Monday, April 24, 2006

Top Ten Box Office Hits

1. "Silent Hill," $20.2 million.

2. "Scary Movie 4," $17 million.

3. "The Sentinel," $14.65 million.

4. "Ice Age: The Meltdown," $12.8 million.

5. "The Wild," $8.05 million.

6. "The Benchwarmers," $7.3 million.

7. "Take the Lead," $4.25 million.

8 (tie). "American Dreamz," $3.7 million.

8 (tie). "Inside Man," $3.7 million.

10. "Friends With Money," $3.55 million.

Inside Man and Silent Hill looked interesting, but my friend said that Silent Hill will be awesome. I've never played the game and I doubt that I'll see the movie (maybe), but this is a "blessing" for Hollywood which has been running dry since 2005 when movie attendance fell by 8%.

Mostly because many of the movies were crap, but you know how these things work.

Later.

Mo'Vurn

Of Rape and Them

Here’s what middle-school kids think about rape, according to a survey of
11-14 year-olds:
51% of boys and 41% of girls believe that a man has a right to force a woman to kiss him if he has “spent a lot of money on her.”
32% of boys and 32% of girls say it’s not improper for a man to rape a woman who has had past sexual experiences.
87% of boys and 79% of girls say rape is okay if a man and woman are married.
47% of all those surveyed say it’s okay for a man to rape a woman he has been dating for more than 6 months.
Doesn’t sound too good, does it? By middle school, American children have already drunk deeply from the patriarchy: they know that men have the right to sexually
possess women, that women can be bought, and that women who aren’t virgins are
fair game for rape.
So perhaps it’s not so surprising what happens when they get to college:
1 in 4 college women report being victims of rape or attempted rape.
1 in 12 college men admit to committing acts that meet the legal definition of rape.
35% of college men indicate some likelihood that they would commit rape if they could be assured of not getting caught.
And it doesn’t stop when they get married…
10% of women are the victims of rape or attempted rape by a husband or intimate partner in their lifetime.
33-46% of husbands who beat their wives also rape them.
… or have children:
About 20% of all rapes are committed against children under the age of 18 by their own family members.
20-40% of women and 10-20% of men report having been sexually victimized as children (this includes sexual abuse other than rape).
And then you go to the top and start all over again.


First off, let's get the formalities out of the way.

Rape is wrong. Period.

Now that we have that over with, why the heck are they asking middle school kids about this? Sixth graders are way too young to be given surveys about rape when their miniscule brains aren't even into issues like this.

And I don't know where that question on kissing comes from, but it's not rape if someone is forced to kiss somebody. Why is that even in that survey.

I'm not going to even bother going over the remaining bits of this since statistics on rape vary so greatly that they're never accurate. Although, the higher they are, the more feminists will use them since women never lie about rape and these types of things are always true.

I was going to inject my personal views on kissing and dating into this, but I've decided not to. Maybe next time.

Signed,

Moises

A small sample, if you will

This is a pretty small sample size so clearly these are not generalizable findings. But I have to question the cultural beliefs that surround these types of findings. I have to question a study that finds women and men are made differently as opposed to how environmental, cultural and social factors have affected these brain patterns(thoughts and actions). Can something learned change brain chemistry?Many feminists and cultural theorists have found that it is cultural and environmental factors that support women in internal thinking, acting, responding and support men in external thinking, acting and responding, etc. So then how valid is this study? How can a study like this be valid without a consideration of surrounding factors?I fear that studies like this just add to archaic ideas of inherent differences between men and women that are biological, as opposed to recognizing the way patriarchy functions to create these differences.

I'm afraid that our dear friends at Feministing just don't seem to get it quite yet. Men and women are different in numerous aspects. For example, men will think things through using their head. Women will generally not do so and instead think with their emotions. Logic is more common among men, rather than women. But women have the amazing ability of connecting through emotions. Men are leaders by nature, whereas women are caring by nature. You can't have one without the other. To say that men and women are wired differently is a true statement, not an archaic one. Unfortunately, feminists don't seem to understand this yet and would prefer naively believing that society makes us out to who we are.

So, really, we don't have a choice, if that's the case.

So much for Choice.

Signed,

Oliver

The Death Penalty Dilemna

Emphasis mine. The death penalty is a thoroughly backward institution. Nothing
is gained by killing criminals — except, of course, feeding human vengeance and bloodlust. It’s more expensive to keep people on death row and execute them than
it is to put them in prison forever. It act as an effective crime deterrent. It’s not fairly or justly applied. Etc etc. And now there’s further evidence that even our“humane” version of state-sanctioned murder — lethal injection — isn’t quite so kind. In fact, it’s so problematic that veterinarians won’t even use it on dogs. The prisoner is paralyzed, and so it looks painless — but only because he’s unable to move. There are absolutes in human rights. One of those, I believe, is that humans have the right to not be killed by the state. The state certainly has the right to punish, but I believe that it loses legitimacy in other areas when it exercises such final punishment. And I think it’s shameful that we continue to impose it.

While I highly doubt that it is more expensive to keep people on death row than in jail (you know, for a lifelong stay), it will only be true because most people on death row die before their executions. If executions happen very quickly after the trial, maybe a year or less, then the cost won't be so high.

The problem with murderers is, aside from the fact that they murder and feel justified doing it, is that they never think they will get the death penalty. If time was severely reduced between trial and execution, murder rates would plummet as nearly everybody who is a convicted murderer would be executed in short order.

True, the state should not have the power to execute its own citizens. That is the only reason why I am against the death penalty, unless the state is completely out of the wielding process. If civilians are in charge of the issuing the death penalty, then the practice should continue.

Signed,

Juan

Dubya-ism Favorites

"I am the decider."

Short, simple, and too the point. Nothing says "dictatorship on the move" like that. *Applauds*

Signed,

DuCrane

Baptists In Support of Public Schools

A group of Baptist leaders called on its members Friday to "speak positively
about public education" in response to a conservative movement to pull Baptist children out of public schools.Fifty-six pastors and organizational leaders - some from the conservative Southern Baptist Convention and others from the more moderate Cooperative Baptist Fellowship - signed a letter supporting public schools.
The document was posted Friday on the Web site of the Baptist Center for Ethics, a Nashville group that often criticizes the conservative direction of the Southern Baptist Convention.

So let me get this straight: They support a school system that contains the following:

1. Perverse little paraistes known as the public school teenager
2. Vulgarity
3. Homosexuality, bisexuality, and other evils
4. Wiccan groups, witches, and Satanists
5. Drugs, drugs, and more drugs
6. Rape, murder, suicide
7. STD's, teen pregnancies, and abortion
8. Government propaganda.
9. A mostly liberal point of view which naturally means its BS
10. A system of utter corruption and uselessness
11. Almost violent hatred towards Christians

Really, the entire public school system is just a joke. Public schools are producing wonderful little drug addicted, STD-ridden, liberal idealogy-loving fools, ready to either kill themselves or follow the government. What do the Pastors think that they are gaining from supporting a system that despises them and their teachings?

Signed,

Vance

The Syndicate's Delay

The Syndicate, as many of ya'll know, has been out of commission for the past month. Due to a series of unexpected events in the Middle East, the entirety of the Syndicate was on a mission for the time being. We have returned, but in the near future, it is likely that more delays will occur (though, hopefully, not as long).

Signed,

The Syndicate

Women don't belong in the dugout?

New York Mets broadcaster Keith Hernandez's comment that women "don't belong in the dugout" drew criticism Sunday from San Diego Padres manager Bruce Bochy, who supported the female member of his training staff and said he was surprised her gender even came up. Hernandez made the remark during the second inning of New York's 8-1 victory in San Diego on Saturday night. Mike Piazza homered for the Padres and exchanged a high-five in the dugout with 33-year-old Kelly Calabrese, the Padres' massage therapist. "Who is the girl in the dugout, with the long hair?" Hernandez said. "What's going on here? You have got to be kidding me. Only player personnel in the dugout." Hernandez found out later in the broadcast that Calabrese was with the Padres training staff. "I won't say that women belong in the kitchen,but they don't belong in the dugout," Hernandez said. Hernandez, a former Mets first baseman and "Seinfeld" guest star, then laughed and said: "You know I am only teasing. I love you gals out there -- always have."

Personally, I found this whole thing hillarious. I wonder what the feminists are saying about this?

"Ah yes, the patriarchy of males extends its mighty hand further into the realm of sports. Thiss guy is a looser!! He needs to ****** learn how to play! Why, I bet that girl could play better than himm!" Or something like that.

Signed,

Gregory

cen yuo spele?



george w bush should definitely be impeachedhe is a liarand his lies have bought
misery to millions of people and bought no good to anyone except for the corporate oil billionaires who are making huge profits they are profiting during wartime that is unscrupulous and terribly sad w bush has made the world a much less safe placebefore the war iraq was not a place for terroristssaddam hussein, brutal dictator that he was was secular and had nothing to do with al queda and was sanctioned to death and had no power outside of his country now it is a breeding ground for terrorism and anti-americanism is at an all time high all over the world and the people of iraq are no better off at all all those people want is for the americans to leave decent families and people like you and i who never wanted america there in the first place goerge w bush has sent american soldiers over there to be maimed and killed
Remember the man who played "Needles" in Back to the Future? His name is Flea and he played bass in Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

He is the author of this gem of cluelessness. Maybe he should learn to type correctly before authoring a political report, eh?

Signed,

Malachi

A Nation of Sissies

However, three professors – two of them openly homosexual – filed a complaint of
discrimination and harassment, contending Kupelian's book was "hate literature" which "threatened" them and made them feel "unsafe" on campus. After a 21-0
faculty vote (with 9 abstentions) on March 13, the school's Office of Human Resources put Savage under "investigation." The full-faculty vote was rescinded two days later for legal reasons, and the three offended professors filed the harassment complaint. The three professors behind the complaint against Savage are Hannibal Hamlin, Norman Jones and J.F. Buckley. Jones teaches courses in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender literature, and Buckley has written "The Social Critic: The Rise of Queer Performance Within the Demise of Transcendentalism" as well as "articles on sexual orientation in Hemingway and Melville." In a March 9 e-mail to the faculty regarding Savage's suggestion of "The Marketing of Evil" as required freshman reading, Buckley wrote: "… I am not shocked, only deeply saddened – and THREATENED – that such mindless folks are on this great campus. … You have made me fearful and uneasy being a gay man on this campus. I am, in fact, notifying the OSU-M campus, and Ohio State University in general, that I no longer feel safe doing my job. I am being harassed."

Oh dear, he is "offended and threatened" that a Christian librarian suggested several books to a group of freshmen students, one of which was Market of Evil (order it at Amazon), which is a book supposedly on homosexuality and the negative effects it has on society.

So, we have this scumbag, recommending liberal books left and right, complain about being offended when the man didn't even utter anything remotely profane to him. Something is messed up when men are complaining about feeling afraid, to say nothing of homosexuality.

Signed,

Buck