Archive for December 7th, 2020

79 years-ago today, on a Sunday morning, right before 8 am, Japan attacked the United States at Pearl Harbor.  We lost close to 2,400 Americans.  We formally entered World War II the next day.

The Chron has a story today on the dwindling number of Pearl Harbor surviving service members throughout the country.

The attack on Pearl Harbor has been dramatically depicted in films over the past decades.  Two stand out to me.

“Tora! Tora! Tora!” that came out in 1970.  It focuses on the lead up to the attack from both the USA and Japanese military aspect. It won an Oscar for Best Special Effects.  It was also nominated for Cinematography, Art Direction, Film Editing and Sound Academy Awards.  It had an all star American and Japanese cast.  The American cast included Martin Balsam, E.G. Marshall and Jason Robards.

“Pearl Harbor” came out in 2001.  It is about love interests involving service members stationed at Pearl Harbor.  It stars Ben Affleck, Kate Beckinsale, Josh Hartnett, Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Jennifer Garner.  It won an Oscar for Best Sound Editing.  It was also nominated for Sound, Visual Effects, and Original Song Academy Awards.

Both flicks spend a good amount of time on the attack.  I have seen both flicks and I didn’t feel like I wasted my time.

“Pearl Harbor” was on Cinemax last night and a few days ago and will be on later this week.  I can’t remember the last time “Tora! Tora! Tora!” was on the flat screen.

The only thing surprising about hearing Rudy Giuliani has tested positive and in the hospital for COVID-19 is what took so long. 

Even if we get the COVID-19 vaccination, we can still catch the virus and possibly transmit it.  We just won’t get sick.  I guess that means we will be wearing masks for a while.

Commentary thinks the Washington Post should poll all GOP members of Congress on January 21, 2021 and ask them to name the President of the United States.  Cowardly arseholes.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says he is going to have state troopers be in charge of protecting part of downtown Austin.  That’s funny.  Abbott can’t even protect Texas from COVID-19. Dude’s delusional.

Now to more competent grown-up matters.  President-Elect Joe Biden is set to announce California Attorney General Xavier Becerra as Secretary of Health and Human Services.  Sí, se puede.

It started this weekend. Commentary is talking about watching the cable Christmas flicks on Hallmark and Lifetime. It is good that they are getting a tad more diverse.

Happy Birthday today to Baseball Hall of Fame great Johnny Bench. He had 389 career dingers.  34 off of Astros pitching and 17 of those at the Astrodome.

Alex Bregman and Reagan Howard just got married.  Congrats!

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