RIP, Mr. West

Saturday, June 10th, 2017 12:28 pm
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Holy Bat-sadness!

RIP, Adam West

September 19, 1928 – June 10, 2017

JFK's Centennial

Monday, May 29th, 2017 09:03 am
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Today is JFK's 100th birthday. A good time to reflect on far we've come...and fallen.

The Kennedy Library is honoring the Centennial all year:



Warner Brothers' film PT 109 was unique in that its tale of a President's wartime heroics was released while the President was occupying the Oval Office. Released in 1963, JFK was still with us and had a say in casting Cliff Robertson as himself. He was wary of some teen idol getting the part! ;) A solid cast (Ty Hardin, James Gregory, and Robert Culp) back up Robertson in an inspiring tale of a man's leadership and refusal to give up in what appeared to be hopeless circumstances.

One telling scene late in the film shows a crewman apologizing for 'blowing his top' while things were looking grim and Lieutenant Kennedy assuring him that he wanted men around him who would speak their minds, which carried over into the White House. His brother Bobby was usually on the same page but spoke his mind when he thought JFK needed to hear it, and other close friends/staffers did the same. Imagine a President welcoming opposing views!



This movie will make your hair stand on end. We came close, very close. JFK had to fight his own generals throughout his Administration but never more than during the Cuban Missile Crisis. They wanted to strike at the missiles in Cuba or just go straight for Moscow. JFK did consider knocking out the missiles in Cuba but knew things would escalate, so did his best to find another way. He stared down into the nuclear abyss and got us out to the other side unscathed.



After this crisis, JFK worked to move toward a detente with Khrushchev, believing that the alternative of continued Cold War confrontations was far too dangerous to continue.

P.S. General Curtis LeMay (USAF) ("Those damned Kennedys!") was satirized in Dr. Strangelove (1964).

JFK's Centennial

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 09:25 am
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This month is the Centennial Birthday of John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29th).

We celebrate a man who:

Pushed for aid to the elderly (which was passed as Medicare after his death).

Supported the Civil Rights Movement (reluctant at first, he worried that Southern Democrats blocking his programs in Congress would be even more combative but once he decided to support the movement, he was all in, making the first speech about civil rights from the Oval Office (June 11, 1963) and welcoming Martin Luther King, Jr., and the March On Washington organizers to the White House after a successful event on August 28, 1963).

After staring down into the nuclear abyss during the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962, he began to work toward a detente between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R.

Oh, yeah, he saved the world from blowing up!

He gave a speech at American University on June 10, 1963, signaling his desire to start thawing relations with the Soviet Union.

He succeeded in pushing through the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty on August 5, 1963.

He quietly approved a NSAM memo (October 11, 1963) to withdraw American advisors from Vietnam to conclude by the end of 1965. Withdrawals began before his trip to Dallas. After his death, a subsequent NSAM memo reversed this policy. He gave an interview to Walter Cronkite on September 2, 1963 that said the Government would not withdraw, but no candidate for President in 1964 would ever admit otherwise. The memo showed his intent. During the interview, he also said that the war would have to be won by the Vietnamese. "It's their war." He wanted no part of American ground troops in Southeast Asia.

Constantly held off his own generals, who wanted to invade Cuba (Operation Northwoods was a plot to kill Americans and blame Cuba. JFK walked out of the meeting. Needless to say, he didn't approve the operation.). During the Cuban Missile Crisis, the generals wanted to attack the missile sites, very likely triggering a nuclear response from Russia. They also wanted to launch a pre-emptive strike against Moscow. JFK refused. The generals considered JFK 'soft on Communism'. Air Force General Curtis LeMay (satirized in Dr. Strangelove) despised JFK and his brother, too, openly voicing his contempt.

JFK did come to the Presidency as a Cold Warrior, but no candidate, either Democrat or Repuplican, could afford to be accused of being 'soft on Communism' in 1960. He gradually realized that it was too dangerous to continue the arms race, especially after the Cuban Missile Crisis.

He was a visionary who predicted we would send a man to the moon and bring him back safely before the decade was out. The first moon landing was July 20, 1969.

Some links:

https://www.jfklibrary.org/

http://jfkhyannismuseum.org/2017-jfk-100th-commemorative-birthday-year/

Happy Earth Day!!!

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 06:00 pm
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Happy Earth Day, everyone! :)
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Today is the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War I, the War To End All Wars. Ah, the naivete! But the Americans were desperately needed as the Europeans had been fighting for three years and the shell-shock cases were adding up.

And why wouldn't they be? As a soldier in World War I, trenchfoot was the least of your worries. You were stuck in a trench where you waited for the shell with your name on it, or you were ordered 'over-the-top' into No Man's Land, where you could expect to be cut down by the enemy's machine guns or shells.

You would experience the first tank warfare in modern war, and if an enemy soldier was lucky enough to survive No Man's Land, he could cook you with the first use of flamethrowers in war. But that wasn't even the worst of it! Mustard gas would sear your lungs and damage your skin, and other chemical weapons would just kill you instantly. A trench full of men would be dead in minutes after the first deadly clouds appeared.

All this for a few yards won and lost, and the reason for the war lost, too. The Americans saw their share of horrors, and the Meuse-Argonne was especially rigorous, a true baptism of fire. The Americans who survived the war went home with physical injuries and mental and emotional scars that contemporary medicine was ill-equipped to handle.

World War II was much more spread out over the globe and certainly had its share of horrors, but World War I is almost claustrophobic as conducted, and was a psychic shock as the Utopian optimism of the new century was irrevocably shattered on fields of nightmares.
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Just a little something I came across while doing some research on YouTube:



Remember, LBJ was possibly involved in another conspiracy, the Gulf of Tonkin Incidens. This fraudulent incident gave him the power (handed to him by a spooked Congress) to start sending thousands of combat troops to Vietnam.

BTW, a National Security Action Memo issued by JFK on October 11, 1963, approved of the withdrawal of 1,000 American military advisers by the end of 1963, with gradual complete withdrawal. Four days after his death, a new NSAM (273) approved that policy, with embedded policyspeak added that did signal a change on withdrawal.
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A Happy St. Patrick's Day to you all! :)

Might be going out tonight. The pubs and restaurants love St. Patty's falling on a Friday.

I was running a fever yesterday but it broke during the night. I'll be drinking lots of water today and maybe some ginger ale to settle my stomach.

Wearin' my green today. Green shirt with a shamrock pin.

Lovely day, bright and sunny! Enjoy! :)
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Interesting factoid: Four Presidents (3 future) were in Dallas on November 22, 1963.

JFK and LBJ.

Richard Nixon.

George H.W. Bush.

Wow, what are the odds?

Nixon had attended a conference of the Pepsi-Cola Company representing his law firm for the client. After his defeat for Governor of California in 1962 ("You won't have Dick Nixon to kick around anymore!") he had returned to private practice. He flew out of Love Field a few hours before Kennedy flew in.

Bush spoke to a meeting of the American Association of Oil Drilling Contractors at the Sheraton Hotel on the evening of November 21, 1963.

Both Nixon and Bush couldn't remember where they were when they heard the news of JFK's shooting, the only two adults of their generation with such memory problems. Nixon finally recalled where he was, but he told two different stories. Bush didn't remember for 30 years, and he said he was in Tyler, Texas, though Barbara Bush's own memoir contradicts him. He was also an active member of the CIA at the time.
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I FINISHED MY PRO NOVEL JUST A FEW MINUTES AGO!!!

It felt like I was working on it forever, and I don't know if it'll ever get published, and it needs a lot of revision, but I already have ideas for that. And it's DONE!!! Which means I can check off another accomplishment in life, LOL!

Just wanted to share! We don't get many pure moments of joy in this life, so yeah! :)
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Happy Valentine's Day, my friends! May your day be a joyous one. :)

Whoops, gotta go get some breakfast. I'll be going to the early showing of Lego Batman with some friends, and then we'll be visiting my sister as she recovers from surgery at home. Enjoy your day! Review to come. ;)

Imbolc

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 09:35 pm
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Hope all who celebrate had a good Imbolc today. :)

For everyone, Happy Groundhog Day! :)

I've been enjoying Super Bowl Week. Found out that Tom Brady's mother has been very ill for the last 18 months, just about the length of time he suffered through the witch hunt by the NFL. He got choked up talking about his hero, his father, during Media Night. He's very close to his parents and his older sisters. His parents go to every game, though this year the illness prevented that. When he first moved to Massachusetts to start his career, two of his sisters came from California to stay with him that first year with the Pats. :)

Got an invitation to a Super Bowl party at my sister's. We might get pizza or Subway sandwiches or BunnyGirl might cook. Up to her! :)

Well, going to turn in now. Zzzzzzz!!! :)
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The smoke wasn't even dissipated from the protests in Washington yet when the official White House website had taken down content on issues of civil rights, health care, and LGBTQ rights, but found space to shill Melania Trump's jewelry collection and mentioned it was available on QVC. It's now been edited to delete the QVC reference.

Will Trump and his inevitable ethics violations get him impeached? Unlikely. The Repubs are like the NFL: any violation committed by a team not named the New England Patriots will be ignored or given a light slap on the wrist. The Billionaire Boys Clubs, whether in politics or sports, takes care of their own. Soon Washington will be crawling with billionaires, no working folks allowed unless they serve the ruling class.

Shill, baby, shill!

How do you like the new term for lies: 'alternative facts'. These people are BRAZEN!!!

Trump is fond of saying legit news organizations are 'fake news': well, how about a fake Prez?

P.S. How do you like my Trump icon? Wild orange hair, big orange nose, talks gibberish when he opens his mouth!

January 20, 2017

Friday, January 20th, 2017 12:04 pm
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'Tis done.

God help us all.

Inauguration Stuff

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 05:38 pm
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Hi, all! As we approach the Inauguration (*shudders*), I thought I'd post these YouTube videos for comparison purposes. If JFK isn't your guy, I'm sure you can find plenty of Inaugural speeches and pageantry for other Presidents, but if you stick with me, here are some random thoughts:



This shows JFK's speech of thanks to Frank Sinatra for putting together this Inaugural Gala, and it was mentioned that some Broadway shows had to shut down temporarily as the plays' stars were all in Washington! I'm just guessing that there won't be the same amount of A-listers at Trump's Gala.



This speech is Cold War-heavy, but JFK came to office a committed Cold Warrior. He began to move away from that position, however, especially after staring down into the abyss of the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. After that he pushed hard for a Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (signed by him in 1963), better communications between him and Khrushchev (the infamous Hot Line), and efforts to lay the foundation for detente between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. His speech in June of 1963 at American University emphasized that peace should not be a Pax Americana, but a global peace. He also had quietly committed to pulling the American advisors out of Vietnam, keeping it on the downlow because he had to get re-elected in 1964, but he thought it was crazy talk to commit U.S. ground troops there. He publicly called it Vietnam's war to win.

Anyway, the Inaugural Speech itself is delivered forcefully and with eloquence. Think of that as you listen to Trump hem and haw and probably attack his critics in his speech. I don't know how this guy is going to last in office. Presidents are criticized for what they eat for breakfast. Thin skins don't last long in the Oval Office.



Finally, a short piece by Movietone News (still going strong in 1961!), that gives an overview of the day. It was a brilliant day, cold and clear, and as anyone in snow country knows, the sky is incredibly blue and the air sharp and clean on a day after a major snowstorm. So began the American Camelot, glittering like diamonds. :)

Stop!

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016 09:30 pm
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Okay, Universe, please stop! Debbie Reynolds has passed away a day after her daughter. :(

Debbie Reynolds

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016 07:39 pm
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When ir rains, it pours! Carrie Fisher's mother, Debbie Reynolds, was rushed to the hospital with a possible stroke. :(
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RTP, Carrie.

Your portrayal of Princess Leia will never be forgotten.

October 21, 1956 – December 27, 2016

Merry Yule!!!

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016 01:22 pm
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Ah, 'tis the Week-Before-Christmas-Week. My sister is on vacation for nearly two weeks and she's loving every minute of it! Hope you are all enjoying the holidays.

A Merry Yule to all who celebrate! It's the shortest day and longest night of the year. Stay warm, luvs! :)

RIP, John Glenn

Thursday, December 8th, 2016 06:37 pm
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Godspeed, John Glenn

July 18, 1921-December 8, 2016

https://www.yahoo.com/news/former-astronaut-us-sen-john-glenn-ohio-died-203210458.html

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