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    Quote Originally Posted by Blueneck View Post
    I love documentaries, I can't count the times I watched one about a subject I thought would be dull as hell and found fascinating. There's just something about real stories that make them compelling to me.
    I agree!
    I can think up fake shit all by myself.
    If I invest time watching something for over an hour ....or read a book.....I want to learn about something that really happened!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hollywood View Post
    It's OK LeRoy you go right on ahead and enjoy those monster truck rallies...
    UGH!!!

    Guys, guys, guys! My form of recreation is a good chess game, or curled up in my easy chair with an exciting science fiction novel and some great jazz music on my hi-fi!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hollywood View Post
    I liked the guy to. But an AMERICAN who does not like baseball?
    Suspect...very suspect.
    BUT, at least he's not a Cub's fan...
    Like I said, I don't watch baseball, but I was glad for the long-suffering Cubs fans when they finally won the World Series. What was that, two years ago? So much for the curse. I don't believe in silly supernatural curses. Hey, I'd even like to see the Cleveland Browns win a few games this year, and I've always called Cleveland 'the Mistake by the Lake'....

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    Quote Originally Posted by TennesseeRain View Post
    I thought I had seen this. In fact, I thought I'd seen every doc on VietNam available. But, I hadn't. This one is a ten part series. It says it was made in 2017. Anyway, watch it. It is VERY good. I thought I knew a lot about the war, but one thing I learned was how unstable and corrupt the South Vietnamese government was before and during the war. Again. Watch it. As with all Ken Burns films, they use available footage. They even have a section on fragging.
    Thanks, I will add it to the queue even though I haven't gotten to got to watch Netflix or TV at all in a few months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigLeRoy View Post
    I'd rather watch paint dry or grass grow, than watch a baseball game. Heck, I'd rather watch bowling on TV than baseball, and bowling bores me to tears. Even golf, or tennis, and I find them as boring as knitting or quilting.
    Many sports/games/activities are more fun to play than to watch. Ever seen or heard George Carlin's routine on Sports? Not just "Baseball and Football," but where he runs through as many as possible?


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    Quote Originally Posted by BigLeRoy View Post
    You know, the ONLY Ken Burns documentary I've ever watched is his History of Jazz, which I own on DVD, because I love jazz, and it is simply wonderful. I really MUST watch some of his others, and will HAVE to watch his documentary on Country Music as well, because I DO love SOME country music, especially the EARLIER country music, which I bet he will focus on, because he did the same with jazz----in fact, some people criticized him for that, but I thought he got it right, because jazz HAS gone downhill from about 1965 on....I might enjoy his documentaries on the Dust Bowl and on Prohibition and on the Civil War and on Vietnam. I will NOT watch his documentary on baseball, because baseball BORES me to DEATH. Not even Ken Burns could make that interesting for me, sorry.
    BigLeroy I love you despite your flaws so don't take it personally when I tell you not enjoying baseball is a huge flaw.

    There are a lot of "sayings" in the baseball community, one of my favorites is "baseball is not boring, you're boring" lol.

    Seriously, if you don't love baseball with every fiber in your being I don't know what makes you tick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RNG View Post
    First, baseball and golf on TV are essential. All I need is a warm Saturday afternoon, a baseball game or golf tournament on TV and my Lazyboy. It's sweet dreams till I have to tell Mrs. RNG, in a very loud voice, "I was listening to that!"

    Second, Prime in Canada has a greatly reduced offering I am noticing more and more. That damned CRTC protecting us all to hell.

    But most important, I watched Burns' Vietnam documentary on PBS in its first run. It was excellent.

    What stood out the most to me was how badly Johnson lied to the people to better his election chances. I knew information was being withheld but I had no idea of the magnitude of the lies and deception, to both Americans and S Vietnamese.
    I have known for a long time that Johnson knew the war was unwinnable, but continued anyway because we're the UNITED FUCKING STATES OF AMERICA. And that just breaks my heart. Also, i believe it's episode 8 when they touch on the POW bracelets. I had one and sent it back to the returning POW, but I have a second one that I still wear.
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    I cried 3 times during the 1st episode, once before the opening credits were finished. This is not an easy watch.
    I've sobbed throughout all of it. It is not an easy watch. But it's necessary. I was a kid who grew up with it. I thought being at war was just a part of life. I remember the defections to Canada and Cassius Clay being a conscientious objector. I remember seeing the war played out on the nightly news. And I remember Woodstock. But listening to the confessionals? The man who admitted to watching women get raped by soldiers, the other man admitting he and his buddies had sex with a woman because she said she'd do it for rations? Jesus Christ. We were who John Kerry said we were, but we refused to listen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TennesseeRain View Post
    I have known for a long time that Johnson knew the war was unwinnable, but continued anyway because we're the UNITED FUCKING STATES OF AMERICA. And that just breaks my heart. Also, i believe it's episode 8 when they touch on the POW bracelets. I had one and sent it back to the returning POW, but I have a second one that I still wear.
    Dropped one of your pom poms.

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