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Heyyyy, what’s Rummy doing on my nuts?

It’s a funny thing, being a furriner. The familiar crops up in the damnedest places.

Like — wait, what? What is this famous picture of Donald Rumsfeld gurning at a geisha doing on a packet of wasabi peanuts?

Apparently, Tyrrell’s just liked it. In fact, their headline over this image is “English Eccentrics.” Cheeky.

Whew, that got Time magazine’s panties in a wad.

One [unknown] remains: whether the hawkish neo-con, whom many Britons remember from the misadventure of the Iraq war, truly reflects the light-hearted and slightly eccentric view of life Tyrrell’s wishes to associate with its brand. Whichever way you look at it, it’s nuts.

Well, anyway, they got the story right. It was during President Gerald Ford’s 1974 trip to Japan. Rumsfeld was the WH Chief of Staff. He was passing a chopstick scrunched under his nose to the Geisha next to him. As you do.

This was apparently a competitive event, and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger won, thanks to superior physical endowments. His nose, people.

The peanuts are delicious.


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Time: May 8, 2012, 9:41 pm

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Comment from mojo
Time: May 8, 2012, 9:48 pm

Time mag sold for One Dollah, folks. And too pricy at that.

Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: May 8, 2012, 10:23 pm

They’re really hammering that “Iraq was a horrible mistake” myth hard as they can still huh.

Comment from Redd
Time: May 8, 2012, 10:39 pm

Isn’t there a treasure trove of photos of the British Royal family doing weird ass shit in the name of “diplomacy” ?

I ♥ Rummie!

Comment from Dan.
Time: May 8, 2012, 10:47 pm

Yup Iraq was a horrible mistake. And highly disliked by the American people. Especially after the congressional (spell that with a capital D) grinding made it darn near impossible to properly pursue (kinda like Vietnam if memory serves).

I don’t think the American people didn’t so much dislike or didn’t support the Iraq war (or the Afghan one, for that matter) as much as it doesn’t like the US getting all namby-pamby about not wanting to hurt anyone/anyone’s feelings and our failure to pursue with vigor. Hmm. Again kinda like Vietnam. Gee.

Comment from Ric Locke
Time: May 8, 2012, 10:58 pm

In the alternative reality I like best, Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney have worked up a standup-comedy act, and are on tour with it.

It would sell out everywhere it went, and panties would be so thoroughly wadded few Leftoids would be able to walk.

Comment from Mike James
Time: May 8, 2012, 11:35 pm

I’m working on a bag of Blue Diamond Wasabi Almonds right now. Wasabi perks up anything.

Comment from Grinning behind cigarette smoke
Time: May 9, 2012, 1:35 am

Rick Locke~

Your observation is correct about panties being wadded on the left. The good news? Nobody in their right mind wishes to be within a city block of hippie underwear. The other good news? Don Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney produce a panty-THROWING storm from the hot chicks every time the get on a stage.

Bonus fact: Joyce and Lynne dig it.

Protip: Liberal males are feminine and can’t fix a car; Liberal females are angry and can’t make a sandwich.

Comment from Can’t hark my cry
Time: May 9, 2012, 2:12 am

Stoaty, because I know you are a fellow Rockwell fan. . .the guy who posed for the cop in “The Runaway” died–I wouldn’t have noticed, but it is big local news as he lived near me. And, yeah, all we really know about the guy is that in 1958 his ass wasn’t all /that/ wide ( http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/retired-mass-state-trooper-who-posed-for-norman-rockwells-the-runaway-dies-at-83/2012/05/07/gIQAYmH68T_story.html ) I mean, his face doesn’t even show up in that picture! But still. RIP.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: May 9, 2012, 8:43 am

Rockwell regularly sent notes of apology to people for what he did to them when he painted them.

Comment from Mikey NTH
Time: May 9, 2012, 12:41 pm

Time is so clueless they could have a picture of him throttling two Occupiers and Time would have the headline: “Who Is The Rumsfeld Strangler?”

Comment from Deborah
Time: May 9, 2012, 3:36 pm

I always wanted to be a “Breck” girl, and have my portrait painted by Ralph William Williams. Alas, I was more of a Norman Rockwell model: too much curly red hair, freckles, and glasses—sort like Margaret, from Dennis the Menace.

Comment from Elphaba
Time: May 9, 2012, 4:44 pm

The same people who think that wearing Che Guevara tshirts exhibits class think that I should be offended by a playful picture of Donald Rumsfeld on a package of nuts. Heh.

Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: May 9, 2012, 4:48 pm

Deborah sounds great!

Comment from David Gillies
Time: May 9, 2012, 4:49 pm

The inability to see anything except through the lens of partisan politics is a peculiar derangement of the Left. They’re just so fucking earnest the whole time and, in the immortal words of P. J. O’Rourke (PBUH): “Earnestness is stupidity sent to college.” The closest most Liberals get to actual humour is glib, punchable hipster irony.

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: May 9, 2012, 5:50 pm

There are a fair number of Mexicans in the area. My favorite liquor store (next door to a supermercado) stocks umpteen tequilas, Mexican beer, and “Cacahuates Japones“: i.e. “Japanese peanuts”.

Comment from Feynmangroupie
Time: May 9, 2012, 6:03 pm

The Husband and I go through phases for various food. Occasionally it is a simultaneous thing, and much gnashing of teeth and threats to health and well-being occur, if either were to use up the last of the coveted item.
Recently it was Chimes Ginger chews, and boy did it get ugly, until I found that you can get ’em in a 5 lb box from Amazon.

The wasabi peas is another item that we will alternately fight over or ignore, depending on the fickleness of our cravings. Currently we have a couple of cans of them that are on “ignored” status. However, the cravings may rise like a demon from hell, and then it is ON!

Does that happen to anyone else?

Re: Rumsfeld


Comment from David Gillies
Time: May 9, 2012, 7:01 pm

Rich: I like the maní japoneses (maní is Central American Spanish for peanut) here in Costa Rica. And wasabi peas are good. Mmm, wasabi. Maybe I’ll have sushi for lunch.

Comment from exiting enter sandman
Time: May 9, 2012, 7:50 pm

Sorry, Stoaty, but I have been busy hurling invectives and gloating some, over on Twitter,at the #askmichelle tag. My handle is “if it bleeds, kill it” and I and some others, from AOSHQ have been mauling the King’s domestic moose, Moochelle.

Gads, what a fun 24 hours this has been!

Comment from Frit
Time: May 10, 2012, 1:25 am

Yes, Feynmangroupie, The Dragon (my hubbie) and I also have the threats and snarling behavior when we have a mutual craving. Gets quite entertaining at times. 😉

Of course, what can you expect when a ferret and a dragon pair up – both being hording thieves by nature… *impudent grin*

Comment from BJ
Time: May 10, 2012, 4:07 am

Time magazine – panty wadding = 0

Faux indignation is all they have left(pun intended).

Meh indeed.

Comment from Oh Hell
Time: May 11, 2012, 2:01 am

Wasabi peas – I am afraid to try them…
I sent some to one of my adopted Soldiers. Next time I talked to him, he requested Teddy Grahams…..I don’t know if anyone ate the peas or if he left them in Iraq….

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