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Thursday, February 15. 2007
Hey Al! It's 14 degrees this morning up here, and a Wooly Mammoth is stalking me. I can just barely see him through the trees. I am going inside to start a fire and meditate on Aussie nude surfing babes since I was without a girlfriend on St. Valentine's day - as usual. Summer down there, isn't it?
Speaking of which, Nor'easter road rage is good!
Valentine's Day flowers - in Egypt?
How many Moslems does it take to screw up a country? Ace. And speaking of those sneaky jihad Moslems, take a look at how Jihad-apologist CAIR is trying to insinuate itself into the mainstream. Atlas. Via PBS, of course.
FARK shut down our "Prayers for Global Warming" piece, so it didn't even appear on Total Fark, which almost everything does. A bit humorless over there at Fark, when it comes to Planet Catastrophe? Bird Dog thought they might enjoy it. I did.
Truly bad taste. Do not look. Free Market Fairy Tales
French plan lovefest for Fidel. Hmmm. I thought they were proud of murdering their King. Maybe they prefer Commie Kings? Difficult to understand French psychology. But why bother? They have sexy babes, and that's what is important.
Did you know that Bush was the first president to fund embryonic stem cell research? Willisms. I guess it doesn't fit the narrative.
Giant squid blind their prey with light. Cool.
Old? Get out of our way. Brit national health
Where's Mookie? On vacation, of course. Michelle. Terrorists need vacations. Just like Osama. Seen him lately? No, he's at Sandals in Jamaica, which is full of virgins.
Don't send my boy to Harvard. Horsefeathers. Bunch of Kool-Aid drinkers over there.
Cleopatra needed a nose job? AOL news
We are all on welfare now. Who did this to us? Viking. This is not the proud Yankee way of life. But isn't co-dependency a lovely thing? We all care so much about each other. Kumbaya, man. Crikey.
A game: Name that Party! Surber
A fine MSM update. Driscoll
Dems work hard to plan our Iraq defeat. RWNH. May I ask why they do this? Is it perhaps political? Naw, they'd never do that. Or would they? AP admits Dems undermining war. Do many Dems hate America and the freedom and opportunity and can-do spirit and independence it stands for? No doubt. And it's a shame: it didn't used to be that way. There is a cancer in this country, eating its soul and spirit, which is I why I take the time to post with my friends at Maggie's Farm.
Taliban copying the Palestinians, and using children as shields. Singleton. Heroic freedom fighters.
Al Gore and global coldening. Blair. Quit it, Al. I am freezing.
Obama is famous because he's black. SDA. Hillary is famous because she has female genitalia (supposedly), and was married to a President. Where would these two be if they were white men? Fairly average-bright nobodies, like all the rest of us guys.
Brit Anglican moonbats try to salvage the Anglican Church. It won't work, because everyone knows they are Moonbats.
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14? That warm, eh? What we just got is headed your way.
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!
CAIR was mentioned here..a vile organization ..well here the antidote:
Anti CAIR. It's real , it's effective.
PS. Just when are we gonna be able to "get it on" with the the pro-radical -Islamic-Muzzies here in the USA? I guess we'll have to wait for their next attack on us..a dirty bomb or a "Tet" like offensive here in the US. THEN it will be like open season on squirrels....do you have you list of the Mosque locations in your town? You know , tomake sure they are safe and protected from those who would do them harm...that would be wrong of course.
I've been thinking of going and (from the public sidewalk) filming their Saturday meetings....
Today I have visited several of the anti American sites highlighted here at Maggies Farm. I have not mentioned Maggies Farm in any of the very short correspondence I have sent to advertisers on anti American blogs such as Volvo on Rightwing Nuthouse.
I simply pointed out that a coalition was forming to highlight their support for anti American blogs and that they may want to review their support of those blogs..
Now all I need is a coalition and about six million emails sent to Volvo and Wachovia Bank.
If you write those advertisers DO NOT make any threats. Simply point out your discontent with their support of anti US positions and behaps that the coalition is gathering membership. A very loose coalition
What do I have to do to get added to the blogroll?
RE: Kate McMillan comments on Andrew Coynes' column, which questions whether Obama is black enough....
-The Obama campaign is running on melanin because it can't run on track record.
Having elevated a biomolecule to the status of "political virtue", what other outcome is possible, than to provoke debate about whether it is present in sufficient purity and quantity?-
Kate McMillan can really distill an issue and she takes a lot of flak for it but her blog, smalldeadanimals is always a fun read. She is smart, succinct, funny, capable, good looking and Liberals, Dippers and the MSM truly seem to hate her, so IMHO she must be doing something right.
I just took a peek at "Adding to the Blogroll", the "Refernce Frame" from Harvard.
It was with great southern pride that I noticed in the piece on
Vaclav Klaus that he was dressed in the raiment of distinguished Senator Robert Byrd's youth in West Virginia. A fine looking oufit.
Check out this YouTube GreenPeace, Angry Young Kid and his threat.
For all the lonely men this day after Valentines Day...don't let another Valentines Day go by without a special someone in your life.
With regard to what happened to Larry Summers, Harvard, and the UW, you might look http://review.ucsc.edu/spring05/images/cover-lg.jpg
Hope this link works!
ok maybe this link will work:
Any insights as to how make a link to another website, will be much apprecaited!
A great piece in the American Thinker
By Linda Kimball
"There are two misconceptions held by many Americans. The first is that communism ceased to be a threat when the Soviet Union imploded. The second is that the New Left of the Sixties collapsed and disappeared as well. "The Sixties are dead," wrote columnist George Will ("Slamming the Doors," Newsweek, Mar. 25, 1991" (more)
Ohh shiver me timbers:
Apple pie, read elsewhere today that Soro's Open Society Foundation has lost a staffer to Nancy Pelosi's staff--her new chief counsel, Mr. Onek, I believe is his name.
From Red George to the Speaker, busy, busy little bees. Want a Hammer & Sickle somewhere on the Stars & Stripes.
RE: - I am going inside to start a fire and meditate on Aussie nude surfing babes since I was without a girlfriend on St. Valentine's day - as usual. Summer down there, isn't it?-
Okay, I do feel a 'little' bit sorry for you now. /s
Caravan to Australia...buy a ranch ..be expatriots..but wait, criky mate they've confiscated all the blokes guns downunder....fuggidit.
Blanco Texas is the place for me,
Blanco Texas where the folks are free!
Nah, I tend to think Montana is the place too be
Where I can be me and free
The great open plains
Open too all with no explain
If I were a poet, I'd be retired, OK.
for some reason i keep wanting to bust out singing "Green Acres"
for years back then i thought they were singing "Gree Nakers"
I always thought the words were "Tiny kangaroo down, sport."
Also, "Lead us not into Penn Station," about which we have a post coming soon, to a blog near you.
what was the great art-deco train (bus?) station that was torn down in the 70s, leading to the Historical Building Act?
I haven't been to NYC since about age 10, but youngest daughter made a trip with my sister's family, in late August/early September, 2001.
Her photos of the WTC, about a week or two before 911, are very difficult to look at. Esp one she took from the Empire State Building.
For those who would care:
In Melbourne AU at one of the major universities there, you will find a "center". It's purpose is to study the conditions of the "working man". All you really need to know is that this "centre" is funded by the AFL-CIO. It's purpose is to secure the ground for union activities in Australia--AMERICAN UNION activities.
Sorry bout that folks. Those of you who thought there was still an un explored place on planet earth! I will try to send the link in my next comments.
For those of you who may be interested in how far the AFL-CIO network can reach, look here. Sorry, folks I loved the memory of the US, as found in Australia also, However,then the folks from the AFL:-CIO found fertile ground:
My apologies for the last 2 postings, I have been trying to make html work. Go to this website for an interesting picture of unions and academic research in Australia. This department used to be called the "Meany Center for Labor Studies", but I think maybe that was too American!
Can’t find a deco example, but the demolition in ’64 of NYC’s old Penn station aroused strong feelings and raised preservation consciousness. The Historic Preservation Act was enacted in 1966, I believe.
The Beaux-Arts original structure was designed by McKim, Mead and White and was located where Madison Square Garden now sits. (Doesn’t actually sit, mind you- obviously, I’m the bad writer Anon and not the Anonymous who bothers to care about chivalry and undergarments.)
Thanks, AnonBW, that's the fact cluster for which I was struggling. I had the decade wrong, the art-style wrong, the name of the new law wrong, is all.
You had the right idea, which is more than most of us have about most things most of the time.
The topic just happens to be an area of interest for me.
An interest of mine, too. The visual style of an age is always just a minor note during that time, the province of art rather than real life, but in looking back through time, those styles actually make the pictures we use in our minds to call up the zeitgeist. The futurists create the past, while us masses just placehold, the waters of the river of time.
The look of an age as backdrop and futurists creating the past is good stuff! (My recap garbled and with a participle? phrase awkwardly tossed in.)
From Wiki on Federal architecture:
“The founders of the United States consciously chose to associate the nation with the ancient democracies of Greece and Rome. This was a deliberate and marked contrast with the Gothic style used for many English public buildings, and associated with feudalism.”
Sometimes, then, visual style is part of an intended message, part of who we think we are or aspire to be. It does seem as if artists paint our times for us by creating set design and costumes, composing our sound and arranging our appetites, and also that belief and fad from our thinkers and trendsetters shape our sensibilities and behavior to a considerable extent, further defining our sense of a time.
Then there’s the question of organic vs. imposed in how zeitgeists come to be. In some periods a prevailing aesthetic and idea seem more to reflect or be a reaction to life, events and circumstance, while, at other times, they act as behavior changing, catalytic influences upon life, events and circumstance. Suppose it's always some of both in varying degrees.
For ex., did the shag rug that changed us forever, very nearly ruining us, arise from our late sixties drug and free sex culture, or did its introduction encourage out of control behavior by forcing us to rake rooms in our houses and vans and put six-foot high orange flowers on the walls to go with the grass-length flooring?
LOL--yes, what better way to permanently store & re-access hair, dander, bacteria, and everyone's viral explosive exhalations and shoe-sole excreta than....SHAG CARPETS!
And, for the eye, go here:
Yeah, I wasn't going to say, but now that you mention it, they did hold many micro- middens of cultural waste and an occasional nice earring or two. Had to vaccum hard but carefully in between rakings.
Am pretty sure I bought that book for my dad last year and that he found it amusing/ nostalgic . He was an architect during our high 70s period, corporate preppie 80s, and the numb-dumb nineties. Will have to look into whether Lileks has done books on those other two wonderful decades.
Suure. Buut I mgiht juuts deafuult to "uusing a vampiric machine" to aviod seplling taht ipmosislbe wrod.
Tehy say taht as lnog as a wrod strats and edns rhgit, it can be raed. Has to hvae the rhigt nbmuer of letetrs, too, tuohgh.
And, please, no need to respond to my silliness. Only chimed in earlier b/c it was nice to see someone express an interest in historic architecture and also mention the unmolested NYC skyline pre 9-11. You daughter caught a moment in history, a surreal spot in time. Who would have ever thought the twin towers wouldn’t be standing just days later? I was there with mine two weeks after the attack, face masks and all, but our minds still got dusted with the fine debris of burnt memories and reality past.
it really is surreal. as hard to grasp today as it was five years ago. i think about the jumpers, often.
Yes, the dead and those who knew they were dead before they were. You're right to emphasize them over the structures and urbanscape. They were in the air, everywhere. Still are.