Opening Up Your House to. . .

I have to wonder what the conversation was when these Afghani men and women left the White House:

From left to right: 1. Unknown; 2. Unknown; 3. Ronald Reagan; 4. Gust Avrakotos; 5. Omar Babrakzai; 6. Mohammad Suafoor Yousofzai; 7. Habib-Ur-Rehman Hashemi; 8. Unknown. Original caption: “C12820-32, President Reagan meeting with Afghan Freedom Fighters to discuss Soviet atrocities in Afghanistan. 2/2/83.” — Ronald Reagan Library

From left to right: 1. Unknown; 2. Unknown; 3. Ronald Reagan; 4. Gust Avrakotos; 5. Omar Babrakzai; 6. Mohammad Suafoor Yousofzai; 7. Habib-Ur-Rehman Hashemi; 8. Unknown. President Reagan meeting with Afghan Freedom Fighters to discuss Soviet atrocities in Afghanistan. 2/2/83.

Of course, I also have to wonder what the follow-on conversation is in Japan when some American does something that is not easily understood by the locals. Like the guy who yelled eff over and over again outside my window last week. As in: eff you. . . I especially appreciated the sirens that followed his performance.

Hanoi Jane as Nancy Reagan?

Jane Fonda and Alan Rickman as Nancy and Ronald Reagan.

Jane Fonda is playing Nancy Reagan and Alan Rickman is starring as Ronald Reagan in a new movie? Lee Daniels directed the flick called The Butler, about just that. A butler to 8 US Presidents. If you read the comments, you may want to down-vote this one:

I met this woman in person not too long ago and she looked marvelous. Her surgeries were done so well she looks like she just aged well and she takes great care of herself. She is very thin and small boned in person and was very gracious to the people who talked to her. She took her time and spoke with everyone at the women’s conference I was attending. This is not Hanoi Jane and she did turn out to be right about the vietnam war. Vietnam war was a total disaster. I was a young person in that time frame and we hated the coverups and lies we were told.

Yes, it is Hanoi Jane and for her to play Nancy Reagan is treasonous. . .

Sean Penn and Mikhail Gorbachev Walk Into a Bar

Mikhail Gorbachev and actor Sean Penn

Sean Penn and Mikhail Gorbachev were in Chicago today. At the Von Steuben Metropolitan Science Center to talk with the students.

Sean was up to his usual punky bs:

“It would have taken a few hours to destroy civilization,” Gorbachev said. “So my motivation was to change that and to change that through cooperation with other countries.”

Actor Sean Penn, a left-wing political activist, disagreed with Gorbachev’s assessment of his disarmament partner, Ronald Reagan.

“Reagan was a great president, no doubt about it,” Gorbachev said.

“It’s one thing to have an actor in the White House, quite another a bad actor,” Penn said.

But Penn praised Gorbachev as a man who brought so much change with so little violence.

I can hardly see the picture of the two. Let me dig around for some close-ups. Sean:

Sean Penn listens to former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev (not pictured) speak to students at the Frederick Von Steuben Metropolitan Science Center in Chicago.

And then Gorby:

Mikhail Gorbachev says: Hellllllllllloooooo decadent Americans!

I have (almost) nothing more to add. . .

Bigmouth Alec Baldwin Running for Office?

The New York Daily News has a blurb on Alec Baldwin, that loudmouth of an actor. He seems to think he is qualified to run for office. Not the Office, the television show, but for political office:

30 Rock Star Alec Baldwin running for office?

Alec Baldwin said Tuesday that running for office “is something that I would love to do.”

The longtime Democrat is contracted to work for NBC until 2013.

“Let’s see what things are like in 2014, and maybe I can find some opportunity,” the 54-year-old actor told Bloomberg News.

Baldwin has already ruled out plans to succeed Mayor Bloomberg when his third term ends in 2013 but said the job of governor or senator were “safe Democratic seats” in New York State, where he resides.

He admitted he lacks the qualifications to be controller or attorney general.

Precisely what job does smart Alec have qualifications for? Yes, Ronald Reagan was an actor, but he had leadership in SAG before becoming Governor of Cauli-for-nia. . .

Ozzie and Buck

Depending on how you count it, I am a third-generation American. And It is an honor to live in this country, an honor I sometimes worry is taken for granted. When I read this about Ozzie Guillen, who was born in Ocumare Del Tuy, Venezula, I wanted to high-five the guy. He gets it:

The Anthem lasts from 90 seconds to two minutes, Guillen says. If you can’t handle standing still for it, the Sun-Sentinel reports, prepare to feel the Wrath of Oz:

“A lot of people have been killed trying to make this country free for us,” Guillen said. “You should be there for at least two minutes. Respect that, especially if you come from another country. You should be there an hour before.

Ozzie Guillen of the Miami Marlins 

I think it looks good for baseball if you’re in the stands and you look at the team respecting the flag and the National Anthem…Kids can see that, the respect.”

It’s the same singular rule Guillen had when he managed the Chicago White Sox from 2004 through most of 2011. Guillen always has shown respect for what it means to be an American; he became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2006.

Will I cheer for the new-look Florida Marlins this year? No, but I’ll order fish off the menu the next time I go to a seafood joint, in honor of Ozzie. . .

While we are on the subject of patriotism, we lost one of the good guys, Buck Compton:

Lynn D. “Buck” Compton, a veteran whose World War II exploits were depicted in the HBO miniseries “Band of Brothers,” has died, his family said. Compton died Saturday in Burlington, Wash., after having a heart attack last month, the family told the Los Angeles Times.

“To us he wasn’t really a war hero, he was just a hero, period,” Tracy Compton told the Herald.

WWII veterans, from left, Sid Phillips, Buck Compton, Bradford Freeman, and William Guarnere pose at the screening of the Band of Brothers

Lynn Compton also is remembered for his legal career in California. He headed the team that prosecuted Sirhan B. Sirhan for the slaying of Robert F. Kennedy and was appointed to the 2nd District Court of Appeal in 1970 by Gov. Ronald Reagan. He retired from the bench in 1990.

He was awarded a Silver Star and a Purple Heart during World War II. But it wasn’t until later in life that he became famous for his military service as a first lieutenant in Easy Company after the unit parachuted into France on D-Day in 1944.

Thank you Lieutenant Compton for your service. You make all Lieutenants and all Americans proud. Godspeed, friend. . .

Ayatollah Khomeini, Cardboard Tiger

I have heard of paper tigers, but a cardboard tiger?
This story reminds me of those cardboard cutouts
you used to find at movie rental places.
Like Blockbuster.
Back in the last-century: 

Cardboard Ayatollah Khomeini

The Atlantic reports that the Iranian military created three individual cardboard cut outs of Ayatollah Khomeini for the ceremony.

One giant cardboard cut out was carried from a sitting plane at Tehran Airport to mark the “return” of the Ayatollah to Iran after 14 years in exile. Two uniformed military men then carried the cardboard stand down the tarmac, allowing it to “inspect” a group of Iranian soldiers. The regiment of soldiers actually then salute the cardboard sign.

After the imaginary inspecting, a second cardboard cut out was then placed inside a car and driven away, presumably to retake its place as the leader of the Islamic Cardboard Republic of Iran.

All of this transpired while a third cardboard cut out of the Khomeini observed the proceedings from a distance.

Oh-kee. Three cardboard cutouts of the Ayatollah. Coming to a theater in 2012.

I say we do the same thing with our prior leaders.
Who is up for carrying around a cut-out of Ronald Reagan?

Ronald Reagan Goes to Washington

The mighty USS Ronald Reagan is heading up to Bremerton, Washington, specifically to Naval Base Kitsap. And for the transportation of the Sailors’ cars, they came up with the most logical solution: they parked them in nearly twenty columns along the flight-deck.

CVN-76 Ronald Reagan, Flight Deck

Each Sailor was given a valet ticket to pick up his car when the “cruise” was over. Don’t forget to tip your valet, guys. You don’t want any of them to pull a Ferris Bueller on you:

The valets from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off