From the category archives:

Nostalgia

The 1980s Called. They Want their Video Games Back.

September 8, 2014

I know I haven’t posted in a while and that my last post said something about avoiding silly season, but after I saw today’s news about Russian planes practicing cruise missile attacks on the United States, I remembered Obama’s ignorant and arrogant taunt about the 80s wanting their foreign policy back.  Rather than wondering about [...]

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2013: The Year that Was

December 29, 2013

2013 is nearing its end — let’s take a look back. According the AP, here were the top 10 news stories of 2013: The awful Obamacare rollout Boston Marathon Bombing Pope Francis takes charge Congress’ low approval ratings NSA spying Gay marriage Nelson Mandela Typhoon Haiyan The Syria debacle Three missing women found At the [...]

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Happy 2013!!!

January 1, 2013

After that disastrous election, the uncertain fiscal cliff scenarios, and the impending Mayan apocalypse, we are still here! May your 2013 be a great year!

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Norman Schwarzkopf Dies at 78

December 28, 2012

Commanding General of Operation Desert Storm Norman Schwarzkopf died yesterday in Tampa due to complications from pneumonia.  He was 78 years old. “Stormin’ Norman’s” leadership produced a quick and decisive victory pushing back Saddam’s invasion of Kuwait in 1991.  After bombing for a month and with about 100 hours on the ground, the Gulf War [...]

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Movie Review — The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

December 16, 2012

Finally, a piece of the latest JRR Tolkien-inspired trilogy is in theaters!  The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hit theaters Friday and will surely blow-up this weekend’s box office.  I have already contributed to that pile of cash: No significant plot spoilers First, the good:  The Hobbit is well-acted, with great special effects and soaring musical [...]

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Star Wars Goes Disney

November 4, 2012

Forgive me, but I’ve been assembling the pieces of 21st Century living over the last six days due to Superstorm Sandy ravaging my state of New Jersey, so I am only now, five days later, in a position to weigh in on George Lucas selling my childhood Star Wars to the Evil Empire Disney for [...]

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Obama Team — Denied by Big Bird

October 9, 2012

The Obama team rolled out a new campaign ad which features (no joke) Big Bird: Wow.  Terrible use of sarcasm, silly imagery, and most shockingly this amateur-style ad actually has the President endorsing it.  Plus, Sesame Workshop has asked for the ad to be pulled since Big Bird is non-partisan. How weak can one possibly [...]

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New Hobbit Trailer!

September 28, 2012

I’m really stoked to see The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in December, so any new material is welcome!  Here’s the link to the latest trailer (Warner Bros. is cutting direct YouTube vids at the moment so the link will have to suffice). The images, action, and woven LOTR Appendix material should produce an interesting and [...]

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Blue Moon for Armstrong

August 31, 2012

Neil Armstrong was laid to rest today, which happens to be a blue moon, when a full moon occurs twice within the same calender month.  There won’t be another one until July 2015.  Armstrong’s family wants people to look out at the moon tonight and give Neil a wink. Armstrong’s passing was even mentioned in [...]

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RNC Speeches Day 1: Ann and Christie Have Arrived

August 29, 2012

After yesterday afternoon’s debacle on the RNC floor, I was feeling much less enthusiastic going into last night’s prime time RNC speeches.  I started watching around 7:30pm EDT only to see Reince Priebus, Establishment tool, trying to excite the crowd.  It wasn’t working beyond the token uttering of “Mitt Romney” which consistently elicited obligatory applause [...]

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An Unexpected Trilogy

July 30, 2012

Peter Jackson, director of the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy and the upcoming Hobbit movies, announced that his plan for a two-part Hobbit movie has turned into a trilogy.  Here’s Part 1′s trailer: The Hobbit was the first big book I read as a kid.  Its small type and yellowing paper gave me incessant [...]

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Misguided Millennial Analysis

July 17, 2012

The Daily Beast has posted an article appearing in Newsweek that calls the Millennial generation “Generation Screwed,” going on for three pages about how the Millennial’s future prospects are pretty terrible:  sparse jobs, lots of college debt, little home ownership, delayed marriage, few children, tendency towards redistributionism, etc.  While I can’t argue with the realities [...]

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Happy Fourth of July!

July 4, 2012

Happy 236th birthday, America!  Hope everyone has a great day celebrating America’s heritage of independence and liberty.

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A Basketball Jones

June 22, 2012

The Miami Heat beat the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 5 of the NBA Finals last night, securing for LeBron James his first NBA title.  Since the Heat had to beat my Boston Celtics on their way to the Finals, my only hope was that OKC won.  They didn’t.  At least they’re not the Lakers. [...]

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Happy Fathers Day!

June 17, 2012

Happy Fathers Day to all you dad’s out there!  Enjoy the day.

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Movie Review: Prometheus

June 10, 2012

SPOILER-FREE One of the movies I’ve really been looking forward to this summer season was Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel Prometheus: Only, it’s kind of not an Alien prequel!  My mistake was falling for what got me in the door — thinking I was going to see an Alien prequel.  It’s not.  It’s a reboot. One [...]

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Gay Superhero to Wed Next Month

May 22, 2012

DC Comics’ Northstar is going to marry his long-time boyfriend in New York City in the June 20th release of “Astonishing X-Men.”  Northstar’s alter-ego happens to be Canadian, if that means anything. The comic universe has often been in the biz of latching onto identity politics and going with stories of tragically misunderstood people with [...]

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Happy Mother’s Day!

May 13, 2012

On behalf of us here at AOR, I’d like to wish all the moms out there a Happy Mother’s Day — we love and appreciate everything you do and have done! Enjoy the day (which should be pretty beautiful here in the Northeast!).

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Happy Easter!

April 8, 2012

On behalf of all of us here at AOR, I want to wish everyone a happy, festive, and holy Easter!

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

March 17, 2012

Ah, the perfect pint… Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Monkee’s Davy Jones Dies at 66

February 29, 2012

Davy Jones, lead singer of the Monkees, died of a heart attack this morning at the age of 66.  He was one of those pop artists one never really thinks about, like being a part of some nostalgic background noise only appearing once conjured.  Yet, it’s still a shock to hear that someone who seemed [...]

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The Dangers of Lemonade

February 26, 2012

John Stossel recently tried to open a lemonade stand and ran into some trouble.  So have children across this nation in places like Georgia and Missouri.  Among the items a child needs to open a lemonade stand in their front yard on a hot summer day in parts of this nation are:  registration with the [...]

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Rick Santelli’s Historic “Rant”

February 19, 2012

Remember Rick Santelli’s historic CNBC “rant” which happened three years ago today?  Who knew what a firestorm he would set off, including the inspiration of a name for a soon-to-be organized movement which was already ready to roll!  Here’s the “rant”: The rest is history!

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Fixing the MLK Memorial

January 14, 2012

After much protest, the Interior Department has decided to fix the newly dedicated Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.  The part in question deals with Kings famous “Drum Major” quote, which was merely paraphrased on the statue.  The National Park Service plans on altering the quote to make it historically accurate, and make King sound less [...]

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Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2011

On behalf of all of us here at AOR, let me express our firm wishes that you and your family have a very Merry (and potentially holy) Christmas!

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“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” Announcement Trailer

December 21, 2011

Yup, I geeked solidly when I saw this today: The trailer moves a little slow, doesn’t show much about where the story is going, and alludes to a few vaguely important moments.  The Lord of the Rings announcement trailer was kind of weak too.  Then again, The Hobbit book was released in the 1930s, so [...]

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Andy Rooney, 1919-2011

November 5, 2011

Last night, media icon Andy Rooney passed away from complications from an undisclosed surgery.  He was 92.  Rooney had written for TV pretty much since its inception.  He was a war correspondent who was one of only a few journalists to fly in a bombing raid over Germany in World War II.  Rooney stayed in [...]

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Gen X: Reality Doesn’t Bite

October 27, 2011

In a study just released by the University of Michigan’s “Longitudinal Study of American Youth”, Generation X is actually finding the adult world to be pretty cool.  The study entitled “Active, Balanced, and Happy“(pdf) indicates that Xers generally like their jobs and have a good work ethic, stay married longer than and have a more [...]

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Steve Jobs, R.I.P.

October 6, 2011

Yesterday, Apple announced the passing of co-founder Steve Jobs.  Jobs likely died of complications from his virulent pancreatic cancer, though no official cause of death has yet been released.  He was only 56. Steve Jobs’ social, economic, and even political impact cannot be overstated.  Starting Apple from his family’s garage back in 1976, Jobs and [...]

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A Decade Since 9/11

September 11, 2011

Today marks the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.  It was one of those terrible “where were you?” moments those who remember Pearl Harbor or the Kennedy assassination can empathize with.  We share our stories when the opportunity arises.  We still remember those who’ve given their lives in the War on Terror, especially those whose [...]

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