About two weeks after leaving the late winter weather behind in Boston, the Queen Mary stopped in the tropical city of Rio De Janeiro on March 6, 1942. While the men weren’t allowed to leave the ship, they were quite content to take in the view of the city surrounded by lush, green mountains and the famous statue of Christ the Redeemer. “…A symbol of peace in a world torn by war,” remarked PFC. Ducharme.
The ship’s appearance in the harbor didn’t go unnoticed by the Axis. Messages from Nazi radio installations and an Italian spy ring were sent off containing information about the Queen Mary‘s course, position and time of sailing. After supplies were loaded and the ship was refueled, the Queen Mary set sail on March 8th, heading for Cape Town, South Africa. Josef Jacob Johannes Starzicny was arrested by Sao Paulo police on the 10th for…
It’s been 75 years since the 43rd Bomb Group began the long journey to Australia and the Pacific Theater. Today, we’re revisiting the first part of that journey, which we originally published on Sept. 26, 2014.
For nine years, the Queen Mary was a luxury passenger liner that had been commissioned by the British Cunard Line. August 30, 1939 marked its final peacetime cruise across the Atlantic, and as per request by Winston Churchill, it would be retrofitted and used as a troop ship for the next few years. While Gen. George C. Marshall was hesitant to accept Churchill’s offer, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower knew the Pacific theater was in dire need of additional troops. Since this would be the fastest and most efficient way to send additional men, Eisenhower ordered to proceed with Churchill’s idea. The ship went from carrying approximately 2000 passengers in peacetime to around 16,000…
By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 Let’s say you are a Trump voter, the kind we often hear about — an honest, hard-working American who put up with Donald Trump’s unusual behavior because you wanted a president who would stop playing Washington’s political games, bring a businessman’s obsession with action and results, and focus on the […]
The Best Words! The Best Spellings! Plus: The President Gets Debriefed. We Have the Shocking Pictures!
It’s been another news-filled week in the former United States, and the @failing Trumplandia Review is here for another weekly round-up.
It all kicked off with Bill O’Reilly asking President Trump, a so-called “person”, why he supported Putin, given that the Russian Regime are killers. El Presidente brought his usual penetrating analysis, full of deep insight and a careful weighing of all sides of the issue: “You got a lot of killers,” he replied. “You think our country is so innocent?” So brilliant! When Donald Trump says he’s got the best words, he isn’t kidding! And we’re not just talking about, “bigly”. Or even, “pussy”. He’s also got, “got”! I wish I had a word as good as “got”! Plus he doesn’t just have the best words. He’s got the best…
I don’t like to hear the president saying “I like to suprise you”. Since his coronation I have found myself in constant state of anxiety wondering what wacky thing he might do next. My anxiety is not unfounded. This was reflected in a recent SNL skit shown on Feb 11, 2017.
“Mr. President, you’re doing too much,” she explained, running out patience. “I want one day without a CNN alert that scares the hell out of me, all right? I just want to relax and watch the Grammys. And no one has ever said that.” – Cecily Stong on SNL
It’s time for the first issue of The Trumplandia Week In Review.
It’s been a jam-packed week, and we cannot possibly cover all the greatnesses that have happened in the glorious republic of Trumplandia (formerly the United States) in this its first full week. But here are a few memories for us all to cherish:
In this issue: Black History Month, Insulting Mexico, A Prayer For TV Ratings, Guns for the Mentally Ill, and Much Much More!!
Donald Trump’s Busiest Week Ever begins with his bigly honoring of Frederick Douglass: “Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more I notice.” Ummm…uhhhh….how can a single sentence be idiotic in so many different ways? It’s actually kind of impressive. “He’s done an amazing”? Doesn’t Trumpy mean, “he did an amazing job”? By the second time…
This film was produced by the US War Department in 1947
Admonishes Americans that they will lose their country if they let fanaticism and hatred turn them into “suckers.” “Let’s forget about ‘we’ and ‘they’ — let’s think about us!” In the context of the emerging Cold War, this film appears paradoxical.
Like The House I Live In, this film warns that Americans will lose their country if they let themselves be turned into “suckers” by the forces of fanaticism and hatred. This thesis is rendered more powerful by the ever-present example of Nazi Germany, whose capsule history is dramatized as part of this film. There’s a great deal of good sense in this film and more than a bit of wartime populism: “Let’s not think about ‘we’ and ‘they.’ Let’s think about ‘us’!”]
It’s interesting to think of this film in the light of Cold War anti-Communist politics, which really came into their own in the year this film was made. Were the witch-hunting politicians and citizens of the late Forties and early Fifties protecting the people, or were they themselves acting like “suckers?”