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Vow- Speech

mel gibson From IMDB: We Were Soldiers In a place soon to be known as The Valley of Death, in a football field-sized clearing called landing zone X-Ray, Lt. Colonel Hal Moore and 400 young troopers from the elite newly formed American 7th “Air” Cavalry, were surrounded by 2,000 North Vietnamese soldiers dug into the tunnel warren mountainside. The ensuing battle was one of the most savage in U.S. history and is portrayed here as the signal encounter between the American and North Vietnamese armies. We Were Soldiers Once… And Young is a tribute to the nobility of those men under fire, their common acts of uncommon valor, and their loyalty to and love for one another.

Look around you. In the 7th Cavalry, we got a Captain from the Ukraine. Another from Puerto Rico. We’ve got Japanese, Chinese, Blacks, Hispanics, Cherokee Indians, Jews and Gentiles – all Americans. Now here in the States, some men in this unit may experience discrimination because of race or creed. But for you and me now, all that is gone. We’re moving into the valley of the shadow of death, where you will watch the back of the man next to you, as he will watch yours. And you won’t care what color he is or by what name he calls God. They say we’re leavin’ home. We’re goin’ to what home was always supposed to be. So let us understand the situation. We are goin’ into battle against a tough and determined enemy. I can’t promise you that I will bring you all home alive. But this I swear before you and before Almighty God that when we go into battle, I will be the first to set foot on the field, and I will be the last to step off. And I will leave no one behind. Dead or alive, we will all come home together. So help me God. Lt. Col HAL MOORE played by Mel Gibson.

The story was originally written, We Were Soldiers Once … and Young, by the man who lived it, now retired Lt. General Harold G. Moore. While serving as an instructor at West Point, Moore taught then-cadet Norman Schwarzkopf. The book of course goes into full details of the battle and the true extent of it.

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If you have the inclination to read the book and see the movie I suggest seeing the movie first then reading the book. You will disappointed in the movie and some of its portrayal of events otherwise.

A little Hollywood boomerang action: From the movie Lethal Weapon (1987) Murtaugh tells Riggs(Mel Gibson) that Huntsaker saved his life in the Ia Drang Valley in 1965. Mel Gibson would later play Col. Hal Moore in We Were Soldiers (2002) which is a movie adaptation of that battle.

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Censorship

LOUISNEL

We do not have censorship. What we have is a limitation on what newspapers can report. Louis Nel, Deputy Minister of Information, South Africa

Only a person schooled deeply in law and being a lawyer could say something like this with a straight face. He is still practicing law in South Africa.

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Observation

TomClancy

It was probably not a suicide, since that form of death was not generally a team sport. From Tom Clancy’s book, The Bear and the Dragon, A deduction by Russian detectives on the discovery that a body found in a river is actually handcuffed to another body.

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This is a redo from my very first week of blogging, but on this post I have added, links and pictures, so I hope no one minds the redo, it is just none of my collection of unused quotes was speaking to me today. I was not going to add a link to his book sales because I am sure his sales do not need my boost, but I do appreciate his writing, so if you are interested there is a link to the book’s Wikipedia page.

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Spirt – Speech

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From Scent of Woman, with the wonderful Al Pacino.

…No, I’m just gettin’ warmed up. I don’t know who went to this place – William Howard Taft, William Jennings Bryan, William Tell, whoever. Their spirit is dead, if they ever had one. It’s gone. You’re buildin’ a rat ship here. A vessel for sea-goin’ snitches. And if you think you’re preparin’ these minnows for manhood, you better think again. Because I say you are killin’ the very spirit this institution proclaims it instills! What a sham! What kind of a show are you guys puttin’ on here today. I mean, the only class in this act is sittin’ next to me. And I’m here to tell ya, this boy’s soul is intact. It’s non-negotiable. You know how I know? Someone here, and I’m not gonna say who, offered to buy it. Only Charlie here wasn’t sellin’….

Out of order, I’ll show you out of order! You don’t know what out of order is, Mr.Trask! I’d show you, but I’m too old, I’m too tired, I’m too f–kin’ blind. If I were the man I was five years ago, I’d take a flame-thrower to this place. Out of order, who the hell do you think you’re talking to? I’ve been around, you know? There was a time I could see. And I have seen. Boys like these, younger than these, their arms torn out, their legs ripped off. But there isn’t nothin’ like the sight of an amputated spirit. There is no prosthetic for that. You think you’re merely sending this splendid foot soldier back home to Oregon with his tail between his legs, but I say you are executin’ his soul! And why? Because he’s not a Baird man. Baird men. You hurt this boy, you’re gonna be Baird bums, the lot of ya. And Harry, Jimmy, Trent, wherever you are out there, F–k You Too!…

I’m not finished! As I came in here, I heard those words – ‘Cradle of Leadership.’ Well, when the bow breaks, the cradle will fall. And it has fallen here. It has fallen. Makers of men. Creators of leaders. Be careful what kind of leaders you’re producin’ here. I don’t know if Charlie’s silence here today is right or wrong. I’m not a judge or jury. But I can tell you this. He won’t sell anybody out to buy his future! And that, my friends, is called integrity! That’s called courage! Now that’s the stuff leaders should be made of. Now I have come to the crossroads in my life. I always knew what the right path was. Without exception, I knew. But I never took it. You know why? It was too damn hard. Now here’s Charlie. He’s come to the crossroads. He has chosen a path. It’s the right path. It’s a path made of principle that leads to character. Let him continue on his journey. You hold this boy’s future in your hands, Committee. It’s a valuable future. Believe me. Don’t destroy it! Protect it. Embrace it. It’s gonna make ya proud one day, I promise you.

There was a Italian version of this movie in 1974, called “Profumo di donna“.

The Youtube clip. My question, after watching the clip, is during the shouting and cheering by the boys in the background Al Pacino leans in and whispers something in Chris O’Donnell ear, did he stay in character, was it something written down or did he just say, ‘the script calls for this so here I am whispering in your ear’.

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Announcements, Annoucements, Announcements

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I have published a book, available now in all e-book formats.

Scouts Out by A.A. Forringer for the very low retail price of 99 cents.

It is science fiction, so if that is not your cup of tea, pass this announcement on to someone who likes that nerdy geeky stuff. If your kid likes Star Wars pass this along. If your niece likes comic books forward this message to her. If you see a kid walking down the street wearing a t-shirt your don’t understand disseminate this information. If a grown man you know has a Batman sticker on his truck and he has a computer tell him to buy this book. If a woman you know likes Manga buy tell her to check it out.

Remember Scouts Out by A.A. Forringer available at Smashwords.com and and from other fine retailers (It should be at Barnes & Noble, Sony, Kobo and the Apple store in a couple of weeks).

Free preview of 44% of the book at Smashwords.com (Now some of you who have navigated around this site know that I had the entire book here until recently, no one ever read it as far as I can tell, maybe because of the format, maybe because it stunk on ice, well whatever the reason, now you can’t read the whole thing unless you pay for it, so sorry but you snooze you lose. That sounded harsh, of course if you want to buy it and can’t swing it I will send you the 99 cents in the mail, I mean if you have gotten this far in the announcement you must be a nice person.)

Hurry while supplies last (of course it being an e-book as long as the internet is around supplies are infinite, of course if their is a EMP which wipes out the grid of North America, and you have not downloaded the book onto your Kindle then you will have to go thru the entire apocalypse not knowing the story of Captain j.g. Leo Grant and the crew of the Arrogant Lion).

Okay here is the cover art. ScoutsoutCover

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Surplus

AndrewCarnegie

Surplus wealth is a sacred trust which its possessor is bound to administer in his lifetime for the good of the community. Andrew Carnegie

From Wikipedia: (November 25, 1835 – August 11, 1919) Carnegie was a Scottish-American industrialist who led the enormous expansion of the American steel industry in the late 19th century. He was also one of the highest profile philanthropists of his era; his 1889 article proclaiming “The Gospel of Wealth” called on the rich to use their wealth to improve society, and stimulated wave after wave of philanthropy.

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