Saturday, January 27, 2018

"12 Strong" ~ The Story of The Horse Soldiers

From "12 Strong" ~ now playing in theatres
There's a movie out as of yesterday, "12 Strong," that depicts the story of the horse soldiers in Afghanistan following September 11, 2001. I wrote a post about these heroes in December 2011, and I'm definitely planning to see the film.

It doesn't happen often, but when it does,
I love being ahead of the wave. Thank you to all our military service men and women, past and present.

Statue honoring the Horse Soldiers - NYC

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

FULL: White House Press Briefing on President Trump Health Exam by Dr. R...

The White House media characters are unintentionally hilarious.

For almost one solid hour, they posed one repetitive, boring, tasteless question after another to the president's physician, the gist of each one being "Is he going to die soon?" The White House press corps is obviously unable and totally unwilling to accept the doctor's repeated pronouncement that President Donald Trump is "in excellent health." This unwelcome conclusion is the very essence of "bad news" for the left wing media. They seemed to really come unglued at the doctor's suggestion that the president is healthy enough to serve two terms.

Dr. Jackson was instructed by the president to answer any and all inquiries regarding his health. There were constant questions on whether or not President Trump suffers health issues from dementia, heart disease, obesity, high cholesterol, mental problems, and/or (my personal favorite) drug addiction. There was one particularly ridiculous question about his life expectancy (back to "is he going to die soon?"). I don't know how Dr. Jackson had the patience and good nature to entertain so many continuously stupid questions, but he did so very competently and with good grace. The press just wouldn't take "YES" for an answer to the question of President Trump's excellent health.

I watched all of the tedious, inadvertently funny press conference. It could have been ten minutes in length if all the repetition had been removed. It is highly amusing in a pathetic way that the reporters were desperate to find a "health loophole" that could take Trump out of the presidency. At the risk of being repetitive, I'll say it again--the press just wouldn't take "YES" for an answer to the question of President Trump's excellent health.

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Ten Random New Year Observations

1.  Influenza:
It's a very bad bug this year. Hospital beds and emergency rooms are overflowing, Tamiflu is scarce, and this year's highly promoted flu shot is about ten percent effective. Evidently we don't have everything figured out quite yet.

2.  Weather:
The "bomb cyclone" seems to have replaced the "polar vortex" as the meteorological catastrophe of the millennium. When I was a kid, we called it "a blizzard."

3.  Sports:
Now that no one in San Diego cares about the Chargers anymore, they are having a decent season. Unfortunately, no one in Los Angeles seems to care, either.

4.  Movies:
For the first time since I was thirteen years old, I'm going to skip the Academy Awards telecast. At the moment, I just can't take these people seriously.

5.  Television:
I'm hooked on Netflix's "The Crown;" "The Walking Dead" is getting far too silly; and after all this time I still love "Blue Bloods" and "NCIS."

6.  Books:
I"m reading about half a dozen of them right now. That's what happens when you own a Kindle, receive Book Bub email notices, and still long to hold hard copy books.

7.  Stock Market:
It's way up. That fact makes me happy and nervous simultaneously.

8.  Travel:
I remember when flying was considered a glamorous, enviable activity, a leisurely stretch of time to be pampered and waited upon. Today flying feels as special as being loaded into a standing cattle box car and feels about as comfortable.

9.  Politics:
Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. I don't know when about half of America stopped understanding that fact of life, but the past year has established that the losers don't get it.

10.  Life:
In the words of the great poet Robert Frost, "In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on."