Still have to do some shopping for the Holidays? Didn’t get it all done on Black Friday? Were you even a part of the madness? No? Me neither. But if I ever am, I’d like to do something like this.
My last post was a review of Skyfall.
Since I was a huge 007 fan as an adolescent, every 007 movie revives that in me. So I couldn’t resist thinking of what the next 007 movie should be and why.
We know Casino Royale with Daniel Craig rebooted the entire franchise with a fresh take that is actually more true to Ian Fleming’s novels than any of the previous twenty-one. Casino itself was based off the first novel and was pretty true to the story. With Quantum they wrote an original story as a sequel to Casino named after the title of another Bond story. Skyfall is yet another original, and forms somewhat of a trilogy, since (I won’t give it away) the movie brings a sort of closure to a certain character’s storyline, and embarks a new era for Bond.
“We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are,
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.”
When I was thirteen, I become obsessed with 007. I had the movies all on VHS. I even wrote amy own spy novel in the 7th grade. Then I grew up.
[I’ll warn you about the spoilers when they come]
But these recent Bond movies have rekindled my fondness of the franchise in a new way. It’s no longer about gadgets and freaky bad guys and exotic locations—well, it’s still sort of like that. But it’s also about the relevance the rebooted franchise brings. It used to be all fun and games about spy games and the cold war. Now it’s a serious look at the measures people take in the shadows to secure the interests of empires. And I think this film struck a very deep chord with the fears of people in great nations and their “small” mistakes.
Just. Be. Thankful.
All the time.
Today especially, because it has become a day of dedication in our national conscience.
But don’t only be thankful, because an expression of thankfulness is in vain if not living and active.
Thankfulness involves not taking our blessings for granted. It means not abusing them. It means not wasting them. It means not using them only for yourself. It means using them wisely.
The number one thing people seem to be thankful for on this day, at least, what we express, is family. If we are thankful for family, we will show it.
Let’s all think about that as we sit with family to eat. And not just our family.
Think about that when you wake up to shop for a great deal for your family tomorrow. Think about that as you make the decisions that you do in order to obtain those gifts. After all, if you’re going through all this to get a good deal, you’re not doing it for family. You’re doing it for yourself. So don’t go overboard, and don’t forsake your family or your integrity.
Rush Limbaugh on his radio show the other day:
“I truly blame the First Lady and her Socialist push for healthy food. This is all Michelle Obama’s fault, I feel as though a part of me is dying. We can’t let this happen! Not in America! We need our food made of chemicals and pretend sugar filled with preservatives. I don’t like knowing what I’m eating. Carrots?! Apples?! Strawberries?! How boring does this White House want us to be?! We’re not Americans unless we’re eating things that are bad for us. It’s what makes us great! I’m so upset right now I think I need go to a commercial.”
Ron Paul’s farewell address to Congress is the best “State of the Union” address I have ever heard from an American politician. Some of the wisest words come from leaders as they step down from their positions, not as they acquire them. This is worth hearing every minute of.
“When the war ended, I don’t know if I was more relieved that we’d won or that I didn’t have to go back. Passchendaele was a disastrous battle – thousands and thousands of young lives were lost. It makes me angry. Earlier this year, I went back to Ypres to shake the hand of Herr Kuentz, Germany’s only surviving veteran from the war. It was emotional. He is 107. We’ve had 87 years to think what war is. To me, it’s a licence to go out and murder. Why should the British government call me up and take me out to a battlefield to shoot a man I never knew, whose language I couldn’t speak? All those lives lost for a war finished over a table. Now what is the sense in that?”
-Harry Patch, the last surviving veteran of WWI, who passed away in 2009