IGN put up their list ranking the 12 Marvel Cinematic Universe films to date, and needless to say, I have to disagree with quite a bit of their list. So, I figured I might as well write up my own ranking and reasoning for your (and my) enjoyment. Continue reading Ranking the Marvel Movies as of Ant-Man
I’m going to be taking a few weeks off from an on-air presence on VLR for things like vacation and taking my son to Scout camp, so I wanted to make sure that this was going to be a great program to wrap up the first “volume” of my 2015 broadcast year.
In the first hour, I’ll be welcoming Ashe Schow (@AsheSchow) of the Washington Examiner back to the program! Ashe’s focus is domestic politics, so we’ll get an update from her on the latest developments in college campus sexual assault & due process issues, the ever-growing Republican 2016 presidential candidate roster, and more!
Following Ashe in hour two, we’ll give a big TFH “welcome home!” to Katrina Jørgensen (@Veribatim) of IJReview and the Young Republicans International Committee. Katrina is back home in Texas after a frustrating, protracted immigration process for her husband Kai (@TheNorwegianFox). She’s one of my go-tos for foreign news, and we’ll recap the latest on the Greek financial crisis, Syria/Iraq/ISIS, and other world-wide topics.
All in all, it’s going to be a great evening, and I hope everyone tunes in! Thanks all for your continued listenership and support for my own and the other VLR programs! I’ll be off TFH after tonight until August 10th, but I’m lining up some great guest hosts for the intervening three weeks:
And here’s tonight’s replay! Remember, you can click the show title in the player to get the Spreaker page with a download link for offline listening!
UPDATE: REPLAY ADDED!! Yes! Their Finest Hour will be live on Vigilant Liberty Radio at 10pm Eastern, 7pm Pacific! Yes! The phones will be open! Yes! There are bunches of topics on my mind, from the continued Confederate Flag kerfuffle, to Greece’s financial over-the-cliff, to the United States winning their third FIFA Women’s World Cup championship!
Other stories on my mind:
10E/9C/8M/7P! Tune in!
Here’s the replay! Click the show title in the player to be taken to Spreaker if you want to download for offline listening! Was joined on the show by callers George Templeton (@rodentpolitics & @temptherat), Chris T. Rex (@CrankyTRex), Boyd McFail (@TheAlaskan1), and Chris Arndt (@CJArndt).
UPDATE: Replay Added!!! Well, since last week’s show, the United States Supreme Court got Obamacare wrong, the partial correct result on same-sex marriage for all the wrong and incomplete reasons, plus weighed in on Congressional redistricting, the death penalty, and more.
I’ll be getting into those topics plus a whole host of other items, like the gun control debate I got into on Facebook with an old fraternity brother of mine, some international news, and yet more still declared Republican presidential candidates. No guests planned (yet) but the phones will be open, so it’s your chance to take the program in whatever direction you want!
Their Finest Hour hits Vigilant Liberty Radio LIVE at 10pm Eastern, 7pm Pacific! You can listen using the embedded players you see here throughout the site, or over on Spreaker directly, or using a Spreaker mobile app, but the best way is to get into our chatroom and interact with me and your fellow listeners!
Things are probably going to hell in a bucket, but we’re all enjoying the ride, right?
Don’t forget your “follows” & “likes” everyone:
And here’s the replay! As it turned out, I was joined by Amanda McCallister (@RightInPlanning) of VLR’s Edge of Anarchy, Amy Curtis (@moderncomments) of VLR’s Modern Comments Radio, and George Templeton (@rodentpolitics & @temptherat)
In the first hour, I’m hoping to get a pro-gun control voice to join me for a spirited, yet respectful, discussion on firearms and the Second Amendment in the wake of last week’s horrific, racism-fueled mass-murder in Charleston, South Carolina. Whether that comes to pass or not, I’ll still give my take on the topic.
As a result of Charleston, plus a recent Supreme Court ruling, the display of the Confederate flag is back in the news, and on that I’ve got a little bit of a rant ready. I think I’ll also get ranty about the United States Government outsourcing some IT operations and development to China – and with recent data breaches, you can see where that’s gotten us.
In hour 2, I’ll be welcoming Katie Jerkovich (aka “Red Pickle” – Twitter: @redsoutrage) back to the program! Katie has been writing up a storm at her new gig at The Grizz, plus we have to talk about the great result for farmers and liberty that the Supreme Court handed down in Horne v. Department of Agriculture, which she wrote about here at TFH!
Appropriate also that I’ll have Katie on as it’s #RedheadMonday!
Phones will also be open! Please join us in the VLR Chatroom for the program and interact with us as the show goes on! You can also listen direct on Spreaker, a Spreaker mobile app, or using the other embedded show players you’ll find here.
10E/9C/8M/7P – don’t miss the show!
Here’s the replay!
John William Meagher was born on December 5, 1917 in Jersey City, New Jersey. He was still living there when he was drafted at age 24 into the United States Army for service in World War II on March 21, 1942.
Meagher was an infantryman with Company E, 2nd Battalion, 305th Infantry Regiment, 77th Infantry Division. The 77th, known as the “Statue of Liberty Division” for their shoulder patch, was activated just four days after Meagher’s draft date and trained extensively in the United States before heading for war in the Pacific in March, 1944. They fought in the campaigns on Guam and Leyte before joining the forces for the attack on Okinawa.
UPDATE: REPLAY ADDED!! Their Finest Hour returns LIVE to Vigilant Liberty Radio tonight at 10E/7P for another rip-roaring whirl-around of today’s news, culture, and politics! The program, of course, is brought to you in part by Comfyballs – Ultimate Comfort Boxer Trunks! Make sure to check out their ongoing battle with the US Patent and Trademark Office at Fight For Your Balls!
I’ll be attacking tonight’s program from the perspective of self-identification, because that’s apparently all that matters in this day and age. Who cares about objective reality?
For example: is Edward Snowden a hero – or is that a trans-traitor? Or is he a traitor and a trans-hero? Yes, we’ll have that discussion again, because yes, the NSA and Snowden are back in the news after another series of data breaches.
Also, it’s the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta (Transregalism? Transauthoritarian?), so we’ll delve into that bit of history. Then we have the NAACP leader in Spokane, Washington coming out as “transracial” (you, stop laughing!), some pro-trade Republicans pulling their own edition of “we have to pass the bill to find out what’s in it” (Transdemocratic? Transpelosi?), Pope Francis is going green (Transreligious?), and much, much more! Plus, phones will be open!
10E/9C/8M/7P, talk to you then!
Replay here! You can download a copy for offline listening if you click the show title in the player.
Yes! Their Finest Hour will be LIVE on Vigilant Liberty Radio tonight at 10pm Eastern, 7pm Pacific! I may only do one hour tonight instead of our regularly scheduled two, but regardless, it’s going to be a great time!
I’ve got some Medal of Honor recipients to commemorate, plus there’s a whole bunch of important and head-desk worthy news stories to talk about, plus phones – of course – will be OPEN! I’ll have a little bit of my “FIWDIL” spirit on from the Tuesday Roundtable of Extreme Liberty – making it up as I go, and having fun doing it!
Please join us in the VLR chatroom for the program! If you don’t want to chat, catch the show on the other embedded players here or over on Spreaker (or using a Spreaker app on your mobile device!
Fred Faulkner Lester was born in Downers Grove, Illinois on April 29, 1926. He joined the United States Naval Reserve on November 1, 1943 when he was just 17 years old. He was placed on active service with the United States Navy, trained as a medical corpsman, and assigned to the 1st Battalion, 22nd Marine Regiment, 6th Marine Division.
Seventy years ago today during the Battle of Okinawa, then 19-year-old Lester, now a Hospitalman Apprentice 1st Class, rescued one wounded Marine from under heavy enemy fire, ignored his own grievous wounds, and instructed his comrades in care for the injured until he perished.
*LESTER, FRED FAULKNER
Rank and organization: Hospital Apprentice First Class, U.S. Navy
Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a Medical Corpsman with an Assault Rifle Platoon, attached to the 1st Battalion, 22d Marines, 6th Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa Shima in the Ryukyu Chain, 8 June 1945. Quick to spot a wounded marine Iying in an open field beyond the front lines following the relentless assault against a strategic Japanese hill position, Lester unhesitatingly crawled toward the casualty under a concentrated barrage from hostile machineguns, rifles, and grenades. Torn by enemy rifle bullets as he inched forward, he stoically disregarded the mounting fury of Japanese fire and his own pain to pull the wounded man toward a covered position. Struck by enemy fire a second time before he reached cover, he exerted tremendous effort and succeeded in pulling his comrade to safety where, too seriously wounded himself to administer aid, he instructed 2 of his squad in proper medical treatment of the rescued marine. Realizing that his own wounds were fatal, he staunchly refused medical attention for himself and, gathering his fast-waning strength with calm determination, coolly and expertly directed his men in the treatment of 2 other wounded marines, succumbing shortly thereafter. Completely selfless in his concern for the welfare of his fighting comrades, Lester, by his indomitable spirit, outstanding valor, and competent direction of others, had saved the life of 1 who otherwise must have perished and had contributed to the safety of countless others. Lester’s fortitude in the face of certain death sustains and enhances the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
As is usual for members of the Naval Service awarded the Medal of Honor, a warship carried the young hero’s name. The USS Lester (DE-1022), a Dealey-class destroyer escort, served with our Navy from June 14, 1957 through December 14, 1973. The vessel was scrapped in 1974.
Edward Higgins White II was born on November 14, 1930 in San Antonio, Texas. He graduated with the United States Military Academy Class of 1952 and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. He was a fighter pilot and test pilot, and on September 17, 1962 was selected as a member of NASA Astronaut Group 2, the “New Nine”.
In the early days of the Space Race, NASA had been upstaged by our Soviet enemies regularly, including the first ever “extra-vehicular activity” – an EVA or “spacewalk” – by cosmonaut Alexey Leonov on March 18, 1965. NASA hadn’t planned to do an EVA for some time, but it then became a priority. The next flight – Gemini 4 – would feature the first free man walking in space. It would be Ed White.