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Friday, August 30. 2013
This is both scary and an outrage: This Just Doesn't Fly: Some Airline Pilots Barely Make Living Wage
Some of these beginner pilots are making $19/hr. Window washers make more than that in some areas of the country.
This whole thing with
+1 for Dylan Thomas reference.
The post is on The Washington Times site, and although they didn't mention themselves in the article, the above illustrates they're not jumping on board either.
Say, speaking of gender-based issues, it appears one of those "black" guys you read about named something like Marty Louie King has been in the news lately. He apparently made some famous speech about "I'll have an ice cream", which I'm sure was appreciated by dairy manufacturers throughout the country. If I'm reading this right, he was actually the founder of the Democratic Party.
At least, it seems that way: King Followers Now Back a Multitude of Rights from Gays to Women to Animals
People have been writing articles recently on "What Dr. King would think if he were alive today". I think my answer would be, he'd throw up.
Sadly, though, like we have our anti-America rebels down here, they, too, have the same type of degenerates allowed to speak out due to that silly 'freedom of speech' business, like this treasonous subversive: The Real Legacy of 1812? It Never Happened Again
Well, better luck next time, Kanaday.
Say, speaking of loons and Loonies: The Environmental Movement Has Been Taken Over By Eco-Loons With A CO2 Fetish
I say, just outlaw CO2 altogether!
Baseball fans will appreciate this: Vin Scully Will Return for 65th Year Calling Dodgers Games in 2014
I mention him briefly in my baseball post.
Finally, on a fun, upbeat note, were you aware a million Muslims are going to march on Washington to celebrate 9/11 and complain about how bitterly and angrily they're treated (oh, and don't forget "constantly spat upon") here in America?
Well, as a means of showing their support for this noble cause, my buddies Jimbo and Shorty and the rest of the boys have offered to pitch in.
Fun for the whole family!
Say, I have a rather delicate question for you guys:
How many push-ups can you do?
And I don't mean those tough chin-has-to-touch-the-ground military type; more like 'camp style' push-ups, where you go down most ways then back up.
How about 25?
And you're not even breathing hard?
The point, of course, is that it's one thing to sit there in your elite ivory tower, claiming how America should get off its collective butt and start exercising and eating better...
...but you can't fake push-ups.
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To be completely honest, I expected Michelle to do about 3 and fall flat on her face. So your point was well made. This isn't somebody who just talks the talk.
And I presume the D.C. cops will keep the two groups far apart, but it'll certainly be interesting if they don't. Talk about 'culture clash'!
"I'll have an ice cream"
I almost wet myself. :-)
I agree on both points, Kath. Doc's "ice cream" quote was hilarious, and I gave Michelle about 2 push-ups before she collapsed, exhausted. I just tried and got to 7 before getting all wobbly, so my hat's off to her.
And I'd never heard of the Kanadayans and their War of 1812 thing, Doc. I bet HE'S not Mr. Popular around town!
" I just tried and got to 7 before-"
I'm too embarrassed to even try. :)
I have a biker buddy who might be going up there for 9/11. If he does, I'll have him email me the scoop and will pass it along.
I did a lengthy college paper on Dr. King and have been following the 50th anniversary with interest. I agree completely with what you said. Dr. King would be appalled, not only by how blacks have regressed in recent years, but how various factions have usurped his cause. Seriously, animals rights?
Animal Rights: Animals have the right to be tasty.
Gosh, this may even be better than Whodunnit?..... May have to add extra butter when both groups 'mingle'.
Its almost a dream ticket - Hells Angels\ Harley Riders vs. teh Mooselums.... Kinda like bringing Sturgis to DC - maybe do some other pest riddance at the same time....
No Hollyweird script writer could craft something this poetic...
Omitted 'adding more butter for the popcorn' - Orville will not be pleased....
Re Vin Scully:
Glad to see him come back. I am told he will die behind the microphone.
Think about it. The major leagues as we know them date to 1900, so this would be the 114th season. Scully has been there for 64 of them. That boggles my feeble mind.
What a grand living link to Baseball's past.
Did you see "For Love Of The Game"? Having the aging hurler on the mound and the aging Vin Scully in the booth was almost eerie. Except for all the romantic dribble, it was a great movie.
In other news, thanks for the link to that "giant markers for airplanes" article the other day. Just skimmed it so far, but looks post-worthy. As for the Asiana crash and the answer your other link (landing at SFO vid) might have provided, look for it on Tuesday or so.
Yes. I did see the movie, Doc. It was good.
I did like Scully's performance. Agree there was way too much romantic drivel (but women are an important movie demographic so I understand).
It would be nice if they created a 'man's version' for the video market with most of the romantic stuff edited out. Of course then it might be only 30 minutes long.
Another one of that ilk is Mel Gibson's "We Were Soldiers". We'd have 20 minutes of tough, grueling fighting -- then suddenly it was back home TO SEE HOW THE WIVES WERE DOING! Fighting, wives, fighting, wives, throughout the whole thing.
"Nurse! The video snippers, please!"
"Right away, Doctor!" Slap!
But my all-time pet fantasy is to take "Pulp Fiction", rearrange everything in chronological order, do a really careful job with the edits so it sounds perfect, then post it somewhere as the 'Director's Track'. Heh.
My particular pet peeve in Hollywood inserting the 'woman angle' is in the 1970s movie, Midway.
It's a great docudrama of the WWII battle, even if some of the combat scenes were ripped off from Tora! Tora! Tora! However they just HAD to have a young American fighter pilot involved with a Japanese-American girl. The dawn of the PC age I guess. Anyway, the romance had nothing to do with the battle and therefore had no place in a film like that. It just slowed the movie down.
There are obviously countless other examples but, Midway always stands out in my mind as a particularly egregious example of Hollywood pandering to the female demographic.
That's interesting. I haven't seen the movie in decades, but a half-memory recalls them stealing those scenes from "Tora! Tora! Tora!".
I saw the 'female angle' raised in a movie just last night. Some producer finishes reading the script and immediately says something like, "Yeah, but we need a love interest."
They don't call Hollywood 'formulaic' for nuttin'.
re: Vin Scully
that brings back some of my earliest memories, with my dad, listening to Vin and broadcast partner Jerry Doggett on a portable radio, old enough to have the civil defense frequencies marked on the band.
Vin works alone in the booth, so there's an intimate connection with his listening audience.
X Files creator and Dodger fan Chris Carter named characters (Dana) Scully and (John) Doggett after Vin and Jerry.
epv - You'd have to be a little clearer. Do you mean content or format? If content, well, I'm not into that whole depressing "America Is Fucked" meme that BD, Barrie and NJ are so hooked on. If format, well, not much that can be done about that. If I had to do them like BD does, I'd simply turn down his request for the help. Bruce did the vacation links for a few years and he also liked the long format. This is supposed to be a blog site, not a links site like Drudge or RealClearPolitics.
Heh.... My Harley buddy just pinged me - Sturgis comes to DC!!!!
Great minds think alike