Prince Harry of England is visiting New York this weekend.
Ed Pilkington of the Guardian notes: The scale of the PR challenge facing the 24-year-old prince, who has set foot in the US only once before, as a child, has been underlined by advance media coverage.
UberPig's excellent response at BlackFive:Playboy indeed. I think by going to Afghanistan, Prince Harry showed more character than his older brother, or his father, or his sainted mother, or the vast majority of young men from his highly privileged background.
Ed Pilkington and the Guardian may think Harry has something left to prove, that Harry needs to establish…
I deducted 1% for the time travel thing. I just don't like it. It confuses me. And I especially didn't like old Spock coming face to face with young Spock. That's not supposed to ever happen. Sci-Fi set the parameters for time travel...you can never meet yourself!! Even Harry Potter knows that!
Another 1% for so many gigantic, humungous explosions. CGI technology makes it them easy to do, so they do them and do them, bigger and louder....
And 1% for the Spock-Uhura thing. I know the writers were showing the 'human side' of Spock, but the Spock I know would never have allowed that! Never. Unless it was Pon Farr.
What I did like: ALL the rest of it.
The characters (Kirk and Spock and Uhura and Sulu and Chekov) were great.
My 2nd favorite character was Montgomery Scott, played by Simon Pegg (aka Shaun of the Dead). Excellent! He stole every scene he was in, and there w…
In December 1943, on his first mission as pilot in command,21-year-old Lt. Charlie Brown's B-17 Flying Fortress (379th Bomber Group, England) was badly damaged by German fighters and flack; he and six of his crew were wounded.
Trying to get back to their base in England, they flew right over a Luftwaffe base in Germany and were intercepted by yet another enemy fighter, a Messerschmitt 109.
The German pilot did not shoot them down but signaled Charlie to land, surrender and be taken prisoner. Lt. Brown refused two such demands.The German pilot, recognizing the courage of his fellow airman, did not finish off the crippled bomber, but provided an escort to the coast, pointed a compass heading to England and saluted his adversary.
After the war, Charlie tried to learn the identity of the enemy pilot who had spared him and his crew. He wrote letters of inquiry with no success, until he posted a notice in a newsletter for former Luftwaffe officers.
In a Memorial Day phone call with my sister, she recounted part of a conversation she overheard at work.... "Memorial Day is not a real holiday"...
Is this what the younger generation is being taught in schools these days?
Today's 'social progressive agents' (formerly known as teachers) no longer educate; they indoctrinate. The military, with its core values of duty, honor and courage, has no place in their agenda except as an entity to deride and denigrate.
... "I think there is something monumentally large afoot, and I do not believe it is just a banking crisis, or a mortgage crisis, or a credit crisis. Yes, these exist but they are merely single facets on a very large gemstone that is only now coming into a sharper focus.
Something of historic proportions is happening. I can sense it because I know how it feels, smells, what it looks like, and how people react to it. Yes, a perfect storm may be brewing, but there is something happening within our country that has been evolving for about 10 - 15 years. The pace has dramatically quickened in the past two.
... We have spent two or more decades intentionally de-industrializing our economy. Why?
We have intentionally dumbed down our schools, ignored our history, and no longer teach our founding documents, why we are exceptional, and why we are worth preserving. Students by and large cannot write, think critically, read, or articulate. Parents …
Whatever they want! Zachary Boyd, 19, of Fort Worth, Texas, was sleeping when the Taliban attacked his unit (Army 1st Bn 26th Infantry) at a base in Kunar Province, Afghanistan.Spc. Boyd grabbed his weapon, put on his helmet and vest and took his position. A news photographer recorded the image of Boyd in helmet, body armor, red T-shirt, pink boxers and flip-flops.Spc Boyd was concerned about losing his job when the photo wound up on the front page of the New York Times."I can assure you that Specialist Boyd's job is very safe indeed," Sec Def Robert Gates said."Any soldier who goes into battle against the Taliban in pink boxers and flip-flops has a special kind of courage. I can only wonder about the (psychological) impact on the Taliban." The soldiers alongside Boyd are Spcs. Cecil Montgomery of LA and Jordan Custer of Spokane, WA. They are both wearing pants, but Spc. Custer has no socks and is wearing silver running shoes.
My hubby, The Opinionated Fool, and I have just had another argument, Er, discussion, over congressional term limits.
He is dead set against them. I am for them.
He says that every election is a term limit. If you don't want some idiot clown representing you in Congress anymore, don't re-elect them.
I say that once one of these ego maniacal liars becomes ensconced in a cushy job with lots of bennies, not to mention the prestige and the power, it becomes very difficult to dislodge them.
Think what Congress could accomplish if the people elected to represent us actually spent their time representing us instead of plotting their (endless) re-election campaigns and trying to secure their 'legacies'.
And here's a scary thought: one day someone might wonder why we have presidential term limits if we don't have congressional term limits?
Or NOT. 20 May 2009 //Washington, D.C. - Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) released a comprehensive list of members of Congress under investigation. Currently, there are 16 members -- 12 House members and four Senators. The list includes which government entity is investigating the members, what the members are under investigation for, and the status of the investigation.A few familiar names on the list: John Murtha (D/PA) Charles Rangel (D/NY) Roland Burris (D/IL) Chris Dodd (D/CT) Jesse Jackson Jr (D/IL)H/T: The Jawa Report
My personal favorites: "And I don't know about you, but I sleep better at night knowing that a White House aide can scramble F-16s without anybody else knowing about it. This way, if a war breaks out while Obama's teleprompter is unplugged, somebody can still order planes to bomb New York to appease an enemy like at the end of Fail-Safe." "If you're wondering why the president is in a good mood, it's because he's glad to be finished with his annual physical. During his colonoscopy doctors removed two benign polyps and the White House Press Corps." "Last evening I took a walk through the cemetery – or as ACORN calls it, a 'recruiting trip.'" "In closing, I'd like to say thank you to the man who is responsible for all this. I'd like to, but George Soros isn't here tonight. They don't let George and Barack in the same room anymore because the last time they did, Joe Biden got tangled u…
Maj. Steven Hutchison, of Scottsdale, Ariz., served in Vietnam (he enlisted at age 19) and wanted to re-enlist immediately after the 9/11 terror attacks, but his wife was against it, his brother said.Richard Hutchison told The AP on Thursday that when she died (in 2006), "a part of him died" so he signed up in July 2007 at age 59."He was very devoted to the service and to his country," Richard Hutchison said.Requiescat In Pace, Major.
"A veteran is someone who, at one point in one's life, wrote a blank check made payable to 'The United States of America', for an amount of "up to and including my life."
That is honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand it." --Author unknown.
"A young man who does not have what it takes to perform military service is not likely to have what it takes to make a living.
Today's military rejects include tomorrow's hard-core unemployed." --John F. Kennedy
"Because as I look around at the state of this nation and see all of the weak little pampered candy-asses that are whining about this or protesting that, I’d be afraid to leave the fate of this nation entirely up to them." -- A US soldier in Iraq stating why he re-enlisted.
"For those who have fought for it, freedom has a flavor the protected will never know." -- Unknown
It is the Soldier, not the reporter who has given us freedom…
from the Political Arena: Harry Reid, John Murtha, Al Gore, Nancy Pelosi;
from the World of so-called Entertainment: Michael Moore, Sean Penn, Rosie O'Donnell, Janeane Garofalo;
from down the street: the damn idiot tourist who cut us off not once but twice, coming within inches of scrunching us and had the audacity to wave one-fingeredly. Back atcha, Bastard. And to your laughing Bitch, too.
After considerable thought, the award goes to an asshole in the Theater of Journalism: William Arkin
Mr. Arkin is a regular military affairs columnist for the Los Angeles Times, a commentator for MSNBC; a former Greenpeacenik, and a veteran of four years in the Army (1974 to 1978); many of his bylines from the past two decades described him as a "military intelligence analyst" during his service.
Alisa Wilson's response to the July 31, 2008, Wall Street Journal article titledWhere's the Outrage?
Really. I can tell you where the outrage is. The outrage is here, in this middle-aged, well-educated, upper-middle class woman. The outrage is here, but I have no representation, no voice. The outrage is here, but no one is listening for who am I?
I am not a billionaire like George Soros that can fund an entire political movement.
I am not a celebrity like Barbra Streisand that can garner the attention of the press to promote political candidates.
I am not a film maker like Michael Moore or Al Gore that can deliver misleading movies to the public.
The outrage is here, but unlike those with money or power, I don't know how to reach those who feel similarly in order to effect change.
Why am I outraged? I am outraged that my country, the United States of America, is in a state of moral and ethical decline.
There is no right or wrong anymore, just what's fair.