Category Archives: Traditions

A Crimson Tide Thanksgiving



I could talk about news and politics, but the reality is that nothing is gonna change, it’s the Holidays. Plus, I am still waiting for the “Distraction” story to hit…

SEGMENT – MY FAVORITE HOLIDAYS (00:00)

For much of my life, I never really got the chance to enjoy the Holidays. When you get a chance to help someone less fortunate, it feels good. When it’s your job, year in and year out, it gets… well… it can’t help but jade you. Even the worst year ever for me I thought I’d found a chance to set things right, but even that left me… well… jaded… It’s why I try to enjoy the Holidays as much as I can. I do stuff, go places, see things and visit people. All the corny stuff that we see in commercials. What I don’t do is spend a lot of money, but I would if I could.

Oh, and I have five programs that I watch every year, starting this week with the greatest Thanksgiving moment in the history of Television…


SEGMENT – CRIMSON TIDE (39:00)

Recent news reports have indicated that the leading US General, with responsibility for nuclear weapons, has made it clear to President Trump that he will “defy to carry out an illegal nuclear strike,” presumably ordered by President Trump.

Now, there’s a couple of things here. First of all, OF COURSE HE WOULD DEFY AN ILLEGAL ORDER! Sorry for yelling.

What isn’t discussed in the article, and as far as I can see what the General did not even hint about, is how come HE (the General) gets to decide if it’s an illegal order or not? Did you get that? I want you to THINK about it for a minute. If a General today can decide what’s legal and not, how come the Generals couldn’t do that, say, six, sixteen or even twenty years ago? Or… could they?

Or is the General answering a question he thinks the reporter is asking but really the reporter is writing a story about an answer he thinks is about something the General never said or meant? Huh?

Back in the early 1990’s there came a Hollywood version of this same scenario, which, naturally, glorified the bucking of the system and emphasized the evils of the system. But it was also Hollywood and made for one of the worst films ever from the standpoint of accuracy and plot. It did, however, have an awesome soundtrack.

So what should you consider when you read about this General who says he would “defy” Trumps “illegal” nuclear strike order? Is it as simple as the President is insane and we shouldn’t obey him? Or is there a bit more at work here?


Advertisements

Dave’s Holiday Viewing

(Reblogged from AndDeforestKelly.com)

My traditional Christmas TV Show viewing. These are the shows that I MUST watch every year before it’s really the Holiday season for me… 

It’s a Bundyful Life – Married with Children

married-with-children-its-a-bundyful-life-14A Bundy take on It’s a Wonderful Life, Al wishes he’d never been born and Sam Kenison shows up as his fallen guardian angel to show him how much happier Peg, Kelly and Bud would be without him. When the Angel pinches Pegs butt, she can’t stop from laughing even as Jablonski tries to squeeze it out of her. Ultimately the angel “can’t think of one darn reason” while Al would want to live, which is of course, why he wants to – so Peg, Kelly and Bud don’t get to be happy. Read the rest of this entry

The Hurricane Express

As I recall, it was 1975, and the entire family had gathered in Denver for what would turn out to be, the last ever Christmas with Grandma.

We Grandkids didn’t know that, of course, although I suspect that our parents did which was probably why they somewhat unusually seemed to give in to our crazy antics and give us  bit more leeway than would normally have been the case. I had never seen Johnny Carson before, but each night at 10pm (it was Mountain Standard time) we watched it and it was a hoot. But following the Tonight Show came a late night black and white serial featuring none other than John Wayne, The Hurricane Express.

The Hurricane Express was, of course, the first talkie featuring Wayne, and it was – in its day – a very serious adventure romp, complete with a villain, a flapper, Tommy Guns and an actual plot that involved somebody called “The Wrecker” who was wrecking (get it?) Trains. A roaring thriller in twelve parts if there ever was one.

Read the rest of this entry

%d bloggers like this: