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"John McClane: You know what you get for being a hero? Nothin'. You get shot at. You get a little pat on the back, blah, blah, blah, attaboy. You get divorced. Your wife can't remember your last name. Your kids don't want to talk to you. You get to eat a lot of meals by yourself. Trust me, kid, nobody wants to be that guy.
Matt Farrell: Then why you doing this?
John McClane: Because there's no body else to do it right now, that's why. Believe me, if there were somebody else to do it, I'd let them do it, but there's not. So we're doing it.
Matt Farrell: Ah. That's what makes you that guy. "

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"The era of small government is over ... government has to be more proactive, more aggressive." ( Tim Pawlenty 2006)

"You're just petty politicians, who'd sooner sign onto the wisdom of a tyrant in another country, than the demands of ticked off voters in your own." (Neil Cavuto June 2008)

“I didn’t question her patriotism. I questioned her judgment.” Mr. Cheney went on: “The point I made and I’ll make it again is that Al Qaeda functions on the basis that they think they can break our will. That’s their fundamental underlying strategy, that if they can kill enough Americans or cause enough havoc, create enough chaos in Iraq, then we’ll quit and go home. And my statement was that if we adopt the Pelosi policy, that then we will validate the strategy of Al Qaeda. I said it, and I meant it.” (Vice President Cheney NYT Feb. 2007)

"A political party cannot be all things to all people. It must represent certain fundamental beliefs which must not be compromised to political expediency, or simply to swell its numbers. (Ronald Reagan March 1, 1975)

"Oh, no! First of all, if I took one vote away from a serious candidate, it would be a sin." (Al Franken Time Magazine, 9/1/03)

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AAARF On the Red Caret – Lone Survivor

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Red Carpet? Meh. Movie premier, yes.

I am honored to get a chance to see a sneak peak of Lone Survivor Thursday night. Its the story of Marcus Lattrell.

Based on The New York Times bestselling true story of heroism, courage and survival, LONE SURVIVOR tells the incredible tale of four Navy SEALs on a covert mission to neutralize a high-level al-Qaeda operative who are ambushed by the enemy in the mountains of Afghanistan. Faced with an impossible moral decision, the small band is isolated from help and surrounded by a much larger force of Taliban ready for war. As they confront unthinkable odds together, the four men find reserves of strength and resilience as they stay in the fight to the finish.

Mark Wahlberg stars as Marcus Luttrell, the author of the first-person memoirLone Survivor, whose book has become a motivational resource for its lessons on how the power of the human spirit is tested when we are pushed beyond our mental and physical limits. Starring alongside Wahlberg as the other members of the SEAL team are Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch and Ben Foster.


Stay tuned for a review.

Green Zone Tanks – America Doesn’t Care

Monday, March 15th, 2010

It may not be long before Matt Damon needs his own bailout. His latest attempt at demonizing America on the silver screen, Green Zone was a huge flop on its opening. It made just $14.3 million. It took a distant 2nd to Alice in Wonderland which pulled in over $60 million. (via BoxOffice Mojo accessed March 16, 2010 2:50PM)

It cost $100 million to make Damon’s anti-American Green Zone so it may have to rely on DVD sales to make that up.

Thank you America. Thank you for saying no thanks to a millionaire d-bag. Next up Al Gore and Michael Moore.

“Chances” Are You Have Them To Thank

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

Five For Fighting & John Ondrasik are releasing a new album on October 13th, Slices. Ondrasik is a devoted supporter of our troops and has led the way to supporting our troops fighting for our freedom and safety by producing the CD For The Troops and spearheading many USO events. The new one, CD For The Troops 2 will also be out soon.

You can find the first single, Chances, from the new album Slice on iTunes now and the new album will be coming out October 13th.

Support those who support the troops. Make sure you check out Five for Fighting and Ondrasik’s new album Slice October 13th.

Transformers Revenge of the Fallen – Obama’s First Dig

Monday, June 29th, 2009

So we saw the new Transformers movie lastnight, and I have to say I loved it. It was a non-stop action packed movie that was well done and entertaining. I’m a sucker for a good over evil movie and this one was all the first movie plus. Action, humor, Obama bashing…..  a match made in heaven. 

One of the things about this movie that was quite nice to see, the era of Obama has begun. You see, he took some subtle but very pointed shots in this movie. In the first Transformers movie, George Bush was portrayed as a red socked ding dong addict who didn’t have the respect of those who served him and didn’t play a role in decisions. 

Well, in Revenge of the Fallen, Obama plays a role as part of the problem. Yes, the One takes a few Big Screen shots to the reputation, which may be why it has little capability to break through the pedophile media thon. I heard a snippet that it pulled in $200,000,000 since its last Wednesday opening. (That is 4 times the complete foreign and domestic lifetime box office draw for the Academy Award winning Milk.) 

Obama plays a role in this movie as the one who doesn’t listen to his commanders in the field but rather bureaucrats. He cuts an operation which ended up putting lives at risk, and wanted to seek a diplomatic solution to the problem of being under attack….. He was even considering handing over the boy …… every option was on the table….. so says the sniveling little bureaucrat who waves around the permission slip from the President directly…….. 

Anyways, to a guy like me, it was really refreshing to finally see some fair Obama coverage and hollywood treatment for Obama. In the end the good guys in the military decided to do the right thing, which was in conflict with Obama, and they saved the day. It is not over the top Obama bashing, you have to pay attention to realize it, so don’t worry if you’re one to censor out critical Obama imagery. 

I’d recommend seeing Revenge of the Fallen, if not for the Obama bashing (oh yeah, I bet the Hollywood libs weren’t counting on this) but also for a great entertaining movie.

Consider ‘Horse Soldiers’ For Father’s Day

Friday, June 19th, 2009

HorseSoldiersI’ve been listening to the audio version of the book ‘Horse Soldiers’ by Doug Stanton. I wish I had the time this week to finish it up or dig right into the book itself, but it has been a very busy week at work and with evening meetings. But so far I am really intrigued. It is a great story that must be told and heard. 

Here’s something from the author that may make you pick up a copy this weekend for the man of the house. 


This Father’s Day Consider the Power of Legacy

By Doug Stanton

Author of Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of U.S. Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan


Horse Soldiers is the untold story of a victory won by U.S. Special Forces and other Americans, alongside Afghan counterparts, at a critical time in our recent history. Part sociologist, diplomat, part foreign policy expert, the men in the book enacted a nuanced campaign that is a template for the way future conflicts can be approached, and a window to where we are in Afghanistan today. And, according to those who know, their ethos is simpatico with emerging national policy concerning Afghanistan. In other words, these guys got it right. One of the reasons I wrote Horse Soldiers was to understand the world my children would inherit after the events of 2001.

When I was writing my first book In Harm’s Way, I witnessed the sense of sacrifice that those WWII veterans possessed. I was surprised that sometimes their grandchildren hadn’t talked to them about the historic events of that night in July 1945, when the USS Indianapolis went down. With some modest means, I started a scholarship program for the grandkids of the survivors, one of the requirements of which was that they write an essay about their grandfather. This project was meant to foster a legacy in these young people of the sacrifices made by those who had come before them.

Recently, then, I was startled and more than saddened, after hanging up the phone with Betty McCoy, of Palm Coast, Florida, the wife of Giles McCoy, of the USS Indianapolis, who told me that Gil had just passed away after a battle with cancer. My son and I had visited Gil and Betty, making a last trip to say goodbye, although I didn’t want to admit that at the time.

Gil, a WWII Marine, having survived Peleliu, Iwo Jima, and the sinking of his ship, devoted himself to a life of helping others. He was about as resilient and strong a character as you could meet, and yet alongside his own steely self-awareness he possessed real powers of empathy. He never used phrases like “everyone agrees with me so I must be right.”

This idea of legacy, of being bound together around the campfire or kitchen table of shared experience, is important, because it’s in those moments that we move to the heart of solving problems, global and local, big and small. And of all people, I have learned that the people I write about in Horse Soldiers, the modern soldiers of the U.S. Army Special Forces, are trained to walk a selfless mile in another’s shoes during often dangerous journeys meant to create change. And as with McCoy, when I call their actions heroic, I’m using a word they are too humble to use in describing what they accomplished.

©2009 Doug Stanton, author of Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of U.S. Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan. Originally published in the Traverse City Record-Eagle, May 5, 2009

As I said, I have gotten through a couple CDs, but I can’t wait to finish them up or dive into the book itself. But so far this one seems like a must buy. 

Now More Then Ever, Support The Troops – Lord Knows The Commander In Chief Doesn’t

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

Black Hawk Down is making the timely appearance on a cable net this weekend and I unfortunately discovered that when I was trying to get to bed last night.


The tragic events that lead to that movie were a prime example of the dangers a liberal commander in chief poses. Stingy on the funding and heavy on the ignorance. Clinton’s budget balancing at the expense of the military coupled with the refusal to listen to commanders caused those deaths and weakened our might. 

As I was watching it, I couldn’t help but regret how big of a mistake America made recently. We sent another loathing commander to lead our military. President Obama has already said he will repeat Clinton’s mistakes. He’s going to cut the funding for the military. He’s going to weaken our readiness and willingness to fight, the blueprint of the Clinton administration. 

We once again have a President who sees his own army as the biggest problem in the world and to his balance sheet.  Sadly, President Obama is far too eager to do something about it. We are actively engaged in 2 hot battles in a global war and aiding in skirmishes and hot spots around the globe against evil and oppression. We have 2 despotic regimes hell bent on nuclear weapons or annihilation of their neighbors. The world community is more interested in cocktail parties, banning plastic bottles, and taxing energy than they are human rights, crimes against humanity, or religious fascism. 

And Obama is not only cutting military funding, but he is waving the white flag in Iraq and sending the message to our enemies elsewhere that our will to fight is toast. God help us. 

I fully believe Obama’s domestic and economic policies will be bad for America, but we can rebuild our country and restore freedom, liberty, and the right to pursue happiness in America with elections. Our economy will recover and we can reform our government to restore Constitutional order. America will survive Obama – well, domestically, at least. 

But the policies of liberal commanders in chief, like Obama (who btw tapped former President Clinton’s wife to be his foreign policy head) have created havoc and spurred evil around the world. Evil has prospered and people have died. Whether they were the foreign policy decisions of Carter or Clinton, the world is still reeling from their blunders. 

What the world needs right now more than anything is a strong America. What America is providing to the world is just another liberal commander in chief who loathes his own military and wants a weaker more huggable America that will turn its cheek or worse, back on those who need us. This will be bad. What, exactly, the repercussions and lasting scars will be from Obama – are hard to tell. 

Who knows, maybe I am wrong. Maybe Obama can repeat all the same mistakes of his party’s previous commanders in chief and have a different result, but that’s a horse I just wouldn’t bet on. I pray I am wrong and that the dove Obama can bring world peace and a safer America with happy thoughts and military undercutting, but his policies have been tried before and it got us into one hell of a mess. 

And “us” is not just the US. 

As I was crafting this post, I watched Taking Chance on HBO. Unbelievable movie that you must see!


We now have a commander in chief who has slurred the very troops he now commands.


How can a nation who honors its fallen heroes like this have made such a mistake?

God help us. Most importantly, God help our troops and let them know that we support them now more then ever, even if our Government doesn’t.

Teaser – My 300 Review Tease

Monday, March 12th, 2007

So I am about 2000 words into my review right now, but nowhere near a point of publication yet. I realize my fatal flaw, being lack of brevity. I am also realizing there is so much in this movie that only comes to light once you think of it.

So here’s the deal. I am going to work on the synopsis/review, but I want to see the movie one more time, and have more time to write this thing.

Here’s the dirty little secret of the movie though.

There are roles and messages in this movie that the left don’t want you to see. You see the hero, Leonidas, decides to fight a war he knows has little political support, and despite the odds being against him, he wages on, even after his allies waiver. You see the corruption of politics, the notion of pride in one’s nation and way of life, and the duty one feels to defend it at all costs.

More at a later date.


( So a little RF behind the scenes of an email exchanged between me and my accompaniment to the movie, IE my GF to see where this is, or the thought process behind. [numbers] are to help you follow, as this is our stream of consciousness way of interacting and such. I sent her the first 1000 or so words to see what she thought. The following took place from there. )

At 10:54 She wrote:

[1] So far so good. I assume that you’ll warn your readers to be prepared for the death of horses. Just saying.

[2] In reality, the Spartans owned slaves themselves, even while being vehemently against their own slavery. And sometimes perfection isn’t available, but the Spartan’s knew that their way was better. The Revolutionary war springs to mind.

[3] I guess that in my eyes, the biggest thing to take away from the movie is that Western Civilization is worth fighting for . . . even if few show up for the battle.

[4] Errrr, how about I let you write the review and shutup? Sorry.

[5] One last thing, and this actually gets to me in quite a few movies. The politicians are represented as mindless twits who would rather argue than act. I know that none of us wants a dictatorship because that is an insult to freedom. But as a postscript, the politicians get it right and after the sacrifice of a few, are ready to defend freedom with every resource that they have. I don’t know what the next battle was . . . but it would be interesting to know if the Greeks won. (consider this whole last paragraph as a note to me to do a little research).

My reply at 10:58 after another 1000 or so words she hadn’t yet seen:

[1] after 2000 or so words and not even being to the battle scenes I figured I couldn’t just hammer this out. Will you ever let the horses go? :)

[2] there’s a lesson for today there too, but I have neither the brain power nor energy to go there now.

[3] That’s exactly it. Those who know it is worth it, do fight for it. Others fight against the fight, for their own crude power.

[4] yeah, but no you make good points.

[5] No, that’s it. Politicians lose relevancy when men with swords are more powerful or important. When there’s the chance of negotiating, they rule, when arms be taken they are meaningless and powerless. that’s the point of the movie. They use their power to garner more of it. Once the world doesn’t revolve around them, or those swindled to give them power no longer trust them as all knowing, all bets are off.

The key is that they portray that politicians will do anything to get what they want, IE the slime ball politician raping Leo’s wife and eluding to getting what he most cherished. He thought it was of flesh that Leo did desire, but it was of soul. His wife believed as he did in freedom. That’s the whole point or story to be taken. Freedom trumps feelings.

Her reply at 11:15:

You just wrote your review.

My reply I didn’t send:

But I really want to beat a dead horse … (kidding)

But what I was really wondering was: How did I get so lucky?

More will follow.

Teaser – My 300 Review

Monday, March 12th, 2007

I saw300 this weekend. The best movie I have seen in ages, both cinematography-wise, and with its message. There’s a host of subplots and storylines that can teach us a lot about the state of politics and the world today.

The left in America and pacifists around the world will not be happy if this movie continues its record breaking performance in the coming weeks.

I will try to have it up later tonight, or in the morning.

Home Again

Sunday, August 13th, 2006

Well I’m back. I have no clue what really happened in the world when I was gone. I had a great time though with the fam. My sister, her hubby, 4 boys, and pyscho dog came up. We had a ton of fun on the lake. The oldest one is just getting to the point where tubing is fun for me, the driver. The others are still just straight and smooth riders. But the oldest, likes to get airborn. On his last ride this morning, I actually got him to clear the wake.

We watched the movie ‘Failure to Launch’ last night. My sister’s choice, so don’t hold me accountable for the language. It was a great great movie. Funny, and what not. Although the Terry Bradshaw nude scene was a bit too much.

Well, I’m up at the Fortress to catch up on current events. Stay tuned.

RF’s Oscar Reviews

Monday, March 6th, 2006

First off, let me say that I didn’t watch.
Second, who bleeping cares?

Brokeback Mnt Gross $78 million

Pink Panther Gross $69 million – and still going

OK, no one saw the movie, and in 2 wweks this slapstick movie will out gross Brokeback. No one saw it. No one gives a rat damn about what these 2 actors did in the sleeping bag.

And for crying out loud, Wedding Crashers raked in more money ($209 million) than the ‘Movementie’ known as Brokeback.

Guess what movie finished just ahead of the movie to end all social discussion on the importance of gay cowboys? Yep, Dukes of Hazzard $80 million.

Shut up, and I’df like to see us go back to a society where no cares if you’re gay, and if you are, they say good for you, we’d like to give teh award to the best movie now. Thanks for coming, we hope you enjoy the gift bag, no not that kind. Get a room you 2. (Couldn’t resist.)

OK? Everyone stop it already. Recount is not an option. America didn’t give a crap about any of the movies in for the top honor. OK? Move On already!

And to the Strib, it wasn’t too hot for the Oscars, it was too bleeping irrelevant to seriously honor as best picture!


Everyone stop it! Go back to your lives. Hollywood doesn’t really matter. It is more fake than wrestling!