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Roland Deschain

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  1. Do remarks like this represent your idea of a Christian attitude toward Bill Maher? Let's just say that I have been kinder to Bill Maher than he has been to Christians. And is it your personal crusade to pick fights with me on this message board? Your nitpicking, petulant, and whiny attitude is one of the reasons I very rarely frequent MBs any more. But whatever makes you feel better about yourself, I reckon.
  2. OK, so when someone sincerely asks you about your critical standards, your response is an off-target ad hominem attack on the questioner. Whatever, man. If you want me to lighten up, I will. In fact, that's my only choice here ... you certainly haven't given me any reason to take you seriously. Aha...keep the day job, mando. You don't have a future in comedy...or even in the art of being drole.
  3. Sorry, "I enjoyed it" doesn't equate to "'Twas well done." One is a subjective response; the other is a critical evaluation. I mean, I saw the new Indiana Jones movie the other night, and I enjoyed it as long as I didn't think critically about how implausible many of its plot points are ... or how Spielberg occasionally gets lazy and substitutes a crotch joke for an action sequence ... or that there really is no metal in gunpowder ... or why the casket's magnetism doesn't attract the barrels of some rifles that are close to it, but does attract the barrels of other rifles that are farther away ... or how the film goes to all the trouble of setting up Mutt's skills with a switchblade, then drops it and makes him do his only significant fight with another weapon. But before I get completely off the subject ... What I'm trying to get at is what standard you're applying to determine that it was well done. Since you're the only person in the thread who seems to think so, I'm curious to know how you go about evaluating something to decide whether it's well done or not. Why is it everytime I post something on a message board, someone like yourself has to come along and over-analyze it till the very lifeblood has been squeezed from it? Methinks you're being just a wee bit petulant, making a big deal about it. In the words of Uncle Hulka, "Lighten up, Francis."
  4. I too play Diplomacy but online (http://www.floc.net/dpjudge/). What a great game, it is like chess only times 7! I wonder if there might be 7 of us here on A&F and we could do a private game? I've been playing Madden NFL 2009. After a hard day, it helps take the edge off.
  5. I saw this pageantry you speak of in a church I formerly attended. 'Twas well done. Being a Lifehouse fan, this is icing on the cake.
  6. Let me guess this straight...this old, washed-up pothead "finds religion wanting"? What a sorry excuse of a joke of a man he is. Mr. Maher, you have been weighed in the scales, and are found wanting.
  7. Good timing, noticing this thread and all. I just got a 2006 Hyundai Elantra. This life-change was way overdue.
  8. Oh well. As long as it's well-made, I don't really care when it's released. No rush jobs, please.
  9. Would that be Eric Wilson, author of the pending Jerusalem Undead vampire series?
  10. No, not the Lennon song. This one is a Lucinda original, written (and later rejected) during the recording of 1992's Sweet Old World. There are a few really good moments on the new album. The raw and very sexual "Honey Bee" is steamy and great, and the "you're a jerk/no, you're a jerk" duet with Elvis Costello on "Jailhouse Tears" is superb. But overall, this one isn't doing it for me. A few other 2008 discs come to mind: The 77s- Holy Ghost Building Andy Hunter- Colour Asia- Phoenix Edison Glass- Time Is Fiction Eowyn- Silent Screams Ivoryline- There Came A Lion Larry Norman- Rebel Poet, Jukebox Balladeer: The Anthology Leeland- Opposite Way Sarah MacIntosh- The Waiters, The Watchers, The Listeners, The Keepers, & Me Secret & Whisper- Great White Whale Showbread- Anorexia & Nervosa
  11. Exactly. Much like daddy James's hatchet-job...er, I mean, performance of Ronald Reagan not too long ago.
  12. Yeah, I saw that. Remember, like Patrick Buchanan said, "Christian-bashing is a popular indoor sport." Deep in their hearts, these powers-that-be know that Christians won't threaten to decapitate/immolate them if their faith is threatened. If these producers truly had any intestinal fortitude, they should portray Islam in a completely negative light...the death threats from groups sympathetic to Al Qaeda and Hamas (etc.) would roll in. Yes, because there are no Christian terrorist organizations. Unless the show was arguing that the crazy pastor was interpreting the Bible correctly? It not really that big of a deal. Christian extremists can easily be just as dangerous as any other kind of extremist. This is a stretch, and a cheap shot by the Law & Order peeps IMO. It's PC to bash Christians, and not acceptable to bash (especially post 9/11) the more fundy wing of Islamic violence, whose deeds have been off the chart since then. :rolleyes:
  13. I'm actually about a quarter of the way through Jayber Crow, and I agree wholeheartedly. What an amazing, stirring book. I also just started Kevin Baker's Paradise Alley, the second in his NYC/fire-themed books. I also hope to dig into H.W. Brands (I think that's the name) biography on Andrew Jackson soon. Also, I finished J.D. Salinger's Franny and Zooey. Loved it. I never made it all of the way through Catcher in the Rye, if only because it reminded me of every self-absorbed, angsty teen I've ever met. But these two stories were very moving, very well-written and very thoughtful. Heh...I saw a copy of Catcher in the workplace the other day. How I made it all the way through that tome of utter narcissistic pablum, is beyond my comprehension. 8O
  14. The aforementioned domain name has apparently NOT been secured by the album's staff, but that's alright. Just knowing that the next U2 disc should feature 13 jamming tracks is enough to make me drool. ::w00t::
  15. I liked this one quite a bit, Darrel. Happy reading. It was good. And very quick. I've now moved on to Nick Hornby, A Long Way Down. Stephen King- Lisey's Story. Sai-King's taking a liiiiitle while developing the plot (still don't know exactly what happened to Lisey's hubby), but that's alright. :cool:
  16. Willem Dafoe, from The Last Temptation of Christ. Hmm. Why am I not surprised? :rolleyes:
  17. Picked it up at midnight. Can't play it yet (360's in the shop), but looking forward to playing it soon. What about you?
  18. I don't think that takes anything away from his career. What if Mantle hadn't wrecked his legs in his second year on a drain grate in centerfield, Yankee Stadium? What if Ted Williams hadn't been a Marine pilot in WWII AND the Korean War (John Glenn's wingman, Williams was good)? What if Mays hadn't spent two years in the Army in the 50's? And as to what management failed to do, I forgot that George Sisler played almost his whole career for the St. Louis Browns. Top five career avg. When Ichiro broke his single season hit record, no one knew who he was. Grif has outclassed most of his peers and has not had to defer to anyone on the field in his time. I wish Junior the best in the Windy City. The Sox have taken a half-game lead on the Twins in the AL Central. If coach Ozzie Guillen doesn't implode before then , they might just be playing in late October.
  19. got some important building blocks and Boston at best stood pat. The L. A. Times recently has had notes about Garciaparra corroborating Manny's assessment before trading that the Red Sox management does its best to turn fans against players that they don't want anymore. Good riddance. Tho' talented, Manny's a screwball. Counting down the days till "Manny just being Manny" in LA... 8O
  20. Missouri in the title game? I like it! I like it!!
  21. Although I haven't read these books (nor do I plan to), the sheer "hackishness" of appearance of these books itself makes me cringe. :eek: IMO, it's another trend of badly-written books (judging by the reviews) being swallowed up by teenyboppers and others.
  22. Hasn't it? It did in Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 as well (although that part didn't make it into the film version). I've never read Fahrenheit 451. I'll have to remedy that someday--just never had it in school, nor was I interested enough to read it on my own. Too busy watchin' TV. I think that Network placed too much emphasis on the principal that the 'opiate of the masses" was a real effect. If you look at its critique of "the TV generation", characters no longer lived "real" lives--they lived scripted facsimiles. But that satire is a little off-target. Of course no one looks at their life as a three act serial, but I down that most even expect things to happen so that they work themselves out within a narrow episodic timeframe. I think that the rise of gaming, television viewership (scripted and reality, news and news-like) can be attributed to a few factors--escapism because people knowthat life is not like fiction; consumer goods sales--fueling the broadcast engine; cable diversifying content so that every niche has a show that can connect. Where Network misses is in assenting that Marx was correct in his analysis--the masses needed some kind of greater delusion to calm them into submission. That's a faulty premise that Network does not challenge. Event though Holden's character returns to his wife, he references, cynically and derisively, but not in effective contradiction, Diana's perfect movie of the week storyline. He's not acting out of individual motivation--he's acting because he's got his stage directions. Hmm. Not sure I'm making an effective argument here. I liked the film--and think its got a lot of staying power, but ultimately think its satire is less prescient that it first appears. I loved Fahrenheit 451. If Network is the televised equivalent (of sorts) of this Bradbury tome, I must see it. :cool:
  23. Here's a cool tidbit of information, folks: the guy who wrote the novelization for Facing the Giants and Fireproof--Eric Wilson--rocks the Casbah. :cool: Starting in October, he will introduce The Jerusalem Undead vampire trilogy, with IMNSHO the most unique take on the legend of the living dead in the history of literature. Head to www.wilsonwriter.com and www.jerusalemsundead.com for more info.
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