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OK On This Note I Retire to Baseball Games

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I may have to repeat it about a dozen times as I retire. And I was so amused at some other site where someone commented, "Every time I want to cry, I listen to this." Yup - it is working on me. It is just ludicrously beautiful.

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Prepping for Jimmy Buffett

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Just got floor seat tickets for Tuesday night. I have never seen him live!

Obviously I am ready to chant to 'Margaritaville'.

What I had no idea of was that he covered the only Van Morrison song I like! And he covers it so well you wonder if Van Morrison really wrote it!

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Van Morrison nonetheless it is a great song. And though blue-eyed, I am definitely taken by the brown-eyed.

 

Class versus Crass, Benghazi Edition

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The crass bit has been playing now for a few weeks.

The class comes from a 1983 report:

Reagan takes blame for Beirut bombing

by Helen Thomas

WASHINGTON (UPI) — President Reagan said today he as chief executive accepts full responsibility for the terrorist bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut that killed 241 U.S. servicemen.

In a hurriedly scheduled press appearance in the White House press room, Reagan said the local Marine commanders “should not be punished” for the lack of proper security in the suicide attack.

“If there is to be blame, it properly rests here in this office, with this president,” Reagan said.

 

h/t Instapundit pointing to Joshua Trevino.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 October 2012 08:45
 

Shawn Johnson Hits it Out of the Park on DWTS

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I thought last week was utterly amazing. I can still barely believe last night's Mambo.

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I watched the ballgame live so I watched DWTS on-line in the morning after. And my jaw utterly dropped. Who is that kid?

As Melissa Rycroft pointed out on the show, one cannot compete with Shawn for gymnastics moves, but it seems to me Johnson is leaving rather few areas in which anyone can compete with her at all.

And Derek Hough is obviously just a great partner and choreographer, though she also clearly pushed to be pushed.

I thought watching it this morning that the whole DWTS episode from last night was astonishingly good. Even the weak links as dancers, Kirstie Alley and Bristol Palin, were very good.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 October 2012 11:42
 

Exhiliration

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Almost a week of waiting for Felix Baumgartner to take his dive!

And when he did another roller-coaster ride.

My favorite video is here - his head-cam - you can really see the out-of-control spin become controlled.What a great afternoon! Thanks Felix Baumgartner and team for captivating me for a couple of hours,and doing something I would never have contemplated in my life!

And what a GREAT piece of project management.

 

Bullying - What Do We Do?

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Some private member's bill and media pressure have forced a total waste of time in Parliament today yammering away about bullying. Well, maybe it is not a waste of time - it keeps Parliament away from devising more harmful interventions in other areas. They can chatter away about bullying, and thus leave the rest of us alone and not invent new interventions.

And yet they seem full of delight at the idea of inventing new interventions; and their focus on social media seems to suggest they want to invent new restrictions on expressed speech. This is ominous; right now we live in a time where the chattering classes are very ready to zip their lips, sometimes out of fear of beheading, and sometimes because the social environment says it is impolite and therefore NOT PERMITTED. This is a slippery slope - a sort of Puritinaism is trying to be on the rise. And worse, this has all happened in an era where students are no longer expected to fight for esteem and respect, but in which the environment says they have a right to self-esteem. I am glad nobody ever told me that when I was young. Nobody deserves my esteem without doing something to deserve it; if they automatically esteem themselves, I'd say they have a problem.

I find this discussion in Parliament utterly alien. This is in NO way a federal issue constitutionally other than via criminal behavior.

What has inspired this is the recent suicide of a BC girl named Amanda Todd; this is sad enougn, but sadder in that she posted this YouTube video several weeks ago.

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It is sad but has some interesting moments.  "He hooked up with me," is an interesting phrasing. Another one was "but he just wanted the sex". BUT? Did anyone educate this kid about males? Her refusal to support any laying of charges against her tormentors seems odd to me, though it seems there were at least assault charges available. It also seems that whatever system we have as working - she talks about being on prescriptions.

Seems Parliament will rant on on this in no interesting way actually related to the real case at hand and what failed and what worked in the existing system.

Too bad - but on the other hand this could keep the NDP away from far more harmful ideas than some intrusion into personal lives that is likely unconstitutional.

Last Updated on Monday, 15 October 2012 12:42
 

DWTS - There is Too Much Good Stuff on TV

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Yeah I know the chattering class view is that with all the channels there is nothing.

But I have found it REALLY hard to enjoy Dancing With the Stars the way I once did because of competing shows on other networks, worse, on normal networks, not those cable weirdos I am trying out but barely watching (cancellation notices coming).

I was SO lucky Monday night - in an ad break for what I wanted to watch the heart of this YouTube happened on the channel I switched to.

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This was so ludicrously good I came back in commercial breaks the next night where they did it again. It was surely the most joyful dance I have ever seen on DWTS.

No question it is Shawn Johnson for whom I am now cheering for the season.

 

My Reaction to the Vice-Presidential Debate

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... is smoothly summarized by the GOP:

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Not by the Color of His Skin but By the Content of his Character

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It is pretty manifest which of the candidates has a better character, and she has sussed it out, and by watching Romney with Ann.

I had not realized how eloquent poor Stacey Dash could be. Might this election let Hollywood and the media let go of its love for brainless progressivism?

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Last Updated on Thursday, 11 October 2012 12:08
 

A Landmark in 13 Years?

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The Toronto Star is just goofy on the Beach landmark Beach Fairway Golf Range.

Landmark? In 13 years? I hit some pails of balls there and it was a tight and unpleasant range. For the lack of aesthetics, I must note that at least it was well located from my point of view - right across from a nice big Loblaws store.

Apparently it also had some mini-golf. Somehow I never noticed that.

Not that I am glad to see the place close, but the rhetoric that suggests an establishment occupying an ugly piece of land for only 13 years is a 'landmark' seems just silly.

 

An Inconvenient Truth

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He is a hypocritical slimeball.

This is no surprise to anyone paying any attention in the past few years, though I will admit to being inattentive enough to let the liar fool me four years ago.

That video is just unbelievable. He descends to about as low as one can get.

And when you learn about Stafford Act waivers and his votes, the level of dishonesty is just stunning. He voted against a Stafford Act waiver for Katrina!

This is a very ugly person with pretty much no shame.

He does not deserve to be president of anything other than some weird grievance society, which is what he seems to think the US Government should be.

And man ain't that Reveren' Writght a cool guy.

Last Updated on Saturday, 06 October 2012 14:07
 

Another Great Anniversary

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Forty-five years ago Ernesto Guevara got what he deserved.

If only it could have been many years earlier. Not a person fit to inhabit my planet.

Even as a youth, Ernesto Guevara's writings revealed a serious mental illness. "My nostrils dilate while savoring the acrid odor of gunpowder and blood. Crazy with fury I will stain my rifle red while slaughtering any vencido that falls in my hands! With the deaths of my enemies I prepare my being for the sacred fight and join the triumphant proletariat with a bestial howl!" This passage is from Ernesto Guevara's famous Motorcycle Diaries, though Robert Redford somehow overlooked it while producing his heart-warming movie.

Last Updated on Saturday, 06 October 2012 14:08
 

Who Is Brandi Carlile!?

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I just love the internet. I was continuing my hunt on the Beatles and in the process stumbled into this lovely performer.

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This is insanely enjoyable:

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And here is the link by which I discovered her!

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My favorite Beatles song.

OK When is she next performing within a couple of hours drive from Toronto?

And all I can say about this is WOW.

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UPDATE: Hmmm Detroit on Oct. 19 - not quite within the specifications but ......

Why have I never heard of her?

Last Updated on Friday, 05 October 2012 17:51
 

The Army Strikes Back Gangnam-Style

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Having let the Navy do a Gangnam Style video, West Point strikes back brilliantly.

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I love the theme; it is so exuberant and such great fun.

Last Updated on Friday, 05 October 2012 16:44
 

Romney-Obama Debate #1

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Look - I am not a good judge, but my own opinion seems to be widely supported, including by the clowns at MSNBC, who apparently went into close to full meltdown mode after the debate last night.

Any one of my readers knows I have a ton more respect for Mitt Romney as a human being than for that parasite Obama. So my taking satisfaction in Obama being made to look like an idiot last night, which is what happened in the debate, is a small item.

"The revenue I get is by more people working ...". Damned right. And Obama will never get that.

I am watching the debate again and Obama started pretty well. But his stuttering stammering idiocy takes over fast. The boy needs TOTUS!

UPDATE: The greatest moment was when Romney explained what the role of the US government is. It was a total Tea Party moment and dead accurate and completely the opposite of what Obama thinks.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 October 2012 12:03
 


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