Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Question for Chic regarding Atlantic City Pro
on: September 14, 2008, 06:58:11 AM
As the athletes' representative and a competitive bodybuilder, please educate us as to how and why the following competitors did not place ahead of Kamali:
If the above contact you to express their dissatisfaction with the judging, will you go to bat for them?
I'm not Kamali bashing by asking...
Getbig Main Boards / Politics and Political Issues Board / Re: Obama Picks BIDEN as his VP
on: August 23, 2008, 12:10:28 AM
Obama and Biden: One Ticket, Two Plagiarists
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Talk of Joe Biden as Obamaís VP pick is focusing on Bidenís ability to bring strength to a ticket where Obama is weakest: foreign policy, knowledge of Washington as an experienced pol, his appeal to working class, white voters and to Catholics, and his appeal to the eastern part of swing-state Pennsylvania where Biden is well known.
What these commentaries fail to point out is that both men have a well-documented history of plagiarism.
Certainly we all remember Barack Obamaís propensity for lifting words from othersí speeches ó notably, from his friend Duval Patrick, governor of Massachusetts. It was one of many instances where the debate intensified about what Obama really means when he says he means something. Words mattered one day, then didnít matter the next. Or was it the other way around? Lacking firm convictions of his own and seeking to at least sound charismatic, Obama did what he had to: he stole somebodyís words and ideas.
As the presidential campaign has progressed beyond the primaries into the general election, Obamaís rhetoric has become less uplifting but the emptiness of his ideas and lack of conviction continue to sink his once unsinkable ship.
So, now, trying to plug the holes in his shaky campaign, some are saying Obama will select Joe Biden as his running mate.There are two problems with Biden: 1) he is a serial plagiarist, and 2) in a very long career in Washington, he is best known for having accomplished nothing of significance. Can anyone name one event, one piece of legislation in which Biden played a significant role? Canít think of anything? Neither can I. All I remember about Biden are the plagiarism charges, the hair plugs, and his endless appearances on Meet the Press and Face the Nation. One wonders if he has nothing else to do on Sunday mornings.
Back when Biden was still coming to New Hampshire and hoping he might stumble into the Democratic nomination, here was my take on the Delaware Senator:
Biden has been around Washington D.C. longer than the Jefferson Memorial. Thereís a lot of Biden history there. The problem is that most of it is remarkably forgettable. Iíve seen him dozens of times on Meet the Press and other political shows and newscasts. I canít remember a single important or interesting thing that he has said.
All I remember about Biden is that Mike Dukakis fatally kicked him in the groin during the 1988 Democratic presidential campaign for plagiarizing parts of a speech. The media then woke up and found numerous other cases of Biden ďliftingĒ someone elseís work. According to the Washington Post, these included ďa serious plagiarism incident involving Biden during his law school years; the senatorís boastful exaggerations of his academic record at a New Hampshire campaign event; and the discovery of other quotations in Bidenís speeches pilfered from past Democratic politicians.Ē
Hereís the complete post, Groceries or Joe Biden-Easy Choice!
Writing about Bidenís likely pick, MSNBCís Howard Fineman has tried to minimize the importance of Bidenís plagiarism scandals by calling them ďtrivial.Ē For some people, cheating is trivial. For others, it reflects a central weakness in a personís character. Fineman is not a priest but an insider like Biden, and is no position to obsolve Biden of his sins. In the hands of the McCain people and in the eyes of most voters, having two cheaters on the same Democratic ticket is not exactly a winning combination, regardless of Bidenís tenure on the Foreign Relations Committee.
But here he is, a week before the Democratic convention, poised to grasp Obamaís sweaty palm, perhaps to make history, but most likely to sink together in a sea of stolen ideas.
Getbig Main Boards / Politics and Political Issues Board / Re: Obama Picks BIDEN as his VP
on: August 22, 2008, 11:57:33 PM
Biden is one serious staright shooter. He doesn't bullshit around, and he's a man's man.
A man's man? You have very low expectations of men. 1988 - Joseph R. Biden Jr., a U.S. senator from Delaware, was driven from the nomination battle after delivering, without attribution, passages from a speech by British Labor party leader Neil Kinnock. A barrage of subsidiary revelations by the press also contributed to Biden's withdrawal: a serious plagiarism incident involving Biden during his law school years; the senator's boastful exaggerations of his academic record at a New Hampshire campaign event; and the discovery of other quotations in Biden's speeches pilfered from past Democratic politicians.
Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Alain Bernard: NATURAL ?
on: August 13, 2008, 11:16:53 PM
Bailed out by the US in WW2 but wouldn't allow the US to fly over its airspace to attack Libya...a country of political whores which kissed the asses of Moslem fanatics, gave refuge to and delivered that scumbag Khomeini to Iran...BUT, there is a thing called Karma...France is now knee deep in Shiite. BTW, what did the French say when the Germans invaded France?
"Table for 100,000?"
We'll give you a couple of athletic contest wins...what about all the following losses?
- Gallic Wars
- Lost. In a war whose ending foreshadows the next 2000 years of French history, France is conquered by of all things, an Italian. [Or at ths time in history, a Roman -ed.]
- Hundred Years War
- Mostly lost, saved at last by female schizophrenic who inadvertently creates The First Rule of French Warfare; "France's armies are victorious only when not led by a Frenchman." Sainted.
- Italian Wars
- Lost. France becomes the first and only country to ever lose two wars when fighting Italians.
- Wars of Religion
- France goes 0-5-4 against the Huguenots
- Thirty Years War
- France is technically not a participant, but manages to get invaded anyway. Claims a tie on the basis that eventually the other participants started ignoring her.
- War of Revolution
- Tied. Frenchmen take to wearing red flowerpots as chapeaux.
- The Dutch War
- War of the Augsburg League/King William's War/French and Indian War
- Lost, but claimed as a tie. Three ties in a row induces deluded Frogophiles the world over to label the period as the height of French military power.
- War of the Spanish Succession
- Lost. The War also gave the French their first taste of a Marlborough, which they have loved every since.
- American Revolution
- In a move that will become quite familiar to future Americans, France claims a win even though the English colonists saw far more action. This is later known as "de Gaulle Syndrome", and leads to the Second Rule of French Warfare; "France only wins when America does most of the fighting."
- French Revolution
- Won, primarily due the fact that the opponent was also French.
- The Napoleonic Wars
- Lost. Temporary victories (remember the First Rule!) due to leadership of a Corsican, who ended up being no match for a British footwear designer.
- The Franco-Prussian War
- Lost. Germany first plays the role of drunk Frat boy to France's ugly girl home alone on a Saturday night.
- World War I
- Tied and on the way to losing, France is saved by the United States [Entering the war late -ed.]. Thousands of French women find out what it's like to not only sleep with a winner, but one who doesn't call her "Fraulein." Sadly, widespread use of condoms by American forces forestalls any improvement in the French bloodline.
- World War II
- Lost. Conquered French liberated by the United States and Britain just as they finish learning the Horst Wessel Song.
- War in Indochina
- Lost. French forces plead sickness; take to bed with the Dien Bien Flu
- Algerian Rebellion
- Lost. Loss marks the first defeat of a western army by a Non-Turkic Muslim force since the Crusades, and produces the First Rule of Muslim Warfare; "We can always beat the French." This rule is identical to the First Rules of the Italians, Russians, Germans, English, Dutch, Spanish, Vietnamese and Esquimaux.
- War on Terrorism
- France, keeping in mind its recent history, surrenders to Germans and Muslims just to be safe. Attempts to surrender to Vietnamese ambassador fail after he takes refuge in a McDonald's.
The question for any country silly enough to count on the French should not be "Can we count on the French?", but rather "How long until France collapses?"
"Going to war without France is like going deer hunting without an accordion. All you do is leave behind a lot of noisy baggage."
Or, better still, the quote from last week's Wall Street Journal: "They're there when they need you."
With only an hour and a half of research, Jonathan Duczkowski provided the following losses:
Norse invasions, 841-911.
After having their way with the French for 70 years, the Norse are bribed by a French King named Charles the Simple (really!) who gave them Normandy in return for peace. Normans proceed to become just about the only positive military bonus in France's [favour] for next 500 years.
Andrew Ouellette posts this in response:
1066 A.D. William The Conquerer Duke and Ruler of France Launches the Largest Invasion in the history of the world no other was as large until the same trip was taken in reverse on June 6th 1944 William Fights Harold for the Throne of England Which old king Edward rightfully left to William but Harold Usurped the throne Will fights the Saxons (English)wins and the French Rule England for the Next 80 Years. then the French start the largest building and economic infrastructure since the fall of the Roman Empire the Norman Economy skyrockets and the Normans inadvertantly start England to become a major world Power Vive La France-
Matt Davis posts this in response to Andrew Ouellette above:
Oh dear. We seem to have overlooked some basic facts. Firstly, Philip the First (1060 - 1108) was King of France at the time of the Norman invasion of 1066 - William was Duke of Normandy and, incidentally, directly descended from the Vikings. William was, therefore, as alien to France as the experience of victory. Since Philip did not invade England, the victory at Hastings was Norman - not French. Normandy may be a part of France now but it most certainly wasn't in 1066. Therefore, William's coronation as King of England had nothing whatsoever to do with the French. As usual, they were nowhere near the place when the fighting was going on. The mistaken belief that 1066 was a French victory leads to the Third Rule of French Warfare; "When incapable of any victory whatsoever - claim someone else's".
France attempts to take advantage of Mexico's weakness following its thorough thrashing by the U.S. 20 years earlier ("Halls of Montezuma"). Not surprisingly, the only unit to distinguish itself is the French Foreign Legion (consisting of, by definition, non-Frenchmen). Booted out of the country a little over a year after arrival.
Panama jungles 1881-1890.
No one but nature to fight, France still loses; canal is eventually built by the U.S. 1904-1914.
Should be noted that the Grand Armee was largely (~%50) composed of non-Frenchmen after 1804 or so. Mainly disgruntled minorities and anti-monarchists. Not surprisingly, these performed better than the French on many occasions.
French defeated by rebellion after sacrificing 4,000 Poles to yellow fever. Shows another rule of French warfare; when in doubt, send an ally.
British were far more charming than French, ended up victors. Therefore the British are well known for their tea, and the French for their whine (er, wine...). Ensures 200 years of bad teeth in England.
Barbary Wars, middle ages-1830.
Pirates in North Africa continually harass European shipping in Meditteranean. France's solution: pay them to leave us alone. America's solution: kick their asses ("the Shores of Tripoli"). [America's] first overseas victories, won 1801-1815.
1798-1801, Quasi-War with U.S.
French privateers (semi-legal pirates) attack U.S. shipping. U.S. fights France at sea for 3 years; French eventually cave; sets precedent for next 200 years of Franco-American relations.
Moors in Spain, late 700s-early 800s.
Even with Charlemagne leading them against an enemy living in a hostile land, French are unable to make much progress. Hide behind Pyrennes until the modern day.
French-on-French losses (probably should be counted as victories too, just to be fair):
1208: Albigenses Crusade, French massacared by French.
When asked how to differentiate a heretic from the faithful, response was "Kill them all. God will know His own." Lesson: French are badasses when fighting unarmed men, women and children.
St. Bartholomew Day Massacre, August 24, 1572.
Once again, French-on-French slaughter.
Philip Augustus of France throws hissy-fit, leaves Crusade for Richard the Lion Heart to finish.
St. Louis of France leads Crusade to Egypt. Resoundingly crushed.
St. Louis back in action, this time in Tunis. See Seventh Crusade.
Also should be noted that France attempted to hide behind the Maginot line, sticking their head in the sand and pretending that the Germans would enter France that way. By doing so, the Germans would have been breaking with their traditional route of invading France, entering through Belgium (Napoleonic Wars, Franco-Prussian War, World War I, etc.). French ignored this though, and put all their effort into these defenses.
Thomas Whiteley has submitted this addition to me:
Seven year War 1756-1763
Lost: after getting hammered by Frederick the Great of Prussia (yep, the Germans again) at Rossbach, the French were held off for the remainder of the War by Frederick of Brunswick and a hodge-podge army including some Brits. War also saw France kicked out of Canada (Wolfe at Quebec) and India (Clive at Plassey).
Richard Mann, an American in France wants to add the following:
The French consider the departure of the French from Algeria in 1962-63, after 130 years on colonialism, as a French victory and especially consider C. de Gaulle as a hero for 'leading' said victory over the unwilling French public who were very much against the departure. This ended their colonialism. About 2 million ungrateful Algerians lost their lives in this shoddy affair.
Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: No damn apologies to Beijing!! WTF, sissies?!
on: August 07, 2008, 07:57:07 AM
Ignorant. Our air quality in this country is pretty solid, maybe even better than Europe's, for the sole reason that diesel cars and trucks make up the over whelming majority of the vehicles on the road, plus their automobile emission standards aren't nearly as strict as ours.
China is a polluted mess, in an attempt to spur industrial development/power generation at a rapid pace they have stripped any semblance of environmental standards. They are actually the worlds #1 producer of CO2 now. Your utter ignorance is underlined by the fact that you brought up LA as some straw man to use as a fulcrum for your "argument" LA is in a basin surrounded by mountains, much in the same way Denver is which shares some of the same problems. The polluted air just sits above the city b/c the wind that would normally push it out is blocked by the mountains. Also, because LA and California has much stricter environmental controls than the rest of the US (which is saying something) their air quality in the city has actually been improving over the last 12-20 years.
China is a fucking environmental disaster area that is in a class all its own. Stop trying to spear the U.S. with your ignorant arguments. I don't believe you are a gimmick because you have been consistently stupid since you've been here.
Well said...and true.