Thursday, January 27, 2011

New Layout! Feedback requested!

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I made a few changes to the blog layout. Let me know your thoughts. Is it too flashy? Does it take away from the content?

Any feedback - whether it be the new layout or about the content - would be appreciated!

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Friday, January 21, 2011

30th Anniversary of President Reagan 1981 Inaugural Address

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January 20, 2011 is the 30th Anniversary of Ronald Reagan's Inauguration. Can you believe it's been 30 years already?

Above is his first inaugural address, courtesy of C-SPAN.


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Sunday, January 09, 2011

Book Review: Being Catholic Now

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I'm currently reading Being Catholic Now. Kerry Kennedy, one of eleven children of Robert and Ethel Kennedy, has gathered these essays from prominent Catholics throughout the United States. They range from priests to well known celebrities.

I'm really enjoying reading these essays, especially the ones from well-known figures such as Cokie Roberts, Bill O'Reilly and Bill Maher. The essays are well-written and presented in an almost conversational style. I really feel like the author is talking to me personally about his/her views on the Church, its impact on him/herself and its impact on the world at large. It's interesting to read how these prominent people weave the Church and its teachings into their lives.

While I think that people of any religion can gain insight from this book, I feel it's especially relevant to Catholics.

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Star Wars goes Blu!

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I just wanted to post a quick news item - in case you haven't heard - Star Wars is finally going to be released on blu-ray disc this coming September! You'll be able to purchase the Original Trilogy, Prequel Trilogy and Complete Saga.

There will be extensive bonus materials with these releases. I haven't read any in depth reports so I'm not sure how they're going to split up the bonus material among the three releases. My best guess is that they will have all the material in the Complete Saga with the other two sets containing the bonus materials for those particular trilogies.

I've pre-ordered the Original Trilogy - I'd love to get the Complete Saga to have all the bonus material, but I can't stand the prequel films!

Will you be pre-ordering any of the Star Wars sets on blu-ray? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

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Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Movie Review: American Violet

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I wanted to let you know about a wonderfully acted, gut-wrenching movie called American Violet. There are so many themes involved - racism, absolute power, federal intervention, 'war on drugs' just to name a few - that it's hard to pinpoint just one.

It's the based-on-a-true story of a young black woman caught up in a drug raid gone bad and all the politics behind it. You really have to see it. Be prepared for a rollercoaster ride of emotions.

Available on DVD or Blu-Ray.

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Monday, January 03, 2011

Book Review: Roots of Obama's Rage

"Obama's dream is actually an American nightmare"

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For our first post of 2011, I have an excellent book to recommend: The Roots of Obama's Rage by Dinesh D'Souza.

D'Souza presents a theory about Obama and then methodically backs it up with facts from Obama's own words and books. He then uses this theory to help us understand Obama's odd policy decisions and actions. Finally, he uses the theory to predict future actions the President will take - and how harmful they will be for America and her global allies.

I have been reading several similar books lately and I have to say that D'Souza's take is excellent and his theory explains Obama better than many others I have read. He really hit the nail on the head and the sound is reverberating across the globe.

I really don't want to give too much more away - I urge you to read this book. There is one section in which D'Souza explains how Obama makes his radical ideas sound "balanced" - it's such an eye-opener that I was in complete awe after reading it. While the book as a whole is excellent, that one page or so is worth the price of admission alone. The final chapter is also wonderfully written.

The book breezes by - it's a real page turner. The typeface also helps tremendously.

Grab this book today, read it and post your comments below. If you're not scared out of your pants now by this Administration, you will be after you finish The Roots of Obama's Rage.

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Saturday, January 01, 2011

Happy New Year!

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Just a short message to say "Happy New Year!" to all my blog readers.

2011 promises to be an exciting one for Tony Island blog...get ready for the ride by bookmarking the blog and checking it every few days!

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