Howard Beale 2021

 

I don’t have to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows things are bad. It’s a take over.

Everybody’s out of work or scared of losing their job if they say the wrong thing on social media. The dollar buys a nickel’s worth; the government wants to monitor all your bank transactions; shopkeepers watch their stores being looted and police won’t do a thing to stop them; cities were set on fire, and businesses burned to the ground, Antifa is still running wild in the streets, and Democrats won’t even admit they exist!

We were told that a senile, arrogant, compulsive liar was certified as our president and then were told to shut up about questions we had about the election. So, we watch this idiot, struggle to read from a teleprompter text that he never wrote and doesn’t quite understand and then watch him wander on stage and in his mind and refuse to take questions because someone else told him not to. We have a Chairman of the Joint Chiefs who may have committed treason; and the president and the military are violating federal immigration law for months and Republicans on Capitol Hill don’t seem to know what to do, or don’t have the guts to do anything, and there’s no end to it.

We know that the president, the vice-president, and the entire cabinet are unfit to lead, and the Speaker of the House needs to be committed. We know the FBI is a criminal organization. And we sit watching our TVs while the White House press secretary tells us that today we left maybe one hundred or more Americans behind in Afghanistan as if that’s the way it’s supposed to be!

We all know things are bad — worse than bad — they’re crazy.

It’s like everything everywhere is going crazy, so we don’t go out much anymore. If we do go out some COVID Nazi scowls at us for not wearing a mask on our face. We sit in the house, and slowly the world we’re living in is getting smaller, and all we say is, “Please, at least leave us alone in our living rooms. Let me have my smartphone, my Alexa, my 4k TV, and all the other electronics that spy on me on my family, and we won’t say anything. Just leave us alone.”

Well, I’m not going to leave you alone. I want you to get mad!

I don’t want you to protest. I don’t want you to riot. I don’t want you to write to your congressman, because I wouldn’t know what to tell you to write. I don’t know what to do about the take over and the inflation and the Chinese and the crime in the street.

All I know is that first, you’ve got to get mad.

You’ve gotta say, “I’m an American, g–dammit! I wasn’t meant to be enslaved!”

So, I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window, open it, and stick your head out and yell,

“I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!!”

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  1. Randy Webster Member
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  2. Franco Member
    Franco
    @Franco

    One of my favorite movies, rediscovered about 5 years ago. I recommend another viewing for anyone who hasn’t seen it in the last 10 years or so.

    The scene is most associated with the film, and rightly so, but this one is possibly more germane to our time:

    We’re in a lot of trouble…

     

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  3. Brian Watt Member
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    @BrianWatt

    From PJ Media this morning:

    Deaf Woman Terrorized by Mask-Obsessed Store Clerks After Asking to Read Their Lips

    “I am at my breaking point in this pandemic,” she said. Heroux is an Uber driver and went into her favorite Dunkin’ Donuts store to get an iced tea in Encino, California. When she tried to order her drink, she asked the employee to take down her mask so she could read her lips, informing her that she is deaf. Heroux says she wears a cochlear implant but did not have it on that day and could hear nothing. Instead of giving reasonable accommodations to Heroux, like pulling down her mask or writing down her words, the staff member continued talking behind her mask while Heroux heard nothing.

    “I was so confused,” Heroux said. “She called the manager… I could tell by his face and body language that he was going off and kept [gesturing to his face] and I kept saying ‘I can’t hear you, I can’t hear you!’” she said. “He refused to write anything down… we were six feet apart through the plexiglass,” she said. “What more do you want? We’ve struggled so much through this pandemic,” Heroux said, referring to deaf people. “He didn’t believe me,” she said sobbing. “He didn’t believe that I was deaf because I speak so well. It’s a blessing and a curse.”

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  4. Brian Watt Member
    Brian Watt
    @BrianWatt

    Paddy Chayefsky’s Network script was indeed prescient. This CBS show is essentially The Mao-tse Tung (or Maozedong) Hour:

    CBS thought it had a win when it announced The Activist, a reality show where six contestants would compete in a variety of activism-themed contests before appearing at a summit of world leaders in Italy — a format that press materials called “awe-inspiring,” “ground-breaking” and sure to “inspire real change.”

    But in the week since the network’s announcement, backlash has come from all corners — including an apology from one of the program’s own hosts.

    Now, the show’s producers have announced they will dramatically reformat the show, dropping the competitive elements to become a one-time documentary special rather than a five-episode series.

     

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  5. Bishop Wash Member
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    Brian Watt (View Comment):

    From PJ Media this morning:

    Deaf Woman Terrorized by Mask-Obsessed Store Clerks After Asking to Read Their Lips

    “I am at my breaking point in this pandemic,” she said. Heroux is an Uber driver and went into her favorite Dunkin’ Donuts store to get an iced tea in Encino, California. When she tried to order her drink, she asked the employee to take down her mask so she could read her lips, informing her that she is deaf. Heroux says she wears a cochlear implant but did not have it on that day and could hear nothing. Instead of giving reasonable accommodations to Heroux, like pulling down her mask or writing down her words, the staff member continued talking behind her mask while Heroux heard nothing.

    “I was so confused,” Heroux said. “She called the manager… I could tell by his face and body language that he was going off and kept [gesturing to his face] and I kept saying ‘I can’t hear you, I can’t hear you!’” she said. “He refused to write anything down… we were six feet apart through the plexiglass,” she said. “What more do you want? We’ve struggled so much through this pandemic,” Heroux said, referring to deaf people. “He didn’t believe me,” she said sobbing. “He didn’t believe that I was deaf because I speak so well. It’s a blessing and a curse.”

    Ugh. If you’re not going to get rid of the talisman at least find a notepad. How is that not an option? 

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  6. Percival Thatcher
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    Brian Watt (View Comment):

    Paddy Chayefsky’s Network script was indeed prescient. This CBS show is essentially The Mao-tse Tung (or Maozedong) Hour:

    CBS thought it had a win when it announced The Activist, a reality show where six contestants would compete in a variety of activism-themed contests before appearing at a summit of world leaders in Italy — a format that press materials called “awe-inspiring,” “ground-breaking” and sure to “inspire real change.”

    But in the week since the network’s announcement, backlash has come from all corners — including an apology from one of the program’s own hosts.

    Now, the show’s producers have announced they will dramatically reformat the show, dropping the competitive elements to become a one-time documentary special rather than a five-episode series.

     

    This is disturbing. I only heard about this show yesterday and was starting to stockpile ammunition. What were they going to call it: “Commisar For a Day?” Hey CBS, here’s an idea. Bring back “Hee Haw.”

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  7. Randy Webster Member
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    Percival (View Comment):

    Brian Watt (View Comment):

    Paddy Chayefsky’s Network script was indeed prescient. This CBS show is essentially The Mao-tse Tung (or Maozedong) Hour:

    CBS thought it had a win when it announced The Activist, a reality show where six contestants would compete in a variety of activism-themed contests before appearing at a summit of world leaders in Italy — a format that press materials called “awe-inspiring,” “ground-breaking” and sure to “inspire real change.”

    But in the week since the network’s announcement, backlash has come from all corners — including an apology from one of the program’s own hosts.

    Now, the show’s producers have announced they will dramatically reformat the show, dropping the competitive elements to become a one-time documentary special rather than a five-episode series.

     

    This is disturbing. I only heard about this show yesterday and was starting to stockpile ammunition. What were they going to call it: “Commisar For a Day?” Hey CBS, here’s an idea. Bring back “Hee Haw.”

    Stockpiling ammunition is never a bad idea.

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  8. Brian Watt Member
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    https://mobile.twitter.com/CurtisHouck/status/1438920452433457152

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  9. DoubleDare Coolidge
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    Brian Watt (View Comment):

    https://mobile.twitter.com/CurtisHouck/status/1438920452433457152

    Thank you Texas DPS and Governor Abbott.  Honestly, it’s like watching the cavalry coming over the hill sometimes.  Gives you hope in these dark days.

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  10. Instugator Thatcher
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    Brian Watt: We have a Chairman of the Joint Chiefs who may have committed treason

    Whatever he did, it does not meet the definition of Treason.

    Treason has a very specific definition in the United States, in that it is one of two crimes that are defined in the constitution. Further, it is unique in that the Constitution provides specific limits on the punishment that may be levied for treason (this limit on punishment is one of many reasons that reparations for slavery should be considered unconstitutional.)

    Constitutional conservatives should know this.

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  11. Chris B Member
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    Instugator (View Comment):
    Whatever he did, it does not meet the definition of Treason.

    Indeed. He only gave a foreign military leader the assurance that he would commit treason if we entered a state of war with them.

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  12. DaveSchmidt Coolidge
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    Percival (View Comment):

    Brian Watt (View Comment):

    Paddy Chayefsky’s Network script was indeed prescient. This CBS show is essentially The Mao-tse Tung (or Maozedong) Hour:

    CBS thought it had a win when it announced The Activist, a reality show where six contestants would compete in a variety of activism-themed contests before appearing at a summit of world leaders in Italy — a format that press materials called “awe-inspiring,” “ground-breaking” and sure to “inspire real change.”

    But in the week since the network’s announcement, backlash has come from all corners — including an apology from one of the program’s own hosts.

    Now, the show’s producers have announced they will dramatically reformat the show, dropping the competitive elements to become a one-time documentary special rather than a five-episode series.

     

    This is disturbing. I only heard about this show yesterday and was starting to stockpile ammunition. What were they going to call it: “Commisar For a Day?” Hey CBS, here’s an idea. Bring back “Hee Haw.”

    I hear that a prominent politician has a close friend that goes by “Cornpone.” Either one should be in the cast of Hee Haw 2.0.

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  13. Brian Watt Member
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    Instugator (View Comment):

    Brian Watt: We have a Chairman of the Joint Chiefs who may have committed treason

    Whatever he did, it does not meet the definition of Treason.

    Treason has a very specific definition in the United States, in that it is one of two crimes that are defined in the constitution. Further, it is unique in that the Constitution provides specific limits on the punishment that may be levied for treason (this limit on punishment is one of many reasons that reparations for slavery should be considered unconstitutional.)

    Constitutional conservatives should know this.

    Hence the use of the word “may”. The debate is ongoing. Legal minds differ and are arguing about what he could be charged with if what is claimed in the Woodward/Costa book is verified as an accurate transcript of Milley’s phone call. If a recording of the call surfaces, then we may have a better idea. 

    From Jonathan Turley on The Hill:

    If Milley told subordinates they were to await his concurrence on an attack order, he would have elevated his authority over the express authority delegated to a president. There is a “process” that includes the chain of command. As commander in chief, a president can always deliver a direct order to any subordinate — and Milley would not have the authority to countermand the commander in chief.

    Furthermore, if Milley promised to warn the Chinese of an attack, it could be an act not of insubordination but of treason.

    As of this writing I don’t believe that there has been a categorical denial by Milley of what is alleged in the Woodward/Costa book. Milley’s office and the Pentagon have only said that communication with Milley’s counterparts in China and Russia are a routine occurrence. But no response on the specific allegation of what he may have conveyed to his Chinese military counterpart.

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  14. Jim George Member
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    Instugator (View Comment):
    Treason has a very specific definition in the United States, in that it is one of two crimes that are defined in the constitution.

    Not asking pejoratively, but what is the other one? I ask because my research for my piece on Treason, here, indicated it was the only one defined in the Constitution; in fact, that is what I titled my post. Thus, I would be most interested in learning if I misrepresented something in my post. Thank you for helping me with this inquiry. Sincerely, Jim

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  15. Jim George Member
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    Instugator (View Comment):
    Further, it is unique in that the Constitution provides specific limits on the punishment that may be levied for treason (this limit on punishment is one of many reasons that reparations for slavery should be considered unconstitutional.)

    This statement is, as far as it goes, technically correct, as it does assure that the traitor’s heirs will not be punished forever for the crime of their ancestor and this clause figured prominently in President Lincoln’s decision “that the forfeiture  of ex-Confederates’ property under the confiscation act of 1862 be only for the lifetime of the owner.” The article from which that quote was taken goes on to state:

    Construing the act and the constitutional provision in Wallach v. Van Riswick (1872), the Supreme Court held that the limitation on attainder of treason was solely for the benefit of the heirs.

    However, when Congress passed the statute prescribing the punishment for the crime of Treason, they certainly felt no limitation in decreeing, in the first part of the punishment provision that the penalty would be death; here is the full provision:

    18 U.S. Code § 2381 – Treason
    Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.

    Please let me know if my interpretation has, in your opinion, gone astray in any way.

    By the way, we seem to have at least two things in common: I am a proud son of the Bayou Country and our lifetime home, until moving to Florida 3 years ago, was Baton Rouge,  and I served very proudly, many years ago, in SAC.

    Thank you and your family for your most impressive service,

    Sincerely, Jim

     

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  16. Jim George Member
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    Brian Watt:

    Well, I’m not going to leave you alone. I want you to get mad!

    I don’t want you to protest. I don’t want you to riot. I don’t want you to write to your congressman, because I wouldn’t know what to tell you to write. I don’t know what to do about the take over and the inflation and the Chinese and the crime in the street.

    All I know is that first, you’ve got to get mad.

    @brianwatt, if I had a 100-like button, I would have hit it at least 10 times! This is an excellent post and says what we are all thinking– at least “all”, figuratively, where we live in the Great (and Open! And Free! and with  the best damned Governor in the entire Union!) State of Florida as I hear similar versions of this all the time. 

    Now, I’m going to be a bit of a downer-not about your post, but about some of your (Beale’s?) suggestions as to what we should be doing. They really hit home with me, one in particular as will be seen in a minute, as I have personally done two of the three in the first sentence. And they, and the “government” ‘s response to them, piled on top of the miserable Federal Government with which we have been saddled (literally, by the time they get through with their thievery of our money with all their tax bills), have left me more than just a little cynical, something I have long tried hard not to fall into. First, protesting. I participated in a very mild, well-mannered, rather small, protest here in Pensacola when the loons on the city council caved to the mob and voted to take down a beautiful statue honoring Confederate soldiers in a downtown square which had been erected in 1898; it was said that the mere sight of it was so upsetting to some of the voters that it must be gotten out of sight; It stood for 123 years but all of a sudden it was offensive to the woke crowd (isn’t everything?) and had to go. Write your congressman! This one is special to me; my Congressman is Matt Gaetz who is on TV about 19 times a day. I have written him a number of letters; each time I get the same form letter in return. Finally, I decided to call his office and ask to speak to my representative in the National Legislature. Isn’t that the way the system was designed.. to let them know your concerns so they can represent you? I swear I am not making the next part up: I was told that the Congressman does not return phone calls. Period. Full stop. However, I was assured his Deputy Assistant Vice Secretary in charge of insane constituents making unreasonable demands (like me) would call me. She never did. Mad as hell!

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  17. Brian Watt Member
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    Jim George (View Comment):

    Brian Watt:

    Well, I’m not going to leave you alone. I want you to get mad!

    I don’t want you to protest. I don’t want you to riot. I don’t want you to write to your congressman, because I wouldn’t know what to tell you to write. I don’t know what to do about the take over and the inflation and the Chinese and the crime in the street.

    All I know is that first, you’ve got to get mad.

    @ brianwatt, if I had a 100-like button, I would have hit it at least 10 times! This is an excellent post and says what we are all thinking– at least “all”, figuratively, where we live in the Great (and Open! And Free! and with the best damned Governor in the entire Union!) State of Florida as I hear similar versions of this all the time.

    Thanks, Jim. Just to clarify – I didn’t want to revise and change the Howard Beale speech so much as to make it unrecognizable. Thus my retention of certain phrases and the clause about not writing one’s Congressman or protesting or rioting.

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  18. Jim George Member
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    Franco (View Comment):

    One of my favorite movies, rediscovered about 5 years ago. I recommend another viewing for anyone who hasn’t seen it in the last 10 years or so.

    The scene is most associated with the film, and rightly so, but this one is possibly more germane to our time:

    We’re in a lot of trouble…

     

    Thanks! I had forgotten how powerful that speech was! Definitely time to watch Network again, especially since we are living it now. 

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  19. Seawriter Contributor
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    Jim George (View Comment):

    Instugator (View Comment):
    Treason has a very specific definition in the United States, in that it is one of two crimes that are defined in the constitution.

    Not asking pejoratively, but what is the other one? I ask because my research for my piece on Treason, here, indicated it was the only one defined in the Constitution; in fact, that is what I titled my post. Thus, I would be most interested in learning if I misrepresented something in my post. Thank you for helping me with this inquiry. Sincerely, Jim

    There are actually three: treason, piracy and counterfeiting.

    Section 8 Article I includes:

    To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States;

    and

    To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offences against the Law of Nations;

    Section 3 Article III states:

    Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.

    The Congress shall have Power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted.

     

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  20. Steve C. Member
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    This is all you need.

    Article 133. Conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman:
    Any commissioned officer, cadet, or midshipman who is convicted of conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentlemanshall be punished as a court-martial may direct.

    — 10 U.S.C.§ 933 (effective 2008)

     

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  21. Instugator Thatcher
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    Jim George (View Comment):
    Not asking pejoratively, but what is the other one?

    Counterfeiting is the one I was thinking of, although the constitution also gives Congress the power to define the punishment for Piracy upon the high seas.

     

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  22. Instugator Thatcher
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    Seawriter (View Comment):
    To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offences against the Law of Nations;

    While Treason and Counterfeiting are defined explicitly in the text, this provision only gives Congress the power to ‘define’ and provide for the punishment of Piracy. The crime itself isn’t defined.

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  23. Instugator Thatcher
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    Jim George (View Comment):
    first part of the punishment provision that the penalty would be death;

    Sure. My only thought with regard to this, is if the Constitution limits the punishment for treason to the perpetrator, then reparations for slavery should be limited to the slaveholder, but not his descendants. 

    Treason is the worst crime one can commit against the constitutional order, yet even the punishment for Treason is limited. 

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  24. Instugator Thatcher
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    Jim George (View Comment):
    By the way, we seem to have at least two things in common: I am a proud son of the Bayou Country and our lifetime home, until moving to Florida 3 years ago, was Baton Rouge,  and I served very proudly, many years ago, in SAC.

    I have really been blessed in my corner of Louisiana. Apparently, my great grandfather emigrated from south Louisiana to Pennsylvania and the vagaries of my service brought me back (but to the Ark-La-Tex). I finished one career here and started another.

    I do miss SAC. I am glad to be part of the revival.

    I’ll bet you have some stories to tell.

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  25. Seawriter Contributor
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    Barksdale and the 8th Air Force Museum is in the ArkLaTex area. Have you ever visited it?

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  26. Jim George Member
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    Instugator (View Comment):

    Jim George (View Comment):
    By the way, we seem to have at least two things in common: I am a proud son of the Bayou Country and our lifetime home, until moving to Florida 3 years ago, was Baton Rouge, and I served very proudly, many years ago, in SAC.

    I have really been blessed in my corner of Louisiana. Apparently, my great grandfather emigrated from south Louisiana to Pennsylvania and the vagaries of my service brought me back (but to the Ark-La-Tex). I finished one career here and started another.

    I do miss SAC. I am glad to be part of the revival.

    I’ll bet you have some stories to tell.

    My brother-in-law raised his family in Bossier, south of where you are; we had many pleasant visits up there and made the obligatory ONE trip to the Casino boats. I vaguely recall being involved in an injury case one one of those fake vessels (my specialty was Admiralty Law). I had no idea at the time, of course -we never do- but my time in SAC was one of the best of times. All the best, Jim

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  27. DonG (2+2=5. Say it!) Coolidge
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    Brian Watt: then watch him wander on stage and in his mind

    This is really good writing.  Thanks for putting those words together in that order for me to read!

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  28. Instugator Thatcher
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    Seawriter (View Comment):

    Barksdale and the 8th Air Force Museum is in the ArkLaTex area. Have you ever visited it?

    I work on Barksdale and the museum has been renamed to the Global Power Museum. I flew the B-52G on static display during Desert Storm – when the sponsors who maintain it took the Battle Honors (sortie counts + targets) off and brought her back to pre-Desert Storm condition, I’m the guy who put a bug in the 8AF commander’s ear to restore those battle honors.

    If you would like a personal tour of the museum, I am sure that can be arranged – I’d be happy to walk around and talk about what I know. Shoot me a PM.

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  29. Instugator Thatcher
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    Instugator (View Comment):
    If you would like a personal tour of the museum, I am sure that can be arranged – I’d be happy to walk around and talk about what I know. Shoot me a PM.

    This offer is for any Ricochetti who stop by, just let me know.

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