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  • @wrwlumpy cool!!

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  • These kids are super blessed to get this opportunity, hopefully a few more recruits will think so too. Don’t we go to Maui this year too? We-I wish!!












  • Both great beauties in their primes. I could not have chosen between them then.

    Almost posted a pic of them both now, but Ursula is too painful to look at–a victim of failed plastic surgery. Honor looks like a proper English lady. Both amazingly memorable stars of my youth though. Both launched a thousand wet dreams among boys my age after Dr. No and Goldfinger and awakened among many of us awareness of a world beyond Kansas City.

  • @wrwlumpy Great photos again, lumpy. Many thanks.

  • Thank you for posting the Hagia Sophia. It is one of my 5 favorite buildings in the world.

    Thank you also for remembering Elia Kazan. Kazan was my hero, and remains the movie maker I respect more than any other, even though he named names. It was evil what was done to him–first by the right, then by the left. He was the greatest, most deeply insightful, dramatic story teller in the history of American cinema. Period. He was not a great visual stylist, but he probably would have become virtuosic at that to, had he been allowed to keep working. In a way, he was to American dramatic film what Josef Conrad was to the English novel. No human being on earth should have been able to come to a new country–Conrad from Ukraine to Poland to England, Kazan from Turkey to America-and make enduring art in an English language that reveals his adopted country more deeply than all but a few other story tellers of adopted land. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Panic in the Streets, A Streetcar Named Desire, On the Waterfront. East of Eden, Splendor in the Grass, and A Face in the Crowd: these films required astonishing insight into America–into the immigrant streak of America, no matter how “American” we think we have become. The great genius of Kazan is that each of these great movies pulls up from the depths of our individual experiences of our culture a conflict that seems irresolvable; that seems never to recede. Kazan more deeply and better than any other film maker before or since dramatized the enduring problem of being an individual American in an endlessly compromised experiment in self government, wherein the constellation of dramas that he laid out in cinematic form and showed us are being played out in hundreds of millions of individual American lives in fact finally are the only bulwark we Americans have standing between our rare, precious,fragile, constitution and tyranical wealth, petty morality, tyrannical socio-economic movements, tyrannical organized crime, and even at times the tyranny of our own elected government imposing bureaucratic policies on us that destroy our way of life in pursuit of imposing the latest new technology. “America, America” is really the only one of his movies he should have had the insight to make, because it was literally his own family’s story. But my favorite thing about him of all is that he understood there was much in film that he could not do–I like to think should not have wasted his brilliant story telling ability on. America is so fortunate that he came to us, and focused on what he COULD do.

    If someone came to me and said what movies should I watch to help me understand American’s dreams and fears I would tell them to watch John Wayne’s westerns with John Ford and Howard Hawks, and Randolph Scott’s westerns with Budd Boetticher and Burt Kennedy. If someone wanted to understand America’s actual hopes, I would tell them to watch all of Frank Capra’s films written with Robert Riskin. If someone wanted to understand the sickness at the heart of America, I would tell them to watch Clint Eastwood’s and Martin Scorcese’s and Quentin Tarrantino’s films. If they wanted to know the joy at the heart of America, I would tell them to watch all of Gene Kelly’s musicals. But if they wanted to know the truth about what it feels like to live in America still, I would tell them to watch every Elia Kazan movie ever made. Like the English owe Shakespeare a debt they can never repay, Americans owe Elia Kazan more than they will understand for a long, long time. RIP Mr. Kazan

  • @wrwlumpy Snookie? Really that’s the best thing to come out of Chile? Her picture should be next to the word “bimbo” (one of several possibilities) in Webster’s.

    A better choice: Cote de Pablo, actress, NCIS

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  • @wrwlumpy

    Serbia, Brazil and Turkey should have decent teams; Eastern Europe has produced some good players and Turkey has a very good pro League which I imagine has helped envelopment at the lower levels as well. Brazil has huge base and basketball is popular there, not soccer popular, of course, but consistently improving. Chile and Switzerland would be the weaker teams in the group.

  • The Importance of Brazil:

    Oscar Niemeyer–just a hellaciously good architect. For me there is Wright, then Piano, then Niemeyer. iu-1.jpeg

    The Hot Air Ballon–"The first recorded experiments for a hot air balloon to be used as a means of transport were made at the beginning of the 1700s by the Jesuit priest Bartolomeu de Gusmão. He succesfully managed to lift a balloon 4,5 meters in front of the Portuguese Court."

    The Automatic Transmission with Hydraulic Fluid–"Alfred Horner Munro of Regina invented the first automatic transmission in 1921, but as he was a steam engineer, his device used compressed air, and it therefore lacked power so it never found commercial application. In 1932 José Braz Araripe and Fernando Lehly Lemos then developed the first automatic transmission with hydraulic fluid.

    They subsequently sold the prototype and plans to General Motors who introduced them to their 1940 model Oldsmobile as “hydra-matic”. The device was then incorporated to GM-built tanks, and marketed thereafter as “battle-tested”."

    Its the River, Stupid–The Amazon River is the river of all rivers on the wateriest planet we know of. It emits 209,000 cubic meters per second–an amount greater than the next seven largest rivers of the world combined.This is just the south of it seen from space!!!iu.png

    Brazilian Women: Let me put it this way. Giselle Bundchen is ranked fourth among Brazilian beauties on the following web site.

  • My wife is Serbian… so I may have to go under a new pen name this summer…

  • @drgnslayr Does she know Novak Djocivick? 😉

  • @wrwlumpy I like that you saved the best for last.

  • @RockChalkinTexas

    She thinks she does… her entire family watches every single match he plays in! Very proud people.

  • @jaybate-1.0 Speaking of Howard Hawks and John Wayne-as it happens I watched Red River last night. Wanted to have the kids watch it but it was a school night.

  • @drgnslayr I am in Rafa’s corner! Great rivalry.

  • @RockChalkinTexas

    Ooops… did I accidentally “like” your post? 🙂

  • @drgnslayr I’m going to tell your wife and her family 🙂

  • @JayhawkRock78

    A great movie for sure.

    Wayne and his illustrious colleagues–Hawks and Ford–created an art form for our country.

    Movies are a medium.

    Westerns are not just a genre. They are an art form. They have their own visual and verbal vocabularies that speak to us about subjects and in ways that no other art form does.

  • @jaybate-1.0 I may have posted this before-but John Wayne movies were important to me in my youth and still are as a parent.

    My father was a single child who had an abusive step father-he didn’t share this with me until I was out of college. Dad was a self made man-as many of that generation were.

    I had three sisters and I was a little wimp. He did a number of things to bring me along including Saturday night movies. After mom and the girls would go to bed on Saturday night dad would let me stay up late to see a movie with him. Most were westerns or war movies and of course John Wayne was in many of them. As you say these movies are America. It gave me a clue to perseverance & hard work, sacrifice, morals, ethics, and not abusing power or taking advantage of the weak. Then he got me into playing football and Boy Scouts. In the 60’s and 70’s that was a great place to be.

  • @drgnslayr This will be MUST-SEE TV this weekend:

    Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal set up semifinal showdown

    Djokovic, who ended Rafael Nadal’s reign in Monte Carlo when he won the clay-court Masters tournament in 2013, will next face the Spaniard in a match he sees as “probably the biggest clay-court challenge you can have.”

    It will be their 43rd career meeting, the first since Nadal beat Djokovic in last year’s French Open final.

    “I’ve got to prepare myself mentally for that,” Djokovic said. “Other than the mental part, I think physically I’m ready. I’m going to need to keep the high level of performance throughout the entire match tomorrow.”

    Nadal, an eight-time champion at the Country Club, had to battle for nearly 3 hours before securing a 6-4, 5-7, 6-2 victory over David Ferrer, who beat him in the quarterfinals last year.

    “This is an important win for the future,” Nadal said.

    Djokovic and Nadal have been going in opposite directions this season, as Nadal dropped to fifth in the world rankings following a string of poor results on hard court. Back on his favorite surface, he passed a significant test against Ferrer, a fellow clay specialist.


  • @RockChalkinTexas

    I’m there… whether I want to be or not! Ha… but seriously… I love this match up. I’m a big Rafa fan… lets just keep that info in this thread only!

  • @drgnslayr

    Let’s hope he has this kind of intensity and plays with a CHIP!!!


    This is one of my favorite screensavers AFTER basketball season! 🙂 rafa1.jpeg

  • @RockChalkinTexas Thank you!

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