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Ok, here is my review of Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull. I won’t kid you: This review contains major spoilers so if you have not already seen the film you may not want to read below the fold because I guarantee I will ruin it for all of you purists.

The newest Indiana Jones installment is impressive on the face of it in its own right because it brings back Harrison Ford in the lead at 70 years old and Steven Spielberg as director, which is no small potatoes. Spielberg made Jaws when he was like 23, and has established the baseline for commercially successful auteurs, so when he deigns to direct a film, we should all take note.

“What is Spielberg up to these days?” is the question film aficionados should ask, and “Crystal Skull” provides an answer.

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Man was it hot in Sterling today.

I’m no stranger to heat at all, having lived in southwest Florida for ten years in an era when I could not always afford a vehicle with air conditioning. Yes, I am that old and yes I was that poor in my 20s. Summers in Florida driving with your windows open is manly business, and there was more than one summer when my work was construction and my drive home was in a non-air conditioned car.

But today was a complete ass-kicker, unlike any I’ve experienced in recent memory. I had to do the lawn, which is about a 2.5 hour exercise with the edging and trimming included. Unfortunately, my basic laziness was in full force this morning and I did not manage to break out the equipment until about 11:00 am. The “temperature” was only showing at 94 degrees, and there were numerous areas of shade in the yard, so I thought I could tear through the job with no problems. But the humidity and “heat index” were at another level altogether.

So as much as I like to tell people that 47 is not really so old thanks to modern science and I still get carded in 7-11 by cashiers from the other side of the world, I must admit that mowing the lawn on days like today is no country for 47-year old men.

Within roughly 15 minutes of embarking onto the front lawn (do that first, so if you die in the process at least the neighborhood standards will be maintained) my head started to burn and I had to breathe a LOT. So I mowed a stretch, then went inside for a cold drink and a chance to let the breathing slow down.

By the time I got to the back yard, which was around noon, the overall sensation could best be described as stinging from the inside out. Luckily, portions of the yard were still shaded, so I could strategize by doing a circuit in the sun and circuit in the shade, then the occasional break in the house for a cool down. The internal temperature continued to build, though, because during my circuits in the sunny portions, when I had to stop and empty the catcher for the obligatory stop in the sun, the heat-and-sweating sensation got so intense there were brief periods of chills. This, I would tend to think, is not a good thing.

Eventually, I managed to get the front and back yards both done, and by the end my ears felt like they were chimneys, almost burning. Needless to say, I spent some time in the house cooling down before moving one step further.

I also did a number of errands throughout the day, and the overriding characteristic was brief moments in the sun (or hopping into the car) were like a shot to the head.

Now it is 1:00 am, and I still have the burning sensation in my ears. It’s the heat combined with humidity. This has been one hot damn day in Sterling.

Tomorrow is supposed to hit 98 degrees, and we will be at the Steve Winwood – Tom Petty concert. I will try to send some Twitter updates from the concert on how that is going and how everyone is surviving the heat.

Valuable service provided by RWN.

…Obama’s embracement of appeasement.
Obama has a huge anti-gun record.
Obama may not be a Muslim, but every association with religion he has made seems to be outrageously radical!

It’s a long list, go read it all.

Think what you will about Pat, he brings the incisive observations:

With the Iraq War entering its sixth year, the dollar sinking to peso levels, the economy careening into recession, and 12 to 20 million illegal aliens roosting here, Bush alerted us to what really worries him: “I’m troubled by isolationism and protectionism … [and] another ‘ism,’ and that’s nativism. And that’s what happened throughout our history. And probably the most grim reminder of what can happen to America during periods of isolationism and protectionism is what happened in the late—in the ’30s, when we had this America First policy and Smoot-Hawley. And look where it got us…”

From 1924 to 1965, there was indeed little immigration. Does that make Coolidge, Hoover, FDR, Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, and Kennedy knuckle-dragging nativists? When JFK took office, we were as united and strong a country as we have ever been. How did we suffer from not having 12 to 20 million illegal aliens here?

In smearing as nativists, protectionists, and isolationists those who wish to stop the invasion, halt the export of factories and jobs to Asia, and stop the unnecessary wars, Bush is attacking the last true conservatives in his party. Which is understandable. For after the judges and tax cuts, what is there about Bush that is conservative? His foreign policy is Wilsonian. His trade policy is pure FDR. His spending is LBJ all the way. His amnesty for illegals is Teddy Kennedy’s policy.

I’ll go on record saying the “judges and tax cuts” were in themselves a pretty major positive contribution to America’s future. These accomplishments of GW Bush cannot simply be written off as side issues to his presidency. Looking ahead to the next president, good judges and tax cuts may be about the best the American people can hope to be accomplished in the next four years, and “good judges” are likely among the key reasons any Americans should choose to vote for the Republican candidate in November.

Add to that “missile defense” and you have almost the whole kit and kaboodle as to why we should hope John McCain wins in November. Obama, like his forebearer Jimmy Carter, wants to disarm us.

We can’t get all we want from our next president. McCain promises to be a disaster on illegal immigration – but so was Bush, and so promises to be Obama. But let’s ensure we protect our country first … and let’s focus on convincing enough of our fellow citizens that illegal immigration is a crisis to get THAT message loudly enough to Washington DC that a McCain administration would be forced to hear the message.

Local station WJLA channel 7 is continuing its “Project Immigration” this weekend with a one hour special Sunday evening (June 8th, 7:00 pm). The program will purportedly present an evenhanded overview of the effects of illegal immigration in the greater Washington DC area.

WJLA reporter Andrea McCarren visited Sterling in March to discuss the Honest Business Network (see that story here).

After watching that report, I think WJLA’s team is doing an objective and fair job of reporting on this problem in Northern Virginia. I encourage everyone to watch the program on Sunday. The WJLA press release on Sunday’s program is below the fold.

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Well, I’m not the first to think of this, of course.  I hope I won’t be the last.  I hope McCain takes the idea very seriously.

Check out the Outrage of the Week.

What is frightening is that people this stupid are teaching our children.