By Myrna Davis
Every age is given a name – the Stone Age, the Bronze Age, the Industrial Age, the Electronic Age, and now, the Information Age.
There isn’t anything we want to research that isn’t at our fingertips – on our computer, our phone, our tablet, and soon, our watches. News stations are 24/7. Encyclopedia salesmen are extinct; it’s all on the Internet. Newspapers are diminishing; it’s all on the Internet. So much information, whenever we want it. What a wonderful age to live in. Or is it?
By Michael Greer - January 19, 2015
Santa Barbara is my hometown. I grew up in Santa Barbara, graduated from Santa Barbara High School, was married there and my children were born there. So, when the local Santa Barbara News Press received national attention for being attacked and vandalized by pro-illegal immigration activists, for using the word “Illegals”, I drove up there, on Martin Luther King Day, to support my hometown newspaper’s right of free speech.
As I drove there I reflected that never in my wildest dreams would I have believed this trip would be necessary. Why would Americans ever have to defend their right to free speech?
By Michael Greer - November 8, 2014
A few days ago, I read an article on Breitbart.com about a family in Manhattan Beach, California, who are taking their son out of middle school because the school is teaching Islam. According to the article, the school wasn’t teaching the history of islam, it was teaching its tenets. (click here for article).
I don’t like to make a judgment until I hear from the source, so I decided to go to their school board meeting to find out exactly what their position was. I expected there to be a lot of interest in this, possibly, even, a standing-room-only crowd, and was very surprised that was not the case. There were only about 30 people at the meeting.
By Michael Greer - September 12, 2014
You’ve heard leftist pundits claim that Conservatives want Voter ID because they want to “disenfranchise minorities”. They say we are trying to solve a problem that doesn’t exist. They say there is no voter fraud, therefore, Conservatives must be racist. See how that works? Right out of Saul Alinsky’s playbook!
By Michael Greer - September 17, 2014
Have we forgotten what it means to be American? We used to be able to describe American values. America used to have a persona, a culture, an identity. Norman Rockwell was famous for capturing that identity beautifully. Families around the Thanksgiving table, soldiers welcomed home from war, kids arguing over a game, a boy asking a girl for a date. Now we’d be mocked for even thinking that represented America. Maybe it doesn’t anymore. Is that a good thing?
By Michael Greer - September 15, 2014
Have you ever wondered why the mainstream media use “ISIS” while the president uses “ISIL”? Last week, during an interview, a reporter said ISIS immediately after the president had said ISIL. Sometimes you hear reporters saying “ISIS or ISIL”. When the president first started using ISIL, I expected the press to follow suit, but they haven’t. What I find interesting is that no one from the press has asked the president why he keeps saying "ISIL". Perhaps they already know that which I find obvious.
By Michael Greer
Jerry Brown betrays his oath of office, the rule of law, his state, and the country, and, yet, he will, no doubt, be re-elected. It is hard for me to accept this. This week, with the President of Mexico smiling by his side, Brown declared that all illegal immigrants were welcome in California. He has made it clear that California will not be enforcing any immigration laws. I don't believe even the illegal immigrants living in California want a never-ending flow of illegal immigrants competing for their jobs. Brown's position is against the will of the people and the best interests of the state. In the past, this would have been reason enough for a candidate to lose an election.
By Michael Greer
A month or so ago I started to see trailers for “The Giver” on television. I thought it was a television movie or series, and I didn’t pay much attention to it. I didn’t see any trailers for it in the theaters until I noticed that Fathom Events was having a screening for it. That reinforced my belief that it was a television movie, since they were going to have a special screening for people to see on the big screen.
A couple of weeks ago I started reading on conservative sites that this movie had a great conservative message, and we should all see it. I started to take more notice, and realized it was a feature film. But I was perplexed. I had worked in the entertainment industry for 30 years, and never saw a movie released or promoted this way. When I told my daughter I was taking my grandsons to see “The Giver”, she said she had never heard of it. Neither had my grandsons, nor their friends. This movie is based on a book by the same name. It’s basically the same genre, and for the same audience as “The Hunger Games” and “Divergent”. It was written for a teen audience, but it isn’t being marketed to them.