The Little Prince


Merry Christmas from Prince George.

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126 Responses to The Little Prince

  1. The Klown says:

    • leslie says:

      I cannot imagine the pain of losing one’s child… especially from suicide. We all look for a reason to make sense of our children being so desperate and our failure to intervene. Now instead of hiding a suicide, they want to prove it wasn’t the act of despair. Instead of looking for support and possibly working on their grief, they want to openly blame someone. And perhaps, this is the way they can ameliorate their sorrow and pain.

      • foxyladi14 says:

      • Mt.Laurel says:

        And guilt. Not being mean. It took me a long time after each of two colleagues’ suicides to stop wondering if it would have been different if I called with an extra reminder that we had a meeting that day, to ask if we could share a ride to a conference, or to just go to lunch. I know their families wonder even more. It takes a long time to come to terms with such tragedies. Blaming others may be natural but one moves on. Creating an entirely false narrative to shift the blame elsewhere is not healthy in any sense.

  2. DeniseVB says:

    More lunacy from the streets …. wonder how this would work out ?

  3. DeniseVB says:

    One more…. 😉

  4. votermom says:

    Aww, Georgie’s a cutie!

  5. mothy6767 says:

    Out of curiosity is anyone here old enough to remember the turbulence of the 60’s and if so how does it compare to what we are perhaps seeing the beginning of now? My scant education on the subject is very romanticized. Today it just seems like everything is just being torn down.

    • HELENK3 says:

      most of the sixties protests were about the Viet Nam war. The civil rights protests were for the most part more peaceful and did not aspire to racial hate like the ones today. They had some good leaders,not like today where the leaders are nothing but race baiters looking to make a fast buck off the black population.
      In the beginning the protesters against the war cried make love not war. Then the bill ayres types started bombing and killing. There was a draft and a lot kids went to college to avoid the draft and looked down on the military who at that time were mostly kids obeying the law. We still believed in the greatness of this country.
      1968 was one of the most turbulent years in our history. MLK was killed, Bobby Kennedy was killed. if you think about it the was the beginning of the end of a great dream for our country.

      • mothy6767 says:

        Thanks I was born in 1967 and the education I rec’d about it was very pro protesters. I think the greatness of our country part was what I was looking for.

      • HELENK3 says:

        my neighbor’s kid had a scholarship to the college of his choice. He chose to go to Temple. he had a professor there who told his class that if they went to the march in DC against the war he would give them an A for the semester. My neighbor’s kid walked out of his class joined the military and went to Viet Nam.
        My husband’s nephew had almost the same experience. He joked with my husband, you said if I joined the Air Force I would not have to walk anywhere. He was a medic and wound up in some jungles were we were not supposed to be

    • elliesmom says:

      I was an impressionable teenager during the 60’s. The assassinations of the two Kennedys and MLK happened when I was in jr high/high school. But everyday life was a lot like “Happy Days”. The hippie culture was in the news, but not in my backyard. Woodstock and the Summer of Love was in 1969, more of a kickoff for the 70’s. I was more involved in protesting the war than in the civil rights movement. I grew up in a small rural town. Our “minority students” were Wampanoag. But I did my share of candlelight vigils and lost more than one friend to Vietnam. In college I became the records clerk for the ROTC. My specialty was processing draft deferments and “moving” guys around so their draft boards couldn’t find them. When students from other schools would come and try to shut down our ROTC, the guys from our school would sneak me through the guys’ gym so I could go to work. I did this with the full support and cooperation of the colonel I worked for, BTW.

      In May of 1970 4 students were shot by the National Guard at Kent State during a protest over the bombing of Cambodia. Colleges all over the country shut down early because of a strike by over 4 million students. At least 100,000 students marched on Washington. The protest was violent. Nixon was sent to Camp David for his own protection. The protests after Kent State were the only violent protests I ever witnessed in person.

      The voting age changed from 21 to 18 in 1971. The 1972 presidential election was the first one where most everyone on a college campus could vote. Young people were hopeful George McGovern would beat Nixon. He was anti-war and played to the young. But Nixon won in a landslide taking only Massachusetts and DC. A lot of young people who had put their trust in “the system” were turned off from politics. The rest of us put our big kid panties on and went to work.

      For me the 60’s and the early 70’s were my coming of age. I became more interested in politics rather than less. I learned all about the “narrative” vs. the “the news”. Bra-burning by women was “reported” before any women actually did it. Guys were burning their draft cards, and a reporter asked himself what comparable thing could women do, and he came up with burn our bras. I was at the protest over the Miss America Pageant, and what really happened and what the press reported were quite different. I was at war protests where we supposedly spit on soldiers according to the news, but it didn’t happen. So in many ways that hasn’t changed. People just like to think the press was once better than it is now. Fifty years later it’s hard to separate fact from fiction. Even when you were there, people prefer the fiction to your truth.

      For me the main difference between then and now is we had a declared sense of purpose. Lots of purposes, perhaps, all converging on the nation at once and sometimes in the same place at the same time. Even old people who might not agree with us or our methods at least knew what we were all about. Today some folks are focused – the LGBT community has a clear agenda for example. OWS not so much. Marching through the street with a banner that says “No cops No prisons” just makes one look detached from reality.

      • mothy6767 says:

        Wow thank you. I know some of the history or at least what was taught. The vibe . The only protests when I was at Purdue were over the nude Olympics and divestment in South Africa. Guess which one was bigger.
        Today’s protests are too staged and artificial. Sad because the vigor and passion of youth are being abused. I just do not see the endgame.

        • DeniseVB says:

          60’s protestors were sending a message to the government, today’s protestors are fueled by the government via Obama, Holder and their advisor FauxRev Sharptongue.

    • Anthony says:

      Short answer: It was legit back then.

  6. The Klown says:

    • DandyTIger says:

      White people ruin everything.

    • leslie says:

      Around here, the only people I saw getting arrested were those white dudes. But I really haven’t been following it here. We still have all those black-on-black murders – recently a 16 yr old boy was walking to his basketball practice with his twin brother. He was murdered because he refused to give up his winter jacket. The CPD has arrested 3 POC but no charges have been filed yet. I suppose it’s not a crime if the killers needed the jacket. /sarc
      Another man tried to stop someone from breaking into cars in his neighborhood. He, too, was shot and killed. I think that was black-on-White Hispanic so that crime got only a little more coverage.

      • leslie says:

        So, after countless reports on radio and tv, the boy (victim) would have been 16 tomorrow. There has been an arrest of one 17 yr old who has been charged with 1st degree murder, armed robbery, and attempted armed robbery. Over the weekend there were 3 murders and 27 other shootings with injuries.. Yesterday in the neighborhood where the 15 yr old shot, residents were demonstrating with signs saying # ALL LIVES MATTER (sic). There were fewer than 50 people in the group and Rev. Al was no where to be seen. Neither was Jesse Jackson Jr or Father Michael Pflager. Ron Holder and Obama were absent as well.

  7. HELENK3 says:

    while the black caucus was “hands up don’t shoot for a thug” where were they for this black hero? nowhere to be found. says a lot about them

    • mothy6767 says:

      Best line
      “I’m looking into Women-only military schools run by strict nuns for Poppet and Muffin. I think there’s one in the Philippines.”

      • leslie says:

        the next best line:

        The characters in Girls take drugs. They “hook up” in a manner that makes the casual sex of the 1960s seem like an arranged marriage in Oman.

      • elliesmom says:

        I sent my daughter to a convent school for junior high. She agrees it was the best place to be for those two years, and we aren’t Catholic.

        • WMCB says:

          My sisters kids got sent to a traditional Catholic school prior to high school. They are not Catholic either, but it was a fantastic environment for learning.

      • votermom says:

        I LOLed. My daughters are near his in age, so I know what he’s going through. 😀

  8. HELENK3 says:

    so do we pull all cops out of black neighborhoods and leave them on their own?

  9. Kathy says:

    Pull them out–but then they will complain that the cops aren’t performing their duties. However, the NYPD doesn’t have to drive so fast to the scene of the crime. I’m being bad, but they push it.

  10. HELENK3 says:

    guess I worked for the wrong companies. did not matter if you were male or female if you could not cut it you were gone. at the railroad you were handed a bid slip and told to bid out

  11. foxyladi14 says:

    These people are really sick. 😡

  12. Constance says:

    Little Georgie is the cutest little guy. I hope he has a sister on the way.

  13. mothy6767 says:

    Shocking another religious themed film from Hollywood not doing so well at the box office. What were they thinking Moses is figure in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam so let’s tinker with the story and open it near Christmas and Hanukkah. Then let’s say it’s a flop because all the actors are white. Just to make sure let’s have an extra from Children of the Corn play God.

  14. The Klown says:

    Apparently “Let’s remake _______ with an all-black cast” is what passes for creativity in Hollywood these days.

    • 1539days says:

      At least The Wiz had a halfway decent cast.

    • elliesmom says:

      I don’t remember which blog it was on, but I got blasted for saying Lil Orphan Annie is a cultural icon and isn’t black when it first came out they were making this movie. Dolly Levi is a Jewish yenta. Pearl Bailey isn’t Dolly, and Carol Channing isn’t Porgy’s Bess.

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    • DandyTIger says:

      It is truly amazing with all the kill all the white cops, no cops no prisons, etc., etc. rhetoric, and then all the violence and individual assaults, that it sounds like there is an effort for full on revolution. Or at least a secession of some regions from the US. But then you push on them and it’s really all about the current US gov. just giving more free stuff and getting rid of laws and authorities that enforce those laws. Someone call the whaaaambulance

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  23. Propertius says:

    Cute kid, but I really don’t understand the bizarre fascination so many Americans seem to have with the House of Windsor. I thought we abandoned all that in 1776.

    • votermom says:

      Admiring foreign royalty is like cooing other people’s kids – you can have fun while they’re bring cute, then hand them back to their parents when they start being bratty. 🙂

      • The Klown says:

        I’d rather have the Windsors than the Kennedys or the Kardashians.

        • Propertius says:

          I must confess that I only know the name “Kardashian” from blog posts. I couldn’t pick any of their pictures out if you offered me a million bucks to do so.

          And I’m glad.

        • Propertius says:

          I’ve actually got a lot of respect for Betty – her stint as a mechanic in an Army motor pool in WW II means she’s not a complete drone. The rest of them are pretty much useless. I feel kind of sorry for Chuck, though: having to wait around for your mom to die so you can actually have a (ridiculous and downright anachronistic) job must be hell on one’s self-respect.

          • 49erDweet says:

            Except that Chuckie-wuckie didn’t just “wait around”. He arrogantly and publicly went about trading away a perfectly good wife, replacing her with a substitute mommy – to his country’s abject embarrassment – and in the process thoroughly castrated himself so it is impossible for his real mother to ever retire. Other than that he’s been useless, yes.

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  26. mothy6767 says:

    Does anyone have the list of felonies we are now permitted to commit. I know arson, looting, threatening an officer verbally and physically, criminal tresspass(illegal aliens), identity theft are all okay because my feelings were hurt but sure I’m missing a few.

  27. WMCB says:

    Islamic nutjob has taken 20 hostages in Sydney Australia.

  28. WMCB says:

    • lyn says:

      It’s time to get those firearms buried in the Outback.

    • DandyTIger says:

      Good thing the citizens aren’t allowed have guns.

      • Underwhelmed says:

        Please don’t equate your culture with ours. Australia is not America. We do not have a history of gun use the way you do. I fully support the US constitution and its 2nd amendment being right for you and your nation. I don’t support the same attitude here.

        • 49erDweet says:

          Funy, every Aussie I ever knew had no qualms about hitting back if he’d been attacked. Didn’t know y’all had changed.

          • Underwhelmed says:

            You know, we probably have. There’s a lag time between what a nation thinks of itself, and how it’s actually changed. But even so, I do believe we will still fight for what we believe in. The thing is, we have never had a culture based on self defence with guns, for the general citizenry. We will fight in wars, absolutely, and stand up to bullies. But at home, in our day to day lives, guns do not feature the way they feature in the US. On the land people use guns. Shooting rabbits and foxes, vermin, roos when they get too out of hand. Wild pigs. But game hunting the way it’s done in the US? No. We don’t have the right animals. And guns for self defence? No. We never had the wild west. We are different. The gun crime we’re dealing with now is totally an import from other cultures, mainly the Middle East. Cultures with violent civilian strife we just don’t have. The overwhelming gun culture that the US has? No.

            But that’s not the same as saying we’re cowardly or without principles. And it sucks that you would imply we are those things simply because we don’t have the attitude towards guns that the US does. That’s the kind of cultural arrogance people equate with Americans, and it does you a disservice.

          • 49erDweet says:

            Thanks for that. I echo Lulu’s comments. And add this weird fact. In states where we have regular concealed carry we have extremely low gun-related or violent crime. The states where we have highly restricted carry is where the action takes place, IYKWIM. Like Australia, the US is huge and diverse. The press, and non-Americans, are akin to the blind guy and the elephant on most hot-button issues, and only see what they expect to see.

          • Lulu says:

            I don’t know what kind of gun culture that you think we have but it is almost the same as yours in that it is rural, hunting, vermin or dangerous animals control, and not directed at each other except in revisionist history. The hunting culture came from Europe with our ancestors as did yours. Please don’t believe everything you read in the media or Hollywood movies.

          • The Klown says:

            Our wild west wasn’t as wild as it’s usually depicted.

        • catarina says:

          You don’t wish one of those hostages had taken out the murderous POS terrorist with a concealed firearm before anyone else got hurt? WTF does culture have to do with it?

          • Underwhelmed says:

            Actually, yes. I think it’s a great shame we didn’t have a cop in there who could have killed him quickly. But that’s a fairytale wish. And it’s certainly not in our cultural DNA to arm civilians. Bottom line is we do not have a cultural attitude that civilians carry handguns for personal protection. You just do not get us. Not your fault. But here’s the thing — all over US internet media it’s the same song — oh look, Australia’s don’t have guns, you can’t protect yourselves. You should have handguns and concealed carry permits and you’d be able to defend yourselves. That is not the way we think, it’s not the way we live our lives — and we don’t want to, either. We have had one mass casualty shooting incident, Port Arthur, and the guy was a head case who will never be released from a criminal psych ward.

            Absolutely there are pockets in Sydney where I might be tempted to carry a gun. But those pockets have been over-run with imports, and their cultural values aren’t Australian. Which is the problem.

            I don’t say you guys are less than us because you have a different gun culture. You’re not. It’s the way the US as a culture and a society has developed. But we’re not less than you, either. We’re not weak, we’re not stupid, we’re not pathetic. We just don’t have the same way of living. Yes, you can argue that if civilians had been armed this might have been stopped before it started. But you don’t know that. There’s no guarantee the guy would’ve been taken out. He was armed. He could have started shooting and killed a lot more innocent people. I think you call that kind of thinking Monday morning quarterbacking, yes?

            We don’t feel the need to arm ourselves with handguns because we don’t perceive our environment as a threat. Generally speaking, it’s not. If that changes, maybe we’ll change.

          • Lulu says:

            Who exactly are you reading to think this stuff. No one thinks Australians are weak because they don’t think they need guns in cities. We very rarely see anyone with a gun in a city either except cops. Again I think all this is agitprop. Who is agitating you? This is like you know who saying “some say”. Who is “some” doing the “saying”?

        • Underwhelmed says:

          Nobody on this site, Lulu. But across the board other online sites, news sites, other blog sites – it’s a popular theme. End of the day? It’s misguided. The 2nd Amendment of the US Constitution isn’t in our cultural DNA.

          News just in from Alabama, story on the DailyMail online US site: husband and wife team hold burglars at gunpoint until police arrive – citizens’ arrest. I think it’s brilliant. I applaud that couple’s clear headed thinking and swift, professional actions. From the photo it’s obvious these two are properly trained in gun handling. That scenario is unthinkable here. Now we can have a conversation about whether it should become thinkable – but I think if you conducted a vox populi survey you’d find the vast majority of Aussies aren’t interested in changing the way we approach gun ownership. Mainly that’s because our gun crime stats are minuscule compared to those of the US. It’s a different dynamic. If that changes, we might change. I hope that’s not the case.

          • The Klown says:

            My general policy is that I don’t tell other people how to live or vote unless they ask me for my opinion. This extends to other states and other countries.

            I don’t like other people telling me how to live/vote, so I extend the same courtesy to them.

            If Australia doesn’t want to be like us, that is your choice. You don’t have to explain or defend your choices.

  29. votermom says:

    I’m on the livefeed and it is very choppy – sound keeps dropping too

  30. mothy6767 says:

    Those poor. People. Thoughts and prayers.

  31. Anthony says:

    Posted on FB:

    FILE UNDER “AYFKM???” — 14 hours into the standoff, the hostage taker is demanding an ISIS flag to put in the window. Our news media still insists this is “not a terrorist issue” in spite of the facts. Just like Fort Hood was “workplace violence”. Really?!

    Here’s a thought: ATTENTION: MULLAHS, AYATOLLAHS and CAIR – Please speak up. These are YOUR fucking people; YOU need to deal with them. They won’t listen to anyone else.

    Condemn radical Muslims for terrorist behavior. Use the Muslim equivalent of excommunication to control them. Don’t just threaten them with it – USE it. Then we’ll see just how much Allah means to their cause. My suspicion is that they will just shrug it off and continue their jihad.

    Until Muslim leaders speak out on this, I will continue to perceive their silence as tacit approval.
    Our own PC society doesn’t want to offend them, even after their little habit of hacking our soldiers heads off with a butter knife and posting the videos. For some reason, our leaders (HA!) are too afraid to offend anyone. I am not. You shouldn’t be either.

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