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AMERICAN SNIPER

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American Sniper is old news, although the far left is still carping about it; but I just saw it yesterday and I want to share my thoughts. The first thing I want to say is hats off to Clint Eastwood. Other directors are long out to pasture at 84. I’ve always been an Eastwood fan, but the stamina and determination he shows in producing and directing this movie are exceptional. It truly is one of the best war movies I have ever seen. He captures the life of an American hero and tells his story in a coherent and compelling manner which should stir the heart of every American patriot. I left the theater with tears in my eyes.

As a Vietnam War combat veteran who served 20 years in the U.S. Army I know the hardships warriors and their families endure. As I wrote in A Soldier’s Journey to an Unknown Destination, war changes you in ways you are not even aware of. Yes, there are those that come home damaged mentally and physically, but most combat veterans will tell you the are better people. Combat teaches you the true value of life. I believe American Sniper communicates that idea.

Warrior’s spouses who raise their children and run their household alone while their husband or wife serve repeated tours in combat zones are heroes unto themselves. American Sniper captures what Chris and Tara Kyle felt not just what they did.

(Spoiler Alert) Eastwood omits the tragedy of Chris Kyle’s murder by a deranged veteran from the film. It ends with Tara’s last glimpse of Chris alive. Behind the ending credits actual footage of Chris’s memorial ceremony and funeral show the thousands of people who turned out to honor him.

Finally, I am even more angry now at the Michael Moore’s and Howard Deans on the left who cast aspersions on Chris Kyle and the movie. They demonstrate how ignorant and out of touch the far left is with America. There attitudes remind me of how many Americans felt about the Vietnam War and those of us who served in it. To me, they are the moral equivalent of Jane Fonda sitting on an antiaircraft gun in Hanoi while American warriors are dying in combat and American POWs are tortured. Her actions contributed to many deaths because she bolstered enemy morale and helped the North Vietnamese win the propaganda battle which extended the war. Moore, Dean and others do the same. Criticizing policy and strategy are fair game; personal attacks on true American heroes are disgusting.

Like Saving Private Ryan, American Sniper contains graphic violence and images of American warriors dying on the battlefield; but as Eastwood did in the Undefeated, he never glorified violence, he only shows its consequences. I highly recommend American Sniper.

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THE MEASLES OUTBREAK

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On the way home in the car this afternoon, listening to Rush Limbaugh, he was talking about the measles outbreak in Southern California. He said he believed the outbreak of this disease, practically irradiated in the U.S., was because of all the un-vaccinated illegal alien children President Obama’s immigration policies have attracted to the U.S. For those of us who are not pleased with President Obama or his immigration policies, it’s tempting to want to believe this. On the other hand I have heard people say it’s the anti-immunization trend, mostly among the more affluent, that is responsible. Proving or disproving this, of course, would be impossible without doing the kind of contact mapping done for the Ebola outbreak. Because measles is rarely life threatening, it’s like the common cold, you can never be sure where or from whom you caught it.

Nevertheless, we know that illegal aliens from Mexico and Central America, where public health policies are not up to U.S. standards, bring many diseases into the country. Rush pointed out that the purpose of Ellis Island, that operated from 1892 to 1954, was to examine immigrants for diseases. It worked. Over the past 100 years, numerous diseases have disappeared in the U.S. Whatever the truth about the measles outbreak in California, is it wise to not do a better job of screening people coming into the United States, legally and illegally, to prevent the reintroduction of diseases thought to be no longer a threat to public health? Given that there no longer are centralized facilities for screening immigrants doing so would require considerable resources. We cannot and should not place that burden on the U.S. Border Patrol; and it’s just one more reason why we need to secure the border. Terrorists, criminals and carriers of infectious diseases must be kept out of the country. For those who cry “racial prejudice” I say nonsense. I don’t want to see any American die from terrorism, crime or disease.

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DEFLATE GATE

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I haven’t paid all that much attention to the NFL’s DeflateGate scandal. I listen to reports about it just about every day on Fox News and I read the headlines about it on the Drudge Report; but I don’t spend hardly any time dwelling on them. Even so, it’s difficult to avoid the controversy. I took my car in for a safety inspection and while I was waiting I had to listen to a shouting match between another customer and the man behind the counter over whether Tom Brady deflated the 12 balls or not.

In the interest of full disclosure, I’m not a football fan. I watch the Redskins play when they are 10 and 0, and I usually watch the Super Bowl, mostly for the commercials. Not sure how much longer that will be necessary because all the Super Bowl commercials now are available on the internet before the game. No doubt, however, that this Super Bowl will be among the most watched ever. I’m not sure what fans expect to see other than a good football game; but I have an idea how to put this entire matter to bed once and for all. Before the start of the game the chief referee should take the game ball used by the Patriots, place it on the 50-yard line and execute it. He should take a pistol and shoot the ball . After all, it’s the ball itself that is the culprit, isn’t it. It allowed someone to deflate it, or it got some bad air and couldn’t keep it down. Once they carry the dead ball off the playing field, the game could proceed and we can all forget about this silliness and worry about more important things like terrorism, Iran’s nuclear ambitions and Russia’s bad manners.

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SARAH PALIN FOR PRESIDENT?

I have to admit that back in 2010 I was one of those who supported Sarah Palin. Despite the fierce media attacks on her, I though her record as Governor of Alaska made her the right candidate to tackle the establishment on both sides of the aisle. I still like Sarah Palin, I admire her spunk and fighting spirit; however, I believe she has done too much to deminish her image as a presidential hopeful. Also she still talks in unending sentences and does not appear to have attempted to make herself a compelling candidate. She has not demonstrated that she can handle the serious national security issues that will be at the forefront of the 2016 campaign. Two-thousand-twelve was a domestic policy election; 2016 will be a foreign policy election. I have no doubt that we have not seen an end to Islamic-terrorist strikes against the U.S. or our allies. Seventy-six percent of Americans now say terrorism is the most important issue facing the country. We want a commander-in-chief who can lead the armed forces and the country with a clear vision and a decisive hand. Sarah Palin is not that person.

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ISLAMIC EXTREMISTS

Secretary of State John Kerry in a recent speech said we don’t want to implicate all Muslims by using the term Islamic extremist. Apparently Secretary Kerry’s English is not as good as his French. Islamic extremist by definition refers only to those Muslims that practice the most extreme form of Islam. When we use terms like evangelical Christian, Southern Baptist or religious fanatic we know precisely who we are referring to. The only reason I can think of that President Obama and his administration refuse to use the term Islamic extremists is that they are more concerned about the feelings of Muslims they believe may be offended by the term than they are about the sensibilities of the American people.

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