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Jessica Lange compares Iraq to Vietnam in Sarah Lawrence graduation speech
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Posted on 05/23/2008 5:11:34 PM PDT by angcat

YONKERS - During a Sarah Lawrence College graduation speech she apologetically admitted was filled with "random" thoughts in lieu of a theme, Oscar-winning actress Jessica Lange received thunderous applause from students after comparing America's troubled role in Iraq with its troubled role in Vietnam when she was their age.

"History repeats itself," she told them today, repeatedly tucking her messy blonde hair behind her ears. "It is a heavy burden to inherit."

Lange, whose daughter Hannah Jane Shepard was among the 435 seniors and graduate students in black caps and gowns at the liberal arts college's 79th commencement, urged the students to "make a better world ... to educate, to heal, to entertain, to illuminate."

Along the way, they should also remain open to random possibilities, she added, such as the unexpected invitations that took her from a Midwestern college art class to a Parisian mime school to a Hollywood screen test, all within six years.

Student, faculty and alumni speakers expressed similar sentiments, asking the small class to maintain a balance between social responsibility and silliness, nonconformity and community-building.

During the ceremony, the seniors presented their new alma mater with $168,000 for future scholarships - the largest class gift in a decade.


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KEYWORDS: commencements; highereducation; hollywood; jessicalange; sarahlawrence
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1 posted on 05/23/2008 5:11:34 PM PDT by angcat
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To: angcat

She obviously doesn’t know anything about history.


2 posted on 05/23/2008 5:13:32 PM PDT by golfisnr1 (Democrats are like roaches - hard to get rid of.)
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To: angcat

shut up and act


3 posted on 05/23/2008 5:14:30 PM PDT by Selmore (If your gonna take the hill, take the hill.)
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To: angcat

Can’t Sarah Lawrence get a better speaker than a has-been actress????


4 posted on 05/23/2008 5:14:49 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (Buy a Mac ...)
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To: angcat

I remember Jessica Lange’s early review of her work in King Kong. She was called. “Eva Marie Saint on Spanish Fly”. She never got better, but she did get older.


5 posted on 05/23/2008 5:15:09 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: golfisnr1

Go to the website and check out her picture. She looks like the crypt keeper.


6 posted on 05/23/2008 5:15:44 PM PDT by angcat (Indian name "She who yells too much")
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To: angcat

Hollywood is filled with talentless fake blondes who make a few movies & fade into oblivion. So technically she’s right about that. History does repeat itself. Most of the time these people just go away & you never hear from them again. Looking forward to Jessie’s history repeating follow-through on that one.


7 posted on 05/23/2008 5:16:08 PM PDT by Sue Perkick (And I hope that what I've done here today doesn't force you to have a negative opinion of me....)
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To: Selmore

I don’t think she’s capable of either.


8 posted on 05/23/2008 5:16:40 PM PDT by Sue Perkick (And I hope that what I've done here today doesn't force you to have a negative opinion of me....)
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To: angcat

I guess she’s branching out from her former days as Congress’s expert witness on on agricultural matters.


9 posted on 05/23/2008 5:17:05 PM PDT by r9etb
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To: angcat

We had Leonard Pitts give the commencement at the college here in my town - they’re sure scraping the barrel...


10 posted on 05/23/2008 5:17:19 PM PDT by Sub-Driver (Proud member of the Republican wing of the Republican Party)
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To: angcat
Age gets everyone.


11 posted on 05/23/2008 5:18:35 PM PDT by Rebelbase (McCain: The Third Bush Term ?)
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To: golfisnr1

She is right about a few things in that comparison. We have one every major battle and the left still thinks we are losing. They are will now as then to let the bad guys win. Fortunately this time most of the sheeple have not bought their defeatist attitude.


12 posted on 05/23/2008 5:21:38 PM PDT by Dutch Boy
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To: Anti-Bubba182
“I am think about. Maybe I no do. But I tell-a you what ingenuity we plan and you tell me what you think. Kong-a lay dead, and — how you say — scientist come and take apart, and Kong come like Frunkensteen — you know Frunkensteen — and he come crazy bad. He kill everyone. And Dwan (Jessica Lange) is now a big-a time movie star and she say, ‘Hey, Kong, remember me?’ She jumps in his hand, he picks her up, put her to his face, smile and then . . . womp, he eat her. You like, Mary?”

— Dino de Laurentiis, interviewed by Mary Murphy.


13 posted on 05/23/2008 5:22:11 PM PDT by dighton
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To: Rebelbase

I think bad plastic surgery got Jessica. She had beautiful bone structure, but it looks like surgery ruined it. Feh on her Iraq/Vietnam comments too.


14 posted on 05/23/2008 5:22:26 PM PDT by Cecily
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To: Rebelbase

What’s wrong with her forehead on that last one?


15 posted on 05/23/2008 5:22:46 PM PDT by Future Snake Eater (Personal Methane Reclamation: Break wind for energy independence!)
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To: Rebelbase
She did not age very well. She is in her 50’s. I know lots of beautiful women that are her age and look much better. My mom was gorgeous at that age.
16 posted on 05/23/2008 5:23:02 PM PDT by angcat (Indian name "She who yells too much")
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To: angcat
The legacy of Vietnam was not defeating the communists who killed tens of thousands, placed millions into reeducation camps, and caused millions more to flee the country as boat people and refugees. Vietnam remains oppressed by the communists to this very day.

We don't want to repeat that mistake in Iraq. And from a geopolitical perspective, Iraq is far more important to us strategically than Vietnam.

17 posted on 05/23/2008 5:23:36 PM PDT by kabar
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To: angcat
Jessica Lange compares Iraq to Vietnam

I would support the comparison. In the Vietnam conflict the media and congress partnered in assuring our defeat. The same thing has been happening in Iraq. The media and congress are doing the job of our enemies to assure our defeat.

18 posted on 05/23/2008 5:24:03 PM PDT by steveo (Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana.)
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To: Rebelbase

"If you're going to eat me then eat me! Go ahead eat me!"

19 posted on 05/23/2008 5:25:25 PM PDT by raybbr (You think it's bad now - wait till the anchor babies start to vote!)
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To: dighton

Lol!


20 posted on 05/23/2008 5:25:43 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: angcat

The defeatist Dems would like to turn Iraq into Vietnam by abandoning a winnable war, and allowing the chaos that will ensue as a result.


21 posted on 05/23/2008 5:27:01 PM PDT by windsorknot
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To: angcat
Jessica Lange

Is there anything left on this face that is real?!


Lange was married to photographer Paco Grande from 1970-1981. Since 1982, she has lived with playwright/actor Sam Shepard. She has three children, Alexandra (born 1981) with dancer/actor Mikhail Baryshnikov, and Hannah Jane (born 1985) and Walker Samuel (born 1987) with Shepard. Lange currently lives in New York City.

Lange is a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF. She has also been a public critic of President George W. Bush, once calling his administration, "a self-serving regime of deceit, hypocrisy and belligerence".

22 posted on 05/23/2008 5:34:21 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: angcat
Bad Plastic Surgery
23 posted on 05/23/2008 5:39:18 PM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: Snickering Hound

http://tinyurl.com/5w79jg


24 posted on 05/23/2008 5:41:53 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: angcat

such as the unexpected invitations that took her from a Midwestern college art class to a Parisian mime school to a Hollywood screen test, all within six years.

So she stood around a city street corner and made faces at people ... for an average of 2 years . ;)


25 posted on 05/23/2008 5:42:55 PM PDT by Ben Bolt
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To: angcat

I remember my wife’s graduation. She had a nutbar like this, too. The last guy however, had a great, appropriate speech, with just a hint of parody of those who use these occasions to make personal or political statements. All I recall is his closing line” In years to come, you will always remember this day, but if you remember this speaker at all, I hope you will say “He was brief, he was funny, and he talked about his grandkids””.

It sucks that almost no one in education anymore can define the word “appropriate”.


26 posted on 05/23/2008 5:47:02 PM PDT by Darth Tokarev (E pur si muove)
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To: angcat

At 22, for me, the Vietnam war was in its seventh year. Nixon was employing round-the-clock bombing. We were destroying the infrastructure, the people, and the countryside of Vietnam to save it from the Communists.

History repeats itself.

Today, for you at 22, the Iraq war is in the sixth year. Thousands of American soldiers killed. Tens of thousands wounded. Hundreds of thousands Iraqis dead. The infrastructure and land destroyed to save it from (and this is a movable feast) first, tyranny, and then, terrorists.

Now, some of you may feel this is not the proper occasion to make mention of this. However, I would be remiss in addressing a group of young adults if I were to deliberately ignore the political realities that they are faced with.

We are all citizens of a troubled world, yet it is your generation that carries the weight of the future on your shoulders. We are living in an America that in the last seven and a half years has waged an unnecessary war, established prison camps, condoned torture, employed corporate armies, eliminated the right of habeas corpus, practiced extraordinary rendition, and believe me, this is only a partial list—I had to keep myself in check.

I don’t wish to dwell on the misery caused by this administration, but that legacy is being passed down to you. It is a heavy burden to inherit and will require tremendous dedication and hard work to put it right again. You must determine if we are going to measure ourselves on the basis of military might and economic power or if there is perhaps something deeper—more essential in our national character—that needs to be awakened.

http://www.slc.edu/news-events/Jessica_Lange_Commencement_Address.php


27 posted on 05/23/2008 5:47:15 PM PDT by kcvl
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'Lange is a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF. She has also been a public critic of President George W. Bush, once calling his administration, "a self-serving regime of deceit, hypocrisy and belligerence".'

It's about the only type of publicity she can get, given she's now one of those used up and thrown away actresses from the late 1970's and early 1980's. Once upon a time I enjoyed her performances, notably that of 1982's smash comedy Tootsie, for which she earned a Best Supporting Actress award. I tell you right now, those days have long since evaporated. I'd rather enjoy the work of the youngsters in Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Queen Latifah, Patricia Heaton (should she ever star in an upcoming major film), and Steve Carrell.

Jessica and her ilk are so over and major league has beens.

28 posted on 05/23/2008 5:48:27 PM PDT by T Lady (The Mainstream Media: Public Enemy #1)
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To: angcat

dumber then a doorknob..


29 posted on 05/23/2008 5:50:46 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE toll-free tip hotline 1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRget!!!)
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To: angcat
Oscar-winning actress Jessica Lange received thunderous applause from students after comparing America's troubled role in Iraq with its troubled role in Vietnam when she was their age.

Persistent anti-Americans are for sure.

Jessica, Vietnam was a cog in the wheel which eventually brought down the Soviet Union and the Berlin Wall....

Just do what you are best at and act. Don't think!

30 posted on 05/23/2008 5:56:00 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: angcat

Hmmm, well it’s far away, like way “over there”

It has “east” in the regional name

US military troops are deployed there fighting day and night, while Ivy Leaguers go about their privileged perrier lives and bitch about the intellectually inferior “warmongering idiot” in the White House .....

Yup- sure is a LOT like Vietnam!

sarc


31 posted on 05/23/2008 6:05:35 PM PDT by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: Dutch Boy

History does indeed repeat itself. There’s always some aging has-been railing against reality at an institution that doesn’t matter much anyway. Sarah Lawrence? Who ever heard of that place; or if they did, why? Anyone from there ever do anything both reputable and noteworthy?


32 posted on 05/23/2008 6:06:25 PM PDT by mathurine
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To: angcat
Just a random thought of my own ~ Democrats continue to hunger and thirst for genocide; either of the kind in Cambodia which happened after our exit from that sad land, or Vietnam, which also saw genocide after we exited.

What is it about them that makes them so terribly blood thirsty?

33 posted on 05/23/2008 6:09:49 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: kcvl

An old moonbat preaching to a bunch of dumbass, young moonbats.

The kids’ parents wasted a boatload of money sending their offspring to these leftist indoctrination centers.


34 posted on 05/23/2008 6:12:07 PM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (The road to victory in Iraq is through Iran.)
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To: mathurine

Anyone from there ever do anything both reputable and noteworthy?

NO

I know of the college because I am from Yonkers.


35 posted on 05/23/2008 6:12:38 PM PDT by angcat (Indian name "She who yells too much")
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To: angcat
Is Sam Shepard still tapping that? Or, did he get tired of her droning and slap a pillow over her pie hole?
36 posted on 05/23/2008 6:17:44 PM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: Rebelbase

Age, face-lifts and Botox have not been good to Jessica.


37 posted on 05/23/2008 6:17:46 PM PDT by Towed_Jumper (Stephen Hopkins: Founding Father who had Cerebral Palsy.."My hand trembles, my heart does not.")
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To: angcat

If only she’d stayed at the mime school.


38 posted on 05/23/2008 6:19:13 PM PDT by Cinnamon Girl (McCain calls it "radical islamic terrorism," the dems don't refer to it at all)
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To: SJSAMPLE

I don’t think he is with her anymore. He is a hunk. I did like Jessica in the Patsy Klein story.


39 posted on 05/23/2008 6:19:16 PM PDT by angcat (Indian name "She who yells too much")
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To: angcat

She hasn’t aged badly.

Check out Sybill Shepard if you want to see aging badly.

And she wasn’t bad in some movies, but libs always get looney when given the mike.


40 posted on 05/23/2008 6:35:29 PM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: angcat

Poor Jessica. With age did not come wisdom but visible revelation of her inner ugliness.


41 posted on 05/23/2008 6:43:56 PM PDT by DakotaGator
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To: angcat

Just remember: her views are agreed upon by the majority of the American sheep.


42 posted on 05/23/2008 7:01:32 PM PDT by Old Sarge (CTHULHU '08 - I won't settle for a lesser evil any longer!)
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To: angcat
Image hosted by Photobucket.complease... my Dog is smarter than she is, and he's been DEAD for six years!!!
43 posted on 05/23/2008 7:05:08 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist ©® CTHULHU '08 - Nothing LESS!!!)
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To: kcvl

Reading your post (starting about halfway), I thought you to be a troll... but sometimes someone (the poster of the message) makes a good point afterwards; so I continued to read the post.. and the further I read it, the more I believed that you must be a liberal troller on here... the next step I made, as with any other experienced freeper, was to see when you became a member (believe it or not, I have been freeping for more than 6 years..). You’ve been here MUCH longer than I have, but your views are almost direct opposite of us conservatives.. and you are still here!
Mt question is... (maybe I misunderstood your post) Why are you still here if you can’t understand the importance of our (your, since I have been in Japan for many years now) safety to the country of the United States of America and the people who make it the greatest country that it now is? And why do you exaggerate the process that makes it so? I don’t know you, nor can I see your personality or read your mind... but this post that I am replying to makes you seem to be pretty far left... please forgive me if I’m wrong.... and it is, after all, a free country.... not to mention the thousands, if not millions, of lives taken for protecting it.

OH! and I’m also sorry for not being able to separate my paragraphs.... still haven’t figured out how to do that with this ‘HTML/XHTML’ code :/


44 posted on 05/24/2008 2:41:17 AM PDT by Bikkuri
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To: mathurine
Sarah Lawrence? Who ever heard of that place; or if they did, why? Anyone from there ever do anything both reputable and noteworthy?
Good question... I've never heard of it..
45 posted on 05/24/2008 2:47:18 AM PDT by Bikkuri
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To: Old Sarge; Chode
Just remember: her views are agreed upon by the majority of the American sheep.
my Dog is smarter than she is, and he's been DEAD for six years!!!
BOTH are great points!!
46 posted on 05/24/2008 2:50:56 AM PDT by Bikkuri
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To: angcat

[”It is a heavy burden to inherit.”]

I would like to know what ‘burden’ anything, in the outside world, has affected this loon except stupidity and bad surgery.


47 posted on 05/24/2008 3:10:44 AM PDT by RetSignman (DEMSM: "If you tell a big enough lie, frequently enough, it becomes the truth")
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To: angcat

I used to wonder why leftist speakers are so “popular” at colleges. I know of two reasons. One is after telling the crowd what they want to hear, they also keep the students and graduates separation from reality going. The second reason is that they’re available. A non leftist speaker who would give them worthwhile advice is probably hard to get being that they’re usually doing something important.


48 posted on 05/24/2008 3:35:00 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (The man who said "there's no such thing as a stupid question" has never talked to Helen Thomas.)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

After reading her speech I also came to the conclusion that the people who select the speakers want to make sure that the students feel that they’re smarter than the speaker.


49 posted on 05/24/2008 3:45:37 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (The man who said "there's no such thing as a stupid question" has never talked to Helen Thomas.)
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To: Rebelbase
Age gets everyone.

Only the lucky.

50 posted on 05/24/2008 3:56:40 AM PDT by metesky ("Brethren, leave us go amongst them." Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton - Ward Bond- The Searchers)
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