Olly olly in free

And while we Democrats are arguing about whether or not to support the healthcare reform bill, and whether or not Obama is living up to his campaign promises, and whether or not his administration is continuing the executive privileges of the Bush/Cheney reign, let’s just remember something.

On this day last year, Bush pardoned 19 people, including a cocaine dealer and an embezzler. He did not pardon Cheney, or Rumsfeld, or John Yoo, or the great Decider.

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3 Responses to Olly olly in free

  1. Don says:

    Oh my goodness! You bring back memories of throwing a ball back and forth over the roof of the Mercer’s garage. But wait, wasn’t “Olly olly oxen free” for Hide n Go Seek?

    I went to the not so trustworthy source, Wikipedia. Under “Olly olly oxen free,” somebody wrote: “Additionally, this phrase is used for kids when throwing a ball back and forth over the roof of a house, fence, or other tall object. One child stands on each side of the tall object so that they are unable to see one another. The child with the ball then yells “Any Any Over” and throws the ball over the object. This alerts the other child that the ball is coming so that he can catch the ball before it hits the ground. If he throws the ball yelling “Any Any Over” and the ball fails to clear the obstacle, the thrower yells “Pigtails” so the catching party knows the ball is not coming.


  2. M. says:

    Wow memories – when speaking with two of my brothers this morning I asked if they remember the expression “olly olly oxen free”. Both laughed and agreed with Don, associating it with ‘hide n seek’, whereas I remember it with ‘kick the can’.

    • celebratingtime says:

      I had to look it up, because I wasn’t sure my memory was right, and found “olly olly oxen free.” But we said “in free” for some reason, maybe because it makes more sense than some oxen escaping?
      And Don, those ball over the roof memories: We would say “Kinney over” for some reason! We got all kinds of things wrong I guess!

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