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Nolan's Pop Culture Review 2010!
Assistant Editor / Co-moderator: Terence Nuzum

Established A.D. 2000, March 19. Now in our eleventh calendar year!
Number 545  (Vol. 11, No. 36). This edition is for the week of August 30 -- September 5, 2010.

The Emmys
Out of Iraq


Crazed Fanboy's Most Memorable Moments, 2000--2009
As submitted by PCR writers, compiled by Chris Woods
From 2004-2009, a collection of audio interviews with PCR staff members and a variety of fanboys and girls from the Tampa Bay area that were conducted by Nolan Canova.
Chris Munger Sept 3, 27 yrs
Scott Gilbert, Sept 12, 49 yrs
Mike Smith, Sept 16, 50 yrs
John Miller, Sept 18, 27 yrs
John Hooper, Sept 27, 50 yrs
Long-time PCR readers are well aware of Ye Olde Editor's rather ironic aversion to contemporary television, preferring to bask in the antique glories of past decades, especially as I get older. But, as a pop culture afficianado, I do try and keep an occasional finger on the pulse of modern broadcasts to try and keep on top what society is buying into now. I would never go so far as to say "everything sucks now" (my series from last year with a similar title ended with a question mark, it wasn't meant to be a statement), but it is much harder for me to become an über-fan of anything new these days.

That said, television remains my favorite medium, and I feel compelled to list on these pages those series which have made a dent with fellow TV fans, even if I don't necessarily share their enthusiasm.

Congratulations to the cast and crew of "Modern Family" for Best Comedy, especially in light of the fact it's a new series, and to "Mad Men" for Best Dramatic Series. Also congrats to Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad") for Best Dramatic Actor, and Kyra Sedgwick ("The Closer") for Best Dramatic Actress. Tip-of-the-hat out to Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory") and Edie Falco ("Nurse Jackie") for Best Actor and Actress in a Comedy Series, respectively.

In the "Reality" category (sigh...), we had "Top Chef" beat out seven-time winner The Amazing Race".

Host Jimmy Fallon, who I'm usually only at best a casual fan of, looked to be quite a hit. From the YouTube clips I've seen, his talent for impersonations is, if anything, underrated! He was very funny and his mimicry is astounding (a personal favorite is his take on Green Day).

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going over to my collection of old TV Guide "Fall Preview" editions and hang out a while.



Thank gawd we're finally getting out of the sh*thole and money pit that is Iraq. Long-time readers are well aware I never agreed with George Dubya's dubious reasons for invasion, and now nine years and $50 billion later, we're finally declaring it done. Except for a smattering of maintenance troops or whatever. And speaking of the billions (and thousands of American soldiers' lives) we sacrificed away over there...

According to a published report, over $5 billion of the $50 billion spent in Iraq has been wasted.

A $40 million prison sits in the desert north of Baghdad, empty. A $165 million children's hospital goes unused in the south. A $100 million waste water treatment system in Fallujah has cost three times more than projected, yet sewage still runs through the streets.

Even the success stories -- what few there are -- often fell short of predicted goals. Is there even a functional government over there yet?

I am glad Obama stuck to the timetable for troop draw-down. The Iraquis on their own now. Good luck, y'all.


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