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THE MAKING OF AMERICAN SNIPER

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By Michael Greer - March 10, 2015

Last night AFA’s Cinema Gateway hosted “The Making of American Sniper” at a lovely private home in Beverly Hills.  There was a cocktail hour followed by a sumptuous dinner with the evening’s speaker Andrew McLaren.

Andrew McLaren served with and became a close friend of Chris Kyle. He was a member of the Marine Corps Security Force Company Europe. He was deployed to more than ten countries during his service and his unit had been deployed to rescue our Libyan Ambassador when they were mysteriously told to stand down.

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The War on Poverty

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By Myrna Davis

Under President Lyndon Johnson, the Democrat Party instituted a new concept.  It was titled “The War on Poverty.”  As usual, a lofty goal and inspiring title. 

The Democrats hate war, or so they say; yet, everything they do seems to be a war on something.  Then, they accuse Republicans of waging a phony war on women.  They seem to love that word “war,” as long as it is for domestic issues or fighting Republicans.

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Is Long-Term Planning Passé?

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By Myrna Davis

Watching the way our politicians work, I wonder if long-term planning, or thinking, is now passé.  They don’t seem to have the same mentality that was possessed by our Founders.  Can you imagine what the Declaration and Constitution would have been like had the Founders been short-term thinkers?  I wouldn’t even want to contemplate that possibility.

Every two years (in the House, and a third of the Senate), every four years for the president, and various time frames in local races, the politicians think of nothing else but getting elected or re-elected.  That means that everything they do, say, and vote on is based on the upcoming election and pleasing the people in the short term.  Promises, promises.  There is no thought of how the new legislation will affect all of America in the long term.  That’s too far ahead for these men and women to think.  After all, down the road, they may not even be in office (unless they’re lucky).  But if they are in a representative position, they figure the people would have forgotten how they voted back then.

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The Making of Evil

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By Myrna Davis

Due to the recent beheadings and burning alive of human beings by ISIS, I started to wonder how any human being can become so evil and twisted so as to do such despicable and barbaric acts.  We have all seen criminal behavior by people who have been abused as children, or suffered in some way, so as to cause them to function without conscience or remorse.  But pure evil like we have seen lately is becoming so widespread, it must have a cultural or societal cause.

Not being a psychologist or psychiatrist, I can only speculate as to what it is that takes an innocent baby and turns that child into a monster of such proportions that the acts committed are almost unspeakable by the civilized world.

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The Information Age

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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?

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JE SUIS SANTA BARBARA NEWS PRESS

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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?

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Teaching Islam

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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.

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We Salute Our Veterans. Thank You For Your Service!

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Voter Fraud? You Bet There Is!

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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!

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WHO ARE WE ANYMORE?

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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?

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