We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Tomorrow is Veterans Day. For most, a day off from work and sales at shops is all that Veterans Day means. However, for those who served and those who care about those who served, aside from a few moments of contemplation, I heartily recommend going to the movie theater to see on the big screen the film Midway. I wasn't a pilot or sailor, preferring to keep my feet on the ground. The movie is entirely factual. The spectacular filming and bravery literally had me gripping my knees at some points.
I went yesterday afternoon, my younger son going into another theater at the multiplex. My theater showing Midway was fully packed. His theater, showing Joker, was one-quarter full. So, apparently many care. The ages and genders were mixed in my theater. IMHO, Midway is one of the top five war films ever made. The audience stood and clapped at the end. A stranger, the 40s-aged woman sitting next to me said, you men have incredible guts to go to war. Outside the theater was a middle age couple with his father, age 96, a WWII pilot of the same planes in the Pacific that won the battle of Midway, the battle that turned the war in the Pacific. He took some time to chat and added to the chills in my spine.
At Rotten Tomatoes, yesterday, of course the effete critics gave it a grade in the low twenties. The audiences gave it a 91%. Perhaps reacting/catering to the overwhelming support by audiences, today the critics are up to 41%, the audiences to 92%. I think you know who actually serves and cares.
Have recently been reading Jame Michener's book "Tales of the South Pacific". Had not realized until I read the book just how close the war came to Australia and New Zealand. He talks about a Kiwi who was on this rather remote outpost and his reaction to the battle at Midway. The Kiwi's comments about how New Zealand was trying to mobilize against the very present japanese threat was enlightening.
I'm taking my kids 9, 11. The 11 year old already saw the older midway movie on TV. He's fascinated by the events and because George Gay was a flight instructor for my dad in early 60's. Dad said the students knew he was involved in "something big during the war", but didn't know exactly what until the original Midway movie came out in 1980 or so.
I saw the movie over the weekend and remembered George Gay from the first movie floating in the Pacific watching the battle unfold after losing his plane to enemy fire. They didn’t mention him in the newest movie but he was his squadron’s only survivor when the battle ended.
Last time I checked, soldiers were paid employees; with a good salary and a great pension. Is that "serving"? To me, it sounds like a regular job. But wait! Isn't being a soldier dangerous? Actually, you have better odds of getting hurt if you're a roofer.
But don't soldiers love America more than other people? No, they don't. Many soldiers harbor a great deal of resentment against America. Most people don't realize how political black and female soldiers really are. They hate this country, and they want to take it apart. And we're paying them to destroy us.
So now let's talk about "caring." There is no group of people who care less than soldiers. They sit around all day, and then grudgingly do what they are told. They love to watch porn, screw, complain, and drink. They couldn't care less about anything. Serving and Caring would require that the military actually stands for something. But it doesn't. Those soldiers are nothing but hollow men.
Don't believe me? Fine. Then ask any Officer what he thinks about Homosexuals. He won't answer you. He can't.