Friday, August 27, 2010

Tracy Jordan's repressed childhood memories

And now for something completely different . . .

On the rerun of 30 Rock that aired last night (Season 4, Episode 21), Tracy Morgan's character, Tracy Jordan, visited his childhood home and was flooded with repressed childhood memories. It's essentially a list of some of the best "we were so poor" jokes ever written. Tracy's delivery, of course, made them all the more funny.

As transcribed by Everything Tracy Jordan Said:

It’s all coming back to me, oh my God.

I slept on an old dog bed stuffed with wigs.

I watched a prostitute stab a clown.

Our basketball hoop was a rib cage! A RIB CAGE!!!

Why did you bring me here? I blocked all this stuff out for a reason. Oh, Lord. Some guy with dreads electrocuted my fish!

All my life I’ve tried to forget the things I’ve seen. a crackhead breast-feeding a rat, a homeless man cooking a Hot Pocket on a third rail of the G train! The G train, Nermal!

I’ve seen a blind guy bite a police horse.

A puppy committed suicide after he saw our bathroom.

I once bit into a burrito and there was a child’s shoe in it.

I’ve seen a hooker eat a tire.

A pack of wild dogs took over and successfully ran a Wendy’s.

The sewer people stole my skateboard.

The projects I lived in were named after Zachary Taylor, generally considered to be one of the worst presidents of all time.

I once saw a baby give another baby a tattoo! They were very drunk!

Thoughts on the Ahem discussion

In the comments of Steph's Ahem post, SupraLuxe and I had an exchange that didn't go well. I was all set to write a snarky, blazing Fisk and in fact started something yesterday morning but got bogged down in diversions and formatting chores before I had to get B to the bus stop.

After thinking about it for a day, I don't want to do that. I'd rather make just a couple of comments.

First, when I told SupraL that Freereplublic and World Net Daily were NOT "leading conservative websites," he took offense. It was not my intention to criticize SuperL's research skills or his choice of sources. However, SupraL's characterization of the Freepers and WND as "leading conservative websites" told me (1) that he hasn't spent much time looking at conservative websites, and (2) he thinks conservatives are crazy. (Note for SupraL: Until fairly recently, I was a hard-core lefty. I proudly called myself a socialist, which lefties seldom do these days, even if they are. I KNEW that Republicans/conservatives were mean, stupid, and evil.) I don't expect that anything SupraL reads here or on any conservative website will change his mind about any of the topics we discuss. But to the extent that SupraL is curious about what conservatives think, I wanted to steer him away from the Freepers and WND and to a place where conservative thoughts are expressed sanely and intelligently; NRO is one of those, there are many others.

Second, a note to SupraL on argument. When in the course of a discussion/argument you find yourself questioning the motivation or character or sanity of your opponent, you are engaging in an ad hominem attack, and it generally means you have run out of thoughtful things to say on the subject. Ad hominem attacks are fun (I know because I do it all the time*) but rarely productive if your goal is a meaningful discussion.

*See, for instance, in the same comments, where I told Steph she was "beyond the bend."**

**But she provocated me.

Thursday, August 26, 2010


I'm curious to know whether my Republican blog brothers regard Sarah Palin's success in helping candidates get elected as a good thing for your party.

Emerson's tapes

My post "Imam Rauf to be exposed..." linked to Ace's post, which linked to a post on Weasel Zippers, which linked to the original post on Pam Geller's Atlas Shrugged. If you go to the original post on Atlas Shrugged and read since then, you'll find the tapes. I haven't read most of it, but what I have read you will not find controversial and will probably agree with. To you it won't be any big deal, and certainly no expose. Others, including me, will disagree with you.

How's that for sourcing?


Any sign of the tapes yet? How long does it take to upload 13 hours worth of recordings? It's been almost a week. Maybe we could all chip in to buy Steve Emerson a faster internet connection.

Here's my prediction: there's nothing clearly problematic on those tapes (assuming there are tapes at all). If there were anything offensive in the tapes, the tapes would be published already.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


Haven't there been some revelations about Imam Rauf's nefarious connections that you want to share, Michael?  I rely on you for such news, so I was disappointed to have to get it from Jon Stewart.

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I think maybe NOW I'm opposed to the building of the mosque because of its frightening connections to Fox News.

Monday, August 23, 2010


Can I talk you gentlemen into tagging your own posts from now on?   (You're also welcome to go back and tag historical posts. I went back as far as 2/19/09.)

I started the tagging project because I wanted to find all the book posts.  Because they don't necessarily contain the word "book", there's no way to find them easily.

There are tags for the broad topics of: Economics, Politics, Religion, Books, Music (Other than Adam), Movies, Food, Dramatic Life Events.  If that's all you use, it'd be something.  Pixels are free, though, so feel free to include everything you'd ever want to use to find something.  Also, I see tags as an opportunity for editorial comment.  Feel free to create tags.

With regard to names, I've included people's first names and have not included titles. The result is that you can find them under their first name in the alphabetical list of tags.

Tip: Blogger interprets a comma as the end of one tag and the start of another.  Thus, if you tried to tag something with "Lambert, Adam", it would bear two tags, one for Adam and one for Lambert.

Tag away.

Update moments later:  Also, consider adding tags to reflect what's in the comments.


Iranian style.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

What if...

A friend poses the following: Imagine that there really were these fundamentalist Christian terror cells all over the United States, as the Department of Homeland Security imagines. Let’s say a group of five of these terrorists hijacked a plane, flew it to Mecca, and plowed it into the Kaaba.

Now let’s say a group of well-meaning, well-funded Christians — Christians whose full-time job was missionary work — decided that the best way to promote healing would be to pressure the Saudi government to drop its prohibition against permitting non-Muslims into Mecca so that these well-meaning, well-funded Christian missionaries could build a $100 million dollar church and community center a stone’s throw from where the Kaaba used to be — you know, as a bridge-building gesture of interfaith understanding.

What do you suppose President Obama, Mayor Bloomberg, the New York Times, and other Ground Zero mosque proponents would say about the insensitive, provocative nature of the proposal?

Do you think the State Department would make the leader of the Christian missionaries a special emissary and send him to represent the United States on diplomatic business overseas?

What do you suppose the Saudi reaction would be?

What do you suppose those ecumenical GZ mosque proponents at Hamas would say?

What do you suppose Pope Benedict and other Christian leaders would say?

What do you suppose imam Feisal Rauf and his friends at CAIR, the Islamic Society of North America, the International Institute of Islamic Thought, and the various other Muslim Brotherhood affiliates would say?

How would building the church/community center in Mecca affect Saudi Arabia’s standing in imam Rauf’s Sharia Index Project?

Andy McCarthy at The Corner.

Play Date

Mom wanted to play hookie (sp?) from church today so it's a ROAD TRIP!!! Ok, less a road trip and more of a play date to Nacogdoches.

Internet Mysteries

Now that I've been pulled back in, how do they do this?

I get letters in my email addressed to my late father. Dad never darkened a computer keyboard in his life unless one counts his ancient HP calculator that cost about $300 in 1972. He certainly never got on the internet and never even saw my computer.

Two outfits email me constantly: a pool supply company and the AARP. A copy of the latter's "webletter" came this morning.

How do they do this? I do use Mom's cable modem and wireless router. I'm pretty sure she's never been to either site.

I know I've never been to either site (until today when I clicked on the AARP note to get the link). And before there are any snide remarks, I did not do an internet search for "Sexual Fantasies over 45" or any related topic.