Music/Film Videos

The Battle of Algiers (1966) – A Road Map

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This Is a film, not a documentary, and not a single drop of documentary news reel is involved, yet, most people when they see it, think that it is.

Watch this film and Study this film:

At least three times, for at least three different purposes:

  1. As a History Lesson about Colonialism, especially French Colonialism as compared to the English, Spanish, Dutch, even Russian and American. There are evils involved in each, but ranking from the Very Evil to Benign. (Americans, especially younger ...
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The Story of Kate Smith’s First Singing of “God Bless America”

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(h/t to Jerome Llaneza and Steve Regone)

Frank Sinatra considered Kate Smith the best singer of her time, and said that when he and a million other guys first heard her sing “God Bless America” on the radio, they all pretended to have dust in their eyes as they wiped away a tear or two.

 Here are the facts… The link at the ...

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Memorial Day Tribute to the Shoulders We Stand On

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I’ve published an annual Memorial Day tribute to our fallen for several years. I think military brass just doesn’t capture the solemnity of what Memorial Day stands for. So, this year I’ve added a more sober musical montage, which you can use as the situation dictates.

These are not smart marching tunes, but sober reminders of the men, and now women, who have gone before us, many of them giving that last full measure for causes no other military have done in ...

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“Send Me”, Isaiah, Chapter 6

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If you haven’t seen “Fury”, it’s an Alamo-type story of a WWII tank crew sent to hold a crossroads to protect against a German counterattack. The other tanks in their team were destroyed along the way, and theirs, “Fury”, had broken down having lost a track.

When an SS battalion was spied marching up the road, instead of heading to the boondocks, they decide to stay and hold the crossroads.

It’s a battle royale.

This scene is just before the battle begins, as they sit ...

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The Death of Ernie Pyle’s Captain Wascow, the Film Version 1945

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William Wellman was an Academy Award-winning Hollywood director, especially of some of the most memorable westerns and war classics, A Star is Born, Beau Geste (Gary Cooper) Ox-Bow Incident (Henry Fonda) Battleground (Van Johnson) Across the Wide Missouri (Clark Gable) High and the Mighty and Blood Alley (John Wayne) Darby’s Rangers (James Garner.)

In 1945 he directed “The Story of G I Joe” based on the published story by Ernie Pyle “The Death of Captain Wascow”, 1944, a much-loved-by-his-troops company commander, Henry Wascow, who was ...

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