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by markabaddon
Mon Aug 07, 2006 2:20 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Frank Church's news corner, the sequel.
Replies: 11791
Views: 993528

I do feel I need to clarify, though, that I think this Lebanese incursion has been a mistake. As I see it, Israel got suckered into this conflict by Iran and Hizbollah. They baited them into a war, and when Israel invaded, Hizbollah was waiting, entrenched in civilian areas, with weapons caches hidd...
by markabaddon
Mon Aug 07, 2006 2:10 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Frank Church's news corner, the sequel.
Replies: 11791
Views: 993528

Frank, With all due respect, what on earth are you talking about? Where do you get the idea that Israel wants to destroy Islam? With the exception of the 6 Day War, where Israel attacked because Egyptian tans were massing along the Sinai and Syrian troops were moving along the Golan Heights, Israel ...
by markabaddon
Mon Aug 07, 2006 1:56 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: A defense of Mel Gibson
Replies: 165
Views: 16369

We all have aspects of bigotry within us, no matter how enlightened or educated we are. However, there is, I hope a minority that would make the type of angry, hateful comments that Gibson made. As others have stated, this was not a case of the liquor talking, nor do I think this was an isolated inc...
by markabaddon
Mon Aug 07, 2006 1:44 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: The Descent review
Replies: 18
Views: 2102

Rich, what, no mention of that film classic, Rocky 5? Spoilers I thought that the arrows would also lead them back to the Crawlers, but I guess they were going for more of a Jules Verne-esque feel at that point, following the trail of Arne Saknussem(sp?). In regard to the affair between Juno and Sar...
by markabaddon
Mon Aug 07, 2006 5:08 am
Forum: The Art Deco Dining Pavilion
Topic: Pavilion Digest: August 2006
Replies: 0
Views: 54671

Name: Mark Goldberg Source: unca20060807.htm According to IMDB, Sylvester Stallone is 5'10". Since those reports always exaggerate height by an inch or two, the figure Rich listed sounds about right. Interesting political news that broke on Friday that has been mentioned, only briefly, on CNN. The ...
by markabaddon
Sat Aug 05, 2006 5:56 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: The Descent review
Replies: 18
Views: 2102

Spoilers: Rich, yes the UK ending was different, with the main character having a vision of her daughter blowing out her birthday candles rather than an appearance of one of her dead companions. Personally, I prefer the UK ending as it was described, and hope when it comes out on DVD that both endin...
by markabaddon
Fri Aug 04, 2006 10:57 am
Forum: The Art Deco Dining Pavilion
Topic: Pavilion Digest: August 2006
Replies: 0
Views: 54671

Name: Mark Goldberg Source: unca20060807.htm Tom, I would suggest the collection titled "Different Seasons". It contains 4 pieces, including "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption", turned into a movie of a similar title, and "The Body," which was adapted into the film "Stand by Me." While the...
by markabaddon
Fri Aug 04, 2006 8:55 am
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: A defense of Mel Gibson
Replies: 165
Views: 16369

Carstonio, Yes, I do see it as a veiled attack on Jews when the right is hostile to those groups you mentioned. It hearkens back to the old stereotypes of Jews being in control of entertainment and having a strong presence on college campuses. That is, of course untrue, as many Jews have forsaken th...
by markabaddon
Fri Aug 04, 2006 7:17 am
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Whatcha reading?
Replies: 2033
Views: 327058

Just started a novel I picked up at ConVergence, Rogue in Space by Frederic Brown. I had only read his short stories before but the early part of the novel is quite good
by markabaddon
Thu Aug 03, 2006 2:22 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: A defense of Mel Gibson
Replies: 165
Views: 16369

I just saw a response by the Rabbi of a synagogue in Los Angeles, where he invited Gibson to speak before the congregation on Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur, the holiest holidays of the Jewish year, provided the Rabbi can talk to Gibson first. I have no idea what Mel's reaction will be. While he states...
by markabaddon
Thu Aug 03, 2006 1:45 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: The Descent review
Replies: 18
Views: 2102

The Descent review

“The Descent” Lions Gate Films I love it when I go to a movie with low expectations and find a film of surprising quality. This was the case with “The Descent.” The premise is a fairly straightforward one: 6 women, who have a history of going on exciting, action filled vacations, go on a spelunking ...
by markabaddon
Tue Aug 01, 2006 12:19 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Speaking of Teats. . . .
Replies: 21
Views: 2869

The idea that the photo of a child engaged in breast feeding is sexual in any way is absurd but people often have a really weird reaction to breast feeding. My wife breast fed both of my boys, and both my mom and my sister would often leave the room when she was doing so, even though she was doing i...
by markabaddon
Tue Aug 01, 2006 10:17 am
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: A defense of Mel Gibson
Replies: 165
Views: 16369

Eric, here are your exact quotes: "Millions of individuals and nations have not hated and persecuted the French" Give us time, mon ami! "You're right about the Jews of course, so nasty remarks about them are off limits. Ditto if Mel had raved about the blacks. Now, what about the Mexi...
by markabaddon
Tue Aug 01, 2006 9:40 am
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: A defense of Mel Gibson
Replies: 165
Views: 16369

Eric, I implied it in the Pavilion, but let me state it directly here, you are being an ass. How dare you minimize the hateful rhetoric Gibson spewed and then mock the fact that my people, including many of my relatives have been hated and persecuted? A hierarchy of appropriateness? How about just n...
by markabaddon
Tue Aug 01, 2006 6:30 am
Forum: The Art Deco Dining Pavilion
Topic: Pavilion Digest: August 2006
Replies: 0
Views: 54671

Name: Mark Goldberg Source: unca20060807.htm Eric, I see from the newswire that you are correct and the arresting officer was Jewish. I have absolutely no idea what relevance this has on his anti-semitic outburst. Your implication that Gibson has "J-dar" rather than "gaydar" as an explanation for w...

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