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The Academy Award Speech We Should Have Heard (And Why We Won't - Dennis Prager Alert)
Townhall.com ^ | 03/07/06 | Dennis Prager

Posted on 03/06/2006 10:35:45 PM PST by goldstategop

Here's a speech we would like to hear from an Academy Award winner:

I thank you for this wonderful award. Receiving an Academy Award gives the recipient an almost unique opportunity to speak to hundreds of millions people around the world, so I would like take this once-in-a-lifetime moment to say this:

First, I want to thank my country, the United States of America. Every one of us here has this country to thank for enabling us to live lives of unprecedented freedom and unimaginable affluence. Too many of us forget that no other country in history has offered such opportunities to people in our profession or in any other profession, for that matter.

Second, I want to thank the men and women of the armed forces of the United States. While we bask in freedom and spend a good part of our lives going from party to party and award show to award show, tens of thousands of my fellow Americans are confronting a menace to our world as great as that fought by previous generations fighting Nazism and communism.

At the same time, I also want to apologize to these troops for my profession not having made even one motion picture about any of the heroic American fighters in Afghanistan and Iraq. This country is fighting a war, Hollywood. You may think this war is unwise, waged under mistaken, or even false, pretenses. And as an actor in Hollywood, you are overwhelmingly likely to hate this commander in chief. But even the men and women of Hollywood must recognize that America is fighting the worst people of our time, people who hurt every group Hollywood claims to care about -- minorities, women, gays -- people who engage in the sins Hollywood most professes to oppose -- intolerance and violence -- far more than anyone else on the planet.

In another era, when what many have labeled "the greatest generation" fought the German Nazis and the Japanese fascists, Hollywood made movie after movie depicting that great war and our great warriors. And Hollywood showed freedom's enemies as the cruel and vicious people they were. We have not produced one film yet depicting this war in positive terms or one depicting this generation's enemies of freedom as the cruel and vicious people they are.

In fact, the only nominated film about people who slaughter children at discos, blow up weddings, and bomb pizzerias and buses filled with men, women and children is one that attempts to show these murderers in God's name as complex human beings. Just imagine how the Academy would have reacted 60 years ago to a film depicting Nazi murderers as complex human beings. We have descended far.

We in Hollywood walk around thinking we are very important. That is why this year's nominated films for best picture are largely pictures with messages, pictures that relatively few people actually see. But although Hollywood was always concerned with politics, we have let ourselves be taken over by those for whom their message is more significant than the primary purposes of film -- to illuminate life and to entertain. Yes, entertain.

You know, entertainment is actually a noble pursuit. Life is difficult for almost every human being on earth. And if we can offer people an elevated way to divert their attention for a couple of hours from their troubled child, their marital tensions, their ill parent, their financial woes, we have rendered the world a greater service than by making another message-film against racism in America, the least racist country in the world.

My fellow actors, we walk around feeling that we are very important. But we do so only because we confuse fame with significance. We do have more fame than any other human beings in history. Far more people have heard of any actor here tonight than of any of the discoverers of any medication saving billions of lives, of any teacher of the disabled, of any nurse tending the aged, of almost any national leader.

But the truth is that, as noble a calling as acting can be, all we do is make-believe: We portray other people, and we speak words written by other people. Everyone knows our names, but almost no one knows us. All they know are the characters we play.

Thank you again. I hope I haven't ruined your evening.


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The speech we didn't hear at the Oscars - and why we won't. It would be wonderful to have an actor offer thanks to his country, to take a moment to thank our brave troops fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq and to underscore the need to make films that celebrate the valor of those fighting to preserve the freedoms we enjoy from this generation's enemies who seek to destroy them. And we didn't hear an actor remind us they engage in the art of make-believe, which is what acting signifies: to entertain us and take us away from life's cares - something more important than any message a movie could ever hope to embody.

And we won't hear it because Hollywood is filled with self-satisfied narcissists who think its about them and their egos and they forget fame carries with an obligation as well as a privilege. It would be nice to hear some humility from the famous but because of who they've become, I don't expect them to ever give that noble a speech on an Oscar evening.

(Denny Crane: "I Don't Want To Socialize With A Pinko Liberal Democrat Commie. Say What You Like About Republicans. We Stick To Our Convictions. Even When We Know We're Dead Wrong.")

1 posted on 03/06/2006 10:35:50 PM PST by goldstategop
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To: goldstategop
In a perfect world it's much easier to thank your director, co-stars, mom, and grandma and get the hell off the stage.

I don't care about all that other garbage and why I haven't watched award shows in ages.

2 posted on 03/06/2006 10:40:47 PM PST by BigSkyFreeper (There is no alternative to the GOP except varying degrees of insanity.)
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To: goldstategop

I think the orchestra would have drowned you out after 2 minutes.


3 posted on 03/06/2006 10:41:35 PM PST by Lunatic Fringe (Olfrygt: the nagging fear of being unable to find beer while out of town.)
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To: goldstategop

You don't hear that speech because it doesn't relate to the moment or the reason they are on stage. The winners have received an honor from peers and in the custom of receiving something, they are thanking the people responsible for giving them the honor.


4 posted on 03/06/2006 10:43:49 PM PST by durasell (!)
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To: goldstategop
Unfortunately, The left has encouraged our enemies with their sympathetic stand with those who stand against all of us, and everything WE belive in.

If the left had it's way tonight, The left would consider themselves as real leaders with John Stewart as their chance ?.......

5 posted on 03/06/2006 10:45:57 PM PST by MJY1288 (THE DEMOCRATS OFFER NOTHING FOR THE FUTURE AND THEY LIE ABOUT THE PAST)
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To: goldstategop
Had Gary Sinise won an Oscar he would have said something very similar to that. Sadly, he's the only one I can think of.
6 posted on 03/06/2006 10:46:16 PM PST by jazusamo (:Gregory was riled while Hume smiled:)
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To: jazusamo

Had Gary Sinise won an Oscar he would have said something very similar to that. Sadly, he's the only one I can think of.



A riot would have broken out in the auditorium if Gary Sinise won, since he wasn't in any of the nominated movies...


7 posted on 03/06/2006 10:47:26 PM PST by durasell (!)
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To: durasell

There was an awards ceremony? When did this happen?

:-)


8 posted on 03/06/2006 10:47:57 PM PST by writer33 (Rush Limbaugh walks in the footsteps of giants: George Washington, Ronald Reagan and Noah Webster.)
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To: writer33

Last night. A bunch of film clips. Some music. Bad stand-up. Same ole, same ole...


9 posted on 03/06/2006 10:48:48 PM PST by durasell (!)
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To: durasell
The winners have received an honor from peers and in the custom of receiving something, they are thanking the people responsible for giving them the honor.

Yeah, right........


10 posted on 03/06/2006 10:48:51 PM PST by hole_n_one
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To: durasell


A mere technicality. :)


11 posted on 03/06/2006 10:49:40 PM PST by jazusamo (:Gregory was riled while Hume smiled:)
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To: Lunatic Fringe

There's absolutely no reason why these award shows couldn't be one or even 1.5 hours long instead of 3+ hours long. It's patently absurd to turn an award show into a DNC convention.


12 posted on 03/06/2006 10:50:22 PM PST by BigSkyFreeper (There is no alternative to the GOP except varying degrees of insanity.)
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To: hole_n_one

Oh, Brando, Brando...they don't make'em like that anymore...


13 posted on 03/06/2006 10:50:31 PM PST by durasell (!)
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To: jazusamo
Had Gary Sinise won an Oscar he would have said something very similar to that. Sadly, he's the only one I can think of.

First of all, he has to be nominated, and secondly, since he wasn't in anything that was up for nomination, he'd be wasting his time and everyone elses.

14 posted on 03/06/2006 10:52:10 PM PST by BigSkyFreeper (There is no alternative to the GOP except varying degrees of insanity.)
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To: durasell
They can't take a moment to express thanks to this wonderful country and those who serve it nobly - now there's a true waste of national talent. No wonder people loathe Hollywood.

(Denny Crane: "I Don't Want To Socialize With A Pinko Liberal Democrat Commie. Say What You Like About Republicans. We Stick To Our Convictions. Even When We Know We're Dead Wrong.")

15 posted on 03/06/2006 10:52:37 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: BigSkyFreeper
Etiquette is so outdated my friend and thoughtlessness has become a cultural fashion. This from the jet set crowd and they wonder why people don't think much of them. Every time I hear a starlet make an unthinking comment, I feel like smashing them in the mouth. They convey an obnoxious arrogance bordering on the offensive.

(Denny Crane: "I Don't Want To Socialize With A Pinko Liberal Democrat Commie. Say What You Like About Republicans. We Stick To Our Convictions. Even When We Know We're Dead Wrong.")

17 posted on 03/06/2006 10:55:31 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: BigSkyFreeper


Again, a mere technicality. :)


18 posted on 03/06/2006 10:57:01 PM PST by jazusamo (:Gregory was riled while Hume smiled:)
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To: goldstategop

The awards and the ceremony is pretty meaningless in and of themselves. However, if a movie wins, then everyone involved gets a middling to huge pay raise on their next project. The idea for a lot of these people is to get up there, say something semi-memorable and/or gracious, sit back down and have your agent begin negotiations for the next project.

If some actor gets up there and says something controversial, then his pay could drop significantly.


19 posted on 03/06/2006 10:57:27 PM PST by durasell (!)
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To: damnruserious
I feel that an expression of courtesy and reverence is part of high station. It used to be that the famous set an example of good taste and noble conduct for the rest of us because it was an obligation. You also understood that your fame was a privilege to be a national ambassador to people less privileged than you were. A pity no one thinks like that any more. True, famous people were always set apart from every one else but then once upon a time they expected nothing but the best from themselves and that's part of the reason people esteemed them.

(Denny Crane: "I Don't Want To Socialize With A Pinko Liberal Democrat Commie. Say What You Like About Republicans. We Stick To Our Convictions. Even When We Know We're Dead Wrong.")

20 posted on 03/06/2006 11:00:20 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: damnruserious
But even the men and women of Hollywood must recognize that America is fighting the worst people of our time, people who hurt every group Hollywood claims to care about -- minorities, women, gays -- people who engage in the sins Hollywood most professes to oppose -- intolerance and violence -- far more than anyone else on the planet."

"I have to say, I don't think a speech we agree with politically is any more appropriate than one we don't agree about."

Well asking the Hollyweird Oscar folk to be appropriate to us, not their peers, is a stretch.

But that aside, the mindset that Prager points out as sadly missing from these people, is a note worth sounding.

21 posted on 03/06/2006 11:02:04 PM PST by ThirstyMan (hysteria: the elixir of the Left that trumps all reason)
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To: goldstategop
It's called elitism, which is why I have no use for uppercrust bozos, who aren't ever a bit thankful for being born in this country.

I can get along without an acknowledgement or even a small thank you, but I couldn't care less about being preached to about the wonders of liberalism, when I know it's a complete sham.

22 posted on 03/06/2006 11:02:10 PM PST by BigSkyFreeper (There is no alternative to the GOP except varying degrees of insanity.)
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To: goldstategop

I feel that an expression of courtesy and reverence is part of high station. It used to be that the famous set an example of good taste and noble conduct for the rest of us because it was an obligation




Yeah, Fatty Arbuckle really fell down on that one...show business people have always been outsiders and prone to the scandals of careless lifestyles.


23 posted on 03/06/2006 11:02:54 PM PST by durasell (!)
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To: BigSkyFreeper
There's the elitism of manners and there's an elitism born of snobbery. I welcome the former and despise the latter.

(Denny Crane: "I Don't Want To Socialize With A Pinko Liberal Democrat Commie. Say What You Like About Republicans. We Stick To Our Convictions. Even When We Know We're Dead Wrong.")

24 posted on 03/06/2006 11:05:07 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: durasell

Kind of hard to escape scandal when you're constantly under the microscope of public scrutiny. It's hell living in a fishbowl, which is why Hollywood stardom isn't so appealing to me.


25 posted on 03/06/2006 11:06:51 PM PST by BigSkyFreeper (There is no alternative to the GOP except varying degrees of insanity.)
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To: durasell
Civilization is a study of slow decline. Every generation sees it is worse than the last and wonders if it will ever have its best days still ahead of it. We are still blessed in America to think we have yet to achieve the spirit of true national greatness.

(Denny Crane: "I Don't Want To Socialize With A Pinko Liberal Democrat Commie. Say What You Like About Republicans. We Stick To Our Convictions. Even When We Know We're Dead Wrong.")

26 posted on 03/06/2006 11:07:43 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop
Thanks. You remind me of a day when admirable character was more prominent.

It was present in the comedians like Red Skelton, Jackie Gleason and Bob Hope... all of whom did not feel it necessary to drop a bunch of f-bombs to make their point or to be funny.

Compare these to Robin Williams and Eddie Murphy or George Carlin... oh well, on second thought, don't bother listening to them.

27 posted on 03/06/2006 11:08:27 PM PST by ThirstyMan (hysteria: the elixir of the Left that trumps all reason)
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To: BigSkyFreeper

Not for me, either. But it's their choice. There's a whole industry that supports the fish bowl. A photog takes a picture of a star on the red carpet of a premier, it's worth about 10 bucks. The same guy gets a picture of the same star fighting with his girlfriend in the parking lot of the Silverlake Ralph's, the photo is worth $20,000. That's a powerful motivator...but like I said, it's their choice.


29 posted on 03/06/2006 11:11:53 PM PST by durasell (!)
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To: durasell
"You don't hear that speech because it doesn't relate to the moment or the reason they are on stage. The winners have received an honor from peers and in the custom of receiving something, they are thanking the people responsible for giving them the honor.

Very good point. The point I got from the author was that it would simply be nice to hear a bit of gratitude for "how" they are able to be there. True, they are there to be recognized by their peers, but they often thank families, executives, make political speeches, etc. So, while I agree with you on the whole, I wish they would realize that they should simply thank their peers and exit the stage --not continue to push their beliefs on hapless viewers.

30 posted on 03/06/2006 11:12:45 PM PST by DilJective (Proudly serving in the US Army)
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To: goldstategop
Well, we can wish for the days gone by, but that won't happen. These Hollywood clowns are so in over their heads with themselves it's ridiculous. They don't even have the courage and decency to donate a large sum of their earnings for victims of such tragedies as 9/11 or Hurricane Katrina, and they have the gall to castigate those who do.

I certainly hope that in some way, they keep it up, because sooner rather than later, more people are going to wise up to the fact that going to movies is a complete waste of money.

31 posted on 03/06/2006 11:15:28 PM PST by BigSkyFreeper (There is no alternative to the GOP except varying degrees of insanity.)
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To: goldstategop

Bubba Bo Bob Brain: "I'd like to thank my momma and Elvis."

Audience member 1: "Well, isn't that nice!"

. . .

Audience member 1: "He ain't half bad!"

Audience member 2: "He ain't half good, neither!"


32 posted on 03/06/2006 11:16:40 PM PST by Rastus
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To: DilJective

Most of them do say "thanks, thanks thank bye!" some thank their relatives for getting them into acting. A very small percentage do the political thing...


33 posted on 03/06/2006 11:19:13 PM PST by durasell (!)
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To: goldstategop

Ben Stein opines... "No doubt the men and women who came to the Oscars in gowns that cost more than an Army Sergeant makes in a year, in limousines with champagne in the back seat, think they are working class heroes to attack America -- which has made it all possible for them. They are not. Hollywood is above all about self: self-congratulation, self-promotion, and above all, self-protection. This is human and basic, but let's not kid ourselves. There is no greatness there in the Kodak theater. The greatness is on patrol in Kirkuk. The greatness lies unable to sleep worrying about her man in Mosul. The greatness sleeps at Arlington National Cemetery and lies waiting for death in VA Hospitals. God help us that we have sunk so low as to confuse foolish and petty boasting with the real courage that keeps this nation and the many fools in it alive and flourishing on national TV....Thank You, Ben!


34 posted on 03/06/2006 11:21:00 PM PST by Marshall1
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"Most of them do say "thanks, thanks thank bye!" some thank their relatives for getting them into acting. A very small percentage do the political thing...

I stand corrected. I haven't watched any award shows in decades....too busy being stationed overseas and since coming back to America, I'm reluctant to pay the out-of-control cable fees. The information I get is from several newspapers, Internet, and my favorite website- FreeRepublic.

Have a great night.

35 posted on 03/06/2006 11:23:50 PM PST by DilJective (Proudly serving in the US Army)
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To: DilJective

Award shows are a waste of time. Three hours of film clips. Better to just rent a movie and enjoy it. I haven't agreed with the Academy Awards in years. And not because of the politics, but because they choose bad movies.


36 posted on 03/06/2006 11:25:27 PM PST by durasell (!)
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To: goldstategop

I didn't watch the oscars. I cleaned out the cat box and did my taxes.....a much better use of that time.

The cat box is clean now....and Hollywood...well I don't think anyone every cleans hollywood....it just keeps gettin filled with more and more poop and stinkin up the world. Maybe someday....


37 posted on 03/06/2006 11:26:18 PM PST by fizziwig (Democrats: so far off the path, so incredibly vicious, so sadly pathetic.)
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To: Marshall1

In Ben Stein's own words:

"Wow".


38 posted on 03/06/2006 11:46:40 PM PST by Old Sarge (Fobbit = REMF ... how do you like me now?)
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To: durasell

Their very existence in safe and happy circumstances has much to do with the American soldier defending that privilege. A small thank you wouldn't hurt. Hollywood consists of mind-numbed robots who have no real feeling for anything beyond their own noses. A pox on them all. They contribute nothing of worth to society. They are dull, brattish children who have no concept of the "greater cause." My prediction: They are fading faster and faster. One day their contributions will be like old wet newspapers in the gutter. Sooner the better. I'm sick to death of them, having everything in a capitalist and democratic system and working overtime fighting everything about that system.


39 posted on 03/07/2006 12:32:47 AM PST by dimmer-rats stealvotes (Catching onto the FOX Fonies)
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To: fizziwig

Very succinct remarks about the state of the world in relationship to Hollywood--brilliant, in fact. And down to earth. thanks.


40 posted on 03/07/2006 12:41:24 AM PST by dimmer-rats stealvotes (Catching onto the FOX Fonies)
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To: dimmer-rats stealvotes

What is the "great cause?"

I could point out that Hollywood and the entertainment industry in general produce one of America's last great exports. The money flowing back from films, music, television etc. is far more than that flowing back from America's heavy industries, like steel.

Also, they're not fading fast, despite what some say. They've adapted and are in the process of adapting again by reconfiguring their industries.


41 posted on 03/07/2006 1:08:50 AM PST by durasell (!)
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To: goldstategop

I remember seeing one of those fancy dog shows on TV. A trophy was presented to the winner, who promptly picked up his leg and did his business on the trophy. You can't blame a dog for doing what comes naturally, but then you don't invite him to eat at your table either.

The Oscars events aren't much different.


42 posted on 03/07/2006 1:38:11 AM PST by Fresh Wind (Democrats are guilty of whatever they scream the loudest about.)
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To: goldstategop
OUTSTANDING POST!!!
43 posted on 03/07/2006 3:10:24 AM PST by albee (The best thing you can do for the poor is.....not be one of them. - Eric Hoffer)
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To: goldstategop

Actually, this may shock you, but Warren Beatty, when he accepted the Oscar for "Reds," said something very similar to Praeger's opening lines, like "It is only in America where a movie like this could ever be made."


44 posted on 03/07/2006 4:13:50 AM PST by LS (CNN is the Amtrak of news)
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To: LS

The Reed story is an interesting piece of history and somehow Beatty managed to make it into one of the dullest lengths of film in cinema history


45 posted on 03/07/2006 4:15:34 AM PST by durasell (!)
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To: goldstategop

Prager hits another one out of the yard!

Too bad his piece won't be found on the op-ed page of the Los Angeles Times.


46 posted on 03/07/2006 6:00:27 AM PST by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots. Semper Fi!)
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To: durasell

Amen. But I was stunned when he actually, almost, "celebrated" American values for a tenth of a second.


47 posted on 03/07/2006 6:27:48 AM PST by LS (CNN is the Amtrak of news)
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To: LS

Many, many actors are very patriotic. Where do you suppose they come from? The vast majority of them are from Red States.

But really, honestly and truly, who really cares what actors think...I'd like to see a movie about that pre- World War I generation who had witnessed all of the promoise of marvels of the 20th century without yet seeing the horror...that would be a cool movie.


48 posted on 03/07/2006 6:38:02 AM PST by durasell (!)
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To: durasell
Well, you asked: in my forthcoming book, "America's Victories: Why the U.S. Wins Wars and Will Win the War on Terror," I have a section about "Hollywood at War," and it's utterly amazing in World War II how many men who were ALREADY stars signed up. One, Robert Montgomery if I recall, had won an Oscar already and he went to England to fight before Pearl Harbor!

But you can't hardly find anyone who didn't serve, and most actually fought. Karl Maulden won six bronze stars as a crewman in a B-17; Lee Marvin was badly wounded; and so on.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1595230211/qid=1139189351/sr=1-6/ref=sr_1_6/102-2150248-3964123?s=books&v=glance&n=283155

49 posted on 03/07/2006 6:45:20 AM PST by LS (CNN is the Amtrak of news)
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To: LS

John Wayne avoided service and took heat for it from John Ford (his father figure) in particularly cruel ways...

America is now in a particularly divisive phase that didn't exist during World War II. Some people avoid discussing politics with family members around the holidays. Imagine getting up in front of a nearly a billion people...


50 posted on 03/07/2006 6:48:30 AM PST by durasell (!)
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