Month: December 2019 (Page 1 of 3)

Tickets To Heaven

In college I had a (bad) radio show on Sundays, and the guys before me had a comedy bit where they sold “Tickets To Heaven”. I wonder if they took it too far?

William Leslie Hamner – Compromise Agreement

By all accounts I’ve heard, my great-grandfather (William Leslie Hamner) was a bit of a jerk. He and my great-grandmother (Grace Hamner) were divorced in 1932, and he paid no allimony to support her or my grandfather (Charles Hamner). Both ended up moving in with my grandfather’s older sister Lucille as a result, and my great-grandmother stayed with her until she passed in 1976.

My great-grandmother had sued my great-grandfather in 1939 because he was supposed to build a residence for her. This document details the compromise they reached, though my great-grandfather didn’t fulfill his end of this agreement either.

The True Meaning Of Christmas (According To “Last Ounce of Courage”)

Here’s a clip from 2012’s “Last Ounce of Courage”:

  • This movie was actually released in theaters. It grossed $3.3MM on a $1.2MM budget.
  • Rotten Tomatoes reported that 0% of critics gave the film positive reviews based on 15 reviews as of March 2013, with an average score of 2.5 out of 10.
  • Robert Abele of the Los Angeles Times said of the film, “The patriot-packaged ‘Last Ounce of Courage’ has been made with the conviction of true zealots, but also the competence of amateurs.”
  • Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee took part in a telemarketing campaign to promote the film that made over four million robocalls. This was considered to be a violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, as it was in the guise of a political survey, and a class-action lawsuit was later filed. AIC Communications, the company involved with the campaign on behalf of Veritas Entertainment, had to pay $32,424,930 in damages.
  • All the actors look as-if they were dipped in plastic.
  • Who reframed the camera on the dead soldier’s face after the explosion?
  • How did they get the video of the soldiers dying? Did the military provide it? That doesn’t seem like something it’d do.
  • When the soldier says, “We fight so we can all enjoy our freedom back at home”, the camera cuts to a guy in a jail cell.
  • Is the guy in the jail cell watching all this on a live stream?

“Trees” By Joyce Kilmer

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.

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In the 1930s the federal government purchased 3,800 acres of old growth forest in North Carolina to stop extensive logging. The tract of forest was dedicated to the memory and service of Kilmer.

Kilmer also has a service station names after him on the New Jersey Turnpike.

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