Culture

Red Box Review: Battleship

by Steve MacDonald April 7, 2013

Let’s keep it simple.  Battleship is only good when there are ships and there is a battle.  So skip to just before the combat begins, anything that happened in the first 30-40 minutes or so you can work out for yourself by the end, and the battle sequences are a lot of fun to watch.  […]

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Gun manufacturers leaving Colorado – now Connecticut’s turn to lose jobs and tax money?

by Skip April 3, 2013

Good title – but this might be just as applicable: Is the US stratifying / splitting over culture and values?  Are the gun grabbers making this go faster? After all, what good is it to stay in a State that has made it illegal to sell, transfer, or effectively transport your wares?  Or that your […]

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Riffs off Laura Ingraham’s opening monologue – social issues and the Republican Party.

by Skip March 30, 2013

I like Laura Ingraham, a Conservative talk show hostess, and I do listen into The Factor when she guest hosts.  I had DVR’d the program for a different segment, but this morning upon playing it back, her opening monologue caught my attention even more: The question of what sort of culture our children are going […]

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Discover Has a New Credit Card. It’s Called ‘it’

by Steve MacDonald March 27, 2013

Discover has a new Discover Card called ‘it.’  The moment I saw it I couldn’t resist…um…messing with it?

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Reality Television. Documenting our Cultural Race to the Bottom…

by Steve MacDonald March 10, 2013
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Guest Post by Susan Carroll, Rochester 912 – “Lie after Lie”

by Skip March 1, 2013

Yes, tonite is Guest Post nite – and can be almost any night.  We try to have new and interesting content on the ‘Grok each and every day – but we Groksters all have full time jobs and full time families (to whom are are grateful in allowing us to soldier on in the fight […]

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This is just Cool…

by Steve MacDonald February 10, 2013

Make sure you stick it out, it’s worth it. H/T Mashable

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Palate Cleanser – Little Wing

by Steve MacDonald January 27, 2013

I’ve been quiet this weekend– Bathroom remodel,  closets, floors, and much more on the way.  I expect with but a few exceptions it will consume my spare weekend hours for several weeks.  So I have not had my finger on the pulse of politics and culture but I find myself no worse for wear.  And […]

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Liberal Policies and Culture Increased Newtown Death Toll

by Don December 15, 2012

What horrible events occurred today! The parents and Newtown Connecticut community must be wondering if they can endure the pain. Obviously our hearts go out to the families and community. Already leftists are crying for more gun control. A rational person would look at the number of murders in Washington, DC or New York City […]

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GrokTV – Panel Discussion: Making your vote count – Q&A Part 2

by Skip December 9, 2012

Continuing on with the Q & A session from yesterday’s Panel Discussion: Request to GraniteGrok: can you do some video lessons on how to do”voting stuff”? Frustration with the NH GOP Losing the vote due to the culture in the Government schools A shoutout to GovernmentOversite.com which is doing yeoman’s work on covering the Federal […]

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The New Up and Coming Scourge of Our Nations Youth: The Bouncy House?

by Steve MacDonald November 26, 2012

The number of U.S. children hurt while using inflatable bouncers, such as bounce houses and moonwalks, is 15 times higher than in 1995, according to a new study. That’s the lead from Reuters. I didn’t look past the dead link at the bottom of the article but I’d love to know who the ‘researchers’ are […]

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Obama’s New Rules For Golf

by Steve MacDonald November 21, 2012

(I received this in my email this morning.  It’s a bit clunky but you’ll get the point.) President Obama’s new Golf Czar has announced that Major rule changes in the game of golf will become effective December 1,  2012. The new rule book, estimated to weigh in at roughly 2716 pages is still being crafted […]

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Oz The Great and Powerful

by Steve MacDonald November 15, 2012

Having just mentioned The Wizard of Oz here, and a different franchise prequel here, I guess we might as well share this;  It is the Wizard of Oz prequel.  Yes dear readers, there is a prequel.  And it looks half good and then some. The movie is due out next March.  It tells the tale […]

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Red Box Review: PROMETHEUS

by Steve MacDonald November 14, 2012

Prometheus is Ridely Scott’s ostentatious pre-boot prequel of the Alien franchise and if you had $1.20 and were not sure whether to buy 0.32 gallons of gas, one-third of a box of cereal, 0.15 pounds of steak, pay full price for a compilation of every Pauly Shore movie ever made (weasel!), or to rent Prometheus…Prometheus […]

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Medal of Honor: Warfighter – Trailer

by Steve MacDonald November 8, 2012

Here’s the single player launch trailer for Medal of Honor: Warfighter.   It looks good.  May life imitate art.

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Starbucks War On Women?

by Steve MacDonald November 2, 2012

I’ve never been to Starbucks but they must have some darn good coffee there. Police were summoned to the Bradenton business “by the staff at Starbucks regarding a female that was in their lobby and was masturbating.”  - Smoking Gun The woman was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia after a police officer, summoned by the […]

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Is Juan Valdez The Anti Christ?

by Steve MacDonald October 31, 2012

(Repost: Originally posted Aug 17th, 2010 – What can I say, I like this one.) I started drinking coffee at the age of six, not because my parents were irresponsible—they were in fact better people than I can ever hope to become—but because I spent an unusual amount of time in the company of coffee […]

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Star Wars Episode 7 Due in 2015

by Steve MacDonald October 31, 2012

Looks like Disney bought Lucasfilm for just over 4 billion dollars, and is now plotting the next three Star Wars Movies.  “Episode 7″ is already slated for a 2015 release; all other factors remain unknown. Oh, it will probably be in 3D unless that (ticket price raising) fad has died a happy (or unhappy) death […]

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Gangnam Style – Palate Cleanser

by Steve MacDonald October 26, 2012

No point in avoiding it any longer.  This Music Video has penetrated the global culture and inspired hilarity at every level.   My kids make jokes about it.  The internet is cranking out parodies and memes at breakneck speed.  This link has over 531 million views.  And I must confess…I like the song and the video.  […]

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Life, No Matter How Inconvenient….Matters

by Steve MacDonald October 18, 2012

Bill Maher has done us a great service.  He has spoken the truth.  He has uttered a core “value” of the left, one that goes back more than a century. “I do believe in more DNA testing. My motto is let’s kill the right people. I’m pro-choice, I’m for assisted suicide, I’m for regular suicide, […]

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Has Forty Years Of Feminist Culture Had an Epiphany?

by Steve MacDonald August 4, 2012

New York City ‘Officials,’ which I take to mean ‘experts’ have gotten this crazy idea in their heads.  Feeding babies breast milk may actually be better for them.  The babies not the officials.  Although, maybe….no.  Not going there. The NPR headline reads New York City Officials: Breast Milk May Be Best ‘Formula.’  You think? I […]

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“The Dark Knight Rises”: Arise, capitalism and freedom….

by Tim Condon July 30, 2012

Has anyone seen The Dark Knight Rises? I haven’t. Not that I have anything against Batman. It’s just not a movie that was on my A-List (and nothing need be said about the killings last week in Colorado; this is about the movie, not the apparently insane killer). Now it is. In today’s Wall Street […]

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The Hunger Games

by Steve MacDonald July 2, 2012

I read all three of these in record time.  Two this past weekend.  And while there are some curious stabs at environmentalism, and the can’t we all just get along meme, the most power full themes are the terror of absolute tyranny and the fact that we are all damaged goods. I highly recommend them. […]

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Red Box Review – The Darkest Hour

by Steve MacDonald June 27, 2012

Steve Casting with a Twist.  The culture is always fodder and all politics all the time makes Johnny chop a hole in the bathroom door with an axe.   So here’s a different flavor of Audio Pod-casting juice for your thirsty ears.  A Red Box movie review: The Darkest Hour. Notes: Thanks for your continued […]

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Coolest President Ever?

by Steve MacDonald May 28, 2012

Not Obama, Lord no.  147 years after his presidency he’ll be lucky if there’s any mention of him beyond his being the first black president (After Clinton, of course. That and, perhaps, almost doubling the deficit in three years.)  I am referring to Abraham Lincoln, whose “past” has taken a turn toward the macabre in […]

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ABC Cancels GCB – Too Much Competition from DCB?

by Steve MacDonald May 12, 2012

ABC Canceled GCB.  (That’s the family Friendly Disney/ABS’c short-lived controversial program about so-called Christian women who do not behave according the The Word.)  Who among us is without sin?  ABC certainly cannot claim otherwise. While I’m sure GCB could have played well enough in the coast cities and liberal ghettos, it must–after all–be a show […]

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You’ve Come A Long Way Baby

by Steve MacDonald February 22, 2012

The singer Adele (Adele Laurie Blue Adkins), has joined the pantheon of modern celebrity -women who believe that flipping the bird in front of alarge public audience (on television) is a reasonable way to behave. And maybe it is. Perhaps M.I.A. (and now Adele) will do to the middle finger what Bill Clinton did for […]

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Noteable Quote: Russell Kirk

by Steve MacDonald February 20, 2012

All Values are not the same, nor all impulses, nor all men.  A Natural gradation teaches men to hold some sentiments dear and others cheap.  Leveling radicalism endeavors to put all emotions and sensations on the same level of mediocrity, and so to erase the moral imagination which sets men apart from beasts. -Russell Kirk […]

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Correct. We Men Have Nothing To Say About Reproductive Rights

by Rick Olson February 9, 2012

“Ah, yes, divorce… from the Latin word meaning to rip out a man’s genitals through his wallet.”  —Robin Williams Again, My associate Steve Mac Donald hits another home run with today’s entry. In the wake of the  Komen for the Cure Planned Parenthood funding controversy, Steve recaps for us what the die-hard blow-hardettes had to say. […]

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Men Have No Say? Then Why Make Them Pay?

by Steve MacDonald February 9, 2012

The short lived Komen for the Cure controversy over funding for Planned Parenthood ignited more than a few debates in the verse, more of them about abortion as it turns out than breast cancer screening. And we (men) were “reminded” of a few things.  Not only does funding “women’s health issues” continue to be successfully […]

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