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1. Sen. Lindsey Graham Flip-Flop.. And Other Culprits
One of my greater peeves about Congressional GOP’s is how many of them openly were (very) critical of candidate Trump’s whacked behavior. Then Trump wins… and the reversal of those criticisms went by those same GOP members quicker than a North Korean missile goes up (or down). Graham was just recently called out on having done just that. Ryan, and the rest have reversed their abhorrence of Trump; McCain has gotten a little more mellow.. but he stills hit away at Trump. Ballsy Flake wrote a damn book about Trump’s nonsense. Good man.
2. Still Moore, A Lot Less… But Kimmel?
So it seems The Jimmy Kimmel Live Show producers sent someone to crash a recent Roy Moore event in Alabama.
Reported by Slate.com…
Jimmy Kimmel’s Twitter war with Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore is heating up. It all started when Jimmy Kimmel Live sent Jake Byrd, a fictional character who has appeared on the show before, to crash Moore’s speech at the Magnolia Springs Baptist Church, posing as a fake fan. “Does that look like the face of a child molester?” heckled Byrd in mock-support, before being escorted from the premises.
The following is from Kimmel’s monologue…
“If you’re open to it, when we sit down, I’ll share with you what I learned at my church. At my church, forcing yourself on underage girls is a no-no. Some even consider it to be a sin. Not that you did that, of course. Allegedly. But when you commit a sin at our church, we’re encouraged to confess and ask forgiveness for the sin. Not to call the women you allegedly victimized liars and damage them even more. But maybe your church is different. Let’s figure it out together.”
“Or maybe when you say, “Come down to Alabama and we’ll do it man to man,” that means you’re challenging me to a fight, which is kind of what it sounds like. And if you are, I accept, by the way. There is no one I would rather fight than you. I would put my Christian values aside just for you and for that fight. Here’s what we’ll do, we’ll find a place to do it, I’ll wear a Girl Scout uniform so you have something to get excited about, and the winner will give all the money we charge for tickets to charity. My charity will be the women who say you molested them.”
And the beat goes on.
3. The Flynn-Flam Man
By now it’s old news (which is anything five minutes old or older these days) about Flynn pleading guilty to lying to the Feds. Progress I suppose. Here’s my prediction… if Flynn’s deal reveals any implication with members of the Trump family or close associates.. or even Trump himself, I think El Presidente will pardon everyone, including himself, except Flynn. He will let Flynn be the public scapegoat for prison time to deflect criticism about his pardons. But really.. who cares. Trump’s days as president are obviously numbered. In fact, Trump should consider himself president pro tempore.
4. A Soldier, Once Known Only To God, Returns
WEST PALM BEACH, FL – NOVEMBER 10: Lewis Sowell Jr. the nephew of U.S. Army Sergeant Richard ‘Tiny’ Sowell holds a folded American flag plus the shell casing from the twenty-one gun salute as his uncles remains are buried at Woodlawn Cemetery on November 10, 2017 in West Palm Beach, Florida. Mr. Sowell was killed in July 1944 when a Japanese mortar hit him during the battle for the Japanese island of Saipan. He had been buried as an unknown soldier in Hawaii until last year when a DNA match from a family member identified him. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
The above reminded me of this personal story. About three years ago I was working as a security guard in Vegas I had a friendly business association with a younger male employee (in his late 20’s) who hailed from Guam. Because of our close proximity given my assigned post and his retail responsibility in the jewelry department we often had many conversations about a wide variety of subjects. Obviously being a student of history, notably WWII, he was able to share the stories passed down to him from older family members about the Japanese occupation and subsequent battle for liberation of the island by U.S. Marines. He talked about playing on the old abandoned Japanese artillery pieces as a kid and exploring old caves. Having an interest in artifacts I asked if he had stumbled across anything of interest.. likely old expended bullet shells or artillery shells. He said over the decades since the war a lot of that was scavenged by the local populace for its metal value as scrap so there wasn’t much of it remaining on the surface. But he did say he found something of some interest. One day while playing down by some creek he noticed what looked like to be a small diameter pipe protruding up from the ground. Digging it out he discovered he had found a heavily rust-encrusted remains of Tommy-gun.. a .45 cal. Thompson sub-machine gun, commonly used in the day by the Marine Corps. While a novel find even by local standards he just gave it to his dad and it’s apparently still in his family’s possession.
Strangely as he was telling me this story as we were watching customers come and go I literally found myself fighting off a surge of emotion leading to my eyes tearing up. There was no way he could understand my sudden emotion.. and in fact, I found it strange in my own response given the events that happened on that island was 70 years back, I was not even born, and it was not the conflict of my generation. Yet my mind wandered. A U.S. marine once held that weapon. The fact that it was separated from its owner heavily suggests the G.I. was killed while carrying it; the last time it was held was in combat (no.. not likely it was just dropped there). If the rust were to be carefully scraped away you could check the magazine… how many rounds were left? Was there a round in the chamber? (suggesting he might have gotten killed while fighting) Was it empty; the magazine empty? (suggesting he was out of ammunition when he was killed). Generally it’s relatively easy to check the serial number of a weapon to determine who it was issued to, if not just to the unit level. Then I started to imagine… golly… if they were able to determine who was issued the weapon, and that person was listed as a KIA or even a MIA.. then would the surviving family find value in having it?
I told my young associate as a bit of a reflective reality check, that when he pulled that weapon out of the ground that it was the first time someone had held that weapon since the Marine on that day in 1944. If I were there that day the weapon was discovered by my young friend I’d have searched around for the expended bullet casings to further identify the possible struggle at the location; a bit of battlefield forensics. My mind was immediately sent to the scene depicted in the movie Windtalkers with Nick Cage.. the opening battle scene showing the futility of their situation as the Japs attacked from all sides (and the fact that Cage was also carrying a Thompson in the movie).
Well, I think my work buddy acknowledged what I was saying as being the result of fate.. but likely found little to identify with regarding my feelings about it. Gotta appreciate history to give a damn about the people who lived it.