Monday, May 26, 2008
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Where the 'scarf' was purchased is not really the issue, nor is the design or fabric content. It was indistinguishable from a traditional kaffiyeh. That was the point.Thank you for expressing your concern regarding the Rachael Ray advertisement. In the ad that you reference, Rachael is wearing a black-and-white silk scarf with a paisley design that was purchased at a U.S. retail store. It was selected by the stylist for the advertising shoot. Absolutely no symbolism was intended. However, given the possibility of misperception, we will no longer use the commercial.
If the stylist had selected a patterned scarf that, draped around Ms. Ray's neck, appeared to have the Confederate Flag printed on it, I doubt it would have escaped the notice of DD execs and ad agency types.
Pulling the ad was the right thing to do, even if they claim to be baffled by the "misperception".
Jamie is a 12-year-old basketball phenomenon. Already over 6 feet tall, and averaging 30 points per game, Jamie has been banned from the local basketball league because some parents complained that SHE was making their sons look bad.
What is WRONG with these people? Their little boys have such fragile egos that a really talented girl squashes their self-esteem? Is this really the message parents want to send to their sons? If someone is better than you, I'll just get them BANNED? Dear God....
At least one of the boys isn't buying this tripe. He liked playing with Jamie, because her talent raised his play to a higher level. Smart kid.
Oh, a little post script for you Title IX types: Jamie doesn't want 'equal time', and she doesn't aspire to play women's basketball. She's aiming for the NBA. You go, Jamie!
There are many eloquent essays on the sacrifices and heroism represented by Memorial Day, too. I considered trying to add my own to the list, but in the end, I came up with one simple phrase that says everything I have to say.... "Thank You!"
It is at once whole and wholly inadequate. But there is nothing else. I am free to do this...this blogging thing...because someone else bravely and selflessly paid for my freedom. Hopefully, I will never lose sight of what a tremendous gift this is.
If you see a soldier - anywhere, any time, under any circumstances - please.... approach them with respect and say thank you. Nothing more. They don't expect it. But they deserve it.
Friday, May 23, 2008
It seems Dunkin' Donuts has hired Ms. Ray to hawk their wares, as evidenced by this photo.
I wouldn't be more likely to buy a Dunkin' Donuts anything based on Rachael's endorsement, even if she wasn't sporting a kaffiyeh - the favorite neck scarf of the Intifada and terrorists everywhere.
Let's assume Ms. Ray was simply ill-informed about the symbolism of this wardrobe choice. Remember actress Cameron Diaz carrying a bag printed with Maoist slogans into Peru, where Maoists had murdered tens of thousands? She just thought, like, you know, it was a cute purse.
Just who IS responsible, then? Are the corporate types at DD so clueless ? How about the ad agency responsible for this insulting ad? I'd like an explanation. In the meantime, I'll be getting my donuts and coffee elsewhere.
Hat tip: 'RememberSekhmet?' and Little Green Footballs
UPDATE: The folks at Socialism & Liberation Magazine really like the "symbol of solidarity" Rachael has around her neck. Gack!
UPDATE: From Wikipedia
sheep and a sheepdog were washed up with him. After looking around,
he realized that they were stranded on a deserted island.
After being there awhile, he got into the habit of taking his two
animal companions to the beach every evening to watch the sunset.
One particular evening, the sky was a fiery red with beautiful
cirrus clouds, the breeze was warm and gentle - a perfect night for
As they sat there, the sheep started looking better and better to
the lonely man. Soon, he leaned over to the sheep and put his arm
But the sheepdog, ever protective of the sheep, growled fiercely
until the man took his arm from around the sheep.
After that, the three of them continued to enjoy the sunsets
together, but there was no more cuddling.
A few weeks passed by and, lo and behold, there was another
The only survivor was Hillary Clinton.
That evening, the man brought Hillary to the evening beach ritual.
It was another beautiful evening - red sky, cirrus clouds, a warm and
gentle breeze - perfect for a night of romance. Pretty soon, the man
started to get 'those feelings' again..
He fought the urges as long as he could but he finally gave in and
leaned over to Hillary and told her he hadn't had 's-e-x' for months.
Hillary batted her eyelashes and asked if there was anything she
could do for him.
He said, 'Would you mind taking the dog for a walk?'
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Ms. McPhail is a former member of the Detroit City Council and failed candidate for mayor. She famously accused Mr. Kilpatrick of rewiring her chair massager in an attempt to electrocute her and called him "Sambo Sell-out of the Year" in 2005 during their campaign battle. Her words, not mine.
In recent months, she has been a frequent Mayoral spokesperson and guest on local talk radio. Her inability to put together coherent sentences has drawn ridicule, even from some left-leaning hosts. It should be interesting to see what she has to say to the Governor....
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?
The chicken crossed the road because it was time for a CHANGE! The chicken wanted CHANGE!
My friends, that chicken crossed the road because he recognized the need to engage in cooperation and dialogue with all the chickens on the other side of the road.
When I was First Lady, I personally helped that little chicken to cross the road. This experience makes me uniquely qualified to insure -- right from Day One! -- that every chicken in this country gets the chance it deserves to cross the road. But then, this really isn't about me.......
GEORGE W. BUSH:
We don't really care why the chicken crossed the road. We just want to know if the chicken is on our side of the road, or not. The chicken is either against us, or for us. There is no middle of the road here.
Although I voted to let the chicken cross the road, I am now against it! It was the wrong road to cross, and I was misled about the chicken's intentions. I am not for it now, and will remain against it.
To steal the job of a decent, hardworking American.
I did not cross the road with THAT chicken. What is your definition of chicken?
I invented the chicken!
Where's my gun?
Why are all the chickens white? We need some black chickens. Racist chickens!
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Almost immediately, the usual left-wing suspects began trolling 'conservative'-leaning web sites, looking for any whiff of glee at the news, because, you know, conservatives are just like that. This attitude is a sickness unto itself.
I'm proudly Conservative, and I frequently visit a number of like-minded sites. I have never, and I mean NEVER seen a vile, inappropriate or nasty post allowed to stand. Most sites allow anyone to register and post comments, so occasionally something repugnant shows up. The difference is, the site administrators have the good taste to delete them, quickly.
I would be lying if I said I liked Senator Kennedy's politics. I don't. Never have, never will. I also would not wish such a devastating disease on anyone. That some bloggers (who do not know me, by the way) would suggest that I could take pleasure in the poor man's plight says far more about the depravity of their character than it does any shortcomings I may have.
Please join me in praying for the Senator and his family at this difficult time. For more information about the diagnosis, try these links:
Friday, May 16, 2008
What is WRONG with these people? No one complained or asked for this stupidity. Lt. Gen. Franklin "Buster" Hagenbeck came up with this one all by himself. Here, kids, is yet another prime example of the negative effects of Political Correctness run amok in our military. The General denies it, of course, calling it "common sense". Yeah. Right.
Apparently, the Lt. General finds words like 'men' and 'sons' too macho, and wants to soften them up so as to not offend any of the female cadets. Just what we need, a sensitive emo man running the military academy.
Just in case you're wondering, the female cadets don't appear too excited about this. They don't want to be seen as whiners. More cojones on the girls than the boys.
Here's an article for reference. Read 'em and weep.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
He spent the first ten minutes talking about slavery and human trafficking. Terrible things to be sure, but are they really big enough problems to register in the Presidential campaign? Over and above, say...oh, I don't know...legions of Islamoterrorists who want us all dead?
Next on John's hit parade? Global warming. GACK! He's buying the myth kook, line and sinker. What he will sink is our economy. Hey, John, why don't we build a new refinery or two, and drill for oil in our own country? We have enough oil in the United States to eliminate our foreign dependence. According to John McCain, he hasn't supported developing domestic sources because he's "a federalist" who believes the states should decide if they want drilling or not. Ha! Alaska has been BEGGING the federal government to drill in ANWAR. Bill Clinton vetoed a bill that would have allowed it. John McCain should be supporting it.
Something about this man's face makes me proud to be an American.
'The face of the Greatest Generation'