Thursday

Can an ass be elected to office?

Can an ass be elected to office?

Marko can’t play polo, but perhaps he will get a kick out of politics. The grey donkey has been named as a mayoral candidate in the Bulgarian city of Varna.

The Society for New Bulgaria has proposed Marko to run against incumbent mayor, Kiril Yordanov, perhaps unsaddling him of his governmental responsibilities in an equid-able election.

“The donkey has a strong character, doesn’t steal, doesn’t lie and gets work done,” Angel Dyankov, campaign head, told reporters.

Can the donkey win?

If he brays attention, who knows? Marko the donkey is proving to be quote photogenic. Best of all, his handlers claim he will serve with a mulish determination and offer no kickbacks. His plank has not yet been revealed.

Perhaps not surprisingly, his political rival is balking at the possibility of running against the burro.  Yordanov claims such a suggestion is undignified. Onlookers have quipped that it may be too early to tell who might make an ass out of whom.

Voting in Varna is scheduled to take place on October 23rd.


Could this happen anywhere else?

As campaign managers trot out their candidates for our own upcoming elections, we cannot help but wonder. Certainly asses have been elected before, regardless of which animals may represent their own political parties’ mascots. Others have simply sown their wild oats while in office.

Perhaps the time has come to stop horsing around, when it comes time to vote. Can we pick off the jackasses, and choose real candidates?

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Grey Donkey photo by Dixi – Creative Commons Licensing

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Tuesday

Can't wait to see ‘War Horse’ December 28 ... or before

Can't wait to see ‘War Horse’ December 28 ... or before

Take a look at the trailer for Steven Spielberg’s upcoming “War Horse” movie! The film, based on Michael Morpugo’s 1982 novel,  will likely carry a PG-13 rating (for violence).

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The plot follows a horse from quiet farm life to the battle lines in World War I and beyond. "War Horse" should appeal to horse lovers, history buffs and action-adventure movie fans alike.

“War Horse” is already a hit stage play, beginning in London and moving to Broadway a few months ago. The live production features life-sized puppet horses, unlike the Spielberg film, which stars real equines. The movie, originally scheduled for a late summer release, is due in theaters during Christmas vacation.

Hoping for a sneak preview peek at this one.

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“War Horse” promotional movie poster

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Sunday

Jockey Rosie Napravnik is back in the saddle again


Jockey Rosie Napravnik is back in the saddle again

Can anything stop a determined woman?

The up-and-coming female jockey Rosie Napravnik, who won top honors at Fairgrounds Race Course last spring, rode Pants on Fire to finish ninth in the Kentucky Derby. And she finished with style and grace, never losing her enthusiasm and upbeat ever-ready smile.

“We haven’t heard the last from Rosie Napravnik,” I told Yahoo! Sports readers at the time. And it's true!


Unfortunately summer races brought a sudden downturn to Napravnik’s rise, as the popular 23-year-old female jockey suffered multiple wrist and arm injuries in racing spills.

On September 21st, the first day of autumn and less than three weeks before her own upcoming wedding, Napravnik mounted up at Delaware Park to ride trainer Mike Stidham. After four surgeries and months of healing, she is eager for her physicians to clear her to resume horse racing soon.

Rosie Napravnik is a champ, in attitude and athleticism. Let’s hope this is the start of an exciting run for the promising young jockey, blazing a trail and setting sports records for female jockeys.

Go, Rosie, go!


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Jockey Rosie Napravnik photo by Joanna Poe – Creative Commons Licensing
Rosie Napravnik and Linda Ann Nickerson photo by D. Zeit for Nickers and Ink
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Saturday

Bud Clydes remember 9/11 ... and so do we.

Bud Clydes remember 9/11 ... and so do we.

Some things just merit repeating. Just ask the famous Budweiser Clydesdales.

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Anheuser-Busch aired this television commercial, titled simply “Respect,” just once. Of course, the video link has been shared and re-shared online, becoming somewhat legendary.

The original Budweiser Clydesdales 9/11 tribute ad was shown on Sunday, February 3, 2002, during Super Bowl XXXVI. (The New England Patriots beat the St. Louis Rams 20-17 at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans.)

Now, as we mark the 10th anniversary of the tragic and terrifying terrorist attacks on the United States, which occurred on September 11, 2001, may we not forget to remember. 


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Anheuser-Busch 9/11 tribute ad, titled “Respect” and aired in 2002
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