Katy Perry lit up Pier 9 in Brooklyn last night with concert for troops who had just stepped off ships arriving for Fleet Week.
Set up by the USO (United Services Organization) and sponsored by Pepsi, the secret night was dedicated to members of the sea services — the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and allied troops in town to bring Fleet Week 2012 to New York City.
Choosing one lucky U.S. Marine from the crowd – he had impressed her by trying to get on the stage — Katy Perry said she wanted to re-create the iconic photo of a Sailor’s kiss in Times Square at the end of WWII. And the 20-year old Marine was more happy to take the place of a Sailor in the modern-day homage.
“On my lips,” she reminds him after warning him not to drop her.
It’s a stunt she’s pulled before, but being in the very city where the photo was snapped, last night’s moment was something special.
She had quite a bit to say, and the crowd went wild. Check out the encounter:
Oscar winning actor Marion Michael Morrison, better known as John Wayne, was born MAY 26, 1907.
Of Presbyterian Scots-Irish descent, his grandfather, Marion Mitchell Morrison, fought in the Civil War.
John Wayne played football for U.S.C. and worked behind-the-scenes at Fox Studios, before being discovered by director John Ford, who cast him in epic western and war films.
A January 2011 Harris Poll ranked John Wayne third among America’s favorite film stars.
On MAY 26, 1979, Jimmy Carter said:
“I have today approved…a specially struck gold medal to John Wayne.
For nearly half a century, the Duke has symbolized the American ideals of integrity, courage, patriotism, and strength and has represented to the world many of the deepest values that this Nation respects.”
Ronald Reagan said November 5, 1984:
“I noted the news coverage about the death of my friend, John Wayne. One headline read ‘The Last American Hero.’…No one would be angrier than Duke Wayne at the suggestion that he was America’s last hero.
Just before he died, he said in his unforgettable way, ‘Just give the American people a good cause, and there’s nothing they can’t lick.’”
Starring in films about World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, such as Sands of Iwo Jima (1949), Flying Tigers (1942), They Were Expendable (1945), The Green Berets (1968) and the Ford cavalry trilogy: Fort Apache (1948); She Wore A Yellow Ribbon (1949); Rio Grande (1950), John Wayne had become an icon to all the branches of the United States Armed Forces.
In 1975, when Japanese Emperor Hirohito visited the United States, he asked to meet John Wayne, the symbolic representation of his country’s former enemy.
In 1979, John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California, was named for him.
In his album, America-Why I Love Her, 1977, John Wayne stated:
“Face the Flag, son, and face reality. Our strengths and our freedoms are based in unity. The flag is but a symbol, son, of the world’s greatest nation, And as long as it keeps flying, there’s cause for celebration.
So do what you’ve got to do, but always keep in mind, A lot of people believe in peace…but there are the other kind. If we want to keep these freedoms, we may have to fight again.
God forbid, but if we do, let’s always fight to win, For the fate of a loser is futile and it’s bare:
No love, no peace…just misery and despair.
Face the Flag, son…and thank God it’s still there.”
In late 2008—long after the election—the media revealed a long-forgotten article written by Barack Obama while at Columbia. Obama wrote the March 1983 article, “Breaking the War Mentality,” about two campus groups, Arms Race Alternatives (ARA) and Student Against Militarism (SAM). Ben Smith of Politico (now at Buzzfeed) told readers that Obama’s views reflected the “very conventional campus liberalism of the time.”
Wrong. Smith and the media failed to investigate what the activists at SAM were actually doing: encouraging students to break the law by not registering for the Selective Service and harassing military recruiters.
~ Ben Smith is at it yet again. That is why you will never see anything from BuzzFeed here.
Obama wrote that SAM “was formed in response to the passage of the registration laws in 1980.” Obama noted that the activists had “fostered awareness and practical action necessary to counter the growing threat of war.” That “awareness” and “practical action” went beyond mere protest, or encouraging students to break the law. SAM also wanted to break the military itself by sapping it of support—as Obama must have known from contemporaneous articles in the Columbia Spectator and from campus politics.
On March 11, 1982, the Spectator’s John Jay Tilsen wrote:
About twenty demonstrated from the Students Against Militarism stage a protest outside the building to condemn what, they said, is a national shift of job opportunities from human services industries to military industries.
The students walked in the snow, carrying placards that said, ‘Marine Corps Not Welcome Here We Want Peace Jobs,” as they distributed leaflets calling for a new type of recruitment program that would list only organizations and companies that had no connections with the military.
As few jobs become available in the private sector, job-seekers ‘see few alternatives to the military, which is always hiring,’ Rob Kahn of SAM said, ‘All of this adds up to increased militarization of the campus.’
On April 2, 1982, SAM protested against both the Air Force and the Fairchild Republican Corporation, a military contractor. The Spectator quoted an organizer who argued that the “technical training Columbia offers ‘should be used for a peaceful society rather than a militarized society.’” Protesters handed out leaflets claiming: “The duties of a weapons employee are in conflict with any sense of ethics; there is a direct link between military employment and violent human death.” (Paul Getzels, “Student Protest Recruiting on Campus for Defense Jobs,” Columbia Spectator, April 2, 1982).
In April 1982, Columbia considered allowing the U.S. Navy’s Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) back on campus after a ten-year hiatus. “The university is ‘unofficially’ considering the [Navy’s] request, but no plans to bring the NROTC back to campus will be made before student opinion is measured, according to Philip Benson, deputy to the president for student affairs,” the Spectator reported (Douglas Hill, “CU considering NROTC offer,” Columbia Spectator, April 5, 1982). SAM challenged the proposal and helped rally student opinion against NROTC.
Today, as Barack Obama cuts military spending and advertises to the Russians that he will have more “flexibility” on American defense after the election, it appears that old lessons die hard.
Obama thanked his drug dealer, not his mom, on high-school yearbook page…. Excerpts from David Maraniss’ Barack Obama: The Story
Barry was quite the accomplished marijuana enthusiast back in high school and college. Excerpts from David Maraniss’ Barack Obama: The Story dealing with the elaborate drug culture surrounding the president when he attended Punahou School in Honolulu and Occidental College in Los Angeles. He inhaled. A lot.
1. The Choom Gang
A self-selected group of boys at Punahou School who loved basketball and good times called themselves the Choom Gang. Choom is a verb, meaning “to smoke marijuana.”
2. Total Absorption
As a member of the Choom Gang, Barry Obama was known for starting a few pot-smoking trends. The first was called “TA,” short for “total absorption.” To place this in the physical and political context of another young man who would grow up to be president, TA was the antithesis of Bill Clinton’s claim that as a Rhodes scholar at Oxford he smoked dope but never inhaled.
3. Roof Hits
Along with TA, Barry popularized the concept of “roof hits”: when they were chooming in the car all the windows had to be rolled up so no smoke blew out and went to waste; when the pot was gone, they tilted their heads back and sucked in the last bit of smoke from the ceiling.
VIENNA – Inspectors have located radioactive traces at an Iranian underground bunker, the U.N. atomic agency said Friday — a finding that could mean Iran has moved closer to reaching the uranium threshold needed to arm nuclear missiles.
In a report obtained by The Associated Press, the International Atomic Energy Agency said it was asking Tehran for a full explanation. But the report was careful to avoid any suggestion that Iran was intentionally increasing the level of its uranium enrichment, noting that Tehran said a technical glitch was responsible.
Analysts as well as diplomats who had told the AP of the existence of the traces before publication of the confidential report also said the higher-enriched material could have been a mishap involving centrifuges over-performing as technicians adjusted their output rather than a dangerous step toward building a bomb.
featured image: Jan. 15, 2011: A file photo, shows Iran’s heavy water nuclear facilities near the central city of Arak 150 miles southwest of Tehran, the negotiating stance from Iranian officials never varies: The Islamic Republic will not give up its capabilities to make nuclear fuel.
ORLANDO, Fla. — Two men wanted for murder were killed in a crash, along with an 18-year-old woman, while fleeing from officers who were trying to pull them over Thursday night, according to the Orlando Police Department.
Jason Carr Jr. and Frank Whack, both 18, died at the scene. Keyonda Fordum, 18, died at a local hospital early Friday morning.
The Florida Highway Patrol said the other two 18-year-old passengers, Von Darius Whitlock, who is in serious condition, and Tyreshall Pond, who is in critical condition, were taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center.
Investigators said they were attempting to arrest Carr. Jr. and Whack, who were wanted for a murder that happened on Tuesday on Westmoreland Drive.