Helpless and Terrified: Life Without the Gun

by Jeremy Griffith
American Millennium Online

Need a reason to keep an AR-15? Here's one: a muslim child holding the head of a slain Iraqi man.

Need a reason to keep an AR-15? Here’s one: a muslim child holding the head of a slain Iraqi man. -photo credited to proud dad.

Helpless and terrified, Iraqi Christians and other religious minorities are fleeing to the hills to avoid the perilous onslaught of the ruthless Islamic state. If they had AR-15s or AK semi-automatic rifles, they might be able to defend themselves somewhat.

 

Meanwhile and arrogant and misguided US administration ignores the problem too long, abandoning Iraq along with heavy weapons and vehicles to the enemy, who gleefully used the armaments to enforce sharia law and hunt down anyone who gets in their way.

 

The Kurds, not as gullible or helpless, are meeting the threat head on; are even making headway as the face off the Islamic extremists. They didn’t believe the promises of the US government that they would take care of the Kurds. The Kurds of Kurdistan, located in Northern Iraq,  placed their faith in themselves.

 

And that is the take-away for us here at home in the US. A federal judge has ordered that AR-15s and AKs are not covered under the Constitutional protection of the 2nd Amendment. She decided all on her own, this judge, that Americans don’t need them and therefore shouldn’t have them. Read the full article about the case in the Washington Times here. 

 

Simultaneously, armed men in Ferguson, Missouri are defending their businesses from looters. The neighbors who without weapons  are helpless to defend their homes and shops as an overwhelmed police force who can’t be everywhere at once, struggle to get the violence under control. Read more about this incident here.

 

Who needs an AR-15 or AK-47 style semi-automatic rifle. The answer is: I do. That should be the answer to any politician, local or federal, who attempts to seize our guns and make us defenseless. Chances are, hopefully, you won’t need your AR for anything other than plinking at the range. Hopefully your fire extinguisher is left idle as well. You don’t buy these things because you are certain there will be a fire or a riot; you get them because the danger exists.

 

In Ferguson, a black kid was shot. As a result, the black community in their anger took it upon themselves to decimate their own neighbors and steal their neighbors’ property before burning their shops.

 

In Iraq, the US and other nations are dropping food and water on refugee camps in the mountains. What they should be dropping is guns and ammo to fend off the Islamic State, who gleefully post online the child of an Islamic fighter lifting up the severed head of a man they killed.

 

Meanwhile in the United States there are many walled settlements of Islamic communities totally dedicated to Sharia Law. US law enforcement aren’t allowed to patrol those communities. What is going on in there. Are they planning Jihad against their neighbors? Likely, but if that’s the case, are you ready to defend your home, or are you just going to submit to the politicians will and let Muslims relocate or kill you?

 

I for one am tired of the “religion of peace”! So is Israel. They have to defend themselves daily against a regime of terrorists who would rather spend millions of dollars the US gave them to fund terrorist tunnels rather than infrastructure to support a healthy community.

 

What’s next? Will the president ever stop playing golf and do his job of defending the country. Not likely. So why we wait, why don’t you prepare yourself and go to your local gunshop and get an AR, before they’re all gone.

 

Don’t believe me? Think you don’t need an AR to defend your life and your liberty. Watch the videos I’ve attached below.

Communism Survivor Testifies for the 2nd Amendment.

African American explains how his AR-15 saved his home when an armed mob came to break into his house.

Hagedorn Wins Surprising Upset in Primary, Beats Miller

by Jeremy Griffith
The American Millennium Online

 

Hagedorn campaigns before local Republican Party BPOE in Olmsted County. -photo by Jeremy Griffith

Hagedorn campaigns before local Republican Party BPOE in Olmsted County. -photo by Jeremy Griffith

Jim Hagedorn has surpassed all expectation in the Republican Primary this past Tuesday by trouncing the endorsed candidate Aaron Miller. His win proves two things: that he is an able campaigner who cannot be underestimated, and there is a lesson here to be learned by the people who vote to endorse candidates in the local caucuses.

 

Now I’ve been following Hagedorn for a while now, since his failed bid the last time around for the same position running against Tim Walz. He humorously noted to me that the situation this time around was very similar to the last time. He said, “In this race the composition is the same as it was the last time; you’ve got a military guy, a professor, a professional politician, and me!” What has always struck me about Hagedorn is his self-defacing, quick wit. He has continuously refused to badmouth Republicans competing for the same job, and he has shown a gleeful willingness to hammer his overall opponent, Tim Walzm with truth about his dismal record.

 

In a caucus earlier this year, state representative Mike Benson stood in the entry way of the Byron High School handing out fliers and shaking hands right next to his competitor Jim Hagedorn, who was doing the same thing. I noted this fact to the candidates with irony. Hagedorn responded, indicating to Benson: “That’s not my opponent, that’s a competitor. Tim Walz is the opponent!”

 

The last election as I recall, Hagedorn agreed to be constrained by the request that candidates abide by the endorsement process. When he was passed over in this process, Hagedorn grudgingly stepped aside, and the Republican endorsed candidate lost to Tim Walz. This time Hagedorn stepped up his game and surpassed the endorsed Republican candidate. This usurpation indicates two truths to me: that you can accomplish anything if you work hard enough at it; and two, the people who vote in primaries here in Minnesota obviously have a different view of who is a viable candidate than those who show up to vote at caucuses and endorsement conventions.

 

The Republican establishment should take note of this fact at accept it for what it is. The grass roots of the party does not necessarily agree with the leadership of the party when it comes to choosing it’s candidates. Hagedorn is an able campaigner. He has made appearances for media outside the very offices of his opponent and ripped Walz’s voting record to shreds. Aaron Miller, a local businessman and National Guard leader, though a great candidate, didn’t set the world on fire with his campaign following the endorsement. Hagedorn continues to jab at the liberal agenda of Tim Walz, who votes 90 percent or better in line with liberal leader Nancy Pelosi of California; not at all in line with the values of Minnesotans.

 

I have to admit something here. In the caucuses, I supported Benson, who failed his bid for the slot. Then, I voted Miller, though I didn’t know him very well. Though probably a better candidate than Walz, he just didn’t impress me with his drive following his endorsement. Hagedorn however, continues to jab away with his quick wit and the facts on Walz’s record. It will be interesting to see if Hagedorn’s energetic strategy is able to overcome the progressive left’s money and propaganda machine. For the sake of Minnesota, I hope it is.

Watch Hagedorn deliver his message outside Walz’s Rochester office in regards to Walz’s support of the failed Obamacare law.  We were there.

Online hacking of personal emails and social media now a weapon of the British Government

 by Jeremy Griffith
The American Millennium Online

How much do you trust your government to do the right thing with your privacy and your freedom of speech? British citizens are finding out now that the answer to that question should be, “not very much”! It seems that a super-secret British spy agency is publishing a menu of options they have to provide politicians to hack into the social media accounts of citizens in the name of national security.

 

I learned about this first listening to Glenn Beck and have found creditable confirmation on a number of other websites. You can see Glenn’s comments on this issue here. Glenn Greenwald has an article here with a full description of the British government’s Internet capabilities. I’ve included the list here verbatim:

• “Change outcome of online polls” (UNDERPASS)

• “Mass delivery of email messaging to support an Information Operations campaign” (BADGER) and “mass delivery of SMS messages to support an Information Operations campaign” (WARPARTH)

• “Disruption of video-based websites hosting extremist content through concerted target discovery and content removal.” (SILVERLORD)

• “Active skype capability. Provision of real time call records (SkypeOut and SkypetoSkype) and bidirectional instant messaging. Also contact lists.” (MINIATURE HERO)

• “Find private photographs of targets on Facebook” (SPRING BISHOP)

• “A tool that will permanently disable a target’s account on their computer” (ANGRY PIRATE)

• “Ability to artificially increase traffic to a website” (GATEWAY) and “ability to inflate page views on websites” (SLIPSTREAM)

• “Amplification of a given message, normally video, on popular multimedia websites (Youtube)” (GESTATOR)

• “Targeted Denial Of Service against Web Servers” (PREDATORS FACE) and “Distributed denial of service using P2P. Built by ICTR, deployed by JTRIG” (ROLLING THUNDER)

• “A suite of tools for monitoring target use of the UK auction site eBay (www.ebay.co.uk)” (ELATE)

• “Ability to spoof any email address and send email under that identity” (CHANGELING)

• “For connecting two target phone together in a call” (IMPERIAL BARGE)

Now it would be great fun if you were computer hacker employed by the British or American governments monitoring the Internet activity of groups like Al Qaeda or ISIS. After all, they love to post videos of their exploits against the West there, videos for example of them blowing up American Soldiers or lopping off the heads of Christians and Jews and plopping them on spikes! Wouldn’t it be great if instead of going to the intended video posted by the terrorists, you would instead be misdirected to a video of an old lady power walking or Afghani Muslims humping a goat before getting blown up by a JDAM laser guided missile? I think it would be hilarious, but that is not likely to happen given the current political climate.

Instead of the above scenario, imagine something a little more realistic. Say you are a conservative blogger who doesn’t like Barack Obama much. Perhaps you don’t like the way he plays golf as the world burns; he sides with Palestinian terrorists instead of a free and democratic Israel; he allows Russia to run amok in Ukraine while shooting down Malaysian airliners; he invites millions of undocumented immigrants to flood the border while selling guns and other weapons to the drug coyotes who are bringing them over; he’s destroyed the economy with Obamacare; allowed an innocent Marine to rot in a Mexican prison and allowed his IRS and Justice Departments to target people who don’t agree with him. Because you have a dream of an idealized America with freedom for all, you’ve taken it upon yourself to remark on the many arrogant missteps of your government in your $5 blog and now you’ve raised the attention of the NSA, whose boss is the very president who you’ve been criticizing all this time, and he doesn’t like it.

So now the NSA or its British equivalent if you happen to be a Brit, has a solution to shut you up. They can use government paid hackers they retain on staff to hack your computer and implant hours and hours of child porn, while the FBI or IRS fabricate a reason to get a search warrant for your house and computer. And bam, you’re sitting in front of a judge and a jury with your government provided defense attorney who is late for his golf game with the president defending yourself against a child porn rap while all the time maintaining your innocence. Scary huh? And your only defense to a skeptical jury is, “I don’t look at that crap! I have no idea how it got there!”

Nice huh! And it’s not out of the way too much to imagine is it. See, when it’s just you, who is going to believe that you don’t look at child porn, or that you’ve hatched a scheme to overthrow the government or that you are cheating on your wife or whatever. You’re just you. In the meanwhile the government has all the legal machinery available to them in the form of any number of alphabet soup type agencies with which to go after you: i.e. the IRS, the DOJ, the NSA, the FBI. You’re bad and you’re fellow citizens will see it and you’ll be thrown into jail. You’re a nut who needs to locked up. It’s a communist dictator’s dream.

The only solution to this problem in my view is for everyone to get a gun and a blog and start writing. They can’t get us all, and when they go after one of us, they go after all of us. The IRS may have destroyed all of those emails and hard drives, and the DOJ won’t press any charges against the Lois Lerner types,  but then the confidence in government will never be the same as long as the average citizen is an enemy of the state just for exercising his freedom of speech. Eventually the American Spring will happen and the end of progressive government will come to an end. The faster, the better. Our founders gave us a great, accountable, limited form of government. Progressives continue to try to take that away. They say the Constitution is too limiting, it’s a list of negative rights, whatever that means. We’ve got to send a message to our government that we reject being spied on and monitored, or free speech rights being curtailed and if they keep it up, we the people are going to throw them out of office and into jail.

In Great Britain, new organizations like News of the World, owned by billionaire media tycoon Rupert Murdoch went down in flames when it was discovered that reporters were listening illegally to phone conversations in order to get the scoop on dirt in the lives of celebrities so they could print their stories first in their latest editions. You can find information about that scandal here. People went to jail for that and New of the World was forced to shutter their doors. If’ it’s illegal for journalists to threaten the privacy of citizens, then why is OK for the government to do it. It’s not, and western governments need to know it’s not OK.

Who do they think they are anyway?

Now comes the conspiracy theories! Imagine if the News of the World scandal was a made up scenario by the government to punish conservative media. It cost Murdoch and friends serious loss of reputation, money and people went to jail over it. How do you prove your government sabotaged your media organization? What if Sen. Weiner’s Twitter account was actually hacked in order to shut him up for who knows what reason? See, there is a slippery slope developing here.

By the way, if you suspect you will eventually be caught doing something illegal on the Internet, maybe you’re running an illegal scam, or you’re in charge of an online gambling ring, or the aforementioned child porn racket, just hire a conservative blogger to create a cover story for you. And save copies of everything. You may have a plausible alibi when you’re case comes to trial!

When the government and thieves alike have the power to hack into your accounts through the Internet or listen to your phone calls, no one is safe from people with nefarious intent.  If someone doesn’t like you, and has these tools at their disposal, they can destroy you, your reputation, your life.

I suspect the private sector will be coming with a solution for this. Phones will have anti-listening or jamming software on them so that no one can listen in, Internet capable computers will have anti-spoofing software included, and there will be online reputation protection services cropping up dedicated to defending you in case you’re computer is hacked.

The bottom line is there is a lot of awful things happening on the Internet. Lots of great things too. The fact is that in a free society, information needs to be freely transmitted, the good with the bad. That is the marketplace of free ideas. When that capability is shuttered, bad things happen. It is better to tolerate the bad, then let the good be silenced.

In a free society, when the truth is given an equal footing, the truth always wins. That is the concept of the Free Marketplace of Ideas.

 

 

OutFoxed: Huffpo remembers with glee one film-makers attempt to unseat Fox News, a decade later.

by Jeremy Griffith
The American Millennium

The Huffington Post is so far left leaning I’m surprised they don’t tip over. I leave them on my Facebook feed just so I can be periodically amused at how out of touch they are. Yesterday, I was just annoyed as Huffpo remembered the documentary” Outfoxed” a decade after its premiere, a film aimed at slamming Fox News for biased reporting.

Ten years ago documentary film maker Robert Greenwald came out with a film called Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism as an attempt to unseat the media upstart and return to the heady days where the leftist progressives ran the show in news and entertainment. If you listen to Huffpo, the movie was a great success, but then reality kicks in and you realize that Fox News is still the leader in the ratings and the headache they tried to give to Fox is only in the minds of the liberals who hate them.

The Huffpo article breathlessly begins its narrative: “Outfoxed,” caused a major stir when it was released in 2004. The film leveled stinging allegations at the network, accusing it of conservative bias, politicized coverage and strategic manipulation of its viewers. Stinging? Really? Have you seen this movie? Have your friends seen this movie? I certainly don’t remember it!

That’s because most Americans didn’t see it, to include many liberals. That’s because this film was a colossal box-office flop! When Outfoxed was released in 2004, it had only a small showing in a limited number of theaters. It grossed only $0.2 million in theater ticket sales according to the movie-critique website Rotten Tomatoes. To be fair, the movie gets good reviews there, but if you look deeper, the movie when compared to films made by more critically acclaimed and commercially successful liberal or conservative film-makers, you see a different story emerging. Let’s face it, $200,000 at the box office may seem like a lot, but when you talk about the budgets necessary to produce such films, you realize how much in debt you are when all is said and done. At best, Outfoxed has merely broken even.

Conversely, other liberal/progressive film-makers have been much more successful. Take Michael Moore for example, who is riding high on his commercial success at the box office. If Outfoxed had had a fraction of the success that any one of Moore’s movies had done, you might have something to talk about at Huffpo. Let’s talk about Moore’s latest film Capitalism: A Love Story. Not Moore’s best film and not as highly rated as Outfoxed if Rotten Tomatoes is to be believed, it still raked in $14 million at the box office. That’s what I call a success!

Moore’s top earning movie Fahrenheit 9/11, released the same year, 2004, with a box office grab of $119 million, was a huge success! Moore’s first film, still a success and the impetus to starting his film-making career brought in only $6 million at the box office.

If Michael Moore were to make a film about Fox News, it might have a wider showing and better success simply because of name recognition. But he didn’t and the job fell to little-known nobody Greenwald. If you look further into it, you find that the movie was supported by MoveOn.Org who widely promoted it. The Internet encyclopedia Wikipedia states:

The documentary enjoyed a limited theatrical release,[4] was distributed in DVD format by the Political action committee MoveOn.org, and was sold online through Internet retailers such as Amazon.com, where it was a top-seller in July 2004.[5] MoveOn.org had helped promote the DVD release by taking out a full-page advertisement in The New York Times.[5]

 You can learn two things from this passage from Wiki; first that movie was supported by Move On, a George Soros funded organization, and that the film went straight to DVD. Wiki doesn’t explain what they consider as “success” in DVD sales.

My basic analysis of this film is this, if you are a liberal who likes the main stream media and hates Fox News, you might like this film, but if you want to be entertained, this is not your best choice. A skilled propagandist like Michael Moore, who has a set track record of drawing in audiences, might be a better choice for you.

There might be plenty of material out there to criticize Rupert Murdock and his media empire, but being biased in a conservative way is not one of them, not when the comparison is the liberal dominated main stream press. Please! Before Fox News came along, there was nothing else but the liberal propagandists of the main stream media. Then Rush Limbaugh came along and changed everything. Since Rush kicked the door open the other side has taken a foothold in a continuing war of media, with the emergence of conservative talk radio personalities like Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck, and the Fox News Network. Fox and talk radio is the balance, and if there is bias, it is far more balanced than what you will find on the networks or cable.

Huffpo is a self-licking ice cream cone in this debate. They’ve done this before. In 2011 they tried to hype this movie with no success on the 7th Anniversary, with a special viewing and commentary by prominent liberal personalities, including the director Greenwald. You probably don’t remember seeing that either.

The fact is that the stranglehold on media is slipping away from progressives and they are mad as hell about it. They cheer when a Michael Moore is successful, but it doesn’t matter. Anyone who takes a swipe at conservative media with any attack big or small, successful or not, those people are instantly canonized as heroes. Periodically these martyrs of the left will be drummed out of the dark recesses and allowed to shine again in the spot light before disappearing once again.

Meanwhile, other voices are being heard, such as that of Indian born immigrant, professor turned film-maker Dinesh D’Sousa. His first Obama’s America: 2016 film was a box office success, the second most successful documentary ever raking in $33.3 million. Not bad. Not rated very well on Rotten Tomatoes, the ticket sales tells the real story of success.

D’Sousa’s new film America: Imagine a World Without Her, has grossed over $4 million in the first few weeks after its release. That must make the left really mad. I think I see heads exploding. The real story is not a 10-year old never been and his failed attack on Fox. The real story is that an immigrant from India who loves America more than Greenwald, Moore and the rest of the political left is having success preaching a traditional conservative message. Not rated high on Rotten Tomatoes, no surprise there, America continues to be successful at the box office where it counts.

Conservative films in general are making the news with their surprising success this year. God’s Not Dead, starring Kevin Sorbo, which was released to a  limited showing, still made over $60 million! Rotten Tomatoes hated this film. But they love a film like Outfoxed because it is in keeping with their liberal worldview. Similarly, Heaven is For Real also released this year made $90 million. Rotten Tomatoes also hated this one, but audiences loved it, which is why it was such a commercial success.

Bottom line is this, Outfoxed makes a flat, ridiculous assertion that there is media bias, from the right! Meanwhile the conservative message is getting out in film and in the mass media, and the headache is in the minds of the progressive left alone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Science of the Sea Has a New Toy

by Jeremy Griffith
The American Millennium

The Sea Orbiter as conceived in its final form.

The Sea Orbiter as conceived in its final form.

It looks like a giant fish hook floating upright in the ocean, but if this dream reaches fruition, the Sea Orbiter will become a vessel and mobile aquatic lab that will give scientists and researchers new unrestricted access to the wonders of the sea.

Like something out of Jules Vern, the Sea Orbiter is the brain child of French architect Jacques Rougerie. An info graphic and story about the orbiter appears in June’s edition of Popular Science in an article by Ajai Raj. If fully constructed, the orbiter will act as a mobile lab that gives researchers 24/7 access to the ocean. Part of the vessel will be submerged so that sailors, under pressurized conditions called saturation, won’t have to resurface every time they are done with a mission, so they can stay under water and continue their work for longer periods.

So far the $44 million project is little more than an idea, but the Raj article says that funding has started through crowdsourcing web activity and construction on the above the water line portion of the vessel, known as “The Eye”, has begun.

The lab will have a crew who operate the vessel, above water researchers and below the water divers who will work in concert to gather data about our oceans. They will also have media personnel who will parse the data and create educational content that can be transmitted through multi-media, presumably to classrooms around the world. This is to raise awareness of the issues revolving around the preservation of the natural researchers of the sea.

Scientists know more about the surface of the moon and Mars than they do about our own seafloor. -Ajai Raj, Popular Science

I love the idea of the vessel and its mission. If used appropriately, it can vastly improve our knowledge of the oceans that is sorely lacking. Raj writes: Scientists know more about the surface of the moon and Mars than they do about our own seafloor. With projects like this one, things are about to change. Unlike the surface of the moon and Mars, the sea may hold the answer to new medicine and technology, and perhaps even energy exploration.

It would however, be floating the open seas in a world that is less than ideal. With terrorism and piracy increasing in our world’s oceans, I would think that the investors in this project would have to insist on armed escort vessels that would support this observational platform with armed security aimed at protecting the crew, ship and the investors’ capitol.

Take a look at the website for more information on the Sea Orbiter here, or pick up a copy of Popular Science.

The Sea Orbiter diagram

The Sea Orbiter diagram

AK VS AR: Jeremy’s Tuesday Patriot Gun Blog

by Jeremy Griffith
American Millennium Online

Final shot group with my S&W M&P 15. Not bad. -photo by Jeremy Griffith

Final shot group with my S&W M&P 15. Not bad. -photo by Jeremy Griffith

So today I got out to the range to test the age old rivals living in my gun safe, my Romanian AK-47 Vs my Smith and Wesson MP15 (AR-15), the result of which is my first ever Tuesday Patriot Gun blog, because I shot guns and this is Tuesday!

 

As you can see from the photos, the S&W Military and Police rifle chambered in 5.56 mm, shooting .223 caliber bullets wins on accuracy. Using the EO Tech holographic sight that came with the package, it was fun to shoot and easy to make adjustments. I suppose I should say that I fired both weapons at 50 yards at the South Minnesota Gun Club here in Rochester, which is an excellent and safe outdoor shooting range. I had a lot of fun.

 

The EO Tech made making sight adjustments so easy and fast, I could have been zeroed a lot early had I remembered to have a quarter on me to make the corrections. As it was I used my car keys and it worked just fine. I shot two magazines of 30 each and I really didn’t need to, I was just burning ammo. I could have been zeroed in nine, easy. The M&P is a fun and super-accurate platform. It is easily my favorite gun. It’s not terribly loud and my girlfriend isn’t intimidated to shoot it. She’s pretty good at it actually.

 

Final shot group with my Romanian AK-47 series rifle. -photo by Jeremy Griffith

Final shot group with my Romanian AK-47 series rifle. -photo by Jeremy Griffith

The AK was fun to shoot too, not quite as accurate, but still pretty easy. It’s louder than the M&P probably because it’s not made as well, stamped instead of milled, and it has a higher caliber. AKs are not known for being super accurate, but as you can see, I still did pretty well. It was easy enough to change the elevation with the leaf rear sight, but the left/right adjustment on the front sight post is a little harder and required a tool. I should have had a pliers to twist the thing, but as it was I was able to make the adjustments with just my hand strength. There is no clicking like on the M&P. I had to guess and as expected, I over-corrected and had to move the sights back. Not bad though.

 

They always say the AKs are better than the ARs in that you don’t have to clean them as much and they don’t ever jam. You wouldn’t know it from my shooting outing. I had two malfunctions on the AK, zero with the AR. I think I used the same bullet both times and it still did not fire, so the problem might have been the ammo. I was using some cheap Russian ammo, which I probably won’t buy again. Both times I had the same malfunction where the bolt didn’t seat all the way forward. Neither time did the bolt seat properly and all I heard was the click of the hammer falling. The second time it happened, I couldn’t do immediate action as the bolt would move neither forward or back. Has anyone else had this happen to them with their AK?

 

At any rate, I took the top cover off the upper receiver and I was able to get the bolt assembly out that way. I didn’t see where the bullet went and I must have lost it under the table. I was just relieved that I was able to get the weapon apart without it exploding on me or having to take it to a gunsmith. I would have liked to have looked at the bullet though. That was pretty scary.

I test fired the AK dry a couple of times afterward and it seemed to be working fine. I had run out of ammo with that last bullet, so I don’t know. I will have to go shooting again some other time.

 

Over all I favor the M&P over my AK. The trigger breaks so much more nicely on the AR and the AK trigger isn’t so nice. Still, the AK has a larger round and is able to penetrate more, so I wouldn’t totally discount it. It’s better than having nothing. Or a musket.

 

At any rate, I had a man-date to go shooting with a friend and he bailed, so it was just me and my two guns. Overall I had a pretty successful firing. Let me know your thoughts, AK or AR in the comments below. Have a great Patriot Tuesday!

Jeremy Griffith, the creator of The American Millennium Online is a blogger who holds a bachelors in Mass Communications from St. Cloud State University and a masters in New Media Journalism from Full Sail University in Winter Park Fl. His opinions are his own.

Jeremy Griffith, the creator of The American Millennium Online is a blogger who holds a bachelors in Mass Communications from St. Cloud State University and a masters in New Media Journalism from Full Sail University in Winter Park Fl. His opinions are his own.

The American Journalist should be a Libertarian!

by Jeremy Griffith
The American Millennium Online

The American Journalist should be a libertarian. He or she mustn’t necessarily be in the Libertarian party, but they must love America while at the same time be dedicated to the principles of small government, government accountability and liberty and opportunity for all people.

Sadly though in this writer’s opinion, the American journalist does not love America, is more aligned with European Socialists and Communists and carry the water for progressive politicians here at home. They say they’re fair and independent, but clearly they are not. I would cite examples, but all you have to do is flip on your TV. You’ll find it there.

To find a libertarian journalist is far more difficult, because you must find the exception to the rule. Libertarians in journalism are as rare as Bigfoot it seems. You might see them on TV or in print or on the web, but you’re not really sure of what you saw.

John Stossel comes to mind as such an example. You might know of others. For years nobody really knew his political affiliation. He probably didn’t know himself. But Stossel loves America and he loves telling stories about America. The government and big corporations probably dislike him quite a lot because he rips them apart on every show. That’s how the mainstream media used to be, not necessarily anti-government, but more of a watchdog of government. President Thomas Jefferson, our third president of the United States complained about the press, while at the same time he praised the necessity of having a free and independent press. Every administration since has had a love/hate relationship with the press.

Here’s a classic quote or two from Jefferson, for and against the national media, which at the time, was newspapers.

Against:

1) “I deplore… the putrid state into which our newspapers have passed and the malignity, the vulgarity, and mendacious spirit of those who write for them… These ordures are rapidly depraving the public taste and lessening its relish for sound food. As vehicles of information and a curb on our funtionaries, they have rendered themselves useless by forfeiting all title to belief… This has, in a great degree, been produced by the violence and malignity of party spirit.” –Thomas Jefferson to Walter Jones, 1814. ME 14:46

2)“Our printers raven on the agonies of their victims, as wolves do on the blood of the lamb.” –Thomas Jefferson to James Monroe, 1811. ME 13:59

3)“As for what is not true, you will always find abundance in the newspapers.” –Thomas Jefferson to Barnabas Bidwell, 1806. ME 11:118

In Favor:

4) “The only security of all is in a free press. The force of public opinion cannot be resisted when permitted freely to be expressed. The agitation it produces must be submitted to. It is necessary, to keep the waters pure.” –Thomas Jefferson to Lafayette, 1823. ME 15:491

5) “The functionaries of every government have propensities to command at will the liberty and property of their constituents. There is no safe deposit for these but with the people themselves, nor can they be safe with them without information. Where the press is free, and every man able to read, all is safe.” –Thomas Jefferson to Charles Yancey, 1816. ME 14:384

6) “Our liberty cannot be guarded but by the freedom of the press, nor that be limited without danger of losing it.” –Thomas Jefferson to John Jay, 1786.

Here’s a quote from Jefferson, neither for nor against, that could very well have been directed at the modern mainstream media today.

“The most effectual engines for [pacifying a nation] are the public papers… [A despotic] government always [keeps] a kind of standing army of newswriters who, without any regard to truth or to what should be like truth, [invent] and put into the papers whatever might serve the ministers. This suffices with the mass of the people who have no means of distinguishing the false from the true paragraphs of a newspaper.” –Thomas Jefferson to G. K. van Hogendorp, Oct. 13, 1785. (*) ME 5:181, Papers 8:632

It seems then as now, the mass media of a free republic must be independent, but is often corrupted by powerful forces within the government. There is no substitute for a free press if your aim is to limit government and keep it accountable unless your goal is to prop up a government regardless of what it does.

In order to keep free and open debate going about our public policies in government, we have to maintain a free press. How do we do that, when major corporations who are the beneficiaries of government acts control the medium which is used to report the news. The free market is one way, don’t buy the products, newpapers, magazines or TV who don’t stay sufficiently independent. But what if the media is funded through government, i.e. public radio and TV? Demand that those entities be defunded by the government. Those entities can chose to survive must do so on their own merit. Normal broadcast TV radio and other media are supported through advertisements. When consumers turn them off, revenue for the businesses buying ad space dries up and the media business either folds or they change their marketing strategy to fit the customer. Not so with public access. They get billions of dollars a year from the taxpayer and are not accountable to them at all.

If you are really serious about the independence of the media, then the blogosphere is an acceptable alternative. It will be evident to the reader the political bent of the blogger over the trained journalist, but you will be able to discern that bias up front as most bloggers have not yet learned how to distinguish from straight news and opinion. You will get information, and some opinion, wholly unfiltered by a biased media editor or producer who is more skilled at shading their opinion from view.

Better yet, get your own blog and write about the stories that matter to you. The good thing about a blog is that nobody controls it but you, until of course you piss off the government enough that they breathlessly call for censorship in the form of a “fairness doctrine”. When they do that, you can shamelessly slam your politician for abridging your first amendment rights. That’s always fun.

It’s too bad that the J-schools have abandoned their principles for partisanship. It can be seen mainly from the progressive left, but sometimes from the right as well. The question you have to ask yourself is, who do I trust and how do I validate the information I’m receiving in the national media? I would recommend looking for alternate sources of information to see what truth shakes out and what falls to the wayside. This can be a tedious process for those of us who do not work in this field. But as a media consumer and as an American, we all have the responsibility to vet the information coming to us so that we can make good sound decisions about our government and its policies.

A major tenant I learned from my J-school at St. Cloud State is this: the truth, when given a fair shake, always wins. I would say that the truth always wins regardless of whether it is given an even field or not. If it is heard, when compared to falsehood, it can be validated and the falsehood will eventually be discarded, being of no use whatsoever. But first, the truth must be heard.

Are you getting the truth from the news sources who favor? How can you tell? Have you validated anything they say? Think about it.

Jeremy Griffith, the creator of The American Millennium Online is a blogger who holds a bachelors in Mass Communications from St. Cloud State University and a masters in New Media Journalism from Full Sail University in Winter Park Fl. His opinions are his own.

Jeremy Griffith, the creator of The American Millennium Online is a blogger who holds a bachelors in Mass Communications from St. Cloud State University and a masters in New Media Journalism from Full Sail University in Winter Park Fl. His opinions are his own.

 

History From Below: A Critique of Dinesh D’Sousa’s New Move America

By Jeremy Griffith
Creator of The American Millennium

I watched Dinesh D’Sousa’s new movie this week, what I would consider the second installment of the previous movie 2016. For the viewer who loves America, the country and idea, this will be a great enjoyable film! If you think that America is a criminal colonial power, you won’t enjoy this film at all and you should go find some Marxist movie made by Michael Moore or someone else on the left.

 

I liked this movie so much, I’m diving into the book that it was based on. D’Sousa’s film isn’t a rah rah, America is great despite all that is wrong, love it or leave it, type of movie. Instead he addresses four major criticisms of the progressive left of why America is bad and should be reduced in its power and influence in the world. D’Sousa addresses these criticisms fairly and knocks them all down one by one.

 

In his interviews, he doesn’t banter with someone of an opposing view, like a Sean Hannity or Anne Coulter would do. Instead he listens and allows his guests to make their point. I think he gives the guest interviewee enough rope and stands back to see if they will hang themselves.

 

D’Sousa doesn’t gloss over the wrong that has happened here in America. He doesn’t say, “Oh, that’s no big deal!” He faces it head on, and I like that. So I can’t really accept what other critics are saying that this is a strictly partisan movie. Other film makers don’t give the issues this type of balance, far from it!

 

Here are some of the criticisms of the left that are addressed: America is a imperial colonialist power that stole the land and resources from the Native Americans, committing genocide in the process, they stole land from Mexico in the Mexican-American War and refuse to let Mexicans work as laborers on land that they once owned, they’ve been using their military muscle to steal resources like oil and gas all over the world, we built the nation on the illegal use of forced labor by enslaving Africans on plantations.

 

The strongest arguments to be made in this series is that of the robbery and genocide committed upon the Indians (Native Americans), and the trade of black people into slavery.

 

Like I said before, D’Sousa points out these painful periods in our history and he doesn’t gloss over them. He does shed the light of history upon it to give the issues frame of reference. Before the white man comes, he explained, Native Americans were engaged in wars for territory throughout their history, and they took slaves from other tribes. So, technically speaking, if one was to give back land in the Midwest to Native American tribes, they would then have to return it to tribes that they stole it from in the first place.

 

No one has ever criticized the Native American tribes for their wars and they’re adoption of slavery. Only white people get that sort of criticism, which is an unfair characterization of history.

 

What is different about America, D’Sousa says, is not how it is alike to other nations in the world with the wrong that we do, it is what we have done to correct what is wrong that makes us different. There is no slavery in the US. You can’t say that about much of the world.

 

D’Sousa points out that the United States Government has conceded that they broke a treaty with the Natives in stealing their land and have offered the tribes compensation in the billions of dollars. The tribes to this point have refused. They want the land. I think they should get the land back on the stipulation  that an agreement is made for the US government to rent the mineral rights from the Indians. That way, the Natives would be compensated justly for what happened to them and would be an integral part of making the US fuel and energy independent. I’d rather pay the Indians for oil than sheiks in the Middle East.

 

On the issue of slavery, D’Sousa makes an elegant point. Slavery is wrong, and is common throughout the world, a global atrocity. But it isn’t confined to white people. Some of the very worst slave holders were black, did you know?! In fact there were many, not just a few, black men who owned slaves. Africans took slaves in their wars and often sold them to Dutch traders, so you see, the African is just as much to blame for slavery as the white man. Indeed, whites were captured abroad and forced into slavery called indentured servitude for a period of years and often there were more of them than the African slaves.

 

D’Sousa’s most eloquent point about slavery and the treatment of the Indians is this, slavery and conquest isn’t unique in North America, it’s prevalent everywhere. What makes America different is our efforts to end such practices. Slavery has been ended in America over 100 years ago. You can’t say that for much of the world. And the Native Americans who survive in tribes, many of them engage in commerce in the form of Casinos and are doing quite well. They have their own autonomous governments and can do what they will with their own land. It’s not perfect but it’s much better to be an American than live anywhere else in the world.

 

Leftists criticize the US for attempting to dominate the world and steal resources. This is by far the weakest argument. If the US wanted to steal the oil from Iraq, we would still be there. Instead we crushed and evil regime, allowed the Iraqis to seek justice against their own former dictator, we supported them with infrastructure and a means to produce their own oil to support their own economy and then we got out. What is happening in Iraq is not the US’s fault. If Iraqis want to keep the freedom that American Soldiers bled and died for, then they are going to have to fight for it themselves.

 

Remember the left criticized the US for Vietnam?! That’s because the people we were fighting were their heroes, and we were kicking their asses! When the left finally convinced the US to leave Vietnam, they left the communists in charge. The communists ran rampant through that area, killing their enemies wholesale. People were murdered for having glasses for Pete’s Sake! Remember The Killing Fields of the Khmer Rouge? The left blames the US for that too! The left blames everyone but themselves.

 

D’Sousa in his movie outlines the real reason for the attacks on America. The left is trying to get America to be diminished in the world through shame and guilt. They want to guilt us all into committing political suicide. D’Sousa quotes, in his book, philosopher Albert Camus, who felt that suicide was a valid moral argument. Camus reasoned that since the renaissance, man has discovered that there is no God and has stopped relying on the supernatural being for hope. So without God, man can only rely on himself for meaning in his life. So the question becomes, do you allow yourself to survive in this painful, ridiculous tragedy called life, or do you remove yourself from the rat race through suicide? Not a very pleasant philosophy!

 

The left is attacking our narrative that is America and causing us to despair unto suicide.   They show us all of the bad, without the filter of what is good about America in an attempt to rob us of our hope. Two of the most prominent leaders of this movement were Howard Zinn, a historian, and Saul Alinski, a community organizer.

 

Zinn’s role was to rewrite the history from the viewpoint of the little guy, the oppressed Indians and Africans, the Mexicans and others whom America allegedly wronged. He eloquently paints the picture of America’s wrong without balancing it with the good. This is on purpose, because Zinn hates America and what it represents and wants to remake it from the ground up. His form of history is called History from Below. It’s very effective, in fact it is taught in most high schools and colleges in the US.

 

The second figure D’Sousa is Saul Alinsky, author of the book Rules for Radicals. Alinsky is famous for organizing the left to take hold of the American governmental tools and aiming them back on themselves. Indeed, Alinsky was the mentor of many on the left, including Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. D’Sousa points out that Obama isn’t really the creator of this movement, but is a product of it because of people like Howard Zinn and Saul Alinsky.

 

There are several examples of “the little guy” who made good in America mentioned in this movie, despite the left’s assurance that “the little guy” is constantly being held down by American Capitalism and greed. I found those stories to be inspiring and I think you will too.

 

I took my girlfriend to this movie and she liked it as well. A legal immigrant from the Philippines, we’ve been trying to get her educated on American history in preparation for her citizenship test. We learned a lot of things about America that I did not previously know. This movie is great for your friends who come here from other places. I recommend you take your immigrant friends to see this movie as a basis to start a discussion on what it’s like to live in other countries. If America is so bad, why are so many attempting to come here, legally and illegally?

 

I would also recommend this movie to your friends just coming out of high school and college who are confused about the role of America for good in the world. I recommend the movie and the book, and in fact, I’m going to give this book to my nephew when I’m done with it.

 

If you love America, and you are willing to take the good with the bad, with the challenge to change what is bad, then you will like this movie very much.

 

D’Sousa ends the movie with a quote from Ronald Reagan, former conservative president, who said, “The National Anthem is the only piece of music representing a sovereign nation that ends with a question. (Oh say does that star spangled banner yet wave. . . or the land of the free and the home of the brave?) We should fight for our country as if the effort depended upon us alone.” And that is the challenge of this movie. Are we satisfied with the left ending the good that is America by removing us through political suicide, or do we love this nation enough to preserve it for a thousand years and more!?

 

Go see, America. I think you will like it.

 

 

Jeremy’s Best Man Speech (for Jason and Angie)

Jason and Angie

Jason and Angie -photo by Roselle Salvador Taburada

by Jeremy Griffith
(on the occasion of his brother’s wedding)

Recently I had the pleasure of being best man at my brother’s wedding. It was one of the happiest events of my life, and also one of the most stressful. It was a beautiful ceremoy and I hope to share a little of it with you here on my blog. I’ve published the best man toast speech below as written as well as the video. How did I do?

Angie and Jason, I wish you a hundred years of happiness and more.

Regards: Jeremy Griffith

Jeremy’s Wedding Toast from Jeremy Griffith on Vimeo.

“Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the wedding celebration of Jason and Angie. My name is Jeremy and as you can clearly see, I am not the brother of the bride. (pause). As I was searching for help in creating the perfect best man speech I came across a lot of helpful Internet advice, the main theme of which went like this; make it memorable, make it brief and then be gone. By the time it’s your turn to speak, the father of the bride and the maid of honor have already given their lengthy spiels and the guests are eager to dive into their Champaign and wedding cake.

I’m supposed to say what a great guy my brother is. I find that I am at a loss for words in that regard. What do you say about a guy you shared a womb with?  I’m supposed to say where we met and how we became friends. (Do you really want to hear about that?!) I’ve known Jason since the beginning. Actually it was a little before the beginning. (pause). Jason likes to brag that he was born first. I tell people he was blocking the only exit. (pause).

People ask me all the time what it’s like to be a twin. I kind of get miffed at such a silly question. I mean after all, I have no frame of reference. I ask them back, what is like to live the lonely life you live. I mean sure you may not be an only child, but you didn’t have a playmate precisely your own age now did you? “Oh!” They say, “I never really thought about it that way.” Now you have something else to think about it, carry on with your day!

When I’m a little less smug and a lot more thoughtful I say this in reply. “Imagine being born. And then you get to meet your best friend for life on day one! That is what it was like for me. That’s what it was like for me being a twin.

People ask me if you ever switched places? Did you notice anything amiss about the wedding you just witnessed? The answer is actually no, that became old hat nearly from the beginning. I spent my whole life trying to differentiate myself from my brother, which was tough since our mother insisted on dressing us alike. Some things never change, huh? People always ask me, “which one are you?” I always reply, “I don’t know! Which one are you?!” It’s fun with the older people because they’re not always sure.

People have approached me in all sorts of divergent and interesting places thinking I was that guy. It was fun when we were in college, they’d ask me law enforcement questions. I’d give them what I thought would be the very worst, most ridiculous possible answer, hoping they’d catch on. They never did. Jason has lost more than one friend in this way.  I had a guy approach me across of sea of tents, in the middle of a sandstorm in Northern Kuwait, calling out to me, using the wrong name, “JASON!” I’m used to that. In fact as I get older I am mistaken for all sorts of people. People have started calling me by my other brother’s name, Gordon. If I hear myself being called Julie things will have really gone in the wrong direction.

This guy I met up with in Kuwait was actually someone I knew, in fact we’d both served with him in the  National Guard. He was going to Afghanistan, I was returning home from Iraq, and we both talked about what a great guy Jason is. I find out a lot of interesting facts about my brother in this way. It doesn’t matter where you served with Jason, what country, what capacity, officer, NCO or enlisted, it’s always the same. Jason is a great leader, friend, someone you can depend on, with your very life. Foreign officers have commented on what a great guy Jason is. He served with coalition forces in Afghanistan this last time and his senior rater was a British Colonel, who also rated the Prince of Wales, Harry, (Big H) who killed all sorts of terrorists with his helicopter. The colonel wrote in Jason’s evaluation, “the bloke has a great sense of humor for a yank!” That’s high praise from the Brits. (They’re all a little dry.) All of these people came upon a realization that I had made almost right from the start, Jason is a great guy. Someone you can depend upon, even with your life.

Recently I find that I’ve been replaced as best friend number one. Jason has found someone else, and today, he made it official. He married his new best friend Angie.(I’m a little sad about that.) I know she’s a keeper because, I can hear it in his voice. He really loves her and is always talking about what they are doing together.  He’s so happy. For years Jason and I have been bachelors and we wondered together when we would meet our partners for life. Getting a little hopeless and downtrodden as the years went on. We surmised that if there was someone for everyone than our someones must have both died early. Little did we know that God has a sense of humor and an odd sense of timing. It turns out that his lady was born in Vietnam, and mine was born in the Philippines. Thanks God, very funny! Ha ha! (you big jerk!)

Originally I was supposed to memorize a phrase in Vietnamese to toast the bride and groom in the bride’s language, but apparently Angie found out about it and fired me. This is how I know she has good sense as well as good taste. Little did she know I have a Vietnamese friend who I asked to help me with this part and he gave me a short phrase to memorize. It’s a traditional wedding blessing, goes like this, “Tram nam hanh phuc!” and it translates, “a hundred years of happiness!”

Ladies and gentlemen, if you have a full glass near you please pick it up and this time and toast with me to the bride and the groom. Angie, Jason, we your friends and family wish you the happiness of a hundred years and more. Congratulations. We love you. Cheers!”

A beautiful day for a wedding. -photo by Roselle Salvadore Taburada

A beautiful day for a wedding. -photo by Roselle Salvadore Taburada

Trayvon Martin and Elliot Rodgers: The Anti-Heroes of Hollywood

Trayvon Martin Hoodie

Trayvon Martin

by Jeremy Griffith
American Millennium Online

I watched The Amazing Spiderman 2 again this week and I thought it was “amazing”! Great story, great effects, good acting! I loved it. But something struck me as I watched it the first time and after the second time, it hit me? I think the hoodie wearing villain played by Jamie Fox is a subtle tribute to the deceased Trayvon Martin.

 

You will remember no doubt that Martin, a 17-year old black youth from Florida was gunned down by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman two years ago in a tragic struggle that most likely could have been avoided. Martin was crossing through a neighborhood not his own on the way home when Zimmerman spotted him and called police. What happened next is anyone’s guess now, but at some point Martin confronted Zimmerman and there was a fight. Zimmerman shot Martin dead and the rest is history. In hindsight, Zimmerman would have been better if he never got out of his car and Martin would have been alive today if he had just kept walking and ignored his wannabe law enforcement stalker.

 

Whatever you think about what happened between Zimmerman and Martin, what is not debatable is how the left has embraced Martin as a hero and a martyr and they are not over it two years later. Fast forward to the Hollywood release of The Amazing Spiderman 2. Did I mention that it’s a great film?! The main villain is played by Jamie Fox, an angry black man whose idea for a new source of renewable energy is stolen by the evil corporation he works for. (Why Jamie’s character remains in their employ and doesn’t pursue a lawsuit for patent infringement is anyone’s guess!) Nonetheless, Fox’s character continues to work at the Oscorp firm doing grunt labor until an accident that would kill anyone else transforms him into Electro! A shiny blue villain with power to control electricity who incomprehensibly switches from loving Spiderman like a puppy loves his boy to a evil anti-hero who wants nothing better than to kill his former idol.

 

Believed to be a corpse on a slab, the Fox character revives himself and dons jeans and a hoodie that just happen to be there for him in a bin and goes down town seeking destruction. He’s miffed that the cops just don’t want to leave him alone to play with the power cables and becomes even angrier when they shoot at him, even though he absorbs bullets better than people absorb sunlight. Spidey tries to console the angry young man in the hoodie but Fox will have nothing to do with it and tries to kill the man in the blue and red suit and so the plot thickens.

 

Jamie Fox as Electrode in The Amazing Spiderman 2.

Jamie Fox as Electro in The Amazing Spiderman 2.

When you watch the movie again, look at Fox’s character in costume the first time he emerges and compare it to popular image of Trayvon. I think this is a subtle hat tip to the deceased martyr. Hollywood is still trying to revive the idea that a young black man died for nothing in an evil white society dedicated on keeping the black man down. What a bummer. We are made to feel sympathetic to the Fox character as the media tried to make us sympathetic to Trayvon. Whatever the origin of Electro and the sympathy we have for him, he still emerged to become a homicidal maniac who sought random destruction to get his evil satisfaction. I mean, listen to the threats that come out of his mouth at the Oscorp scientists trying to study him later, evil as they are depicted to be.

 

The left will never be over the slaying of Trayvon even though, had he been successful in doing what he attempted, he would have been imprisoned anyway, for assault and battery at the very least and at most capitol murder. We feel badly for Electrode, but at the end of the day he is still just a murdering thug in a hoodie.

 

Elliot Rodgers a product of a failed leftist ideology!

 

Which takes me to my next point, Elliot Rodgers, the left’s new anti-hero. Poor Elliot, forget that fact that his parents named him badly and then neglected him to his own devices: like nonstop vidoegames, private concerts and a $40k BMW car now in a junk heap. He is a product of his time. If only he had bided his time and pursued an education in propaganda film, political science and leftist activism. He could have been the next Che Quevara, Bill Ayers, Fidel Castro or any number of other leftist heroes. Really, after reading his so-called manifesto and viewing his You Tube vids I don’t see anything different that what you would expect from a Taliban Sheik or Che Guevara. Indeed, in such company he would have been right at home. Sadly he was less interested in the hard work of the cause and more interested in fulfilling the desires of his own narcissistic state, burning his candle at both ends until he snuffed out six other lives as well as his own.

 

The left will still use him though. Instead of a leader, they’ll have him as a symbol with which to champion their second most sacred sacrament, the desecration of the right of self-defense. (The holiest sacrament of the left is the murder of the unborn, especially the little dark skinned ones, if you weren’t sure.) Indeed it’s already begun. The blood on the pavement hasn’t been hosed away yet and already the left is decrying how this could happen in a modern society and blaming vile politicians and the NRA. If only the legally registered and purchased semi-automatic handguns weren’t available to this mentally deranged young man. Then he might have sought out a pawnshop that sells cheap samurai swords, and that would have made his carnage harder to achieve, maybe. (Forget the fact that exactly half of the people murdered that day was killed with a knife no longer than six inches! Or that he attempted to mow down pedestrians and bicyclists with that $40K BMW!)

 

Oh the progressive left, when will they stop being so predictable?! They’ll never blame their own failed ideology for anything, whether it be economic policies that kill jobs or social policies that actually kill people, i.e. gun violence and abortion. I saw an interesting statistic on Facebook this morning. I don’t know if it is true, but it feels true so by the left’s own admission it must be true. Who cares if it isn’t, it’s all about symbols. The statistic says that the US rates number one in gun violence and murder, but if you take away the cities and states like California, New York City, Chicago and Detroit, the US would rate second from the bottom in those areas. Keep in mind that those cities and states have the most strict gun laws. Why is the violence so high in those areas. Simple, if you’re going to go on a murdering rampage what better way to do it than find an area where you know no one else is armed. No one ever goes gunning for a police station full of cops. The mall however, with the no guns allowed sign out front? That’s a different story.

 

So what is the solution to this problem of horrible violence in our society. I humbly submit that it is the same as it has always been, don’t give in to the temptation of modern secular society that says you can have it all, because that doesn’t bring happiness. Curtail your kids usage of violent video games and movies, let them know it is just fiction and never how you should actually act in real life. Buy them bikes and sports equipment rather than those games and kick them out of the house once in a while. Make them participate in social events not hosted on the Internet. Discipline them. Don’t be like a Hollywood film maker like Peter Rodger, who ignores his son while pursues his career in filming violent shows and photographic womens’ butts in exotic locals. Don’t be the absentee parent.

 

And buy guns and teach your loved ones the proper way to use them. Carry them with you. Hopefully there won’t be cause to do so, but a gun is like a parachute. If you don’t have it when you need it, you never will get the opportunity to need it again.

 

Here’s a thought. What is more dangerous: guns in the hands of a few deranged maniacs, or guns only in the hands of a totalitarian government? Which has killed more?The 20th century carnage of atheistic Nazis, socialists and Communists should be answer enough.

The author at Fort Snelling, MN

The author at Fort Snelling, MN

Appeal to Readers on Behalf of Veterans

American Millennium Creator Appeals to the readers for Support of Veterans and an Imprisoned Marine

Jeremy Griffith
American Millennium Online

My name is Jeremy Griffith and I am the creator of The American Millennium Online. It is basically a blog website where I get to rant and tell my story and where my 5 or 6 fans, mostly my relatives and friends get to hear my political views. Today I want to talk about two very serious topics close to my heart and I’m recording it because I think it needs to be heard.

I’m a captain in the Army Reserves, and I’m a team leader. I’ve been in the Army 20 plus years. I have a soldier under my command who has spots on his lungs, probably from breathing noxious fumes in Iraq and the various burn pits in that country. I was on a FOB in Iraq and I remember the smell, it was awful. Not surprisingly he can’t get care at the VA because it wasn’t discovered until well after he returned from that country. Now he’s a good soldier and I can depend on him. He’s a Sergeant First Class so not a private, not a specialist, not even a buck sscergeant but a senior NCO. I don’t want to lose him, both as a soldier and as a friend. I’m disgusted at the VA and I’m angry at the treatment our veterans have received.

Whistleblowers at the VA including doctors have been coming out now and telling their stories about the horrible abuses and we learn of the heart break of their loved ones as the scandal builds to a crescendo. I think I agree with the VFW that it’s time for General Shinseki, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to resign, I don’t think he has the leadership style sufficient to fix what is broken at the VA. I have no confidence in the administration of Barack Obama to pick the right leadership, I don’t think anyone at that level gives a rat’s ass about our veterans, they should all be replaced and that’s why elections have consequences and leadership and character really does matter. IT DOES MATTER!

If we’ve learned anything about this president from Benghazi and Fast and Furious and all of the host of other scandals that they really don’t care. THEY DON’T CARE! Hillary Clinton the former Secretary of State said it best when she was being questioned by Congress about her actions or inactions in the Benghazi issue. She said, “What difference at this point does it make!?” Another White House official in an interview with Fox News, when questioned by commentator Bret Baier over Benghazi said, “dude, that was two years ago!” They just can’t believe that anything negative can have legs like they do. Well, we lost an ambassador and three guys trying to save his life, heroes, and the White House doesn’t care. How can we expect them to give a rip about the suffering of veterans in government health care. Answer: we can’t. So don’t waste your breathe.

“What difference at this point does it make!?” -Hillary Clinton

It’s too bad because I have a soldier who just lost his dad to cancer and now he finds out he may have cancer because of his service and he’s angry and bitter and there’s nothing I can do to help him, except appeal to you, my fellow citizens. Please, write to your congressmen and senators, I have, and appeal to them to fix the VA. Please write or call your local representative and give them an earful. It’s the only way we can show them our outrage at what is going on at the VA. You may know someone who is going through this with their loved one, for their sake do it now. I implore you.

Here’s the other issue I want to talk about today. Today as we speak a Marine Veteran, Sergeant Andrew Tahmoorissi has been sitting in a Mexican jail for over 52 days. His crime: he made a wrong turn from the parking lot at the VA where he was being treated for PTSD after his multiple tours of duty overseas and he found himself going the wrong way onto a highway and right to the Mexican border with no way to turn around or avoid the checkpoint.

Now this veteran, Andrew, was living out of his truck and had all of his possessions with him, including three registered fire arms. I heard about this on Glenn Beck today. It’s horrible. Glenn was saying that they had one of their journalists drive the route from the parking lot to the checkpoint and at the time, it was not well mark. It’s still bad today but it’s better than it was 52 days ago. It’s really close to the border and the roads there is a spaghetti junction that makes it really easy to get turned around. That’s what happened to this Marine. He got out of his car at the checkpoint and explained the situation to the border guards and asked to be escorted back around so he could go the other way. As part of their questioning of him he declared that he had his guns with him, he did nothing to hide that fact. He did the right thing. They arrested him and put him in prison where he has rotted in prison for 52 days, 35 of those days he was strapped to a gurney unable to move.

His mom Jill got on with GB today and told the story. Heart-rending. Jill said that one point her son called her and told her he was in prison with gang members and that he feared for his life, so certain was he that he was going to be killed. Later, he called again and said he had escaped from a particularly bad end of prison and that he had found a more secure location. After that, the guards punished him apparently for his escape and strapped him to a gurney and left him there for 35 days. Unbelievable.

Now Senator Duncan Hunter has arrived on the scene and has appealed to the State Department, Secretary John Kerry and the Department of the Defense, Secretary Chuck Hagel and appealed to them for help, and has gotten the cold shoulder. Because Hagel and Kerry don’t care. They don’t care, and meanwhile, a loyal Marine rots in one of the worst prisons in the world in Mexico, where the accused have to prove their innocence, not like the US where the prosecution has to prove guilt. It’s totally upside down. We applaud Mr. Hunter for his work in helping this Marine out and we would implore congress to act to pressure the State Department and the Defense Department. Please help. You can help to by calling your representatives and senators in your respective states and by going online to the White House.gov website and signing the petition there to demand the release of SGT Tahmoorisi. They need 100,000 signatures on the petition before the White House has to respond. So please go there now. I’ll include the link. Do what you can. Tell your neighbors about this story, read it on The Blaze and share the links on Facebook and Twitter. Get the word out. Time is not on our side. People have died in Mexican prisons before.

There’s a common thread in both of these stories, it is neglect of our veterans. I’ve been in the Army over 20 years. I’ve been mobilized once for a long tour here in the US, I’ve done an extended tour in Iraq, I’ve done two state mobilizations for National Defense. Everyday the Army drills into your head the Army Values, that spell leadership. The overall mantra is “Leave No Man Behind”! Well, this president leads people behind all the time, he’s narcissistic in that way. If Valerie Jarrett doesn’t tell him to do it, it won’t get done. He doesn’t listen to the people, he only listens to people who stroke his ego, and that is why it does matter. It does matter. I implore anyone reading this online or listening to my voice. Act now. Help my soldier, help this Marine. Do it now. God bless.

Read more about the Tahmoorissi story here at GlennBeck.com and sign the petition at WhiteHouse.gov.

VA Administrators who fail to serve veterans should be held accountable!

Jeremy Griffith
The American Millennium

 

Facebook has become the document of record for my Personal Information Network, where I learned about the horrible situation at the Arizona VA where the director allegedly allowed seriously ill veterans to die while waiting for their medical claims to be considered.

I’ve been thinking about my response to this, but up until now I have been just too angry to put my thoughts down in writing, and so, my anger has been simmering.

Now we come to find out that this same director, while occupying another VA position in another state, under-reported the number of veteran suicides, perhaps purposefully, in order to brief better numbers to their bosses in Washington.

It was only because of resourceful doctors as whistleblowers who rescued digital records about to be destroyed are we learning about this at all. Kudos to them, they should be lauded as heroes.

In the meantime, the unaccountability of government continues to shock me. As I write this I am on active duty as a reservist on my annual training period. This morning I imagine that the flag was raised as I heard the cannon fire and the morning reveille. It woke me up as it does over the course of the last two weeks. In that time I’ve employed my skills (what little there are) as a plans officer in a training support unit devising plans to support training for customer units. I continually ask myself if the plans I am involved in drafting make enough sense for the companies of soldiers involved in the training to execute effectively. Do these plans contribute to mission success and mitigate the risk for the soldiers being trained. The thought of my responsibilities for these soldiers keeps me awake at night, and the butterflies in my stomach won’t let me rest. I constantly fear my cell phone ringing, have answered it before when a soldier asks a last minute coordination question.

It was worse when I was in Iraq in 2007. The butterfly wings in my stomach were made of broken glass. I was cognizant then that the orders and plans we drafted, if not well-thought out, could actually hamper a mission and get soldiers killed. And, so then as now, I take great care, as far as I am able, to make good plans, keeping the soldier in mind.

Thoughts such as these that I have when planning missions must not occur to people involved in the VA over in Phoenix. They must not lay awake at night as I do worrying about how to serve the soldier. Instead they must think that their resources are too thin, they time to precious to serve every soldier as they deserve so they compile lists of people to be crossed of and neglected, too hurt or too sick to deal with. It must not brief well to the bosses at the Pentagon. I mean, how embarrassing for them to have to report an unnervingly high suicide rate amongst veterans, or have to explain why an organization is so far behind on answering client requests for services. Horrible!

More horrible would be the thought on beloved family members baffled as to the reasons why their government, which promised services to their veteran loved ones, were allowed to suffer and died, the promises of care unkept!

Normally I would recommend that these negligent administrators be forced to actually go to the VA hospitals they serve and have to walk past and look soldiers in the eye whom they are responsible for caring for. But I think that would be a useless pursuit. They walk into their offices every day, they see, they just don’t care.

If these administrators do not care how they operate in our name in the effort to care for our veterans, then they do not have the right to sit in those highly paid positions. Those should be reserved in persons in whom we as the citizen taxpayers have the most high regard and faith. Those who damage our faith should be investigated, fired, fined and imprisoned for criminal negligence and neglect. At their sentencing they should be forced to listen to the complaint of loved ones who’s veterans they failed to serve.

And if t he VA administrator, General Shinskeki, cannot get his house in order, then as the VFW and American Legion have demanded, he should resign. He doesn’t serve at the pleasure of the president. The president, and the secretary, both work for us.

I have a modest suggestion for the rest of us who watch this scenario unfold. Why not go to the VAs in your neighborhood and ask to see the administrator. Ask them what they are doing in our name to serve our veterans. Develop community oversight councils to request a semiannual briefing from the administrators on the care of our vets. Demand the truth. It is our duty, all of us, to ensure that the promises of our government to those who serve it are fulfilled. Those government officials are accountable to us. Woe to us for not holding their feet to the fire.

http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/investigations/2014/05/02/second-va-doctor-blows-whistle-patient-care-failures/8595863/

 

http://www.kvoa.com/news/phoenix-va-s-secret-waiting-list-under-fire/

 

http://rt.com/usa/158012-veterans-hospital-scandal-growing-mccain/

 

 

 

Aaron Miller Get’s CD1 GOP Endorsement, Will Run Against Tim Walz

by Jeremy Griffith
The American Millennium Online

Aaron Miller gets GOP nod. -source: Aaron Miller for Congress website

Aaron Miller gets GOP nod. -source: Aaron Miller for Congress website

It was a sad and rewarding day at the First Congressional District (CD1) Saturday April 5; sad because two contenders for the GOP endorsement were pealed away and a third strong candidate, Aaron Miller, emerged victorious. Now the real fight begins and Rep. Tim Walz-DFL is serious jeopardy coming from another military veteran.

 

The good thing about this weekend there at Southwest Middle School in Albert Lea was there was a great contest between three strong conservative Republican candidates, Mike Benson, the former State Representative, Jim Hagedorn, and Aaron Miller. After two ballots, Mike, for whom I have all the respect in the world, bowed out. On the third ballot Jim followed suit, even though Aaron didn’t have quite enough votes to carry the day. After that the seated delegates in the hall voted unanimously to give the endorsement to Miller.

 

Now a word about Benson and Hagedorn. These are two scrappy, respectable, honorable men who took the fight to Tim Walz who has a horrible legislative record. I like Mike because when I was going through my masters program in New Media Journalism, he was a wealth of knowledge and helped my build my final project around the failed Voter ID law amendment that he co-authored. We lost that fight, but the struggle for voter integrity lives on and Mike and State Senator Carla Nelson and others were warrior leaders fighting that fight, and I am so grateful for Mike’s assistance. He gave a concession speech Saturday after the third ballot that was so classy that I was in tears. They don’t make them like that any more. Thank you Rep. Benson for fighting for us here in Minnesota.

 

Now Jim Hagedorn was a Washington bureaucrat who was also the son of a well known congressman. Despite being an insider in the Washington beltway, which I  think hurt him in the eyes of some, he actually got legislation passed in his tenure there that reduced his agency’s budget and return substantial funds back to the taxpayer. I liked the happy warrior fight in Jim Hagedorn. He’s run twice now and he is a great debater and is always willing to take shots at the enemy. His quick wit is cutting and he get’s right to the heart of the matter. Despite that, he also was a very honorable soul who lived by the Ronald Reagan mantra, “thou shalt not speak ill of another Republican”. At the Olmsted County convention last month as I entered the Byron High School, I saw Jim Hagedorn and Mike Benson standing side by side campaigning together and handing out literature. I commented on this to Hagedorn when I said, “that’s neat! Campaigning right along with the enemy Jim?” To which Hagedorn replied, nodding at Benson, “That’s not an enemy, that’s just a competitor!”

 

I cast a ballot for each one of these men in turn as my duty as a seated alternate and I was saddened when I realized that both of my candidates lost. But that is politics and its now time to set our sights on the future and support the winner, a strong candidate in his own right.

 

Aaron Miller emerged the victor of that contest and deserves a look. He is a businessman, a family man and a 20 plus year veteran of the Army Reserve, having attained the rank of Sergeant Major, a capstone in any military career. Anyone who attains that rank, the highest pay grade of the enlisted grades, has been vetted by his peers and superiors to rise to that level and that is significant. He has significant experience in overseas deployments, progressed through the toughest leadership training in the world and has led his fellow Soldiers in combat.

 

Tim Walz, our current Representative in Congress, was also a Sergeant Major, briefly. He had the chance to serve in combat, but chose instead to occupy a post in the relative safety of Europe. We honor his service as a National Guard Soldier, in the very same division that I served, The 34th Infantry Division. But what we don’t appreciate is his record of service since then as a representative in Congress. More on that in a minute. With Aaron Miller as his challenger this time, Walz cannot run on his experience in the military. While impressive, it doesn’t compare to that of Sergeant Major Miller, who was a Civil Affairs background and multiple deployments in the dangerous combat zones of the Middle East. A garrison Sergeant Major simple doesn’t have the chops in my view to test well against a peer who actually led troops in theater. Period.

 

Not that people on the Democrat side really care about that. Walz’s military credentials were only useful in pulling away center left Democrats and independents who prefer a moderate candidate with a history of service. It does nothing for the far left radicals that is Walz’s real base.

 

Unlike Walz, Miller appears to be a strong conservative who better represents the values of southern Minnesotans of the First District. Walz likes to claim the moniker of the Moderate from Mankato, but he is far from it. Every opportunity he has, he has voted for the far left agenda, voting in lockstep with Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid.

 

Let’s take a look at some of his votes recently. Walz says he is a veteran for veterans. But when it comes to veteran’s issues, his votes actually hurt. For example, when the sequester hit and the democrats partially shut down the government, full-time Army National Guard and Reserve Soldiers, without whom those reserve components would not run as sufficiently, were required to go to work for a month and not get paid. Republicans put together legislation that would pay those soldiers after the fact. Tim Walz voted against this bill.

 

Tim Walz also voted for the most recent budget, so that finally the democrats can be on record doing their jobs and passing a budget. But, that budget cut veteran’s benefits of retirees and medical retirees by 1 percent. Tim Walz signed on to that budget even though it hurts veterans.

 

And finally, Tim Walz has voted for the disastrous Affordable Health Care Act known as Obamacare that we know now hurts everyone across the board. Instead of extending coverage to the uninsured, it actually kicked the individually insured folks off their plans and forced them to get a more expensive plan from the government. This bill has been adjusted numerous times, contrary to the constitution, by the Executive Branch so that it lessons the pain on certain constituents during the election cycle so that it no longer resembles the bill as it was originally passed by congress.

 

Tim Walz owns this failure. He signed onto it and he owns it and that and many other reasons makes him vulnerable to a GOP challenger.

 

Aaron Miller during his acceptance speech following his endorsement said, “Someone said we should return Tim Walz to academia! Let’s not! Let’s just send him off to retirement where he can’t do any more damage!”

 

I agree! That’s why I think we should send Aaron Miller to congress this November and will do everything I can to support his candidacy!

 

Learn more about Tim Walz’s votes here.

 

Find out how you can support Aaron Miller here.

American Millennium creator Jeremy Griffith on the steps inside the Minnesota capitol in St. Paul. Griffith is a veteran of the Iraq war and part-time blogger. All opinions presented here are his own.

American Millennium creator Jeremy Griffith on the steps inside the Minnesota capitol in St. Paul. Griffith is a veteran of the Iraq war and part-time blogger. All opinions presented here are his own.

Diane Feinstein Can’t Keep Her Hands of My $5 Blog!

by Jeremy Griffith
The American Millennium

Diane Feinstein-D California, known for her obsessive pursuit to rid America of guns, has also set her sights on bloggers and amateur journalists. She along with Chuck Schumer support a Journalism Shield Law that would cover “professional” Journalists from having to reveal confidential sources but would not cover those of us who use the Internet to express our First Amendment Rights.

 

Her comments before a committee in congress the other day were chilling. In her view, special protection should not be conferred to anyone with a just a high school education and a $5 blog, but to regular journalists who earn a living writing for government approved news sources. What?! What did you say Diane, you fruitbat!?

 

You see, a proposed law would offer protection for journalists who quote anonymous sources so that a judge cannot demand that that journalist’s source be revealed in a court. That gives the government-approved journalist the freedom to write what they wish regarding some backwoods freedom party in Montana or Arizona or anywhere Liberals think of as remote and stockpile weapons and hand out copies of the constitution.

 

But If someone like you are me want to write a story using a confidential source about a politician who is benefiting from insider trading, or attempting to curtail our constitutional rights, or take away our guns, that blogger would be in trouble. Under the proposed shield law the blogger has no protection and can be hauled in front of the court to reveal their confidential source, also known as a whistleblower. If the citizen journalist reveals his source, that source can now become a target for scrutiny by the IRS, DHS and any other alphabet soup government agency the big government types want to throw at them as punishment for standing up to the government elites.

 

If that blogger or citizen journalist defies the court and does not reveal their sources, they open themselves up to contempt of court charges and can be thrown in jail. Their reputations can be then destroyed by the IRS, DHS and the rest of the alphabet soup agencies.

 

This is by design. Diane Feinstein, a congresswoman, has made a career out of eliminating rights of the average American and consolidating power in Washington among a few political elites. She will use a tragedy like a school shooting in Connecticut to grab all the firearms from law-abiding citizens, making the rest of us defenseless, and then she’ll co-author laws aimed and diminishing our First Amendment Rights to publically criticize public servants like her.

 

Diane should be ashamed of her self. The Internet is one of the greatest inventions ever, thank you Al Gore. It allows all of us to make our opinions known to the world for very little money. I can use my Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any other social media platform to share my viewpoint of the world around me. If I see a police officer beating a woman at a protest rally, I can instantly post photos or video on the Internet with my smart phone. If a politician says something ridiculous in a public forum, zap, it’s on my wall. If I’m really mad, like I am now, I can write an article including links and video to my blog so that all six of my readers can be made aware of what is pissing me off today. It’s totally awesome!

 

Here’s another benefit of the blogosphere: those of us underserved by the mainstream media can cover topics that not on the government approved story list. Here is a short list of stories covered in the blogosphere that don’t seem to get any attention from the MSM: Benghazi-gate, Fast and Furious, gun-running politicians, Obamacare Failures, the NSA spying, the TSA failure, the political gun grab, politicians and insider trading, illegal immigration and the border, the budget and budget deficits, the wars, and the list goes on.

 

It must be terribly frustrating for Diane and people like her to have this much freedom amongst the common people to criticize her when she has so little ability to counteract it, despite the fact that she has easy access to the mass media, and trained public affairs people on her staff. Despite this, poor poor Diane finds herself under assault for her radical leftist views and poor stewardship of the American political system. The shield law would be a good start to silence her stupid critics with their $5 blogs!

 

Liberals and big government types have tried this before with their so-called Fairness Doctrine aimed at silencing talk radio i.e. Rush Limbaugh. Thankfully it failed and now they are targeting you and me, who have easy access to the Internet. I have a suggestion for Diane. It’s time for you to retire. You don’t represent us; you don’t have any love for the constitution and the American People. It’s time to retire!

 

And if you have a blog or have a Twitter handle or a Facebook page, I would ask that you write about this topic and share it with your friends. Better yet, write directly to Diane Feinstein’s office and tell her what you think of her gun grabbing, First Amendment rights crushing governing style. Her contact info is below.

 

Senator Dianne Feinstein
United States Senate
331 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510

Phone: (202) 224-3841
Fax: (202) 228-3954
TTY/TDD: (202) 224-2501

https://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/e-mail-me

Nick Bernabe who writes for The AntiMedia.org has written at length about this issue. You can access his illustrative article here. His article includes a link where you can go to sign a petition advocating against this outrageous law. I have included the link here.

Five Reasons Progressive Utopians Will Hate “Divergent”

by Jeremy Griffith
The American Millennium

Screen capture of the movie Divergent, in theaters now.

Screen capture of the movie Divergent, in theaters now.

The newest box office hit for the year is the Movie Divergent, which will have appeal to the younger set as well as those who are older, but Progressive Utopians will hate it and here are some reasons why.

The Hunger Games has new competition in the box office this year and it’s also a book-based dystopia where the rebels become the heroes and where a strong female character is the lead. I don’t know what the political affiliation is of this author, but I think that there are a great many reasons why the story has struck a chord and why progressives will hate it.

Here is the synopsis: the Earth has survived a cataclysmic global war. Only one urban center and its rural surroundings have survived: Chicago. Society has separated itself out into five basic factions; Erudite (intellectuals), Dauntless (the Brave), Abnegation (Selfless), Amity (peaceful), Candor (the Honest). At the age of 16, people are separated are allowed to choose for themselves (after an ability test) the faction they want to belong to for the rest of their lives. The main character, Betrice, later know as Tris, comes from the Abnegation faction. But after taking the test, she learns that she doesn’t fit anywhere as she has characteristics of all of the factions.

Tris is encouraged to hide this truth from her friends and family, everyone in fact and when the selection process occurs, she chooses to belong to the Dauntless. As the story progresses, the secret she hides crops up and threatens to destroy her and her family.

The plot thickens when the girl finds out that the Erudite faction is planning to usurp Abnegation as the ruling government class. They plot to use the Dauntless class to eliminate Abnegation and only the Tris and her friends can stop them.

There is a lot of action and great effects in the movie, but the story is what makes this story a hit I think. And now, my reasons why progressive Utopians will hate it, (and why it won’t be winning any awards at Oscar time!)

  1. Socialist Utopias don’t work and will ultimately fail. The government has established an artificial social order and rewards those who conform to that social order. Those who don’t are punished and live below the social order abandoned by the society that swore to help them. A few of those who “diverge” from the norm eventually find themselves fighting that society that becomes self-destructive.
  2. In a society where only an elite minority hold all the power, eventually the disenfranchised masses will rebel. Social utopians always say they are doing what they do to help society, but really it’s just about retaining power. When another group finds themselves being disenfranchised, as always happens eventually, there is a rebellion and the social order changes once again. The pendulum swings.
  3. Control of education, media and government are essential for Socialist Utopias to maintain control. Without all three, society will eventually slide into chaos. Progressives always try to quash debate. There can be no free will in society and everyone must conform to the big government ideal. In order to do that they must ostracize those who do not conform and praise those who do. Education institutions are used to brainwash the masses, media is used to put out propaganda messaging, and the boot of the military/police will quash any resistance. But when there is a chink in the armor in anyone of the three, or all at the same time, progressive societies begin to fail.
  4. Power comes from the barrel of a gun! The ultimate power of the state is maintained through the use of force. Power is taken away when the populace arms itself. This is the truth that the NRA has known all along.
  5. Free will and diversity are the signs of a healthy society, not conformity. The state without diversity is stagnating, but when there is free will, communication, knowledge and culture, society grows and thrives. Automatons who lack diversity, free will and debate, sicken and eventually dies. A society that struggles against itself will grow stronger because of that struggle, and thrive.

I haven’t read the series of books upon which this movie was based, but my interest is intrigued now, so I think I will pick it up. I recommend this movie to my friends. If you loved Hunger Games, you’ll love this one two. I honestly cannot pick which series I like the best.

Poor progressives, you’ll just have to go see Noah instead. This movie is not for you.

Watch a trailer of this exciting new movie here.

A graphic of the different factions in the new thriller movie "Divergent".

A graphic of the different factions in the new thriller movie “Divergent”.

 

God’s Not Dead – A Movie Review

by Jeremy Griffith
The American Millennium

godsnotdeadI saw the movie “God’s Not Dead” featuring Willie Robertson from Duck Dynasty, Kevin Sorbo from Hercules and the Christian Pop music group Newsboys; and I have comments on it. But first: a story.

 

I was in Egypt one time, making a climb to the top of the traditional site of Mount Sinai. (There are reasons why I don’t believe Moses received the Ten Commandments on this particular mountain in the Sinai Peninsula, but I’ll save that for another column.) The tour guide told us it would be enjoyable for us to ride 75% of the mountain climb via camel back and then climb on foot the rest of the way. “There are steps,” she said, about 250 of them. “Too steep for the camel! You just have to make it the rest of the way yourself,” she said. The ride down via camel back was not recommended, as the steep downward incline would be uncomfortable for most westerners. That’s because the saddles they put on the camel are made wide enough only for the ass of a teenaged girl and not for a full-grown man. The guide neglected to tell us that, but that is exactly what we found out.

 

I was traveling with three other people, two young women and an older heavy-set man. We had been together for our trip through Israel where we were with a larger group touring the Holy Land. The main body of the group departed after that trip and a smaller group stayed on to go into Egypt. I remember the girl because I had a huge crush on her. Her name was Yasmina and she was Mexican. Her younger sister was with us and sadly I don’t remember her name. Yasmina spoke great English, but her sister spoke not a word, so we didn’t talk much. The other gentleman’s name, sadly escapes me.

 

We started climbing the mountain at around midnight and we could not see the path, it was pitch black. For a dollar the camel drivers, Muslims all, would put us on the camels. (For a dollar more they would get us off again at the end of the ride. If you’ve ever ridden a camel you know why. In the rocky terrain of Egypt, it’s dangerous to jump off a tall camel because you risk spraining an ankle or breaking a leg. It’s too far to drop on rocky terrain.)

 

We mounted our camels in the dark and proceeded up the mountain. I’ve only been more scared one other time and that was when I was deployed to Iraq. Visibility was limited and that’s a good thing. Those mountain paths were dangerously narrow and there are shear drop offs. I hate to think what the climb would have been like if I had done it during the day. I lost the girls and the old man in the dark and I feared that I would not see them ever again. As it grew light towards the top of the mountain, five hours later, I dismounted the camel and started to look for them. I debated on whether or not to stay where I was or to proceed to the top where there would be more people. I decided that we all had the same goal in mind and that would be to get to the top before dawn and so I proceeded on. The so-called steps going up the last quarter of the mountain were not as advertised. They are not ‘steps’, they are rocky crags whose sole purpose is to leap out at one and snag the unwary traveler in an attempt to break a leg. I climbed carefully and eventually, I made it! It was surprisingly cold in the desert at night and I could see my breath, when I could see at all. It was very bitter. I called for Yasmina and realized that, since I did not remember the name of the younger girl, I couldn’t call for her. What would happen if I found the younger girl, but not the older sister? I was in panic mode. I hoped for the best and kept calling for Yasmina, hoping the women were together. I figured the old man was on his own. Suddenly I heard my name being called and when I turned around, Yasmina appeared out of the morning mountain mist. He sister was with her. I gave them a hug, happy to see them, and we proceeded up the top of the mountain. The old man was nowhere to be found. We hoped he just stopped along the way and we would catch up to him on our way down. We agreed to keep an eye out for him.

 

We hung out at the top of the mountain and waited for the sun to rise, as was the tradition and when the light touched the mountain, we drank in the view for a few moments, said a prayer and then proceeded down the mountain. It was a very moving event for all of us. We huddled there together and paid another Muslim a dollar US for the blanket he had conveniently brought for us.

 

On the way down, we commented to our Muslim guide if he had seen our older companion. He laughed and told us he turned around early. It turns out he was too fat for the saddle, (some saddle, it had wooden prongs front and back that dug into your flesh on both sides, keeping you in your seat better than a seatbelt. No wonder the old man turned around and demanded to be taken home! It was painful enough for me, let alone a man of his size. Ouch!) As we lamented amongst ourselves on the failure of our friend to reach the top, the Muslim guide laughed again. We inquired as to the reason to his laughter and were shocked at his response. He said, “Your spirit might be willing, but your body has to climb the mountain!” I wondered if the Muslim man who had been our guide was aware of the proximity of his comment to the comments of our Lord Jesus to the disciples as they lay sleeping in the garden of Gethsemane: “The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak!”

 

And now, my review of the movie. I was hoping that it would be a good, but frankly I feared a weak script and a laughable plot. Religious movies don’t always do well in the box office and I feared I would be wasting my money on a flop. The previews were good, so I was hopeful. Happily, the movie was much better than I expected it to be. The script was surprisingly solid, the story was satisfactorily dramatic to be entertaining, and the biggest surprise of all, the scriptural background of the story was solid and not overdone. I was happy to see in the credits that the movie had an apologetics research team that assisted in the script; and from what I saw, they earned their money!

 

The story unfolds like this: a Christian student, Joshua Wheaton, finds himself in a college philosophy class with an avowed atheist instructor, Professor Radisson played by Kevin Sorbo. The professor begins his class by declaring that God is dead, or more to the point did not ever exist in the first place, quoting the famous quote from philosopher Frederic Nietzsche who said, “God is dead”. He offers to skip an entire section of the class, which he finds tedious if all of the students will stipulate their agreement on paper that God is indeed dead. All of the students, not wanting a bad grade in a class meant to be an elective, agree: all except one, Joshua. He declares that he is not willing to sign his name to a document and that is when the gauntlet is thrown. The professor allows the student to make appearances before the class on three separate occasions to argue his case on why God in the student’s view is not dead.

 

This is the main thread of the story but there are about three other threads loosely tied to the main thread that ties all of the characters together. The student Joshua risks a bad grade from a hostile professor who threatens to ruin Josh’s chances of getting into law school later. Josh’s girlfriend gives him an ultimatum to stop with the challenge or she will leave him, fearing Josh will ruin both their futures. There is a Muslim girl who runs amok of her father because she is secretly a Christian. Another student from China is caught up in the story and intrigued by Josh’s refusal to back down from the professor’s challenge. All of the different threads of the movie are interesting and the writing is tight and never boring. I actually found myself enjoying it, laughing at some parts, crying at others and wanting to cheer once or twice.

 

Duck Dynasty reality star Willie Robertson and his wife make a cameo in the beginning of the movie and start one of the more dynamic threads of the show. A female reporter from a liberal blog confronts the couple outside their church and asks a bunch of ambush questions aimed at making the reality stars look stupid. Robertson is gracious and agrees to answer the reporter’s questions about fame, hunting and faith.  In the course of the contentious interview, Robertson makes a bold claim of faith, which is one of the moments that made me feel like cheering. He says that money and fame is fleeting, but Jesus is eternal! He says, quoting the Bible, he that declares me (Jesus) before men, I will declare before my Father (God the Father), and he who denies me before men, I will also deny before my Father. That passage is important later in the film and is part of the core messages of the film.

 

We’ll get back to that in a minute, but let’s continue with the rest of the reporters’ thread. She finds out later that she is diagnosed with late stage cancer and will likely die because of it. She tells her boyfriend, a successful businessman of her tragic news and he breaks up with her because of it, leaving her devastated. Oh it was good for a while, he says, but her personal issues can’t bother him, he says.

 

Later, as her life is falling apart, the girl buries herself in work. She plans another ambush interview, this time with Christian pop artists, the Newsboys. She pops in on them unannounced at their dressing room right before a concert. In one of the more moving moments in the film, the Newsboys find out that the contentious ambush reporter is dealing with a serious, perhaps life threatening disease. Far from casting her off as an offensive non-believer, the group offers to pray for her healing.

I won’t talk about all the different threads of the movie and how they turn out, but I will say this: it was entertaining as anything I’ve seen in film and worth viewing. I also recommend that you bring a non-believing friend. It might be a good way of putting the seed of faith in the mind of that non-believer.

 

I’m happy to report that the movie has breached the top five best grossing films of the weekend despite being shown only in limited a limited number of theaters. Christians who see this film will be entertained and won’t go away offended that the scriptures have been misquoted or maligned.

 

There is an important subtext to this movie that should not be lost on the viewer. At the end the producers reveal a number of lawsuits students and student groups have filed against their universities because of religious persecution on the behalf of faculty. Our institutions of higher learning are plagued with liberals and atheists who want to crush religious faith from their students, who will find the college atmosphere increasingly caustic as a result. College students should be encouraged by this film to stick to their faith despite the animosity they will find from fellow students and faculty.

 

Another review I read snarkily analyzed the reasons why this film is so successful. I feel that review, which you can read here, misses the point entirely. It’s good that the movie is in the top five, but it wasn’t made just to get revenue from a sympathetic choir. The goal of this film is not to make money, but to win souls for Christ and I feel that it has a good chance for reaching out to unbelievers who are on the fence when it comes to faith.

 

Life is like that mountain I climbed in Egypt. God does not dwell on the mountain, any more or less than he dwells on any mountain or valley or anywhere at all. God’s spirit, the Holy Spirit, dwells everywhere in the universe in equal measures. That’s what it means to be omnipresent. All of us on this Earth are on the mountain, making the climb. All of us are climbing for different reasons and different goals. Muslims, Christians, Atheists, Jews, Pagans, we are all there. As Christians, we like to stick with our own group. That’s ok, but we shouldn’t shy away from interacting with others on our way to the top of the mountain. Jesus gave us the great commission, which was to be prepared at any time to share the good news of our faith to anyone we interact with. We shouldn’t shut our selves away in our own little group, eyes closed and keep everyone else away. We are to interact and give a satisfactory answer to the person who questions our faith. This movie is one of many good vehicles for sharing that faith with an unbelieving world.

 

It’s ironic that in the Holy Places of the world, Jerusalem, Nazareth, the Holy Mountain of Moses, where ever, thousands of pilgrims gather. But in equal or greater numbers there are non-believers there too, like the Muslims I encountered in Egypt. They don’t see those places as Holy. In fact, one of my guides said he absolutely hated the mountain. Why does he stay in a place he hates? Money! The economy in that place is supported by religious tourists who spend their money on camel rides to the top of a desolate rock with a small chapel at the summit. These guides are the same people who tried to sell me a splinter of the True Cross for a dollar and to my female companions a single square of toilet paper for the same price so they could relieve themselves behind a rock. I missed an opportunity to witness to them, it occurs to me. I should have said something like this to them, “A Christian would offer the whole role for $5 and build an outhouse for the women and make a heck of a lot more money than you are making now. Let me share this secret and others and talk a little bit about why I have faith that Jesus Christ is the son of God!” Classy huh? In the end it’s not about winning over that hardhearted Muslim. Maybe you will, maybe you won’t. But perhaps you’ll plant a seed in that heart that another further down the road will later reap. You never know, but you should try regardless.

 

Remember that scripture that Robertson quoted, it has a role in a later scene of the movie. Josh is in a church on or near his campus praying. He has no idea what to do, he just knows he wants to make a solid case for his class on his faith and he doesn’t want to screw it up. A young pastor give him some encouragement, and gives the young student some Bible passages to read as a start. One of them is Matthew 10: 32-33 read here. Quote:

32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.

33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. KJV

The other advice the pastor gives is this, which I think is so important. He said, “don’t try too be clever.” Just deliver your argument in a thoughtful and respectful manner. You might win, you might lose, but in the end, you are just trying to plant seeds. You won’t necessarily be the one to reap what you’ve planted.

 

This movie is not about winning revenue; it’s about winning hearts, which is why the Hollywood box office doesn’t get it. The mindset of the big studios is like this: Oh, why do those wacky Christian Occultists love movies about their imaginary skygod friend? Maybe we should make one of those so we get them in the theaters and take their money? Why don’t they like sex and violence like the rest of us? So they’ll make disaster films like that freakshow based loosely on the Biblical Noah, staring Russell Crowe, because they want to get your money. Don’t waste your time on a $100 Million flop that insults your intelligence as well as your faith. Go see “God’s Not Dead” and bring that non-believing friend or co-worker. You might be surprised and glad that you did.

Learn more about the move “God’s Not Dead” on their website here. 

Jeremy and friends in Cairo

Jeremy and friends in Cairo

Humvee Mounted TOW Missiles could turn the tide on an overwhelming Russian Armor Force

by Jeremy Griffith
The American Millennium

Humvee mounted anti-tank TOW missile system

Humvee mounted anti-tank TOW missile system.

The defense of Ukraine depends heavily on whether or not they are able to defeat the awesome power of the Russian armor and motorized Infantry. That’s why I recommend the US support Ukrainian independence by flooding the region with Humvee mounted TOW missile teams.

The first job I received as a newly minted Second Lieutenant in the Army National Guard was as an anti-tank platoon leader. I trained as an Infantry officer at Ft. Benning Georgia, so when I came to the anti-tank company, it was kind of a disappointment. The other disappointment was that the unit was using the horribly underpowered ITV, Improved TOW Vehicle; basically a M113 Armored Personnel Carrier with a TOW Missile system mounted. It was a horrible system since the M113 was a carrier left over from the Vietnam War and horrible to keep maintained. It would have been much more effective if we had used Humvee mounted TOWs, with uparmorned or unarmored Humvees, it makes no difference.

 

Now I know it looks like I didn’t sell that well in the previous paragraph, but I’m telling you, it’s the TOW weapon system that is the key, not the vehicle. If you combine the TOW, (Tube Launched Optically tracked Wire guided anti-tank missiles) to the Humvee platform, you get a tank killing weapon system that is highly maneuverable and hard to defeat. I think this system would be the equivalent of Stinger Missiles against Russian Helicopters in Afghanistan.

 

I recommend the US send as many of these systems to Ukraine as possible and expert trainers to train the Ukrainian military in their use. In six to eight weeks of training, you could have effective TOW teams ready to defend against the tank threat of the Russians. You can augment this capability through the use of anti-tank land mines in a defense in depth against Russian tanks and armored personnel carriers.

 

Russian BTR 90s drive in convoy in the occupation of Crimea in Ukraine. The Russians, like the US, are far too dependent on their armored vehicles.

Russian BTR 90s drive in convoy in the occupation of Crimea in Ukraine. The Russians, like the US, are far too dependent on their armored vehicles.

Nothing would say “Fuck You” to Russia more than US Humvees with TOW missiles in the hands of Ukrainian National Guard and Army units and it would speak volumes to the former Soviet Republics who are looking to us for leadership and support.

 

Let a Russian BTR or BMP roll over the berm in their arrogance and find a well-trained TOW crew there waiting for them. The Russians, like the US, are way too dependent on their armored vehicles. So when they roll into a place, they in their arrogance feel like their enemies will just fold in awe of them. I want to see burning Russian tanks in the news. Let’s see how popular Vlad Putin is then, when his tanks are on fire and his men are dying on foreign shores.

The Ukraine has every right to their independence. They aren’t like the muslim countries we’ve made the mistake in supporting in the past. They’re much more sophisticated and westernized. The potential for a Jeffersonian Republic taking root there is far more likely than in any muslim country. Like Poland, Ukraine could be the new battle ground of a new cold war. The US has a huge opportunity in this moment and should take the lead.  I would gladly volunteer for the duty of training those Ukrainian soldiers. Unhappily, our president doesn’t have the brass to do it. This, is how I would defend Ukraine if I was president. We’ll see what happens.

The Author in Kuwait

The Author in Kuwait

 

 

Top 14 Scenes from Bible Retool “Son Of God”

by Jeremy Griffith
American Millennium Online

Diogo Morgado as Jesus in "Son Of God".

Diogo Morgado as Jesus in “Son Of God”.

I saw “Son Of God” in theaters this week and I liked it. I would recommend it to any of my friends. It had all the tear-jerking drama of the greatest story ever told without the gratuitous gore and blood of Mel Gibson’s “Passion of The Christ” which came out a decade ago. While the acting was solid, it wasn’t quite up to par with “Passion”, but the viewer would be engrossed in the story without being grossed out.

 

I have to say, I found it hard to divorce the steely-eyed film critic from the Bible believing Christian I am, but I gave it a go this last Monday. I found it hard after a while to see through tears and I wondered if it wasn’t because of my faith in the story rather than the eloquence of the drama as portrayed. As I sat in the dark watching this film, I complied a best of list of 14 or so great scenes I think made this film a good one, if not great, and I added a short list of scenes I thought were not up to par. I found myself comparing the film to Passion of the Christ from film director Mel Gibson. The acting in this film wasn’t quite as good as Passion, the cinematography was excellent, the acting was good most of the time and there were just a few scenes I felt really didn’t cut it for me. Overall I thought this film would be of interest to Christians, who would appreciate the story told without all the messy gore brought to us by Gibson’s movie. I have no idea how this film would affect non-believers who are not familiar with the story in scripture.

 

Compliments go to Roma Downey who was one of the producers of the film and also portrayed the mother of Jesus in the film. I thought she did an outstanding job in the film and really connected with the audience. She really did a good job convincing the audience that she could be the mother of Jesus. That is not the most important work she did for this film however; that job was the one of bringing this movie, and The Bible mini-series to completion with her husband Mark Burnett. This movie was largely the extended version of the life of Jesus as told by The Bible Series that came out last year, but it was not a rehash that I worried it would be.

 

There were some notable characters that deserve some credit for the drama and delivery of the film. Sebastian Knapp, who played John, was one of the more believable of the disciples who connected best with the audience. Greg Hicks, a marvelously complex actor, played the charismatic and ruthless Pontius Pilate. Darwin Shaw gets an honorable mention as Peter. Diogo Morgado plays a passably good Jesus with just a moment or two where the acting and script is weaker.

 

There is one last character I’d like to mention who made an impression, the individual who played Barabbas, Fraser Ayres. He has two moments in the top fourteen.

 

And here they are; the top fourteen moments in “Son of God”.

 

#14 Jesus and Barabbas: Ayres and Morgado have a moment where Barabbas and Jesus meet for the first time. There are moments in the film in which Jesus seems to stop time with his authority from God and this is one of those times. Jesus is marching into Jerusalem on a donkey when he is confronted by Barabbas; who is trying to whip up the crowd. Jesus silences Barabbas with a gesture and you can see the loud-mouthed Barabbas instantly moved to silence by the power of the Son of God. Well played on Ayers’ part.

 

#13 Barabbas again, I like this rather minor character. The religious leaders are trying to trap Jesus in the Temple after the Lord overturns the money tables. “What shall we do?” they ask Jesus. “Should we pay taxes to Caesar or not?” Barabbas is there trying to start a riot, yelling that the Jews should “not pay”. He’s almost gleeful as he is enticing the crowd to violence. Jesus gives his legendary answer that one should pay to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s. Barabbas leaves, visibly deflated by what Jesus has said.

 

#12 Jesus feeds five thousand: Jesus and the disciples disembark the boat and find a crowd waiting for them. They have no food for them, only a basket with some fish and some bread. Jesus prays and then distributes the food. The Apostle John, as surprised as the rest, has a basket in his hand that was all but empty a moment before. Suddenly it is filled and John cannot contain his happy enthusiasm. It’s a great little moment.

 

#11 Pilate is practicing his fencing: while not strictly in the Bible, this scene shows how charismatic and ruthless Pilate is. He is dueling a servant and deliberately wounds him in the swordplay. The audience gets a feeling that this is not a governor to be trifled with, a hands-on guy who is willing to inflict a little pain if it serves his purposes.

 

#10 Mary Magdalene played by Amber Rose Revah is on the boat with the disciples. Thomas the Apostle played by Matthew Gravelle is griping about something, saying in essence that Jesus’s recent actions don’t make sense to him. Mary gives him an earful on having faith. I like this moment because it shows that it just wasn’t men who had contact with Jesus, but women played a role in the early church. Revah is a firebrand who I liked very much.

 

#9 Mary again: Jesus has been crucified and buried. The disciples are in morning and hiding. Mary goes to the tomb alone and finds the stone that covered the tomb opening is not only rolled away, it is shattered in half. The tomb is empty except for the burial cloths. Mary is dumbfounded. Suddenly Jesus appears in the mouth of the tomb and Mary is inside the tomb looking at Jesus backlit from the sun. I like this scene because it shows Jesus in the light of life and Mary, who represents all of us, in the darkness of death inside a tomb. Well done by both actors.

 

#8 Thomas, played by Matthew Gravelle, is talking to Jesus at the last supper. Jesus has told the disciples that he is about to be betrayed, but he tells his followers not to fear. He is going away and his friends will follow him soon where he is going. Thomas asks, “How can we follow you to where you are going when we don’t know the way?” Jesus responds, “I am the way!” Me crying!

 

#7 Peter renounces Jesus: After the last supper, Jesus is talking to Peter. Peter is adamant; he says that even if all leave, Peter will follow Jesus even to the grave, he will lay down his life for him. “Will you?” says Jesus. “Before dawn you will deny me three times!” You can see the blood ebbing from Peter’s face as he turns to follow Jesus to the Garden of Gethsemane. Wow!

 

#6 Jesus is arrested: Jesus is about to be arrested and is kissed by his betrayer, Judas, played by Joe Wredden. A riot ensues and Peter rushes to defend Jesus, cutting off the ear of the captain of the guards. Jesus stops time again and everyone focuses on Jesus as he reprimands his disciple. “Those who take up the sword,” Jesus says, “will perish by the sword.” This is probably one of my best scenes in the movie. Well acted.

 

#5 John in exile: The Apostle John is one of the last disciples left alive after all of the others have died or have been murdered. He is living on an island all alone, exiled for his faith. Jesus appears to John and John is crying tears of joy. This is the moment he has waited for all his life, to see his Lord again. A visibly older and frailer John cannot believe his eyes as the Lord approaches him. Very moving.

 

#4 Jesus is marching his cross to the site where he is to be crucified. He stumbles and falls. His mother, played by Downey, stoops to help him and mother and son exchange glances and a few words. This is an incredibly moving moment. Not quite as strong as moments in “Passion” where Mary flashes back to Jesus’s boyhood, but still quite strong. This is one of the best moments of the film and best depicts Mary’s anguish at the event of her son’s death.

 

#3 Pilate and his wife: Jesus is being executed and you can see parts of his body marred by blood. The scene cuts to Pilate who is getting a massage with oil. His wife is there rebuking him for being involved in Jesus’s death. This scene is very well done. Now Jesus is suffering, but wait, it will be these two who will suffer later. Very well done.

 

#2 The Sea of Galilee as Jesus calms the storm: the disciples are in the boat and Jesus is not with them. This scene combines two separate scenes depicted in the Bible; one where Jesus is in the boat asleep during a terrible storm and calms the storm before everyone is killed. Another scene is where the disciples are in the boat and Jesus comes to them walking on the water. In this scene, the two stories are combined. We see the disciples in the boat about to be killed in a storm and then a ghostly Jesus, who was not in the boat, comes walking to them on the water. Peter goes out to him, walking on the surface for a while, but looking back, he loses his faith and his footing and plunges down. Jesus rescues him and rebukes him for his lack of faith. Foreshadowing? A good scene for everyone involved.

 

#1 The Great Commission: probably the most moving scene in the movie. Jesus is talking to the disciples atop a mountain. He commands them to preach the Gospel to the world and then vanishes in a brilliant light. Peter turns his back on the where Jesus once stood and strides away off the mountain. “Come,” he says, “We have work to do!” In this moment the disciples are transfigured from cowards into faithful and brave servants of Christ and Peter, who was a denier of Christ before, becomes their captain. Very cool.

 

And now for the not so great. There are moments in the Bible story of Jesus that resonate with every Christian. Sadly, in this movie, the acting or the script or something gets in the way and is not as strong as it could be. First on my list, the moment Jesus rescues an adulterous woman about to be stoned. It would be a great moment except; Jesus doesn’t follow the scrip as told by the original scripture. Instead, he makes it up and the line he delivers is not as strong as what the Bible originally reports. Very sad.

 

Number two: This is the most disappointing scene in the film and unfortunately, it is not Greg Hicks’s (Pilate) fault. Jesus is being interrogated by Pilate in prison. Pilate played by Hicks delivers his lines flawlessly and instead of getting torn down by the awe-impiring Son of God, we get a rather weak and mushy response from Morgado as Jesus. This is really upsetting because this is normally a great opportunity to show how Jesus interacted with people around him and Morgado doesn’t deliver. Bummer. Compare this scene with the scene involving the same characters in “Passion”. Jesus is played by Jim Caviezal, one of the all time best portrayals of Christ in film, and the very best portrayal in movie history of Pontius Pilate portrayed by Hristo Shopov!

 

While Shopov and Hicks are at their top of their game as the charismatic and complex Roman Governor, Caviezal and Morgado are not even in the same ball park. Clearly Caviezal is playing the World Series and Morgado is little league, but Morgado wasn’t at all helped by the script writer or the videographer at this point. Jesus as played by Morgado looked like a crazy person on acid with far too much hair. He didn’t know what he was doing, did not give the appearance of the second most powerful entity of the universe. Very disappointing.

 

Overall I think this show is worthwhile if you want to spend your time and money to see it. The characters with the exception of Roma’s Mary aren’t top billed actors, but they all deliver solid performances with very few exceptions. I would give it four and a half stars out of five, deducting half a star for some script and acting problems I previously mentioned. In comparison I give “Passion” four and a half stars as well, deducting half a star for Gibson’s obsession with dousing the audience in gratuitous blood and gore, and for scaring the B’Jesus out of us with a nightmarishly hermaphroditic Satan character. And that’s my view

 

Arizona Governor Should Veto Anti-Gay Law!


by Jeremy Griffith
American Millennium Online

 Hi gang, Jeremy here with The American Millennium. I’d like to talk to you about this so called anti-gay law that passed recently in the state legislature of Arizona. The governor has the option of passing or vetoing the law, she’s expected to act on it by Friday and she’s getting a lot of pressure to veto this very controversial law.

So the state legislature has passed a law to allow business owners to deny service to homosexuals or people in the LGBT community for religious reasons. That is to say, photographers don’t have to shoot their weddings and bakers don’t have to bake them cakes. Before we get into what I think of this law, let’s listen to what Judge Andrew Napolitano has to say about it. He was talking to Tom Sullivan on Fox News Radio. Here is the judge.

So there you have it. I have to say I was waffling on this law a bit but after having heard the judge speak on the issue I have to agree with him at least partially. I think this a bad law and should be vetoed and I think that even if it isn’t it is probably unconstitutional and will probably face challenges at the supreme court level where it will likely be overturned. I can understand a business owners hesitancy to offer services to people who are outside their religious views like gay weddings and such, on the other hand I don’t want to see a class of people go without housing, food or essential services because they live a certain lifestyle different than my own.

So that begs the question, does a Jewish bakery have to provide non-cosure food to a customer who has a swastika tattooed on his forehead, or does a gay interior decorator have to provide services to a business that opposes same sex marriage; Does a Christian caterer have to provide food to a party thrown on the anniversary of Rowe v. Wade at the local office of Planned Parenthood? You can see how we can go to extremes here. Do we have the freedom to associate with whom we please or don’t we. I think it’ll be a mess either way.

More importantly I think we as Christians miss an opportunity to engage with people of another worldview if we just throw them out of or businesses. Jesus gave us what we call the great commission in that we are to share our faith with the world. We in essence are lifeguards of the world and we are ordered to educate, share and rebuke those around us as we share the Gospel. It doesn’t mean we all have to be Billy Graham or we have to yell at gay couples and tell them they’re going to hell. No! But when we see the drowning swimmer, do we judge is or her lack of planning, rebuke them for not learning to swim or for not wearing a life vest? No, that is not the time to judge, that is the time to throw the lifeline and as Christians, we are called to do that.

What it does mean I think that most of us have to be prepared to be like Andrew the Apostle who often lead people to Jesus and made introductions. I think when the opportunity is offered to engage with these people, we should, not with hate like the Westborough Baptists do but as Jesus did. Remember he often hung out with the riff raff, the tax collectors, prostitutes and sinners. That’s because he came to save us as many as possible from inevitable judgment. We need to be compassionate with these people and show by demonstration in our personal lives how Jesus influenced and changed us and thereby show them what awaits them if they commit their lives to him as well.

I think you should be subtle, business owners in your dealings with the LGBT community. Instead of throwing them out, offer a better deal and better quality service than what they would expect to get at a shop that endorses their lifestyle. A better cake for that wedding and better photos for the reception. Greet them with a smile and a handshake and show them how you are different you are than the world around them. Entice their curiosity. Put a Bible verse in your shop or on your business card, or a provocative saying that will spark a conversation: something like “My boss is a Jewish carpenter. Ask me how he changed my life!” Then be prepared to give a satisfactory answer. Remember Jesus wasn’t judgmental. I can totally see him at a gay wedding. When invited by Matthew the tax collector, he didn’t brow beat old Matt, he told stories and won people over with his words. That’s how we should act, toward everyone who crosses our path and that is how the Christian makes an impact on the world, one person at a time.

No one will darken the door to your churches before if they see the members acting like asses. And that’s my view.

If you have a different point of view or would like to comment about the new Arizona law, you can add your opinion to the comment section below.

Listen to Tom Sullivan’s full interview with Judge Napolitano on Fox News Radio here.

 

 

Hold back on the feathers and tar: FCC abandons plan to embed monitors in American Newsrooms

by Jeremy Griffith
The American Millennium

 

Peter Firth from the movie, The Red October. FCC abandoned it's plan this week to embed government monitors in American news agencies.

Peter Firth from the movie, The Red October. FCC abandoned it’s plan this week to embed government monitors in American news agencies.

Just yesterday I recommended on this blog that newsroom editors, TV and radio producers, tar and feather (verbally) FCC monitors embedded into their newsrooms. It looks like that will no longer be necessary, as the FCC has backed off on this enormous government assault on the First Amendment.

This is a great victory for journalism and the First Amendment. (Damn, I was really looking forward to the tarring and the feathering!) Nonetheless, we must be continually vigilant against these kinds of assaults on our constitutional freedoms by big government. Someone in the FCC thought it was a good idea to place embedded spies inside American newsrooms to kind of steer their editorial decisions towards the types of stories they wanted covered, what they called the public’s Critical Information Needs. No one thought for a second that anyone would pay any attention or that there would be any blowback. They thought you were watching the Olympics. There was blowback however, and that’s a good thing.

National Review’s Tim Cavanaugh pats himself on the back in his recent article on this issue, as he was the one to first cover it back in October of 2013. We concede the point; Tim is a great American! Good job. Read his most recent article in the NRO here.

But the real hero of the day is Mr. Ajit Pai, the FCC commissioner who opposed his peers and rocked the boat by writing in opposition to the idea in an op-ed piece published in the Wall Street Journal last week. Mr. Pai is to be complimented on his efforts. It is a rare government official who will stand up for what is right rather than go with the flow. Thank you, Mr. Pai.

But lest we get too comfortable, let us read on into what Cavanaugh writes in his NRO piece. You see, the FCC is not done; they’re just regrouping. They’re still sending surveys to TV and radio journalism outlets, these based on race and ethnicity, with the controversial questions taken out and no threat of government intrusion in the form of spies in the newsroom. Says Cavanaugh:

“… a revised version of the survey could raise new concerns: that it will trade its now-kiboshed news questions for a demographic survey that might justify new race-based media ownership rulemaking.”

Quoting the FCC press release, Cavanaugh writes, “[I]n the course of FCC review and public comment, concerns were raised that some of the questions may not have been appropriate. Chairman [Tom] Wheeler agreed that survey questions in the study directed toward media outlet managers, news directors, and reporters overstepped the bounds of what is required. Last week, Chairman Wheeler informed lawmakers that that Commission has no intention of regulating political or other speech of journalists or broadcasters and would be modifying the draft study. Yesterday, the Chairman directed that those questions be removed entirely.”

Yay! That’s awesome. But what is this business about demographics and race-based media ownership rule making? It’s Political Correctness crap run amok! In order to get a new license for a TV or radio station, you’ll have to have female body parts or some sort of a tan. Ask anyone who drives truck in this country and they’ll tell you how PC rules have hampered the way they do business.

Now I’m all for diversity. But I don’t think that that is something we can produce with federal rule making. The best thing the federal government can do for diversity and entrepreneurship is to get the Hell out of the way and stop with the onerous regulations. These big government bureaucratic types will never stop trying to infringe on our rights and assert their control over every aspect of our lives. That is why we must do as Patrick Stewart suggests when the actor played Captain Jean-Luc Picard on Star Trek: The Next Generation. “Vigilence is the price we must continually pay!” he said, in order to preserve the freedom of the Republic. Actually he was talking about the United Federation of Planets, but the ideal is the same. Ok, I’m a total geek for making this reference, but you get my point.

Vigilance and pushback is what got the Ukrainians where they are today. Their daily protests in Kiev have resulted in a truce after over a hundred brave protesters lost their lives at the hands of government forces. The Parliament is calling for the removal of the pro-Russian president and is reverting to an earlier constitution limiting presidential power, just as the protestors asked for. The US government and big government types like Barack H. Obama have to be quaking in their boots watching this story unfold. Read about it on the Fox News website here.

So keep up the pressure patriots and take my advice: invest in pine tar and feathers now, just in case they become as rare as .22 caliber bullets. We can’t win if we don’t fight.