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Old 06-22-2007, 06:36 PM
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Congressional Walrus Penis

Yes, apparently, it ensued. Anyway, according to this article, Rep. Don Young once brandished a walrus penis on the floor of the House of Representatives. The article gives no context for this, and sadly, no link to a youtube video of said penis brandishing. I, of course, am more than a bit curious as to why someone would feel the need to brandish a walrus penis anywhere, much less in Congress. Anyone know what the backstory to this is? (And did C-SPAN cover it?)
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Old 06-22-2007, 06:39 PM
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I don't know the story, but it was probably just the baculum, or penis bone. To brandish the actual penis he'd have to get it fresh (preferably tearing it personally off the walrus) and fly it down quickly enough to avoid decomposition... - OK, the second part's not really true. But I bet it was a baculum.
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Old 06-22-2007, 06:40 PM
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Walruses are amon the mammals that have a penis bone - I think they're made into walking sticks and other useful items.
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Old 06-22-2007, 06:44 PM
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I don't know the story, but it was probably just the baculum, or penis bone.
Seems to be correct. Story of Feb. 1994 incident (and reference to another occurrence of Young waving baculum) here. With picture of baculum.
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Old 06-22-2007, 06:46 PM
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It's called an oosik, and looks like this.
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Old 06-22-2007, 06:50 PM
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There are so many pricks in Congress, is a wonder to me that anybody noticed.
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Old 06-22-2007, 07:05 PM
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Anyone slightly disturbed that 'Eat All' replies to a thread about a walrus penis?
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Old 06-22-2007, 07:14 PM
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That's the best bit!
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Old 06-22-2007, 07:16 PM
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Judging by the size of that bone, we really ought to be saying "hung like a walrus."
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Old 06-22-2007, 08:46 PM
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Is that an oosik in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?
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Old 06-22-2007, 08:54 PM
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Don Young: "Environmentalists are a self-centered bunch of waffle-stomping, Harvard-graduating, intellectual idiots."

What the fuck is "waffle stomping" supposed to mean?"
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Old 06-22-2007, 08:56 PM
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What the fuck is "waffle stomping" supposed to mean?"
When I was a kid in San Diego in the early-'70s lug-soled boots were extremely popular. the lug soles resembled a waffle iron, and one stomps around in boots. Hence, 'waffle-stompers'.
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Old 06-22-2007, 09:10 PM
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That is a pretty obscure fashion reference for a conservative politician in Alaska to be making.
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Old 06-22-2007, 09:23 PM
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That is a pretty obscure fashion reference for a conservative politician in Alaska to be making.
Rocky Mountain High was released in... what? 1973? And I remember the 'ecology' flags and the 'Earth Movement'. (My sister, who is eight years older than I, was a hippy.) Fads included home winemaking kits, bottle and glass cutting kits, cute moulds for making mushroom candles, and 'getting back to Nature'. A lot of people wore plaid shirts, blue jeans and 'waffle stompers'. Don Young would have been about 40. Perhaps too old to be part of the 'movement'. But coming from Alaska he surely was around people who wore 'waffle stompers' every day. Maybe, since the would be practical up there, he wore them himself. It seems likely to me that someone of his age would use a term that no one uses anymore for footwear he was exposed to decades ago. Sort of like my dad called jeans 'dungarees'. If I had been born five years later, I doubt I'd know what 'waffle stompers' were.
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Old 06-22-2007, 09:27 PM
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Oosic is a pretty popular handle material among custom knife makers.
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Old 06-22-2007, 09:31 PM
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If you are from Alaska, you know what waffle-stompers are. It's common usage, or it was when I resided there.
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Old 06-22-2007, 10:17 PM
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It's called an oosik, and looks like this.
[OT / hijack] I like your choice of reading material. Flying Dutch is one of my favourite books. [/OT / hijack]
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Old 06-23-2007, 01:04 AM
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I, of course, am more than a bit curious as to why someone would feel the need to brandish a walrus penis anywhere...
Well if one is a male walrus and there are horny female walruses nearby...
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Old 06-23-2007, 01:20 AM
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" 'The time has come,' the Walrus said,
'To talk of many things:
Of shoes—and ships—and sealing wax—
Of cabbages—and kings—
And why the sea is boiling hot—
And whether pigs have wings.' "

Sounds like a typical day in Congress to me.
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Old 06-23-2007, 03:34 AM
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Well if one is a male walrus and there are horny female walruses nearby...
I have a strong desire to google the phrase "horny female walruses"...


...immediately replaced by a stong desire NOT to Google said phrase.

Probably end up with "AdultWalrusFinderDotCom", "Find Horny Female Walruses in Your Area!"
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Old 06-23-2007, 03:49 AM
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Don't bother, it gets zero results. Damn!
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Old 06-23-2007, 08:47 AM
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I have a strong desire to google the phrase "horny female walruses"...


...immediately replaced by a stong desire NOT to Google said phrase.

Probably end up with "AdultWalrusFinderDotCom", "Find Horny Female Walruses in Your Area!"
You'd have more luck with the phrase "horny manatee".
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Old 06-23-2007, 10:08 AM
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" 'The time has come,' the Walrus said,
'To get out of this funk:
to speak of more important things—
Like pinhead senators waving around my junk— ....'"

With heartfelt apologies to Lewis Carroll.

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Old 06-23-2007, 10:54 AM
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Oosiks also make handy clubs. That's why mine is displayed in a bookcase near the front door. If I ever have to give some anti-social blackguard a thrashing, I want him too embarassed to admit to it in court.

"OK, Mr. Burke. After you entered the dwelling, what happened?"

"He hit me with a walrus penis."

"Case dismissed."
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Old 06-23-2007, 11:45 AM
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There's a story that a suburban police department around here once (many years ago) kept a pink bunny suit on hand for officers to wear when beating up recalcitrant suspects. The thinking was that no self-respecting hoodlum would ever admit to being knocked around by a guy in a pink bunny suit... and no judge would ever believe it.
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Old 06-23-2007, 02:48 PM
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I remember once in the 1970s, Johnny Carson had some Eskimos on his program to show some of the events in what amounted to the "Eskimo Olympics." The spokesperson, a lovely young Inuit lady, presented Carson with a large bone from a walrus. I'll try to reproduce the dialog as best I remember:

Young Lady: Here is a gift. It's from a walrus.
Carson (receiving bone): Oh, OK, a tusk?
Young Lady: No. . . It's actually from. . . the male organ.
Carson (looks somewhat surprised, drops bone on his desk, then picks it back up): Well, lucky devil. . . does it stay like this all the time???

OK, didn't advance the OP any. Just though I'd share.
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Old 06-23-2007, 04:42 PM
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When I was a kid in San Diego in the early-'70s lug-soled boots were extremely popular. the lug soles resembled a waffle iron, and one stomps around in boots. Hence, 'waffle-stompers'.
Early Nike running shoes also sported rows of square lugs, and left waffly footprints. They were also known as waffle-stompers. My wife still has a pair.

Japanese collectors were said to prize the waffle-stompers, and they allegedly would pay big bucks for a mint-condition pair.
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Old 06-24-2007, 02:45 AM
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Oosiks also make handy clubs. That's why mine is displayed in a bookcase near the front door. If I ever have to give some anti-social blackguard a thrashing, I want him too embarassed to admit to it in court.

"OK, Mr. Burke. After you entered the dwelling, what happened?"

"He hit me with a walrus penis."

"Case dismissed."
In Day Watch one appears to be a murder weapon.
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Old 06-24-2007, 06:05 PM
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I love that my state's best known politicians are all crazy or evil. Don Young - evil. Mike Gravel - crazy. Ted Stevens - crazy AND evil.

Also, I don't think the usage of waffle-stomping has continued into the present for most Alaskans, only the super-conservative ones who still think that anyone who likes to preserve the natural beauty of Alaska is evil and out to get them. I've been called a Nazi by a state representative for attempting to speak to him about environmental issues - he stood me up on our planned meeting, and later when I saw him and attempted to speak to him about it, I got a tirade about why spraying chemical pesticides near schools is good and why environmentalists are Nazis. That's the mindset you get up here: either environmentalism is 100% good or 100% bad. I'm so glad I don't actually live here any more.
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Old 06-24-2007, 06:39 PM
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Shoot, it's too late to edit...

Sorry, what started out as an explanation for why calling someone a waffle-stomper and other disparaging names would be considered OK in Alaska (in that environmentalism is very much vilified) turned into a bit of a political tirade that probably isn't fit for GQ. Mods, feel free to delete my post rather than moving the whole thread, if that is deemed necessary.
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