Monday, December 11, 2006

Kirk Douglas Offers Challenge and Hope

Kirk Douglas, on his 90th birthday, tells Generation Y that nothing is beyond their reach in America. The world is in a mess, but with work it can be fixed.

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 9 /PRNewswire/ --

My name is Kirk Douglas. You may know me. If you don't ...
Google me. I was a movie star and I'm Michael Douglas' dad, Catherine Zeta-Jones' father-in-law, and the grandparents of their two children. Today I celebrate my 90th birthday.

I have a message to convey to America's young people. A 90th birthday is special. In my case, this birthday is not only special but miraculous. I survived World War II, a helicopter crash, a stroke, and two new knees.

It's a tradition that when a "birthday boy" stands over his cake he makes a silent wish for his life and then blows out the candles. I have followed that tradition for 89 years but on my 90th birthday, I have decided to rebel. Instead of making a silent wish for myself, I want to make a LOUD wish for THE WORLD.

Let's face it: THE WORLD IS IN A MESS and you are inheriting it. Generation Y, you are on the cusp. You are the group facing many problems: abject poverty, global warming, genocide, AIDS, and suicide bombers to name a few. These problems exist, and the world is silent. We have done very little to solve these problems. Now, we leave it to you. You have to fix it because the situation is intolerable.

You need to rebel, to speak up, write, vote, and care about people and the world you live in. We live in the best country in the world. I know. My parents were Russian immigrants. America is a country where EVERYONE, regardless of race, creed, or age has a chance. I had that chance. You are the generation that is most impacted and the generation that can make a difference.

I love this country because I came from a life of poverty. I was able to work my way through college and go into acting, the field that I love. There is no guarantee in this country that you will be successful. But you always have a chance. Nothing should interfere with it. You have to make sure that nothing stands in the way.

When I blow out my candles -- 90! ... it will take a long time ... but I'll be thinking of you.


No! I am Spartacus!

I'm Spartacus!

We are all Spartacus, if we choose to stand and fight for our freedom resisting those who would make us slaves. I am Spartacus.


The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.


dcat said...

Only if all of Hollywood would feel this way!

Did anyone tell Rosie that she needs to fight on the right side yet? ;)

mudkitty said...

Douglas is a life long liberal and leftist, and is expressing liberal sentiments.

Indigo Rose said...

May I ask what being a liberal and a leftist has to do with expressing the idea of standing up for your rights, or your country? I thought that expressing our thoughts, having dreams and working towards them was part of the great American dream. What does politics have to do with these ideas? Oh, I can answer that.... without a voice I am nobody.

mudkitty said...

Come on Rose, don't play coy. Since when does a right wing site celibraite the sentiments of liberals?

And Rose, is your loyalty to America? Or the United States OF America? America is a continent (a land mass surrounded by 3/4 of water.) The United States is a nation; your nation.

You do realize that Mexicans and Canadians are Americans too? Of course you do.

Tom C said...

Ohh Ohh! watch out Rose, the semantics police will get you. Someone seems to have forgotten that english is in a state of flux. Ask a mexican if he is an American.

mudkitty said...

And the Mexican will laugh and say, "Of course. What are you nuts?"

In fact, Mexicans were American's before those of us of European disent were Americans.

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mudkitty said...

(sic) is an editorial. Do you know what that means? Anyway, I'll leave the spelling to you, you can focus on that instead of the truth.

RoxieAmerica said...

I have always liked him. His character in 20,000 leagues under the sea was not an appeaser personality as many of the democratic leaders are today. He's an excellent actor and folks should stand up for their beliefs.

Indigo Red said...

Sic is Latin (language of the Latins, a.k.a. Romans) meaning "thus", "so", or "just as that". In writing, it is italicized, placed in square brackets — [sic] — indicating a wrong or unusual spelling. Also, a phrase, or preceding quoted material is a verbatim reproduction of the quoted original rather than a transcription error.

Many fools believe "sic" is an acronym for:

spelling is correct,
same in copy,
spelled incorrectly,
spelling incompetent,
said in context,
stupid in context,
stand incorrect,
spelling intentionally changed,
sans intent comique.

When (sic) is used as it has been here in the comments as a stand alone word, the meaning it's anyone's guess.

But, who are we to argue with a self-proclaimed autodidact? And for that we can only take her word as autodidacts do not receive any kind of certification to prove they know jackshit. From the evidence provided so far, this autodidact has never met jackshit, let alone, know jackshit.

"Mr. Kirk Douglas' oh-so-patrician "editorial" is the usual coded liberal tripe about how bad everything is in the U.S. and the world and how our government and taxpayers should be tapped to rectify the ills.

"Douglas is a statist and a socialist. He and his second French wife are long-time leading lights in the Hollyweird liberal aristocracy. He and his family lead the priviliged life of wealthy capitalists while he advocates socialism for the peasants.

"He dons aprons and serves turkey to the scruffy homeless once a year, photographer in tow, so everyone knows he's at one with the common man.

"Here's a quickie partial history on his more substantial political contributions to leftist and socialists incumbents, candidates and PACs over the years:

"Dianne Feinstein
Joseph Biden
William Jefferson Skyhook Clinton
George Mitchell
Joseph Biden (again)
Carol Mostly Fraud (socialist senatorial crook from Illinois)
California Democrat Central Committee
Democrat National Committee
Christopher Dodd
Carl Levin (flaming liberal)
Alan Cranston (flaming liberal
Gore Vidal for Senate (flaming liberal in more ways than one)
Michael Dukakis
Edmund Brown (Ex-Governor Moonbeam's father)
Howard Metzenbaum

"If it walks like a duck, talks like a duck and contributes like a duck, it IS a duck.

"Remember, Kirk Douglas in NOT Spartacus, he just was cast that way.


41 posted on 12/11/2006 6:01:12 AM PST by MinuteGal (The Left takes power only through deception.)"

Posted at Free Republic

The fact that Kirk Douglas is not Spartacus, is now and always has been a leftist does not negate the "truthiness" and appropriateness of his birthday message. And please note, Mr. Douglas did not thrash Pres. George Bush, nor even mention the President. He did include suicide bombers, however, as part of the mess.

mudkitty said...

Thank you Red. You said it well. Except for the sarcasm part.

Indigo Rose said...

Mudkitty, after much research I can tell you that all 26 entries found on the definition of America (adj or noun)
define America(n) as 1) a person born in, or a citizen or inhabitant of the United States of America.
2) an inhabitant of the Americas (note the plural), more often this is specified as North American, South American, or Central American.

In the context I used American - The American Dream - is defined in the Cambridge Dictionary as: The American Dream, noun, the belief that everyone in the United States has the chance to be successful, rich and happy if they work hard.

Canadians, for the most part, do not refer to themselves as American as they do not want to be confused with their southerly neighbors. A Canadian is (a person) of or coming from Canada. There is also Anglo-Canadian or English Canadian, a Canadian citizen whose first language is English. Or French Canadian,(a person) of or coming from the part of Canada where French is the most important language.

America can refer to either the entire landmass or just the United States of America. Americas (plural) is a recent alternative to the term America. The Americas are the lands of the Western hemisphere consisting of North and South America.

In many parts of the world AMERICA in the singular is commonly used as a name for the United States of America.

And mudkitty, I do not think you have the right to question my loyalty to my Country, whether I choose to call my Country AMERICA or THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

mudkitty said...

Do you deny that Ameican as you use it is a colloquiaism? Do you deny that the original and truest definition of America is that it is a in North and South America? And do you deny that people from the Americas have every right to refer to themselves as Americans? Do you actually deny those things, those things that are the important points?

And why would you want to?

Rightwingers have no problem questioning the loyalty of liberals and democrats. They can dish it out, but they can't take it.

At any rate, I'm glad you put in much research...even if it was only today.

Mike H. said...

Mudkitty, the language of Mexico is spanish not english, and if you went to Canada and called them Americans they would deck you. It's something about culture. They have their own and don't want ours. They will admit to living on the North American continent, but don't call the Americans. If they call me a yank nothing will happen, but if you call them a yank you'll probably get a knuckle sandwich for good reason. Wakarimasu?

Mike H. said...

erratum - line 2: but don't call the Americans. should read: but don't call them Americans.

Wakarimasu - do you understand. (Japanese)

Indigo Red said...

Wakirimas, Mikesama.

Indigo Rose said...

Can you deny that the message originally was regarding standing up for a persons rights, working hard to be successful and participate by voting and caring for one another in order to have America (whether you read this as USofA or landmass is up to you)as we know it survive? Oh, and Happy Birthday, Kirk Douglas. I, for one, do not care what his politics is. Politics is a matter of personal choice.

mudkitty said...

Mike H., I know many Canadians and they are all educated enough to know they are Americans.

And plenty of people in Mexico speak English...just like in Europe. So what?

Yank is not synonymous with American. It means non-southerner, in the United States.

That said, I agree with Rose's last post.

Indigo Red said...

I am still Spartacus.

mudkitty said...

Yes, you are. And why not?

Indigo Rose said...

Actually, mudkitty, in some areas of the world Yankee is synonymous to American. It began during WWII when
Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and United Kingdom used Yankee, shortened to Yank, as a colloquial, sometimes derogatory term, for American.

A saying attributed to E.B. White summarizes the geographical distinctions:
To foreigners, a Yankee is an American
To Americans, a Yankee is a Northerner
To Easterners, a Yankee is a New Englander
And to Vermont, a Yankee is somebody who eats pie for breakfast.

Indigo Red said...

Hey! I eat pie for breakfast. Spartacus is a Yankee!

mudkitty said...

Actully Rose, you're right about that. The Aussies and Brits do call us Yanks.

And Red...if your Sparticus than for sure, Sparticus is a Wank, er I mean Yank. The Yanks are coming, the Yanks are coming!