The Diving Horses of Atlantic City

Entertainment has changed a bit:

‘But above all, I remember anxiously getting bleacher seats to see the Diving Horse. As we took our seats, the horse, with a girl named Arnette Webster (clad in a rubber wet suit) on its back, was about to jump from a platform roughly thirty feet high into a pool. I recall staring at the odd sight of a horse standing as calmly as you please on a platform above a pool just like the kind I swam in at my Aunt Anne and Uncle Leo’s house. To a recorded drum roll and cymbal crash, Webster urged the horse forward, and the two fell through space, to make the biggest splash I’d ever seen—even bigger than the cannonballs my uncle could make in his own pool. Wow! And then both horse and rider surfaced, though for the life of me, I can’t recall how they got out of the pool.’

(via Dangerous Minds)

Comment of the Day

From dang about Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize:

This is like awarding the Cy Young to a pitcher called up from the minors in August because he finished the season 5-0 with a 1.00 ERA. Let’s wait until he wins 20 games…

I’m torn about this. On one hand, even as an ardent Obama supporter, I’m not really sure how he gets the Nobel Peace Prize when we’re still in Iraq and Afghanistan unless Bush set the bar so low that just basic diplomatic communication with foreign countries is now considered Nobel Prize worthy.

On the other hand, I’m really excited that the Birfers, Becks, Oxycontin abusers, and pseudo-plumbers in Wingnuttia will now give me enough material to post on Cyn-C for the next few months. Put your ponchos on Cynics, the spittle is about to fly.

Barack Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize

Just woke up and getting ready for work but KENYA WINS!:

“The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 is to be awarded to President Barack Obama for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples. The Committee has attached special importance to Obama’s vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons.”

“Obama has as President created a new climate in international politics. Multilateral diplomacy has regained a central position, with emphasis on the role that the United Nations and other international institutions can play. Dialogue and negotiations are preferred as instruments for resolving even the most difficult international conflicts. The vision of a world free from nuclear arms has powerfully stimulated disarmament and arms control negotiations. Thanks to Obama’s initiative, the United States is now playing a more constructive role in meeting the great climatic challenges the world is confronting. Democracy and human rights are to be strengthened.”