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Sharknado? Yup, Sharknado

July 12, 2013

What happens when global warming sucks sharks out of the ocean, puts them in a tornado, and has them attacking people (and Tara Reid) in Southern California? A rare dose of campy awesomeness which Syfy Channel’s Sharknado delivered last night; a “mockbuster” film if there ever was one: Syfy has consistently mixed up all sorts of [...]

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The New Fox on Fox

July 11, 2013

Elisabeth Hasselbeck made it official on The View yesterday that she’ll be moving to the curvy couch at Fox & Friends starting this September, where she’ll be replacing co-host Gretchen Carlson.  I think it’s a great career move, being that it keeps her in the media in a more intellectual environment.  Pretty soon she may [...]

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Whose Pitch is Better?

July 7, 2013

Did you happen to see this on YouTube* or in the media this weekend?  Regardless, I’m adding it to the echo chamber. Ah, the Koreans… I think it’s safe to say that we all won that competition.         * The powers that be won’t allow a direct video link here.

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Happy Independence Day!!!

July 4, 2013

Happy 237th birthday America!  Hope everyone has a great day celebrating America’s heritage of independence and liberty.

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Steven Crowder, the Zimmerman Trial, and Facebook

July 2, 2013

Last week Rachel Jeantel testified as a witness for the prosecution against George Zimmerman in the trial over the death of Trayvon Martin. Her testimony was just plain awful, generated uncomfortable laughs, as well as plenty of racial controversy (what doesn’t these days!). So here comes Steven Crowder, who loves to draw attention to the [...]

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Movie Review — Man of Steel

June 16, 2013

There’s no denying that we’re in the film age of the prequel and reboot – Star Wars, Spiderman, Batman, and countless horror movies, etc.  Zach Snyder’s Man of Steel is an attempt to reboot the Superman franchise into something a little more modern, with edge, grit, and a bit more character depth.  Here’s the trailer: [...]

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The Hobbit–Part 2 Trailer Released

June 12, 2013

Peter Jackson’s second installment in The Hobbit movie trilogy, The Desolation of Smaug, is set for theaters in mid-December.  Here’s the teaser trailer which was recently released: The first Hobbit film grossed nearly a billion dollars worldwide, but it wasn’t up to par with the LOTR movies.  It took a bit too long to get [...]

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Return of the Jedi Turns 30!

May 25, 2013

Thirty years ago today, May 25, 1983, Return of the Jedi hit theaters, completing the original Star Wars trilogy.  Here’s the old-school trailer: ROTJ was the first Star Wars movie I was actually old enough to see in the movie theaters — I saw it three times that summer! But, it’s not a movie without [...]

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Movie Review — Star Trek Into Darkness

May 18, 2013

JJ Abrams’ reboot of the Star Trek series hits a truly satisfying note in his second installment, Star Trek Into Darkness.  Here’s the trailer: SPOILER FREE Like Abrams’ original reboot, this latest movie has the energy, pacing, and spectacle which even the non- or casual Trekkie will be able to enjoy.  This was just about [...]

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Movie Review — The Great Gatsby (2013)

May 12, 2013

With the opening of Baz Luhrmann’s version of The Great Gatsby, nearly every high school student in the nation has an opportunity not to read F. Scott Fitzgerald period classic!  At least that’s the buzz at the high school where I teach.  Fitzgerald’s 1925 work more or less describes the pitfalls of combining American excess with [...]

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Movie Review — Iron Man 3

May 5, 2013

The summer movie season usually kicks off the first weekend of May.  So, the film industry usually saves a film they think will open the busiest season of the movie-going year with a bang.  This year’s anticipated opening blockbuster is Iron Man 3.  “Certified Fresh” by Rotten Tomatoes, Iron Man 3 delivers on what our [...]

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“Catching Fire” Trailer Released

April 27, 2013

With the commercial success of The Hunger Games, it’s no surprise that three more movies are in the works — which is fine with me.  A sequel based on book two of the series, Catching Fire, is set for release in November.  Here’s the trailer: Those not familiar with the books, but enjoyed The Hunger [...]

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Happy Easter!

March 31, 2013

If it’s the first Sunday after the first full moon after the beginning of Spring, it must be Easter! Hope you and your family have a great one! Unfortunately for Christians nowadays, we live in perilous times.  Not only is the Obamacare contraception mandate a brazen attack on religious liberty, the language all over social [...]

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Misguided Gay Marriage Arguments?

March 27, 2013

Perhaps gay rights activists in this country are aiming too high.  Rather than create massive grassroots campaigns impacting local and state law, they’ve gone right to the top.  Listening to Andrew Wilkow this afternoon, he made an interesting argument about the gay marriage debate:  that the typical arguments in support of gay marriage don’t really [...]

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SCOTUS to Hear Arguments on Gay Marriage

March 26, 2013

Today the Supreme Court will hear the first of two cases dealing with gay marriage — the first being about California’s Proposition 8, the second about the constitutionality of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Prop 8 simply states: “Only marriage between a man and a woman is recognized in California.“  It passed with [...]

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A Narrower “View” sans Hasselbeck

March 9, 2013

ABC’s “The View” is firing Elisabeth Hasselbeck after nine years allegedly because market research indicates that she is too conservative for the show’s audience.  As it turns out, Joy Behar just quit the show recently, shaking things up pretty significantly.  I don’t necessarily doubt the bottom-line market research, but since Hasselbeck and I are both [...]

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Steven Crowder Defends Marriage

March 3, 2013

Steven Crowder recently got married and wrote a piece about the benefits of marriage aimed at those who keep bad-mouthing it.  In the article he lays out the top five reasons to embrace marriage:  more household income, avoiding the single-mom wealth gap, having more sex, being more productive in general, all while living longer.  Sounds [...]

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Movie Review — The Perks of Being a Wallflower

February 17, 2013

The film The Perks of Being a Wallflower was in and out of theaters around here in NJ pretty quick.  Usually that’s a sign of a film’s quality — not this time.  I think people really missed out on a gem — I know I did, but made up for it by seeing Perks this [...]

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Really Close Asteroid Flyby Tomorrow

February 14, 2013

Tomorrow at around 2:25pm asteroid DA-2012 will pass only 17,200 miles from our planet.  That’s nearly 5,000 miles closer than many GPS satellites!  In fact, it’s the closest flyby ever recorded by NASA.  While scary, at the same time it’s cool that NASA can track a 150-foot rock flying so close to us. Though it [...]

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Mass Murderer Mess in California

February 10, 2013

Former LAPD officer and California killing spree suspect Christopher Dorner has been on the lamb for going on five days now.  After killing three people and writing a “manifesto” accusing the LAPD of racism, the LAPD has decided to re-open the case of Dorner’s firing some five years ago. Is the LAPD’s desire to deflate [...]

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The Big Game: Blowout, Blackout, and Burnout

February 4, 2013

Last night, I turned out to be wrong about the outcome of Super Bowl XLVII.  However, I was entertained — the halftime show was good, the commercials were OK (I liked “Montana Stain” and Paul Harvey, personally), and the post-blackout game was truly exciting to watch. In terms of the spectacle, the game itself seemed [...]

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Finally Super Bowl XLVII is Here!

February 3, 2013

Super Bowl XLVII (or “47″ to us non-Romans) will kick-off tonight at around 6:30 EST, featuring the San Francisco 49ers versus the Baltimore Ravens. And it’s about time!  All the manufactured hype, hackneyed story lines, politically-tinged distractions, and self-congratulations makes this two-week interregnum nearly intolerable.  Oh, and don’t forget the Pro Bowl sans all the [...]

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Yesterday’s Economic Report Should Have Been Released on Groundhog Day

February 2, 2013

Yesterday the Labor Department released their January jobs report on the heels of news this week that America’s economy contracted 0.1% in the fourth quarter of 2012.  Not good.  Since today is Groundhog Day, I decided to post on this now rather than yesterday being that for some reason I feel like I’ve written this [...]

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JJ is Dyn-O-Mite!

January 25, 2013

JJ Abrams, that is (not that JJ!). If you haven’t heard, Disney bought out the Star Wars franchise last November and has decided to go forward with a new Star Wars trilogy set after Return of the Jedi.  Rumors were flying around about who may or may not be involved in the upcoming project.  As [...]

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40 Years of Roe

January 22, 2013

January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court handed down the Roe v. Wade decision, 7-2, with only Justices White and Rehnquist dissenting.  Since then an estimated 50-54 million babies’ lives have been ended as a result.  Today, issues of religious freedom, sex-selective abortions (aka gendercide), paying for other people’s abortions, and a seriously pro-abortion President in [...]

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Cuomo’s New NY Gun Law Missed a Spot — Cops!

January 17, 2013

Apparently, no one seemed to have noticed a glaring problem with New York’s new slew of gun control laws before they passed it this week.  The part that limits magazines to hold only seven bullets failed to exempt police, whose 9mm magazine holds 15 bullets! Technically, if this isn’t fixed by March every cop in [...]

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Secession Advocates Get Their Response From DC

January 13, 2013

I hope that all those secession petitions sent to the White House are merely symbolic, and that the people involved don’t think seriously about it.  If so, they are just as bad as the statists who want to ignore the constitutional process for their own ends.  In a re-airing of a 150-year-old settled argument, the [...]

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Movie Review — Zero Dark Thirty

January 12, 2013

The highly anticipated film about the search and eventual killing of Osama Bin Laden, Zero Dark Thirty, opened on screens across the country yesterday.  Here’s the trailer: As you may know, this movie is controversial for some on both sides of the aisle.  Some Democrats (and John McCain, of course) don’t like the “torture” scenes [...]

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Beck Weighs In on Musburger Controversy

January 11, 2013

While the BCS National Championship between Notre Dame and Alabama was still competitive (which, if you were watching, wasn’t long unfortunately), ESPN commentator Brent Musburger said this about Katherine Webb, Ms. Alabama and Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron’s girlfriend: At the time I didn’t think it was weird — Musburger’s an old guy (73) and let’s [...]

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Just Cocky College Kids or “Deluded Narcissists”

January 10, 2013

An exhaustive study indicates that Millennials, those who were born from c. 1982-1999, have a wildly inflated sense of self-infatuation and a notable overconfidence.  When asked about their abilities, their “above average” attitude didn’t match their level of achievement. But is this study just a reflection of college students being college students or is there [...]

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