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This beats everything, this has to be a GREAT picture when “far left” anchor of the “View” comes to the defense of Oscar nominated American Sniper. GREAT job Woopie!……..Papa Mike
Co-host of ABC’s daytime talk show shares her impassioned sentiments about the controversial film..
The discussion of Clint Eastwood‘s Oscar-nominated film “American Sniper” continued on ABC’s “The View” Monday.
Moderator Whoopi Goldberg shared her thoughts on the film, which she called, “One of the most extraordinary movies ever made.”
The film about lethal marksman Chris Kyle, who was killed in February 2013 by a veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, recently surpassed $200 million at the box office after opening last December, Box Office Mojo reported.
“This movie changed my life. There’s a reason this movie is touching such a cord, and it’s telling a truth that no one has ever told,” Wallace said. “This movie tells the story of the toll that this has taken on the military without telling you what to think of the war or the military.”
“This movie is perfection,” Wallace added.
“I don’t want to go to war, I’m not going to lie,” Goldberg said. She followed up the admission with praise for the men and women in service. “I worship the folks that decide that that’s how they’re going to do their life. They’re going to give their life, take care of us. I love it,” she said.
Since its release, the film has elicited a polar response from critics, some who’ve praised the film and others who believe it’s too celebratory of Kyle, TheWrap previously reported. Guest co-host and stylist Stacy London shifted the conversation to what has made the biopic popular among moviegoers.
“Bravery has consequences, and that’s what this movie really talks about. No matter what, war affects you whether you get angry or depressed. This movie does an excellent job of showing what the consequences are,” London said.
But he’ll get away with it because it would be raaaaaa-cist to prosecute him. He’ll prolly plead poverty which is what he did when he lost a defamation of character lawsuit brought by Steve Pagones whom he slimed in the Tawana Brawley hoax. He claimed he didn’t have the money to pay the settlement so others paid it for him. One of the “others” was Johnny Cochran. Sharpton is a racist and an anti-Semite, He’s also a waste of oxygen. He is 100% dooshbag. Way to go NBC by giving this asshole his own program on MSDNC.
by Walter E Williams
When gasoline sold at record prices, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said, “I think it’s time to say to these people, ‘Stop ripping off the American people.'” When the average price of regular gas was close to $4 a gallon, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called for Congress to look into breaking up giant oil companies. The claim was that “Wall Street greed (was) fueling high gas prices.”
Today in some places, gasoline is selling for less than $2 a gallon, less than half of its peak price in 2008. The idiotic explanation that attributed high oil prices to greed might now be adjusted to argue that big oil executives have been morally rejuvenated. They are no longer greedy and no longer want to rip off the American people. My guess is that everyone in the oil business would like to charge higher prices. Plus, there’s no legal prohibition against big and powerful Exxon Mobil’s selling its regular gas today for $4 a gallon. Exxon stations don’t do so because the market wouldn’t bear that price.
The attempt to explain human behavior by greed is foolhardy. If we define greed as people wanting much more than what they have, then everyone is greedy. Show me someone who doesn’t want more of something, be it cars, houses, clothing, food, peace, admiration, love or war. The fact that people want more is responsible for most of the good things that get done. You’ll see Texas cattle ranchers this winter making the personal sacrifice of going out in blizzards to care for their herds. As a result of their sacrifice, New Yorkers will have beef on their grocery shelves. Which do you think best explains cattlemen’s behavior, concern about New Yorkers or their wanting more for themselves?
This year’s congressional efforts to reduce corporate income tax will create great opportunities for demagogues. The United States has the highest corporate income tax rate among the 34 industrialized nations of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. The effect of high corporate taxes gives corporations incentives to lower their effective tax rates by engaging in activities that lower their competitiveness and to shift profits to foreign subsidiaries.
In a biting blog post on OAFNation.com, an apparent military veteran issued a definitive response to critics of “American Sniper,” the hit movie based on legendary Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle’s autobiography of the same name. Basically, the veteran asserted that those who have attacked Kyle and the film are completely missing the point.
The author, who signed the post “Grifter,” first praised “American Sniper” because it “finally depicts WHY coming home is the hardest part for most of us.” For him, portraying the reality of how coming home is “almost impossible” for combat veterans is the most significant message in the movie, and one that is being overlooked by many.
Grifter is reportedly a Marine Corps veteran and has served in the special operations community, requiring him to maintain anonymity. The post on OAFNation.com is titled, “American Sniper: The Voice of Veterans.”
Grifter also had strong words for Vox’s Amanda Taub, who accused the movie of “rewriting American history” by not getting into the politics of the Iraq War. He continued:
However, I read a piece by Amanda Taub (just google it if you care to) in which she bashes the film and accuses it of “rewriting American history.” Her point of contention was that the film was too black and white for her tastes. She calls the war in Iraq a grey area, which I agree. I also agree with her disdain at the treatment of the conventional troops in the film as cannon fodder or inferior to the SEALS in importance. However, she smashes on Eastwood’s flick by calling into question the lack of mention of G.W. Bush, WMD, or Saddam Hussein. She accuses the movie of inventing fictional characters for Kyle to fight. I’m taking this as she is mad the movie didn’t take a political stance or mention any of the media hype, hot buttons, or buzzwords normally associated with the war in Iraq.
My answer to that: Yeah, no s**t.
The film wasn’t about any of that because for US, the war wasn’t about any of that. Do you think any of us gave a f**k about Saddam Hussein, WMD, Bush, Cheney, or any of that s**t that was being ejaculated by the news? The film wasn’t about grey areas, because to us it didn’t matter. All that mattered to us was the guy to our left, and the guy to our right…and especially the guy that still had a can of Skoal. It wasn’t that we were willfully ignorant of the issues surrounding the Iraq, or that we were in denial, but when your finger is on a trigger, when you’re face is covered in your friends’ brain matter, you aren’t thinking about “good and evil” or “grey areas.” That is the entire point this civil rights attorney misses, the film was about a man on the ground and the struggle to come home with a head full of grief and regret, not the Iraq war itself.
The reason the movie doesn’t take a political stance because the film isn’t political, he said.
“Yes, it mentioned 9/11, but it didn’t tie it to Iraq. It tied it to Kyle the way it was tied to all of us. 9/11 signaled to a generation that we are not safe, that there ARE people out there that want to kill us, on our own soil,” the author added. “Yet, here is the left, all up in arms about a movie about one man’s struggle in a war. They create paper tigers to go after in order to blackball these movies into oblivion. They refuse to see the good in this film as it pertains to veterans, because they don’t care about veterans.”
“My uncle killed by sniper in WW2. We were taught snipers were cowards. Will shoot u in the back. Snipers aren’t heroes. And invaders r worse.” — Michael Moore
“Hurt Locker made $17 million because it was a little ambiguous and thoughtful, and this one was just ‘American hero. He’s a psychopath patriot, and we love him.’ – Bill Maher on American Sniper
American Sniper had a record-breaking debut. It’s the widest release ever for an R-rated movie, the biggest debut ever for a Best Picture Oscar nominee; it’s the highest grossing January movie in history and it’s already the second highest grossing war movie of all-time.
The movie has already gone beyond “blockbuster” all the way up to “cultural phenomenon” in the space of a few weeks’ time. However, ironically, as the movie has become more popular with the public, liberals have gotten more and more upset about it. You’ve already seen the quotes from Michael Moore and Bill Maher, but that’s only the tip of the iceberg. Just to give you an example of how agitated this film makes liberals, here are article titles that are all currently running or linked on the front of the far left-wing website Alternet.
WATCH: Chomsky Blasts ‘American Sniper’ and the Media that Glorifies It
7 Big Lies ‘American Sniper’ Is Telling America
Eastwood’s ‘American Sniper’ Is One Big Historically Dishonest Action Flick
Bill Maher Takes a Shot at ‘American Sniper’ for Glorifying ‘Psychopath Patriot’ Chris Kyle
‘American Sniper’ Has Incited Death Threats and Racism — It’s Far from ‘Apolitical’
At first glance, this seems to be bizarre because despite that last title, the movie could fairly be called “apolitical,” it doesn’t glamorize war and it doesn’t gloss over the human cost of battle. The film shows Chris Kyle’s friends dying, his marriage suffering and Kyle struggling with the things he has to do. Soldiers are shown on the screen with missing limbs, Kyle is seen at funerals for his friends and it’s made very clear that he has a lot of trouble adjusting to civilian life.
Every liberal may not have a problem with this movie, but why is it that so many do? Is it that Kyle was a sniper? Is it because Clint Eastwood directed the movie? Could liberals just be traumatized from their battles with Duck Dynasty and hate guys with beards? What is their problem with American Sniper?
Simple: their problem is that they don’t like soldiers like Chris Kyle and they detest the movie because it treats them as worthy of praise. Why do liberals feel this way?
1) Soldiers tend to be conservative: Soldiers tend to be almost reflexively conservative; so even the ones who don’t listen to Rush Limbaugh or know who Mike Lee is tend to lean to the Right. Liberals might not have a problem with traitors like Bradley Manning, deserters like Bowe Bergdahl or dirtbags like John Kerry who condemn their fellow soldiers (“randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan”), but they don’t like conservative soldiers any more than they like conservative Tea Partiers. If anything, the soldiers are worse in their eyes because the troops all have guns.
2) Soldiers tend to be patriotic: When I think of patriotism and soldiers, the first thing that comes to mind are those lines from Toby Keith’s Courtesy Of The Red, White And Blue.
My daddy served in the army
Where he lost his right eye
But he flew a flag out in our yard
Until the day that he died
In my experience, most soldiers have a deep and abiding love of country – and Chris Kyle was no different. At one point in the movie, when he’s responding to his future wife, Chris Kyle says,
“Why would you say I’m self-centered? I’d lay down my life for my country.”
The sad truth is that most liberals don’t like America very much. When they think of America, they don’t think of waving flags, a city on a hill and “the land of the free,” they think of a rotten country they want to change before it hurts more people. The idea that there are people out there who are willing to die for this country because they think it’s such a great place is like a thumb in the eye for people who read Noam Chomsky, like Jane Fonda, and wish we could be more like Belgium.
3) Soldiers kill people: Why does Bill Maher think Chris Kyle was a “psychopath?” Kyle was killing bad guys, he didn’t do it for pleasure, he was justified in eliminating his targets and had he not done so, it’s likely a lot of Americans would have died. So, why does Maher call Kyle a “psychopath?” Because Chris Kyle killed people, just like our other soldiers fighting and dying in Iraq. Certainly liberals like Bill Maher would NEVER kill people….because men like Chris Kyle do it for them and the rest of us so we can stay safe. Some of us appreciate that. Liberals don’t – which is why they need to be reminded that George Orwell was right when he said, “People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.”
4) Liberals are Utopian thinkers: Liberalism is a guy using an Apple and an IPod railing against corporations. It’s a doofus with a sign that says, “Who Needs Oil? I Ride The Bus!” It’s a guy eating a cheeseburger talking about how awful it is that anyone hunts for food. The reason that Jack Nicholson’s famous speech from A Few Good Men resonated with so many people, even though he was a bad guy in the movie, is that what he said is such a perfect response to armchair critics who want the freedom our soldiers insure without doing the dirty, dangerous and messy work they have to do to provide it.
You can’t handle the truth! Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who’s gonna do it? You? You, Lieutenant Weinberg? I have a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago and you curse the Marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know, that Santiago’s death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives! You don’t want the truth, because deep down in places you don’t talk about at parties, you want me on that wall. You need me on that wall. We use words like “honor”, “code”, “loyalty”. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it! I would rather you just said “thank you”, and went on your way. Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon, and stand a post. Either way, I don’t give a damn what you think you are entitled to!
5) Liberals view our troops as the moral equivalent of the people they’re fighting: Liberals were very upset that Chris Kyle referred to the people we were fighting in Iraq as “savages.” Of course, if people who deliberately murder civilians, use their children as suicide bombers and inflict power drills and beheading on captives aren’t savages, then the word has no meaning. Unfortunately, liberals have become so reluctant to make moral judgments that they are simply unable to see the differences between our troops and the people they’re fighting.
So, when liberal Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur compared Osama Bin Laden to the “revolutionaries that helped to cast off the British crown” or Ted Rall says, “Do our government’s poorly paid contract killers deserve our ‘support’ for blindly following orders?” they’re revealing that they’re morally unable to see the difference between our troops and the people they’re fighting. Most of us may have seen American Sniper as a film about a selfless hero saving American lives, but liberals saw two groups of monsters plugging away at each other and thought, “If only they could both lose!”