"Wet Dream Of The Week" Austin Brown - This singer/actor moved out to California to take his chances on getting into the industry, and I guess that leaves it all up to passion and dedication at this point. Because when it comes to his acting and singing chops, he doesn't seem to have any problems there. And at 15 years old, I don't think he has any big, drastic, voice changes coming his way. So best of luck, Austin! Go for the dream!
Somewhere between "Kill Bill" and "John Wick" lies this week's 3M selection! Enjoy!
You know, every once in a while, you just need a fun little hitman movie in your life! Based on the violent, but sometimes wacky, comic book series, "Accident Man" has made it into the live action arena!
I never get enough of Scott Adkins, first of all! LOL! He's a badass! If you've ever seen the "Undisputed" movies or "Expendables 2" (Or Wolverine: Origins, where he played 'Deadpool' at the end), then you know he can really FIGHT1 And it looks pretty damn painful. Hehehe, so he makes for an awesome hitman right off the bat. As a highly trained killer, surrounded by other highly trained killers, they all have their specialties and personal methods for getting the job done. However, when a silent buyer puts a hit out on his loved ones...the gloves come off.
Predictably, mayhem follows. Fighting and blood and comedy and some cartoonish action, but all around a fun time! So grab some popcorn and check it out on a random Sunday afternoon some time! Have fun!
What's your favourite thing to do? -- TurtleBoy, 15:29:28 01/25/18 Thu
I'm not just talking about hobbies or whatever, I'm talking about everything. Every activity, pass time, hobby, sport, event... and whatever else I'm not thinking of right now. If you had to choose one thing, and one thing only, that you would choose as your favourite thing to do, what would it be?
It's not as easy as it sounds. I've been trying to decide if it's even possible to pick just one thing that I favour more than anything else. I enjoy doing different things, pretty much equally, dependent on my mood or time of year. At the time I'm doing this 'favourite' thing, I think to myself that there's nothing I'd rather do, not ever. But that's just not true.
What about you? Can you pick just one thing that you can honestly choose as your favourite thing to do?
50 years ago today, January 23, 1968, 83 U.S. Sailors were captured by the North Koreans and charged with violating the North Korean waters to spy on them. On December 23, 1968, 82 Sailors and one corpse were released… -- PeteIM, 16:18:53 01/23/18 Tue
According to the American account, on 23 January, Pueblo was approached by a submarine chaser and her nationality was challenged; Pueblo responded by raising the U.S. flag. The North Korean vessel then ordered Pueblo to stand down or be fired upon. Pueblo attempted to maneuver away, but was considerably slower than the submarine chaser. Several warning shots were fired. Additionally, three torpedo boats appeared on the horizon and then joined in the chase and subsequent attack.
The attackers were soon joined by two MiG-21 fighters. A fourth torpedo boat and a second submarine chaser appeared on the horizon a short time later. The ammunition on Pueblo was stored below decks, and her machine guns were wrapped in cold weather tarpaulins.
U.S. Navy authorities and the crew of Pueblo insist that before the capture, Pueblo was miles outside North Korean territorial waters. North Korea says the vessel was well within North Korean territory. The mission statement allowed her to approach within a nautical mile (1,852 m) of that limit. North Korea, however, describes a 50-nautical-mile (93 km) sea boundary even though international standards were 12 nautical miles (22 km) at the time.
Pueblo was taken into port at Wonsan and the crew was moved twice to prisoner of war (POW) camps. The crew reported upon release that they were starved and regularly tortured while in North Korean custody. This treatment allegedly turned worse when the North Koreans realized that crewmen were secretly giving them "the finger" in staged propaganda photos.
Commander Lloyd M. Bucher was psychologically tortured, such as being put through a mock firing squad in an effort to make him confess. Eventually the North Koreans threatened to execute his men in front of him, and Bucher relented and agreed to "confess to his and the crew's transgression." Bucher wrote the confession since a "confession" by definition needed to be written by the confessor himself. They verified the meaning of what he wrote, but failed to catch the pun when he said "We paean the DPRK [North Korea]. We paean their great leader Kim Il Sung". (Bucher pronounced "paean" as "pee on.")
Following an apology, a written admission by the U.S. that Pueblo had been spying, and an assurance that the U.S. would not spy in the future, the North Korean government decided to release the 82 remaining crew members, although the written apology was preceded by an oral statement that it was done only to secure the release. On 23 December 1968, the crew was taken by buses to the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) border with South Korea and ordered to walk south one by one across the "Bridge of No Return". Exactly eleven months after being taken prisoner, the Captain led the long line of crewmen, followed at the end by the Executive Officer, Lieutenant Ed Murphy, the last man across the bridge. The U.S. then verbally retracted the ransom admission, apology, and assurance. Meanwhile, the North Koreans blanked out the paragraph above the signature which read: "and this hereby receipts for eighty two crewmen and one corpse".
Bucher and all the officers and crew subsequently appeared before a Navy Court of Inquiry. A court-martial was recommended for Bucher and the Officer in Charge of the Research Department, Lieutenant Steve Harris for surrendering without a fight and for failing to destroy classified material, but the Secretary of the Navy, John Chafee, rejected the recommendation, stating, "They have suffered enough." Commander Bucher was never found guilty of any indiscretions and continued his Navy career until retirement.
In 1970, Bucher published an autobiographical account of the USS Pueblo incident entitled Bucher: My Story. Bucher died in San Diego on 28 January 2004, at the age of 76. James Kell, a former sailor under his command, suggested that the injuries suffered by Bucher during his time in North Korea contributed to his death.
USS Pueblo is still held by North Korea. In October 1999, she was towed from Wonsan on the east coast, around the Korean Peninsula, to the port of Nampo on the west coast. This required moving the vessel through international waters, and was undertaken just before the visit of U.S. presidential envoy James Kelly to the capital Pyongyang. After the stop at the Nampo shipyard Pueblo was relocated to Pyongyang and moored on the Taedong River near the spot that the General Sherman incident is believed to have taken place. In late 2012 Pueblo was moved again to the Botong River in Pyongyang next to a new addition to the Fatherland Liberation War Museum.
Today, Pueblo remains the second-oldest commissioned ship in the U.S. Navy, behind USS Constitution ("Old Ironsides"). Pueblo is one of only a few American ships to have been captured since the wars in Tripoli.
Although this song has nothing to do with the Pueblo, Blues Image’s song Ride Captain Ride came out in 1970 and its lyrics reminded a lot of us about the capture of the ship and the torture of the crew. There is a difference between the two – there were 83 men on the Pueblo and Ride Captain Ride talks of 73 men. Read the text above and then listen to the song and I’m sure you will feel the relationship between the two.