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Top 6: TV Programs I cannot stand that I would rather watch instead of the Winter Olympics

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1. The Rachael Ray Show– Rachael Ray is an abomination to the medium of television, but at least her show ends in an hour.

2. Trinity Broadcasting Networks (TBN) Praise-a-thon – It would be much more palatable to watch Dwight Thompson dab at his brow sweat with a holy hanky or see what new purple sequined Nehru Jacket Benny Hinn has chosen to wear than watch 1 minute of tandem Ice Skating.

3. The George Lopez Show– Mad-cap hilarity, even when it is appallingly unfunny, is somehow more genuine than Al Michaels holding down front desk anchor duties.

4. The Ghost Whisperer– Let’s face it, Jennifer Love Hewitt is an annoying three name celebrity, but not nearly as annoying as Apolo Anton Ohno.

5. The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric– I cannot believe I am writing this, but Katie Couric is more insightful about world affairs than Jim Lampley or Tom Hammond is about Curling.

6. Any Golf Tournament– Because I have been known to sleep through any golf tournament.



Written by Michael Duenes

February 21, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Top 6: Things I am thankful for that most Christians are not

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1. Christopher Hitchens– I am very thankful that God has designed Chris Hitchens the way that He has.  The question that is asked of Hitchens in the movie Collision is: “Is Christianity good for the world?”  Instead, my question is: “Is Christopher Hitchens good for Christianity?” The answer is absolutely yes. If Christians were to peruse Hitchens books or listen to him in debate they would ultimately sharpen their ability to reason.  Much of the anti-intellectual movement within Christendom will have to evaporate in light of the arguments purported by Hitchens. If taken seriously, and one should take Hitchens seriously, he will undoubtedly move the Christian to understand their faith even more.  If he is dismissed, it is only Christianity that loses.

2. The Current Jolt to Unadulterated Capitalism– I will continue to make the argument that Capitalism, in its purest form, is Darwinian.  Survival of the fittest is not a Christian concept and is repulsive. Capitalism is not just a means to an end, but rather a means to an economic caste.  I am hopeful that a more moral form of Christian Capitalism or Christian Socialism may evolve from this current economic dilemma.  Being a Darwinian Capitalist is NOT a Christian idea.  Being an economic, social and political Biblicist is.

3. President Obama– I am thankful for his ability to reason.

4. A Public Option in Health Care– I am hopeful this will be put into our new reform as it allows those who suffer the most to get care they need.

5. Anti-war songs– I’ll pick one. Just listen to Bob Dylan’s “Masters of War” and honestly tell me he isn’t right about most of what he says in this song.

6. Christian Schools– I know this seems like an oxymoron, but it is so vitally true.  Most Christians are not thankful for Christian schools.  How do I know this?  Because most Christians don’t financially support them and they don’t do everything they can to put their children in them.  Instead, we are training a generation of young people to mirror the world and its standards.  I am fearful of the eventual consequences of this.


Written by Michael Duenes

December 23, 2009 at 9:35 pm

Top 6: Communist Leaders in Song Lyrics

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 I was listening to R.E.M. the other day and heard Leonid Brezhnev mentioned in their song It’s the End of the World as We Know it (And I feel fine).  I couldn’t help but try and recall a few more song “gems” with Communist leaders mentioned.  So, just for fun, I came up with my Top 6.  I won’t opine about them, but I have included each song’s link to Youtube. I am particularly fond of Makem and Clancy’s Irish Pub Song -coming in at #6, as Casey Kasem used to say.

1. Leonid Brezhnev in R.E.M.’s It’s the End of the World as We Know it (and I feel fine)

2. Fidel Castro in Bob Dylan’s Motorpsycho Nitemare

3. Mao Zedong (mentioned as “Chairmen Mao”) in The Beatles Revolution

4. Joseph Stalin in Living Colour’s Cult of Personality

5. Ho Chi Minh (and Joseph Stalin) in Billy Joel’s We Didn’t Start the Fire

6. Nikita Khrushchev in Makem and Clancy’s My Father Loves Nikita Khrushchev


Written by Michael Duenes

October 1, 2009 at 1:05 am

Top 6: American Sins

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I have decided to write a new “segment” on the site.  I will be introducing my “Top 6” list.  Part of the hope is that you will comment about the information on the “Top 6” lists and we can go from there.  Here is my first edition.

Top 6: American Sins

 1. Slavery- Slavery is truly America’s first comprehensive and corporate sin.  It is the hereditary system of kidnapping, rape and murder.  Slavery has led to some of the worst institutions, organizations and policies in American History to include, at the very least: Southern Segregation, Lynching, Red-lining, Inner-City poverty, the inequality of wealth distribution, the modern drug epidemic, the Ku Klux Klan, The Black Muslim Movement, The White Brotherhood, The White Citizens Council, overcrowded prisons, the increase in fatherlessness, lack of education, gangs and a misogynistic youth culture.

2. Abortion- The calculated murdering of millions of defenseless humans is cause enough to make this list.

3. Native American Slaughter- From Columbus and Cortes to Andrew Jackson and George A. Custer, Native Americans were held in check by Imperialistic Diseases, Unfair wars, racism, ethnic cleansing, and all out slaughter.  Then the Government removed them from their homes and gave them barren land in Utah, Oklahoma and New Mexico.  A Trail of Tears indeed.

4. The Sexual Revolution- With the upsurge in the pornography business as it gains billions of dollars per year, the sexual exploitation of girls and women around the globe, sexual slavery, the homosexual agenda, HIV/AIDS, other sexually transmitted diseases, and the innocence lost among America’s youth can be traced back to the development of the sexual revolution.  From the Flapper generation to the Ecstasy Generation the sexual revolution has done nothing but kill and destroy marriages and lives.

5. Governmental Corruption-  When Richard Nixon resigned from his Presidential post in 1974, he said: “I hope that I will have hastened the start of the process of healing which is so desperately needed in America.”  Actually, Mr. Nixon, instead of healing America, you forged a modern legacy of corruption and distrust that has moved the posture of American Government into the sewage tanks of our deepest nightmares.  The corrupt pardon you received from Ford, the Iran-Contra Scandal, Lewinsky-gate, and Weapons of Mass Destruction are all part of your Presidential family tree.  There have been countless Congressmen, Judges and public officials who have lied, cheated and fornicated on top of your hopes for healing America.  (And, NO, I haven’t forgotten about the illegal and immoral deeds of our other Government heroes like Warren Harding, U.S. Grant, Schuyler Colfax, Andrew Johnson, John Calhoun, Andrew Jackson, James Garfield, Thomas Jefferson, George Wallace, Marion Berry, Scooter Libby, John Edwards, Grover Cleveland, Ben Franklin, Strom Thurmond, Ted Kennedy {too early?}, John Kennedy- did I mention Bossism?

6. Corporate Greed- The following are Statistical Excerpts from Ralph Nader’s Letter to Attorney General John Ashcroft, November 6, 2003:

-The total cost of white-collar crime in 1997 was $338 billion.

-Another estimate (by University of Cincinnati Criminal Justice Professor Francis T. Cullen) suggests that the annual cost of antitrust or trade violations are at least $250 billion.

-By comparison, the FBI estimated that in 2002, the nation’s total loss from robbery, burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft and arson was less than $18 billion – less than a third of the estimated $60 billion Enron alone cost investors, pensioners and employees.

-In America, in 2008, 39.8 million people were in poverty, up from 37.3 million in 2007 — the second consecutive annual increase in the number of people in poverty.

-Almost half of the world- over 3 Billion people- live on less than $2.50 per day.


Written by Michael Duenes

September 24, 2009 at 1:26 am