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Well first of all Brian isn't dead.  In one of those timey-whimey plot twists (or as some would call them, lazy writing dodges) so familiar to fans of Dr. Who Stewie travels to the past using his time machine and saves him.

Unfortunately that has not restored the charm of Family Guy for me which even three seasons ago I felt was traveling down the path of South Park gratuitous grossness that seems to fuel so much of what passes for comedy.

Besides which the real news is Mila Kunis hooking up with Ashton Kutcher (last seen squiring Demi Moore while she was dating Macaulay Culkin).

Anyway I expect Seth MacFarlane will talk Oscars, Oscars, Oscars because Jon is such a fan boy.  I suppose I should mention I've driven past his high school (and college for that matter).  Connecticut and Rhode Island are not very big places.

Joan Walsh thinks Caitlin Flanagan is a hypocrite and that's pretty much good enough for me, but she's not the only one-

Flanagan enjoys condescending to her audience of entitled, educated mothers. She reserves special scorn for careerists who "stubbornly insist that no one question their commitment to their children," though she also takes occasional digs at stay-at-home mothers who "demand that the world confer on them the social cachet that comes with working outside the home." The attitude is Olympian: "What few will admit—because it is painful, because it reveals the unpleasant truth that life presents a series of choices, each of which precludes a host of other attractive possibilities—is that whichever decision a woman makes, she will lose something of incalculable value." Unless, that is, the woman is Caitlin Flanagan, in which case she can have things every which way and pay no price (in fact, earn top rates). Thanks in part to a husband with a big paycheck, she works cozily from home, on hand for her now preteen twin boys, and in command of a panoply of household help—from a full-time nanny at one point to a "personal organizer" and a gardener now. From her perch, privileged by the standards even of her professional-class readers, she scrutinizes the selfish pretensions and self-defeating contradictions that sprout like marigolds in affluent American mothers' hearts and hearths.
Oh, and she's also a plagiarist.

She's appeared on The Colbert Report before and one can only wonder why Stephen brought her back.

The rest of the week looks like this-

The Daily Show

* Tuesday 3/4: Jim DeMint
* Wednesday 3/5: Rachel Maddow
* Thursday 3/6: Paul Taylor

The Colbert Report

* Tuesday 3/4: Jaron Lanier
* Wednesday 3/5: Beau Willimon
* Thursday 3/6: Theaster Gates

As always, any day is available.  Tomorrow and Wednesday seem like the easiest to write.

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