World War II documentary - The Battle of San Pietro 

The Battle of San Pietro is a documentary film directed by John Huston about the Battle of San Pietro Infine sixty miles from Naples during World War II. It was shot by Jules Buck. It was released in the U.S. in 1945 but shown to U.S. troops earlier.

Huston and his crew were attached to the U.S. Army’s 143rd Regiment of the 36th Division. Unlike many other military documentaries, it was claimed Huston’s cameramen filmed alongside the infantrymen as they fought their way up the hills to reach San Pietro. These cameramen were in just as much danger as the soldiers on the ground, often within a few feet of mortars and shells exploding and bullets ricocheting nearby. This claim has recently been called into question by Mark Harris’ book Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War.

The film is unflinching in its realism. One scene includes close-up views of the faces of dead soldiers as they are being loaded into body bags, a level of realism unheard of in both fictional portrayals as well as newsreel footage of the time. The United States Army delayed its release to the public.

Because it showed dead GIs wrapped in mattress covers, some officers tried to prevent soldiers in training from seeing it, for fear of damaging morale. General George Marshall came to Huston and the film’s defense, stating that because of the film’s gritty realism, it would make a good training film. The depiction of death would inspire soldiers to take their training more seriously.

Huston quickly became unpopular with the Army, not only for the film but also for his response to the accusation that the film was anti-war. Huston responded that if he ever made a pro-war film, he should be shot.The film was screened to U.S. troops in North Africa in 1944, where John Horne Burns described it in a letter as “almost more than any heart can stand”.Huston was no longer considered a pariah; he was decorated and eventually promoted to major.

In 1991, The Battle of San Pietro was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.

VA Secretary Eric Shinseki resigns. Will this make the Department of Veterans Affairs better ? Will this have any long term impact at all. No, this only matters in the world of politics. No one is talking about any real long term plans to make the VA better. There has been many problems with the VA for many years. The government is just not capable of giving vets the care they need. They have shown this time and time again. We just can’t keep waiting on the government as they keep trying to get it right. 10 years from now I’m sure we will be talking about the problems with the VA. They are only two ways to make the VA better.

Number 1 - Do not tie down the vets to VA hospitals for care. Vets should be able to go to any hospital , any doctor at any time. And this should not costs the Vets any extra money. This should have always been the way the VA worked.

Number 2 - Fire everyone at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Staff the VA hospitals with military personnel. Make the VA a division of the Department of Defense. This would streamlined paperwork and processing time.

I think these are the only two options. I don’t think anything else will make any difference.

Can the Department of Veterans Affairs be saved? Will the VA every be what it needs to be, what it should be? Do you trust Barack Obama to make it better?

Ending the show with music from Lara James http://www.mi7.co/2014/05/music-from-indefinable-lara-james.html

Can the Department of Veterans Affairs be saved? Will the VA every be what it needs to be, what it should be? Do you trust Barack Obama to make it better?

Ending the show with music from Lara James http://www.mi7.co/2014/05/music-from-indefinable-lara-james.html

I recently had the extreme pleasure of discovering some great new music from Lara James. Lara has a brand new album entitled ” Why Wouldn’t I ” . It contains 5 songs. Four new original songs written by Lara James. And one cover of the Garth Brooks song “The Thunder Rolls” . Why Wouldn’t I , is a beautiful uplifting and inspiring song. When I first heard the song ” Why Wouldn’t I ” I knew she was pretty good. But when I heard her sing, Love Worth Fighting For, I was completely blown away. The combination of great song lyrics and her beautiful voice. Equal one incredible and unforgettable song. Love Worth Fighting For, is a song people should most definitely check out. Also if you or someone you know is planning a wedding. It would make a great wedding song.I was surprised at how good a singer and songwriter she is.You would expect someone so talented to have many years of professional experience. To have a great voice is one thing. But to be a great singer and songwriter is very special. Lara James had a passion for music at a very young age. However, she decided not to pursue a career in music. Fortunately for us, she decided she could no longer ignore her passion for music.

Is she a jazz singer, country or adult contemporary. Lara James is someone that does it all. You can find her music on Google Play and iTunes. She lives in Spokane, Washington with her husband and two adorable children.

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Brutal Simplicity theme by Kevin Burg