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Twilight - Movie Series
I haven't seen it and have no interest in it- yet I've been bombarded enough from the media hype to get the gist of this. I find it quite disturbing that the leading lady in this series eagerly embraces the idea of killing herself to separate herself from all her family, friends and regular life just to be with an emo dude! Why is that being considered romantic by so many teen girls- and how many of their parents are actually considering the series' context and trying to at least attempt to get their daughters to rationalize that self-destruction is NOT a positive thing? -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on October 17, 2009, 11:30 am

American South, The - Random Topics
I'm also from the south and, while I don't embrace the redneck thing, I'm sorry to say that it's true that there are many here who do- including a few in my extended family(and, yes, there are Confederates in the attic but also at least one African-American branch)! I prefer however to consider the many contributions our area has made to the US and the world. First of all, many colonies were started here with the Spanish establishing St. Augustine, Florida in 1565, the English establishing Jamestown, Virginia in 1607 , French Canadians establishing New Orleans in 1712 Moreover, our region was where the Native American Mound Builders lived before that- and the Cherokee are from here the only tribe that became literate in a generation from an alphabet known to have been entirely the creation of one person- Sequoyah . Secondly, we've had writers as diverse in style and context as Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain, William Faulkner ,Harper Lee Alex Haley and Alice Walker come from here! And let's not forget the many national leaders we've had (good and bad) from here. I'd like to point out that many of our nation's Founding Fathers were southerners including George Washington (and,yes, I know he was also a slaveholder) yet his memory was so revered by both sides in the US Civil War (AKA War Between the States) that his estate of Mount Vernon was scrupulously kept untouched despite its incredibly strategic position of being on a steep bluff overlooking the Potamac River which all shipping bound for Washington,DC must to pass by! Yes, I know there have been many rather sad and shameful events that have happened here yet I don't think anyone should dismiss our region without considering the positive contributions! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on October 17, 2009, 11:24 am

Olympics, The - TV Shows
Eugene, Either I misread the number of years or my math was more whacked than usual! Anyway, thanks for setting me straight re Montreal's debt! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on October 15, 2009, 10:13 am

Vikings - Random Topics
Someone has to say it, they weren't TOTAL thugs- as they actually mapped out extensive routes during their travels. Not only did they happen upon Iceland, Greenland and Vinland (Newfoundland) but they brought trade to many areas that had been overlooked for centuries during the Dark Ages. I went to the Jorvik Viking Center in York, England and saw a coin they'd found there minted in, of all places, Samarkand- what a story THAT coin could have told! Plus, they were the ones who built Dublin. Granted, they built Dublin so they could raid the interior Irish monasteries but they also wanted a good port for trading! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on October 11, 2009, 3:37 pm

Growing Pains - TV Shows
To me, no matter how much Kirk Cameron insisted on reworking the scripts to reflect his claimed 'born again' status, it's interesting how Mike ALWAYS was a snot to his family and friends. -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on October 11, 2009, 3:30 pm

Mickey Mouse Club, The - TV Shows
Did anyone else think the Mouskateers singing the theme at the end sounded like they were at Mickey's funeral? Man, they sounded so SAD! If it weren't for the cartoon Mickey saying goodbye at the end, I'd have thought he'd have died! From seeing the original in syndication rerun years after the fact, I think it boned when it became a virtual nonstop proto-infomercial for Disneyland! Yeah, it was amazing to see the rides and everything else when it first opened (and I'll even grant that Mr. Disney himself had every reason to be proud of how his theme park brought so many of his creations/adaptations to life). However; the pride went into overkill and they put all the interesting serials, cartoons,etc. on the backburner! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on October 11, 2009, 3:24 pm

Amazing Race, The - TV Shows
I love travelling to interesting locations and solving riddles and wouldn't mind going on this show, but for the facts that I doubt I could take a month off my job to participate AND I can't think of anyone in my life who wouldn't lag behind when I'm trying to race! Also, I don't know anyone who drives stick shift anymore and at least once a season, there's a challenge requiring them to race in a stick shift vehicle and there's ALWAYS one team with neither of them knowing how! Although it's come close a couple of times by letting a few sabotaging ,underhanded and obnoxious contestants continue participating instead of sending them packing first thing; I have to say, it's never boned! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on October 11, 2009, 3:17 pm

ABC Afterschool Special - TV Shows
There are still a few that stand out in my mind. I remember one in which this teen filmmaker was doing a film about homeless folks- and discovered that her own MOTHER (whom her father and aunt had lied about her early death) among them! Yikes! Yeah, they often were heavyhanded and moralistic (and quite often I felt like screaming at the teens making very dumb choices), but they were usually worth passing time watching. However; one thing that boned for me was when these teens had wrecked their car and were stuck in the middle of this blizzard thinking they were going to freeze to death- and there was a moment when the teen boy storms off on his own and I thought, now would be a good time for him to ask God for help. But, no, he didn't! Evidently, ABC didn't want to offend anyone in the audience (such as the educational community) by depicting someone who actually might consider praying in a time of great need and distress! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on October 11, 2009, 3:07 pm

Roman Polanski - Celebrities
While I don't agree with everything Chubby Rain says on this site, I think he brings up an interesting point in that it seems he admits that it wasn't easy for him (Chubby Rain) to consider that Mr. Polanski deserves to be legally punished for what he did due to him(Chubby Rain) considering "Chinatown" to be a good movie- yet, in the end, as reluctant as he(Chubby Rain) may have been to want to consider it, he (Chubby Rain) knew that a crime being committed did NOT get erased by a criminal's artistic abilities! Unfortunately, there are many who prefer to sweep crimes under the rug and howl at legal punishments against criminals solely because THEY don't want to have to see someone they consider a talented person have to be held accountable for a crime (and ,thus, no longer be able to make movies they like)! Yes, of course it's a bitter irony that Mr. Polanski has been given all this talent but I don't think that alone should exempt him from the standards of other mortals. I'll also address that it was horrific indeed for him to have lost his original family in the Holocaust AND to have had his wife and unborn son so barbarically butchered by those thugs at Manson's behest. I'm NOT minimalizing those tragedies in Mr. Polanski's life in the least. However; even those tragedies added into the mix do NOT exempt Mr. Polanski from having to be considered accountable for what he did to that child. Moreover, I think it's disgraceful that he dishonored not only his own talent but also all those loved ones who needlessly died by doing what he did and whom would have utterly mortified them had they lived to see him doing what he did to that child. Oh, and minimally by his own admission, he committed legal statory rape and fled the US to avoid prosecution- and, by what the prosecutors believe ,he ALSO had his way with the child after drugging her and in spite of her saying no. There are plenty of talented geniuses and survivors of family murders out there who have NEVER harmed children so lets pool our support for them and quit acting as though Mr. Polanski is the ONLY talented film genius and the ONLY survivor of family murders! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on October 11, 2009, 2:53 pm

Cagney & Lacey - TV Shows
Shanequia, Oddly enough, they were NOT a couple on TV. However; here's a strange irony to the whole thing. The FIRST Cagney got canned after an anonymous program exec said that she made the two policewomen look like a 'couple of dorks'[only the last word wasn't dorks]. So, they cast Sharon Gless as the new Cagney. Some viewers howled over the casting change but there was at least one viewer who became obsessed with her to the point of writing possessive letters then barricading herself in Miss Gless's empty home before killing herself. Yes, that late viewer was another woman who seemed to want to impose her OWN lesbian fantasy on Miss Gless regardless of Miss Gless's wishes! Yet, I've never heard of anything remotely close to that happening with either of the actresses who played Lacey or Cagney #1! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on October 10, 2009, 3:18 pm

Olympics, The - TV Shows
They've picked Rio?! What was the Committee thinking?! I personally was hoping for Madrid myself (as it has some very wide avenues and plenty of arenas for atheletic venues). If they had to pick a South American city, why not Buenos Aires? It took Montreal 23 years to pay off its 1976 Olympic debts so at least Chicago got spared that millstone. -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on October 10, 2009, 3:06 pm

Barnaby Jones - TV Shows
I can't recall this Website's Patron Saint appearance on this show (but then again, she's totally slipped my memory beyond her "My Three Sons" regular spots). However; I thought the show was interesting because it used (for then) rather cutting edge forensic technology to solve crimes and I thought it was an interesting touch that an old man decided to end his retirement early for the express purpose of solving murders after his own son had gotten murdered and his widowed daughter-in-law was his helpful assistant Also, it was good to see Buddy Ebsen playing someone who didn't have to pretend to be a clueless rube to fit in with his increasingly cartoonish family. Still, I admit that after a few seasons, it definitely got a rather stodgy quality to it (with each section being called 'Act One,Act Two,etc). However; one of the best parts of the "Beverly Hillbillies" movie (yes, I admit I saw it!) was having Buddy Ebsen play Mr. Jones (and NOT Jed Clampett) one last time for his very last screen role! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on October 10, 2009, 2:55 pm

Andy Kaufman - Celebrities
He took the concept of 'all the world's a stage' WAAY too literally. I've often wondered if he'd have ever 'gotten' that had he lived to middle age. -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on October 10, 2009, 2:45 pm

IKEA Furniture - Random Topics
OK, neo, I guess since someone else who claiming to be European posted a somewhat sarcastic post the day after I attempted to explain mys position to you, I let my temper get the better of me and not notice that it was someone different from you. That was unfair of me to you and I apologize for that. However; I myself still have no use for IKEA Furniture. -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on October 10, 2009, 2:39 pm

Coca Cola Company - Random Topics
I reread the posts and conclude that I believe shanequia because she conducted the experiment with the hot dog herself and was relating her own conclusions via her observations as a good scientist is supposed to do! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on October 7, 2009, 7:38 am

Coca Cola Company - Random Topics
quimbyt, I can't say whether it's true or not about it dissolving a hot dog but I can tell you it CAN dissolve a scoop of ice cream into mere froth in a matter of minutes- and ice cream's a kind of food! In any case, a secret recipe which includes an excess amount of syrup mixed with carbonated water isn't something the human body really needs. All the above said, though, I hope anyone reading this who travels to the Atlanta area gets a chance to go to the Coca Cola Exhibit which details the company's take of the history of the drink and how it became one of the first commercial products to be mass marketted to world wide distribution. Quite fascinating! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on October 7, 2009, 7:35 am

Bonanza - TV Shows
Not a bad series but sometimes it got distracting how cheap the show was. Like, no matter WHERE they went to, the campfires they built always looked EXACTLY the same- and the stagecoach had one wheel that never turned! Still, they should have just sold the ranch when Hoss bought the farm! Can't say I ever missed Adam who was even stodgier than Ben and, frankly ,always was somewhat relieved when he quietly departed in the rerun circuits. What's also funny was how neither Lorne Greene or Michael Landon had EVER done much (if any) horseback riding befo as city folk before being cast but they quickly learned how to ride like experts to keep their jobs! LOL -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on October 6, 2009, 3:08 pm

Family Feud - TV Shows
Occasionally okay as time filler- principally due to a few of the survey questions/answers being interesting with broken clock regularity! However; there's one thing I've never understood in all its incarnations: why don't they let the contestants sit down when they're not doing face-off lightning rounds? It's not as though they're thinking any smarter on their feet! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on October 6, 2009, 3:01 pm

Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan, The - TV Shows
Where was their MOTHER?! Never a mention about (the late?) Mrs. Chan! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on October 6, 2009, 2:57 pm

Dinah! - TV Shows
The show was fluff but Dinah had a cool, sophisticated Southern accent that I've heard my whole life but rarely gets heard on television. She was TV's prototype Steel Magnolia! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on October 6, 2009, 2:56 pm

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