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“Shane” the 3rd best Western ever?

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Had a little time today and watched “Shane”, a movie that I had seen bits and pieces of many times before.    

Today, I finally saw it and it was great.    

Shane is played by Alan Ladd.  He meets Joe Starrett (Van Heflin) and his wife, Marian (Jean Arthur) who are small farmers in Wyoming.    He learns that there is a campaign of intimidation against the farmers.    

What a great movie.    The rest is up to you.    Watch it!  

“Shane” is # 3  in the American Film Institute’s Top 10 Westerns.     By the way, # 2 is “High noon”, another one of my favorites.



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May 21, 2016 at 4:00 pm

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1881: Clara Barton and the American Red Cross

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Clara Barton saw the work of the Swiss Red Cross in Europe.  She was inspired to start the organization in the US.

On May 21, 1881, Clara Barton and others started the branch in Washington DC:

Barton led the Red Cross for 23 years, during which time we conducted our first domestic and overseas disaster relief efforts, aided the United States military during the Spanish-American War, and campaigned successfully for the inclusion of peacetime relief work as part of the global Red Cross network–the so-called “American Amendment” that initially met with some resistance in Europe.
The Red Cross received our first congressional charter in 1900 and a second in 1905, the year after Barton resigned from the organization.

We remember a great humanitarian and organization.



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May 21, 2016 at 1:34 pm

A great movie to get ready for Memorial Day

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A year ago, I wrote a post about Ernie Pyle.    You can read it here.

Today, I’m watching a great movie:   “The story of G.I. Joe”, a tribute to Mr Pyle.  

This is from a review published in 1945:

Director William A. Wellman’s approach is starkly realistic. The documentary quality of the picture is enhanced by the frequent use of authentic Signal Corps footage of the North African and Italian campaigns, and the sparse, idiomatic dialogue.

The opening scene shows a truckload of Eighteenth Infantry greenhorns, waiting to shove off toward Faid Pass and fondling a newly acquired mascot. “Get that pooch out of here,” barks the lieutenant, “want to get him killed?” And much later, on a bleak, cold, and sodden Christmas night in the shell-pocked valley below Cassino, the captain sums up his men’s aspirations with simple eloquence: “If only we could create something good out of all this energy, all these men.”

Ernie Pyle was an unobtrusive sidelines observer, more interested in the individual doughfoot than the strategic deployment of regimental power, and his Story of G.I. Joe depicts infantry action in the terms of rain-soaked, mud-caked, and desperately tired men. They are of all types. The tough sergeant who carries a carefully wrapped record of his baby’s voice, the Brooklyn lothario who makes romantic capital out of his Italian heritage, the long-legged G.I. who was washed out as an air cadet because of his height and talks about cutting off his legs, and the taciturn captain, who understands his men better than he did his wife.

As the wandering correspondent who brings all the threads into sharp focus, Burgess Meredith plays Ernie Pyle with the same humility and spirit of camaraderie which endeared the correspondent to so many G.I.’s.

The movie is above all a tribute to the soldiers.   

Pyle was killed before the movie was released.


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May 21, 2016 at 12:42 pm

Hail to the Redskins!

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A Washington Post poll poured some cold water on all of the commotion about the word “Redskins”:

“……nine out of 10 Native Americans said they aren’t offended by it.”

So who is going to apologize for calling us “racists” or “anti-native Americans” for defending the team’s name?    

The best news is that the great Cowboys-Redskins rivalry will continue.

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May 21, 2016 at 12:21 pm

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We remember Raymond Burr (1917-1993)

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We remember Raymond Burr, known to most of us as Perry Mason.  

He was born on this day in 1917 and died in 1993.    

“Perry Mason” was a very popular series and Burr became one of the most popular TV personalities of all time.

Burr had another popular series called “Ironside”.   It was good but I think most of us remember him for those Perry Mason shows.

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May 21, 2016 at 12:19 pm

Hillary’s other woman may be named Jill

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(My new American Thinker post)

The media didn’t see the great Democratic crackup of 2016 coming. They were obsessed 24/7 with the divisions in the GOP.   
Under President Obama, the Democrats have lost state houses in most of the country, the U.S. House and then the U.S. Senate.    
Add the fact that ObamaCare is falling apart and you have a very restless base that didn’t get to enjoy any of that “Hope and Change” that they were promised.    
The base’s anger is what the Sanders’ campaign is all about. I should add that Mr. Sanders is the only Democrat telling the truth about the Obama economy.   
Enter Dr. Jill Stein of The Green Party. I just read their platform and it could have been written by Senator Sanders!      
Where are all of those “Sanderistas” going this November? 
Many will go Green. I believe that it’s very possible that Dr. Stein could get 5% of the vote in many states and deny Mrs. Clinton a lot of those blue states that she’s supposed to win.    
Can Mr. Trump carry New Jersey or Pennsylvania? Yes, with a little help from the Greens!
There have been a lot of other women in the Clinton’s story. However, the one who may deny her presidency is one named Dr. Jill Stein!
P.S. You can listen to my show (Canto Talk) and follow me on Twitter.

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May 21, 2016 at 12:17 pm

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Saturday morning and a few thoughts

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May 21, 2016 at 11:30 am