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Hometown: Delaware County, PA
Home country: USA
Current location: Winthrop, Maine
Member since: Tue Jul 8, 2003, 04:38 PM
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Something really ticks me off at the coverage of Diana Nyad's accomplishments.

Of course, if I wrote a thread about what the media does RIGHT, it may well be a 30 words or less thread.

IMHO, Diana Nyad is one of the greatest athletes ever in any sport. She accomplished a feat at age 64 that surpassed remarkable. At the same time that I've been saying that the calandar is catching up to Roger Federer, my favorite male tennis player, at the age of 32 (half Diana's age).

Today, I woke up to see stories on the web, probably written by 300+ pound "journalists" who were eating jelly doughnuts as they typed, stating that according to Diana Nyad's own swim timer, she isn't swimming as fast as she did in the 1970s. Shit!

Big frickin' whoop! Does freakin' ANYBODY do anything as fast as we did in the 1970s? I sure as hell don't!

Are there really sports writers out there so determined to shit all over something great that they stoop to saying that a great 64 year old swimmer is a little slower than she was as a great late 20s/early 30s swimmer? I call BULLSHIT!

If there is something that an athlete does wrong, than go git'em! Slowing down a little after 40 years? PUH-LEEZ!

If this is in the wrong forum, I apologize, but I seem to remember Diana Nyad coming out a few years ago. If I'm mistaken, than at least I'm sharing this in one of my favorite places in DU!

That's my 2 cents, and quite possibly overpriced at that!


If you're looking for a really enjoyable show,...

...than check out "Wild at Heart" on Netflix streaming.

It's an English show about a vet and his family who become partners in taking over and restoring a South African game preserve. At first I was a little reluctant, expecting an all too sweet kiddie show. However, it's quite entertaining and enjoyable and much more mature than I ever expected it to be. Check it out and let me know what you think.


My family and I had a WONDERFUL day yesterday because of, believe it or not, teabaggers!

My wife, son & I are playing host this week to my mother-in-law & my wife's cousin who, like my wife, are Puerto Rican. We are also hosting our son's Godmother whom, like our son, is African American. In our group, I'm the only white person. We live up here in Maine, AKA Vaationland, and the 2nd whitest state in the union after Vermont.

The reason I give you our ethnic make up is to tell you the following story. When our godmother & my wife's mother visit, they MUST have lobster! We went to their favorite lobster restaurant yesterday for their lobster dinner. My mother-in-law, wife and her cousin were speaking Spanish, because my mother in law doesn't believe that her English is as goo as it actually is. My wife's cousin brings a one woman party with her wherever she goes, so they weren't being quiet, contributing lots of giggles & laughs to the atmosphere. My son & his Godmother would make George Zimmerman's trigger finger itch on sight. It was a lovely Maine early evening in a small coastal town with a family enjoying each other's company.

About 30 minutes into our meal, I noticed a family of tourists from New Jersey (according to their t-shirts) at a table that was across from ours. The father and mother kept giving us dirty looks. I was almost going to suggest that we pipe down a little when I noticed the father's t-shirt from a 2009 teabagger rally. I realized that our volume had nothing to do with their displeasure, but the Spanish speaking and the blackness was what was offending them. After realizing this, I was just SOOO delighted that we were RUINING the meal of these stupid and racist teabaggers simply by enjoying each other's company. I don't know if I've ever said this before, but I consider the animosity of teabaggers to be as sweet as a compliment from someone I actually respect.

If this seems a bit harsh, than maybe it's a logical result of the hateful conduct of the entire teabagger movement over the last 4+ years, when they've proven themselves to be a totally detestable people. I'd never act the way that they do, but if my family and I could turn a $100+ meal to bile in their stomaches simply by having a meal and enjoying ourselves, than WAAHOOOO!


The true difference between liberals and conservatives/teabaggers.

I've said this before, but I think that bears repeating given the state of lunacy we're seeing from the other side.

Liberals will spend hours debating whether 4 is 2 + 2 or 1 + 3.

Conservatives will go to their hourly teabagger rallies, hear the speaker/screamer/screecher proclaim that 2 + 2 = 3, and then yell that anyone who says different is a traitor, communist, nazi, socialist, is committing treason, etc., ad infinitum! They will genuinely believe it, too!


Hay 6 idiots in Florida! Thanks a big hefty freakin' load!

Hello, everyone, it's been a long time since I started a thread here, but THIS is worth it.

For the longest time, my Sig line was "George Zimmerman needs to go to jail for a long time!!!!!" Last night, I changed it to "George Zimmerman = the new O J Simpson!!!!!" because like OJ, George Zimmerman just got away with murder.

President Obama once said that if he had a son, he'd look like Trayvon Martin. If you don't remember the rightist outrage after that, just think of the rightist outrage exhibited after President Obama says ANYTHING! I do have a son. His name is Jonathan. He is 13 years old and all that the countless numbnut, numbskull, gun nut RWNJs with very likely very tiny penises that they need very large guns to make up for like George Zimmerman will see is the black skin that he wears. They will not see the big heart, the sense of humor, the intelligence, compassion and sensitivity that his black skin contains. They, like George Zimmerman, will only see the kid whom they'll consider to be a "troublemaker" due to his unforgivable blackness.

Yesterday, 6 asses in Florida looked at a simple set of facts and they then added 2 + 2 and came up with 3. George Zimmerman was told not to follow and not to engage Trayvon Martin.. He got out of his car and confronted, scuffled with, lost to and killed Trayvon Martin. 6 idiots in Florida allowed George Zimmerman's lawyers to put Trayvon Martin on trial. They not only let Zimmerman off for his crime, but they criminalized black teenagers going out for snacks.

My son is unapologetically black as his mother and I have taught him to be. About 10 days ago, we took him out to get his ear pierced. He (with a few extra $$$ from dad) also got himself a nice pair of shades and a baseball cap. My wife took a picture of him in his new getup that is now the wallpaper on my phone. I look at that picture of my son and I see a very handsome young man that reminds many of our family of a young Denzil Washington. The thought that went through my mind at the time however, is that somewhere in Florida, George Zimmerman's trigger finger is itching.

Thank you 6 idiots in Florida. For the rest of our lives, my wife and I are going to have to worry about our son when he goes to the beach. We'll have to worry abour him when he walks to the ice cream or pizza shop. We'll have to worry about him when he goes to his friends' house to hang out & play X-Box. Hell, because of you 6 idiots in Florida, we may even have to worry about him walking to & from school.

Our loving, compassionate funny and smart son now has a target sign on his back thanks to you 6 Florida idiots. Just like, I'm sure, Trayvon's parents, we frequently want to throttle our son. Unlike YOUR conclusions, 6 idiots in Florida, our son, like(I'm sure) Trayvon, often does careless and stupid things that make us want to tear our hair out. NONE of these things is a capital offense, but YOU 6 idiots in Florida just made it so.

For the rest of our lives, my wife and I will have to worry about racist gun nuts like George Zimmerman going hunting because their idol, Wayne LaPierre, put the idea that they're "good guys with guns" into their soft and otherwise empty little heads. Because of you 6 idiots in Florida, they now believe that they can get away with murder.

Because of you 6 idiots in Florida, killing the son that we treasure beyond all possible means of measurement, is something
that the gun nuts can now do with impunity.

Thank you very friggin' much, 6 idiots in Florida!!!!!


For those of you on Netflix streaming,...

...Check out "Nicholas Nickleby". It's a very good adaptation of one of my favorite Charles Dickens books. The cast is wonderful with Charlie Hunnam, Christopher Plummer playing a detestable human being, the Very under-appreciated Romola Garai as Kate Nickleby and Nathan Lane as Mr. Crummels ( he was BORN to play that role!).

As they said in the 60s Alka Seltzer ads, "try it, you'll like it", unless, of course, you're the movie viewer who's pissed off that Jean Claude Van Damme never won an Oscar!


My great and sincere thanks to my fellow DUer whyzayker...

...for posting this thread: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10022856640

It reminded me of this joke:

george w shithead, the Pope, the Queen of England, the Emperor of Japan and a boyscout sre flying in a plane. The engines start dying out and the pilot comes back into the cabin and says "We're going down. There're are 6 of us and 5 parachutes. I'm taking 1, the rest of you can figure it out".

The Queen says "I'm taking 1, my subjects need me" and she jumps.

The Emperor says "I'm taking 1, MY subjects need me also"! He then jumps.

george w shithead says "I'm the greatest perzidint who evir lived. I'm a geenyus I was the ejamacashin perzidint"! He then jumps.

The Pope looks at the boyscout and says "My son, you take the last parachute. I'm old and you have your whole life ahead of you"!

The boyscout says"That's ok, there's a parachute for both of us. The geatest president ever just jumped out with my backpack"!

Thank you, whtzayker, for reminding me of thet joke!


I only have a few things to say about Minnesota passing Marriage Equality!

Those things are...congrats to our LGBT friends and allies who live in another state that has decided that all of it's citizens have the right to have their love recognized legally!

Congrats to all of the people of Minnesota (except michelle bachman) for living in a state that recognizes the 21st century!

Finally,...directly to the LGBT Minnesotans,... !!!!!


I think that in the long run, sanford the mountain man in the House may be good for US!

Realistically, if we'd picked up that seat, the teabaggers would have almost certainly taken it back next year.

With this numbskull nitwit in a likely safe seat for at least a few terms, we can use him as an example of the hypocracy of a party that screams "FAMILY VALUES" as they support this whack job in public office. I'll pass on giving the list of sanford's many great flaws and misdeeds and crimes and lies because we in this community know enough about them. I just hope that the DCCC is smart enough to use this teabagger nimrod as a posterboy for swing district fund raising!

Also, think of all of the FUN we can have at this idiot's expense!

That just my 2 cents, and quite possibly overpriced at that!

Thank you for reading.


Tonight my wife and I are VERY PROUD (as usual) of our 7th grade son!

Today my son played his first baseball game for his team, the Winthrop Ramblers. He had 1 at bat and hit a double with 2 RBI. He was thrown out trying to steal 3rd base. Maria and I are VERY PROUD, not only for his stats, but more for the fact that when his team was losing, he showed that he has not one iota of "quit" in his body! what a great kid!

BTW, his name is Jonathan. Maria and I adopted him as an infant. He's a smart and handsome boy with a BIG heart and he never played baseball before he went out for the middle school team a few weeks ago. Maria and I thought he'd go out for track, but we'll support him in whatever sport he chooses to pursue. If he DOES eventually go out for track, we hope that his event isn't the javelin. We could easily live life without the "spear chucker" jokes. At almost 58, I don't really want to be in the situation of having to punch a racist jerk in the nose! We're quite happy with our melting pot family of a white dad, Puerto Rican mom and African American son. In our minds, we have the greatest family in the world, even on those days when we want to absolutely throttle each other!

Thank you for allowing me to share.

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