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"The All-Star Bond Rally"
January 11, 2012 6:52 PM   Subscribe

Hollywood is asking Americans to financially contribute to the war.

Even the biggest stars are participating.
posted by Trurl (26 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

 
What?! I think we've contributed quite enough already, thank you. How about putting some tax dollars towards our crumbling infrastructure?
posted by porn in the woods at 7:03 PM on January 11, 2012 [3 favorites]


I can only assume that you've got a whole lot of lag on your net connection, Trurl.
posted by crunchland at 7:04 PM on January 11, 2012 [10 favorites]


Back then they thought citizens had to pay for wars? How quaint.
posted by googly at 7:10 PM on January 11, 2012


Or putting some tax dollars towards clicking the links?
posted by Roman Graves at 7:12 PM on January 11, 2012 [3 favorites]


also: 1944 film with Hollywood all-stars (Bing! Cary! Frank!) promises Canadians a shiny 1960 future with personal rocketships if they will buy war bonds today.

I like the imagine that the 1960 city they show at the beginning is Ottawa, but unfortunately it's not clear because the film's approach to US and Canada identity is one-size-fits-all and avoids talking about the differences.

(technical note: the dailymotion versions of these films don't have the Sinatra audio cut like the youtube ones do)
posted by Bwithh at 7:15 PM on January 11, 2012 [1 favorite]


Back when taxes really were patriotic, eh?
posted by OnTheLastCastle at 7:19 PM on January 11, 2012 [1 favorite]


I expected a PSA supporting SOPA.
posted by mr vino at 7:45 PM on January 11, 2012 [4 favorites]


Better Idea: How about Hollywood sending some of it's folks off to war?
posted by BlueHorse at 7:52 PM on January 11, 2012


Better Idea: How about Hollywood sending some of it's folks off to war?

They could start with Rob Schneider.
posted by mattoxic at 7:54 PM on January 11, 2012 [1 favorite]


Yeah, I wondered why the Sinatra part's audio is cut out. Could it be the Estate had a problem with it? Bizarre.
posted by Seekerofsplendor at 7:55 PM on January 11, 2012


Best Idea: We can finally identify those who don't RTFA/WTFV and send them off to war.
posted by Seiten Taisei at 8:04 PM on January 11, 2012 [5 favorites]


Better Idea: How about Hollywood sending some of it's folks off to war?

They did.
posted by Roman Graves at 8:04 PM on January 11, 2012 [1 favorite]


NEWSFLASH FOR THOSE WHO DON'T WANT TO RTFA....LOOK AT THE FUCKING TAGS.
posted by spicynuts at 8:33 PM on January 11, 2012 [4 favorites]


Better Idea: How about Hollywood sending some of it's folks off to war?

Hollywood actors who served in WWII:

Don Adams (US Marine Corps, wounded at Guadalcanal)

Claude Akins (Army Signal Corps, Burma & Philipines)

Eddie Arnold (US Coast Guard, Pacific Threater, awarded a Bronze Star for heroic action during Battle of Tarawa)

Robert Altman (US Air Force, B-24 co-pilot, though his enlistment began in 1945)

James Arness (US Army, severely wounded at Battle of Anzio, recipient of the Bronze Star; the Purple Heart; the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with three bronze star devices; World War II Victory Medal; and the Combat Infantryman's Badge)

Richard Attenborough (Royal Air Force)

Gene Autry (Army Air Corps, Burma & Himalayas)

Conrad Bain (Canadian Army)

Harry Belafonte (US Navy)

Tony Bennett (drafted into US Army, 1944, served with 63rd Infantry in France and Germany)

Ernest Borgnine (US Navy, 1935-1941, discharged, re-enlisted, served through 1945)

Tom Bosley (US Navy, Pacific Theater)

Charles Bronson (Army Air Corps, B-29 Superfortress tail gunner, saw action at Saipan and Tinian)

Mel Brooks (US Army, Battle of the Bulge)

.... and that's just some of "A" and "B".
posted by BitterOldPunk at 8:38 PM on January 11, 2012 [4 favorites]


Relax. It's just a website.
posted by Foosnark at 8:39 PM on January 11, 2012


Yeah, I think I've seen this sort of war rally before.

Meanwhile...

Warren Buffett is ready to call Republicans’ tax bluff. Last fall, Senator Mitch McConnell said that if Buffett were feeling “guilty” about paying too little in taxes, he should “send in a check.” ..Still, he’s willing to take them up on it. “It restores my faith in human nature to think that there are people who have been around Washington all this time and are not yet so cynical as to think that [the deficit] can’t be solved by voluntary contributions,” he says with a chuckle. So Buffett has pledged to match 1 for 1 all such voluntary contributions made by Republican members of Congress. “And I’ll even go 3 for 1 for McConnell,” he says. That could be quite a bill if McConnell takes the challenge; after all, the Senator is worth at least $10 million.
posted by charlie don't surf at 8:41 PM on January 11, 2012 [2 favorites]


That could be quite a bill if McConnell takes the challenge; after all, the Senator is worth at least $10 million.

That's not quite the bill for Warren Buffett.

This is the guy who, besides being a pretty cool guy along with Bills Gates, has pinpointed the dollar amount beyond which you can't really buy any more cool shit. He said it was 550 million. I believe him.
posted by OnTheLastCastle at 8:51 PM on January 11, 2012 [3 favorites]


There are much better wartime investments though.
posted by jeffburdges at 9:16 PM on January 11, 2012


I am outraged at this too! Here is the government using innocent animals to fuel its warmachine.
posted by Snyder at 12:30 AM on January 12, 2012


Innocent talking ducks, at least.
posted by Snyder at 12:31 AM on January 12, 2012


It kills me that not only are people continuing to not read the article/watch the video, but people are still favoriting their blind comments.
posted by Roman Graves at 12:39 AM on January 12, 2012


I'm trying to work out how to Godwin this...
posted by pompomtom at 2:46 AM on January 12, 2012


The Nazis had cartoons too
posted by Renoroc at 5:14 AM on January 12, 2012


Here is a German Propaganda Film from 1938 The style has some similarity to that made by Hollywood, cinematographically. Unfortunately, there is no audio.
posted by Renoroc at 5:18 AM on January 12, 2012


First they want us to ration sugar and now THIS bullshit?
posted by orme at 6:13 AM on January 12, 2012


I gave at the office
posted by Currer Belfry at 7:34 AM on January 12, 2012


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