We Are So Screwed

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This morning it rained like hell for a couple of hours and set the mood for a gloomy day. I decided to finish reading a book titled No Easy Day, An Autobiography of a Navy Seal. The author Mark Owens chronicles his motivations for becoming a SEAL and some of the missions he participated in during his ten plus years in the Navy. He had two very news worthy missions: the Captain Philips rescue and the Osama bin Laden killing. Shortly after the bin Laden mission he retired from the SEALS because his next step was a promotion to a non-active roll such as management, and he didn’t want any part of that.

Owens spent the entire forward of the book explaining the care he took to keep any reference to classified information out of the story. His concern was for the safety of his fellow SEALS and for the country.

I completed reading, and went to the next step on my agenda which was attacking my e-mails. The very first one I opened was from a friend in the Prestwick Men’s Book Club It contains links to news articles about the book No Easy Day which is this month’s selection. I almost fell out of my chair when I read these stories. The government sued Owens for 4.5 million dollars because he never passed the book by the Department of Defense for review before publishing. Not only did they strip him of his earnings, but they have prevented him from getting movie rights, speaking engagements, or any other way to make money off the story, and have tarnished his sterling reputation.. He in turn is suing the publisher’s attorney for giving clearance to proceed without DOD review.

What a pile of cow dung this is. The same government that had a mountain of evidence on Hillary’s disregard for state secrets by using her private sector servers and mobile devices violating law after law in the process, and doesn’t even get her hand slapped. “She didn’t mean to do it” is  her defense. Yet, a man who put his life on the line for more than ten years and who diligently kept secrets gets his life ruined. Where is the justice?

We are so screwed in America today. The elites continue to crap on the peons and flaunt their ability to do so. The next mountain of steaming horse compost will be the Clinton Foundation investigation. My bet is that it will also go nowhere. Why, because there are so many big cheese elected officials and bureaucrats involved the courts are not big enough to handle all the cases. Worse yet, there are probably judges involved who would throw the whole debacle out of court.   What did we hear during the trillion dollar bank bail out? Too big to fail, well that is what our government is too big to fail.

Last evening I spent time screening children’s vision with my Lions Club. We were at a thing called the Back to School Bash. The event is designed to give stressed out little kids another moment to blow off steam before they head back to school. All the government big vehicles were there for the kids to climb on. The county road grader, a fire truck, and  an armored troop carrier with bullet proof armor, tires, glass, and turrets for big guns. I kidded the guy who drove it to the event as to what the county expects us to do to them that they need such a vehicle to fend us off? “It is one of forty-five in the country” he proudly exclaimed without answering my question. The real answer is Obama and Hillary want to take away our pea-shooters and throw armored tanks against us. Like I said, we are so screwed. It is time to use our voices and our vote people, it is all we have.

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This Story Left Me Crying

During the course of my years on Earth I have seen many war movies. Beginning with WWII to Korea to Viet Nam, To Iraq, to Afghanistan, and some I have forgotten. Many of the WWII films were rah-rah propaganda movies that formed my opinion about the Germans and the Japanese.  Nevertheless, John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart, Rory Calhoun, all became super heroes in my mind. Today, I saw American Sniper and cried. In December I watched a short promo clip on the movie and decided this is one I had to see. My intuition was correct. I am glad I saw the film. The story is true and chronicles a true American from Texas. Raised in the country by strict parents who taught their sons not to start trouble, but if they were in trouble, or if one theirs was in trouble to come to their defense, and to end it. Kyle watched the twin towers fall after radical Islamists flew commercial airliners into the building. The incident caused him to serve his country, the rest is history.

It was easy to understand why this film has six nominations for Academy Awards including best picture of the year. It is easy to understand why the Academy nominated Bradley Cooper for best actor. I’ve seen Cooper in a couple of films, and each time I liked the way he played his character. In American Sniper he plays the role of Chris Kyle believably. To me if an actor can make me believe he is the character in the story he has succeeded in his craft. Cooper does so expertly. He also had to gain a lot of weight and muscle to look like a Navy Seal. He did that too.

His story is not all peaches and cream. Kyle’s drive to protect his fellow Marines from harm comes with a price to his own psyche. It became very clear that he progressively changed with each of his four tours of deployment. I give the VA doctor who finally out-physched him by suggesting that there are plenty of vets at home that he can protect.   The Doctor convinced him to use his energy to help fellow veterans disabled with PTSD. Kyle threw himself into the effort and that is what finally caused his death.

The Marines used Kyle as a sniper, and he was very good at it. However, Kyle did not think sniping saved enough people and he also served to conduct ground missions to clear the enemy from local hiding places. He was a well-rounded soldier.

There have been several people who made themselves news worthy by jumping on the Kyle story for their own benefit. It is my opinion that these people should lose their citizenship in the USA and be given one way tickets to live with the enemy in ISIS held territories. Who are these People?

1. Jesse Ventura, ex Navy Seal, professional wrestler, and former Governor of Minnesota accused Kyle as a liar. “Kyle wrote in his book, also titled American Sniper, about an incident in which he punched out a man in a bar for badmouthing the U.S. military. In a subsequent appearance on The O’Reilly Factor, Kyle identified Ventura as that man.” Ventura sued the Kyle estate for defamation, and won. Jesse continues to bad mouth Kyle as a liar, and not a hero. Leave it alone Jesse, the man is dead and your wrestling career is over, find a job shining the shoes of Liberal politicians.

2. Michael Moore, Documentary film producer and over eater made derogatory comments about Kyle. Still upset over his uncle being killed by a sniper during WWII, Moore resents making snipers into heroes. I have news for you Mr. Moore, a sniper is a weapon just like a hand grenade, or a bomb. The military uses the most effective weapon to get the job done. Kyle was acting out his orders. Oh Sure he could have turned down the assignment and been court martialed, but why even join the military if you refuse assignments.?

3. Seth Rogan, coward extraordinary who proudly made a movie about assassinating North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and then went into hiding when North Korea hacked Sony Corp computers. In response, Sony took the movie off the market because of fear of retribution from North Korea.  Rogan compared American Sniper to Nazi propaganda.

4. Howard Dean, former Doctor, Governor of Vermont, Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, and a failed candidate for President. Is an outspoken Socialist who is so far left in his thinking he cannot understand another point of view like Conservatism. He invoked a lot of furor when he said the following:

“There’s a lot of anger in this country. And the people who go see this movie are people who are very angry,”

He was referring to Tea Party people when he said there is a lot of anger in this country. I agree with him, but the anger came after his comment not before.

American Sniper is a biography, a historical perspective, a documentary on the effect of war on the soldier, and his family, and an anti-war film all rolled up in the story of one man’s life.

We should all be proud of men like Chris Kyle who lived to protect us.

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