Simone Biles is a blessing and an example to us all!

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The Indomitable Simone Biles

by Jeremy Griffith
The American Millennium

The Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro have certainly been a shimmering example to all of us what individual drive, determination, and skill can achieve. The Americans, more than any other nation, has shown what rugged individualism, not collectivism, can do on the world stage. Here are some of my thoughts on that.

Simone Biles, the sprite little African-American woman leading in the American Women’s Gymnastics team has just been an inspiration to watch. So poised and commanding in every event she participates in. She’s a little spitfire. She’s won how many medals and it’s only day six? How many more can she get? The gymnastics team has been a great example of teamwork and camaraderie and esprit de corps these past few days, so positive and supportive of each other. I want to point out that little Simone, the giant in that little body, who people are now calling the most dominant athlete in the world, didn’t come to this pinnacle with a lot of advantages. In fact she was very disadvantaged.

Born of a drug addicted mother, abandoned by an absentee father, this girl was the poster child for Planned Parenthood, her highest aspiration to be harvested for arms, legs and tissue in the name of science. Thank you Jesus that her mother did deliver this little black baby into the world, and thank you Jesus that her loving grandparents adopted her. They home-schooled her, and took her to the gym every day, because I guess she was a little wiggle worm, always active. Instead of putting her on Ritalin and delivering her to a state school, they took it upon themselves to teach her themselves and encourage her passion of gymnastics. She missed proms, all those social events that high-schoolers love, she spent tireless hours in the gym, 300 days a year, the report on the TV said. And look how it paid off.

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Simone Biles’s life is a stunning indictment of all of the leftist propaganda filth we’ve been bombarded with all of these years. You don’t need a failing school. You don’t need the state to run your life. You don’t need wealth redistribution, we don’t need the state saying, oh, you’re young and black, you really don’t have a shot, let us take care of you. Screw you, leftists! What you need is a good home, loving parents, and the drive and determination to fulfill your own dreams.

We’re told: homeschoolers won’t be competitive in the marketplace. They’re goofy and weird and they won’t fit in. How are they going to adjust to social interaction if she stays at home all day with her parents? Excuse me?! Simone Biles seems to have turned out fine. In fact she’s better than fine. She’s a champion.

Can we now divorce ourselves of the ideas of leftist socialism and see things for what they really are? We don’t need a village. The state doesn’t need to raise our kids. We need to raise our kids, and when the public school system fails us, as they inevitably will, we take it upon ourselves to educate our children. Screw the state and wealth redistribution. Hard work and dedication are the keys to achieving our dreams, not social engineering.

Look at the opponents of our team: socialist countries who take the kids away and train them in state schools. The Chinese gymnasts, as good as they are, have struggled against our team. The Russians, also good, have not measured up. I take this as an object lesson that despite it all, Republican Government, where we honor free will and personal achievement still trumps collectivism and the worship of the state.

Someone said to me recently, I can’t watch the Olympics, they’re all so PERFECT! Well how do you think they got that way/ They worked hard! Put down the Cheetos and soda, get off your ass, and go out and do likewise! Stop bitching!

Margaret Sanger must be spinning in her grave. The racist mother of Planned Parenthood who plotted to destroy minorities in America with her Eugenics and abortion clinics, who called black people “human Weeds” must be very sick to her stomach now, observing from whatever level of Hell she now occupies. Good. Can we now say that the color of our skin does not determine our destiny, our heart, soul, and intellect do? Go to Hell, Margaret, we never needed you.

A few more comments and then I’m done. I’ve seen this meme out there about Michael Phelps. It suggests that you can do dope and still achieve your dreams. What a load of crap! Michael Phelps is the most successful Olympic athlete of all time in spite of his off again on again flirtation with drugs and alcohol. In fact those things only served to derail his life for a short time until he figured it out and got his life back together for the most epic of come-backs. You don’t need weed, or booze, you just need belief in yourself coupled with hard work and determination. That is the take-away from Michael Phelps life. The marijuana people are out to lunch. They had the munchies when they wrote that meme. They should abuse the pot less and get out off the couch and go lead more active lifestyles. It would be better for them.

As I continue to watch the Olympics, I am continually inspired. Maybe that’s the point of having these every two to four years, so we watch the achievements of our athletes and maybe get a little motivated ourselves. I like it and I can’t wait to see more. Good luck to all the athletes of every nation competing. I hope your days of competition are joyous, peaceful and free of distraction.

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Suicide Squad Wins, Rotten Tomatoes are losers!

Jared Leto is a scary Joker!

Jared Leto is a scary Joker!

by Jeremy Griffith
The American Millennium

 

I’m not a big fan of the movie critique site Rotten Tomatoes, and this weekend’s viewing of Suicide Squad further confirms my feelings about them. I’m about to sign the petition to request that Rotten Tomatoes be permanently shut down. The movie rocked, and the critics sucked.

 

Suicide Squad with Jared Leto as the Joker, Will Smith as Deadshot and introducing Margot Robbie as Joker’s love interest Harley Quinn was about as good as can be, knowing that it is about very bad people doing a little good. According to the aforementioned critique website, it ranked 25% from the critics and 75% of audience members loved it. That means the critics thought it sucked and of course they were wrong. Dead wrong. In every category that mattered, Suicide Squad is a huge success. Please, if you are a movie critic that has contributed to Rotten Tomatoes, take my advice. Maybe you should find another job, perhaps in manufacturing? Talking about movies clearly isn’t your thing.

 

The only movie that I liked better than Suicide Squad so far this year is the documentary from conservative writer Dinesh D’Souza entitled Hillary’s America. I’m still burning about that one, which earned a critic score of 5% and a fan rating of 85%. I guess when it comes to Hollywood, conservatives suck and their movies should be panned. I don’t know what their motivation is with this movie, but clearly they aren’t good judges of a movie’s character.

 

Here is what I observed. Jared Leto as the Joker is scary, haunting and humorous at the same time. I thought he was actually scary. Leto truly picked something dark out from down deep and he showed it to us, to our horror. Not since Heath Ledger have we enjoyed and been horrified by the comic book character this much. He’s on the edge and if I might say, I really hope this Joker isn’t a one off like Ledger’s. I really want to see this character again. Someone get Leto a shrink and monitor his vitals. We don’t want what happened to Ledger to swallow him too.

Insanity with an AK!

Insanity with an AK!

Robbie’s depiction of Harley Quinn is amazing. She makes bad look really, really good. Most of the time when you leave bed sheets in a cage, the prisoner offs themselves. Not so with Quinn. She ties the sheet across her cell like a hammock and entertains her captors in Circa Solei like performance art. Every time she walks across the screen wearing extra short sequined blue short shorts and wielding a baseball bat, she commands the attention of ever male in the house. The crazy love affair she has with Leto’s Joker is amazing and her interaction with her fellow homicidals is funny and frightening at the same time.

 

Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn

Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn

Will Smith’s performances is always solid and I liked the interplay between the evil of a paid serial killer and a father who loves his daughter and wants to look out for her welfare. Another noted performance was that of Joel Kinnaman as Colonel Rick Flag. I thought his character was sufficiently complex to drive the plot. Tomatoes predictably gives him a splat of no more than 26%, another reason they suck and should go away. Indeed, Tomatoes has not been kind to Kinnaman. He gets the splat for most of his roles with a couple of notable exceptions. He gets high marks for a role he played in the English version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and for his TV series work as a detective Stephan Holder in The Killing. We liked the Killing and we can’t believe the transition from that skinny strung out and jaded character to the forceful and confident special ops colonel. It makes you wonder what Tomatoes is smoking.

 

I should also mention Ben Affleck’s Batman/Bruce Wayne. I’m beginning to think that Christian Bale has competition for the best Batman ever in Affleck. He only has a few short scenes, but he demands the screen whenever he is there. His interaction between Smith’s Deadshot is believable and cool. And his extra scene with Viola Davis’s character of Amanda Waller makes you wonder what the franchise has in store for the future. I can’t wait.

 

Bottom line up front, I loved this movie, and Rotten Tomatoes sucks. They should pack it up and go home. Homeless bums in the Walmart parking lot would have better judgment as to what makes a good movie than these professional writers. We should hire them and get them off the street while letting the critics take their place with the signs.

 

Oh, by the way, according to Forbes Magazine, the movie raked in $65 million on Friday alone, which included about $20 million in previews and $5.8 million in IMAX tickets. That should tell you something. That documentary I liked, that made about $4 million total it’s first weekend. Just saying. Go read the Forbes article here. Or better yet, go see the movie.

 

http://www.forbes.com/sites/scottmendelson/2016/08/06/box-office-suicide-squad-scores-insane-65m-friday/#117617bc661a

 

https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/suicide_squad_2016/

 

 

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The Devil’s Delusion: A Review

by Jeremy Griffith
The American Millennium

 

This past week I got a chance to see the movie by Ray Comfort called “The Atheist Delusion”. Today I’m going to share a few of my thoughts on it.

 

So the title of this article is a little misleading since the movie I’m reviewing, “The Atheist Delusion”, is similar but not the same as my title. That’s because upon doing research for this review, I found that Ray totally ripped off his title of his new movie from a book by the same name with basically the same topic. Actually there are two books out there with the same or similar titles: The Atheist Delusion by Phil Fernandes Ph.D. published b Xulon Press, April 6, 2009, and Atheist Delusions by David Bentley Hart, Yale University Press, published April 21, 2009. If you are interested, there is also the Devil’s Delusion by David Berlinski, Basic Books, August 26, 2009. Why all of these books with similar titles in 2009, I began to wonder? When did Richard Dawkins, the famous atheist scientist come out with his book, the God Delusion, I asked myself. Well it turns out that all of these books and the Comfort movie are in response to Dawkins who published his book in 2006, which was then released in the United States in 2008. Buy the way, I haven’t read any of the other books, but they all have great reviews and sound really, really interesting.

 

Having said that, the movie I’m reviewing has nothing to do with the books as far as I can tell, and it shows. I have to say, that is a shame because it sounds like anyone of these books would be a far greater tool to convince young atheists of the error of their ways than this movie was. Ray Comfort, who founded Living Waters, is a guy who likes to take his camera down to the beach and ambush young millennials in order to shame them away from their atheistic hedonism and bring them back into the light of Christianity. He has this thing about lying and “fornication”, what the rest of us would call pre-marital sex, and lust. This movie is no different, except this time he’s armed with a bit of fact. He’s latched onto the idea that DNA, that is deoxyribonucleic acid, the building blocks of you and me and everything living, is so complicated and elegant that it cannot be a result of random chance and evolution.

 

Talking to young millennial college students on the campus of their university, he asks them all the same question: are you an atheist? If they are, then he launches on an analogy that he is sure will work. He presents a book to them, supposedly by himself, talking about evolution and the elegance of DNA and he asks them. “You see this book, with the words, graphics, pictures and so on? Would you say this book is the result of random chance and evolution, or is it the result of intelligent design?” When they inevitably agree that it is the result of design, he goes on and explains to the young minds full of mush that DNA, like a book, is a result of design; complicated and elegant, with a language and structure that is the code for all of life. Everything you are, from your eye color, skin color, hair, your personality, your body type, the condition of your mind, everything you are is a result of DNA. Now how in the world can all of this be the result of random chance and mutation over any given amount of time? Does that make sense to you?”

 

When the millennials reluctantly agree that he’s right, it does sound far fetched, Ray goes into his regular spiel, shaming the kids into a confession of their sinful nature and hopefully getting a few of them to convert to Christianity on the spot. Most however, shrug their shoulders a little, maybe they’ll think about it, but most likely they won’t and they go right back to class.

 

It’s disappointing in that I can see that Ray is kind of on the right track with his reasoning, when presented with the facts about human DNA, indeed anything biological, one must wonder how people still cling to the moribund notion that we are all just “star dust” as Neil deGrasse Tyson and others like him would have us believe, the results of millennia of random chances and mutation, in essence, cosmic accidents.

 

But in my view, Ray cuts too soon to the theological shaming and doesn’t build his case for intelligent design quite enough for my taste. After all, DNA is extremely fascinating and thought provoking, and a mere 62 minute movie, half of which his dedicated to DNA is not enough time to change someone’s perspective, certainly not enough for young college students who have been fed the lie of evolution their whole lives.

 

Indeed, if I showed this movie my young nephew, an atheist himself and quite an intelligent one, I think he would laugh at me in the first 20 minutes and stalk off uninterested. If you show this to anyone, in your Sunday Schools or your churches, make sure it’s the younger ones just starting their science instruction. The older teens and tweens won’t give this one much credence at all. Which, I have to say, is very disappointing. I’m always looking for better tools to convince younger people about the implausibility of the evolutionary worldview and the non-theology theology of the New Atheist. This one wouldn’t be my first choice; indeed, it’s like taking a single-shot 12 gauge to a gunfight when everyone else has automatic weapons.

 

Someone once said that the language and code contained within DNA surpasses the words contained in the world’s largest library, over a 6 billion letters. Another writer, not quite as ambitious in his estimation, said it was the equivalent of 1.5 gigabytes of data, approximately the same as 6,700 books, enough to fill a CD-ROM disc, still quite impressive. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2680849/How-gigabytes-does-make-HUMAN-Physicians-works-genetic-code-just-1-5GB-data.html

 

Considering the scope of the genetic code, it is hard for me to fathom why people still cling to the idea that there is not a higher power and intelligence behind it. Indeed, the necessary elements required to produce life of any sort on this planet far exceeds the burden of anything that can be produced through evolution given any amount of time, a total statistical possibility. I’m left with the idea that people still cling to this outrageous idea, through faith alone, because the idea gives them a certain amount of liberty from traditional values and norms, which they feel are too restrictive. People don’t want to be held accountable to an invisible sky-god who they think is at best a fable and fairy tale and at worst, an uncaring, evil tyrant. If you are convinced you are an animal barely above the most complex and higher animals, then you are free from law and regulations and are relegated to the so-called, law of survival of the fittest. What you get out of life is what you can get for yourself, so it is better to abandon restrictive ethical norms and do what you can to secure what you want and need. As someone said in a film I recently saw on Netflix, there are two kinds of people, those who struggle and those who get what they want.

 

By ditching the traditional Judeo-Christian values, the atheist sheds his restrictions and embraces his baser nature. It has to feel liberating, for a while. But it is the subtle lie that blinds so many, that is why it is so urgent that we try to counteract the folks like Richard Dawkins who try and are very successful in swaying our young and pulling them away from our churches.

 

I had high hopes for this movie therefore, because I understand the urgency. But I felt that Comfort concentrated too little on the elegance of nature and proceeded too soon into his wheelhouse, shaming youth in blatant street ambush attacks. I’m sorry, but I don’t give this movie much better than a two-star in a scale of five. Comfort fails to build on his information on the DNA and lead them on a solid path towards a Christian worldview. He barely transitions from the idea of a creator and proceeds directly to the Bible, assuming that any of these kids have any idea about basic Christian tenants. Indeed, many of these youths probably have never been to church or Sunday school. Convincing them to convert after a 20-minute discussion is just a bride too far, in my view.

 

There are other tools in the toolbox to train and persuade, I just don’t rate this one very highly all.

 

If you want a very good alternative to this movie to show to youth and use as a pursuation tool, I recommend The Privileged Planet and the book by the same name. It does a much better job that this movie does.

 

For an atheist’s perspective read the following:

 

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/crossexamined/2016/07/movie-review-ray-comforts-the-atheist-delusion/

Watch “The Priviledged Planet” trailer below.

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