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  1. http://www.wethelivingmovie.com/

    You can order VHS there and it says coming soon to DVD. It's quite good!

    It's spectacularly good. I was just wondering aloud the other day when it would finally be released on DVD, and here it is. It says "with deleted scenes." I hope they didn't put them back into the movie proper, because the deleted scenes were deleted for good reason. If they are just segregated in some bonus feature area, that would be ok. But if I remember correctly, the stuff that was deleted was collectivist and altruist garbage that was not part of the novel, obviously.

    Can't wait for it to come out, though. It's one of the very few VHS movies I still own.

  2. A couple of my favorites:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcN5Vaqd9sg, by The Sundays

    The lyrics are beautiful, and Harriet Wheeler has the voice of an angel:

    Do some people wind up with the one that they adore

    In a heart-shaped hotel room its what a heart is for

    The bubble floats so madly will it stay sky-high?

    Hello partner, kiss your name bye-bye

    Ooh sometimes...

    Romantic piscean seeks angel in disguise

    Chinese-speaking girlfriend big brown eyes

    Liverpudlian lady, sophisticated male

    Hello partner, tell me love cant fail

    & its you and me in the summertime

    We'll be hand in hand down in the park

    With a squeeze & a sigh & that twinkle in your eye

    & all the sunshine banishes the dark

    Do some people wind up with the one that they abhor

    In a distant hell-hole room, the third world war

    But all I see is films where colourless despair

    Meant angry young men with immaculate hair

    Ooh sometimes...

    Get up a voice inside says theres no time for looking down

    Only a pound a word & youre talking to the town

    But how do you coin the phrase though that will set your soul apart

    Just to touch a lonely heart

    & its you & me in the summertime

    We'll be hand down in the park

    With a squeeze & a sigh & that twinkle in your eye

    & all the sunshine banishes the dark

    & its you I need in the summertime

    As I turn my white skin red

    Two peas from the same pod yes we are

    Or have I read too much fiction?

    Is this how it happens?

    How does it happen?

    Is this how it happens?

    Now, right now

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOMuK7YYxeg, by Jefferson Starship

    I've always thought this was a perfect song for a wedding:

    Precious love

    I'll give to you

    blue as the sky and deep in the

    eyes of a love so true

    beautiful face

    you make me feel

    light on the stairs and lost in the

    air of a love so real

    And you can count on me girl

    you can count on my love woman

    you can count on me baby

    you can count on my love to see you through

    Emerald eyes and china perfume

    caught on the wheel and lost in

    the feel of a love so soon

    ruby lips

    you make my song

    into the night and saved by the light

    of a love so strong


    See you thru


    you can count on me girl

    you can count on my love

  3. I haven't received my Kindle 2 yet (it's due tomorrow), but I've been looking over the Kindle book store on Amazon. The "collected works" of various authors by Mobile Reference look like a great value, and each has a table of contents from which you can navigate to any of the works, and to any chapter in the particular novel or other type of book. For an average of under $5 each, you can get the collected works (or a reasonable facsimile thereof) of writers like Plato and Aristotle, Kipling, Stevenson, Dickens, Shakespeare, Hugo, Dumas, Voltaire, Dostoyevsky, Twain, Cicero, Tolstoy, Wilde, Scott, Goethe, and many others.

    Someone mentioned downloading books from the Gutenburg project onto Kindle. Do those come with a navigable table of contents?

  4. As someone who has listened to CNBC for the last two years every (trading) day, this comment is unfounded. Santelli goes off like this almost daily. He has been the reporter from Chicago markets for years. All the anchors (Becky Quick, Joe Kernan, and Carl Quintanilla) that are in this video have also been working at CNBC for years. Kernan is a big-time Republican and openly argues his views with guests all the time. All these anchors know who Santelli is, his political and economic opinions, and his style of reporting. I can assure you, none of them were "confused" or "horrified" by Rick's comments.

    I watch CNBC every day also, and all three of those show hosts are statists to the core, like any Republican. They simply argue about how much regulation there should be, or how much stimulus there should be. None of them are capitalists --- except Rick Santelli. He's the only one worth listening to on that network.

  5. He is key to the recent success of the Capitals, for sure.

    Ovechkin is definitely a great one. But it looks like Alexander Semin is at least as key to the success of the Capitals lately.

    The Wings have had some of the greatest Russians in the game - Fedorov, Konstantinov, Datsyuk, Larionov, Fetisov - but now they have nearly cornered the market on great Swedes, with Lidstrom, Holmstrom, Zetterberg, Franzen, Kronwall, and more in the pipeline. Great European scouting has kept Detroit afloat, in spite of always having to draft at the worst position -- since they are perennial President's Trophy winners.

    It still boggles the mind to think that Fedorov, Mogilny, and Bure were once on the same line on the Russian national team they played on. That had to be the fastest line ever.

  6. I am a big hockey fan. And the team I follow is the Detroit Red Wings - best won-loss record, overall, for about the last 15 years. If anyone doesn't think they would like hockey, just watch Pavel Datsyuk perform his magic on the ice. It's a thing of real beauty.

  7. Yes, and it also has to be realize that slavery was the norm. It was Western enlightenment ideas that caused people to realize it was wrong.

    Well, ours actually began in earnest on July 4, 1776. But, Great Britain was, in many respects, part of America, because it was part of the same intellectual movement towards individual rights.

    America took on the job of defending the rights of man and it resulted in the ending of slavery. How awesome is that?

    Hear, hear!

  8. Physically attractive or not, one thing's for certain: the woman had no style. Look at that dress! Nowadays, as the public figure that she was, she would have to have gotten herself a stylist.

    That picture was clearly a casual, at home picture. If she were "out on the town," I'm sure she would have worn a stylish dress. Even Jessica Biel does not wear stylish dresses when she is just sitting at home watching television. It's a matter of context.

  9. I'd also disagree that civilization makes for "soft" armies. Imagine trying to argue that with George Patton and the 5th Army.

    I said often, not always. When the Mongol conquered China, which side was more civilized? When the barbarians conquered Rome, which side was more civilized? When the Macedonians conquered Greece, which side was more civilized? As for America, how are we doing against the pathetic, rag tag Moslem bands attacking us? Civilization does not have to make a people soft, but historically, it usually does.

    The cure for it, obviously, is a rational philosophy. If we were an Objectivist society, we wouldn't be getting soft and afraid to fight to win.

  10. I just don't see it. China at the time was the most developed country in terms of technology and riches. Beaten by a nomadic tribe?

    I'm sure there are a lot of reasons. Among them, the Mongols had an extremely mobile army, compared to China or anyone else at the time. The Mongols had good generals and tactics. The Chinese were probably comparable to the Persians that the Greeks defeated, in spite of always being outnumbered. Often the most civilized nations are also the softest, militarily. The Chinese population may also have been indifferent to their rulers, and not minded a new dynasty. In other words, there may have been internal dissension in China.

    Perhaps Genghis Khan sat on his horse, in China, and said: "Sun Tzu, you glorious bastard, I read your book!" So to speak.

  11. A Republican nominated replacement for any of the 5 liberal judges (of whom Stevens is the oldest and expected to retire before he turns 90, which he will do during the next president's first term) would have long-reaching disastrous effects. I don't like the liberal judges, but they are at least pro-secularism.


    Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, Kim Il Sung - they were all pro-secular also. Did that turn out well for the people they enslaved? Socialism is not dead, and it is just as deadly now as it ever was. Environmentalism may be a fad, but it is a fad that can kill millions and destroy economies, before it is replaced by another fad.

    The single fact of being pro-secular is not a good in itself, if it is married to a virulent anti-individual rights philosophy, and blatant anti-Americanism, as is the case with Obama and all the rest of America's liberal establishment.

  12. I compiled a list of the movies recommended above, and added one new one. My wife and I have watched 11 of these, and not one has been disappointing. So, thank you all for the recommendations, and keep them coming.


    August Rush

    Before Sunrise


    Dae Jang Geum

    Dangerous Beauty

    Funny Face


    Groundhog Day

    His Girl Friday


    My Fair Lady

    P.S I love you


    Painted Veil

    Pride and Prejudice and (the TV version)

    Sabrina and (the 1954 version)

    The Notebook

    Under the Tuscan Sun


    Dae Jang Geum is romantic in both senses, small "r" and big "R." But, it is unavailable to rent, and expensive to buy - roughly $200 for all three box sets that comprise the 54 episodes of the story. However, it can be watched for free, in the original Korean with English subtitles, on an Asian tv website, here.

    It was also discussed in the Favorite TV Show thread on this page.

    It is worth the effort to see.

  13. Renee Olstead is a terrific new singer of older popular music.

    Listen to her version of "Taking a Chance on Love" in the background of this YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVRXdSJz95U.

    I've already ordered the CD that includes it, just called Renee Olstead.

    Also, when you go to YouTube, watch and listen to her singing "Merry Christmas in Love". Wonderful!

    I love that Christmas song. I think it's her best performance of all her songs. She is the first person to sing that song, so she is not consciously or subconsciously imitating anyone else when she sings it. It's one long succession of potential tongue twisters and she handles them all with ease and with amazing style.

    I already have her cd, and it is excellent. A Love That Will Last is another song on which she is the first to sing it, and it too is wonderful. She sounds a bit like Norah Jones on this song. Another excellent rendition is her version of Someone to Watch Over Me.

    By the way, I found the website of the lady who wrote Merry Christmas in Love, here:

    Merry Christmas in Love

    You can email her from that site and tell her how much you appreciate her song lyrics. The song is still not available on cd or Itunes or anywhere else, as far as I know. She is very gracious and appreciates the support.

  14. I will throw in another show that I bet no one has heard of:

    Dae Jang Geum . . . If you watch it, you will have to read subtitles, which is not hard to get used to. Also, understand that the original Korean is more poetic and the subtitles sometimes imperfectly translate it, making it too short or altering the meaning slightly. I don't speak Korean, but a good friend of mine does, so I benefited from explanations when this was happening. However, it turns out to be a minor flaw, because the meaning of all the dialogue is eminently clear from the context of the story.

    Much else can be said about this wonderful series, which I will do. In the meantime, I commend it to readers of this Forum.

    Based on your recommendation, I purchased the first season of this show. I've now watched 6 episodes (in two nights). It is a wonderful story. It takes a while to get used to the Korean context, in which the whole universe revolves around pleasing the royal house. But that is just background for the life and character of Jang Geum. She makes the best of the world she is born into.

    I was surprised that there were fully five episodes with Jang Geum as a little girl of 10 or so. But, by the time I got to the sixth episode, I found myself wishing the whole series would be about the little girl, as she is such a winsome, sweet, and bright young lady. Nevertheless, I look forward to developing a similar regard for the adult Jang Geum.

    I also agree that the subtitles are not a problem at all. I like hearing the actual actors voices, as you can understad a lot just by tone of voice. Some of the translations were obviously off, as you mentioned. I saw one comment translated as "She thinks she's all that!" As if 16th century Korean girls spoke like modern American teenagers. But it is easy to ignore such anachronisms.

    Thank you for the recommendation.

  15. I already had this list typed out in a saved document, fortunately.

    Greta Garbo The Signature Collection

    (The Temptress; Flesh and the Devil; The Mysterious Lady; Anna Christie; Mata

    Hari; Grand Hotel; Queen Christina; Anna Karenina; Camille; Ninotchka)

    Marlene Dietrich The Glamour Collection

    (Morocco; Blonde Venus; The Devil Is a Woman; The Flame of New Orleans;

    Golden Earrings)

    Lubitsch Musicals (The Love Parade, Monte Carlo, The Smiling Lieutenant, One Hour With You)

    Gary Cooper Collection

    (The Winning of Barbara Worth; The Cowboy and the Lady; The Real Glory;

    Vera Cruz)

    Clark Gable The Signature Collection

    (Dancing Lady; China Seas; Wife versus Secretary; San Francisco; Boom Town;


    Tyrone Power Collection

    (Blood and Sand; Captain from Castille; Prince of Foxes; The Black Rose;

    Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake)

    Bogie & Bacall The Signature Collection

    (Key Largo; The Big Sleep; To Have and Have Not; Dark Passage)

    Astaire & Rogers: The Complete Film Collection (all ten of their movies together)

    Rodgers & Hammerstein Collection

    (Carousel; King and I; Oklahoma!; South Pacific; State Fair; Sound of Music)

    Musicals: Essential Classics, 2 Vols.

    (Singin’ in the Rain; My Fair Lady; Gigi; The Music Man; Meet Me in St. Louis;

    Seven Brides for Seven Brothers)

    Esther Williams Vol. 1

    (Bathing Beauty; Easy to Wed; On an Island with You; Neptune’s Daughter;

    Dangerous When Wet)

    Marilyn Monroe Special Anniversary Collection

    (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes; Let’s Make Love; Niagara; River of No Return;

    The Seven Year Itch; The Final Days)

    Steve McQueen Collection

    (The Great Escape; The Magnificent Seven; Junior Bonner;

    The Thomas Crown Affair)

    The Oscar Wilde Collection

    (The Importance of Being Earnest; The Picture of Dorian Gray;

    An Ideal Husband; Lady Windermere’s Fan)

    The Noel Coward Collection (The Vortex; Hay Fever; Private Lives; Design for Living; Present Laughter; Suite in Two Keys; Tonight at 8:30; Star Quality; Me and the Girls; Bon Voyage; Mr. and Mr. Edgehill; Mrs. Capper's Birthday; What Mad Pursuit)

    The Henrik Ibsen Collection (Brand; A Doll's House; Ghosts; An Enemy of the People; The Wild Duck; Hedda Gabler;The Lady from the Sea; The Master Builder; Little Eyolf)

    Alfred Hitchcock The Collection 2 Vols.

    (The Jamaica Inn; The 39 Steps; The Manxman; The Skin Game; The Secret Agent;

    Number 17; The Ring; Young and Innocent; The Cheney Vase; Murder!;

    The Farmer’s Wife; The Lady Vanishes; Sabotage; The Lodger; Blackmail; Easy Virtue;

    The Man Who Knew Too Much; Rich and Strange; The Sorcerer’s Apprentice)

    Alfred Hitchcock The Signature Collection

    (Foreign Correspondent; Mr. & Mrs. Smith; Suspicion; Stage Fright; I Confess;

    Strangers on a Train; Dial M for Murder; The Wrong Man; North by Northwest)

    Alfred Hitchcock The Masterpiece Collection

    (Saboteur; Shadow of a Doubt; Rope; Rear Window; The Trouble with Harry;

    The Man Who Knew Too Much (remake); Vertigo; Psycho; The Birds; Marnie;

    Torn Curtain; Topaz; Frenzy; Family Plot)

    Alec Guinness Collection

    (The Captain’s Paradise; Kind Hearts and Coronets; The Lavender Hill Mob;

    The Ladykillers; The Man in the White Suit)

    Ealing Studios Comedy Collection

    (The Maggie; Passport to Pimlico; A Run for Your Money; Whiskey Galore!;

    The Titfield Thunderbolt)

    British War Collection

    (The Cruel Sea; The Ship That Died of Shame; Went the Day Well?;

    The Dam Busters; The Colditz Story)

    Ultimate Flint Collection (Our Man Flint & In Like Flint)

    50 Suspense Classics; 50 Crime Classics; 50 Dark Crime Classics

    50 Nightmare World Classics; 50 Action Classics; 50 Historicals; 50 Sci Fi Classics; 50 War Classics; 50 Martial Arts Classics

    The Ultimate Film Noir Collection

    (Too Late for Tears; The Man Who Cheated Himself; The Stranger; Quicksand;

    Strange Love of Martha Ivers; The Hitchhiker; Detour; The Scar; D.O.A.; Jigsaw;

    Whistle Stop; He Walked By Night; The Chase; The Big Bluff; Kansas City

    Confidential; Port of New York; Suddenly; Buried Alive)

    Film Noir Classic Collection 1 (The Asphalt Jungle; Gun Crazy; Murder, My Sweet; Out of the Past; The Set-Up)

    Film Noir Classic Collection 2 (Dillinger; The Narrow Margin; Crossfire; Born to Kill; Clash By Night)

    Film Noir Classic Collection 3 (Border Incident; His Kind of Woman; Lady in the Lake; On Dangerous Ground; The Racket)

    Film Noir Classic Collection 4 (Act of Violence; Mystery Street; Crime Wave; Decoy; Illegal; The Big Steal; They Live By Night; Side Street; Where Danger Lives; Tension)

    History at the Movies

    (Henry VIII and His Six Wives; Fire Over England; Sins of Rome; Eagle in a Cage;

    Constantine and the Cross; Lady Hamilton; Sarabande for Dead Lovers; The Iron

    Duke; Scott of the Antarctic)

    Silent Movies

    Die Nibelungen (Siegfried & Kriemhild’s Revenge)


    The Thief of Baghdad

    The Indian Tomb (Mission of the Yogi & Tiger of Bengal)

    The Man Who Laughs

    The Temptress (Garbo Collection)

    The Mysterious Lady (Garbo Collection)

    Flesh and the Devil (Garbo Collection)

    The Ring (Hitchcock Collection)

    The Farmer’s Wife (Hitchcock Collection)

    Easy Virtue (Hitchcock Collection)

    The Lodger (Hitchcock Collection)

    The Manxman (Hitchcock Collection)

    Individual Titles

    Lives of a Bengal Lancer Gary Cooper

    Beau Geste Gary Cooper

    For Whom the Bell Tolls Gary Cooper, Ingrid Bergman

    The Fountainhead Gary Cooper

    High Noon Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly

    The Wreck of the Mary Deare Gary Cooper, Charlton Heston

    It Happened One Night Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert

    Gone With the Wind Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable

    The High and the Mighty, John Wayne

    Island in the Sky, John Wayne

    Big Jim McLain, John Wayne

    True Grit, John Wayne

    To Kill a Mockingbird Gregory Peck

    The Paradine Case Gregory Peck, Alida Valli

    The Guns of Navarone Gregory Peck

    Only the Valiant Gregory Peck (VHS)

    Only Angels Have Wings Cary Grant, Jean Arthur

    Gunga Din Cary Grant, D. Fairbanks Jr., V. McLaglen

    Notorious Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman

    To Catch a Thief Cary Grant, Grace Kelly

    North By Northwest Cary Grant

    Suspicion Cary Grant, Joan Fontaine

    Monkey Business Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers

    The Maltese Falcon Humphrey Bogart

    Casablanca Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman

    Let’s Make It Legal Marilyn Monroe, Claudette Colbert

    As Young as You Feel Marilyn Monroe

    Love Nest Marilyn Monroe

    We’re Not Married Marilyn Monroe, Ginger Rogers

    Monkey Business Marilyn Monroe, Cary Grant

    O. Henry’s Full House Marilyn Monroe, Charles Laughton

    All About Eve A. Baxter, B. Davis, Marilyn Monroe

    Double Indemnity Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck

    Laura Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews

    Whirlpool Gene Tierney, Richard Conte

    Where the Sidewalk Ends Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews

    Panic in the Streets Richard Widmark, Jack Palance

    Leave Her to Heaven Gene Tierney, Cornel Wilde

    D.O.A. Edmond O'Brien

    The Third Man Joseph Cotton, Alida Valli, Orson Welles

    Journey to the Center of the Earth

    Around the World in 80 Days

    Invasion of the Body Snatchers (the original movie)

    The Omega Man


    Destination Moon

    Colossus: The Forbin Project


    October Sky

    Apollo 13

    Cartoons & Animation

    Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Disney Special

    Platinum Edition) (2 discs)

    Fantasia (60th Anniversary Special Edition)

    Walt Disney Treasures - Disney Rarities - Celebrated Shorts,

    1920s - 1960s (2 discs)

    Walt Disney Treasures - Mickey Mouse in Black & White, Vol. 1

    1928 - 1935 (2 discs)

    Walt Disney Treasures - Mickey Mouse in Black & White, Vol. 2

    1928 - 1935 (2 discs)

    Walt Disney Treasures - Mickey Mouse in Living Color, Vol. 1

    1935 - 1938 (2 discs)

    Walt Disney Treasures - Mickey Mouse in Living Color, Vol. 2

    1939 - 1953 (2 discs)

    Walt Disney Treasures - The Chronological Donald Duck, Vol. 1

    1934 - 1941 (2 discs)

    Walt Disney Treasures - The Chronological Donald Duck, Vol. 2

    1942 - 1946 (2 discs)

    Walt Disney Treasures - Silly Symphonies 1929 - 1939

    (2 discs)

    Walt Disney Treasures - More Silly Symphonies 1929 - 1938

    (2 discs)

    The Cartoons That Time Forgot - The Ub Iwerks Collection, Vol. 1

    The Cartoons That Time Forgot - The Ub Iwerks Collection, Vol. 2

    Looney Tunes - Golden Collection, Vol. 1 (4 discs, 56 cartoons)

    Looney Tunes - Golden Collection, Vol. 2 (4 discs, 60 cartoons)

    Looney Tunes - Golden Collection, Vol. 3 (4 discs, 60 cartoons)

    Looney Tunes - Golden Collection, Vol. 4 (4 discs, 60 cartoons)

    Looney Tunes - Golden Collection, Vol. 5 (4 discs, 60 cartoons)

    The Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection

    (3 discs) Walter Lantz

    Popeye the Sailor: 1933 - 1938, Vol. 1 (4 discs) Max Fleischer

    Betty Boop: An Original Max Fleischer Cartoon (2 discs)

    Mr. Magoo Show: The Complete DVD Collection

    (1960-1962 television series, 4 discs)

    Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol

    Jonny Quest - The Complete First Season (4 discs)

    Hanna - Barbera

    Christmas Past - Vintage Holiday Films (silent movies, not


    Very Classic Christmas (public domain Christmas cartoons

    from the 30's and 40's)

    Television Series

    Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Seasons 1-3

    Perry Mason, Seasons 1-2

    The Untouchables, Season 1

    Mission Impossible, Seasons 1-3

    Rat Patrol, Seasons 1-2

    Hawaii Five - O, Seasons 1-3

    Have Gun, Will Travel, Season 1

    Rawhide, Season 1-2

    Twilight Zone, Seasons 1-5

    Charlie’s Angels, Season 1

    Firefly, Season 1

    Movie Serials

    Buck Rogers, Buster Crabbe

    Flash Gordon, Buster Crabbe

    Space Soldiers

    Trip to Mars

    Conquers the Universe

  16. Yeah, his foreign policy is wrong. But you got to admit, he is mostly right in this clip and he's the only one even mentioning the gold standard and pushing Austrian ideas within the political realm. Bernanke has no clue how to respond; he knows the Federal Reserve system is a joke. As a side note, Rick Santelli (the guy shown talking at the end, reporting from the floor of the Chicago Board Of Trade) is an admirer of Rand and frequently mentions her on air. He is one of the best personalities consistently on CNBC.

    I agree about Santelli. I always enjoy listening to him speak on CNBC. He's the only person on that network I can stand.

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