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Archive for June 30th, 2008

Because it is funny, that’s why.

Why, really, is a theory of mine. We ultimately laugh as a release of tension, and when we laugh at someone else’s misfortune it is partially a subconscious recognition of “Thank God that wasn’t me.”

Plus, we laugh because there is a part in all of us that is just plain ol’ mean ornery bastard.

Kids, you tried your best and failed miserably. The lesson is, never try. – Homer Simpson

Like, ferinstance, you can laugh at this guy who had one arm compounded and the other hyperextended badly enough to not be able to use either arm well for weeks. Admit it, there’s some laughter there.

(Before you get all snotty about laughing at other people’s pain, don’t… that was me in 1988, and *I* laugh at it. Talk about being humbled!)

I’m not normally a religious man, but if you’re up there, save me, Superman!  – Homer Simpson

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Oh, that’s nice.  (get me outta here…)

Men’s Fashion Gets a Feminine Touch at Paris Shows

The notion of wardrobe androgyny was the fitting theme of Yves Saint-Laurent’s men’s collection, the house that kicked off the just-ended Paris men’s shows where men’s fashion won a feminine touch.

At YSL, designer Stefano Pilati used quotations from Plato to explain why he combined female detailing with a masculine silhouette.

“The original human nature was not like the present … the sexes were not two as they are now.”

This is really what the West needs right now.  Further emasculation and gender confusion at a time when the world is doing it’s best to screw kids up irreparably.  What the hell happened to being happy and content with the way you were made?  Why not accentuate your strong qualities?  Why NOT let men be men and boys be boys?

I have nothing but contempt for the tool in the picture above.  I’m old fashioned I guess.

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Obama is on the move regarding patriotism – he critizes after the fact the attacks on Petraeus in the MoveOn.org adBut didn’t do anything about it in a vote (however symbolic it may have been).

The Boston Glove had a nice op-ed on Obama’s Patriotism Pin Pickle back in October of 2007 when he was asked why he did not wear a flag pin on his lapel.  Excerpted emphasis mine:

IT WOULD NEVER have occurred to me to ask Barack Obama why he doesn’t wear an American flag pin on his lapel, let alone to draw any inference from such a seemingly trivial fact. But it did occur to a journalist in Iowa City, Iowa, to ask that question last week, and the answer it elicited wasn’t trivial at all.

Wrapping up an interview on “kind of a lighter note,” a KCRG-TV reporter observed that Obama wasn’t wearing a flag pin and inquired: “Is this a fashion statement? Those have been on politicians since Sept. 12, 2001.”

Obama could have waved off the query – “Nope, no fashion statement; I’m just not a lapel-pin kind of guy” – and nobody would have given the matter a second thought. Instead he went out of his way to politicize it.

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Obama brought up the subject again a day later. “I probably haven’t worn a flag pin in a very long time,” he told a campaign crowd in Independence, Iowa. “My attitude is that I’m less concerned about what you’re wearing on your lapel than what’s in your heart. You show your patriotism by how you treat your fellow Americans, especially those who serve. You show your patriotism by being true to our values and ideals.” As for Americans who do wear a flag pin, Obama was scornful: “I noticed people wearing a lapel pin and not acting very patriotic.”

This, surely, is something new under the sun: a candidate for president disparaging the sincerity of voters who wear the American flag, and loftily insisting that he “won’t wear that pin.” Of course Obama is free to believe that “speaking out on issues” is the best way to show “true patriotism.” But does he really imagine that the many Americans who do “wear that pin” do so as a “substitute” for true patriotism – as a hypocritical affectation, in other words – rather than as a symbol of it?

Perhaps Obama, reflecting the post-1960s culture in which he came of age, simply doesn’t recognize the power and significance of such symbols in sustaining a nation’s identity and values. Many contemporary Americans, raised on the dogma that what they feel in their hearts matters more than how they conduct themselves in public, have little appreciation for traditions, manners, and emblems that earlier generations were taught to honor. We live in an era, after all, when worshippers attend church in shorts and flip-flops; when the civic inspiration of Washington’s Birthday has been replaced with the antiseptic nullity of Presidents Day; when smoking is taboo but foul language is ubiquitous; when countless couples disdain a marriage license as “just a piece of paper.” So why should the American flag pin on someone’s lapel be entitled to deference or respect?

And yet it’s hard to imagine Obama being quite so dismissive about other kinds of symbols. As UPI’s John O’Sullivan asked, would the senator also refuse to wear an AIDS ribbon on the grounds that it’s a mere “substitute” for true charity?

– thanks to Jeff Jacoby for his writing

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Is there a relationship between the two topics so far? I’d like to think that most true patriots not only don’t run around wearing dresses with flag lapel pins, but they don’t wear dresses at all AND they think that lapel pins are a damn fine idea.

Show me just one  Distinguished Flying Cross recipient who earned it while he was in a dress and I’ll eat your shoes.

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Speaking of real men and women – take a look at the latest in firefighting news.

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