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JOHN WAYNE AS CULTURAL ICON

JOHN WAYNE, AMERICAN

"John Wayne's cult is unlike most others.

"Most celebrity cults are for rebellious, youth-doomed figures (Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift, James Dean).

"But Wayne is a symbol of sober, industrious responsibility--which is normally dull, irrelevant or dim...yet he makes it vivid, personal and dramatic. He makes conservative values sexy and exciting."

-Garry Wills, biographer
"John Wayne: The Politics of Celebrity"

(This quote was partially edited by me for wordiness. -Nick P)

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John Wayne's Greatest Regret

John Wayne's greatest regret was that he never served in our armed forces during WWII.

At that time he was in his mid-30s and was not required to serve. He chose instead to make 15 films during this period (1942-45), many of them patriotic war films and, in doing so, helped our country with War Bond sales and morale for the cause. He also travelled extensively to visit our troops between the 1940s-70s.

After the war, he continued to make westerns and a few more war films. His toughest professional challenges were two films that were about patriotism, but failed to garner the critical acclaim for which he'd hoped: One was "The Alamo" (1960), and the other was "The Green Berets" (1968). The latter was blasted by anti-war leftists for painting an altruistic portrait of our involvement in Viet Nam.

Duke died in 1979 of intestinal cancer, a delayed illness from his exposure to radiation in the Nevada desert way back in 1955 (while filming "The Conquerer", a biography of Genghis Khan).

He won his only Academy Award in 1969 for his role as Rooster Cogburn in "True Grit".

In 1979, just weeks before he passed away, his best friend Maureen O'Hara testified before Congress to have a medal minted in Dukes honor. She concluded her testimony with:

“I beg you to strike a medal for Duke, to order the President to strike it. And I feel that the medal should say just one thing: ‘John Wayne, American.’ ”

A splendid tribute.

-Nick P

Categories: Patriotism, Hollywood Conservatives

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JULY 4th THOUGHTS

There are a million reasons why every dreamer, from every dustbowl and every shit-hole wants to emigrate here.

But the biggest reason is our country's founding documents, which coalesce the greatest elements of all previous government experiments into an amalgamation of perfection.

If an immigrant does not firmly believe in, abide by, or swear allegiance to those principles, they are not welcomed here.

And every patriot knows what I mean when I say:
"If we catch you trying to destroy our COUNTRY....We WILL KILL YOU"

Categories: American History, Patriotism

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My Top 21 Favorite Musicals

01. Les Miserables
02. My Fair Lady
03. Man or La Mancha
04. 1776
05. Sound of Music
06. West Side Story
07. Oklahoma
08. Camelot
09. Annie Get Your Gun
10. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
11. South Pacific
12. Damn Yankees
13. Chicago
14. Show Boat
15. Chorus Line, A
16. Jesus Christ Superstar
17. Pal Joey
18. How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
19. 42nd Street
20. On the Town
21. Hello, Dolly!

Categories: Theater

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FILM REVIEW: PHANTOM THREAD (2017)

FILM REVIEW:
"PHANTOM THREAD" (2017)
4 out of 5 STARS
DIRECTOR: Paul Thomas Anderson
CAST: Vicky Krieps, Daniel Day-Lewis, Lesley Manville,
R - Drama
RUNTIME: 2h 10m

Powerful drama about a not too investigated subject: The creative art and business of high fashion dressmaking, and the love life of a straight, male fashion designer in an era 60 years before gay fashion stereotypes were pushed on "Project Runway" and "Queer Eye..." on Bravo TV.

Set in 1950's London, Reynolds Woodcock (Day-Lewis) is a renowned dressmaker whose fastidious life is disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman, Alma (Krieps), who becomes his muse and lover. Frustrated by his stubbornness and refusal to recognize her importance to his life, she finds a way to rein him in.

I wish Hollywood could make movies like this all the time. As i've mentioned in previous reviews...I love films that depict the life of masterful artists plying their craft. This movie takes you deep into the intense passion of Mr. Woodcock as he and his sister (and biz partner) build hand-stitched fashions for all of London's elite women.

Reynolds is a muse-driven artist. And so he finds beauty and perfection in each of his clients. His passion turns into a form of love with each of them, but especially his married clients who often reciprocate with flirtation, or perhaps more.

But this is always safe hunting ground for Reynolds as parting goes hand-in-hand with final delivery of each creation, mostly breaking his own heart and rarely theirs. And it is exactly this regimen that builds his reputation as an artist and a man of high honor. In sum, he is destined to remain a confirmed bachelor and he's good with it.

But what Reynolds truly needs is a full-time muse. And he finds one in Alma, a waitress near his country house. He invites her into his life and their first date turns into a semi-erotic dress-fitting. As an audience you are in disbelief at this rare peek into sensual and delicate eros--sans nudity or sex--it is all merely suggestive through this gentleman's tender measurement of his il Fornarina.

(Note to self: build dress shop in my study for after-date foreplay).

Full disclosure: I was a Director of Programming at Bravo/IFC in 1999-2001, a few years before the aforementioned programs became popular on Bravo TV.

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Categories: Film Review

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Pakistanis and Deceit

Sorry to impugn an entire nationality but in my experience Pakis are deceitful people.

I had one as a business partner early on and he was nothing but a shuck-in-jive bullshitter.

Born in the US to a Paki father (a doctor) and an Irish mother. Well-educated too (Ivy league). But the pride/ego, the anti-semitism and hidden agendas were beyond my naive comprehension.

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Men Will Always Be Men, But Liberal Men Will Always Lack Honor

Men can't stop being who we are.
Yes, the sex act is always on our minds. (when in our prime)

But conservative men are WAY better behaved than liberals.
If we are looking to mate and want to court a woman at work, so be it.
We will try, honorably, to approach them.
But if they shoot us down we move on.
Honorably.

Not so with liberal men.
They will use deceit, games, bait-&-switches, quid-pro-quo, drugs, etc to get the sex they want with the woman/man/child they want.
It is disgusting, God-less behavior.
But there is that word again...."God-less".
They don't fear God, because they think they ARE gods.

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Mika and Joe Go Off-the-Rails

Mika & Joe (MSNBC) are constantly bashing Trump.
But Why?

Well, the elitist class of MSM snobs is dying a painful death.

With such easy access to broadcasting technology, everyday Americans can now produce reliable and timely news reports at any moment and delivered right to our fingertips.
And we prefer news from our trusted friends and neighbors, 99% of whom share our:

a) Common sense
b) Good instincts
c) American work ethic
d) Middle class life experiences
e) Faith in God
f) Mistrust of MSM snobs living in $3 million dollar apartments on Park Avenue in NYC.

That is why Mika and Joe are more miserable than a legless cat in a fishery.

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A Cavalryman's Breakfast on the Plains

A Cavalryman's Breakfast on the Plains

Title: A Cavalryman's Breakfast on the Plains
Creator: Frederic Remington
Date Created: ca. 1892
Physical Dimensions: w81.6 x h56.2 cm
Type: paintings
Rights: Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, Amon G. Carter Collection
External Link: Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Medium: Oil on canvas

Categories: Art, American History

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Best Thing About NY Times?

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