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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

There She Is, Miss America?

Okay. I just so happened to come across the Miss America pageant on Country Music Television—yes, I flipped my way up to channel 146. But what's important is not how I got there, rather why I stayed. To get my learn on. No, this is not some subscribe to Playboy for the articles nonsense; I'm serious. I was hit by the stun gun of smarts. (It wore off.)

It started with Chris Matthews asked Miss Mississippi to compare her state's Katrina response to the national government's. No fair, Christopher. Not so fast! M-squared (Miss Mississippi) was on it like Clinton on Rice. Figuring that must have been an exceptional difficult one, I watched Miss Texas await her question. Drumroll. What we should be doing differently in Darfur? Are you serious? A little hesitation and then bam, I swear I heard her drop the Janjaweed on those judges. It continued to the next round: How can women overcome the current gender salary gap? What gives you confidence in America? Etc.

This picture is deceptive:


But it's what I pictured. It's what I would have thought I was getting into had I actually recorded Miss America and watched it from my DVR. I was confusing it with the Donald Trump-owned Miss USA pageant. Here's how Wikipedia breaks it down: Miss America's about Role Models while Miss USA's about Models. All that watching Tiara Girls didn't help me recall the distinction at crunch-time. Though that must be why they got Mario Lopez to host. It's all starting to make sense now. Hope it helps you as well.

13 comments:

pegnancy said...

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The period during which a developing fetus is carried within the uterus. In humans, pregnancy
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the most popular of a class of games called vying games, in which players with
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an uncalled bet. Poker can also refer to video poker, a single-player game seen in
casinos much like a slot machine, or to other games that use poker hand rankings.

http://www.pokkers.org
the most popular of a class of games called vying games, in which players with
fully or partially concealed cards make wagers into a central pot, which is awarded
to the player or players with the best combination of cards or to the player who makes
an uncalled bet. Poker can also refer to video poker, a single-player game seen in
casinos much like a slot machine, or to other games that use poker hand rankings.

flowers said...

http://www.flowers-shop.org

In modern times, people have sought ways to cultivate, buy, wear, or just be around
flowers and blooming plants, partly because of their agreeable smell. Around the world,
people use flowers for a wide range of events and functions that, cumulatively, encompass
one's lifetime

women said...

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a woman, or the feminine in men and women, seeks to share deep awareness of the world
in a sacralized communion. the presence of soft candle light, wild flowers, and the
rituals of dressing for the occasion are simply metaphors acknowledged and “lived out”
in honor of the moment. in honor of life. in honor of shared awareness of the infinite
in a moment.

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Charles Frith said...

Brilliant post. The Janjaweed. I'm gobsmacked.

El Gaffney said...

Thanks pregnancy, pokkers, flowers, women, furnitures, and charles.

AKI said...

miss america posts attract all the ad robots! wonder why?

avin said...
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avin said...

"just so happened to come across"...don't lie Seth, you planned your whole evening around it. In fact, weren't you trying to get a pool going to bet on the winner? what up with that???

El Gaffney said...

True. If I recall correctly, though, you said you were out because Monday night you'd be "seeking out ways to cultivate, buy, wear, or just be around
flowers and blooming plants." I didn't hate because I had to admit they do have quite an agreeable smell!

alyson said...

Miss USA is currently doing press rounds to talk about her newly kicked coke habit. Hey, if it's good enough for Kate Moss ....
http://www.people.com/people/
article/0,,20010343,00.html

Friend/ colleague of Heidi Keel said...

Well, it is world's largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women. Miss USA was on the Today show today http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16921678/ and I too was quite impressed with her ability to handle the pressure. Matt Lauer, aka the bulldog, was firing tough ones at her but she held her cool.

Great post.