72 Years Later: Remembering Pearl Harbor

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WATCH THIS MORNING’S PEARL HARBOR COMMEMORATION CEREMONY: youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_8aCCuJW0k&feature=share&t=42m58s

Today across Hawaii we remember the events of the day that President Franklin Roosevelt said would “live in infamy.” 72 years ago on this date in 1941 the United States was attacked by Japanese air and naval forces. Besides the utter devastation to warships and military aircraft, over 2,000 Americans died in the attack and the United States was brought into World War II.

Pearl Harbor Day Google Hangout:
Beginning at 7:00 am (HST), before the main ceremony begins, Pearl Harbor Survivors, World War II Veterans, and audiences located at partnering sites across the mainland will be speaking with Pearl Harbor survivors on Oahu and introducing themselves to all those who are participating in the Hangout. Following the Hangout, the main ceremony will begin at 7:45 am (HST). Google hangout participants will join the ceremony with the same view as if they were sitting in the audience…

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Uh Oh, SpaghettiOs: Company Pulls Pearl Harbor Tweet


Corporations should know it’s best to leave American tragedies out of marketing promotions (see AT&T’s 9/11 blunder), but apparently Campbell’s soup brand SpagettiOs thought it would be okay honor the 72nd anniversary of Pearl Harbor by featuring a cartoon noodle with its tongue hanging out, proudly holding the American flag. Good idea? Bad idea.


Social media fired back with an outpour of criticism from folks who found the ad distasteful and disrespectful. The brand has since pulled the tweet and issued an apology.

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Radio XXVIII, side B, track 11: “Juke Box Hero” by Foreigner

Mixed Tape Masterpiece

Foreigner - Juke Box HeroOh, Foreigner, what is it about a juke box?  Especially in this day and age, when songs are almost as easy to procure as the air we breathe, where you can instantly listen to pretty much whatever you want at any time, what is it about the juke box that still attracts us?  And I’m not talking about those new-fangled juke boxes, Foreigner, the ones that are connected to the internet and have touchscreens and such.  I’m talking about the old-fashioned chrome and glass shrines to music goodness, the kind where there is either a behemoth with flashing lights right next to the bathrooms, or even fancier yet, there were the mini-jukes that were right at your booth, like they had at Lange’s Cafe (maybe they still have them; I haven’t been back there since I had to get my class ring back from a girl I broke up…

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