Bananas Republic

I wear my sunglasses at night.

The folks at Visit Charlottesville must be enjoying all this free publicity.

Then again, maybe not. I don’t see “Nazi rally” on their list of “9 Reasons to Visit the Charlottesville Area This August.”



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20 Responses to “Bananas Republic”

  1. gary burnette Says:

    Doncha just love the Wal-Mart Tiki torches? Christ, thirty miles away from me it’s 1933 all over again… My country, shame on thee.

    On Sat, Aug 12, 2017 at 12:21 PM, Mad Blog Media wrote:

    > Patrick O’Grady posted: ” The folks at Visit Charlottesville must be > enjoying all this free publicity. Then again, maybe not. I don’t see “Nazi > rally” on their list of “9 Reasons to Visit the Charlottesville Area This > August.” ” >

  2. Mike Frye Says:

    doesn’t N.A.Z.I. Stand for “the German National Socialist Party?” Isn’t that the folks that you want to give totals control of the state to?

  3. DownhillBill Says:

    I used to work just a few blocks down the street from this. C’ville has in my experience always been a remarkably civilized town. Until now.

    If the haters on the left had listened to local leadership and not shown up to confront the KuKluxers at the previous rally, there would have been nothing to report except a laughable handful of inbred goobers conducting their pathetic little circle jerk in a near vacuum. As it was, they gave the white sheet crowd exactly what they wanted – news coverage around the world – and set the stage for today. Both sides have blood on their hands.

    We’ve had a white trash problem longer than anyone can remember and that will obviously continue for the foreseeable future, particularly with their demigod occupying the White House. What’s different now is that BLM/AntiFas/etc have now made it not only socially acceptable, but de rigueur to indulge in public hatred of my ancestors or anyone else they deem politically incorrect. Think anyone on the street in C’ville today will look good judged by the standards of 150 years from now?

    I participated in my share of anti-Vietnam War demonstrations back in the day, and never saw anything remotely like this.
    A pox on the houses of both sides.

    Pardon my rant. I’m disgusted beyond words with people who act out their hatred and regard themselves as heroes for doing so.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Bill, we saw this sort of bullshit at the last antiwar rally we attended in Bibleburg. The so-called “black bloc” wanted to act out, and did, and the police were only too happy to accommodate them.

      Speaking as a person who acts out for money, and lives for hate mail, some advice to anyone who wants fewer annoyances in his/her life: Don’t go for the hook. The worm is not that tasty. Find some other way of responding. A colleague recommends donating to worthy non-profits. Voting is good, too.

      • DownhillBill Says:

        Word, Patrick. All excellent advice.

        Another difference from the old days is that now my sympathies mostly are with the various first responders, who didn’t ask for the mess but nonetheless have to clean it up. They don’t act like an occupying force any more (here anyway), just trying to do the right thing.

        Just got word that it was a State Police chopper that went down outside C’ville, killing both pilots. One of my riding buddies used to fly those before he retired & went to work for FAA.

      • JD Dallager Says:

        PO’G: Good words and wisdom (which we all know by now is not hereditary….the wisdom that is….almost had a dangling modifier there).

        I’ve also found that volunteering….and putting in some sweat equity….with non-profits can work wonders. Don’t try to scale up….just pick a local one, school, passion, and lend some time and talent. Maybe selecting just to one individual that you can positively influence. Actions speak louder than words!

        If it’s to be, let it begin with me (Gandhi?)

        • Patrick O'Grady Says:

          Excellent advice, JD. Herself is always volunteering at something (the animal shelter in Bibleburg, tutoring kids in reading here).

          As for me … uh … does giving away free words and pictures here count?

          Shit. That’s what I thought. Uncle Sammy won’t let me deduct ’em either.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        Word Patrick. I noticed that no one rose to Mike’s bait.

        • Patrick O'Grady Says:

          Pat, I think we generally do a pretty fair job of getting along in this joint. We don’t all agree on every little thing, but seem to be on the same page as regards most of the big things.

          What worries me is that outside our little clubhouse the country seems to devolving into warring clans. I’m not certain how we resurrect the concept of “E pluribus unum” in a land where “I got mine, get yours” is ascendant.

          • Pat O'Brien Says:

            This is a great place to laugh, learn, vent, and play. We even talk about bikes! You should get a tax deduction for the work you put in it.

            The Soma Extra Smooth and I had a nice dance early this morning. I thought about selling it and the rim brake Saga and using the proceeds to buy a Saga with disc brakes. After some more thought, and this mornings ride, I decided against it. Bikes that fit and work great are like a favorite pair of jeans. Just don’t want to break in a new pair. But, I am upgrading the drivetrain on the Niner MCR. Going to a SLX 2×11 if my rear wheel will take it. It is currently sporting a 10 year old SRAM 3×9 X9 drivetrain that is showing it’s age.

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