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  • Fake Royal Show Among Bottom Of The Heap

    05/21/2014 11:07:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | May 21, 2014 | John Kass
    With the Russians on the prowl, the Chinese hacking into our computers, Boko Haram in Nigeria triggering fear and celebrity hashtags, the last thing America needs is to lose a trusted ally: England. But the great Anglo-American alliance is threatened by the reality TV show "I Wanna Marry 'Harry,'" which premiered Tuesday on Fox and which mocks foolish young American women who think they can shake their hips and marry an English royal. This stupid show does more damage to NATO than Jack Bauer shooting English protesters in the legs outside the American Embassy in London the other night (also...
  • Soul of Mad Magazine, Al Feldstein Dies at 88

    05/01/2014 6:35:15 AM PDT · by Borges · 55 replies
    NY Times ^ | 5/1/2014 | BRUCE WEBER
    Al Feldstein, who took over a fledgling humor magazine called Mad in 1956 and made it a popular, profitable and enduring wellspring of American satire, died on Tuesday at his ranch in Paradise Valley, Mont. He was 88. His wife, the former Michelle Key, confirmed the death. In recent years, he was a wildlife and landscape painter in Montana, outside Livingston. Mr. Feldstein had been a writer and illustrator of comic books when he became editor of Mad four years into its life and just a year after it had graduated from comic-book form to a full-fledged magazine.
  • If I Were the Devil

    If I were the devil…If I were the Prince of Darkness, I’d want to engulf the whole world in darkness, and I would know in the darkest recesses of my blackened heart that I have succeeded. I’ve subverted the churches, first with a campaign of whispers, then with an outright assault, using the crimes of a few to impugn the many, until I had convinced the masses that religion was corrupt, that its teachings were outdated, that its message was one of hatred and bigotry. With the wisdom of a serpent, I whispered to you as I whispered to Eve:...
  • Getting Satisfaction

    03/13/2014 3:45:38 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | March 13, 2014 | Cal Thomas
    Every year we are subjected to lists. Forbe's magazine lists the world's wealthiest individuals. Time magazine lists the most "influential" people, though real influence is difficult to define or quantify. What I've never seen is a list of satisfied people, much less stories about how they attained satisfaction. Arianna Huffington is trying to fill that gap. One of the world's biggest Type A personalities, Huffington, who launched The Huffington Post in 2005 and whose picture appears alongside celebrities, politicians and business icons, is now asking a question popularized in an old song by the late Peggy Lee: "Is that all...
  • 5 Random Coincidences That Invented Modern Pop Culture

    02/24/2014 2:17:10 PM PST · by EveningStar · 4 replies
    Cracked ^ | February 24, 2014 | B.T. Doran
    The ancient Greeks believed that inspiration came from the Muses, goddesses who came down from Olympus to help common mortals create great works of art. But nowadays we know that creative minds get their ideas from pretty much whatever random s*** comes their way.This even goes for some of the most famous characters in recent pop culture history ...
  • Cancel All Reality-TV Shows : They’re boring, unfunny, and across-the-board lame.

    12/21/2013 7:26:47 AM PST · by steelhead_trout · 111 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 12/21/2013 | Betsy Woodruff
    Enter Duck Dynasty, a magically lucrative institution that simultaneously 1) is a reality show and 2) features conservative Christians. It was a money-printing machine for A&E until — who could have predicted? — one of its redneck stars did something one may have expected a redneck to do and our nation faced its greatest peril since, say, the Cold War. Has Western civilization ever confronted such an existential imperilment as the suspension of man-on-man-sex-eschewing Phil Robertson? A pretty big sector of the Internet submits that it has not. There are perfectly understandable reasons to be upset about Robertson’s suspension. But...
  • Western leaders wearing Winnie’s Necklace to Mandela Memorial

    12/09/2013 8:10:39 AM PST · by rktman · 31 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/9/2013 | Judi McLeod
    The prime ministers of Canada and Britain, Stephen Harper and David Cameron will wear the necklace, too. But none of the world leaders at the Mandela funeral—Daily Mail touted as the biggest funeral in the world since Winston Churchill—will hear the screams of the young blacks who died in agony wearing the Winnie Mandela necklace. Time and the politically correct era can never wash away the Crime of Humanity foisted on the blacks of South Africa when Communist African National Congress (ANC) ‘freedom fighters’ and ‘liberators’ sent hundreds to their death via the burning tire necklace.
  • Why Liberalism Is On The Wrong Side Of History

    12/03/2013 4:01:36 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | December 3, 2013 | John Hawkins
    "Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive." -- C.S. Lewis ”One of the overriding points of Liberal Fascism is that all of the totalitarian ‘isms’ of the left commit the fallacy of the category error. They all want the state to be something it cannot be. They passionately believe the government can love you, that the state can be your God or your church or your tribe or your parent or your village or all of these things at once. Conservatives occasionally make this mistake, libertarians never do, liberals...
  • A Culture in Ruins

    11/25/2013 5:08:20 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 31 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 11-24-13 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Lady Gaga reportedly spent $25 million on pop art to jazz up her new and apparently underwhelming album. In contrast, Miley Cyrus’ sexual twerking at the MTV video awards earned her more millions by exposing her rather unimpressive anatomy. Both make the once vulgar Madonna seem like June Cleaver, but at least raise an existential question: ~snip~ Meanwhile hip-hop artist Kanye West is promoting his own new music video. He seems to be having sex with his girlfriend Kim Kardashian while riding a motorcycle. If you did not know that Kanye West was the singer of the background music, by...
  • Obama looks to Hollywood to help promote his healthcare law

    09/21/2013 2:17:48 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | September 21, 2013 | Maeve Reston
    Wedged into the blotter on Mike Farah's desk at the Funny or Die studios in Hollywood is an index card with a list — wrangling talent, polishing scripts and arranging shoots — long enough to keep the comedy website executive fully occupied. But these tasks are part of a different quest: the campaign to ensure the success of President Obama's healthcare law. While the GOP-led House passed a spending bill Friday that would strip federal funding for the Affordable Care Act and force a confrontation with the Senate that could shut down the government, Farah and his team were developing...
  • Twerking towards Gomorrah

    08/27/2013 4:42:16 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 50 replies
    Red State ^ | 8/26/2013 | John Hayward
    Viewers of the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night were treated to a bizarre dance routine from former Disney child actress Miley Cyrus, which CBS News describes as “one performance that won’t be forgotten very quickly:” Cyrus gave Robin Thicke a lap dance, paraded around with dancing bears, twerked her butt off and grabbed her crotch a few times. Not to mention the tongue. We saw a lot of that. [Robin] Thicke’s mother, Gloria Loring, told OMG! Insider, “I don’t understand what Miley Cyrus is trying to do. I think she’s misbegotten in this attempt of hers. And I...
  • Glenn Beck slams WWE stars as 'stupid wrestling people' — whines characters 'demonizing' Tea Party

    02/26/2013 9:15:54 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 41 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/27/13 | ANTHONY SULLA-HEFFINGER
    Glenn Beck and the WWE are going toe-to-toe in a war of words. The political commentator, who used to host a show on Fox News, called out the wildly popular wrestling organization last week, referring to the entertainers as “stupid wrestling people.” Beck’s comments were referring to the ongoing storyline between Jack Swagger and Alberto Del Rio. Swagger, who has enlisted the help of Zeb Colter, another character in the WWE, is feuding with Del Rio heading into Wrestlemania 29, where the two will square off for the World Heavyweight Championship. Beck is claiming that Swagger and Colter’s characters are...
  • Whatever Happened to Private Sex? (Pop culture and university system are making sex public)

    01/30/2013 8:00:25 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/30/2013 | Sally Zelikovsky
    "I heart female orgasm" is a public event taking place at the University of Minnesota to teach young women and girls enrolled in the school how to achieve and improve their orgasms. Yes, you heard me right. "Sex Week" at Yale and now this. There is only one way to combat this insanity. Minnesota parents need to threaten to withhold their tuition payments until this ceases. Do college students really need this class? Women have been having orgasms since time immemorial and learned it all on their own without the aid of university classes. If someone has problems in this...
  • The Hipster Facade: Make all the money you want without being dubbed greedy — as long as you're hip.

    01/09/2013 7:05:25 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 01/09/2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>America has always been a country of self-invention. Yet there used to be some correlation between the life that one lived and the life that one professed. It was hard to be a phony in the grimy reality of the coal mine, the steel mill, the south 40 acres, or atop a girder over Manhattan.</p>
  • Bulk of new films focus on guns amid NRA criticism

    12/24/2012 7:44:13 PM PST · by South40 · 13 replies
    MSN Entertainment ^ | Dec. 22, 2012 | Pamela McClintock
    On the Monday after the Dec. 14 school massacre in Newtown, Conn., MPAA chairman-CEO Christopher Dodd telephoned the major Hollywood studio heads one by one. Violence in movies often comes under scrutiny following mass shootings, so Dodd wanted to touch base with his bosses, even though there was no indication that Adam Lanza's rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School was inspired by movies (he was an intense video gamer, however). The MPAA issued a statement pledging Hollywood's support in assisting President Obama's call for a special task force on gun violence. "Those of us in the motion picture and television...
  • In '95, Holder called for anti-gun info campaign: 'Brainwash people...'

    12/17/2012 8:13:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 17, 2012 | Joel Gehrke
    President Obama promised “meaningful action” to prevent gun violence, but he didn’t explain exactly what that meant. Although a push for some kind of gun control legislation seems likely, there’s also the possibility of an anti-gun “informational campaign” as described in 1995 by then-U.S. Attorney Eric Holder. Holder, now Obama’s attorney general, proposed using various levers of media and pop culture to attach a social stigma to guns, just as smoking has been stigmatized in recent decades. “One thing that I think is clear with young people and with adults as well, is that we just have to be repetitive...
  • Zombie Entertainment: A Lesson in Cognitive Dissonance and the Red Pill

    12/13/2012 6:55:07 AM PST · by FrogMom · 93 replies
    SHTFPlan ^ | 11 Dec 2012 | Kimberly Paxton
    Zombies are the new vampires in the entertainment world, but unlike pop culture vampires, they don’t sparkle, they aren’t sexy and brooding, and you don’t want to turn into one. The most popular show in cable TV history is The Walking Dead. Dozens, if not hundreds, of zombies are slain in every episode. Head shots are taken with no more compunction than swatting as mosquito before it lands on your arm. An axe to the skull, a pick through an eye socket, blunt objects, arrows, daggers – anything goes. What’s more, it doesn’t matter if the zombie is a man,...
  • A South Korean Rapper, Forgiveness, and Restitution

    12/10/2012 6:12:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | December 10, 2012 | Michael Brown
    After his YouTube video went mega-viral, the South Korean rapper named PSY received an invitation to sing and dance at a White House Christmas party. But it was quickly learned that in 2004, he had rapped lyrics wishing for the death and torture of American troops in Iraq, along with their families. PSY quickly issued a humble apology to the American people, and the White House reaffirmed that PSY’s show would go on. Was this the right thing to do? In case you haven’t heard of PSY, his Korean rap video “Gangnam Style” has been viewed more than 900 million...
  • Top Five Conservative Films of 2012

    12/08/2012 12:50:38 PM PST · by Bratch · 5 replies
    Big Hollywood ^ | December 8, 2012 | Zachary Leeman
    The last 12 months may have been disappointing overall for conservatives. However, film-wise, it was actually a pretty good year. Many mainstream films took obvious conservative stances and conservative documentaries like "Occupy Unmasked" and "Hating Breitbart" were aplenty, informing and entertaining their audiences. I thought I would take a moment to share my favorite conservative films of 2012. Afterward, feel free to share yours in the comments. Note: this list does not include documentary films. 1. "The Dark Knight Rises" - This is an obvious pick. It was blatantly conservative and realistic in its worldview. Plus, it gave us a...

    12/07/2012 5:18:17 PM PST · by jneesy · 9 replies
    The Blaze ^ | November 20, 201 | Richard Mgrdechian
    Congratulations to the GOP for losing the easiest election of our lifetimes. Over the past four years, Obama has been exposed as a liar, a fraud, a charlatan and a scam. We’ve seen his policies of racism, divisiveness and class warfare tear at the fabric of our society on a daily basis. We’ve seen the national debt go up by $5 trillion during his watch. We’ve seen the value of the dollar go down dramatically over that same time. We’ve seen ambassadors killed overseas while he sits around and laughs it up with daytime talk show hosts. On top of...
  • Madonna Booed for Plugging Obama

    10/28/2012 6:56:33 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | October 28, 2012
    She’s living in a political world. Madonna may have misjudged her audience Saturday night in New Orleans. The pop godmother triggered boos and a small walkout when she said, “I don’t care who you vote for as long as you vote for Obama.”
  • When Your a Gay Celeb, Filthy Language is OKAY

    08/07/2012 6:41:55 PM PDT · by InHisService · 30 replies
    Consequential Commentary ^ | 8-7-2012 | Mary C. Kirchhoff
    Elton John – what a class act. In a recent profanity laced interview with an Australian TV program, Elton attacks Madonna – again. Calling her current tour a “disaster”, and that “it couldn’t happen to a bigger" (expletive deleted), he goes on to say she had to prove that she could do it all and that “she looks like a (expetive deleted) fairground stripper.”
  • Accused Limo Mob Was Shooting Music Video

    07/09/2012 12:02:33 PM PDT · by crosshairs · 14 replies
    NBC Chicago ^ | 7/9/12 | By Anthony Ponce and Charlie Wojciechowski
    Relatives of four men arrested for allegedly attacking random people in Wrigleyville Sunday morning said the group was shooting a music video. Family members said the group, which goes by the name Chicago Maverick, was shooting a video for a song called "Take a Sip." They said the group was being taunted by people on the street and was the target of racial epithets. The comments came after a Cook County judge on Monday ordered Corry Simmons, 32, of the 1800 Block of South Ridgeway; Donald Robinson, 31, of the 1800 Block of South Ridgeway; and his cousin Edward Robinson,...
  • Kim Kardashian compares herself to Virgin Mary

    06/19/2012 4:47:24 PM PDT · by workerbee · 42 replies
    Fox ^ | 6/19/12 | FoxNews
    Kim Kardashian said there's a way she could be considered like the Virgin Mary. No, really. The reality star made famous by a graphic sex tape with the singer Ray J outlined on Monday night's episode of "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" the scenario in which she and Jesus' mom could be comparable. “I think if I’m 40, and I don’t have any kids,and I’m not married, I would have a baby artificially inseminated,” she said. “I would feel like Mary, like Jesus is my baby.” Wait, there's more! The "Keeping Up" episode aired after Sunday's Oprah Winfrey/Kim Kardashian confab...
  • Sexual Politics at the Movies

    10/28/2011 7:30:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies · 18+ views ^ | October 28, 2011 | Suzanne Fields
    "The Ides of March," the slick new movie with George Clooney as an unethical presidential candidate, is a morality tale for our time. It lacks tragic dimensions, it's melodramatic without complexity of character, and it has a neatly constructed plot that has no emotional depth, sliding over the surfaces of the political world as we have come to know it, up close and personal. But it entertains as an engaging tale about the dirty tricks of politics. Entertainment, after all, is what politics has become. The title, if it means anything, is simplistically ironic, since there is no Caesar to...
  • Local Man Arrested for Merchandise Tampering at Area Walmart

    08/12/2011 5:41:37 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 24 replies
    Country California ^ | August 4, 2011 | by Trailer
    Local country fan Reginald Spears was arrested over the weekend for merchandise tampering at the new Super Walmart out on the bypass. The details of his infractions are unique, to say the least. Third-shift electronics cashier Lena Johnston first noticed Spears rifling through the country CD section and filling a grocery cart with at least 100 discs before leaving the department. She thought he was just a rabid music fan until he returned 15 minutes later with the same cart and began slipping CDs back onto the shelves while looking around suspiciously. Johnston walked over to Spears and asked if...
  • President Babe

    06/29/2011 3:01:00 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 41 replies
    The Moral Liberal ^ | June 29, 2011 | Alan Caruba
    There’s a lot I don’t know about Michele Bachmann, the Minnesota Representative who just announced that she wants to be the next President of the United States of America, but I do know she is great eye candy and, given the present occupier of the office, I would much rather look at her in the Oval Office than him. She is—and I say this with all due respect—a babe. Mitt Romney, with whom she is currently a “front runner” in the nomination sweepstakes, looks classically presidential. He is a handsome fellow with a winning smile. My guess, though, is that...
  • Popular Putrification

    03/08/2011 9:06:02 AM PST · by jazminerose ^ | 3/8/11 | Joy Tiz
    Joy Tiz ©2011 At the same time William Ayers was hijacking our schoolchildren, the popular culture was decomposing. With the advent of the Great Society and the disintegration of the nuclear family, the decline of our pop culture parallels the disintegration of our educational system. Radicals grabbed control over both. MTV’s biggest contribution to the collapse of decent society has to be the introduction of reality TV. Exploiting as many mentally disturbed wretches they could find, MTV lowered the bar in entertainment, effectively turning the vulgar into the mainstream. Reality TV has contributed mightily to the ruination of pop culture...
  • Wisconsin protest shows need for conservative pop culture

    02/18/2011 10:20:19 PM PST · by wku man · 35 replies
    Tea Party Rockers! ^ | 18 February, 2011 | AJ Anonymous
    As I've said before, kids don't surf the Heritage Foundation website, they don't listen to Beck or Hannity, and they don't watch Fox News. They listen to rap and "death metal", watch movies and reality TV, play video games and daydream they're LeBron James. If they get any "news" at all (and I seriously doubt the kid who calls Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker 'that dude' is a news consumer), it comes from Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert. Pop culture is the way we're going to have to reach them. We've got to deliver our message in an envelope they'll actually...
  • 'Friday Night Lights' Star Adrianne Palicki Lands the Lead in NBC's 'Wonder Woman' Reboot

    02/17/2011 10:09:29 AM PST · by edpc · 46 replies
    Yahoo TV ^ | 17 Feb 2011 | Tara Arino
    Prolific TV producer David E. Kelley is known for creating female characters who tend to polarize audiences — most notoriously "post-feminist" poster girl Ally McBeal. Fortunately, for the "Wonder Woman" pilot he's helming for NBC, he's already made one move that has been met with near-unanimous approval: Adrianne Palicki has been cast to play the titular superheroine.
  • 'Me So Horny' Rapper Luther Campbell of 2 Live Crew Running for Mayor (Miami)

    02/04/2011 5:23:48 PM PST · by Baladas · 26 replies
    AOL News ^ | Feb 4, 2011 | Michael McLaughlin
    "Politics" is the latest dirty word for rapper Luther Campbell to work into his vocabulary. Campbell, the raunchy rapper from 2 Live Crew, is running for Miami-Dade County mayor in Florida and thinks he could boost the economy with a tax on exotic dancers. "I'm mad frustrated," Campbell said about crime in his hometown in an interview in the Miami New Times. "Why aren't we getting it right in Miami-Dade? Why is our government only serving one set of people? That's what is pushing me to run." Retna / Corbis; Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images Pictured is Luther Campbell...
  • Once Again, MTV Exploits America’s Youth

    02/02/2011 9:53:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies ^ | February 2, 2011 | Marybeth Hicks
    Admittedly, the Egyptian uprising, the nullification of Obamacare and the ongoing ramifications of "Snowpocolypse 2011" could render the controversy about an MTV original program insignificant by comparison. After all, MTV is only out to destroy an entire generation. No big deal. Every adult - not just parents - should take the time to learn about the MTV show "Skins," a new "teen drama" that the Parents Television Council (PTC) has deemed "the most dangerous show on TV." Be careful when you go hunting for information about "Skins" lest your spouse conclude you've developed an interest in child pornography. The publicity...
  • 100 Greatest Toys with Jonathan Ross

    12/20/2010 12:15:33 PM PST · by arderkrag · 167 replies
    Channel 4 ^ | Friday 10 December 2010 | Jonathan Ross
    1 Lego 2 Monopoly3 Dungeons and Dragons 4 Wii 5 Nintendo consoles 6 Playstation consoles 7 Scrabble 8 Scalextrix 9 Trivial pursuit 10 Gameboy and other 11 Star wars toys 12 Transformers 13 Microsoft X-Box 14 He-Man & Masters of the 15 Cluedo 16 Meccano 17 Hornby train set 18 Connect 4 19 Airfix 20 Action man 21 Matchbox cars 22 Etch a sketch 23 Teddy bear 24 Rubik cube 25 Atari consoles 26 Play-doh 27 Plasticene 28 Subbuteo 29 Spirograph 30 Risk 31 Roller skates 32 Top trumps 33 Yo-yo 34 Teenage mutant ninja 35 Chemistry Set 36 Twister...
  • The 10 Most Leftist Albums Ever Made

    10/28/2010 2:12:18 PM PDT · by HorowitzianConservative · 54 replies
    David Horowitz's NewsReal Blog ^ | October 27, 2010 | James Miles and David Swindle
    What albums might Leon Trotsky have done some head-banging to if Josef Stalin hadn't sent an assassin to shove an icepick through his skull? Answer: the 10 Neo-Communist (and some flat-out communist) titles on our list. We count them down from the more benign Democrat-supporters to outright totalitarian radicals. Included in this collection are alternative, rock, rap, folk, and hip-hop titles. We've also done our best not to be too obvious with our choices -- you won't find Greenday's "American Idiot" on this list, for example. We also made the choice to select albums that despite being nauseating in their...
  • Sandra Bullock And Miley Cyrus, Last Of The All American Girls Next Door

    06/18/2010 6:32:47 AM PDT · by joeclarke · 36 replies · 1,252+ views
    JoeClarke.Net ^ | 06/18/2010 | JoeClarke.Net
    This Is What America Is Exporting To The World After watching progressively nasty videos by Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera back in the 90's I should have guessed that girls would forever prove to be Not That Innocent in the pop cultural American zeitgeist. Howard Stern and Bill Clinton also helped to dirtify the pop culture of women, but not without the help of feminists, themselves. Naomi Wolf, leading womananity spokesperson for decades, originated her career by criticizing women for wearing makeup and the poor example they set by encouraging young girls to look good - thus attracting men...
  • Behind the music: Is there any point in 'buying' your fans? (450,000+ bands compete for followers)

    06/10/2010 11:09:28 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 10 replies · 133+ views
    Guardian UK ^ | Thursday 10 June 2010 | Helienne Lindvall
    Companies are preying on desperate musicians by selling them Twitter followers, Facebook fans and even download sales. But only a fool would think this is real success One of the most staggering statistics I took from this year's The Great Escape was that analytics company MusicMetric is currently tracking 450,000 artists. As it's not following every artist out there, we can safely say there are more than half a million competing for your attention. So how are they supposed to get heard? Unsurprisingly, new companies have emerged that are intent on profiting from the increasing desperation of artists and start-up...
  • Whitney Houston...OH MY!

    06/07/2010 10:52:12 PM PDT · by jenk · 69 replies · 160+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 06/07/10 | DAILY MAIL REPORTER
    It was billed as a triumphant comeback, but Whitney Houston's tour is not exactly panning out that way. The 46-year-old singer, who looked bloated and sweaty on stage, delivered another disastrous performance in Denmark over the weekend.
  • Grow Up!

    03/12/2010 10:43:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 101 replies · 1,723+ views ^ | March 12, 2010 | Rich Tucker
                We see them on the streets and in the mirror: middle-aged men wearing jeans and baseball caps. Grown men, dressing and -- all too often -- acting like boys.             So where did we, an immature generation, come from?            On a recommendation from George Will, I picked up the book “Men to Boys, The Making of Modern Immaturity” by Gary Cross. Sadly, the book didn’t provide the answer.            Cross provides an in-depth review of American pop culture, which he sees as shaping people’s actions. He observes there were 27 westerns on television in 1959 (and he provides a recap...
  • What are you proud to be ignorant of?

    02/22/2010 7:10:20 PM PST · by marktwain · 60 replies · 1,024+ views
    Marktwain | 22 February, 2010 | Marktwain
    In a recent conversation, I confessed to ignorance of popular culture. With a little introspection, I realized that I was proud of this ignorance. I suspect that most of us are proud of ignorance of some form or another. It seems that many liberals are proud of their ignorance of firearms, for example. A person only has so much time to learn and experience, so choices need to be made. I chose to learn woodcraft and primitive survival skills instead of pop music. I am curious what other Freepers are proud to be ignorant of.
  • *VIDEO* Analysis of the Spiritual Symbolism in Lady Gaga Music Video

    01/31/2010 2:43:26 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 55 replies · 1,497+ views
    Considering her influence in our culture and international iconic status, I believe the messages behind her art warrants this level of analysis. The power of images should never be underestimated and I am quite impressed with what the video's author uncovered. Any discerning believer with a heart for the greater culture would benefit from watching this. As the saying goes, "the devil's in the details." Be sure to click the link.
  • 'The Simpsons' celebrates 20 years with 450th episode.

    01/10/2010 6:11:53 PM PST · by GSP.FAN · 31 replies · 2,397+ views
    Dallas morning news ^ | sun jan 10 | TOM MAURSTAD
    Celebrating its 20-year anniversary and 450th episode, The Simpsons stands alone. Of course, it's a splendid isolation as, officially, the longest-running prime-time show in television history and, unofficially, as the most successful and influential creation in pop culture history. Simply put, The Simpsons has changed the world we live in.
  • Snoopy Named Top Dog in Pop Culture

    12/27/2009 5:31:10 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 28 replies · 1,069+ views
    Mother Nature Network ^ | December 23, 2009 | Daniel Trotta
    (Nearly 76,000 online voters chose their favorites from a list of pop culture dogs drawn from television, film, literature, sports and art.) NEW YORK — The Peanuts comic strip character Snoopy was named the top dog in pop culture by the American Kennel Club on Tuesday as part of its 125th anniversary celebration, beating out a college sports mascot. Nearly 76,000 online voters chose their favorites from a list of pop culture dogs drawn from television, film, literature, sports and art, the kennel club said. Snoopy was the pensive dog whose best friend was a bird and who seemed to...
  • Hollywood on the Potomac

    12/13/2009 1:26:57 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 3 replies · 355+ views ^ | 9/14/09 | Jason Killian Meath
    "So many big name stars, singers and sports legends have visited Washington over the years, the city is often referred to as “Hollywood on the Potomac.” So, that’s the title of my new book (available now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Borders) featuring over 200 photographs and stories that detail the fascination between Hollywood stars and Washington power-players — from Presidents Truman through Obama." "Somehow late night talk shows became a logical first step for politicians to reach voters. Somehow rock stars became a political voice of the disenfranchised. Somewhere along the way, American politics and pop culture personalities...
  • Does Oprah Want to Be Vice President?

    11/26/2009 8:14:05 PM PST · by Bratch · 33 replies · 1,420+ views
    Big Hollywood ^ | November 26, 2009 | Derek Broes
    The announcement that Oprah’s ending her show after 25 years came as no surprise. In fact, I have been expecting this sort of announcement since Oprah took the stage with Barack Obama to announce her support for his presidential run. During her first of many stump speeches in Manchester, I heard the crowd chant Oprah! Oprah, and listened to her give a well-crafted speech. I also noticed a transformation in her voice and delivery. She sounded more like a pastor giving a fiery sermon, closer to Reverend Wright, than a professional talk show host. She seemed to revel in the...
  • Barack Obama tells 2.6 million Twitter followers he has never tweeted

    11/16/2009 9:01:21 AM PST · by Schnucki · 48 replies · 15,744+ views
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | November 16, 2009 | Malcolm Moore
    Barack Obama left his 2.6 million fans on Twitter, the social networking website, bemused, disappointed and mildly irritated by admitting on Monday that he had never used the service himself. "Let me say that I have never used Twitter," he told students in Shanghai. "I noticed that young people are very busy with these electronics. My thumbs are too clumsy to type in things on the phone." During his election campaign, Mr Obama portrayed himself as "connected" to the people through Twitter and his ever-present blackberry phone. Some of his more understanding fans asked if it was any real surprise...
  • Steven Crowder Talks about "Man on the Street" Interviews on Identity of Biden and Pelosi - Video

    11/11/2009 8:31:02 AM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 9 replies · 345+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | November 11, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video of Steven Crowder on with Sean Hannity last night where he talked about his "Man on the Street" video asking people who the "Vice-President" is. He also asked people who Nancy Pelosi is. Almost no one knew the answer to either question! But when he asked who "Angelina Jolie's boyfriend is," virtually everyone knew the answer - Brad Pitt. It is scary to know that these are people voting, and Barack Obama owes his Presidency in large part to these voters. It explains a great deal. . . . (VIDEO)
  • Vic Mizzy, who wrote 'Addams Family' theme, dies

    10/19/2009 7:22:16 PM PDT · by Borges · 26 replies · 1,437+ views
    Yahoo - AP ^ | 10/19/09 | RAQUEL MARIA DILLON
    LOS ANGELES – The songwriter who wrote the catchy theme songs to "The Addams Family" and "Green Acres" television shows has died. Vic Mizzy was 93. .......................................... Mizzy has said that he didn't mind if people only remember him for the finger snaps at the start of the "The Addams Family" theme song. After all, he said "two snaps got me a mansion in Bel Air."
  • Sick of Pink (Breast Cancer Awareness Marketing Machine)

    10/03/2009 2:33:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 100 replies · 3,137+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | October 4, 2009 | Kris Frieswick
    This month, like every October, a sea of pink ribbons washes over products from sneakers to snacks. While the effort raises research dollars, it leaves some breast cancer survivors feeling that companies are profiting from their pain.When KimZielinski was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007 at the age of 33, well-meaning friends inundated her with products bearing a little pink ribbon. Each product’s maker promised a cut of the sales price to a breast cancer charity, and these friends felt they were supporting the cause and, by association, Zielinski. A petite brunette who’s now 35, she was enormously grateful for...
  • Talking heads bite Barack Obama (when he's lost John Stewart, he's got a problem)

    08/19/2009 2:34:29 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 22 replies · 2,048+ views
    The Politico ^ | August 18, 2009 | Mike Allen
    When you’re Barack Obama and you’ve lost Jon Stewart, you’ve got a problem. “Mr. President,” the “Daily Show” host said Monday night, “I can’t tell if you’re a Jedi — 10 steps ahead of everything — or if this whole health-care thing is kickin’ your [rear.]” White House officials, by acknowledging that a public option (or government plan) is not essential to achieving health care reform, may have improved their chances of ultimately getting a bill. In the meantime, though, they have touched off the most ferocious backlash among liberal talking heads since President Obama took office. The president and...
  • If Obama Loses Jon Stewart, He’s Lost America

    08/06/2009 7:40:58 PM PDT · by Jack Bull · 33 replies · 3,208+ views
    Big Hollywood ^ | 8/6/09 | Chris Stigall
    July 15th, 2009 - a day that shall live in comedic infamy. The Obama administration’s first direct hit from reliably friendly allies. Former Saturday Night Live star, now stand up comic Dana Carvey was the guest on the new Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien. When O’Brien asked Carvey his opinion of Obama, Carvey trotted out some fresh material. “I’m worried. The economy just had a heart attack, but Barack just wants to work on the knee,” Carvey riffed. ”Should we do CPR? No, we’re gonna fix this knee. We can do CPR when it’s efficient and cost effective, but right...