Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by onejayhawk, Oct 29, 2018.
A poppy is more exact.
Yeah, about that, Macron decided to do the stupid thing anyway and praised Petain for being "a great soldier" during WW1. Good thing we didn't vote for the far right last year. Yay.
Even De Gaulle praised Petain for his actions during WWI. And De Gaulle led the damn resistance in WWII. No one with sense denies Petain's accomplishments during WWI, even if he got more credit at the time than he deserved.
I chose 2 WW I flying movies.
Hell's Angels, the most expensive movie made up until that time. Universally terrible acting. Unwatchable.
Aces High. Lots of big-name British actors. Not too bad.
The only good WW I movie I can think of is King of Hearts. Can anyone else think of one?
Meh. Petain was a good strategist and helped win the war, but he made tactical blunders like the other generals. In the context of WW1 making a tactical blunder means sending 50k men to their death for no reason. And whether or not you liked him as a general in WW1, it's really stupid to call him a soldier like Macron did. He never fought, he led from behind.
Praising Petain used to be something only far right people did. Which means Macron made a far right fetish mainstream.
All Quiet on the Western Front.
It is on at 2130 on BBC2 in the UK
They probably didn't know.
We, like, really don't care about WWI that much.
Plus they may have done that on purpose and habitually to preempt Carnival shenanigans (the time of day supports that idea anyway).
Today I learnt that Charles De Gaulle was far right wing.
Also, saying a general is not a soldier because "he led from behind" is a really, really stupid thing to say.
De Gaulle was Petain's protégé during De Gaulle's early career. They had a special relationship. De Gaulle said stuff like "in his right mind he would have continued to fight the Germans, but old age had weakened him" which is BS, but he wanted to believe that about his former mentor.
They also had a rather public and dramatic falling out a decade before the war.
The Good Soldier Švejk
It was raining in northern France today and Trump decided to skip going the cemetery (by helicopter) and stay in his hotel and watch TV. what a fine way to honor those who died: watch Fox news!
I read that earlier. Disgusting. Sir Winston Churchill's grandson had a pretty good spray at him. Not only is Trump too cowardly to serve, he's too cowardly to stand in the rain. Pathetic.
Apparently he also blamed some Baltic dignitaries for starting the Yugoslav conflict. He confused the Baltics and the Balkans. This is in spite of the fact that his wife was born in Yugoslavia.
He apparently cancelled on the bone spur of the moment.
Today was a good day to lie around the house and watch TCM channel
Where Eagles Dare
The Great Escape
Bridge over the River Kwai.
The cat appreciated it also.
He probably thinks that Melania was born in Czechoslovakia because she is from Slovenia.
As JR noted the bone spurs must play up in the rain and the USA does not make waterproof clothing. /sad
He has forgotten her name more than once, and I have no doubt he calls her "Ivanka" in bed, so who knows?
He likely heard what happens in France to pompous, egotistical, born-to-wealth political conmen during "Reigns," and panicked.
Where Eagles Dare is one of the first films I remember seeing at the cinema that I still like.
Someone said that Trump has been looking for the next Mrs Trump so he can have a new one for the second term.
He chose another European but when she said she was from Styria he got confused bigly.
Probably didn't have a big enough umbrella to protect both he and his wife from the rain.
Guess that wouldn't be an issue.
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