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Foo Fighters - Music Groups
It took years for this band to grow on me, but it finally did. I agree that Wasting Light is an outstanding album. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 15, 2011, 12:44 pm

Ministry - Music Groups
I'm with Chubby here. The Sire Records era (1987-92) was their peak, then they lost their way for a looooong time. The overtly political stuff of the last decade was more a cynical attempt to sell records than it was a genuine howl from the heart. (The music itself offered nothing particularly new.) -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 15, 2011, 12:36 pm

NickelBack - Music Groups
Safe. Unoriginal. Vanilla. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 15, 2011, 12:18 pm

2012 doomsday prediction - Random Topics
Travoltron, you'd be a lousy 2012 hustler because you have integrity and a conscience. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 15, 2011, 12:13 pm

Quiet Riot - Music Groups
Lightweight trailer-park mullet metal. Formulaic songs with sophomoric lyrics. Rudy Sarzo was the only notable talent. Boned at birth. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 15, 2011, 12:08 pm

Tonight Show, The - TV Shows
The late-night-variety-show genre boned long ago. Or rather, it became passe as our tastes changed. Eventually it will be as extinct as its prime-time counterparts, and our grandkids will find our appreciation of them as perplexing as we find our parents'/grandparents' appreciation of the Ed Sullivan Show. That said, Carson brought so much to the table that Leno lacks, one may as well be comparing apples and basketballs. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 15, 2011, 10:56 am

Dog the Bounty Hunter - TV Shows
A good rule of thumb, JustLooking. Sort of like the word "celebrity"; if a program includes that word in its title, give it a wide berth. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 15, 2011, 10:44 am

Dear Abby - Random Topics
It's hard to believe ANY of the letters this woman replies to are real. Are there truly so many clueless folks out there who write to her for advice? I mean, some of these letters appear to be written by people who would need advice on the best order in which to arrange their morning bathroom routine. ("Dear Abby, should I shower first and then brush my teeth, or the other way around?") We all know that there are plenty of our fellow citizens whose moral compass doesn't always point north, but how many of them, in this 21st century, are likely to get the idea to write to an advice columnist? -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 14, 2011, 10:04 pm

1960's - Random Topics
Pelirojo, I can agree with your comment on the "decline of civility". What I have a problem with is the insistence by others that America itself is in some sort of decline which started in that era. That view is based on a very limited historical perspective. Your reference to the Civil War era demonstrates you have a wider view of things than those who measure the nation's dynamics primarily from the moment of their own birth. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 14, 2011, 9:48 pm

George Takei - Celebrities
You won't get dissed by me, my friend. Of course, there was the episode "The Naked Time", where he got to play Three Musketeers. Maybe the saddest thing about the fact that TOS lasted only three seasons was the lack of time to flesh out the personalities of the supporting cast. They were forced to do so in the movies, and that was hardly satisfactory. Considering how the actors - Takei and Koenig and Nichols and Doohan - ended up getting so little non-Star Trek work over the years, it would have at least been a comfort to have had the opportunity to mold their respective Star Trek characters into a complex person. Yet there were few chances to do so, even in the movies. That must have been terribly frustrating for them. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 14, 2011, 9:39 pm

Marilyn Manson - Music Groups
The worst thing I can say about an artist is that he or she is unoriginal. Marilyn Manson is deeply unoriginal. He is not and never has been cutting-edge; he has never truly pushed the envelope. Yet he poses as some sort of artistic pioneer. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 14, 2011, 9:40 am

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The - Random Topics
I second everything Eugene said. There is definitely such a thing as being "too hip for Hollywood", and this is a clear example. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 14, 2011, 9:34 am

Fear Factor - TV Shows
Ya gotta love those "hundred-year-old eggs".... -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 14, 2011, 9:29 am

Almost Live! - TV Shows
Keister is right. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 14, 2011, 3:49 am

Ghost Hunters - TV Shows
"Ooohh look - ORBS! I don't know the first goddamn thing about photography, let alone backscatter, so it must be ectoplasm!" -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 14, 2011, 3:47 am

George Takei - Celebrities
How was he fooling you? Did he walk around for years telling everyone "I LOOOOVE WOMEN"? Unlike Rock Hudson or Tab Hunter or Robert Reed or Richard Chamberlain or David Hyde Pierce, Takei was not known for TV or film roles in which his characters romanced women. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 14, 2011, 3:30 am

Woodstock - Random Topics
Every American generation's actions and creations are an attempt to refute those of the generation before. The Baby Boom generation is only notable for the enthusiasm with which those refutations were attempted. Here's a thought: If the generation preceding the Boomers had been so very perfect, the Boomers (of whom I am one) would have seen no need to break with them. So why did they? (And forget those glib but shallow excuses like "drugs" or "laziness"; the answer is nowhere near that simple.) On a related track, I must recommend a couple of books here: Generations, by William Strauss and Neil Howe, and its sequel The Fourth Turning, by the same authors. Go to Wikipedia and type "Strauss-Howe generational theory" in the search box. The authors make a compelling case that this country's history (and by implication the history of all societies) has been a series of cycles, each of four distinct (and recurring) generational types. It makes for fascinating reading, and it might deepen your view of the interplay between the Baby Boomers and neighboring generations. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 14, 2011, 3:07 am

Star Trek TNG - TV Shows
I'm in the "reverse boned" camp here. Episodes got ALOT more interesting as the series progressed, the actors really grew into their characters, and most of the features that annoyed me - little kids on the ship, the loutish Ferengi, etc - and characters I could do without - Wesley and Yar and Lwaxana Troi - began to fall by the wayside. The maturing of Marina Sirtis as an actor, and the development of her character from an irritating emotion-addled bimbo to a sharp, gutsy, totally legitimate Starfleet officer (albeit - sigh - at the expense of that magnificent cleavage, which began to be covered up by her uniform), sort of encapsulated for me the show's overall growth. By the time the series ended, the cast and writers were hitting on all cylinders on a regular basis. Some episodes were as good as anything that has ever been on TV. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 14, 2011, 2:30 am

At the Movies - TV Shows
I frankly preferred the earlier incarnation of the show, Sneak Previews, which aired from 1977 to 1982. Roger and Gene were alot feistier back then, and the show's structure was a bit more to my taste (including the theme music). But I have to agree that Gene's death left an unfillable hole, and while Roeper is plenty articulate and knowledgeable, there was no chemistry to speak of between him and Ebert, and that made the debates alot less interesting for me. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 13, 2011, 6:25 pm

Communist Party USA - Random Topics
To quote Robert: "Not all Democrats are Communists, like not all Republicans are fascists. I know people who prove both points." That's almost a case of damning with faint praise. The fact is that THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY of members of both parties, and of the overall American electorate, are not communists or fascists. Robert again: "But why anyone would want to make a party based on a group that killed millions is beyond me." I assume you're referring to the American Communist Party, and your question is a good one. Why DO some people embrace a philosophy that has such a murderous track record? My answer: Beats the shit out of me. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 13, 2011, 6:13 pm

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