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  1. eots

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    LOS ANGELES - Charlton Heston, who won the 1959 best actor Oscar as the chariot-racing "Ben-Hur" and portrayed Moses, Michelangelo, El Cid and other heroic figures in movie epics of the '50s and '60s, has died. He was 84.

    The actor died Saturday night at his home in Beverly Hills with his wife Lydia at his side, family spokesman Bill Powers said.

    Powers declined to comment on the cause of death or provide further details.

    "Charlton Heston was seen by the world as larger than life. He was known for his chiseled jaw, broad shoulders and resonating voice, and, of course, for the roles he played," Heston's family said in a statement. "No one could ask for a fuller life than his. No man could have given more to his family, to his profession, and to his country."

    Heston revealed in 2002 that he had symptoms consistent with Alzheimer's disease, saying, "I must reconcile courage and surrender in equal measure."

    With his large, muscular build, well-boned face and sonorous voice, Heston proved the ideal star during the period when Hollywood was filling movie screens with panoramas depicting the religious and historical past. "I have a face that belongs in another century," he often remarked.

    The actor assumed the role of leader offscreen as well. He served as president of the Screen Actors Guild and chairman of the American Film Institute and marched in the civil rights movement of the 1950s. With age, he grew more conservative and campaigned for conservative candidates.

    In June 1998, Heston was elected president of the National Rifle Association, for which he had posed for ads holding a rifle. He delivered a jab at then-President Clinton, saying, "America doesn't trust you with our 21-year-old daughters, and we sure, Lord, don't trust you with our guns."

    Heston stepped down as NRA president in April 2003, telling members his five years in office were "quite a ride. ... I loved every minute of it."

    Later that year, Heston was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor. "The largeness of character that comes across the screen has also been seen throughout his life," President Bush said at the time.

    He engaged in a lengthy feud with liberal Ed Asner during the latter's tenure as president of the Screen Actors Guild. His latter-day activism almost overshadowed his achievements as an actor, which were considerable.

    Heston lent his strong presence to some of the most acclaimed and successful films of the midcentury. "Ben-Hur" won 11 Academy Awards, tying it for the record with the more recent "Titanic" (1997) and "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" (2003). Heston's other hits include: "The Ten Commandments," "El Cid," "55 Days at Peking," "Planet of the Apes" and "Earthquake.
  2. Swamp Fox

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    America has lost another icon.........:(
  3. Truthmatters

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    He had a very happy very long life.

    He was a lucky man.

    His time is over and the world will now move beyond him.
  4. eots

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    And now, for our esteemed guest, Charlton Heston… and he really is THE
    Hollywood icon, in the world today. He is probably the most recognized
    person, other than presidents or other top politicians, like British prime
    ministers or something… and I don’t say that lightly. I mean, everyone
    knows who Charlton Heston is, and it really made the socialists, in the
    culture wars, as Mr. Heston calls it, angry when he stepped up to the plate.
    a couple of years ago, back into the second amendment fight… and now his
    new book is amazing, “The Courage To Be Free”.

    Mr. Heston? Thank you, for joining us today.

    HESTON: Well, thank you for loaning me your audience. It’s a pleasure to
    talk to you.

    JONES: You bet. Why did you decide to get back really involved in the second amendment fight at the forefront, and write this new book, “The Courage To Be Free” ?

    HESTON: Well, of course I’ve been involved with the second amendment, you could say, since I was a little kid shooting deer up in Michigan. But, then I
    became involved more seriously with the Bill of Rights… and I came to see
    the importance of defending every article… all twelve articles of the Bill
    of Rights. Of which, the Second is the right to keep and bear arms. And,
    we’ve had a lot of success with it in the last election.

    There’s an interesting thing… The president, last April… felt this would
    be a good time to take down the NRA, and he made a couple of brief radio
    addresses about it and so on, and then he realized it wasn’t going to fly, and
    so he abandoned it. And, of course what he didn’t realize, as we found
    ourselves rather amazed to find, when I was campaigning through what? …eight different states and several different cities.

    The.. and what the president had not realized is… not just the NRA… The
    NRA has what? …just under five thousands members. I’m sorry… five
    million. And, we campaigned on this issue, in part because, of course,
    as again, the president did not realize that an overwhelming proportion of
    people in this country are hunters. Of course they are… this is hunting
    country. The whole continent is a hunting continent. Except for New York and LA, of course… heh, heh.

    JONES: Yeah, those basic…

    HESTON: …and we had enormous guests. We would gather crowds… at Flint,
    Michigan, I think, was the biggest one. We had a rally at seven o’clock in
    the morning… which meant people had to… who were going to work of course… driving to work, had to get up at six o’clock, and we had some three
    thousand people in several different venues. And, in every case the second
    amendment won the day. It was quite surprising, I have to say.

    JONES: Well, we see the mainstream media… the controlled propaganda arms, is what I call them, and I think they’ve shown themselves to deserve that title… convincing a lot of people, that the average American isn’t for
    the second amendment. But, if you can explain to people the basics,
    of how it’s there to defend us from the street thugs, the government thug, or
    to put food on the table, not to mention, just as a sporting enjoyment and
    heritage, most people are actually for it.

    John Ashcroft, right now… they’re trying to confirm him. I think he would
    be a good…

    HESTON: I think he… I think he will be confirmed. I think he’ll make a fine
    attorney general… certainly a far better one than Janet Reno.

    JONES: Absolutely. That wouldn’t be too hard to do. Mr. Kennedy, who I really don’t think has any room to talk, with all the skeletons in his closet, began to attack…

    HESTON: There is no one in the U.S. Senate who has more skeletons in his
    closet than… than Kennedy. He should be ashamed of himself. He really
    should. I worked for his older brother. I voted for him. I campaigned for
    him, and… but, Teddy Kennedy is another piece of work entirely.

    But, anyway… to return to this question of the second amendment… There
    are, for example, forty one states that have conceal carry laws, meaning that if you pass a background check, show that you’ve had no felony convictions of any kind… Show that you, ah…. demonstrate to use the firearm safely… You can then get a permit to carry a concealed “carry weapon”, under you arm or where ever. And, that’s something I don’t want to do, because I don’t feel it’s… I’ve used too many pistols in too many movies. They’re kind of heavy to carry… but, anyway the point is that in every one of the forty states that have conceal carry laws…

    One, The murder rate… the crime rate… Two, nevermind the murder rate…
    the crime rate has dropped significantly… significantly in every one of
    those states. Why? Because of course, most people who have this permit don’t carry all the time. But, the point is, the bad guys don’t know who’s
    carrying and who isn’t. Then, of course you don’t even have to carry then.

    JONES: Again, ladies and gentlemen, we’re talking to Charlton Heston…
    his new book… we’ll tell you how to get it in just a second, “The Courage
    To Be Free”. It’s powerful… I read half of it this morning…

    HESTON: Well, thank you.

    JONES: …and yesterday. But, going back to the Ashcroft thing, because it
    ties into the second amendment…

    HESTON: It does, indeed.

    JONES: …Kennedy attacked him on the second amendment, because of course, Ashcroft is pro second amendment… pro constitution… Bill of Rights,
    and he said, “How dare you say that these guns are here to protect from
    tyranny in government?”

    Well, it turned out that Ashcroft’s actual quote was basically paraphrasing
    Thomas Jefferson. So how dare Kennedy? Any comments on that?

    HESTON: Ah, you know… I have to say, as much as I admire his big brother,
    Teddy Kennedy is one of the worse members of the U.S. Senate. I really feel
    that, and I’m… He shoots his mouth off, and he has the right to… he’s a
    U.S. Senator, but he is not good one.

    JONES: Well, I think they show their hatred for the second amendment. You talk about a culture war a lot… in your newest book and of course, in your
    eloquent speeches… I almost fell over, when I saw you on one the NRA news
    shows, when you said, “You can take it from my cold dead hands…”, and you
    raised up that musket.

    HESTON: Yeah, oh… that musket? Yes, that worked out very well. T think, you know… I could give you any number of examples. For example, do you know the largest and fastest growing group of purchasers of small handguns, in the country? Single women… Of course.

    They’re women with permanently absent husbands, who have two or three kids they’re trying to support. They want to spend some time with them, so that means they have to be there when they get home from school. Which means they have to work… make a living… because the husband is long gone… by cleaning office buildings until three or four o’clock in the morning, and then they ride the bus, within three or four blocks of where they live.

    But, then they have to walk those last few blocks in the dark, all by
    themselves. Of course they want a small pistol in their purse.

    JONES: …and how dare this corrupt government… those running it, especially the democrats… tell women, they don’t have that right. I’m sure you’ve heard of the solicitor general, who said the second amendment, Mr. Heston, does not extend to individuals.

    HESTON: Yes, I’ve read that, and of course that’s not true. Every one of the
    founding fathers –those wise old dead white guys that invented the country… every one of them is elaborately on record at the time, about the importance of the second amendment and the meaning of the second amendment. It is simply impossible to deny that, and the efforts of the anti-gun mob, are just speeches.

    JONES: You’re talking about the Federalist Papers documenting the true

    HESTON: Yes, of course. And, the Bill of Rights itself, and the Federalist
    Papers. But, also while they were drafting the Bill of Rights, they went…
    they wrote… every one of them wrote papers on this, as you’ve said, one of
    the Federalist Papers…

    JONES: Mr. Heston, I know you are incredibly busy… we’ve got a real short
    three minute break right here… if you can stay with us, I want to…

    HESTON: Sure, I’m here… I’m fine.

    JONES: Fantastic… I want to tell folks how to get, “The Courage To Be Free”. And, if every one of you out there doesn’t get in the fight like Mr. Heston has done, for the second amendment, we’re going to lose it, and eh… well, we know who was for gun control: Hitler… Stalin.. Mao… you name it.

    I want to bring up that historical fact to Mr. Heston, who has lived through
    quite a few decades, watching tyrants, globally.

    We’ll be right back… this is Genesis and the Liberty Works Radio Network…
    Stay with us.

    (end of second segment)

    JONES: Alright… we’re back live, ladies and gentlemen, and one of our talk
    show hosts, Dave Von Kliest just called in, and said he’d be happy to donated
    his song… its awesome, “You Can Take It From My Cold Dead Hands”. (We’ll)
    probably have to send Mr. Heston a copy of that.

    We’re talking to Charlton Heston… His new book, “The Courage To Be Free”,
    and right now, I’m going to tell you how to get it, ladies and gentlemen. You
    really need to order this book. You need to… after you’re done reading it,
    you need to pass it on to friends.

    It’s a toll free number to call… To order the book:


    or go to the website… it’s one word:

    Now going to go back to Mr. Heston, who really needs no introduction.

    Tyranny… I mean, isn’t that one of the strongest arguments against gun
    control and restricting…

    HESTON: Absolutely. If… and I’m so glad you asked me that question. Because if we consider that our revolution was the first and most significant… close (closest) to a democratic government, since the founding of the Roman Republic.

    Then following our revolution, successful.. was the French Revolution which
    quickly collapsed into the bloody terror, followed by dictatorship of
    Napoleon, followed in due time by the dictatorships of Hitler and Mussolini
    and Stalin, and mind you, both… two of those men… both Hitler and
    Mussolini were elected by democratic procedure.

    And then we get to Pol Pott and Laurent Cavilla, who was killed just the day
    before yesterday, I believe… I think God will not miss him. And um… Mau
    Tse Tsung and of course, Fidel Castro.

    And, everyone of these monsters… and I think it’s fair to call them that,
    every one of them… the first thing they did when they took office was to
    confiscate all privately held firearms. Ah… the defense rests.

    JONES: Absolutely, Mr. Heston. Again, Charelton Heston, ladies and gentlemen. In fact, I’ve looked at the actual numbers, and um… accountants, and others have… and the states with the highest taxes have the most egregious gun control. I don’t think that’s an accident.

    HESTON: No, I don’t think so, either. It’s the firm intent of the “liberal
    left”… no question.

    JONES: Well, how can they even get away with the term, “liberal”, meaning
    they’re into freedom. I see the so-called “liberal left”, militarizing the
    police, building prisons everywhere, and going after good people’s guns.

    HESTON: Well, of course originally, the idea of being a liberal meant a certain
    concern for the rights of the individual. Now, it doesn’t mean anything like
    that. Now, it means the rights of the government. And, we have to constantly stand against that.

    JONES: Well, the left has really had a problem coming after you, because on the subject of eh… you know, the God given rights of black people in this
    country, you were right out there at the forefront, fighting… When there
    were real environmental problems, you were out there at the forefront,
    fighting. And, now they’re like, “What is Heston doing?”, “He’s out there
    fighting for the second amendment!”, “How dare him?”.

    I actually saw some guys on one of the big classic movie shows, bad mouthing you before they aired “Soylent Green”, which is one of my favorites.

    HESTON: Well, there you go. But, I have to tell you, the other day on Martin
    Luther King day, I was invited by C.O.R.E., to attend their banquet, and I was the principle speaker, and they gave me a bust of Dr. King, which having
    spent as much time as I was able to do with him, I’m very proud to have.

    JONES: So, it’s very hard for them to attack your record. I mean, this really
    is another human right… to be able to defend ourselves.

    HESTON: Absolutely. It is certainly among the first of human rights.

    JONES: Again folks, the book, “The Courage To Be Free”… the website,
    “TheCourageToBeFree.Com”. That’s one word, “TheCourageToBeFree.Com”.

    When we come back in the next segment Mr. Heston will have left us, but I’ll
    give you the number again to get the book and I imagine it’s in all the major
    bookstores, or should be.

    Last question… Where do you see the fight going in the next two years? I
    think it’s critical, if the socialists, –known as the democrats, win control
    of the House and the Senate. We could even… in four years, have a Gentleman Bill in the White House with Hillary as the president.

    HESTON: No, we couldn’t get Mr. Clinton back… that would be against the

    JONES: Yeah… 22nd amendment, but he’ll still be back in the White House as
    the “First Gentleman”… See the joke?

    HESTON: Yeah… Do you think Mrs. Clinton can be elected? I don’t think so.

    JONES: I’m not sure.

    HESTON: Well, we’re going to have to work on that, aren’t we?

    JONES: Well we certainly are. In fact, I have to tell you, Mr. Heston, I’m
    glad to see the NRA getting more hard core.

    HESTON: Well, we’ve got to do it. It’s too important. We’ve tried to keep
    out of that fight. But think this last election has proved that it was
    important to stay with it. Every American should vote.

    JONES: I’ve seen one of your news shows on, where you admit that on the UN and others, are involved actively, internationally to get our guns.

    HESTON: Yeah… oh, yes indeed. Absolutely.

    JONES: Well, Mr. Heston, God bless for joining us, and I appreciate your long
    fight for people’s rights. I know you will continue, and eh… best of luck!

    HESTON: Well, thank you for loaning me your audience. It’s been pleasure and a privilege.

    JONES: God bless you, sir.

    HESTON: And you…
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