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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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Herman Wedemeyer - Celebrities
RIP Duke -- Submitted By: (lrbloom) on April 10, 2011, 10:58 am

Lisa Simpson - Random Topics
It is still just a cartoon meant to be taken that way. What next - the Wilma Flinstone trial? -- Submitted By: (lrbloom) on April 10, 2011, 10:47 am

Sopranos, The - TV Shows
I agree that the unconventional ending wasn't an issue. Life went on and most the associates of the family were dead so this was just a way of saying that life went on and that was it. I think it would've been condescending to suggest that all the loose ends shouldbe tied up nice and neatly or something. Is was fun while it lasted and we'll just leave well enouch alone. -- Submitted By: (lrbloom) on April 10, 2011, 10:17 am

New York Yankees - Random Topics
The only time I disliked the Yankees was when they swept my favorite team, the San Diego Padres, in the 1998 World Series. But that dislike was short-lived in the light of the fact the Padres could have won a couple of games in that particular World Series if their relief pitchers didn't throw gopher balls (pitches that were easy to hit) all the time. -- Submitted By: (BigAl) on April 10, 2011, 9:06 am

High School Musical - Movie Series
I'll admit that I thought the first one was okay (not very good, but not horrendous), but the sequels were beyond unnecessary, and I quickly got tired of the series. Luckily, the series seems to be over (at least for now). -- Submitted By: (cartooner) on April 9, 2011, 10:00 pm

New York Yankees - Random Topics
My entire (direct) family comes from the New York City area, so as you can guess, they love the Yankees and hate the Red Sox. However, my brother was always a Mets fan, and I don't have much feelings either way. -- Submitted By: (cartooner) on April 9, 2011, 9:35 pm

Sarah Palin - Celebrities
I am square in the political middle, and I have no love for either the left or the right. But I do require that those who want power over me make a decent effort to read a book once in awhile. (And I'm not talking fiction books here.) Ms Palin appears to share the mindset one finds among certain corners of the conservative community which holds that reading books is overrated. While I would not argue that book knowledge is a good substitute for life experience or common sense, I do think it's a necessary companion to those traits for any person who wishes to wield great power in America. (History books in particular ought to be on the shelves and nightstands of every aspiring leader. Is that really so much to ask?) I can't possibly trust anyone who wants to rule over me but has little curiosity about the world beyond his or her limited horizon. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on April 9, 2011, 7:21 pm

Ronald Reagan - Celebrities
A good man, with a heftier intellect than he's been credited by the left with having. Setting aside ideological biases (and the myths created by them), a good case can be made for ranking Reagan relatively high among presidents. But he was no Abe Lincoln or George Washington (and he would have been the first to tell you so), nor is he any more deserving of the right's fawning idolatry than he is of the left's hatred. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on April 9, 2011, 6:57 pm

South Park - TV Shows
Most of Season 14 was as good as any previous season, though I agree that the 3-episode Coon & Friends/Mysterion arc was weak. (But they ended the season on a strong note with the brilliant Creme Fraiche.) I think South Park may prove to be bone-proof. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on April 9, 2011, 6:40 pm

Married with Children - TV Shows
Never boned - in fact, this show is proof that Ted McGinley did have some purpose after all. -- Submitted By: (TheTruth) on April 9, 2011, 6:31 pm

Philips CD-i - Random Topics
Are there any good games for this? At all? I came across one of these for free and have yet to find any games unique to this system that don't suck. There are a few like Pac-Man and Tetris that are OK, but you get those for any game system. -- Submitted By: (Travoltron) on April 9, 2011, 6:29 pm

April Fools' Day - Random Topics
BigAl, I feel your pain. The Terrance & Philip travesty nearly made me reach for my favorite pitchfork, and the memory still hurts 13 years later; to this day I hang black crepe all over my house on April 1. Plus the number of truly clever April Fool's Day gags I've been exposed to over the years are outnumbered about a hundred to one by the creations of people who really should have just spent the day in bed. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on April 9, 2011, 6:27 pm

Mad Magazine - Random Topics
Certainly the addition of ads could not help but be a huge Bone Moment, violating as it did every principle Bill Gaines stood for. I'd place the beginning of Mad's downhill slide a little earlier, though: 1987, when the brilliant Don Martin left the magazine under less than friendly circumstances (a dispute over royalties Martin felt he was owed). -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on April 9, 2011, 6:16 pm

2001: A Space Odyssey - Movie Series
Sadly, this movie could never be made today because it requires the viewer to have an attention span longer than 30 seconds. -- Submitted By: (DolFan316) on April 9, 2011, 6:05 pm

Sopranos, The - TV Shows
Disagree. The infamous blank screen ending was extremely condescending and didn't treat anybody like an adult at all. It was just something the writers thought up to feed their own egos. -- Submitted By: (DolFan316) on April 9, 2011, 6:02 pm

Twilight - Movie Series
Also, Twilight boned for me personally when I found out my mid 30s sister was reading the series. Truly horrifying. -- Submitted By: (DolFan316) on April 9, 2011, 5:58 pm

Twilight - Movie Series
But Soggy9000, that's part of the problem. The entertainment industry panders to teen girls far too much. They're not the only people out there who watch TV and movies and listen to music, you know. The rest of us would like a bone thrown our way every now and then. Why are teen girls so special anyway that what they like has to overrule everything else? DOWN WITH TEEN GIRLS, I SAY!!! IT'S TIME TO TAKE AMERICA BACK FROM THEM!!! WHO'S WITH ME?! -- Submitted By: (DolFan316) on April 9, 2011, 5:57 pm

New York Yankees - Random Topics
HA!!! Good one Soggy9000!!! I've got one: rooting for the Yankees is like rooting for Bill Gates to win the Powerball lottery. -- Submitted By: (DolFan316) on April 9, 2011, 5:52 pm

American Chopper - TV Shows
A large percentage of the specialty bikes they build - especially the celebrity vanity models - are kind of lame. There is always far more emphasis placed on looks than on performance. And yes, the soap-opera quality of the father-son relationship got old a long time ago. American Chopper boned years ago. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on April 9, 2011, 4:34 pm

Twilight - Movie Series
The Twilight series is a good example of our tendency to overlook the target audience when passing judgment on a book or movie. The books were written for teenage girls, and the movies were made with that specific group in mind. If teenage girls enjoy the books and movies, Ms Meyer has achieved her goal. It's not important that I - a middle aged guy - like them, or that Stephen King likes them, or that a reader with high literary standards likes them. (Besides, I'm a resident of the little town in which the story is set, and I am grateful for the TONS of tourist dollars the Twilight series has brought to the town.) -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on April 9, 2011, 4:18 pm

2001: A Space Odyssey - Movie Series
2010 is to 2001 what The Godfather Part 3 is to its two predecessors - a big fat wart on an otherwise lovely face. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on April 9, 2011, 4:01 pm

Sopranos, The - TV Shows
The unconventional ending didn't bother me at all. Who says everything has to be wrapped up nicely with a clearly understood, satisfying ending? That's not how life works. Life is full of ambiguities and incompletions and uncertainties, and I think David Chase was wise to bring a series which he often allowed to venture a bit too far into fantasy territory back to something near cold reality by giving it an ending that challenged our (often unreasonable) sensibilities. (In other words, he treated us like adults instead of children who need to be spoon-fed. I can't help but appreciate that.) -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on April 9, 2011, 3:47 pm

Convervatism - Random Topics
Modern American conservatism is as dedicated to control of the citizenry and suppression of their liberties as modern American liberalism is. Authoritarianism and disdain for the average citizen are the twin backbones of both ideologies. They only differ in the tools they use: Conservatives seek to dominate us via their corporate allies, while liberals seek to do it via government agencies. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on April 9, 2011, 3:31 pm

New York Yankees - Random Topics
A Yankees fan is someone who would root for Carl Lewis to beat your grandmother in a hundred-meter race - and then laugh at her when she fell down halfway to the finish line and broke her hip. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on April 9, 2011, 3:17 pm

Grammy Awards - Random Topics
All music awards bone, period. It's profoundly foolish to set artists up as competitors, then declare that Artist Y deserves an award and Artist Z does not. And look at the list of nominees in each category: Mostly the same artists, year after year, as if they are the only professional musicians in existence. And yes, metal is badly underrepresented. The Grammy mindset is that the highest-profile artists make the best music, and the more obscure artists make the worst (and can therefore be ignored). It's a deeply stupid mindset. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on April 9, 2011, 3:02 pm

Profanity - Random Topics
I vote for the world's dumbest song title, "My Life Would Suck Without You." Seriously, the rules regarding censorship used to be really stupid (and things haven't changed that much). A comedian who broke the rules in his stand up was partially ridiculing the utter stupidity of these rules were. Recall George Carlin's classic "Seven Words You Can NeverSay ON Television". The rules these days don't really seem much better. You can apparently only use these word in a non-sexual manner or not referring to the excretion of body fluids. I can say, "That pisses me off." But I cannot say, "I got to take a piss." As much as I understand the distinction in that I have no need to hear of either, it still annoys me that we now have tv characters who can let us know when they have to "pee". You can stop to "pee" but you can't stop to "piss". I have to wonder how people make up these standards with a straight face. By this rationale could we say that Kelly Clarkson's life would suck but she can't sing about oral sex. Does Kelly Clarkson suck in a sexual or non-sexual manner or both? -- Submitted By: (lrbloom) on April 9, 2011, 2:10 pm

Profanity - Random Topics
It used to be cool especially as a kid when you use it sometimes or back when it was taboo and can't be used in mainstream TV or anywhere for that matter. But if you said "fuck" over 10 times in one sentence, you sound like an idiot. Nowadays some profanity even the word "Bitch" can be said in regular TV. -- Submitted By: (SSM) on April 9, 2011, 10:18 am

Philips CD-i - Random Topics
They made one of the worst Mario and Zelda in the history of video games. In the other hand, if it wasn't for Philips CD-i, we wouldn't have something to make fun of with the Youtube Poops. -- Submitted By: (SSM) on April 9, 2011, 10:00 am

Home Improvement - TV Shows
As Wilson tells her, "A little education is a beautiful thing, but a little education and a vivid imagination can make a person cuckoo." -- Submitted By: (lrbloom) on April 9, 2011, 12:12 am

Girlfriends - TV Shows
Plot lines became more and more pointless. Stopped caring about the characters and so when Toni left, I did too. -- Submitted By: (Cannongurl) on April 9, 2011, 12:00 am

Home Improvement - TV Shows
Nothing against the actress but I could not stand Jill!! She was annoying as hell when she went back to college to be a psychologist! She suddenly going around like she's Dr. Joyce Brothers. -- Submitted By: (Stephanie) on April 8, 2011, 5:05 pm

Britney Spears - Music Groups
I'm actually glad that she's back on top so now I can hate her crappy music without hearing her soap opera life story. Way to go Britney. -- Submitted By: (lrbloom) on April 8, 2011, 12:46 pm

South Park - TV Shows
I just saw a rerun of 2008 episode called "Britney's New Look" in which the idea was to parody the press and public reaction to Britney's meltdown/breakdown. While I was one of the first to admit that the recent rash of celebrity train wrecks wasn't funny in the first place, South Park's treatment of the same subject was sickening, naueating and just plain wrong. The idea is that the public sat with baited breath waiting for Britney to become the latest "Buffy" or Dana Plato. When a person does have a serious problem, we the public aren't sitting around like bloodthirsty vultures hoping they will croak. The majority of the public got tired of hearing whether Britney went outside without her shoes or about the inside vultures picking the bones. The majority kept wondering when will they put her in the hospital. I could almost appreciate what South Park was trying to say this would serve as an example of the kind of sanctimony that we can live without on this show. The idea of the press harassing a famous person - ok I'll buy that. But to have the nerve to imply that we are all so heartless as to watch someone blow their brains out and not do anything is sick. I don't even like Britney. She can't sing, has no real talent and is primarily a T&A show, but I didn't say I wanted her dead. This cartoon portrays a headless Britney carrying on as if no one even noticed her is insulting to the rest of the world. No one found it entertaining to constantly be flooded with stories about Britney's self-destruction. It's about time somebody got this kind of trash off the front pages and into the rehab centers instead of subjecting some one to cruelty of amateur comedians coast to coast with the implication that the public enjoys this. Not entertaining and not funny. South Park crossed a line by insinuating that people do enjoy watching a person destroy themselves in the public eye for cheap thrills. South Park are no better and speaking of train wrecks, they shopuld look at their own ratings. -- Submitted By: (lrbloom) on April 8, 2011, 1:04 pm

Hot wheels - Random Topics
The 1st-generation concept models - the Splittin Image and Twin Mill and Silhouette and so on - were actually pretty cool. I think Hot Wheels drifted into BTF territory when they discontinued the Spectraflame paint job and the Redline wheel design. (That was loooong ago.) And they monkeyed with the suspension design too - probably to cut costs - because at some point the cars stopped being "bouncy" when you dropped them wheels-down. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on April 8, 2011, 4:24 am

President of the United States - Random Topics
Never mind the question of being hated; I'd rather consider the more interesting question of when it was that the office itself BTF. And my answer would be the rise of the Imperial Presidency. (Some say that era began with FDR, but I think it started at least a generation earlier.) I wish America could return to a state - if only a state of mind - where the person who happens to be living in the White House never dares lose sight of the fact that he is a public servant first and a commander in chief second. (That's not an attack on any particular president; it's a criticism of the mindset of ALL of them since 1900 or so.) -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on April 8, 2011, 4:02 am

North Korea - Random Topics
No - just one of the trolls who hang out around here. No doubt the same person voted "Still Rocks" on the Charles Manson page, and the Saddam Hussein page, and the Torturing Kittens page. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on April 8, 2011, 3:35 am

STORM (Standing together to Organize a Revolution - Random Topics
I hadn't heard of these guys until now, but their name alone earns them a "Boned on Day One" vote from me. No matter how many millions of people communist regimes have shot, starved or stripped of their dignity since Lenin stepped off his sealed train at the Finland Station, there always seem to be plenty of earnest Americans willing to romanticize the movements which brought those regimes to power, and - though they won't tell you this - to hold to the belief that the primary reason those Marx-inspired societies beyond our shores never manage to fulfill the promises of their creators is a shortage of earnest Americans among the revolutionaries. (It's a form of Yankee bigotry: "You Russians/Chinese/Vietnamese/Cubans aren't quite smart enough to make Marxism work like WE can.") At heart, though, it's always been much more about enjoying the process of revolution - the glamour and camaraderie of the barricades, the adrenaline rush that comes from combatting The Man and his henchmen, and the sense of personal relevance which accompanies the knowledge that one is Part Of Something Really Important - than it is about actually rebuilding a society after the shooting stops (which, after all, is singularly unglamorous work). -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on April 8, 2011, 3:29 am

Sea Monkeys - Random Topics
The inventor was a white supremacist. Alas, it seems everything we loved as kids have deep dark secrets to them. I only had sea monkeys once when I was little, so looking back, I'm glad I didn't really contribute to him or his causes. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on April 7, 2011, 8:54 pm

Conspiracy Theories - Random Topics
Never, ever, ever, ever take a conspiracy theory at face value. Do your own research. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on April 7, 2011, 8:49 pm

Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) - Random Topics
I once read somewhere an editorial calling the music industry hypocrites for the mixed message they send: "Rebel against society! Break all the rules! Swear, drink, do drugs! Have promiscuous sex! Join a gang! Bust a cap in yo' bitch's ass! It's all good!" And they then expect the kids raised on such values to act "virtuously" and pay for their shoddy product instead of downloading it. Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. -- Submitted By: (Travoltron) on April 7, 2011, 3:13 pm

Almost Live! - TV Shows
There was an article a few years ago where they interviewed some of the old cast members and they also said the old Seattle culture has been destroyed. I had blamed the "Seattle Scene" of the early '90s (grunge music, Starbucks) for the huge influx of rude snobs to our state, but John Keister says it's more due to the IT boom. Here's the article: http://www.seattlepi.com/default/article/Former-Almost-Live-host-wistful-for-the-quirky-1255120.php -- Submitted By: (Travoltron) on April 7, 2011, 2:45 pm

Sea Monkeys - Random Topics
Everybody needs to read this article about the Sea Monkeys "inventor". http://articles.latimes.com/2000/oct/01/magazine/tm-29473 He's dead now so you don't have to worry about Sea Monkey money money going to such a horrible person, but still, something to think about. -- Submitted By: (Travoltron) on April 7, 2011, 1:43 pm

Sliders - TV Shows
I wouldn't mind this show being brought back or remade. It had a great concept that was all too frequently not used to its fullest potential. -- Submitted By: () on April 7, 2011, 1:14 pm

Diff'rent Strokes - TV Shows
I don't why I find the "Mr. Horton" episode so funny, maybe it not the episode itself but way they handled it was so poorly. It reminded me of one of Family Guy cutaway gags when Mr. Horton was shirtless and was bending down in front of Arnold and Dudley telling to "scream real loud at my ass". It was basically the real episode was about anyways. -- Submitted By: (SSM) on April 7, 2011, 11:02 am

Wayans Bros., The - TV Shows
Other than that one out of the bunch, "A Very Special: Marlon smokes weed" episode. It was very funny, I argee that it could be a little more funnier if White Mike was still here though. -- Submitted By: (SSM) on April 7, 2011, 10:46 am

Jamie Foxx Show, The - TV Shows
It's little bit less fun when Jamie and Fancy start dating, because all the sexual tension exist between them was gone but it was still a funny show throughout the whole series. -- Submitted By: (SSM) on April 7, 2011, 10:34 am

Family Matters - TV Shows
I still kinda wish that at least ended the whole series with a conclusion with Urkel and Laura being married to each other, giving it a proper sendoff. Instead of the network or whoever cancel it at a cliffhanger. All 9 years worth of storylines with Urkel and Laura seems just a waste when it was cancel it too early. -- Submitted By: (SSM) on April 7, 2011, 10:08 am

Home Improvement - TV Shows
I avoid the serious episodes like a virus. It was better when Tim's kids were little. When they are teenagers, some of the episodes have gotten a little bit too serious at times. Other than that, most of their episodes is petty funny. -- Submitted By: (SSM) on April 7, 2011, 9:54 am

Boy Meets World - TV Shows
I like the earlier episodes better when they were little kids, it was lot funnier then. I dread the "college years" because that's when it start take itself too seriously. Like Topanega almost got sexually abuse by her professor, Shawn goes all emo and compained non-stop about how poor his family was or how his Dad left them, etc. -- Submitted By: (SSM) on April 7, 2011, 9:43 am

Home Improvement - TV Shows
As long as this show didn't land on anything serious it was good fun. Avoid the serious episodes. -- Submitted By: (lrbloom) on April 7, 2011, 7:02 am

Pantera - Music Groups
I agree that their albums improved without boning. I got to meet Dimebag once in music store and got his autograph. He was one of the nicest celebreties that ever was. Truly a tragedy - RIP -- Submitted By: (lrbloom) on April 7, 2011, 7:01 am

Pirates - Random Topics
Pirates will always be glamorized, just like the Mafia and Old West outlaws. Never mind that all three groups are/were composed (pretty much entirely) of psychopaths who would kill any of you for a dollar. The fact that they so easily reject the rules that keep societies from flying apart arouses a weird admiration in us. (A hundred years of Hollywood propaganda has helped too.) -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on April 7, 2011, 4:29 am

New York Times - Random Topics
Left of center? Yes. "Way way left"? Nonsense. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on April 7, 2011, 4:11 am

Conspiracy Theories - Random Topics
The ease with which someone with a decent imagination can spin a conspiracy theory from ANY set of events or circumstances - and then find hordes of people dull-witted enough to buy it - ensures that such theories will always be with us. (Never mind that almost all of them break down when exposed to Uncomfortable Truth Number One of Human Behavior: "Humans Are Terrible at Keeping Secrets.") -- Submitted By: () on April 7, 2011, 4:06 am

Pantera - Music Groups
Pantera never boned. In fact, they reverse-boned, getting better with each album right up to the bitter end. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on April 7, 2011, 3:48 am

Motley Crue - Music Groups
Hair/glam metal is by definition fish-boning from birth. And I'm sorry but Mick Mars is overrated as a guitarist. This band's work is neither original nor innovative; its enduring popularity owes more to the low standards of the typical American trailer-trash headbanger, and the idiotic, attention-grabbing antics of band members, than it does to its musicianship. Compare Motley Crue to REAL metal contemporaries like Slayer or Anthrax - or Celtic Frost, for that matter - and tell me with a straight face that I'm wrong. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on April 7, 2011, 3:42 am

Mike Tyson - Celebrities
I largely agree with the last comment, though Cus's death needn't have been the start of Tyson's descent. Had Bill Cayton and Kevin Rooney shared Cus's good sense (and his big heart), they could have helped guide Tyson through the dangerous waters of sudden fame for perhaps several more years. But they were both too overt in their greed, and Tyson figured that if he was going to be used as a piece of meat for someone else's financial gain, the user might as well be a black guy (Don King) who, unlike Cayton and Rooney, didn't even bother to pose as a respectable human being. Therefore, the start of the Tyson-King relationship was the true Boning Moment. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on April 7, 2011, 3:17 am

Donald Trump - Celebrities
Boned at birth. Has reboned countless times since. Easily the most accomplished attention whore of the last half century. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on April 7, 2011, 2:53 am

Eric Braeden - Celebrities
All the women in my family are huge Y&R fans, and they hate it when I root for Victor to crush - with extreme prejudice - whichever poor soul happens to be his enemy of the week. I just wish the show's writers would give Braeden better lines at such moments, like: "I will tear out Jack Abbott's intestines and use them to grease the transmission of my Bentley!" -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on April 7, 2011, 2:48 am

Al Pacino - Celebrities
Al boned when his over-the-top performances began to outnumber his quiet, controlled ones. Sadly, that means about 1975. But he's still fun to watch. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on April 7, 2011, 2:40 am

Jane Fonda - Celebrities
She even defended the Khmer Rouge, and once gave Joan Baez a hard time because Joan didn't. I plan to be standing in that long line of full-bladdered Nam vets at her grave, provided I live that long. (Hopefully she won't be buried in a waterproof coffin.) -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on April 7, 2011, 2:36 am

Outer Limits, The (1963-1965) - TV Shows
Not only a great intro but great theme music. Very atmospheric and creepy episodes, even half a century later. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on April 7, 2011, 2:26 am

Almost Live! - TV Shows
Never boned. Speed Walker, Billy Quan, the High-Fivin' White Guys, "Cops" in Ballard (or wherever), all the great Kent putdowns, Ineffectual Middle Management Suck-Ups ("Meet your new boss: Box of Snakes!") The previous poster is right; Seattle can't laugh at itself anymore, and that's a damn shame. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on April 7, 2011, 2:04 am

Saddam Hussein - Celebrities
Okay, I'll bite. The lovely and charming Mr Hussein was born in April 1937. That would place his conception - and therefore his fish boning - at about July 1936. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on April 7, 2011, 1:44 am

Chuck Norris - Celebrities
Chuck Norris doesn't bone fish. He bones whales. And then he uses their ribs to pick his teeth. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on April 7, 2011, 1:33 am

Customer Service - Random Topics
I had been an employee of Comcast Cable TV in California which was purchased by Time Warner Cable about 2006. When the company was Comcast there was a monthly employees evaluation which consisted of a supervisor listening making sure you said "Please and thank you, etc." The quality assurance department for Comcast double-checked the math of the CSRs instead waisting time on frivolous things. Within months after Time Warner's takeover, the CSR's (customer service reps) were being ridden by staff to upsell products and also inform customers at the end of each call of an "automated customer survey" call that the customer "may" recieve within the next "24 to 48 hours". Most customers hung up before you finished telling them about the survey. Others requested that they not be bothered by surveys that always came after the call when they were busy. Other companies have an automated system that allows the customer to choose whether of not to participate in a short survey afterwards -"press one for yes, two for no" - but this is TWC and we can't have anything that would save time and make sense. The survey consists of three questions of "on a scale of one to ten" "blah blah blah" and is nothing more than an excuse to bitch at the CSR's. During our monthly evaluations, TWC informs employees of the results of the "automated" survey. Most customers hadn't bothered to participate. There was a part of the "automated" survey that left room for a customer to leave a recorded messages. Most of the messages said that the CSR's weren't really an issue with TWC, but the crappy product was. TWC's policy was that if we didn't recieve a certain average on our "automated customer surveys" you could kiss your job goodbye. We were told that someone higher up wanted things done and that was it. Suddenly, the employees are being buried under surveys, pointless statistics and upselling and reading some robotic script to already irritated customers who become even more irritated. Meaningless statistics and surveys replace common sense. CSR's could actually be penalized for scheduling service appointments for customers because of the cost to the company as well as transferring too many calls to the supervsiors. I wound up losing my job because of this despite winning employee of the month and having almost perfect attendance. This is why I never complained about the service at IHOP or the bank or any place else where that uses CSR's in some form or another. I know only too well what is at stake. -- Submitted By: (lrbloom) on April 6, 2011, 10:52 pm -- Submitted By: (lrbloom) on April 6, 2011, 11:22 pm

Time Warner Cable - Random Topics
I had been an employee of Comcast Cable TV in California which was purchased by Time Warner Cable about 2006. When the company was Comcast there was a monthly employees evaluation which consisted of a supervisor listening making sure you said "Please and thank you, etc." The quality assurance department for Comcast double-checked the math of the CSRs instead waisting time on frivolous things. Within months after Time Warner's takeover, the CSR's (customer service reps) were being ridden by staff to upsell products and also inform customers at the end of each call of an "automated customer survey" call that the customer "may" recieve within the next "24 to 48 hours". Most customers hung up before you finished telling them about the survey. Others requested that they not be bothered by surveys that always came after the call when they were busy. Other companies have an automated system that allows the customer to choose whether of not to participate in a short survey afterwards -"press one for yes, two for no" - but this is TWC and we can't have anything that would save time and make sense. The survey consists of three questions of "on a scale of one to ten" "blah blah blah" and is nothing more than an excuse to bitch at the CSR's. During our monthly evaluations, TWC informs employees of the results of the "automated" survey. Most customers hadn't bothered to participate. There was a part of the "automated" survey that left room for a customer to leave a recorded messages. Most of the messages said that the CSR's weren't really an issue with TWC, but the crappy product was. TWC's policy was that if we didn't recieve a certain average on our "automated customer surveys" you could kiss your job goodbye. We were told that someone higher up wanted things done and that was it. Suddenly, the employees are being buried under surveys, pointless statistics and upselling and reading some robotic script to already irritated customers who become even more irritated. Meaningless statistics and surveys replace common sense. CSR's could actually be penalized for scheduling service appointments for customers because of the cost to the company as well as transferring too many calls to the supervsiors. I wound up losing my job because of this despite winning employee of the month and having almost perfect attendance. This is why I never complained about the service at IHOP or the bank or any place else where that uses CSR's in some form or another. I know only too well what is at stake. -- Submitted By: (lrbloom) on April 6, 2011, 10:52 pm

IHOP - Random Topics
As a footnote I just want to say that I understand what "Soggy9000" said about the employees. I had been an employee of Comcast Cable TV in California which was purchased by Time Warner Cable about 2006. When the company was Comcast there was a monthly employees evaluation which consisted of a supervisor listening making sure you said "Please and thank you, etc." The quality assurance department for Comcast double-checked the math of the CSRs instead waisting time on frivolous things. Within months after Time Warner's takeover, the CSR's (customer service reps) were being ridden by staff to upsell products and also inform customers at the end of each call of an "automated customer survey" call that the customer "may" recieve within the next "24 to 48 hours". Most customers hung up before you finished telling them about the survey. Others requested that they not be bothered by surveys that always came after the call when they were busy. Other companies have an automated system that allows the customer to choose whether of not to participate in a short survey afterwards -"press one for yes, two for no" - but this is TWC and we can't have anything that would save time and make sense. The survey consists of three questions of "on a scale of one to ten" "blah blah blah" and is nothing more than an excuse to bitch at the CSR's. During our monthly evaluations, TWC informs employees of the results of the "automated" survey. Most customers hadn't bothered to participate. There was a part of the "automated" survey that left room for a customer to leave a recorded messages. Most of the messages said that the CSR's weren't really an issue with TWC, but the crappy product was. TWC's policy was that if we didn't recieve a certain average on our "automated customer surveys" you could kiss your job goodbye. We were told that someone higher up wanted things done and that was it. Suddenly, the employees are being buried under surveys, pointless statistics and upselling and reading some robotic script to already irritated customers who become even more irritated. Meaningless statistics and surveys replace common sense. CSR's could actually be penalized for scheduling service appointments for customers because of the cost to the company as well as transferring too many calls to the supervsiors. I wound up losing my job because of this despite winning employee of the month and having almost perfect attendance. This is why I never complained about the service at IHOP or the bank or any place else where that uses CSR's in some form or another. I know only too well what is at stake. -- Submitted By: (lrbloom) on April 6, 2011, 10:53 pm

Tea Party - Random Topics
The Tea Party was/is supposed to be about opposing new taxes. The original Tea Party (the Boston Tea Party) was all about "no taxation without representation". Their backronym is Taxed Enough Already. Are they really excluding people for no other reason than being atheist? If that's true, that's really wrong. Have they forgotten that Jesus said "love your neighbor"? Given the choice between a sleazeball "Christian" who tricks people out of their money and a moderate live-and-let-live atheist who dedicates his life to helping others, I would pick the latter. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on April 6, 2011, 9:42 pm

World Wrestling Entertainment - Random Topics
True, he got to be on TV a ton, but it had to take WCW whipping the WWF's rear weekly, and some ECW appearences on Raw for Vince to realize that the Attitude Era was the way to go. If the WCW and ECW never existed, do you really think that we would of had the Attitude Era? -- Submitted By: (PYLrulz) on April 6, 2011, 9:34 pm

IHOP - Random Topics
I noticed that same thing about IHOP. I happen to live near one. I can't complain about the food but I was always careful to ask if there was any charge for something every time it was offered. There had been a few times when I had ordered breakfast there and would be stunned by the bill when I lefet because someone had not explained to me that there was a charge for all of these little appetizers. -- Submitted By: (lrbloom) on April 6, 2011, 9:23 pm

Big Comfy Couch, The - TV Shows
It's bad enough when Loonette does the clock strech. But when that fake Ronald Mcdonald looking named Major Bedhead appears, that's when it bone the comfy couch. -- Submitted By: (SSM) on April 6, 2011, 7:53 pm

Rebecca Black - Music Groups
Okay cool. Glad that's straightened out. There really is no part of that song or the creation of it that's defensible. -- Submitted By: (DolFan316) on April 6, 2011, 7:52 pm

World Wrestling Entertainment - Random Topics
PYRulz, are you KIDDING me??? If anything it's the toning down part Vince didn't want. He sure was on TV a lot during the Attitude Era for someone who "didn't want" it to happen. Sometimes it seemed like Vince or one of his family was on camera almost an entire episode!!! -- Submitted By: (DolFan316) on April 6, 2011, 7:50 pm

IHOP - Random Topics
No wonder the waitress was so perky the last time I was there. And I'm not talking about her chest. (Rim shot.) But seriously, this is a problem everywhere. At least for me. It's almost impossible for me to walk into any store or restaurant and buy anything without the employees trying their best to sell me something else on top of that. I realize they're just following orders and it STILL angers me. -- Submitted By: (DolFan316) on April 6, 2011, 7:46 pm

Reality Television - Random Topics
Some are somewhat watchable I don't which but you have complete crap like Living Lohan, Who wants to marry a Millionare, Dancing with the Stars, American Idol, Girlicious, Bachelor/Bachelorette, etc. It's no wonder people brains are turning to mush, it gives a new meaning to the term "Idiot Box". -- Submitted By: (SSM) on April 6, 2011, 7:34 pm

Full House - TV Shows
I remember seeing that episode where Stephanie had to wear glasses and for some reason Steve Urkel (from Family Matters) was there. When a there a crossover episode when character from another show appears, it usually means the writers ran out of ideas and/or are lazy. I think it was also around the time right before or during the "Michelle Tanner Era" when it truly BTF. -- Submitted By: (SSM) on April 6, 2011, 7:14 pm

World Wrestling Entertainment - Random Topics
PLYrulz, that is very true. The WWF did complete against WCW and later on ECW for the ratings. Vince had the amp the action up just to keep up with them especially with ECW. Personally I didn't mind the WWE being PG that much though, as long it is enjoyable for everyone. -- Submitted By: () on April 6, 2011, 6:49 pm

Rebecca Black - Music Groups
I'm more worried about which seat Rebecca Black is going to take today while a bunch of 13-year-olds driving cars? Joking aside and being serious, if this what passes to be called music now then help us all please. -- Submitted By: (SSM) on April 6, 2011, 6:16 pm

As Time Goes By - TV Shows
This was a fantastic show with wonderful acting. The facial expressions alone could sometimes tell the story. Such well fleshed-out characters that you cared about them. You wanted them to work out their problems and to slap them when they made bone-headed mistakes in their relationships. Such a great show. Never BTF. -- Submitted By: (Tkieron) on April 6, 2011, 5:50 pm

Rebecca Black - Music Groups
I never said the song is fine aside from the songwriting and auto-tune, I just said that those were the biggest problems. The song is horrible. -- Submitted By: (cartooner) on April 6, 2011, 12:31 pm

World Wrestling Entertainment - Random Topics
Vince never really wanted the attitude era, and the blood, sex, and violence associated with it, it was just he had no choice unless he wanted the WWF to become extinct in the Monday Night Wars. I don't mind the WWE being PG, I just think at times, they do make things a little too kiddy, and not think of the adults. -- Submitted By: (PYLrulz) on April 6, 2011, 7:48 am

Who, The - Music Groups
I agree about Quadrophenia being the last great album, though their next one, The Who By Numbers, was pretty good. They should have retired at that point and stayed retired. And Keith shouldn't have gone to Paul McCartney's house on that dark night in 1978.... -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on April 6, 2011, 4:07 am

Bagpipes - Random Topics
Speaking as a son of good MacDonald stock, I must observe that we chased so many Englishmen off battlefields to the sound of the pipes that they finally decided (very wisely) that their chances of winning the next battle were much better with our music on their side. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on April 6, 2011, 3:49 am

Tea Party - Random Topics
The Tea Party began to lose credibility when it went from a gathering of sensible fiscal conservatives to a movement dominated by the not-so-sensible evangelical right. (I'm not sure exactly when that transformation occurred, but it's unfortunate that it occurred at all.) Would the TP ever throw its support behind a fiscally conservative proponent of small government who also happened to be an atheist? Not on your life. -- Submitted By: () on April 6, 2011, 3:30 am

Bowl Championship Series (BCS) - Random Topics
Take every Div-1A conference winner (or, in the case of two-division conferences, the two division winners), add the remaining schools (including indies) with the best records, for a total of 32 schools, then do a basketball-style playoff series. That's four rounds, plus the national championship game. Start the series in mid-December, with games every Saturday, and only a week between the semifinal games and the final (which would take place around the third Saturday in January). No postseason for 6-6 teams, no popularity-contest bowl invites, no weird BCS mathematical formulas. Problem solved. (You're welcome, America.) -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on April 6, 2011, 3:13 am

Cap'n Crunch - Random Topics
Cap'n Crunch boned with the proliferation of flavors, each more nutritionally vacuous than the last. And the ads started to go downhill with the replacement (due to his death) of Daws Butler as the voice of the Cap'n. But hey, they recently unretired Jean LaFoote the Barefoot Pirate, so all is not lost. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on April 6, 2011, 2:38 am

IHOP - Random Topics
IHOP started to go south when the company began pressuring its waitresses - whose job is already tough enough - to sell gift cards and beg diners to participate in online reviews of their performance. As is the case with so many other corporations, the stupid execs need to quit riding the workers in the trenches (and to allow me to eat my French toast in peace). -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on April 6, 2011, 2:22 am

Nobel Peace Prize - Random Topics
In a perfect world, the only legitimate candidates for Nobel Peace Prizes would be actual humanitarians: people who devote their lives to helping others, in ways we can all measure, and without a desire for personal gain. In a perfect world, no politician would be eligible for such an award, simply by virtue of the fact that the pursuit of power - the psychosis which drives every politician, including those we admire - is the antithesis of selfless devotion to others. In a perfect world.......Ahh, but we live on Earth instead. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on April 6, 2011, 2:10 am

BEATLES, The - Music Groups
Completely boneproof. They broke up at the height of their brilliance. All other opinions are nonsense. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on April 6, 2011, 1:50 am

Robert Duvall - Celebrities
So now we know there are at least five idiots in this world - the five who cast "Boned From the Start" votes. (Maybe they mistook this for the Shelly Duvall page....) Robert D is incapable of a less than brilliant performance; everything he does is utterly compelling. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on April 6, 2011, 1:41 am

World Wrestling Entertainment - Random Topics
When they started to have a PG rating. All the wrestling and the storylines became too tame. I remember they used to have stuff like "Bra and Panties" Match, Billy Gunn is actually allowed to called Mr. Ass, and of course The Godfather and the ho train. I agree that the "Attitude Era" is the best one with DX, Steven Austin, The Rock and the Mchanon-Helmsey arc. I think the Invasion arc is where they reach their peak. The Invasion arc itself didn't BTF for me personailly but the aftermath is. After the Invasion arc, I think they just ran out of ideas being they brought WCW/ECW and there was no other wresting show to complete anymore other than the fact that there was few moments there like NWO, Triple H vs Shawn Michael but that's all. -- Submitted By: (SSM) on April 5, 2011, 8:11 pm

Brendan Fraser - Celebrities
Being a heterosexual male I don't find him as gorgeous as Lojo does but he's not bad. A bit over the top with some of his goofy roles but I don't expect any actor these days to be Lawrence Olivier anyway. -- Submitted By: (DolFan316) on April 5, 2011, 6:18 pm

Liberalism - Random Topics
Let the record show that it is a representative of the liberal side that's had to resort to name calling. Just like a libby to do that since they can't successfully argue their point otherwise since even most of THEM don't really understand why they subscribe to that way of thinking. Here's an idea, why don't you create a blog and call me whatever you want there (like a certain RED HEAD from a while back) and leave this site to the people who can actually carry on civil discourse without acting 13, 'k? -- Submitted By: (DolFan316) on April 5, 2011, 6:12 pm

National Public Radio - Random Topics
Lojo, that's the truest description of NPR I've ever seen. Bravo!!! -- Submitted By: (DolFan316) on April 5, 2011, 6:07 pm

Rebecca Black - Music Groups
So what you're saying is, other than the lyrics and the way they're sung, the song is just fine? LOL I didn't just decide this was the worst song ever after looking up how everyone else thought about it on the net, that was my opinion AS I WAS HEARING IT FOR THE FIRST TIME. And just how do 8th graders "party" on the weekend anyway? Raid their parents' medicine cabinet? Or do I even want to know? -- Submitted By: (DolFan316) on April 5, 2011, 6:06 pm

Rage Against the Machine - Music Groups
RATM is like people who move to America from other nations and then complain about how horrible/inferior America is while never moving back because they're too busy raking in American money. -- Submitted By: (DolFan316) on April 5, 2011, 6:01 pm

Reality Television - Random Topics
ChubbyRain, how do we know for sure LSD *isn't* being put into drinking water? Maybe the only reason I'm not part of the "love everything that's garbage" crowd is that I never drink from the tap or water fountains, hmmm... I will go to my grave believing the government/media are intentionally brainwashing people into being mindless sheep. There's just no way this many people could be this stupid all on their own. -- Submitted By: (DolFan316) on April 5, 2011, 5:59 pm

CatDog - TV Shows
While not one of the best cartoons ever, I liked CatDog. I loved the voice of Jim Cummings as cat. Everyone asks the same question: "How do they go to the bathroom?" I was hoping I could find some clues. Like when Cat licks himself, Dog coughs up a hairball. When Dog eats hot sauce, Cat burps out flames. I remember one episode where Lola (the third wheel) caught them in the act. All we saw was Dog stand there, close his eyes and sigh. Then Lola snapped a picture. Dog was upset because she learned the secret of how they went to the bathroom. On Lola's part, that was sick. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on April 5, 2011, 5:56 pm

Reality Television - Random Topics
Reality shows spread like a virus to cable networks as well. Sigh...no wonder people are watching TV less, myself included. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on April 5, 2011, 5:47 pm

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