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Groovenstein last won the day on November 10 2014

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  1. The Dark Knight

    I too did not care for the blame being placed on Batman for the Joker's crimes. Sadly, Batman also placed it on himself, as is evident from when he said (paraphrasing) that he had too much blood on his hands already. The resolution of this issue is one of the major things I look forward to in the next installment.
  2. The Dark Knight

    . . . goes to this line IMO. With everything around it, in full context, that line is side-splitting funny. (Not as funny if you haven't seen it yet, so don't spoil it for yourself.)
  3. The Dark Knight

    I'm not convinced either way on whether to have another Joker in this series. On the one hand, how can that performance be equaled? My roommate says, and I agree, that the man with the best chance at it is Johnny Depp. The point on the other hand is who, upon being asked who they thought could give an all-time performance in the role of the Joker, would have said Heath Ledger??? Perhaps there is another hidden gem out there somewhere. I don't yet have an opinion on this point. There's something for your consideration.
  4. The Dark Knight

    Why so serious?
  5. The Dark Knight

    Precisely. I am on a completely different wavelength from someone who doesn't think that's funny. And more to your point, I wasn't laughing when I saw blown up towers on the news. I doubt most of the people laughing at the Joker were either.
  6. The Dark Knight

    There was so much hype around this movie, and like others, I had been anticipating it for so long, so I went in with very high expectations. Though I still have a bit to digest, and I will see it again in the theater, I thought the movie itself was just good, not quite great. However, for me, Ledger's masterful performance makes it worth seeing again and owning it. His acting definitely lived up to the hype, and in not much time I think we will come to see it as an all-time performance. I think very highly of Jack Nicholson's acting talents, but to me this one is not even close. Nicholson's Joker was kooky, almost bubbly. I know that might not be all Jack's fault. I don't know how much of a role the direction, script, etc., played in that. But Ledger's Joker was madness through and through. His voice, his little ticks (e.g. the lip-licking), his makeup and hair, his maniacal laugh. All these added brilliantly to the content of madness that was presented. I might comment some more after I see it again. The summary of my thoughts for the time being: movie itself was just good; technology and action were really cool; scenery was really cool (both the cities and the Wayne properties); Ledger was brilliant.
  7. Assuming you are so wealthy that you owned planet Earth

    The real question here is what if God was one of us? Just a slob like one of us? Just a stranger on the bus trying to make his way home? Now that's a fantastic hypothetical.
  8. 5 Month Old Girl Raped by 18 year old.

    The implication that I am a sadist is just silly and I will not engage it. Personal attacks will get you nowhere in an argument or on this forum. Don't use them. The sarcasm is quite unwarranted also. In my current situation, I would contribute nothing. If my ideal government were in place, I wouldn't have to. Nobody would have to. First refer to the numerous sources that discuss funding government without taxes. Then consider the expenses that prisons could save and the revenue they could generate by putting the prisoners to work.
  9. 5 Month Old Girl Raped by 18 year old.

    David, I don't know if you were addressing me with this. I hope you don't mind if I respond as though you were. I don't know that the icky criminals get continually raped. For the perpetration of rapes against the general prison population, the studies I've seen report that it is more than occasional. I haven't examined those studies in depth, and I don't intend to, but the belief that prison rape is common is not without merit. As for criminals meting out justice, I don't think we should let them have free rein. Prisons should be set up to prevent and punish crimes committed in them as best as can reasonably be achieved. So long as that is the goal, it doesn't trouble me that a child rapist getting raped ends up slipping through the cracks. (There are so many bad jokes in that line.) To me it's akin to someone killing a politician who manipulates the force of government to violate rights all over the country.. Yes, it's wrong, and yes, that person should go to jail, but at the same time, no, I don't feel like some horrible injustice was done. I'd applaud the vigilante on his way to the corrections bus.
  10. 5 Month Old Girl Raped by 18 year old.

    I'd rather he spend the rest of his days in prison being somebody's girlfriend. 60 years of beatings and forced sodomy would be exponentially more horrible than sitting in a cell for a few years until they put a needle in his arm.
  11. Favorite TV shows

    The Office. The American version. I can't vouch for the original version, though I just rented it and will be watching it in the next couple days. The American version is great. Lots of great characters and acting, and the humor is great. It's a much different kind of comedy from the typical American comedy show. For one, it's actually funny. For two, there's very little in the way of the penis and fart jokes that seem to permeate. I'm not opposed to those necessarily, just that they're way overused and generally not well executed. Anyway, they do a great job at taking office situations and making great jokes around them. I have not seen the first season. My favorite line from the second and third seasons, and one of my favorite lines from any TV show, was in the episode where they found out a black coworker had been in jail. At one point, one of their coworkers says something tame about the black coworker, at which point Michael (the stupid boss) says, "You're such a racist." "Why?" "You think he's black." That is comedic gold right there.
  12. Buy my beat-up van!

    Greetings, my Objectivism Online friends and neighbors! I am selling my beat-up van. I'm asking for $1200, but I'll listen to an offer less than that so long as it's reasonable. Here's the skinny. 1995 Ford Windstar LX. 127584 miles. 3.8L V6 engine with a 4 speed automatic o/d transmission. Features include A/C, cruise control, power locks, bucket seats, driver and passenger airbags, ABS, cassette radio. Has defects as I explain below. I'm asking $1200. I ran a Blue Book report which lists prices at $2715 for excellent condition, $2365 for good, $1950 for fair. It describes "fair" condition as follows: "Some mechanical or cosmetic defects and needs servicing but is still in reasonable running condition. Clean title history, the paint, body and/or interior need work performed by a professional. Tires may need to be replaced. There may be some repairable rust damage." The van has cosmetic defects. There is a large dent in the sliding door. The rear bumper has two spots that have been damaged. The windshield is cracked towards the bottom of it. There are other dings and scratches. The van has mechanical defects. The left rear turn signal is broken. The front windows are power and they do not work. The front hood does not latch correctly. It keeps itself latched but allows a little bit of air to get underneath it, so as an extra security measure I hold it down with a bungee cord (the duct tape of cords). There is no glass on the side view mirrors. The rubber lining for the sliding door needs glued up. It has 3 tires and a donut. One of the tires was just repaired. The transmission was replaced about 5 years ago. And I put in a new battery about a month ago. I have the title and it's clean. I got it from my folks in 2002, and they had it for a few years before that. The "fair" condition allows for defects and servicing, and says that tires may need to be replaced. The van has defects and needs servicing and its tires may need to be replaced (particularly the donut). I'm asking over 1/3 less than the "fair" condition value. For a vehicle that still runs, I think the asking price is, well, fair. Kelley Blue Book says about the private party value: "The Private Party Value assumes the vehicle is sold 'As Is' and carries no warranty (other than the continuing factory warranty)." I'm selling the vehicle as is and with no warranty. I have listed everything I am aware of about its condition. I'm selling it because my folks hooked me up with their old Honda Civic, so I have no need for the van anymore. And some extra cash is always nice. The registration is no longer valid so you can still test that it runs, but if you want to test drive it you'll have to do laps around my apartment's little lot. Hit me up via e-mail at [email protected] if you're interested, want to check it out, etc. If you're thinking about it, just ask! We can talk about working something out.
  13. My band's coolest gig to date

    PMO is opening for Red when they hit Omaha next month! Fans of the modern rock genre have likely heard Red. They were nominated for a Grammy in the Christian category, and have done their last two tours supporting powerhouse acts Breaking Benjamin and Three Days Grace. The guitarist and I went to that show last year, and now we're opening for them! YAAAAAA!!!!! Can you tell I'm excited? Here's the promotional flyer which is very nice: And on our MySpace you can hear the promo spots that 89.7 The River is running. I have listened to it approximately 27 times. /music fanboy
  14. The Aptera

    I'd drive a hot pink ice cream truck if it got 300 miles to the gallon.
  15. National Treasure: Book of Secrets

    I was rather bored with it on the whole. Having seen the first one, I found many of the moments to be overly predictable. For example, as soon as Gates I'm with Moose on it being over the top. Many scenes simply strained the imagination. I do not require that a movie be completely "realistic," i.e. that it could happen in today's world. I can enjoy over the top, but other things have to come into play for me to like it. Consider the most recent Die Hard film. The scene toward the end in which John is really over the top. But that movie had something going for it that NT didn't--huge action scenes. If your action scenes are stretches, at least make them really cool. There's another scene I remember that bugged me. I was also disappointed with Ed Harris's performance. I don't know whether it was his fault or the writers', but I've seen him be a much better villain, such as he was in The Rock. There were a couple good moments, such as when And don't get me wrong, I'm not saying it had a horrible message and was the worst movie I've ever seen. I'm only saying it didn't excite me and I wouldn't have any real inclination to see it again were it not for the fact that my cousin was an extra in the classroom scene at the University of Maryland and she was supposedly visible on screen but I couldn't see it so now I'll have to rent the video and get some pause button exercise.
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