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Peter Fonda - Celebrities
Dol, you make a good point about dark movie endings becoming more common in the '70s. I think the Hays Code was discontinued in the late '60s, being replaced with the movie rating system. At any rate, much of it had been ignored or circumvented for years before its end, so I'm not sure whether the proliferation of films with less than happy endings was due to a relaxing of censorship standards or the general cynicism which descended on America - and especially on Hollywood - during that time. Also, I do remember Futureworld, which WAS pretty silly. (The earlier Westworld was kind of cool though, and I really hoped at the time that I would live long enough to see that sort of technology become reality.) -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on June 6, 2011, 7:56 pm

Nelson - Music Groups
I have a feeling the reaction to these two young fellows breaks along gender lines: Women love them and men (including me) are scratching their heads in confusion. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on June 6, 2011, 2:21 pm

Kid Rock - Music Groups
I'm as openminded as anyone, but I've never understood this guy's appeal. To me his fame is as inexplicable as Meat Loaf's was, back in the day. (At least Meat Loaf is a likable guy, whereas Kid Rock just strikes me as a snot.) -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on June 6, 2011, 2:15 pm

Bush (band) - Music Groups
The first album is excellent, and three or four tracks from the Science of Things album are memorable. Golden State is a decent return to their original sound, from which they had drifted for several years. But overall, the band hasn't truly lived up to its potential. They recently reunited, however, and are set to release a new album in late 2011; hopefully I'll be pleasantly surprised by it (even though it's being produced by Bob Rock, who in my opinion is highly overrated as an engineer/producer). -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on June 6, 2011, 2:09 pm

Clash, The - Music Groups
Shouldn't this be listed under the letter C? Did I enter it incorrectly? Don't the administrators here make sure that submissions beginning with the word "The" are located according to the first letter of the second word, or is that the job of the person who submits the subject? Very confusing, and I hope this mistake is fixed. As for the band, they never really boned, though it is true that the last album ought not to have seen the light of day. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on June 6, 2011, 1:52 pm

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Music Groups
I say they never boned. Their later work doesn't do much for me, but as long as the set lists on their tours are heavy on the old stuff, they continue to satisfy me. The harmonies are certainly still there. I only with Meil Young would tour with them, but his own schedule is too crowded to allow that. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on June 6, 2011, 1:45 pm

Jericho - TV Shows
I completely agree with Scatcatpdx on this. What started as an intriguing what-if story focusing on a small town's reaction to a momentous, disorienting - and on its face plausible - event, quickly became just another conspiracy theorist's wet dream. It could have been much more interesting as a sort of down-to-earth "Day After" tale, with authentic characters struggling to regain their bearings and rebuild their little world. (A tale from which we might have learned something about ourselves.) But no; the producers took the easy, short-sighted route of making a soap-operatic, nothing-is-as-it-seems, plot-twist-heavy romp through a cardboard landscape of cliched apocalyptic cynicism - the very sort of tired theme to which Hollywood suits (and, sadly, writers) turn when they can't think of anything original (which is all the damn time). I watched the entire series run, but I didn't like it. (It sort of reminded me of the movie Independence Day, which also started in a promising manner and then devolved into a stupid, cliche-heavy comedy that made me feel at its end as if I had been thoroughly ripped off.) -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on June 6, 2011, 1:39 pm

Louisiana - Random Topics
Well, okay, Pelirojo, you've forced my hand. My only beef with Louisiana is the profound level of political corruption that has characterized the place for almost its entire history. Some residents, and many outsiders, seem to think this is one of the state's more endearing charms; I do not. I agree with you about the culture, and some of the music is decent. But as long as the folks who live there put up with - let alone keep electing - leaders who in a perfect world would be sitting in jail cells, the state will continue to rank at or near the bottom in a host of quality-of-life indicators until the Sun burns out - and I will always be less than enthusiastic about donating to relief efforts there, as I can never be sure that the money is going where it's supposed to go (as opposed to some dumb-fuck congressman's freezer). -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on June 6, 2011, 12:18 am

Sarah Palin - Celebrities
What percentage of beauty pageant contestants are flaming narcissists? I'm guessing a very high percentage. What percentage of narcissists are seriously insecure? An even higher percentage. It is therefore unwise to allow former beauty pageant contestants to wield power over ordinary people. We should thank Ms Palin for reminding us of this. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on June 6, 2011, 12:02 am

Pluto (Dwarf Planet) - Random Topics
Well, Dol, since a state legislature (I don't recall which one) voted awhile back that the value of Pi would from now on be exactly 3, I don't see why Congress can't declare that all solar systems, starting with ours, shall from now on consist of exactly 9 planets. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on June 5, 2011, 4:51 pm

Peter Fonda - Celebrities
By the way, I meant no disrespect to my friend Robert, and in fact am not sure he was even dissing Henry Fonda per se. My comment - which was maybe somewhat off-topic - was directed at folks who devalue a military veteran because his political views don't match theirs. (And it's doubly shameful if they themselves didn't serve in the military, or if they give a pass to political allies who didn't.) Back to Peter Fonda: I enjoyed the creepy movie Race With the Devil, which he made in the '70s with Warren Oates, Loretta Swit, and the lovely Lara Parker (who played the hot witch Angelique on the original Dark Shadows). It has a somewhat grim ending, which was unusual for that era. (Though, come to think of it, it isn't dissimilar to Easy Rider's ending.) -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on June 5, 2011, 12:08 am

Elmo - Random Topics
To paraphrase Larry Holmes, Elmo is not fit to carry Grover's jockstrap. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on June 4, 2011, 11:41 pm

Pluto (Dwarf Planet) - Random Topics
Instead of demoting Pluto, I am unclear as to why the astronomy community did not hold to the earlier definition of a planet and accept Pluto and Eris and Ceres and the other so-called dwarf planets as full-fledged planets. Had they done so, we would now be talking about 13 definite planets and perhaps as many as 60 other potential planets extending out to 8 billion or so miles from the sun. The recently decided-upon criterion that a full planet must have enough mass to "clear" its orbital neighborhood of smaller bodies seems kind of arbitrary. (Besides, neither Earth nor Mars, nor even Jupiter, has cleared its orbital zone.) I say the more planets, the better. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on June 4, 2011, 11:33 pm

Peter Fonda - Celebrities
You're right, Pelirojo; I should have made that clearer in my post. I do get a bit steamed when a man who enlisted in the armed forces to serve his country in wartime is subjected to the sort of spiteful talk that might be more properly directed at those who found reasons not to enlist. But back to the question of Peter Fonda's fishboning. His acting career has been surprisingly prolific; I count 62 movies in which he has appeared. Admittedly, few were notable, but then that's true of most people in the acting biz. He was quite good in Ulee's Gold, and he stole every scene he was in in 3:10 to Yuma. If you don't like his political views, you'll say he boned from the beginning, and if you thought he was one righteous dude back in the '60s, you'll take the view that he hasn't boned at all. I personally don't feel strongly enough either way to have an opinion, except to say that the man is who he is, and he's pretty much always been as we see him today. (Sorry if that sounds wishy-washy.) -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on June 4, 2011, 11:10 pm

Space Ghost Coast to Coast - TV Shows
Simply brilliant. That's all I can think of to say. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on June 4, 2011, 3:02 am

Walker, Texas Ranger - TV Shows
It's just silly fluff, like the A-Team. Hell, even series like NCIS which take themselves way more seriously are rife with factual inaccuracies and implausible situations. Norris is smart enough to know his limitations; he wasn't out to create high art here. His goal was a workmanlike series that would generate decent ratings for several years and make him alot of money. Mission accomplished. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on June 4, 2011, 2:40 am

Sarah Palin - Celebrities
Update to last post: Just heard Sarah's MANGLING of the story of Paul Revere. Can she really be this stupid? Is this the Tea Party's standard-bearer (or potential kingmaker) for next year's presidential race? Is this the right's light of salvation? Is this a legitimate heir to Ronald Reagan? (You can bet Reagan knew the Paul Revere story as well as anyone.) This is a woman in her 40s - a woman who fancies herself an American leader - and she is butt-ignorant of the details of one of the great events of her country's history. One would think that after 2008's exposure of her painfully limited brainpower, she would have decided it was time to give herself an education commensurate with her aspirations, and crack open a goddamn book or two. But no. In Sarah's world, all you need are ideological loyalty and nice legs; booklearnin' and such are tools of the Devil and must be avoided. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on June 4, 2011, 2:22 am

Real Time with Bill Maher - TV Shows
Calling him the Jane Fonda of the Iraq War is elevating him waaaayyyyy beyond his true propaganda-tool value. Nobody, and I mean NOBODY, among today's American antiwar celeb crowd can even remotely be compared to Hanoi Jane circa 1972, either in attitude or behavior. And for the record, Hitler was not a "great" artist. At best he had modest talent which might have grown had he not taken a different path in 1914. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on June 3, 2011, 1:26 pm

Peter Fonda - Celebrities
He also served honorably in the United States Navy during WW2, in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters (and therefore far away from the dangerous Hollywood billets to which Ronald Reagan was assigned). This while John Wayne was finding one reason after another to remain a civilian.... -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on June 3, 2011, 1:16 pm

Louisiana - Random Topics
Ouch! That's cold. (I do like me some Cajun food, so I'll keep my own thoughts about the state to myself.) Hey, we ought to have a BTF page for every U.S. state. And several countries ought to have their own page as well. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on June 2, 2011, 1:01 pm

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