From the category archives:

Nostalgia

My Hurricane was Mostly a Breeze

August 29, 2011

Hurricane Irene really devastated some areas, but generally not mine.  New Jersey got tons of rain with a few significant gusts.  In my area the worst gusts hit with the sun shining Sunday afternoon, after nearly 2o straight hours of rain. Although the eye came literally within 30 miles from where I live, I never [...]

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Pearl Jam’s “Ten” Turns 20

August 27, 2011

Pearl Jam‘s first album, Ten, was released twenty years ago today.  Though it took a while for Ten to gain commercial success, it is widely considered one of the American alternative rock’s most influential albums. Songs like Alive, Even Flow, Jeremy, and Black are forever tied to that era in my mind and still hold [...]

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Falling into Rubio’s Arms

August 25, 2011

At a California Tea Party event Tuesday, 90-year-old Nancy Reagan was being escorted by Senator Marco Rubio when she missed a step.  Rubio was there to catch her and Nancy wasn’t hurt, even staying to watch the speech (1:36)!  The symbolism is not lost on anyone who understands how well Reagan’s limited government legacy is [...]

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MTV Turns 30

August 1, 2011

Thirty years ago today, a few cable providers started carrying MTV.  August 1, 1981 saw the beginning of a major revolution in the way people got music, the way musicians got heard, and the culture gets spread.  I believe, as do many others, that MTV reached its peak in the 1980s, or maybe even the [...]

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The Smurfs — Three (Very Red) Apples High

July 29, 2011

The latest attempt to get the ’80s nostalgia crowd to take their kids to the movies, The Smurfs, is being released today.  Apparently, it’s as bad as you think it is.  However, since I used to watch “The Smurfs” back in the day I took a particular interest in what has been suggested since then, [...]

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Movie Review — Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2

July 17, 2011

SPOILER FREE In the final film of the Harry Potter series, Deathly Hallows Part 2, we finally see on film how the whole story plays out.  If you are a casual fan of the films, you will not be disappointed!  Leaving the theater I wanted more, not because it didn’t deliver, but it brings the [...]

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Movie Review — X-Men: First Class

June 5, 2011

The X-Men movie franchise had squeezed itself to the brink.  Three movies and a Wolverine spin-off had just about everyone moving to bigger and better things.  However, if there’s one thing that Uncle George taught us it’s that fan interest in a subject may open up “prequel” potential.  So it was with the latest installment [...]

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Memorial Day 2011

May 30, 2011

Amidst the beach, beer, and barbecue this weekend, we need to take a moment to honor those who’ve paid the ultimate sacrifice so that our republic can enjoy the freedoms we have the way we do. Currently we are involved in three major conflicts.  While there haven’t been any military deaths in our confused (and [...]

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Who’s Your Favorite President?

February 19, 2011

In honor of President’s Day, Gallup has compiled a Presidential ranking list.  Guess who’s on top?  Ronald Reagan is with 19% of the vote — followed by Lincoln and… um… Bill Clinton.  Washington comes in fifth place and even Obama gets 5%, beating out Truman, Jefferson and Eisenhower.  So, obviously, this is merely a popularity [...]

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Flashback: What’s the Internet?

January 30, 2011

I saw this floating around the World Wide Internets from the Today Show circa 1994: Even though I’d love to pile on NBC, it’s all not that silly.  Think about it:  what is the Internet?  Could you describe what it physically is rather than what it does?  I’m sure many of us could today, but [...]

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R Lee Ermey Goes Off on Obama

December 30, 2010

The indomitable R. Lee Ermey had this to say recently at a “Toys For Tots” fundraiser: Ermey — Glenn Beck fan?  Sweet!  Probably into the Tea Party too. Hat tip:  Hot Air.

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The Election of 2000, Ten Years Later

November 7, 2010

Shortly after 8:50pm on the evening of November 7, 2000, I became very nervous.  MSNBC decided to call the state of Florida for Democrat presidential nominee Vice President Al Gore, though they admitted it was very close.  Texas Governor and Republican nominee George W. Bush needed Florida’s 25 Electoral votes along with either Ohio or [...]

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Voting Like It’s 1773!

November 1, 2010

Tomorrow is Election Day and I’m an enthused voter!  It’s the only poll that really counts, and one that you can truly affect! Here’s a prediction:  if the Republicans pick up less than 50 seats, I’ll be disappointed — a message needs to be sent.  I also think that the Senate will end up 53-47 [...]

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A Back-Handed Gen X Compliment

October 28, 2010

Is there any other kind?  As a proud member of Generation X, it was neat to read this in Christopher Orlet’s article on the American Spectator blog today: My generation — Generation X — may not have lived through the Great Depression, defeated communism and fascism, and made America the greatest nation on earth, but [...]

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“I Want Your Money,” a Pro-Tea Party Film

October 10, 2010

I’ve seen TV commercials for I Want Your Money in the New York market, but couldn’t quite figure out what angle it was taking.  That was, of course, until I watched the trailer: Pro-Reagan?  Check.  Pro-Tea Party?  Check.  Mercilessly candid about Obamanomics?  Looks like it.  I’m not sure if this documentary will be in wide [...]

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Latest Harry Potter 7 Trailer

September 27, 2010

Anticipating the final two Harry Potter films, I found this final trailer for The Deathly Hallows Part 1, over the Internets.  With this series finally coming to an end, the makers of these final films don’t seem to have held anything back.  It should be a good one, even in usually disappointing movie-condensed form:

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9/11 Plus 9

September 11, 2010

The new Freedom Tower and financial complex begin to take shape from the ashes of the 9/11 attacks, which happened nine years ago this morning.  From the first plane hitting at 8:46am to the collapse of the second tower at 10:28am America was as frightened, angry, frustrated and confused as it has ever been.  It [...]

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Happy Labor Day 2010!

September 6, 2010

Happy Labor Day! The last official day of summer, culturally speaking.  In case you wanted to stay inside on this potentially gorgeous day in the Northeast, check your local listings for a ridiculous amount of marathons running on zillions of channels that you can check out in between burgers, dogs, and beer today.  For fun, [...]

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Frickin’ Laser Beams!

July 20, 2010

The US Navy now has laser beams which can take down drones from seafaring military ships!  Apparently, the salt air weakens the strength of the beam (I have no idea why, but it does), however this problem has been overcome by the good people at Raytheon.  Though the “Laser Weapon System” is not ready for [...]

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“Deathly Hallows” Teaser Released

June 30, 2010

The famed Harry Potter series ended just about three years ago with the release of the seventh book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.  Knowing how the entire series ends and fits together makes the release of the two film adaptations of Year 7 kind of like an exercise in seeing what they cut and [...]

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“Dawn Treader” is on the Horizon

June 18, 2010

Scouring the Internet this afternoon I bumped into a new trailer for The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader, which I didn’t think was ever going to be finished!  I liked the book — each of CS Lewis’ seven Narnia books has a moral lesson which is great for kids and thoughtful to [...]

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What Makes Darth Vader Tick

June 5, 2010

Apparently, some have felt it necessary to dissect, analyze and hypothesize about the psychology of Darth Vader to demonstrate to their students how relevant and applicable psychology can be.  Most could tell you that Darth Vader was a messed up dude, but to use precious PhD time to diagnose him as having “borderline personality disorder,” [...]

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Rue McClanahan Passes Away

June 3, 2010

Rue McClanahan passed away early this morning after suffering a stroke.  She was 76.  Those of you older than me may remember McClanahan for her role opposite Bea Arthur on Maude.  But most people, especially those of us who grew up in the 1980s, will best remember McClanahan for her role as Blanche Devereaux on [...]

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Bush Would “Do It Again”

June 3, 2010

Sometimes I miss Dubya.  Yeah, his speech delivery made me wince a lot, and yes his “compassionate conservatism” sounded a lot like watered-down liberalism in retrospect, and yes the “Ownership Society” of universal home-ownership contributed to (he wasn’t alone in all that) the biggest economic bubble in human history, but I do miss the other [...]

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Two Deaths in Hollywood — Gary Coleman and Dennis Hopper

May 29, 2010

Yesterday, word came that former Diff’rent Strokes star, TV cameo regular, and former California gubernatorial candidate (but who wasn’t in 2003?) Gary Coleman died of an intracranial hemorrhage at the age of 42.  He had kidney issues his whole life, which stunted his growth making him seem forever young.  I was shocked to hear that [...]

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Arizona’s Governor Strikes Back Through Humor

May 23, 2010

What does Kermit the Frog have to say about reading state laws you talk about all the time?  I don’t know, but here’s a clever rip-off courtesy of Arizona Governor Jan Brewer’s office: Remember now, the Left has no sense of humor and being “corny” must mean you’re a Kansas Bush-voter, so they probably didn’t [...]

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Movie Review — Generation Zero

April 21, 2010

The good people at Citizens United put together a documentary which tries to explain how we got into this financial mess.  They called the film Generation Zero.  Back in February I wrote a preview based on what I knew at the time. Well, here is the promised review: I liked it (and so will you), [...]

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FDR’s Legacy 65 Years Later

April 12, 2010

Two critical things happened in American history today:  the first is that today marks the 149th anniversary of the Confederate attack on Fort Sumter, SC, which began the Civil War in 1861.  Seven states had already seceded and four others were about to go as well, leading to the largest trauma in our nation’s history. [...]

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The A-Team Returns!

April 11, 2010

Scouring the Internet today I discovered a brand new trailer for the film version of an old 1980s classic, The A-Team: Looks pretty fun.  While I have NOT been impressed with remakes lately, the A-Team never was a movie, just a show I used to watch with my brothers back in the day.  (A-Team 1, [...]

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Movie Review — Clash of the Titans (2010)

April 2, 2010

I decided to catch the remake of 1981′s classic Clash of the Titans in 3-D today.  It was a slow Good Friday and I’ve been looking forward to catching this film for nearly a month now for nostalgia purposes.  The trailers before the film were mostly disappointing:  a Predator remake, A Nightmare on Elm Street [...]

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