Ralph ReilandRemember those stories about Nero playing the fiddle while Rome burned? Actually, if he was really playing, it was probably a lyre, a small harp-like stringed instrument. Fiddles weren’t around yet.

Eat Pray Love posterDirected by Ryan Murphy, Eat Pray Love is a movie adaptation of the New York Times bestseller Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia, �written by Elizabeth Gilbert. Based on Gilbert’s real-life experiences, the memoir focuses on Gilbert’s struggles with her divorce, from which she attained closure through her journeys across the world. Unfortunately, both the novel and the film appeal to a very specific audience, leaving all others in a coma-like state throughout the reading/viewing experience.

The Expendables posterThe cast of The Expendables is a veritable pantheon of action stars — Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham, Micky Rourke, Jet Li, Terry Crews, Eric Roberts, Dolph Lundgren, and the list goes on. The film's cast might not be a complete canon, but it comes pretty darn close.

After two years of economic turmoil it seems that the message that governments are spending too much money is finally getting out. In fact, the crisis today is solely caused by government spending far too much, and doing so while pretending, Keynesian style, that the spending will actually fix the economy.

The bean-counters have struck again — this time in the sports pages. Two New York Times sport writers have discovered that baseball coaches from minority groups are found more often coaching at first base than at third base. Moreover, third-base coaches become managers more often than first-base coaches.