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Mike's Blog Round Up

Good morning. I'm Lance Mannion and I've got a hundred more snappy openings planned and no more posts here to use them in. I'm Lance Mannion and I am

Good morning. I'm Lance Mannion and I've got a hundred more snappy openings planned and no more posts here to use them in. I'm Lance Mannion and I am not now nor have I ever been...I'm Lance Mannion and I want to thank the Academy for...I'm Lance Mannion and I married a witch...I'm Lance Mannion and I know what you did last summer...But...It's my last day as guest host for the blog round up. I'll just have to save them all for my own blog, where politics, movies, married life, and murder are all part of the weekly mix. The daily mix here includes:

Romance: Commander Agi is a sucker for a beautiful love story, like the one between Mike Huckabee and Chuck "Walker Texas Ranger" Norris.

Smoke-filled rooms: Mugsy's asking supporters of Dennis Kucinich to take a look at Mugsy's main man, Bill Richardson.

At Middle-Earth Journal, Jazz, a self-described "wishy-washy, moderate independent" took both halves of the Washington Post's Choose Your Candidate Quiz and surprised himself coming and going.

Advertising: Lindsay Beyerstein reports on the newest form of subliminal seduction, billboards that cause passers-by to hear voices in their heads.

The fine art of public speaking: Progressive talk radio host, Thom Hartmann, has a new book out giving Democrats pointers on how to rev up an audience with a rousing speech, the way do. Onnesha Roychoudhuri interviewed Hartmann for AlterNet.

(Robert Ellman has a recorded interview with Hartmann at Intrepid Liberal Journal. It's a long one. Around 42 minutes. Worth it, if you've got the time.)

Cinema Classics: Matt Zoller Sietz, of the House Next Door, reviews one of the masterpieces in the art of the short film, a highbrow cult classic that mixes the music of Wagner with an artistic sensibility worthy of Salvador Dali, What's Opera, Doc?

Television: At ComicMix, veteran comic book editor and writer Mike Gold has the grumps over Heroes' sophomore jinx and thinks he knows what happened to cause the show's precipitous decline: "The writers and producers read too many comics, and they picked up our worst habits."

Sex: Susie Bright is asking you to send in your votes for Best Sex Scandal of the Year (and other things).

That's it. All she wrote. Katie bar the door. Too wet to plow. My thanks to Mike for letting me in this joint and to Nicole for doing the actual posting and to everyone who sent in links and suggestions.

Media Bloodhound's takes over tomorrow. Send tips to him at mediabloodhound (atsign) yahoo (youknowhatgoeshere) com.

I'm Lance Mannion and I'm outa here.

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