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Charlton Heston to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom
The White House ^ | July 18, 2003 | Press Secretary

Posted on 07/19/2003 8:54:02 PM PDT by Mike Haas

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At a ceremony to be held at the White House on July 23, 2003, President Bush will award the Nation's highest civil honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom to NRA former President Charlton Heston (and 10 other individuals).

http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2003/07/20030718-2.html

* Charlton Heston is an Academy Award winning actor and an eloquent, early voice on behalf of civil rights in the United States and democracy around the world. His films include The Greatest Show on Earth, El Cid, The Greatest Story Ever Told, Ben Hur, The Ten Commandments, and Planet of the Apes, among many others.

Mr. Heston's bio is available at:
http://NRAWinningTeam.com/heston.html

CALIFORNIANS !!!! FIVE DOWN, ONE TO GO !!!!
You can help stop SB-489 (a real semi-auto handgun killer) with information and on-line tools available at:
http://NRAMembersCouncils.com/legs.shtml

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* WAYNE V. CNN - Wayne LaPierre takes CNN out in the FIRST ROUND
   http://NRAMembersCouncils.com/wayne/cnn/
* Former NRA President Marion Hammer on the CNN Fabrications
   http://NRAMembersCouncils.com/hammer/
* The CA NRA Members' Councils' Life-Death Clock:
   http://NRAMembersCouncils.com/lifeclock/
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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bang; banglist; bush; heston; medaloffreedom; nra

1 posted on 07/19/2003 8:54:02 PM PDT by Mike Haas
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To: firebrand; StarFan; Dutchy; stanz; RaceBannon; Cacique; Clemenza; rmlew; NYC GOP Chick; ...
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2 posted on 07/19/2003 8:55:21 PM PDT by nutmeg
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To: Mike Haas
AMEN!
3 posted on 07/19/2003 9:01:54 PM PDT by BOBWADE
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To: *bang_list
Great news.
4 posted on 07/19/2003 9:07:40 PM PDT by Shooter 2.5 (Don't punch holes in the lifeboat)
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To: Mike Haas
Not only does Heston deserve it, but I admire the Prez for making his Hollywood preferences so obvious.
5 posted on 07/19/2003 9:24:44 PM PDT by Sans-Culotte
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To: Mike Haas


6 posted on 07/19/2003 9:37:17 PM PDT by FairOpinion
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To: Mike Haas
Richly deserved.
7 posted on 07/19/2003 9:43:55 PM PDT by Carry_Okie
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To: Mike Haas
For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
July 18, 2003

Statement by the Press Secretary

At a ceremony to be held at the White House on July 23, 2003, the President will award the Nation's highest civil honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, to the following individuals:

Jacques Barzun is a former Columbia University professor and dean, and author and scholar of modern European thought and culture. His critically acclaimed books include Race, A Study in Modern Superstition; Marx, Darwin, Wagner: Critique of a Heritage; and the more recent From Dawn to Decadence: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life: 1500 to the Present.

Julia Child is a master chef, television pioneer, and author who changed the way many Americans cook. From her cookbooks to her numerous television series, she has delighted and educated amateur and professional chefs around the world.

Roberto Clemente Walker's Hall of Fame baseball career took him from Puerto Rico to the Pittsburgh Pirates. His lifetime batting average was .371 with 240 home runs and 1,305 RBI's. He was also committed to helping the less fortunate. His career was cut tragically short by an accident as he was delivering emergency relief to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.

Van Cliburn, at the age of 23, won the first Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition held in 1958 in Moscow, just months after the Sputnik launch. Throughout his long career as a concert pianist, he has entertained audiences around the world with his talents and continues to inspire young artists to achieve excellence.

Václav Havel's acclaimed plays about the oppressive Communist rule of his native Czechoslovakia caused him to be imprisoned numerous times. He persevered as a strong voice for freedom of his homeland and a voice throughout the world for democracy. Havel became president of the new Czech Republic, leading the new democratic nation until earlier this year.

Charlton Heston is an Academy Award winning actor and an eloquent, early voice on behalf of civil rights in the United States and democracy around the world. His films include The Greatest Show on Earth, El Cid, The Greatest Story Ever Told, Ben Hur, The Ten Commandments, and Planet of the Apes, among many others.

Edward Teller left his native Hungary to escape the rise of Nazi Germany. After arriving in America, he established himself as a premier physicist. His work on national defense projects such as the Manhattan Project and the Strategic Defense Initiative helped protect our Nation and bring about the end of the Cold War.

R. David Thomas's hard work, business sense, and perseverance led him to create one of the world's largest restaurant chains. In memory of his grandmother's advice to "never cut corners," his restaurants, named after one of his daughters, became known for their square hamburger patties. A philanthropist, and having been adopted himself, Dave was a life-long advocate for adoption.

Byron Raymond White led an extraordinary American life. He was named an All-American athlete and Rhodes Scholar, earned a Bronze Star in World War II, played in the NFL and led the league in rushing, worked to defend civil rights as Deputy Attorney General, and served for 31 years as a Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States.

James Q. Wilson has written influential works on the nature of human morality, government, and criminal justice issues. A noted social commentator and professor at both Harvard and UCLA, his books include Varieties of Police Behavior: The Management of Law and Order in Eight Communities, The Moral Sense, and The Marriage Problem: How Our Culture Has Weakened Families.

John R. Wooden is a record-setting college basketball coach and exceptional teacher whose UCLA Bruins won 10 National Championships in 12 years. His teams reflected his discipline, character, and work ethic. His Pyramid of Success has inspired generations.

8 posted on 07/19/2003 10:28:10 PM PDT by TERMINATTOR (Don't tread on me!)
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To: Mike Haas
Great News, he deserves it.
9 posted on 07/19/2003 10:34:08 PM PDT by Delphinium
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To: Mike Haas
DEAR MR. HESTON

Dear Mr. Heston
I won't say good-byes
But I wish you aloha
And not without tears
Although you don't know me
I'm many in size
I'm the millions that love you
And applaud you with cheers

Not only for you talent
Displayed on the screens
In hot summer days
And cold winter nights
But for truth and integrity
You showed in life's scenes
Where danger was real
And you stood for our rights

Oh, Dear Mr. Heston
I wish you God speed
He is now the director
And is choosing your parts
But you won't be forgotten 
Nor will your brave deed
You'll always be loved
In the core of our hearts.
                the Fish Hawk

10 posted on 07/19/2003 10:51:36 PM PDT by fish hawk
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To: Mike Haas
Holy moly, Charlton Heston AND Edward Teller! Those popping sounds you hear are the libcommies from coast to coast blowing blood vessels! Bravo Dubya!
11 posted on 07/20/2003 12:31:13 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Am Yisrael Chai!)
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To: TERMINATTOR
I take it that Roberto Clemente's Medal of Freedom will be awarded posthumously?
12 posted on 07/20/2003 7:04:02 AM PDT by strela ("Each of us can find a maggot in our past which will happily devour our futures." Horatio Hornblower)
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To: TERMINATTOR
Oddly, the White House blurb does not mention Heston's advocacy for gun rights, or does being an "early voice on behalf of civil rights" include his 2nd Amendment work?

Politically, should we consider this a mere symbolic sop to gun-owners, or a genuine sign of where the administration is on gun control (noting that both Heston and Bush have no affection for civilan ownership of military-style rifles.)
13 posted on 07/20/2003 9:32:51 AM PDT by Atlas Sneezed
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To: Mike Haas

14 posted on 07/20/2003 9:38:10 AM PDT by Fiddlstix (~~~ http://www.ourgangnet.net ~~~~~)
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To: Fiddlstix
I was impressed till I saw the rest of the list........

Van Cliburn and Julia Child ?????

A GI setting in a friggin fox hole in Iraq right now has done more for this nation than these two bottom feeders. What a joke . Glad old Chuck is getting such a medal. Just seems somewhat tarnished by the others on the list......

Stay Safe !

15 posted on 07/20/2003 10:03:43 AM PDT by Squantos (Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscript catapultas habebunt.)
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To: Beelzebubba
Both, it's sop and an indication that Bush and Heston/NRA are unwilling to recognize the unconditional right of the people to keep and bear arms. Bush, Heston, and Brady, are all gun control nuts, they just differ on the speed, method, and extent of disarmament.

It sure looks like some of these awards are political sop to various special intrest groups, the NWO, contributors, and payoff for votes on legislation. Which might be OK if the legislation, etc., were in the best intrest of the people of this country. Unconstitutional legislation like the patriot act, ejimucation bill, and AW ban expansion/renewal is not. Has Bush signed anything that's legal/constitutional?

16 posted on 07/20/2003 10:39:16 AM PDT by TERMINATTOR (Don't tread on me!)
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To: Beelzebubba; TERMINATTOR
Heston said he doesn't like them but doesn't want them banned. Anything else is putting words in his mouth.
18 posted on 07/20/2003 7:57:08 PM PDT by Shooter 2.5 (Don't punch holes in the lifeboat)
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To: Shooter 2.5
Heston:

"AK-47's are inappropriate for private ownership, of course."
...
"I just got through telling you. The possession - private possession of AK-47's is entirely inappropriate."
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"Well, for any certain time, AK-47"s are entirely inappropriate for private ownership..."

DATE May 6, 1997
TIME 8:00 - 9:00 AM (PT)
STATION KGO-AM (ABC)

http://vikingphoenix.com/news/stn/1997/pirn9711.htm
19 posted on 07/20/2003 8:15:56 PM PDT by Atlas Sneezed
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To: Beelzebubba
Heston:

"Thank you for asking me for a clarification of my comments in an
interview on KGO radio. When I spoke of AK-47 firearms on May 6th, I
was talking about the Soviet military rifle -- a fully automatic, not a
semiautomatic, firearm -- and what I thought was common knowledge.
Namely, that federal law has strictly regulated the private ownership of
such fully automatic firearms for 63 years.

"I didn't favor a cap put on this procedure in 1986 by the United States
Congress because no legally owned fully-automatic firearm had ever been
used in a crime.

"Regrettably, the distinction between classes of firearms is still not
understood thanks to distortions spread by the media and those who'd
destroy the Second Amendment.

"That's why I lobbied against the Clinton gun ban as a private citizen in
1994, and that is why I'll be honored to continue defending the Second
Amendment as First Vice President of the National Rifle Association."

http://vikingphoenix.com/news/stn/1997/pirn9712.htm
20 posted on 07/20/2003 8:20:12 PM PDT by Atlas Sneezed
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To: Mike Haas
Ah, wonderful. I feel so placated. After this meaningless gesture, who cares if Bush supports a ban on evil looking guns?
21 posted on 07/20/2003 10:21:21 PM PDT by Hot Soup
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To: FairOpinion

Too bad that wasn't an Ugly Black Gun, or something on the order of an M-1A/M-14 that "Moses" was holding up. Perhaps he may have on another occasion?

22 posted on 07/21/2003 5:01:07 PM PDT by El Gato
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To: TERMINATTOR
Edward Teller

Often called the "father of the H-bomb". Wonder why they didn't put that into the press release?

23 posted on 07/21/2003 5:15:38 PM PDT by El Gato
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To: El Gato
Wonder why they didn't put that into the press release?

To answer my own question, sort of: Probably for the same reason they didn't mention Heston's 2nd amendment advocacy. Wouldn't want to excite the liberals too much. It won't work of course, as pointed out earlier, they'll be all in a froth anyway.

24 posted on 07/21/2003 5:32:23 PM PDT by El Gato
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