Olga Korbut 1972

Really tied up with a project that might keep me busy for much fo the week, but thought you'd enjoy this look at Olga Korbut, 1972 - quite amazing on the uneven bars and floor exercises. She was amazing on every apparatus, but here she is breathtaking and bold. And I think much of what she did on the bars (and the bit on the floor where she jumps and then seems to land on her sternum) are no longer allowed because of their difficulty and danger, but we can still see them thanks to You … [Read more...]

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Sigh. This is getting dull. UPDATED

On December 19, Eric Boehlert of Media Matters wrote this column in which he selectively quoted me (which is as good as a misquote) and mischaracterized this blog as a "warblog."While I detest intrablog pissing matches, I felt Boehlert's mischaracterization of my words and their intended meaning merited a response, and I made one, here. At that time I also took issue with some of Boelhert's other assertions about "warbloggers" which I found to be either unconvincing or simply odd. My post … [Read more...]

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Rounding up Jamil, Band-aids and more

Nothing wrong, just a great deal of activity around here - lots of people in and out since my son is still home from college - that is keeping me from reading news or surfing the web, or writing. Hopefully tonight I can come up for air!Real quick on the Jamil Hussein bit - I'm not going to say anything until it all breaks a little more, because it asks more questions. I did laugh my head off, though, to see how all of a sudden he was found, "oh, look, there he is! He was right next to the … [Read more...]

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Hey, Ma, who is Tom Jones?

Conversation with Buster."Hey, Ma," he starts every sentence with that, these days, "who is Tom Jones?""You mean the character in fiction?" I guessed."No, someone said I should get his version of Try a Little Tenderness and compare it to Joe Cocker's.""Oh, you mean Tom Jones!" I said. I'm amazed the kid even knows Try a Little Tenderness. Or Joe Cocker."Yeah, who he is?""Lord, I haven't thought about him in ages. Another big-voiced Welshman, like Bryn, only with soul and a … [Read more...]

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My old friend, Joe Williams

Graceful, classy, one of a kind. … [Read more...]

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Meyer: Civic Immaturity, the new Sophistication

The always thought-provoking Dick Meyer has a new column up over at CBS, and he makes an interesting observation but doesn't really go anywhere with it. Which, I suppose is okay. There are plenty of us, left and right, who are hastily opining and drawing conclusions on every fresh thought newly uttered, like the seagulls in "Finding Nemo" who shout "mine, mine, mine" at anything that looks remotely like food, or something shiny.Meyer, in watching the funeral of President Gerald R. Ford, had … [Read more...]

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Ford, Jordan, Pelosi, Giuliani the beat goes on – UPDATED

:SCROLL MIDWAY FOR A RATHER DISORIENTING UPDATE:President Gerald R. Ford is laid to rest. Pajamas Media has great pics. Betty Ford looks so sad.On the Jamil Hussein front, Eason Jordan says "If an Iraqi police captain by the name of Jamil Hussein exists, there is no convincing evidence of it and that means the Associated Press has a journalistic scandal on its hands that will fester until the AP deals with it properly."Good for Mr. Jordan. You'll want to read his whole piece. I wonder … [Read more...]

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Figaro and Susanna – Happy New Year

Ah, I love this playful duet - the opening of Le Nozze de Figaro - especially by these two splendid performers. Cinque... dieci/Se a casa.A good way to start the new year!This duet seques immediately into Figaro's first great aria, Se Vuol ballare, ("If you want to dance, little Count, Figaro will call the tune...") which you can view here.You can purchase the whole fine concert here: … [Read more...]

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A case of the “look-arounds”

Looking around the 'sphere -The author of Sigmund, Carl and Alfred has written the sort of valentine to his daughter that describe the beauty of a healthy father/daughter relationship. It's gorgeous - something for his daughter to treasure, and for daughters all over to read. If you were lucky enough to be part of such a relationship, this will warm you. If you were not so lucky...you may find it reassuring and hopeful. I know I did. It's a must-read.A good piece by Jonah Goldberg … [Read more...]

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My Last Bryn post for 2006

So, I'm driving today with the windows half open. I'd gotten tired of Buster's mixes and found the Under the Stars album - a collection of Broadway tunes done by Renee Fleming and Bryn Terfel.Track number 6 - Stars, from Les Miz. Freaking magnificent.At a long stoplight I've got it blasting pretty good, and the woman in the next car beeps me. I lower the music, assuming it's rudely intruding on her, but she's hollering something, so finally I shut it down completely and give give her the … [Read more...]

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