Baieti, apropos de mailul respectiv, Madame Clit-on o suge. Nu ca n-as fi banuit, dar se pare ca nu-i place sa i se spuna si de aceea a dat-o afara pe sefa de campanie dupa ce o lume-ntreaga a inceput s-o ovationeze cu traditionalul „You suck!” 😀
Daca as face „forward” la e-mailul pe care l-am primit, probabil ca ar merge bine. (imaginile sunt linkuri de fapt). Dar daca faci asta, atunci Yahoo iti pune si lista de persoane carora le-a fost adresat e-mailul, ori mie nu-mi place sa fac asta…
Hai ca incerc eu unul…
Scufita Rosie autostopista. Opreste o masina, inauntru un tip.
– Nenea, ma iei si pe mine pana la bunica ?
– Sigur, draga mea. Numai ca trebuie sa „prestezi” si tu ceva, ma-ntelegi… Si, pt ca sunt dj la statia locala, in plus te las sa dai si o dedicatie in direct. Ok ?
Tipul se descheie la pantaloni.
-Poti sa incepi.
Scufita Rosie se apleaca peste slitul desfacut si „incepe”:
– De la Scufita Rosie pt bunicuta…
Deci AfterD din Romania vede meciurile lui Los Angeles Lakers inaintea Genialului care e la azvarlitura de bat de LA LA land. Si mai zicea lumea ca Romania e inapoiata…acum vad ca e inaintea LA-ului! 🙂
@AfterD si Genial: e bine ca macar intre voi va intelegeti. 🙂
Pops ar trebui sa-si vada de echipa, ca nu prea merge. Daca vrea, li-l dam noi pe Ron Artest. sa vezi show intre Ron si Popovich, atunci sa te tii….
„What they did in Memphis is beyond comprehension,” said Popovich. „There should be a trade committee that can scratch all trades that make no sense. I just wish I had been on a trade committe that oversees NBA trades. I’d like to elect myself to that committee. I would have voted no to the L.A. trade.”
sunt zvonuri, din ce in ce mai dese, despre un posibil schimb de jucatori in care ar fi implicati Sacramento Kings. Paradoxal insa, ultimele zvonuri lanseaza doua nume noi (relativ): Mike bibby si Kenny Thomas, ultimul fiind se pare elementul decisiv in nefinalizarea niciunui transfer in care ar fi implicat Ron Artest. Evident fiind ca echipa asa cum e nu are viitor, Kings sunt dispusi sa scape de salariile imense ale celor doi, daca vor primii in schimb jucatori aflati spre final de contract. In atari conditii, o eventuala despartire de Artest ar fi chiar dorita. Desigur, acestea sunt zvonuri; venirea in vest a lui Shaq si transferul lui Gasol au generat insa o oarecare miscare de trupe…
In primul rand, Bibby are un contract imens. Firesc, daca echipa nu merge – si e clar ca nu merge- incepi reconstructia dar pentru asta ai nevoie de un pic de libertate cand vine vorba de salary cap. Bibby si Thomas au contractele cele mai mari, iar Kenny Thomas n-a mai prins echipa de nici nu stiu cand. Bibby e evident un point-guard dorit, problema e ce ni se ofera in schimb.
alaltaieri, vs. Warriors, Bibby a avut 3 TO in ultimele 4 minute, 2 dintre ele la basic entry pass. Lumea s-a saturat de el pe aici, tot ce a facut pentru noi a fost o serie magnifica contra Lakers, in 2002, dar atunci vroia un contract imens, d-aia.
@AfterD: cam asa; omul POATE juca la un nivel inalt, dar nu prea VREA. banii vin, din ce in ce mai multi, asa ca de ce sa ne obosim? Mai tragem tare o tura in doi ani cand ne expira contractul asta, si ne-am scos…
Din ciclul sa cunoastem poezia americana moderna si contemporana, azi :John Crowe Ransom (1888-1974)
Twirling your blue skirts, travelling the sward
Under the towers of your seminary,
Go listen to your teachers old and contrary
Without believing a word.
Tie the white fillets then about your hair
And think no more of what will come to pass
Than bluebirds that go walking on the grass
And chattering on the air.
Practice your beauty, blue girls, before it fail;
And I will cry with my loud lips and publish
Beauty which all our power shall never establish,
It is so frail.
For I could tell you a story which is true;
I know a woman with a terrible tongue,
Blear eyes fallen from blue,
All her perfections tarnished – yet it is not long
Since she was lovelier than any of you.
Puisor, hai sa-ti pun si eu o intrebare indiscreta, indecenta dar directa.
Pe tine de ce nu te mai vad pe la AG? Pe mine stiu de ce nu ma vedeam, ca am si spus-o, dar tu? Oi fi spus-o si tu, dar mi-a scapat. As aprecia daca mi-ai raspunde sa-nteleg ceva, cit de cit.
Skin remembers how long the years grow
when skin is not touched, a gray tunnel
of singleness, feather lost from the tail
of a bird, swirling onto a step,
swept away by someone who never saw
it was a feather. Skin ate, walked,
slept by itself, knew how to raise a
see-you-later hand. But skin felt
it was never seen, never known as
a land on the map, nose like a city,
hip like a city, gleaming dome of the mosque
and the hundred corridors of cinnamon and rope.
Skin had hope, that’s what skin does.
Heals over the scarred place, makes a road.
Love means you breathe in two countries.
And skin remembers–silk, spiny grass,
deep in the pocket that is skin’s secret own.
Even now, when skin is not alone,
it remembers being alone and thanks something larger
that there are travelers, that people go places
larger than themselves.
For Suns fans, there’s actually something very reassuring about a 6-10 Amaré Stoudemire being the one to refer to his new teammate as “Big Man.”
Shaquille O’Neal took part in his first Suns team practice Monday, rattling both the US Airways Center’s practice court rims and a few unlucky recipients of his patented pick and rolls in the hour-long session in front of the coaching staff and front office.
“It was a lot of running and a lot of learning,” O’Neal said. “This is something very different for me. I just have to get in-tune with what everybody’s doing. When you talk about being on a great team, everybody has to be on the same page. I don’t want to be the one who slows us up half a millisecond.”
Participating in every one of the drills in the morning session, O’Neal also did plenty of shooting and five-on-five exercises – all under the watchful eye of head athletic trainer Aaron Nelson and his staff.
“The training staff has done stuff I’ve never seen before, and it seems to be working,” O’Neal said. “My hip’s feeling pretty good – better than it’s felt in a while. I’m used to just getting injections and going right back out there, but here, they told me they have their own style. And I’m going to stick to it. I felt good today, and I just need to get my wind back. I haven’t done anything in a month and a half, but after I get my wind back and get in-tune with what’s going on offensively and defensively, I’ll be back.”
With that official return date still up in the air, his new teammates were more than pleased with what they saw in his first team practice.
“Shaq brings so much to our team as it is,” Steve Nash said, “but for him to be in good physical condition, it really adds some amazing looks to our team. He’s going to make the game easier for everybody, and hopefully we can make it a little easier for him by spacing out the floor and putting all those shooters around him.
“We don’t want to overdo it. We want him to feel comfortable and have confidence in what he’ll be doing every day with us. At the same time he does have a lot to catch up on. He’ll be fine. Basketball is basketball. He’s a pro and he’s seen it all before. He’ll adapt quickly.”
Head Coach Mike D’Antoni says it will be an adjustment for the entire team in incorporating O’Neal’s talents as it pertains to the chemistry of the club. Regardless, he doesn’t anticipate any problems in that regard.
“It’s not like a perimeter player who just fits in,” D’Antoni said. “Shaq changes the way we play, and he’s a big focal point. Guys have to get used to that and understanding where he’s going to be, what it means and how to get him the ball at different times, and how to use him in regards to what we already do. It’s just a process we’ll go though. Today was a good day. He’s a lot better physically, even better than what we originally thought.”
Listed as “day-to-day” by his new coach, O’Neal will sit down with D’Antoni and Nelson after Tuesday’s practice to evaluate how he feels, leaving the possibility that the big man might play before the All-Star break. Regardless, the center will continue with both Nelson’s integrative manual therapy designed to apply pressure to injured muscles and promote healing, and a healthy round of stretching exercises.
“We don’t want to say we can help someone improve if we really don’t believe it,” Nelson said. “We pride ourselves on figuring out if it’s something we can work with and deal with it from there, do everything possible to make it right, and with Shaq, that’s what we’re doing. We’re figuring out what muscles are tight or overactive, and on the other side, we find out which muscles are weak. We activate those muscles that aren’t firing correctly or at all, in some cases, and integrate that into a total exercise that will prepare him for doing his court work.
“Shaq gave everybody here his commitment. For us, it can be very time consuming because there are a lot of things we need to accomplish to get him the way we feel he can move and participate. But he’s been very compliant and it’s been great to work with him. He’s been dedicated to everything we’ve asked of him. Our goal is getting the impairments we’re finding corrected and getting him practicing.”
If Monday was any indication, the Suns’ training staff’s collective efforts are making a difference. Aside from the usual stamina issues of a player who’s returning from injury, and judging by the occasional smile on O’Neal’s face Monday, the center didn’t appear limited in any way. In fact, he was very receptive to any and all suggestions from the coaching staff and his new teammates.
“He is excited, just like we are,” Nash added. “It’s a new beginning for him, a new opportunity. He’s had a lot of doubters this year and has kind of become a forgotten man in a short period of time. A man of his ability, accomplishment and pride – that’s not going to be acceptable. He’s come out here. He’s excited to be a part of this group. He’s working hard. His commitment is outstanding, and we’re just lucky to have a player of his ability on our team.”
And according to O’Neal, the feeling is mutual.
“It’s good to have great players around you,” the center said. “Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was fortunate enough to have that style of players behind him near the end of his career. I feel like him now.
“I’m no idiot. I’m not coming in here to try and take over. I’ll fit in very, very nicely – rebounding, on outlets, setting picks for Steve, getting easy buckets, playing some defense… That’s what I aim to do.”
The 14-time NBA All-Star will do just that alongside possibly his biggest fan and fellow low-post presence, Amaré Stoudemire. In addition to now taking to the court next to his childhood idol, Stoudemire also gets to do it back at his more comfortable position at power forward.
“With him healthy and better, I’m good to go,” STAT said. “It makes the game simple when you have a guy that commands so much of a presence down in the post. That’s what we need, and that’s what he’ll mean to this team.
“Standing beside him, I looked more like a point guard rather than a center, but he’ll definitely help us.”
I am sorry I have to call you that, but I don’t know how else to get your attention. I hate that word. Do you know how hard some of us have worked to get rid of that word, to deny its instant connection to the Middle East? And now look. Look what extra work we have. Not only did your colleagues kill thousands of innocent, international people in those buildings and scar their families forever, they wounded a huge community of people in the Middle East, in the United States and all over the world. If that’s what they wanted to do, please know the mission was a terrible success, and you can stop now.
Because I feel a little closer to you than many Americans could possibly feel, or ever want to feel, I insist that you listen to me. Sit down and listen. I know what kinds of foods you like. I would feed them to you if you were right here, because it is very very important that you listen. I am humble in my country’s pain and I am furious.
My Palestinian father became a refugee in 1948. He came to the United States as a college student. He is 74 years old now and still homesick. He has planted fig trees. He has invited all the Ethiopians in his neighborhood to fill their little paper sacks with his figs. He has written columns and stories saying the Arabs are not terrorists, he has worked all his life to defy that word. Arabs are businessmen and students and kind neighbors. There is no one like him and there are thousands like him – gentle Arab daddies who make everyone laugh around the dinner table, who have a hard time with headlines, who stand outside in the evenings with their hands in their pockets staring toward the far horizon.
I am sorry if you did not have a father like that. I wish everyone could have a father like that.
My hard-working American mother has spent 50 years trying to convince her fellow teachers and choir mates not to believe stereotypes about the Middle East. She always told them, there is a much larger story. If you knew the story, you would not jump to conclusions from what you see in the news. But now look at the news. What a mess has been made. Sometimes I wish everyone could have parents from different countries or ethnic groups so they would be forced to cross boundaries, to believe in mixtures, every day of their lives. Because this is what the world calls us to do. WAKE UP!
The Palestinian grocer in my Mexican-American neighborhood paints pictures of the Palestinian flag on his empty cartons. He paints trees and rivers. He gives his paintings away. He says, „Don’t insult me” when I try to pay him for a lemonade. Arabs have always been famous for their generosity. Remember? My half-Arab brother with an Arabic name looks more like an Arab than many full-blooded Arabs do and he has to fly every week.
My Palestinian cousins in Texas have beautiful brown little boys. Many of them haven’t gone to school yet. And now they have this heavy word to carry in their backpacks along with the weight of their papers and books. I repeat, the mission was a terrible success. But it was also a complete, total tragedy and I want you to think about a few things.
1. Many people, thousands of people, perhaps even millions of people, in the United States are very aware of the long unfairness of our country’s policies regarding Israel and Palestine. We talk about this all the time. It exhausts us and we keep talking. We write letters to newspapers, to politicians, to each other. We speak out in public even when it is uncomfortable to do so, because that is our responsibility. Many of these people aren’t even Arabs. Many happen to be Jews who are equally troubled by the inequity. I promise you this is true. Because I am Arab-American, people always express these views to me and I am amazed how many understand the intricate situation and have strong, caring feelings for Arabs and Palestinians even when they don’t have to. Think of them, please: All those people who have been standing up for Arabs when they didn’t have to. But as ordinary citizens we don’t run the government and don’t get to make all our government’s policies, which makes us sad sometimes. We believe in the power of the word and we keep using it, even when it seems no one large enough is listening. That is one of the best things about this country: the free power of free words. Maybe we take it for granted too much. Many of the people killed in the World Trade Center probably believed in a free Palestine and were probably talking about it all the time.
But this tragedy could never help the Palestinians. Somehow, miraculously, if other people won’t help them more, they are going to have to help themselves. And it will be peace, not violence, that fixes things. You could ask any one of the kids in the Seeds of Peace organization and they would tell you that. Do you ever talk to kids? Please, please, talk to more kids.
2. Have you noticed how many roads there are? Sure you have. You must check out maps and highways and small alternate routes just like anyone else. There is no way everyone on earth could travel on the same road, or believe in exactly the same religion. It would be too crowded, it would be dumb. I don’t believe you want us all to be Muslims. My Palestinian grandmother lived to be 106 years old, and did not read or write, but even she was much smarter than that. The only place she ever went beyond Palestine and Jordan was to Mecca, by bus, and she was very proud to be called a Hajji and to wear white clothes afterwards. She worked very hard to get stains out of everyone’s dresses – scrubbing them with a stone. I think she would consider the recent tragedies a terrible stain on her religion and her whole part of the world. She would weep. She was scared of airplanes anyway. She wanted people to worship God in whatever ways they felt comfortable. Just worship. Just remember God in every single day and doing. It didn’t matter what they called it. When people asked her how she felt about the peace talks that were happening right before she died, she puffed up like a proud little bird and said, in Arabic, „I never lost my peace inside.” To her, Islam was a welcoming religion. After her home in Jerusalem was stolen from her, she lived in a small village that contained a Christian shrine. She felt very tender toward the people who would visit it. A Jewish professor tracked me down a few years ago in Jerusalem to tell me she changed his life after he went to her village to do an oral history project on Arabs. „Don’t think she only mattered to you!” he said. „She gave me a whole different reality to imagine – yet it was amazing how close we became. Arabs could never be just a „project” after that.”
Did you have a grandmother or two? Mine never wanted people to be pushed around. What did yours want? Reading about Islam since my grandmother died, I note the „tolerance” that was „typical of Islam” even in the old days. The Muslim leader Khalid ibn al-Walid signed a Jerusalem treaty which declared, „in the name of God, you have complete security for your churches which shall not be occupied by the Muslims or destroyed.” It is the new millenium in which we should be even smarter than we used to be, right? But I think we have fallen behind.
3. Many Americans do not want to kill any more innocent people anywhere in the world. We are extremely worried about military actions killing innocent people. We didn’t like this in Iraq, we never liked it anywhere. We would like no more violence, from us as well as from you. HEAR US! We would like to stop the terrifying wheel of violence, just stop it, right on the road, and find something more creative to do to fix these huge problems we have. Violence is not creative, it is stupid and scary and many of us hate all those terrible movies and TV shows made in our own country that try to pretend otherwise. Don’t watch them. Everyone should stop watching them. An appetite for explosive sounds and toppling buildings is not a healthy thing for anyone in any country. The USA should apologize to the whole world for sending this trash out into the air and for paying people to make it.
But here’s something good you may not know – one of the best-selling books of poetry in the United States in recent years is the Coleman Barks translation of Rumi, a mystical Sufi poet of the 13th century, and Sufism is Islam and doesn’t that make you glad?
Everyone is talking about the suffering that ethnic Americans are going through. Many will no doubt go through more of it, but I would like to thank everyone who has sent me a consolation card. Americans are usually very kind people. Didn’t your colleagues find that out during their time living here? It is hard to imagine they missed it. How could they do what they did, knowing that?
4. We will all die soon enough. Why not take the short time we have on this delicate planet and figure out some really interesting things we might do together? I promise you, God would be happier. So many people are always trying to speak for God – I know it is a very dangerous thing to do. I tried my whole life not to do it. But this one time is an exception. Because there are so many people crying and scarred and confused and complicated and exhausted right now – it is as if we have all had a giant simultaneous break-down. I beg you, as your distant Arab cousin, as your American neighbor, listen to me. Our hearts are broken, as yours may also feel broken in some ways we can’t understand, unless you tell us in words. Killing people won’t tell us. We can’t read that message. Find another way to live. Don’t expect others to be like you. Read Rumi. Read Arabic poetry. Poetry humanizes us in a way that news, or even religion, has a harder time doing. A great Arab scholar, Dr. Salma Jayyusi, said, „If we read one another, we won’t kill one another.” Read American poetry. Plant mint. Find a friend who is so different from you, you can’t believe how much you have in common. Love them. Let them love you. Surprise people in gentle ways, as friends do. The rest of us will try harder too. Make our family proud.
Damn the snow.
Its senseless beauty
pours a hard light
through the hemlock.
Thelonious is dead. Winter
drifts in the hourglass;
notes pour from the brain cup.
damn the alley cat
wailing a muted dirge
off Lenox Ave.
Thelonious is dead.
Tonight’s a lazy rhapsody of shadows
swaying to blue vertigo
& metaphysical funk.
Black trees in the wind.
Crepuscule with Nellie
plays inside the bowed head.
„Dig the Man Ray of piano!”
hot fingers blur on those white rib keys.
Coming on the Hudson.
The ghost of bebop
from 52nd Street,
footprints in the snow.
Let’s go to Minton’s
& play „modern malice”
till daybreak. Lord,
wearing that old funky hat
pulled down over his eyes.
Pe mine ma sparge asta! Parca il vad pe Theolonius Monk mergand agale prin Harlem. That is why I love America. It has a big, big soul 😀 The Land of the Jazz, man 😀
Briliant! Imi pare atat de rau ca nu vrei/poti sa mergi in Orient! E un loc fabulos. Are un suflet urias si miroase a curmale , matase si tutun de narghilea. Pacat ca niste imbecili au distrus o intreaga traditie de toleranta si dialog. Are mare dreptate Naomi. Pacat insa ca Rumi tace in timp ce Usama vorbeste. 😦
WASHINGTON – Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has found a lot of ways to explain her string of losses to Sen. Barack Obama.
Caucus states, the former first lady says, are undemocratic and cater only to party activists. Southern states, like Louisiana, have „a very strong and very proud African-American electorate” naturally predisposed to favor a black candidate. And so-called „red” states like North Dakota, Idaho and Kansas — all of which Obama won on Super Tuesday — will never choose a Democrat in the general election anyway.
By this logic, only certain states really matter, such as New Hampshire and New Jersey, states that Clinton has won. Or Texas and Ohio, states she must capture to stay in the race.
The list of excuses is long, but the justifications are wearing thin as Obama was expected to win primaries in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia on Tuesday after a four-state sweep last weekend plus the Virgin Islands. All the contests Clinton has suggested don’t count are proving in size and scope that they do.
„Every day the numbers show the true state of the race,” Democratic strategist Jenny Backus said. „Obama is moving and gathering a bigger coalition, and Hillary’s coalition is diminishing.”
In the face of so many losses, the Clinton campaign has tried gamely to recalibrate expectations — signaling loudly that February would not be a good month for the New York senator. Her strategists even are discounting the power of Obama’s momentum and are instead framing the contest as a drawn-out hunt for delegates that might not conclude until the party’s national convention in Denver this August.
But to do so is to ignore all the other measures of campaign success — all of which now favor Obama. His campaign has brought in more than $1 million per day from more than 650,000 contributors, allowing him to flood the primary states with television ads and staff. Clinton, meanwhile, is still climbing out of a financial hole that forced her to make a $5 million personal loan to the campaign.
Obama also continues to draw arena-sized crowds to his rallies, dwarfing Clinton’s smaller but still enthusiastic gatherings.
In the face of such numbers, Clinton strategists have taken a risk — all but pinning her candidacy to the outcome of primaries in Texas and Ohio on March 4. The two states are large and delegate-rich, and their demographics — working-class white voters in Ohio, a large Hispanic population in Texas — have so far favored her candidacy.
Clinton was traveling to Texas Tuesday while Obama was heading to Wisconsin, whose primary is Feb. 19.
To be sure, Clinton’s strength among traditional Democratic constituencies has proven durable and has effectively prevented Obama from running away with the contest so far. And Clinton has rightly said that a Democrat would be hard pressed to win a general election without the support of the party’s base.
But Obama has begun to make inroads in those voting blocs — winning a caucus in Maine on Sunday that was dominated by white, working-class voters. He has prevailed with blacks, another cornerstone of the Democratic base, while creating a new alliance of voters not always associated with the party, including independents, affluent voters, young people and men.
Obama’s major challenge is attracting working-class women — loyal Democrats who form the base of Clinton’s constituency.
Those voters and the economic anxiety they face are what could allow Clinton to remain viable, Backus said.
„The Clinton campaign can’t have it be about states won or lost or delegates won,” she said. „It needs to be about electability in the fall, strength against John McCain, and the key issues voters are facing.”