The Day Before the Attack…

President Roosevelt studied this map on December 6, 1941. The pencil notations indicate the location of a Japanese fleet that was being tracked by British and American officials. It appeared to be headed towards Thailand or British Malaya.

What FDR and these officials did not know was that another Japanese fleet—operating under radio silence—was steaming, undetected, towards Hawaii at the same time.

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Should America Intervene?

“This nation will remain a neutral nation, but I cannot ask that every American remain neutral in thought as well…Even a neutral cannot be asked to close his mind or his conscience." 

- Franklin Roosevelt, radio address, September 3, 1939

When war erupted, Americans were divided about how to respond. They sympathized with the victims of aggression. But, remembering the horrors of World War I, most wanted to stay out of the conflict. Isolationists argued America should look to its own defenses rather than aid other nations. And neutrality laws passed by Congress during the 1930s prohibited American arms sales to warring nations. The country’s military was also woefully unprepared. All these factors placed limits on FDR’s ability to act.

In the dark months that followed, Roosevelt demonstrated his belief that America’s security depended on the defeat of the Axis Powers. His actions sparked a great national debate. Should the United States remain wholly neutral? Or should it find ways short of war to assist nations resisting Hitler?

The Reluctant Neutral

When World War II erupted in 1939, most Americans felt their nation could safely remain isolated from foreign troubles. But FDR recognized the grave danger the Axis Powers posed to American security. For two years, he pursued a cautious but deliberate policy of aiding Great Britain and, later, the Soviet Union in their war with Germany and Italy.

At every step, the President had to contend with deep-seated American fears about involvement in the war. He also had to manage a growing crisis in the Pacific, where Japan was expanding its empire into China and threatening Southeast Asia.

“It is easy for you and for me to shrug our shoulders and to say that conflicts taking place thousands of miles from the continental United States … do not seriously affect the Americas—and that all the United States has to do is to ignore them… . Passionately though we may desire detachment, we are forced to realize that … every battle that is fought, does affect the American future.”

- Franklin Roosevelt, Fireside Chat, September 3, 1939

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PART 1 of 3

I’m surprised no one has really posted detailed photos for “The Art of Laika” exhibit that was currently showcased at the Heritage Auction building in Beverly Hills.  It lasted a few days before the auction but now all the pieces are gone and went to their new homes. I’m grateful to have caught it before it ended. This gallery was so awe-inducing, I had to be at the exhibit for a good three hours just to take it all in. Seeing images or looking in a book does NOT do any of these pieces justice. You must see these beautiful pieces in person to really take in the creativity, dedication and craft each one of these props possess. Every item is a work of art. The whole show was quite magical and witnessing the live auction was very exciting. Enjoy these photos!

I may or may not have won something from this photo set. 

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Rick and Morty Art Exhibit on Melrose

A show that pushes it’s own artistic boundaries, a show that expresses itself in ways no other “cartoon” would dare of, I walked into this exhibit skeptical that any artist would be able to twist Rick and Morty in a way we have not already seen. Two steps into the room and I was proven wrong.
Rick and Morty live their fictional lives knowing that they can do anything, and these artist embodied that spirit, “anything is possible”. Each artist was different, each artist gave us so many different, interesting, new perspectives of the show, and it was a breath of fresh air.
Doing anything to whatever they want is what the show does, heck we do not even know if the Rick and Morty from season 3 is the same Rick and Morty from season 1. Did they die? Did we jump to a new universe? Is this the same dimension we were in last episode? It does not matter. The same goes for the art, each painting was a different universe, each artist had their own Rick and Morty and we loved it anyway!
Rick and Morty is a cartoon that makes a mockery of the reality that is “Life”. In a generation of adults dying to keep a hold of their youth, yearning to stay young no matter how old we are growing. We stood in line for hours, wrapped around the entire block, and there was not a single kid in sight. A two hour line of adults, that were there because of a cartoon.
Why is this cartoon hitting a demographic of grown men and women? I think it’s because of what the show preaches and that’s that you live and you die, there’s nothing deeper to it than that. That is something that resonates on a larger scale with adults than it ever could with children. Rick and Morty are living the lives that we dream about, they say the things we think to ourselves when nobody else is around. That is what made the art so captivating, there was no concept of an adult life, there was no deep-lying meaning. You did not have to read between the lines, all you had to do was laugh at the ridiculousness in front of you.