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Boston Frog

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  1. Oops, I didn't see this post and just posted a long rant on this myself. Yes, I think Rolling Stone is trying to romanticize this guy because he's good looking. And it's a terrible decision
  2. Yeesh, I'm glad they were living in France, then. Shit
  3. I got to tell that joke some years back going over the actual bridge where it happened. Truly one of the comedy highlights of my life
  4. I don't know that in my 39 years I've ever bought a copy of Rolling Stone, and I'm not sure I've ever gone to the Web site, either. I've never had much desire to live in 1969 or know which awful musical act I was supposed to idolize. So, if I say I'm boycotting Rolling Stone, that is to say that I'm continuing a boycott that probably wasn't going to end, anyway. But this cover with the marathon bomber on it is unacceptable and borderline disgusting. I'll tell you why. It's because Rolling Stone presents him like a rock star, with the young-Bob Dylan look, the bedroom eyes and the wispy cloud of hair. It's a picture the guy took of himself, but it's clearly a picture meant to make him look sexy, and Rolling Stone knows that. This guy and his brother (allegedly, I guess) plotted a mass murder, which fortunately wasn't as bad as it could have been. They killed a cop at point-blank range. There are people in this city right now without arms and legs because of what these brothers did. There are many, many more who have lost a sense of security. Rolling Stone, though, didn't use a photo of one of the victims, or a photo of this kid beaten and bloodied after being chased down by cops (although that might have been worse, actually). Nope, he got the rock star treatment, complete with a catchy cover line ("The Bomber"). That's what really angers me. Rolling Stone's cover has always been a spot for rock stars and other people we're supposed to somehow like or admire (except Charles Manson back in the '60s--also a poor choice). And this guy makes the cover looking like the latest thing in pop music, not like a terrorist. It's all about context. The shame of it all is that the article, which explores how a seemingly normal guy, an American citizen well-liked by most, got roped into doing what he did. It's probably an article we all need to read, and it's probably pretty well done. But I'm not going to read it because I don't want to endorse what Rolling Stone has done in any way. This is a desperate attempt by a fading magazine to try to get some publicity, and it has worked. It's pathetic, though, and it's a new low for the tawdry magazine business (a business I happen to be in myself). Supposedly, there's some sort of #FreeJahar movement out three that I don't understand at all, so I don't know whether Rolling Stone was trying to play into that or not. But this choice of photo and of context showed very bad judgment. It's too bad this guy didn't look like Osama bin Laden. Nobody ever tried to make him look like a rock star. Oh, and I almost forgot. Cue (a completely bombed) Dr. Hook: http://youtu.be/iH_npzCeg30
  5. Yeah, better him than me. He's a preacher. He has made a choice to spread the truth, even if it leads to suffering
  6. In France, I once saw a black family with twin boys. Both parents were black, but one of the twins was albino. He looked just like his brother, except he was white as a sheet. It was hard not to notice that. He wasn't mixed race, but he was whiter than I am. What would those who care so much about race do with that?
  7. A child who doesn't have a Jewish mother isn't Jewish. That's where a lot of the opposition to Jewish men marrying shiksas comes from. It's deeper than just racial or religious bias
  8. Hersey, Pa.? What's it like? Nice town? I don't like chocolate much, so I can't imagine I'd enjoy it. Just wondering. What do you think of Philly? Please make sure everyone there knows the Flyers suck. Thanks
  9. Some sad stories in that set of pictures
  10. There is, sadly, an immense amount of racism and anti-Semitism in France, as there is all over Europe. But then, although it doesn't justify racism, France was never set up to be a "melting pot." No nation in Europe was, really. And, again not justifying, if you look at racism in other parts of the developed world (Japan comes to mind), racism in Europe actually looks pretty mild
  11. Still far short of $75 per month for a whole year, unless the lady in the article wasn't calculating that way
  12. He does love the water, but like Ted and Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it. He's not even 3 yet
  13. It's illegal in France for the government to ask about anybody's race or religion. Charles de Gaulle started that after the Holocaust, figuring that if the government in theory didn't know anybody's race or religion, it would be much harder to find certain people and separate them out for persecution. Interesting idea
  14. But she only took the nine, right? Point being that while $140 might be $70 per month for two months, it's certainly not $75 per month prorated over 12 months. I can't remember what we paid for Isaac's lessons at the B&G club, but I think it was more like $40-$50 for five lessons
  15. Bite your typing fingers. LA is awesome. It's just that downtown isn't the place to be. Dallas has nothing to compare to Malibu or Santa Monica, for starters. (Of course, Dallas has nothing...period.) Southern California is 1000 times better than Northern California, where the people are insufferable and it's cold in the summer. And the people are insufferable. At least in LA, everybody is comfortably vapid
  16. Hockey I know about. It's crazy expensive. Who pays $75 a month for swimming lessons, though? Are these private lessons? Is there no Y or Boys & Girls Club in Seattle? My friend's kid, 8 years old, made a tryout select soccer team. Now my buddy is schlepping the boy all over Mass and NH this summer. He has mixed emotions about the whole thing, to be sure
  17. This is all so foreign to me. It seems way too complicated. Maybe my sons will be into music or something
  18. Well, I guess I can see it for schools. HS football games attract actual crowds. Schools pay for equipment and such. But does anybody go to a little league select game other than parents? Paying thousands of dollars seems like enough. Paying for a ticket after that is kind of an insult
  19. Hahaha, nice.Truth is, I got to the part in the first paragraph where the guy mentioned San Francisco (BART) and kind of lost interest. Now, if it had been LA...
  20. Booked the tickets tonight. We arrive Oct. 2 and leave Oct. 16. The whole family is coming
  21. Wow, very long. Obviously didn't read. Synopsis?
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