No. No, he didn’t.
And you all need to stop posting stories claiming he did.
When Tom Cruise said, “It was brutal“, it was in reference to being separated from his daughter.
When asked whether he thought the situations were the same [going to war, location shooting], he said, “Oh come on, you know, we’re making a movie.”
The fact that this misinformation keeps getting posted bothers me for several reasons – the main one being: It isn’t the truth! I am so tired of people and organizations spreading untruths simply because it suits their agenda or helps spin up their readership. Just because I dislike the subject (Cruise) and support the “maligned” (combat troops), doesn’t mean I should be OK lying about his statement.
It bothers me because many right-leaning “news” sites have posted it – repeatedly. I place the scare quotes around “news” because, if they can’t be bothered to get the facts, I can’t take them seriously when they report the “news”. I have come to expect that behavior from left-leaning sites and even the MSM, but I expect better from our side. Even worse, I know several of these outlets have been told the truth, and yet continue to spread the lie – in one case, defending their doing so because the “concept is important” (no, I will not give them a link)
It has now engulfed Mark Wahlberg, who was asked, while promoting a movie he just completed about soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice, what he thinks of actors who compare acting to combat. He, understandably, let loose with more than a couple of bad words. It doesn’t appear Wahlberg mentions Cruise by name, and he may very well have been unaware of what the interviewer was referencing. In fact, since Wahlberg references S.E.A.L. training, not separation, odds are he thought they were asking about something more general. However, this is spreading across the internet as “Wahlberg goes ballistic on Cruise“, thus manufacturing a feud out of whole cloth. (Incidentally, he doesn’t seem to be going ballistic, he seems pretty calm)
The original statement, by a lawyer, not Tom Cruise, “By your reasoning, any actor who is shooting on location in a foreign country could be charged with child abandonment, as could all of the mothers and fathers serving overseas in the military” is true. I do not have the links right now, but there have been cases where parents have had their custody challenged, and some who lost, because they were deployed. Obviously the experiences away are decidedly different, as are the motivations for doing so. Still, discounting a man’s (or woman’s) parenting and accusing them of abandonment for temporary work away is not good for anyone. In Cruise’s case specifically, he had the peace of mind that his daughter was being well cared for and he was able to communicate with her on a regular basis. Video chatting is a luxury that is available to more & more parents on the road, even those fighting wars in far-away lands, in horrible conditions.
I’m tired of people sharing stuff they don’t bother to verify first. I’m beyond frustrated with people who do so even when they know it is untrue. And I am livid that organizations that claim to be Conservative and present themselves as informational have not only shared this, but continue to do so.
And don’t even get me started on how I feel about having to defend Tom Cruise
UPDATE: Forgot to add this earlier. The majority of folks sharing the “Wahlberg sticks it to Cruise” angle are lauding Wahlberg as a hero. Many of those same people were chastising Wahlberg not so very long ago for his perceived anti-gun statements. Yesterday the goat, today the hero. Both characterizations are equally flawed, but, hey, don’t let the truth hit you in the outrage on your way out.
Today I found myself sucked in to a marathon of the ghostly Discovery Channel show, A Haunting.
Not that I am a believer in ghosts & ghoulies, but I do enjoy things that are creepy – especially this time of year. In watching episode after episode, a couple of things became clear.
- These hauntings almost all take place in old homes, hundreds of years old. At some point in the “investigation” the homeowner – or the psychic researcher they’ve hired – discovers that a previous resident died in the house. Everyone is shocked and horrified by the news. Now, even in this day and age, people still regularly die at home. Hundreds of years ago, I am pretty sure most deaths took place at home. Even if the original owner didn’t die “within years of completing construction” (which would also seem common considering life expectancy of the time) it wouldn’t seem unreasonable that at some point in 250 years some resident would have had a heart attack, or cancer, or tripped down the stairs, or choked on a rutabaga… In other words, other than a brutal murder, not really anything shocking or scary about “died at home”
- In all but one episode, the “haunted” believed in ghosts prior to any paranormal activity and engaged in some sort of behavior that they “knew” would challenge/invite/anger the spirits (Ouija boards, seances, pentagrams…) If you believe something is going to happen, the likelihood of you experiencing it is considerably higher
- In all but one episode, the “haunted” reported a sense of foreboding prior to buying or occupying the home. I don’t accept the paranormal stuff, but if I was made physically ill when touring a property, I wouldn’t place an offer on it. Of course, horror movies would be a lot shorter if people followed their gut.
- All the ghosts, at some point, make their presence known by pulling the blanket(s) off the bed. Why would a poor trapped soul spend their energy making sleeping people cold? Is there some new ghost orientation where they get a checklist; pull off the blankets, make the lights flicker…
- Cell phones & webcams seemingly capture images that are clear enough to convince even the most skeptical of family friends they are in the presence of spirits, but not clear enough to actually use in the production of any of the episodes
Bonus behind the scenes: A Haunting, blooper reel
Barack Obama, Jay Carney, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid – all keep repeating the same position, “We will not negotiate with the GOP to end the shutdown” There is no ground whatsoever they are willing to cede.
The House passed a continuing resolution that funded everything, every piece of government spending, with only two conditions: Repeal the Medical Device Tax, and delay the start of the ACA for one year. And the Senate says no way. Obama says he would veto that. Not even going to discuss it.
Here’s the kicker, though.
- The Medical Device Tax is universally unpopular. Senators on both sides of the aisle have noted its job killing effects.
- Barack Obama already delayed the start of the ACA for businesses (extra-constitutionally BTW) Why would he dig in his heels over a delay for individuals (which would be constitutionally sound BTW)?
Now we know that, despite having 3 years to prepare, the ACA systems are not ready to go. Even late night comedians know it. Jon Stewart knows it. Actual members of the MSM have been forced to make note of it.
Should Barack Obama call up John Boehner and accept that original continuing resolution, he would look like a magnanimous negotiator, a savior of the poor furloughed government workers, and he would lose nothing. Eliminating the Medical Device Tax is a minor compromise, and delaying the ACA for everyone is not only fair – it gives the administration a chance to get their act together. Literally.
Barack Obama comes off as the winner and he gets to claim he saved the day.
Perhaps that is Obama’s clumsy point. His biggest opposition comes from those opposed to big government spending…and big government control. He may well have seen this as an opportunity to “show everyone” just how terribly important we should think all that big government is.
What he has illustrated by closing open air monuments to veterans, blockading scenic overlooks & private businesses, kicking home owners out of their own homes, and even attempting to close the ocean is just how big the government is – and how much control we have allowed it to have. And how very much we need to take that control back, back to “We The People” where it belongs.
And, in Barack Obama’s attempt to show us how big and important the government is, he has clearly illustrated how truly small and unimportant he himself is.
* Yes, I know it wasn’t Jefferson, but the quote is still good and I like the pic.
Riddle me this – even if you believe, against any evidence to the contrary, that the Republicans are 100% responsible for the current shutdown (which, obviously, I don’t) But, if you did assign every tiny possible bit of blame to the Right…
How can you not see the vindictive, capricious, random & punitive measures the White House has ordered as anything other than a petty, thuggish, spoon-banging, temper tantrum designed to hurt as many people as possible?
A few more:
- Obama Admin Closes Down Privately Funded Educational Farm
- Obama Blacks Out Sports, Entertainment Programming to Overseas Troops
- D-Day memorial among overseas cemeteries closed
- Obama Closes Privately Funded Mt Vernon – oops
- Obama Closes Parks That Are Privately Funded – and Produce Revenue FOR the US Government
OK, I’m tired of tracking down the links, you all know how to Google. The stories of malicious closures just keep coming; Cliff House in San Francisco, the Pisgah Inn, the Vietnam Memorial, he even tried to close state funded parks, barry-cading bus turnarounds, blocking off scenic overlooks….another day, another foot-stompy unnecessary (and often, extra costly) blockage.
UPDATE: Here’s the latest move out of the Spite House, Shutdown forces owners to leave Lake Mead homes
A shutdown – which has been used many times in our nations history – is meant to minimize expenditures. Obama, AKA President Stompy Foot, has found ways to spend more money in his quest to “make life as difficult for people as we can.”
Whether you agree with the shutdown or not, whether you like Obamacare or not – how can you not be disappointed in a President whose idea of leading is to bully veterans, tourists, private businesses & children with cancer?
The only problem with it, it feeds my N.A.D.D. (which I posted about previously)
All the information, all the time, right at my fingertips. It can’t be healthy, but I can’t stop – I need INPUT.
One of my new favorite things is Google Currents, which isn’t a new thing, at all. But it is new to me – and it is awesome. Some much content, presented in happy little windows I can click and read. And read. All night; news, opinion, news, opinion. From so many places. I can’t go to sleep because I might miss something good from Australia. Or Minnesota. Or Turkey.
I do wish Google was doing more to support it, and I wish it integrated better with Google+. Because I am on it all.the.time. And I want to share all.the.stories. Because you all need to read all.the.stuff.
READ ALL THE THINGS! SHARE ALL THE THINGS!
I recently had the great fortune of being called for jury duty* Since I was not selected, I can share some of the general bits here.
For instance, the defendant was facing firearms possession charges. This lead to voir dire involving firearms related questions. In Arizona, with a beginning jury pool of 48 people, it goes something like this:
Do any of the prospective jurors belong to, or do any of your family members/close friends belong to, the NRA or any such organization? 44 hands go up
Do any of you personally own a firearm, or do any of your family members/close friends own a firearm? 47 hands go up
Do any of you think that handguns should be banned? No hands. Zero
Do any of you feel that assault rifles should be banned? Six hands (a bit disappointed that no clarification was given as to what constituted an assault rifle)
Do any of you feel that current firearms laws are too lax or need to be toughened in any way? Two hands.
Do any of you have, or do any of you have friends/family who have, specialized training with firearms or in marksmanship? 30 hands.
Et cetera. It was almost comical how not anti-gun the group was.
(Since the charges were that a convicted felon had multiple weapons stashed in his home, I’m not sure how many of those questions would really have had any bearing. Perhaps that is a list she uses anytime there is a gun involved at all)
Side note: As we, the unchosen, walked toward the elevators to leave, a young man in our group spoke to a woman behind me. I heard him saying, “I actually hate guns. They are stupid. I think they are for cowards.” Putting aside the ridiculousness of his statement, that is exactly the sort of information the judge was attempting to elicit with her tedious string of questioning. Certainly, if he felt that way, he should have piped up when it would have made a difference – perhaps he was just too cowardly to tell the truth.
* Yes, I’m being sarcastic. I don’t mind jury duty, but I certainly don’t relish the idea, either.
A site I follow on Facebook just shared this Independent Journal Review story:
If you were online yesterday, you probably saw as many complaints about how others were remembering 9/11 as you saw actual tributes. We are nothing if not outraged by whatever we can find to cause outrage.
I posted this response on Facebook, but that audience is limited – so I am bringing my outrageous outrage about the outrage over to my blog,
I disagree on a couple of these, not all are “exploiting tragedy for financial gain”
I believe AT&T’s picture was a genuine attempt at paying respects, and I see no reason to believe Expedia was anything but sincere with their tweet (just because they didn’t change their background pic?)
And the Lakers (who I dislike) posting a flashback pic of Kobe (who I despise) may have been clumsy, but I doubt it was cynical.
I agree that 9/11 should never be “just another day”, and Patriot Day is a different Holiday than the highly commercialized ones like Valentines Day, but are we really so highly strung for outrage that we can’t accept that businesses may want to sincerely express their grief, too?
While the others on the list are remarkable in their tone deafness, and would best have been avoided, where is the outrage over Memorial Day sales? Surely a Holiday dedicated to the memory of the hundreds of thousands of men & women who have died in service to this country deserves a high level of respect & decorum, too.
BTW: I found the Esquire falling man picture/headline mess the most offensive because A) it was an unbelievably stupid mistake and B) they were unbelievably cavalier in their response
I needed some sand for a craft project, which seemed a simple enough ingredient. Unfortunately, you generally have to buy a bunch. I tried other things, but nothing looks enough like sand for my taste.
It eventually dawned on me to try pet stores because aquariums use sand. Sort of. They use multi-colored sand you can buy in small amount, or regular sand you can buy in bulk. I certainly don’t need 25 pounds, thankyouverymuch. I went home empty-handed.
Then I remembered lizards..hermit crabs…reptiles…maybe? Yes. Smaller bags, tamer colors. Bingo. Vacillated between a couple of brands and tone combos, but finally decided the premium calcium sand was the right balance of pretty & sandy. I grabbed the bag quickly and paid without much more thought.
Tonight, I finally got to my project and all went well, the sand was p e r f e c t. Joy, I can actually see if my idea works.
I cleaned up my work space and left everything to dry overnight. Then, as I turned off the light and glanced back into the room I noticed something was…glowing. In the dark. On my craft table. I switched on the light to check it out and found that, in my haste, I had grabbed the bag of glowing sand (this is a thing with lizards?)
So, I don’t think it will have a negative effect on my original project, and it could definitely be fun for future ones. As friends & long-time readers know, I love things that go glow in the night. If nothing else, I will certainly enjoy having it around
Shamelessly stole this quiz from my great-niece’s Facebook page. Hey, I need blog fodder & I’m not in the mood for heavier stuff right now.
- Available = Romantically? No; Employment? Perhaps; Parties? Doesn’t hurt to ask
- Birthday = July 19th … hey, that’s coming up.
- Crushing On = Same guy I’ve been crushing on for over nine years
- Drink You Last Had = Coca~Cola (big surprise)
- Easiest Person To Talk To = Same guy I’ve been crushing on for over nine years
- Favorite Color = Purple..or blue..or black…or purple…
- Grades In School = Good
- Hometown = Phoenix – The Valley of the Sun
- In Love With = Same guy I’ve been crushing on for over nine years
- Jealous Of = Can’t think of anyone…unless we throw in mild envy
- Killed Someone = Nope
- Love Who = Same guy I’ve been crushing on for over nine years, and my gigantic family
- Milkshake Flavor = Jamocha
- Never Have I Ever = Killed someone. We just covered that
- One Wish = Cure for Alzheimer’s and other dementia syndromes
- Person Who Called You Last = Irene
- Question You’re Always Asked = “Is that your natural hair color?” This is not a yes or no question
- Reason To Smile = Same guy I’ve been crushing on for over nine years. OK, OK – our fur babies :- )
- Song You’re Listening To = “Perfect” by The Stellas
- Time You Woke Up = 9:30 ;- )
- Unforgettable Moment = So many, and too few
- Very Best Friend(s) = Same guy I’ve been crushing on for over nine years
- Worst Habit = Coca~Cola…and procrastination
- X- Rays You’ve Had = Pretty much everything at this point, have no idea how many total
- You Cried Last = Hearing about the Boston Bombing
- Zodiac Sign = Cancer
I haven’t been blogging much lately, but I figured I should pop in for this one.
It’s my bloggiversary – I started this bidness 10 years ago today. A decade. That deserves an actual post but…well, I don’t have one.
I will just leave you with this
If you want to reward me for sticking around* – at the same URL and maintaining my archives – I do have an Amazon Wish List
* Yeah, it’s kind of a participation trophy. But it’s a long-term participation trophy