Besides the quite good comedic timing he shows here, he can hire a good writer, something Obama has simply not managed to do in a long while (the awful Cairo speech has simply led to further incompetence in oratory).
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One of my sisters asked me a question via e-mail about Gangnam-Style, and it got me reflective.
And of course it was not just that - it was also that I have been reading the wonderful 'The Locavore's Dilemma'.
And it made me realize I just do not remotely get the anti-globalization mentality.
As a kid I dreamt of faraway places, and had many travel books. Most of the places in them I have not seen, nor will I ever. I wound up, growing up in Ottawa, in Toronto, what we all knew as a hell-hole! (I have lived quite a few places though.) The irony is that I do not have to go to a lot of those places; they have come to me! And it so enriches my life, and I suspect that of many of the arrivers, and of their families back home.
But to find oneself in a world where Gangnam-Style has such reach is just SO amazing. Some South Korean goof puts together this silly performance and the whole damned world is on it. As I have often said, what a wonder had this been my childhood!? It is what I dreamt of as I dreamt of faraway places. And I will I could have NO way to find the scores in the tournament.
Now to be kinder to Gangnam-Style, I have to confess that I find all the parodies exhilirating and a lot of fun.
So here's another, maybe helping confirm that Islam is not utterly crippling to a decent life:
Words somewhat fail me but what an enjoyable ride that was! I'm glad I was rather neutral about the outcome, but this was likely as much fun even for the losing side as the winning.
Some just great moments. Luke Donald silencing the crowds by going ahead of Bubba Watson early. Poulter being the Ryder Cup Poulter - he is such fun to watch. If only he seemed so intensely high-performing in tournaments. Mickelson applauding Justin Rose after his putt on seventeen. And so much else.
It all seemed quite good-natured compared to some such competitions I have watched (witness Mickelson).
And so, he left his hotel room at 11 a.m., only to be called and told in a panicked way: “You are teeing off in 25 minutes.” A helpful Chicago police officer was there, and when he was told what was going on, he said to McIlroy: “Do you get motion sickness?”
McIlroy said: “No. Just get me there.”
McIlroy was not sure how fast the car went. He just knows that it was fast enough. McIlroy reached Medinah with enough time to put on his shoes and rush out to the first tee. No practice time. No putting time. He had looked tired throughout this Ryder Cup. But suddenly, he looked quite excited … a near no-show at the Ryder Cup will get the heart pumping. The first ball he hit all day was his tee shot.
He birdied two of the first six holes to take a two-up lead against Keegan Bradley.
Thanks, sport of golf, and all those involved in putting on such an excellent entertainment.