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February 21, 2011

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50 Movies Every Guy Must See

No titles - just pictures, so you pretty much have to have seen them to know what they are.

And it's obviously not a complete list (and some choices I would quibble with), but it should give a pretty good idea of how solid your background in Guy Movies is. There were 8 movies I haven't seen yet so I guess I got me some watching to do.

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Oh and a word on commentiquette: Proper ripostes should have the form of "No $(MY_FAVORITE_MOVIE)? This list SUCKS!!!".


The WI GOP's Nuclear Option
Right now the GOP majority is stymied from getting the required 2/3 quorum because all the Democrats have fled and they only needed one). But this requirement is only required for spending and fiscal bills. So all the GOP has to do is break out the removal of collective bargaining rights for state and local employees into a separate bill and pass it immediately. The question is are they willing to do it.

I don’t see a reason why they shouldn’t. The Democrats have already played their hand in both running away to deny the vote, and by generating the Hitler+Mubarak=Walker protests. The Democrats are even trying to generate recalls against WI Republicans, even though many of them including Gov. Walker haven’t even been in office long enough to be threatened by that. The unions have closed schools, with the ancillary effect of making it open season for students to use fake doctor’s notes in WI schools until the end of time, and the Republicans have had to beef up their own security in the face of genuine threats to their safety.

Enough is enough. The WI Republicans should push the button. And if the unionists insist on continuing their illegal strike, they should be fired, and any doctors who participated in the sickout should face medical inquiries.

And apparently when WI Democrats aren't fleeing, they're also visiting massage parlors.

What's It Worth To Be In A Union?
Well about 15-16% more in wages and that's not even counting medical and retirement benefits.

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Jonah Goldberg Remembers His Brother, Josh Goldberg
He died last week from a fall.

I cannot pretend that Josh was without more than his fair share of faults. He was the first to admit that he let himself down by letting others down from time to time. I think it is important to be honest about this because honesty about his shortcomings is what allows us to see his strengths so clearly.

And Josh’s worst fault was his failure to appreciate how truly wonderful he was when he was at his best.
On 9/11 when most of us were glued to our TVs awaiting the next development, Josh had already put on his boots and walked down to Ground Zero to help out any way he could. It simply hadn’t occurred to him that he should do otherwise. He spent days, without sleep, clearing rubble and, eventually, driving barely filled body bags from the site.

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Hollywood Secrets That Explain Why So Many Movies Suck
Ever wondered why 23 of the 25 top-grossing movies of the 2000s were remakes or adaptions?

And, you assume that when it comes to thinking up the ideas for what happens in the movie, somewhere it's all just some writer hunched over a keyboard -- a professional who is an expert in story, plot and character.

Not so.

In almost all cases, the initial ideas for movie plots don't come from screenwriters at all, but from producers (basically, the people in charge of the money side of the project). So most of the movies playing in your nearest theater didn't come from some writer thinking up a story he wanted to tell -- they came from some producer saying, "There hasn't been a ThunderCats movie yet, has there?"

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A Modern Romance Novel

He grasped me firmly but gently just above my elbow and guided me into a room, his room. Then he quietly shut the door and we were alone. He approached me soundlessly, from behind, and spoke in a low, reassuring voice close to my ear. “Just relax.”

Without warning, he reached down and I felt his hands start at my ankles, gently probing, and moving upward along my calves slowly but steadily. My breath caught in my throat. I knew I should be afraid, but somehow I didn’t care. His touch was so experienced, so sure. When his hands moved up onto my thighs, I gave a slight shudder and partly closed my eyes. My pulse was pounding.

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How Many 5-Year Olds Can You Take?
From our own Wyatt Earp comes this quiz to see how you stack up against 5 year olds. Sure individually they're no problem but when you have 15+ of them coming at you, you've got to change up your technique.

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Oh Noes: Oral Sex is ‘Bigger Cause of Throat Cancer Than Tobacco’

Someone infected with HPV 16 - the strain linked to oral cancer- has a 14 fold increase in risk for getting oropharynx cancer, she said.

She added: 'What is most strongly linked to oral HPV infection is the number of sexual partners someone has had in their lifetimes, in particular the number of individuals on whom they have performed oral sex.
'The higher the number of partners that you’ve had, the greater the odds that you’d have an oral infection.'


Thank God we have a vaccine.
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Have $850 And Nothing to Live For?
Then start bidding for the original artwork for Ewoks #4.

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Motivational Speaker Motivates Homeless Guy To Kill Him
Because he wasn't willing to live in a van down by the river. And it's hard to find reliable hitmen:

When the hitman backed out and ran away, Locker spent time walking up and down the streets, asking random strangers to shoot him in exchange for money. He approached Minor, whom he'd never met before that night. He offered him his ATM and credit cards, saying he'd paid another man to murder him, but the man had run off with his cash. He then instructed Minor to tie his hands with wire, take a knife from the glove compartment of Locker's car, and hold the knife while Locker thrust his body forward and stabbed himself with it. Locker was later found dead in his car.
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