Soccer, aka futbol.
Regular readers know I’m NOT a sports fan. I have been known, however, to sometimes (glance up from my magazine/smartphone in my chair and) watch AMERICAN football, hockey, baseball, even (shudder) Pro-Am golf (to see Hollywood celebs out of their element). Usually, this happens because I’m downstairs (away from my own TV) and my roommate has the TV on.
Have you noticed this time the World Cup Soccer matches are not only lasting forever, but have been hyped much more?
What’s THAT about?
Of course, it wasn’t that many years ago that Americans didn’t play soccer. There were no youth soccer leagues or soccer moms. It was thought of as something foreign, not part of the American character. After all, we had real football.
But, money talk$.
And advertisers, knowing many soccer fans have developed in the United States (having been in youth leagues here) or moved here from traditional soccer countries. And now they drink soda and beer and eat Doritos like other good American sports fans.
My Coke Zero 24-pack now comes emblazoned with a soccer ball on it! So does my
American Belgian Budweiser beer.
And this soccer madness seems to be going on forever. Longer than the March Madness of basketball that messed up my Hopper’s recordings of shows I wanted to watch!
But now that the Americans lost in sudden death, shouldn’t we resume our regular programming? And change our packaging back to good ol’ American stuff?
On a more serious note, I see soccer as part of this international meddling, like trying to change American jurisprudence to Shariah, and using United Nations rules to
govern restrict or eliminate our Constitutional rights.
But, hey, it’s only a game, right?
Of course they do, you nit, it’s just not INDEPENDENCE DAY!
Here, we celebrate our freedom from government-imposed tyranny!
…or perhaps not.
(In addition to the constant video and audio surveillance, warrantless searches, police overreaching, Internet spying, illegal detentions, eminent domain theft, inability to defend ourselves, welfare statism, forced unionization, ad infinitum – ad nauseum.)
REGARDLESS, HAVE A HAPPY AND SAFE INDEPENDENCE DAY! I plan to read the Declaration of Independence aloud today, in it’s entirety, before doing so is also banned! – Guffaw
And, not to be outdone, in Chicago…
With Summer just around the corner, Summer food popped into my head! (Not that we can’t eat Summer foods all year ’round here in Arizona!)
PawPaw’s House recently did a post about ‘discovering’ Ball Park Franks. Yummy, but got me to thinking about my history with the proverbial tube steak…
(are hot dogs mentioned in Proverbs?)
‘ve always been a picky eater. Hot dogs have been a perennial favorite. But one does develop ‘taste’ as one matures. (Theoretically…) When I was a kid, pretty much any hot dog would do. Armour, Bar-S, Hormel, Oscar Meyer.
THEN I discovered Hebrew National, Vienna and Nathan’s! And Ted’s Charcoal-broiled, and Portillo’s!
But my heart belongs to Jimmie’s of Savin Rock!
Sure, they are ‘on the shore’, and have myriad seafood choices, steak and prime rib. I don’t care about that (from them).
They have The Best Hot Dogs In The World! Period!
Savin Rock was an amusement park in West Haven, Connecticut, and Jimmie’s grew with them. When the park closed, Jimmie’s stayed. I was born in Connecticut. I remember visiting from AZ with my family in 1967. The hot dogs resembled the cartoon hot dogs of my youth – strung together! They serve them split, to hold more condiments. They were so yummy, my Father packed a few pounds in ice & styrofoam for our trip back home!
I haven’t had one in years – I’m thinking of ordering a few pounds overnight express…
I’m not too compulsive, am I?
How DOES one measure a President’s greatness? Can we really compare John Adams to Millard Fillmore? Is it holding to the Constitutional base? Preserving the Union through extra-legal means? Being a good guy?
I remember as a kid being taught Washington was great because he was offered kingship and declined. And he was a great general who never told a lie. Of course, he wasn’t so great during the French and Indian War, and the whole Whiskey Rebellion thing.
Jefferson. One of my heroes. Governmental minimalist. Except, he too, took the reins and expanded governmental power. And, he was a nasty slave owner, like Washington. Of course, he did draft the 3/5 compromise, setting the stage for eventual emancipation of the slaves.
Lincoln. Preserved the Union! Through extra-legal means like suspending Habeus Corpus. Massacred Indians. Freed slaves in States over which he had no control.
Theodore Roosevelt. Rough Rider. Trust Buster. Progressive. Racist.
Franklin Roosevelt, his second cousin. Kept us in the Great Depression much longer than the rest of the World. Another Progressive. Locked up the Nisei. Military tribunals for combatants and civilians. Was elected FOUR times!
JFK. Didn’t duck. Daddy bought him the White House by dealing with Sam Giancana. Had style. Charisma.
Reagan. Likable. Snowed the Soviets into disbanding and taking down the wall. High taxes. Central American underground war stuff.
G.W. Bush. Also likeable. Kept us ‘safe’ after 911 with the War in Afghanistan and The PATRIOT Act.
You notice certain names are conspicuous by their absence…?
So what do YOU think?
It’s no secret I likes me ‘unhealthy’ food.
If it’s fatty, sugary, bacon-laden, greasy – well, you get the picture.
I do get vegetable matter, primarily through salads. But, I do like my dressing, croutons, bacon-bits and cheese added. And I usually drink Coke Zero. Sometimes beer.
My endocrinologist is not particularly happy with some of my choices (being diabetic, and all), but except for a four year excursion into macrobiotics (wherein I eschewed beef, dairy, sucrose, pork, refined wheat and caffeine), but my numbers are good, and I’ve proper meds, so I don’t care.
When it comes to burgers, I like taste. A super-lean turkey or veggie burger just doesn’t do it for me. What-A-Burger, The Chuckbox, Original Hamburger Works, Thirsty Lion and Culver’s produce fine hamburgers, each different in their own way. The Chuckbox, Thirsty Lion and Original Hamburger Works have the added joys of beer. Culver’s has frozen custard, and primo crinkle French fries.
Now there’s a new burgermeister in town! Freddy’s Steakburgers (and Frozen Custard)! Similar to the Culver’s chain, but with a smaller menu, Freddy’s has delicious burgers and fries. Had the frozen custard the other day – tasty, and not overly sweet. The French fries are very thin, and crisp, and properly cooked – not like the death sticks from some fast-food establishments. (In-N-Out, are you there?)
Macrobiotics was a long, strange trip. I felt terrific, slept well, and had amazing energy. But the lure of the bacon cheeseburgers on the idiot box was too much to bear – soon, I was back into the American fold.
I suspect I won’t live as long eating red meat, but, I’ll be happier.
FTC – I buy my own food, thank you very much!
not this guy – – – ->
“I am not now nor have I ever been a member of the
Communist PartyJohn Birch Society, “concealed” or otherwise. Moreover, I have never been a supporter of that partysociety.” – Guffaw
Funny, growing up in a white-bread liberal college town as I did, I heard mostly that Robert Welch (of the Welch Candy Company(Sugar Babies) and the John Birch Society) was nothing more than an ignorant, fascistic, fear-monger, as were the members of his society.
Then I listened to the words in the video above…
It appears as though he has been characterized erroneously.
He was actually a libertarian (of some variety)!
(I’m NOT saying I believe in everything the man stood for, and I am NOT a Bircher, but it appears character assassination of non-liberal individuals has been going on for generations!)
I’m guessing none of the members of the current administration (or their parents) were present in the audience to hear Mr. Welch speak. Unless, of course, they were
outside agitators community organizers bent on disrupting the proceedings…
(not unlike the guy on the right)
Friend sent this in last night he’s over there in the Suck . . . S.L.There was this new Intell chick at this evening’s base defense meeting. The Company Commander asked a couple of basic introductory questions and it went something like this . . .Major: “So where are you from?”
Major: “No, I mean where are you from in the States?”
Major: “What about your husband, where’s he from?”
Chick: “I don’t have a husband, I have a wife and she’s from Florida too.”
The whole room erupted.
True story . . .
(connected to the previous post regarding the State of Connecticut preparing to confiscate previously ‘legally-owned’ ‘assault weapons’*)
In a video posted Thursday to YouTube, Connecticut State Police Spokesman Lt. Paul Vance is heard telling a woman identified as “GMN Producer Guerilla Girl Ashley” that she sounded anti-American for questioning the state’s new gun control law.
“I want to know, if it comes down to it, will the police go to my home if my husband refuses to give up a weapon that was formerly legal and now has been made illegal by a corrupt legislature?” she asked. “Will the police actually go to my home and threaten my family, ’cause I’m scared to death?”
“We don’t threaten people, ma’am,” Lt. Vance said. “That doesn’t happen.”
“If you’re going with the force of government, that’s a threat,” she responded.
“Ma’am, it sounds like you’re anti-American, it sounds like you’re anti-law. I can’t answer your question,” Lt. Vance remarked.
Later, after Ashley said Lt. Vance works for the people of the state, he informed her that he, in fact, is her master.
“You’re the servant, we’re the master,” she said.
“I’m the master, ma’am. I’m the master,” he said in response.
Peter, a retired law enforcement officer himself, stated a response so much more eloquently than I:
Lt. Vance, I have news for you – and I speak as a retired law enforcement officer. If you take that attitude and that approach with me, you’ll have violated your oath of law enforcement office – the same oath I swore, and which remains binding on my conscience and my actions to this day. In consequence you won’t be my ‘master’ at all . . . you’ll be a felon, and I’ll be entirely within my rights when I deal with you as such. Nor will I be the only one to do so. As Sean Sorrentino asks, “What happens when both sides make a list?“
Just who the hell do you think you are, Lt. Vance? And if your attitude is typical of the Connecticut State Police, when did that organization abandon its mission and its collective oath of office to become nothing more than a collection of jackbooted thugs? (more at Bayou Renaissance Man)
When I went to college getting my Administration of Justice diploma, they taught us that the job of a peace officer was to enforce the law, preserve order and protect the rights of all. Obviously, they are no longer teaching that, or the curriculum has changed.
And THAT is a problem.
(*assault weapons – whatever a legislature decides they are. See also Saturday Night Special.)
The United States seems hell-bent on making all nationalities resident here inclusive – even those who aren’t here legally and those who fail to assimilate into American culture.
And those who refuse to learn or use English.
My ancestors came here legally from Germany (and Ireland – kinda already speaking English!). learned it and assimilated. There were proud Americans.
Witness below the nation/nation-state/Russian satellite of The Ukraine:
Nationalism unites, and multi-culti ‘diversity’ divides. So does culture and language.
- Paying attention yet America? Liking how that whole ‘diversty’ joke is working for you?
Belgians have the whole Flemish vs. Walloon thing.
- I don’t know if this is WHY Brussels is so dysfunctional, but when all else fails it never hurts to go with “blame the French.”
Many of us understand what happened in the former Yugoslavia. The linguistic divide between Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, Slovene, and Macedonian (plus a few more languages) made the ‘country’ less functional than their infamous car, the Yugo. (map and text courtesy of Theo Spark)
Is anyone in our State Department listening? If not, press one for ENGLISH.