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« on: December 06, 2012, 10:55:38 AM »

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« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2012, 11:29:45 AM »

When they showed the betting windows I thought someone slipped in footage from Aqueduct.

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« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2012, 12:54:29 PM »

Thanks for sharing, great stuff.
Happy to know our economic sanctions haven't starved the horses or the patrons yet.
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« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2012, 01:15:58 PM »

Thanks for sharing, great stuff.
Happy to know our economic sanctions haven't starved the horses or the patrons yet.
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Wow, those betting windows look just like Fairmount Park!

During Bill Clinton's bombing campaign on Serbia I carried on an email exchange with a Serbian racing fan, who told me they continued to go to the races at the Belgrade Hippodrome throughout the war. The bombed out bridges just made it a little tougher to get to the track. Apparently guys everywhere will stop at nothing to get down on horse racing.   
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« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2012, 01:32:23 PM »

Clinton?  I thought that was NATO.
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« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2012, 01:38:24 PM »

This is pretty interesting. Thanks for posting.
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« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2012, 01:45:43 PM »

That was cool....At the beginning I thought that was a shotgun barrel following the horses around....I was thinking thats one way to make sure the jockeys try their best
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« Reply #7 on: December 06, 2012, 02:00:15 PM »

Clinton?  I thought that was NATO.

Clinton was President and making the decisions for America then. Same as the Bush admin and the "international coalition" to topple Saddam.

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« Reply #8 on: December 06, 2012, 02:19:13 PM »

Iraq was not invaded by NATO, but rather by a coalition of sovereign nations.  The bombing of Serbia was a NATO initiative... Clinton certainly had input, but Solana was calling the shots.
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« Reply #9 on: December 06, 2012, 02:45:34 PM »

Iraq was not invaded by NATO, but rather by a coalition of sovereign nations.  The bombing of Serbia was a NATO initiative... Clinton certainly had input, but Solana was calling the shots.

NATO would not have taken action if Clinton had not put pressure on them. All of Europe was sitting back doing nothing about the 2nd round of Serb-led ethnic cleansing in their own back yard, and Serbia was still defying the U.S. on conditions imposed after the Bosnian war.

Interesting perspective from Noam Chomsky:

http://www.chomsky.info/interviews/20060425.htm
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« Reply #10 on: December 06, 2012, 02:50:16 PM »

Iraq was not invaded by NATO, but rather by a coalition of sovereign nations.  The bombing of Serbia was a NATO initiative... Clinton certainly had input, but Solana was calling the shots.

You're trying to talk sensibly to someone who thinks Noam Chamsky is a brilliant man.  It can't be done. 
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« Reply #11 on: December 06, 2012, 03:02:18 PM »

He also thinks Israel is a theocracy.   Cheesy

But he does know a lot about horse racing... it's just that no one can get him to talk about it, since he has some strange on *racetrack management,* an oxymoron if I ever heard one.

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« Reply #12 on: December 06, 2012, 04:05:43 PM »

He also thinks Israel is a theocracy.   Cheesy

 bang head

Read much?

I think it's as much a "theocracy" as any other nation the U.S. supports with billions of dollars (which is pretty much zero actual theocracies), as the original poster claimed. It just so happens that Israel is the prime beneficiary of all that pork barrel foreign aid spending the righties are constantly wailing about.  

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But he does know a lot about horse racing... it's just that no one can get him to talk about it, since he has some strange on *racetrack management,* an oxymoron if I ever heard one.

Blah blah blah as usual more noise of nothing to do with the actual subject.  head shake

But let me ask, if you're claiming that bombing of Serbia to end the Kosovo conflict was a NATO-led humanitarian effort that Clinton merely went along with, and not really a Clinton-led/instigated affair like I think, you're pretty much cutting the legs out from under all your fellow righties who claim that was merely an effort to deflect attention from the Lewinsky affair, aren't you?  
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« Reply #13 on: December 06, 2012, 04:18:22 PM »

bang head

Blah blah blah as usual more noise of nothing to do with the actual subject.  head shake

 

That would describe you to a tee....at least 98% of your posts anyway.
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« Reply #14 on: December 06, 2012, 04:22:12 PM »

Israel is a far more secular nation than this one is; no one is seeking to convert the 1.1 million Arabs who live (and flourish) in Israel proper to Judaism. Read Ynet/Yediot Ahronot if you doubt me... a terrific paper over there, and it's chockablock with attacks on the haredim, who while represented in the Knesset are just 1 or 2 of 18 parties in that body.

As for what my "fellow righties" think, I voted for Clinton, and I never thought the bombing of Serbia had anything to do with Monica Lewinsky.  The Sudanese aspirin factory bombing... that's another story.
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« Reply #15 on: December 06, 2012, 04:47:20 PM »

Israel is a far more secular nation than this one is; no one is seeking to convert the 1.1 million Arabs who live (and flourish) in Israel proper to Judaism.

Than what nation? And who is trying to convert whom?

The original (tangential) claim that I was skewering by pointing out the Israel aid was that the U.S. is giving all sorts of aid money to theocracies. It isn't giving ANY substantial aid to theocracies, if it's giving any at all.

Here's the damn list - point out the theocracies receiving the billions:

http://foreignassistance.gov/CountryIntro.aspx

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« Reply #16 on: December 06, 2012, 05:44:58 PM »

Far more secular than the US... and if you think Jews proselytize among Gentiles, I've got a bridge to sell you. 

As for theocracies that get US billions, try Pakistan and Afghanistan. 
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« Reply #17 on: December 06, 2012, 11:40:06 PM »

Far more secular than the US... and if you think Jews proselytize among Gentiles, I've got a bridge to sell you.  

WTF? You somehow got to this nonsense from a comment about Bill Clinton bombing Serbia? So what are you claiming now, that the United States government proselytizes among Jews, or what? And the building of new settlements and claim on Jerusalem as the rightful capital ... that's all secular ?

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As for theocracies that get US billions, try Pakistan and Afghanistan.

 Huh Neither one of those are theocracies. Pakistan has an elected civilian representative government, and so does Afghanistan, after a fashion, if you can consider Karzai truly elected ... but in any case "theocracy" he is not.
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« Reply #18 on: December 07, 2012, 12:42:57 AM »

Wow, those betting windows look just like Fairmount Park!

During Bill Clinton's bombing campaign on Serbia I carried on an email exchange with a Serbian racing fan, who told me they continued to go to the races at the Belgrade Hippodrome throughout the war. The bombed out bridges just made it a little tougher to get to the track. Apparently guys everywhere will stop at nothing to get down on horse racing.   

A SHOT AT FAIRMOUNT PARK!!!

I am surprised at that Terry head shake

coming from the office of tourism from Cicero/Hawthorne -well not going to go there  cough cough
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« Reply #19 on: December 07, 2012, 12:53:27 AM »

A SHOT AT FAIRMOUNT PARK!!!

I am surprised at that Terry head shake

Private joke with Earl Sande; so sorry you're out of the loop.
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« Reply #20 on: December 07, 2012, 12:54:33 AM »

Just trying to get you back from boring political chit chat
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« Reply #21 on: December 07, 2012, 12:58:42 AM »

Just trying to get you back from boring political chit chat

Thanks for the lifeline, PL.  thumbs up

I owe you one.
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« Reply #22 on: December 07, 2012, 10:04:40 AM »

Like Alan Jerkens always says: "You can't smarten up a dummy"
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« Reply #23 on: December 07, 2012, 10:17:13 AM »

Private joke with Earl Sande; so sorry you're out of the loop.

And I enjoyed it! The track in Iran also reminded me of a combination of various tracks on the Arizona fair circuit. I could almost hear Jim Martin calling the race.
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« Reply #24 on: December 08, 2012, 09:15:38 AM »

Alnaz Ali won a race yesterday... is he perchance of Persian extraction? 
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« Reply #25 on: December 08, 2012, 11:25:17 AM »

Think he is Jewish
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« Reply #26 on: December 08, 2012, 11:54:23 AM »

NO FIX RACES GOING ON THERE.   YOU FIX A RACE ,,, YOU GET SHOT  RIP
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« Reply #27 on: December 08, 2012, 12:00:47 PM »

CAN I ORDER A KNISH AT ONE OF THOSE WINDOWS   dunno beard
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« Reply #28 on: December 08, 2012, 12:26:39 PM »

Think he is Jewish

Yeah, he changed it from "Ariel Almelech" because that was Too Middle-Eastern Sounding.  Wink
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« Reply #29 on: December 08, 2012, 01:00:51 PM »

When they showed the betting windows I thought someone slipped in footage from Aqueduct.



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Louie, I attend BigA 25+ X/year and you couldnt be more accurate.
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« Reply #30 on: December 08, 2012, 02:15:17 PM »

Certainly a Farsi cry from racing as we knew it in its heyday, eh, e-man?  Smiley
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« Reply #31 on: December 08, 2012, 02:45:29 PM »

Flock of Seagulls

Eye ran, Eye ran so far away

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The shareef don't like it
 Rockin' the Casbah
 Rock the Casbah

He thinks it's not kosher
 Fundamentally he can't take it.
 You know he really hates it

Rock the Casbah
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« Reply #32 on: December 08, 2012, 03:16:32 PM »

Special tip of the cap to Dhimmi Carter for putting the skids under the Shah... great move!   head shake head shake

It would be pretty cool to be able to get a nice chicken fessenjon at the track.  But I don't see it happening in the near future.
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« Reply #33 on: December 08, 2012, 03:34:00 PM »

[/Quote author=Yimmy link=topic=53554.msg606544#msg606544 date=1354997792]
It would be pretty cool to be able to get a nice chicken fessenjon at the track.  But I don't see it happening in the near future.
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That would be like getting a Baba Ganoush at the track or a Baba O'Reilly.

Or a Bill O'liely as my buddy Al Franken says.
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« Reply #34 on: December 08, 2012, 04:37:24 PM »

How many other rock standards, apart from the occasional 70s Kansas hit, had violin solos... much less good ones?   Smiley
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« Reply #35 on: December 08, 2012, 05:04:53 PM »

Special tip of the cap to Dhimmi Carter for putting the skids under the Shah... great move!   head shake head shake

Special tip of the cap to the CIA for putting him power in the first place by toppling a popular government.

Of course, it's always best for us freedom-loving Americans if foreigners continue to be ruled by strong-arm kings and dictators. Look at what's happening in the Middle East now after Bush shook things up by toppling Saddam to install democracy at the point of gun, and started the dominoes toppling. Country after country seeing that self-rule in Iraq and throwing off the yoke of their own dictators and strong men in the name of self-rule. But as it turns out the self-rule isn't always necessarily that friendly to the U.S. Where did we go wrong? Like Bush famously said, "I just can't understand why they don't like us!"
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« Reply #36 on: December 08, 2012, 05:05:51 PM »

How many other rock standards, apart from the occasional 70s Kansas hit, had violin solos... much less good ones?   Smiley

Charlie Daniels stuff?
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« Reply #37 on: December 08, 2012, 05:13:50 PM »

Good point on Daniels.  Not so good on the history stuff.

Easy to look back and cluck one's tongue at Operation Ajax, but the Iranians couldn't operate their own oilfields once they chased out the Brits... the Russkies were going to move in there. 

As for the rest, I recommend Elaine Sciolino's Persian Mirrors , or Christiane Bird's Neither East Nor West .  Oddly enough, I seem to recall that Bird was or is the girlfriend of one of the TG machers.  Iran, of course, bounced badly under Khomeini. 
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« Reply #38 on: December 08, 2012, 05:23:39 PM »

Easy to look back and cluck one's tongue at Operation Ajax, but the Iranians couldn't operate their own oilfields once they chased out the Brits... the Russkies were going to move in there. 

So why didn't re-installation of the Shah endear America to the Iranians?
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« Reply #39 on: December 08, 2012, 05:38:19 PM »

Yes, Iranians hate the US viscerally, which is why there are so few of them in Great Neck and Teherangeles.

Which Muslim nation had citizens holding a pro-US candlelight vigil in the immediate wake of 9/11?

a) Yemen;

b)  Saudia Arabia;

c)  Syria;

d)  Iran

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« Reply #40 on: December 08, 2012, 05:51:06 PM »

Yes, Iranians hate the US viscerally, which is why there are so few of them in Great Neck and Teherangeles.

Enough of them quite obviously do so.
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« Reply #41 on: December 08, 2012, 06:01:26 PM »

Much of their middle class ran here after the Shah fell.  Rest assured, one hears more Farsi spoken on the streets of Great Neck than English. Here is one of the suffering Iranian victims of American oppression

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4FVFhHKMWw&playnext=1&list=PL94A4B24BDEBFCBFA&feature=results_video
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