MSNBC reports

Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin was so outraged at the anti-communism of film star John Wayne that he plotted to have him murdered, according to a new biography of the American icon.

Yet another reason to dislike Stalin.

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  1. Spoons says:

    Oh, that DOES it!

    I don’t like Stalin, now.

  2. What do John Wayne and Leon Trotsky have in common?
    If you said they were both inspirations for the vast neocon conspiracy, guess again. How about the revelation that both men were targets of Stalin’s assassins? That’s one of the interesting new facts in a forthcoming biography of the Duke….