Monday, April 30, AD 2012

12 Responses to Forward!

  • “It’s the perfect slogan. Simple, for the simple minds; sound bitish-y…”

    Don’t you mean:

    “It’s the perfect slogan. Simple, for the simple minds; sound british-y…”

    “british”, not “bitish” – unless another word denoting “female canine” was intended.


  • also makes the obvious implications that the President’s opponents are “backwards” or “reverse”

  • ” Dare to think, dare to act” was the slogan of Mao’s Great Leap Forward from 1958-1960. Since Barry seems to have appropriated “Forward” it might be interesting to see if some variation of Mao’s slogan shows up this year. I wouldn’t be surprised.

  • The last speaker at Judgment at Nuremberg indicted Churchill, the Vatican, even the Russians. The speaker does not differentiate the purpose and the intent of these people in trying to protect life and freedom but lumps them all togetrther with an aggressor of unmeasurable evil. Many individuals knew what was going on. To speak against Hilter was a death sentence. Some died. Some merely survived Hitler.
    Obama is the most retrograde individual ever to come forward. Accepting atheism, “inalienable” rights that come from the state and the United Nations when a person is given birth, Life, Liberty and human rights come from the state, rejecting sovereign personhood of the begotten, not believing in our founding fathers reliance on their “CREATOR”, endower of “unalienable” human rights. Denying the human being as composed of body and immortal soul will bring us forward to Nuremberg, to savagery, uncivilization. FORWARD into meaninglessness, cultural darkness, cannibalism. Forward to being tyranized. Human rights begin at birth for Obama. Human rights begin at human existence.

  • I’m not surprised.

    “Fore!” was already taken.

    I think the GOP should use, “We Can Do Better!”

    Fact: More (than God my son was not one) gallant young Americans died in Afghanistan in Obama’s three years in control than in the seven years President Bush led the Land of the Free.

  • I think T. Shaw that the Republicans should use the same slogan that they used to take Congress in 1946: “Had enough?”

  • One of the favorite Party slogans in the USSR in the 60s & 70s was “Forward to Communism!” (Vperyod na kommunismu!)” The theory was that while rule by the Vanguard of the Proletariat was still necessary, Russian society was still in the stage of “socialism,” with “communism” the Nirvana toward which they were working. I saw it as a summer college language student (among 150 Americans), on red banners festooning buildings in Leningrad and Moscow in 1973. In view of President Obama’s approach to the economy and religion, as well as his tactics against opponents, I think his 2012 motto quite appropriate if completed according to the Party’s old slogan.

    Jim Cole

  • Jim,

    I thought of the old Soviet slogan the instant I saw it as well. I’ve seen my share of Soviet propaganda posters too.

  • “Bitish” as in “sound bite.” Unless, of course “Sound Brit” or “Sound bit(h” was intended. Then, I got nothin’.

  • “bitish” as in sound bite was the intent.

    Two things – (1) wish you had corrected my typos (now out there for all the world to see) 🙂
    and (2) wish I had copyrighted (copywritten?) the slogan.

  • Human rights begin at birth for Obama

    Unless, of course, you were the failed attempt of an abortion – then not even at birth.

  • The “Guaranteed Contraception” and “Stem Cell Research Funded” comments are aimed at a particular opponent, eh? Way to stick it to the Catholics….publicly, Mr. President.

    The line in the sand is drawn. Will Catholics line up with their Church or with the President? I don’t see how voting for this man is not a grave sin, in light of his anti-Church comments and actions.

    You cannot be both pro-Obama and pro-Catholic.

Judgment at Nuremberg

Thursday, February 18, AD 2010

Very loosely based on the Justice Trials of Nazi judges and Reich Ministry of Justice officialsJudgment at Nuremberg (1961) is a masterful exploration of justice and the personal responsibility of good men trapped in a totalitarian state.  Burt Lancaster, an actor of the first calibre, gives the performance of his career as Ernst Janning.  The early portion of the movie makes clear that Ernst Janning is in many ways a good man.  Before the Nazis came to power Janning was a world respected German jurist.  After the Nazis came to power evidence is brought forward by his defense counsel that Janning attempted to help people persecuted by the Nazis, and that he even personally insulted Hitler on one occasion.  Janning obviously despises the Nazis and the other judges who are on trial with him.  At his trial he refuses to say a word in his defense.  He only testifies after being appalled by the tactics of his defense counsel.  His magnificent and unsparing testimony convicts him and all the other Germans who were good men and women, who knew better, and who failed to speak out or to act against the Nazis.  Janning’s testimony tells us that sins of omission can be as damning as sins of commission.  When he reveals that he sentenced a man to death he knew to be innocent because of pressure from the Nazi government, we can only agree with his bleak assessment that he reduced his life to excrement.  Yet we have to respect Janning.  It is a rare man who can so publicly take responsibility for his own evil acts.

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5 Responses to Judgment at Nuremberg

  • A truly powerful movie.

    And despite having William Shatner in it, though in a very minor role as an American guard.

  • You have sharp eyes Darwin!

  • I had to rent and watch this film for a college American history course one semester, and I was so glad to have been given a reason to do so. This was an amazing film, and this speech, its highlight.

    Thanks Don!

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  • Spencer Tracy’s brilliant verdict speech!

    Marlene Dietrich who appeared in the film was a fervent anti-Nazi. She left Germany after the Nazis took power and spent the war entertaining British and American troops and selling war bonds.

    Werner Klemperer who played one of the Nazi judges, and who would later win fame as Colonel Klink, was a Jewish refugee from Germany. He served in the US Army during the war. When asked how he could play Nazis like Klink, he said that he would go to his grave happy knowing that he had helped make Nazis look ridiculous.