Category: Honor


Box Office: ‘American Sniper’ Quickly Becoming No. 1 War Film Of All Time

 

 

 

” American Sniper has set its sights on another record: Within a matter of days, it will overtakeSteven Spielberg’s WWII classic Saving Private Ryan to become the top-grossing war-themed film of all time in North America, not accounting for inflation.

  Clint Eastwood’s history-making movie jumped the $200 million mark on Sunday, putting it ahead of Michael Bay’s Pearl Harbor, another WWII title, which topped out at $198.5 million domestically in 2001. American Sniper is distinct from those two film in being set during a modern-day conflict.

  Saving Private Ryan, released in 1998, earned $216.7 million domestically. Taking inflation into account, that would equal roughly $312 million in today’s terms. But a record is a record, and the history-making Sniper will cross $216 million sometime this week for Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow.

  Films addressing recent conflicts have had a decidedly mixed track record, but American Sniper is benefiting from a massive turnout in America’s heartland, as well as from its six Oscar nominations, including best picture and best actor for Bradley Cooper’s performance as the late Chris Kyle, a Navy SEAL who fought in the second Iraq war.

  In celebrating Sniper’s $200 million milestone, Warners domestic distribution chief Dan Fellmansaid that Eastwood “created a gripping drama with a rare insight into the toll of war that has resonated with audiences in almost every demographic.” “

 

Thanks to The Hollywood Reporter 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opening Statement – American Sniper – Chris Kyle & Michael Moore

 

 

 

 

Published on Jan 24, 2015

” January 24, 2015 – ( Fox News – Justice w/ Judge Jeanine Pirro ) – Judge Jeanine Pirro – Opening Statement – American Sniper Controversy , Chris Kyle , Michael Moore , Obama “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday Marks The Premiere Of The Three Part Mini-Series “Sons Of Liberty” From The History Channel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SONS OF LIBERTY, the three-night, six-hour event, follows a defiant and radical group of young men–Sam Adams, John Adams, Paul Revere, John Hancock and Dr. Joseph Warren–as they band together in secrecy to change the course of history and make America a nation.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

” The Sons of Liberty sparked a revolution, the cast depicting them includes: Ben Barnes(The Chronicles of Narnia) as Sam Adams, a natural born leader with charisma and a penchant for mischief; Ryan Eggold (The Black List) as Dr. Joseph Warren, a doctor and man of conscience and integrity; Michael Raymond-James (Jack Reacher, Terriers, True Blood) as Paul Revere, a veteran who wholeheartedly joins forces with Sam Adams; Rafe Spall(Prometheus, Life of Pi) as John Hancock, the wealthiest man in Boston at the time; andHenry Thomas (E.T. The Extraterrestrial, Gangs of New York, Legends of the Fall) as John Adams, a lawyer and the conservative, smart cousin of Sam Adams. Additionally, Marton Csokas (Equalizer, The Lord of the Rings, Rogue) plays the ferocious General Thomas Gage who is sent to handle the colonial unrest in Boston; Emily Berrington (24: Live Another Day) as Margaret Gage; Jason O’Mara (The Good Wife, Terra Nova, Life on Mars) as General George Washington and Dean Norris (Breaking Bad, Under the Dome, Men, Women & Children) as the brilliant yet mischievous diplomat Benjamin Franklin.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Calling themselves the Sons of Liberty, they light the spark that ignited our revolution. While many of their names have become legendary, this group of young rebels didn’t start off as noble patriots. They were a new generation of young American men from varied backgrounds, struggling to find purpose in their lives. They were looking for equality, but they found something greater: Independence.”

 

 

 

Sons Of Liberty Quiz

 

 

 

” SONS OF LIBERTY is a dramatic interpretation of events that sparked a revolution. It is historical fiction, not a documentary. The goal of our miniseries is to capture the spirit of the time, convey the personalities of the main characters, and focus on real events that have shaped our past. For historical information about the Sons of Liberty and the dawning of the American Revolution, please read the Historian’s View section on history.com/sons. “

 

 

 

Sons of Liberty

 

 

 

    There is a wealth of information to be had on the upcoming show including more videos , actor biographies , historical data , infographics and much more if you visit the webpage .

 

  We applaud the History Channel for creating this event and feel that , regardless of the political biases that will undoubtedly reveal themselves to some faction(s) of the viewing public , any piece of widely received entertainment that fosters conversation about some of our defining moments as a people around the dinner table and water cooler is a great thing indeed .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Watch Florida Teen Rescue Police Officer While He’s Being Booked

 

 

 

 

 

 

” A Florida teen who was processed into the Ft. Lauderdale Police Department Booking Facility is set to be commended later this month for heroically helping to save the life of an officer who collapsed while booking him, an incident that was captured on surveillance camera.”

 

 

 

Florida teen saves police officer's life

 

 

” According to the Fort Lauderdale Police Department, on Sept. 10, 2014, Officer Franklin Foulks was in the process of booking 17-year-old Jamal Rutledge, when the cop collapsed. Rutledge, still in handcuffs, got up to check on Officer Foulks, who police say was losing consciousness.

  As the video shows, Rutledge “immediately began to kick the security fence and yell to alert officers in the area,” police said in a news release.”

 

ABC News

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

World Record 1000 Yard Shot With A 9mm Hand Gun  S&W 929 By Jerry Miculek

 

 

 

Published on Aug 4, 2014

” Jerry Miculek proves yet again that he is the master of shooting and makes an incredible, seemingly impossible shot using a 9mm revolver off-hand at 1000 yards!
Equipment:
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“Peaceful Protesters” Disrupt Ceremony For 100 Yr Old War Veteran

 

 

 

 

 

” 100 year old U.S. Navy veteran Dario Raschio was scheduled to receive some long overdue medals for his service in World War II this weekend at a town hall in Portland, Oregon arranged by Senator Ron Wyden. The veteran of five campaigns in the Pacific Theatre was the subject of many stories, having done multiple observational flight runs, taken gunfire from the Japanese and even being shot down once, finding himself stranded in shark filled waters. The multiple medals he was to receive were all in recognition of various aspects of his service to our nation. Unfortunately, before the proceedings could get fully underway, things took a turn.

 

  While the disrespect shown for Mr. Raschio is beyond the pale, this is fairly characteristic of the latest rounds of anti-cop, “peaceful protests” going on around the country. One of the defining characteristics of these schemes is that they are so completely outside the realm of the issue they are purportedly out there to correct. If you are angered about perceived injustice by police against minorities, what could that possibly have to do with Mr. Raschio? This theme is repeated in the so called Black Brunch protests in Oakland and New York City this weekend. Protesters invaded various businesses to disrupt service and dining in what they referred to as “white spaces.” “

 

Read more at Hot Air

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014 Man Of The Year: A-10 Warthog

 

 

 

 

 

 

” There you are, an Islamic State fighter minding your own business on a crisp winter day in the suburbs of Raqqa. Perhaps it’s been a busy morning—your work on the morals patrol is always a hassle, your team leader Mahmoud will not shut up, and you hurt your hand beating that recalcitrant shopkeeper who has been selling pop music despite your stern admonitions.

  Now, you’ve got to stand duty on a checkpoint just outside of town, but it’s a quiet and peaceful spot, and you can rest a bit before getting back to the wives later in the day.

  Then, literally out of the clear blue sky, you hear the swelling roar of a jet engine. As you turn, there is a new, unfamiliar noise, the kind of noise an industrial steam engine would make if it could burp like Jessica Simpson. It sounds like this:” (see above)

” That is the noise that a 30-mm Gatling gun makes, firing 3,900 rounds per minute—or 65 depleted uranium slugs every second—from its mount on the U.S. Air Force’s ugly, slow, fat, and entirely irreplaceable A-10 Warthog. It is widely believed that the force of the gun firing actually slows the A-10 in flight. (Some say this is a myth—but life is more fun if some myths aren’t debunked.)

  Truth be told, you didn’t actually hear that noise. See, the bullets go faster than sound. But all of your compatriots within a few miles did. They should be happy for you! For over a decade now, the A-10 has been serving in the role of an online dating service, connecting jihadists with those eager 72 virgins awaiting them in heaven. It’s a Tinder for the terrorist set.

  Today, the U.S. Air Force swiped right for you. “

 

 

Thanks to the Free Beacon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

American Sniper’ Breaks Christmas Record In Limited Release

 

 

 

 

 

” “American Sniper” and “Selma” — the last awards contenders to open this year — have launched impressively in their Christmas Day debuts.

  Warner Bros.’ “Sniper,” starring Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller, was particularly stellar with $240,212 at four venues — breaking the all-time record for a limited release under 10 screens on Christmas Day.

  It played in Dallas, Los Angeles and New York.

  Clint Eastwood directed the R-rated “American Sniper” from a script by Jason Hall, based on Chris Kyle’s autobiography about his tour of duty in Iraq and his struggles as a father and husband.

  Warner Bros. will expand “American Sniper” into a nationwide release on Jan. 16 — the day after Oscar nominations are announced.”

 

Variety

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CEO of This Seattle-Based Company Does Something Really Cool With His Bonus

 

'Plum' bonus: CEO Rick Holley refused $1.85million worth of Plum Creek stock

 

” You can count the number of times this happens on your hand: a CEO gave back his nearly $2 million bonus because he didn’t feel he’d done enough to deserve it, an SEC filing reported.

  The CEO of Seattle-based Plum Creek, the largest private owner of forestland in the U.S., chose to return 44,445 shares of stock, worth $1.85 million, because: “This has been a year where total shareholder returns are down 10% or more. It just wasn’t the right thing to do,” the Daily Mail reported.

  The SEC filing says Holley “does not believe that he should receive such an award unless Plum Creek’s stockholders see an increase in their investment return.” “

 

MRCTV

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After Family’s Presents Were Stolen, Lexington Police Officers Took Kids Shopping

 

 

 

” After a family’s Christmas presents were stolen, Lexington police officers who responded to the call found a way to make sure the family would still have a good Christmas.

  Jason Rothermund, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Bluegrass Lodge, said the officers, Tim Ball, James Dellacamera and Benjamin Blank, contacted the organization and asked if there was money left over from their annual event, Shop with A Cop, in which officers take children in Lexington out shopping for presents.

  Rothermund said they did have leftover funds, which were then used to buy gifts for the family.

” These officers took the initiative to go above and beyond what they normally do,” he said.

  The original Christmas gifts were recovered later the same day they were stolen, but the officers took the kids shopping for more presents because they didn’t have a lot originally, said police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts.

  Christina Edwards, 28, has custody of her nieces, Jaylin Beeman, 6, and Destiny Edwards, 4 months, and her nephew, Brayden Edwards, 3. She is raising them by herself.

  When the officers came back later saying they wanted to take the kids shopping, Edwards was thrilled.

” I felt very blessed that somebody would want to help,” she said.

  Edwards said the officers had $300 to spend on the kids, and the kids had a great time shopping for their gifts at Meijer. Brayden and Jaylin each got pajamas, clothes and shoes. Brayden got a SWAT team badge, helmet and gun, as well as a soccer ball and other toys. Jaylin picked out Barbie dolls and a Barbie jeep.

  Rothermund said the most important thing about what the officers did is that they didn’t have to do it, they wanted to.

”  This is the type of story that makes me proud to be a police officer,” he said. “It’s why people become police officers.” “

Thanks to Kentucky.com

Thunderbirds Release 2015 Show Schedule

 

 

 

 

 

 

” The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds have finalized their 2015 show schedule. In its 62nd season, the team is slated to perform 71 demonstrations at 39 locations.

  The flying unit, officially known as the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, will perform its first public flyover of 2015 at the opening of Super Bowl XLIX in Phoenix, Arizona, Feb. 1.

The remainder of the schedule is as follows:

Feb. 22: Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida
March 8: Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, Nevada
March 14-15: Titusville, Florida
March 21-22:  Lancaster, California
March 28-29:  Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi
March 31- April 5: Easter Break
April 11-12: Tyndall AFB, Florida
April 18: Louisville, Kentucky
April 25-26: Lakeland, Florida
May 2-3: Dyess AFB, Texas
May 9-10: Millville, New Jersey
May 16-17: Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina
May 23-24: Wantagh [Jones Beach], New York
May 28: U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado
May 30-31:  Aurora, Colorado
June 6-7: Waco, Texas
June 13-14: Whiteman AFB, Missouri
June 20-21: Dayton, Ohio
June 27-28: Mankato, Minnesota
July 4-5: Traverse City, Michigan
July 11-12: Gary, Indiana
July 18-19: Niagara Falls, New York
July 22: Cheyenne, Wyoming
July 25-26: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
July 28 – August 2: Mid-Season Break
August 8-9: La Crosse, Wisconsin
Aug. 15-16: Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota
Aug. 22-23: Open Date
Aug. 29-30: Midland, Texas
Sept. 5-7: Cleveland, Ohio
Sept. 12-13: Owensboro, Kentucky
Sept. 19-20: Joint Base Andrews, Maryland
Sept. 26-27: Millington, Tennessee
Oct. 3-4: Mather [Sacramento], California
Oct. 10-11: Grand Junction, Colorado
Oct. 17-18: Houston, Texas
Oct. 24-25: Lake Charles, Louisiana
Oct. 31-1 Nov.: Joint Base San Antonio, Texas
Nov. 7-8: Moody AFB, Georgia

  The release of the show season is good news for the squadron’s Airmen, who normally spend up to 220 days a year traveling. Aside from performing impressive aerial demonstrations, Thunderbird Airmen visit with local schools and hospitals, hold enlistment ceremonies and conduct media engagements to speak with people about the Air Force.

” We are extremely excited to represent the Air Force during the upcoming season” said Lt. Col. Greg Moseley, U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron commander and lead pilot. “Our newest team members have been training rigorously to ensure we execute our mission safely while showing the public what their Airmen can do.”

  Moseley is expected to depart the squadron after a change of command ceremony scheduled to occur Jan. 7, 2015. Lt. Col. Christopher Hammond, an experienced fighter pilot with more than 2,000 flight hours, will assume command of the squadron for the 2015 and 2016 demonstration seasons.

” It’s an honor to share the story of U.S. Airmen serving at locations around the globe,” said Hammond. “We hope these stories inspire others to learn more about aviation and opportunities to serve.”

  The Thunderbirds were formed in 1953, and since have been charged with demonstrating the professionalism of Airmen and the capabilities of modern airpower. The 2015 season marks the 33rd year the squadron has performed in the F-16 Fighting Falcon.

Assigned to Air Combat Command, the squadron is composed of nearly 130 Airmen serving in more than two dozen Air Force job specialties.

  The primary product of that teamwork is a Thunderbirds aerial demonstration, which includes approximately 40 maneuvers, featuring formation flying and solo routines. The entire show, including the beginning ground ceremony, lasts about one hour. A typical air show travel season extends from March to November.

  To learn more about the Thunderbirds, visit www.afthunderbirds.com., or find afthunderbirds on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. “

 

U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron Public Affairs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ISIS-Fighting Britons Held At Heathrow Airport

 

 

” Two British men who joined Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State in Syria have told how they were treated as terrorism suspects on their return to the UK.

  Former soldiers Jamie Read, 24, and James Hughes, 26, say they were taken to separate interview rooms at Heathrow Airport and questioned about their trip for six hours.

  Anti-terrorism officers took their laptops and equipment and went through their phones, they said.

  Mr Read told The Sun: “I was raging. They kept asking why we went, who we were with and were we being paid? We weren’t, of course.”

  The pair went to Syria and fought alongside Kurdish forces in Kobani after IS filmed the brutal killing of British and American aid workers.”

 

 

 

 

 

Read more here and Newsweek has much more detail:

 

” They said on Facebook before they went that they could “not do nothing while innocent men, women and children are tortured and murdered by Islamic State while the international community stands by and observes from the luxury of their boardrooms or their tanks on the hill [sic].”

  The men had been warned that they would face police interviews if they returned to Britain. Sir Edward Garnier QC, the former solicitor general told BBC Radio 4 in November: “We are in a terrible grey area, not least because we don’t know enough about what they are doing.”

“ The United Kingdom is trying to defeat ISIL. But freelancers are not acting on behalf of the United Kingdom. They may well be guilty of murder, or other sorts of crimes, or they might not be guilty of anything.

“ It goes to the general story who go abroad to fight in other people’s wars place themselves not only in physical danger, but in that legal limbo land where they could, if they get on the wrong side of this almost invisible line, into trouble when they get home,” he said.

  The Britons had joined a legion of 20 foreign fighters known as the Lions of Rojava, where they could be seen on the group’s website with the motto: “Send terrorists to hell and save humanity.” They were allegedly recruited by an American called Jordan Matson. “

 

     So much for the spirit that produced 40,000 volunteers to fight fascism in the Abraham Lincoln Brigade 80 odd years ago . My how the West has fallen … Political correctness will be the death of us all .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In The Darkest Of Times There Is Nothing To Compare With The Silent Devotion Of Your Dog

 

 

” When I am sad there is no greater comfort …

 

The Silent Devotion Of Dogs

 

 

 

… than the silent devoted companionship of my dog 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black Residents Armed With Assault Rifles Stand Guard Outside White-Owned Business During Ferguson Riots

 

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” A group of black Ferguson residents armed with high-powered rifles stood outside a white-owned business in the city during recent riots, protecting it from rioters that looted and burned other businesses. 

  After a grand jury returned no indictment against Darren Wilson, the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed unarmed black teen Michael Brown, protesters took to the streets and the demonstrations quickly turned into rioting. Several buildings were set ablaze, but a group of heavily armed black men stood outside a Conoco gas station.

  One of the residents, a 6-foot-8 man named Derrick Johnson, held an AR-15 assault rifle as he stood in a pickup truck near that store’s entrance. Three other black Ferguson residents joined Johnson in front of the store, each of them armed with pistols.

  In a city torn apart by racial tensions, the fact that black residents took up arms to defend a white-owned store made headlines.

  The men said they felt indebted to the store’s owner, Doug Merello, who employed them over the course of several years.”

 

Continued

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Afghan Mother Kills 25 Taliban Fighters In Seven-Hour Gun Battle After Watching Her Son Slain In Ambush

 

 

 

 

 

” A bereaved Afghan mother took revenge on the Taliban after watching them kill her son in an ambush. Reza Gul killed 25 Taliban fighters and injured five others in a seven-hour gun battle in Farah province.

  Gul, who was joined by her daughter and daughter in-law, engaged the Taliban using AK-47s and grenades, despite never before having used a weapon.

  The embattled mother told Tolo news, a 24-hour Afghan news broadcaster, she was awakened by shots early Tuesday. After seeing that her son had been killed, Gul and the other two women fought back.

“ I couldn’t stop myself and picked up a weapon,” Gul told Tolo News. “I went to the check post and began shooting back.”

  Seema, her daughter-in-law, added: “The fighting was intensified when we reached the battlefield along with light and heavy weapons. We were committed to fight until the last bullet.”

  Gul said that the battlefield was covered in Talib fighters after the deadly exchange ended.

  While the Taliban have not publicly commented on the incident, the Afghan government labeled it a symbol of a public uprising against the Taliban.

  Taliban and other groups have regained large swathes of the country as U.S. and NATO forces slowly pull out troops after 14 years of war. The Taliban have targeted government and foreign infrastructure as the group attempts to claw back power it lost in 2001.

  While the Taliban have made key gains in rural regions, members continue to employ suicide bomber tactics in well protected towns and cities. Earlier this week, 50 people were killed after a suicide bomber detonated a vest during a volleyball competition in Yahyakahil, Paktika province.

  That particular attack prompted President Ashraf Ghani to order a complete overview of the country’s defense forces and to rethink the ban on nighttime raids, which were outlawed by his predecessor, Hamid Karzai. “

 

Thanks to IBT

 

 

 

* Here is the English text that accompanies the above video:

 

Published on Nov 24, 2014

” An Afghan mother claims to have killed 25 Taliban militants and injured several others after she found her son, who was a police, dead in a fierce gun battle with the insurgents at his check post in western Farah province.

” Reza Gul” the Afghan mother who rushed to take revenge of her son’s death stood behind an armament and claimed the lives of 25 insurgents.

  Woken up by the gunfire, Reza Gul told TOLOnews that she had no other option but to pick up a weapon after she found her son, who was the in charge of an outpost, dead in front of her eyes.

” It was around 5 a.m. when my son’s check post came under the attack of Taliban,” Gul said. “When the fighting intensified, I couldn’t stop myself and picked up a weapon, went to the check post and began shooting back.”

  Few minutes later, Gul was not alone when she found her husband, daughter, youngest son and daughter-in-law holding weapons and accompanying her in the fight against the insurgents.

” The fighting was intensified when we reached the battlefield along with light and heavy weapons,” said Seema, Gul’s daughter-in-law. “We were committed to fight until the last bullet.”
The fighting lasted several hours with 25 insurgents dead and many others wounded, she added.

” We started a kind of family war against the Taliban,” Fatima, daughter of Gul said, adding that she was personally preparing bullets for her father and mother to fight off the enemies.
Gul’s husband Abdul Satar stated they were ready to sacrifice the entire family, but not allow the Taliban to get closer to the check post.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ferguson Bakery Vandalized During Unrest Receives $200,000 In Donations

 

 

Natalie's Cakes

 

 

” We have some uplifting news out of Ferguson this morning. Help is on the way for the owner of Natalie’s Cakes and More! On Monday night, those who participated in rioting damaged the shop and the equipment inside.

  Natalie DuBose has invested everything into her business. The windows and other materials that were needed for upcoming Thanksgiving orders were destroyed. However, Natalie says she can’t go anywhere and plans to remain in Ferguson.

  Natalie’s Cakes and More opened its doors in June of this year and Natalie’s dream of owning her own business was fulfilled.

 

  Since her appearance on FOX 2 News on Tuesday, November 25th, two Go Fund Me accounts have been created. In less than 24 hours, over $100,000 was donated to Ms. DuBose to help with repairs.

  Actress Patricia Heaton also donated and urged others to do the same. Natalie sent a special ‘Thank you’ tweet to her supporters after learning about the news.

  If you would like to make a donation please visit: Gofundme.com/Natalie’s Cakes and More Fund or Gofundme.com/Natalie DuBose Riot Recovery.

Previous story: Natalie’s Cakes & More plans to remain in Ferguson

Thanks to Fox2Now

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘American Sniper': AFI Fest Review

 

 

 

 

 

 

” A taut, vivid and sad account of the brief life of the most accomplished marksman in American military annals, American Sniper feels very much like a companion piece — in subject, theme and quality — toThe Hurt Locker. Starring a beefed-up and thoroughly Texanized Bradley Cooper as we’ve never seen him before, Clint Eastwood’s second film of 2014 is his best in a number of years, as it infuses an ostensibly gung-ho and patriotic story with an underlying pain and melancholy of a sort that echoes the director’s other works about the wages of violence. Unlike The Hurt Locker, however, this Warner Bros. Christmas release should enjoy a muscular box-office career based on the extraordinary popularity of its source book by the late Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, Cooper’s star status and its “God, country, family” aspects that will draw that part of the public that doesn’t often go to the movies. 

  The gun — along with its significance to the United States, past and present — has been Eastwood’s most frequent co-star since the beginning of his career and has played a major role in most of his best films, from the Westerns and the Dirty Harrys to the war dramas. As the title suggests, a gun — or, more precisely, an extremely high-powered rifle — shares the screen with Cooper here, although it is not at all fetishized in the manner that weapons are in the book. “

 

Read the whole review here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anti-Military Anthem Played At ‘Concert For Valor’

 

 

 

 

 

” Who would have thought that that Bruce Springsteen, Dave Grohl, and Zac Brown, accomplished musicians all, would be so, well, tone-deaf? But how else to explain their choice of song—Creedence Clearwater’s famously anti-war anthem “Fortunate Son”—at the ostensibly pro-military “Concert for Valor” this evening on the National Mall?

  The song, not to put too fine a point on it, is an anti-war screed, taking shots at “the red white and blue.” It was a particularly terrible choice given that Fortunate Son is, moreover, an anti-draft song, and this concert was largely organized to honor those who volunteered to fight in Afghanistan and Iraq. “

 

Weekly Standard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two Local WWII Heroes Will Be Honored In Bronze

 

World War II veterans Bill Guamere (left) and "Babe" Heffron.

 

 

 

” Seventy years ago, he parachuted into a ferocious gun battle raging across the town square of Sainte-Mere-Eglise. Everywhere, buildings were ablaze and bullets zipped through the air.

  Army Sgt. William “Wild Bill” Guarnere couldn’t wait to get into the fight during the Normandy invasion and avenge his brother Henry, killed by the Germans in Italy.

  He later parachuted into Holland with fellow South Philadelphia native Edward “Babe” Heffron during Operation Market Garden, one the largest drops of airborne troops in history.

  They also fought together during the Battle of the Bulge, where Guarnere lost a leg to artillery fire while trying to save a comrade.

  But Wild Bill and Babe – portrayed in the 2001 HBO miniseries Band of Brothers – probably never thought they’d also be portrayed in bronze in their hometown.”

 

Philly.com has the whole story

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Westerners Volunteer To Take On The Islamic State

 

 

 

” As an estimated 2,000 expatriates from the United States and other Western nations join the Islamic State to fulfill a passion for conflict or jihad, a much smaller number of Westerners have signed up to fight against the militants. The latest: members of a biker gang from Holland.

  The head of Never Surrender, Klaas Otto, told a Dutch radio station that three of its members went to Iraq to join Kurdish fighters battling the Islamic State, also known as ISIL or ISIS.”

 

 

Outlaw bikers fighting ISIS in Iraq

“Ron from The Netherlands has joined the Kurds to exterminate the rodents of [ISIS]”

 

 

” The gang touts a quote from Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel on its Facebook page: “I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides.”

  The story was first reported Wednesday by NPR.

  The bikers join others outraged over the brutality displayed by Islamic State fighters, who have seized wide swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria. A former U.S. soldier from Racine, Wis., joined Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq and was wounded in a mortar attack.

” I couldn’t just sit and watch Christians being slaughtered anymore,” Jordan Matson, 28, told USA TODAY last week from a hospital bed in Derike, Syria. “These people are fighting for their homes, for everything they have.” “

 

No Surrender MC

USA Today

The NY Post also has more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Please Leave Our Neighborhood”: Rich White Woman Defends Elderly Black Man From Cops

 

 

 

 

 

” Last week, an elderly African-American man was walking through a wealthy neighborhood just outside of Washington D.C when he was confronted by two African-American Washington Metro Police.

  Without any reason, the officers stopped the man and began to question him.  The man had allegedly expressed some dissatisfaction with how he was being singled out, and the officers then ordered him to get on the ground.

  Jody Westby, a white, female attorney and CEO of a company called Global Cyber Risk LLC, witnessed the altercation while working from her home office.  She immediately ran out to confront the police, and asked her housekeeper to record the developing situation. “

 

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Poorer Conservatives More Generous Than Wealthy Liberals

 

 

American Giving

 

 

 

” Less well-off families from red states donate a relatively higher – and growing – proportion of their money to charity, while those at the top have been giving a smaller share as their income has increased, a new extensive study has revealed.

  Respected non-government sector newspaper The Philanthropy Chronicle collated the itemized charity deductions on the tax returns of hundreds of millions of Americans between 2006 and 2012, the latest year available. While only about a third of all givers write off their charity expenses, the sums included about 80 percent of all donations in the country.

  The study noted that while the amount of charitable giving by the US as a nation has remained steady at 3 percent, the poorer people are, the greater amount they spend on charity. And this trend has been exacerbated in the years covered by the study, which showed that those earning $25,000 or less contributed 16.6 percent more of their income, while those with incomes of over $200,000 were spending 4.5 percent less of their money on charity in 2012 than in 2006. The study does not give the countrywide overall percentage of money donated by each group.”

 

 

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‘American Sniper’ Trailer: First Look At Clint Eastwood’s Film Starring Bradley Cooper

 

 

 

 

” Here’s our first look at Bradley Cooper as Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, the undisputed most lethal sniper in U.S. history. Clint Eastwood directs American Sniper from a script by Jason Hall based on Kyle’s memoir, which spent 13 weeks at No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list.”

 

 

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Did That Cop Just Say “We’re Here To Protect Your Rights, Not Violate Them”? Yes, Yes He Did!

 

 

 

 

 

” Activist and independent journalist Brett Sanders was conducting a First Amendment test in White Settlement, TX.

  He was filming outside of the Lockheed Martin facility when 3 officers pulled up to inquire as to what he was doing.

  What happened next was completely unpredictable. The officers from White Settlement police department weren’t belligerent or confrontational. They were actually cordial.

  Sanders refused to identify and they actually respected him for it! Instead of shoving his camera down or trying to confiscate it one officer sparks up a conversation about Sanders’ camera and equipment because he also enjoys photography.”

 

   

Credit where credit is due … we spend plenty of time highlighting the actions of horrible cops that have no respect for the Constitution and it is only fair to publicize the honorable actions of law enforcement officers when they come to our attention as well . Kudos to these three White Settlement officers .

 

 

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