Today's Headlines

Welcome to PMandS.com! * * * U.S. to establish diplomatic ties with Cuba and open economic and travel ties * * * Cuban-American Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) says move is ‘a victory for the repressive Cuban government and a serious setback for the repressed Cuban people’ * * * After five major movie theater chains withdraw ‘The Interview,’ Sony announces it will not release the film * * * Mitt Romney, Rep. Steve Israel (D-Conn.), other politicians call for Sony to release film either for free or straight to DVD * * * Now playing in theaters, unlike ‘The Interview’: ‘The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies’ * * * Playing Friday in theaters: ‘Annie’ and ‘Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb’ * * * Expanding Friday in theaters: Reese Witherspoon in ‘Wild’ * * * Padres acquire outfielder Wil Myers in three-way trade with Rays, Nationals * * * 49ers release defensive lineman Ray McDonald amid allegations of sexual assault * * * Bo Pelini introduced as Youngstown State’s new coach as past comments critical of Nebraska’s AD become public * * * 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh reportedly considering head coach job at University of Michigan * * *
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Filed under: Movies
The top ten queried movies of 2014, according to Google

The top ten queried movies of 2014, according to Google

Google came out with a list of top-searched, well, just about everything you can imagine, things of 2014. As you might imagine the list includes movies. It’s interesting as the list can give you a good reading on what movies people were talking about most this year. It should be pointed out that some movies [...]

Filed under: Sports
More dysfunction for the ‘Skins, but finally some optimism in Oakland

More dysfunction for the ‘Skins, but finally some optimism in Oakland

Last week was one of those rare NFL weekends where everything went my way. The Cowboys won, the Eagles lost, the Skins got trolled by Jeff Fisher then embarrassed, I won both of my fantasy playoff games and finished 5-0 in my weekly picks. I am sure that even by mentioning these things I am [...]

Filed under: Politics
Reader submission: The precedent of executive orders, and immigration reform

Reader submission: The precedent of executive orders, and immigration reform

Not being a lawyer or someone learned in what is happening in our nation, my views of how this country governs is drawn from my high-school and college civics and government course–courses that are increasingly no longer taught in our schools. Being an old guy I have been waiting for a balanced analysis based on [...]

Filed under: Movies
Three trailers for classic franchises bring hope to 2015

Three trailers for classic franchises bring hope to 2015

It wasn’t too long ago I wrote 2014 was looking like a good year for movies. Maybe not. I have to admit I’ve been generally underwhelmed by movies this year. There’s been some good ones to be sure, but audiences haven’t exactly flocked to the theaters for the higher-profile ones. 2014 is on pace to be better than [...]

Filed under: Politics
Everyone’s lives matter, so make your voice heard

Everyone’s lives matter, so make your voice heard

I have been quiet on social media for some time, which is not normal for my usually politically vocal self. I was quiet when the Republicans took control after the mid-term elections, despite being an ardent liberal. I have said nothing about the immigration executive order that the president made, even though I currently live [...]

Filed under: Politics,Sports
Nothing wrong with social conscience in sports

Nothing wrong with social conscience in sports

Sports is quite often a mirror on our society. In the past week as the Ferguson decision was announced and the backlash against it hit full force, the NFL has been in the spotlight for how some of its own have reacted to the crisis. Let me start by saying I don’t know what happened [...]

Filed under: Movies
Rating the ‘sexiest men alive’

Rating the ‘sexiest men alive’

Finally, a writing assignment I can bite my teeth into. You may have seen People recently put forward the highly attractive Chris Hemsworth as its “sexiest man alive.” The magazine has now been doing this since 1985, and while I’m not one to quibble with their individual choices from year to year, I am one to review [...]

Filed under: Sports
You know it’s bad in Buffalo when they can’t play football

You know it’s bad in Buffalo when they can’t play football

I started this column and got about three paragraphs into another RGIII rant about his latest meltdown and the conflict with Coach Jay Gruden, but then I stopped myself. If you are a regular reader of my column you know I have told you this was coming for any number of reasons. At the end of [...]

Filed under: Politics
Obama’s move to the left jeopardizes the Dems in 2016

Obama’s move to the left jeopardizes the Dems in 2016

Well, that didn’t take long. President Obama has made it clear he plans to move forward with executive action on immigration despite his party’s significant losses in the 2014 election. Instead of opting to try and work with the opposition party soon to be in charge of Congress, the president has opted to just do his thing, [...]

Filed under: Sports
The Bears and Panthers look bad, but FSU looks worse

The Bears and Panthers look bad, but FSU looks worse

As we look around the league there are lots of stories deserving of our attention this week, so I am going to jump around a little and hit a few stories that merit mention heading into this weekend: –Let’s start in Chicago, where everything seems to be going off the rails. Last Sunday night the [...]