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alex said on July 28, 2012 at 9:07 am
Yeah, I have. It’s in my yard and hasn’t been picked and put in baskets yet. Wish I could find my danged camera that’s gone missing now for more than a month.
coozledad said on July 28, 2012 at 9:20 am
I whirled some cooked beets, tomatoes and lemon cukes from the garden yesterday and made an extremely fibrous vegetable cocktail. Fortunately I don’t have to travel today.
MichaelG said on July 28, 2012 at 11:29 am
It is lovely. I’ll be at the market early tomorrow!
No comments on the opening ceremonies? OK. Over produced, over complicated, over boring, over long. And what was NBC thinking? It was tape delayed, yes (NBC seems to have some horrible allergy to live Olympic programming)but here it came on around eight and lasted to midnight. Why so late? How are kids supposed to watch it?
Prospero said on July 28, 2012 at 12:05 pm
Peppers in all of their variety are the most physically beautiful of vegetables.
I heard something in passing clicking by the Olympics last night that makes RMoney’s boorish comments about Great Britain sound even more ham-handed and tin-eared. Last time London was the Olympics site was 1948, and the city stood in for Rome, which had not recovered sufficiently from WWII, after being blitzed by the German airforce every night for years. This was the return of the world to the games after 12 years of war. Nobody gave the organizers $1.3bn, either. So, where the sun don’t shine, Willard, you ballet horse’s ass. The great hero of the ’48 Games was Fanny Blankers-Koen, the Flying Houswife, of the Netherlands:
She won gold medals at 100m, 200m, 80m hurdles and 4x100m relay. In ’46, six weeks after giving birth to a daughter, Blankers-Koen won European championships in Oslo in the hurdles and the relay. She competed in high jump and 100m, but the events were held simultaneously and she fell in the 100, hindering her high jump performance. An astounding athlete. And how ’bout that nickname? My biggest interest in the current games, aside from swimming, is Hyleas Fountain in the heptathlon. She won a silver in Baijing, and based on a personal best in the USOC Trials, she’s got a good shot at winning this time.
I’m a sucker for fireworks, so I thought the display to close the torch lighting was way cool, expecially with the Pink Floyd “Eclipse” accompaniment.
A perfectly rational discussion of what the NRA is really up to with its bullshit about assault weapons and the 2nd Amendment. Their protecting the profits of gun manufacturers. If someone wants to convince me I have a 2nd Amendment right to own an AK-47 I will expect them to explain why I can’t have a bazooka or an RPG.
maryinIN said on July 28, 2012 at 12:21 pm
I liked the opening ceremonies. I thought while watching it, though, that not everyone would. And that’s OK. It seemed very British (to me). I liked the storyline dealing with past, present and future that were actually identifiable and, although entertaining, were based in reality by acknowledging the good and the bad in each stage. It wasn’t just a spectacular technological feat or a fantasy world as we have seen before, or an exhibition of nice but unrelated performances. I viewed the “villains” in the children’s dreams as metaphors for the hardships and challenges that Great Britain, or any other society, has grappled with or might have to face. I really liked the portrayal in the various tableaus of the people who labor to make a country work and prosper at every stage. The farmers, the ironworkers, the soldiers, the nurses. The cordon of real stadium construction workers who lined the way for the torch to pass through was an inspirational addition. And it is always great to see the many volunteers who participate in the show and seem to be enjoying it so very much. I think it was made exactly for the British people and I can’t imagine they didn’t love it. The NBC commentary and commercial breaks probably interfered with a viewer’s ability to truly enjoy the flow of the drama on the TV screen.
Sherri said on July 28, 2012 at 12:31 pm
NBC edited out the tribute to the victims of the 7/7 terrorist attack from the opening ceremonies to show a Michael Phelps interview: http://deadspin.com/5929778/heres-the-opening-ceremony-tribute-to-terrorism-victims-nbc-doesnt-want-you-to-see
I hate NBC’s primetime Olympic coverage.
coozledad said on July 28, 2012 at 12:43 pm
The Brits are history’s greatest monsters now, anyway. They failed to kiss Romney’s ass, and they rubbed salt in his wounds with their communist medicine dance.
Why do them Englishers hate freedom?
Prospero said on July 28, 2012 at 12:55 pm
Funny video cooze. Teabanger wants government hands off his Medicare.
Remarkable Olympics story:
Hard to imagine how this guy does this.
Linda said on July 28, 2012 at 1:50 pm
Hee, Coozledad. The piling-up on Brits by right-wingers for picking on Romney reminds me of mean middle school kids who torment you if you pick on their bff.
I liked the opening ceremony, a tribute to Brit contributions to popular culture. But oy, Viera and Lauer didn’t know who Tim Berners-Lee is. People, google it on your phone. Act like news people. Don’t make us ALL look like Romney.
It was over-produced, but aren’t they all? The music was pretty bitchin’ and I liked the tongue and cheekness of 007 getting Elizabeth to jump out a helicopter. And random weirdness like flying, dancing nannies. Talk about throwing your hands in the air like you just don’t care. The Chinese were as serious as a heart attack in 2008, but the Brits are on the other side of their imperial ambitions, and can afford to have a little laugh. Good on them.
Linda said on July 28, 2012 at 1:52 pm
Of COURSE you hate the NBC coverage. Don’t we all? Makes me wish I lived close enough to Detroit to get the CBC coverage again. It’ll spoil you.
Prospero said on July 28, 2012 at 1:59 pm
More on the pregnant Malaysian Annie Oakley at the Olympics:
LAMary said on July 28, 2012 at 2:30 pm
Overall I liked the opening ceremonies, but spotting Kenneth Branagh, an actor I dislike to the point of irrationality, tainted the whole industrial revolution thing. For me the high point of Olympic openings is always the entrance of all the teams. Seeing all those faces from all over the world looking around the stadium in awe and happiness and sometimes innocence is wonderful.
Sherri said on July 28, 2012 at 2:32 pm
Linda, unfortunately, CBC lost the broadcast rights to CTV. I live close enough to Seattle to get CBC, but CBC no longer covers the Olympics, as I discovered to my great dismay during the Vancouver Olympics. (Those Olympics were incredibly frustrating to watch on NBC, because NBC insisted on tape-delaying events to the west coast that were happening in our own time zone!)
Prospero said on July 28, 2012 at 2:35 pm
When RMoney ran the Olympics, he had pins made in his likeness. In fracking China.
MichaelG said on July 28, 2012 at 2:39 pm
Great story about Suryani, the pregnant Malaysian shooter. She sounds like a really neat lady.
NBC is as notorious for bad coverage as they are for turning a deaf ear to criticism.
This year we do have a huge improvement with them showing events on five channels. Whole soccer games are being telecast and the entire bike road race was carried. I managed to catch quite a bit of the American women’s victory over Columbia (the last thirty minutes or so) and the last twenty or so clicks of the road race. I didn’t even mind having to jump back and forth.
I agree that the best part of the opening ceremony is the “Parade of Nations”. I like to watch all the teams. Somebody mentioned the happy faces of the competitors. Yes. However NBC managed to hamburger that coverage with their incessant commercials. I’d swear that there was more commercial time than actual coverage. I wondered what the hell that Phelps interview was all about. Thanks, Sherri, for the tip. NBC truly sucks.
I’d like to see an opening pageant that was crisp, concise, classy and short.
Ken Levine had a good review.
The money shot: “I thought the Opening Ceremonies were the world’s longest graduation ceremony combined with the most overblown Orange Bowl Halftime Show ever.”
MichaelG said on July 28, 2012 at 2:40 pm
Yes, Sherri, that tape delay thing on the west coast drove me nuts.
Prospero said on July 28, 2012 at 3:18 pm
MichaelG, there is much to be said for “crisp, concise, classy and short”, but if somebody wants to put on fireworks that make the London Blitz look minor, I’m buying.
The great thing about Ms. Suryana Taibi is the flip answers she gave to the journos asking incredibly stupid questions. She would obviously be a hoot to hang with in the Olympic Village. And this may be a cultural glitch, but the perfoormers in London looked more like they were enjoying themselves that those in Beijing four years ago. And what the hell was the deal with the flying bicycles?
coozledad said on July 28, 2012 at 6:53 pm
Red wine Olympics song (Rmoney’s Army)
Don’t start him talking
we’ll be awake all night
His mind goes sleepwalking
We’ll be busting our balls to put it right
Dial Korea’s information
Photograph him at a service station.
(Chorus)RMoney’s Army will earn their pay
Rmoney keeps getting in their way
And they would rather be in Iran
Than here today.
There was a point we lost him
He couldn’t crack a joke
It was his own damn party
We had to lay a screen of smoke
All it takes is one twitchy misstep
He’s in Beersheba doin’ the goosestep
London is full of shit
We will not pay for it
We could be in a Marriot
in Tampa rubbing heads with Governor Scott
Watching silicone implants being spattered with snot
But there’s no future
For our political careers
Though we could just jump ship
And stick our tongues in Mister Perry’s ear
We can catch him at Lion’s Club
Layin’ down his fierce painkiller dub.
Rmoney’s army will earn their pay
Rmoney stuck his ass in their way
and they would rather eat cyanide
than spin today.
O-oh oh-oh oh-oh-oh.
Prospero said on July 28, 2012 at 7:36 pm
Willard is making a big deal out of somehow trying to connect Obama to the Libor rate fixing by Euro bankers. Shit RMoney, you just had dinner with all those guys in London and claim you raised $2mil. What’s the deal with raising funds from Eurotrash bankers, you dancing horse’s patoot?
Prospero said on July 28, 2012 at 11:01 pm
Dayum, those high bar release moves in male gymnastics are scary as hell.
Maggie Jochild said on July 29, 2012 at 12:09 pm
I loved how inclusive the Opening Ceremonies were, with Hunger Marchers, suffragists, a variety of working and union folk, multiple generations, and especially disabled people celebrated. The NBC narration was at best idiotic, at worst deliberately obfuscating or offensive, but I was on skype with my Brit girlfriend which helped me understand some of what I would have missed otherwise. Dame Evelyn Glennie, the wild percussionist with the long grey hair, is deaf, y’all, and she led all that constant drumming.
Prospero said on July 29, 2012 at 12:32 pm
Maggie, last night an NBC commentator on beach volleyball called a female player a “stud”. Don’t suppose anybody’s going to top that one for unadulterated idiocy.
Always thought synchronized swimming was pretty questionable as “sport”. But it’s in the Olympics, so I’m going to say, this is the funniest sports picture I’ve seen in a while. Looks like Bill Murray just showed up with a Baby Ruth.
Maggie Jochild said on July 29, 2012 at 12:45 pm
I can’t watch synchronized swimming without flashing back to that brilliant parody done by Christopher Guest with Martin Short and Harry Shearer — I can’t take the real thing seriously after that.
“I don’t swim.”
Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on July 29, 2012 at 12:46 pm
Missed the opening ceremonies except for the parade of nations and the final torch sequence; that design/disply idea to have each nation bring in a part of the torch, assemble it on site, and have seven young British athletes simultaneously light it instead of some aging monument of past glories walking it up to a single “national” cauldron . . . thought that was brilliant. Kudos, Danny and whomever else thought of that.
I’ve seen video of Liz and Daniel striding down the hall and then dropping out of a copter, which was both predictable and totally unexpected — good on you, ma’am. The dancing nurses and whirling beds were a sweetly pointed message, but the giant inflatable baby head: really?
Hard to top the French opening ceremony conclusion with the archer dropping the flame in a vast arc down into the waiting cauldron. The essence of performance under pressure, which is the heart of the games. I’ll be sick of them in two weeks, but for now, I’m ready to tune in. Hope it’s not mostly on channels my TV doesn’t get.
Suzanne said on July 29, 2012 at 12:55 pm
Maggie @23. I am with you on the synchronized swimming. Whenever I see anyone doing it, I think “I know you! I know you!”
I didn’t even see most of the opening ceremonies but did see the awkward moment when Tim Berners-Lee was shown sitting at a desk with a computer, and nobody seemed to know who he was including the Brits.
Sadly, I have only been to the farmer’s market a couple of times this summer, which is very bad since our tomatoes dried up and my mouth is aching for a fresh, juicy tomato with a little olive oil drizzled on top.
MichaelG said on July 29, 2012 at 1:30 pm
I watched that beach volleyball match last night and I caught the “stud” remark and couldn’t believe my ears. However, I’m not ready to concede that it’s going to be the most idiotic remark of the coverage. It is a contender but it’s early days yet. There are plenty of deeply talented dolts over there.
Misty May’s performance on match point was incredible. She simply wasn’t going to lose that point. Period. Just watch a replay of that point and you’ll see why May and Walsh win all the time.
I agree that synch swimming is a trash sport and doesn’t belong in the Olympics. Another is that gymnastics thing where the young women run around waving ribbons and stuff. There are others and I’m still pissed that they deleted softball.
Prospero said on July 29, 2012 at 2:00 pm
Jeff: There are predictably jingoistic winger rants in abundance concerning the celebration of “socialized” medicine (cooze had a great link @7). George Will is unquestionably firing up his “you know those Brits I’ve always felt kinship to because of my obvious superiority to Americans, well it turns out they’re a bunch of snotty poopyheads” column.
And really, what do those sync swimmers see in the water with them?
Maggie, that video is very funny. To bad Michael McKean wasn’t avaiable too. Shouldn’t there be some sort of international comedy law that says those guys must make two movies for every one churned out by Zach Galifinakis, Seth Rogen, Ben Stiller, Russell Brand and other non-funny hacks of that sort?
Just came upon this gem finding a Mission of Burma song on YouTube:
And what’s the deal with that Colombian puta bruja slugging America’s Sweetheart in the eye? It’s no surprise the referees made no call. Just ask the ’72 men’s hoops team, who still do not want their silver medals. FIFA has no choice but to disqualify her. And shouldn’t all these SA and CA soccer and BB players have to play under their real names? I mean, Lady Andrade? Maybe it’s a criminal alias. Nene? That’s a kind of turkey in Hawai’i. Someone should tell the guy.
Softball was axed because of American domination. Basketball is a sport invented in the United States. Why are ther wierd “international”rules like goaltending is OK and the key is misshapen?
Rhythmic gymnastics, somebody’s nightmare turned into reality. Plus the same sort of unmitigated bias in judging that mars real gymnastics.
Still, MichaelG, a female stud is a lot like the Athens Banner Herald headline calling J@P@ the first non-Catholic Pope.
Prospero said on July 29, 2012 at 3:51 pm
Well that should have been J2P2, but I can’t make edit work. Bad day for me and electronics. We canned AT&T for phone service because the coverage sucks and because the company has maintained its affiliation with ALEC, the NRA’s bastard offspring lobbying and legislation cliffnotes purveyor.
Went with the AARP supported Consumer Cellular because of friends’ recommendations and because some of the cash for our service goes for support to progressive organizations like MoveOn and PFAW. A selected an option to replace the SIMcard inmy IPhone, but I can’t get the phone to spit out the AT&T SIMcard.
Deborah said on July 29, 2012 at 4:44 pm
Just returned from a family reunion for my husband’s extended family in a dismal small town in Southern Illinois where he grew up. The drive down from Chicago past fields and fields of scorched crops was depressing enough. My husband’s cousin said it hadn’t rained there since April. All the yards looked horrible and the people looked pretty bedraggled too. The temps were in the 90s so actually cooler to them. Nice people but sad to see the condition of their environment. Of course most of them (if not all) were Republican so it was a little hard to feel sorry for them. Only one of my husband’s uncles made a few snide comments about politics so we felt lucky. Glad to be back in Chicago.
Joe K said on July 29, 2012 at 5:10 pm
I’m sorry Deborah but that is about the most cruel thing I have read on this board in a long time. I would take those people regardless of their political views over a elite Chicago left wing snob. You don’t feel sorry for them because of their politics?Jesus grow up.
Maggie Jochild said on July 29, 2012 at 5:48 pm
I am certain what Deborah meant is what I likewise feel, that the folks being hurt by climate change SHOULD be those who have determinedly refused to accept its reality or agreed to allow action on it. Unfortunately, for the next decade or so, that will only partly be the Republicans in this country — most of the dead and dying will live elsewhere and/or have brown skin, which is the real reason climate change has been ignored by the right wing. Since Reagan, the Republican Party has been in thrall to white supremacy, and draws its numbers from those who will fail to see their own common good being dismantled when they can satisfy a nativist fear of ensuring “Anglo-Saxon” domination.
coozledad said on July 29, 2012 at 5:54 pm
We’re so sorry
we’re so sorry global warming’s caused you pain.
we’re so sorry
but we really must get back
where I believe it’s gonna rain.
Joe Kobiela said on July 29, 2012 at 6:04 pm
I really try to find good in everyone regardless of their political view, but your reply is about the crazyesr thing I have read. Really global warming because we hate blacks?
Mabey you should go over and talk to China about polluting the air and water, or India or any of the other 3rdstuff world country’s. Do you really believe the things you wrote?
Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on July 29, 2012 at 6:04 pm
Ah, Illinois, land of my birth; Land of Lincoln, divided by politics, culture, race, and everything but an actual dividing line, even though everyone knows where it is. Where the term “downstate Illinois” is applied to anything south of 138th St., or at least Hegewisch, which is where Vrdolyak’s realm ended and the Illinois Farm Bureau’s writ begins. Where the Cook County Democratic Party is a branch of government, and primary elections decide who does what in The City That Works (and so does my cousin), while Springfield flails at governance like a baton twirler trying to spin a one-ended dumbbell, seeking balance between the behemoth that is Chicago (economically, politically, socially) and the vast and not-inconsiderable populations from Rockford to Metropolis sans Superman.
In that vacuum of representation, one Governor after another goes to the slammer after a stop on the sofa with Jay Leno, with the pretense of democracy wobbling through one session after another of the Statehouse Follies, attempts to pretend the farm and outlying city interests have a say in state affairs (read: taxes) alternating with the City of the Big Shoulders shouldering through another plan orbiting around the interests of the urban corporate headquarters.
One is hard pressed to call what happens in Chicago a fair representation of the Democratic Party, any more than a Cairo state rep’s speeches accurately reflect a Republican Party worldview. It’s a state so widely pulled apart by extremes as to be dysfunctional, except in comparison with New York State.
Maggie, your point would be more sensible if you could show that the heaviest impact of global climate change would fall on Lake Forest or Evanston in Illinois, where resource use is somewhere around three planets per person. Farmers probably live more lightly on the land and the ecosystems around them, yes, including their Monsanto seed purchases and Hy-Yield fertilizer expenditures, than any other group of Americans this side of off-the-grid. Suburban sidewalk-free electoral “moderates” consume and waste and fig leaf themselves with a single half-filled blue recycling bin each Thursday — hit them with plagues and dusty air and the death of their hostas, and I’ll grant your riposte, but laughing at American farmers for being “the problem” is missing more than just the point.
Prospero said on July 29, 2012 at 6:13 pm
A really fine piece from the Olympics by Bob Ryan (aka Twice the Writer Mitch Albom Thinks He Is), about his mentor, The ol’time Globe Spoorts Editor, Jerry Nason. With a few exccerpts of Nason’s coverage from the last London Olympics:
Maybe if Mitch got Ryan, Gammons and McMullan on tape, he could play them while he sleeps and get better by osmosis. Check out Ryan’s happy reminiscence and think what Mitch would have done with this. (But not on an empty stomach.) How does Boston get three great sportswriters on one paper while Detroit gets stuck with Albom. Doesn’t seem fair. JackieMac is that rarissimae avae, a topflight athlete that becomes an ace sportswriter. I think that Latin is correct for superlative and dative plural feminine.
What American right-wing nutcases believe:
Fair representation? I’d bet $10grand right now (while I’ve still got the means to afford it before the GOP fracks the economy any worse than it already has in their effort to get rid of the Magic Negro candidate, their words, not mine) RMoney would not deny any of this shite in public. Most certainly not in private, where he meets with Bibi and the Zionists, the Koch Bros. (strange bedfellows there), reporters from Adelson’s Jerusalem Post that know what Willard will say before he says it, because it’s what Adelson wants him to say.
Believing this trumped-up tripe requires a delusional detachment from reality. Not only should nutcases that believe this Bushwa not have access to assault weapons other than salt-loaders, they really shouldn’t be allowed to vote. Of course, supporting a guy that says he would go back to Shrub policies that flooded the lower 9th that the US economy became under W’s guidance is easily categorized as that classic example of craziness: doding the same thing over and over and expecting different results.
Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on July 29, 2012 at 6:15 pm
Oh, and Reagan didn’t bring racism into Republican politics. That’s been neatly visualized in a pair of charts showing electoral vote counts from 1964 & 1968’s presidential elections. Southern Democrats fled LBJ’s civil rights agenda, and the GOP didn’t have the intestinal fortitude to lock the door on them, with Dick Nixon happily showing them from the porch right into the living room. The acceptance of southern white racism into the Republican Party was baked into the cake within those four years, and Lee Atwater just figured out how to make the frosting oh-so-tasty.
coozledad said on July 29, 2012 at 6:17 pm
Them people in the midwest needs to pray harder to that Jeeber.
Maybe sacrifice a couple young’uns to him:
Prospero said on July 29, 2012 at 6:21 pm
And that NRA “Obama’s comin’ fer yer guns” bullshit? That has gotten cops murdered, specifically, by looneys with guns. So STFU Wayne, about terriss’ and insane peoples’ 2nd Amendment rights. Unless that’s part of the plan to decrease the numbers of those evil unionized teachers and first-responders.
And Joe, the lower east coast ain’t fit for man, beast, nor airplane right now. Bang up storms, fog rising, violent lightning.
Deborah said on July 29, 2012 at 6:24 pm
Wow, maybe I should have said, “happy to be home”. I meant nothing political about downstate Illinois vs Chicago. I just meant that I had a really depressing weekend with a bunch of folks who have bought hook, line and sinker into their party line and it has done nothing positive for them, for a long time, not just since Obama has been president. The brain drain is evident, kids leaving as fast as they can. Even the bees have skedaddled. These people have denied global warming and mono-culture agricultural issues to their detriment. So they reap what they sow. Sad but true. Sorry that you find that cruel Joe. I find a lot of what these people propose beyond cruel.
Prospero said on July 29, 2012 at 6:26 pm
Well, cooze, they could sacrifice the entire Westboro Babdiss congregation. Then two two birds with one stone might make a right.
And Atwater tried for a deus ex machina by confessing to the whole Southren Strategy and apologizing on his deathbed.
coozledad said on July 29, 2012 at 6:26 pm
Reagan never played the race card. He was the goodliest Chesterfield salesman and casting couch strumpet that ever honored the Nazi dead at Bitburg, or defended states rights in Providence Mississippi:
On August 3, 1980, Ronald Reagan gave his first post-convention speech at the Neshoba County Fair after being officially chosen as the Republican nominee for President of the United States. He said, “I believe in states’ rights … I believe we have distorted the balance of our government today by giving powers that were never intended to be given in the Constitution to that federal establishment.” He went on to promise to “restore to states and local governments the power that properly belongs to them”. Analysts believed that his use of the phrase was seen by many as a tacit appeal to Southern white voters and a continuation of Richard Nixon’s Southern Strategy, while some argued it reflected Reagan’s libertarian economic beliefs. The speech drew attention for his use of the phrase “states’ rights” at a place just a few miles from a town associated with the 1964 murders
Prospero said on July 29, 2012 at 6:46 pm
It seems obvious to me that Deborah and Maggie are talking about the cruel irony evoked by the folks getting the shaft gobbling up bullshit they are fed by the shafters:
The GOP is the self-proclaimed party of small bidnesses, but the bidnesses they mean are the hedge funds, cosmetic surgery LLCs and white-shoe law firms that do corporate takeovers and IPOs. You know, ma and pa job creators. How is anybody dumb enough to buy this shinola? It’s tragic. And RMoney says he’s going back to the Shrub policies, and that doesn’t scare the crap out of people. Anesthetized they are. Besotted with fungelictalictment and racist dog-whistles.
I think that was Philadelphia, MI, cooze, the Neshoba county seat, where Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner were murdered. Right on the money, Bonzo.
And for anyone that still believes there wasn’t a President with Alzheimers, read the whole speech:
Explain what the frack Raygun’s point was with the Johns Wayne Ole Miss story. Damn that is woolgathering worse than I do at the grocery store.
Suzanne said on July 29, 2012 at 6:56 pm
That guy’s puppet looks like a guy in drag.
Prospero said on July 29, 2012 at 7:04 pm
Here’s a question? How was USA joblessness of W’s second term arrested and reversed. The tax cuts for rich “job creators” from his first three years? Yeah, right. It was reversed by the meager stimulus Obama managed to get out of the naysaying GOP. If the GOP was serious about “jobs, jobs, jobs” they’d let the W rich-people tax breaks sundown as they were intended to two years ago, and “earmark” some of the increased revenue for increasing the minimum wage, which is so low it should be a point of national embarrassment. That would certainly drive an economic upturn and create jobs, but no GOPer will ever admit to the simple common sense of the idea that putting money into the hands of folks that have to spend it on necessities would rev the economy rathe than giving it to those who would shelter it to pass it down the line to another generation.
beb said on July 29, 2012 at 7:52 pm
A German website makes the argument that not having a Facebook account is the first sign of a mass murderer.
Since I don’t have or want a facebook account I guess the gig (jig?) is up.
Kirk said on July 29, 2012 at 7:59 pm
Yep, I guess I should be put into immediate preventive custody, too.
basset said on July 29, 2012 at 8:02 pm
That sure is Philadelphia, Mississippi… been to the fair there myself.
Back in the days when the county seat had to be reachable on horseback from anywhere in the county in one day, the people of Neshoba put up shacks around the fairgrounds so they wouldn’t have to ride home each night during the fair. For some reason, this practice has continued and the original structures are more like multi-story apartments around a sunken, covered wooden amphitheater. At least that’s how I remember it from thirty or so years ago.
Prospero said on July 29, 2012 at 9:14 pm
That Facebook rubric is ridiculous. Any grandparent that has a grandkid 1000 miles away, is bound to have one though. Otherwise, I’d find Zuckerberg and the intrusive FB culture way too creepy. I’d bet a case for a statistically significant correlation between owning an FB account and being a stalker/murderer could be made as convincingly.
Couple of thoughts about Olympic swimming:
When Phelps was so slow in the 400IM prelim, he was doomed in the final, swimming next to a pool wall instead of a wave deadening lane marker is brutal and the 400IM is a killer. I occasionally had to take one for the team and swim the 200IM in HS, and it was horrible. I had two good strokes, free and breast, one decent, fly, and one execrable, back. I generally felt like I was going to drown on the backstroke leg. Swimming agains the wall makes it worse by a mile. I would rather have swum 1650 free back then than 200IM, 8X longer.
Just saw my fellow Bulldawg alum almost win the 400 free at the wall. Go Allison Schmitt. A great swimmer. She set an American record. She ran out of pool.
Breastroke as it is swum these days is unrecognizable from the stroke as taught and required by the rules 45 yrs. ago when I was not bad at it. We were taught not to pull wide and flat as they do these days but down and back under our chest. The way the modern swimmers do it, they come head and shoulders out of the water and dive forward into the stroke. Back in the day. we were taught to keep our heads still and never breakk the surface with our shoulders. This was more or less the Doc Counselman method. Doc (legendary IU swimming coach) was the author of the swimming bible for decades. The way today’s swimmers execute the stroke, fully submerged head at full stroke extension would get you a DQ PDQ under old rules. Of course the underwater dolphin kicks everybody does on starts and turns would have been a DQ in any race, any stroke in the old days. You used to be allowed one pull, one kick under water and then you had to break surface in breast.
That Raygun speech at the Neshoba Co. Fair was carefully chosen for the introduction of the Racial Dog Whistle by GOP strategists, and it’s been their go-to ever since. Vile and un-American.
coozledad said on July 29, 2012 at 9:43 pm
Basset: You’re right. It is Philadelphia Miss. And I typed “Providence” while I was cutting and pasting the wiki reference and staring straight at it.
About all my brain does anymore is fart.
Prospero said on July 29, 2012 at 10:41 pm
That’s what comes of consuming beet shakes, young man.
Kind of crony the RMoneys pal around with at the Olympics:
Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on July 30, 2012 at 12:08 am
Coozledad, I didn’t say Reagan never played the race card. I was pointing out he didn’t start the fire. He did add fuel and warm his hands. And I still say it began with Nixon, who took up a cause that Goldwater didn’t even see coming at the GOP, and picked up a tainted torch to light a variety of things, crosses included, on fire in order to light the way to winning the White House (racial pun intended).