"It means 'serenity' in English"
Via Julia Ioffe
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I'm trying to avoid the debate hullabaloo. It's far too much theater criticism by dolts and too little analysis of what's said and what the candidates' plans are.
I've mentioned posts at WFMU by Kliph Nesteroff a couple of times here ( Woody Allen and Henry Morgan). He writes exhaustively detailed articles about comedians and comics from years ago.
You may have seen the photos of Mitt Romney protesting at Stanford in 1966. From ABC news:
"The website BuzzFeed today unearthed an Associated Press photo showing Romney, 19, holding a sign at a Stanford University protest in support of the draft in the Vietnam War in 1966."
|Mitt Romney, on the right in jacket and light pants with the "Speak out, Don't Sit In" sign.|
Wilford P CollerTens of thousands more died before the war eventually ended.
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The son of George Romney, then Michigan’s governor, he was one of a limited number of Mormon youth chosen as missionaries — a status that protected him from the draft between July 1966 and February 1969 as a “minister of religion or divinity student.” Essentially, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints re-routed Romney from Vietnam to the south of France, where he served as missionary.He lived in "Mission Home, a 19th century neoclassical building in the French capital’s chic 16th arrondissement," staffed by at least two servants.
There's a service called ifft that allows users to set up automated actions (e.g. email when rain is due tomorrow, message when a new free Amazon app is put up.). I saw two funny Twitter accounts today that use this service:
Hilarious flyer from California, 1965, held by Rare Books and Manuscripts, Columbia University.
This has been flying around Twitter, deservedly, this morning. @markdavidson is probably not happy about it.
O.C. man upset with church teachings convicted of hate crime - latimes.com: "Izad Chavoshan, 32, who lives in Huntington Beach, set trash cans on fire in front of the Orange County Church of Christ on three separate occasions in October 2009, prosecutors said.
Man with dead weasel accused of assault
"The victim asked, 'Why are you carrying a weasel?' Police said the attacker answered, 'It's not a weasel, it's a marten,' then punched him in the nose and fled."
By Ken Levine: Roseanne's latest insane rant:
"Since there was so much turnover in the writing staff and she had no desire to learn anyone's names, she made them each wear numbers around their necks during runthroughs."
Graham Parker: Hotel Chambermaid
Of comparisons between the terrorism of the I.R.A. and that of Al Qaeda and its affiliates, Mr. King said: "I understand why people who are misinformed might see a parallel. The fact is, the I.R.A. never attacked the United States. And my loyalty is to the United States."However, in addition to killing many Irish, English, and others, the IRA did kill and injure US Citizens. For instance in the Harrod's bombing about a week before Christmas 1983, three American citizens were injured and Kenneth Salvesen, a US citizen from Chicago, was killed.
Satire from bystanders may cut both ways, but satire and humor from participants can be simultaneously funny and apt.
Dear Egyptian demonstrators,
Please do not damage the pyramids. We will not rebuild.
As previously investigated here, bygone times are full of hilarity -- if one didn't have to live through them. For instance, we've previously spotlighted Habitina, a concoction sold to help drug fiends kick the habit by ingesting a blend of morphine, heroin, and alcohol. I fear it didn't work as advertised.
"Why should a teetotaller not have a wife? Because he cannot sup-porter." joke, 1900Which reminds me of one of my favorite jokes, as written by Samuel Beckett in one of his novels:
Why did the barmaid champagne?Lee Jackson has been kind enough to set up the Random Victorian Joke Page. It's worth a page refresh or two.
Because the stout porter bitter.