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A Ship Born Of Tragedy March 1, 2008

Posted by Michael in News.

A ship made with steel from the World Trade Center, and dedicated to the proposition that we will never forget.


The USS New York, an amphibious assault ship built with scrap steel from the ruins of the World Trade Center, was christened Saturday as a source of strength and inspiration for Americans.

Thousands of people, including friends and families of those who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, gathered near the hulking gray ship, trimmed in red, white and blue banners.

The bow stem, which contains 7.5 tons of steel from the site, bore a shield with two gray bars to symbolize the twin towers and a banner over that declaring “Never Forget,” a slogan among New Yorkers.

Celebrating a ship born of tragedy

The USS New York was commissioned with a stirring clarinet fanfare.



1. kevlarchick - March 1, 2008

I heard about this today. What a great story.

But an “amphibious ship?” How does that work? Does it have wheels?

2. Michael - March 1, 2008

No, it carries amphibious assault vehicles.

3. Pupster - March 1, 2008

It carries the Marines, and their (amphibious) landing craft to the launch point of a seaborne assault on interesting people in foreign lands.

4. Muslihoon - March 1, 2008

Marines? Even better!

I love Marines. Ooah! Or is that Hooah! Or Booyah? Ahooh?

5. eddiebear - March 1, 2008

This is a compelling and awesome story. Why not park it permanently as close to the Oil Ticks as we can?

6. Bart - March 1, 2008

I watched You’re in the Navy Now, today.

What a great old flick for a Saturday matinée.

P.S. Tivo sucks

7. dr4 - March 1, 2008

I watched Vincent Price in “Theater of Blood” today as well as “13 Going on 30” and “We Own the Night.”

The Price movie was fun and i enjoyed it, 13 Going on 30 had a couple of funny lines but it was just a kids flick, and We Own the Night sucked.

Ive got “Island of Lost Souls” and “You Cant Take it With You” for tomorrow.

Oh and i downloaded a copy of that Rosetta Stone thing that they advertise on tv too. Its pretty neat and they do offer a couple of dozen languages. Im to lazy to use it but i have it just in case.

8. dr4 - March 1, 2008

Oh and if anybody has any movie or book suggestions feel free to post them.

Ive been catching up on my reading during my lunch hour.Ive ordered “Death in the Long Grass” and Michael Cains “Whats It ALl About” so they should keep me busy for a while but after that im open to suggestions.

9. Muslihoon - March 1, 2008

“I am eating bread” in Pashto is funniest thing you’ll ever hear on Rosetta Stone, Amish. It sounds crazy.

10. dr4 - March 1, 2008

So you have experience with the program Muslihoon? Is it worth a damn? What is the best way to learn a new language?

Random Work related story:

A chick that i work with was talking about the election the other day and she would just not shut the fuck up about it. She went on and on until finally i just said “wait a minute. I dont mean to be rude or anything but there are three things i dont talk about in public – sex, politics, and religion. So im afraid we’re going to have to wait till we get to know each other a little better before i tell you about my fantasy about fucking Hillary Clinton on a stack of Bibles.”

She thought i was being serious.

I work with morons.

At least she shut up.

11. Muslihoon - March 1, 2008

Amish, did you download the demo? Where may I download it? I lost my demo CD. If I can download it, I can spare myself a drive to mall to find the Rosetta Stone kiosk to get a demo CD without selling my soul to them.

In a way it’s good. I fiddled around the Turkish section and picked more than I expected. I’m actually more of a “give me a book with the rules and let me learn through exercises” kind of person. But Rosetta is one of the premier language-learnng programs out there.

if it weren’t so expensive, I’d definitely go for it. But until then the demo is fun.

12. Muslihoon - March 1, 2008

A stack of Bibles would make it a bit precarious and wobbly. Try Das Kapital. (If she’s a Democrat, chances are she’d be equally shocked.)

13. Bart - March 1, 2008

I think you’ve seen every movie that I’ve seen.

I’ve got a few Masterpiece Theater/PBS series in my Netflix queue. A lot of them were really good.

Inspector Morse
Miss Marple
Martin Chuzzlewit

One of my favorite all-time series is A&E’s Nero Wolfe. I love this short-lived series so much that I watch the DVDs all the time. The acting is superb; the writing is excellent; the characters are rich; and the sets and scenery are spectacular.

14. Bart - March 1, 2008

What is the best way to learn a new language?

Immersion. Surround yourself 24/7 with the language you want to learn.

15. annoying ex-pool guy - March 2, 2008

Some movie suggestions :

Corvette Summer – The movie Mark Hamill made right after Star Wars in hope that he wouldn’t be stereotyped as Luke Skywalker. Pretty good movie and Annie Potts is great in it.

Private Resort – Johnny Depp’s first movie. Typical 80’s teen flick, but still pretty good and funny in a stupid kind of way.

The One and Only – Henry Winkler movie about a guy pursuing his dream of becoming a professional wrestler (the fake kind). Herve Villechaize (Tatu) co-stars as his sex addicted manager. Actually a really good movie. The girl from True Grit plays Winkler’s wife.

Lifeforce – Movie about a hot naked vampire chick from space. Pretty good.

16. annoying ex-pool guy - March 2, 2008

Tried to pick old ones that no one has heard of.

17. dr4 - March 2, 2008

Muslihoon: No it wasnt the demo. It was a complicated process finding the program and installing the (several) programs i needed to get it to run BUT if you are interested i am certain that with a little patience i can guide you through it.

Bart: I do love a good detective show. I will check out Nero Wolfe. Ive always liked the guy who plays Wolfe. His scene in Dances with Wolves is the most memorable of the whole movie for me. Have you ever watched Cracker with Robbie Coltrane. Ive only seen a couple of episodes but they were pretty good.

ex-pool guy: Thanks for the tips. The only one of those that i have already seen is Lifeforce which i liked. I think there was a video game based on that one. I’ll add the others to my list. thanks.

18. Bart - March 2, 2008

I remember Cracker. Very good.

I was addicted to A&E in the ’90’s. They used to have a lot of good shows and movies. Now they suck.

19. Russ from Winterset - March 2, 2008

“Cracker” is good. So is “Touching Evil”, which is a Candian series about a “profiler/detective” who comes back from a bullet wound to the brain to try to resume his old job. That guy who stars in the USA Network series “Burn Notice” was the star of “Touching Evil” and I thought he did a great job of it. It’s a lot like “Cracker”, so if you like one, you’ll probably like the other.

20. dr4 - March 2, 2008

Nearly all tv sucks these days. You know how many new shows ive watched since 2000?* Two. The Sapranos and now Breaking Bad.

*I just mean shows that started in to 00s. There were a few shows that started in the 90s that carried over until this decade that i still watched. Frasier, Futurama and a couple of others.

21. Mrs. Peel - March 2, 2008

I like Burn Notice. I can’t decide if that guy is good-looking or not, though.

22. Bart - March 2, 2008

Psych and Monk are moving to NBC next season.

The 4400 and The Dead Zone have been canceled. Which sucks because as bad as those two shows were, they were better than 99% of the stuff out there.

Smallville might call it quits after this season, too.

All I have left is:
Prison Break
Battlestar Galactica
Stargate Atlantis
King of the Hill

Anyone watch the Sara Connor Chronicles?

Besides King of the Hill, not a single current sit-com, that I’m aware of, is worth watching.

23. Bart - March 2, 2008


Eight kajillion versions of CSI are still on.

24. dr4 - March 2, 2008

see i dont like any of those shows. I havent tried BG yet though. I thought about giving Lost a chance too.

I like King of the Hill except for his wife and kid. They annoy the shit out of me.

25. dr4 - March 2, 2008

Anybody wonder why middle easterners have a reputation for being batshit crazy?

3000+ comments by Turks enraged by a 15 year old cartoon skit from Tiny Toon Adventures.

Very catchy song by the way.

26. skinbad - March 2, 2008

My wife and I like the Inspector Lynley BBC series. I’m not a big BBC guy, but those caught me.

27. Muslihoon - March 2, 2008

I love that song. The one reason I bought a TMBG CD and many others of their songs were good…even though most didn’t make sense.

I can’t watch CSI and such shows. If I’m eating I have go into another room and close the door. It’s gross. I prefer Cartoon Network, Comedy Central, and many (but not all) shows on Discovery Channel. Yes, I am a dork. Or a kid. Either one. Or both. (I *love* Futurama! I used to watch the two episodes on Cartoon Network with my dog every night until they stopped doing that. My dog liked them too. He likes cartoons.)

28. Sobek - March 2, 2008

“What is the best way to learn a new language? “

Immersion, as Bart said. If you want to learn Italian, move to Italy. If that’s not an option, then you need to decide (a) what you’re learning the language for (i.e. reading newspapers, reading classic books, talking to people), and (b) what are your strengths and weaknesses.

The first point is important because it will help you narrow your focus. I can read some Greek and Hebrew, but I couldn’t possibly speak it. My studies have focused almost exclusively on grammar, a little bit of vocab, no attempts whatsoever at forming my own sentences. It’s just not necessary. If you’re more concerned with talking to people or watching television, grammar isn’t as important as vocabulary.

As for strengths and weaknesses, some people (like me) pick up grammar faster than vocab. With Farsi, I’ve spent a lot more effort than usual working on vocab, because the grammar comes more naturally anyway. I’ve made a bunch of verb flashcards that I use when running or (ahem) during depositions.

I can’t learn a lanugage with just audio. I got an In-Flight Korean CD several years ago, and it was just about useless to me. The CD didn’t have any instructions on grammar, so I couldn’t figure out which Korean sounds represented which words, so I couldn’t make my own sentences. No indication of verb conjugation or word order. I can’t just memorize 60 minutes’ worth of sentences in a foreign language.

29. Sobek - March 2, 2008

I thought Life Force was stupid when I first saw it. I was in High School at the time, so it’s not like my taste in movies was especially refined. Konami made a movie called Life Force for the original Nintendo, but it was a side-scrolling space ship shooter that had nothing to do with the movie. It was fun, and the enemies were pretty cool.

Amish, I’m reading a book called Tamerlane, by Justin Marozzi. It’s a very well written (okay, there are some style issues that bug me, but not too many) and interesting account of one of the greatest generals in human history. Dude kicked the trash out of everyone.

30. daveintexas - March 2, 2008

Join the Marines. See the World. Meet Interesting People. And Kill Them.

31. dr4 - March 2, 2008

Did your reading of Edgar Allen Poes works pique your interest in Tamerlane Sobek?

32. dr4 - March 2, 2008

Ive almost completely stopped watching Cartoon Network now that theyve stopped airing Futurama. All of their new shows are lame.

33. dr4 - March 2, 2008
34. USARULZ - March 2, 2008

Another great weapon in our ammo box to add to the further hurt that we need to continue to administer to all those that want want to do america and her citizens harm. To all you leftest hippy anti-war anti-bush folks, before you gather to protest this fine weapon of international diplomacy remember this, we didn’t start this world wide war on terrorismbut we are going to finish it in a way that will make any and all of our enamies out there to think twice before you decide to hijack a plane full of innocents and crash it and them into our skyscrappers. I’m proud of our President and what he’s doing to avenge 911. what would of been the national reaction if he didn’t do anything? I only wish we would of had a president with his balls back in october 93 when the administration back then allowed our Rangers to be desicrated and dragged through that slum that is Somalia. “You go George!” “Hey Iran you might be next”. I had a incident where some of you liberal fucks tried to burn our flag as part of a “freedom of speech project” let me report that the colours are safe and the next time these clowns try to burn the national colours they’ll think twice. “God bless America our Troops and our President!.

35. Michael - March 2, 2008

I had a incident where some of you liberal fucks . . .

Um, Jerzeeboy, the regular commenters on this site are uniformly conservative and pro-military.

36. USARULZ - March 2, 2008

Sorry guy I just got back from Iraq on leave and I’m still trying to adjust bad thing is i gotta go back in a few weeks

37. Michael - March 2, 2008

Yeah, I saw in the other thread that you’re due back in 24 days.

God bless you for your service to our country. We are very proud of you all, and the mission you have performed so well.

38. Sobek - March 2, 2008

“Did your reading of Edgar Allen Poes works pique your interest in Tamerlane Sobek?”

No. I got my undergrad degree in middle eastern history, but haven’t done anything with it since I applied for law school. I recently read a book on Medieval Persia from my college days, and it got me on a central Asia kick. I just finished Bernard Lewis’ classic book “The Assassins.” Next up I’m thinking about reading “Guests of the Ayatollah,” about the Iran hostage crisis.

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41. Pupster - March 2, 2008

I got ‘cher anonymous Right Here.

42. geoff - March 2, 2008

“What is the best way to learn a new language? “

For those of us who aren’t going to drop everything and move to the country of our choice, I recommend the Pimsleur series. I put the lessons on my iPod and listen to them after I workout. For some reason the Pimsleur approach of delayed repetition and recombination of words you know really works, at least for me.

43. Cathy - March 2, 2008

I like this Wanderlust King.

Gotta funny soft-spot for GoGo Bordello… dunno why.

44. Bart - March 2, 2008

Well, that’s a first for me.

I wonder if this is where Borat got his inspiration.

45. dr4 - March 2, 2008

I saw these guys on Letterman or Conan a year or two ago.

They sort of remind of the early days of Oingo Boingo.

46. Cathy - March 2, 2008

Bart if you are intrigued, see the video, Everything is Illuminated.

It’s the same guy.

47. Kowboy - March 3, 2008

Most realistic Navy movie out there: The Last Detail with Jack Nicholson. The Navy actually helped them make it then tried to stop the release when they saw how close to reality it really was.

48. George Argo - September 11, 2009

WOW! What a wonderful story developed from such a Tragic Day!

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