Update:Chas Freeman out…and Horror Film Review April Fool’s Day (1986) (For the kewl Chaz)
UPDATE: Well! Freeman leaves with a diatribe blaming the a vast Israeli Lobby conspiracy in his wake..a narrow escape we had there. for those wondering why I consider Freeman’s positions without any moral fibre whatsoever, here is a bit of an excellent piece by Ron Radosh:
But most commentators have missed his other analogy. Freeman wrote that “I side with Gen. Douglas MacArthur,” (my emphasis) because “I do not believe it is acceptable for any country to allow the heart of its national capital to be occupied by dissidents intent on disrupting the normal functions of government.” It does not matter, he wrote, whether it was ” ‘The Bonus Army’ or a ‘student uprising’ on behalf” of democracy in China.
Students of 20th Century U.S. History are well acquainted with the importance of the Bonus Army episode. Freeman’s citation of this is, quite frankly, shocking. It refers to the encampment by World War I veterans and their families on the outskirts of the capital in May through July of 1932, where they gathered to support Rep. Wright Patman’s bill to advance the bonus payment promised to veterans which they had not received. MacArthur ordered troops to clear veterans out of the downtown DC area. Not stopping at that, he ordered his troops to advance to the Anacostia Flats across the 11th Street bridge, where the families and veterans were camping out. He acted against the advice of his aide, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and without orders from President Herbert Hoover. Their camps were torched, gas bombs were thrown, and the veterans were forced to flee. The official toll was 54 injured, 135 arrested, and three dead, including a baby.
Here were peaceful demonstrators, veterans of the last war, routed from peaceful protest and incorrectly described by MacArthur as “a mob animated by the essence of revolution” who wanted to take over the government by force. If anyone has a right to peacefully assemble and bring their grievances to the center of government power, it was our wartime veterans. Does Mr. Freeman really see all such protests, normal in a democracy (especially since this occurred in time of great despair-the Great Depression) as events to be dealt with by military force? His e-mail suggests that he does.
MM has it:
Director of National Intelligence Dennis C. Blair announced today that Ambassador Charles W. Freeman Jr. has requested that his selection to be Chairman of the National Intelligence Council not proceed. Director Blair accepted Ambassador Freeman’s decision with regret.
Since Freeman was CLEARLY not acceptable with his incredibly inflammatory statements on China and Israel, which frankly seemed devoid of morality, Team Obama should have waited until April 1st and then said his nomination was a joke….PS. he is SO not a ‘Chas’…
review with good clips of the original film, why cause the Obama Vetting is a frakkin horror scene, lol
Horror Review :0)
The Chaz that was as cool as his name was in the original April Fool’s Day 1986, ( DVD here), a kewtie, also in Just One of the Guys and a ST TNG episode..he’s the dude in the sunglasses, would you believe Chaz’ real name is Clayton? Clayton Rohner …
Written by: Danilo Bach
Directed by: Fred Walton
Deborah Foreman as Muffy/Buffy St. John
Ken Olandt as Rob Ferris
Leah Pinsent as Nan Youngblood
Clayton Rohner as Chaz Vyshinski
Thomas F. Wilson as Arch Cummings
Amy Steel as Kit Graham
Deborah Goodrich as Nikki Brashares
The 80’s could be classified as the “decade of the slasher.” Freddy came after you in your dreams, Michael had issues with his family, Jason was a little over protective of his territory, and there wasn’t a holiday on the calendar that was immune from the affliction of having a maniac killer staking claim to it. April Fools Day was one of many, but was better than most…
…The fun and games end, however, when one of their group comes up missing and Kit Graham (Amy Steel from Friday the 13th fame) believes that she has seen his dead body. The rest of the group decide to split up (of course they do) to search for their missing comrade. Upon returning to the house they discover that there are now two guests missing. They are later discovered to have lost there heads and now everyone is freaking out and guests are dying off left and right.
…Somehow, April Fools Day snuck in under the radar and a lot of horror fans don’t even know that it exists. That is sad because April Fools Day is actually a very good addition to the genre. Writer Danilo Bach (Beverly Hills Cop) and director Fred Walton (When a Stranger Calls 1979) did a good job of taking the model slasher film and adding twists, turns, red herrings, and surprise endings (yes that’s plural) to create a mystery that is reminiscent of Agatha Christie on steroids.
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