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I got your subliminal message right here

Fear the Beard!

Ann Althouse:

Is it fair for Bush (and Bush, elder) to be on camera in such a glowing light, for hours on end?
We’re watching the World Series, and I’m wondering if the Bushes are making a profound subliminal impression on American minds, drawing us toward the stability of the past. Bush and baseball — is that a political argument against which the mind cannot defend?

George Bush’s team has been getting a big can O’ Whoop-Ass opened on them by that band of misfits from the West Coast bastion of LGBTs and liberals known as Baghdad on the Bay.

The San Francisco Giants lead the World Series 3-1 and can clinch their first championship since 1954 with a win tonight.

Game 5 starts at 4:30 Pacific. Two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim “The Freak” Lincecum takes the mound against Cliff Lee and the Texas Rangers. (Be sure to wear your rally thongs)

This is an open thread.

58 Responses

  1. This morn’s Chronicle said Aubrey Huff put on a pair of thongs 30 days ago and he hasn’t removed them since and won’t till after the WS is over.

    Red thongs , really?
    Fear the beard and the thong!

    Go Giants.

  2. How about all those double plays?

    Band of misfits, for sure.

  3. The best part is the Giants have a young starting rotation. If they can hang on to them (and keep them healthy) they’ll be contenders for years to come.

    • Yeah, it’s the best part if you’re a Giants fan. But as a Dodger fan it makes me want to drink gin out of the cat dish. Still, I’m rooting for San Francisco tonight–great city.

      • Former Giant first baseman Mike Aldrete said:

        “Growing up in the Bay Area as a Giants fan taught me three things; the value of sportsmanship, a love of the game, and a deep and abiding hatred of the Los Angeles Dodgers.”

  4. Now this is a smackdown:

    Palin also mocked Politico’s use of anonymous sources, saying, “I suppose I could play their immature, unprofessional, waste-of-time game, too, by claiming these reporters and politicos are homophobe, child molesting, tax evading, anti-dentite, puppy-kicking, chain smoking porn producers…really, they are… I’ve seen it myself…but I’ll only give you the information off-the-record, on deep, deep background; attribute these ‘facts’ to an ‘anonymous source’ and I’ll give you more.

  5. I’m not going to watch (why do I feel guilty about that?) … I’m resting up after the trauma of my first post in … a year? This morning.

  6. That little skinny guy is 5’11” and only weighs about 165 lbs!?! He looks like he’s in high school.

    • ie: Tim Lincecum

    • And check out that sweet little guy Buster Posey.

      He’s just a kid. He’s the catcher. I think he plays:
      ALL 9 INNINGS behind the plate.
      …plus he is a good hitter.
      He hit a HR last night.

      He was in the minors just this spring.

  7. Texas honored two of its own last night, and politics aside, the greeting given to the two Bushes by the fans was wonderful. Baseball transends politics, or at least it should.

    • Both Bushes are “all hat, no cattle.”

      • Well, you are entitltled to your opinion, and the people at the game last night showed you theirs. That’s what makes the world go ’round, I just never believe that one human being is all wrong all the time, and it was obvious that the people of Texas showed great respect for both Bushes last night, I enjoyed the show.

        • This “person of Texas” wants to see both of them up on war crimes charges at the Hague.

          • so does this one

          • Me too. Even if the Hague Court does not put them on trial, the rest of the world has and will judge G.W., Rumsfeld and Cheney as war criminals. Those three cannot got to Europe and feel safe.

    • “Baseball transcends politics, or at least it should.”

      That’s why they shouldn’t have been there. Or at least sit out of camera range. Seriously. When I’m watching a baseball game, especially a batter at the plate, the last person I want to see is George Bush (either one) or Barbara. Find her a hurricane someplace, please. Then stick her in the middle of it, on top of a house going under water. Maybe she’d develop a little empathy. Ha!

      And, last I heard, Texas was a red state. No wonder they cheered. Cheering on a war criminal is not wonderful in my book. Or my state. Or my adopted state. Or lots of other states. But, hey, this is Fox.

      I wrote about this last nite. Deeply offensive. Incredibly insensitive. I will never applaud a Bush. I was able to miss the first pitch, which was acceptable, just not watchable, but, please, get the hell out of my line of vision.

      OK, back to the game. Go Giants!

      • They were in the owner’s box.

        Didn’t W have ownership in the Tex.Rangers before he ruined the country and got us into war?

        He prolly kept the perks after he ran them into the ground…like that oil company in the Caribbean, that he ran into the ground.

      • Really. Is that their purpose in life, to make you comfortable? What an asshat.

  8. Respect the office.
    Not the man.

    • meant that to reply Babs.
      Is that you Barbara B?

      • No, it’s Babs from PA, feeling my oats tonight, had 12 migrains on 11 straight days, ended up the hospital for CT scan, MRI, MRA, and the old brain is OK, but just got steroids today and finally feel like there is a light at the end of the tunnel. And I can go to vote tomorrow, all is well.


    3-RUN DINGER!!!!!!!

  10. The Giants need six more outs.

    I need a new liver.

  11. Testing out my new iPhone! I broke the old one today 😦 this one supposed to be faster and has all kinds of woo fancy things.

    Who is winning?

    I don’t have to put on reading glasses to type hmmm

    • Giants are winning 3-1….just starting the bottom of the 9th….Rangers last chance to score.


  13. CONGRATULATIONS GIANTS! Really great series.

  14. I remeber reading that Bush the Lesser had a 2% stake and was blamed for trading Sammy Sosa.

  15. Congratulations Giant!! Awesome pitching.

  16. In 2001, right before – and after 9.11 there was the mayoral election in NYC where Bloomberg was competing with plenty of moolah against a liberal Democrat. It came out very close – tiny turnout – but I am sure that the ads during the World Series Subway edition (Mets vs Yankees) – many of which featured Saint Giuliani did a lot for Bloomberg.
    I don’t even watch baseball, but my guy does, so I was catching them from the corner of my eye.

  17. Still doing homework. Apart from the Senate race, we have some extremely close races in blue Connecticut. They shouldn’t be this close.

  18. Renteria pulls himself off the scrap heap

    Texas – When the Giants picked up Edgar Renteria two years ago, essentially off the scrap heap, there was a general agreement in the baseball world that it was the worst deal any major-league team made that winter, hands-down.
    The Giants gave Renteria $18.5 million for two years. Some experts thought that was about $18 million over his market value.
    Well, ka-ching, you guys.
    Renteria has paid off.


  19. Where’s ‘Sky Dancing’ link…she’s the best!

  20. The Democrats are finding out what we knew in 2008. Obama cares about Obama and anyone competing with his image and election will be thrown under the bus. The last PPP gives Rossi the edge in Washington State. The Democrats should be happy if the senate ends up 51:50, but there’s a chance of a 50:50 split.

    Tensions have come to the surface after meetings over the past few weeks in which Obama senior adviser David Axelrod discussed communications strategy with senior Democratic strategists and party officials. Some Democrats were so unhappy with the White House meetings, they started their own.

    The strategy sessions aired a range of disagreements over how to help Democrats forestall an electoral drubbing at the polls—a defeat party strategists believe could have been minimized with a different White House playbook.

    Among the complaints: Mr. Obama conveyed an incoherent message that didn’t express what Democrats would do over the next two years if they retain power; he focused more on his own image than helping Democratic candidates; and the White House picked the wrong battle when it attacked Republicans for using “outside” money to pay for campaigns, an issue disconnected from voters’ real-world anxieties.
    … the White House emphasized its attacks on Republicans as a coordinated attempt with congressional Democrats to shift the race from a referendum on the economy and Democratic rule to a choice between Democrats and Republicans.
    After Mr. Axelrod began his message meetings last September, House Democratic leaders began their own competing strategy conference calls about a month and a half ago, concluding Mr. Axelrod’s pitch was missing the nuts-and-bolts discussions of the congressional election landscape. So far there have been about a half dozen sessions organized by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D, Calif.), Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen (D, Md.) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D, Conn.)

    “They just had so much faith in the president’s ability to navigate all this and that no matter what the right threw at him, the president would have this force field of trust that would protect him,” a House strategist said. “On the Hill, there’s this sense that there are three [political] parties, the president, Democrats in Congress and Republicans in Congress.”

    That force field, said a number of strategists and officials, is comprised of Mr. Axelrod, Valerie Jarrett, press secretary Robert Gibbs and 2008 campaign manager David Plouffe. Some complained the White House, in its focus on building a 2012 reelection strategy, acted at times more in its own interest than that of Democratic candidates.

    Another senior strategist who participated in a meeting with Mr. Axelrod said the White House hadn’t grasped the economic concerns voters have— something he says Republicans seemed to understand.

    “We ignored what voters were actually feeling and thinking,” this strategist said.

    More at WSJ

  21. I know subliminal messaging not only works but is used by the main stream. Anyone remember food network and the mcdonalds subliminal? Just check it out on youtube…Of course thats just one example.

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