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Kirk Douglas Issues Editorial on His 90th Birthday
yahoo News ^ | December 9, 2006 | Kirk Douglas

Posted on 12/11/2006 5:04:05 AM PST by Mel Gibson

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- My name is Kirk Douglas. You may know me. If you don't ... Google me. I was a movie star and I'm Michael Douglas' dad, Catherine Zeta-Jones' father-in-law, and the grandparents of their two children. Today I celebrate my 90th birthday.

I have a message to convey to America's young people. A 90th birthday is special. In my case, this birthday is not only special but miraculous. I survived World War II, a helicopter crash, a stroke, and two new knees.

It's a tradition that when a "birthday boy" stands over his cake he makes a silent wish for his life and then blows out the candles. I have followed that tradition for 89 years but on my 90th birthday, I have decided to rebel. Instead of making a silent wish for myself, I want to make a LOUD wish for THE WORLD.

Let's face it: THE WORLD IS IN A MESS and you are inheriting it. Generation Y, you are on the cusp. You are the group facing many problems: abject poverty, global warming, genocide, AIDS, and suicide bombers to name a few. These problems exist, and the world is silent. We have done very little to solve these problems. Now, we leave it to you. You have to fix it because the situation is intolerable

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The movie, Spartacus is one of my favorite films, I have difficulty watching the end of the film (disturbing), the crucifixion with Spartacus, Kirk Douglas (nailed to the cross) watching his baby son below, "Spartacus, your son is free!"

"I want to be champeeon!"
boxer Midge Kelly, (Kirk Douglas) movie, "Champion"

1 posted on 12/11/2006 5:04:10 AM PST by Mel Gibson
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To: Mel Gibson

I'm a big fan of your movies as well!


2 posted on 12/11/2006 5:06:11 AM PST by BufordP ("Every morning I start my day with juice, toast, and a big bowl of Baby Crunch!" -- Michael J. Fox)
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To: Mel Gibson

Mr. Douglas is correct.


3 posted on 12/11/2006 5:06:27 AM PST by Lunatic Fringe (Say "NO" to the Trans-Texas Corridor)
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To: Mel Gibson

It's people!


4 posted on 12/11/2006 5:06:41 AM PST by ImProudToBeAnAmerican (Tom Daschle is deeply saddened... Remember him? Bahahahahahahahahaha!)
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To: Mel Gibson

Mr. Douglas is correct. But why Gen-Y? Us Gen-X-ers are at least a little more mature and will be coming into power in the next 10-15 years.


5 posted on 12/11/2006 5:07:24 AM PST by Lunatic Fringe (Say "NO" to the Trans-Texas Corridor)
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To: Mel Gibson
I was a movie star and I'm Michael Douglas' dad, Catherine Zeta-Jones' father-in-law, and the grandparents [sic] of their two children.

That's all very nice. But Michael Douglas was married to someone else previously, and if I'm not mistaken, Michael and that wife had children (someone correct me if I'm wrong, please)... so, isn't Kirk also the grandfather of those children? LOL. How soon people forget.

6 posted on 12/11/2006 5:07:46 AM PST by pbmaltzman
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To: ImProudToBeAnAmerican
That was Charlton Heston, not Kirk Douglas.

L

7 posted on 12/11/2006 5:08:07 AM PST by Lurker (Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.)
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To: Mel Gibson

He was great in "The Vikings" as well.


8 posted on 12/11/2006 5:09:24 AM PST by Redleg Duke (Heaven is home...I am just TDY here!)
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To: Mel Gibson

I like how he mentions "suicide bombers" as a threat instead of George W. Bush. Pretty unusual for Hollywood.


9 posted on 12/11/2006 5:09:24 AM PST by montag813
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To: pbmaltzman

Those were my thoughts as well - also - doesn't he have other children, not just Michael? That's odd he would leave them out.


10 posted on 12/11/2006 5:09:56 AM PST by alicewonders
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To: pbmaltzman
so, isn't Kirk also the grandfather of those children? LOL. How soon people forget.

Of course he knows, silly. He is mentioning the two grandchildren as the children of Michael and Zeta-Jones only...remember he is speaking to GenY-ers and trying to connect with what they know. Remember the context.

11 posted on 12/11/2006 5:12:15 AM PST by montag813
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To: Mel Gibson

Global warming? The real problem seems to be growing global stupidity. Like the sun in the morning, it's moving from (mid)east to the west.


12 posted on 12/11/2006 5:12:16 AM PST by The Brush
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To: Redleg Duke

...Kirk Douglas' best role was as Paul Eddington, "In Harm's Way'...


13 posted on 12/11/2006 5:13:11 AM PST by IrishBrigade
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To: Mel Gibson

I thought he was dead (or maybe I'm thinking of Frank Gorshin).


14 posted on 12/11/2006 5:13:16 AM PST by atomicpossum (Replies must follow approved guidelines or you will be kill-filed without appeal.)
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To: Mel Gibson
When was the world ever a peaceful paradise with no suffering or strife...it is the human condition for the world to be in "a mess"...But, in other news--the Giants beat the Panthers 27 to 13...
15 posted on 12/11/2006 5:15:26 AM PST by aligncare (Beware the Media-Industrial Complex!)
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To: Mel Gibson

Paths Of Glory. Spartacus. Ace In The Hole. Seven Days In May. Champion.


16 posted on 12/11/2006 5:16:16 AM PST by Williams
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To: alicewonders
Those were my thoughts as well - also - doesn't he have other children, not just Michael? That's odd he would leave them out.

I hope to just remember my name when I'm ninety. My father-in-law is 76 with alzheimer's and doesn't remember us.

17 posted on 12/11/2006 5:16:37 AM PST by BulletBobCo
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To: alicewonders

I think he's being self deprecating, in that he's assuming that people don't know who he is, thus he's naming his most famous relatives.


18 posted on 12/11/2006 5:17:37 AM PST by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: The Brush

Agreed.


19 posted on 12/11/2006 5:18:55 AM PST by xowboy
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To: Mel Gibson

One of my favorites too. I watch it regularly to this day.


20 posted on 12/11/2006 5:19:26 AM PST by Leatherneck_MT (In a world where Carpenters come back from the dead, ALL things are possible.)
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To: Mel Gibson
...the group facing many problems: abject poverty, global warming, genocide, AIDS, and suicide bombers ...

What group hasn't faced many problems?

Thinking back 70 years, there was the Hun and the Rising Sun ... a few hundred years there was Global Cooling ... before that the Black Death...

21 posted on 12/11/2006 5:21:00 AM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: BulletBobCo
My father-in-law is 76 with alzheimer's and doesn't remember us.

I'm sorry to hear about your father-in-law, that's got to be tough. My mother is starting to show signs of senility & is becoming forgetful. My family all got together at Thanksgiving & had a great visit, but it was sad to see how quickly she is failing.

22 posted on 12/11/2006 5:26:56 AM PST by alicewonders
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To: alicewonders
...doesn't he have other children, not just Michael?

Well, I can understand why he doesn't mention Eric.

23 posted on 12/11/2006 5:27:55 AM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: IrishBrigade

He played that roll with like he was born for it.


24 posted on 12/11/2006 5:30:09 AM PST by labette (Give love to many and trust to few. Always paddle your own canoe.)
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To: Mel Gibson
Uh, nothing personal, Mel...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/1751218/posts?page=5#5

25 posted on 12/11/2006 5:30:24 AM PST by snarks_when_bored
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To: labette

Oops! He played that roll like he was born for it.


26 posted on 12/11/2006 5:31:03 AM PST by labette (Give love to many and trust to few. Always paddle your own canoe.)
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To: labette

ROLE!


27 posted on 12/11/2006 5:31:43 AM PST by labette (Give love to many and trust to few. Always paddle your own canoe.)
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To: DuncanWaring
What group hasn't faced many problems?

Surviving disco was a true test of our generation's mettle.
28 posted on 12/11/2006 5:33:00 AM PST by Thrownatbirth (.....when the sidewalks are safe for the little guy.)
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To: Mel Gibson
You are the group facing many problems: abject poverty, global warming, genocide, AIDS, and suicide bombers to name a few. These problems exist, and the world is silent

The world is silent? This is a typical laundrys list that the left is screaming about every day on the tube.

The world is no worse than it was in Douglas' generation's time, The world always has a terrrible rash of problems. Genocide was many times worse under Hitler and Stalin.

Douglas was an entertaining actor, but he he took the lead in allowing the communist Hollywood 10 to be accepted in society again. He's always been a UN activist and his son has inherited the mantle.

29 posted on 12/11/2006 5:34:29 AM PST by what's up
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To: labette

You were definitely on a "roll" there.


30 posted on 12/11/2006 5:35:03 AM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: PBRSTREETGANG

Coffee, Don't fail me now!


31 posted on 12/11/2006 5:36:11 AM PST by labette (Give love to many and trust to few. Always paddle your own canoe.)
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To: Mel Gibson

** FOR IDENTIFICATION PURPOSES ONLY **

32 posted on 12/11/2006 5:37:38 AM PST by Libloather (If morons could fly, RATS underground would be an airport...)
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To: Mel Gibson

"We have done very little to solve these problems."

It is his generation that created it and now he wants us to fix the mess he and his generation made.

Typical.


33 posted on 12/11/2006 5:44:10 AM PST by edcoil (Reality doesn't say much - doesn't need too)
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To: Williams
Paths Of Glory. Spartacus.

Two of the all-time greats, especially SPARTACUS with the battle scenes of the legions marching. And that was before digital techniques.

34 posted on 12/11/2006 5:47:05 AM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: Give therapeutic violence a chance!)
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To: IrishBrigade

I agree, that was a great movie


35 posted on 12/11/2006 5:49:43 AM PST by Orlando
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To: Mel Gibson

I really doubt he made a wish at his first birthday celebration in 1917. If he did, it was probably for whirled peas.


36 posted on 12/11/2006 5:50:30 AM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: Mel Gibson
Let's face it: THE WORLD IS IN A MESS. . .

Which must be why he's contributed to the campaigns of Bill Clinton, Carol Moseley Braun, Mike Dukakis, Joe Biden, Christopher Dodd, Howard Metzenbaum. . . .

37 posted on 12/11/2006 5:52:40 AM PST by Mike Bates (Irish Alzheimer's victim: I only remember the grudges.)
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To: Libloather

Thanks. I was wondering who that person is.


38 posted on 12/11/2006 5:53:17 AM PST by Mike Bates (Irish Alzheimer's victim: I only remember the grudges.)
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To: pbmaltzman

Kirk Douglas has 5 sons, one is a special needs child, I believe. Parade magazine did a write up on him a while back. He mentions his famous son and daughter-in-law, because so many may not remember him, but they will know Catherine Zeta-Jones.


39 posted on 12/11/2006 5:55:06 AM PST by sportutegrl (This thread is useless without pix.)
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To: aligncare

it is the human condition for the world to be in a "mess"............

Such an unpopular thought for so many to even consider, but you are so correct!

Liberal fantasies about "peace" are just that-----fantasies!


40 posted on 12/11/2006 5:58:26 AM PST by Grateful One
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To: Mel Gibson
I posted this on another thread, but it looks like it bears repeating.

Mr. Kirk Douglas' oh-so-patrician "editorial" is the usual coded liberal tripe about how bad everything is in the U.S. and the world and how our government and taxpayers should be tapped to rectify the ills.

Douglas is a statist and a socialist. He and his second French wife are long-time leading lights in the Hollyweird liberal aristocracy. He and his family lead the priviliged life of wealthy capitalists while he advocates socialism for the peasants.

He dons aprons and serves turkey to the scruffy homeless once a year, photographer in tow, so everyone knows he's at one with the common man.

Here's a quickie partial history on his more substantial political contributions to leftist and socialists incumbents, candidates and PACs over the years:

Dianne Feinstein
Joseph Biden
William Jefferson Skyhook Clinton
George Mitchell
Joseph Biden (again)
Carol Mostly Fraud (socialist senatorial crook from Illinois)
California Democrat Central Committee
Democrat National Committee
Christopher Dodd
Carl Levin (flaming liberal)
Alan Cranston (flaming liberal
Gore Vidal for Senate (flaming liberal in more ways than one)
Michael Dukakis
Edmund Brown (Ex-Governor Moonbeam's father)
Howard Metzenbaum

If it walks like a duck, talks like a duck and contributes like a duck, it IS a duck.

Remember, Kirk Douglas in NOT Spartacus, he just was cast that way.

Leni

41 posted on 12/11/2006 6:01:12 AM PST by MinuteGal (The Left takes power only through deception.)
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To: labette

...he was also quite good in an earlier role, as a suave heavy in a film noir with Robrt Mitchum, can't remember the name of the film off the top of my head...the character's first name was Whit...


42 posted on 12/11/2006 6:01:14 AM PST by IrishBrigade
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To: Williams

I liked him as the asylum attendant in "Harvey" with George Stewart.


43 posted on 12/11/2006 6:05:47 AM PST by Drawsing (The fool shows his annoyance at once. The prudent man overlooks an insult. (Proverbs 12:16))
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To: IrishBrigade
Out of the Past .
44 posted on 12/11/2006 6:06:26 AM PST by period end of story (This tagline hasn't been banned or suspended.)
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To: Mel Gibson

Liked Spartacus as well. Didn't know for years that it almost got him blacklisted because the book was a favorite of the Communists in the US at the time.


45 posted on 12/11/2006 6:08:23 AM PST by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: MinuteGal; Mike Bates

#37 & 42...Thanks!...Folks need reminding!!!!


46 posted on 12/11/2006 6:14:20 AM PST by Guenevere (Duncan Hunter for President....2008!)
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To: MinuteGal; Mike Bates
Ooooopppsss!

I meant #37 and #41!!!!

47 posted on 12/11/2006 6:16:02 AM PST by Guenevere (Duncan Hunter for President....2008!)
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To: MinuteGal

Thank goodness for your injection of reality to this thread.


48 posted on 12/11/2006 6:17:36 AM PST by prairiebreeze (Unapologetically Celebrating the Birth of Christ!!)
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To: Mel Gibson
abject poverty, global warming, genocide, AIDS, and suicide bombers to name a few.

The only reason we THINK these are such enormous and original problems is because today's media (satellite phones, Internet, etc) are EVERYWHERE, with instant communication.

Thirty years ago it took days if not weeks to get news "copy" from the bush of Asia or Africa to the civilized western world.

In Vietnam, news organizations literally hand carried newsreel film to Saigon, where it was put on the first jet heading to Hawaii.

They were lucky to get 'third' or 'fourth' day stories.

49 posted on 12/11/2006 6:21:09 AM PST by Edit35
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To: Mel Gibson
THE WORLD IS IN A MESS and you are inheriting it. Generation Y, you are on the cusp. You are the group facing many problems: abject poverty, global warming, genocide, AIDS, and suicide bombers to name a few.

He boasts of living through what he says the "youth: inherited! Abject poverty - see dust bowl. Global warming - called summer, might want to look that one up Kirk! Genocide - Kirk your a communist sympathizer. You of all people should care less about less about that. AID's - Influenza killed more. Suicide bomber - Kamakazi pilots. Vast majority of these problems are MSM overblown crap! Blow out your candles Kirk, then go away!

50 posted on 12/11/2006 6:22:27 AM PST by Bommer (If people evolved from apes, why are there still apes?)
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