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Monday, April 14, 2014


“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” was #1 at the box office again. “Noah” dropped to #6.


The season premiere of the highly-acclaimed AMC series, “Mad Men,” attracted less of an audience than last year’s season premiere and less than the season finale last June. Has the AMC series “Mad Men” “jumped the shark?” That’s the term used to describe TV shows that stayed on air too long. It was inspired by the “Happy Days” episode in which Fonzie “jumped a shark” on water skis as a dare during a trip to Hollywood. What TV show “jumped the shark?” What TV series could have stayed on the air longer?


The state of Maryland has become the latest state to decriminalize marijuana and in the state of Colorado, where the recreational use of pot is now legal, the first vending machine for edible marijuana goodies was unveiled over the weekend. I wonder if edible marijuana snacks satisfy the munchies that they would induce!


A 62-year-old man who was ordered by a judge to stand or sit on a street corner for 5 hours holding a sign yesterday said the punishment was unfair. Edmond Aviv was forced to hold a sign that read, “I AM A BULLY! I pick on children that are disabled, and I am intolerant of those that are different from myself. My actions do not reflect an appreciation for the diverse South Euclid (Ohio) community that I live in.” Do you think the punishment was unfair?


The first of 4 “blood moons” – which is a full lunar eclipse – occurs tomorrow night. Conservative Pastor John Hagee of Texas believes this could be a sign of the beginning of the end of the world. Do you see any signs the end of the world is coming?


A shooting at a Jewish community center in Kansas during Passover has been classified as a “hate crime.” Frazier Glenn Cross, a known white supremacist, opened fire with a shotgun and a pistol, killing 3 people. None of those he killed were Jewish. Is there any way to stop the intolerance that comes from ignorance?


A House committee in the LA legislature has advanced a bill that would declare the Bible the official state book of Louisiana.  What do you think is the motivation behind this unusual bill?


Politicians, talk show hosts and individuals all use the term “American values” to define their character.  Why are the overwhelming number people who boast about their “American values” white, married with children, conservative Christians who live in the suburbs?  What are “American values” and are the reserved for only certain Americans? Read my blog about it here.

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Scoot: Anti-sodomy laws are an invasion of our privacy
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Scoot: Do you have "American values?"
Politicians, talk show hosts and even citizens all use the term "American values" – but what are American values exactly? Last week, two news stories centered on the issue of values in America, and I wondered if the many people who use or...
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Scoot: Criticism of Colbert replacing Letterman is ridiculous!
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Scoot: Politicians, please stop running on "Christian" values!
When politicians run campaigns that are based on Christian, family, or moral values, I always get the impression that they are saying they are better than everyone else. Touting moral values is a self-righteous implication that you are the only...
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Scoot: Wrestlemania fans are people, too!
I knew Wrestlemania would be great for the city of New Orleans, but I didn't know what to expect in terms of the crowd that would show up. After the Wrestlemania fans spent the past three days in my neighborhood – I would invite them back...
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Scoot: Still haunted by my night in the ring with a midget wrestler
I hope this does not prove to be a "spoiler" for anyone, but there is a strong possibility that WWE wrestling is staged! I have caught a few moments of matches over the years and while I can't prove it, I think it might be great theatrics and not...
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Scoot: Is Ft. Hood shooting a call for more guns or more laws?
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Scoot: Assaulting sports referees a symptom of no respect for authority?
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Scoot: "Noah" movie is out and the Book was better
“Noah” opened this weekend and was the number one movie at the box office!  The controversy surrounding the movie leading up to its release obviously sent a lot of people to the theaters to see it and decide for themselves if it lived up...
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Scoot: Have Baby Boomers forgotten how wild they were?
Baby Boomers are now the Establishment, achieving a status never envisioned by the generation that was known as “anti-Establishment!” And looking back on how wild and rebellious our generation was – we should feel fortunate that so many...
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