Good morning class! Ok, let’s enter into the “way back” time machine and journey to the 60’s and 70’s. This period was full of protesters against the war in Vietnam and among them was one, Joan Baez. She did concerts, wrote songs and spoke out against the war. She was even married to a guy named David, who was in prison for being a “draft dodger”. Needless to say, she was not very popular with the government in power at the time. She was, however, very popular with the protesters and resisters.
ON personal note, I was not one of her fans. I was not for the war, as a matter of fact, I was one of those damn “commies” that protested the war. Baez, in my opinion, used her then husband to further her career. It made really popular because that he made a stand and went to jail, instead of going to war. Please understand this is a personal opinion.
ZAAAAP! Now we are in the present day. Mellencamp was having a concert for Walter Reed guys and he wanted to inclide Baea, who is a friend of his, but she was not allowed to join in the concert.. WHY? According to the Army, she was added too late to the roster, for them to make arrangements. The military said that it was not because of her opposition to the war. They even said that Mellencamp was against the war, so that is a none issue.
If you believe that, then your check is in the mail! Baez is a very verbal opponent of the war where Mellencamp wants to sell records. He may be against the war, but he is a wimp. He wants to avoid confrontation, where Baez seems to relish it. If the war became popular tomorrow, then Mellencamp will come to his senses and be all for it. It is about money and record sales.
My opinion? Baez should have been allowed to play, but then again I am one of those damn “commies”.
Rice has said that the US has no plans or expectations on the meetings with Iraq and its neighbors. NO SH*T? Cannot understand that since ev ery other decision in the area has been so well thought out.
Why would the US attend a meeting of concerned countries with the war in Iraq and not have an idea on what to say? After all who started the bullshit?
Are the American people getting their money’s worth out of these…..(thinking)…..representatives?
In the 40’s and 50’s the popularity of boxing hit an all time high. Two men enter the ring and one was victorious at beating the brains out of his opponent. It was popular anf television made it even more popular–Friday Night Fights sponsored by Gillette.
Slowly wrestling was gaining on boxing and it the ’80’s a showman got hold of wrestling and turned it into a huge money maker. Lots of violence and blood, all the flash and bang that the tv audience could podssibly want. It became huge, pay-per-view and huge arenas, lots of cash flowing. The American audience was eating up the flash, violence, confrontations and especially the blood.
Wrestling began to lose some of its luster by 2000. But wait! A genius thought of combining the boxing and wrestling into a new sport–the Ultimate Fighter. This is where 2 guys get in an octagon shaped ring and fight using boxing, karate, judo, wrestling, yada, yada. These two go at it until someone is declared the winner. I am sure there are a bunch of rules concerning the fight, but I will leave that to those that give a crap.
IN the beginning it was two guys fighting, it morphed into teams fighting two men at a time until all fights are over and one team wins, or should we call them stables instead of teams? The organization is also pushing personalities and grudges, to help the status of the “sport”.
If all progresses along the lines that it appears to be taking now, by 2025 the fights should involve weapons and finally morph into the battle to the death. in other words a new style of gladiators.
It should go over pretty well since the American public is such a bloodthristy group. Gladiators are just what the ratings called for–It will make good TV.
LET THE GAMES BEGIN!