Dec 9, 2013 at 18:26:21
“I agree, legendary is overused. As for Clapton, even he says there are at least 8 guitarists out there who are/were way better than him. Depends on the music, doesn't it?
I put forth my nomination: Stevie Ray Vaughan and Joe Bonamassa, although the kid tends to play for himself. He needs to learn 'cool' like Clapton and that doesn't come until you've been playing at least 25 years.
I'm 6l, been to I don't know how many concerts all over the world, so it's impossible for me to pick just one. But as for style and sheer mojo: Vaughan.
Interestingly enough, my l9 year old son keeps telling me to turn down the Bang and Olafsson. He's into something called dubstep, which I call house music, which naturally came from disco.
It all connects. The only thing that matters is that you love your music and play it L O U D!!
MERRY CHRISTMAS. And remember: if it's too loud, you're too old. One more thing I used to play rock when I operated (was a trauma surgeon) and all the nurses complained when I kept playing Led Zep. Go figure!?”
Dec 9, 2013 at 16:51:10
“Ok, WanderingDon, whom do you think merits this award in the rock guitarist category? I await with baited breath...and Scotch.”
WanderingDon on Dec 9, 2013 at 16:59:49
“Legendary is a word that is overused and frequently used improperly. I felt they were using it improperly. As for Santana being an excellent guitarist, I agree. But he doesn't hold a candle to Clapton.”
Dec 9, 2013 at 14:10:57
“It's about damn time Santana got his due. He's one of the best guitarists ever and he's been at it since the early 60's. At last, an honoree I can applaud.
Shirley McLaine is a one-of-a-kind performer who used to do it all: sing, dance and act. She's a spiritual woman (from another planet?) who deserves this honor.
Billy Joel: never cared for him. Good writer, though.”
Cynthia Pinkston on Dec 9, 2013 at 15:32:03
“True it is about time for the talented Mr. Santana to be honored. I've been listening to him way before Supernatural came out. He's played with the best too, Miles, Chick Chorea and many more great artists from America!”
“I remember the 80's when they bought everything in sight here in the U.S. Now, they had to sell all these properties when the bottom hit. Gee, too bad.
I cannot for the life of me why Gen. MacArthur decided to let the emperor stay in place, not tried for war crimes. I don't know whether it was Truman's decision, but the emperor should have been removed and tried.
We mollycoddled them after the war and now look where they are. They beat us in nearly every category, judging nations in everything from school achievement to GDP (less than ours, but much more stable).
Yes, they owe their entire GDP to us, considering they stole and copied all our technology starting in the 50's.”
majorg1000 on Dec 9, 2013 at 17:38:58
“Even after dropping two atomic weapons on Japan, they would not have surrendured if we hadn't left Hirohito in place. They transformed themselves after the war and took several American business models ( ones that the US was iuninterested in, by the way) and succeeded. They "stole" nothing. You have a very frail grasp on what the real History of japan was after the war, and you should probably keep it to yourself.”
evibelle44 on Dec 9, 2013 at 13:53:13
“The Emperor was left in place in order to provide stability to Japan after their defeat in WWII. Make no mistake, however, the allies owned him and he did as he was told.”
“The Japanese mindset is still nearly the same as it was in the l940's, aka, with everyone belonging to an extremely homogeneous society. Where is can a kindergartner commit suicide because she was ostrasized over something as stupid as having dirt on her uniform?
I have been to Japan many times and still see the look on certain men's faces, name I am gaijin, a foreigner, and therefore unworthy.
And I will NEVER, EVER forget the atrocities they committed during WW II. On the other hand, they have virtually no crime, they excel at technology.
My uncle, who survived the Bataan Death March, to this day, will not buy anything Japanese, after seeing his fellow comrades beheaded as he walked.”
Archangel28 on Dec 8, 2013 at 19:31:29
“Atrocities that they continue to deny today and which never appear in their history books.”
dozerbob on Dec 8, 2013 at 19:30:27
“I was in Japan for over a month during the "98 Olympics and was treated as nicely as I have been anywhere in the world. The Japanese I encountered were warm and sincere and showed us a wonderful time. I would like to go back again.”
Lorraine455 on Dec 8, 2013 at 19:22:41
“I believe it definitely is time that your uncle moves on. He is only hurting himself. You can remember, but don't relive it every day!”
airborn333 on Dec 8, 2013 at 19:08:50
“And they owe us 9 trillion dollars after compounding monies loaned to them after wwII”
majorg1000 on Dec 8, 2013 at 19:00:17
“The Japanese mindset is not nearly what it was in the 1940s or the 1930s as they were invading China. It may be a homogeneous society, but the militant and aggresive military has been taken out of the equation. The Bushido Culture which innudated the lives of all Japanese during the first half of the 20th century has all but disappeared, and they are leaders in eschewing nuclear weapons.”
Acorn Tree on Dec 8, 2013 at 18:52:56
“and that is why asians will succeed us they have a much more devoted work ethic.”
“Rangers DO lead the way and yes I heard that 'do it deeper' saying everywhere I went, but not to my face since I was a Colonel (due to extensive trauma surgery practice in an inner city hospital) and female.
I have always been surrounded by testosterone-laden guys, being an Army brat, having dad's friends over a lot through the years. I happen to like being around men, as long as they know their place (joke).
I sometimes have nightmares of kids of l9, 20, 2l I could not save and it haunts me some days. But I have a l9 year old son to take care of and no husband (died when I was still pregnant).
It's always the same story: civilians give no respect nor help to service personnel and their families until a war starts and they start dying. Privates and corporals on food stamps? What the hell does that say?
I love being around young guys back from combat, talking about experiences, their friends being blown to a fine red mist in front of them. They need help, so I give a lot to USO.
Take care of yourself. Be proud of your service...I am!”
“I am female, ex-trauma surgeon, spent two years in Iraq. I come from 3 generations of Army combat surgeons: father, grand and great-grandfathers. Dad got shrapnel in the bank while operating (at Cu Chi); grandfather wasn't wounded and great-grandfather was wounded in World War I.
As to wannabes? I don't for the life of me understand why they do this. One reason could be online, it's possible to say anything you damn well want and they do. I've had replies that were full of sh** and I knew it.
Dad WAS a Ranger, so was grandfather. I, naturally, could join, so I stayed a civilian until Iraq started, then volunteered for two years. That was enough.
MERRY CHRISTMAS to you. And yes, I know about scars. It's the mental ones that don't heal well. Keep trying.”
moeelmore on Dec 8, 2013 at 11:35:13
“Like many all my forebears served in various conflicts and suffered the after affects of being in combat. All handled it. my sons served but not during conflict but did not avoid it -- Just timing. As for scars, a local trauma surgeon buddy was an SF medic in vietnam on one of our Mobile Strike Forces and we both were reserve deputy sheriffs locally. We never got over the self appointed role of protector to our nation. I hope we never change! Thanks for serving, you might have met George in Iraq - we got him into the national guard and he did stints in Iraq and Afghanistan. Stupic Army would not let me back in for Iraq so I am firmly on the shelf. Rangers lead the way, and Special Forces do it deeper!”
As to Bataan, he happened to be based in Philippines when it fell.
For you to doubt his veracity is maybe natural, but he still, at 95, has the scars to prove it.”
moeelmore on Dec 7, 2013 at 21:20:23
“2000 Navy KIA, 900 some Army, double digit Marines, double digit civilians, many killed by poorly fused AA rounds. There were Navy at Bataan and some were left behind when MacArthur left and Wainwright surrendered. I just have only read of very few who ever escaped from the march or camps. Scars are scars are scars. Some of mine are from life other than combat, some are from combat. If he did it all, great. I guess I am too experienced with wannabes - seems today we are overrun with them - and they all were highly decorated, SEAL, Delta Force, Ranger, or too secret to tell you about it.”
“But here in Washington, D.C. and 'burbs, the weather is so unpredictable. Today it started out (at midnight 60 degrees), and now it's going down every hour.
Usually every six to seven years, we get a big one, meaning anything more than l0". We had two back-to-back storms our last big one and I loved it.
Close your eyes and think/imagine this: go outside around midnight, and just listen to the crunch your boots make on the snow. Snow is a great muffler for traffic noise. Just stop, stand there and put your face up to the snow and feel the flakes hit your face. It's magical.”
“I've had to wash my hair once every other day since I was a teenager because it was always very oily, and frizzy. Without straightening it, like I do now, and not washing it for one whole week, I could qualify for a part in American Horror Story.
There is nothing better looking than CLEAN, shiny hair. Oily hair on people really turns me off. It shows a distinct lack of cleanliness on their part.
Sometimes, when I dress funky (and at 6l I can still carry it off), I don't straighten it and go au naturel and let the funk fly where it wants to....usually in my face. Which then gets stuck on my gloss.
I wished for frizz-free, straight hair all my life and now that I can get it: it makes me look 6l. What's the saying? Be careful what you wish for? But DAMN, is it shiny!!!!!”
“No. 2: Lysol in my vagina. Uh, I don't think so.
No. 3:Tapeworms? Teenagers have been doing this since about...forever. I'll pass.
No. 4: Cutting off a toe so you can wear those 4" or 6" platformed shoes? Sure.
At age 6l, I've had 5 surgical procedures done to my feet to correct all kinds of problems BECAUSE I wore high heels nearly every day, stiletto's included. I spent an inordinate amount of time in post-op, but at least I can walk now without a lot of pain. And the highest heel I wear is 4" and then only if the sole is flexible.
No. 6: Nipple bringer-outer. I have the exact opposite problem. Those guys are always front and center and I've had, during my life so far, about a couple of thousand comments made about them.
In winter, my breasts get very sore, even when wearing 3 cashmere sweaters. They can be seen THROUGH a camel polo coat! What am I supposed to do? Nothing. Just apply lots of good cream and really comfortable bras.”
“My cousin lives in Northern Minnesota and just told me it got down to -2 degrees a few days ago. I can remember her saying that -30 was not unusual.
I spent one year living with grandmother in Minnesota and I can vividly remember the snow drifts that covered the entire first floor, backside of the house. For a 6 year old, it was heaven. That is, until I tried going outside and promptly sank into a 6' drift.
Grandmother hired, every winter, about l0 men to clear the snow with shovels and horses. This was throughout the 20's onward.
I love the cold and snow, but that's like living in the Arctic circle.”
“I never said all fast food employees are addicts.
And I dare say that the overwhelming majority of women who work there are raising children without a father at home.
People who do not pursue education--no matter the obstacle--are doomed to jobs like this.
Me, racist? I suppose all my black friends would say you're full of excrement.”
“I hate to inform people of this, but here goes: some people do not have the intelligence for skilled jobs....period. There cannot be all chiefs and no Indians. While I am for raising their salaries, you have to wonder why they work there in the first place.
When you don't go to school, get high everyday and have a child by the time you're l8, somethin' be wrong.
The hardest workers I've seen at McDonald's are latinos and Africans. Their English skills are fairly bad and they cannot hope to succeed if they cannot even make themselves understood.”
madcap.1 on Dec 5, 2013 at 17:54:21
“maybe they should quit their jobs and run for congress. you get about the same mentality of worker in either job”
IdleCrumble on Dec 5, 2013 at 17:50:25
“The article addresses your argument. The fact that you think everyone working fast food is unintelligent, uneducated, drug addicted and caring for multiple children is wrong and quite frankly, the fact that you're basing that off of race is ridiculously racist.
Low skill jobs are where people who lost their jobs or could not get hired during or after the recession went. That includes fast food.”
GaPony on Dec 5, 2013 at 17:36:34
“This argument is about the MINIMUM wage, not pay for skilled labor. If you work, you should be paid a livable wage for that work. These people aren't asking for executive salaries.”