Olympics Triumph: British History & Culture Smashingly Reduced to a Hollow Echo of Campy Kitsch

Remember when this was the knock on America? That America took everything important and great and reduced it to child-friendly pastels and empty kitschy spectacle?

Although the whole thing is pretty kitschy -- a series of 80s nostalgia acts, combined with tributes to 60s and 70s nostalgia acts, like the Beatles and Bowie -- what's drawing the most ire is Russell Brand's attempt to fuse -- in a family friendly way, you understand -- Willy Wonka with the druggy Beatles anthem "I am The Walrus," around 34:51.

It almost gets weirder at 59:00.

This, they say, is a celebration of British independence and free-spiritedness.

Yeah, America has long enjoyed such celebrations. If this were the Super Bowl, and we were as kitschy-tasteless as Danny Boyle, we'd have Liza Manelli and Justin Bieber dueting on Don't Fear the Reaper.

Danny Boyle is some kind of British patriot, but he's patriotic about odd things: Government welfare benefits and answers to trivia questions.

Note: A commenter says Danny Boyle did not do the closing ceremony, just the opening. My point still stands, whatever the hell it was.

Apologies to Elvis fans for comparing this to Brand. I was trying to think of a Big Vegas Monstrosity, but really couldn't think of one. This is all that I could think of.

Wasn't the Spice Girls reunion, at 48:48, enough?

Posted by: Ace at 08:15 PM



Comments

1 Wha?

Where's the post?

Posted by: Wyatt's Torch at August 13, 2012 07:03 PM (zxrQh)

2 Big Gay Al's 'Big Gay Boat Ride'

Posted by: garrett at August 13, 2012 07:03 PM (p8aDp)

3 Eh, wot?

I lived in England 20 years ago. The entire country is best by kitschy pap, and they don't even know it.

It was a parody of itself then. God knows what it is now. The closing ceremony might be passing for high culture these days...

Posted by: Truman North, iPhone ninny at August 13, 2012 07:04 PM (PxdG7)

4 They've gone to plaid.

Posted by: Dark Helmet at August 13, 2012 07:04 PM (p8aDp)

5 Closing ceremony didn't have enough gubmint hospital beds.

Posted by: USA at August 13, 2012 08:18 PM (6Cjut)

6 Fuckin' time machines!

How do they work?

Posted by: fluffy at August 13, 2012 08:19 PM (4pSIn)

7 Meh. "Shallow Grave" and "Trainspotting" are still great flicks.

Posted by: Sandra Fluke's solid gold diaphragm at August 13, 2012 08:19 PM (0d0K7)

8 Siegfried and the guy who wishes he'd chosen another line of work. Or Liberace.

Posted by: huerfano at August 13, 2012 08:20 PM (bAGA/)

9 Wayne Newton

Posted by: Ball of Hate at August 13, 2012 08:20 PM (AREf/)

10 My favorite part was how the counted the bongs at the start of it all. "Oy, its 15 tickers past 12 bong".

Posted by: mig0 at August 13, 2012 08:20 PM (WQ0ni)

11 Any wonder the Queen refused to attend?

Posted by: USA at August 13, 2012 08:21 PM (6Cjut)

12 >>>If this were the Super Bowl, and we were as kitschy-tasteless as Danny Boyle, we'd have Liza Manelli and Justin Bieber dueting on Don't Fear the Reaper.

Oh, come on! That would be cool!

Posted by: Redd at August 13, 2012 08:22 PM (78TcD)

13 Obama is a stuttering clusterf*ck of a miserable failure.

Posted by: steevy at August 13, 2012 08:22 PM (6o4Fb)

14 I understood that Brand was more popular here than in the UK(I don't get why he would be popular anywhere)

Posted by: steevy at August 13, 2012 08:23 PM (6o4Fb)

15 Campy Kitsch?
or Faptastic!

Posted by: USA at August 13, 2012 08:23 PM (6Cjut)

16 I started watching a DVR'd episode of "Nikita" once George Michael and the Pet Shop Boys made their appearance, thinking the ceremonies could not possibly get any lamer. I found out today there was a Spice Girls reunion, so I was horribly mistaken. My Lord, what utter crap.

Posted by: UGAdawg at August 13, 2012 08:24 PM (WYOrt)

17 Isn't Bieber a Canadian?

Posted by: garrett at August 13, 2012 08:24 PM (p8aDp)

18 Get this Boyle chap on the phone.

This would definitely fill "the stadium" for us!!!

Posted by: Democrat National Convention Planning Cmte at August 13, 2012 08:25 PM (hwlPD)

19 I watched women's soccer and women's beach volleyball and that is about it.

Posted by: Nevergiveup at August 13, 2012 08:25 PM (j1gX1)

20 Did anyone else think the John Lennon/"Imagine" segment was really strange--never mind the irony of "Imagine there's no countries" to close the world's biggest international sports event in which athletes compete for their countries.

Posted by: goddessoftheclassroom at August 13, 2012 08:25 PM (Dm6/d)

21 Russel Brand gave me herpes the last time he played Omaha.

Posted by: Nebraska at August 13, 2012 08:25 PM (p8aDp)

22 Why in the frozen hell is England proud of Russell Brand? He's a greasy non-talent weirdo who is so ugly it's offensive.

Posted by: UGAdawg at August 13, 2012 08:27 PM (WYOrt)

23 Iron Maiden - the only good thing to come out of England (and stay in England) since 1970

Posted by: The Q at August 13, 2012 08:27 PM (B/yDO)

24 I can't....I just can't.

You know if Blair had just said.....

"English surname? Comeon home boys!"

I may have come....

that was not his goal though was it?

Posted by: sven10077 at August 13, 2012 08:28 PM (LRFds)

25 Yeah, America has long enjoyed such celebrations. If this were the Super Bowl, and we were as kitschy-tasteless as Danny Boyle, we'd have Liza Manelli and Justin Bieber dueting on Don't Fear the Reaper.


And if Canadian you'd have Celine Dion singing You Shook Me All Night Long[i/]. ...what? ...really? ....fuck.

Posted by: Canada at August 13, 2012 08:28 PM (N2yhW)

26 Baby boomers like their Kitsch like they like their socialized medicine and comfort pabulum.

Posted by: Fritz at August 13, 2012 08:28 PM (RuVpG)

27 Iron Maiden - the only good thing to come out of England (and stay in England) since 1970
Posted by: The Q at August 13, 2012 08:27 PM (B/yDO)

The Royal Marines are OK in my book

Posted by: Nevergiveup at August 13, 2012 08:28 PM (j1gX1)

28 Has Queen Elizabeth II ordered Danny Boyle to surrender his head to her Royal headsman with the big sharp axe? If not, she is slipping.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at August 13, 2012 08:29 PM (HlJeY)

29 Did anyone else think the John Lennon/"Imagine"
segment was really strange--never mind the irony of "Imagine there's no
countries" to close the world's biggest international sports event in
which athletes compete for their countries.

Posted by: goddessoftheclassroom at August 13, 2012 08:25 PM


I hate that song. I will not listen to more than the first few notes it takes to let me know what song is coming up and I will change the channel or the radio station. I might punch a live singer in the gut for singing it. Think that would stop them?

Posted by: huerfano at August 13, 2012 08:29 PM (bAGA/)

30
Posted by: The Q at August 13, 2012 08:27 PM (B/yDO)

The fuck?

Posted by: Motorhead and Judas Priest at August 13, 2012 08:29 PM (p8aDp)

31 Jeez, at least they could have had the decency to bring out the Bay City Rollers, the Sweet and Cliff Richard, the latter being an actual talent.

Britain's been long gone, and now the corpse is beyond stinking.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at August 13, 2012 08:29 PM (9Y2g0)

32 Damn tags. How do they work.

Posted by: Canada at August 13, 2012 08:29 PM (N2yhW)

33 Big Gay Al's 'Big Gay Boat Ride'

Posted by: garrett at August 13, 2012 07:03 PM (p8aDp)


Super!

Posted by: Big Gay Al at August 13, 2012 08:29 PM (sZTYJ)

34 I don't watch NBC. So what is this all about? Another socialist sing fest at the expense of "the workers" that couldn't go?

Yep. A broke country acting like a cheap whore in Vegas.

Are there any adults left in the UK?

Posted by: Billy Bob, pseudo-intellectual at August 13, 2012 08:30 PM (3ZjAP)

35 Susan, si!

Danny, NO!

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at August 13, 2012 08:30 PM (9Y2g0)

36 The trippy Charley The Chocolate Factory/I am the Walrus number celebraiting individuality and diversity is immediatly followed by a gigantic cthuly inspired squid, that crushed individual acheivement and let to mindless robotic dancing. Seems about right for brittish history.

Posted by: Dr.Mr.Badman at August 13, 2012 08:30 PM (UZ3To)

37 Iron Maiden - the only good thing to come out of England (and stay in England) since 1970

Posted by: The Q at August 13, 2012 08:27 PM (B/yDO)


A little mood music:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zoCZ4QhOdU

Posted by: The Political Hat at August 13, 2012 08:31 PM (sZTYJ)

38 I've spent a bit of time in England over the past few years. The atmosphere is hard to explain. They hate themselves, but dress it up with ultra-liberalism.

...and they're stone fucking drunk all the time

Posted by: Albie Damned at August 13, 2012 08:31 PM (Yhu4q)

39 Hey wait till Chicago hosts the games. I bet....oh wait that was one of obama's first real foreign policy victories. Never mind

Posted by: Nevergiveup at August 13, 2012 08:31 PM (j1gX1)

40 If Chicago had got the Olympics is there any way the ceremonies wouldn't include Danny Elfman?

Posted by: garrett at August 13, 2012 08:32 PM (p8aDp)

41 Last I checked half the country lived in government housing. Admittedly I didn't check very close and have a shitty memory. But thats the gist I get.

Posted by: Hal Burton at August 13, 2012 08:32 PM (kzFo5)

42 Iron Maiden - the only good thing to come out of England (and stay in England) since 1970
Posted by: The Q at August 13, 2012 08:27 PM (B/yDO)

The Royal Marines are OK in my book

Posted by: Nevergiveup at August 13, 2012 08:28 PM (j1gX1)


Some more mood music:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6LeDxlaig0

Posted by: The Political Hat at August 13, 2012 08:32 PM (sZTYJ)

43 Danny Boyle put together the opening ceremony... Someone else did the closing

Posted by: Guvnah at August 13, 2012 08:32 PM (fZeFj)

44 >>>If this were the Super Bowl, and we were as kitschy-tasteless as Danny Boyle, we'd have Liza Manelli and Justin Bieber dueting on Don't Fear the Reaper.

>Oh, come on! That would be cool!

Only if Ted Nugent popped up at the end and took them both out with a crossbow.

Posted by: JackStraw at August 13, 2012 08:33 PM (TMB3S)

45 37 Judas Priest

Posted by: steevy at August 13, 2012 08:33 PM (6o4Fb)

46 For those who do not want to actually see the Spice Girls doing their closing ceremony number. Here is an Indian announcer showing stills from their practice session. Thankfully its only about one minute long also.

http://youtu.be/jpMt2IFiYsU

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at August 13, 2012 08:33 PM (HlJeY)

47 >>>Danny Boyle put together the opening ceremony... Someone else did the closing

god I suck

Posted by: ace at August 13, 2012 08:33 PM (fxHyG)

48 Oh, sure. There was a whole lot of buggering going on. It started in the third form and never really stopped, when you think about it. But the thing is we all came out stronger for it, you know? Able to appreciate the finer things in life. And that's what I wanted to get across in my show. How much a thousand years of buggering in public school has done for merry olde England. Incredible, really. I mean, look at Sir Elton!

Posted by: Danny Boyle at August 13, 2012 08:33 PM (2ArJQ)

49 I think the IOC just banned the closing ceremony for enhancing the performance of drugs.

Posted by: Guvnah at August 13, 2012 08:34 PM (fZeFj)

50
The part I remember was where they sing "I could rule the world".

It obviously wasn't meant in any kind of literal sense, but it still seemed a tad inappropriate, considering that they were literally singing this TO THE WORLD - the one they are musing about ruling.

I was just happy that they didn't have any overtly marxist propaganda this time. The whole thing was chaotic and incoherent - in other words, like abstract art. In other words, "crap".

Posted by: Optimizer at August 13, 2012 08:35 PM (As94z)

51
>>god I suck

So what? Maybe accuracy isn't your strong point.
You have other talents.
Like wearing shirts with cartoons on them.

Posted by: Your Mom at August 13, 2012 08:35 PM (p8aDp)

52 Motorhead - Lemmy now lives in California
Judas Priest - Rob now lives in either Phoenix or San Diego

Royal Marines were around before 1970

Posted by: The Q at August 13, 2012 08:35 PM (B/yDO)

53 We will be seeing a remake of this crap at the Super Bowl Half-time show next year. I'd bet my last money.

Posted by: Pecos at August 13, 2012 08:35 PM (2Gb0y)

54 >>
Danny Boyle put together the opening ceremony... Someone else did the closing

It was Elyob Ynnad

Posted by: Albie Damned at August 13, 2012 08:35 PM (Yhu4q)

55 Hmm, one candidate can't get the Olympics, another candidate RAN the Olympics.

Posted by: Hal Burton at August 13, 2012 08:35 PM (kzFo5)

56 god I suck

You're a piker.

Posted by: Danny Boyle at August 13, 2012 08:36 PM (4pSIn)

57 Where does Madonna reside? 'Cause I could totally get into Madonna flickin' Mr. Bean in a grand finale.

Posted by: Fritz at August 13, 2012 08:37 PM (RuVpG)

58 You should see how ugly this douche is too.Actually,it's better not to know.

In a series of incendiary blog posts over the weekend, a college professor reduced himself to petty name calling and dismissed Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan as “arrogant, reckless, cocky, overly ideological, uncompromising and inflexible,” Campus Reform reports.

“It is the promotion of arrogance, selfishness, greed, a mean spirited nature, and false claims of promoting the so called message of Jesus Christ as not caring about the sick, the poor, the disadvantaged,” wrote Florida Atlantic University (FAU) Professor Ronald Feinman.

Feinman’s blog, titled “The Progressive Professor,” is plastered with anti-conservative sentiment. The professor of history also describes himself as a “liberal and a progressive.”

Posted by: steevy at August 13, 2012 08:37 PM (6o4Fb)

59 Don't forget the supermodels!

Pop music and supermodels. All hail Britain.

Posted by: Waterhouse at August 13, 2012 08:37 PM (bab2G)

60
Hopefully Rio's ceremonies in 2016 will just be wall to wall female nudity.

Posted by: UGAdawg at August 13, 2012 08:37 PM (WYOrt)

61 Vlad Tepes is a piker.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at August 13, 2012 08:37 PM (HlJeY)

62 Metalized plastic has replaced British Steel...and the pound sterling.

Posted by: Incvictos at August 13, 2012 08:37 PM (OQpzc)

63 Hey - and STILL no Sir Elton John! (I guess the Spice Girls was supposed to be an adequate substitute?)

Posted by: Optimizer at August 13, 2012 08:37 PM (As94z)

64 55 Hmm, one candidate can't get the Olympics, another candidate RAN the Olympics.
Posted by: Hal Burton at August 13, 2012 08:35 PM (kzFo5)

Brilliant observation, sir! I like the crease in your pants. Oh, wait a minute...

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at August 13, 2012 08:38 PM (9Y2g0)

65 Yes. It is no wonder the Queen didn't sit through that mess.
Did you notice the Chtulu octopus thing that Fat Boy Slim was in?
If you are currently living in the British Isles: "Fly! You Fools!"

Posted by: Gandalf the Grey at August 13, 2012 08:38 PM (za3QZ)

66 The Onion editorial? Should have been in previous thread.

Still a classic.



http://tinyurl.com/ychydq5



Posted by: Billy Bob, pseudo-intellectual at August 13, 2012 08:38 PM (3ZjAP)

67
It was Elyob

Didn't Sam kill her with 'Sting' and the Light of Elendil?

Posted by: garrett at August 13, 2012 08:38 PM (p8aDp)

68 You would think they would've had Duran Duran play "Rio" for the grand handoff from London to Rio

But no, Russell Brand. Idiots.

Posted by: The Q at August 13, 2012 08:38 PM (B/yDO)

69 Steevy

Let me guess Herr Doktor Feinman paints Mao's Great Leap Forward in positive terms.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at August 13, 2012 08:39 PM (HlJeY)

70 Am I the only one who found Trainspotting disgusting?

Posted by: Redd at August 13, 2012 08:39 PM (78TcD)

71 Don't worry about it, Ace. Danny's a big enough man to take credit for both. By the way, how did you do in school? Do you Yanks have any, you know, special friends to make high school more interesting, or whatever you call it? So much I don't know about America. What can you tell me about this fellow Ginsberg? He sounds interesting. I really don't get the whole country music thing, though. What's with the hats?

Posted by: Danny Boyle at August 13, 2012 08:39 PM (2ArJQ)

72 67 No,she was only wounded.

Posted by: steevy at August 13, 2012 08:39 PM (6o4Fb)

73 60
Hopefully Rio's ceremonies in 2016 will just be wall to wall female nudity.
Posted by: UGAdawg at August 13, 2012 08:37 PM (WYOrt)


An army of girls from Ipanema being wheeled on hospital beds with enema bags, declaring the glory of socialized medicine.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at August 13, 2012 08:40 PM (9Y2g0)

74 Posted by: UGAdawg at August 13, 2012 08:37 PM (WYOrt)

Can't wait to see the cameras as they focus on the AoS contingent at Rio 2016. Talk about a spirited crowd!

Posted by: Hrothgar (Dagny Aficionado ) at August 13, 2012 08:40 PM (Cnqmv)

75 The saddest part was the speech at the end by some British official... They whole tone of the speech was meekly self-congratulatory that they actually pulled it off... As if they themselves genuinely doubted that they could do something "this big" anymore.

I kept thinking what a pathetic husk of a country Britain has become... From having an empire upon which the sun never set, to patting themselves on the back for being able to pull off something that a third-world Mexico City managed to do 44 years ago.

Posted by: Guvnah at August 13, 2012 08:40 PM (fZeFj)

76 Where does Madonna reside?
------
Further away than most ten foot polls is an educated guess.

Posted by: Hal Burton at August 13, 2012 08:40 PM (kzFo5)

77 Only if Ted Nugent popped up at the end and took them both out with a crossbow.Posted by: JackStraw at August 13, 2012 08:33 PM (TMB3S)....................That's giving me a LadyHawke vibe for some reason.

Posted by: Incvictos at August 13, 2012 08:41 PM (OQpzc)

78
I kept seeing young Elton John's all over the place.

Posted by: sonnyspats at August 13, 2012 08:42 PM (Bm4aK)

79 Judas Priest - Rob now lives in either Phoenix or San Diego

Phoenix. And he supports free speech, even for chicken sandwich retailers:

http://tinyurl.com/9roq3c4

Posted by: fluffy at August 13, 2012 08:42 PM (4pSIn)

80 ace please.. you need to learn to pace yourself buddy. I can't keep up!!

Posted by: jewells45 is scarred for life because of ace at August 13, 2012 08:42 PM (UljOc)

81 So did the NHS babies dance again at the closing, now pregnant themselves?

Posted by: Billy Bob, pseudo-intellectual at August 13, 2012 08:43 PM (3ZjAP)

82 Am I the only one who found Trainspotting disgusting?

Posted by: Redd at August 13, 2012 08:39 PM (78TcD)


At least the kitty was OK...

Posted by: The Political Hat at August 13, 2012 08:43 PM (sZTYJ)

83 I'm surprised they didn't honor all the rioting "hoodies" that burned and looted the country for days just a year ago.

Posted by: Redd at August 13, 2012 08:44 PM (78TcD)

84 Due to a very questionable U.S. policy, thousands of criminal aliens from countries like Pakistan, Cuba, Mexico, China and Vietnam remain free to commit additional crimes because their home nations won’t take them back, Fox News reports.

Based on a 2001 Supreme Court decision, U.S. immigration officials are only allowed to hold someone for six months after their incarceration. If the immigrant’s home country refuses to take back their national, the U.S. is required to let them walk — no matter what crime they have committed.

(RELATED: Report: Illegal Aliens Released by Federal Gov’t Committed 19 Murders, 142 Sex Crimes)

While some lawmakers are attempting to correct the problem by punishing nations that won’t take back their own criminals, the Obama administration and several Democrats in Congress are blocking punitive legislation, advocating that the State Department handle the issue through diplomatic measures.


U.S. Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) wants to change the law to include the withholding of visas to countries that refuse to take back their nationals.

“I don’t know why the State Department seems to take the side of foreign countries over our own American interest in the United States,” Poe said, urging the U.S. to tell those countries: “Look, you take these people back or the consequence is going to be no visas for your nation.”

More than 50,000 criminal illegal aliens ordered deported remain in the U.S.

Posted by: steevy at August 13, 2012 08:44 PM (6o4Fb)

85 I thought the show was lovely. It showed how far we have come as a nation from the time when getting ahead meant bashing in someone's head with a mace and people of color and gays were effectively shut out of society. And I must say, those Spice Girls certainly are spicy! Although they would have looked perfectly lovely in burkas as well.

Posted by: Bishop of Boylston at August 13, 2012 08:45 PM (2ArJQ)

86 12 >>>If this were the Super Bowl, and we were as kitschy-tasteless as Danny Boyle, we'd have Liza Manelli and Justin Bieber dueting on Don't Fear the Reaper. Oh, come on! That would be cool!

---

Can i do the cowbell?

Posted by: Barack Obama master musician at August 13, 2012 08:45 PM (HPQnO)

87 Whoever it was that said, you know, British history didn't start in 1960 really hit the nail on the head.

Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD 2012 at August 13, 2012 08:45 PM (Gk3SS)

88 Darn, now people are going to wonder why I'm playing golf.

Kal, get back here, you ain't finished. Now swallow.

Posted by: Barry McFuckstick in Reggie's Ass at August 13, 2012 08:46 PM (Qxj3Y)

89 OK, so I strapped on a kidney belt and watched the actual Spice Girls performance (I blame Anna Puma) and ... Posh Spice looked pretty rough. Is Victoria sprinkling meth on her Cheerios or something?

Posted by: Waterhouse at August 13, 2012 08:46 PM (bab2G)

90 Sheldon Whitehouse, luckiest investor in America?

Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), who has been vicious in his attacks on opponents of Obamacare, is accused of insider trading in the days before the October 2008 market crash:

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island also made a flurry of trades in the days after the Paulson-Bernanke meeting with legislators.

At minimum, Whitehouse sold $250,000 in the stocks below between September 18-24, 2008. He may have sold as much as $600,000 in the stock below according to disclosures.

Posted by: steevy at August 13, 2012 08:46 PM (6o4Fb)

91 55Hmm, one candidate can't get the Olympics, another candidate RAN the Olympics. Posted by: Hal Burton at August 13, 2012 08:35 PM (kzFo5I don't care what anybody says thats bumper sticker material right there.

Posted by: sonnyspats at August 13, 2012 08:46 PM (Bm4aK)

92 50,000 criminal illegals? hmmm Right there we would have a nice big Foreign Legion to put jackboots on loser countries around the world.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at August 13, 2012 08:46 PM (HlJeY)

93 Did Mrs. Slocumb show up asking asking about her pussy?

If not, FAIL.

Posted by: ErikW at August 13, 2012 08:47 PM (njnUq)

94 How many kings of england weren't gay??

Posted by: Redd at August 13, 2012 08:47 PM (78TcD)

95 37 Iron Maiden - the only good thing to come out of England (and stay in England) since 1970 ---
When they invited us, we Ran For the Hills

Posted by: Bruce at August 13, 2012 08:48 PM (HPQnO)

96 I'm just glad these foreign cunts are out of me country.


Posted by: A not-so-sobered up yob in London at August 13, 2012 08:48 PM (Yhu4q)

97 The best part of the opening and closing ceremonies was the Tribute to the NHS.

America take note.

Posted by: jeremiah Gosh Darn Amerikkka Wright at August 13, 2012 08:48 PM (ovpNn)

98 I'm guessing they didn't play The Clash's Rock The Casbah?

Posted by: dogfish at August 13, 2012 08:48 PM (N2yhW)

99 Speaking of kitsch, my butt is sore.

Posted by: Elton John at August 13, 2012 08:48 PM (2ArJQ)

100 44 >>>If this were the Super Bowl, and we were as kitschy-tasteless as Danny Boyle, we'd have Liza Manelli and Justin Bieber dueting on Don't Fear the Reaper. >Oh, come on! That would be cool! Only if Ted Nugent popped up at the end and took them both out with a LONGcross[/]bow.

FIFY

Posted by: Uncle Ted at August 13, 2012 08:49 PM (HPQnO)

101 Overall both events were crap compared to what has been done before.


Posted by: jeremiah Gosh Darn Amerikkka Wright at August 13, 2012 08:49 PM (ovpNn)

102 94
How many kings of england weren't gay??

Posted by: ellectual at August 13, 2012 08:51 PM (3ZjAP)

103 I noticed they didn't "declare these games the best ever". That had to have been tough for those snooty horse-toothed pasty skins.

Posted by: jeremiah Gosh Darn Amerikkka Wright at August 13, 2012 08:51 PM (ovpNn)

104 If this were the Super Bowl, and we were as kitschy-tasteless as
Danny Boyle, we'd have Liza Manelli and Justin Bieber dueting on Don't
Fear the Reaper.



>Oh, come on! That would be cool!



Only if Ted Nugent popped up at the end and took them both out with a crossbow.




That would be awesome.

Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD 2012 at August 13, 2012 08:51 PM (Gk3SS)

105 94
How many kings of england weren't gay??


Me Me Me.

Posted by: Henry the Eight at August 13, 2012 08:51 PM (3ZjAP)

106 Russel Brand ...

... Ahh yes, the entertainer that makes Barry Manilow look masculine ...

Posted by: Slab Manly, Member, The League of Ugly Shirted Gentlemen at August 13, 2012 08:51 PM (rZsRp)

107 94 How many kings of england weren't gay??

___________

There are gay people in England? You don't say!


Posted by: Bill Auden at August 13, 2012 08:52 PM (2ArJQ)

108 In Bay City Michigan Madonna was just some cutting edge skank. In England, she'shigh society.

Posted by: Hal Burton at August 13, 2012 08:53 PM (kzFo5)

109 I find my solution for avoiding having to perform to have been quite effective.

Posted by: Amy Winehouse at August 13, 2012 08:54 PM (HPQnO)

110 Whew, I left for about 8 hours and was dreading coming back to the morning headlines thread.

Thanks ace!

Posted by: Burn the Witch at August 13, 2012 08:54 PM (eoedh)

111 "I was trying to think of a Big Vegas Monstrosity, but really couldn't think of one."

Carrot Top at the Luxor?

Posted by: Burn the Witch at August 13, 2012 08:54 PM (eoedh)

112 Where's TINY ELVIS??

Posted by: soothsayer at August 13, 2012 08:54 PM (KUrJA)

113 Did Clarkson and the gang show up to destroy a bunch of caravans?

Posted by: Waterhouse at August 13, 2012 08:55 PM (bab2G)

114 I see that Jesse Jackson Jr is being treated for bi polar disorder at the Mayo Clinic. You know who else was treated for the same disease at Mayo? Ernest Hemingway. GET OUT NOW, JESSE!!

Posted by: Redd at August 13, 2012 08:57 PM (78TcD)

115 Actually I was thinking Don't Fear the Reaper would be a great campaign song for Romney/Ryan. lol..

Posted by: jewells45 is scarred for life because of ace at August 13, 2012 08:58 PM (UljOc)

116 Beatles are a "nostalgia" act?

4 shame.

though i dunno that you trying to imply something negative by that.

Posted by: JParker at August 13, 2012 08:59 PM (60GaT)

117 Jeremy Clarkson voiceover, "So today the Stig has selected to listen Russel Brand."

Camera footage of the Stig in a large Caravan.

JC, "Perhaps the wrong selection. Oh lord! Look the Stig just ran over Captain Slow!"

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at August 13, 2012 08:59 PM (HlJeY)

118 Liberace was gay? But the ladies loved him!

Posted by: Austin Powers at August 13, 2012 09:00 PM (B/yDO)

119 Amy Winehouse - dead
Amy Winehouse's ex husband - in a drug coma
Any Winehouse's ex fiance - arrested for rape.

Hmmm, I see problems with the Amy Winehouse brand.

Posted by: Redd at August 13, 2012 09:00 PM (78TcD)

120 The Olympics?

Never heard of it, THANK GOD.

Posted by: Charlie Gibson at August 13, 2012 09:00 PM (3ZjAP)

121 I sent Reggie over to London as my personal gift to George Michael. When Reggie gets back, I want him to wipe a little George Goo on me. I'm sick that way, but satan help me, I love it.

Posted by: Barky O'Marxist at August 13, 2012 09:00 PM (YYyqq)

122 Ray Davies of the Kinks and the Who performed, but those were cut in the NBC broadcast to America.

Posted by: interested at August 13, 2012 09:01 PM (qRvXu)

123 Was the Star Wars Holiday Special a Vegas production? Cause that might fit the bill.

Posted by: Fritz at August 13, 2012 09:02 PM (RuVpG)

124 The Opening and Closing ceremonies might have sucked but, the USA still won 104 medals.

America, Fuck Yeah!

Posted by: toby928© at August 13, 2012 09:02 PM (QupBk)

125 When Japan gets the Olympics again, perhaps by then we will have working giant mecha.

Godannar!!
http://youtu.be/xsvp3TiE5bY

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at August 13, 2012 09:02 PM (HlJeY)

126 Amen! ... what Ace said ... Can I get an Amen?!

Posted by: and irresolute at August 13, 2012 09:03 PM (Q492A)

127 I'm voting for Mitt. But his call of suckiude for the Olympics was not as well thought as his pick of Ryan. The opening and closing ceremonies did suck. But the games themselves were bueno.

Posted by: interested at August 13, 2012 09:03 PM (qRvXu)

128 “I don’t know why the State Department seems to take the side of foreign countries over our own American interest in the United States,” Poe said,

Posted by: steevy at August 13, 2012 08:44 PM (6o4Fb)


"Ys, Minister" predicted that.

Posted by: Merovign, Dark Lord of the Sith at August 13, 2012 09:03 PM (bxiXv)

129
My father's side of the family has always been proud of our English heritage. My ancestors left (were booted out?) when things were still on track - just after the turn of the last century. To see what the socialist/commies/progressives did to English culture makes me sick. The British Empire was, in its time, the greatest force for civilization, for GOOD, in the world. It made the world better everywhere it held sway. And the Left destroyed it all. My hate for them is hot as the sun.


And now I have to sit here and watch it happening to the US. There is no form of resistance to the left that I cannot condone. I should not be indifferent tothe thought of anyone being separated from God for eternity - in Hell - but when it comes to the Leftists, I do not feel any pity for them. They know what they're doing - they are evil, self absorbed,nasty, lying people.And their lies are what I hate the most. They lie with every word that comes out of their mouthes.


They fucked up the British Empire and English culture generally. Northwestern European Culture, as epitomized by English Americanculture, was (and really, stillis)the best on earth, and theLeftards shit all over it, contaminated it, and aredoing all they can to wreck the last vestiges of goodness that remain.

Posted by: Reactionary at August 13, 2012 09:04 PM (jfeoD)

130 I liked this way more than the open.

Sure, it was bizarre and senseless, but since they occasionally played music I liked, I went with it.

BIG glitch at the beginning of "we will rock you" sung by that girl who i do not know- they had the reverb on when she started singing, so it echoes.

Not good.

Posted by: shibumi at August 13, 2012 09:04 PM (z63Tr)

131 Godannar!!



Never heard of it. Really. WTF?

Posted by: Charlie Gibson at August 13, 2012 09:05 PM (3ZjAP)

132 I wonder if by somefreak accident the presidunce was successful in getting the Olympics, if he would have reminded us of that fact, constantly.

Posted by: Hal Burton at August 13, 2012 09:05 PM (kzFo5)

133 I heard a commentary between a brit and an American. They were discussing how well britain did in the Olympics. The American offered "well you beat everyone if you count your colonies, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and then he paused and said well maybe not Canada, this wasn't their Olympics. But I felt the American talking head wanted to add America to that list of colonies...but he saved himself by reconsidering. The Brit then commented on the effect the brits have had all over the world and that many of the countries were also treated to the quintessential experience of being held by britain. Anyways, it was the second oddest exchange I'd heard on the radio today.

Didn't watch the closing ceremony, probably never will watch as the opening ceremony was a disappointment. I mean when you are out shined by the Chinese well no wonder the last licks closing ceremony was tasked to apple cheeked harry.....where was everyone else? Did they not want to be caught yawning on camera again?

Posted by: kevin durant fan at August 13, 2012 09:06 PM (oZfic)

134 Kelly MacDonald nude, and me, were the only good parts of "Trainspotting"

Posted by: the Worst Toilet in Scotland at August 13, 2012 09:08 PM (Dll6b)

135 and don't let the Scottish schoolgirl outfit mislead you--she was 20 years old in that flick

Posted by: the Worst Toilet in Scotland at August 13, 2012 09:10 PM (Dll6b)

136 The best of Britain died in the two wars. The original "Office" TV show is pretty representative of what's left of their gene pool.

Posted by: somebody else, not me at August 13, 2012 09:10 PM (nZvGM)

137 Kelly MacDonald nude, and me, were the only good parts of "Trainspotting"

Don't know what yer talkin' about.

Posted by: Margaret Schroeder at August 13, 2012 09:11 PM (4pSIn)

138 and don't let the Scottish schoolgirl outfit mislead you--she was 20 years old in that flick

/punches wall

Posted by: Roman Polanski at August 13, 2012 09:11 PM (bab2G)

139
Visited England in the early 90s. They had a box of 4 sausages called "Four Faggots". Our Britsh hosts couldn't understand why my buddy and I spent 2 weeks howling at this. And the Fairy Liquid for dishwashing soap.

Posted by: USS Diversity at August 13, 2012 09:11 PM (2d71t)

140 It seems that once Britain started to be the 'free' and 'wacky' that they were celebrating, instead of 'plucky,' 'reserved,' and 'dilligent,' like they used to be, it all went to shit.

Posted by: nickless at August 13, 2012 09:11 PM (MMC8r)

141 >>>elly MacDonald nude, and me, were the only good parts of "Trainspotting"

I think she's cute as a button. Ever see her in State of Play with Philip Glenister? Very good.

Posted by: Redd at August 13, 2012 09:12 PM (78TcD)

142 Shakespeare wept.

Posted by: Wonkish Rogue at August 13, 2012 09:12 PM (WItBr)

143 Only the King can sing like that.

Posted by: Call me Ishmael at August 13, 2012 09:12 PM (p4U6S)

144 >>>And the Fairy Liquid for dishwashing soap.

Don't forget fairy (cup) cakes.

Posted by: Redd at August 13, 2012 09:15 PM (78TcD)

145 134 Kelly MacDonald nude, and me, were the only good parts of "Trainspotting"
Posted by: the Worst Toilet in Scotland at August 13, 2012 09:08 PM (Dll6b)
Bullshit.

Posted by: Shit covered sheets at August 13, 2012 09:15 PM (/YJYi)

146 142 Shakespeare wept.
Posted by: Wonkish Rogue at August 13, 2012 09:12 PM (WItBr)

Just imagine if William could have done the opening ceremonies.

If music be the food of love, play on. As Zepplin takes the stage with Jason Bohnam on drums.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Wonders what Dagny thinks at August 13, 2012 09:16 PM (9TTOe)

147 And that greasy mop Brand is talented every bit as much as that fat, Chicken Mcnuggets smelling shit Zach Galifianakis

Posted by: Wonkish Rogue at August 13, 2012 09:18 PM (WItBr)

148
Didn't the empire start to fall apart when they quit being the harshest disciplinarians since the romans?

Posted by: Incvictos at August 13, 2012 09:19 PM (OQpzc)

149 Read the rest of this great piece at JihadWatch.

Barack Obama, The New York Times, that Iftar Dinner, and the rewriting of history
by Hugh Fitzgerald

"The first Muslim ambassador to the United States, from Tunisia, was hosted by President Jefferson, who arranged a sunset dinner for his guest because it was Ramadan --- making it the first known iftar at the White House, more than 200 years ago." -- Barack Obama, speaking on August 14, 2010, at the "Annual Iftar Dinner" at the White House

Really? Is that what happened? Was there a "first known iftar at the White House" given by none other than President Thomas Jefferson for the "first Muslim ambassador to the United States"? That's what Barack Obama and his dutiful speechwriters told the Muslims in attendance at the 2010 "Annual Iftar Dinner," knowing full well that the remarks would be published for all to see. Apparently Obama, and those who wrote this speech for him, and others who vetted it, find nothing wrong with attempting to convince Americans, as part of their policy of trying to win Muslim hearts and Muslim minds, that American history itself can be rewritten. A little insidious nunc pro tunc backdating, to rewrite American history. And that rewrite of American history has the goal of convincing Americans, in order to please Muslims, that the United States and Islam, that Americans and Muslims, go way back.

Posted by: steevy at August 13, 2012 09:19 PM (6o4Fb)

150 "And if Canadian you'd have Celine Dion singing You Shook Me All Night Long[i/]. ...what? ...really? ....fuck"


nope, you got yer Canadian Content laws- Ms. Dion would be singing "taking care of business" by Bachman Turner Overdrive. Or maybe "Tom Sawyer" by Rush.

Posted by: Chariots of Toast at August 13, 2012 09:19 PM (eNURf)

151 I know a little about Elvis. He was an economic juggernaut. He had a show at the Hilton, 8 shows a week.

What do you think he had backing him up?

A rhythm section, yes. 6 pieces with lead and rhythm guitars and a pianist and an organist.

Backup vocals? Check, 4 of each, chick and dude.

Horns? Yes. Standard Big Band configuration, 5 saxes, 8 brass.

String section? Absofuckinglutely. At times up to 20.

Harp? You betcha?

Extra percussion, including timpani? Natch.

And he paid these people, week after week. Year after year.

Try that shit nowadays.

Posted by: navybrat at August 13, 2012 09:20 PM (CetLY)

152 148
Didn't the empire start to fall apart when they quit being the harshest disciplinarians since the romans?
Posted by: Incvictos at August 13, 2012 09:19 PM (OQpzc)

Yes, the quality of mercy was not strained.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Wonders what Dagny thinks at August 13, 2012 09:20 PM (9TTOe)

153 And that greasy mop Brand is talented every bit as much as that fat, Chicken Mcnuggets smelling shit Zach Galifianakis

Time for another "Human Centipede" sequel

Posted by: fluffy at August 13, 2012 09:20 PM (4pSIn)

154 145
134 Kelly MacDonald nude, and me, were the only good parts of "Trainspotting"


Posted by: the Worst Toilet in Scotland at August 13, 2012 09:08 PM (Dll6b)


Bullshit.


Posted by: Shit covered sheets at August 13, 2012 09:15 PM (/YJYi)

Is the egotistical toilet downplaying us again? Wanker.

Posted by: dead baby crawling on the ceiling at August 13, 2012 09:21 PM (0d0K7)

155 'State of Play' was good TV, altho the usual Lefty-Brit anti-American shite

Posted by: the Worst Toilet in Scotland at August 13, 2012 09:22 PM (Dll6b)

156 >>god I suck

Nobody does "I fucked up" as well as Ace. Got to respect a moron that can admit it.

Posted by: USA at August 13, 2012 09:22 PM (6Cjut)

157 Nevergiveup - I watched men women's indoor beach volleyball the gymnastics. A little diving too - all sports I used to compete in. I DVR'd and listened with the sound down to tune out the idiot commentators. All the pomp turns me off, so I missed the opening closing. Looks like I didn't miss anything!

Posted by: Amy Shulkusky at August 13, 2012 09:22 PM (uMfFZ)

158 "The first Muslim ambassador to the United States, from Tunisia, was hosted by President Jefferson, who arranged a sunset dinner for his guest

Millions for defense, not a penny for tribute.

Posted by: shit Jefferson said at August 13, 2012 09:23 PM (4pSIn)

159 Unfortunately it was the well meaning but ignorant GW Bush who made iftar dinners a "tradition".Spit.

Posted by: steevy at August 13, 2012 09:23 PM (6o4Fb)

160 Nobody does "I fucked up" as well as Ace. Got to respect a moron that can admit it.
Posted by: USA at August 13, 2012 09:22 PM (6Cjut)


I admit I'm mostly here for the humor, but why do I even look at the "information" part? Because the dude makes corrections.

Some people don't do that.

Posted by: Merovign, Dark Lord of the Sith at August 13, 2012 09:23 PM (bxiXv)

161 I thought the NHS thing in the opening was an ode to "A Clockwork Orange."

Posted by: Malcolm McDowell at August 13, 2012 09:24 PM (qYvEa)

162 OT: Caught: Soledad O’Brien Uses Liberal Blog to Attack Ryan Plan

Snipped from link:

Tonight, she was the substitute host for Anderson Cooper, a program that boasts of its reputation for “keeping [politicians] honest.” During her interview with Virginia House of Delegates Republican member Barbara Comstock, O’Brien became visibly flustered and was actually caught doing finger stress exercises as she attempt to insert editorial commentary while her guest, a former skilled Republican operative, defended the House GOP budget, designed by Budget Chairman Paul Ryan.

Accidentally, a cameraman captured O’Brien furiously flipping through notes, only to cut out seconds later. What was she viewing?

========

Unfortunately, no video at the link....just pics of what she's reading.

http://tinyurl.com/9qvdsl9

Posted by: Tami at August 13, 2012 09:25 PM (X6akg)

163 ...and then there's spotted dick.

Posted by: Skookumchuk at August 13, 2012 09:25 PM (0Db2g)

164 I'll do it in excerpts,here is parAs Obama so unforgettably put it in his Cairo Speech (possibly the most inaccurate, the most cavalier about historical truth, of any speech by any President in American history):

As a student of history, I also know civilization's debt to Islam. It was Islam -- at places like Al-Azhar -- that carried the light of learning through so many centuries, paving the way for Europe's Renaissance and Enlightenment. It was innovation in Muslim communities -- (applause) -- it was innovation in Muslim communities that developed the order of algebra; our magnetic compass and tools of navigation; our mastery of pens and printing; our understanding of how disease spreads and how it can be healed. Islamic culture has given us majestic arches and soaring spires; timeless poetry and cherished music; elegant calligraphy and places of peaceful contemplation. And throughout history, Islam has demonstrated through words and deeds the possibilities of religious tolerance and racial equality. (Applause.)
I also know that Islam has always been a part of America's story. The first nation to recognize my country was Morocco. In signing the Treaty of Tripoli in 1796, our second President, John Adams, wrote, "The United States has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion or tranquility of Muslims." And since our founding, American Muslims have enriched the United States. They have fought in our wars, they have served in our government, they have stood for civil rights, they have started businesses, they have taught at our universities, they've excelled in our sports arenas, they've won Nobel Prizes, built our tallest building, and lit the Olympic Torch. And when the first Muslim American was recently elected to Congress, he took the oath to defend our Constitution using the same Holy Koran that one of our Founding Fathers -- Thomas Jefferson -- kept in his personal library. (Applause.)t 2.


Posted by: steevy at August 13, 2012 09:25 PM (6o4Fb)

165 Yes, Ace is surley more matter with less art.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Wonders what Dagny thinks at August 13, 2012 09:25 PM (9TTOe)

166 Here's something for all the Perry onistas out there to think about:

http://tinyurl.com/9sw2ogq == Think progress quotes Gov Perry on how he believes that banning guns should be a State issue and not a Federal one.

Excuse me but has he ever heard of the 2nd Amendment?

I can see where the REGULATION of guns could be seen as a mostly State issue since situations vary from state to state on certain areas.

But the Right to possess a weapon is as intrinsic as the right to free speech and can only be regulated with great caution and delicacy just like they do with free speech issues.

Seems as if it's a good thing he's not the candidate.

Posted by: Hylozoic at August 13, 2012 09:25 PM (Vh0f5)

167 US treaty with the Bey of Tunisia.

Reason #1 for English only.

You see the Bey had prepared an English and Arabic versions of the treaty. The English one was nice so the US passed it. Then the Bey started to demand tribute as part of the treaty. That was when the two versions were compared and it was found that US had to pay tribute.

IIRC my history. Which I would trust more than anything Obama has to say on the subject.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at August 13, 2012 09:25 PM (HlJeY)

168 Part 3.


We could go through those two appalling paragraphs with such historians and keen students of history as Gibbon, John Quincy Adams, Tocqueville, Jacob Burckhardt, and Winston Churchill, but that is for another occasion. We could point out that the highly selective quotation - for example from John Adams, whose views on Islam are falsely implied by quoting such a statement as "the United States has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion or tranquility of Muslims" which was mere pleasing rhetoric, and that phrase "in itself" left open the possibility of other reasons for enmity, including Muslim hostility. Not John Adams himself but his son John Quincy Adams (our most learned President), who was far more knowledgeable about Islam, was to write about that:

The precept of the koran is, perpetual war against all who deny, that Mahomet is the prophet of God. The vanquished may purchase their lives, by the payment of tribute; the victorious may be appeased by a false and delusive promise of peace; and the faithful follower of the prophet, may submit to the imperious necessities of defeat: but the command to propagate the Moslem creed by the sword is always obligatory, when it can be made effective. The commands of the prophet may be performed alike, by fraud, or by force.
But John Adams himself drew conclusions about Muslims and Islam that were far from favorable. John Adams' unfavorable view of Islam was obscured and turned on its head by Obama, in quoting that single phrase that was part of negotiations-cum-treaty designed to free American ships and seaman from the ever-present threat of attack by Muslim pirates in North Africa (known to history as the Barbary Pirates). John Adams' unfavorable view of Islam was shared by all those who, in the young Republic, had any dealings at all with Muslim envoys. Thomas Jefferson had a copy of the Qur'an in his library not because he was an admirer of that book, or the faith of Islam, but because he was both curious and cultivated. Muslim Congressman Keith Ellison used Jefferson's own copy of the Qur'an. Yet that copy, since it was translated into English by George Sale, has for most devout Muslims no validity whatsoever, for the Qur'an must be read and understood in Arabic. A Qur'an in a language other than Arabic cannot even be called the "Holy Qur'an," though apparently Obama, and his speechwriters, did not know this, in their fulsome description of Jefferson's copy of the Sale translation that was appropriated by Representative Ellison for his own crude and transparent political ploy. Obama wrongly refers to Sales' version as the "Holy Qur'an," and every Muslim at that dinner knew such a book could not possibly be called that. A small mistake, but then there are so many mistakes, and Obama and his speechwriters are so eager to please, and yet so ignorant withal, that these mistakes add up.

Posted by: steevy at August 13, 2012 09:26 PM (6o4Fb)

169 163 ...and then there's spotted dick.
Posted by: Skookumchuk at August 13, 2012 09:25 PM (0Db2g)


I'm having that looked at next week. Don't tell the ladies.

Posted by: Bill Clinton at August 13, 2012 09:27 PM (YOZSv)

170 I was trying to think of a Big Vegas Monstrosity, but really couldn't think of one.


Oh, that really hurt.

Should have gone to Hawaii - the land of the demon spawn. Don Ho, perhaps.

Oh, Elvis. Monstrosity. That hurt.

There will never be a voice like Elvis's.

Posted by: I love me some Elvis at August 13, 2012 09:27 PM (HOOye)

171 Part 4.


There is not a single American statesman or traveler or diplomat in the days of the early Republic who had a good word for Islam. Look high, look low, consult whatever you want in the National Archives or the Library of Congress, and you will not find any such testimony. And the very idea that someday Muslims, adherents of the fanatical faith of Islam, would be here and would dare to invoke the Freedom of Conscience that is guaranteed by our First Amendment, through both the Free Exercise and Establishment Clauses, would have struck them as impossible. For everyone knew then, as so many now apparently do not know, that Islam itself inculcates not freedom of conscience, but blind, unquestioning submission of the individual Muslim to Authority, that is, the Authority of the Qur'an, as glossed by the Sunnah, and the Authority of the Shari'a, the Holy Law of Islam to which all Muslim law codes are supposed to aspire and, ideally, to be modeled on, the Holy Law which embodies, in codified form, the texts and tenets and attitudes of Islam. This, too, Barack Obama and his speechwriters, and such people as John Brennan, Deputy Special Assistant For Homeland Security and Terrorism to the President, apparently do not know.

But let's return to that assertion about Jefferson's "Iftar Dinner," or rather, to that dinner that Barack Obama would have us all believe was the first "Iftar Dinner" at the White House way back in 1805. What actually happened was this.

The American navy, fed up with the constant depredations by Muslim corsairs, who were not so much pirates as Muslims who were encouraged to prey on Christian shipping, and who at times even recorded the areas of the Mediterranean where they planned to go in search of Christian prey, seized a ship that belonged to those who were ruled by the Bey of Tunis. And the Bey of Tunis wanted that ship back. He sent to Washington, for six months, a temporary envoy, one Sidi Soliman Mellimelli, who was not, pace Obama, "the first Muslim ambassador to the United States," but, rather, a temporary envoy.

Posted by: steevy at August 13, 2012 09:28 PM (6o4Fb)

172 IIRC my history. Which I would trust more than anything Obama has to say on the subject.
Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at August 13, 2012 09:25 PM (HlJeY)

O, what men dare do. O Villain, villain, smiling, damned villain.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Wonders what Dagny thinks at August 13, 2012 09:28 PM (9TTOe)

173 I was trying to think of a Big Vegas Monstrosity, but really couldn't think of one.


****

HELLO!

Posted by: Cher at August 13, 2012 09:29 PM (YOZSv)

174 Part 5.

Here, from the Thomas Jefferson Encyclopedia, is a bit of the background to the story:

The crisis with Tunis erupted when the USS Constitution captured Tunisian vessels attempting to run the American blockade of Tripoli. The bey of Tunis threatened war and sent Mellimelli to the United States to negotiate full restitution for the captured vessels and to barter for tribute.
The backdrop to this state visit was the ongoing conflict between the United States and the Barbary states, autonomous provinces of the Ottoman Empire that rimmed the Mediterranean coast of North Africa. Soon after the Revolutionary War and the consequent loss of the British navy's protection, American merchant vessels had become prey for Barbary corsairs. Jefferson was outraged by the demands of ransom for civilians captured from American vessels and the Barbary states' expectation of annual tribute to be paid as insurance against future seizures. He took an uncharacteristically hawkish position against the prevailing thought that it was cheaper to pay tribute than maintain a navy to protect shipping from piracy.

Jefferson balked at paying tribute but accepted the expectation that the host government would cover all expenses for such an emissary. He arranged for Mellimelli and his 11 attendants to be housed at a Washington hotel, and rationalized that the sale of the four horses and other fine gifts sent by the bey of Tunis would cover costs. Mellimelli's request for "concubines" as a part of his accommodations was left to Secretary of State James Madison. Jefferson assured one senator that obtaining peace with the Barbary powers was important enough to "pass unnoticed the irregular conduct of their ministers."

Despite whispers regarding his conduct, Mellimelli received invitations to numerous dinners and balls, and according to one Washington hostess was "the lion of the season." At the president's New Year's Day levee the Tunisian envoy provided "its most brilliant and splendid spectacle," and added to his melodramatic image at a later dinner party hosted by the secretary of state. Upon learning that the Madisons were unhappy at being childless, Mellimelli flung his "magical" cloak around Dolley Madison and murmured an incantation that promised she would bear a male child. His conjuring, however, did not work.

Differences in culture and customs stirred interest on both sides. Mellimelli's generous use of scented rose oil was noted by many of those who met him, and guards had to be posted outside his lodgings to turn away the curious. For his part, the Tunisian was surprised at the social freedom women enjoyed in America and was especially intrigued by several delegations of Native Americans from the western territories then visiting Washington. Mellimelli inquired which prophet the Indians followed: Moses, Jesus Christ or Mohammed. When he was told none of them, that they worshiped "the Great Sprit" alone, he was reported to have pronounced them "vile hereticks."

Posted by: steevy at August 13, 2012 09:30 PM (6o4Fb)

175 Are there any adults left in the UK?
Posted by: Billy Bob, pseudo-intellectual at August 13, 2012 08:30 PM (3ZjAP)


Nope. Over the Atlantic right now.

Headin' to Oklahoma, or there abouts, old chap.

Posted by: Formerly the Last Adult in England at August 13, 2012 09:31 PM (GriQb)

176 Part 6.


So that's it. Sidi Soliman Mellimelli installed himself for six months at a Washington hotel, for which the American government apparently picked up the tab. And as to that request for "concubines," apparently Jefferson asked the Secretary of State, James Madison, to attend to the matter. It's amusing to note how little the behavior of Muslim and Arab rulers has changed. It is only we who do not see them, or allow ourselves to see them, as primitive and exotic creatures to be amused by or often contemptuous of, but not as creatures to whom we need accord any undo respect, for their sole claim on our attention is that some of them, through an accident of geology, have acquired a lot of money. And there are people in Washington who are happy, in their desire to do well themselves, to convince the American government that it must bend over backwards in treating of Arabs and Muslims. There is no need to do so, and it is easy to show why not. In fact, the description of Mellimelli's requests may put many in mind of how so many Muslim and Arab rulers, including "plucky little king" Hussein of Jordan, when they used to come to Washington, would have round-the-clock escort girls service them in their hotel rooms. But what was most maddening was that the bills were paid by the ever-compliant C.I.A. I presume the oil money has made that, in some cases, no longer necessary.

Sidi Soliman Mellimelli was quite an exotic specimen:

The curious were not to be disappointed by the appearance of the first Muslim envoy to the United States - a large figure with a full dark beard dressed in robes of richly embroidered fabrics and a turban of fine white muslin.
Over the next six months, this exotic representative from a distant and unfamiliar culture would add spice to the Washington social season but also test the diplomatic abilities of President Jefferson.

During the six solar months Mellimelli was here, the lunar month of Ramadan occurred. And as it happens, during that Ramadan observed by Mellimelli, but naturally unobserved, hardly noticed, by the Americans, President Jefferson invited Sidi Soliman Mellimelli for dinner at the White House. He probably during that six-month period had done it more than once. Mellimelli replied that he could not come at the appointed hour of three thirty in the afternoon (our ancestors rose much earlier, and ate much earlier, and went to bed much earlier, in the pre-Edison days of their existence). That time fell, for him, but not for Thomas Jefferson or anyone else in the United States of America, during the fasting period of the month of Ramadan. He replied that he could not come at the hour set, that is, at half-past three, but only after sundown.

Posted by: steevy at August 13, 2012 09:31 PM (6o4Fb)

177 162 OT: Caught: Soledad O’Brien Uses Liberal Blog to Attack Ryan Plan

Posted by: Tami at August 13, 2012 09:25 PM (X6akg)


Constant, slimy, fundamentally dishonest propaganda. Or, as we now call it, "News."

Posted by: Merovign, Dark Lord of the Sith at August 13, 2012 09:31 PM (bxiXv)

178 Maybe we need a Kelly MacDonald appreciateion thread?

Posted by: Redd at August 13, 2012 09:32 PM (78TcD)

179 Obama as villain? Quite possible.
I can't find it now, but there was someone who compared Obama and the US to a scene from I think Richard III. Where Richard woos this lady with nothing but words and nothing of substance to back the words up.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at August 13, 2012 09:33 PM (HlJeY)

180 Part 7.


Jefferson, a courteous man, simply moved the dinner forward by a few hours. He didn't change the menu, he didn't change anything else. And moving the dinner forward by a few hours hardly turns that dinner into a soi-disant "Iftar Dinner." Barack Obama's trying to do so, trying that is, to rewrite American history, with some nunc-pro-tunc backdating, in order to flatter or please his Muslim guests, is false. And, being false, is also disgusting. It is disgusting for an American President to misrepresent American history to Americans, including all the schoolchildren who are now being subject to all kinds of Islamic propaganda, cunningly woven into the newly-mandated textbooks, that so favorably misrepresent Islam, as here.

Now there is a kind of coda to this dismal tale, and it is provided by the New York Times, which likes to put on airs and think of itself as "the newspaper of record," whatever that means. The Times carried a front-page story on August 14, 2010, written by one Sheryl Gay Stolberg, and no doubt gone over by many vigilant editors. This story contains a predictably glowing account of Barack Obama's remarks at the "Annual Iftar Dinner." Here is the paragraph that caught my eye:

In hosting the iftar, Mr. Obama was following a White House tradition that, while sporadic, dates to Thomas Jefferson, who held a sunset dinner for the first Muslim ambassador to the United States. President George W. Bush hosted iftars annually.
Question for Sheryl Gay Stolberg, and for her editors at The New York Times: You report that there is a "White Hosue tradition that, while sporadic, dates to Thomas Jefferson." I claim that you are wrong. I claim that there is no White House Tradition at all about Iftar Dinners. I claim that Thomas Jefferson, in moving forward by a few hours a dinner that changed in no other respect, for Sidi Soliman Mellimelli, was not providing the first of the "Annual Iftar Dinners" that, the New York Times tells us, has since Jefferson's non-existent "Iftar Dinner," have been observed "sporadically."

When, then, was the next in this long, but "sporadic" series of iftar dinners? I can find no record of any, for roughly the next two hundred years, until we come to the fall of the year 2001, that is, just after the deadliest attack on American civilians ever recorded, an attack carried out by a novemdectet of Muslims acting according to their understanding of the very same texts -- Qur'an,Hadith, Sira -- that all Muslims read, an understanding that many have demonstrated since that they share, not least in the spontaneous celebrations that were immediately held in Cairo, and Riyadh, and Jeddah, and in Ramallah, and Gaza, and Damascus, and Baghdad, and all over the place, where Muslims felt that they had won a victory over those accursed kuffar, those ingrates, those Infidels. And it was President George Bush who decided that, to win Muslim "trust" or to end Muslim "mistrust" -- I forget which -- so that we could, non-Muslim and Muslim, collaborate on defeating those "violent extremists" who had "hijacked a great religion," started this sporadic ball unsporadically rolling. And he did it, by golly, he did. He hosted an Iftar Dinner with all the fixins. It was held just the month after the attacks prompted by Islamic texts and tenets and attitudes on the World Trade Center, on the Pentagon, on a plane's doomed pilots and passengers over a field in Pennsylvania.

Posted by: steevy at August 13, 2012 09:33 PM (6o4Fb)

181 Kate Upton, Cake Girl, and AlextheChick should be moderators for the Presidential debates.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at August 13, 2012 09:34 PM (HlJeY)

182 Constant, slimy, fundamentally dishonest propaganda. Or, as we now call it, "News."
Posted by: Merovign, Dark Lord of the Sith at August 13, 2012 09:31 PM (bxiXv)

O true apothecary, her drug is fame. Let every eye negotiate for itself.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Wonders what Dagny thinks at August 13, 2012 09:34 PM (9TTOe)

183 Part 8,final part.Why is this important?Because Obama gave the line of bullshit just 3 days ago again.

And thus it is, that ever since 2001, we have had iftar dinner after iftar dinner. But it was not Jefferson or any other of our cultivated and learned Presidents, who started this "tradition" that has been observed only "sporadically" -- i.e., never -- until George Bush came along, unless we are to count as an "iftar dinner" what was merely seen, by Jefferson, as a dinner given at a time convenient for his not-too-honored guest.

Yes, and how splendidly Bush, and now Obama, have proven to Muslims that there are no hard feelings. Do you think the three trillion dollars spent in Iraq and now in Afghanistan (not counting the hundreds of billions that, over time, have gone to Pakistan, Egypt, Jordan, even the "Palestinian" territories), have done that? It has all been designed to improve the lot of Muslims on the unproven assumption that this will make them less attentive to the texts, the ideology, of their Total Belief-System, and hence more willing to grandly concede to us Infidels a territory of our own, a place in the sun of our own. Yes, George Bush, that profound student of history and of ideas, kept telling us, in those first few months after 9/11/2001, that as far as he was concerned, by gum, Islam was a religion of "peace and tolerance." And just to prove it, by golly, he'd put on an Iftar Dinner with all the fixins. And that's just what he did. And that's how the "tradition" that Sheryl Gay Stolberg, and her many vetting editors at the newspaper of comical record, The New York Times, began. It's all of nine years old, through the disastrous presidencies of Bush and now of Obama.

And stop rewriting history, in ways little and big, about the American "connection" to Islam - including that absurd attempt on the front page of The New York Times just yesterday, to run a story on Christians from the Middle East, fleeing Islam and Muslims for the United States (as they fled, too, to South America, or to Australia) and appropriating the history of Arabic-speaking Maronite and Orthodox immigrants in that story on "Little Syria" to make American readers think that "see, Arabs, Muslim Arabs, go a long way back in New York City, so let's not get so hot and bothered about a little mosque someone wants to build." Was there ever such deceit, day after day, than in the way The New York Times has become a willing collaborator with the O.I.C., and others who want nonstop Mister Feelgood stories about Islam in America?

I have a request for The New York Times. It's a most modest one. All I ask -- I never ask, or expect, very much -- is that the editors of The New York Times apologize for that paper's misapplication of the adjective "sporadic" in the front-page story by Sheryl Stolberg on the "Annual Iftar" dinner.

Put up, or shut up, dear newspaper of record. Tell us when that "tradition" of "Iftar Dinners" truly began. Cite those Presidents who held dinners that they considered to be "Iftar Dinners." Give us chapter, give us verse. And if, as I believe, that hollow and recent and transparently determined-to-win-Muslim-hearts-and-minds "tradition" began in 2001, then tell us. And since your story was on the front page, do what the lawyers do when they have to make legal announcements, and put your retraction, eat your humble pie, right on the front page.

A failure to do so will be further, and for some the final confirmation, of the sorry record of The New York Times in its coverage of Islam. Most readers with some sense of what Islam is all about, even those who lack detailed knowledge, are now ready to take any coverage of the matter in The New York Times with a grain - with a Pinch - of salt.

Clio, Muse of History, is a stern mistress. Subscribers to stories that live and die between editions may forget or forgive, but Mnemosyne does neither. If I were the "newspaper of record," I'd want to propitiate not the gods, but the most vigilant and meticulous of muses. If I were Pinch Sulzberger, I'd be mortally embarrassed, and determined to make amends. But then, I have standards.

Posted by: steevy at August 13, 2012 09:35 PM (6o4Fb)

184 Someone call 411 for Oldsailors Poet.

Methinks he hath fallen unto a book of poetry.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at August 13, 2012 09:35 PM (HlJeY)

185 Accidentally, a cameraman captured O’Brien furiously flipping through notes, only to cut out seconds later. What was she viewing?

Only the finest Left Wing hackery material works for Soledad. She's a non partisan jeeeernalist after all

Posted by: Wonkish Rogue at August 13, 2012 09:36 PM (WItBr)

186 To Althea from prison,
Stone walls nor iron bars,
Does a prison make.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at August 13, 2012 09:36 PM (HlJeY)

187 On the Utube video of the 2008 Beijing opening ceremony there are a bunch of Brits talking trash about how much better theirs was.

Posted by: Gordon undead Ramsay at August 13, 2012 09:37 PM (9HhTH)

188 181 Kate Upton, Cake Girl, and AlextheChick should be moderators for the Presidential debates.
Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at August 13, 2012 09:34 PM (HlJeY)

Get thee to a nunnery for their asses are made to bear, and so are you.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Wonders what Dagny thinks at August 13, 2012 09:37 PM (9TTOe)

189 181 Kate Upton, Cake Girl, and AlextheChick should be moderators for the Presidential debates.
Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at August 13, 2012 09:34 PM (HlJeY)


You're right. For *years,* the debate moderators have been sick jokes. We could at least have some who look good!

And atc could do her Newt impersonation by verbally eviscerating the rest of the panel.

Posted by: Merovign, Dark Lord of the Sith at August 13, 2012 09:38 PM (bxiXv)

190 There is something rotten in the state of Denmark.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at August 13, 2012 09:38 PM (HlJeY)

191 A simple lone piper to dirge them out would have been alot cheaper.

Posted by: Jean at August 13, 2012 09:38 PM (tWctt)

192 Kinna ha'v a piper 'less he be wearin' kilt un sporran!

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at August 13, 2012 09:40 PM (HlJeY)

193 Verbal evisceration would be so terribly disappointing.

Posted by: Gordon undead Ramsay at August 13, 2012 09:40 PM (9HhTH)

194 Kinna ha'v a piper 'less he be wearin' kilt un sporran!
Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at August 13, 2012 09:40 PM (HlJeY)

I will buy with you, sell with you, talk with you.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Wonders what Dagny thinks at August 13, 2012 09:41 PM (9TTOe)

195 Alright, which one of you Morons spiked OSP's drink?

Posted by: BCochran1981 at August 13, 2012 09:41 PM (GEICT)

196 O, what men dare do. O Villain, villain, smiling, damned villain.Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Wonders what Dagny thinks at August 13, 2012 09:28 PM (9TTOe).....................................Okay, how about a Shakespear that equates to, "Crush your enemies. See them driven before you, and hear the lamentation of their women."

Posted by: Incvictos at August 13, 2012 09:41 PM (OQpzc)

197 Hey Merovign, how goes the story?

Such a panel would improve the debates by a factor of 1000x at least.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at August 13, 2012 09:41 PM (HlJeY)

198 The piper, at the wall of the keep,
Drowsy, slowing, last notes fade,
Trying to drown out the sound
of the libs crushing figs below

Stupid libs, go to the store!

Posted by: Merovign, Dark Lord of the Sith at August 13, 2012 09:41 PM (bxiXv)

199
I suggested the Brits close the Olympics with public hangings for vagrancy.

Seems to have been rejected.

Pity.



Posted by: eman at August 13, 2012 09:42 PM (u3Rkr)

200 Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at August 13, 2012 09:34 PM

Aw, hell no. AtC and EoJ as a tag-team for press secretary. Jeff can use "fuck" as a noun, verb, adjective and adverb in response to some sub-retards question, while AtC does that hot stompy thing on some journalists face.

When I am Dictator of the World, this will happen. Working on it.

Posted by: DC in Towson at August 13, 2012 09:42 PM (N/WI2)

201 Constant, slimy, fundamentally dishonest propaganda. Or, as we now call it, "News."

Posted by: Merovign, Dark Lord of the Sith at August 13, 2012 09:31 PM (bxiXv)

It really is unbelievable isn't it....and it's going to get worse, a whole lot worse.

Posted by: Tami at August 13, 2012 09:42 PM (X6akg)

202 Alright, which one of you Morons spiked OSP's drink?
Posted by: BCochran1981 at August 13, 2012 09:41 PM (GEICT)

That man that hath a tongue, I say is no man. Oft expectation fails, and most oft there.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Wonders what Dagny thinks at August 13, 2012 09:43 PM (9TTOe)

203 'twas I that bespiketh with talk of the Bards sweet melody and verse.

Posted by: Wonkish Rogue at August 13, 2012 09:43 PM (WItBr)

204 197 Hey Merovign, how goes the story?

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at August 13, 2012 09:41 PM (HlJeY)


The idea is GREAT, started 13 days late.

We'll see if I can keep it up, so to speak.

How you doin'?

Posted by: Merovign, Dark Lord of the Sith at August 13, 2012 09:43 PM (bxiXv)

205 During the debates Ryan should answer all questions with quotes from Obama's poetry.

Posted by: eman at August 13, 2012 09:44 PM (u3Rkr)

206 UG. The British and their ugly teeth and their snobbery and their bad entertainment. Glad we escaped.

Posted by: Herpglerble at August 13, 2012 09:44 PM (Rilbs)

207 Kipling's Recessional would have been appropriate for closing things out in Britain.

Posted by: Incvictos at August 13, 2012 09:45 PM (OQpzc)

208 Congratulations to Danny Boyle on a Dead Cat's Ass....The closing ceremonies were much better than the opening ceremonies even though they both sucked dick.

Yes I know you had nothing to do with the closing ceremonies and that's clearly why they improved so much...wipe that NHS jizz off your chin you socialist prick.



Posted by: jeremiah Gosh Darn Amerikkka Wright at August 13, 2012 09:45 PM (ovpNn)

209 Britain is filled with folks who want to be architects.

Posted by: eman at August 13, 2012 09:45 PM (u3Rkr)

210 You want figs in your poetry eh? Check this out.

Under water grottos, caverns
Filled with apes
That eat figs.
Stepping on the figs
That the apes
Eat, they crunch.
The apes howl, bare
Their fangs, dance,
Tumble in the
Rushing water,
Musty, wet pelts
Glistening in the blue.

Posted by: Your Unicorn Princess, Barry O at August 13, 2012 09:46 PM (YOZSv)

211 It really is unbelievable isn't it....and it's going to get worse, a whole lot worse.
Posted by: Tami at August 13, 2012 09:42 PM (X6akg)


I am torn between the utility of telling everyone I know how much they're beclowning themselves, and the uselessness of actually trying to communicate with actual leftists.

Posted by: Merovign, Dark Lord of the Sith at August 13, 2012 09:46 PM (bxiXv)

212 Reminds me of "Scrooged", when Bill Murray's network puts on "A Christmas Carol" with Mary Lou Retton as Tiny Tim....

Posted by: A. at August 13, 2012 09:46 PM (bof5w)

213 "as Zeppelin takes the stage"

Now your talkin'. I was gettin' ready to go put on some Ten Years After to get the had taste out of my mouth. Think I will any way. A Space in Time. Oh yeah.
And since I need to plug this phone in....
Love each other fellow babies.

Posted by: teej at August 13, 2012 09:46 PM (B2fm1)

214 What office will Barack Obama run for next after he leaves the white house?

Posted by: jeremiah Gosh Darn Amerikkka Wright at August 13, 2012 09:46 PM (ovpNn)

215 So far added another 1600+ words to the tale I am trying to tell.

I keep wanting to get them off to the orphanage and hospital, but I have a copper who wants to hear the whole story. So he is gumming things up a bit, but am shoving him out the door now.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at August 13, 2012 09:47 PM (HlJeY)

216 That man that hath a tongue, I say is no man. Oft expectation fails, and most oft there.


It is more than probable that I am not understood; but I fear, indeed, that it is in no manner possible to convey to the mind of the merely general reader, an adequate idea of that nervous intensity of interest with which, in my case, the powers of meditation (not to speak technically) busied and buried themselves, in the contemplation of even the most ordinary objects of the universe.

Posted by: BCochran1981 at August 13, 2012 09:47 PM (GEICT)

217 206 UG. The British and their ugly teeth and their snobbery and their bad entertainment. Glad we escaped.
Posted by: Herpglerble at August 13, 2012 09:44 PM (Rilbs)


"British Pride" consists largely of "Hey, did you hear what we did 50/100/150 years ago?"

It's actually really, really sad. Doubly so because the left is trying to turn us into that, too.

Posted by: Merovign, Dark Lord of the Sith at August 13, 2012 09:48 PM (bxiXv)

218 193
Verbal evisceration would be so terribly disappointing.


Posted by: Gordon undead Ramsay

Oh, I don't know. If it led to slicing their guts open and strangling themselves with their own intestines?

That might be quite worth the price of admission.

Posted by: Dianna at August 13, 2012 09:48 PM (mKMj1)

219 210 And that's pretty much all we know about Obama prior to his political career.

Posted by: steevy at August 13, 2012 09:48 PM (6o4Fb)

220 @214

The UN Secretary General of course. I hear the child raping isn't discouraged so that post is calling to me.

Posted by: Your Unicorn Princess, Barry O at August 13, 2012 09:49 PM (YOZSv)

221 215 So far added another 1600+ words to the tale I am trying to tell.

I keep wanting to get them off to the orphanage and hospital, but I have a copper who wants to hear the whole story. So he is gumming things up a bit, but am shoving him out the door now.
Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at August 13, 2012 09:47 PM (HlJeY)


Cool!

I do hate it when the characters go on when you wish they'd leave.

I am pretty much nocturnal, so I haven't started the "day's" work yet.

I am kind of cheating as what I'm working on is an anthology, so if I get stuck I can start fresh in another part and be in a very different place.

Posted by: Merovign, Dark Lord of the Sith at August 13, 2012 09:50 PM (bxiXv)

222 "Indeed, I have a pretty wit."

Sorry for the poor memory.

How close was I?

Posted by: eman at August 13, 2012 09:50 PM (u3Rkr)

223 I have a wif, the worste that may be;
For though the feend to hire ycoupled were,
She wolde him overmacche, I dar wel swere,
What sholde I you reherce in special,
Hir heigh malice? She is a shrewe at al.

- Barrack on Michelle

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at August 13, 2012 09:50 PM (HlJeY)

224 OT, but I put Ace in a video game that my company is releasing soon on Facebook. It's called Party Politics and is a match three game with 50 pols and pundits on each side. I am not the designer on it, but I came up with the 100 pols and pundits and I put Ace in there. I got other luminaries on there too for the 'Right' side. Ace's face is de-rezed or hidden is someway (have not seen the current version) My company CEO hates Obama, so does my Executive Producer, and all the owners... and we are in SoCal.

Posted by: Percopius at August 13, 2012 09:50 PM (F81jm)

225 That man that hath a tongue, I say is no man. Oft expectation fails, and most oft there.


It is more than probable that I am not understood; but I fear, indeed, that it is in no manner possible to convey to the mind of the merely general reader, an adequate idea of that nervous intensity of interest with which, in my case, the powers of meditation (not to speak technically) busied and buried themselves, in the contemplation of even the most ordinary objects of the universe.
Posted by: BCochran1981 at August 13, 2012 09:47 PM (GEICT)


Now go we in content

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Wonders what Dagny thinks at August 13, 2012 09:51 PM (9TTOe)

226 205
During the debates Ryan should answer all questions with quotes from Obama's poetry.

Posted by: eman

Oh, merciful virgin, no!

This would cause Biden's nose hairs, or possibly his armpit hair - which sight would scar us all eternally - to strangle everyone in sight, just on general principles. Rather like Vogon poetry, it is too horrible to be contemplated.

Though, now that I think of it, I can actually think of some pieces that might, possibly, be worse.

Posted by: Dianna at August 13, 2012 09:52 PM (mKMj1)

227 OT, but I put Ace in a video game that my company is
releasing soon on Facebook. It's called Party Politics and is a match
three game with 50 pols and pundits on each side. I am not the designer
on it, but I came up with the 100 pols and pundits and I put Ace in
there. I got other luminaries on there too for the 'Right' side. Ace's
face is de-rezed or hidden is someway (have not seen the current
version) My company CEO hates Obama, so does my Executive Producer, and
all the owners... and we are in SoCal.

Posted by: Percopius at August 13, 2012 09:50 PM (F81jm)

Cool.....who else is in it?

Posted by: Tami at August 13, 2012 09:52 PM (X6akg)

228 I'm thinking of releasing a book of poetry about my childhood after the election. I'm calling it, Hop on Pop.

Posted by: Your Unicorn Princess, Barry O at August 13, 2012 09:53 PM (YOZSv)

229 Ryan can only quote Obama in prose only if the audience is issued small watermelons to toss onto the stage.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at August 13, 2012 09:54 PM (HlJeY)

230 229 Ryan can only quote Obama in prose only if the audience is issued small watermelons to toss onto the stage.
Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at August 13, 2012 09:54 PM (HlJeY)


RACIST!

Posted by: Your Unicorn Princess, Barry O at August 13, 2012 09:55 PM (YOZSv)

231
And atc could do her Newt impersonation by verbally eviscerating the rest of the panel.


Verbally?

Posted by: Alex at August 13, 2012 09:56 PM (oL8vk)

232 OT, but I put Ace in a video game that my company is releasing soon on Facebook. It's called Party Politics and is a match three game with 50 pols and pundits on each side. I am not the designer on it, but I came up with the 100 pols and pundits and I put Ace in there. I got other luminaries on there too for the 'Right' side. Ace's face is de-rezed or hidden is someway (have not seen the current version) My company CEO hates Obama, so does my Executive Producer, and all the owners... and we are in SoCal.
Posted by: Percopius at August 13, 2012 09:50 PM (F81jm)
-------------------------------------------------
Go on......

Posted by: ace's Copywrite Lawyers at August 13, 2012 09:56 PM (jucos)

233 Go on......
Posted by: ace's Copywrite Lawyers at August 13, 2012 09:56 PM (jucos)

I was wondering about that.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Wonders what Dagny thinks at August 13, 2012 09:57 PM (9TTOe)

234 And atc could do her Newt impersonation by verbally eviscerating the rest of the panel.

Verbally?
Posted by: Alex at August 13, 2012 09:56 PM (oL8vk)

He's mad that trusts in the tameness of a wolf

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Wonders what Dagny thinks at August 13, 2012 09:58 PM (9TTOe)

235 For our resident Unicorn Princess,

'Fresco, then, who could no longer brook her inordinate affectation, replied roughly to her, "Niece, if disagreeable persons displease you so much, and you are willing to be at ease, be sure you never look at yourself." She, however, as empty as a pithless cane, though she thought herself as wise as Solomon, understood her uncle's meaning no more than a sheep, but said she would look at herself as well as other people. Thus she remained in her ignorance, and still continues in the same state.'

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at August 13, 2012 10:01 PM (HlJeY)

236 This just in: The scantily dressed girls paying strings around Russell Brand are called Bond. Here they are, en Fuego:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNy8r-ZgKgQ

More kitsch, but at least it's hot kitsch.

Posted by: Marching Moron at August 13, 2012 10:03 PM (2S8JC)

237 "Oy, its 15 tickers past 12 bong".
Sounds like a sound byte from a Cheech and Chong movie.

Posted by: harleycowboy at August 13, 2012 10:04 PM (wSTfB)

238 OT (too late), but is anyone watching Stars Earn Stripes? A nice palate cleanser after Russel Brand last night.

Posted by: LizLem at August 13, 2012 10:04 PM (kDzQY)

239 Thus she remained in her ignorance, and still continues in the same state.'
Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at August 13, 2012 10:01 PM (HlJeY)


Everyone has pockets of ignorance.

Some peoples' pockets are larger or more numerous than others.

Posted by: Merovign, Dark Lord of the Sith at August 13, 2012 10:05 PM (bxiXv)

240 In theory, I should love Bond. The tempo's just too damned high. I am not a flamenco dancer. I don't care about flamenco dancing.

I want to listen to music, not a Benny Hill chase scene.

Yeah, they're hot, but it's all kind of permanent smile tanned party girl hot. Not into tanning or partying.

I'm sure they're very nice.

Posted by: Merovign, Dark Lord of the Sith at August 13, 2012 10:11 PM (bxiXv)

241 Why in the hell did you put Ace in a video game? All that's going to happen is Ace jumps out and kills all of the opposition and the game's over.

Posted by: harleycowboy at August 13, 2012 10:11 PM (wSTfB)

242 Who cares about the opening or closing ceremonies anyway? It's like the half time show at the superbowl. Who gives a flying frak.

Posted by: sandbagger at August 13, 2012 10:13 PM (cF0To)

243 for a guy who is claiming he has no money, I'm seeing an awful lot of full banner ads, every where, all supporting the president's re election.

Does he get a cheaper rate cause he a "friend of the MSM" like the friends of country wide....

Posted by: kevin durant fan at August 13, 2012 10:15 PM (oZfic)

244 Posted by: kevin durant fan at August 13, 2012 10:15 PM (oZfic)

The "no money" thing was always a lie. The left has more associated PAC money (by a lot), get free bonus press coverage, and at least a couple months ago when they claimed Romney out-raised them, they were just plain lying about the numbers.

Obama even claimed McCain out-raised him, which was an utterly transparent lie, which the MFM dutifully ignored.

Posted by: Merovign, Dark Lord of the Sith at August 13, 2012 10:20 PM (bxiXv)

245 @139 And the Fairy Liquid for dishwashing soap.

Oh, my. You should know that most of the Italian Navy, plus the Bismarck, were sunk by Fairey Swordfish. Rum, buggery, lash, assembly required.

Posted by: comatus at August 13, 2012 10:43 PM (qaVK+)

246 Forget the rest, George Michael is still good. He's like a sort of forgotten mega-star and still has real talent.

Posted by: Rich at August 13, 2012 10:56 PM (rzYpu)

247 Nothing about Elvis Presley was a monstrosity. Ever. Leave my man out of this!

Posted by: mississippigirl at August 14, 2012 12:54 AM (UyJaR)

248 Batchelor has some snotty brit on. He wrote a book about romney and he is so enjoying criticizing and picking him apart.

Fascinating the Brit was at the boston Herald when romney was Governor. Notice he's not in England......he an American but he is so loving his hour or so that he has been allotted bashing mitt.

guess dem operatives have british accents too...

Posted by: kevin durant fan at August 14, 2012 01:00 AM (oZfic)

249 Does SCOAMF pay per click on those ads? If so we need to bankrupt hum by programming something to click them all day.

We will need to do it in some sort of underground bunker though just in case some of the toxic stupid leaks out of the link.

Posted by: Voluble at August 14, 2012 01:00 AM (qYvEa)

250 the guys name is bret arens, the book is "The Romney files".......

Well that's one I won't be reading...

Posted by: kevin durant fan at August 14, 2012 01:01 AM (oZfic)

251 Brett Arends, the notorious shill who filed discredited attacks on the iPhone launch in Jim Cramer’s the Street listing “Five reasons not to buy an iPhone” and attacking the new phone at its launch for supposedly costing buyers “$17,670,” is now printing his fully unsubstantiated opinions on Apple in the Wall Street Journal."

http://tinyurl.com/mtd9xg

ah, I knew the name sounded familiar....

a bff of Jim Cramer.....

He was so wrong about the iphone.....it's laughable...

Now this is interesting when you google "the romney files"...you get this link:
http://tinyurl.com/7rsxz59

So I'm wondering if this guy arends is also the guy behind the stuff at this Mass Resistence website or if he's going to have copyright issues with the owners of said site since he named his book after the site.

Batchelor should be ashamed of himself for having the guy on and not identifying him as a huff po writer and he's written in a couple of other highly left wing slanted publications.

Posted by: kevin durant fan at August 14, 2012 01:24 AM (oZfic)

252 I've searched that "Mass Resistance" site, the one I gave the romney files link for and it seems there is no person's name on there taking responsibility for the site.

They are anti gay and anti romney...

After a while it's tough to fathom such anger. Maybe tomorrow I'll go back and see what else they are against, they certainly aren't positive about anything.

Posted by: kevin durant fan at August 14, 2012 01:35 AM (oZfic)

253
The United Kingdom is indeed just a cultural theme park with a wonderful ability for self delusion.
They had a captive audience for the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics and used that as proof that everyone "loved" their campy leftist show featuring their failed National Health system where recently a dying man had to call 999 to get the police to come as he was dying of DEHYDRATION in one of their hospitals.
You are twice as likely to die of prostate cancer as in the USA and ambulances will drive around the hospital for hours because they have no places for sick patients.
Yet they hijack the Olympics Opening to promote this utter failure.
They live in little politically correcthouses, their middle class is under seige from elitist leftist politicians, civil servants and they are being raped by crony capitalist bankers working with the progressive socialist elites.
The only thing saving them is the influx of money from those who want to protect their money from Mid East turmoil or Russian gangsterism and tourism to see the castles and great houses representative of a once vibrant nation.

Posted by: Joe at August 14, 2012 10:31 AM (GWtVr)






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