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towan52
Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2019 10:20:19 AM

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I recently squirmed with embarrassment listening to Captain Sphincter Blossom at his press conference with The Ireland PM. Look at the bemused face on the PM's face. You have to suffer the presenter for a while!

Today he tweeted about talking to the leader of the sea-mammals

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thar
Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2019 11:55:18 AM

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I think communicating with cetaceans shows great statesmanship.
Apart from nearly being hunted to extinction, whales seem to have the social and political aspects of their lives pretty sorted. I am sure they can teach us many lessons on communication, cooperation and peaceful coexistence.
Except of course in a matriarchal society, the leader is a queen. The prince is a fifty-year old male whale who still lives with his mother and sisters.

(there is no hidden meaning or subtext in that last sentence with regard to any royalty - just something I remember from watching some documentary about a hundred-year old matriarch who led her pod around and knew the best places to go. These elderly ladies can have sons who are decades old and yet when they are with the pod their mother helps feed them. Momma's boys. Princes. Whistle


But, seriously, yes folks. When the rest of the world is not cringing or seething they are reduced to laughing.
Which is by turns sad and terrifying.
towan52
Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2019 12:44:49 PM

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thar wrote:
I think communicating with cetaceans shows great statesmanship.
Apart from nearly being hunted to extinction, whales seem to have the social and political aspects of their lives pretty sorted. I am sure they can teach us many lessons on communication, cooperation and peaceful coexistence.
Except of course in a matriarchal society, the leader is a queen. The prince is a fifty-year old male whale who still lives with his mother and sisters.

(there is no hidden meaning or subtext in that last sentence with regard to any royalty - just something I remember from watching some documentary about a hundred-year old matriarch who led her pod around and knew the best places to go. These elderly ladies can have sons who are decades old and yet when they are with the pod their mother helps feed them. Momma's boys. Princes. Whistle


But, seriously, yes folks. When the rest of the world is not cringing or seething they are reduced to laughing.
Which is by turns sad and terrifying.


He's certainly plunging to some new depths!

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thar
Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2019 2:28:57 PM

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Well, just wait till Boris Johnson becomes PM, which is looking possible given the first round of voting.
Their hair can do battle, and may the best hrumph win.
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Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2019 3:39:48 PM

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towan52 wrote:
I recently squirmed with embarrassment listening to Captain Sphincter Blossom at his press conference with The Ireland PM. Look at the bemused face on the PM's face. You have to suffer the presenter for a while!
I had no idea the British were so sensitive. You have my sympathies. I can only imagine how uncomfortable you were, squirming with embarrassment.

It must have been extremely difficult for you when Obama mentioned the "Marine Corpse", especially since he did it several times. I do hope you can get used to these small human foibles, especially typos like the one below. Perhaps living in Texas will help you in that regard, but you'll do best if you get out of the cities filled with transplants and meet some real Texans. Best of luck...Whistle

Today he tweeted about talking to the leader of the sea-mammals


We should look to the past to learn from it, not destroy our future because of it — FounDit
Hope123
Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2019 4:32:44 PM

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Ho, ho, ho. Prince Charles has a sense of humour. This was his tweet:

Prince Charles
@Charles_HRH
"The Prince of Whales". Very funny, Donald Trump. Did you do that on porpoise?

"The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons." Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
Hope123
Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2019 4:56:47 PM

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BTW - tomorrow, June 14, has been decreed as John McCain Day. Whistle

"The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons." Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
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Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2019 5:26:23 PM
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God not only gave us today...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRcnJPQqY0c



Sometimes I wish there existed some kind of god.
towan52
Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2019 8:58:24 PM

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FounDit wrote:
towan52 wrote:
I recently squirmed with embarrassment listening to Captain Sphincter Blossom at his press conference with The Ireland PM. Look at the bemused face on the PM's face. You have to suffer the presenter for a while!
I had no idea the British were so sensitive. You have my sympathies. I can only imagine how uncomfortable you were, squirming with embarrassment.

It must have been extremely difficult for you when Obama mentioned the "Marine Corpse", especially since he did it several times. I do hope you can get used to these small human foibles, especially typos like the one below. Perhaps living in Texas will help you in that regard, but you'll do best if you get out of the cities filled with transplants and meet some real Texans. Best of luck...Whistle

Today he tweeted about talking to the leader of the sea-mammals

d'oh!
Yeah, right - Texas, in the forefront of the BFE mentality and the gene pool for redneck prats. BTW, Ireland is not British.

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Hope123
Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2019 11:38:52 PM

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Small human foibles. Yeah right. I'd even be willing to say spell correct did it while he was name dropping, except for all the mistakes and crap he pulls daily. While in British airspace he attacked London Mayor Khan. He had called Meghan Markle nasty. He thought the protesters were there to support him while they flew a diapered baby Trump balloon. (Still bringing up Obama when can't defend Trump, I see.)

You tell me if he is provoking a war with Iran.

This week he has attacked:

- President Obama
- CNN
- Meghan Markle
- New York Times
- Donny Deutsch
- MSNBC
- Nancy Pelosi
- Bette Midler
- Joe Biden
- Maureen Dowd
- AT&T
- Comcast
- NASA

Trump still has yet to attack:

- White supremacists
- Vladimir Putin

::::

Whatson, if I believed in God, it would be someone like Jon Stewart. He choked up while giving Congress hell for not providing healthcare for First Responders of 9/11.

https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2019/06/11/jon-stewart-congress-reauthorizing-9-11-victim-compensation-fund-first-responders-sot-vpx.cnn

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Hope123
Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2019 11:48:43 PM

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Towan, here's what a few 35,000 smart Texans are thinking and doing:



Damon Langlois has been awarded 1st Place for his incredible sand sculpture, “Liberty Crumbling”, at the 2019 Texas SandFest. The 23rd annual Texas SandFest drew 35,000 people to Port Aransas, Texas and is recognized as the largest native-sand sculpture competition in the United States.

"The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons." Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
towan52
Posted: Friday, June 14, 2019 1:52:42 PM

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Ms. Hope, you bring a leavening graciousness to this forum that even himself from the oily port cannot diminish. Whistle Applause

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Hope123
Posted: Friday, June 14, 2019 9:28:34 PM

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:)

"The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons." Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
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Posted: Saturday, June 15, 2019 4:49:37 AM

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The updated and accurate statue in New York harbor.


Question authority. How do you know, that you know, what you know?
FounDit
Posted: Saturday, June 15, 2019 11:38:37 AM

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towan52 wrote:
FounDit wrote:
towan52 wrote:
I recently squirmed with embarrassment listening to Captain Sphincter Blossom at his press conference with The Ireland PM. Look at the bemused face on the PM's face. You have to suffer the presenter for a while!
I had no idea the British were so sensitive. You have my sympathies. I can only imagine how uncomfortable you were, squirming with embarrassment.

It must have been extremely difficult for you when Obama mentioned the "Marine Corpse", especially since he did it several times. I do hope you can get used to these small human foibles, especially typos like the one below. Perhaps living in Texas will help you in that regard, but you'll do best if you get out of the cities filled with transplants and meet some real Texans. Best of luck...Whistle

Today he tweeted about talking to the leader of the sea-mammals

d'oh!
Yeah, right - Texas, in the forefront of the BFE mentality and the gene pool for redneck prats. BTW, Ireland is not British.


You're Irish? My apologies, then. I must have been mistaken when I thought I read a post from you once that said you were a British expat.

I don't know what the BFE mentality is, so that apparent insult fails to inflict any damage. As for rednecks, I'm not overly fond of them myself. I was thinking more of polite and considerate Texans, but perhaps there is a shortage of them in the area where you reside. We seem to be inundated lately with people fleeing states where Democrats rule and destroy.

I was attempting a bit of humor, but I suppose I should have known better than to try that with folks on the political Left as it seems that sense has be excised in most, as is reflected in the anger and hatred that has been expressed since my post to you. No point in making an effort to communicate, apparently, even in jest, so I'll leave you all with your bile rising.

Btw, Hope, I'm sure there were a great many sand sculptures created at that exhibit. Are you really certain that everyone who attended agreed with the judges and that single artist? That's a rhetorical question as I have no interest in your response.


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Hope123
Posted: Saturday, June 15, 2019 1:30:54 PM

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FD, Don't mix up your words with mine. I never said that. They were all thinking and doing sand sculptures. Some very beautiful ones. Photo was of first prize.

Thanks for the apt acronym Towan - I looked it up and have to remember it. 😀

What do you make of this one? It is called Continental Drip.







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Hope123
Posted: Saturday, June 15, 2019 3:18:56 PM

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Towan, I think your thread is pretty much hijacked so will continue doing so. Whistle

I was thinking more about the "Continental Drip" sculpture. From a cursory look I don't think he won a prize, and yet the symbolism is pure genius. There were other criteria for the judging too, but I'd have voted for this one as first or at least first in a category for symbolism.

The title "Continental Drip" - play on "Continental Drift". The human hand around the cone with the ice cream dripping as the hot continents and oceans slide down. Did I miss anything? Whether or not one sees it as an indictment of Canada, US and rest of Americas is up to the individual viewer.

https://www.texassandfest.org/2019-results/ I love the "Save the Elephants" sculpture too.

About this sculptor:

https://www.texassandfest.org/project/jeff-strong/

This is what I remember as being good about America.



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towan52
Posted: Monday, June 17, 2019 11:15:59 AM

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Hope - That's perfectly okay - some of the best posts are "off-topic".

Foundit - I am expat English but, as were talking about the bemused Irish PM, you seemed as confused as Captain Sphincter Blossom. FYI, I lived in the Permian Basin for 14 years - where the apparent "Real Texans" live and where "real men" work in the oil & gas industry and the women clean house or work in the kitchen.

Here's some thoughts wot I writ down after a few months in Midland, Texas.

Do They Speak French?

Shortly after starting a new job, my beautifully modulated English accent attracted this question, “My Grandmother has promised me a trip to England if I graduate this year, do they speak French there?” More than a little confused I reconciled this by thinking, “Hey, this was an aberrant brain fry, no danger of a widespread misapprehension.” Sadly, just one day later a gentleman in his mid twenties remarked on my accent, “Man”, he said with a wistful look, “I’d love to go to England, but don’t they speak French there?” “Pardonez moi, je veux fixin’ to get out of here,” I muttered as I fled home to my Maison (Chez Limey) in Midland, Texas, nowhere near the rest of the world.

Let’s get one thing very clear: I love Americans and America; after all I married one and I have no regrets at all about moving to Texas after my wife and I lived and worked in England for the first six years of our marriage.

There is however no mistaking, once I start talking, that I am not from “these parts”. For two years I have been telling everybody that I am from Jackson, Mississippi, but after this caused a choking seizure to a Big Spring resident on a Southwest flight from Dallas, I have been more selective in my victims. Just recently I have been telling people that I am in the United States doing TV commercials for Geiko, “Let’s not delve into the private life, love”.

There is a more serious side to this piece and that reflects a desire to want to see Americans and America become more familiar with what really goes on in the rest of the world. Sorry guys but many of you appear to have no idea what goes on outside of the United States and those that do have ideas – well many of your ideas are kind of, well –wrong!

Here are some prime examples but first let me tell you that many of these remarks came from both educated and professional people – all were sincere questions or observations.

“What do you mean you don’t have Republican and Democratic parties in England?”

“68 Euros, What’s that in real money?”

From a United States guest who stayed with us in England. “Do the people that live here have refrigerators and washing machines?”

From an El Paso CPA, “I noticed that Mexicans have a different culture to Americans, are you guys pretty much the same as us?”

Observed in a small town in England when a United States tourist wanted to buy a newspaper using a twenty-dollar bill, “Don’t you people respect the United States dollar?” – imagine offering a British pound at the 7-11 in Small Town, Texas.

A visitor from Chicago overheard at the historic Windsor castle which is close by Heathrow Airport, “Why did they build the castle so close the airport, it’s so noisy?”

“Who’s your President, is it still Winston Churchill?”

Heard on the Dave Ramsey Show: “America has the best electoral system in the world; no other country in the world has elections so fair”.

From a local newspaper editorial “…No country in the world accepts the change of leadership as well as Americans because it’s the people that make those changes.”

Take it from me that there are many other countries in the world whose people are rightfully proud of their country. There are dozens of other countries that are highly sophisticated, with a thoroughly educated population and technologically advanced infrastructures. Few of these countries have elections decided by politically motivated judges in Florida – Whoops, just kidding!

Why is it that the most economically advanced country in the world has a population that is largely unfamiliar with the rest of the world? First and foremost, it is education, American schoolchildren are just not taught about other countries, not their beliefs and aspirations, not their cultures, not their religion and not their economies. When America played Ghana in the 2006 Soccer World Cup, I was shocked to find how many people had no idea where Ghana was located. No, it is not in the Caribbean. Most well-educated Europeans, Scandinavians, Australians and Asians can discourse knowledgeably about other nations and cultures.

A close, second reason is media. International news is largely ignored in provincial newspapers unless it directly involves the United States or has some anecdotal or humorous element. Worse still, almost all foreign news is “ethnically rewritten” by the news agencies so that American readers will be able to relate to it. As an exercise in supercilious condescension, this “dumbing-down” is surely an insult to the intelligence of this nation. The policy infers that the people of the United States are genetically incapable of understanding anything unless it’s related to Uncle Sam and apple pie. All types of media indulge in this practice. Just as an unimportant example I saw a report about a controversial incident in the world of cricket a few months back. I can’t recall the network but very little of the controversy was discussed. In fact, most of the effort was directed at poking fun at cricket in general and comparing it unfavorably to baseball. The point here is that the controversy (which was the story) was glossed over and the piece ethnically rewritten to reinforce the baseball culture of the United States. Anyone who wanted to hear more details of the issue in question would have been disappointed.

By the way, how come it’s called the World Series when only teams from America participate?

Does any of this really matter? Well the cricket and the baseball issue does not matter in the slightest, but in a society that is irretrievably part of the “Global Village” the serious issues matter very much.

Unless the people and government of the United States gain more knowledge of the rest of the world and generate some sensitivity and understanding about other nations, peoples and religions, the tension so much in evidence today can only get worse. Is the Land of the Free any freer than the land of the Swedes or the French or the British? Are the electoral processes in Australasia, Canada and Europe less honest than that of the United States? If America is the best country in the world, does that mean that all other countries are inferior? If you can answer yes to all these questions – “there’s your sign”.

What is my point? I have absolutely no idea other than I feel that the education system and many media institutions are guilty of a genuine disservice to the American people. The World does not consist of The United States and those poor people that live in other places. The World is a rich tapestry of sophisticated cultures, aspiring peoples and unmitigated screwballs – sound familiar? The vast majority of this planet’s populations do not wake up in the morning worried about what the people of the USA are thinking or doing and neither do they routinely think that America or Americans are superior to them.

As a final thought, a fellow returning student said to me last year, “I know America is the best country in the world for the same reasons I know the Baptist Church is the best way to worship.” I guess I can’t argue with logic like that.

And, by the way, they built Windsor Castle near to the airport so that the nice American tourists wouldn’t have too far to walk.

September 2006


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Hope123
Posted: Monday, June 17, 2019 10:03:58 PM

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Towan, I gave a copy of your essay to my husband. His comments: well written, how true, and did I get the significance of the "Here's Your Sign" comment. Which I hadn't. He couldn't remember the comedian's name so I researched and got this video.

https://youtu.be/ZBjelRDKHUk

We saw Bill Engvall a long time ago on a comedy show with another comedian, Jeff Foxworthy, who is famous for his, "You might be a redneck if" comedy. Both are funny.

That is probably because when people laugh at themselves, instead of others, it really is funny so leaving comedy to the comedians might be a good idea.

https://youtu.be/vwlny1hcUh0 You might be a redneck.

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towan52
Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2019 9:24:48 AM

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Thanks Hope :) I wrote the piece about 12 years ago - so it's a bit dated. Subsequent to the article, a faculty member at a component of the University of Texas asked me if I had to take an English language test for my citizenship. A fellow student told me her fiance had lived in England for a while; she thought about 20 miles from Paris! I (somewhat trepidatiously) showed this article to a history professor at UT - he loved it and put it on his blog - not everybody appreciated it! Whistle

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