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Thanks for the report on “Duke” music by Larry Thornberry.
John Wayne was around all of my growing up years. I wasn’t particularly a fan of his work and persona until recently. Over the past several months, I’ve taken to watching my J.W. favorites repeatedly, then getting into some of his old '30s Saturday matinee films.
My first choice Wayne movies are the WWII’s: Sands of Iwo Jima, Flying Leathernecks/Tigers, Fighting Seabees, Back to Bataan … and the WWII look-alikes: The Longest Day; In Harm’s Way. Over the last year or so I have converted into one who loves to see John Wayne in any good movie (there are some bad ones … like the one with air-headed Ann-Margret). The movie that turned me was Fighting Seabees. J.W. still looked pretty young. Girl-next-door cute (and smart) Susan Hayward adds immense enjoyment…good reasons for re-watching. Fighting Seabees reflects patriotism, romance, and idealism that continued in America up until the Left’s aggression against our national will and decency during Vietnam. Even then, John Wayne stuck with us.
As far as John Williams’ music is concerned, the “Florida Symphony 700” got by far the better deal on football night. No contest. Mr. Thornberry takes it a (musical) bridge too far, however, in Mahler vs. Williams. Just as Aaron Copland is no John Williams; John Williams is no Gustav Mahler.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?