Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Relatively Unknown Heroes of Yesteryear! A Must Read!

I never knew all there was to know about these men. They were something special so it doesn't hurt to have others read this. Maybe you don't know either.

Do you think you know the rough and tumble actor Lee Marvin, Captain Kangaroo the children's television icon, and Fred Rogers from Mr. Rogers Neighborhood? Doubt it!

Some people have been a bit offended that the actor, Lee Marvin, is buried in a grave alongside 3- and 4-star generals at Arlington National Cemetery .. His marker gives his name, rank (PVT) and service (USMC). Nothing else. Here's a guy who was only a famous movie star who served his time why the heck does he rate burial with these guys? Well, following is the amazing answer:

I always liked Lee Marvin, but didn't know the extent of his Corps experiences.

In a time when many Hollywood stars served their country in the armed forces often in rear echelon posts where they were carefully protected. Only to be trotted out to perform for the cameras in war bond promotions. Lee Marvin was a genuine hero.. He won the Navy Cross at Iwo Jima There is only one higher Naval award... the Medal Of Honor!

If that is a surprising comment on the true character of the man, he credits his sergeant with an even greater show of bravery.

(This next section I am looking into to see what, if any, units they actually served together in at Iwo Jima. There is conjecture that they were in different units but were heroes none the less.)

Dialog from 'The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson': His guest was Lee Marvin Johnny said, 'Lee, I'll bet a lot of people are unaware that you were a Marine in the initial landing at Iwo Jima ..and that during the course of that action you earned the Navy Cross and were severely wounded.'

'Yeah, yeah... I got shot square in the bottom and they gave me the Cross for securing a hot spot about halfway up Suribachi. Bad thing about getting shot up on a mountain is guys getting' shot hauling you down. But, Johnny, at Iwo I served under the bravest man I ever knew... We both got the Cross the same day, but what he did for his Cross made mine look cheap in comparison.. That dumb guy actually stood up on Red Beach and directed his troops to move forward and get the hell off the beach. Bullets flying by , with mortar rounds landing everywhere and he stood there as the main target of gunfire so that he could get his men to safety. He did this on more than one occasion because his men's safety was more important than his own life.

That Sergeant and I have been lifelong friends When they brought me off Suribachi we passed the Sergeant and he lit a smoke and passed it to me, lying on my belly on the litter and said, 'Where'd they get you Lee?' 'Well Bob... if you make it home before me, tell Mom to sell the outhouse!'

Johnny, I'm not lying, he was the bravest man I ever knew.
The Sergeant's name is Bob Keeshan.
You and the world know him as

Captain Kangaroo.'

Read it and be entertained!

On another note, there was this wimpy little man (who just passed away) on PBS, gentle and quiet. Mr. Rogers is another of those you would least suspect of being anything but what he now portrays to our youth. But Mr. Rogers was a U.S. Navy Seal, combat-proven in Vietnam with over twenty-five confirmed kills to his name. He wore a long-sleeved sweater on TV, to cover the many tattoos on his forearm and biceps. He was a master in small arms and hand-to-hand combat, able to disarm or kill in a heartbeat.

After the war Mr. Rogers became an ordained Presbyterian minister and therefore a pacifist. Vowing to never harm another human and also dedicating the rest of his life to trying to help lead children on the right path in life. He hid away the tattoos and his past life and won our hearts with his quiet wit and charm.

America's real heroes don't flaunt what they did; they quietly go about their day-to-day lives, doing what they do best. They earned our respect and the freedoms that we all enjoy.

Look around and see if you can find one of those heroes in your midst.
Often, they are the ones you'd least suspect, but would most like to have on your side if anything ever happened.

Take the time to thank anyone that has fought for our freedom. With encouragement they could be the next Captain Kangaroo or Lee Marvin or Jimmy Stewart or the many more that served against the will of their handlers in Hollywood..

I apologize for all the nasty things I used to joke about concerning Mr. Rogers, I was greatly mistaken. NOT!!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Cambridge PD Sergeant Crowley is a Patient Man.

I was just thinking about the 'beer date' that President Obama has set up for Prof. Gates and Sgt. Crowley. In case you've been in a block of ice for the past week or so I'll reiterate what happened in short form. A neighbor's employee called the Cambridge Massachusetts Police Dept and reported what she described as two men, possibly Hispanic, trying to gain entrance to a neighbors house through the front door. The police arrived (Sgt. Crowley) and words were exchanged and Id's weren't and Prof. Gates went to jail for Disorderly Conduct, charges that were later dropped when cooler heads prevailed. If Prof. Gates had shown his Id when initially asked he would have had a brief exchange with the police and they would have been gone quickly. The problem started when the president stuck his nose where it should not have gone. He jumped to the conclusion that the police were in the wrong and "acted stupidly" in arresting Prof. Gates, because he is Black. So what if he's Black, I wouldn't care if he was yellow, red, green, whatever. The point is that the police were responding to a call about two men who were allegedly breaking into a home owned by Harvard University, one of the bigger employers in Cambridge. They had no idea if these men were even armed! I don't envy what they do and I know they do a lot, I had a father who was a Police Sergeant in Cambridge and a brother who is a Patrolman there. There are areas of Cambridge where many officers need to respond to a call in a particular area, instead of one officer, when calls come in. It's not all Ivy covered buildings and carefree students strolling in the Quad in Harvard Square. These guys NEVER know what is waiting for them when they respond and Gates needs to have some appreciation of the people that serve the community where he lives, the tool! Just because your a professor doesn't mean your intelligent! They are there to PROTECT HIM and HIS POSSESSIONS! Cambridge is a richly diverse city and racially motivated cops don't last and aren't tolerated on the force by their peers.

Back to the short point I WAS going to make. I think the example Obama is trying to make sends the wrong signal to the youth in America. He's essentially telling them to settle their differences by means of alcohol. Is he telling America as a whole that's what he personally does under stress? I hope not, I'd hate to see my vote wasted. I think a better suggestion would have been to have them to the White House for lunch. Do we have to foot the bill for getting them there and back as well as the beer?

One last point. I think Sergeant Crowley has been a stand up guy for putting up with all the unfair ridicule he has received in the national spotlight. I guess that nobody actually saw the picture of Gates in handcuffs on his porch with the Black police officer in front of him. Maybe he's the racist! President Obama, the last people you want to start pointing negative fingers at are the men and women of the nations law enforcement departments. They go from the meter readers to the people that guard you and your family's lives. Think twice, ask twice, speak once!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Working and The Internet as One

I keep reading about the employment situation and how it's expected to get worse before it gets any better. This is depressing but it's something that will eventually pass, it always does. In the meantime people need to still pay the bills, buy the food, and keep a roof over their heads. There are many people in Clearwater and St. Petersburg Florida that were unable to stay afloat and now live in what's being called Tent City. This isn't something I do very often on this site but there are alternatives to unemployment is you have the desire and will to do something different and become aggressive about earning, and not complaicent. There are companies out on the Internet that can actively direct you to earnings if you have the desire to make money.

There are too many people that want nothing better than to sit back and collect their 50% unemployment checks for the 26 weeks. Try explaining to your next prospective employer why you sat on your butt collecting instead of seeking employment or better yet, working with the Internet (you know, where the future of the majority of businesses will be soon). Working the Internet, I think, is almost as important as going back to school. When you go to school your in an all expense category, no earnings from your time. Why not make that surfing your doing amount to something, like money! Everybody likes money, I like it, you like it, it makes the world go round and keeps us away from Tent City. You can even set up your web site as a small business and let other surfers come to you for their needs. Let's weigh this out in our two hands. In the left - online gaming and in the right - money. Hmmm, that's a no brainer, unless you have no brain!

The prospects are limitless as to what you can provide to your marketplace. Look at the hot items/topics that we are embroiled in right now. We have health insurance in the news, car insurance all over the tv, car loans(especially with the new clunker incentive), life insurance, home insurance, car insurance, the list goes on and on. Why is that? It's because they're all things that we NEED! We have to have them to get by day to day. The banks require home insurance, the DMV requires car insurance, the chronically ill and families with children or elderly require health insurance, and you need a car to get from here to there if public transportation isn't an option. Have I sated it clearly enough? It may look gimmicky but it's reality. No house without it, no car without it, kids require it, you need it, many others need it too! Why can't you cut a piece of the pie for yourself, others do. What if you want to sell things as well on your blog? How are you going to get paid? When you have people send a check they will often think twice and guess what, no check ever comes. If you have credit card services, or provide this service for others to use, then you can strike while the irons hot, so to speak. Impulse buying went off the chart when credit and debit cards came on the scene. Think about what you want to do and how your going to get there then weigh it all out. A roof beats the heck out of a tent.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

How To Spend My VISA Giftcard.

I got a VISA giftcard for my birthday and I haven't used it yet. I've been wanting to get a game console but I'm up in the air between the Sony PS3, the Nintendo Wii, and the Microsoft Xbox 360. I know that the Wii system has been getting rave reviews but I've also been seeing the Xbox 360 coming up fast on them. The Sony is a dead sale to me right now because they don't have anything to offer me in the line of price, performance, and games I want to play. I'm a little on the fence on the Wii as well because when I play a video game I don't want to have to always duck, lunge, jump, or pivot amongst other physical duties. I want to sit and concentrate on my game.

I started my research where anyone who knows me will raise their hand at once, on Wiki. I started using Wiki in all it's forms, mostly Wikipedia, for reliable information, as well as some of the game boards. The gaming boards can be a bit one sided I'm finding. It kind of depends on who is advertising heavily on the site to see where their attention is focused, so I read with an open mind on each. The comparisons are rather dramatic between the units and it really depends on what your major gaming focus is and whether you need it to be a DVD player or a gaming console. I can get a DVD player for hundreds less than a Playstation costs.

The games are another big factor. I know a lot of my friends like the sports franchises like Madden, NBA, etc. I, for one, am bored with those. I like the FPS games, you know, First Person Shooter! I want to be the center of the game and get completely immersed into it, not making strategy or who to pass to. I do like ship based adventures as well. I actually replayed Battlestations: Midway a couple of times just to try some different things out to see how it would turn out in the end. I see that Battlestations: Pacific is out now and that's a plus for the Xbox platform for me. They also have Halo3 as well, oh yeah! The drawback to these newer units seems to be heat. The more you continuously play it the warmer it can get, just like a computer. You need to keep the heat in check or you'll see a performance drop in the games. The simple rule that electricity loves the cold and hates the heat is well founded. The cooler the unit, like a computer, the better it will operate. I know I can get an Intercooler that can help dramatically. The intercooler has three strong fans to dissipate damaging heat and keep the console running cool. I wonder if this would work for my laptop as well?
So far I'm leaning towards the Xbox 360 but I still have time for research, the card is still good! I'll let you know what I do, if I can break away from gaming. You know I'll be doing that more than this at that point. Right guys?

Sunday, July 12, 2009

John McCain Has Become an Official Old Political Coot

I was watching a rebroadcast of Meet the Press with John McCain as a guest discussing the recent Sarah Palin resignation from the Alaska Governorship with David Gregory. Gregory said to McCain, "you don't quit!" to which JM said "I don't think she quit, I think she changed er..". DG next said "she made a promise to the voters to serve out her time" to which JM replied "I don't know if it was a "promise", but I do know that she will be an effective player on the national stage". What bullshit! Has he lost all sense of reality? She resigned so that she can take advantage of things like book deals that would not be available to her as a seated governor to accept. An effective player? She's looking for the highest bidder. I don't blame Levi for getting the heck out of Dodge with the possibility of her as a mother in law. He further went on to regurgitate the election attacks she received, not mentioning the ones she issued. You betcha! He is so blinded by GOP rhetoric that he has lost all touch with his former self. That is so too bad because he was an exceptional politician before he ran against Bush. I believe that McCain's political future is sealed and the best he can hope for is getting re-elected as Senator to Arizona. He may have a surprise or two there as well since his home state went with Obama and not him in the presidential election.

I'll add the link to the whole segment on MSNBC for you to try to swallow but he looks so much like a deer in the headlights that it's sad to see. Here is the Meet the Press link for you.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Two Important Gas Station 'Need To Knows'

1. What are you actually putting in your tank?

Oil companies spend lots of money explaining why their gas is better than the competition's. Chevron's gas, for example, is fortified with Techron, and Amoco Ultimate is supposed to save the planet along with your engine. But today, more than ever, one gallon of gas is as good as the next.

True, additives help to clean your engine, but what the companies don't tell you is that all gas has them. Since 1994, the government has required that detergents be added to all gasoline to help prevent fuel injectors from clogging.

State and local regulators keep a close watch to make sure those standards are met; a 2005 study indicated that Florida inspectors checked 45,000 samples to ensure the state's gas supply was up to snuff, and 99% of the time it was.

"There's little difference between brand-name gas and any other," AAA spokesman Geoff Sundstrom says.

What's more, your local Chevron station may sell gas refined by Shell or Exxon Mobil. Suppliers share pipelines, so they all use the same fuel. And the difference between the most expensive brand-name gas and the lowliest gallon of no-brand fuel? Often just a quart of detergent added to an 8,000-gallon tanker truck.

2. Debit Cards: Payments from Hell?

Your debit card might be a convenient way to pay for gas, but it's a no-win proposition. When you swipe a debit card at the pump, the bank doesn't know how much money you'll be spending until you've finished pumping. So to make sure you have the funds to cover the purchase, some stations ask banks to automatically set aside some of your money: That amount can be $20 or more. That means even if you just topped off your tank for $10, you could be out $30, $50 or even $100 until the station sends over its bulk transactions, which can take up to three days. If your funds are running low, you might end up bouncing a check in the meantime, even though you had the money in your account.

Unfortunately, paying inside with your debit card isn't much of a solution either. Many banks charge their customers 50 cents to $1 for the privilege of using their debit card in any PIN-based transaction. The American Bankers Association estimates only 13% of consumers pay these fees, but critics say the practice is on the rise and that consumers are often unaware of these charges.

These two excerpts were taken from MSN Money and the link to the complete article is here at : 10 things gas stations won't tell you

Sarah Palin Quits as Governor

Don't let the door hit you in the ass, Sarah. What dark secret are you trying to keep from coming out? Hmmmm, we'll soon find out, we always do! Maybe Letterman WAS right afterall!

One last parting thought....Good Riddance!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Karl Malden, R.I.P. The List Continues ....

Karl Malden, the Academy Award-winning actor whose intelligent characterizations on stage and screen made him a star despite his plain looks, died Wednesday, his family said. He was 97.

Michael Jackson's Last Will and Testament in Full!

JULY 1--A will signed in 2002 by Michael Jackson stipulates that his assets be placed in a family trust and that his mother be appointed the guardian of his three offspring. The will, a copy of which you'll find below, lists three executors, including lawyer John Branca and music industry executive John McClain. The will makes no provision for bequests to Jackson's father or any of his eight siblings, and a court filing indicates that beneficiaries of the Michael Jackson Family Trust are limited to his children and mother Katherine. Six other relatives, including his brother Tito's three sons, are named as "contingent remainder beneficiaries" who would share the estate in the event that Jackson's principal beneficiaries died before he did. Branca and McClain believe that the value of Jackson's estate "exceeds $500 million" and consists of "non-cash, non-liquid assets," including Jackson's share of lucrative music royalty rights. In the case that Jackson's mother were to predecease him (or was unable or unwilling to serve as guardian), Jackson stipulated that singer Diana Ross should be appointed guardian of his minor children. The "Last Will of Michael Joseph Jackson" was executed in Los Angeles on July 7, 2002, about four months after the birth of the performer's youngest child.

Click anywhere on the following documents for easier reading.

This article is taken from The Smoking and the specific URL is