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  • Securing America

    01/29/2015 4:24:57 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/29/15 | W. Thomas Smith Jr.
    National Defense Briefs: (Editor’s Note: National Defense Briefs is a series aimed at informing readers with timely U.S. military and homeland security news updates, trends, definitions, and short commentaries. Canada Free Press highlights the National Defense Briefs that matter.) U.S. State Department officials met Jan. 28, 2015 with the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Benghazi a day after the committee’s chairman, Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC), “complained about resistance [from the White House] and vowed to ‘ratchet up’ his inquiry.to schedule interviews with up to 22 potential witnesses who work for the State Department or have knowledge of the...
  • The American Sniper culture war

    01/29/2015 4:22:30 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 11 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | Lt. Col. Bill Conner
    ‘American Sniper’ gives hope that the America we know will win out in the end. “As much as the left would like you to believe it, Chris Kyle was not a bloodthirsty warmonger; he was a noble warrior who fought to defend his fellow troops, watched over the lives of his brothers, and advanced the cause of (eventual) peace. This is where the true success of ‘American Sniper’ comes to light.” – Pete Hyseth, CEO of Concerned Veterans of America and an Iraq combat veteran With the record-shattering success of the Clint Eastwood-directed movie ‘American Sniper’, we are all experiencing...
  • Russian Forces to Exercise in Baltic After Lithuania Publishes Manual on How to Deal With Invasion

    Russia’s entire Baltic Fleet, as well as air and land forces, will conduct drills this weekend in and around Kaliningrad Oblast, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced Wednesday. The Baltic Fleet includes more than 50 destroyers, corvettes, missile ships, landing ships, minesweepers and other vessels. “The exercise will prepare the fleet for battle readiness, conducting damage control and anti-sabotage maneuvers,” the Defense Ministry said. A separate Ministry of Defense statement said air- and land-based troops would conduct simultaneous exercises in the Kaliningrad region. “At the final stage of training at the sites in the Kaliningrad region, units of the Baltic...
  • Report: United States kept secret its chemical weapons finds in Iraq

    01/29/2015 2:42:55 PM PST · by TexasCajun · 45 replies
    CNN.com ^ | October 15, 2014 | Dana Ford
    The U.S. government suppressed information about chemical weapons it found in Iraq, and several servicemembers were injured by their exposure to those weapons, The New York Times is reporting. In an article published late Tuesday, the newspaper says it found 17 American servicemembers and seven Iraqi police officers who were exposed to mustard or nerve agents after 2003. They were reportedly given inadequate care and told not to talk about what happened. "From 2004 to 2011, American and American-trained Iraqi troops repeatedly encountered, and on at least six occasions were wounded by, chemical weapons remaining from years earlier in Saddam...
  • ‘American Sniper’ thrills audiences — in Iraq

    01/29/2015 1:50:37 PM PST · by TexasCajun · 16 replies
    NYPOST.com ^ | January 29, 2015 | Chris Perez
    Moviegoers in Baghdad were on the edge of their seats while watching “American Sniper” — as the controversial war drama thrilled audiences in Iraq, where much of the film is set. “When the sniper was hesitating to shoot [the child holding the RPG in the film’s first scene], everyone was yelling, ‘Just shoot him!’” Gaith Mohammed told the Global Post, adding that his theater was packed. “Some people watching were just concentrating, but others were screaming, ‘F-ck, shoot him! He has an IED, don’t wait for permission!!’” Since the movie’s release, many people have objected to the film’s portrayal of...
  • Do you Have their Backs?

    01/29/2015 8:33:08 AM PST · by w1n1 · 6 replies
    wsj ^ | 1/29/2015 | T Sileo
    In the painful moments that followed, Polish Army Lt. Karol Cierpica watched as his American brother in arms took his last breath. Indeed, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Michael Ollis, who sacrificed everything to keep a solemn promise made during the heat of battle, had his back. Nearly one year after Michael’s final act of courage, his parents walked the streets of Poland, where their son is now a national icon. “A complete stranger walked up to us and said, in broken English, ‘are you the parents of the hero?’” Michael’s mother, Linda Ollis, told me. “So many people knew who...
  • Libya attack kills former Sierra Vista man. Berry a 2000 graduate from Tombstone

    01/29/2015 6:25:37 AM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Robert Charette
    A U.S. Marine veteran who grew up in Sierra Vista was one of nine people killed in Libya by a gunman in an apparent attack by the Islamic State. David Berry, a 34 year-old combat veteran who was working for a Virginia-based security contractor, was the sole American who died in Tuesday’s attack. Berry grew up and spent most of his early life in Sierra Vista, attending Buena High School and graduating from Tombstone High School in 2000. He enlisted in the Marine Corps immediately after high school and earned promotions to become a gunnery sergeant. He was deployed to...
  • SEAL's Improvised Right from the Start

    01/28/2015 10:13:26 AM PST · by w1n1 · 25 replies
    wsj ^ | 1/28/2015 | P O'Donnell
    In 1942, America didn’t have special-operations units. To solve that problem, the U.S. government turned to its Office of Strategic Services, or OSS. At the time, no technology for underwater combat swimming existed in a military-operational form in the American arsenal. The OSS Maritime Unit (MU) would have to develop it and the teams needed to use it, overnight — with a whopping budget of $500. The rest of the story here.
  • Former Army Ranger: US Should Execute Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl

    01/28/2015 8:30:51 AM PST · by PROCON · 67 replies
    breitbart ^ | Jan. 27, 2015 | Howie Carr
    A former U.S. Army Ranger sniper and author of a best-selling book about his combat tour in Afghanistan said yesterday that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl should be executed if found guilty of deserting his unit in 2009.“I think he should definitely be put to death,” said Nicholas “Irv” Irving, the author (with Gray Brozek) of The Reaper: Autobiography of One of the Deadliest Special Ops Snipers, said on this writer’s radio show. “He’s given a lot of information to the enemy and he should pay the price.” Since being released last year, Bergdahl has received two promotions and about $300,000 in...
  • Chris Kyle and American Sniper: A Critique of a Faux Critique (small spoilers)

    01/28/2015 5:02:07 AM PST · by servo1969 · 3 replies
    Stately McDaniel Manor ^ | 1-24-2015 | Mike McDaniel
    Media Progressives are nothing if not predictable. A case in point is one Matt Taibbi, writing what purports to be a movie review of American Sniper in a January 21, 2015 edition of Rolling Stone, which rag hasn’t had a good run of journalistic integrity of late. One can expect the self-appointed cultural elite to be insultingly dismissive of and terminally snarky about anything the denizens of flyover country–you know, Americans?–like, but his article “American Sniper’ Is Almost Too Dumb To Criticize. Almost,” is a study in predictability and lazy disdain.Regular readers know that I’ve been covering Chris Kyle for...
  • Who Are Terrorists Targeting?

    01/27/2015 7:20:39 PM PST · by The_Harlequin · 4 replies
    Thought Crimes ^ | 1-26-15 | Chris Shugart
    The recent terrorist attacks in Paris once again pose a question that seldom gets discussed. To whom are these attacks aimed? Is it Christians? Jews? Non-Muslims in general? Could it be Western democracies or Western society as a whole? As media pundits shed their crocodile tears and two-faced politicians dramatize their insincere outrage, every Islamic terrorist since 9-11 knows very well who their targets are. It is the Left. These terrorists may be monsters, but they’re not stupid. They know that their carnage and destruction must make an impression on those most likely to assist their cause: anti-war pacifists, progressives,...
  • It’s official: Obama traded five terrorists for a deserter

    01/27/2015 10:26:54 AM PST · by Starman417 · 46 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 01-27-15 | DrJohn
    It has been concluded that Bowe Bergdahl is a deserter: The Army has decided to charge Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was released by Taliban-aligned militants last year in exchange for five Guantanamo prisoners, with desertion, according to a former military intelligence officer. Retired Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer, who now works at the London Center for Policy Research, told Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor" Monday night that he's learned of the military's decision from two sources. "The Army has come to its conclusion, and Bowe Bergdahl ... will be charged with desertion," he said. Asked for comment on the claim, Army...
  • Delta Force Soldier made a Mark on History

    01/27/2015 7:51:47 AM PST · by w1n1 · 6 replies
    wsj ^ | 1/27/2015 | T Sileo
    From an early age, Master Sgt. Robert Horrigan displayed qualities that would lead to him become one of America’s most respected battlefield warriors. “He would give you the shirt off his back,” the soldier’s twin said. “Robert would do anything for anybody. If he had a dollar in his pocket and you needed it, he’d give it to you.” Dollars were sometimes hard to come by, as the Horrigan family endured financial struggles during parts of Robert and John’s boyhood. Even though John had long since retired from military service by Sept. 11, 2001, he could see the impact the...
  • Video: Army has charged Bergdahl with desertion, but …

    01/27/2015 6:28:55 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 27, 2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Whatever happened to the investigation of Bowe Bergdahl and his capture by the Taliban? Last year, the Obama administration traded five high-ranking Taliban commanders to get Bergdahl back, but men in his former unit immediately objected to the trade, accusing Bergdahl of having deserted before his capture. Months later, there still has been no final determination of Bergdahl’s status — at least none made public. Last night, retired Lt. Col. Tony Schaffer told Bill O’Reilly that the Army has charged Bergdahl with desertion, but that the White House — and specifically Ben Rhodes, the national-security adviser/speechwriter to Barack Obama —...
  • Howard Dean Says ‘American Sniper’ Fans Are ‘Angry’ Tea Party Supporters

    01/26/2015 8:51:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Inquisitr News ^ | January 26, 2015
    Howard Dean believes that the millions of American Sniper fans are primarily just “angry” Tea Party members. The former Democratic National Chairman shared his views about the Chris Kyle supporters during a weekend appearance on the Bill Maher show on HBO – backlash quickly ensued via Twitter and Facebook. “There’s a lot of anger in this country, and the people who go see this movie are people who are very angry,” Howard Dean said about the American Sniper Chris Kyle moviegoers. “This guy [Chris Kyle] basically says, “I’m going to fight on your side. I bet if you looked...
  • Vanity - Churchill: "Their Finest Hour" and Other Great Speeches

    01/26/2015 6:21:30 PM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 23 replies
    Self
    The words of this speech have resonated with me since the first time I heard them over a half-century ago. They are most relevant at this crucial time in our History, when all of the manifest Evil of totalitarianism is unleashed upon us. And look at our putative "leaders!" They are nothing more than a cadre of appeasers, Quislings, and apparatchiks! You may well differ with me – I say God bless Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin, Trey Gowdy and others of their ilk! They stand for America as I have stood and most here have stood! It is indeed time...
  • The Less than One Percenters

    01/26/2015 3:40:56 PM PST · by Starman417 · 5 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 01-26-15 | Wordsmith
    For a country that's been engaged in two major theaters of war for around the last 13 years, much of the service and sacrifice has been made by the true 1%'ers. A 2013 Pew Research article reports that only a 5th of the Congress at the time had any military experience, themselves. Not all that long ago, military service was practically a requirement for serving in Congress. The high point in recent decades was the 95th Congress (1977-78) when, following an influx of Vietnam-era veterans, a combined 77% of the House and Senate had served in the armed forces. But...
  • The Free Community College Plan is Obama’s G.I. Bill (Wait, he's serious!)

    01/25/2015 4:10:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | January 24, 2015 | Jonathan Alter
    The president’s plan to make community college free for everyone is the best news for the middle class in a long time. President Obama this month gave the best State of the Union address of his presidency but it was largely written in disappearing ink. Like the vast majority of presidential speeches, little of it lingers. But one proposal in the speech could prove historic. While Obama’s $60 billion plan for two free years of community college is dead-on-arrival in the Republican Congress, it is very much alive in American politics, where progressives now have an aspirational, easy-to-understand issue to...
  • American Sniper

    01/25/2015 2:10:11 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 74 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/25/15 | Obie Usategui
    God bless Chris Kyle for everything he did for us, and God dam you, Michael Moore, for all you stand for Maybe you are one of the lucky ones who has already seen the blockbuster and one of the all-time box-office record holders, American Sniper – Clint Eastwoods’ film adaptation of the life of Christopher Scott “Chris” Kyle, released on December 2014. Kyle, is considered to be the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history, while accumulating 160 confirmed kills, out of 255 probably kills. As a matter of record, I would also like to commend Eastwoods’ proactive choice of...
  • ID: Video of a Break-in with Machete, self defense

    01/25/2015 9:24:13 AM PST · by marktwain · 21 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 21 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The dramatic video in the link below shows how flimsy many modern doors are.  Notice that the locks held, and that the attacker kicked his way in.  He did *not* use the machete  to hack his way in.  It was not needed.   The event pictured occurred on February 22, 2014, in Pocatello Idaho The trial has just been concluded. Link to video Notice how quickly the break-in occurs. Ten seconds from the first kick on the screen, to entering the apartment.  The door barely gave enough delay to take cover and make the decision to shoot.    The Supreme Court...
  • On Combat

    01/25/2015 8:49:11 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 21 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/25/15 | LtCol Forest R. Lindsey (Ret)
    There has been renewed interest in combat and warfare in general lately, since we always seem to be forced into situations as a nation where we have to send more of our young people to nasty places to risk their lives and their bodies for our own needs. In the last couple of weeks, the movies American Sniper and Sole Survivor have generated interest and vigorous discussion among us. The movies represent a sincere attempt by filmmakers to get away from the usual morbid voyeurism of combat and the self-debasing, anti-American propaganda and try to reach what is true, as...
  • American Sniper: What do veterans say about the movie? (+video)

    01/24/2015 7:22:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor | January 24, 2015 | Samantha Laine
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Since the film opened earlier this month, "American Sniper" has stirred up passionate responses from critics and supporters alike. What began as a surprise box-office hit, raking in $105 million its opening weekend, is now a flashpoint for conservative and liberal views of the Iraq war. The movie follows the life of Chris Kyle – one of the deadliest snipers and a US Navy SEAL – and his deployment on four tours to Iraq. During this time, he was credited with 160 kills before he was honorably discharged in 2009 after 10 years of service. His 2012 memoir, also...
  • Sarah Palin and American Sniper Widow Taya Kyle Team Up for Charity Event

    01/24/2015 6:33:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    People Magazine ^ | January 24, 2015 | Janine Rayford Rubenstein
    Sarah Palin (left) and Taya Kyle When it comes to supporting military families, Taya Kyle – widow of Chris Kyle, the former Navy SEAL who's portrayed by Bradley Cooper in American Sniper – is on the front lines. And former Alaskan governor and VP candidate Sarah Palin says she couldn't be prouder of Kyle's involvement. "Like most military families, Taya never stops giving of herself to support others," Palin, a friend of the former military officer, wrote in a Facebook post Friday. The two teamed up with the Sportsman Channel for a reception at the Vegas Shot Show in on...
  • Yemen Crumbles, Iraq Stumbles, America Fumbles

    01/24/2015 3:41:05 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/24/15 | David Singer
    How long will it take Obama to understand that Islamic State can only be comprehensively defeated by military action undertaken on the ground by a properly equipped, authorised United Nations international force? There are some 60 States in the American-led coalition pledged to degrading and destroying Islamic State—but only 21—regarded as “key members” were at the Conference in London on 22 January—which UK Foreign Minister Philip Hammond described in these terms: “Today, 21 key members of the global coalition met in London to review and discuss our efforts to degrade and defeat ISIL not just through military force, but by...
  • Misreading Robert E. Lee - A Video Review of Elizabeth Brown Pryor's "Reading the Man"

    01/24/2015 2:25:41 PM PST · by Davy Buck · 39 replies
    Old Virginia Blog ^ | 1/23/2015 | Richard G. Williams, Jr.
    Dr. Bryon McClanahan reviews Pryor's work on Lee. He is quite critical and discusses major problems with the book as well as the "trendy" practice by modern historians of "humanizing" (tearing down) American heroes . . .
  • American Sniper and a quartet of horse’s asses

    01/23/2015 2:28:23 PM PST · by Starman417 · 8 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 01-23-15 | DrJohn
    I know. They could be siblings. There are times when you in your life when events transpire which are not just puzzling, but confounding. This is one of them. Michael Moore called Chris Kyle a “coward.” The rotund coward Moore is accompanied by nine bodyguards.Moore cornered, pressed and embarrassed an aging and failing Charlton Heston, who was kind enough to grant Moore an interview. Subsequently, at the 2005 National Board of Review Awards, Clint Eastwood had a warning for Moore: “Michael Moore and I actually have a lot in common – we both appreciate living in a country where there’s...
  • Bowe Bergdahl is a deserter; the only hostage is the overdue Army report

    01/23/2015 8:54:18 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 10 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/23/15 | Glenn MacDonald
    It’s an old axiom in the world of public affairs to release bad news or information that might result in blowback late on a Friday afternoon. That usually results in minimal “play” by the media and hopefully (in the view of the news managers) it will be marginalized by Monday morning’s news cycle. If the long-awaited Army investigative report on Bowe Bergdahl had been released on time – Friday afternoon, January 16 – it would have tested that strategy to the maximum. Much of the country suspects the liar-in-chief in the White House wants to paint the alleged Taliban “captive”...
  • POW Flag from WWII Testament to Men's Bravery

    01/23/2015 6:47:07 AM PST · by w1n1
    wsj ^ | 1/23/2015 | M Burke
    Although Petty Officer 1st Class Denny Landrum died in 1980, the Navy electrician’s mate lives on through vibrant strokes of colored pigment. Between beatings, mock executions and torture at the Omori Prison Camp during World War II, Landrum and fellow POWs Raymond Jakubielski, Lorenzo Miriszio and Norman Albertsen painstakingly sewed bed sheets together and pilfered colored pencils from their Japanese guards. They created an American flag even though they faced execution if caught and had been threatened with court martial by their superiors, who feared all the prisoners might be punished for the act of defiance. Read the POW story...
  • 'American Sniper': The Strategy Behind Warner Bros.' $107M Opening

    01/22/2015 3:27:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | January 21, 2015 | Pamela McClintock
    Warner Bros. domestic distribution chief Dan Fellman can't count the number of times he has called Clint Eastwood over the years to relay opening-weekend box office. But never had he phoned with news like this: American Sniper was exploding. It was Saturday morning, Jan. 17, and Fellman informed the 84-year-old filmmaker, who lives in Carmel, Calif., and doesn't use email, that Sniper looked to cross $80 million over the four-day weekend. Fellman wasn't planning on calling Eastwood again until Monday — but by late Saturday, it became clear that the $60 million-budgeted Sniper was surging to a historic $107.2 million...
  • Exclusive—Todd Palin: ‘Heartland’ Can See Through Lib Hollywood About Chris Kyle, ‘American Sniper’

    01/21/2015 5:35:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | January 21, 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    Todd Palin, husband of 2008 GOP Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin, tells Breitbart News that Chris Kyle was “an unbelievable man” who “fought for freedom in this country.” Kyle had appeared alongside Todd Palin on the reality TV show Stars Earn Stripes, where several celebrities competed in military training competitions to raise funds for charities that help American troops. Kyle also served as the personal bodyguard for Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor, at many points throughout her political career, including at the screening of Breitbart News Network Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon’s film about her political rise: “The Undefeated.”“Meeting...
  • Why Sarah Palin Takes American Sniper Criticism Personally

    01/21/2015 2:53:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    People Magazine ^ | January 20, 2015 | Sandra Sobieraj Westfall
    Sure, Sarah Palin can be quick to pounce when something rubs her wrong. But when Michael Moore and others take after the man behind box-office hit American Sniper it gets personal. "You're not fit to shine Chris Kyle's combat boots," the former Alaska governor and VP candidate wrote on her Facebook page Monday night after Moore, the liberal filmmaker, Tweeted that "snipers aren't heroes" – which many took as a reference to the Clint Eastwood film starring Bradley Cooper. It turns out that Palin and Kyle were friends. They met and bonded in 2011, when the retired Navy SEAL was...
  • Luke Russert: Joni Ernst ‘Was a Pig Farmer Around This Time Last Year’

    01/21/2015 2:35:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    The PJ Tatler ^ | January 20, 2015 | Paula Bolyard
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Choice of Ernst about personality, not policy. Congressional correspondent Luke Russert said on MSNBC Tuesday that freshman Sen. Joni Ernst was a pig farmer this time last year and marveled that she is now she is giving the rebuttal to the president’s State of the Union address. “That is an extraordinary rise in politics right there,” Russert told Joy Ann Reid. Russert said that Ernst is emblematic of what the GOP wants to be. “That is what you’ll see her do tonight, sell her personality as a war veteran and somebody who was a pig farmer around this time last...
  • Israeli TV shows first images of Iranian missile that can reach 'far beyond Europe'

    01/21/2015 1:07:26 PM PST · by Nachum · 23 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 1/21/15 | Carl in Jerusalem
    As Iran allegedly negotiates an agreement with the P 5+1 with respect to its nuclear program, Israel's Channel 2 showed a satellite image (above) in which a new Iranian missile 'that can reach far beyond Europe' is shown. Iran has built a 27-meter-long missile, capable of delivering a warhead “far beyond Europe,” and placed it on a launch pad at a site close to Tehran, an Israeli television report said Wednesday, showing what it said were the first satellite images of the missile ever seen in the West. It stressed that the missile could be used to launch spacecraft or satellites, but also to...
  • ‘The View’s’ Whoopi Goldberg Slams Seth Rogen, Michael Moore Over ‘American Sniper’ Criticism

    01/21/2015 1:25:53 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Wrap ^ | January 20, 2015 | Alicia Banks
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) The ABC daytime talk show host comes back feisty from a two-week hiatus and dominates the first portion of “Hot Topics” “The View” host Whoopi Goldberg wasted no time firing back Tuesday at Seth Rogen and director Michael Moore for their comments about film “American Sniper,” which surpassed $105 million in a record-breaking MLK-weekend box office. Rogen had tweeted that the Oscar-nominated film reminded him of a scene in “Inglourious Basterds.” Moore, meanwhile, tweeted that his father taught him “snipers are cowards.” “We stood behind you Seth with your movie, and we said you had the right to make...
  • MICHAEL MOORE COMPARES AMERICAN SNIPERS TO MARTIN LUTHER KING ASSASSIN

    01/20/2015 3:34:36 PM PST · by LizHarrison · 20 replies
    Radix News ^ | 1-20-15 | Liz Harrison
    When Michael Moore and Seth Rogen decided to hit social media with their flippant remarks about “American Sniper,” the outrage was quick and thick. Moore said snipers were cowards, and Rogen compared the film to Nazi propaganda. Of course, both decided to dial back their 140 character commentaries by claiming that they weren’t really directed at the movie (or weren’t really saying that the movie was bad). But these comments were made over the weekend, before the box office take for the movie’s premiere weekend had been tabulated, or all the people who intended to watch the film managed to...
  • America The Murdering Psycho Sniper

    01/20/2015 1:21:53 PM PST · by absentee · 14 replies
    Rabble Writer ^ | 1/19/15 | Caleb Howe
    This weekend and into Monday morning, the usual cast of characters and character assassins have been spouting nonsense about America and Islam and war and soldiers, all in the wake of the record-smashing opening for the movie American Sniper. Michael Moore weighed in, as did Seth Rogen, to name two of many. Among the words thrown around were "Nazi", "mass murderer", "coward" and even that most damning of epithets, Republican. That's what they have to say about a soldier. (Remember, as we go on through this story, that liberals love the troops. You'll have to keep reminding yourself because it...
  • MSNBC’s Ed Schultz Was ‘Disturbed’ By ‘American Sniper’ [VIDEO]

    01/20/2015 11:39:44 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 19, 2015 | Heather Smith
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)MSNBC host Ed Schultz told his audience Monday night that he was “disturbed” by the film “American Sniper” and to him, the film represented “a harsh reminder that soldiers were sent to war over under false pretense.” “The Ed Show” host began his opening monologue about “American Sniper” by noting that the film “serves to highlight some of the most disturbing consequences of this war.” Here is Schultz’s show monologue about “American Sniper”: “It humanized the struggle of soldiers returning from combat with post-traumatic stress disorder. It also serves as a harsh reminder that soldiers were sent to war under...
  • Obama aide takes blame for Paris absence

    01/20/2015 5:56:10 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 50 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 20, 2015 | Justin Sink
    White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said Tuesday it was his fault the White House didn’t send the president or another senior member of the administration to a unity rally in Paris earlier this month following the terror attack on a satirical newspaper. “We’ve said we regret we didn’t send someone more senior than out ambassador,” McDonough said in an interview with NBC’s “The Today Show. “That rests on me, that’s my job.” McDonough said he regretted the decision in particular because “the melee that ensued after that has covered up and obfuscated the very good progress that our...
  • If You Hate ‘American Sniper’, You’re Probably Not American

    01/20/2015 4:28:45 AM PST · by lifeofgrace · 21 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 1/20/15 | Steve Berman
    I saw American Sniper Monday afternoon.  I went with a group of guys, most of them either active duty or former military.  The theater was packed, and this was a Monday matinee showing. Granted, it’s a federal holiday, and most people in Warner Robins, Georgia have government-related jobs, but not all.  The Wall Street Journal duly recorded an opening weekend at $105.3 million, almost double the film’s production budget of $59 million, calling it a “surprise”: Such a massive opening for a mid-budget drama was perhaps Hollywood’s biggest surprise since “Avengers” blew away box-office records by opening to $207 million...
  • Michael Moore: I was taught that snipers were cowards

    01/19/2015 9:31:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 19, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Not all snipers, he’s quick to add. The ones shooting at our guys are pretty cool. I’m too lazy to sift through his archives on Iraq to see if he ever claimed “I support the troops but not their mission,” but if he did, it sounds like he’s past it now. Michael Moore ✔ @MMFlint My uncle killed by sniper in WW2. We were taught snipers were cowards. Will shoot u in the back. Snipers aren't heroes. And invaders r worse 2:40 PM - 18 Jan 2015 Michael Moore ✔ @MMFlint But if you're on the roof of your home...
  • Gov. Palin: "God bless our troops, especially our snipers."

    01/19/2015 4:28:48 PM PST · by KC_Lion · 28 replies
    Sarah's Facebook Via Conservatives4Palin ^ | January 19 2015 | iizthatiiz
    Governor Palin posted the following on her Facebook wall:God bless our troops, especially our snipers. Hollywood leftists: while caressing shiny plastic trophies you exchange among one another while spitting on the graves of freedom fighters who allow you to do what you do, just realize the rest of America knows you're not fit to shine Chris Kyle's combat boots. May the epic "American Sniper" bring nothing but blessings to Taya and the children of this true American hero. Thank you Bradley Cooper and Clint Eastwood for respecting the United States Military. - Sarah Palin PS - Rep. Paul Gosar’s office...
  • Thoughts on the Anniversary of General Robert E. Lee's Birth

    01/19/2015 10:47:15 AM PST · by DanMiller · 23 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | January 19, 2015 | Dan Miller
    This is a re-post of an article I wrote last year to celebrate the anniversary of General Lee's birth on January 19, 1807. My concerns for the future remain about the same, although the current threats to freedom of speech and of religion from Islam and its advocates are now higher. We have changed as a nation, often not for the better.We, as a nation, seem to have done with heroes of his type. Yet he inspired a fledgling nation, the Confederate States of America -- young, old, rich and poor alike. Those who reminisce about him do so mainly because of his devotion to...
  • American Sniper: Clint Does it Again

    01/19/2015 10:16:53 AM PST · by w1n1 · 13 replies
    wsj ^ | 1/19/2015 | R Roeper
    Ok, I know there's other take on American Sniper reviews, but here's our take from a Clint Eastwood fan. There’s not a whole lot of Zero Dark Thirty strategy room stuff in this film. This isn’t a Big Picture look at things; it’s a close-up view of some fiery corners of an insane battle. Even when Eastwood is focusing on Kyle’s pursuit of two main targets – a former Olympic sharpshooter turned Iraqi insurgent sniper, and the heinous “Butcher of Fallujah” – what it comes down to is brutally simple: If the bad guys aren’t taken out, more American soldiers...
  • American Sniper: Aiming For The Heart!

    01/19/2015 8:12:44 AM PST · by xuberalles · 4 replies
    Self | 1/19/15 | Me
    Anti-war leftists will freely wave the white flag of capitulation, acceptable apathy, as tyrants and Islamacists murder countless innocents, but they’re infuriated beyond measure by a cinematic adaptation that chronicles both the inevitable ravages of war and the indelible spirit of a man who routinely risked his life to defend his brethren. Ironically the same foaming progressives who are desperate to discredit the unprecedented success and cultural impact of American Sniper – a supposed Right Wing celebration of individual mass murder and unabashed jingoism – were somehow unmoved when 12 unarmed workers at Charlie Hebdo, civilians not at war mind...
  • General Robert E. Lee should be a Role Model for American youth

    01/18/2015 11:26:40 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 115 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/18/15 | James King
    Lee possessed every virtue of other great commanders without their vices. He was a foe without hate; a friend without treachery; a victor without oppression, and a victim without murmuring. U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower believed that Confederate General Robert E. Lee should be a Role Model for American youth and they should emulate his qualities. Robert Edward Lee was born January 19, 1807 to Revolutionary War hero Henry “Light Horse Harry” Lee III and Anne Carter Lee at Stratford Hall in Westmoreland County Virginia. He attended the United States Military Academy at West Point where he graduated 2nd in...
  • American Sniper: A Contrarian View

    01/18/2015 8:18:04 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 83 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/18/15 | Michael D. Shaw
    By now, the story of Navy Seal sniper Chris Kyle is familiar. He holds the record for the most confirmed kills, he wrote a book which led to a movie, and he was killed on a shooting range by a PTSD ex-Marine. There is also the troubling business regarding comments he made about Jesse Ventura. No doubt, he was a skillful killer. By all accounts, he displayed little emotion—possibly facilitated by the extreme distance from his targets. OK. Skillful killer, shows little emotion, and kills only the bad guys. But for the fact that these deaths are sanctioned by the...
  • A Deeply Unpopular Commander In Chief

    01/17/2015 8:15:15 AM PST · by darkwing104 · 12 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | January 17, 2015 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    The Military Times posted a long article in which its poll of active duty military came to the startling conclusion that Obama, the Commander-in-Chief, is highly unpopular among the rank and file of the nation’s defenders! Using the military for social experiments, purging the ranks of competent, patriotic leaders and implementing a massive reduction in force are not likely to endear Obama to the troops. The Military Times won’t admit it but Obama does not care about the people who work for him and this is especially true for members of the military. In spite of varying opinions of President...
  • Obama Says Armed Response to Muslim Terrorism Wrong Approach [satire]

    01/16/2015 11:40:57 PM PST · by John Semmens · 32 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 17 Jan 2015 | John Semmens
    While attempting not appear to condone the murder of the Hebdo staff and the Jewish hostages at a kosher supermarket in Paris last week, President Obama blamed France's failure to integrate Muslims into their society. "The fact is, Europe has done a poor job of making Muslim immigrants feel welcome," Obama said. "In country after country Muslims are isolated in ghetto-like conditions rather than dispersed among the general population like they are in the United States." The President dismissed contentions that the concentration of Muslims into enclaves was by choice. "The Muslim way of life has very specific requirements," Obama...
  • Smearing Snipers: What Many Americans Don’t Get about Our Warrior Elite

    01/16/2015 10:34:34 AM PST · by Steelfish · 47 replies
    National Review ^ | January 16, 2015 | Chris Mark
    JANUARY 16, 2015 Smearing Snipers: What Many Americans Don’t Get about Our Warrior Elite We should be proud of men like Chris Kyle, not skittish or ashamed. By Chris Mark About ten years ago, an employer of mine had an odd request: I needed to delete an aspect of my military career from my professional biography because it might “offend” a potential client or partner. Recon Marine, infantry Marine, service-disabled veteran . . . those were a boon. But “Scout Sniper,” one of the greatest accomplishments I had as a Marine — that had to go. Sadly, that kind of...
  • Russian Rebels Declare Victory in Battle of Ukraine's Donetsk Airport [Combat Video]

    01/16/2015 9:33:23 AM PST · by dignitasnews · 20 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | January 16, 2015 | Dignitas News Service Team
    Commanders of the Russian-backed rebels in Ukraine declared victory in their assault on the Sergei Prokofiev International Airport in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, after intense battles. Despite denials from Moscow, international journalists have chronicled the fighting, indicating that the Russians have secured control of the airport, with Ukrainian forces holding onto only small pockets of ground within the terminal. The first major engagement since the so-called "cease-fire" of September 5 was staged by Russian forces, despite warnings from Germany that such action would bring on major sanctions which on the already struggling Russian economy.  Aleksandr Zakharchenko, leader of the Donetsk People’s Republic, vowed Thursday to...