And the winner is…’American Sniper': Reuters/Ipsos Oscars poll

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(Reuters) – If ordinary Americans voted for the Academy Awards, “American Sniper,” Clint Eastwood’s portrait of a sharpshooter in the Iraq war, would be the best picture winner, according to the annual Reuters/Ipsos Oscars poll

The film starring Bradley Cooper as the late Navy SEAL Chris Kyle was cited by 22 percent of respondents as the movie that should win the top Oscar among the eight nominees, according to an online survey of Americans conducted Jan. 16-23.

The Martin Luther King Jr. biopic “Selma” was the second most popular choice with 8 percent.

“Boyhood,” the coming-of-age story filmed over 12 years with the same actors and a favorite to win best picture, was third in the survey with 4 percent.

Nearly half, or 48 percent, said they were unsure which film should win best picture.

Both “American Sniper” and “Selma” have been the subject of controversy in recent weeks.

The Eastwood-directed film, currently No. 1 at the North American box office, has become a flashpoint of debate between liberals and conservatives over the morality of war and the role of snipers.

“Selma” drew criticism from some historians for what they said was a misleading portrayal of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s role in the fight for voting rights for blacks.

“Selma” was also at the center of the upheaval over the lack of diversity in the Oscar nominations announced last week, which excluded the film’s African-American female director and lead actor.

The survey revealed, however, that many people have not seen the year’s top films and Oscar contenders.

The film seen most by those surveyed was “Gone Girl,” the film adaptation of the best-selling thriller that did not receive a best picture nomination. Twelve percent have seen that film.

“American Sniper” and musical “Into the Woods,” were the second most seen at 9 percent each.

The two films that lead all Academy Awards nominees with nine nods a piece, the whimsical caper “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and the dark satire “Birdman,” have been seen by 8 percent and 4 percent, respectively.

A full 65 percent of respondents had not seen any of the 15 films cited in the survey.

The Oscars, to be presented at a ceremony on Feb. 22, will be voted on by the 6,100 members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The Reuters/Ipsos poll surveyed 2,385 Americans online and has a credibility interval of plus or minus 2.3 percentage points.

Green Beret Sniper: ‘Michael Moore’s A Crisco Sweating Waste Of Space Not Worthy To Be In The Presence Of A Sniper’

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Mikey Moore has picked the wrong group to insult.

Via Clash Daily

Green Beret Sniper, Bryan Sikes, hilariously slams ‘cupcake’ Michael Moore for calling American Sniper, Chris Kyle, a coward.

Mr. Moore-

Good afternoon there sweetheart, I hope this finds you alive and well. You can thank our men and women of the armed forces for that, by the way, and that also includes us cowardly snipers. It seems you’ve found time between licking the jelly off your fingers and releasing your grasp of a bear claw to tweet some junk about snipers being cowards.

My buddies and I got a good laugh over the tweet, so I thank you. For a guy worth $50 million dollars, you sure have quite a bit to bitch and cry about. I guess like a moth to flame, you too gravitate towards things that are popular and in the moment — in this case it’s snipers. Too bad for you that your attempt at being relevant via your 70+ year old family experience has failed. It has only made you look dumber than a bag of hammers. Next time you should try something more original than going after snipers for one reason or another…that was so last month.

It’s typical of “men” like you to criticize the intestinal fortitude, focus, discipline and patriotism of a sniper. It must stem from an inferiority complex or something. But hey, it’s okay cupcake. We snipers are thick skinned and the efforts of world class turds such as yourself to portray us in a negative light only makes us laugh. If you and I were in the same room, I’d throw you a smile and gently pat you on the head knowing you’re nothing more than a mouth breathing, Crisco sweating waste of space not even worthy of being in the presence of a sniper. It’s almost funny how people like you preach things like ‘acceptance’ and ‘not passing judgement’ or ‘labeling people’, but then are the first to do so when a person is in some way dissimilar from you.

So tenderfoot, I leave you with this final thought: what if you found yourself in some sort of hostage situation where you were held at knife-point by some crazed person and they were dead set on making an example of you by bleeding you out on Hollywood Blvd in front of the world, and the only way out was with the precision aimed fire of a sniper? Would you want that coward to take the shot? Because knowing how you feel about snipers such as myself and your hatred of firearms, I’d probably drop the mag, roll the bolt and go get a Jack & Coke before helping you out.

Very Respectfully,
Sikes

Random Thoughts

 

Random thoughts as we age …

The biggest lie I tell myself is …”I don’t need to write that down, I’ll remember it.”

Wouldn’t it be great if we could put ourselves in the dryer for ten minutes; come out wrinkle-free and three sizes smaller!

Last year I joined a support group for procrastinators. We haven’t met yet!

I don’t trip over things, I do random gravity checks!

I don’t need anger management. I need people to stop pissing me off!

Old age is coming at a really bad time!

Lord grant me the strength to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can & the friends to post my bail when I finally snap!

I don’t have white hair. I have “wisdom highlights”. I’m just very wise.

My people skills are just fine. It’s my tolerance to idiots that needs work.

Teach your daughter how to shoot, because a restraining order is just a piece of paper.

If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would’ve put them on my knees.

The kids text me “plz” which is shorter than please. I text back “no” which is shorter than “yes” .

I’m going to retire and live off of my savings. Not sure what I’ll do that second week.

When did it change from “We the people” to “screw the people” ?

Even duct tape can’t fix stupid … but it can muffle the sound!

Why do I have to press one for English when you’re just gonna transfer me to someone I can’t understand anyway?

Of course I talk to myself. Sometimes I need expert advice.

Oops! Did I roll my eyes out loud?

At my age “Getting lucky” means walking into a room and remembering what I came in there for.

Chocolate comes from cocoa which is a tree … that makes it a plant which means … chocolate is Salad !!!

Grouchy Old Cripple 

CIA Insider: “Forget Iran, Iraq, Ukraine, And Syria, This Is Where WWIII Will Start”

SEE THE VIDEO AT THE LINK AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE


By MONEY MORNING STAFF REPORTS

Should the rise of conflicts across the Middle East and Ukraine serve as a warning sign that something much more dangerous is approaching?

According to Jim Rickards, the CIA’s Asymmetric Warfare Advisor, the answer is yes.

In a startling interview he reveals that all 16 U.S. Intelligence Agencies have begun to prepare for World War III.

Making matters worse, his colleagues believe it could begin within the next 6 months.

However, the ground zero location for this global conflict is what makes his interview a must-see for every American.

Take a few moments to watch the VIDEO BELOW and decide for yourself

http://moneymorning.com/ext/articles/rickards/forget-iran-iraq-ukraine-this-is-where-wwiii-will-start.php?iris=302370

 

 

 

Obama Has Big Plans For Alaska, And The State’s Republicans Aren’t Happy

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Alaska’s all-Republican delegation to Congress is accusing President Barack Obama of attacking the economic health of their state by recommending that 12 million acres of land be designated as wilderness area, a move that would make the land off-limits for energy development.

The Department of the Interior and the White House on Sunday announced its proposal to protect a huge chunk of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, an area about as big as South Carolina that sits in the northeastern region of the state. The administration said only a portion of ANWR is protected, and that officially designating 12.28 million more acres would help protect it for future generations.


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This photo shows Margerie Glacier, one of many glaciers that make up Alaska’s Glacier Bay National Park. President Obama has plans to protect more of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, but the state’s Republicans are calling it an attack on the state. Image: AP Photo/Kathy Matheson
But Republicans, who have said it’s possible to drill for oil in ANWR in an environmentally sound way, said the move would be a crushing blow to the state’s economy. They also said it was announced without any significant consultation with Alaska’s representatives.

“What’s coming is a stunning attack on our sovereignty and our ability to develop a strong economy that allows us, our children and our grandchildren to thrive,” said Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R). “It’s clear this administration does not care about us, and sees us as nothing but a territory. The promises made to us at statehood, and since then, mean absolutely nothing to them.”

“I cannot understand why this administration is willing to negotiate with Iran, but not Alaska,” she added.

Newly elected Sen. Dan Sullivan (R) agreed. “This outrageous action confirms what most Alaskans have feared – that the Obama administration’s war against Alaska families and the middle class would only intensify under the final two years of President Obama’s tenure,” he said.

“This callously planned and politically motivated attack on Alaska by the Obama administration is akin to spitting in our faces and telling us it’s raining outside,” said Rep. Don Young (R). “As if on command from the most extreme environmentalist elements, this president and his team of D.C. bureaucrats believe they alone know what’s best for Alaska, but this brazen assault on our state and our people will do the complete opposite.”

Only Congress can designate wilderness area, but the Obama administration’s decision will offer some immediate protection for the land, and will may force Congress to act on the decision. Given the current makeup of Congress, Obama’s request for a formal designation is likely to go unheeded, and may even prompt legislation aimed at reversing the decision.

In the meantime, Republicans said the Department of the Interior will immediately start managing 1.5 million acres of the coastal plain as wilderness, and said this would stop motorized access to the plain.

“Designation as wilderness would protect and preserve the refuge, ensuring the land and water would remain unimpaired for use and enjoyment by future generations,” the department said Sunday. “Only Congress has the authority to designate wilderness areas and [wild and scenic rivers.”

John Podesta, a counselor to Obama, said that while Republicans have “clamored” to drill for oil in the coastal plain, that move “could irreparably damage this ecological treasure.”

Gov. Bill Walker (I) reacted to the decision by saying it would likely force the state to step up efforts to explore for energy resources on land that’s still left under the state’s jurisdiction. Walker said his state’s finances would benefit from more oil production, and said Obama’s announcement is a “major setback toward reaching that goal.”

“Therefore, I will consider accelerating the options available to us to increase oil exploration and production on state-owned lands,” he said.

 

SOURCE: The Blaze

Flo And Her Boss

Thanks Jim

Stephanie Courtney, the actress who plays “Flo,” gets $500,000 per year.

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In case you didn’t know…..

The “Harley Owners Group”, the biggest motorcycle club in America, maybe even the world, hasn’t found any members that have Progressive Insurance since the word got out about Progressive’s communist affiliations. Their association with George Soros, alone, should bring chills up your back. Oh, you don’t know who George Soros is? He finances the Obama progressive affiliations.


Progressive Insurance….Who are they? You’ve seen and probably smiled at the clever Progressive Insurance TV commercials. Well, you’re about to learn the rest of the story.


PROGRESSIVE AUTO INSURANCE
You know their TV commercials, the ones featuring the ditsy actress all dressed in white. What you might not know is that the Chairman of Progressive is Peter Lewis, one of the major funders of leftist causes in America.

Between 2001 and 2003, Lewis funneled $15 million to the ACLU, the group most responsible for destroying what’s left of America’s Judeo-Christian heritage.

Lewis also gave $12.5 million toMoveOn.org http://moveon.org/ and America Coming Together, two key propaganda arms of the socialist left.

His funding for these groups was conditional on matching contributions from George Soros, the America-hating socialist who is the chief financier of the Obama political machine.

Lewis made a fortune as a result of capitalism, but now finances a progressive movement that threatens to destroy the American free enterprise system. His group is targeting television shows on Fox News.

Peter Lewis is making a fortune off of conservative Americans (who buy his auto insurance), then he uses

that money to dismantle the very system that made him wealthy. He’s banking on no one finding out who he is, so STOP buying Progressive Insurance and pass this information on to all your friends. Chairman Lewis’ gift helps the ACLU promote their anti-Christmas agenda such as:

§ Removing nativity scenes from public property


§ Banning songs such as Silent Night from schools


§ Refusing to allow students to write about the Christian aspect of Christmas in school projects


§ Renaming Christmas break Winter break


§ Refusing to allow a city sponsored Christmas parade to be called a Christmas parade


§ Not allowing a Christmas tree in a public school


§ Renaming a Christmas tree displayed on public property a Holiday tree. In addition to their war on Christmas, the ACLU uses gifts like that from Chairman Lewis to:


§ Sue states to force them to legalize homosexual marriage


§ Force libraries to remove porn filters from their computers


§ Sue the Boy Scouts to force them to accept homosexuals as scout leaders


§ Help legalize child pornography

§ Legalize live sex acts in bars in Oregon


§ Protect the North American Man Boy Love Association whose motto is “sex by eight or it is too late”


§ Censor student-led prayer at graduation


§ Remove “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance


§ Remove “In God We Trust” on our currency


Verify at: http://www.snopes.com/politics/business/peterlewis.asp

or: http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/a/aclu-lewis.htm


All of a sudden I don’t care for their “funny commercials”.


Checked Snopes and Truth or Fiction……both verify the donations.

PS: IGNORANCE CAN BE TERMINAL SO, SAVE A FRIEND & SHARE THIS MAIL WITH OTHERS.

is Ongoing Life Or Death Struggle With Reading Off A Teleprompter

Then again, Ebonics is his first language.

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SOURCE: Weasel Zippers