Thank You For Your Service Movie was a deeply emotional experience!

Thank You For Your Service movie poster.

By Jeremy Griffith
The American Millennium

The movie “Thank You For Your Service” was more than a movie for me, it was a deeply moving experience that everyone should watch, especially if you have a loved one who served in the Global War on Terror.

I was in Iraq, for 15 months. I often feel like I was a well-armed, well-trained, well-paid tourist. My logistics job didn’t allow me to go out on patrols every day, though I would very much have wanted to. My brigade was in Iraq for so long because we were extended for the surge. We had more consecutive days in combat than any other unit, so I get it. I watched them load flag-draped coffins of ice with human remains on to aircraft, more than once. Having said that, I never saw anyone die, and I never fired a shot; my job did not require it.

When I heard about this movie, of course, I wanted to see it. I hoped that it was not some cheesy make a buck off the war movie that got everything wrong. I hoped there would be action. It was not that kind of a film. Instead, the story centered on one squad of soldiers and their squad leader on one or two days fighting in Iraq. Staff Sergeant Adam Schumann is on patrol in his convoy in a bustling city somewhere in central Iraq. This is about 2007-time frame, the same time I was there. The patrol goes terribly wrong, and there are casualties.

The movie fast-forwards to the soldiers’ arrival at their home base of Fort Riley, Kansas. From the combat patches worn by the soldiers, it can be guessed that they belong to the Big Red One, 1st Infantry Division. The soldiers are greeted by loved ones as they get off the plane, and then they attempt to re-integrate back into their regular lives. This story is poignant and sad as the soldiers fight their own battles at home, often alone without support. It is extremely aggravating to watch. Bring tissues, or just do what I did and wipe your nose on your spouse’s sleeve. What is especially maddening is that when the soldiers find that they do need help, they are often offered only roadblocks in the form of uncaring leadership, administrative buffoons, pride, laziness, greed, etc. One side note. I worked with many people who work for the VA, who care deeply about soldiers and want to help. So what I am about to say is not for them. Close your ears. If you are working for the VA and you don’t give a fuck about soldiers, only your big fat salary and bennies then you can go fuck off somewhere else. Heroes need to help heroes. You don’t have to have been a soldier, but you do have to give a fuck. Go find some other government cubicle to hide in, you worthless fucks.

Offended? Don’t care. Moving on.

This movie dramatically shows for the viewer the kind of internal struggle many of our soldiers go through, and when I say soldier, I mean everyone who has served, Airmen, Marines, Sailors, Coasties, everybody. Suicide, mental illness, drug and alcohol addiction, paranoia, grief and survivor’s guilt, it all hits you in the gut with this movie. I won’t ruin the plot further, just go see it, and be prepared to cry.

But it isn’t enough to just go to a movie and have a good cry. This movie is a call to action. Based on the book of the same name by Pulitzer Prize winner David Finkel, it is the directing debut of Jason Hall. Brilliant acting by lead actors Miles Teller as Schumann and Haley Bennett as his loving wife Saskia. Comedian Amy Schumer has a dramatic supporting role as a grieving widow. Good job to all. Their storytelling is more than just entertainment, they do great service for soldiers who have seen action and are now struggling.

As I said before, it isn’t enough to watch a movie and cathartic cry, this show is a call to action. The VA failures are not just the failures of big government bureaucracy; it is the failure of us all because we don’t care enough to fix it. When is the last time you’ve called up the VA and asked them for a report on how they are serving the soldier? When have you called your local representative? If the answer is no, I have to ask why not? What is stopping you? Do it tomorrow, won’t you? See this movie tomorrow and then go call someone and get them to see it.

Traumatic stress disorder is no joke. We’ve been at this global war for 16 years, and there is no sigh of let up. We lost four special operators in Niger last week. I wonder if mainstream America will ever come to realize that the problem of global terrorism is not going away and that the problem with the VA and with soldier mental and physical health is not going away. Would you want your children to suffer?

I can’t say enough about this movie, but I have to wrap up. Rotten Tomatoes gives this movie a giant golden tomato, which is good for them. We agree for once. I guess a blind monkey can find a banana in the jungle, because they are often wrong. Good for them for getting it right for once.

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What About the Girl, McFarlane?

Seth McFarlane and the cast of Fox comedy Star Trek Spoof, The Orville

By Jeremy Griffith
The American Millennium Online

Seth McFarlane is a funny man, and his new comedy Star Trek spoof, The Orville, is off to a great start. In episode three they tackle the very serious topic of same-sex relationships while plowing into the controversy of child sex reassignment. Funny! Are they going to address the controversial topic of sexual assault on an employee by a boss or supervisor next? Are they going to be able to make that funny?

I’m a fan of Star Trek, and I actually liked the first episodes of The Orville, but episode three “About A Girl” has left me scratching my head. This is in light of the new allegations of sexual assault and harassment by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, who is a strong ally of the Clintons and Obamas.

In the episode, same-sex partners have a child, they laid an egg apparently, and it came out a girl. Not a problem under normal circumstances, but the species these two lovebirds belong to is predominantly only male. Females are frowned upon, only appearing once every 75 years or so, and are marginalized in their society. Babies born female are taken immediately to the doctor’s office and have their gender reassigned to the male. There is only one problem. The Orville is a Union ship and the doctor won’t perform the surgery for ethical reasons.

A ship is dispatched at the parents’ request from the homeworld and the baby girl is to go to that ship to have the surgery. Only Captain Ed, McFarlane’s character, is none too happy to release the child. He is duty-bound to “protect” the child, even though the culture of this child dictates that this surgery must be done. The Union officers intervein and there is a trial to determine whether or not the surgery should go forth. One of the parents, the second officer of the ship, actually has a change of heart and is willing to accept the child and not go through with the change.

All of this is terribly funny and sad at the same time. It makes one wonder about the priorities of Hollywood. They are willing to advance the topic of child transgender surgery, but are they willing to also go boldly into the realm of condemning sexual harassment of an employee by a boss? We doubt it.

We love Star Trek, we love this new series, but we wonder at the ever-changing morals of Hollywood and its writers. McFarlane himself is said to have written the script for this episode, and Brannon Braga, a Star Trek favorite who has directed many episodes, directed this one. Star Trek has always tackled tricky topics within the premise of their shows. Will they be reflexive enough to look at themselves in the mirror and talk about the topics within their own industry?

Apparently, the sexual deviance of Harvey Weinstein has been an inside secret in Hollywood for a long time. McFarlane jokes about it in a Hollywood award ceremony three years ago. You have to do more than make jokes, Seth, you have to take action. Your new wants to empower women. Great. How about talking about the real issue of sexual violence and harassment in the workplace! Try to make that funny! Just try!

In the real world, child transgender reassignment is not a laughing matter. Many of us are not opposed to same-sex unions as long as couples keep their relations to themselves. We libertarians don’t want to interfere with what happens in your bedroom. But what happens when same-sex parents try to change the gender of their adopted child? Is that abuse? We think it is. We doubt Hollywood agrees with us.

Will they agree that it is wrong for a rich, famous producer to sexually abuse women who want to work in the TV and film, using his power as a gatekeeper in the industry to get his way? Gauging the response of Hollywood to date, we doubt that the actors, filmmakers, producers, and writers will have much to say about how villains like Weinstein who take advantage of the young female stars they claim they want to empower.

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Licensed Clinical Social Worker Mike Arieta offers context in the Las Vegas Shooting

by Jeremy Griffith
The American Millennium Online

Following the horrible events of the mass shooting at Las Vegas Nevada, we turn to Licensed Clinical Social Worker Mike Arieta who is a longtime friend to offer some context. 

The following audio podcast is part one of our conversation covering such issues as mental health and gun rights. Mike is the founder of New Path Counseling in Apple Vally Minnesota. 

Stay tuned for part two of our conversation with Mike Arieta.

Mike talks at length about gun control on his own blog. We’ve included an excerpt of that blog below.

 

Mike Arieta is an Independent Clinical Social Worker (M.S.W., LICSW, LCSW), Mike holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Mike has also completed the PACC certificate for Permanency and Adoption Competency through the University of Minnesota. Mike is the creator of New Path Counseling.

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Thoughts on the Las Vegas shooting from a sheepdog perspective

The Author trains at First Army Trainer-Mentor Academy at Camp Shelby, MS.

By Jeremy Griffith
The American Millennium Online

I was watching the horrible coverage this week of the Las Vegas shooting and I have a few thoughts on it. First, watch this video of the aftermath of the shooting as a concert-goer attempts to do medical aid to his fellows who have been injured. Fair warning: it is very graphic!

As you can see, it’s pretty horrific. I’m not sure this kid, bless his heart, has had any medical training, but he tries to help anyway. It occurs to me that he has two choices; he can film the aftermath so that journalists and law enforcement, along with the rest of us, can see the what happened, or he can render aid to his neighbors. This kid attempts to do both and it doesn’t appear to be going too well. 

Notice how the kid attempts to take a pulse using his full hand, including his thumb, on both sides of a victim’s neck. I don’t recommend that. I think that illustrates the need for civilians to do more training in CPR and basic first aid from here on in. It seems that society now is plagued with these incidents of terrorism, natural disasters and crime, that going forward it would seem prudent and necessary to undergo training. The Red Cross would be a sure bet to have classes available for CPR and first aid. I’ve also included a link to the Army’s combat lifesaver’s training manual for your review. It has a lot of good tips on triage and first aid in traumatic situations. Remember, when bullets are flying it is not time to render aid, it is time to take cover. Render aid when it is safe to do so. 

http://www.me.ngb.army.mil/units/rti/resources/IS0871_Edition_C_ALMS.pdf

Below is a video further illustrating my thoughts on this issue. It seems that in the new normal, it is time for more people to transform from sheep into sheepdogs, because there are way too many wolves out there. If you don’t understand the reference, read “On Killing” by Dave Grossman. 

https://www.amazon.com/Killing-Psychological-Cost-Learning-Society/dp/0316040932

Here is an article from LTC Grossman explaining the differences between sheep, sheepdogs, and wolves. A coworker was asking me the other day, “why are you so interested in guns? I have the utmost respect for you, but I don’t understand it. Especially after all that is happened.” The reasoning is simple: I am a sheepdog, and you are a sheep. Read:

http://www.gleamingedge.com/mirrors/onsheepwolvesandsheepdogs.html

I would add that doctors, nurses, and medical workers of all kinds who would normally be categorized as sheep are transformed into sheepdogs when they are on the job. They don’t carry guns into battle. They have other tools at their disposal and run into the action when others would run the other way. Rita, to answer your question, I am a sheepdog, and occasionally, so are you. 

So here are my recommendations: if you have the capacity, train with guns and get a carry conceal license if it is in your wheelhouse to do so. If not, get some basic medical training so that, God forbid, if a crisis happens you can provide aid and comfort to people around you when they are suffering, Then you too can be a sheepdog. 

 

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Blame the Idiot, not the Gun!

A bump fire stock like the one used in the Las Vegas shooting. 

 
By Jeremy Griffith
The American Millennium

The City of Las Vegas and the whole United States is reeling today three days after the horrible shooting in which 58 people died and over 500 were injured. As investigators try to piece together why this happened politicians are quick to jump to the default conclusion to blame the gun and not the idiot with the gun.

Hours after the shooting was reported, former presidential candidate and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tweeted her support for increased gun control legislation. The evening comedians likewise jumped on the band wagon to call for something, anything to be done and vilifying anyone who would oppose it.

But really, what, if anything, can more gun laws do to prevent something like this from happening in the future? As has been pointed out previously, terrorists who want to cause destruction have wreaked havoc without using a gun. Timothy LaVeigh comes to mind, who used a box truck and fertilizer to kill hundreds.

Early reports say that the shooter used two bump fire stocks on his gun that convert semi-auto weapons into firing full auto. There is speculation that that device will now be under scrutiny for banning in the future due to the damage it caused. Reason Magazine published a great article yesterday describing what a bump fire stock looks like and how it functions. You can look at the full article here, including a video demonstration.

Jacob Sullum of Reason explains that the bump stock seems to sacrifice accuracy for speed, vastly increasing the number of bullets sprayed from the gun. It makes the gun hard to control and is considered a novelty used by gun enthusiasts rather than really increasing the lethality of the firearm.

Sullum writes, “Assuming that (Stephan) Paddock (the shooter) used the bump stocks police found, did they make the number of deaths higher than it otherwise would have been? Not necessarily, since bump stocks sacrifice accuracy for speed; the jostling required by the technique makes the rifle harder to aim, especially at long distances. According to the Wikipedia entry on bump stocks, they “greatly degrade the accuracy of the firearm, due to the necessary jerking of the weapon, which makes viable aiming impossible,” and “the inaccuracy renders the practice uncommon.”

Sullum eloquently points out that other shootings that did not use this feature have proven extremely deadly as well, while not as deadly as the Las Vegas shooting. But in Vegas, the lethality was most likely aided by the shooters tactical position on the 32nd floor rather than any accessory he may have used.

At the end of the day, this tragedy was caused by a madman with an axe to grind. An evil heart made this happen, not an inanimate object. Those guns didn’t jump off the shelves into this man’s hands. He methodically planned this atrocity, collecting guns and ammo over a long period of time. He reconned his target and chose his firing position with care. This coward was perfectly fine with killing innocent people who were unable to fight back, but when a fire team of officers came knocking on his door, he decided to check out rather than face them.

So instead of blaming the gun, we should blame the idiot. And then we should forget him. We should all be ready to help the victims and their families as they deal with the tragedy. It will be a long time before they get back to a sense of normalcy, indeed, they may never fully be the same. Americans should not be punished by a reduction of their rights because of the evil acts of one idiot.

For further reading: 

http://tribunist.com/news/images-leaked-of-las-vegas-shooters-guns-none-are-fully-automatic/?utm_source=BP

http://reason.com/blog/2017/10/03/did-bump-stocks-make-the-las-vegas-shoot

http://reason.com/archives/2017/10/03/automatic-weapons-are-already-heavily-re

 

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Star Trek Discovery Launch is a Go!

Star Trek Discovery successfully launches on CBS All Access

By Jeremy Griffith
The American Millennium

Star Trek Discovery for what it is worth has had an OK start in its two first episodes of the first season. Time will tell if the series is worth paying $6 for monthly streaming access.

Set in an era 50 years before the era of James T. Kirk and Mr. Spock, Bones McCoy, Chief Scott and all the rest, it is a turbulent era where the rules of the United Federation of Planets is not quite set in stone. Being the latest of the Star Trek endeavors, the technology, and feel of the series looks to the future rather than the past. That is because there is no putting the genie back in the bottle. Times have changed, and technology has changed with it. Do you really want to go back to those trite early scripts and laughable sets of the 1960s?

The new series introduces us to a number of great characters, gets us to like and identify with them a little, then starts messing with our heads. For me it was like reading We Were Soldiers Once and Young for the first time, when the author introduces us to likable characters and then kills them off. Too obscure a reference, Game of Thrones then. A likable captain Philippa Georgiou is killed off in episode two, oh, spoiler alert, and her first officer Michael Burnham is sentenced to life in prison.

Oh, but magically she gets whisked off to the USS Discovery where she is employed by the controversial Captain Gabriel Lorca, where presumably the series kicks off into high gear. I love Jason Isaacs as an actor and he is evidentially going to play Lorca. I’m totally stoked for this fact. I have great hope for this series, I’ve been a big fan of Star Trek all my life and I want to go on watching the series and am emotionally invested in it.

Having said that, the cast has not shied away from controversy on the political spectrum and it’s necessary to talk about in this blog. Amidst the controversy of American sports professionals taking a knee at games while the National Anthem is played, the Discovery crew decided to take a photo of them taking a knee as well. It makes sense from a certain perspective. Star Trek has always been about diversity, and actors who sign up for series like this are well aware of the complexities of race relations in this country, which are very very bad. All of us who grew up watching the series know the political history of the show. Actress Nichelle Nichols, an African American, had a prominent role in the first series and was thinking of leaving, but stayed on because noted Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. asked her to stay on as a role model for others. Since then, the cast and crew have always shown us that diversity is an important factor in a great and adventurous future.

That being said, I’m ok for now that the cast took a knee. To me, they are protesting the horrible treatment of African Americans in this country, which continues to be bad. But in my mind, it is different than when sports heroes do it in the midst of the National Anthem. The National Anthem and our flag represent all that is good about America and what we aspire to be, not unlike the dream of the Federation, it represents the hope that a diverse people can be great in achieving common goals. By kneeling during the Anthem, to me it is like we are burning our national symbol and with it our hopes for shared achievement and diversity. I can’t see the flag disrespected any more than I could the principles of a United Federation.

I’ll give the crew of Discovery the benefit of the doubt for now. But the real issue seems to be not just solidarity with oppressed peoples, but with a firm hatred for Donald Trump and what he represents. This I’m sort of baffled by as well, but you can see it in the national media and in the way many people in Hollywood treat our president. Ten years ago you wouldn’t know that Trump was a racist. He helped minorities out and he got recognition from current civil rights leaders for what he achieved for African-Americans. Immediately after putting an R behind his name and running for president, trouncing a horribly lackluster candidate, Hillary Clinton, suddenly The Donald is Adolf Hitler. That is a hugely unfair characterization in my estimation. So far there is no genocide of brown people, there is no destruction of the US economy, the economy is doing better if anyone bothers to look at the numbers, and the status quo seems to be maintained such as it is.

Some might feel that Trump is unnecessarily jingoistic in his responses to Iran and North Korea, but it is previous administrations that have put us in this situation, not The Donald. It was Barack Obama who gave billions of our tax dollars in cash to a rogue state that wants nothing less than the annihilation of the Israeli state, followed by the destruction of the big Satan, America. It was previous democrat administrations that gave a green light to North Korea to develop nuclear strength, and it is the reason the mighty midget is now threatening his neighbors and us with nuclear destruction. The Donald is not trying to start a war, he is trying to deal with Kim Jung Un and the mullahs of Iran in the only language that they understand, force!

I have an analogy that the crew of Discovery and Star Trek fans will be sure to appreciate. In the first two episodes of Discovery, Michael Burnham and her captain are faced with an incredibly violent and war-like adversary, the Klingons. The Klingons only understand one thing, war. It is their code and creed. Captain Georgiou, like all Star Fleet captains, wants to be an explorer, not a warrior. They see the risk, but instead of preparing a defense, they try a stance of appeasement. Of course, as predicted, that goes horribly wrong, it sends the wrong message to the enemy and it launches Star Fleet in a horribly destructive war that will cost many lives. If they had listened to Burnham, and given the Klingons the “Vulcan Hello”, things would have worked out quite a bit differently.

Now it is up to Lorca, a captain who doesn’t quite follow the rules, to deal with the Klingons, ultimately defeat them or fight them to a draw, so that the Federation can eventually get back their original goal and mission, peaceful exploration of space and interaction to the wonderful and strange new worlds and people therein.

Now here is where the analogy meets reality, and I doubt that liberals in Hollywood will like it, but they ought to hear it from a fan. Donald Trump is Captain Gabriel Lorca and Michael Burnham is his Secretary of Defense, Gen. Mathis. Ouch. Really? Yes really. The appeasers playing Captain Georgiou, bless her heart, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, take your pick of the weak spine democrat in office. They created a horrible mess with an enemy that cannot be reasoned with and now the Donald, aka Lorca has to roll up his sleeves and get down to business before the Klingons, aka North Korea and Iran nuke us all to death.

It’s kind of like when Jean-Luc Picard went up against the Borg. We thought everyone was going to die, but one guy with the guts to stick his neck out was able to win the day, at very great cost. Picard is Trump. Someone should remind Whoopie Goldberg of The View of her Star Trek roots. Her character Guinan was a popular character on The Next Generation series and was an able advisor to Picard. I would love to hear her take on this blog. She hates Trump.

Sucks but there it is. You are welcome, Hollywood.

As I have said, I love the Star Trek series, and I have high hopes that this series will carry on the noble tradition. I’m sure they have some great stories to tell. We will see if they deliver on their promises.

For Further reading, check out what Jason Isaac has to say about his new role, his castmates and “taking a knee” here.

https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/star-trek-discovery-postmortem-jason-isaacs-fan-theories-taking-knee-013012506.html

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Tim Walz to Receive National Guard Award Wednesday

By Jeremy Griffith
The American Millennium Online

Rep. Tim Walz-D MN at a political town hall in Rochester. -photo by Jeremy Griffith

Rep. Tim Walz, who is retiring from his post in the House of Representatives, is receiving one of the Minnesota Army National Guard’s highest honors Wednesday, the Harry S. Truman award. The award for a man who has done little for veterans and veterans affairs is the worst kind of valueless political theater imaginable.

The award ceremony is to happen at the National Guard Training and Community Center at Mankato. Leadership is awarding this honor to Walz for his contribution to the National Guard and Veterans affairs. The question is, to what accomplishments for the sake of veterans is the leadership of the Minnesota Guard pointing too? Has the suicide rate amongst veterans been reduced in Minnesota? Has it become easier for veterans to obtain college education benefits, home loans, career counseling, emotional and psychological support, or housing for those who remain homeless?

While Minnesota is better than other states, there is little evidence that that is a result of anything that Walz has done. Indeed, he talks a good game, but his votes in the House of Representatives demonstrates otherwise. This award may be less an acknowledgement of work or accomplishment on behalf of the representative, but more a way to maintain a friendly relationship with Walz. After all, Walz is retiring his post in the House, and instead attempting to advance his political career to include the post as Governor of Minnesota. A well rewarded former representative may in turn reward friends who first acknowledged him. The outgoing Adjutant General for example might appreciate a posting in new Walz administration. How does the job as chief of the Minnesota VA sound? Keep a clear eye and watch what happens. If anyone wants to see what a self-licking ice cream cone looks like, here is your chance!

Minnesotans in the first district are slowly coming to their senses about the many broken promises of Tim Walz. In the last election, the representative barely squeaked by to defeat challenger Jim Hagedorn by the narrowest of margins. Jim was taking a third and final shot at the representative this election cycle and it is likely that Walz saw the writing on the wall. It might be easier to run for governor, and more rewarding, than challenging his nemesis for a third time and potentially suffering an embarrassing defeat. Walz may be able to shore up more support amongst more liberal enclaves like the Iron Range, Native American reservations and the Twin Cities than he would in his own home district. Indeed, he may well become the front runner once polling becomes available. A prestigious award from the National Guard might bolster Walz’s political image on metropolitan voters who may be on the fence.

We at The American Millennium think that it is high time to stop handing out trophies and medals and finally rolling up our sleeves to do something instrumental for veterans of our state. We feel that Jim Hagedorn is the best person to do that. He will face a primary challenge in the next election as State Senator Carla Nelson. Nelson has a strong conservative record in the state legislator and is a respected leader. Whoever received the endorsement of the state party and emerges from the primary will get the endorsement of this publication. Either one would be much better than any of the liberal democrat challengers, and a much better choice to represent and protect the values of the southern Minnesota voter and especially the veterans who have served our state with honor.

The American Millennium is pleased to announce the publication of our first novel, entitled: Adder: The Logisticians, available for digital download from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Biblioteca. While it is not yet available in printed copies, we hope that this new novel will generate enough buzz for us to accomplish that down the road. If you ever wondered what it was like to go on patrol in the dangerous main supply routes of Iraq, this is your chance. This piece of historical fiction puts you in the driver’s seat next to composite characters representative of the men and women who bravely fought in the Global War on Terror. Check out our author’s page here, and download your copy today. If you like the novel, tell your friends and keep the buzz going. Be on the lookout for other titles from yours truly, starting with “The House on Spirit Lake” a paranormal fiction novel, available soon from Pronoun Publishing very soon.

https://books.pronoun.com/adder-the-logisticians/

http://www.kttc.com/story/36411113/2017/09/20/rep-tim-walz-to-receive-the-harry-s-truman-award

 

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Somali Officer who shot unarmed woman may be impossible to prosecute.

By Jeremy Griffith
The American Millennium Online

 

Minneapolis Police Officer Mohamed Noor allegedly shot Justine Damond after the unarmed woman reported a potential sexual assault in her neighborhood.

Political Correctness in Minneapolis may be costly as well as deadly following the shooting of an unarmed Caucasian woman by a Somali police officer.

Four days ago, Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor, a 21-month rookie of the force, shot and killed Justine Damond with a single gunshot through a squad car window. Damond had called the police to report a potential assault in her neighborhood and had gone down to the squad car to talk to the officers when she was shot. Another officer, Matthew Harrity, who was driving the car, had his window down and reports seeing the woman as she approached. The officer reports they were surprised by a loud noise before the woman approached, and Noor fired from the passenger side of the car, across his partner’s body. Damond’s family is understandably distraught, as she was supposed to get married to her fiancé next month. While Harrity complied with the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension’s request for an interview, Noor has so far declined.

Everyone deserves his or her day in court in front of a jury of his or her peers, and if Noor is charged, according to US and Minnesota law, he is entitled. What might be very problematic for the state is securing a conviction if the evidence leads to such a charge? Over 21 months ago, the City of Minneapolis was hailing Noor as a hero, the first Somali police officer to enter the force. Since then he has racked up three complaints against him, two of which are still open and pending. And now this. If Noor is charged with something like homicide, Noor may face a jury where at least a percentage of the jurors will be Somali, with a very different world view of the law outside of Minnesota statutes and the US Constitution. I predict that if a jury is empaneled by the state, it will be very difficult if not impossible to secure a conviction. A hung jury or outright acquittal is more likely.

The City of Minneapolis may have shot themselves in the foot here in regards to the hiring of what may be an unstable officer. Already the City Police Department has a bad rep because of the questionable shooting of Philandro Castille, an African-American motorist, last year. The officer who shot him was of Hispanic descent and stated that he was in fear for his life after the driver, who smelled of marijuana, reported to the officer that he had a gun.

That incident was captured in part on video, both from the victim’s girlfriend and the officer’s dashboard cam. No such video of the incident over the weekend is available because the officer’s body cams and dash cams were off when the incident took place. Any case for or against Noor will revolve solely on the statement of Officer Harrity.

With a conviction of a potentially unstable officer seemingly more and more unlikely, the only justice the family of Damond may see may well be a lawsuit against the city. Firing Noor for cause may be the best thing to happen out of this mess, and it might just be in the interest of the City of Minneapolis to settle with the family. A lawsuit for wrongful death may cost the city and taxpayers millions of dollars. So much for the cities dream and hopeful pursuit of diversity and social engineering in the police force.

What do you think should happen in this case? Take a survey below!

For further reading:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-justine-damond-mohamed-noor-minneapolis-shooting-20170719-story.html

http://www.startribune.com/after-justine-damond-shooting-chief-harteau-returns-to-city/435651393/

 

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5 Reasons why Trump is the leader Obama only hopes to be!

By Jeremy Griffith
The American Millennium

US Vice President Mike Pence (L) and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R) applaud as US President Donald J. Trump (C) arrives to deliver his first address to a joint session of Congress from the floor of the House of Representatives in Washington, DC, USA, 28 February 2017. / AFP / POOL / JIM LO SCALZO (Photo credit should read JIM LO SCALZO/AFP/Getty Images)

In this article, I will outline 5 reasons Donald Trump is the leader Barack Obama could only hope to be. Notice that I will not be talking about Hillary Clinton in any great depth. She is so bad, she doesn’t rate high enough to get anything more than a casual mention.

  1. Trump weathers the storm in good times and bad: Donald Trump is a survivor as we can clearly see. In business, which was hard for everybody, Trump weathers the storm where others fail. Sure, he’s had companies in bankruptcy, but he has cut his losses and restructured, coming out ahead at the end of the day. His businesses employ many people in good paying jobs. Barack Obama has never hired a soul for a single job that wasn’t connected to government and paid for by taxes.
  2. Donald Trump is a successful reality TV star who has used his star power to mentor others and create more business. People who did well on the show have done well in business, benefitting from Trump’s tutelage. Obama has mentored no one, and no one around him has created a successful business that didn’t find its primary funding outside of government. Indeed, Obama used government funds to prop up so-called green businesses at the tax payer expense, all of which have failed, costing the taxpayer billions.
  3. Donald Trump is a successful author whose book is a blue print for successful business leaders. Obama’s book is a sad diatribe over race and equality, a fictional account about why he is locked in to the vision of an imaginary father he never knew and can’t relate to. At the end of the day, Barack didn’t even write his book, it was ghost written by Bill Ayers, so there you go, he can’t even claim his own book as an accomplishment.
  4. Barack Obama can’t succeed in anything unless he uses race as a weapon or he’s lying about who he really is. He’s got everything he has under false pretenses or claiming victim hood. Trump meanwhile used a modest initial investment from his father and created a billion dollar business that has proven successful for the long term. He won an election that was rigged against him at every turn, cheer leaded by a media establishment who supported the other candidate and lied about who he is and what he stands for.
  5. Barack Obama is a divider. He’s got the whole country in turmoil with regards to race, religion and gender. His enemies are still his enemies. Trump is a unifier. People who opposed him on his election are now working with him on common goals. He has a diverse staff that includes a woman who ran his campaign, and a brain surgeon who found a half trillion dollar government financing mistake in the first week of office. He’s sent enemies clear messages warning them of consequences of messing with the US, like Syria and North Korea. Illegal immigration rates are down and many criminal illegals are already being deported. He has put in place a conservative Supreme Court Justice and is keeping his campaign promises. Obama only gave lip service to his promises, with very little positive result.

Now let’s make a clear distinction between Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton. Hilary is nothing but a 2-time failed candidate. She is by no means the leader off the Democrat party. Barack Obama in contrast is charismatic and active, all of the party’s failures and successes have come about because of him. But there is nothing he has accomplished that cannot be undone by the stroke of Trump’s pen. All of those executive orders he wrote: gone. And as for his signature accomplishment, Obamacare. If it doesn’t collapse under its own weight, which it surely will, it will be replaced by the congress. The Democrat party under defacto leader Barack Obama lies in flaming ruin.

So there you have it, my five top reasons Trump is the leader Obama only hopes he could be. Let me know if you think I am all wet. People praising me on being right are welcome too. Comment below.

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Through the Red Door: my weekend journey to explore communist bookstores and tattoo shops in Minneapolis

Opening the red door and stepping through I felt like I was like Alice falling into the rabbit hole. -Jeremy Griffith

By Jeremy Griffith
The American Millennium

 

So I was invited to do some exploration of the Minneapolis area recently by a close, close friend who was curious about finding out more about a socialist/communist enclave there. Apparently, where he lives he is seeing people with Russian Spetznaz tattoos and his curiosity was piqued. So was mine and I agreed to take a look.

It should be noted that this friend lives far, far from the Minneapolis area, so I was invited to investigate. He didn’t know much. All he knew was there was a communist bookstore in town and around a corner was a tattoo place where people indulged in getting the Spetsnaz tattoos. Spetsnaz are the Russian version of special forces operators and getting the tattoos I guess is a sign of support for anything communist or socialist. I don’t know why anyone who hasn’t served would want a military tattoo, let alone a special forces tattoo. If I suddenly decided to sport a SEAL tattoo, I think Karma would serve me and a real Navy operator would find out and kick my ass, and I would deserve the beating.  While I didn’t find evidence for the tattoos, I did find a book store or two that met the description of the starting point of where I was looking.

Apparently over on Cedar Avenue not far from the University of Minnesota campus there is a bookstore in the basement of a business complex that sells communist literature and propaganda. It’s called May Day books, presumably for the First of May celebration of the birth of Communism in Soviet Russia. They have a parade every year.  On street level at that building there are a number of businesses that rich hippy kids going to school would love to browse, an expensive bike store and a Mountaineering gear supply store complete with a climbing wall training area. All of the businesses on the main floor are connected and you can walk from one to the other. Except for the bookstore. That you had to access through a side exterior staircase that led into a dingy basement. A huge painted logo on the side of the building with yellow paint and bold letters announces progressive books are sold below.

Following down where the arrows point, you find the stair case with a bright red railing leading you down. At the bottom of the stairs is a red door, as red as can be, and through the door is May Day books. I felt like Alice in Wonderland falling through the rabbit hole. I opened the door and stepped inside. I would not have been surprised to see the Mad Hatter.

It’s a quaint little shop with shelves on every wall. It contains only one room and very well could be the meeting place for a failed Hillary Clinton campaign headquarters in that area. At the front door to the right is a rack of communist and socialist literature, most of it not terribly current. The election of Donald Trump has taken a bit of the wind out of young progressive sails, apparently, and nobody has the energy to write anything fresh. I started to browse. A store keeper was nowhere to be seen.

I normally love book stores and I have to say, while I would probably not purchase a lot of what the store had to offer, the titles and subject matter intrigued me. Here was a bastion of liberal and progressive thought, ground zero for the enemy’s propaganda and information operations campaign. This was it and I wanted to dive in and see what the left was saying about my beloved capitalist system and free markets.

A sign above the counter announced that the store hadn’t made a profit since its establishment in 1975, the year it was established. Not something most businesses would care to brag about. I started to look around. There was a lot of anti-capitalist tomes available and one even had the title, or something close to it, “Capitalism sucks and here are 10 top reasons why!”

I found one or two books that would be fascinating reading, no matter the content. One was, “Bible stories for the Atheist” and there was another on a female Palestinian hero who fought against alleged Israeli aggression. There was a lot of anti-Semitic propaganda books, a little on so-called Islamaphobia. There was a lot on the Vietnam war and some on the most recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Most of these decried the evils of American Imperialism squashing ancient Middle Eastern cultures to steal oil, or something like that. Any one of these stories would have been an interesting read. There was a whole wall of shelves committed to Malcom X. Interesting.

A store keeper came in eventually from a cave at the back of the store, greeting us politely. He was an older man with a crooked, painful looking twisted leg. He had me pegged as an old soldier at once, there was no hiding from him, even though I’d started to grow my hair longer. He was a communist, not an idiot. He asked me if I’d been in the service and I said yes. He informed me that he had been at Hue (pronounced Way, Vietnamese, I know right?) He asked me about what I thought about the current situation in Syria. I was non-committal, avoiding displaying my true feelings and talking about Trump.

“I think it’s a powder keg and it has always been a powder keg,” I said, and I left it at that. On the way out of the store the guy behind the counter gave me a leaflet on a veterans for peace organization. I accepted it politely and left. I was proud of myself that I actually made it out of a bookstore without buying a book. That rarely happens.

May Day Books. You’ll find old hippies hanging out there. The young hippies go upstairs and buy adventure gear.

My wife and I went upstairs and looked at bikes and canoes, many too expensive for me to afford right now. I appreciated the irony. Maybe I miss my guess, but the guy’s rent in the basement doesn’t pay for the building, the budding capitalists upstairs more than provide for rent and jobs and revenue for the whole block. There were some nice items there for young rich kids to buy with their monthly allotment from their wealthy parents. There was even a climbing wall in the mountaineering portion. Very cool. My hands sweated just thinking about it. I am not much of a climber.

We left that establishment and found another communist museum to a failed ideology. Boneshaker Books in the Seward neighborhood was our next destination. True to its reputation, they had a lot of books not often found in other places. They got me for about $40 for only two books. There was an Asian gentleman around the counter managing the place, and a young Caucasian woman eating some organic dish right in the middle of the store largely ignoring my wife and I. It’s a good thing we found the place because we hadn’t stopped all day and my wife and I both had to use the bathroom. (One of the bathrooms at the store was down, but the one we saw that still functioned was clean and well-kept.) It was either that or the laundromat down the street which my little Asian wife patently refused to use.

Boneshaker Books. The new progressives like a shinier package for their socialist and communist media options.

Boneshaker Books is a little bigger than May Day and has a tiny collection of rare books and art. On the door is a sign decrying their need to love diversity, being good liberals that they are, that read: “We embrace our Muslim brothers and sisters. All are welcome! Stop Islamaphobia!” I wonder if the bookseller would be as welcoming if they knew I was a diehard conservative with libertarian leanings? My wife and I didn’t fail to notice that there were definitely Somali and Muslim influences in the neighborhood. We entered a grey stucco building covered with elaborate vines and we were not disappointed. I put several books back on the shelves not for wanting to have them, but just to preserve my hard-earned cash. I have too many books as it is.

Off one corridor was a conference room where it appears they had meetings where young liberals talked about whatever young liberals talk about. I didn’t see a sign for the Hillary Clinton Election Failure support group, but I didn’t look that hard. I imagine some of that is going on. To one side close to the entrance I saw a rack of propaganda almost exactly like the one at May Day. Apparently, they’re on the same distribution list. I didn’t take anything this time. On the walls above the books were several drawings by local artists for sale, many of them very nicely done. One thing liberals often do better than we conservatives is art, literature, and poetry. They’re wired that way and they are very good story-tellers. Unfortunately, much of the stories they tell are fantasy fiction. It doesn’t work in real life. But, looking at the art and pursuing the books, I couldn’t help being impressed. I put several books back which I would normally have been very interested in, like history, war, insurgency and that sort of thing. There was a copy of 1984 and Upton Sinclair’s Jungle, which I thought was interesting. (All of these young kids should actually read 1984 rather than just stock it on shelves, but I digress.)

I actually picked up two titles that I hadn’t heard of before. One was a graphic novel called “Pride of Baghdad” by Brian Vaughan and Niko Henrichon. It’s the story based loosely on a true event that happened in Baghdad during the 2003 invasion to oust Saddam Hussein. Apparently, we bombed a zoo, the lions got out, and we shot the lions. End of story. I didn’t care much for the dialogue, but the art of the panels and the premise of the story were intriguing. I give it a 7 on a scale of 1-10.

One of my favorite panels in the graphic novel “Pride of Baghdad”. The story idea of this book is intriguing, the art panels are excellent, the dialogue is kind of lame. I give it a 7 out of 10! -Jeremy Griffith

The other one I picked up was called, “Narco-Economics, How to Run a Drug Cartel” by Tom Wainwright. I think it will make an interesting read and will go along with my binge TV watching of Breaking Bad on Netflix. In my mind, I think it will provide some information for research I’m doing on another story line I’m working on. Wait and see. It’s written by a guy who apparently has done journalistic work for The Economist in their Mexico City office, as well as for the Guardian, the Times and Literary review. I’ll let you know how it is.

I made my purchases at the counter and the store keeper offered us free buttons. “Fuck Trump” they said. That’s why they were free, nobody would take them. My wife and I politely declined and left the building.

An unintentionally funny panel in the graphic novel “Pride of Baghdad”. Instead of generating sorrow, it’s good for a laugh. I imagine this is what happened to progressives who found out Trump won the presidency. First they become incoherent, then their heads explode.

The next stop on our journey was a little shop around the corner, at Tattoo establishment. A tall thin man with ink and piercings came out from the other room. I think we largely wasted our his time, for which I apologize. It was evident to him from the beginning we weren’t interested in getting tattoos, we didn’t seem the type. I was much more interested in seeing if he had any evidence that that was the store where the Spetznaz tattoos came from. I asked a couple of questions about art and pricing, which he politely indulged, and then we left him to his real customers. I was impressed with the artwork that he had on display. If the actual tattoos look anything like the art displayed on the walls, then the workers really know their business.

The rest of the day my wife and I spent shopping at Asian groceries in Minneapolis and St. Paul. My wife is Filipino and once a month I indulger her in her quest for seafood. There are a couple of nice shops that are usually well stocked, but this time were not. Must be a bad time of the year for sea fish? We visited Shaung Hur off of University Avenue which had nothing, so we migrated to the store of the same name off of Nicolette. There we actually did get some fish and shrimp, which made my wife extremely happy. My wife pointed out a weird looking fruit she likes called Durian. It looks like a big, green, spiky alien head. I imagined that if you cut it open, an alien baby would pop out and eat your head like in the classic horror movie, Aliens. They make a Durian drink like a milk shake that is actually a very sweat, white frothy concoction with a green aftertaste. My wife and I stopped around the corner to try one at a little Vietnamese kitchen. Then we went over to a Mexican restaurant next door and had lunch. It was expensive, but the food was good. I had a Cerveza Dos Eqius, which is uncharacteristic for me. I usually don’t drink beer in the middle of the day.  

At the end of the day, I was struck by the oddity and contrast of our little mission to Minneapolis. So many contradictions. Communists decry the horror and unfairness of capitalism, but all around them capitalism thrives, the mountain bike store, the Mexican and Vietnamese restaurants, the Filipino and Asian food stores, all of them thrive because of free markets. Even the communist and socialist books stores thrive from the free market place of ideas. Some would say that their goal is to shut down the debate of competing ideas. I am a free speech guy. Let them try to spread their failed ideology. They can forever be a case study in the museum of wrong thinking. I agree with Sean Connery who said in a movie once that we should be reading books rather than burning them. How else do we challenge our closely held beliefs?

The communists didn’t win me over, and I didn’t win over any of them. But I had a good time exploring enemy territory. Too bad there aren’t any conservative bookstores in that neighborhood. 

For further reading:

http://www.citypages.com/arts/top-7-bookstores-in-the-twin-cities-6576379

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2003/apr/22/iraq1

http://www.boneshakerbooks.com/

http://maydaybookstore.org/

 

 

 

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Real Journalism: The Unreported World now Available on Netflix

 
by Jeremy Griffith
The American Millenniuim

Journalist Kiki King of Unreported World with freedom fighters in Kobani, Syria. – photo credit Unreported World

The camera viewfinder pans over her and you catch a glimpse of a running girl in body armor and blue kevlar helmet, but then her image is gone again; replaced by sky, debris in the streets, sky again, a devastated city with an explosion in the far distance. British reporter Kiki King is in the Syrian town of Kobani with her producer and cameraman covering the ongoing war between Kurdish Freedom Fighters and Isis. They’re running across a dangerous road as snipers attempt to engage them, which is why the camera has such trouble focusing on the action. This is British TV Channel 4’s debut on Netflix of the journalistic public affairs program, Unreported World, which appeared this month.

The TV show Unreported World has been a staple of British TV since 2000, but with the advent of streaming channels and a desire to get away from Fake News and into more entertaining and engaging journalistic efforts Netflix has adopted a season of 8 episodes, each lasting 24 minutes apiece. The first of these episodes is the one described above, called The City That Beat Isis. In the 24 minute episode, King and her cameraman talk with fighters in the besieged city of Kobani as they try to liberate it from Isis. There isn’t much of the sprawling town to save, much of it is in ruin, destroyed by war and coalition air strikes aimed at dislodging terrorists. You can see distant explosions, coalition aircraft circling overhead leaving long white chemtrails, bodies in the streets, and broken buildings. You can see the fear in King’s face as she plods along in her reporting, giving the blow by blow of what is happening in the contest over the city. The crack of bullets can be heard in the background as she reports. At one point, a rocket lands very near her, and the camera falters again as the camera operator seeks cover. “That was very close,” King says, very deadpan and British.

After watching three of these episodes, I’m hooked. As a journalism junkie, I’m enthralled by good reporting and this new series, while being very old, is actually new to America and it has a lot of variety. News junkies like me will dig it. It’s very much in the vein of Vice News and Vox, very edgy with real content from areas of the world often neglected by the mainstream media. The second episode in the season shifted to America where another female Brit takes a look at young rodeo participants in the American south, some of the contestants are as young as 8 and 9 years old and their parents allow them to participate in dangerous sport more traumatic on the body often times than pro-football in the NFL. The episode is entitled, America’s Cowboy Kids.

The kids are typical southern kids, very respectful of the reporter interviewing them. “Yes, Ma’am!” and “No, Ma’am!” are often their replies to the reporter’s questions as they describe why they love their sport and how they struggle through the inevitable injuries and disappointments that come with it. The families involved are very religious, and you see them praying before competition. You can feel a lump in your throat as you see young kids in full protective gear get on to a bucking steer in a shoot and prepare to ride it for a full eight seconds, exactly like the highly paid professional bull riders they idolize. The parents are looking on. The gate opens and the enraged animal explodes into the open arena, attempting mightily to dislodge its rider, which doesn’t take long. There’s a tense moment where the child continues to ride, sliding off precariously to the side as the steer prances and spins. Then the child falls off, and a sharp hoof comes down hard, dangerously close to the child’s body. The rodeo clowns distract the animal and pull it away. The boy gets up from underneath, and runs to the side of the arena and climes the fence. He’s ok.

I really get the sense that the reporters and producers of this series really have their fingers on the pulse of the world and show stories with real drama and impact. Every episode follows a similar pattern, but the formula doesn’t diminish the show, because the stories are so interesting. A very professional looking man in a finely tailored gray suit, introduces the show at the beginning before tossing over to the reporter in the field. There the storytellers take the viewer of the guided tour of the land, issue and concept they are reporting on.

In episode 3 we are in Zimbabwe where a young hip looking black man with dreadlocks is covering non-traditional journalism/comedy critical of that nation’s longstanding and brutish dictator, Robert Mugabe. Reporter Seyi Rhodes introduces the viewer to a group of friends, white and black, who work together to produce edgy comedy and journalism criticizing Zimbabwe’s leader Mugabe. Collectively this group calls themselves Zembizi News, and their brave comedic efforts brazenly attacks the dictator and his yes-man state-run media. The dictator recently tripped on a rug at a political event and pictures of his fall have gone viral, giving these internet rebels a lot of material. Through Rhodes’s reporting we can see how dangerous it is for these talented comedians to be calling out their government. While it would be only natural for a comedy show in the United States to parody a politician, in Zimbabwe, it can be very dangerous and even lethal. Comedy takes courage in Africa.

Eight episodes of this series will not be enough for journalism connoisseurs like me. Netflix, please add more of this series and quickly. Even back dated issues are good. The ones appearing now are already two years old. I predict that Netflix will order more episodes which will be consumed quickly. I the meantime, there’s always You Tube. I have to see the next episode.

You can see a full episode of the report from Zimbabwe from Unreported World’s You Tube Channel here: https://youtu.be/g1wTucQlj9s

 

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Social Media is not the Right forum to criticize other conservatives!

by Jeremy Griffith
The American Millennium

Recent events have motivated me to write a brief post on Social Media etiquette, and indeed, it should be etiquette for the real world as well. Fellow Christians and Conservatives/libertarians should not fight one another openly on social media.

At risk of making the same error as a fellow writer has done this week, I’m going to explain the situation as it unfolded and offer some advice. I’m going to omit any names so as not to embarrass anyone. I was reading a blog post on one of the major conservative media outlets I enjoy, and I was shocked to find a thousand word essay by a favorite author criticizing another young rising star in the conservative movement. It wasn’t just criticism, it was nasty and in my view, uncalled for.  (I think the author called this other person an unkind name or two.)

Really this kind of personal attack in an open forum shows an extreme lack of emotional maturity and deeply damages the author’s credibility more than it seeks to damage the credibility of the other person. Both have said some rather outlandish things, but when they open up attacks on one another in a public forum, it’s the movement itself that ends up bruised. I don’t know the history of these two individuals, but they really should talk to one another rather that air their dirty laundry in public.

The Bible teaches that Christians who are having a difficult time with one another should take their disagreements and attempt to confront one another quietly in order to resolve the conflict. Usually, this involves taking a trusted friend into the meeting as a witness. If the meeting doesn’t have the desired result, then the next meeting should contain a contingent of four or more. A final meeting should include a moderator both parties empower to settle the issue amicably. None of that should be aired in public and actually causes dissension and unnecessary pain in the group. The Bible actually recommends expulsion from the group, if the remedy doesn’t work.

Read Matthew 18: 15-17 NIV

15 “If your brother or sister[a] sins,[b] go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. 16 But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’[c] 17 If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.

This passage is meant for the church, but it works with any group or organization. And really, the attitude people have going into the meeting can greatly affect the outcome. If the participants are adversarial, they’ll just ruin any chance of reconciliation. If the participants are friendly and compassionate, their compassion will pay dividends.  I’m only writing this because I care about the people involved.

There is a wonderful article about this online and I invite people to read it. It is quite long and I don’t have the time to deal with all of it in this writing. I just want to mention it as a reference.

http://www.thefaithfulword.org/confrontoneanother.html

Lastly, I want to address what can happen for a person who fails to receive correction from their fellows. The outcome can be completely undesirable for the one who fails to receive instruction. I heard this story from a fellow captain I attended a military school with. I had a similar experience when I was in Iraq, but fortunately in my case, the consequences were much less dire. This captain was an armor officer stationed near Baghdad. He and his company were on patrol when they met up with another unit conducting a snap TCP, that is a hasty traffic control point. Their purpose was to stop traffic and search passing vehicles for bad actors.

This captain noticed errors and sloppiness in the way the TCP was being conducted. The point at which the traffic was being stopped was too close to where vehicles were actually being searched, a critical error. Additionally, the TCP was struck below an overpass, leaving soldiers vulnerable to attack from above.

The captain pulled aside the lieutenant and his sergeant to discuss ways to improve, but they were obstinate and wouldn’t listen and were hostile to the correction. The captain left, hoping his advice would take hold at some later date. Sadly, within 20 minutes or so, the outcome the captain feared came to fruition. A psycho with a vehicle born IED, car bomb, attacked the TCP, killing the lieutenant, the sergeant, and eight of their men.

When I was in Iraq I had a similar experience. I had some logistics work to do for my brigade at another base and the only way to get there was by ground convoy. I jumped in a convoy heading north from Talill to Baghdad and sat in the back seat of the convoy commander’s humvee. I was a highly paid, heavily armed tourist. There was a young lieutenant running the convoy, and he and his sergeant had things well in hand, so there was little this staff officer had in way of criticism, so I kept my mouth shut and tried to survive the ride.

At a certain point, the LT chose to stop the convoy along the roadside. His lead vehicle crew detected a potential roadside bomb. As per SOP, they stopped the convoy and called EOD to come and investigate. This sucks because all the convoys behind you have to stop as well, or at least that was the instruction. Some convoy commanders choose ignore the risk and take their convoys passed the groups that are stopped. Often with disastrous results. That happened on this particular day as another lieutenant chose to bypass the stopped convoys. Luckily for him, his men, and us, there was no roadside bomb that day, only a suspicious pile of dirt. But there were fireworks!

The convoy commander I was riding with caught up to the other lieutenant at a movement control team check point further on and they had a few words. I hung out in the periphery to listen to the debate. When the discussion threatened to become a fight, I stepped in. I explained to the young officer the nature of his offense and I advised him to correct his behavior. I doubt any words of mine had any affect because later on he tracked us down in the dark on the way back to our vehicles. This time he brought support from his NCOIC, a master sergeant. I couldn’t tell his rank in the dark so I asked him who he was. When I learned he was an NCO, I chewed him out. Last time I checked, master sergeant, I’m wearing captain’s bars, which still trumps your stripes. You’re both wrong, move out smartly! Now I was getting pissed.

I sure hope things turned out ok for those guys, because, they were wrong, and their behavior put the men and women they led in great jeopardy.

There isn’t quite the fallout potential in this case, but there is a potential for great harm. As writers, we put our credibility on the line every time we write something and put it out there in the public. If we use that line of credit to damage the reputations of other writers, especially members of the same party with similar worldview, other writers in our small enclave will take notice. They will see our lack of maturity and instability and will be wary of us. In the end, it is our own reputations that are damaged as members of our small group eventually won’t want anything to do with us, since they will be afraid we will lash out at them as well. Soon we will find ourselves isolated from the larger group, with no way to get back in.

Ronald Reagan always admonished us that we should not openly criticize other Republicans and conservatives, and he was right. My 80 percent friend is not my 20 percent enemy. We’ve gotten away from that practice, and with social media such as it is, we get in front of the keyboards angry, hammer on the keys, and hit send before we’ve really thought things through. That is a huge mistake!

Lastly, I will say this. The Bible teaches that we are held accountable to God to correct our brothers and sisters when they make an error. This is not a correction as a matter of preference, but of major issues with major impact. Some say, “well you can’t judge me”. Nonsense! It is required because our God is judging us if we do not. We should do so in humility because we know we ourselves are imperfect and we should be as open to the positive criticism as we provide positive criticism of others in our group.

I offer this advice humbly and accept others criticism even as I offer it to others. Of a positive result, I am not confident, as I was not confident of that young officer and his sergeant who left us there in the dark. These two young writers, like the soldiers I met on the road in Iraq, may well find themselves trapped in a minefield they created for themselves.

The Author in Kuwait

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Reporter Apologizes for Shooting at Terrorists

Jason Buttrill, center, with Dan Andros, center left, of The Blaze, in Sinjar Iraq with local Kurdish fighters. -photo from The Blaze

by Jeremy Griffith
The American Millennium

 

So The Blaze reporter Jason Buttrill, a former Marine Sergeant and intelligence analyst, has walked back his comments on Twitter regarding his attack on Isis in Iraq with a high powered rifle. We believe this is unfortunate.

On November 8, Buttrill, who was working on assignment in Northern Iraq, took up arms against the Isis terrorists and fired five or six shots through what looked like a PSL or Draganov-style rifle. Buttrill was embedded with Kurdish Peshmerga at the time. He blasted out a picture of himself doing so, with Peshmerga looking on.

Today it seems Buttrill, under pressure from other journalists who feel his actions have endangered other reporters who many come to harm working in areas of conflict, has caved to the pressure and apologized.

Writes Buttrill,

I regret my earlier tweet about firing shots at ISIS. I spent many more years in the armed forces than I have as a member of a media organization. I failed to appreciate that my actions could put the lives of combat journalists at greater risk. For that,I am truly sorry. As a former Marine, I am hardwired to want to shoot at the bad guys. As a member of a media organization, I should have known better. I do now. In the future, I’ll leave the shooting to the combatants.

While we don’t have any reason to believe Buttrill’s apology is not sincere, we believe it is unnecessary. In a normal world, combat journalists could enjoy a feeling of a relative degree of safety reporting on conflict because established nations understand that the reporter is just doing a job and not taking sides. But dictators have never respected journalists who report the truth about what they are doing and terrorists certainly don’t. This feeling of relative safety is a lie and journalists should grow up and accept the reality that they are taking their own risks when covering war.

When terrorists murder children, rape women, behead aging archaeologists, journalists, burn people, drown people in cages, and place photos and video of their atrocities on the Internet for the world to see, they become the enemy of all of us. In a freedom loving world, men of character cannot sit by and watch evil men continue to commit their vile acts, they must respond.

Edmund Burke, the famous English legislator, is quoted as saying, “All that evil needs to flourish is for good men to do nothing!”

“All that evil needs to flourish is for good men to do nothing!” -Edmund Burke

We believe that Buttrill is a man of character, acting in defense of us all against vile terrorists who want to destroy our way of life. Brave Iraqis and Kurdish Peshmerga are in this fight to destroy this evil, once and for all. It is only natural that a real man like Buttrill would want to help and become a part of history.

The Blaze boss and media entrepreneur Glenn Beck has recalled Buttrill and suspended him from further field assignments according to a statement he released. We believe this is also unfortunate. I for one would like to see Beck’s listeners and fans to petition Beck on Buttrill’s behalf and demand that he not be punished for something we all secretly want to do ourselves.

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Blaze Reporter Suspended and Recalled for Being Active Combatant

Jason Buttrill of The Blaze aims a high powered rifle at Isis terrorists in Iraq. photo credit -The Blaze

by Jeremy Griffith
The American Millennium

Glenn Beck’s journalistic online endeavor The Blaze has told Politico and other news agencies that they are recalling a military analyst and correspondent Jason Buttrill, a former US Marine, after Buttrill admits he took a couple of pot shots at Isis fighters in Iraq.

 

The incident happened in Iraq within days of this writing and already there has been a fire storm of criticism about Buttrill’s actions. Online there is a photograph, taken by a peer of Buttrill’s showing him aiming what appears to be a PSL or Draganov-style military rifle with Peshmerga fighters looking on. Buttrill admits that he took about six shots at Isis fighters while at the front lines from very long distance.

 

Buttrill bragged about the incident in his Twitter feed. And got a lot of reaction online.

Journalists responded to the comments of Buttrill, claiming that his actions as a foreign fighter endanger other journalists covering areas of conflict.C.J. Chivers of the New York Times writes:

Here at the American Millennium we have a different opinion, (‘we’ being ‘me’ since I’m the only one!)Since when does crying over a dead journalist do any good? Journalists have been covering war and conflict forever. They’ve always been hated by totalitarian regimes, they’ve always been jailed, tortured and murdered. Why then should not a journalist retaliate against an evil organization that murderers journalists for fun, beheads them, and sends the film of the atrocity to the internet where family members can see?

Mike Glenn arrogantly sniff’s:

Jason Stern of the Committee to Protect Journalists also weighed in writing:

 

Jason, journalists are detained and killed all over the world over false accusations of being combatants. This doesn’t help.

Stop already, you hypocrites! You make me want to throw up. The fact is that these so called journalists who arrogantly sniff that people like Buttrill is endangering journalists are like people who blame the woman who was raped because of what she was wearing at the time. There is more outrage from these journalists about what Buttrill did than for what Isis and Al Qeada has done from the very beginning. I would rather read the dispatches of a partisan journalist who actually recognizes the danger of this enemy than one of these robots who cover the war and don’t take a side.

There’s been a big deal made about the sad photo of a child in Syria caught in the debris after a Russian air strike. The poor little child, in shock probably, wipes blood and tears from his face as he sits calmly in the back of an ambulance. This iconic photo probably is the one image that resonates for most journalists and regular people the horrible aftermath of war. But there is another photo that is no less important. It is the photo of a Syrian man holding up the dead body of a very young child, sans a head. The baby was tortured by terrorists and beheaded. Her crime, belonging to a Christian family. How can anyone look at a photo like this and not have an emotional reaction? How can you not, if given a chance, not want to do what Buttrill did and fire a few shots at the murderers who perpetrated these atrocities?

Read more about this at Catholic Onlie: http://www.catholic.org/news/international/middle_east/story.php?id=56481

I applaud Buttrill, and for the journalists criticizing him, I say, get your heads out of your asses. There is no such thing as an independent journalist anymore. We learned from American elections that all journalists are partisans and have an agenda. Why should not one man out of many who has an accurate assessment of what is going on in the world and want to take part, even grabbing a rifle from time to time.

Buttrill is a warrior, a former US Marine, indoctrinated in the ways of the Marine Corps, protectors of the realm. Who is to say, in the new normal, that a man doing journalism overseas in a combat zone can’t multi-task? There are some who watch and do nothing, and there are those who act. Buttrill is a man of action.

Buttrill is a warrior, a former US Marine, indoctrinated in the ways of the Marine Corps, protectors of the realm. Who is to say, in the new normal, that a man doing journalism overseas in a combat zone can’t multi-task? There are some who watch and do nothing, and there are those who act. Buttrill is a man of action. -Jeremy Griffith, The American Millennium

There is another image that has caught my attention that I’d like to comment on briefly. It is a video of a woman in a train station being assaulted by a Muslim immigrant. She gets off the train and goes down the stairs into the station. It’s late at night. The immigrant, a male Muslim, for no other reason other than hate and spite, comes up from behind her and kicks her hard in the back, sending her careening down the stairs. A companion of this Muslim piece of crap then steals the girl’s cell phone and walks off.

To me this unfortunate incident in a Berlin train station is representative of what is going on in the world. Muslims are taking over the west and they don’t really care about our western values. It doesn’t matter that people like Buttrill are taking pot shots at them. These men, and it’s mostly the men, hate us and they hate our values. They are coming to the west and are taking over our countries so that in some areas you can’t even recognize the place anymore.

We are the girl at the train station. We are getting kicked down the stairs and the collective west is just watching it happen. It’s time we start kicking back.

We are the girl at the train station. We are getting kicked down the stairs and the collective west is just watching it happen. It’s time we start kicking back. -Jeremy Griffith, The American Millennium

Who can forget the vicious attack on the French Satirical paper Charlie Hebdo in January of 2015? Journalists drawing satirical cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed raised the ire of these madmen and pair of gunmen took action and shot up the place. In a two-day onslaught these criminals killed 17 people, including journalists and police. Why then should not another journalist in solidarity with Charlie Hebdo take up their cause, and a rifle, and take a few shots at the sort of people who like to kill journalists for fun?!

French satirical paper Charlie Hebdo takes a politically incorrect aim at Islam.

In my mind there are only two kinds of people any more: those who support the terrorists and those who oppose them. I for one oppose the people who murder gays, women, men, children, journalists, cops, aging archaeologists, who destroy shrines and ancient ruins, who rape women, throw them down stairs and steal their cell phones, who don’t value what we value and take a collective piss on our western worldview. To them I say, better take cover, we are coming for you and we are going to destroy you.

And for those journalists who just stand and watch as atrocities happen I say, You are irrelevant.

Glenn Beck released a statement to Politico announcing the recall and suspension of Buttrill.

Says Beck: “Jason Buttrill is a valued researcher for Mercury Radio Arts for a television show that airs on TheBlaze network,” the statement says. “Given his military and security background, Mr. Buttrill was offered the opportunity for an important research assignment in Iraq. Due to his conduct, Mercury Radio Arts has recalled him back to the US. He has been suspended from further field research assignments.”

Beck should grow a spine and leave Buttrill where he is. I have more respect for him than other so called journalists in the region, who I am going to ignore from now on. Beck’s reaction to this situation is very disappointing.

Special note: It appears that some Islamic thug responsible for terrorist actions in Paris, including the attack on Charlie Hebdo, was killed by the US military in Syria. It’s the US military that keep us safe, not some committee of journalists. You’re welcome.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/isis-leader-charlie-hebdo-attack-airstrike-killed-syria/

 

 

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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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D’Souza’s Miracle: A Patriotic Filmmaker Who Won’t Shut Up!

by Jeremy Griffith
The American Millennium
Conservative filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza.

Conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza.

Dinesh D’Souza, the Indian immigrant to the United States turned patriotic filmmaker, has produced the most fantastic comeback in recent history as his newest film debuts in theaters this weekend. Severely punished on trumped up charges of violating campaign finance law, but really for roundly criticizing president Barack Obama, D’Souza defies government abuse of power and comes back fighting!

 

I watched two great films this weekend, both with great themes. One was an exciting Sci-Fi action thriller Star Trek Beyond, which included a lovely tribute to the old Star Trek cast, especially the recently deceased Leonard Nimoy, the intrepid Mr. Spock. The other film was the patriotic historical film by D’Souza called Hillary’s America, based on his best selling book. I want to talk about the latter one for just a minute.

 

You will remember that D’Souza’s last film about Barack Obama, 2016: Obama’s America became the second highest grossing documentary film in American history. I predict that this latest edition, Hillary’s America will have a running shot at smashing that record! This is the first installment in film of Indian-American immigrant Dinesh D’Souza following his conviction and re-education after a politically motivated judge attempted to silence him with trumped up campaign finance violation charges. D’Souza uses his time in prison to reflect on what happened to him and incorporates it as a theme in his latest film.

 

Most of the time when you run amok of campaign finance laws, you are given a tongue lashing from a judge, given community service and forced to pay a fine. But, if you are a conservative filmmaker who dares to criticize an African-American president and his party, you get the book thrown at you! D’Souza received 9-months in jail and had to undergo re-education i.e. brainwashing, and psychological counseling. You’d think he’d murdered someone! But D’Souza was undaunted, and used his time to study and prepare for his next book and film, one targeting the corrupt Hillary Clinton and her deceptive Democrat party!

 

Interviewing the fellows he was incarcerated with, many of them hardened criminals; he learned the art of the con. There are steps, you see, to becoming a good career criminal and they are these: make a plan; recruit people to help you; make the pitch; execute the plan; and lastly, never give up the con! Petty thugs, organized crime, use this criminal formula and as D’Souza quickly came to realize, corrupt politicians do as well.

 

The American Democrat party has been a party of criminals and the Clintons, Hillary and Bill, are no exception. They have a plan to steal the wealth and power of America and pitch a well-orchestrated con to the American People in an attempt to convince them that they are only working to provide the basics of life for them. That is the big lie. They convince people that they are looking out for the little guy, they get their vote, and then when they get into office, they take their victims for everything they have.

 

D’Souza goes on a journey of discovery into the secret history of the Democrat party and takes us along for the ride. He explores the early days of the Democrat Party to the days of president Andrew Jackson, the racist slave owner and Indian fighter. Jackson is the hallmark of the Democrat party then as now. As a slave owner, he stole the lives and work of African slaves to benefit his own greed and lust for power. D’Souza illustrates this ideology with the phrase, “you work, I eat”! As a landowner, Jackson was a brutal master, stealing the labor and lives of his slaves and punishing them for the slightest malefactions. As president, he drove the Native American peoples to the brink of destruction and then forced the remainder of the Native Peoples onto tiny reservations of worthless land where he continued to degrade and enslave them.

 

This summer I was at Crazy Horse Monument in South Dakota with my wife. Carved in stone higher than Mount Rushmore is the face of defiance, Chief Crazy Horse of the Oglala Lakota Indians! There is a popular theme associated with that monument, a phrase quoted from Chief Crazy Horse himself. When asked where his lands were after the triumph of the white invaders, Crazy Horse pointed and said, “My lands are where my people lie buried!”

“My lands are where my people lie buried!” -Chief Crazy Horse

There is another theme that can be seen there, if you are observant enough to look. This is from prominent Chief and Native American activist Red Cloud who said, “(The white man) made many promises, more than I can remember; he never kept but one, he promised to take our land, and he took it!”

“(The white man) made many promises, more than I can remember; he never kept but one, he promised to take our land, and he took it!” Chief Red Cloud

 

The Democrat Party, the Party of Slavery and the Trail of Tears, has taken everything from Native American Peoples and from the Africans they imported here as slaves. They’ve not changed their ways, but only come up with a new con. Meanwhile the Republican Party has been the party that resisted slavery and championed the rights of the first nation of people on this continent. D’Souza takes us on a historical journey with his film, showing us that the conflict of the Civil War was not one of North and South, as told in the text books, but one of the Republican Party vs. the Democrat Party.

 

Democrats take credit for the civil rights movement, but before they became ‘champions of social justice’ it was the Republican Party that championed that cause and does until this day. The Democrats dragged their feet all the way, instituted the KKK to intimidate blacks from owning guns, voting, or opposing their rule. Indeed, many were lynched by this hideous organization, the military branch of the party, but blacks weren’t the only ones; in addition to 3,000 blacks murdered by the KKK, 1,000 white anti-slave Republicans were also murdered. You don’t hear that in the history books!

 

When the Republicans eventually won the argument and it became clear that the Democrats would soon be relegated to the obscurity of history, for the sake of their own survival, they came up with a new con. They switched sides, but only in public. They would claim to be the new champions of civil rights, economic equality and social justice, while secretly they would be up to their old tricks, stealing that which they did not earn from their unsuspecting victims.

 

Like good con-artists, they would entice their victims, mostly minorities and the very vulnerable, with talk about how they would be the party to help them get a better life, the American dream. What they really were after were the votes to get and keep them in power. When they took over the levers of control, they used them to empower themselves, not the people they espoused to help. That is why the Democrat Party wants to undermine the national immigration laws. They bring people in in great numbers, put them in Ghettos and “reservations”, make promises they don’t keep and then swindle the people they bring in. No one can get out of the ghetto and their one role and purpose is to forever vote for the candidate with a “D” beside their name.

 

Fast forward to the present day. Barack Obama learned from the best Marxist teachers, including progressive hero and con artist Saul Alinsky. Hillary Clinton too was a pupil, she wrote her college thesis about her mentor; but Hillary surpassed her mentor in skill and ability, she took her knowledge past where she found it. It wasn’t enough to continue to push against the government, the leftist progressive movement had to BE the Government!

 

From the onset of Bill and Hillary’s political life together they have been a team for political and criminal corruption. Hillary married Bill full well knowing what he was, an unrepentant womanizer. But it didn’t matter because Bill’s suave air and skillful political speech could woo any crowd and it was what she needed to get what she wanted, which was everything. In exchange for serving to get and keep him elected, she would pounce upon anyone of his detractors, namely the women he had harmed, and destroy their reputations. She was very, very good at that.

 

Together the Clintons built a political machine that could not be opposed. They used their tax-exempt foundation, The Clinton Foundation, to build wealth in the name of charity and they used it to fill their personal coffers. They then used that capitol to help them fight and win political campaigns and gain even more wealth for themselves. One of the most egregious examples of this was the horribly destructive earthquake in Haiti. Ruined by the devastating quake, the Haitian people cried for help. What they got was Bill and Hillary Clinton. The political power couple appealed for cash donations of even the smallest amounts, wired directly to their foundation, and they kept 90 percent of it for themselves. What infrastructure they did bring to Haiti was to corrupt business ventures that directly benefited friends of the Clintons. Today outside the Clinton Foundation in New York, Haitian immigrants still protest the fraud that is Bill and Hillary Clinton.

 

D’Souza’s film is well-shot, visibly interesting and full of well-documented facts. Courtroom scenes, jail scenes and other instances were clearly filmed as recreations, but there are plenty of newsreel and direct historical quotations to back up the filmmakers’ claims. The film is so well made that even the most casual fans of history would enjoy it. Everyone should see this movie, especially minorities and long time Democrats. Indeed, Democratic leaders should fear this movie as it comes out directly following the Republican National Convention and directly preceding the Democratic National Convention.

 

There is a poignant moment towards the end of the film that comes with a call to action. D’Souza is in a high school gymnasium converted to a polling place. The poll booths are set up in preparation of an election. A visibly distressed D’Souza stands in front of the poll booths. He is eager to vote in the election, but cannot. Despite his concern for his new home country, he cannot vote in its elections. His felony conviction prevents it!

 

“I cannot vote in the upcoming election!” he says. “But you can!”

 

D’Souza does a lot for his chosen nation, the United States. He became a citizen here to escape the corruption of his home nation of India, only to find corruption that threatens to swallow the nation that he loves. He admits he made a mistake. He attempted to help a friend as she was running for public office. He broke the law. It was not intentional. But the Obama administration could not let an opportunity go to waste, and the court made an example of him, the punishment far outweighing the crime. It is the opinion of us here at The American Millennium that D’Souza, with his political activism, his patriotism and love of country, and his community service, that it is time that D’Souza is recognized for his contribution. His rights to vote and own a gun should be returned and the next president of the United States, I hope it is Donald Trump, should honor D’Souza with a Presidential Medal of Freedom.

 

That is unlikely if Hillary wins. Indeed, all of us will suffer if the Democrat party wins this election season. The Democrat Party hasn’t changed. They’ve just changed the con, and if they continue to be the party in power, all of America will be its victims.

 

I rate this movie very highly. If you want to see great action, go see Star Trek. If you love America and are concerned for its future, go see Hillary’s America!

D’Souza recently attended the RNC in Cleveland where his film was pre-screened. Watch this great interview with Brian Engleman of The New American Media below.

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Ted Cruz did the right thing at the Convention last night!

Ted Cruz speaks at RNC, fails to endorse GOP nominee Donald Trump.

Ted Cruz speaks at RNC, fails to endorse GOP nominee Donald Trump.

by Jeremy Griffith
The American Millennium

 

Here are my thoughts on what Ted Cruz did at the convention last night in Cleveland. He did the right thing. He used his time to support the party and to encourage his fellow conservatives and Republicans to vote for candidates they believe in up and down the ticket. “Vote your conscience!” That’s what he said. As for making an outright endorsement of Donald Trump, for Ted, that was a bridge too far, but he did everything else, and for that, he should be respected.

I think it was shameful for people to boo Ted Cruz at the convention during the speech, and I think that it shows the character of those booing more than the character of the speaker. Some of them may have felt like Ted made a pact to support the candidate in writing should he be nominated to lead the Republican Party. But that may have been a bridge too far for Ted after what Donald Trump did to him and his family during the campaign. Let us not forget that Donald Trump made fun of Ted’s wife, called him a liar over and over in the campaign, even gave him the nickname of Lyin’ Ted, and made this weird accusation that Ted’s father was somehow involved in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Why in the world would you endorse a man who is so loathsome and desperate to win as to do that? You can’t, in good conscience. You just can’t. And, he didn’t.

But you may say, this is just politics, and he signed a commitment. That right there may be the problem. It’s politics as usual. You don’t have to honor pacts you make with the Devil. You know in one of the memes I put out on the Internet, I compared Ted Cruz to Jesus Christ. I had a picture of Jesus on stage with Pontius Pilate and Ted Cruz on stage at the National Convention. I said, “Jesus was boo’ed Too”. People may say I went too far there, comparing Ted to Jesus, and may be their right. This is what I meant by that.

They boo'ed Jesus too! meme created by Jeremy Griffith

They boo’ed Jesus too! meme created by Jeremy Griffith

Jesus said some uncomfortable things while he was on this Earth. If he was on stage at the RNC, what would he tell us then? Probably some very controversial things that would not be roundly applauded by all. Would we recognize the value of what he is saying? Probably not. Jesus preached nothing but a message of peace and love and forgiveness and because he damaged the control of the mainstream Jewish government at the time, his own people handed him over to the Romans to be executed in the most horrendous manner. His disciples, who preached the same message and healed the sick in his name, were like-wise murdered in hideous ways, with one exception. I think it was John, the author of Revelation who died of old age, but he was boiled in a vat of oil beforehand but miraculously survived. The point is that the mere mortals who were closest to Jesus during his lifetime on Earth suffered horribly for preaching the same message he did.

For speaking his mind and failing to endorse the party’s Earthly messiah, Ted Cruz was figuratively crucified by members of his own party in public. I felt like, watching reruns of that event, that Cruz was like Saint Stephen at the occasion of his stoning.

Other detractors who don’t support Trump, who continue to support Cruz, are being similarly stoned on the Internet by Trump supporters, and I think it is despicable. It is OK to disagree with each other, even people of similar ideologies disagree from time to time. But to let this be the point where we fracture, and where we attack each other in hatred, is unacceptable. Vote your conscience, is what Ted Cruz said. If your conscience tells you to vote for Trump so that Hillary Clinton doesn’t become the next president, then I understand that. If you can’t pull the lever for Trump because of your ideology, I get that too. I’m not going to lose friends over it. And, if I am your friend, chances are, I’m not going to lose you over it either.

As for me, I’m voting for Trump, because I cannot support Hillary Clinton. The Clintons are career political criminals who will do and say anything to get power and money. Hillary purposely destroyed the reputations of women who dared to talk publically about the horrible treatment they suffered at the hands of her philandering husband Bill. She had the opportunity to defend employees of hers at the State Department and refused to do so, letting three good men and an ambassador die. Then she lied straight faced to the families of those fallen men and said it was a video that was to blame because the fact that it was Muslim Terrorists would have damaged Barack Obama’s re-election chances. She had the opportunity to do the right thing at the State Department, but instead she chose to withhold classified documents on her own private server so that they wouldn’t be up for scrutiny by the congress. When the emails were subpoenaed, she destroyed many of them to hide her guilt. Hillary is a liar and a crook and doesn’t deserve to hold high office in this country!

I’m hoping that the appointment of Governor Mike Pence might be a sign to conservatives that Trump is going to moderate his campaign. I hope that Trump is happy to be a figure head and allow Pence to govern. I would be happy with that, Pence seems like a good guy. If the Donald does what he said he would do in the campaign, the country might turn out OK. We need to get a handle on immigration, making a temporary ban on immigration from countries where the environment there is questionable. We need to validate who is coming into this country and what their intent is. I’ve said it before, I am in favor of legal immigration. My wife is an immigrant from the Philippines. She’s now an American Citizen. I am so very proud of her. Her mother immigrated here on a green card so she could attend our wedding. Very nice lady. I love immigrants. We are a nation of immigrants. But we are also a nation of laws. It is a slap in the face of every legal immigrant what is happening now when people just disobey our laws, don’t wait their turn, and jump the border. That is the shame. There needs to be a wall and it needs to be high.

We need a conservative leader who will make America great again. It ain’t going to be Hillary. Her administration will be a repeat of the last eight years, and we just can’t have that. Unemployment, a weak economy, outrageous debt, racial division, indeed division of all kinds, our country cannot survive another four years of that. So when it comes to election time, I’m going to pull the lever for Donald J. Trump and hope for the best. What’s more important, I’m going to go and vote for people I know down the ticket who I know and trust to keep America on the right track, and that is exactly what Ted Cruz advised me to do.


Donald Trump’s weird conspiracy theory about Mr. Cruz being involved in assassination of JFK. -Fox News


Donald Trump calls Ted Cruz a liar. CNN Republican Debate.


Ted Cruz’s full speech at RNC. -PBS Newshour

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How to write a good paper!

by Jeremy Griffith
The American Millennium Online

 

An American nurse gives comfort to a traumatized child earthquake survivor. It's not enough to demonstrate knowledge in a thesis paper; you have to use compelling story telling to attract and hold your reader's attention and get the A.

An American nurse gives comfort to a traumatized child earthquake survivor. It’s not enough to demonstrate knowledge in a thesis paper; you have to use compelling story-telling to attract and hold your reader’s attention and get the A.

I work in a hospital in direct patient care. I’m also an individual who has an advanced degree in New Media Journalism. As such, people I work with in the nursing department who know about my abilities are always handing me papers they are writing for their advanced degree programs in Nursing. And while I don’t know about the concepts they are taking about in these papers, I surely can help them articulate them properly.

Thinking about the process of helping colleagues write and edit good papers, I did some thinking and some research about that topic. There are lots of good web articles on it. One I especially liked was written by Noam Shpancer Ph.D for Psychology Today entitled, “Seven Tips For Writing a good Paper”. I don’t disagree with any item he has written about, I would just like to add a comment or two of my own.

Shpancer has two illustrative quotes in his article that I would like to focus on. He quotes satirist Karl Kraus, who says, “You don’t even live once!” so don’t waste time. He also quotes Ludwig Wittgenstein who says, “Everything that can be said can be said clearly!”(emphasis mine).

Here is what I have to say about that: if your writing isn’t compelling, why write it? It’s more than just a grade you need, if the writer writes a piece that makes the reader’s eyes bleed, then the reader is going to throw that piece in the trash before finishing! For a blogger like me, that means that my article won’t get a like and won’t get shared. For a grad student attempting to enhance their career with a higher degree it means a bad grade that will ultimately hamper their efforts.

Be compelling. Be a story teller. Tell an anecdotal story about how you applied nursing theory and principles into your care at the patient bedside. It isn’t enough to understand Martha Rogers’ theory of Unitary Human Beings or Margaret Leineger’s theory of Cross-cultural nursing. Your professor wants to know that you know how to put those ideas into practice.

Here’s an example of what I mean. My brother several years ago went down to Haiti with a group of fellow nurses and doctors to provide care to victims of the earthquake. For two weeks they saw patients and provided for their needs in the harsh conditions following the earthquake aftermath. Above the daily cares and treatments the doctors and nurses provided necessary for the return of patient health and wellbeing, the health care workers did something else that I thought was remarkable. After hours they would go and pick out a child there at the hospital traumatized by the earthquake and just hold them and talk with them. It was psychological, tactile care to help calm children traumatized by disaster. They would just sit in a chair, and hold the child , sooth them, and talk with them. That’s it. Isn’t that something?

Rogers theorized that human beings are luminous in nature, more and different than the sum of their parts, exchanging energy with their environment and inseparable from that environment. While not exactly being scientific in her theories, Rogers touched on the fact that we are more than just living tissue, we are humans with intrinsic value and while she stopped short of calling us souls, she hinted at it, indicating that nursing care is a little less science and a little more art. Soothing a distressed child suffering from a traumatic event is good nursing.

The culture of Haiti is quite a bit different than the culture here in the United States, and yet we are all just people aren’t we? Leineger talked about the importance of understanding different cultures even as outsiders so that we as health care professionals give quality care that fits the patients’ needs. Understanding who the patient is and where they are from helps us to help them heal faster. Holding a child, understanding their cultural background and circumstances, how is that not good health care?

See what I did there? Now you know I have some knowledge of nursing theory and can tie it in with everyday life, while at the same time telling a compelling story that will keep your attention as a reader. Go forth and do likewise!

One other note: If you use passive voice because you think it’s sciency and cool, forget about it! I’m going to kick you in the shins until they bleed! Reverse German word order might be cool if you are a two-foot tall, green Jedi Master named Yoda, but it is not good when you are a grad student looking for an A on that all-important thesis paper. Once you start down that dark path, young padawan, forever will it dominate your destiny! Use passive voice, you must not! Short, active, declarative sentences are the way to go!
Editing and reviewing a paper is just as important as writing it.

A paper can’t be good if it is not reviewed. If you don’t have another set of eyes to read that paper and give suggestions, there are digital editing tools out there to use. Grammerly.com is one such website where you can upload your draft document and get a second look. While not perfect, it is a start to taking out some of those easy mistakes we all get paper blind to. It’s a tool you can put in your tool kit. There is a free app as well as an advanced app you would have to pay for. You might want to try it.

Enough of my ranting. Go read Shpancer’s article here and a few others like it and then go nestle down in your quiet study area and write that spectacular paper. Good luck, Starfighter!

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Hillary Clinton and Classified E-mails: Different Rules for People Named Clinton

 

by Jeremy Griffith
The American Millennium

 

I’m getting tired of hearing about Hillary Clinton’s emails, but there seems to be a general ignorance about why this subject is important. Meanwhile, Hillary is getting away with murder and the media is giving her a general pass while others would be and have been fried for doing similar dumb things with classified information. Therefore, I am going to attempt to illustrate why this important while avoiding divulging classified information myself.

 

If however, I do run amok of federal law in this blog, and the F.B.I. comes knocking at my door, I’m just going to ask for a Hillary pass and see how well that works out for me. Here goes!

 

In my 22-year career as an Army Officer in the National Guard and later in the Army Reserve, I was in a position to use and disseminate classified information. Mostly it was due to my duties as a Transportation Officer, first as a transportation manager at Fort McCoy for 18 months beginning in 2004 and later as a transportation officer in the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division deployed to Iraq for the long tour in 2006-2007. Here is what I’ve learned about classified information, specifically in what is known as a SCIF.

 

Well, a SCIF, or Sensitive Compartmentalized Information Facility, is a secure room where normal people with Secret and Top Secret clearances with the US government go to get their classified information, either digital, documents, e-mail or what have you. I found a detailed description of the requirements of a SCIF online at the following website and I find that it is an adequate description of the SCIFs I’m familiar with. You can find that definition here. Bottom line up front, in order to access secret compartmentalized information you must pass into a small room that is specially set up for that purpose. It usually has one door, a set of computers set up on a specialized internal secret Internet system that doesn’t touch the world wide web, and you are banned from going into that secure area with cell phones, cameras or other recording devices. If you go into a secure briefing area, the same rules apply. Someone is usually manning the door, you sign in and are granted special credentials. If you are not on a list of secure personnel, you are banned from entering. It’s very inconvenient, but it is meant to prevent intentional or unintentional data spillage of classified information. Facilities that have SCIFs or classified briefing areas are usually surrounded with barbed wire and have an armed guard at the main gate.

(So why the Hell does someone like Hillary Clinton suddenly get classified information on an unsecure device like a Blackberry?! Are unicorns real?! I’ll tell you how. An assistant went inside the SCIF, stole classified documents at the behest of the Secretary of State, took off the classified markers and set it unsecure to the Secretary’s Blackberry, that’s how. It was all for the convenience of Hillary Clinton! It’s also illegal.

 

So why all this security? Why is the government so hell-bent on keeping secrets in the first place? To understand that, one must understand why certain data is classified. Bottom line up front, when it touches the security and safety of a deploying soldier going into a combat zone, the data of his or her arrival into the combat theater is classified, because knowledge of his or her arrival date by the enemy can lead to that soldier’s death by ambush. That’s it in a nutshell. Here is a real life anecdote.

 

When I arrived at Fort McCoy Wisconsin in 2004 I was the commander of a Transportation Movement Control Team, the 789th MCT. My eight-man team was dissected into different roles upon arrival and we were employed with the local garrison unit there that served to help mobilize and deploy soldiers and their equipment to Afghanistan, Iraq and other theaters of operation. I worked as a transportation manager for the post in what is called a MUIC, Mobilizing Unit Inprocessing Station. Basically every bit of information I touched in the orchestration of my job was Top Secret.

 

Inside my office I had a wall covered with acrylic and compartmentalized like a spreadsheet where I could track all the data points touching the mobilization and deployment of all units coming in and going out of Fort McCoy. It wasn’t my brainchild, but it was the brainchild of the retired Air Force Colonel turned civilian contractor who was my boss at the time. (The idea of an Army officer reporting to a civilian contractor is probably the topic of a completely different blog post, but there it is.) In order to work in my office, you had to be credentialed by the post and have a special badge just to get in the door. I couldn’t cover the wall every time an unauthorized person came into the room, so if you didn’t have clearance, you didn’t get in. Done.

 

I would often get calls from different state area commands wondering about the status of units I had mobilized to the post. Basically the two-star state Adjutant Generals wanted to know when their units were departing from theater or arriving back home so that they personally could see them off or welcome them home. I was not authorized to give that information on the phone over an unsecure line! In order to share that information, I had to get the post security manager involved and have him send that information through the proper channels through secure phone calls or email, available at that individual state’s SCIF.

 

Later in my mobilization to Fort McCoy the Good Idea Fairy attacked me and I decided to digitize the data I was putting on my wall in dry erase marker and e-mail to the various authorized personnel. I even proposed to display it in view screens over my desk so that VIP visitors from the respective states could see it. The security manager caught wind of this and just about had an aneurism! I was creating a SECRET document I was told, which I intended to share outside of SECRET channels, and that was a big NO-NO!! I was eventually allowed to build my document, but it had to be classified and sent through secure channels only, thus avoiding the big mess and prosecution for me, and people I worked with in the office.

 

Things got a little different when I was deployed with First Brigade Combat Team as a transportation officer in the S4 logistics section. In my office, which in and of itself was considered a SCIF, I had two kinds of computers on my desk, one for SECRET information, one for UNCLASSIFIED information. Neither system talked to each other. I knew which one was which because the image I had on the desk top, along with the stickers on each told me so. We were instructed that at no time would data from one system be allowed to contaminate the other. You could not take a thumb drive, plug it into a SECRET computer, download information from that computer and then share it with a non-secure system. That was VERBOTEN! I had a soldier in my office do that very thing. He plugged a CD into his secure device, burned some data, then he transferred it to his non-secure machine, where he proceeded to edit out the secure data points and share with other units through non-secure email. The Information Nazis swooped in with their jackboots and took the soldier’s computers away. Both computers had to be wiped and basically what he got back were brand new computers without any old data on them. In addition, since the data spillage wasn’t intentionally harmful, the soldier was given a permanent letter of reprimand in his file and a slap on the wrist. It could have been much worse!

 

Hillary Clinton, the former Secretary of State, a person who should have known better, transmitted and received thousands of emails which contained classified information. As a cabinet level officer, I am 100 percent certain that the Secretary of State has a security IT manager who briefs her on what she can and cannot do with classified information. That guy or gal should be made to testify to congress! He is on the hook for whatever he did or did not brief to the Secretary of State!

 

Indeed, the guy who set up the nonsecure server in Bill Clinton’s basement bathroom has lawyered up repeatedly about his role in setting up this machine to facilitate the massive secure data leak at the request of Hillary Clinton. There was a reason Hillary did this. All of her business emails are ordered to be preserved as governmental documents and are reviewable by members of Congress. Some of the unclassified material is even available to the public via FOIA or Freedom of Information Act request. Hillary knew this and purposefully set up the server anyway as to avoid transparency required of her as a government employee working for the people. And the F.B.I. gave her a pass the other day saying there was no intent to do harm. F.B.I. Director Comey said in fact that there was no precedent to prosecute an official where there was no intent. What?!! Comey should check his records a little more closely!

 

Indeed, the F.B.I. could take a short journey down memory lane to April of 2015 to when it successfully prosecuted Iraq War Hero David Petreaus who was the general who successfully brought an American Victory in Iraq and had him crawling to court on his knees where he reluctantly plead guilty to a misdemeanor for doing exactly what Hillary has been doing, mishandling classified information. General Petreaus handed over classified information to a reporter, who was also his lover and biographer. For this crime he was found guilty and given two years probation and fined $100,000. I don’t know any misdemeanor that carries that big a fine, but I’m not a lawyer. That is amazing!

 

The New York Times, that liberal bastion of media, has said that the F.B.I. was decidedly miffed at the time that the court brought so low a ruling and did not follow through and jail the former general and C.I.A. director. Can you imagine?! You can read the full NYT article here. Here’s a small quote from the story.

 

“The sentencing was a disappointing one for F.B.I. officials, who believed that Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. had given Mr. Petraeus preferential treatment by allowing him to plead guilty to a misdemeanor and recommending that he receive probation instead of prison time. Federal judges are not bound by such recommendations, but they almost always follow them.

“Although the judge overseeing the case, David C. Keesler of United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, agreed to the probation sentence, he added $60,000 to the government’s suggested fine of $40,000. Judge Keesler did not give an extensive explanation for why he raised the fine, saying it was necessary because of “the seriousness of the offense.”

So I guess the only excuse for the discrepancy between General Petreaus and Hillary Clinton is that Clintons are immune from prosecution.

What does liberal bastion of propaganda and Hillary cheerleading Huffington Post have to say about the discrepancy? Let’s go back in the time machine to when the General was being prosecuted and then fast to today following the F.B.I. decision not to prosecute.

From the Huffington Post dated Jan. 12, 2015 from an article by Chris Weigant. You can see the whole article here entitled: Petraeus Must Be Prosecuted!

Here is a small excerpt.

Barack Obama’s Justice Department has brought more than twice as many prosecutions for the crime of leaking confidential information to journalists as the combined total of all presidents back to Woodrow Wilson. Having set this record, there are now only two choices for President Obama and Eric Holder (or his successor): Either pardon Petraeus for any and all leaks or prosecute him to the full extent of the law, in exactly the same way as the other seven were treated. At this point, whether you agree with Obama’s track record of such prosecutions, you’d have to admit that anything else would be indefensible hypocrisy and elitism.

 

 

This paragraph would be as equally meaningful and appropriate if you just take out the name Petreaus and insert the name of Clinton. But really three things are clear in the prosecution of anyone by the Obama administration’s justice department: one, all prosecutions are politically motivated, i.e. Petreaus is viewed as a political rival and Clinton is an ally, although a tenuous one; two, the lack of prosecution for Clinton is just Obama protecting his own legacy as there is no doubt that the email scandal and the contents of those emails reflect negatively on him; and three, the rule of law under an Obama administration and in the future a Clinton administration does not apply the same to the common person, you and mean, as it does with the political leftist elite.

 

There might also be noted a fourth lesson learned. That is, that the main stream media is a propaganda arm of the liberal progressive party and cannot be counted on to weigh facts and evidence equally when it comes to national scandal. Just look at what the Huffington Post says about the Hillary email scandal as opposed to what they said about Petreaus. Huffington Post column by Cynthia Dill dated July 10, 2016, “House Republicans should focus on solving problems, Not Hillary Clinton!”

 

“House Republicans on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee think if they pull every little “gotcha” string, the Clinton mantle will unravel. They desperately insist nothing will turn into something, so here we are again.

“Clinton told committee members in an epic 11-hour hearing on Benghazi on Oct. 22, 2015, that “there was nothing marked classified on my emails, either sent or received.”

That last phrase of the quote above is a flat out lie. A civil rights attorney like Dill should no better. That is not what Director Comey said. Like most blue blood liberals, they think we are all stupid and won’t actually find the video.

For those of us who are not members of the political elite or their propaganda arm, i.e. those of us living in Fly-Over Country, Hillary IS THE PROBLEM. We are sick and tired of corrupt politicians in Washington DC making up different rules for themselves than they do for us!

 

This is not a pro-Trump column, nor is it a pro-Petreaus column. The General had a position of public trust, he personally and repeatedly called upon soldiers in his command to do the right thing. In the meantime he was cheating with his wife with a biographer and feeding her classified information for a book she was writing about him. When you act immorally while in public office, you should get the punishment that you deserve. It seems that justice is meaningless to this department of Just Us and if we elect a politically corrupt power hungry person like Hillary Clinton to the highest office in the land, we are all to blame. We had good choices for this political season and we rejected them. If Hillary is elected president and the corruption continues, as it most certainly will, we will be getting the government that we deserve.

 

A personal note to Cynthia Dill of Huffington Post, but first read this quote from her column.

 

“Americans don’t want police officers to be shot, and we don’t want black men to be shot by police officers. We don’t want our kids to be shot at school, and we want our kids to go to college. We don’t want war with North Korea or to be infected by the Zika virus, and we don’t want income inequality or childhood poverty. What we want is economic security and safety for our families and an opportunity to get ahead. Surely those tasked with governing should be doing something meaningful to address these pressing issues when they are on the clock.”

 

 

Those are all great things to have, Cynthia! I would like to add a few items of my own! We as Americans would prefer that our law enforcement officers not be the scape-goat for every corrupt, career-climbing political hack every time they are forced to shoot a worthless, murderous thug. We would prefer politicians that recognize that the world is at war with Radical Islam and that the war won’t be done until all the terrorists are dead. We would prefer that the liberals in this country respect our constitutional right to self-defense the same way we respect their right to make asses out of themselves through the use of the First Amendment. We would prefer that our Ambassadors i.e. Chris Stevens and his loyal employees and members of the C.I.A. and force protection services, when they ask for military protection, they get it, immediately, and without question so we don’t have to see their flag draped caskets coming home on airplanes!! We would prefer that if that does happen, and it unfortunately did, that the politicians responsible for withholding help would be held accountable, publically shamed and forbidden from ever again holding public office! We would prefer that our politicians tell the truth to the families of those who die in service of our country!

 

And, I look forward to a day when Americans feel it is morally reprehensible to murder an unborn baby as much as it is now morally reprehensible to kill a tiger or a gorilla!

 

There’s my list Cynthia. I think it’s a good one. Have a nice day!

A young Captain Griffith managing the madness at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin circa 2004.

A young Captain Griffith managing the madness at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin circa 2004.

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In an era where the government consistently fails to protect us, Everyone needs an AR-15 in their home!

by Jeremy Griffith
The American Millennium

Milo Yiannopoulos of Brietbart Media, a gay activist and conservative reporter posted recently a photo of himself with a designer hand bag and an AK-47. He says, “Saddle Up Homos. If the government won’t protect us, it’s time to defend ourselves!” or something to that effect. It’s funny, but in light of the Orlando shooting, also very tragic.

Milo is right when he says that the government has failed in its primary function of protecting its people. 49 gay partygoers dead and 53 wounded in a horrific attack at a night club where the attacker was working as a security guard and where he obtained legally the semi-automatic weapons he used to kill. To add insult to injury, the guy, Omar Mateen, was twice questioned by the FBI, but nothing happened.

It is in this atmosphere that I’ve come to the conclusion, I’ve actually arrived at it long ago, that the government is unable or unwilling to protect us against violent extremist. Barack Obama even goes so far as to refuse to call it what it is. Instead of the continued norm of allowing the government to do that job, badly, it is time now for the individual to try to come up with a plan to protect themselves.

Gays have been dying in Iraq and in the Middle East for months as Isis throws them off buildings and post videos of it on You Tube. Nobody batted an eye. Now the Orlando tragedy. Are we now going to wake up?

The president says that more gun control legislation is needed. What is needed is a focus on violent extremists. Whatever Mr. Obama. You are irrelevant. Go into retirement already.

In light of this more recent tragedy, I offer a proposal. If you are gay or straight, man or woman, or transgender, doesn’t matter. If you have never picked up a weapon before and don’t know the first thing about self defense firearms, I will train you. Meet me at the range and I will let you shoot an AR-15  for the first time. I will allow you to shoot one of my handguns or we can rent one to use. I know a couple of places where we can go. If you want to learn how to defend yourself, I will give you your first lesson for free!

My fiance shoots all the time. We enjoy doing it together. She is a slight Asian female. She likes to shoot my Smith and Wesson M&P 15 because of the accuracy and light recoil. We’ve shot Appleseed events together here in Minnesota. It’ s a good time.

I’ve determined that I’m going to carry my weapon more and more, where appropriate. It’s obvious that the gun grabbers are going to continue to try to curtail our constitutional rights. They don’t speak for us. This is exactly the scenario that our founding fathers drafted the second amendment for. They foresaw a weak government unable to defend us all the time, so the onus was on the individual. The technology has changed, the principle has not. Everyone should get their carry conceal license as soon as possible, and beyond that they should train in real world situations.

I’ve been watching a nice You Tube series of training videos out there that train people on various gun related self defense scenarios. It’s called FP.D, First Person Defender. Various gun manufacturers and ammo producers put it on. They have several seasons of short video where they take role players through real world defense situations and train them to respond. You can view the first season here.

I recommend watching FP.D to anyone interested in getting more training on personal fire arm protection. The instructors are vary competent and know their stuff. They will train you at the level you are at. Furthermore, I recommend anyone go find a carry conceal training program in your area. Many of them will rent a firearm to you. I suggest you visit the range before hand and familiarize yourself with a particular weapon before you go. The laws may vary in your state.

There is not a day goes by I don’t think about my personal protection. I remember in Iraq I went to a movie theater in Balad. Everyone in the theater was a soldier and everyone had a weapon, perhaps two. I carried my pistol and a rifle into the theater. I remember sitting down in the theater and a machine gunner was attempting to find a seat behind me with his big bulky M240 machine gun. He accidently bashed me on the back of the head with the but t stock of his weapon. He apologized profusely.

I was in a theater this last week with my fiance. There is not a time I don’t go to a public setting like that and wonder, what if? The Aurora theater shooting hit close to home because I have relatives in the Denver area. What happens I wonder if I go into a theater and someone crazy walked in with guns and started blazing away. I’d be a sitting duck.

Ever since Iraq, I feel naked without a firearm.

I see a lot of people walking around without a clue as to what is happening around them. You people who have your heads up your, uh, phones, need to pay attention and scan your sector. Learn the difference between level white, level orange, and level red. Google it if you have to!

Gun control isn’t the answer. Preparedness is. Time for everyone to take personal responsibility for their own self protection. There aren’t enough cops out there to prevent all crime.

Pray for the victims of the Orlando Club shooting, as well as their families.

And for the Muslims who renounced this horrible attack, thank you. Your compassion has not gone unnoticed.

For more from Milo, go to: http://www.breitbart.com/milo/2016/06/13/milo-gays-freeing-shackles-social-justice-orlando/

 

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