Monthly Archives: September 2013

September 30, 2013

Flying Sails – The Gothard Sisters

“The man that hath no music in himself, Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils.” William Shakespeare


U.S. to teach Mexicans to game American system

Feds plan to spend $100,000 to help give away more money.

It’s an expenditure of only $100,000 – mere pocket change in the vast labyrinth of federal spending – but the funds are for the creation of a manual to teach people how to get more money from the U.S. government.

And the recipients aren’t even citizens of the United States.

The U.S. Trade & Development Agency, an independent White House agency, is laying the foundation for the government of Mexico to infuse hundreds of billions of dollars into modernizing its roads, bridges and other critical infrastructure.

While it remains to be seen how much direct financial assistance the U.S. will provide, even the looming threat of a government shutdown has failed to curb President Obama’s plan to cut U.S. Treasury checks for the Mexican endeavor.

The industry-crafted report likewise will serve as a corporate-welfare roadmap for U.S. businesses seeking future contracts awarded under the massive project, according to a USTDA planning document that WND located via routine database research.

USTDA is enlisting the help of a contractor to carry out this “definitional mission,” or DM, to create what it tentatively titles a “Resource Guide for U.S. Industry on Priority Infrastructure Projects.”

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September 29, 2013

Complete Classic Movie: Rails Into Laramie (1954)

Stars: John Payne, Mari Blanchard, Dan Duryea. A railroad sends an agent to Laramie to try to find out who is behind the efforts to stop the railroad from building its line into the area.


Lobby Cards: Column South (1953)

Stars: Audie Murphy, Joan Evans, Robert Sterling. As Lt. Jed Sayre struggles to prevent pre-Civil War tensions and a racist commanding officer from triggering war between the U.S. Cavalry and Navajo Indians, he finds his efforts are being undermined by the machinations of Confederate sympathizers.


Video: Leaning Right? Far-right parties on rise in Europe as Austria votes

Greece is not the only country where far-right parties are gaining support. Polls suggest that all across European Union right-wing support is growing rapidly. RT’s Peter Oliver reports from Austria, where right leaning parties are expected to do well in today’s parliamentary elections.


John Ford: Dreaming The Quiet Man – Trailer

There are cinematic milestones that have left a marked impression on the landscapes in which they were filmed. John Ford’s take on his idealized vision of Ireland, ‘The Quiet Man’, is one such film. When it was released ‘The Quiet Man’ became a monster hit all across the world and won Oscars for Best Director and Best Cinematography. Its impact went way beyond the Irish Diaspora and it has resonated with international audiences for over 50 years now. This documentary delves into the psyche of John Ford and his twenty year struggle to bring his homage to his parents homeland to the screen.


Quick Pix: Patrick Swayze w/Video

Patrick Wayne Swayze (August 18, 1952 – September 14, 2009) was an American actor, dancer and singer-songwriter. He was best known for his tough-guy roles, as romantic leading men in the hit films Dirty Dancing and Ghost, and as Orry Main in the North and South television miniseries.

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Trace Adkins Brings His Serious Side to ‘The Virginian’ Trailer (Video)

Trace Adkins was admittedly surprised after he was cast as the lead role in a new Western film ‘The Virginian,’ but see for yourself how the country crooner fares in bringing his serious side to the movie.

Adkins’ role seems to fit him nicely, and he looks completely at home on set. With his trademark long hair, cowboy hat and southern drawl, the singer seamlessly transitions into the character of South, the foreman of Sunk Creek Ranch and feared enforcer for cattle baron Judge Henry.

The movie, which stars George Canyon, Ron Perlman and Adkins, has been remade numerous times. According to the description on YouTube, Henry took South in after his parents were killed by rustlers. As part of his duties, he is to look after a writer from the big city, Owen, who has come out West to research a novel.

Owen is appalled at the savagery of the land, in particular the way cattle rustlers are treated. As South tells him, rustling cattle in Wyoming is worse than shooting a man in the back — and he’s trying to get to the bottom of who is doing the rustling. Eventually he finds the answers — and wishes he hadn’t. Along the way, there’s a little bit of romance and a lot of typical Western film shootouts and confrontations.

A release date for ‘The Virginian’ not yet been announced.

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School teaches kids to serve Obama with ‘I pledge’ video

“I pledge to be a servant to our president,” actress Demi Moore said.

After airing the pro-Obama “I Pledge” video at a Wisconsin middle school’s Peace One Day event, school district officials had to apologize to a group of angry parents and students.

The Hudson School District admitted the video’s central message of serving the president could have been perceived as offensive to some people, according to MyFox9.com.

The video featured celebrities pledging to make a better world. Although most of their examples were pretty innocuous, some were downright over the top.

“I pledge to be of service to Barack Obama,” Red Hot Chili Peppers singer Anthony Kiedis said in the video.

“I pledge to be a servant to our president,” actress Demi Moore said.

Middle School Principal Dan Koch apologized to students Thursday afternoon. MtFox9 reported:

The “I Pledge” video we viewed yesterday included some messages about serving President Barack Obama. We apologize for any part of the video that was offensive to students, their families and staff. The video conveyed a message that people serve the presidency when in fact our elected officials serve the people. We respect the Office of the President of the United States but like all of our other elected officials, that office serves each of us as well. I sincerely hope that as participants in Wednesday’s event what you took away from the experience was to choose to make a difference in your world.

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Remembering Ted Williams: A Marine Fighter Pilot

Williams never attended college. Instead, right out of high school at age 17, he signed a professional baseball contract with the San Diego Padres, then a minor league team in the Pacific Coast League. (There were no major league teams west of St. Louis at the time.) Williams played for his hometown team for three years until he migrated to Minnesota for one year and then signed with a major league team, the Boston Red Sox.

United States Marine ground crewmen at Suwon’s K-13 Airbase in Korea were alerted that trouble was afoot when they noticed the crash, fire and rescue crews hurriedly manning their emergency vehicles on 16 Feb. 1953. The source of that trouble quickly became apparent when a Marine fighter plane appeared on the horizon.

The midnight-blue F9F “Panther” jet was coming in “heavy” and very fast. Its sluggish movements, trailing smoke and streaming 30-foot ribbon of fire all indicated serious danger. The pilot obviously was having difficulty controlling his aircraft, but he was too low to eject. His only course, therefore, was to try to bring his crippled aircraft in.

An already tense situation became worse when an explosion rocked the undercarriage as the plane approached the airstrip. The stubby fighter plane made a wheels-up “belly” landing, skidding along the tarmac with sparks flying for almost a mile before coming to a stop. The nose promptly burst into flames that threatened the cockpit. The trapped aviator blew off the canopy, struggled out of the plane and limped away, hitting the ground in a less-than-perfect baseball slide.

The plane was a total wreck, but the fortunate pilot suffered only minor scrapes. Later, the airmen at Suwon learned they had witnessed the dramatic escape of the most famous flying leatherneck in Korea; that lucky pilot was none other than Ted Williams, a star professional baseball player who was serving as a Marine reservist.

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