Letters to the Editor

Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at 10:45pm

Cold War yearnings

Forget who has the most nukes. Disregard who has the biggest rocket. Russia is incensed that their Golden Boy figure skater was reduced to an Olympic Silver Medal.

Russia's skater called the USA's [Gold Medal] skater just a "dancer," which is fighting words on the ice.
The point of contention was that he didn't do the fabled, celestial mechanics in figure skating, known as "the Quad." He did do multiple, perfectly executed, measley "triples."

Vladimir Putin has weighed in with no less than a Black Belt backing him up. Oh well, if there is going to be another Cold War, why not over something as important as the goings-on on ice.

Paul D'Argent, 37209

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179 Comments on this post:

By: bfra on 2/24/10 at 5:34

If they had given a gold medal for sarcasm, unsportsmans like attitude, arrogance or gestures, Russia's Plushenko should have had that.

By: dargent7 on 2/24/10 at 6:11

bfra: Guy's ugly, too. He makes Lady Gaga's nose look too small.

By: house_of_pain on 2/24/10 at 6:16

They all just need to be happy that the Flying Tomato hasn't decided to branch out, and take over ice skating as well.

By: dargent7 on 2/24/10 at 6:47

I think skating is save from Bode Miller. While drunk, those blades are lethal.
And he'd spend half his routine feeling up and humping the female partner.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/24/10 at 7:49

Good morning

I have missed the entire ruckus about the Russian lack of gold. I had to go see what this was all about before I made any comment.

So now I know and now the US and Russia aim the missiles at each other?

By: house_of_pain on 2/24/10 at 7:52

Yes, Nemo, the Cold War is back on. Schools need to start training kids to "duck & cover" again.

By: house_of_pain on 2/24/10 at 7:56

We should dig up Ronald Reagan immediately.

By: BenDover on 2/24/10 at 8:00

The only thing more gay than men’s figure skating is men’s synchronized diving.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/24/10 at 8:02

A reported sighting of Big Foot ice dancing in the woods out side of Vancouver late Monday night.

http://www.skeptic.com/eskeptic/05-12-20images/downhillbigfoot.jpg

By: bfra on 2/24/10 at 8:04

Nemo - Even I know that is not Big Foot!

By: bfra on 2/24/10 at 8:05

Ben - Where do you get that men's figure skating is anything related to gay?

By: house_of_pain on 2/24/10 at 8:15

Not that there's anything wrong with that...

By: Captain Nemo on 2/24/10 at 8:16

It has to do with Ben’s pass, bfra. Just kidding.

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_qKdRYL2BVSs/S4NqcSBkVmI/AAAAAAAAA08/hdzXes64pzE/s1600-h/276-K-COLOR-Q3.jpg

By: Captain Nemo on 2/24/10 at 8:32

Changing the subject

I really don't think that this is what the Tea Party had in mind when they may or may not have gotten Brown elected.

February 24, 2010
When he was campaigning for the Massachusetts Senate seat vacated by the death of Senator Edward Kennedy, Scott Brown and his backers kept making a big deal about "41."

The point was that a special-election win by Brown, a Republican, would give his party the 41 votes it needed to maintain filibusters in a 100-seat Senate where 60 votes are needed to advance legislation.

But now that he is the junior senator from Massachusetts, Brown's not always "41."

On Monday, he was "61."
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=124034293

By: dargent7 on 2/24/10 at 8:33

Scott Hamilton isn't "gay". And Men's figure skating is about as "gay" as Russian ballet. Try calling Bryishnikov a fag.

By: slacker on 2/24/10 at 8:36

''Blades Of Glory''

By: dargent7 on 2/24/10 at 8:40

Ed. Note: spelled: Mikhail Baryshnikov
And that missing actor, Koening, aka, "Boner", was in "Growin' Pains", not "Different Strokes". Never watched an episode of either.
I want my tripe and drivel to at least be accurate.

By: sidneyames on 2/24/10 at 8:41

D7, you left out some letters; it's Baryshnikov. Just thought you'd want to know. He was a major athlete. Look at some of those jumps on the internet. He used to come to Nashville. Did you ever see him?

By: house_of_pain on 2/24/10 at 8:42

Never watched an episode of Different Strokes?
Whatchoo talkin' 'bout, d7?

By: sidneyames on 2/24/10 at 8:46

Not to change the subject, but does this guy "Zazi" look familiar? Or does he have some twin or look alike on the streets Nashville? Good grief. I'm glad they caught him

"NEW YORK (AP) — A man who admitted plotting to bomb the city's subway system wanted to do so with the help of at least two other bombers during rush hour, when the most people could be killed, police said Tuesday. "This was particularly disturbing," police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said. "It was his intention to be on trains during rush hour period and to kill New Yorkers. No question about it."

The man, 25-year-old Najibullah Zazi, pleaded guilty Monday to charges including conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction and supporting al-Qaida, which he said trained him in Pakistan."

By: Loner on 2/24/10 at 9:05

Good morning, Nashville!

Good letter, Paul. The Cold War is back...and we thought the conflict was "on ice". Our Nobel Peace Prize Prez is rattling the sabre on Russia's borders....Junior Bush style. Ostensibly, we need a missile shield to protect us from Iran, so we're putting radar units and interceptor batteries right on Russia's doorstep.

Obama is a tool of the War Lobby......remember the words from the Who, "Let's hope we don't get fooled again"......bend over baby, we were fooled again. This Obama guy is a wimp, he cannot stand up to the War Lobby and PM Netanyahu has used him as a foil for a running gag, in Israel. I suppose that Barack is a savvy survivor and he doesn't want to be the target of a Mossad death squad; he's playing the role and staying on the script. Foolishly, I actually expected better....it's true, there's no fool; like an old fool.

By: dargent7 on 2/24/10 at 9:06

The last series I watched on TV, religiously, was "Dallas". Watching Victoria Principle walk across the lawn in the opening credits...well, you get the idea.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/24/10 at 9:12

Paul tu immunda senex senis vir

By: BenDover on 2/24/10 at 9:27

I didn't say there was anything wrong with it. Homos need entertainment too. It's just so gay. Watching guys in tights twirl on ice-skates isn't the most manly thing one could do. Like I said... almost as bad as syncronized diving.

By: house_of_pain on 2/24/10 at 9:32

Don't even get me started on Cross-Country Ballroom Dancing.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/24/10 at 9:36

Thursday, April 30, 2009
Cross Country Dance Championships 2009 Results

http://fred-astaire.blogspot.com/2009/04/cross-country-dance-championships-2009.html

By: sidneyames on 2/24/10 at 9:36

But Ben wouldn't you agree that to maintain balance and some sense of grace, one would have to be strong and athletic, especially skating on less than 1/4" blades. I mean, all that takes endless hours of training, conditioning and a bit of dance-ability.

By: BenDover on 2/24/10 at 9:36

Didn't I read that we've got LA-SER-beams now that can shoot ICBM's out of the sky. Why are we d*cking around with the other missile defense rockets if we can intercept at the speed of light and shoot them down with lasers.

By: sidneyames on 2/24/10 at 9:37

I mean, look at the way football players "dance" on the field, flitting in and out of the boundaries of other players. That seems a bit like ice skating, only not on ice.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/24/10 at 9:44

Air Force says laser defense weapon destroys missile in test off Calif coast
http://blog.taragana.com/index.php/archive/air-force-says-laser-defense-weapon-destroys-missile-in-test-off-calif-coast/

I am not sure that the technology is up to snuff, Ben.

By: BenDover on 2/24/10 at 9:45

I'm not criticizing these guys. They should just drop the pretense it's anything but light-loafer entertainment. They'd double their ratings though if they went with feather boas instead of shirts.

You can just see Ted, Kyan, Thom, Carson and Jai sitting around the big-screen shouting 'FABULOUS!' at every flamboyant twist.

By: dargent7 on 2/24/10 at 9:47

Bend_O: Look up Lynn Swan who was a NFL WR. Look at his acrobatics while catching a football.
Terry Bradshaw is currently doing commercials saying, "Terry" is a masculine name. 4 SB rings.

By: slacker on 2/24/10 at 9:48

Ben how do you like living at the Encore?

By: BenDover on 2/24/10 at 9:50

The whole speed of light thing sure makes the targeting a lot easier though, Nemo. I had no idea they could pack that much power into a portable laser though.

OK -- Movie quiz -- no lifelines - name the movie :

"All’s you’d need is a tracking system, and a large spinning mirror and you could vaporize a human target from space."

By: BenDover on 2/24/10 at 9:51

Not there yet. Closing this week and moving in over the next few weeks.

By: dargent7 on 2/24/10 at 9:54

Feathered boas? Remember Jesse Ventura's last incarnation as "The Body". He was a Navy SEAL.
Bend-O, you say, "nothing's wrong with it", but continue with:
..nothing's more gay...
...homos...
...so gay...
...as bad as syn. diving ....
...light loafer....
...feathered boas....
Did you notice that speed skater who won the Gold was "black"?
I'm suprised you didn't use the "N" word in your rants.
Someone said you're a professor?

By: MamaG on 2/24/10 at 9:55

By: dargent7 on 2/24/10 at 5:11
bfra: Guy's ugly, too. He makes Lady Gaga's nose look too small.

When I first saw him, I got confused; I thought they had combined ski jumping with ice skating.

By: house_of_pain on 2/24/10 at 9:56

Real Genius?

By: MamaG on 2/24/10 at 9:57

He's a professor of homophobia at Wattsamatta U.

By: MamaG on 2/24/10 at 9:58

(still love ya though, Ben)

By: BenDover on 2/24/10 at 9:58

Good call House. One of my favorite Val Kilmer roles.

By: bfra on 2/24/10 at 9:58

MamaG - He has awarded himself a platinum medal. This guy is so self-centered & arrogant he is unreal.

By: MamaG on 2/24/10 at 9:59

Dusty's grandson: How is he today?

Good morning everyone! I'm so happy to be here I could just s**t.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/24/10 at 9:59

That is under controlled conditions Ben, they maybe a long way from any useful defense action. I would be more worried about the delivery package being hand deliver, than a missile attack.

I don’t know what movie that is from. Ben.

By: dargent7 on 2/24/10 at 9:59

"Dr. Strangelove". (just a guess).

I've got one: "What we've got here is a failur' to communicate".

By: BenDover on 2/24/10 at 10:00

Lynn Swann and Jesse the body don't dance around on ice skates, d7.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/24/10 at 10:02

Please MammG don’t.

By: Kosh III on 2/24/10 at 10:02

"Homos need entertainment too. "

That's a derogatory word. Great way to show your "Christian" love. I Cor 13: 5 "It (love) is not rude"

By: Captain Nemo on 2/24/10 at 10:03

Cool Hand Luke

By: slacker on 2/24/10 at 10:03

Is the ''don't ask don't tell'' policy in effect for the Olympics?