bradygirl_12: (jfk (flag))
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. :)
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THANK YOU to the anonymous donor who gifted me with all my extra userpics!!! *dances*

Thanks to all of you who listened to my moping and moaning about losing them. I know it's a small thing, and some might think it's stoopid, but we all have our quirks and this is one of mine. *hugs icons tight* I was pretty bummed with the loss of so many icons, particularly a bunch of Steve/Diana and Bruce/Dick lovelies, but so many more!

I TOTALLY appreciate this! What a great thing to cheer up a bleh Monday, though I admit a snowstorm the day after the first day of spring is pretty funny and very typical of New England! :)

I might even be inspired to do a little more fanficcing! :)

My f-list is THE BEST!!!

Ugh!

Jan. 3rd, 2014 10:39 am
bradygirl_12: (Snow (Trees))
Well, that's just peachy. I come in from shoveling a foot of snow and my inbox has the cute little message that my LJ icons are expiring on the 13th. Just the cherry on top of my sundae! I can't even watch freakin' Youtube on this computer with the dial-up and no sound, and I can't afford cable so who knows if I'll ever see Arrow again because I've lost the CW because of signal problems, and now my freakin' icons are going! Great, just great! Fun way to start the New Year! If I could renew them I would but can't because of reasons I won't go into here, but I'm tired and bitchy and I'm ready to cry and I can't do this right now. I'm out!
bradygirl_12: (witch (sexy))
Hi, luvs! I have to drag my shovel out and put it by the back door for our first big nor'easter of the season! We're in the path of 7-10 inches starting tomorrow and into Sunday BEFORE Halloween! Looks like the kinder will have to navigate around snow drifts for trick-or-treating. *rolls eyes*

A big THANK YOU to [livejournal.com profile] hpstrangelove, [livejournal.com profile] jlvsclrk, and [livejournal.com profile] whipsy for my cute Blue Spiders! You guys rock! :)

Busy today posting my [livejournal.com profile] smallvillebbang fic. Bleeding Kansas has been unveiled! ;)

All hyped up for Pats vs. Steelers this Sunday at 4:15!

Checklist

Apr. 13th, 2007 11:48 pm
bradygirl_12: (tom brady hand)
Checklist for the Nor'easter heading our way for April 16th:

1. Shovel by back door.

2. Scraper and shovel in car.

3. Boots on porch.

4. Run out and get the mail tomorrow.

5. Get non-perishable groceries.

6. Check to see if have candles, flashlight, and batteries.

7. Quilt on couch, book and notebook on table next to couch, TV remote on top of book.

8. Chuckles at Red Sox being snowed out instead of rained out on Monday, hopes Marathon won't be cancelled, wonders if re-enactors will wear longjohns at Lexington and Concord. If it snowed back in 1775, would we be speaking English today...oh, wait... ;)

9. Wonder at no snow before first day of spring, now have had two major storms and a third one on the way after first day of spring.

10. Laughs at cosmic irony. :)

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