965 effort “Three Rooms in Manhattan,” but the stage actor was essentially unknown when he was cast in “The Godfather” as the ultimately disloyal Tessio in 1972, having landed the part in an open call. In the wake of “The Godfather,” in which Vigoda managed to make an impression despite the amount of high-powered acting talent in the film, the middle-aged actor became in demand. On the bigscreen, he appeared in the 1973 mob drama “The Don Is Dead” and 1974 crime drama “Newman’s Law,” and he reprised his role as Tessio in a flashback in “The Godfather: Part II.”

Trump will not be in the next GOP debate.

More about the IOC attempting to abolish women-only events by allowing men in drag to cheat.

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