Top Gun: Maverick – Review
Bloggers here, primarily PaulM, have reviewed the film and did a very good job. I recently saw it too, so I’ll throw my cracker in the soup as well.
The feature film has been “in the can” for quite some time now as theaters were shuttered because of the plague, etc. It’s now available for your viewing pleasure and it’s a commercial and artistic success. It’s no more “authentic Navy” than Top Gun was, but it’s fun, it’s true to the franchise, and it’s worth watching. I’m sure that you’ve read other reviews that outline the plot and I’m not going to delve there. The casting was excellent, the acting was good, the flight sequences were engaging, and though there wasn’t much character development of Maverick’s proteges, there didn’t have to be. You have to tell the story in two hours. The addition of Jennifer Connelly was a good move. She was a credible, beautiful addition to the story.
If you haven’t seen the film, June 6, the Longest Day, might be a good time to go and do it. Highly Recommended Film
A Letter from the Front
Letter of Lieutenant Pierre Paradis of the 25th Line Regiment written to his father, tin(smith) merchant, rue Saint-Laurent at Grenoble (Isère).
Moscow, 25 September 1812.
My dear father,
It is from this superb capital, today almost reduced to ashes, that I hasten to inform you of my tidings, knowing well that after having been so much exposed [to danger] in this terrible campaign, it will be pleasant for you to learn that I had been evened by a spent bullet which happened to hit me in the sensitive area, for if I had not had my levite buckled and slung around me, although the rascal had lost much of its strength, the ball would have pierced my heart, as it was able to go through the fabric folded ten times over.
I have been present at many of the battles we have fought since the war began, but I swear that none came close to the one we experienced on the 7th of this month with the Russians. I can assure you that the battlefield was covered with the dead. I myself counted 20 Russians for every Frenchman. Their loss is inconceivable. Imagine a general affair which lasted from 5 o’clock in the morning until ten o’clock in the evening. We even skirmished for part of the night. We counted that their army stood 150,000 men strong, who, on that day, gave their all. Our numbers were about the same, but the Imperial Guard was not sent forward. I cannot better compare the continuous fire to you during all this time than to the most rumbling thunder. Grapeshot, cannonballs, and shells whistled past our ears like hail; thus when everything turned quiet, I swear to you that, in spite of the bad weather, I did not have to be rocked to sleep; for as soon as I threw myself on the ground, I closed my eyes and did not open them until my soldiers woke me up the next morning to eat the soup of which I was in need just like them.
Finally, I would like to recount all the events of this famous campaign, but it would take me too much time and more than one sheet of paper. It will suffice for you to know that we were always victorious and that my regiment formed the vanguard of the army for 15 days; and that every day, I fought with the company which I have the honor of commanding since the first affair as a lieutenant, for it is good to inform you that by imperial decree of 25 November 1811, I have been appointed second lieutenant and that by decree of 10 June last H. M. himself, in his presence at the courtyard of his palace when he was passing through to Danzig, while reviewing our regiment, appointed me lieutenant. Also, my colonel, eight days later, appointed me lieutenant in charge of the clothing and armament of the regiment.
I embrace you, your good son.
Source: Lettres interceptées par les Russes durant la campagne de 1812 … , La Sabretache, 1913, pp. 23-24.
Since Constitutional Amendments are no longer absolute, maybe we should ignore the 16th and stop paying federal income tax.
The presence of armed groups has been detected in all of the 131 municipalities of Colombia that face electoral risk.
How many counties in the USA face electoral risk from democrat operatives (mules)? There are always academic studies on places like Columbia, but not many are done in the US and on the US situation. The installation of a demented fool and a cackling whore should be of international concern.