Thursday, August 6, 2020

Firing Line With William F. Buckley: Secretary Dean Rusk- 'The Revisionist Historians (1974)'

Source:Firing Line With William F. Buckley- with former Secretary of State Dean Rusk (1961-69)
"Firing Line with William F. Buckley Jr.: The Revisionist Historians. Episode S0123, Recorded on January 23, 1974."

From Firing Line With William F. Buckley

"Dean Rusk is, I suppose," Mr. Buckley begins, "by everyone's reckoning the

principal historical victim of the Vietnam War"--reviled by the elite press and the

revisionist historians and exiled, as his Ivy League friends see it, to the wilds of Georgia. He is, however, unbowed: "Well, legitimate historians are always in the process of revising history, whether it's based upon new archaeological finds or some documents of the 19th century that crop up. But I don't believe that we should roll over and play dead just because someone writes a political tract and calls it history." A rich discussion starting with the beginnings of the Cold War, moving to the early days of the Kennedy Administration--when Cuba and Berlin and, soon, Vietnam were all clamoring for attention--and on to the American campus of today."

From The Hoover Institution

I think what I'm getting from Bill Buckley in this interview here with former JFK and LBJ Secretary of State Dean Rusk (1961-69) is that he's interested in what I guess left-wing (Far-Left, really historians) historians takes on important and controversial events in American history. And he was trying to get Secretary Dean Rusk to talk about that and what the Secretary was doing was essentially trying to dodge Buckley's jabs about these left-wing historians.

A good case to talk about when you're talking about so-called left-wing historians and leftists (Socialists and Communists) in America, as well as anti-government Libertarians (if not Anarchists) and their take on a major historical event in America, is of course the JFK assassination. Almost 60 years later you still have a faction of leftist Americans and anti-government Libertarians who'll never accept the official report of the Warren Report about the JFK assassination, no matter how many facts and how much evidence you throw at these people.

You literally have leftists in America who can't accept that Lee Harvey Oswald was the assassin of President John F. Kennedy, simply because L.H. Oswald was a Socialist. And they say that Socialists don't murder people. Apparently unaware and perhaps never heard of Soviet Russia or Communist China or Communist Korea, Nazi Germany, etc. Even though it was Oswald's gun that shot President Kennedy. The bullets that killed JFK came from Oswald's gun. The shots came from where Oswald was and where he was working at the time of the assassination. Oswald had motive, opportunity, and the ability to assassinate JFK when he was in Dallas that day in 1963.

As long as there is money to be made and fame to gain off the backs of controversial, historic events in American history, you're going to have people try to make as much money and gain as much fame as they can off of those events regardless of the facts and they'll let the facts be dammed. Roger Stone on the Right and his own bullshit (to be frank) book at the JFK assassination is a perfect example of that, where he argues that Vice President Lyndon Johnson ordered the JFK assassination, is a perfect example of that.

This is just one of the consequences of having a First Amendment and a constitutional right to free speech in America, as well as a private enterprise economic system. And I wouldn't have it any other way as a Liberal. What honest Americans need to do and our educators need to do is separate the facts from the fiction and make sure as many Americans are aware of them as possible. 

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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Anne Bancroft: The Graduate (1967)

Source:Elle- Hollywood Goddess Anne Bancroft, as Mrs. Robinson in The Graduate (1967)
"The TV and movie characters whose closets we want to raid."

From Elle

"We've selected the most iconic scenes from Mike Nichols' The Graduate starring Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft - including THAT Mrs. Robinson scene.

Nominated for 7 Academy Awards and Winner for Best Directing, this groundbreaking film classic launched the career of two-time Oscar Winner Dustin Hoffman. During a party given by his parents to celebrate his graduation, Benjamin Braddock (Hoffman) is seduced by the sexy Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft), the wife of his father's business partner and closes friends. Although Benjamin is shy and inexperienced, they have an affair. But then, when Benjamin falls in love with Mrs. Robinson's daughter, Elaine (Katharine Ross), a jealous and angry Mrs. Robinson does everything in her power to keep the young couple apart."

Source:Studio Canal UK- Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft in The Graduate (1967)
From Studio Canal UK

I believe the best way for me to describe Mrs. Robinson (played by Hollywood Goddess Anne Bancroft) is that she plays a very lonely and unhappy woman stuck in a loveless marriage, or a marriage that just doesn't have any spark, but where the couple doesn't even sleep with each other anymore and doesn't socialize with each other anymore. And Benjamin Braddock (played by Dustin Hoffman) comes along (so to speak) who is somewhat lost, lonely, bored, and comes off as very inexperienced when it comes to romance (Mrs. Robinson thinks he's a virgin) and she sees him as an easy target and fling.

Mrs. Robinson, isn't looking for a relationship with Ben, but perhaps what she would an innocent fling, a sexual partner to make her happy, especially when her husband is away. I guess she wants her husband's financial security and doesn't want to divorce him, but she wants Ben to make her happy emotionally and physically, to make her feel like an attractive woman again. And the first scene in this video is where she starts to try to seduce him, but Ben being like the little boy that he was gets scared and runs away. 

The scene in the hotel bar is pretty much what I'm talking about here. Ben decides that he would like to get involved with Mrs. Robinson: not like he's got a long line of woman, especially woman his age standing outside waiting to be with him and Mrs. Robinson is obviously a very attractive, beautiful, sexy woman, really cute with that sweet, sexy voice and face and decides to call her up from the hotel and to invite her to join him. She jumps at the opportunity like a dog would jump for food when you're about to feed him or her and meets him at the hotel bar.

I didn't realize how cute and beautiful Anne Bancroft was until I saw her in The Graduate ten years ago or so (thanks to TCM) and have now seen the movie probably 10 more times since and have it on DVD. She had a great face and voice especially when she's smiling and has one of the best naughty, up to no good looks that I've ever seen, as well as smirks that I've ever seen. People have said that she was overrated in The Graduate and that Mrs. Robinson wasn't as attractive and sexy as she was, but I don't think those understand this movie that well and perhaps just don't like Anne Bancroft to begin with.  

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Monday, August 3, 2020

Bite Sized History: Governor Nelson Rockefeller- Addresses The 1964 RNC

Source:Bite Sized History- I guess people that Governor Nelson Rockefeller would call extremists in the Republican Party, in 1964.
"Nelson Rockefeller denounces Republican "extremists" at the 1964 Republican National Convention. Nelson Rockefeller denounces Republican "extremists" at the 1964 Republican National Convention."

From Bite Sized History

Just on a personal not first: if the Republican Party today was made up of Nelson Rockefeller and Dwight Eisenhower Progressive Republicans (yes, Progressive Republican is not an Oxymoron) and Barry Goldwater Conservative Libertarians, instead of the Christian-Protestant-Nationalist cult and all of their escaped mental patients that they got going on in what was once the Grand Ole Party, I could probably be a Republican today. I would probably be more liberal than they are on social issues and it might take a real socialist takeover of the Democratic Party for me to do that, but I could see me making that move.

As far as Nelson Rockefeller's speech at the 1964 Republican National Convention: Barry Goldwater and his Conservative-Libertarians (they probably weren't called Conservative-Libertarians back then) took over the Republican Party that year and nominated Senator Goldwater, instead of a Progressive Republican like a Nelson Rockefeller or a Governor George Romney from Michigan. The people that Governor Rockefeller was calling extremists in the Republican Party, were the Goldwater Conservatives: Constitutional-Conservative-Libertarians.

The Republican Party under President Dwight Eisenhower in the 1950s, was essentially a Progressive Republican Party that believed in civil rights, equal rights and justice, public infrastructure, a public safety net for people who truly needed it to help the less-fortunate get on their feet, etc.

But the GOP also had a conservative-libertarian faction in it in the 1950s led by Senator Goldwater and others. By the 1960s, the Republican Party is out-of-power all together at the national level and Governor Rockefeller comes in and wants to take the Progressive Republican mantle from President Eisenhower and lead the Republicans back to power. But Goldwater and his Conservative-Libertarians obviously had other ideas.   

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John F. Kennedy Liberal Democrat

John F. Kennedy Liberal Democrat
Source: U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy in 1960