Tuesday, July 31, 2007

This is not a discussion about George Bush

Think what you want about him, missing WMDs, and his Iraq stuff, I don't much care. It ain't the point of today's blog.

What I do find kinda interesting, is that over the weekend in Iraq their soccer team won some big Asian championship or something and out into the streets poured hundreds of thousands of happy Iraqi's screaming and shooting guns...you know, just like when something pisses them off.

That's not the point either.

The point is that that Iraq is a free country.

Filled with bloodshed and carnage...maybe. But they're free. They can spill out into the streets and go bananas when their soccer team wins.

So think what you want about the loss of dozens of lives over there the last few years, but the right to go nuts when YOUR team wins is worth fighting for.



cake said...

"...the right to go nuts when YOUR team wins is worth fighting for."

Well, can't argue with that.

Big party here in my city on Sunday afternoon...tons of folks out in the streets honking horns and waving flags. Quite nice to see.

Anonymous said...

I think the right to wear Crocs is worth fighting for!

Sparkle Plenty said...

Hmm...strokes chin, looks scholarly, reaches for pipe, realizes does not smoke pipe. "S'creaming..." Bananas...Nuts...Did you have a banana split for dessert last night? COOL!

Anonymous said...


Sparkle Plenty???

Welcome back!

At any rate... under Saddam Hussein, Iraqis also went wild for home team wins. One of the sons -- not sure if it was Uday or Qusay -- used to have players beaten if they didn't play well.

I dunno, compared with the right to denounce one's government peacefully, publicly, without fear of disproportionate reprisal, celebrating the win of a sports team kinda pales, no?

-- Lamont "Patriot, just not THAT kind of patriot" Cranston

Sparkle Plenty said...

Hi, Lamont! THANKS! I've been back for awhile as Myrna Loy. Sorry--she just sailed off with William Powell into the silver screen sunset. I'm about to launch another blog as part of my five-point work avoidance campaign, which is kinda like launchin' the Titanic given my blog hall of shame. But, it's fun to try--'though easier and funnier to read these guys' blogs!

I Ain't No Oprah said...

Iraq wasn't welcome to play in many international competions during the rule of Saddam because of his crimes against humanity and sanctions by numerous countries.

I Ain't No Oprah said...

Can you imagine how bananas Cuba would go if they were allowed to play (and beat) the Yankees in a World Series?

Anonymous said...


Doggone it, I almost asked if that was you -- the tone and wit were certainly the same -- but you'd mentioned (I believe) that you're in the New York area, and Myrna claimed to be from Boston...

Now I'm kicking myself.

Oh, well, on the Internet nobody knows you're a dog.



And the team from the Dominican Republic would beat all of them, provided MLB would allow a team with nine shortstops to play.

-- Lamont "Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda" Cranston

Sparkle Plenty said...

Lamont: Don't kick yourself! Especially if you're a dog!

No Oprah: If this is not a discussion about George Bush, can we discuss George Burns? Aiiie!

Ducks to avoid bananas and nuts being pelted upon her from all sides.

Lois Lane said...

Myrna = Sparkle!

Hey, I guessed that a while back but didn't say anything! Get crackin' on that blog, missy! We don't want no one doin' real work on our watch!

::runs off to tip over woman wearing camouflage capri pants and set fire to a pair of Crocs::

We're number one! We're number one!

Anonymous said...



open that blog to us anonymous types!

-- Lamont "The Man Who Wasn't There" Cranston

Sparkle Plenty said...

Right you are, chiefs! Here's a Flamin' Moelotov cocktail for you to lob, Miss Lane. And, that's a 10-4 on the anonymity thingy, Lamont. Mebbe next week. Aiiiieee! Incoming flaming Croc!

cake said...

Welcome back, Sparkle! I'm glad you've been around as Myrna; saves me having to catch you up on what's been happening on IANO lately. (i.e. stay away from Crocs!)

Anonymous said...


your Sox really have landed Gagne, I salute you.

You've just cut the average baseball game to six innings, at least for the opposition.

Nicely done.

-- Lamont "Glory Days" Cranston

bostongraf said...

I think the biggest thing about the Gagne deal is taking him away from the Yankees.

Or at least that's one of my favorite parts of it.

Sparkle Plenty said...

THANKS, yer royal cakiness! Instant replay: Pancakes rock, Crocs bite, Cats get saddled up...all very routine.

saddam said...

I just didn't like soccer, that's all. You people are so judgmental.