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Who said you can't coin your own term? What is "Boning the Fish"? It's a moment. A defining moment when you know that your favorite TV Show, Celebrity, Movie Series or Music Group has reached its peak. That instant you know from now on...it's all downhill. Some call it a climax of sorts. We call it "Boning the fish". From that moment on things will simply never be the same.

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2012 doomsday prediction - Random Topics
I just saw some nut on the street handing out some papers with a sign judgement day, I can't wait til May 21 when absolutely nothing will happens and these people believed this crap will come up with a next date or year for their bored and miserable lives. -- Submitted By: (SSM) on May 14, 2011, 5:06 pm

Dog the Bounty Hunter - TV Shows
Totally agree, Robert+soggy! It was a guilty pleasure for a time due to wanting to catch some of the Hawaiian scenery but it proved to be about as fun to hang around as cesspool in the middle of a luau. -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on May 14, 2011, 4:04 pm

Ghost Hunters - TV Shows
Excellent point, soggy! The show wouldn't have lasted one episode if they said 'it's all a bunch of malarkey and trickery!' Give me pre-Scrappy "Scooby Doo" re-runs any day over this! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on May 14, 2011, 3:54 pm

At the Movies - TV Shows
Thank you,soggy! I liked this earlier incarnation MUCH better because they actually were willing to evaluate each movie on how they liked it rather than worrying about trends or hype. It was sad to see them interviewing celebs and glomming on the Hollywood scene rather than purely considering the individual movies' merits/weaknesses. Though, this decline wasn't as blatant as Leonard Maltin's on TV, it still was painful see them sell out. All that being said, I DO admire the late Gene Siskel's and Roger Ebert's determination to make the best of tragic physical setbacks! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on May 14, 2011, 3:52 pm

George Takei - Celebrities
I may get dissed but Sulu always seemed to be a bit of a 'meh' character who only was only slightly more fleshed out than the Red Shirts. I mean, the ONLY time he seemed to get really emotional was when he was tricked into believing he was steering the Enterprise through a ring of knives! Sorry, but Chekhov and even Lt. Rand seemed to have more personality. I wish the performer no ill will but he simply does not interest me and I couldn't care less who he sleeps with. -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on May 14, 2011, 3:43 pm

1960's - Random Topics
Interesting point, Robert. Drunken flappers and frat boys in coonskin coats DID kick up a bit of dust to Jazz, though. BTW, flappers got their name due to carrying around illegal gin flasks in their loose, FLAPPING galoshes! Still, I can't help but think that the 1960's was somewhat the beginning of the decline of civility but maybe I'll save that for anothe time. -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on May 14, 2011, 3:37 pm

Mr. Potato Head - Random Topics
Soggy, you're lucky you got to have one of those at all! *I* never got to play with one of those because my parents grew up in the Depression and, having seen breadlines and Dust Bowl dust raining down on the streets of his East Coast city, my father in particular couldn't abide the idea of wasting a perfectly good potato for a TOY! OK, they're now plastic but I honestly can't see the appeal of putting the odd ears,noses,etc. on a potato-shaped 'head'! I guess we should be lucky no one has marketted a 'Mr. Tofu Head'. -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on May 14, 2011, 3:33 pm

Price Is Right, The - TV Shows
Well TPIR has found a replacement for Rich Fields in the form of George Gray. I gotta say, he ain't no Johnny Olson, but he sure is better than the other guys they were thinking about -- Submitted By: (tvfan) on May 14, 2011, 10:49 am

Marilyn Manson - Music Groups
The worst thing I can say about an artist is that he or she is unoriginal. Marilyn Manson is deeply unoriginal. He is not and never has been cutting-edge; he has never truly pushed the envelope. Yet he poses as some sort of artistic pioneer. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 14, 2011, 9:40 am

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The - Random Topics
I second everything Eugene said. There is definitely such a thing as being "too hip for Hollywood", and this is a clear example. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 14, 2011, 9:34 am

Fear Factor - TV Shows
Ya gotta love those "hundred-year-old eggs".... -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 14, 2011, 9:29 am

Larry the Cable Guy - Celebrities
He's so-and-so as a comedian, as an actor...that's something else. He was good as Mater in Cars, but three other movies he starred in (Larry the Cable Guy Health Inspector, Delta Farce, and Witless Protection) are in Rotten Tomatoes' 100 Worst Movies, from what I've read. -- Submitted By: (BigAl) on May 14, 2011, 8:57 am

2012 doomsday prediction - Random Topics
@MacFan95 - Yeah, I heard of that claim as well. There was a billboard in my hometown proclaiming it, even had the words "The Bible guarantees it" in the lower left. It made me facepalm thinking the one behind it (Harold Camping, the guy who runs Family Radio) honestly believes his prediction is correct when it contradicts a good amount of the Bible. Camping and his bunch are in for a rude awakening, of that I am certain. -- Submitted By: (BigAl) on May 14, 2011, 8:54 am

Almost Live! - TV Shows
Keister is right. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 14, 2011, 3:49 am

Ghost Hunters - TV Shows
"Ooohh look - ORBS! I don't know the first goddamn thing about photography, let alone backscatter, so it must be ectoplasm!" -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 14, 2011, 3:47 am

George Takei - Celebrities
How was he fooling you? Did he walk around for years telling everyone "I LOOOOVE WOMEN"? Unlike Rock Hudson or Tab Hunter or Robert Reed or Richard Chamberlain or David Hyde Pierce, Takei was not known for TV or film roles in which his characters romanced women. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 14, 2011, 3:30 am

Woodstock - Random Topics
Every American generation's actions and creations are an attempt to refute those of the generation before. The Baby Boom generation is only notable for the enthusiasm with which those refutations were attempted. Here's a thought: If the generation preceding the Boomers had been so very perfect, the Boomers (of whom I am one) would have seen no need to break with them. So why did they? (And forget those glib but shallow excuses like "drugs" or "laziness"; the answer is nowhere near that simple.) On a related track, I must recommend a couple of books here: Generations, by William Strauss and Neil Howe, and its sequel The Fourth Turning, by the same authors. Go to Wikipedia and type "Strauss-Howe generational theory" in the search box. The authors make a compelling case that this country's history (and by implication the history of all societies) has been a series of cycles, each of four distinct (and recurring) generational types. It makes for fascinating reading, and it might deepen your view of the interplay between the Baby Boomers and neighboring generations. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 14, 2011, 3:07 am

Star Trek TNG - TV Shows
I'm in the "reverse boned" camp here. Episodes got ALOT more interesting as the series progressed, the actors really grew into their characters, and most of the features that annoyed me - little kids on the ship, the loutish Ferengi, etc - and characters I could do without - Wesley and Yar and Lwaxana Troi - began to fall by the wayside. The maturing of Marina Sirtis as an actor, and the development of her character from an irritating emotion-addled bimbo to a sharp, gutsy, totally legitimate Starfleet officer (albeit - sigh - at the expense of that magnificent cleavage, which began to be covered up by her uniform), sort of encapsulated for me the show's overall growth. By the time the series ended, the cast and writers were hitting on all cylinders on a regular basis. Some episodes were as good as anything that has ever been on TV. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 14, 2011, 2:30 am

Larry the Cable Guy - Celebrities
Well, I liked him in Cars as Mater. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on May 13, 2011, 8:58 pm

Communist Party USA - Random Topics
There's two camps: the silent majority who aren't Communists and Fascists (the electorate as you mentioned, and the average Joe), and the vocal minority who--sadly--are (the radicals and their followers). I should have been more specific. But, I digress, it's not a pretty picture when the radicals attain high ranks in any government. Their oppressive ideologies become law. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on May 13, 2011, 8:54 pm

Michael Moore - Celebrities
Relax, Soggy. We know you're glad a great evil has been eliminated and that you're not jumping on the "cry for the wolf" bandwagon. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on May 13, 2011, 8:40 pm

At the Movies - TV Shows
I frankly preferred the earlier incarnation of the show, Sneak Previews, which aired from 1977 to 1982. Roger and Gene were alot feistier back then, and the show's structure was a bit more to my taste (including the theme music). But I have to agree that Gene's death left an unfillable hole, and while Roeper is plenty articulate and knowledgeable, there was no chemistry to speak of between him and Ebert, and that made the debates alot less interesting for me. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 13, 2011, 6:25 pm

Major League Soccer (MLS) - Random Topics
Ties never bother me, though there should be incentives to try and avoid them as much as possible (see the NFL having sudden death overtime during the regular season back in the 70's. Ties have now become a once every few years type thing) -- Submitted By: (PYLrulz) on May 13, 2011, 6:21 pm

Steven Seagal - Celebrities
It's amazing how big one's ego can get. While I liked a lot of Seagal's movies, his ego is just something else. Probably big enough of an ego to apply for statehood. -- Submitted By: (PYLrulz) on May 13, 2011, 6:19 pm

Communist Party USA - Random Topics
To quote Robert: "Not all Democrats are Communists, like not all Republicans are fascists. I know people who prove both points." That's almost a case of damning with faint praise. The fact is that THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY of members of both parties, and of the overall American electorate, are not communists or fascists. Robert again: "But why anyone would want to make a party based on a group that killed millions is beyond me." I assume you're referring to the American Communist Party, and your question is a good one. Why DO some people embrace a philosophy that has such a murderous track record? My answer: Beats the shit out of me. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 13, 2011, 6:13 pm

Michael Moore - Celebrities
Again (and hopefully fot the last time), I am GLAD he was killed. But you'll recall that contingency plans did exist for the SEALs to take him alive, if the right circumstances fell into place. As such, killing him some time after he was in our custody, without provocation by him, would have been questionable. It's simply the difference between killing an enemy soldier on a battlefield and killing him after he has surrendered and been disarmed and is being walked back to the rear. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 13, 2011, 5:55 pm

Mr. Potato Head - Random Topics
Sometimes it does feel that way..... -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 13, 2011, 5:45 pm

Larry the Cable Guy - Celebrities
Not exactly my favorite comedy. Never found the whole "faux redneck" thing that funny. Some people like the whole "I'm slow and slightly stupid" brand of comedy, but it's never been my bag. Seems like a nice enough guy, though. -- Submitted By: (kingbk) on May 13, 2011, 4:06 pm

Robin Trower - Music Groups
Rock's most uderrated guitarist -- Submitted By: (lrbloom) on May 13, 2011, 2:24 pm

Larry the Cable Guy - Celebrities
To be honest, I don't necessarily hate shows which appear on channels where they don't belong. But I like Larry the Cable Guy. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on May 13, 2011, 12:30 pm

Communist Party USA - Random Topics
Not all democrats are Communists, like not all Republicans are fascists. I know people who prove both points. But why anyone would want to make a party based on a group that killed millions is beyond me. Then again, there's the KKK and the Neo-Nazis, so I guess they felt Communists were being left out. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on May 13, 2011, 12:24 pm

Mr. Potato Head - Random Topics
Soggy, you're telling me you lived in Bedrock as a kid? :) LOL! -- Submitted By: (Robert) on May 13, 2011, 12:21 pm

1960's - Random Topics
The 60s wasn't the only time America was in the crapper. In the 20s, America was dominated by bloodthirsty mobsters, like Al Capone. The government and law did nothing about it, because they were either too scared to fight back or because they had been bribed to look the other way. It was a more dangerous time than when stoned hippies rolled around in the mud to music. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on May 13, 2011, 12:19 pm

Michael Moore - Celebrities
Soggy, I understand your point on a fair trial, but there is no comparison between the enemies of Stalin, Mao, etc. to Osama. Most of those tyrants' enemies were innocent people whose only crimes were questioning their governments' actions and policies (or failing to meet their quota), and were killed without a trial because their beliefs could not be tolerated. Osama, on the other hand, was a murderous beast. He was a danger and had to be removed. The purpose of a trial is to find out if a defendant is guilty or not, and to give them the chance to defend themselves. Then, there's the chance that he'd escape if caught alive. His death saved us the cost of a trial, considering these hard economic times. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on May 13, 2011, 12:09 pm

Facebook - Websites
Facebook's been caught paying a PR company to spread negative stories about Google: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/may/12/facebook-pr-firm-google -- Submitted By: (Robert) on May 13, 2011, 11:58 am

Smallville - TV Shows
I'm a huge Superman fan and the only reason I've continue to watch this show is my loyalty to the character. It really started downhill in Season 4. A story arch with Lana be possessed by a witch?! I know they weren't following the mythos exact but the witch story line was just too out there. That was the point for me when it just started to be a chore to watch the show instead of being enjoyable. They finally put Clark in glasses after 9 1/2 years and suddenly everyone around him isn't going to figure out "Hey doesn't Superman look like Clark from 3 months ago?". And Jor-El is practically a sentient life form instead of just being a computer. How many times has Jor-el taken/given superpowers to Clark and other characters? The ultimate jump the shark/ bone the fish moment for me was a couple years ago when they had Clark be weakened by Kryptonite laced money. -- Submitted By: (krazykp21) on May 13, 2011, 11:09 am

Communist Party USA - Random Topics
Calling Democrats communists is as infantile - and inaccurate - as calling Republicans fascists. It trivializes the horrors of REAL communism and fascism, and it disrespects their victims. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 13, 2011, 4:59 am

Twitter - Websites
Someone talked me into getting an account a couple of years ago. I posted maybe three tweets in the first couple of days - of a confused nature since I wasn't really sure what I was doing or who I was doing it for - and in the next few months I received numerous email alerts from Twitter telling me of all the followers I was accumulating. The eventual number was over a hundred, despite the fact that I had only sent those three awkward tweets and then was silent. Only a few of those hundred-plus followers were people I knew; the rest were complete strangers (and obviously people who didn't have lives of their own and were probably following thousands of folks they didn't know). I'm not sure if my account is still active; if it is, maybe I should start posting a bunch of nonsensical tweets just to see what happens. (Anyone dumb enough to want to follow me deserves to be subjected to some head games.) -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 13, 2011, 4:00 am

Steven Seagal - Celebrities
Under Siege was pretty decent. My then-girlfriend loved Seagal and had to drag me to the theater, and I ended up being glad she did. I was able to forget for two hours what a self-important douche the guy is and just enjoy the show, thanks largely to Tommy Lee Jones and Gary Busey and the lovely battleship Alabama (which portrayed the USS Missouri). -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 13, 2011, 3:38 am

Mr. Potato Head - Random Topics
Dammit, when I was a kid, we didn't have all this fancy-schmancy stuff like "plastic"; Mr Potato Heads were made out of stone. (So were Hula Hoops and Frisbees and Easy Bake Ovens.) -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 13, 2011, 3:09 am

Lamb Chop's Play-Along - TV Shows
Wow, I didn't know that! Suddenly I'm looking at her in a whole new light. (pun not intended) -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 13, 2011, 2:57 am

France - Random Topics
That's a very good point! Napoleon was regarded by his contemporaries (though of course not by most of his subjects) every bit as darkly as Hitler was regarded by his, and for very good reason: He was a megalomaniacal monster who cared only for himself. Yet he is indeed lionized to this day in France. It's kind of perverse, isn't it? -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 13, 2011, 2:41 am

1960's - Random Topics
I don't believe America was ever innocent in the first place. (That's not a criticism, by the way.) -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 13, 2011, 2:27 am

Major League Soccer (MLS) - Random Topics
A fair point, though it does suggest a pretty strong reason why soccer may never be more than marginally popular here in the USA: The difficulty in scoring. We Yanks like games in which we don't have to wait forever before points are scored. (Most baseball fans don't loving pitching duels, for example.) -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 13, 2011, 2:16 am

Michael Moore - Celebrities
Is he even relevant anymore? With Bush gone, the MSM has no need for him. Same with former media darling Cindy Sheehan; now that she's an Anti-Obama kook instead of an anti-Bush kook, the media won't touch her. By the way, if you want to see a great parody of Michael Moore, check out David Zucker's "An American Carol". -- Submitted By: (Travoltron) on May 12, 2011, 10:01 pm

Michael Moore - Celebrities
Had he been taken alive - and again I want to stress that I'm glad he wasn't - it would have been un-American to have executed him without a fair trial. Those of you who approve of the way Hitler and Stalin and Mao and Ho Chi Minh and Saddam Hussein got rid of their enemies are welcome to disagree with me on this, but I believe America has higher ethical standards than those guys had. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 12, 2011, 8:27 pm

Michael Moore - Celebrities
@Soggy: I can't really say that I disagree with his thoughts about Osama being hanged, but I don't see the point of giving him a trial. -- Submitted By: (cartooner) on May 12, 2011, 6:08 pm

Major League Soccer (MLS) - Random Topics
Ending in ties/draws can be silly, but I will say that I'd prefer that over them to just keep going on until somebody scores (because, for some games, it could take hours). -- Submitted By: (cartooner) on May 12, 2011, 3:39 pm

Michael Moore - Celebrities
he defends osama bin laden!!!!!! that dude is an Idiot I call him Big Fat Michael Moore no wonder he got Booed during the Oscars on Bashing bush!(I agree on bashing bush here) but defending bin laden....Michael Moore Worst Person in the World!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -- Submitted By: (thedude19766) on May 12, 2011, 2:44 pm

Gilligan's Island - TV Shows
Several years ago I was on a jag of reading autobiographies of 60's & 70's TV stars (Barry Williams, Mickey Dolenz, etc.) One of those Auto-Bio's I read was that of Russell Johnson titled 'Here on Gilligan's Isle.' Very entertaining read if you ever come across it. SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!!>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Before reading that book, I never knew that Russell Johnson was one of the top contenders for the role of Captain Christopher Pike in the original Star Trek pilot (the role which ultimately went to Jeffrey Hunter). -- Submitted By: (Friedrich_Feuerstein) on May 12, 2011, 10:56 am

Michael Moore - Celebrities
And where would they have been able to find twelve potential jurors who'd never heard of Bin Laden and would have had no opinion on what he admitted orchestrating- PLUTO?! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on May 12, 2011, 10:53 am

American South, The - Random Topics
Thanks, Robert. Hopefully, they will be before too long. Glad you're OK, DolFan. -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on May 12, 2011, 10:51 am

Lost in Space - TV Shows
I got rather tired of Dr. Smith and wouldn't have been surprised if the 'Special Guest Star' credit for Jonathan Harris may have to stoke viewers' hopes that maybe THIS episode would be the LAST one with Dr. Smith! Oh, and I think they DID have the potential for developing more interesting characters from the rest of the cast. I always thought that Major West and Judy Robinson were a hot couple! Moreover, I liked Don West the best of the other characters because he was the only one who didn't pretend to like Dr. Smith and would have GLADLY exiled him to a nearby astroid but, alas, always got overruled by the others. Now, if only Will Robinson had had the powers of Bill Mumy's previous role of the evil child Anthony on "Twilight Zone" and used them to send Dr. Smith to the cornfield! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on May 12, 2011, 10:50 am

France - Random Topics
For myself, I appreciate its delicious cuisine, contributions to culture and art and admire their valor against overwhelming odds during both world wars and the Franco-Prussian War. However; considering the man went to war and/or invaded virtually ALL my ancestral homelands, I'm NOT happy that they consider Napoleon a hero! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on May 12, 2011, 10:35 am

Larry the Cable Guy - Celebrities
In theory, good question. In practice, re the Channel called 'History', there's so little actual history there, this show fits right in along with "Ice Road Truckers" and "Planet of the Apes". There oughta be law. . . -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on May 12, 2011, 10:32 am

National Basketball Association (NBA) - Random Topics
I like that the playoffs this year are a little more unpredictable (bye-bye Lakers), but still the NBA season is way too long. I think everything should be wrapped up by the end of May. -- Submitted By: (kingbk) on May 12, 2011, 9:47 am

Michael Moore - Celebrities
In Moore's defense (and this is the FIRST time I have ever defended anything that has come out of that lowlife's pie hole), he said we should have tried OBL and then hanged him. That doesn't sound terribly unreasonable enough to me, though I'm glad we splattered his brains all over his bedroom instead. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 12, 2011, 8:03 am

Lost in Space - TV Shows
My bad on the misread, Soggy. Thanks for the catch. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on May 12, 2011, 7:56 am

Barbara Streisand - Celebrities
I'm told she insists that people who apply to work for her must disclose their political identity. Apparently she doesn't view EEOC laws as applying to her. As for her preaching, I can only say that I tend not to give a great deal of weight to advice dispensed by people who admit to visiting a psychiatrist twice a week, every week FOR THE PAST FORTY YEARS. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 12, 2011, 3:00 am

Groupies - Random Topics
Why am I suddenly thinking back to the Led Zeppelin Shark Incident? -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 12, 2011, 2:40 am

Rock music - Random Topics
Prove what? You're the one who claims, in typical sweeping DolFan hyperbolic overkill fashion, that "rock is dead". Yet you have written nothing which backs up that claim. I could offer evidence to you that you are mistaken, in the form of a list of very good bands of, say, the last fifteen years. (And none of them have members in their 50s or 60s, perish the thought; dinosaur bands on the comeback trail are an irrelevancy as far as I'm concerned.) I could send you links to YouTube vids of these bands. I could send you stuff from my own mp3 collection. If you wanted to exchange email addresses with me, I'd be happy to expand your mind on this matter. Rock is neither dead nor particularly ill. (Neither is metal.) The music business, as it's currently structured, might be in serious trouble - and I'm rather pleased that it is - but the product itself is just fine. Oh, and by the way, where I come from, a "diatribe" is an angry denunciation of something or someone. My previous defense of rock music was neither angry nor denunciatory. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 12, 2011, 2:33 am

Major League Soccer (MLS) - Random Topics
Any sport in which a game can end in a tie is a sick joke. If the entire world outside the USA is happy with that arrangement, fine, but I don't get it. (Even the NHL came to its senses in that regard.) -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 12, 2011, 2:02 am

Dr Pepper - Random Topics
It mixes well with vodka too. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 12, 2011, 1:50 am

Pizza Hut - Random Topics
Big-box "pizza" that no actual Italian would recognize. Barf. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 12, 2011, 1:48 am

Jefferson Starship - Music Groups
When an edgy band becomes a pop band, you have your classic example of fish-boning. But the last couple of years before Airplane became Starship saw a band in serious trouble. (The old "creative differences" story, plus too many chemicals....) The boning process was well underway by the time of the name/format change. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 12, 2011, 1:45 am

Police Academy - Movie Series
The sequels really boned when they toned them down to PG13. -- Submitted By: (JimPickens) on May 12, 2011, 1:45 am

Larry the Cable Guy - Celebrities
Good question. If the show doesn't cover American history in more than a cursory way, it has no business being on a network with the word "history" in its name. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 12, 2011, 1:27 am

George W. Bush - Celebrities
No it's not "indisputable", unless one limits oneself to a single yardstick with which to measure the country. Dol, it would be helpful if you gave us your definition of the word "decline"; I suspect it's a far narrower definition than mine. Besides, American history has been a series of ebbs and flows, peaks and valleys. Right now we're in a somewhat static position, but so what? It doesn't mean the USA is on some permanent downhill slide. What it DOES mean is that people who are blind without their ideology-colored glasses - who can't conceive of our nation doing well unless their own party is running the show - have this maddening tendency to exaggerate our woes when the other party is in power. (And also to underestimate - often to an almost criminal degree - the strength of the American people to survive these bumps in the road and rise to new heights. To his everlasting credit, Ronald Reagan deeply understood this, and recognized the strength and durability and genius of his countrymen. I think George Bush understands it too; it's a pity so many of his fans don't.) -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 12, 2011, 1:24 am

Michael Moore - Celebrities
Michael Moore thinks Osama bin Laden deserved a fair trial? *facepalm* Just when I think people can't possibly be any dumber, someone like Michael Moore proves me wrong. -- Submitted By: (BigAl) on May 12, 2011, 12:19 am

National Basketball Association (NBA) - Random Topics
Well, looks like there has been a few surprises in the playoffs this year, since Memphis defeated the #1 seeded San Antonio team, and the Lakers and the Celtics have both been knocked out. -- Submitted By: (cartooner) on May 11, 2011, 9:55 pm

Happy Endings - TV Shows
They're making a show about THAT now??? Wouldn't a show about "happy endings" need to be rated X or M or whatever the TV equivalent of "only adults need to be watching this" is? -- Submitted By: (DolFan316) on May 11, 2011, 9:48 pm

Happy Endings - TV Shows
They're making a show about THAT now??? Wouldn't a show about "happy endings" need to be rated X or M or whatever the TV equivalent of "only adults need to be watching this" is? -- Submitted By: (DolFan316) on May 11, 2011, 9:48 pm

Atkins Diet, the - Random Topics
Now all we need to do is get women to figure this out instead of being brainwashed by society into thinking they *must* be stick-thin to validate themselves as human beings. It's horrible. Any time someone accuses me of being sexist or misanthropic I tell them at least I don't do THAT. -- Submitted By: (DolFan316) on May 11, 2011, 9:45 pm

Larry the Cable Guy - Celebrities
Why is he on the History Channel? -- Submitted By: (lrbloom) on May 11, 2011, 9:43 pm

George W. Bush - Celebrities
Kingbk, the baby boomers may not have started the fire, but they sure as hell poured gasoline on it. Again, it's indisputable that America's been declining for almost 50 years now. I'd put the start of it sometime around '63 to '65 actually. -- Submitted By: (DolFan316) on May 11, 2011, 9:37 pm

France - Random Topics
Chubby, the French Army performed as well in World War 1 as any other. (It scored the war's first allied victory, pretty much singlehandedly, in the 1st Marne campaign, and was ferocious at Verdun.) And the problem in World War 2 had much more to do with a poorly-designed military-civilian command structure than with the fighting abilities of the army itself. (Read any in-depth book on the 1940 campaign and you'll see what I mean.) The Red Army had some of the same structural problems in 1941, but it managed to stay in business long enough to (largely) correct them as the war went on. Hell, the British Army since 1900 can't claim any huge amount of glory either, aside from Alamein and a few secondary victories. Yet we don't make fun of British military prowess like we do the French. And why not? Because the British are our "cousins". And the French don't line up dutifully behind us every time we throw our weight around, whereas the British generally do. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 11, 2011, 8:49 pm

Gilligan's Island - TV Shows
Russell Johnson used to come into my bookstore once in awhile. Ironically, though his character the Professor was given practically no good lines on the show, being the ultimate straight man, Johnson is a funny guy in real life. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 11, 2011, 8:24 pm

George W. Bush - Celebrities
Kingbk is once again the sanest voice out there. Dude, if BTF offered prizes for Member of the Year, you'd be assured of at least one vote; your posts always combine wisdom, balance and concision. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 11, 2011, 7:32 pm

American football - Random Topics
Kingbk, congrats on TCU's excellent season. I've been following them since I became a fan of alum LaDainian Tomlinson. It will be nice to see them move to the Big East and get some serious East Coast respect. As for what my Duck status tells DolFan about me, I'll assume he's referring to my fondness for beer and leave it at that...... (LOL) -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 11, 2011, 7:26 pm

Michael Moore - Celebrities
I wouldn't piss on him if he was on fire. -- Submitted By: (kingbk) on May 11, 2011, 5:01 pm

New Adventures of Old Christine, The - TV Shows
I never got into this show until it went into sydication and Liftime started airing it. Wanda Sykes pushing her lesbian agenda is totally annoying, but the scenes without her are great. I really like the brother, Matthew. He's great! -- Submitted By: (Stephanie) on May 11, 2011, 4:46 pm

Happy Endings - TV Shows
I'm loving this show. *crosses fingers that ABC won't cancel it* Even though it's yet another show about single friends, it's done in the same format as "Scrubs" which allows for more creativity. I didn't know Damon Wayans had a grown son?! He's great in this show! -- Submitted By: (Stephanie) on May 11, 2011, 4:43 pm

Nancy Cartwright - Celebrities
Shocking, to say the least. -- Submitted By: (cartooner) on May 11, 2011, 4:08 pm

Atkins Diet, the - Random Topics
I, too, am turned off by the bony look. Unfortunately, it seems like the fashion and modeling industries refuse to accept this fact and keep foisting the walking skeleton in their ads and photo sets. There's nothing wrong with some meat on the bones. -- Submitted By: (BigAl) on May 11, 2011, 3:06 pm

Nancy Cartwright - Celebrities
She and some Democrats are pushing for some Hubbard crap to be taught in schools in Illinois. http://www.suntimes.com/news/5277982-418/simpsons-actress-stirs-up-springfield-with-schools-program-linked-to-scientology.html -- Submitted By: (Travoltron) on May 11, 2011, 1:29 pm

Atkins Diet, the - Random Topics
Fad diets never work. Keep it simple: Eat fatty foods and sweets in moderation, work out on a regular basis, sleep on a regular schedule, eat your vitamins, and eat a good balance of all the basic food groups. Do that and indulge every once in a while and you should be okay. -- Submitted By: (kingbk) on May 11, 2011, 12:33 pm

George W. Bush - Celebrities
Soggy, Billy Joel sums it up best: "We didn't start the fire, it was always burning since the world's been turning..." -- Submitted By: (kingbk) on May 11, 2011, 12:28 pm

American football - Random Topics
Soggy, I was heartbroken that your Ducks didn't take down Newton and Auburn. I get so tired of hearing about how great the SEC is and it would have been a nice change of pace. Then again, lately it's been fun for me being a football fan, as my TCU Horned Frogs have proven that mid majors are worth more credit than they are due. College football has issues, as does the NFL, but I still prefer watching college. Now only if they get this playoff issue resolved... -- Submitted By: (kingbk) on May 11, 2011, 12:27 pm

Gangland - TV Shows
I agree with Robert. A case can be made for shows about the Mafia on The History Channel, since they go back to the early 20th century in America and have had a notable impact on our history. The oldest of the street gangs covered by the show date from, what, the '70s? (The MCs go back somewhat farther, of course.) The show is undeniably interesting, in a depressing sort of way - every person featured on them deserves a bullet to the head - but it's questionable to me whether it ought to be on THC. Another depressing thought: I wonder when they're going to run out of gangs to examine. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 11, 2011, 12:12 pm

Osama bin Laden - Celebrities
OBL deserves no sympathy. A pox on these bleeding hearts, I doubt they'd be singing the same tune if someone THEY loved was killed on 9/11. The moment OBL killed innocent people, he stopped being a human being and became a monster. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on May 11, 2011, 10:50 am

Dog the Bounty Hunter - TV Shows
Swearing too much makes one look like an uneducated fool. A curse here and there, OK, but not if every other word that comes out of your mouth has to be bleeped if said on national TV. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on May 11, 2011, 10:50 am

Atkins Diet, the - Random Topics
I too think the skeleton look is revolting. And indeed, it is more unhealthy to be excessively skinny than excessively fat. Too skinny means you're not getting enough nutrients, which cause neurological and physical impairments which could stay with you for the rest of your life. Too fat means you're more likely to get a heart attack, but there's still time to prevent it. The same can't be said for the permanent effects of malnutrition. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on May 11, 2011, 10:49 am

Bristol Palin - Celebrities
I said before that a person should not become fair game just because they're related to a politician people hate (actually children, but now I'm being more inclusive). However, she's fair game now. NOT because she's the daughter of Palin, but because she's a celebrity by choice in signing up for a reality show deal (she's at the age where she can make her own decisions). I'm no fan or hater of Bristol, but yet ANOTHER reality show? Come on! There are enough of those already! -- Submitted By: (Robert) on May 11, 2011, 10:48 am

American South, The - Random Topics
I hope the people in the tornado/flooding zones are OK. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on May 11, 2011, 10:44 am

TMZ - Websites
It's OK, Soggy. Incontinent people don't choose to have the condition where they must wear diapers. It's these diaper fetishists who choose this path in life. I look forward to the day when celebrity gossip goes extinct. And Dolfan, that sucks. Losing Seinfeld but keeping TMZ? They should be charged with torture! -- Submitted By: (Robert) on May 11, 2011, 10:41 am

Red Head Metal Head Blog - Websites
Unless it's something big (like being the victim of a terror attack or natural disaster), complaints about what a crappy life one has are boring. A blog will get popular if it's funny or interesting. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on May 11, 2011, 10:39 am

George W. Bush - Celebrities
History will be kinder to Bush? I see it already: people are crediting Bush's policies for the death of OBL, and not pleased that Obama isn't giving him credit. There are the bumper stickers with Bush's picture, asking "Miss Me Yet?". People are learning that the advanced interrogation techniques--you know, the ones that caused people to howl with outrage?--are what caused KSM to spill his guts and name names. Good thing Obama didn't overturn all of Bush's policies, otherwise Osama might still be out there. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on May 11, 2011, 10:35 am

1960's - Random Topics
When did America lose her innocence? Tough call. I think America lost her innocence more than once, piece by piece: In addition to the Civil war as mentioned by Pelirojo: The unprovoked attack by Germany which led us to WWI, the attack on Pearl Harbor, 9/11, etc. I think America loses part of her innocence when she she is attacked and her children killed. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on May 11, 2011, 10:35 am

Michael Moore - Celebrities
Unbelieveable. Michael Moore is standing up for Osama. He's bashing Americans for celebrating OBL's demise and goes on about how he deserved "a fair trial". Sadder still? He's not the only one with these sentiments. Which neurons in their skulls are so faulty they'd rush to the defense of this inhuman monster?! -- Submitted By: (Robert) on May 11, 2011, 10:34 am

American football - Random Topics
An old Oregon Duck? That explains a lot, actually :-) But that's my whole point--all the corruption and hypocrisy has overwhelmed the games themselves. One literally can't watch a game these days without hearing about the other stuff, and now it's taken center stage and reached a point I cannot ignore. The Fiesta Bowl fiasco, the government finally realizing what a farce the BCS is, certain schools allowed to get away with rampant rulebreaking while others get the book thrown at them simply for not being a member of the "right" conferences, the Cam Newton thing, all of that was just too much for me to take. And as long as everyone else accepts it the problems will only get worse until one day even you won't be able to sweep them under the rug. Just like with America itself, things can only keep degenerating for so long before the bottom drops out. Just look at what's happening to the NFL right now for the proof of that. -- Submitted By: (DolFan316) on May 11, 2011, 5:22 am

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