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Skechers: Setting the Record Straight

Commented May 12, 2011 at 20:50:07 in Style

“Except, y'know, the Let's Move campaign is targeted at children in general, not just girls. Why aren't there Shape Ups for Boys too?”

ColoBlue on May 12, 2011 at 21:20:48

“It's never to early to make girls feel bad about their bodies, of course.”
Weird Al Spoofs Lady Gaga In 'Perform This Way' (VIDEO)

Weird Al Spoofs Lady Gaga In 'Perform This Way' (VIDEO)

Commented Apr 20, 2011 at 15:03:22 in Comedy

“It amuses me greatly that the Weird Al version is actually BETTER poetry than the original "Born This Way." It has a clear speaker, clear audience, and clear message. "Born This Way" is a mess of tangled unknowns - just look at the first lead in to the chorus and the chorus itself. Who is saying it? The mom? Gaga? Gaga's audience? It's unbelievably bad writing.

I think Gaga's just insulted that he did her song better.”

Holypat777 on Apr 20, 2011 at 15:20:35

“I'm fanning you for that one. Good analogy.”
Cat Cafes: Orgy Of Cuteness At A Tokyo Cat Cafe (PHOTOS)

Cat Cafes: Orgy Of Cuteness At A Tokyo Cat Cafe (PHOTOS)

Commented Feb 18, 2011 at 08:57:57 in Travel

“I went to one of these in Seoul. It was about 10USD for unlimited time, plus a drink (covered by the $10). There were about eight cats, including several Scottish Folds. It was one of my favorite things I did while in S. Korea. I brought a book, and sat with a cat on my lap and read. Great way to spend a rainy day!”
'The King Of Limbs': Radiohead Album Download Offered Early

'The King Of Limbs': Radiohead Album Download Offered Early

Commented Feb 18, 2011 at 08:49:59 in Entertainment

“I cannot wait to see the GIFs that come from that video. So hilarious.”

HialeahJDM on Feb 18, 2011 at 09:03:41

“They've been all over tumblr since last night. Good stuff. lol”
What's Blonde Got to Do With It?

What's Blonde Got to Do With It?

Commented Feb 16, 2011 at 22:16:17 in Media

“AMEN. We're still living in a culture of violence against women when the first question when a girl gets raped is "What was she wearing?" Violence against women will continue to be an issue when what a rape victim looks like is brought into trial. My niece and my female cousins will still have to deal with this issue when they grow up as long as we keep allowing "she deserved it" as a legitimate response to reports of sexual assault.

This is great commentary.”
Razzies Awards 2011 Nominations: Worst Movies, Actors And Actresses Announced

Razzies Awards 2011 Nominations: Worst Movies, Actors And Actresses Announced

Commented Jan 24, 2011 at 00:13:20 in Entertainment

“"Worst Eye-Gouging Use of 3D." Awesome, awesome category title.”
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The "A" List: Schools With The Most Well-Rounded Curricula

Commented Jan 21, 2011 at 21:15:39 in College

“The way I interpret this list (as an alum of Baylor University's Graduate School) is that these are schools that have a more rigid and wider ranging liberal arts core, which supposedly produces more students able to think critically. There's definitely questionable methodology, and having the classes required doesn't necessarily mean the students will actually develop into well-rounded individuals. I know, as a TA at Baylor (in the required freshman composition courses), I frequently had to convince individual students that taking a writing course was worth their time, even if they were a sciences major.

I do know, however, that of the students who do take the classes seriously, they end up with a good education that spans a wide breadth of subject areas. I wouldn't write off the purpose of this list and/or study - just the methodology.”

healthanalyst on Feb 5, 2011 at 00:21:22

“i'd argue a lot of the schools on this list have no problem chucking the 'animal house' students their first year. Plenty of other places, but the degree is serious here. Its as much rigor as a core curriculum.”
'The Social Network' Wins Golden Globe For Best Motion Picture Drama

'The Social Network' Wins Golden Globe For Best Motion Picture Drama

Commented Jan 17, 2011 at 00:07:32 in Entertainment

“I can support this decision. It went far beyond what anyone expected, and wasn't the typical Oscar bait that The King's Speech is. I would have preferred Black Swan, but I'm okay with this.”

Lesann on Jan 17, 2011 at 09:15:05

“I disagree with the "oscar bait" comment on The King's Speech. It's a good story based on fact just like The Social Network. I thought The Social Network was very good, but I do not think it deserves best picture - by a long shot.”
13 Products Most Likely To Made By Child Or Forced Labor (PHOTOS)

13 Products Most Likely To Made By Child Or Forced Labor (PHOTOS)

Commented Dec 22, 2010 at 01:32:41 in Business

“Muscles don't help you to escape from tyranny. A developed, educated, literate brain does. And these children aren't given that right.”
Inspirational Stories Of 2010

Inspirational Stories Of 2010

Commented Dec 16, 2010 at 08:25:05 in Impact

“The wonder capes one makes me tear up. The major children's hospital in Sioux Falls - where that lady is based - is built to look like a giant castle, so I bet those children just feel like superheroes and princes and princesses when they go in for treatment. It's a beautiful image, and I'm terrible glad she does it.”
Winter Storms Batter Midwest: Flights Canceled, Roads Closed (PHOTOS)

Winter Storms Batter Midwest: Flights Canceled, Roads Closed (PHOTOS)

Commented Dec 12, 2010 at 22:48:07 in Chicago

“Oof. Not looking forward to flying into that weather next week to go home for Christmas.”
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Kennedy Center Honors 2010: Oprah & Paul McCartney Honored (PHOTOS)

Commented Dec 6, 2010 at 08:31:53 in Style

“Come on, you can at least spell Charlie Rangel's name right.”

thinkingwomanmillstone on Dec 6, 2010 at 09:09:08

“apparentlee knot.”
10 Most Overrated Things About 2010 (PHOTOS)

10 Most Overrated Things About 2010 (PHOTOS)

Commented Dec 3, 2010 at 08:44:06 in Books

“Could not agree with the Avatar assessment more. Overhyped and pushed way beyond what it ever should have been. I don't remember who, but someone commented around the time of the Oscars that James Cameron is the greatest con-man ever: He's fantastic at convincing you that his "pretty good" film is a masterpiece. Avatar was visually stunning, but I called every single plot twist five minutes in and was bored for the whole movie (not to mention that, on a line by line level, the writing was downright awful).”

3fingerbrown on Dec 3, 2010 at 11:18:18

“As long as George Lucas lives, Cameron will have to settle for being Hollywood's second-worst writer of dialogue.”
17 Sights & Spots Around The Country That Scream 'America!' (PHOTOS)

17 Sights & Spots Around The Country That Scream 'America!' (PHOTOS)

Commented Nov 23, 2010 at 07:36:01 in Travel

“Whenever I tell someone "I'm from South Dakota," I usually get a blank stare until I explain "The state with Mt. Rushmore." It always makes these lists.”

GraphicMatt on Nov 23, 2010 at 10:33:03

“Personally, I prefer the Bad Lands to Mt. Rushmore. : )”
Unfilmable Books: 15 Great Books Never Coming To A Theater Near You (PHOTOS)

Unfilmable Books: 15 Great Books Never Coming To A Theater Near You (PHOTOS)

Commented Nov 19, 2010 at 20:03:04 in Books

“Except I am commenting that the similarities lie in inability to be filmed, in which case timeline has no impact on the sentence.”
Sarah Palin Book 'America By Heart' Hits Obama, Defends Actions (ADVANCE EXCERPTS)

Sarah Palin Book 'America By Heart' Hits Obama, Defends Actions (ADVANCE EXCERPTS)

Commented Nov 19, 2010 at 19:45:38 in Politics

“She clearly didn't get American Beauty if she thought it idolized apathy.”

kellym33 on Nov 19, 2010 at 19:47:46

“She clearly doesn't get much!”
Unfilmable Books: 15 Great Books Never Coming To A Theater Near You (PHOTOS)

Unfilmable Books: 15 Great Books Never Coming To A Theater Near You (PHOTOS)

Commented Nov 17, 2010 at 08:22:27 in Books

“Pretty much anything by Joyce is unfilmable, but I would add in some more pieces too: L'Engle's a Wrinkle in Time series would fail miserably as a film. O'Brien's The Things They Carried likewise, as so much of the beauty of that book is wrapped up in the style, similar to Jonathan Safran Foer's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, which will probably be tried because of its subject matter, but has so much of the importance in the way the book is set up that I can't see it transferring easily. And Lord help us if someone attempts to adapt The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. Wow.”

thebigbike on Nov 17, 2010 at 11:10:18

“This is just a quibble, but it seems to me that the book that is earlier in point of time, is the book to which the later book is similar. So that JS Poer's book is similar to OBrien's masterfgul "The Things they Carried."”

Benedictus70 on Nov 17, 2010 at 10:24:47

“The film for Ulysses was (so I hear, never watched it myself) fairly faithful to the text, and was even nominated for a best screenplay Oscar.”

shawnlevy on Nov 17, 2010 at 10:10:53

“There's a film of "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man," a film of "Ulysses" and, yes, a film of "Finnegans Wake": http://imdb.to/cV5TNM

martiniandabotoxchaser on Nov 17, 2010 at 10:05:34

“A Wrinkle in Time seems like a perfect vehicle for Dreamworks....but would take years to make and a push the limits of technology as we only seem to be able to handle 3 dimensions.”

3fingerbrown on Nov 17, 2010 at 09:06:25

“You're right about Joyce's novels, but John Huston made a lovely film of the short story "The Dead."”
Ten Worst Movie Adaptations of Great Books (VIDEO)

Ten Worst Movie Adaptations of Great Books (VIDEO)

Commented Nov 13, 2010 at 09:38:29 in Books

“Oh agreed. Watchmen was one of those cases where fidelity to the original source made for a an absolutely terrible movie. It was, at the very least, a linear move, artistically speaking. In adapting a graphic novel, the reader already knows exactly what the characters and certain scenes are supposed to look like - when we see them basically just transposed into moving objects, it holds none of the sway that the book does. Ugh.”
James Frey's Writing Factory: Will It Work?

James Frey's Writing Factory: Will It Work?

Commented Nov 13, 2010 at 09:30:37 in Books

“NyMag just posted the contract, in full. The clauses that really get me are the ones that detail that it's only HALF of the $250 that you get up front, and then you get the rest after you finish the book, assuming, of course, that you have "incorporate[d] in the book all notes, instructions, additions and/or changes (collectively known as "Notes") as the Company may request." ALL of them, even if they're crappy. There is no creative say over your own work, which I guess makes it ok that the contract also says they don't have to use your name. Clause 12 also refers to "exploitation of the work." I think they left the "er" off that last word.”
Texas Conservatives Weigh Medicaid Withdrawal

Texas Conservatives Weigh Medicaid Withdrawal

Commented Nov 7, 2010 at 06:48:13 in Politics

“I just moved out of Texas after living there for two years as a student. I took advantage of the government funded clinics more than once (I was a relatively poor student). I also lived in one of the poorest cities in Texas. This kind of cut is the last thing Texas needs. Why do people not understand that if their public is not healthy, neither will be the economy, the environment, or the government?”

Anonymous17 on Nov 7, 2010 at 06:49:39

“If it cuts into the bottom line its bad. - Republican Motto”
Tina Fey Dusts Off Her Sarah Palin Impression On Letterman (VIDEO)

Tina Fey Dusts Off Her Sarah Palin Impression On Letterman (VIDEO)

Commented Nov 4, 2010 at 10:03:47 in Comedy

“I love Tina Fey. She is one of my heroes.”
13 Great Riverfront Walks In America (PHOTOS)

13 Great Riverfront Walks In America (PHOTOS)

Commented Nov 3, 2010 at 09:55:48 in Travel

“When I saw this headline, I thought "San Antonio!" And BAM! There it is. I definitely agree. Great restaurants in that area, too!”

Chaling on Nov 3, 2010 at 13:42:12

“my first thought as well. San Antonio.”
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Outside the Fences

Commented Nov 3, 2010 at 09:45:09 in Impact

“Interesting food for thought, Jon. I do have to worry, though, that this can be easily misinterpreted to say that all art is good art simply for the sake of being art, which I don't think is what you're saying. Yes, we shouldn't necessarily feel guilty about enjoying something as silly as a stupid song on the radio and we shouldn't let what the critics say dictate how we live our lives. But, I also believe that investing oneself in good, challenging art is important for personal growth, and I think this article toes the line on that issue. Sure, it's okay to enjoy Justin Bieber occasionally, but if you're 25 years old and think he's God's gift to music, there is a problem. Our effort in experiencing art should be always to strive for the better - I may enjoy a Michael Bay film with friends, but if I want to experience art, and not merely entertainment, I should definitely aim for more mature fare - Fincher, Boyle, the Coens, Nolan, etc. All critics' darlings, and all deservingly so. Critics - depending on which critics you decide to follow - can be a useful tool in determine what and how to listen to something. Without the guide of critics and teachers, I never would have discovered William Carols Williams. I wouldn't know the beauty of depth and simplicity that is a Hemingway novel. Critics can be a useful tool in discernment of what is good and what is bad.”

arvindh on Dec 2, 2010 at 11:24:50

“It's true, we do need critics to differentiate the good from the bad and that criticism will allow people to better themselves. But I think you got Jon wrong. He's not saying we should disregard quality and accept everything that comes our way as art or music. What he's saying is if you like something, don't be afraid to stick by it and be true to yourself, despite the fact that your "pleasure" may be looked at as corny, lame, or just plain mundane. Like he says, the "tribes" will dictate what's cool for you, but are YOU willing to bypass that boundary and live by your own rules. You don't have to like Bon Jovi, you might think they stink, but if you DO like them, be proud to admit it. Don't allow the so-called democracy to decide what's cool for you, because their "trash" may have something beautiful in store for you on a more personal level. That's what Jon's trying to convey here, in my humble opinion. :)”

Karen Woodworth on Nov 6, 2010 at 12:41:03

“It's really interesting how differently people can interpret things.”
9 Non-Writers Who Influenced Literary History

9 Non-Writers Who Influenced Literary History

Commented Oct 30, 2010 at 23:52:49 in Books

“Warnie Lewis on C.S. Lewis. And the children they took in at wartime. If it wasn't for those little kids, we wouldn't have Narnia.”
9 Non-Writers Who Influenced Literary History

9 Non-Writers Who Influenced Literary History

Commented Oct 30, 2010 at 23:47:08 in Books

“Hahahha, yeah, I'm going to have to agree with you on that one. You can't have an article title "9 non-writers who influenced literary history," basically asking us to rank them, and not include Gutenberg.”
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