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Sunday’s video: President Trump and what he said

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We don’t really know what President Trump said……my advice to President Trump is to remember that his opponents will use everything against him….so don’t make it easy for them….my advice to Democrats don’t be so hysterical..

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January 13, 2018 at 11:00 pm

Saturday’s show: Air Florida crash 1982, ‘The darkest hour’ movie and a few other stories

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We will look back the 1982 Air Florida crash in Washington DC……it was a day of tragedy and heroism……we look at the politics and selective indignation over President Trump’s ‘hole’ remarks……they are praising President Trump in the streets of Iran………my AT post about ‘The darkest hour’…..Robert Stack (1919-2003)…….Keith Jackson died at 89…………….and other stories……….

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Source: Air Florida crash 1982, ‘The darkest hour’ movie and a few other stories 01/13 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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January 13, 2018 at 9:00 pm

Darkest Hour: A good movie

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On Wednesday, we went to see Darkest Hour, a movie about Prime Minister Winston Churchill and the U.K. in 1940.  I assume that the movie will soon be available online, but we went the old-fashioned way: a big box of popcorn and a large screen.

A few weeks ago, I learned of the movie from reading a review by Professor Victor Davis Hanson:

Within days of Churchill taking office, all of what is now the European Union either would be in Hitler’s hands or could be considered pro-Nazi “neutral.”

“Darkest Hour” gets its title from the understandable depression that had spread throughout the British government.  Members of Churchill’s new War Cabinet wanted to sue for peace.  Chamberlain and senior conservative politician Edward Wood both considered Churchill unhinged for believing [that] Britain could survive.

Both appeasers dreamed that thuggish Italian dictator Benito Mussolini might be persuaded to beg Hitler to call off his planned invasion of Great Britain.  They dreamed [that] Mussolini could save a shred of English dignity through an arranged British surrender. 

Not Churchill.

The movie does have a bit of fantasy: the subway ride, when P.M. Churchill meets constituents who are in no mood to surrender or cut deals with Hitler.  While it did not happen that way, the British willingness to fight and defend their homeland was no fantasy.  It became clear when P.M. Churchill spoke to the Parliament.

Let me leave you with a few other impressions.

First, you will love Mrs. Churchill.

Second, I was reminded of recent examples of presidential leadership, from President Bush going against conventional wisdom and doing the surge in Iraq in 2007 to President Reagan overruling his diplomats and calling on “Mr. Gorbachev” to “tear down this wall.”

Third, do you think the modern U.K. would recognize the fighting spirit of its great grandparents in 1940?  I don’t think so.  That may be the most depressing part of the story. 

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January 13, 2018 at 6:36 am

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