Slightly off the subject, but the web site of the USS NY reminded me:
I went to the Intrepid last week. I hadn't been there in about 4
years. I don't know what I was expecting, but after the multi-year,
multi-zillion dollar overhaul, I know I was expecting something more
than I got. The exhibits were mostly the same as they were last time.
There were a few more restored rooms, crew quarters and the like, but
there were far fewer hands-on exhibits. There was a simulator you had
to pay for, but not much else. The planes, while always a treat, were
pretty much the same as a few years back.
I dunno, the ship is so friggin huge, I was hoping for more of a
Smithsonian Air & Space experience.
But don't get me wrong, if you've never been there, it's most
definitely worth the trip.
"Lenin called them "useful idiots," those people living in
liberal democracies who by giving moral and material support
to a totalitarian ideology in effect were braiding the rope that
would hang them. Why people who enjoyed freedom and prosperity worked
passionately to destroy both is a fascinating question, one still with us
today. Now the useful idiots can be found in the chorus of appeasement,
reflexive anti-Americanism, and sentimental idealism trying to inhibit
the necessary responses to another freedom-hating ideology, radical Islam"
Bruce C. Thornton, a professor of Classics at American University of Cal State