For all your Russian-prostitute wardrobe needs. That’ll be 200 rubles, pazhalusta.
Dexter said on December 22, 2009 at 5:44 pm
I hope they get an air-hole in the cargo container this time. Those dead ladies from that episode of “The Wire” was most disconcerting.
Here’s where all the cool Russian Jews go in NYC, and be sure to have the vodka that comes wrapped and completely enclosed in a big block of ice.
coozledad said on December 22, 2009 at 5:47 pm
Personally, I’ve had my fill of strangers scented with cheap vodka and bugspray. My little black dress days are over.
moe99 said on December 22, 2009 at 7:20 pm
I’m sure you looked lovely c’dad.
Deborah said on December 22, 2009 at 9:18 pm
Ha ha ha, a good one Moe.
Crabby said on December 22, 2009 at 11:00 pm
This has been around for several years so you may have heard it, a rock version by Nikolay Rastorguev and Lubeh group Anthem of Russia
Kirk said on December 22, 2009 at 11:13 pm
It’s no Jimi Hendrix doing the Star-Spangled Banner, but not bad. I’ve long thought that melody made a fine national anthem.
brian stouder said on December 22, 2009 at 11:24 pm
I confess – the somewhat whimsical and jaunty Italian national anthem has always turned my head. It was always an irresistable tune whenever Schumacher (or some lesser driver) at Ferrari won a race, and they played it during the podium ceremony.
And now, 41 year old Michael is coming back into Formula One with Braun Mercedes – so that if he wins races in ’10, no more Italian national anthem – but instead the somewhat morose German one. And, here’s hoping he doesn’t break his neck* in his comeback (these ‘comebacks’ seem to be an inevitable coda when a genuinely towering sports star tries to retire)
*which of course he’s already done, racing motorcycles ‘for fun’ after retiring from F1
Kirk said on December 22, 2009 at 11:26 pm
Yeah, one educational thing about watching F1 is hearing several national anthems. “Song of the Italians” takes some getting used to, but it sounds quite Italian.
moe99 said on December 23, 2009 at 1:19 am
Ok, going completely off topic, but this is great fun:
There’s dispute about whether the caller is real or not but Sen. Barasso’s reaction is incredible, given what the caller is saying.
My favorite part is the comments to the post:
“Let this be a lesson to you: leave the Prayer Safety Catch on unless you really know what you’re doing.”
“The bastards killed Oral Roberts by mistake!”
Linda said on December 23, 2009 at 7:26 am
OMG. Real headline from MSNBC:
Vatican defends move to beautify wartime pope
Apparently, the first steps in making someone a saint (that would be “beatify”) are the same as making them prettier. If the print media is really dead, maybe MSNBC could hire some of their editors.
Linda said on December 23, 2009 at 8:02 am
Forget it. They fixed it. Wonder how many comments that took?
coozledad said on December 23, 2009 at 8:22 am
Moe: In some ways I hope that was performance art. Especially since Barrasso seemed to be unable to decide whether to shit or go blind. The caller sounded like Red Sovine on the last verse of “Teddy Bear”. There ought to be an award for that kind of guerrilla comedy.
ROgirl said on December 23, 2009 at 8:28 am
I read that headline and scratched my head wondering why the Vatican wants to beautify the pope as the first step in making him a saint. Did they find him too ugly? Were they thinking about airbrushing his wrinkles or enhance his physical features on the road to sainthood?
On the other hand, what miracles are they going to come up with for this guy?
coozledad said on December 23, 2009 at 8:53 am
Speaking of Russian anthems, the music for this Guy Maddin short is the same thing the Soviets used for the evening news. Pretty catchy, in a bellicose way. Warning: Artistic nudity.
Dorothy said on December 23, 2009 at 9:28 am
ROgirl, please see this (found after I Google ‘sainthood qualifications’)
Often, the process starts many years after death in order to give perspective on the candidate. The local bishop investigates the candidate’s life and writings for heroic virtue or martyrdom and orthodoxy of doctrine. Then, a panel of theologians at the Vatican evaluates the candidate. After approval by the panel and cardinals of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, the pope proclaims the candidate “venerable.”
The next step, beatification, requires evidence of one miracle, except in the case of martyrs. Since miracles are considered proof that the person is in heaven and can intercede for the living, the miracle must take place after the candidate’s death and as a result of a specific petition to the candidate. When the pope proclaims the candidate beatified or blessed, the person can be venerated by a particular region or group of people with whom the person holds special importance.
Only after one more miracle will the pope canonize the saint. The title of saint tells us the person lived a holy life, is in heaven, and is to be honored by the universal Church. Canonization does not “make” a person a saint; it recognizes what God has already done.
I’m pretty sure I read that after John Paul II died, there had been claims of someone praying to him for a cure of some type of illness, cancer or otherwise, and the cure happened. I can’t recall the facts at this moment but I”m fairly sure it’s what helped this process along. With a little digging/Googling I’m sure something could be found regarding this claim. I’ll try to work on it.
Dorothy said on December 23, 2009 at 9:33 am
Here’s a link that might shed some light on miracles attributed to Pope John Paul II:
ROgirl said on December 23, 2009 at 10:46 am
RE: Pope Pius, the wartime Pope
He apparently didn’t save any Jews from the Nazis. Does he still qualify for sainthood?
4dbirds said on December 23, 2009 at 10:54 am
My daughter-in-law is Russian and she wouldn’t be caught dead in something like that. She’s a jeans and sweater girl. She’s also loving our snow here on the east coast. Been snowboarding every day.
Peter said on December 23, 2009 at 11:49 am
Re: Coozledad #2 – Thanks pal. Time to gouge the eyes out again.
Re: ROgirl #17 – With Bennie 16 in the chair, that’s probably a bonus.
And, re: national anthems – Brazil’s is pretty decent, in a bizarre way, since it sounds Italian. Years ago I did a job in Brazil and the office thought that the anthem should be a samba number.
And speaking of Brazil and the holidays, thanks to the southern hemisphere they do it right – the kids get out of school today with their final report cards, and after midnight mass, it’s off to the beach.
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