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  •  For July 6th: still 'mo C&J (42+ / 0-)

    CHEERS to Bill in PWM, his Swiss Guard of alternates and the je-ne-sais-quoi group of people known as C&J'ers.

    SEPARATED at BIRTH - TV star ("Friends") Matthew Perry and TV star (as well as former GOP congressman) Joe Scarborough.
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    SIGN of the APOCALYPSE #1 - Yesterday, it was two sadhus from India with World Cup fever; today, Buddhist monks in Thailand are losing sleep over the matches (one temple has a golden statue of David Beckham among likenesses of Buddha).

    SIGN of the APOCALYPSE #1 - a large collection of Star Trek memorabilia is now in a Bronx warehouse for an auction at Christie's in the near future. "It's an Auction, Jim, but Not as We Know It."

    CHEERS to Eric Alterman in general (I met him giving a terrific lecture at Williams College one evening) and for his comments (in particular) regarding Lee Siegel (of the New Republic) and his "blogofascism" charge. To wit:

    "(He)...reaches a level of nuttiness with which I had not previously imagined him or anyone outside of the wignutosphere capable. It’s actually David Horowitz-worthy and I don’t say that lightly. Seriously employing a word that deliberately evokes Eichmann and Mussolini for Kos and Atrios — and then sticking to it in a long, self-serious argument — belongs not in TNR but in the mimeographed hand-out of a man outside Grand Central Station, who is receiving messages from Martians through the fillings in his teeth."

    Can you spell "tin-foil", boys and girls?

    CHEERS to the Welsh town of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, with the longest place name (and railway station name) in Europe. In English it means 'St Mary's Church in a hollow of the white hazel near to the rapid whirlpool and St Tysil's Church of the red cave.' Locals commonly know the village as Llanfair PG.
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    YUK for today -  from Professor Irwin Corey's website homepage: "I would rather be a son of a bitch than a son of a Bush".

    CHEERS to Cambodian entrepreneurs who have fashioned a 25-mph bamboo railway to make up for a lack of public transit.

    CHEERS to Italy and France, who will meet Sunday (live on ABC) for the World Cup; France having joined Italy by defeating Portugal 1-0 yesterday. Speaking of France....

    CHEERS to the notion that France may be ready for a woman president; next year, Segolene Royal may be the candidate of the left (against Nicolas Sarkozy) for the presidency of France.

    CHEERS also, to Germany and Portugal for their gallant efforts in the World Cup; they meet Saturday for the 3rd place contest. Speaking of the World Cup....

    .....for a song of the day..............no one could have predicted that "You'll Never Walk Alone", a song from Rogers & Hammerstein's 1945 play "Carousel", would become a standard feature years later throughout soccer stadiums in Britain. And the other night, it was sung in English, by German fans after their team played well but lost at the end of overtime against Italy. Sixty-one years later, its lyrics haven't lost any of their meaning:

    When you walk through a storm,
    Hold your head up high,
    And don't be afraid of the dark.

    At the end of a storm,
    There's a golden sky,
    And the sweet silver song of a lark.

    Walk on through the wind,
    Walk on through the rain,
    Though your dreams be tossed and blown..
    Walk on, walk on, with hope in your heart,
    And you'll never walk alone.......

    You'll never walk alone.
    Walk on, walk on, with hope in your heart,
    And you'll never walk alone.......
    You'll never walk alone.

    "We should pay attention to that man behind the curtain"

    by Ed Tracey on Thu Jul 06, 2006 at 06:15:33 AM PDT

    •  I went to a wedding in England (7+ / 0-)

      and at the end of the evening, everyone surrounded the bride & groom & sang this song, from ages 8 to 80.  I'm told this is a common tradition at British weddings.  Why did it get so popular there, and here more people might actually know the words to the Star-Spangled Banner?

      You may not be able to change the world, but at least you can embarass the guilty. - Jessica Mitford

      by Cynmill on Thu Jul 06, 2006 at 08:18:28 AM PDT

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    •  The sixth precept (4+ / 0-)
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         1. I undertake the precept to refrain from destroying living beings.
         2. I undertake the precept to refrain from stealing.
         3. I undertake the precept to refrain from sexual misconduct (adultery, rape, etc.).
         4. I undertake the precept to refrain from false speech (lying).
         5. I undertake the precept to refrain from intoxicants which lead to heedlessness.
         6. I undertake the precept to bend it like Beckham.

      "Nothing worse than a woman know-it-all" -- Tom Delay

      by virgomusic on Thu Jul 06, 2006 at 11:44:40 AM PDT

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