Open Thread, Sunday 5 May 2013


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Fearless and Devout Catholic Christian First, Loving Husband and Father Second, Pissed-Off Patriot Third, Rocket Engineer Dork Last.
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21 Responses to Open Thread, Sunday 5 May 2013

  1. barnslayer says:

    Thanks for a funny take on an often seen artwork above.

    In celebration of the day…

  2. Happy Cinco De Mayo and a great thanks to a Texan that made it all possible! So there you are Texas in the lime light again. 🙂

    • Just in case you didn’t know this part of the history….

      Certain that success would come swiftly, 6,000 French troops under General Charles Latrille de Lorencez (1814-1892) set out to attack Puebla de Los Angeles, a small town in east-central Mexico. From his new headquarters in the north, Juárez rounded up a rag-tag force of 2,000 loyal men—many of them either indigenous Mexicans or of mixed ancestry—and sent them to Puebla. Led by Texas-born General Ignacio Zaragoza (1829-1862), the vastly outnumbered and poorly supplied Mexicans fortified the town and prepared for the French assault. On May 5, 1862, Lorencez drew his army, well provisioned and supported by heavy artillery, before the city of Puebla and led an assault from the north. The battle lasted from daybreak to early evening, and when the French finally retreated they had lost nearly 500 soldiers. Fewer than 100 Mexicans had been killed in the clash.

  3. barnslayer says:

    Continuing the celebration.
    I chose this for the subtitles. Especially the lengthy translation for Chong’s ditty.

  4. Ok, NOW I’m getting in the spirit! Got a margarita. Then, I’m planning on having another one. Maybe one after that, but I don’t want to plan too far ahead. Spoils the mood. 😉

    • Crap! Here I was listening to Shakira, thinking she was Cinco-friendly, but she’s from Colombia. I need some more Mexican music.

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        I learned an off-color version of this song which included the lyrics
        “aye aye aye aye… you’re mother swims out to meet troopships”
        but let’s forget about that for now.

        • 😀
          Thanks for these, Barn! The Herb Alpert reminds me. Son #2 wanted to watch Boondock Saints the other night, and I noticed in the scene where Rocco comes back in a panic and starts throwing all his stuff in bugout bags because the mob might be after him, he scatters a pile of vinyl LPs, and the one that flashes in front of the camera is the Herb Alpert “Whipped Cream” album. Does EVERYBODY have that album? My dad had it on reel-to-reel tape. That’s kind of embarrassing.

          • barnslayer says:

            I don’t have it. I was too embarrassed to buy it at the time. But a friend of mine had it. I stared at the cover the whole time we listened to that album.

  5. zmalfoy says:

    Heh. Love the pic.

    Myself, my celebrations for 5 May is focused on the Liberation of Denmark from the Nazi’s. I celebrate with fajitas and beer. Because you know those Danes and their fajitas . . .

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