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When you watch "Christmas Story" this year, remember tragic fate of movie's director
examiner.com ^ | December 5, 2010 | Dave Gibson

Posted on 12/13/2010 10:17:18 PM PST by MamaDearest

Though the 1983 movie “Christmas Story” did not make much of an impression when it was initially released, it has since become a perennial holiday favorite with families across the country, as we are not only treated to Ralphie’s hilarious quest to obtain a Red Ryder BB gun, but as the film reminds all of us of our own childhood memories of Christmases past.

While most of us are familiar with the cult classic, many may not know the tragic way in which the director of “Christmas Story,” Bob Clark, died…He was killed by an illegal alien drunk driver.

On April 4, 2007, as the 65-year-old director traveled along Pacific Coast Highway with his son, Ariel Hanrath-Clark, 22, an SUV veered into oncoming traffic and resulted in a head-on collision with Clark’s vehicle. Both father and son died at the scene.

The driver of that SUV was Hector Velazquez-Nava, a Mexican national living in Los Angeles. He had 0.24 blood-alcohol level—three times the legal limit.

The illegal alien had no driver’s license and had a prior conviction for solicitation of a prostitute in Los Angeles, in 2004. For that conviction, Velazquez-Nava was sentenced to 24 months probation and a $1,500 fine. Of course, Los Angeles does not report illegal aliens to federal authorities unless they are arrested for a major crime.

On October 16, 2007, Hector Velazquez-Nava was sentenced to six years in prison after pleading no contest on two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. He is supposed to be deported once his sentence is completed.

It is important that all of us understand the devastating impact that illegal immigration is having on this country, and particularly upon those families who have lost loved ones due to the criminal actions of illegal aliens. It is equally important to understand that the lawmakers and various public officials whose inaction in removing those illegal aliens, are every bit as responsible for those deaths as the illegal aliens who get behind the wheel drunk everyday in this country.

As you and yours enjoy that Christmas classic this year, think about the man who brought you that movie and his broken family.

How many Americans have to die before we end this ongoing tragedy?


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: alcohol; christmasstory; director; hollywood; illegals; tragic
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1 posted on 12/13/2010 10:17:22 PM PST by MamaDearest
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To: MamaDearest

Lets not clutter up the Holidays with uncomfortable government caused tragedy and chaos...


2 posted on 12/13/2010 10:20:32 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit.)
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To: dragnet2

Would you feel that way if it was your family members that were killed?My bet is no,no you would not.


3 posted on 12/13/2010 10:27:12 PM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life is tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: AuntB; Liz

PING


4 posted on 12/13/2010 10:28:05 PM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: MamaDearest

Let’s not forget the waiflike indie actress Adrienne Shelley who was murdered in 2006 by an illegal working in the apartment next to her who went into a murderous rage when she complained about the noise.


5 posted on 12/13/2010 10:30:06 PM PST by sinanju
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To: HANG THE EXPENSE

In all likelihood, this was meant ironically. In fact, I feel sure of it. That’s the irony of irony.


6 posted on 12/13/2010 10:32:06 PM PST by dr_lew
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To: MamaDearest

Vehicular homicide happened April 4, 2007

The illegal alien was arrested...

October 16, 2007...the court case...the illegal alien had been in prison already 6 months...

Since he got 6 years and has already served nearly 4, he will probably get out soon...time off for good behavior etc

Then what ???


7 posted on 12/13/2010 10:32:32 PM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: MamaDearest
How many Americans have to die before we end this ongoing tragedy?

Sorry to put it so bluntly, but many, many more Americans are going to have to die here. Because the Mexicans and liberals in power in Calif just see it as collateral damage to what they want to accomplish.

8 posted on 12/13/2010 10:34:12 PM PST by Bullish
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To: MamaDearest
When you are watching this scene, just know the kid Flick is now doing porn flicks.


9 posted on 12/13/2010 10:34:48 PM PST by fso301
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To: dr_lew

I sure hope so.


10 posted on 12/13/2010 10:46:05 PM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life is tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: Tennessee Nana

Back to drinking and driving would be my guess.Of course after he returns to the US after being deported.


11 posted on 12/13/2010 10:48:26 PM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life is tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: Bullish; ExTexasRedhead; blackie; LucyT; Nachum; AuntB
Sorry to put it so bluntly, but many, many more Americans are going to have to die here. Because the Mexicans and liberals in power in Calif just see it as collateral damage to what they want to accomplish.

It's already happening all over the nation. The liberals in power need voters, albeit illegal ones, dead one, pedophiles, rapists, drunks. They feign "compassion" as rationale for their pro-illegal stance, but by the same token, have absolutely NO compassion for American victims who would have been protected had they enforced existing immigration laws.

Previously deported illegal alien sentenced in fatal DUI crash

Snips: December 10th, 2010 -Last week, Cesar Acosta-Castillo, 32, was sentenced to 12 years in prison, after pleading guilty to vehicular homicide in the death of 42-year-old Leah Miller.

Denver District Court Judge McGahey called the Mexican national a "time bomb," before giving him the maximum sentence allowed under the law.

On Sept. 9, 2009, Acosta-Castillo slammed his truck into a car near Monaco Parkway and 22nd Avenue, but kept driving. He then crashed into another vehicle, driven by Leah Miller who died on the scene.

Miller left behind a teenage son, Sheldon who spoke at Acosta-Castillo’s sentencing, telling the judge: “She will never see my graduation... She will never see me have a family.”

12 posted on 12/13/2010 10:51:52 PM PST by MamaDearest
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To: Bullish

I myself experienced a very much reduced version of this problem about eight years ago in the parking lot of a local mall. It was winter and there had been a big snow so there were piles of it around that obscured ones vision. I was pulling on to a perimeter driveway from one of the parking aisles when I saw a car flying towards me. It still had some distance but it didn’t seem to be slowing down. It dawned on me that it was going to hit me, which it did in a glancing blow to my left rear. The other driver was non english speaking and was an employee of a food store in the mall. His supervisor or somebody appeared along with some friends of his and I think somebody asked me if I wanted to call the police and I said yes. The cop was a young woman who said to me, “You’re lucky this wasn’t on a public road,” because I was the one that pulled out in front of him, you see. While I was standing there, I watched cars moving along the parking lot drive at a creeping pace, and stopping for other cars within a few feet. To this day, I can’t fathom how this guy hit me. Maybe his brakes didn’t work or something. It was just very “alien” to me. When my insurance agent called, I told him that the other guy was going too fast, and he said that didn’t matter, but then when I told him it was in a parking lot, he abruptly terminated the conversation, it seemed in my favor, and I think that it was a “no fault” call.


13 posted on 12/13/2010 11:02:29 PM PST by dr_lew
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To: MamaDearest
One of my favorite scenes:


14 posted on 12/13/2010 11:06:59 PM PST by Mojave (Ignorant and stoned - Obama's natural constituency.)
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To: MamaDearest
One interesting thing I have noticed here in Arizona... in the last few months, many of the run down, rat-infested businesses around town (and I'm talking liquor stores, nudie parlors and adult bookstores, check cashing places... they all seem to inhabit the same strip malls) have been shutting down. Just the other day I drove by one "cabaret" that's been there since I moved into this neighborhood 5 years ago that is now completely boarded up. I was attributing it to small businesses closing down due to the hostile business environment & Obamanation. Someone else told me recently it was more likely due to the illegal aliens leaving the state. Perhaps it's a little of both.

But you won't see me complaining that those crusty shops are closing up. And Pruitt's Furniture shop, which was the target of a La Raza boycott a few years ago because they asked Sheriff Joe to keep the "day laborers" off their property, is still in business.

15 posted on 12/13/2010 11:10:08 PM PST by ponygirl
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To: Mojave

I LOVE this movie. It’s one of my all-time favorites.


16 posted on 12/13/2010 11:10:16 PM PST by MamaDearest
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To: MamaDearest
I'm still trying to figure out what kind of town has Wizard of Oz characters in its Christmas parade.

-PJ

17 posted on 12/13/2010 11:14:57 PM PST by Political Junkie Too ("Comprehensive" reform bills only end up as incomprehensible messes.)
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To: dr_lew
The other driver was non english speaking and was an employee of a food store in the mall.

A friend of ours was hit on a major street in a large city. Several non-English speaking people exited the vehicle and ran in all directions, abandoning the wrecked vehicle, leaving our friend with his wrecked vehicle and the empty wrecked car that caused the accident running the traffic signal.

It would be interesting to see how many auto accidents are caused by illegal aliens and the cost burden (uninsured motorist) added to our insurance premiums.

18 posted on 12/13/2010 11:15:45 PM PST by MamaDearest
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To: ponygirl

Sending you a PM!


19 posted on 12/13/2010 11:23:32 PM PST by MamaDearest
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To: ponygirl

Sending you a PM!


20 posted on 12/13/2010 11:23:37 PM PST by MamaDearest
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To: MamaDearest

This director also made Porky’s, another family favorite.


21 posted on 12/13/2010 11:47:15 PM PST by boop ("Let's just say they'll be satisfied with LESS"... Ming the Merciless)
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To: MamaDearest

“You’ll shoot your eye out!”


22 posted on 12/13/2010 11:53:43 PM PST by DWar ("The ultimate destination of Political Correctness is totalitarianism.")
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To: ponygirl
I love Pruitt's! And the last time I was there, last summer, I didn't see any illegals at all. Yea!

Mrs. Prince of Space

23 posted on 12/14/2010 12:37:10 AM PST by Prince of Space
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To: MamaDearest

He got SIX years?

I watch “Christmas Story” every Christmas while I’m cooking Christmas dinner.

I even have my very own leg lamp. ;o)


24 posted on 12/14/2010 12:41:29 AM PST by dixiechick2000 ("First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win." - Gandhi)
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To: Political Junkie Too

I believe the movie is set in the late 30’s/early 40’s shortly after the Wizard of Oz was released. That is probably the tie-in.


25 posted on 12/14/2010 12:52:54 AM PST by hattend (The meaning of the 2010 election was rebuke, reject, and repeal. - Sarah Palin)
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To: MamaDearest
He was killed by an illegal alien drunk driver.

That's a blatant racist zenophobic Lie! He was killed by an inebriated undocumented American motorist!

26 posted on 12/14/2010 3:21:14 AM PST by FDNYRHEROES (In just His first 3 days, the War on Terror became the War on Free Speech.)
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To: Mojave

I have Dim Sum there once a month. It’s decorated for Christmas year round!


27 posted on 12/14/2010 4:10:40 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: MamaDearest; dr_lew
The other driver was non english speaking and was an employee of a food store in the mall

*** It would be interesting to see how many auto accidents are caused by illegal aliens ....

***

('scuse me for buttin' in)

I listen to Chicago Police Calls over an online scanner, like right now. The freq I listen to covers the entire city of Chicago. And I listen a lot, all weekend waking hours and 4 hrs weekdays. And from what I hear it seems like 50% of ALL 'fender benders' are now the "Hit and Run" variety. These 'runners' would be illegals as in IL they can't - 'legally - get a DL or auto insurance.

Natch, Chicago is a sanctuary city on King, oops 'Mayor', Richie Daley's orders and the CPD is forbidden to ask about anyone's legal status.

'Hispanics' are now the majority 'Race' in Chi, followed by Blacks, a few thousand White Yuppie Cubs fans and maybe 60K old White Europeans who refuse to leave their home & neighborhood to the invading Vandals.

(My old middle class neighborhood is now a below poverty level gang-bangin' Mexican Barrio)

28 posted on 12/14/2010 4:42:47 AM PST by Condor51 (SAT CONG!)
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To: dragnet2

Nada fingah!


29 posted on 12/14/2010 4:43:39 AM PST by Captain Jack Aubrey (There's not a moment to lose.)
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To: MamaDearest

On a lighter note regarding the movie, does anyone think Melinda Dillon (Ralphie’s mom) was miscast? I thought she was dull and didn’t have chemistry with Darren McGavin. And her 1980’s frizzy perm was WRONG for a 1940’s housewife. She just didn’t look right for the part.


30 posted on 12/14/2010 4:44:51 AM PST by dupree
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To: MamaDearest; Mojave; DWar; dixiechick2000
I don't have a full size leg lamp only a night light version, but I do have this:
Does that make me a fan? ;-)

31 posted on 12/14/2010 4:49:42 AM PST by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: sinanju

Murdered by illegals-Adrienne Shelley

32 posted on 12/14/2010 5:16:55 AM PST by packrat35 (I got your tag line..)
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To: MamaDearest

Killed by illegals-Bob Clark

33 posted on 12/14/2010 5:18:24 AM PST by packrat35 (I got your tag line..)
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To: MamaDearest

Its a common thing nationwide. Saw it my self in Memphis. Car slammed into a truck, where upon all them scattered like cockroaches. I told the cops and they said it happens all the time. Mexicans just crashing and running over Americans that we won’t run over ourselves.


34 posted on 12/14/2010 5:24:13 AM PST by packrat35 (I got your tag line..)
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To: Mojave

I had heard that they didn’t tell the actress that the chop chop knife was going to come out, so her reaction is authentic!


35 posted on 12/14/2010 5:33:12 AM PST by allmendream (Tea Party did not send the GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism.)
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To: packrat35

It happened to my wife. She was sitting at a stop light when the guy in front put the car in reverse and ran into her. He jumped out of the car and ran into the house which turned out to be a home for Vietnamese refugees started by the Lutherans. The cops arrived and the whole house emptied out with everyone jabbering. The cop asked my wife “Which one was it?”. She replied “Be serious. They all look the same”. He started pulling drivers licenses and discovered 3 of them had the same license and insurance card in the same name.

The Lutheran pastor arrived and started making excuses. Then has accused my wife of running into the refugee. She has been working 3rd shift in a southern cotton mill and was well-versed in all manner of colorful speech which the Lutheran pastor discovered, ending with the question of why these people were’t “stinking up a jungle somewhere instead of taking our jobs”.

The cop made a threat about the funny licenses and the matter was settled.


36 posted on 12/14/2010 5:37:46 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: dragnet2
You've never almost been killed by an illegal alien? He ran a red light when it happened to me.

Chances are good it will happen to you or yours.

37 posted on 12/14/2010 5:40:59 AM PST by lonestar
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To: dupree

How old were you in 1950?


38 posted on 12/14/2010 5:43:50 AM PST by lonestar
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To: AppyPappy

Makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Taking in the world’s refuse and have them crap in our food bowl!


39 posted on 12/14/2010 5:50:05 AM PST by packrat35 (I got your tag line..)
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To: lonestar

Pretty sure it was sarcasm. Read it again.


40 posted on 12/14/2010 5:51:29 AM PST by packrat35 (I got your tag line..)
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To: MamaDearest
That's exactly what happened to me. Jose Rubio hit and "split" and I was upside down in the middle of the street...saved by a seatbelt...in Houston. He hit me on the passenger side.

My car was 4 months old and totaled. It knocked me into a new Mercedes...whose owner didn't file on my insurance because if not for me, Jose would have hit his wife on the driver's side and might have killed her.

I wasn't aware of the third car until he called to tell me they were going to take care of their own damage. There are still some nice people in the world.

41 posted on 12/14/2010 6:02:27 AM PST by lonestar
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To: dupree
On a lighter note regarding the movie, does anyone think Melinda Dillon (Ralphie’s mom) was miscast?

Agree totally.

42 posted on 12/14/2010 6:03:34 AM PST by Fresh Wind
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To: packrat35

O.K. I didn’t notice the capital H in Holidays. :)


43 posted on 12/14/2010 6:05:52 AM PST by lonestar
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To: packrat35

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcexJQM-8W0&feature=youtube_gdata_player


44 posted on 12/14/2010 6:09:36 AM PST by lonestar
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To: Fresh Wind; dupree
Barbara Billingsley was too old :D
45 posted on 12/14/2010 6:33:08 AM PST by CAluvdubya (Palin 2012...YOU BETCHA!.)
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To: MamaDearest

Protect our borders and support our American workers!
No Amnesty ~ Not Now ~ Not Ever!


46 posted on 12/14/2010 11:20:01 AM PST by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: lonestar

Uh, your realize I was being facetious, right?


47 posted on 12/14/2010 1:54:36 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit.)
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To: dragnet2

I was late ...but got there. :)


48 posted on 12/14/2010 3:54:52 PM PST by lonestar
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To: lonestar

Hmmm


49 posted on 12/14/2010 8:43:42 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit.)
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To: dragnet2; MamaDearest
Lets not clutter up the Holidays with uncomfortable government caused tragedy and chaos...

Ohh, look! A shiney!

50 posted on 12/14/2010 8:49:42 PM PST by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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