Friday, January 28, 2005

Turn your radio on

I want to take the opportunity to invite those of you who check this blog for updates regularly to have a listen to my personal Launchcast radio station. I hope you like Bluegrass, old-time country, old-time jazz, and good humor, because you'll find a lot of those things (plus a few other things thrown in) at my station. I hope you tune in and enjoy it.

New posts coming next week!

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Snubbing the Passion

Few people will argue that The Passion of the Christ was one of the best films of 2004. Because of its religious nature, however, Mel Gibson's blockbuster smash, which stars Jim Caviezel as Our Lord, The Passion was snubbed, not garnering a single Oscar nomination.

Michael Medved was on Today this morning making the case that Passion was passed over because Hollywood has grown too uncomfortable with films which have a religious topic. Medved further noted that these films are popular with the public, and pointed out that the biggest successes in American film history were religious films.

The opposing critic (whose name I can't recall) basically admitted that this was a political snub, and then tried to justify it by saying that Hollywood didn't want to support the film! Many of the very people who criticized this film never even saw it.

Rabbi Daniel Lapin had the best thoughts on the matter. If the so-called "Jewish organizations" who say they aim to prevent "anti-Semitism" do not wish to stoke that which they want to eliminate, perhaps they would do well to leave Christian America alone. Quit seeking to presume what we will think. Literate Christians saw this film, and we had no plans for a "pogrom in Pittsburgh" as Lapin humorously puts it.

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Jib Jab

For those who enjoy quality political parody, and who haven't seen it yet, I'd like to encourage readers to visit Jib Jab and enjoy the parodies "This Land," "D.C. Land," and "Second Term."

"This Land" has become a national sensation, and introduced me to Jib Jab. Now, I'll be looking forard to many more great comedy from America's new favorite political computer geeks.

Monday, January 24, 2005

One last time: Heeeeeeeeeeere's Johnny

Johnny Carson, the long-time host of Tonight, passed away yesterday, he was 79. Carson was often seen as aloof and withdrawn, especially since he stayed completely out of the public eye when he wasn't on television.

Johnny Carson may have had his faults, but for 30 years, Johnny made us laugh. His monologues were a microcasm of contemporary American popular culture and probably were more telling about the State of the Union than the President's annual address. Tonight has never been the same since Carson left the show. Jay Leno is funny, but he'll never be the same as Carson, and in fact he hasn't even some close.

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