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  1. The election is tight and Obama is popular with Canadians.
  2. And how many more times did he do this? Trudeau would get Melania's vote, I bet ya.
  3. Collusion? It's an endoresment. But please let us know, MM, if you find any evidence that Trudeau is getting Obama to dig up dirt on his opposition.
  4. Thank you for your balanced, gracious response. By the way, I said Obama was popular with Canadians.
  5. TomJH

    I Just Watched...

    Walk A Crooked Mile (1948) Enemy agent crime drama, done in the semi-documentary style so popular in Hollywood in the late '40s. FBI agent Dennis O'Keefe and Scotland Yard man Louis Hayward (crime fighting hands extended across the waters) combine forces to get the low down on secret agents smuggling scientific formulas out of a California nuclear facility. Reed Hadley's stentorious delivery provides the voice over narration throughout, so there is a real familiarity here for fans of the genre. The film is well paced and reasonably exciting (there will be a tommy gun blasting, shoot 'em climax seemingly right out of Warners' G Men). There are also some slightly cartoony characterizations, too, particularly of the villains. You know that the enemy agents in the film are Commie rat bastards because when they get together they are all addressing each other as "Comrade" and it takes only seconds before one of them makes a reference to "world revolution." (Boo, hiss, Red pigs, get back to Moscow where ya belong!). Among the agents are Onslow Stevens, ruthless head of the organization, and a bearded Raymond Burr, who later turns out to be pretty vicious himself. Of course this film was produced by Columbia as the Red scare in Hollywood was reaching a peak in paranoia. O'Keefe, who had scored well recently in a pair of Anthony Mann noirs, T-Men and Raw Deal, is solid as the FBI agent, while Hayward is serious and efficient as the Scotland Yard man. There will be one scene in which the film's two heroes are taken captive by the Commies, and it looks like curtains for our boys. All joking aside, though, it's an exciting, well staged sequence, even if it does have a corny finale with the death of a landlady, an "old country" immigrant who has dealt with thugs before (the screenplay equating Commies to Nazis here) and is glad to give her life for her new country. In fact, the lady even gives us a mini speech as she is croaking on the floor just to let us know just how proud a patriot she is. (Time out to quietly wave the flag, folks). 2.5 out of 4
  6. Speaking of nut cases, this time of the obsessive kind, you really use any headline you find to turn it into yet another gripe about global warming, don't you, MM? Do you constantly belly ache like this around people you know?
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    I didn't know anything about Columbus except that he was commissioned to find a new route to the East Indies, discovering the New World by accident. Still pretty impressive anyway. But then I read about his racism and tyranny as governor of Hispaniola, including his use of torture with the native populace. From Wikipedia: By this time, accusations of tyranny and incompetence on the part of Columbus had also reached the Court. Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand responded by removing Columbus from power and replacing him with Francisco de Bobadilla, a member of the Order of Calatrava. Bobadilla, who ruled as governor from 1500 until his death in a storm in 1502, had also been tasked by the Court with investigating the accusations of brutality made against Columbus. Arriving in Santo Domingo while Columbus was away in the explorations of his third voyage, Bobadilla was immediately met with complaints about all three Columbus brothers: Christopher, Bartolomeo, and Diego. Bobadilla reported to Spain that Columbus regularly used torture and mutilation to govern Hispaniola. The 48-page report, found in 2006 in the national archive in the Spanish city of Simancas, contains testimonies from 23 people, including both enemies and supporters of Columbus, about the treatment of colonial subjects by Columbus and his brothers during his seven-year rule.[92] According to the report, Columbus once punished a man found guilty of stealing corn by having his ears and nose cut off and then selling him into slavery. Testimony recorded in the report stated that Columbus congratulated his brother Bartolomeo on "defending the family" when the latter ordered a woman paraded naked through the streets and then had her tongue cut out for suggesting that Columbus was of lowly birth.[92] The document also describes how Columbus put down native unrest and revolt; he first ordered a brutal crackdown in which many natives were killed and then paraded their dismembered bodies through the streets in an attempt to discourage further rebellion.[93] "Columbus's government was characterised by a form of tyranny," Consuelo Varela, a Spanish historian who has seen the document, told journalists.[92] "Even those who loved him had to admit the atrocities that had taken place. Columbus was a man who deserves his place in the history books, but let the record show that part of his history is that he was a slaver and one cruel bastard. You might celebrate the discovery of the New World (though the Vikings beat him to it by centuries) but the man himself is more difficult to celebrate since he was, to put it mildly, so flawed as a human being. Perhaps October 12th should be called something like New World Discovery Day.
  8. TomJH

    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    No condemnation by Trump so far. Too bad the video didn`t insult him somehow.
  9. TomJH

    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    Yeh, but look at that physique. It`s working for him!
  10. If you support Trump and say nothing bout his off spring's international business activities you are in no position to question the activities of Biden's sons without being labelled a double standard partisan hypocrite. By the way, MM, with these frequent posting smears on Biden, you really make it apparent you're afraid of his taking on Trump in the election (just like Trump is).
  11. Yeh, but Trump feels so much better that those escaped ISIS members will, he guesses, strike Europe rather than America. What kind of a man, responsible for this tragedy, talks cold bloodedly about potential deaths from terrorism in Europe as a result of these ISIS escapes? Are the Europeans America's enemy?
  12. Takes one to know one. You must mention Obama in every fourth posting of yours. Take a good look in the mirror, Deranged One.
  13. I never thought Jane Fonda looked better than in The China Syndrome. Her big hair style had a lot to do with that.
  14. Is this the one where Lee Tracy talks a mile a minute?
  15. What is insane, though, is the extreme partisanship of a poster who views Biden's son's activities as "fishy" while at the same time having nothing to say about the international business activities of Trump's off spring, benefiting their father while he's still in office.
  16. It is sadly predictable. A man blatantly dog whistled to racists during an election and was elected to the most powerful office in the world. Most people voted for him for reasons other than that, of course, but they also knew that the appeal to bigotry was there, as well. Now a series of incidents are being reported (kids in school, a passenger on a plane causing a black woman to cry, etc., sometimes with the name Trump being raised). And before you say that racism has always been with us, at least have the honesty to acknowledge that Trump's candidacy has made racist comments more "permissible" for some in the name of fighting political correctness. One poster on these threads proclaimed that he was glad and proud that he was a white man. Before Donald Trump's arrival on the political scene, how likely were we to have seen that same comment here? We have entered an ugly period in prejudice. Scapegoating by some going through times of economic uncertainty will do that. But Trump's appointment of Steve Bannon, a man accused of anti-Semistism and white supremacy, to a top White House role only adds to the fears of many Americans that bigotry resides in the Oval Office. Trump's desire to reward those loyal to him in this case has only added to a nation's racial divide.
  17. TomJH

    Shepard Smith resigns from Fox News

    I don't get Fox News but it sounds like Smith (who had a $15 million dollar a year paycheque from Fox) was a person of journalistic integrity. He must have felt increasingly isolated at a channel with nothing but Trump sounding boards expressing opinions about the self proclaimed Chosen One.
  18. The Kurds helped the Americans. The American President betrayed them, setting them up for a potential slaughter (including women and children) by the Turks. PERIOD!!!
  19. The Kurds lost 11,000 lives fighting ISIS. In absorbing those kind of human losses they, by extension, saved the lives of American military. They have now been back stabbed by the President of the United States in a phone deal he made with the Turkish President. Trump's unconscionable act of betrayal is AMERICA'S SHAME!
  20. TomJH

    Marie Antoinette

    I accept Marie Antoinette on its own lavish MGM terms, historical inaccuracies aside. Not only does the (admittedly overlong) film benefit from extraordinarily handsome costumes and sets, but it has a particularly strong cast, with at least two of them doing outstanding work. Robert Morley is genuinely touching as the simple minded Louis XVI, demonstrating grace and courage in his final minutes, while Norma Shearer, an actress I can usually resist, gives my favourite performance as her's as the title character. The scene in which she claws like a protective alley cat over her children and then pleads for compassion from the Revolutionaries when they are going to take them away from her in prison is perhaps the finest scene in which I've seen the actress play.

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