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Rushmore remodeling

Rushmore remodeling

Jaime Carrillo and Jaime Carrillo

February 13, 2013

There’s nothing wrong with Mount Rushmore, per say. However, I think in honor of the next President’s Day, we should consider a little re-modeling. The 20th century gave us plenty of worthy heads to carve into the famous mountain. Here are a few: President Dwight D. Eisenhower – World War ...

Death of the party

Death of the party

Jaime Carrillo and Jaime Carrillo

December 5, 2012

Houston voted for Obama in 2012. That’s right, the one in Texas. The bastion of right wing conservatism. And despite the Republicans keeping their majority in the House of Representatives, Democrats got more votes in house races. I won’t go into the evils of gerrymandering right now, but the point...

Second term to-do list

Second term to-do list

Jaime Carrillo and Jaime Carrillo

November 25, 2012

Election night for me was more tumultuous than I’d like to admit. The nerves made me treat my body with little respect, shoving as much hydrogenated oils and trans fats into my mouth until Ohio was called for Obama. The fallout was delicious. Watching Karl Rove lose it on Fox News, or hearing Gov....

Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’ is Oscar-contender biopic worth more than four-score

Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’ is Oscar-contender biopic worth more than four-score

Jaime Carrillo and Jaime Carrillo

November 9, 2012

When simply watching a trailer for a movie brings you to the verge of tears, it usually means bad news. There’s little chance the movie will deliver as much as you anticipate it to. “Lincoln,” however, is a rare exception to rule. Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” tells the story that no other...

Thanks for the memories

Thanks for the memories

Jaime Carrillo and Jaime Carrillo

November 8, 2012

Political campaigns are all about personality. Whether it’s President Barack Obama doing his very best to bring back the fervor from ’08 or Gov. Mitt Romney trying to convince voters he’s not cold and unfeeling, the election has been anything if not a “people business.” But I happen to think...

How We Watch

The rise of new devices, social media and multi-screen viewing are changing the ways of television. (Photo Illustration by Daniel Romandia)

Jeff Gonzales and Jaime Carrillo

November 8, 2012

How the rise of technology, social media and multi-screen viewing has changed the ways of television If Joe Everyman owns a cellphone, there’s a good chance he never turns it off, even when he’s watching another screen. Because he is a responsible citizen, Everyman watches the presidential debates ...

‘October Surprise’ is that there’s no surprise

‘October Surprise’ is that there’s no surprise

Jaime Carrillo and Jaime Carrillo

October 24, 2012

It seems like just yesterday, Republicans were carefully picking a candidate through a handful of sociopaths before settling with the guy with the best hair. Congrats for rising to the top, Gov. Mitt Romney, you did it! Congresswoman Michele Bachman couldn’t win because she’s what scientists would...

Why a YouTube video sparked riots

Jaime Carrillo and Jaime Carrillo

October 10, 2012

It’s a question that’s been on many people’s minds. On the eleventh anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens was killed along with three colleagues by a grenade launched by militants at the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi. Why did a gang of militants strike on the U.S....

We’re going down, down, in an earlier round

We're going down, down, in an earlier round

Jaime Carrillo and Jaime Carrillo

October 10, 2012

Did you watch the first presidential debate? I’m not going to judge you if you didn’t. If it weren’t for the miracle of social media, togetherness and Patton Oswalt’s twitter feed, I’d probably not watch it either. I did tune in though and caught the biggest plot twist since “Soylent green...

In Our Heads- Opinion Editor Jaime Carrillo

Jaime Carrillo and Jaime Carrillo

October 10, 2012

That is All by John Hodgman – Daily Show resident expert wrote his third satirical almanac to coincide with the “apocalypse” on Dec. 21, 2012. Very rarely does a book ever make me blurt out laughing. I’ve blurted out a few times waiting for class and garnered some stares. Thanks for nothing, Hod...

I Oughta Know- Waiting for Dubya

I Oughta Know- Waiting for Dubya

Jaime Carrillo and Jaime Carrillo

September 19, 2012

Pardon me if I seem a little woozy; I just finished watching two weeks of theatre otherwise known as the 2012 political conventions. Even though it is theatre, not all theatre is created equally. I think we can all agree Death of a Salesman is better than Cats (with apologies to Mr. Mistofolees). And...

How to win

How to win

Jaime Carrillo and Jaime Carrillo

May 2, 2012

It's an election year everyone, get excited! Now that the Gov. Mitt Romney has all but secured the Republican Party nomination. Sure, Speaker Newt Gingrich is still hanging on by a tiny thread, with the faith of a mustard seed and nearly three times as bitter. And Congressman Ron Paul is probably lost...

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