Tag Archives: Pop Culture

“It is commonplace to observe that Christmas is increasingly a pagan festival.” Sad but true.

“It is commonplace to observe that Christmas is increasingly a pagan festival,” wrote Matt Ridley for the Times of London. Ridley explained the pagan foundations of this major holiday, as well as other traditional Christian holidays like Easter and Halloween. He concluded, however, that the pagan origins do not make the spirit of the holidays “less worthwhile.”

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Hugh Hefner was a descendant of Puritan leader William Bradford.

Hugh Hefner, founder of Playboy magazine and an ensuing media empire, recently died at the age of 91. And feminist icon Camille Paglia had a few thoughts.

“Hefner’s new vision of American masculinity was part of his desperate revision of his own Puritan heritage. On his father’s side, he descended directly from William Bradford, who came over on the Mayflower and was governor of Plymouth Colony, the major settlement of New England Puritans.”

An interesting take on Hefner and the sexual revolution.

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Happy 74th birthday, Mr. Christopher Walken

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Who knew? Actor Christopher Walken shares a birthday with my uncle.

Walken is “one of the most distinctive film actors of the past 50 years. Whether he’s playing an analog of Macduff in a wacko modernization of Macbeth, the ghost of a malicious Hessian mercenary or any one of a hundred other roles, you won’t mistake him for anyone else.”

There’s only one way to celebrate! And be sure not to walk without rhythm this weekend.

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Crossfire! With three actors named Robert — Robert Young, Robert Mitchum, Robert Ryan.

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Just finished watching Crossfire, a film made in 1947, the year my parents were born. It’s a good film, with shockingly modern themes. I have many thoughts on it, which I will have to write about later, besides what I have already tweeted on the Twitter. These topics go well beyond the film itself, to subjects such as McCarthyism and the Red Scare, liberalism in Hollywood, etc.

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Penn Jillette talks Donald Trump. Having Scrooge McDuck in the White House sounds like good fiscal sense.

I’ve been watching a few clips archived on YouTube where magician Penn Jillette talks about getting to know Donald Trump.

In one from 2013, he describes Trump as Scrooge McDuck, which given our nation’s looming fiscal crisis of soaring national deficits and debt doesn’t sound bad at all. In fact, it is precisely what we need. A hawk to watch over our money and protect it from the greedy and the power hungry.

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Isn’t name calling supposed to be a no-no among the leftists & the liberals? Pesky “rules.”

It’s only because of TV icon Norman Lear, creator of Archie Bunker and All in the Family, and Bea Arthur’s Maude, that I learned of Antonio Sabato Jr.’s opinion, apparently vile, that President Obama is a Muslim.

Sabato was one of the speakers at Trump’s convention in Cleveland, and I had already forgotten about him. Should I be offended by Lear labeling him a meathead? Well, I’m not.

Sabato, clearly not Grade A intellectual material, is a meathead and an asshole, according to Lear. Asshole may or may not be accurate. I don’t know the man. He’s only famous because he’s easy on the eyes. He’s good looking. That’s how Hollywood operates. So the meathead classification seems to be correct.

But what’s the big deal, anyway? I thought Muslims were cool. And shouldn’t be discriminated against.

I don’t buy into any of this wild conjecture on Obama, by the way. I am not a birther. Obama was born in Hawaii. I do not believe that Obama is a Muslim. What he is happens to be bad enough.

He’s a leftist who does not believe in the greatness of America. He’s a radical with an agenda to remake the country. He wants to implement radical social change via government decree.

He claims to be a Christian. I will give him the benefit of the doubt on this. To me, on religion, he’s kinda like Bernie Sanders. Bernie is a non-practicing Jew.

I view Obama much the same. He’s a non-practicing Christian. Basically he’s an agnostic. That’s how I seem him. And there’s nothing wrong with that. I could care less. But he should just be honest with us.

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