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re: DVD Commerical hell?

Dear M. Night,

According to MyMac.Com, it seems that your precious corporate studios aren't satisfied with ruining the moving going experience at the theaters, they now want to poison our home viewing with mandatory commercials on our DVDs!

Dude, if I want to watch commercial television, I'll just hit my TIVO. At least I can skip commericals while I watch my favorite show. OR CAN I?

You guys are really starting to suck at this. Perhaps it's time for the movie going public to go back to listening to radio dramas.



re: So, are you leaving or not?

Coach. When Chris Mortensen, broke the story on ESPN that you're thinking about hanging it up again, I knew the denials would start. And that's fine. I know you love the game and Dallas is a project that you are making some messy headway with.

But Coach, if you do decide to hang it up, can you do us a favor before you do? FIRE SEAN PAYTON IN DISGRACE.

Seriously. The guy gets a hard on to throw the football every time Dallas gets inside the 10-yard line. I can't tell you how many times this season I've had conversations with fellow Cowboys fans who think that Payton's play calling is just plain GOOFY!

Witness the last few minutes against the Oakland Raiders. Dallas has the ball on the one yard line, first and goal. FIRST AND GOAL! And we don't run the ball in? I mean, sure, we lost two yards on second down. But Coach, when you have a stellar running backs in Julius Jones and Marion Barber, a hall of fame lineman in Larry Allen, and two beefy tight ends in Dan Campbell and Jason Witten, can you please explain to me why Payton feels the need to pass on the last TWO DOWNS, causing the Boys to lose that one with a Raider goal line stand? Seriously! Just run it all four and get it done! Really. That kind of play calling is responsible for probably 60% of our losses this year. And instead of winning by 1, we lost by 6.

That's been the story of just about every loss, except for when we totally BLEW the Redskins at home.

We'd love to have Tuna every Sunday next year and beyond, Coach, but if you want to leave town, please, PLEASE take Payton with you. The thought of him inheriting the Cowboys is even more disturbing than the thought of ever re-signing Chad Hutchinson.



re: Will you please make up your mind about the kicking game already?

Coach. I know you have the Lombardi from the 80s and all that. But you're killing me here. You sign Billy Cundiff. You cut Billy Cundiff. You sign some soccer kid named Cortez, you cut some soccer kid named Cortez. You sign a rookie named Sean Susham. You cut Sean Susham. You re-sign Billy Cundiff. You cut Billy Cundiff. You re-sgn Sean Susham.

Bill. You need to make your mind. I know Billy has had a bad year. Real bad. But he's a vet for crying out loud. Playing musical kickers with one game left in the season only does one thing to the new guy, wonder if he's out of a job if the field goal goes wide right.

And that's a better ice breaker than Washington using it's last time out.



re: God's creation in the classroom

I saw a bumper sticker the other day that read:

Dear God: Why do you allow so much violence in our schools. Signed, a concerned student.

Dear Concerned Student: I'm not allowed in your schools. Signed, God.

I thought this was very telling. However, I'm not so sure that even God would want intelligent design taught in our nation's science classes, as the Pennsylvania Appeals court decision rejected this past week. Why? Let's look at it from a practical matter.

There is no science in Intelligent Design. No scientific theory, no experiment to be conducted, and certainly no body of scientific work to show that intelligent design is a scientific issue worthy of discussion in our nation's science labs and schools.

That doesn't necessarily make it an irrelevant topic, mind you, just not for our nation's science classes. Now, if there is a school philosphy class, comparative religions class, or even a history or western civilization class, I am with you.

But science involves theories that can be proven with the scientific method. Once theories begin to be taken on faith, science ceases to be a discipline based on evidence and experimentation and more of something relying on an ethereal substance, like pseudo science.

Additionally, if we look at the latin word for educate - erudio - to polish, smooth / instruct, teach, - do we really want unwilling and disinterested science teachers glossing over the minimum they can get away with in relation to teaching of intelligent design? Student after student has a story of a teacher that has sparked their interest so much, that they never forget them. Surely a teacher who is forced to teach a belief that they may or may not adhere to will not spark the interest in faith that proponents of intelligent design are hoping for.

In addition, to truly do Intelligent Design justice, students would be better served learning from someone who has education in theology or divinity, and is trained for the headier issues that ID will confront them with.

In the end, it is much better to keep Creationism where it belongs, in the purvue of mom, dad and our family pastor or priest. And for those student who don't have such avenues, well, God pursues his children. He will find the way to reach them.



re: Stanley Tookie Williams

Regarding your upcoming Clemency decision. Stanley Tookie Williams may have written a few books. But anyone can do that. Stanley Tookie Williams may have been nominated for a Nobel prize. Anyone can do that. Stanley Tookie Williams may tell kids to stay away from gangs, particularly when he helped found one of the most violent gangs in L.A. history. Anyone can do that.

And not even mean it.

But has Tookie Williams ever taken responsibility for his crimes? Has he ever asked forgiveness from the victim's families? Has he ever admitted to those crimes? IF he did, that would at least make it a tough choice that no one could fault you for either way ....

Only Stanley Tookie Williams can do that.

But he hasn't.

Regardless what your comrades in Hollywood say, regardless of the disinformation and outright lies told to sway you, regardless that you met him years ago, what's really the issue when you boil it right down is that he's never, EVER taken responsibility for his actions.

And that should make your decision easier for you.

So before you make that decision, ask the point of view of his victims' and their families. I think what they have to say has more weight than Mike Farrell.



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