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LeBron James - Celebrities
And on that happy note, I depart BTF for good. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on June 14, 2011, 7:58 pm

South Park - TV Shows
Yes, Travoltron, I saw it. An unusually heavy episode, with a very melancholy ending, and a pretty clear hint that this may be last season of South Park. Parker and Stone have made little effort to hide the fact that they aren't as committed to the show as they used to be, and that they are frustrated at the demands the show places on their time and energy. Now that they have an award-winning Broadway musical to their credit, they appear to want to try other things, and South Park has become a drag on their ambitions. In that sense, "You're Getting Old" would seem to have multiple meanings. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on June 14, 2011, 4:41 pm

LeBron James - Celebrities
Why resist? Because I'm a grownup; trashing people gets old after awhile, and my soul just doesn't need that constant corrosion. That's why I try to balance the critical things I write on these BTF topics with positive comments. Simply put: Constant negativity isn't good for a person. Besides, as I have pointed out in a number of BTF posts, the American Stardom Machine - which ultimately is all of us - places impossible expectations and demands and pressures on talented young people - especially actors and athletes - for which they are often not emotionally or psychologically prepared. LeBron James was given too much, too fast, and too much has been demanded of him in return. I can hardly begin to imagine the pressures he has been under. In the sense that he handled the Cleveland departure very poorly - due largely to having received very bad advice from his so-called friends - I can understand the temptation to gloat at how the bad karma he has generated has come back on him. Hell, I was a Seattle resident when Alex Rodriguez ditched the Mariners for a quarter-billion bucks. I shared the general Seattle bitterness toward the guy, and for years I relished every subsequent setback in his career. But it occurred to me one day that I was angry at A-Rod for failing to place my demands on him above his demands on himself, and from that moment I dropped my foolish grudge and just accepted him as a very good ballplayer. This is what I'm trying to do with LeBron too (and also with Tiger Woods). And finally, the older I get, the less attractive I find following herds and adopting a herd mentality. This gleeful I-Hate-LeBron-James craze I see gripping the country is very much a herd thing. (Or more accurately a school-of-piranha thing.) -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on June 14, 2011, 2:55 pm

Beer - Random Topics
Since you are always quick to attack left-of-center people and organizations and ideas, and usually missing in action when the subject is a right-of-center person or organization or idea, I have come to assume you are right of center. ("If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck...", etc etc) And since you won't clarify the matter by telling us where you DO stand, philosophically, you can hardly expect someone to NOT make such an assumption about you. However, some of your posts do tell me you aren't an orthodox conservative. (Or at least they indicate a guy who is as likely to embrace elements of our modern toxic culture as he is to gripe about them.) But the fact is that absinthe has been associated pretty closely with counterculture-type personalities going back well over a hundred years, and its present popularity in this country is confined mostly to folks who consider themselves progressives of one sort or another. Therefore, my assumptions about you are not so unrealistic on their face, are they? -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on June 14, 2011, 2:10 pm

LeBron James - Celebrities
I remember a 60 Minutes piece on LeBron back around 2003, when he was about to begin his pro career right out of high school. He came across as a genuinely nice, likable young man, humble and soft-spoken and well-grounded. Now look at him eight years later. Success - wealth and fame and hero worship and all the other things that set him apart from the ordinary run of humanity - has thoroughly ruined him. And the expectations that have been piled on his shoulders over the years - the demands to be The King - have proven too much for him to bear (let alone to bear with any sort of grace). I won't call him a victim of society - he's too rich and has too many fans for a label like that to sound anything other than foolishly melodramatic - but I do believe he has been damaged by all the hype and attention and demands of superstardom, and this is why I take no pleasure in his humiliation. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on June 13, 2011, 8:54 pm

Beer - Random Topics
Of course I've heard of absinthe. I just can't picture a guy who complains about liberals drinking a beverage usually associated with liberals. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on June 13, 2011, 8:36 pm

American Idol - TV Shows
The contestants on this horrid program don't really respect music as anything more than a tool. To them it's just a means to an end - the vehicle which will bring them the fame and wealth they lust for - rather than an end in itself. They don't have the first understanding of the concept of art for art's sake. (Apparently the judges don't either.) -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on June 13, 2011, 1:55 am

Beer - Random Topics
Absinthe???? What the???? Oh, never mind; to each his own. I seem to have misread this crowd; I could have sworn there were a few beer drinkers among you lot, or at least a couple of you - aside from the always-reliable Kingbk - who appreciated a high-quality brew (as opposed to your basic Bud and related swill). But no. By the way, King, I too like a good stout or other dark beer on occasion, but there are some mighty decent amber and pale ales out there too. And I've become fond of a variety called Scotch Ale, some brands of which are aged for several months in whiskey barrels, which gives them a wonderfully smooth taste. (They can also be upward of 9 percent alcohol....) American beer definitely boned the fish in the mid-20th century when the big-box corporations - Budweiser, Miller and Coors - drove most of those nice old regional brews out of business and replaced them with watery, soulless crap that really IS good for nothing but getting you drunk. The birth, some 30 years ago, of the craft beer movement, and all the wonderful micros that have resulted, qualifies in my book as a first-class reverse-bone. (The greater availability of good imports helps too.) For the record, I like my vodka too, and the world would be poorer without either rum or tequila. (And one of my kinfolks buys me a fifth of Tanqueray for my birthday every year, which is a damn fine tradition.) But I'm a beer man through and through. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on June 13, 2011, 1:38 am

Seth McFarlane - Celebrities
I don't; I only have my recollection of having read it. But my understanding is that KOTH was cancelled to make room for The Cleveland Show, so that might have something to do with where he was coming from. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on June 13, 2011, 1:12 am

Beer - Random Topics
I'll mark this date on my calendar: Mr Hugely Opinionated About Almost Everything has no opinion about something. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on June 12, 2011, 1:25 pm

Bad Brains - Music Groups
Great - and I mean GREAT - early stuff, but that nasty old beast called "creative differences" came along and tore up the place; the last album with vocalist H.R., Quickness, didn't know what it was supposed to be, and after he left in 1989 the band didn't seem to know what it was either. The only consistent element after '89 was Dr Know's wonderfully insane guitar work, but that wasn't really enough. A sort of reunion album with a much reduced H.R. came out a few years ago, but it's kind of weak. Apparently they're staying together for another record or two, and they've been touring all over the place, but I don't know why they bother. All in all, Bad Brains was on top of its game in the '80s and probably boned for good when the decade ended. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on June 11, 2011, 3:05 pm

Black Flag - Music Groups
Maddeningly inconsistent, with two brilliant albums bookending three others that were a little too artsy (not to mention too hastily produced) for the band's own good. The last studio album was strong, and a fantastic live album hit the streets just as the band was going under. All in all a great springboard for Rollins, whose subsequent solo work redefined the word "uncompromising". -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on June 11, 2011, 2:44 pm

That Metal Show - TV Shows
So did Herman's Hermits in the '60s. Popularity doesn't automatically equal quality in my squinty eyes. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on June 11, 2011, 2:23 pm

Beer - Random Topics
Nobody here at BTF has an opinion about beer? That's pretty bizarre if you ask me. The most important subject in the world, the most wonderful substance ever created, and you hyper-opinionated characters can't think of a thing to say about it. Oh well - maybe you just don't comment on things that are COMPLETELY UNBONEABLE, since their greatness speaks for itself. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on June 11, 2011, 9:01 am

Operation Repo - TV Shows
A lame show on a lame network. Not only are the incidents scripted, they probably aren't even based on actual cases. Compared to this program, the Jerry Springer Show is deeply intellectual. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on June 11, 2011, 2:25 am

Da Vinci Code, The - Movie Series
I had to be dragged to both of these movies, and the person who did the dragging owes me bigtime for the misery I endured. They weren't terrible films; they were just ho-hum, and ten bucks is too much to shell out for ho-hum. But I'm biased because I have a very low opinion of Dan Brown and his books. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on June 10, 2011, 8:10 am

F Troop - TV Shows
I'm always amazed at the detailed critiques of a series that aired briefly nearly half a century ago. I certainly could not remember any changes in the quality of the writing from the first season to the second, or the change in caliber of the fort's cannon, or whatever. (45 years is a looonnnnnggg time to retain that sort of stuff in my head.) All I recall is a show I rather liked, despite its abject silliness. (Or because of it; again, the memory just isn't too sharp here.) I appreciated that the Indians were smarter than the cavalrymen, and I liked the cast. There was no boning moment I could name. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on June 10, 2011, 8:02 am

Morton Downey, Jr. - Celebrities
Boned ten fish on the day his Sacramento radio show first aired. Boned a hundred more when his TV show first aired. Boned five hundred more when he had worthless puke Axl Rose on his show (and the two of them quickly formed an intensely nauseating mutual admiration society). Boned a thousand fish when he returned to Trash Radio after the TV show was cancelled. Boned five thousand more when he returned to TV. Boned ten thousand more when that venture predictably failed and he returned to radio for the third and last time. Lay all the fish this guy boned end to end and you could walk on them all the way to the moon. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on June 10, 2011, 4:01 am

Seth McFarlane - Celebrities
I don't have any major problem with the guy, but I thought the extreme disrespect he showed toward Mike Judge and King of the Hill (and his outspoken delight at that show's cancellation) was kind of uncalled-for. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on June 10, 2011, 3:22 am

Geraldo Rivera - Celebrities
Robert, I left grad school to take an offered job at a midsized newspaper, thus sidetracking my dream to become Soggy the Courageous War Reporter. I'd have fancied hitching up with a wire service rather than a TV news network, being at the time a better writer than speaker, but at any rate life intervened as it always does and sent me in a different direction. And then five or six years later I switched careers entirely. As for any sense I might have had back then of Geraldo's imperfections, they would not have affected my view of him, and in fact my understanding was that a good foreign correspondent was supposed to be a hard-drinking horndog with a bit of an attitude who marched to his own drum and rubbed lots of folks the wrong way. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on June 10, 2011, 2:36 am

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