March 21, 2009

The Sycamore Café.



"Café" in the post title signifies an open thread, where you can write about whatever you want, including how positively entrancing you find sycamore trees photographed through a fisheye lens.

"Did Ezra Klein post anti-Semitic comments to set up Ann Althouse?"

A fair post title?

Romulus, Remus, and Althouse.


Do you understand the inscription?


"Anno X." Get it?

ADDED: Here's the Smithsonian's info on the statue, which is in Eden Park in Cincinnati:
The original image of this ancient Etruscan she-wolf, owned by the Capitoline Museum in Rome, dates from 500 B.C. (The original Etruscan babies were lost long ago and were replaced during the Renaissance period with the present images of Romulus and Remus, which accounts for the difference in sculptural styles.) The she-wolf is the symbol of Rome and is known as the 'Lupa Romana,' or the 'Wolf of Rome,' because she is credited with saving the lives of Romulus and Remus, founders of Rome....

The replica of the Capitoline Museum's wolf was given to the City of Cincinnati by the Premier of Italy, Benito Mussolini, through the local chapter of the Sons of Italy. The "Anno X" in the inscription refers the tenth year of Mussolini's regime. The sculpture was given in recognition of the fact that Cincinnati is the only American city to bear the name of a Roman hero, the Roman general Cincinnatus.

AND: Let's take a closer look at those breasts:


The worst that could happen.

Winter cover crop.


About those Cincinnati sandwiches.

Trooper York has quite a picture — in a post that's about the Althouse Cincinnati meet-up (which I talk about minimally, with pictures, here). In Trooper's comments:
An Edjamikated Redneck said...

Now dag nab it Trooper; I ate the Hot Brown (which was actually more like a Hot White -- being chicken & all and not the original Roast Beef -- but the chicken is healthier, not that I'm worried about my health, but... Where was I? Oh, yeah).
(Ha ha. Hot White. Here's my pic of the Hot (supposedly) Brown.)
Any way, it was not a crap sandwich as you have portrayed (yeah it did look pretty wild when it came out of the kitchen with a knife stuck in it -- and this was a classy place; well classier anyway -- I mean it is usually the dives where something comes out of the kitchen with a knife in it- and its usually the cook... Where was I? Oh, yeah).

It was a pretty good sandwich (I mean the comments over at Althouse; Heart attack on a bun! It was CHICKEN for cryin' out loud! It’s the original white meat! Not like it was pork or something… Where was I? Oh, yeah).

And I was with some classy folks (not that I would meet and tell you understand, but you know Althouse was there; how much classier can you get? And the place actually served long neck PBRs! Do you expect a place like that to serve a crap sandwich? I mean hell, it’s not the Congressional Dining Room for Pete’s sake! I mean there they KNOW a carp sandwich when they serve one… Where was I? Oh, yeah).
Carp sandwich?
So, I want y’all to lay off my dinner; it was a great place and a helluva good time (you know the place has been open since 1861? My Great-Granddad ran a hotel on that block in the 1870’s; most likely he probably had at least one beer there himself, back in the day. He was German ya know we seem to have some sort of reputation as beer drinkers… Where was I? Oh, yeah).
Redneck responds to Darcy's request for details about the meet-up:
Any way Darcy, as much I would like to accommodate you and spill the beans on last night (now there’s a meal that would deserve comments! What if I would have had a plate of beans and rice? Not like a place classy as that, and on the northern side of the river would even serve beans, but… Dag nab it; did it again! Where was I? Oh, yeah).

A gentleman never tells the details. We had a good time, ate a good meal and all parted amicably.

One detail I will spill; Not only did I get to meet Althouse; I also got to meet Silvio.

And he took me at the light. I got to admit THAT was not the highlight of the evening (no redneck, even us edjamikated ones, like to admit that we lost a drag race, but her ‘chauffer’ caught me flat-footed trying to retune the radio when the light changed. First I knew the light was green was when I heard the roar of an Audi’s exhaust… Where was I? Oh, yeah).

The End.
Ha ha. Makes me think of this:

Protein Wisdom on what Ezra Klein said about my commenters.

Jeff G. — linking to yesterday's post of mine — said:
JournaList is keeping an eye on your behavior.
(Note: it's JournoList.)
I wonder, are they putting together a dossier on those sites that, you know, traffic in hate?

Because that might come in useful to some, especially in a climate wherein the Fairness Doctrine is ascendant.

Why Larry Charles shaved off his beard.

"'It was time. I think other people's reaction is much more radical than my own. They look at me like the Elephant Man now. They're like, "What happened to you?"... [I]t's ironic that I had to shave my beard to hide myself. I took those things off and people don't know who I am.'... On the other hand, he learned while collaborating with Sacha Baron Cohen on the wildly successful Borat movie how image and influence can go hand in hand. Before that he often looked like 'a dirty, hippy-like homeless person'... One day while directing an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm, he went to grab some food and was accosted by a guard. 'He was like throwing me off the set,' he says, laughing. 'The AD (assistant director] had to come over and go, "Wait a minute, that's the director!"'"

Now, Obama has the Special Olympians taunting him: "That's not very good. It wouldn't beat us. He needs to practice."

The life of a President is not easy. All the criticism. Now, even the mentally disabled are taking their shots.

So much good will squandered:
[David] Axelrod's daughter, Lauren, is a longtime Special Olympian who has competed in swimming and track and field events. His wife, Susan, was part of a delegation led last month by Vice President Joe Biden to the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Boise, Idaho.
One punchline tossed on Leno far overshadows all that real connection that his administration had here. And it's especially sad because (I don't think) Obama was just spouting a new joke that sprang into his head. I think it was a scripted punchline.

Was the Special Olympics wisecrack scripted?
No free polls

AND: He gave Sarah Palin a big opening:
"This was a degrading remark about our world's most precious and unique people, coming from the most powerful position in the world," fumed former GOP veep pick and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, whose youngest son, Trig, has Down syndrome.

"These athletes overcome more challenges, discrimination and adversity than most of us ever will," she added.

"If you are right that change has come, where is that change? What is the sign of that change? Make it clear for us what has changed.''

"Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei dismissed overtures from President Barak Obama...."

Preliminary observation: Yikes. The New York Times is misspelling the President's name in the first sentence of a lead news story. Is doom near?

Primary observation: Obama charmed us American's with his hopey-changey rhetoric. He even made (some of) us think that he would transform world politics by talking the right way. Like this:

But — it's no surprise — they aren't buying it:
In his most direct assessment of Obama and prospects for improved ties, Khamenei said there will be no change between the two countries unless the American president puts an end to U.S. hostility toward Iran and brings ''real changes'' in foreign policy.

''They chant the slogan of change but no change is seen in practice. We haven't seen any change."...

... Khamenei asked how Obama could congratulate Iranians on the new year and accuse the country of supporting terrorism and seeking nuclear weapons in the same message.

''As long as the U.S. government continues the same policies and directions of the previous 30 years, we will be the same nation of the past 30 years,'' Khamenei said. ''The Iranian nation can't be deceived or threatened.''
Of course not. And it was silly ever to think that it could.

March 20, 2009

About that prostitution thread.

Blake summarizes.

"It's hard to imagine what would push me to having sex. I'm not afraid of sex, it's just not something I want to do."

"That's probably why I delve into the world of science fiction and Transformers, where sex isn't an issue at all."

"Ann Althouse sure has a lot of anti-semitic commenters."

Ezra Klein tweets — without a link to any particular comment.

Well, Ezra, I do not delete comments based on viewpoint. I believe in the marketplace of ideas, and to the extent that there are some anti-Semitic comments here, there are many more comments that strike back. Is it not better to have scurrilous ideas out in the sunlight where they can die?

ADDED: In fact, Ezra Klein owes me a correction. He has published a lie about my blog. Alternatively, let him list the commenters he's writing about — I can search their old comments and see if there is anything that deserves to be called anti-Semitic — and we will see if his list constitutes "a lot." I think he cannot do it, so he really ought to put up a correction immediately.

AND: Glenn Reynolds asks: "Was the tweet pre-vetted on JournoList?" Well, I'd like to know whether they are defaming me on JournoList.

AND: Ezra partially apologizes.

AND: Jac asks Ezra: "Do you think Peter Beinart & Jonah Goldberg are anti-Semitic?"

More Cincinnati food: Mongomery Inn and Arnold's Bar and Grill.

1. Lunch, yesterday, at Montgomery Inn. The side dish chosen with the ribs was "onion straws." These were thin sliced onion rings, which were not anywhere near as good as the ribs but which I enjoyed well enough:


2. Dinner was the blogger-commenter meet-up downtown at Arnold's Bar and Grill. I've already shown you the hot brown. And I won't post the group photo because not everyone wants his photo on the blog. But here's a photograph of the room:


We had such high hopes for maggots.

They may not be the miracle healers we'd thought.

Christopher Dodd: "Had I known at the time that there were any A.I.G. bonuses involved..."

"... that this was somehow going to assist in that matter — I would have rejected it completely."

An impossibly lame excuse. It's his job to know. He holds a public trust. Which he doesn't deserve.

Sony World Photography Awards.

Professional finalists.

I love this one of an Olympic diver.

Obama skipped "Meet the Press" because David Gregory is too safe and unchallenging?

Sorry, I don't believe that. I mean, I believe David Gregory is utterly bland:
"Meet the Press" is now the de facto safe show on Sunday morning - "safe," that is, for those being interviewed.

Gregory has been handed perhaps the most important program in television journalism. It's time to start acting like the king who rules wisely yet ruthlessly. Otherwise, his legacy will match that of Garrick Utley or Bill Monroe - moderators who were highly respected but not highly feared.
But I'm not buying the notion that Obama avoided MTP — and opted for Leno — because the show is too easy. I think the show is still too hard.

Imagine the reaction if Bush had given some world leader a set of DVDs that would only play on American DVD players.

"It would have been conclusive proof of Bush's provincialism, lack of sensitivity to our allies' sensibilities, ignorance of the wider world, techno incompetence, failure to appreciate the superiority of European civilization, blah blah blah."

It would have been portrayed as stupid.


And speaking of stupid... on Leno, Obama made a joke at the expense of the mentally challenged.
“[Your bowling score was] very good, Mr. President,” Leno said sarcastically.

It’s “like the Special Olympics or something,” the president said.

When asked about the remark, the White House said the president did not intend to offend.

“The president made an off-hand remark making fun of his own bowling that was in no way intended to disparage the Special Olympics,” White House deputy press secretary Bill Burton said.
What a fabulously lame excuse! On that theory, when you do or say something stupid, "I'm retarded" is an acceptable witticism. That theory is so... retarded.


ADDED: Angolans give the Pope a turtle.

What the Lorax got wrong.

And the Once-ler got right.

(Via Freakonomics.)

Name the sandwich.

Explain the sandwich.


IN THE COMMENTS: Okay, you people are trying, but you are not succeeding.

Oldirishpig said:
"The Mutated Chicken of Death"?
Issob Morocco said:
Prelude to Heart Bypass Surgery.
Peter V. Bella said:
Vampire Chicken.
MadisonMan said:
I don't know the name, but I do know you can't kill a sandwich like that with a knife -- you need a silver bullet or a cross.
An Edjamikated Redneck said:
MM- I'll have you know I killed that sandwich with nothing more than a fork and a large appetite.

And a little ice tea to wash it down.

Of course the fork may have been silver; I didn't stop long enough to check.
Yes, that was an Edjamikated Redneck's sandwich, which I photographed at the Cincinnati blogger-commenter meet-up at Arnold's Bar and Grill. Now, the menu is not available at the link, but I can tell you that it was listed on the menu as a hot brown.

And thanks to all who came to the meet-up. I've done meet-ups in NYC, San Francisco, and LA, but those are larger cities than Cincinnati. It's incredibly cool that we can get together a good crowd in Cincinnati.

So Obama was on the Leno show....

... last night. Should he be doing that?

March 19, 2009

Don't be afraid.


It's Ted's Toys.

Althouse is inside. With chattering teeth:


And Ted...


... the Evil Toymaster:


Now, get out of here:


"It's okay to eat fish 'cause they don't have any feelings..."

... or, oh, maybe not...


Song lyric in the post title comes from this:

Cats and cars.





"Somebody said that we're not in President Obama's Final Four..."

"... and as much as I respect what he's doing, really, the economy is something that he should focus on, probably more than the brackets."

"Should we have a White House Council on Men and Boys?"

"Should we have a White House Council on Women and Girls?"

The JournoList.

A vast liberal media conspiracy?

The Narcissism Epidemic?

It's everywhere. It seems.

That got me thinking of "An Outbreak of Autism, or a Statistical Fluke?"

"We all remember Bush v. Gore."

Coleman's quest.

The econopocalypse, in pictures.

Scenes from the recession.

(Via Boing Boing.)

"'Project Runway' finalist Kenley Collins was arrested today after assaulting her fiance with their cat."

Authorities say.

The Poetry of...

... Paula Abdul.

"I'm not about to tell the people of New York state that their state is no longer bound by the First Amendment. I think there'd be hell to pay."

Scalia's not about to say that in a Supreme Court opinion, but he does say it.

Oh, dictionary! How could you?!

(Via Wonkette.)

"Style smackdown: Shiloh vs. Suri."

In the Daily News.

The Cincinnati meetup.

It's on and it's today, so if you're in Cincinnati and you'd like to hang out for an hour or so with me and a few other commenters, email me — at my gmail address (annalthouse) — and I'll tell you the time and place.

March 18, 2009

Adam Lambert sings "Ring of Fire."

Judge it all you want:

Adam Lambert is the favorite chez Althouse.

IN THE COMMENTS: Christopher Althouse Cohen:
Some people act "outraged" that he changed Johnny Cash's version. Well, I can't remember any other time someone acted like it was disrespectful to the original artist for an AI contestant to do a drastically reworked version of a song in a totally different style than the original. David Cook's Billie Jean performance was praised. Jennifer Hudson did a gospel version of Imagine and no one said anything. People may have not liked Kristy Lee Cook's country version of Eight Days A Week, but no one acted like she disrespected The Beatles. So why the fuss about this one? Perhaps because he's homosexualizing a country song by a masculine country star. Is it the cultural clash between the traditional South and a flamboyantly gay singer that people find so jarring? It might be. If the same people saw a video of Jeff Buckley (who was presumably heterosexual) doing the same version of Ring of Fire, would they be so shocked by it?

"This guy is a queer!"

Ron Paul quote from the new Sacha Baron Cohen movie. A spokeswoman defends the elfin libertarian:
"We don't want it to distract from his message," said press secretary Rachel Mills. "Now is the time when people need to be listening to him on economic issues."

Mills, who was present at the taping, did elaborate on the "queer" line. "I heard him say 'weird,' " she wrote in an e-mail. "In any case, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, Queer as Folk … it's not exactly a shocking term if that's what he did say."

Mills also noted that Cohen's people were "very deceptive in their tactics." At the time, she thought they were "legitimate," but now confesses to some concern. "I'm familiar with his work, so you can imagine how I feel about it," she said.

Amongst the horses.

There's the horse we called "Bitey":


And lots of mellow horses:


And these guys:



There now, time for more wine and — this being Cincinnati — more chili.


"Barack Obama even needs a teleprompter to get mad."

Notes Maureen Dowd, who also inserts the saying "Never bolt the door with a boiled carrot." This is not subtle imagery. The woman is insulting his manhood.

"It was supposed to be a homage to the American lifestyle and the new U.S. President."

We noticed that American products and the American way of eating are trendy at the moment. Americans are more relaxed. Not like us stiff Germans, like [Chancellor Angela] Merkel."

Re Obama-Fingers, the German fried chicken product.

Oh, yes, we are relaxed... until we're not.

And, by the way, not only are your chicken fingers racist, calling your Chancellor "stiff" is sexist. And if you think I'm stiff for saying that bitching about a woman's stiffness is sexist, that is doubly sexist.

The mystery of the furry skull in the barn.


More than twice as many 15-year-old German boys belong to neo-Nazi groups...

... than are active in mainstream politics.

IN THE COMMENTS: David said:
I wonder how American boys would stack up on this test? How many 15 year old boys are active in mainstream politics? Run the USA comparison based on street gangs vs. mainstream politics and we will look like Mad Max's utopia.
Amba said:
Yeah, since when were 15-year-old boys active in mainstream politics? They can't even vote yet, and there's no forbidden, secret-society fun in it. Stupid statistic.

March 17, 2009

In the greenhouse, this early afternoon...

... tulips:



I might do a Cincinnati meetup, probably this Thursday. I give the time and place via email and I only do it if enough of you email and tell me you want to do it. Use my gmail address (annalthouse).

Natasha Richardson has suffered a serious head injury in a skiing accident.

The lovely actress is 45 years old, the wife of Liam Neeson, and the daughter of Vanessa Redgrave and Tony Richardson.

We saw her on Broadway in "Cabaret," back in 1998. She'd won a Tony for her portrayal of Sally Bowles, the role that had been identified with Liza Minelli. She played the part completely differently. It was quite cool.

I looked for a good video clip of her. A Google video search brings a scene from "Asylum" up first. Watch that — when you're not at work — and you'll see why that is popular on the internet. I've decided to embed the trailer from "A Handmaid's Tale" — that creepy feminist sci-fi atrocity — because I thought you might like to talk about it. It doesn't show off Richardson's acting. In fact, if I were judging her acting ability from this alone, I'd say she was quite bad. I'm not trying to trash her here though. I'm sad about the accident. But let's talk about something more than that it's sad she's had this accident.

UPDATE: Death.

And today's famous Cincinnati food is...


Graeter's Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream!



Have the "American Idol" producers already picked the final 4?

That's the rumor:
“Adam Lambert and Lil Rounds are better singers and musicians than Gokey and Grace, but they’re too much like past winners and ‘A’ successes,” the woman said. “Adam’s too close in style and sound to Chris Daughtry, while Lil Rounds is a dead ringer for Fantasia. Even their background stories are similar!

“The producers really want it to be Danny or Alexis. They think they’re very commercially viable, have a good image and a great story.”
Adam is like Chris Daughtry? That's so off that I doubt the source entirely. They've never had anyone like Adam in a position to win. Adam is the most exciting choice. You might just as well say that Gokey is too much like Taylor Hicks.

Anyway, I can believe this is the final 4 they want. That doesn't mean the contest is fixed in any significant way. They're stuck with the votes that come in. Misreporting the vote would, if discovered, destroy the show. But they can do plenty of things to help the contestants they like best. They can showcase a singer when they want, putting him in the last or the first slot, and so forth. And they've got that new rule that lets them save one contestant once during the season. I assume the point of that rule is to save Adam — the best idol ever.

"All the women here are lovely. We spend a lot of time sitting and talking. I'll stick it out a bit longer."

Prostitution in New Zealand. Brothels are legal, and it is now very easy for a woman who needs or wants money to do sex work. That sounds like a terrible idea, but consider the up side:
Bon Ton [is] an exclusive establishment in the capital where an hour-long session costs NZ$400 (£140; $200). [Prostitutes have] the opportunity to work for a legitimate business in a safe environment....

"[The Swedish approach of prosecuting the clients instead of the prostitutes] would scare away the quality customers," she says. "We would be left with the dangerous sort. The nasty men won't go away."

Bon Ton - which thrives on "quality customers" like lawyers and civil servants - certainly looks like an ideal showcase for New Zealand-style liberalisation.

The bedrooms look like luxury suites, the upstairs office looks like - well... an office, and the workers say they are treated with respect....

Across the industry, she says, women are now aware of their rights and exploitative brothel owners are becoming marginalised as a result of the reform.

"Resign, or go commit suicide." Who said that to whom?

Sen. Charles Grassley said it to the executives at AIG.

Now, let me be fair. Let me put it in context. He was also telling them to act more Japanese:
"The first thing that would make me feel a little bit better towards them if they’d follow the Japanese model and come before the American people and take that deep bow and say I’m sorry, and then either do one of two things — resign, or go commit suicide."
Later, he got a spokeswoman to clarify. (Is it really sufficiently Japanese for a man to get a spokeswoman to explain his remarks?)
[S]pokeswoman Jill Gerber clarified Grassley’s comments, saying "clearly he was speaking rhetorically – he meant there’s no culture of shame and acceptance of responsibility for driving a company into the dirt in this country. If you asked him whether he really wants AIG executives to commit suicide, he’d say of course not."
Okay, then: Fuck yourself, Senator Grassley. That's rhetoric. Of course, I don't really want you to fuck yourself. And, actually, I agree with you. We need more shame around here. Let's do some shaming. Let's shame everyone in the executive branch and Congress who let our money flow into AIG without building in the kinds of restrictions that would have prevented the use of the money in the way that Grassley and others are bitching about now that it's too late. So bow down, Senator Grassley. Take a deep bow and say you're sorry. And then resign or go commit suicide like the Japanese stereotype that you think is cool to bring up when you are making a display of venting your anger at the people you want us Americans to be angry at — instead of you.

It's St. Patrick's Day, so....

... chez Althouse, we say: Happy Birthday, John!

March 16, 2009

"I'll go outside and get some leaves and pretend to be a tree..."

"You can be a squirrel and store my nuts for me."

"I Told You I Was Freekie"... just a Flight of the Conchords thing I thought you'd like... brought in by my "squirrel" Google alert.

Lunch: 5-way chili at Skyline.

Back in the first post of the day, Michael Hasenstab said:
Althouse, could you post a photo of a steaming hot bowl of chili from Skyline or Red Star? Having a good sensory memory, I'll be able to smell it through the computer screen.
Yes, I can. I think you mean Gold Star Chili, but, in any case, we went to Skyline and got the 5-way chili.



"The Heller case is a landmark decision that has not changed very much at all."

Adam Liptak wants you to know that the Supreme Court's gun rights case was pretty much nothing more than an academic exercise.

"Dramatic advances in public attitudes are sweeping Iraq..."

"... with declining violence, rising economic well-being and improved services lifting optimism, fueling confidence in public institutions and bolstering support for democracy."

Where I'm blogging from...

... things are beautiful....


... and it's hard to think about the news....


Strange old tree and, underneath it, the grave of hope.



(Just something I saw yesterday.)

"Banks 'concerned' over model riot."

"We are concerned by the events."

In other words: You were given a chance to prove that you could be America's Next Top Model. A model needs to remain calm and hold her pose during a melée and you freaked out and stampeded. Please go now.

"In our culture, women have been conditioned to have closed sexuality and open feelings, and men to have open sexuality and closed feelings."

From a ridiculous article about a commune dedicated to the female orgasm.

AND: I'm concerned about the dedication of communes to female orgasms.


The comic.

"The Obama administration is increasingly concerned about a populist backlash against..."


Everyone is concerned now. It's the word of the day. Why does that word bother me so much? It's what you say when you aren't bothering to think of anything specific to say and "interesting" just isn't enough.

I'm concerned about Paul Krugman.

He doesn't know how to begin his column with an interesting sentence.

March 15, 2009

"Ron Silver died peacefully in his sleep with his family around him this morning."


Very sad. What a great actor. He was also a staunch, admirable supporter of the war on terrorism.

AND: From my notes on the 2004 Republican Convention:
The New York actor Ron Silver introduces the subject of the 9/11 attacks. He yells: "We will never forget. We will never forgive. We will never excuse." At that, a huge cheer bursts out ("Yeah!"). The camera scans the crowd and shows George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush laughing and nodding and clapping. Following the long cheer, Silver quotes General MacArthur: "At the end of World War II, Douglas MacArthur ... said, 'It is my earnest hope, indeed the hope of all mankind, that from this solemn occasion, a better world shall emerge out of the blood and carnage of the past, a world found[ed] upon faith, understanding, a world dedicated to the dignity of man and the fulfilment of his most cherished wish for freedom, tolerance, and justice.' The hope he expressed then remains relevant today." There is no cheer, but Silver pauses and waits for a cheer, and a short cheer ensues. But definitely, and disturbingly, for this crowd "We will never excuse" was a much more popular sentiment than the hope of a better world. Later, he gets another heartfelt cheer: when he says "This is a war in which we had to respond." He criticizes his fellow entertainers who catalogue the world's wrongs but are unwilling to fight against them. He says, emphatically, "The President is doing exactly the right thing."
It took courage for an actor to say that — in that prominent setting. The President is doing exactly the right thing.

Fisheye. Dog.


Dog. Fisheye.


A morning's blog...


... and then another walk out into the teasle:


Monkeys floss their teeth...

... with human hair.

(And please don't look at the breasts.)

See? I finally did a real blog post.

I hope you liked that. Models freak out. I know I've been starving you of normal blog posts these last few days. (Or do you like the change-of-pace photo essays?) And I sincerely hope you enjoyed that breakfast of rioting models.

"Screaming as they ran for their lives, hundreds of hotties in heels toppled over barricades..."

It all started when they said they'd give women under 5'7" a chance.