We always want to think that democracy is the answer in the Middle East, and everywhere else. We want to think that democracy is some kind of magic bullet, except that mostly it is just real bullets, and more roadside bombs, and rockets into Gaza. It is the one lasting, flawed article of American faith, that if oppressed people just get to pick their own leaders, they will pick the right ones, and not the Muslim Brotherhood. Or Hamas.
The peril of Meryl Streep's penthouse Meryl Streep can win over Hollywood, but she can't win against Mother Nature. An in-the-know source tells us the 63-year-old Oscar winner has been displaced from her penthouse at 92 Laight St. in the River Lofts since Hurricane Sandy, and it doesn't look as if she'll be moving back in anytime soon.
Labor needed in Rockaways If you really want to help the Queens victims of Superstorm Sandy, stop cleaning out your closet and instead slap on some work gloves. Donation centers have been overwhelmed with clothing and have stopped accepting most of them.
TV review: 'American Masters: David Geffen' You have never seen anyone less comfortable anywhere than David Geffen looked this summer when he was arm-wrestled into talking with some 400 journalists about this PBS "American Masters" special on his life.
Fox's 'Fringe' heads for its finale Jan. 18 THE SERIES finale of Fox's sci-fi thriller "Fringe" could leave fans feeling a bit blue. For five seasons "Fringe" has followed a group of monster-chasing government agents and a plethora of storylines interwoven between two parallel universes.
'American Chopper' out of gas on Discovery "American Chopper" has taken its last run. Discovery has announced it will cancel the long-running motorcycle series after the Dec. 11 special "American Chopper: The Revenge." The popular reality series began a decade ago and has aired at times on both Discovery and sister channel TLC.