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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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George W. Bush - Celebrities
I am FAR from being a rightwinger, but I believe history will be kinder to Mr Bush than some of our friends here might wish to believe. I do think his choice of advisors was a mixed bag - Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz and Rove shouldn't have been allowed anywhere near the White House - and it's hard not to believe that he hungered for an excuse - ANY excuse, no matter how dubious - to take down Saddam Hussein from the moment he declared his candidacy. (And for the most personal, albeit sympathetic, of reasons.) But he was, and remains, basically a decent and honorable man, and while I opposed the Iraq enterprise (at least after about 2004), I never could find it in myself to dislike the guy. Much of the left's treatment of him has been not only excessively unfair but disgustingly sadistic. Again, I am no fan of the GOP, and I despise neocons and the so-called Religious Right in equal measure. But I have a hunch that historians thirty or forty years down the road - or at least the intellectually honest historians - will be in a position to evaluate Bush and his legacy alot more accurately than people do today, and while he'll never end up on Mt Rushmore, it would not surprise me to see him ranked someday in the upper half of our presidents. And that would be fine with me. I hope his retirement is peaceful and happy. (Rummy and Rove, not so much.) -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 9, 2011, 10:09 pm

Dirty Harry - Movie Series
I agree with the last post (though Jonkaplanseaver uses the word "protagonist" where he should have used the word "antagonist"). It's no coincidence that the best movie in the series also had by far the best villain. In Magnum Force the bad guys were a set of traffic cops; in The Enforcer they were an SLA-style terrorist group. BO-ring. And Sudden Impact featured Clint's (minimally talented) psycho girlfriend playing a psycho rape victim turned murderous avenger. I can't even remember who the bad guy was in The Dead Pool. But Andy Robinson rocked as Scorpio - easily one of the best movie villains of all time. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 9, 2011, 9:16 pm

Wild Wild West, The - TV Shows
The Boning Reason labeled "Same Character, Different Actor" is wrong; Ross Martin was the only actor to play Artemus in the series, and in the TV movies too. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 9, 2011, 8:39 pm

Monty Python film series - Movie Series
Funny Story-I was at a motivational company annual meeting and the speaker did a round of "always look on the bright side of life." Seeing the CEO say, with 4,000 business people, "lifes a piece of S...., when you look at it" was rather hysterical. -- Submitted By: (jonkaplanseaver) on May 9, 2011, 3:19 pm

Love Bug, The - Movie Series
This is a great example of a movie that did not bone (before Lindsay), most likely only because I watched and loved them as a young child. If I saw them again, I might feel differently. -- Submitted By: (jonkaplanseaver) on May 9, 2011, 3:15 pm

Harold & Kumar movies - Movie Series
Why can't hollywood make vastly more movies without an agenda, or at least an original agenda. -- Submitted By: (jonkaplanseaver) on May 9, 2011, 3:05 pm

Dirty Harry - Movie Series
Eastwood's Dirty Harry was great, but you need a protaganist. Andrew Robinson supplied that, his followers didn't. -- Submitted By: (jonkaplanseaver) on May 9, 2011, 3:00 pm

Happy Days - TV Shows
Richie and Fonzie's interaction and Ron Howard and Henry Winkler's chemistry is what made the show, when the link was severed, that was that. -- Submitted By: (jonkaplanseaver) on May 9, 2011, 2:57 pm

Must Love Cats - TV Shows
I love John's "kitty ditties". The little 30 second songs he writes about the cats he "meets". LOL! I want to send John a picture of my cat and have him write a song! -- Submitted By: (Stephanie) on May 9, 2011, 2:54 pm

Crocodile Dundee - Movie Series
Paul Hogan's charm could only get him so far. -- Submitted By: (jonkaplanseaver) on May 9, 2011, 2:52 pm

Christopher Guest (Mockumentary) Series, The - Movie Series
Apparently his next one will be about Retro Collectors-can't wait. -- Submitted By: (jonkaplanseaver) on May 9, 2011, 2:50 pm

Caddyshack - Movie Series
Caddyshack-Star making for Rodney Dangerfield, Caddyshack 2-Jackie Mason thought he could get the same kind of rub. Nuf said. -- Submitted By: (jonkaplanseaver) on May 9, 2011, 2:47 pm

Avatar - Movie Series
Sorry James Cameron, our Military are the good guys. -- Submitted By: (jonkaplanseaver) on May 9, 2011, 2:42 pm

Hogan's Heroes - TV Shows
Re: Ivan Dixon, it's true that Kinch didn't have too many good lines. But he was portrayed as the most responsible and intelligent of the POWs (aside from Hogan himself), and that must surely have counted for something. Besides, character development wasn't really a focus of the show; none of the characters was really fleshed out all that much during the show's six years. The weirdest thing about this show is that all the major German characters were played by Jewish actors. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 9, 2011, 2:33 pm

Penn & Teller: Bullshit! - TV Shows
I'm not sure exactly when the censorship began. We, the viewers, found out about it with the DVD release of season 7, but if I had to guess, I'd say it goes back as far as season 5. That's where things started getting suspicious. -- Submitted By: (TheCeej) on May 9, 2011, 10:35 am

V (1984) - TV Shows
Robert England (Freddy Krueger) played a alien vegetarian. Love the irony. -- Submitted By: (jonkaplanseaver) on May 9, 2011, 1:38 am

Tracey Ullman Show, The - TV Shows
The show had a spinoff you may have heard of. It was called The Simpsons. -- Submitted By: (jonkaplanseaver) on May 9, 2011, 1:32 am

Odd Couple, The (TV series) - TV Shows
I saw many odd couples in film and theater. Klugman and Randell were the gold standard. -- Submitted By: (jonkaplanseaver) on May 9, 2011, 1:30 am

Star Trek: Deep Space 9 - TV Shows
As great as the regulars were (abonjeanie,shimmerman,dorn, meanie), the semi regulars, as a collection, were even better. Robinson,Fletcher,Mark Alaimo,James Darren,etc. Excepting the first two to three years, episode for episode, this is the best Star Trek by a long shot. -- Submitted By: (jonkaplanseaver) on May 9, 2011, 1:23 am

St. Elsewhere - TV Shows
This was the greatest medical drama I have ever seen. The acting was brilliant as was the script writing. I still miss this show. -- Submitted By: (jonkaplanseaver) on May 9, 2011, 1:14 am

Soap - TV Shows
The funniest scripted show I have ever seen. Think about Richard Mulligan's actions when he thought he was becoming invisible. Just an example of a show so funny that a single memory is funnier than half the existing shows out there. -- Submitted By: (jonkaplanseaver) on May 9, 2011, 1:08 am

Small Wonder - TV Shows
The mother on the show also played billys teacher and lover on Soap. Talk about cornering the market on bad and good television. -- Submitted By: (jonkaplanseaver) on May 9, 2011, 1:03 am

Robocop: The Series - TV Shows
Surprisingly good. -- Submitted By: (jonkaplanseaver) on May 9, 2011, 12:50 am

Police Squad! (in color) - TV Shows
Ground breaking, if it weren't for the movies, it would be long forgotten. RIP Leslie. -- Submitted By: (jonkaplanseaver) on May 9, 2011, 12:43 am

Northern Exposure - TV Shows
The fact that this show became a hit makes me hold out hope for this countries taste in tv shows. -- Submitted By: (jonkaplanseaver) on May 9, 2011, 12:34 am

Newhart! - TV Shows
Peter Scolari, Larry,Darryl,Darryl. Bob knew the importance of good supporting casts. -- Submitted By: (jonkaplanseaver) on May 9, 2011, 12:28 am

Moonlighting - TV Shows
Classic boning example, they were not believable as lovers. -- Submitted By: (jonkaplanseaver) on May 9, 2011, 12:19 am

Married with Children - TV Shows
Regarding seven,I liked the way the show lamponed the cute kid concept by having Peggy treat seven well. You know, giving him dinner, things like that. -- Submitted By: (jonkaplanseaver) on May 9, 2011, 12:10 am

Encyclopedia Dramatica - Websites
Dol, I always feel silly, regardless of the occasion. But I will grudgingly concede your point. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 8, 2011, 10:18 pm

Star Trek - Movie Series
Im with Soggy, I never got the love for ST 4- it just seemed like a really bad film to me. Too much crappy 80's comedy to take the film at any level besides schlock, and yet it is held up as a GOOD film, while Search for Spock gets panned- never understood that. -- Submitted By: (Chubby Rain) on May 8, 2011, 9:39 pm

Wizard of Oz, The - Movie Series
Tweet from the Cowardly Lion: #CowardlyFelineofOZ@Twitter: We dont really know the Witch of the East's side of the story, do we really know if she attacked Munchkinland? #CowardlyFelineofOZ@Twitter: There is no way a woman on a broom could have caused all of that destruction on the munchkins- it's wat the emerald city tells us... -- Submitted By: (Chubby Rain) on May 8, 2011, 9:36 pm

St. Patrick's Day - Random Topics
JustLooking, there are forty million Americans of Irish ancestry. That might have something to do with it. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 8, 2011, 9:27 pm

Rolling Stones, The - Music Groups
When did the Stones bone? Put it this way: A tree planted on that day would be 200 feet tall today. But I do agree with CharlesKim that Keith is boneproof. (His autobiography, which was published last October, is hugely entertaining.) -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 8, 2011, 9:23 pm

Mr. Ed - TV Shows
Stupidly hilarious! -- Submitted By: (jonkaplanseaver) on May 8, 2011, 7:40 pm

Match Game - TV Shows
Best....game show...ever. Brett, Charles and Richard. Man they were having a good time. -- Submitted By: (jonkaplanseaver) on May 8, 2011, 7:37 pm

Joker's Wild, The - TV Shows
It is interesting, I did not know about Jack Berry's role on the scandle ridden show 21, until I saw the movie, Directed by Robert Redford. I am wondering if I knew, whether I would have liked him as much as when I was a fan of the show. -- Submitted By: (jonkaplanseaver) on May 8, 2011, 7:24 pm

Joe Schmo Show, The - TV Shows
Fun Fact:Matt Kennedy Gould, who was the first Joe Schmoe was noted to have actually developed a crush on the character,Dr Pat. Good choice, Dr Pat is Kristen Wiig from Saturday Night Live. -- Submitted By: (jonkaplanseaver) on May 8, 2011, 7:21 pm

We are the World Remake Haiti - Random Topics
I didn't like the original song, so I sure as hell don't like the remake. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 8, 2011, 7:21 pm

Los Angeles - Random Topics
I wouldn't say I hate L.A., exactly. I'd say instead that it's a town best experienced in small doses - maybe once a decade or so. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 8, 2011, 7:09 pm

Hogan's Heroes - TV Shows
Ivan Dixon, to my knowledge, got fed up with the lack of diversity in his character. I agree with him, in seems the creators patted themselves on the back for having a African American on the show, and that was that. Having said that, I don't compare, but do put this show in the same general category as "The Producers". Totally lamponing the Nazi's made for great comedy. -- Submitted By: (jonkaplanseaver) on May 8, 2011, 7:08 pm

Highlander: The Series - TV Shows
I have to admit, Adrian Paul was fun to watch and the sword fighting chereography was great. Also Jim Byrnes(Dawson) humanized the show. As long as you can accept the premise (which I admit is an obstacle), it is an easy show to like. -- Submitted By: (jonkaplanseaver) on May 8, 2011, 7:02 pm

Bonanza - TV Shows
And then there was that recurring meme of the doomed fiancee. You'd think the ladies of the Old West would have figured out after awhile that if your beau's last name is Cartwright, you had best run for your life lest you soon find yourself as dead as a red-shirted Star Trek crewman. But no; they kept lining up to get hitched to the old man or one of the boys, and they kept dying. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 8, 2011, 7:01 pm

Baa Baa Black Sheep - TV Shows
Had the real 214th Sqdn shot down as many Japanese planes as the TV version, Tojo would have run out of Zeroes by the end of 1943 or so. I enjoyed the show, being the military nut that I am, but I never lost sight of how preposterous the stories were. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 8, 2011, 6:45 pm

1960's - Random Topics
Pelirojo, great minds must think alike because I almost wrote that in my earlier post. (I'm a bigtime Civil War nut, and I often use that period as a reference point to remind folks who whine and complain over some modern American irritant about how much worse things could be. It usually doesn't stop their bitching, but oh well.) Not to mention that for black Americans, our country was never a very innocent place to begin with. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 8, 2011, 6:34 pm

Twilight - Movie Series
Absolutely, Pelirojo. And get this: We get visitors - including adults - who ask us about the vampires and werewolves as if they really exist. (My canine teeth are a bit longer than average, so I will occasionally flash them at out-of-towners who stop me to ask about Edward and Bella.) But since neither Stephanie Meyer nor her publisher has taken a hardline stance about copyright infringement, enterprising Forks residents are free, and indeed are even encouraged by Ms Meyer, to create and sell their own Twilight-themed products. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 8, 2011, 6:25 pm

Curb Your Enthusiasm - TV Shows
Larry David got the Seinfeld final right...the second time on Curb. -- Submitted By: (jonkaplanseaver) on May 8, 2011, 6:19 pm

Coach - TV Shows
As a lifetime University of Minnesota Football fan, a team that has not won the Big Ten championship since 1967, I lived vigariously through the Screaming Eagles when they became good. The fact that they used Gopher football highlights for the Screaming Eagles helped me live out the dream. -- Submitted By: (jonkaplanseaver) on May 8, 2011, 6:13 pm

Andy Griffith Show - TV Shows
I have to agree that the show lost alot when Don Knotts left. Poor Jack Burns tried hard but was totally inadequate as the new deputy. And when they started devoting episodes to the character Howard Sprague, the downward slide REALLY started. (That character was possibly the dullest on any TV show of the era.) But the event that finally lost me as a viewer was the departure of Floyd the Barber at the end of the 7th season. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 8, 2011, 6:10 pm

Bosom Buddies - TV Shows
This show would never had worked without its two stars...yes, I said two, Peter Scolari rocked. -- Submitted By: (jonkaplanseaver) on May 8, 2011, 6:03 pm

Bob - TV Shows
Not as good as its predecessor shows to be sure, but Bob Newheart has never let me down, and does not here either. -- Submitted By: (jonkaplanseaver) on May 8, 2011, 5:57 pm

Archie Bunker's Place - TV Shows
An indicitive moment of how the spinoff was not very good was the fact that Archie was a different character. I remember the episode where Sammy Davis Junior came back and Archie surprised Sammy by kissing him. It was indicitive of the watered down Archie and the lack of originality. -- Submitted By: (jonkaplanseaver) on May 8, 2011, 5:43 pm

Andy Griffith Show - TV Shows
I think it lost lots when Don Knotts left. However, the show suceeded at creating a great supporting cast. As a result I never stopped liking it, even when Ken Berry took over(which I know is a different show). -- Submitted By: (jonkaplanseaver) on May 8, 2011, 5:39 pm

All My Children - TV Shows
I watched from 1984(around the time Of Janny's death) to 2007(or so), I guess in a way I am a typical viewer in the sense that i was indicitive of the lack of continued interest. I will tune in again for the last few months because I figure they will through the kichen Sink in at this point. Tad and Erica anyone, heck,I would like to see that purely out of curiosity. I also hear that Zach is coming back, Zach rocked. -- Submitted By: (jonkaplanseaver) on May 8, 2011, 5:31 pm

All in the Family - TV Shows
When Archie mellowed, the show lost its zip. Bringing in Danielle Brisebois was a very unusual attempt to add the cuteness factor into the show. Was their anyone in the country that said "What All in the Family needs is an adorable child?" -- Submitted By: (jonkaplanseaver) on May 8, 2011, 5:22 pm

Lost - TV Shows
I feel Lost is the greatest show ever made and the reason is because it did "Bone the Fish". When the show looked like it could dry up, the creators of the show, Lindelof and Cuse, surprised us with Jack's Flash Forward ("We have to go back Kate"). This allowed the show to finish the way it started and went on to entertainment greatness. -- Submitted By: (jonkaplanseaver) on May 8, 2011, 4:59 pm

It's Me Or the Dog - TV Shows
I honestly do not know how Victoria keeps from grabbing the poor dog away from these dumb-ass owners and as she's leaving with her film crew, advising these said dumb-asses to get a goldfish instead! There have been some episodes where I'm wishing the dog would haul off and totally rip apart the owners! -- Submitted By: (Stephanie) on May 8, 2011, 4:34 pm

London,England - Random Topics
Today is VE Day! I mention that because on the original day in 1945, the streets of London were unabashedly bursting with pride, joy and relief that their nation had defeated the NAZIs and the war in Europe was OVER! They'd seen their city become a battered, scarred and grim battlefield and had suffered many losses and deprivations via the Blitz and war itself but on THIS day, they were all able to CELEBRATE peace and victory! If I ever had the chance to travel back to any one time and place in the past, THIS would be it! Yeah, they were celebrating VE Day elsewhere,too, but here in the States we hadn't suffered the way the British had- and who could uninhibitedly celebrate ANYthing in Stalinist Moscow or Leningrad[ now again rightfully called St. Petersburg]? And, yet, the times I've been to London seeing all the tourist sights, I've wondered how many other tourists[and,for that matter, subjects] have any idea how CLOSE London had come to being obliterated and why VE Day was so vital? -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on May 8, 2011, 4:07 pm

Star Trek - TV Shows
OK, I'm not going to say the show irrevokably boned here but did anyone else think it was just a bit much when Jim discovered his brother and sister-in-law had been fatally attacked in their colony by the giant flying brain cells and his nephew was beamed aboard unconscious- yet Jim barely acknowledged his brother's passing or his nephew's grave condition while endlessly operatically wailing over whether SPOCK would survive said attack? I mean, I know Spock was Jim's best friend and all and the audience had never heard a peep about his brother and bro's family before this but what kind of priorities does one have to get totally emotional over a best friend while ignoring one's own family? Yeah, Spock survived +Kirk was all happy(and some Trek book stated the kid recovered and was raised by his Earth-bound grandma) but, as far as the show was concerned, the nephew might as well STILL be unconscious in an unseen part of the sickbay unvisited and ignored by his uncle! If Kirk didn't care two bits about this particular nuclear family, what was the point of making them related to him instead of maybe friends of friends? -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on May 8, 2011, 3:57 pm

Rifleman, The - TV Shows
That opening of the 11 rifle shots was quite impressive- and showed that Mr. Connors put his physical training and reflex timing from his baseball career to excellent use! That episode was a good one, soggy. I always liked the one in which Lucas was oddly aloof than to this new woman in town who played a song on a guitar- while the kid adored her and then when the kid was trapped in a well, he dreamed of his late mother in a veil playing that song and when she unveiled herself it was the EXACT same actress playing the new woman in town! I often thought it interesting how this was one of the more deep Westerns in that there was so MUCH that had happened with Lucas and his son prior to the timeframe that was too painful for them to discuss yet seemed to have had a profound effect on how they currently lived their lives. Also, while Lucas may have seemed outwardly cold to his motherless son, there was no doubt he adored the boy more than literally his own life. Yeah, I was intrigued by the contrast between this and "Bonanza" in which every single tragedy that had happened re the Cartwrights was endlessly rehashed ,wore their hearts on their sleeves and were totally mushy with each other. Truth be told, I think it was a far more realistic approach as to how so many folks in the 19th century lived their lives! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on May 8, 2011, 3:45 pm

Twilight - Movie Series
So, soggy. Are you saying that "Twilight" is to your hometown are virtually the equivilant re flying saucer claims to Roswell, New Mexico? Hmm. . . -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on May 8, 2011, 3:30 pm

1960's - Random Topics
Soggy, I agree that that 'lost its innocence' would be a rather foolish claim re the 1960's. If ANY decade could be used re that claim, it would be the EIGHTEEN-60's. An all out war of [often literally] brother vs. brother on our country's own soil killing, wounding,maiming and ruining countless soldiers and civilians not even 90 years after Independence Declared unquestionably stripped away any innocence! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on May 8, 2011, 3:27 pm

Jerry Springer Show, The - TV Shows
When the original, sensible format was abandoned after the first few years, due to low ratings, and replaced by what we see today, immediate fish-boning ensued. The same date - 1994 - represents the start of Springer's own descent into worthlessness. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 8, 2011, 1:41 pm

Wave, The - Random Topics
Yes, it's irritating, but it's probably here to stay. It just makes me that much more determined to get front-row seats so my view is never blocked. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 8, 2011, 1:27 pm

JumptheShark.com - Websites
As much as I grouse about BTF, I am happy this place exists and have had a good time here. For that reason, I'm not so heartbroken over JTS's fate, since BTF would not exist if TV Guide hadn't done what they did to the other place. (Further proof that good things can sometimes come from tragedies.) -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 8, 2011, 1:16 pm

American South, The - Random Topics
Hang in there, buddy. I can't do the prayer thing, being an atheist and all, but I can sure give you my best wishes for a speedy recovery from that mess. Southerners are extraordinarily resilient people, and I have no doubt that they will plow right through these difficulties - like Stonewall Jackson plowed through the Shenandoah Valley (against very heavy odds) 150 years ago - and emerge stronger than ever. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 8, 2011, 1:08 pm

Tool - Music Groups
Just when I think I have DolFan pegged as a generic, utterly predictable rightwinger, he goes and writes a post like this and sends me back to the drawing board. (After all, M.J. Keenan is hardly George Bush's biggest fan.) My only problem with Tool: Only four albums and one EP in twenty years. TWENTY YEARS! (Granted, Maynard has all those other projects going on, but come on - some of us would like to hear album #5 before we die of old age.) -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 7, 2011, 10:04 pm

U2 - Music Groups
Overrated. And they take themselves far too seriously, which to me equals BONE with a capital B. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 7, 2011, 9:48 pm

Dream Theater - Music Groups
While i have a much more favorable view of thrash metal than Irbloom, I can't argue with his praise of Dream Theater, in total or in detail. John Petrucci is just fucking ridiculously brilliant on about ten different levels. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 7, 2011, 9:42 pm

Rosie O'Donnell - Celebrities
Costar Dan Aykroyd deserved an Oscar - and maybe some Pepto-Bismol too - for pretending to find her hot. The poor guy's eyesight probably hasn't been the same since, especially if they had to do multiple takes. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 7, 2011, 9:25 pm

Monty Python film series - Movie Series
I very nearly peed my pants with laughter at the space aliens scene in Life of Brian, coming out of left field as it did. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 7, 2011, 9:15 pm

Nightmare on Elm Street - Movie Series
As I recall, Freddy doesn't say much in the first film. Maybe that's one reason it was the only one I liked; the more lines the guy had - and especially the more smartass lines - the less mysterious he became. Plus the original movie explored some interesting themes and cultural issues in a metaphorical manner, whereas the sequels were just straightforward, lowest-common-denominator splatterfests (and therefore boring as hell). -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 7, 2011, 7:08 pm

Weekend at Bernie's - Movie Series
One would think rigor mortis would have set in between the first movie and the second. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 7, 2011, 6:51 pm

Star Trek - Movie Series
I guess I'm too demanding because I only liked The Wrath of Khan, The Undiscovered Country, and 2009's "reboot". The Voyage Home may be a fan favorite, but there was too much comedy for my taste. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 7, 2011, 6:46 pm

Every Which Way But Loose - Movie Series
Any Which Way You Can was saved from boning by that epic fight scene between Clint and William Smith. Best damn bare-knuckle fight scene in movie history, baby! (Smith is one of THE coolest dudes to ever take up acting.) -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 7, 2011, 6:27 pm

Exorcist, The - Movie Series
Yup - that one word says it all. Every sequel was worse than terrible. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 7, 2011, 6:16 pm

Rambo - Movie Series
"It's over, Johnny - it's over!" And I say Thank Heavens, though I'll admit that the last one wasn't half bad. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 7, 2011, 6:11 pm

Twilight - Movie Series
Travoltron, I apologize for not replying to you sooner. You would find yourself very welcome here. Most Forks residents have taken the invasion in stride, and more than a few have made some decent bucks from it. There are a couple of coldblooded carpetbagger businesses in town - basically outsiders settling here just long enough to capitalize on the Twilight craze - which don't have too many friends among the locals and won't be missed when they pack up after the craze dies down. And some of our high-schoolers pretend - not entirely convincingly - to be oh so jaded about it all. But most of us are pretty okay with the fans, who tend to behave themselves. By the way, the house which portrays the Official Residence of the Cullen Family belonged to my family doctor back in the 1960s and '70s; he was a mean-tempered old bastard, much more intimidating to my childhood self than any vampire could have been. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 7, 2011, 6:04 pm

Rocky - Movie Series
The first was outstanding, the second was okay. The next three were no more than a favor to Burt Young, who would otherwise have ended up in a homeless shelter. The last was mostly good but thin in places. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 7, 2011, 5:46 pm

Billy Jack series - Movie Series
Preachy, pretentious, hypocrisy-drenched garbage. Tom Laughlin's Ode to Himself, featuring his painfully ugly wife, a bunch of fake Indians, and lots of reeeeally bad acting. But some of the kung-fu scenes were passable, and I tend to take the Joe Bob Briggs approach of being easy on mindless crap movies when they feature decent gut-stomping and eyeball-removing scenes. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 7, 2011, 5:34 pm

Avatar - Movie Series
I haven't seen it, nor have I any desire to. The more people gushed over it, the less interested I became. Never mind the politics; the story just sounded really lightweight to me, and snazzy special effects without a compelling story attached to it is........a serious waste of snazzy special effects. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 7, 2011, 5:15 pm

Knighthood - Random Topics
True enough, and more's the pity. But I practice what I preach. It happens that I've gotten to meet an unusual number of actors, pro athletes, musicians, politicians, etc - due to my choice of professions rather than any desire to meet famous people - and I have treated damn near all of them no differently than I'd treat Joe Average. (A few writers and historians I may have fawned over - ditto a couple of very high-ranking military men - but nobody else.) In fact, I had to sass a few of them here and there. By the way, Dol old buddy, I once had the pleasure of calling Ted Kennedy an idiot to his face. (It was 1980, he made a whistle-stop at my college during his presidential run, and after a lame-O speech - I'm not sure he even knew what city he was in - he waded into the adoring audience. I got to the front of the crowd and told him he was an idiot, and everyone predictably gave me a hard time, though Kennedy himself laughed it off. My only regret was that I hadn't insulted him in a wittier, more imaginative manner, but that's life.) -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 7, 2011, 5:04 pm

1960's - Random Topics
I'm glad no one here has written about how America "lost its innocence" in the Sixties or some other rusty cliche. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 7, 2011, 4:35 pm

Rifleman, The - TV Shows
The opening scene was so cool; Connors handled that Winchester like it was an extension of his arm. It's not easy to rapid-fire one of those things, and tougher yet to twirl-cock it; there weren't too many actors besides Connors and John Wayne who could do it convincingly. The episode that stands out most sharply in my mind involved Lucas spending the entire half hour trying to figure out how to get out of a sleeping bag without being bitten by the rattlesnake that had crawled inside during the night. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 7, 2011, 4:14 pm

Tour of Duty - TV Shows
Evan227's critique is right on the money. When the network expanded the scope from the small-horizon story of a more or less typical infantry platoon to a romance-heavy soap opera, and then to the rarefied world of SpecOps (as if rifle platoons routinely morph into SF outfits), the show became just another clueless Hollywood take on military life. I'm surprised the subsequent career of Terence Knox, who was so consistently excellent as Sgt Anderson, never really took off. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 7, 2011, 3:56 pm

Johnny Cash - Music Groups
These days, I can't help but think of how relevant that song "How Much Higher the Water, Mama?" is to a good part of my region. Like many other of his songs, he did INDEED live it as a tiny child when his family farm got flooded out! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on May 7, 2011, 3:24 pm

Knighthood - Random Topics
Let me start by saying that I've always been proud to be a US American and descended from folks living here for several centuries. Hence, when some other US American citizens do shameful things, I'm ashamed that THEY are citizens NOT that I myself am a citizen. OK, all that said, being a history and genealogy buff, I have to admit that a bit intrigued by the idea of Old World knighthood and the concept of becoming worthy to join an order to do good for one's community. Yeah, I know that these ideals have not often been met re applicants or orders but I find it interesting concept. It's not that I think any person in this world should be worshipped [especially celebs,etc.]. It's more an ideal of wanting to change oneself for the better to unite with others who've done so to improve a community at large. -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on May 7, 2011, 3:20 pm

Vegetarianism - Random Topics
Gee, if that cat owner didn't want to feed their pet meat, why didn't he/she get a herbivore pet like a bird instead of a carniverous one? That's just so sad that the poor cat went blind (and a good illustration of why I had to quit watching that show)! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on May 7, 2011, 3:09 pm

That Girl - TV Shows
I thought the show was fluff but fun. What's funny is that when I watched it as a tiny kid, between her surname and her waving a US American flag for no appearant reason in the opening credits, I thought Ann Marie was a recent immigrant from France who'd become a naturalized US citizen! LOL Yeah, I know she didn't have anywhere close to the accent (and it was funny how this exotic temptress of Mediterreanean extraction was supposed to be the bio child of such 'Aryan' looking parents)! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on May 7, 2011, 3:06 pm

American South, The - Random Topics
Soggy, Thanks for your post on this! I just hope that you and everyone else here can join me in prayers and thoughts for so much of my home region! As I write this a good part of West Tennessee and Arkansas is underwater due to Mississippi and White Rivers flooding (not to mention Interstate 40, the main east-west artery for our country has many miles underwater)- and the devastation of last month's tornadoes especially in Alabama is heartbreaking. I will say this- having experienced widescale natural disaster in my own city in the not-too-distant past, I know that we can rebuild and unite for the common good. Yes, the American South CAN rise again- in a positive way! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on May 7, 2011, 3:01 pm

Wizard of Oz, The - Movie Series
If Travoltron's is the best comment here, I say that Soggy's comment is a close second. -- Submitted By: (cartooner) on May 7, 2011, 12:06 pm

Superman - Random Topics
I wonder Superman have second thoughts about deouncing his U.S citizenship too soon since the U.S. killed OBL? -- Submitted By: (SSM) on May 7, 2011, 11:46 am

Osama bin Laden - Celebrities
Stephaine, Dolfan, and ExplodingConsole, I whole heartly argee with those comments. One thing I like to add to these "we shouldn't happy that OBL is dead" type of people, you may have a problem with celebrating OBL's death but OBL and his minions don't have a problem celebrating 3000 deaths on 9/11 and any other deaths Al Quida caused before and after 9/11 as well. -- Submitted By: (SSM) on May 7, 2011, 11:36 am

Kate Gosselin - Celebrities
This woman puts the icing on the cake when it comes to whoring herself and her kids out. Caught a rencent episode of "Kate Plus 8" because I'd heard about her bitchiness to the bungee jumping instructor and wanted to see it to make fun of her! I was further sickened by her visit to the Australian Zoo. Her attempts at coming across as "caring, sensitive and mushy" when she was holding the baby Koala made my skin crawl. *gag*. And she's acting like she and Teri Iwin are new BFFs and bragging how her kids "got along so well" with Bindy and Robert Irwin. Well, you dumb bitch! Of course, they are going to be gracious to you and your TV crew! They run the zoo! Yet, when she goes to Alaska and goes camping with Sarah Palin and her family, who were just as kind and gracious, she's a rude, ungrateful, c**t; all because "it's too cold out here!" Boo freakin hoo! It seems with her cold reptilian heart, the outside temperature would've suited her just fine! -- Submitted By: (Stephanie) on May 7, 2011, 10:25 am

Osama bin Laden - Celebrities
DolFan, you rock!! Well said! I had someone say to me the other night that "they just couldn't understand why people were celebrating the death of a human being". Really? Are you effin' kidding me?!! I quickly responded that OBL was no human and that anyone with half a brain should absolutely throw a party each and everytime good wins over evil. Especially the demise of a mass murderer and terrorist! Of course, this person with whom I had the misfortune of conversing with still didn't get it. And never will. -- Submitted By: (Stephanie) on May 7, 2011, 10:09 am

Pandora - Random Topics
I tend not to stay on any one station for more than a half hour so I haven't noticed anything amiss regarding the playlists. A number of good but obscure bands I've discovered are not available via iTunes or Rhapsody or wherever, but Pandora seems to have all of them. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 7, 2011, 8:46 am

Jersey Shore - TV Shows
I say find the most unfriendly, xenophobic village in Sicily - preferably Mafia-controlled - then dump these obnoxious people there without a penny, make each of them wear a sign saying "I'm a real Guido/Guidette", then sit back and watch the ensuing hilarity. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 7, 2011, 8:16 am

Wizard of Oz, The - Movie Series
Another vote for Travoltron. But this would all be cleared up if the Wizard would release those photos of the Wicked Witch's corpse. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 7, 2011, 7:51 am

Vegetarianism - Random Topics
(Duplicate deleted) -- The Management -- Submitted By: (johnnydough) on May 8, 2011, 7:49 am

Vegetarianism - Random Topics
What Robert and Travalton said really shows it all. It is one thing to enforce the vegetarian/vegan behaviours on humans (to an extent, some nations' people would starve severely in that regard), but to challenge mother nature? Another example of how the extreme greenies don't really care for animals, just that their philosophy is followed by and by. -- Submitted By: (johnnydough) on May 7, 2011, 7:42 am

Slayer - Music Groups
Slayer is as likely to bone the fish as Chuck Norris is to win an Oscar. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 7, 2011, 1:42 am

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