Under Attack

Sometimes we say things that we regret, like the time that I said, “I’ll take two tickets to see ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ please.” Other times we regret HOW we said something, like telling my friends how I felt about “Eat, Pray, Love” by making a throwing up sound in the back of my throat.

It’s a less than shocking revelation that conservative politician Rick Santorum is under attack for saying something spiritually related in regards to America. Like most politicians, Santorum has nearly 10 years of comments that can be mined to reveal material that could be offensive to someone.

I’m a Christian pastor and he’s said things that have offended me, so I can’t imagine how I would feel about him if I were not white, straight, and employed.

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“Vowing” to Start Over

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Scientifically speaking, the human brain has right and left hemispheres.  Speaking generally, the left controls logic and reason while the right deals in emotion and words.  Socially, we equate these hemispheres with gender stereotypes; often seeing women as right-brained and men as left-brained.

I am of two brains about “The Vow”.

The male half of my brain despised watching a movie about a sinuously muscular, passionate, patient, music studio owner walking around mostly naked, feeding and nuzzling cats, while fighting for the love of an indifferent woman.


The female portion of my brain enjoyed watching a movie where people had to start their life over from scratch to determine what portions of it were honest and real, or merely affectation and reaction.

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Knowing When To Say “When”.

After Harrison Ford completed work on 1989’s “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”, he took a break from playing the kind of rogue charmers that he had become known for. He began taking vulnerable roles in poignant dramas and mysteries.

While some critics enjoyed his work in films like “Regarding Henry” or “Frantic”, audiences didn’t seem to take much notice. While Ford’s acting skills were on the rise, his box-office appeal was in decline.

During Ford’s early 90’s, box-office downturn, a new actor emerged as the prime candidate to step into the spotlight that middle-aged stars like Stallone and Bruce Willis were beginning to vacate.

The stunningly handsome Alec Baldwin was capable of providing audiences with both intensity and machismo (Malice) while wielding a gun and cracking wise (Miami Blues).

He was a natural choice to take the role of “Jack Ryan”, a character created by national security novelist Tom Clancy.

Jack Ryan was a post-Soviet, James Bond type, American hero- prepped to fight the information age’s war on… what ever came next.

When Baldwin appeared as Jack Ryan in 1990’s “The Hunt for Red October”, America enjoyed it so much that they completely ignored Sean Connery’s abysmal Russian accent.

What is it about submarine movies that requires so many terrible accents?

With a decade of novels on store shelves, Clancy was set to be the next Ian Fleming, and Baldwin was set to be the next Sean Connery.

But then Alec Baldwin lost the role.

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