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The Egyptian sand dance of Wilson, Keppel and Betty… it was massively popular, but Goebbels *hated* it.

https://open.substack.com/pub/martiniambassador/p/wilson-keppel-and-the-egyptian-sand

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Dec 8, 2023Liked by Martini Glambassador

L'll Joe wasn't just a nickname on the Ponderosa.

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Dec 8, 2023Liked by Martini Glambassador

Ask Goebbels or American Goebbels? Oh wait, no difference.

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Dec 8, 2023Liked by Martini Glambassador

Mandresses!

(Gov. Florida Man referred the other day to Iraqis wearing “mandresses”—thobes. So no, Cardinal, the Governor will NOT see you now.)

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Apparently, that's the thing that got Goebbels all het up, the showing of those male gams. Fascists of all eras are deeply repressed.

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Dec 8, 2023Liked by Martini Glambassador

"Walk like an Egyptian....."

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That's the first thing I thought of too! :D

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Dec 8, 2023Liked by Martini Glambassador

Hating stuff was kinda Goebbels thing

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Dec 8, 2023Liked by Martini Glambassador

Groucho's forgotten twin was a dance pioneer!

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Wait, you're saying that WASN'T Frank Zappa and a clone?

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The Shiek Yerbuti video we didn’t know we all needed.

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My grandfather, his brother and his wife used to do this on talent nights

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Were they asked to?

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Dec 8, 2023Liked by Martini Glambassador

When you're stateside again and at the Eclipse Bar, we're going to request a show.

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Dec 8, 2023Liked by Martini Glambassador

I was going to say, "love this morning's *.gif" but I can see I've been 'way outclassed in eloquence.

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Sincerely, simply stated is it’s own eloquence 😉

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WHAR Betty?

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I didn’t have enough frames to include her 🙁

But if you click through to my page, there are a few links and pix that show her.

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Thanks. I can't get Substack on my phone, so I'll check it out later on my laptop.

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Dec 8, 2023Liked by Martini Glambassador

Still popular enough in British culture that they did a version of it on Toast of London! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rmOf7ikDKg&pp=ygUadG9hc3Qgb2YgbG9uZG9uIHNhbmQgZGFuY2U%3D

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It loses something when beefy guys do it.

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Dec 8, 2023Liked by Martini Glambassador

If Goebbels hated it, it has to be good. However, I always imagined ancient Egyptian men had buff physiques like Yul Brynner.

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Alas, they didn't. They were mostly overweight and diabetic. Even those below the aristocracy. And they pissed blood.

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Dec 8, 2023Liked by Doktor Zoom, Martini Glambassador

I was thinking at first, "Is that...Frank Zappa?"

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Dec 8, 2023·edited Dec 8, 2023Liked by Doktor Zoom

FZ NEVER clowned-his barbed humor was aimed outward

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I always found Zappa to be a bit of a dick.

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I loved a lot of his music, and he was perhaps the only rock musician who could be called a composer. But his lyrics were those of a precocious thirteen year old.

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He was often deliberately offensive and seemed to hold his audience in the same contempt as his detractors (c.f. "Broken hearts are for assholes"). If you took his schtick too seriously he could be exhausting.

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Deliberate offense and contempt are the hallmarks of a dick. Let's not excuse him because some of his songs were cool.

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the fact that Vaclav Havel and the Czech Civic Forum adopted him as a mascot and an inspiration I think earns him some credit, and so does his testimony before Congress in favor of freedom of speech. He WAS a major dick, sometimes. Is there anyone you have ever known who has never been one?

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Dec 8, 2023Liked by Doktor Zoom

My mind immediately sprang to Groucho.

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Me also too, the mirror scene from 𝘋𝘶𝘤𝘬 𝘚𝘰𝘶𝘱 ...

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Dec 8, 2023Liked by Martini Glambassador

FANTASTIC! Just what I needed this morning. You're the best, Martini!

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Dec 8, 2023Liked by Martini Glambassador

Betty got her revenge... at least one of the Bettys did.

"Over the years there were between 8 and 12 'Bettys', most of these appearing during the act's later years: Betty Knox retired from the act in 1941 to go into journalism, becoming a war correspondent during the Second World War, and reporting on the Nuremberg trials for three years as a correspondent for the London Evening Standard. She was among the first to report the suicide of Hermann Göring."

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She was really cool. I wrote about her and her reporting from Nuremberg in my little blurb.

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Dec 8, 2023Liked by Martini Glambassador

I was too young to see Wilson, Keppel and Betty but their routines were recreated often on TV (I think Morecambe and Wise mostly).

Another eccentric dancer, whose career went on and on, was Max Wall. Here's a video of him having a go at the sand dance, though his Professor Wallofski character was more popular.

https://youtu.be/b9YowHqJLwU?si=SntoCW6-0Di0Uajy

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An early Minister of Silly Walks.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-O6AoXROoN0

Always liked the Native Shim Sham Sand Dance

could say I was born to do it

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As one who doesn't get into the sportsball at all, I must say I am utterly indifferent to whatever has everyone's shorts in a bunch about some Florida college.

As a matter of fact, I'm ready to say that the outrage about this has gone on for far too long already.

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I not-get into sportsball so much I have no idea which Florida college has people outraged or about what.

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Oh yeah, VW. The ones who falsified their emissions data. They will never see a red cent from me. If I had my way, they would be banished from the US car market.

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How has no one posted the Bangles' "Walk Like An Egyptian" yet?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cv6tuzHUuuk

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So yet another thing in Terry Pratchett's books proves to be a deep cultural reference. Yay!

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The only thing I have to say to Iowa is STFU and grow my corn.

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Dec 8, 2023Liked by Rebecca Schoenkopf

> CDC director recommends masking again. (Buzzkill Becca: Shy and I were the only jerks on any of our planes or in any of the airports with masks on, and I still came home from vacation sick :( ). — Salon

Ironically, when I went to "The Abyss" on Wednesday, that was the first time I'd been to an non-restaurant enclosed space with strangers, without a mask. 🤦‍♂️

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https://www.npr.org/2023/12/06/1217562544/trump-and-insiders-craft-plans-for-unprecedented-power

I think words truly have no meaning to these people. (Trumpers, not NPR, you guys) I guess that makes lying easier.

["I can't tell you how many times I would get the question, 'Well, that's not allowed,'" remembered Vought, who is now president of the think tank Center for Renewing America...]

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"Those of you still mad about Sanders/Clinton 2016, that is not the point."

With all due respect, that will never NOT be the point. We can NEVER forget that Bernie Sanders/Jill Stein gave us PAB and those three radical right-wing USSC justices. And we must NEVER let that happen again. If we ever forget this lesson, we will get PAB or God forbid, someone worse than PAB.

And yeah - there are people worse than PAB out there.

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I'm late to the party, but re. Bowman, if it hasn't already been posted:

https://thehill.com/homenews/house/4348398-3-democrats-voted-censure-jamaal-bowman/

"Reps. Jahana Hayes (D-Conn.), Chris Pappas (D-N.H.) and Marie Gluesenkamp Perez (D-Wash.) all supported the censure resolution, bringing the final vote to 214-191-5.

"Four Democrats and one Republican voted present: Reps. Chrissy Houlahan (D-Pa.), Glenn Ivey (D-Md.), Deborah Ross (D-N.C.), Susan Wild (D-Pa.) and Andy Harris (R-Md.)."

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Dec 8, 2023Liked by Rebecca Schoenkopf

Dear Trix:

Masks help, but depending on just what you got, it could have been from touching an infected surface and then touching your face or food or... That's how I came home with COVID, despite scrupulously masking during my September trip to take my 88 yo mom to see her 96 yo brother for the last time. Mom and Uncle were fine, so at least I didn't infect them. As I am triple vaxxed, it was a mild case.

And yes, it is amazing to me how few folks mask on planes these days.

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I can’t say Time Walz is wrong. Republicans are weird. Cultural war bullshit has never created any jobs or or lowered the price of gas. Why they obsess over that garbage is beyond me. It rarely wins elections.

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Republicans are weird about everything. There is no innocuous topic you can bring up that will not turn a Republican into a weird, frothing maniac.

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When culture war issues get on the ballot it drives voters to the polls. These issues also increase fundraising and give some press (positive or negative) to candidates. And for the RWNJ/MAGA/QAnon Party culture war fear mongering is all they got.

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Dec 8, 2023Liked by Rebecca Schoenkopf

We always wear masks on the plane cuz you just know that one of those fuckers has COVID and still got on even though they knew it.

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This is also flu season. Another reason to mask and wash your hands in crowded areas.

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I haven’t flown since before Covid. Flying was a miserable experience then. I can only guess it’s gotten even worse now.

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I don't actually hate most of those pink Christmas decorations. I especially love the vintage glass ornaments (my grandmother had ones like that).

I also like the sorts of colors you see on a lot of Mexican Christmas decorations- things like yellow, bright blue, and magenta. Not everything has to be red and green.

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My sister and I made all the ornaments for our tree from largely scraps of fabric and lace trim, my mother brought home from the lampshade factory, old jewelry, junk love beads etc. Then we did buy dime store stuff ... sequins, beads too. We gave away ornaments to friends as Xmas gifts each year.

The wife of a coworker, decided to do ornaments too and when we saw her tree it was a thrill. She was from Chile and her stuff was way different from ours since we were often stifled by our pysanky making habits. The colors! Her use of loops and swirls with the beads and sequins! The cute faces in the borders! Just things we never thought of!

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This "stock" they're selling screams Scam to me.

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Dec 8, 2023·edited Dec 8, 2023

Well, if you're expecting profit, yeah. If you're just in it to trigger the libs, money well spent!

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New smol (clic pic) still needs a name. Y’all gave my favorite feral a beautiful name, Snowy Night, that fits him.

The gross limburger stink was from a bowel obstruction (meconium?) and he’s getting parasite checked this weekend.. He’s doing better...I fend off nonstop attacks when awake

Smol enjoys teeth needling, being velcroed to a primate, and getting poop everywhere. I’m going to open up books on the shelf and find meconium poop stains

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Please--I have been trying to get someone to name a kitty Bungee for over 30 years (I love cats but am allergic to them). I think this is the best cat name.

Bungee!

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Maybe Bun G for Bunny Gato, bungee metonymically just means hard work and truck loading to me, not fun

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In humans, isn't meconium a newborn's weirdly green-black first couple poos?

He looks like he has a Groucho Marx mustache. Gato Marx? Marxie? Julius (Groucho's real name)? or alternatively Stink-butt, lol

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Yes...abandoned kittens can’t poop apparently. Gato the hobo beard cat is 13, stray kitten is 7w ginger tom, can only have the old one if he rejects the kitten, so hoping I can find a nice home for the kitten

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Stilton.

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unpasteurized?

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Dec 8, 2023·edited Dec 8, 2023

YES. Stinky, sticky and maybe a bit runny.

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