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Why Does Hollywood Hate Our Troops?

This weekend I went to see Brothers, the Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman film about a Marine serving in Afghanistan. While overseas, Sam Cahill’s (Maguire) helicopter is shot down and he is presumed to be dead—which leads his brother (Gyllenhaal) to make a move on his wife (Portman). (Before you continue reading, there are many spoilers ahead.)

I asked my mother if she would come see it with me, but she said she didn’t want to give any money to a movie in which the preview showed the soldier coming back home and waving a gun at his family in their driveway. I have to admit, the preview disturbed me as well, but decided to see the film anyway because I’m always curious about Hollywood’s take on our soldiers and the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Unfortunately, many of these films typically portray our soldiers as deserters—Stop Loss is another classic example of this stereotyping—or complete whackjobs.

In Brothers, not only does one of the Marines captured by the Taliban actually say that he “realized we shouldn’t be there,” but Maguire’s character beats a fellow soldier to death with a lead pipe. Sam then returns home to his family and goes AWOL trying to kill both his wife and his brother. I don’t care if every producer, director, and screenwriter in Hollywood is against the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq (and presumably most are), what offends me is the portrayal of soldiers as cowards and lunatics—driven to such lengths that they come home and try to kill their families. Obviously, post-traumatic stress disorder has become more prevalent in the military and clearly this is a problem that needs to be seriously addressed. But I believe these films add to the damage when they portray soldiers as disloyal, unwilling to serve, and against the missions themselves. In my experience, this couldn’t be further from the truth.   Continue reading the review…

December 8, 2009 Posted by | Celebs | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The New Food And Drink Capital Of The Northeast

Located in southern Maine, and north of every other place you’ve been this year, Portland is becoming more than just a location for L.L. Bean commercials. As if lobster at $4 a pound isn’t enticing enough, the New England city is home to an emerging culinary scene and tons of new microbreweries. With this combination of ambitious chefs and alcoholic entrepreneurs, the city seems to liven up at night, where Sperry Docksiders and slacks are proper attire no matter where you’re drinking. And even if you don’t own boat shoes, the Portland locals will embrace you. They’ve felt neglected ever since the capital was moved to Augusta in 1832.

Why You Should Visit

You haven’t tasted lobster until you’ve seen it pulled from the back dock and thrown into the steamer. Inhumane? Depends who’s asking. Delicious? Yes, no matter who you are. Portland has tons of restaurants where this dream becomes a reality, notably J’s Oyster Bar, which is a less touristy alternative to Portland Lobster Company. After you wrestle with a three-pounder, get a feel for the city by walking through the cobblestone streets of the Old Port. Lined with pubs and drunken mutterings of white whales and perfect storms, the Old Port is at the heart of downtown. However, if lobster and salty fisherman are Portland’s past, than restaurants like Fore Street and Five-Fifty-Five are products of the new wave. Couple these Michelin starred restaurants with microbreweries like Shipyard and you’ve got the day and dinner planned out. For the night, head back to the Old Port for some live music. It’s a bit north of Margaritaville, but Jimmy Buffet requests are still accepted.   Continue reading…

December 8, 2009 Posted by | Dining/Living, News | Leave a comment

Rihanna Admires The ‘Very Bold’ Lady Gaga

by Jocelyn Vena, with reporting by Matt Elias

Rihanna and Lady Gaga have a lot in common. They are both innovative pop stars with a concrete vision for their music and image. They are both fashionistas with a love for forward-thinking style. And they certainly both have swagger. Maybe that’s why Rihanna has so much respect for her contemporary. “She has a very bold, fearless image,” Rihanna told MTV News on the set of her “Hard” music video. Rihanna also admires Gaga because she doesn’t apologize for those bold moves. “I have to say, I have so much respect for original artists and artists who aren’t afraid to do what they want to do,” Rihanna said. “That’s what I respect most, so she’s awesome.”

Recently, everyone from frequent collaborator RedOne, who described Gaga as “very talented, very ahead of the curve,” to Smokey Robinson have been praising the new pop diva for her individuality and her ability to take over the charts and garner five Grammy nods this year. “I think that Lady Gaga is so different and she has taken the world by storm,” Robinson told MTV News on Wednesday at the Grammy nominations concert. “I enjoy her music. So I think that she’s unique. Unique always has a chance.”  View Rihanna video on Mtv.com

December 8, 2009 Posted by | Music | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Two Or More Orgasms A Week Makes You Live Longer

Talk about getting your knickers in a twist. When earlier this year a brochure from the British National Health Service announced, “An orgasm a day keeps the doctor away,” it created an immediate brouhaha, with educators and health experts calling it deplorable and warning that it would encourage “risky” behavior and STDs.

Okay, maybe the Health Service did go a bit too far when they created a page from a fictional high-school girl’s weekly planner with handwritten reminders to “masturbate!” and “bring condoms to the date on Saturday!” But it turns out, they have a very strong point. “There are a number of health benefits to be gained from having sex or an orgasm — or many orgasms — daily,” says Yvonne K. Fulbright, PhD, author of Pleasuring: The Secrets of Sexual Satisfaction. The stress-relief goodies are obvious, along with better sleep and some PMS pain relief. But that’s just the small stuff.

In Peak Condition

Experts agree that there’s growing evidence of wide-ranging health benefits of orgasms, starting with the biggie: longevity. Research shows that men who have two or more orgasms a week live longer than do guys who have fewer than that. And while female orgasms haven’t yet been studied separately, another study shows that women who report enjoying intercourse live longer than do women who reported less pleasure in sex.  Continue reading orgasm news…

December 8, 2009 Posted by | Dating/Sex, Health/Sports, News | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Top 10 Evil Doctors

Source: toptenz.net

Doctors are said to be people that help those who are sick or in need of medical treatment. Most doctors are seen as benevolent towards society as a whole, but maybe not by those people who need to get their routine vaccinations.

Though we hope our doctors are nothing less than helpful and trustworthy, throughout history, there have been extremely evil doctors who have ruined lives, and even killed some of their patients.  Here is a list of ten doctors that surely aren’t ones to go to for your regular check-up.  Read about all 10 Evil Doctors…

An extremely controversial topic in today’s world, Jack Kevorkian is known for ending the lives of his terminally ill patient’s through assisted suicide. He was a champion for the right and is often quoted saying “dying is not a crime.” It is said that he allowed 130 or more of his patients to die with his help. Kevorkian created his own euthanasia machines that would allow a patient to die two ways. The first was the “Thanatron”, which used an IV to inject the patient with saline, sodium thiopental, and potassium chloride. He also used the “Mercitron,” which involved a gas mask that utilized carbon monoxide. Eventually, his actions were investigated and he was arrested on charges of second-degree murder and served jail-time from 1999-2007, but today is on parole.

Though not your normal physician, Walter Freeman was a neurologist that graduated from Yale and the University Of Pennsylvania Medical School. Even though he didn’t set out with malicious intentions, Freeman completed over 3500 lobotomies within the U.S., most notably Rosemary Kennedy and many others. While today lobotomies are rarely used, Freeman helped to perfect them and made his claim to fame after being able to complete them successfully and “heal” the patient. However, Freeman seemed to become very zealous; using an ice pick from his kitchen to complete a lobotomy, completing over 20 lobotomies in a day without use of a surgeon, and even allowing the media to watch a lobotomy be performed that ultimately ended in death, as the ice pick slipped into the patient’s brain. Believe it or not, Freeman seemed unbothered by the man’s death and continued on to do another surgery.

December 8, 2009 Posted by | Dining/Living, Health/Sports, News | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How to Get Your Ex-Boyfriend Back

Is there a chick out there who isn’t a little bit haunted by that “one who got away”? You know: the ex you regret breaking up with, or the guy friend you had a secret crush on in high school, or the hot summer fling you wish had turned into more…Oh well, he’s nice to fantasize about occasionally, but he’s a lost cause, right?

Not necessarily. In fact, “retrosexual romances” seem to be the hottest hook-up trend out there — courtesy of Facebook and other social networking sites that make it super-easy to reconnect with an old flame. But should you? Diana Kirschner, PhD, author of Love in 90 Days: The Essential Guide to Finding Your Own True Love, shares the deets on whether to dig back into the past, and, if you do, how to work a happy — and sexy — reunion.

1. Before contacting your ex, ask yourself two key questions. First, do you truly harbor feelings for him — or are you possibly just bored or sick of being single? Don’t go there unless you’re positive you’re still into him. Second, was your past relationship with him healthy? It’s much easier to recall all the great things about a guy than to bring to mind the bad stuff, like how you fought all the time or how unmotivated he was. Make an honest assessment of your past bond to avoid falling back into a negative situation.

2. If your answer to both questions was yes, go ahead and reach out. Start off super-casual to take the temperature of things. Say something like, “It was so nice to see your name on Facebook! How are you?” His response will reveal a lot. If his reply Continue reading…

December 8, 2009 Posted by | Dating/Sex, Dining/Living | Leave a comment