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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

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

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

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

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

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

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