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  •  lolwut? (19+ / 0-)

    When Schultz AND Klink give you the facepalm, you're some kind of stupid.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 04:39:49 PM PDT

    •  Ah! Another draft-dodging 'Murican hero! nt (3+ / 0-)
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      This is the country of those three great rights: freedom of conscience, freedom of speech, and the wisdom never to exercise either of them. -- Mark Twain.

      by JJustin on Wed Jun 04, 2014 at 05:10:20 AM PDT

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      •  Wasn't he too old to serve? Or did he get the (2+ / 0-)
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        special waiver to make rah-rah movies, like DiMaggio got to play baseball

        "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

        by zenbassoon on Wed Jun 04, 2014 at 06:52:52 AM PDT

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        •  Wayne was classified 3-A due to... (2+ / 0-)
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          ...his age and family status. He was eventually reclassified as 1-A, but Republic Studios intervened over Wayne's (some would say half-hearted) objections and got him a deferment.

          This is in contrast with James Stewart, who was about the same age as Wayne, but actively fought to overcome height and weight requirements, then the maximum age requirement, then attempts to assign him to a non-combat role, to become a bomber pilot. He was promoted to commander of his squadron, flew hazardous missions and won the Distinguished Flying Cross. Stewart rose from Private to Colonel in four years.

          Interesting that while both were staunch conservative Republicans, when it came to serving, Stewart walked the walk, while Wayne basically talked the talk. However, it should be noted that it was Wayne, not Stewart, who was actually The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence. ;-)

          So endith the trick.

          by itsjim on Wed Jun 04, 2014 at 08:08:47 AM PDT

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        •  John Wayne regularly received draft notices -- (2+ / 0-)
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          until the head of the studio intervened, and they ceased being sent/he ceased receiving them.

          That freed him up to be a gung-ho right-wing pro-war propagandist which sent most of 58,000-plus of the next generation to their deaths in Vietnam.

          I was one of the millions who were suckered by his macho "Give 'em hell!" until I read Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and then read Mark Twain beyond that life-changing humanization of a high school kid.

          This is the country of those three great rights: freedom of conscience, freedom of speech, and the wisdom never to exercise either of them. -- Mark Twain.

          by JJustin on Wed Jun 04, 2014 at 08:09:25 AM PDT

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