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Here are the films Daniel highlighted on his show today.

Borat – Daniel called it a very funny and strange movie. He said if you haven’t seen it, check it out.

Fans of the HBO comedy series “Da Ali G Show” will be delighted to join one of their favorite characters — the Kazakhstani reporter Borat (Sacha Baron Cohen, in a Golden Globe-winning role) — as he travels to America to report on the “greatest country in the world.” Camera in tow, the boorish journalist sets off on his cross-country road trip, but his original purpose is soon subsumed by a much greater quest — finding and marrying actress Pamela Anderson.

Man of the Year – Daniel gave it a B- or C+ rating. He said it’s alright, you won’t regret spending a couple of bucks to rent it. He said it’s not great but it’s a fun little movie.

Directed by Barry Levinson, this comedy stars Robin Williams as the irreverent host of a political satire talk show who runs for president. But his stunt to expose Washington corruption goes further than he expects when he actually wins the election. Meanwhile, a software engineer (Laura Linney) suspects that a computer glitch is responsible for the surprising victory, but will she speak up? Jeff Goldblum and Christopher Walken co-star.

 

Deliverance – Daniel said if your a budding movie buff and have never seen it, this is one you have to notch on your belt. He said it is a very scary movie and a terrific thriller.

In this 1970s existential action epic, four suburban friends (Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ronny Cox and Ned Beatty) take a canoeing trip down a Georgia river. But what begins as a lighthearted adventure becomes a voyage into the heart of darkness when redneck locals descend on the foursome and force them to kill or be killed. A masterpiece of grace and power, Deliverance still terrifies and enthralls today.

 

Passion of the Christ – Daniel called it one of the worst movies of 2004, and he hated it. He also said it was one of the most gratuitously violent movies that has ever been made. He called it violence and cruelty for the sake of violence and cruelty. He referred it as Reservoir Dogs meets the New Testament.

Oscar-winning actor-director Mel Gibson helms this controversial epic film that focuses on the last 12 hours of Jesus’s life — from the betrayal, trial and death of Jesus to his brutal Crucifixion and resurrection from the tomb. Starring Jim Caviezel as Jesus, Maia Morgenstern as Jesus’s mother and Monica Bellucci as Mary Magdalene, The Passion is spoken entirely in Latin and Aramaic, and the violent Crucifixion scenes are incredibly graphic.

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Last week I posted the comment that Daniel often plays a Rob Mullins clip when he comes out of commercials (bumper music). Daniel made the comment that he’s a very good piano player but his music is hard to find. Well chalk it up to the speed of the internet but I was quite surprised to get a Daniel Ruth Show Blog comment from Mr. Mullins himself today. He said he heard from a student about my blog post and Daniel’s comment and he basically wanted to let us know his music isn’t as hard to find as Daniel eluded to. So below you’ll find the nice post from Mr. Mullins and his recommendation of where to find his music. You can also use this link and see what Amazon.com has available.

If you’re not sure which song I’m referring to or if you want to hear Daniel’s comment that started all this, you can listen to the clip here. I still don’t know what the song title is or what album it’s from but maybe Mr. Mullins will help us identify it.

Thanks Mr. Mullins

Hi,
One of my students emailed me to say you were talking about my music on this blog. Actually, my music isn’t hard to find at all, just sometimes its hard to get the word to the right people at the right time and place.
I have six of my CD’s on Apple iTunes. If you go to iTunes and just type in “Rob Mullins”, Standards and More, Soulscape, Joyful Noyz, Winter Dreams, Red Shoes, and the Odd Couple all are available in digital format. Also, for a full list of my CD’s and how to get them, visit my website http://planetmullins.com and click on “Buy Cd’s” at the top of the homepage. Thanks for thinking of me.-Rob Mullins LA CA 3/25/07

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The Steve Stanton firing debacle hit the CNN airwaves this evening on the Paula Zahn Now show. CLICK HERE to read the story.

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Stranger than Fiction ****

Daniel recommended Stranger than Fiction on his 3/10/07 Dining and Dancing Guide. I watched the film over the weekend and I agree with him, if you watch this movie, you won’t be disappointed. It’s an excellent feel-good romantic comedy. Unlike all other Will Ferrell films, this is not filled with his slapstick comedy routine from beginning to end, and that’s a good thing. I love the guy but sometimes his routine gets old during the course of a 90 minute movie. However, in this film, he shows us he’s more than just a SNL style comedian.

The film is laugh-out-loud funny at the start, then it smoothly transitions to a serious yet light-hearted romance between Ferrell and Maggie Gyllenhaal. The film also stars Emma Thompson and Dustin Hoffman, a Professor who helps Ferrell understand the voices he’s hearing. I don’t want to give too much of the story away but trust me, this is a wonderful film and it will put you in a happy mood for the rest of the day. I loved it.

Synopsis:

As a novelist (Emma Thompson) struggles with how to kill off her main character, IRS auditor Harold Crick (Will Ferrell) begins hearing her narration in his head and realizes he must prevent his own death. Crick’s world turns upside down, and it’s a life-or-death situation as he tries to persuade best-selling author Kay Eiffel to change the ending of her novel. Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman and Queen Latifah lead the fine supporting cast.

Sameritech’s 4 star guide:
**** Loved it
*** Really liked it
** Average, but watchable
* Didn’t like it, wasted my time, would rather have watched a George Bush speech

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Daniel had caller after caller today say what Stanton wants to do is immoral. Again and again Daniel asked people to explain what’s immoral about it. Not one caller could give a coherent explanation of why it’s immoral. Some of these idiots insist on trying to throw the liberal word out there, like this is a liberal thing. Then they can’t say coherently what’s liberal about it or even explain what liberal is.

A lot of the people keep saying the bible says this, the bible says that. Why do THEY, care about what he does to HIS body? It’s not affecting them and it’s none of their business. So what if it says in the bible (and it doesn’t) that what Stanton wants to do is wrong. Well that’s an issue between him and his God, not him, his God, and YOU. It’s not a concern of anyone else except those two entities. If there is a God and Stanton does something that’s not allowed, well then he’ll have to answer to his God. He doesn’t need to answer to YOU. You don’t have to answer for his decisions, so why do these religious fanatics think it’s their duty to inform everyone else what’s right and what’s wrong? It’s between that person’s God and them, it’s not a threesome.

Next, this country is governed by the laws we (humans) established. Some are based on religion, but in the end, the laws are established by humans. When a person breaks the law, the human law is what we look at to determine if they’re to be punished or not. God, (if there is one) will ultimately determine if a biblical law was broken and send that person to heaven or hell, you/we do not decide that. These religions fanatics are attempting to enforce biblical laws above and beyond our human laws. Who are they to decide this? They’re called religious fanatics. They want to force their religious laws on people who may or may not believe in them. Hey, maybe I worship a different God. Maybe I don’t worship a God at all. That’s none of your business. A sex change may be wrong in your opinion, it doesn’t mean it’s wrong in my opinion. If you don’t want freedom of religion, or freedom to not believe in a God at all, then you must be un-American as the religious fanatics like to say.

When a person robs a bank, they’re brought to court and charged with whatever human law says robbery is illegal. We don’t bring them to court, look at the bible and say Mr. Robber, you are hereby charged with the crime of (insert chapter & verse) from the bible. According to the bible, your punishment is… That’s not how our society works. The religious fanatics need to be more concerned about what THEY are doing right and wrong and whether or not it will get THEM to heaven or hell. They need not be concerned about what EVERYONE ELSE is doing and whether or not all the rest of us are breaking their laws, from their bible, from their God.

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Daniel said today he watched Al Gore’s documentary An Inconvenient Truth and said he wouldn’t recommend it in his Dining and Dancing Guide. He said it wasn’t a thrilling piece of cinema. He said he liked Jesus Camp more which he called a terrific and wonderful documentary. He said what he doesn’t understand (I don’t understand it either) is why conservatives like Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck, and Todd Schnitt get all hot and bothered about Al Gore and the scientific proof of Global Warming. Daniel said he was driving in his car the other day and he was almost getting splattered with the foam coming out of their mouths through the radio. Daniel asked why is there this unbelievable effort on the part of these people to discredit Al Gore on this issue? Daniel called it a stalker-like obsession where they try and move heaven and earth to try an discredit anything Gore has to say about Global Warming and the health of the environment. Where does this animosity come from?

Well first of all, the appearance is that some far-right conservatives will argue against ANYTHING the other side has to say. The liberals could say the oceans are deep and these conservatives would say, no it’s not. They will pick the opposite of whatever liberals have to say on almost every issue. There is no agreement or compromise, even when the facts prove them to be wrong. Not all conservatives are like that but the vocal, public ones on this issue cast a negative shadow on the moderates.

Next, I think it’s because some conservatives have simply played followed the leader, ignoring the science that clearly shows global warming exists. If their leader said the world was flat, they would be foaming at the mouth to try and convince everyone the world was flat without considering if the argument was based on fact.
I think a better way to get people involved in this is to say ok, let’s assume Global Warming is not occurring due to greenhouse gases, it’s just a cyclical warming of the earth. But there’s no denying (I think there’s no denying) the planet is being harmed by increased pollution. So let’s do the same things that we’re encouraging everyone to do to reverse Global Warming, and instead do those same things to reduce pollution. So basically we don’t say we’re fighting Global Warming, we say we’re fighting Global Pollution. Same effect, different title. Next they’ll probably say we need more scientific evidence to prove there’s more pollution in the world than there was 50 years ago.

What do you think?

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Daniel and many, many callers today talked about the Largo City Council’s embarrassment that is the Steve Stanton firing. Despite nationwide and local outcry and a most likely very costly discrimination lawsuit as a result, the cowards of Largo fired Stanton anyway. Daniel Ruth had this to say on the issue on today’s show.

Daniel called them gutless and thinks Stanton has a pretty solid case of sex discrimination against the city of Largo. He also said the City Council discriminated against Steve Stanton, who just until a couple of weeks ago, was doing a good job and was highly rated as the City Manager. He’s basically being fired because he’s undergoing a surgical procedure. He doesn’t know how you morally justify what the City Council did last night. If he was an able, competent City Manager as Steve Stanton, why will he not be able and competent as Susan Stanton? Daniel called the City Council Vagina Vigilantes. He said he thinks the city will wind up paying a dear price for their ignorance. He also said he doesn’t think God cares what Steve Stanton does.

  • David in Tampa said he was disappointed but not surprised. He blamed the decision on uneducated, evil, bible waving individuals.
  • Brent in Bradenton asked the question where does morality come from? What is your moral compass? He said it comes down to the way we were made. He said what Stanton is doing is a result of a corruption of the mind. He talked about Stanton making a decision to go against the way he’s been made. He then when on to say what Stanton wants to do goes against the holy standard of God. Daniel asked how he knew that, Brent couldn’t give a specific word for word biblical reference that said changing one’s gender was “immoral” as he called it.Brent said it was immoral to change one’s appearance. Daniel said what about a breast change, ear piercing, or nose job? Apparently to Brent, that’s immoral too.
  • Paul in Marco Island called and said if Brent wants to say changing one’s appearance is immoral, then cutting one’s nails, hair, or shaving a beard must also be immoral.
  • Bo in Tampa said what about circumcision, is that immoral? He also said why do men have nipples, did God make a mistake when creating man? He said it’s a real shame and a real testament to our society right now and the lack of enlightenment in society. He said he feels sorry for Stanton.

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