March 3rd, 2008

Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

LENT DAY 28 "What the Scout Law means to me" by John Wayne

John Wayne, passed away many years ago.
One of his last public appearances was
at a dinner. He was riddled with cancer and knew he was close to
death. The purpose of the dinner was to benefit a land purchase for a Scout
Reservation called John Wayne Outpost Camp. At this dinner, Wayne
recited the Scout Law. Then he did something unusual, he said the twelve
points of the Scout Law are "nice words".

"Trouble is" he continued.
"we learn them so young we sometimes don't get all the understanding
that goes with them. I take care of that in my family. As each boy
reaches Scout age, I make sure he learns the Scout Law. Then I break it down
for him, with a few things I have picked up in more than half a
century since I learned it."

Then Wayne proceeded to explain the importance of the Scout Law,
breaking it down for the guests at the dinner; much like he would have for
his grandson.

The badge of honesty. Having it lets you look at any
man in the eye. Lacking it he won't look back. Keep this one at
the top of your list.

The Very word is life itself, for without loyalty we have no
love of person or country

Part sharing, part caring. By helping each other, we help
ourselves, not to mention mankind. Be always full of help -- the
dying man's last words.

Brotherhood is part of that word. You can take it in a lot
of directions - and do - but make sure and start with

Allow each person his human dignity which means a lot
more than saying, "yes ma'am" and "thank you sir". It reflects an
attitude that later in life you wish you had honored more...
earlier in life. Save yourself that problem. Do it now.

This one word would stop wars and erase hatreds. But its like
your bicycle, its just no good unless you get out and use it.

Starts at home. Practice it in your family. Enlarge it in
your friends. Share it with humanity.

Anyone can put on a happy face when the going is good. The
secret is to wear it as a mask for your problems. It might
surprise you how many others do the same thing.

Means a lot more than putting pennies away, and it is the
opposite of cheap. Common sense covers it just about as well as

You don't have to fight to be brave. Millions of good, fine,
decent folks show more bravery than heavyweight champs just by
getting out of bed every morning, going out to do a good day's
work and living the best life they know how against the law of

Soap and waters help a lot on the outside. But it is the
inside that counts and don't ever forget it.

Believe in anything that you want to believe in, but keep
God at the top of it. With Him, life can be a beautiful
experience. Without Him, you are just biding time.
Thanks to Mike Beers from
Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

Oh Marion, just when I thought I would ask you out on a date....

Oscar-winning French actress Marion Cotillard was forced into an embarrassing climb-down after accusing America of fabricating the 9/11 attacks.

The 32-year-old actress, who last month scooped numerous best actress awards including a BAFTA for her portrayal of Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose, had said that the US regularly lied about major events, up to and including the terrorist attacks on New York.

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But, faced with losing millions as the notoriously patriotic Hollywood film industry reacted against her vitriol, Cotillard claimed there had been a misunderstanding.

Her Paris-based lawyer Vincent Tolesano said: "Marion never intended to contest nor question the attacks of September 11, 2001, and regrets the way old remarks have been taken out of context."

The apology coincided with Cotillard preparing to fly to Chicago next week to start filming Public Enemies with Johnny Depp - a movie that was set to become the first big money spinner for the previously unknown actresses .

In fact Cotillard, a green activist for Greenpeace, had used an interview with the French channel Paris Première to make her views abundantly clear.

Speaking on the cinema discussion programme Paris Dernière in February 2007, Cotillard had said: "I think we're lied to about a number of things", even claiming the Americans had destroyed the Twin Towers themselves because the were an outdated "money sucker".

Expanding her conspiracy theory, Cotillard said it would been "a lot more expensive" to rebuild the towers "which is why they were destroyed", with the loss of thousands of American lives.

Cotillard even questioned America's achievement of putting astronauts on the moon in 1969, saying: "Did a man really walk on the Moon? I saw plenty of documentaries on it, and I really wondered. And in any case I don't believe all they tell me, that's for sure."

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