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How Tom Hanks Became America's Historian in Chief (Leftist rewrites history)
Time ^ | 3/6/2010 | Douglas Brinkley

Posted on 03/06/2010 10:05:05 AM PST by jimbo123

To the young Tom Hanks, history was as dull as an algebra equation. For Hanks — a classic baby boomer, born in 1956 — World War II was just a string of long-ago muzzle flashes in black-and-white. Yet he did have a more direct connection to the global cataclysm. His father had been a U.S. Naval mechanic (second class) in World War II. But Amos Hanks wasn't the type to tell his son tales of bravery and sacrifice. "Growing up, I always knew Dad was somewhere in the Pacific fixing things," Hanks says. "He had nothing nice to say about the Navy. He hated the Navy. He hated everybody in the Navy. He had no glorious stories about it."

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Back in World War II, we viewed the Japanese as 'yellow, slant-eyed dogs' that believed in different gods. They were out to kill us because our way of living was different. We, in turn, wanted to annihilate them because they were different. Does that sound familiar, by any chance, to what's going on today?"

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KEYWORDS: hollywood; idiot; revisionism; tomhanks
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1 posted on 03/06/2010 10:05:05 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123

Not so long ago, movie stars were handsome.


2 posted on 03/06/2010 10:06:00 AM PST by La Lydia
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To: jimbo123

“Certainly, we wanted to honor U.S. bravery in The Pacific,” Hanks says. “But we also wanted to have people say, ‘We didn’t know our troops did that to Japanese people.’ “


3 posted on 03/06/2010 10:06:21 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123

Stick to the movies, Tom.

Shut Up and Act!!


4 posted on 03/06/2010 10:06:56 AM PST by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops, and vote out the RINOS)
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To: jimbo123

Hanks is a moron.


5 posted on 03/06/2010 10:07:48 AM PST by HerrBlucher (Jail Al Gore and the Climate Frauds!)
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To: La Lydia

“Not so long ago, movie stars were handsome.”

Not so long ago, they were patriots too.


6 posted on 03/06/2010 10:07:49 AM PST by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops, and vote out the RINOS)
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To: jimbo123

Stupid is as stupid does.


7 posted on 03/06/2010 10:09:02 AM PST by Rebelbase
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To: jimbo123

So we wanted to defeat the Japanese because they were different from us?

It’s insight like this that keeps Time magazine flying off the shelves.


8 posted on 03/06/2010 10:09:19 AM PST by Yardstick
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To: jimbo123
How Tom Hanks Became America's Historian in Chief

Tom Hanks is no historian...And his movies aren't historically correct either.


9 posted on 03/06/2010 10:11:08 AM PST by darkwing104 (Lets get dangerous)
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To: jimbo123

>>‘We didn’t know our troops did that to Japanese people.’ “

Oh crap. I have a feeling it’s one of those “US guilt” movies where WE were at fault..as usual. Why dont these libtard fruitcakes get it over with and make a movie of Bush going back in time and dropping the bomb on Hiroshima?


10 posted on 03/06/2010 10:11:09 AM PST by max americana
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To: jimbo123

Douglass Brinkley has a thing for re-writing military history.

After all, he wrote John Kerrys biography.


11 posted on 03/06/2010 10:12:00 AM PST by digger48
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To: jimbo123
They were out to kill us because our way of living was different. We, in turn, wanted to annihilate them because they were different. Does that sound familiar, by any chance, to what's going on today?"

Nothing like just making up history out of whole cloth.

How about Japan wanted raw materials to feed a growing empire? They attacked America because we stood in their way to overrunning the Philippines.

12 posted on 03/06/2010 10:12:06 AM PST by highlander_UW (Obama has lost or not saved over 4 million jobs!)
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To: max americana



13 posted on 03/06/2010 10:12:25 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123
" He hated everybody in the Navy."

I think you might have stumbled into something there, Tommy boy.

My dad was in the Navy in the Pacific during WWII and he felt exactly the opposite. Maybe that's why I'm a conservative and you're a "Me, Me, Me," liberal.

14 posted on 03/06/2010 10:14:24 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (If you liked 2009, you're going to LOVE 2010!!!!!)
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To: max americana

15 posted on 03/06/2010 10:15:19 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123
Tommy didn't see that picture. His Mommy thought it would be too upsetting.

All he heard is that we were MEAN to the Nisei when we put them into the camps, BAD Americans.

That's the sort of idiot you find here in California, courtesy of the screaming Leftist schools.

16 posted on 03/06/2010 10:16:01 AM PST by Regulator (Welcome to Zimbabwe! Now hand over your property....)
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To: highlander_UW
Back in World War II, we viewed the Japanese as 'yellow, slant-eyed dogs' that believed in different gods. They were out to kill us because our way of living was different. We, in turn, wanted to annihilate them because they were different. Does that sound familiar, by any chance, to what's going on today?"

How about the Japanese actually wore uniforms? How about the Japanese collectively surrendered. How about Al Queda doesn't, and won't.

17 posted on 03/06/2010 10:16:19 AM PST by torchthemummy (No Obama: Not Because He's Black But Because He's Red)
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To: jimbo123
"Strange to think that I've become the World War II guy," Hanks laughs. "All my friends had dads who were on the U.S.S. Nimitz or U.S.S. Enterprise or U.S.S. Coral Sea. They lived in naval housing, and everybody who was like a primary caregiver to me talked about the war."

I hate to pick nits, but Nimitz was a man during WWII, and Coral Sea was a battle. Are you sure your friends weren't talking about some other war?

Hanks should've kept his mouth shut for this interview - if anyone is counting on him as a historian, they will be sadly misled.

18 posted on 03/06/2010 10:16:27 AM PST by skeeter
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To: torchthemummy
How about the Japanese actually wore uniforms? How about the Japanese collectively surrendered. How about Al Queda doesn't, and won't.

That is, of course, also true. Hanks fails on every level in his argument.

19 posted on 03/06/2010 10:18:04 AM PST by highlander_UW (Obama has lost or not saved over 4 million jobs!)
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To: highlander_UW

If we had wanted to annihilate Japan, we could have easily done so. Tom Hanks can ESAD.


20 posted on 03/06/2010 10:18:37 AM PST by mrsmel
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To: torchthemummy
We, in turn, wanted to annihilate them because they were different.

No, dummy. We annihilated them because A) they warred on us first, and B) they insisted upon it.

The marines learned very early, at the battle of Alligator Creek on Guadalcanal, that treating Japanese soldiers by the rules of war very often had fatal consequences.

21 posted on 03/06/2010 10:19:17 AM PST by skeeter
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To: highlander_UW

We, in turn, wanted to annihilate them because they were different.”

Well...and there was that whole 3,000 dead Americans thing in Pearl Harbor...

“Does that sound familiar, by any chance, to what’s going on today?””

Yep. Except then we didn’t have assholes like you around.


22 posted on 03/06/2010 10:19:31 AM PST by jessduntno (They'll get my false teeth when they pry them from my sister's cold, dead mouth!)
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To: jessduntno

I was looking forward to this series, but now I’m afraid I shouldn’t. Sounds like the war in the pacific will get the PC revision treatment.


23 posted on 03/06/2010 10:21:59 AM PST by skeeter
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To: jimbo123

OMG..Yet another stupid Dummie trying to spread Anti-American Propaganda.

The American people should stop supporting them with ticket sales or viewership.

Give them a good lesson in supply and demand economics.


24 posted on 03/06/2010 10:22:48 AM PST by Marty62 (former Marty60)
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To: highlander_UW

My wonder is that anyone would expect anything more from a Hollywood hack.I don’t expect them to know any factual history, and I don’t expect them to be patriots. I’m never disappointed. They can expect to never get a red cent from me to watch any of their tripe, not when it’s newly released, not when it does to DVD or cable. I know they’re not losing any sleep over it, but I do what I can.


25 posted on 03/06/2010 10:22:51 AM PST by mrsmel
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To: jimbo123
I went out with a young women just before I got out of the Army. Her father was captured on Bataan, he was thankful he had no sons and disapointed that we only had two A-Bombs.

Slant eyed heathen was a mild term for him.

26 posted on 03/06/2010 10:24:08 AM PST by Little Bill (Carol Che-Porter is a MOONBAT.)
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To: jessduntno

Exactly. Even the left in Hollywood ion those days were at least patriotic (as far as anybody knew). Their careers would’ve sunk like a stone if they’d been open traitors, unlike these days.


27 posted on 03/06/2010 10:24:47 AM PST by mrsmel
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To: jimbo123

I will never understand why these idiots don’t keep their opinions to themselves and just rake in their money.

I guess Hanks has so much money, he feels he can do as he pleases.


28 posted on 03/06/2010 10:25:04 AM PST by brownsfan (The average American: Uninformed, and unconcerned.)
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To: jimbo123
Nothing, and I mean NOTHING that that the American military did to the Japaneses and the Germans compares to the Rape of Nan king, the Bataan Death March, the Holocaust, the atrocities committed on the Russians by the Germans or for that manner the on the Germans by the Russians.

This BS review of history comes from people who Know nothing and whose only exposure to history comes from the writings of the likes of Howard Zinn.

America is so wealthy and powerful in economics, military and culture that most everyone who lives here, particularly the elite, have a skewed view of the World.

29 posted on 03/06/2010 10:25:14 AM PST by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: Regulator

30 posted on 03/06/2010 10:26:18 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123

I’ll think he’s doing some off-season PR for the left, getting ready for the WWII revisionist season that seems to come every August. He’s probably going to narrate or produce something for them. Betcha.


31 posted on 03/06/2010 10:28:05 AM PST by Stalwart
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To: mrsmel
They can expect to never get a red cent from me to watch any of their tripe, not when it’s newly released, not when it does to DVD or cable. I know they’re not losing any sleep over it, but I do what I can.

I don't patronize their films either. Part of watching a movie requires one to buy into the actor being the character they are portraying. When they're such idiots publicly it makes it very hard to suspend thinking that such and such an idiot is playing X role instead of just watching the performance.

And to be honest, Hollywood has created such unmitigated trash lately that I attend less than one movie per year. I've seen one movie in the last 2 years I believe....it was one of the Harry Potter movies and that was back around July of 2009.

32 posted on 03/06/2010 10:30:12 AM PST by highlander_UW (Obama has lost or not saved over 4 million jobs!)
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To: jessduntno

If we had assholes like him around after Pearl Harbor, they wouldn’t be working in Hollywood. I don’t think they’d be working anywhere at all.

I guess Tom Hanks missed that ol rape of China thing, the Bataan Death March, and lets not forget the medical, biological, and weapons experimentation on prisoners, both civilian and POW.

But do a Google on Japanese concentration camps and you come up with nothing but American internment of Japanese!


33 posted on 03/06/2010 10:30:46 AM PST by Dogbert41
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To: jimbo123

Tom Hanks, we want to kill them before they kill us, not because they are different. Period. That is their only goal, to kill as many of us as possible for their Allah.


34 posted on 03/06/2010 10:34:13 AM PST by Freedom Dignity n Honor (There are permanent moral truths.)
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To: La Lydia

>Not so long ago movie stars were handsome.<

And kept their follish mouths shut. In the “olden days” at least they had something of an education, thus some self restraint. Now-a-days they’ve all had a Feducation. Unfortunately the ideology spills over into all areas for the “me” generation. Today acting is said to be an art. In the really old days it was entertainment. Now it iseems to be an avenue for political opinion. Hanks has thus gone from one of my favorites to my least favorite. Incidentally, I have not watchd the Oscars for years.


35 posted on 03/06/2010 10:35:03 AM PST by Paperdoll ( On the cutting edge)
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To: jimbo123

36 posted on 03/06/2010 10:36:56 AM PST by GinaLolaB
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To: jimbo123
American POW's


37 posted on 03/06/2010 10:42:42 AM PST by GinaLolaB
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To: jimbo123

Before that series starts, they should show this film:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAp8bSdE5MQ


38 posted on 03/06/2010 10:43:41 AM PST by Dogbert41
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To: highlander_UW

Movies help when they are substantiated....since I was
there in the Pacific during the war....I still have
some basic visions of the battles and the war itself...
but the varied reactions to the war changes as the years
go on. I was young and innocent..but it was a big
part of ones life then and is more so as one
reflects on the lifelong impact that it has made on the
lives of many thousands. JJK


39 posted on 03/06/2010 10:45:06 AM PST by sanjacjake
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To: highlander_UW

Movies help when they are substantiated....since I was
there in the Pacific during the war....I still have
some basic visions of the battles and the war itself...
but the varied reactions to the war changes as the years
go on. I was young and innocent..but it was a big
part of ones life then and is more so as one
reflects on the lifelong impact that it has made on the
lives of many thousands. JJK


40 posted on 03/06/2010 10:46:37 AM PST by sanjacjake
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To: jimbo123
USS Arizona ablaze at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941


41 posted on 03/06/2010 10:47:15 AM PST by GinaLolaB
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To: skeeter

But wait. It’s seared in his memory.

I really didn’t want to know how ignorant Hanks was of history. I know there’s a lot I don’t know, but please... And I really, really enjoy Apollo 13. (sigh)


42 posted on 03/06/2010 10:47:43 AM PST by bootless (Never Forget. Never Again. (www.PursuingLiberty.com))
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To: Dogbert41

Tom Hanks would never do a movie about Unit 731 and the unspeakable horrors that were committed against civilians and POWs by the Japanese.


43 posted on 03/06/2010 10:50:09 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123
It is SO easy to be horrified when your sitting in your billion dollar mansions without having to think about WHO allowed you to sit there.

Go drive your Mitsubishi into friggin' wall. It is better than the guys that drove theirs into our ships.

Sorry 'bout that. /rant off

44 posted on 03/06/2010 10:50:28 AM PST by BallyBill (WARNING:Taking me serious could cause stress related illness.)
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To: jimbo123

Those pictures broke my heart. As I think of My Seventy Six Year Old Japanese Mother, these hurtful terms certainly do not apply to her. I also think of my Late Father, who was American and how he stated that what was done then needed to be done to defeat the enemy. I apologize about being emotional as this subject matter is very sensitive to me. Lastly, God Bless the United States Military, as my Late Father served in it.


45 posted on 03/06/2010 10:53:05 AM PST by seoul62
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To: sanjacjake
Speaking for myself, all I ask it that the makers of historically based films try in good faith to re-create real-life events as faithfully as possible & I don't want them to sugar coat nor politicize anything. Its filmaking malpractice.

The worst example of this kind of revisionism was in the Bruckheimer film Pearl Harbor, a scene where Japanese bomber pilots were trying to warn away a group of little leaguers who'd stopped playing their game to watch the attack unfold. Ridiculous attempt to personalize the attackers and done only to make the movie more palatable to overseas audiences.

46 posted on 03/06/2010 10:57:13 AM PST by skeeter
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I really didn’t want to know how ignorant Hanks was of history. I know there’s a lot I don’t know, but please... And I really, really enjoy Apollo 13. (sigh)

And yet, even in that, he deliberately and dishonestly rewrote history. Jim Lovell was not the astronaut who said "OK Houston, we've had a problem here ". It was Jack Swigart.

47 posted on 03/06/2010 11:05:02 AM PST by tarheelswamprat
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To: jimbo123

Mr. Tom might want to look into what the Asian reaction was when Hiroshima & Nagasaki went up in smoke —there was open celebrating and joyous laughter throughout almost every capital the Japanese Army occupied.

The Japanese see things in hierarchical & racial terms, and they (correctly) believed they were the top dogs of Asia —they acted that way, too. In Japan, this means that the most powerful person behaves and speaks in a way that confirms that person’s position, and the lower ranked person also behaves and speaks in a manner befitting their low rank —this happens nearly 100 times every day to the average Japanese person. It’s so completely natural that it is not even contemplated. Didn’t bow low enough? Your mother or father (but later more forcefully your Judo coach) will help you out with that, yes.

Ever wonder why the US occupation of Japan went pretty smoothly...? It wasn’t only because their Emperor ended things, no. It was also because we had demonstrated that WE, instead, were the top dogs.

Nothing about Japan then or now really changed —there was just corrective action taken that brought perceptions into line with realities, that’s all.

It will happen again, although I’m not sure with the same happy effects as last time.

The only country that has similar racial/hierarchical views of things is probably Korea, in particular North Korea.


48 posted on 03/06/2010 11:06:37 AM PST by TokuMei
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To: jimbo123

Hey, Tom. Ever hear of the Bataan Death March??


49 posted on 03/06/2010 11:07:41 AM PST by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: darkwing104
And his movies aren't historically correct either.

You mean his best friend wasn't really Wilson?

50 posted on 03/06/2010 11:09:55 AM PST by Lakeshark (Thank a member of the US armed forces for their sacrifice)
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