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JUMP, GEORGE, JUMP!
New York Post ^ | Nov 25, 2007 | KYLE SMITH

Posted on 11/25/2007 1:17:12 PM PST by mware

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To: oldbill
You throw in with Potter, I'll stick with Old George.
51 posted on 11/25/2007 2:56:37 PM PST by mware
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To: oldbill
Potter is the true hero. He made loans available to illegal immigrants...

If I remember correctly Potter would not loan money to the immigrants because he didn't like his odds of getting his money back. The Bailey Building and Loan, however, was the 1950s version of Countrywide.

52 posted on 11/25/2007 3:00:08 PM PST by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: mware
The world could use a few more George Baily's if you ask me.

someone posted a while ago how the culture seems like Bedford Falls without without George Bailey. I thought it was a brilliant analogy. I then developed the idea...where has George Bailey gone? He has gone, hasn't he? Why else does our culture represent that cynical, polluted mess that was portrayed (brilliantly, prophetically) in the movie?

He's gone. He's drunk on porn, run off with his associate at work, chasing the almighty dollar, dressing like Hulk Hogan, or who knows what else. He's not being an upstanding citizen. And his children have taken after him.

And so here we are.

I thought it was a brilliant idea, but the person on the other thread just responded with, "hunh?"

53 posted on 11/25/2007 3:01:30 PM PST by the invisib1e hand
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To: oldbill
They couldn’t do bankin1g services like today

Well they offered something like a savings account. Why else was there a run to get their money out?

54 posted on 11/25/2007 3:03:07 PM PST by DManA
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To: All; Dog

Just a heads up, A Christmas Story is going to be on tonight TNT, 8 PM (EST)


55 posted on 11/25/2007 3:10:45 PM PST by mware
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To: the invisib1e hand

It really is interesting the take on It’s A Wonderful Life. I always took it, as George being a conservative, sticking to his principles, refusing to knuckle under to a bully who was trying to control the whole town.


56 posted on 11/25/2007 3:13:55 PM PST by mware
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To: Figment
And to make matters worse, Potter gets off scott free

Kind of like the Clintons, you know. It does happen in life - bad people run roughshod over people better than themselves, and die old and well-fed with lots of money in the bank. It's A Wonderful Life is not a morality tale. Potter gets off scott free; the Potters so often do. But tell me - in the end, who would any viewer rather be - George Bailey or Potter?

57 posted on 11/25/2007 3:15:45 PM PST by Irish Rose (Will work for chocolate.)
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To: mware

Author gets up and bites himself every morning.


58 posted on 11/25/2007 3:20:01 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (TAZ:Untamed, Unpredictable, Uninhibited.)
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To: TASMANIANRED; Irish Rose
True but as Irish Rose commented in post 57, life is not always fair,who would you rather be George Baily with his FRiends and family or Potter with his money and loneliness
59 posted on 11/25/2007 3:25:27 PM PST by mware
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To: mware

Close. The famous photographers are Robert Capa (no r in the last name) and his younger brother Cornell.


60 posted on 11/25/2007 3:30:23 PM PST by dighton
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To: mware
Potter didn’t commit a crime. He didn’t steal he just didn’t return property when he knew to whom it belonged.

Unethical but not criminal.

You are left with the impression that he got off Scott free but did he...His ultimate goal was to break the Savings and Loan and break George....Lifetime aspiration nearly in your grasp only to have it snatched away.

Probably died from apoplexy.

61 posted on 11/25/2007 3:31:04 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (TAZ:Untamed, Unpredictable, Uninhibited.)
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To: Irish Rose; Figment
The potters of this world do not get off scott free.
Judgment is certain, all will stand before God and His Judgment seat and answer to Him.
62 posted on 11/25/2007 3:32:33 PM PST by Esther Ruth
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To: mware

George is my kind of man.


63 posted on 11/25/2007 3:33:50 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (TAZ:Untamed, Unpredictable, Uninhibited.)
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To: dighton
About 10 years ago I got into a hobby of collectiong autographs.

Frank Capra was one of the ones that I still have hanging on my study, along with Dr. Jonas Salk and Sir Edmund Hillary.

64 posted on 11/25/2007 3:43:09 PM PST by mware
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To: TASMANIANRED

There is still a little bit of me that is sad that Jimmy Steward and Bing Crosby are not with us during Christmas anymore.


65 posted on 11/25/2007 3:44:22 PM PST by mware
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To: Figment

Remember the “lost ending” to IAWL skit that Saturday Night Live ran several years ago? Who knew that gentle George Bailey could be such an avenging hard ass?


66 posted on 11/25/2007 3:49:12 PM PST by LiveFree99
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To: mware

Yup....


67 posted on 11/25/2007 3:49:37 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (TAZ:Untamed, Unpredictable, Uninhibited.)
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To: mware

“It grieves them more to own a bad house than a bad life, as if it were man’s greatest good to have everything good but himself. “

Augusine of Hippo...City of God....5th Century.


68 posted on 11/25/2007 3:52:44 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (TAZ:Untamed, Unpredictable, Uninhibited.)
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To: Irish Rose

“But tell me - in the end, who would any viewer rather be - George Bailey or Potter?”

I’d rather be Wainright. Heehaw


69 posted on 11/25/2007 3:57:30 PM PST by Figment ("A communist is someone who reads Marx.An anti-communist is someone who understands Marx" R Reagan)
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To: LiveFree99

If George Bailey had been played by John Wayne,Potter would have died at the end


70 posted on 11/25/2007 4:02:25 PM PST by Figment ("A communist is someone who reads Marx.An anti-communist is someone who understands Marx" R Reagan)
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To: mware

I don’t think he was being sarcastic. And I think it’s sad that he thinks making money is more important than being fair and just. That a better paying job is worth one’s self-respect and integrity. That being a homemaker and devoted wife to an average guy is a step down from being a single working woman or wife to a rich guy. That a decent town without hard-drinking bars and pool halls is boring. That teasing an employee for eavesdropping is racist. That missing opportunities because you feel a greater obligation to family and neighbors is stupid. That Potter is only “unethical” for keeping money he not only knows is not his, but knows the loss will ruin another man’s business and reputation, not to speak of all the families with money and mortgages in the Bailey B&L.
And saddest of all is failing to see what matters at the end is love, not money, and that George needn’t have fretted, but just had faith.


71 posted on 11/25/2007 4:27:52 PM PST by visualops (artlife.us)
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To: mware
Mary winds up in a place worse than the cemetery - “she's just about to close up the library!" - where she wears glasses and dresses like Paula Poundstone.

I love the movie but that's funny.

72 posted on 11/25/2007 4:57:18 PM PST by BfloGuy (It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we can expect . . .)
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To: Figment

Actually, George Bailey came back home that night fully prepared to go to jail. The “rescue” by the townspeople was a complete surprise to him.


73 posted on 11/25/2007 5:04:28 PM PST by Alberta's Child (I'm out on the outskirts of nowhere . . . with ghosts on my trail, chasing me there.)
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To: Figment
And to make matters worse, Potter gets off scott free

There's an interesting biblical parallel to this, too.

In the parable of the Good Samaritan, the highway robbers who manhandled the hapless traveller got off scott free, too. It's one of the more sobering aspects of the New Testament, in my opinion.

74 posted on 11/25/2007 5:07:11 PM PST by Alberta's Child (I'm out on the outskirts of nowhere . . . with ghosts on my trail, chasing me there.)
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To: Figment

George stayed in Beford Falls when his dream was to leave and travel.

He stayed to help others.

Yeah, that’s what you’re supposed to do. But few of us give up our dream and do it.

The people he helped when they were in trouble, helped him when he was in trouble.

Yeah, that’s what you’re supposed to do. But few of us do.

It’s a great movie with a timeless message well told - that’s why it’s a popular classic. It, like George and the good folks of Bedford Falls, deserves it.


75 posted on 11/25/2007 6:21:25 PM PST by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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