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Mary Landrieu on Tailgating

Mary Landrieu LSU Keg Stand Tailgate

Perhaps to overshadow this onslaught of bad news on the campaign trail, Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) resorted to some colorful grassroots campaigning.    As Senator Landrieu toured her old stomping grounds at  Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge (class of ’77), she encountered a football tailgate in which young collegiates for the 58 year old senior Senator of Louisiana  to partake in a keg stand as part of the Fighting Tiger’s home-stand against the Mississippi State Bulldogs.

While Landrieu declined to do a keg stand herself (even though it might earn her votes), she tried having it both ways by pouring a 20 something guy who she termed “a purple shirted bro”. Alas, Landrieu’s tailgate irrational enthusiasm did not help the Tigers beat the Bulldogs as LSU lost  by a score of 34-29.
Landrieu allegedly expressed concern about how doing a keg stand herself would be covered by the national press.  Landrieu had nothing to fear.  The national press is covering for the Democrats losing big at the midterm elections.  As CNN’s Chris Cuomo’s commentary shows,  Landrieu’s keg stand was a depicted as a  comedic sidelight, rather than a political act of desperation or stooping to conquer.


Some Reflections on “The Battle of the Sexes”

Bobby Riggs was a pro tennis star who was at the of his game in the late 1930s and the 1940s.  But Riggs is most remembered for his battle of the sexes.  In 1973, the 55 year old Riggs came out of retirement to play a couple of matches against much younger female tennis stars.

Originally, Riggs wanted to play Billie Jean King but King initially refused.. But the so called Mothers Day Massacre of top female player Margaret Cox caused the 29 year old King to change her mind and agree to play Riggs.  The Battle of the Sexes was played on September 20th, 1973 at the Houston Astrodome before a record setting crowd of 30,472 spectators and a television audience estimated at 90 million.  King won the $100,000 winner take all prize on 6-4, 6-3, 6-3.  This Battle of the Sexes elevated Women’s Tennis in America , fueled the politically correct womens’ liberation movement and highlighted the Title IX law.

But there was more to the story than athletic prowess on the court.



Scotland Decides– No. Thanks

On September 18th, 2014  Scotland voted on a referendum on independence.   The question was simply stated.  The turnout was quite high, achieving around 87% participation throughout Scotland. Both of those facts are quite commendable.  
The First Minister of Scotland, Scottish National Party Leader Alex Sammon (SNP-Aberdeenshire East) spearheaded this referendum.  Sammon instituted one act of electoral legerdemain by allowing 16 and 17 year olds to participate in the vote.  Perhaps it was thought that these young voters would be open to “Vote Yes”.  However polling late in the Scotland Decides campaign that over half of this key demographic planned on voting no.
It looks like Groundskeeper Willie from the Simpsons won’t be contending for an  Scottish government leader.  Moreover, British Prime Minister David Cameron won’t have to sing “If We Break Up We Will Never Ever Get Back Together” again either. 


Personally, this writer was chary about Scottish independence for sentimental, economic and geopolitical reasons.  However, presuming that Scottish voters kept calm and voted no, it will be interesting to see how the Westminster Parliament implements “devolution max” in Scotland as well as how England asserts its interests in Parliament.


“Shut Up Legs”: Jens Voigt’s Final Trek

Jens Voigt has been on the professional Cycling circuit for the past twenty years, racking up over thirty championships. As the 43 year old German Cycling star prepared to retire, he took on the Hour Record at the Velodrome Suisse in Gretchen, Switzerland. 
Using a specially designed bike, Voigt sought to break Ondrej Sosenka’s mark of 49.700 kilometeters in an hour from 2005.  On the even of his cycling swan song, Voigt voiced: “I’m planning on riding 50-something kilometers.
After a grueling 60 minute ride, Voigt achieved 51.115 kilometers or 31.761 mph. To make that mark, Voigt needed experience, training, determination and enduring quite a bit of pain.  This is why Voigt became renowned for the self chiding “Shut up legs!”.
Voigt’s drive, determination and character gives an excellent example outside of the velodrome or the peloton.



A Bit on Andy Murray on Scottish Nationalism

As Scots go to the polls to vote “Aye” or “Nay” on Scottish independence, British tennis star Andy Murray has stopped being coy about his viewing on Scottish nationalism.


Vice President Biden’s Gaffes– “A Big F’ing Deal” or “Joe Being Joe”?

When speaking before the Legal Services Corporation, Vice President Joe Biden referred to “Shylock” lawyers who pressed foreclosures while soldiers were serving overseas.


From a political perspective, this was a prudent position for a prospective Democrat nominee for President in 2016. “Lunch Bucket Joe” bolstered his middle class credentials while taking a class warfare tact and aligning himself with patriots serving in the military.  Unfortunately Biden’s ham-handed execution of this campaign “strategerie” was insulting to a key Democrat minority, showed an insensitivity and underlined a tendency to be gaffe prone.
Mr. Biden referred to some lawyers as “Shylocks”.  This colorful language was offensive to Jewish voters, who are key Democrat voting bloc and reliable campaign contributors.
As Anti-Defamation League National Director Abraham Foxman noted: “Shylock represents the medieval stereotype about Jews and remains an
offensive characterization to this day. The Vice President should have
been more careful.”  Surely, if a Republican or a Conservative would have uttered such an epithet, such a politico would not receive such a mild chiding and the news of the gaffe would lead the headlines in the Lamestream Media.
Conventional wisdom holds that former First Lady, Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (R-NY) is the putative  Democrat nominee for the 2016 Presidential election.  But Ms. Clinton’s support may be a mile wide and an inch deep. But if bad news sticks on Hillary, such as the accusation that former Secretary of State Clinton’s staff was complicit in scrubbing Foggy Bottom documents on Benghazi “to protect the seventh floor”, suddenly opt to spend more time with her grandchild. That would make Vice President Joe Biden the default front runner.
 Political junkies are well acquainted with Biden’s tendency to bloviate and be gaffe prone, as when he told “Barack” at the announcement of Obamacare that: “This is a big f**king deal”.  Being Vice President may not make you a lock to win the Oval Office, but it certainly gives advantages to gaining a party nomination.  However, other Democrat candidates would likely to use Biden’s verbal gaffes as the chink in the armor to take down the leader of the pack.  If Vice President Biden has not locked down the informal media caucus, gaffes may be reported in the future more as a “Big f’ing deal” rather than “Joe being Joe.”
h/t: HotAir
      Jeff Koterba

An Unconventional Celebration of the Bicentennial of the Star Spangled Banner

As we celebrate the bicentenary of Francis Scott Keys penning “The Star Spangled Banner”,  the Naked Gun movie comedic crooning ought to shame celebrities to learn the lyrics to the patriotic poem set to a period drinking song.


There are too many examples of hyped singers who flub the lines to the National Anthem at sporting events, either through ignorance or intentionally, and show disrespect to honoring America.  That being said, it helps when the accompanist plays the right national anthem.
Singing “The Star Spangled Banner”, which Congress designated as America’s National Anthem in 1931, did began a tradition at pro baseball games until 1942.  It is estimated that in the major leagues, the National Anthem has been heard before the first pitch at 121,000 games.
For those of us to struggle to keep on Key, lyrically and aesthetically, it is worth being reminded of the meaning behind the text.  The lyrics were based on “The Defense of Fort McHenry” after a sustained bombardment of Baltimore during the war of 1812.  Francis Scott Key was an accomplished attorney who was negotiating for the release of Dr. William Beanes held prisoner by the British after the Battle of Bladensburg.  The British detained  Keys as a diplomat on a prison ship while the Royal Armada bombed Baltimore Harbor.  After a night’s bombardment, Francis Scott Key looked to Fort McHenry and saw the Stars and Stripes flying, demonstrating that American freedom had survived.
There are four verses to the National Anthem, though sports fans are only familiar with the first verse. In case one needs a refresher, here are the real lyrics:
Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early lightWhat so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?

Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,

O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?

And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,

Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.

Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,

What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,

As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?

Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,

In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:

‘Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore

That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion,

A home and a country should leave us no more!

Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution.

No refuge could save the hireling and slave

From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:

And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand

Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!

Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued land

Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.

Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,

And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”

And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!


Rihanna Reacts Ribaldly to SEE B.S. Fecklessness

After CBS spent $275 million for the 2014 Season to win broadcast rights to broadcast NFL Thursday Night Football from September 11-October 23 (and December 20th), the Tiffany Network wanted to make a splash in prime time to draw advertiser.  Thanks to the ex Baltimore Raven RB Ray Rice incident, CBS Sports is drawing criticism.
CBS created pre-game promos which featured popular singers Jay-Z and Rihanna singing “Run This Town”.   But as TMZ released the video of Ray Rice knocking his financee out in an elevator, CBS pulled back from this  marketing place.
Rihanna had suffered felony domestic abuse at the hands of singer Chris Brown in 2009.  But CBS steadfastly denied that Rihanna’s past  had anything to do with cancelling the song as well as a comedy sketch appearance with Don Cheadle.  CBS sanctimoniously stated:

We thought journalistically and from a tone standpoint, we needed to
have the appropriate tone and coverage. A lot of the production elements we wanted in the show are
being eliminated because of time or tone.

Instead, CBS Sports featured CBS Morning Show hostess Norah O’Donnell somber questions which centered on domestic violence to precede a professional football game.

One week later, when the Baltimore Ravens were not playing, CBS Sports signaled that it wanted to use the Rihanna material. The Hip Hop chanteuse saw BS and called out the network.

After Rihanna’s Twitter postings, it is highly unlikely that the videos will ever be used.

h/t: Twitchy


David Cameron on Scottish Independence

If Scotland votes “Aye” on the Independence Referendum on September 18th, do not expect an amicable “Conscious Uncoupling”, as celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin euphemistically call their separation leading to a divorce.  British Prime Minister David Cameron has been channeling Taylor Swift by proclaiming: “We are never ever getting back together”.


If Scotland becomes independent, there will be quite a bit of haggling over apportioning the debt. The Scots expect that they can still maintain a currency union with the rest of the United Kingdom after splitting away.   British Prime Minister David Cameron insists that sharing the Pound Sterling is out of the question.  But the British military would like to retain access to the Fasland Naval Base on the Clyde for the Trident nuclear submarine fleet.  Replacing that base is estimated to cost five billion pounds. But that may be a hard sell to Scottish citizens, who have a leftist and political pacifist bent.  But it should be noted that HMNB Clyde currently is the largest single employer in Scotland.


Greg Gutfeld on Prioritizing Evil

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