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Old 08-27-2007, 08:37 PM   #21
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Another funny moment from the pageant was when Miss Teen New Jersey was subsequently asked "What skill do teens in America most lack today and how can it be taught?"

Her answer was "public speaking" (no joke -- you can look up the video of the entire question session for the five finalists on You Tube). Incredibly clever -- cruel, but incredibly clever. Some people in the audience started to applaud when she said it.
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Old 08-27-2007, 10:44 PM   #22
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I'm speechless.
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It was just on David Letterman.
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I saw this clip on MSNBC (or the like) while at the gym this morning, and chuckled along with the two announcers who couldn't get over this young woman's response. I couldn't help but think "What an airhead?" Does that phrase even exist anymore? She didn't seem overly nervous, just dumb. Hope I'm wrong.
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Leno just had it on also.
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Old 08-28-2007, 01:23 AM   #26
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Now I'm starting to feel sorry for the girl. She's just 16? Talk about not being able to show your face again... think about it ... 16 and a girl, high school teasing ... geez. What people do to themselves.
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Now I'm starting to feel sorry for the girl. She's just 16? Talk about not being able to show your face again... think about it ... 16 and a girl, high school teasing ... geez. What people do to themselves.
Or maybe it's this child's parents who subjected her to this whole competitive and, to me, bizarre world of beauty contests. This kid doesn't belong in that situation anymore than I do. She was incoherent, whether from youth, fear, or stupidity.

Now she'll spend years getting over becoming a national laughing stock. Sad. Nice going, Mom and Dad .
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She'll be fine. She'll probably be more recognizable (marketable) now that she flubbed it, otherwise who remembers the third-runner up in a beauty pageant? But I agree about the parents--and don't get me started on the "pedophile pageants" for the Tiny Wee Miss whatever. That is so creepy!

Why would anyone be surprised that pageant girls aren't bright? It isn't a Fulbright competition for goodness sakes!

And watch out with that "war of northern agression" reference Rich! We are still fighting that war down here--just as soon as we can get the Hunley submarine running again, watch out!

Sarah (who grew up one block from Fort Moultrie on Sullivans Island and could see Fort Sumter from the porch!)
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And watch out with that "war of northern agression" reference Rich! We are still fighting that war down here--just as soon as we can get the Hunley submarine running again, watch out!
OK, Kiddo - you got me on that one. What was the reference you're teasing me about?

Hope you're right about her not suffering from the debacle. But in this era, when you are plastered all over the internet, Leno, and Letterman I'd guess it'll stick for a while.

And I have to admit that watching the video does make me chuckle. In a guilty way, of course.
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And watch out with that "war of northern agression" reference Rich! We are still fighting that war down here--just as soon as we can get the Hunley submarine running again, watch out!
I must have missed the reference as well. Rich is still figuring out what the South is all about. He has always been a gentleman about it, but he is challenged in his learning because of his locale. You have to remember that he is located in Florida, which while geographically located in the South, is really just a suburb of greater New York.
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Here I was, giving Rich a hard time when some Hawaiian guy was causing all the trouble! Sorry Rich!

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LOL, that was really funny Sarah. Still South Carolina survived starting the Civil War, compared to that Miss Teen South Carolina's You Tube video isn't so bad.

We call the Civil War the war of northern aggression, dontcha know?
And the Hunley was the Civil War submarine that sunk a Northern ship in Charleston harbor, then sank with all hands lost. A friend of mine, Harry Pecorelli, officially found the sub, working for Clive Cussler.

Sorry, Rich--I'll give you more credit for your Southern-ness!
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She'll be fine. She'll probably be more recognizable (marketable) now that she flubbed it, otherwise who remembers the third-runner up in a beauty pageant? But I agree about the parents--and don't get me started on the "pedophile pageants" for the Tiny Wee Miss whatever. That is so creepy!

Why would anyone be surprised that pageant girls aren't bright? It isn't a Fulbright competition for goodness sakes!

And watch out with that "war of northern agression" reference Rich! We are still fighting that war down here--just as soon as we can get the Hunley submarine running again, watch out!

Sarah (who grew up one block from Fort Moultrie on Sullivans Island and could see Fort Sumter from the porch!)
Don't mess with the Yankees.........it didn't go so well the last time, no??

Funny, I have close relatives living in Mississippi, and they STILL call us "northerners" and "Yankees" when they call............
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One should never be amazed at the amount of ignorance and prejudice the human race is capable of...

The War of Northern Aggression War Between the States Civil War was essentially pre-destined from the very beginning of the "Republic", and the reasons/politics behind it was/is a blight on our history...

The "Founding Fathers", slavery notwithstanding, came up with a remarkable document. But one must remember, there were factions on either side of several issues, and we're probably lucky that James Madison won the day.

Most of the framers of the Constitution were monied, educated, and successful businessmen/lawyers/farmers. The next generation, destined to start the westward expansion, were, shall we say, less encumbered by lofty principles...
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Funny, I have close relatives living in Mississippi, and they STILL call us "northerners" and "Yankees" when they call............
Well of course they do. In the South we use the term yankee all the time (maybe not as much as we once did) to identify someone from the north. It was once used as an insult - and can still be used that way - but now it just identifies why you are "different" from us.

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He's a yankee.

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It's more an anachronism now than it used to be. But you have to remember that while we half-jokingly refer to that disagreement between the states as "The War of Northern Aggression", the war was followed by nearly a century of very real economic and political oppression of the South by the North.

There was some bitterness.

But now we're a few decades into the "New South" and we're all making money hand over fist from Atlanta to San Antonio and we are much more charitable and willing to forgive. Until so many of you'all decided to move here.

When I first moved to Texas it was the late 70's - early 80's and it seemed like every laid off factory worker in Ohio, New York and Michigan had moved here - and brought their rusty old junk cars with them. Some people called them "Hudson River Wetbacks".

Some of our yankee friends had difficulties understanding how things worked here and I had this kind of conversation with more than a few of them that ran astray of the law:

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Do me a favor and look around you for a moment. Do you see snow on the ground?

No.

That means you're not in (insert name of yankee city or state here) anymore. And, yes, you are going to jail.
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IRich is still figuring out what the South is all about. He has always been a gentleman about it, but he is challenged in his learning because of his locale. You have to remember that he is located in Florida, which while geographically located in the South, is really just a suburb of greater New York.


I have my bona fides: U. of Va. grad. Admittedly, I strayed for 25 years in Wisconsin (but the southern part of the state), but now again a southerner. And I occasionally say y'all.

As an aside, Floridians recognize that the Atlantic coast (esp the south) is a suburb of NY/Phila/Boston, etc. Here on the Gulf Coast it's a combination of old south and lots of midwest overtones. Kinda nice, really. But the left and right coasts of this peninsula are quite different in look and feel. Not a value judgment, just different IMHO. For the most part, I like them both.

But whatever you do, don't tell Sarah that I love the parts I've seen of South Carolina (OK, it's some of the "better" parts). It'll go to her head.
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Wow.......I'm going to go slam my head into a brick wall so that I might wipe out that video from my memory.

.................Slam......Ouch........Slam....... Ouch.................

Nope. Still there.
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i bet she paid some pageant coach mega bucks to learn how to answer those questions too!
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Saw an artilce where she was on Good Morning America and answered the question again.... said she only heard a few words of the question and started to answer... she said she made a mistake and everybody makes mistakes....


Said she is taking it in stride.... Good for her...
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Give the kid a break.

Try to imagine being a teenager (I know that's a real stretch for some of us you ) on stage in front of a national TV audience and being asked a question where your response could mean the difference between winning or losing a contest that means a great deal to your parents you. And since you're only a teenager, your brain doesn't always think with the razor sharp logic of us adults . You don't hear the question correctly or start thinking of an answer even before the question has been fully asked. Once you start to answer the question, you realize you don't know what you are saying and aren't making any sense but don't know how to get out of a messy situation and just keep babbling.

I say we should show a little mercy towards someone who's just a kid...and a nice looking one at that.
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She did a beautiful poised job of damage control this morning with Matt Lauer. Hope of clip of that gets out on the net. Matt and his side kick were very kind to her.
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