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Wednesday, 26 September 2012

CBS: Dallas- The Complete Opening

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Source: CBS: Dallas- The Complete Opening

Perhaps the best non-sports intro theme song in television history and there have been plenty of great ones. Like Dukes of Hazzard, Knight Rider, A-Team, General Hospital, Mannix, Hunter, The Fall Guy, and many others. But this is my favorite one, because of the great song and so much of the show you get to see from it. Including the great cast and of course so much of the great city of Dallas, where the show gets it's name, also known as Big D. (This coming from a Redskins fan) The best theme song to the best soap opera ever (at least in prime time) if not the best show of the 1980s.

The classic dramatic comedy with a lot of very interesting, funny, complicated people. A show with no saints but with very human people where no one is really the bad guy or bad girl. No one is really the good guy or good girl. With some exceptions, but the classic soap opera where you have a lot of very talented and determined characters who all know what they want, how of much of it that they want, who the competition is, and have a plan to hurt if not destroy the competition (if they have to) in order to get where and what they want when they want it.

The classic funny soap opera where no one is ever completely safe and no one ever can be completely trusted, where you have great clever putdowns and even constructive putdowns and yet you have people who as much as they might try to destroy each other, don't want to completely lose the people that they've hurt and have even tried to destroy. Very similar to great soaps like Melrose Place, General Hospital, a few others.

AlterNet: Opinion- Valerie Tarico-Why Do the Craziest Religious People Get the Most Attention?

This piece was originally posted at FRS FreeStates

Probably the same reason why the craziest Atheists who want to outlaw religion, because they are crazy and don't understand the U.S. Constitution. If you don't want to hear about someone, stop talking about them and you'll hear less. I like this article in the AlterNet, (perhaps the only article I've ever liked by the AlterNet) because Valerie Tarico takes on fundamentalists from all religions. Not just Evangelical Christians, which is what today's so-called Progressives (the Far-Left really) only focus on. "Christian-Conservatives, are evil bigots, because they put down women and gays. Conservative-Muslims, are good decent people, who are simply misunderstood. And when they do and say bad things, it's America's fault." Which is generally the attitude that you get from the Far-Left. Which is what the AlterNet is, a social democratic if not socialist publication on the Far-Left. But with what you get with Valerie Tarico, is religious fundamentalism is bad. Even it comes from non-Anglo-Saxon Protestant males.

If religious fundamentalism and bigotry that comes from religious fundamentalism, is a bad thing like gays aren't real humans, or are mentally handicapped, or women's place is in the home, etc, then religious fundamentalism is bad period. Doesn't matter the religion, the race, ethnicity, or color of the people. If you're going to put down the Christian-Right when one of their members murders a man simply because he thought that guy was gay, because he had a feminine voice and demeanor, then you can't defend that sam behavior when it happens in Saudi Arabia. Where gays are put to death by their own Islamic government. This shouldn't be about race, ethnicity, color, or a specific religion. Unless you're simply bigoted about one race, ethnic, or religious group. To coin a phrase from the great movie about Watergate All The President's Men, "follow the money." Or in this case follow the bigotry. When the Christian-Right behaves badly, sure! Go after them, but when Islamists behave badly, don't call people who criticize that behavior bigots simply for criticizing bad behavior.

Stupid people, unfortunately come in all shapes, sizes, colors, races, ethnicities, religions and genders. Which makes them harder to deal with, because they can hit you at anytime from anyone. No race, ethnicity, religion or gender, has a monopoly on stupidity and bigotry. Which is too bad, because it would be easier to deal with and eliminate. "Hey, now that we know what all stupid look like, lets just focus on them and put the bigoted morons away." You can't do that with a mental disease like stupidity, simply because we don't have enough prison and hospital space to house all of those morons. And given these facts when you just concentrate on the bigots from one religion and race of people, while you ignore the bigots from another religion which just happens to be the largest religion in the world, being Islam, you give away get out of jail free cards to a lot of people. Who are just as bigoted as the Christian-Conservatives you don't like. Which is stupid in itself.

Stevie Wonder Happy Birthday: My Older Brother's Birthday Present



Hey Bro, I just wanted to wish you a great and Happy 40th Birthday and just say that I'm glad its you before me. If you know what I'm saying but don't get too down, I'll be there with you in a few years. I don't know if you are a Stevie Wonder fan but I believe he sings this song about as well as it can be done, so I hope you enjoy it or at least get a kick out of it.

Love Erik

HLN: Showbiz Tonight Countdown- Best Burnett Ever!

One of the best variety comedy shows of all-time, sort of like a half-hour Saturday Night Live. Speaking of SNL, SNL gets a lot of credit for being such an original variety skit-comedy show that other shows have tried to follow and make their own versions of it. And all of that is true, but Carol Burnett, was essentially the same thing, but came out 6-7 years earlier in the late 1960s, instead of 1975 with SNL and was on CBS instead of NBC. And you could make a case that Carol Burnett herself and her show with his her great cast and writers, inspired shows like Saturday Night Live and later In Living Color, MADD-TV and other skit comedy shows. Because of how good it was, how original it was, the topics it covered. That it wasn't about sending a political, or cultural message, but about making fun of everyday American life.

The Carol Burnett Show, covered and had everything and they weren't about politics at least in the sense they were trying to push some political message. It was simply about entertainment and what was going on in America at the time especially as it related to pop culture. And always looking for the funny side of everything they covered. They mad fun of politicians, movies, TV shows, actors, musicians, weren't worried about political correctness and pleasing everybody. But great comedians who all had similar sense of humors, great chemistry, who liked each other loved working with each other. And in that sense at least it reminds me of Seinfeld and was better than Saturday Night Live, that generally looks at politics from a political slant. Carol Burnett, was simply about making people laugh and doing it in a classy way and having a great time at it.

CBS Sports: Week 4 Matchups to Watch



This might sound crazy but this might be a good opportunity for the New Orleans Saints to a get a victory. Against the Green Bay Packers, because the Packers defense is still weak and the Saints might win a shootout.

FBS SEC 1981: Tennessee Volunteers @ Georgia Bulldogs



One of the best rivalries in SEC Football