Our nation needs you now.
Walter Cronkite, where are you?
CBS, you should be ashamed.
Our nation needs you now.
Walter Cronkite, where are you?
CBS, you should be ashamed.
Two tall trees, a birch and a beech, are growing in the woods. A small tree begins to grow between them and the beech says to the birch, “Is that a son of a beech or a son of a birch?”
The birch says he cannot tell, but just then a woodpecker lands on the sapling.
The birch says, “Woodpecker, you are a tree expert. Can you tell if that is a son of a beech or a son of a birch?”
The woodpecker takes a taste of the small tree and replies, “It is neither a son of a beech nor a son of a birch. It is, however, the best piece of ash I have ever poked my pecker into.”
Who says you can’t have a good joke these days without a bad word?
From a buddy…
Judge for yourself. I’m not saying if someone gets the Wuhan Virus it’s OK because it’s not …. but still, tremendous conflict between what FakeNews report versus what citizens video for themselves.
World War II started for America about 80 years ago.
December 7th, 1941 while Democrat FDR was president.
It was war, pure and simple.
Almost the whole nation was behind FDR (although behind the scenes, he did have influence on it starting). “FakeNews” was also in a full speed mode, under-reporting battle losses and issuing propaganda by the boatload. However, FakeNews was not undermining FDR – it was supporting FDR.
As a sample of how much America was into beating our enemies, several MAJOR movie stars enlisted into the Armed Forces; several were in combat. Point is, they demonstrated they were behind the war effort and FDR – well, for the most part. At least they didn’t bad mouth the president on the stage, radio or TV. Oh, wait a minute. They didn’t have TV.
I wrote of Jimmy Stewart earlier. He is a humble hero in my book. He piloted B-24 Liberators over Europe, enduring what seemed to have lasted years piloting his bomber through Nazi flak. As with all others in combat, he eventually suffered from what they called “combat fatigue” back then.
He put his life on the line and was a true hero in my book.
Clark Gable did enlist at the ripe old age of 41 against FDR’s wishes; however, he didn’t have much interest in politics but his wife Carole Lombard did. She adored FDR. After meeting her untimely death in a plane crash while on a War Bond Tour in 1942, folks say Gable enlisted to cope with her death. Some people close to him say it was a death wish.
While pushed towards a desk job producing war films, he bucked the orders and actually flew in five combat missions. Believe me, there were no “milk runs” over Europe during WWII. He suffered frostbite on his first combat mission (above) and narrowly avoided death in another mission.
Renowned band leader Glenn Miller also enlisted at the ripe age of 38. He was rejected by the US Navy but the US Army gladly took him in. He was at the peak of his career. He was to entertain the troops for morale purposes, a very much needed thing.
On December 15, 1944, he took off from the RAF base at Clapham, England headed for Paris to conduct a performance by his band. His small plane, a Norseman, never made it. It disappeared and remains undiscovered to this day. It was ironic his death was not through enemy action, proving the point made many times there were no milk runs during WWII.
There were many, many others who served but it was before they were Hollywood stars: Lee Marvin, Charles Bronson, Martha Raye, Eddie Albert, Pierre Jaubert, etc.
In Hollywood today, many of the most “popular” stars are in “action” movies (e.g., war) or as comic characters brought to the big screen. Some even portray US Army soldiers. Purely fictional, of course, but the point remains they were trying to portray men facing the ultimate sacrifice for the sake of America.
They made megabucks… and I mean, MEGABUCKS.
Here’s a few:
Tom Hanks and Matt Damon:
Chris Evans as “Captain America” in the wildly popular Marvel Avenger series:
Scarlett Johansson as “Black Widow” in yet another Marvel Avenger series:
And of course, Brad Pitt in “Fury”:
And let’s not mention Robert DeNiro.
But the point I am trying to make is… We are in an unprecedented war right now. We just cannot see the enemy. It is a virus released by accident (or whatever) in Wuhan, China.(1)
Just like Pearl Harbor, the attack came from overseas. (There is one distinction: FDR manipulated the Japanese into a corner and left the 7th Fleet out in Pearl Harbor defenseless. ) This Wuhan Virus invasion erupted through no fault of the President of the United States. He surely didn’t manipulate it into occurring. (2)
Sadly, unlike WWII, only a FEW Hollywood notables are contributing to the war effort. None of them are listed above. The vast majority are trying to undermine the President’s and country’s NATIONAL efforts to quell the spread of the Wuhan virus.
They should use their “celebrity status” to ENCOURAGE their fans to follow the President’s “stay home” and “social distancing” directives – like Samuel L. Jackson did only recently (Caution: bad language):
That’s the LEAST they can do… Be like Carole Lombard in real life and support our efforts but they AREN’T or WON’T because of political beliefs. They are more scared of backlash or being “blacklisted” if they are even photographed next to our President. The Great Hollywood Generation of WWII sacrificed everything to win.
The Hollyweird of today will openly support abortion or supposed environmental shit or hold up even a severed head on Instagram – but cower due to social media ramifications when the country calls on them to support the President’s call to duty.
Even Tom Hanks, whose PR machine disclosed he was infected with “COVID-19” has not made any notable effort to encourage his fans to stay home. WTF? He portrayed a captain in the US Army on D-Day! He should use his PR machine to broadcast a video over and over and encourage his fans to stay home or practice social distancing. To stop hoarding, for God’s sake. Same for “Captain America”, “Black Widow” and “Private Ryan” actors.
However, like WWII, FakeNews is also here – but are reporting mis-truths to attack or take down our President. WHAT ARE THEY THINKING?? Don’t they want America – US – back on our feet? CNN mocked the President when he instituted a travel ban from China, for example.
Don’t get me wrong: I do NOT know how truly overloaded our ER’s are with “COVID-19” patients due to the plethora of FakeNews. I feel like my Aunt Eiko did in Tokyo during WWII when Japanese FakeNews was telling her Japan was winning the war when B-29s started flying overhead. I have seen privately taken videos of ER’s with “normal” patient loads – broken limbs, heart attack victims, etc., which contradict the hysteria being reported by FakeNews due to the President’s supposed “improper and insufficient actions”.
As another example of false reporting, per allsides.com:
“CBS This Morning” discussed Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s allegation that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) only gave the state 400 ventilators when they needed 30,000.
The network aired footage of a crowded hospital room with the implication, based on what was being reported, that it was taken at a hospital in New York. However, this hospital was seen in footage during a Sky News segment on Italian hospitals and the novel coronavirus crisis that aired on March 22.”
In another example to undermine the President’s efforts and create more panic or despair, CNN’s Rachel Maddow per the Daily Mail reported on air:
“MSNBC star Rachel Maddow is slammed for peddling ‘fake news’ after she claimed 10 days ago the hospital ships Mercy and Comfort would not be in LA and NY for weeks and called Trump’s promise they would arrive ‘nonsense’
I am sorry but that is NOT news reporting. (3)
It is OPINION reporting, fueled by disdain for the President.
Our celebrities – revered by so many – must get on the bandwagon to curb the spread of this potentially fatal illness… I am not talking about giving money to those in despair. That’s only a smsll group. Get out in front of the public via whatever social app and tell them to stay home! FakeNews must swallow their pride and become TrueNews… for America’s sake.
Both of you, support our President like you did in WWII.
We are at war with an invisible invasion.
Help us WIN.
(1) Key people in China involved in detecting the virus have since disappeared. People against the State do disappear, you know.
(2) It is my belief that the way China has attempted to cover up or play down the tragic results of the infection tells me it leaked out if a bioweapons laboratory in Wuhan. If so, dire ramificatons for Xi and his military. Why else would they keep reporting untrue results or results that just conflict??
(3) If you go to Google’s or Yahoo News feed, notice what they show: news from CNN (remember Maddow), CBS (remember they showed an Italian ER leading us to believe it was a NYC ER), NYT, etc. You rarely see anything from FOX or better yet, OANN – unless it suits their agenda.
Today is National Vietnam Veterans Day.
It is a day to thank them and be grateful to them for doing their duty.
Honor them… today and always.
I’m a senior citizen.
I have significant health issues.
I’ve caught a bazillion colds and flus. If I catch ANY flu NOW, my recovery will be long or even serious. That is life.
This god dang hysteria generated by media streams, unfounded social media posts and a certain political party (you pick) is only doing politicians good.
It is NOT doing America good. Not at all.
In fact, I call it PROPAGANDA. Remember this?
…and the hysteria and panic buying spurred by these freakin’ media outlets only serve to hurt the most needy – our elderly. These hoarding morons – healthy younger morons – even fought each other for toilet paper. They must be planning to blow their noses with it instead of wiping their a$$es.
Wake up, America.
I will shut up now.
ps Any comment criticizing our leadership – alluding to racism, perceived inaction or the like – will be ignored if not deleted. It will be deemed not factual.
While the horrific battle for Iwo Jima was still raging, the first large scale firebombing attack also took place 75 years ago today under orders from General Curtis LeMay. The target was Tokyo.
While my aunt featured in my story below passed away late last year, you can read about her memories of that night as well as that of the son (and friend) of a B-29 captain who actually flew firebombing missions over Japan.