Saturday, January 17, 2015

American Sniper Review

What a movie experience!  We went to see it yesterday on opening day and weren't disappointed with any part of it from a movie viewpoint.   I read the book, as a matter of fact I was about 2/3 through the book when Chris Kyle was killed, and it made finishing the book very difficult for me.  The movie, albeit abbreviated, follows the book pretty much to the letter.

When it was announced that there would be a movie about Mr. Kyle, and the actor chosen to play him in the movie was Bradley Cooper, I was pretty apprehensive about that decision.  I associate Cooper with the Hangover movies, which is about 180 degrees from the story of a war hero such as Chris Kyle.  Rest assured that within 30 minutes of watching the movie, you no longer see Bradley Cooper. You see Chris Kyle.  The acting by Cooper is THAT good.  Amazingly good.

One of the other things I came away with from seeing this picture, is the absolute true dunghole that this place is where we sent our men and women to fight.  The conditions are horrible.  The people that are your enemy are savages, and discerning just who your friend is and who is your foe is a near impossibility. I can't say honestly that I would be able to restrain myself from just shooting everyone that appeared to be an enemy, after seeing this.

The depiction of what happens to men and women that are subjected to the horrors and tragedies of war is very well represented in this movie.  The battle scene that takes place on the roof... oh my Lord... total chaos, futility, heroism, life, death, love and hate. Incredibly captured by Clint Eastwood's direction.

When we went, we were sort of prepared to see another version of Lone Survivor (which I recommend if you haven't seen it).  It wasn't that at all.  It portrays Mr. Kyle honestly to a T, as a Patriot, as an American that loved his country. As a very humble human being that wanted to use his skills that were so over and above what the normal soldier possesses, to right the wrongs that landed us in that God forsaken war.

Another thing that hit us, and was mentioned by an acquaintance of ours... when the show was over, the silence and solemn leaving of the theater approached the feeling of leaving the funeral of a loved one.  Amazing experience.

~Jace & Sally Weber

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

A Happy, Healthy & Blessed New Year 2015

Noah Webster’s An American Dictionary of the English Language, 1828:

Patriotism,  n.  Love of one’s country; the passion which aims to serve one’s country, either in defending it from invasion, or protect its rights and maintaining its laws and institutions in vigor and purity. Patriotism is the characteristic of a good citizen, the noblest passion that animates a man in the character of a citizen.

 Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition, © 2004:

 Patriotism, n. Love for or devotion to one’s country.

 Note how the definitions have changed. With its objective actions, Noah Webster’s patriotism is very different from the vague, subjective patriotism of one who only feels love for his country. True patriotism is not just an emotional feeling; it is action.
Webster’s original definition starts with a love for country, but moves to specific actions; service to country, defense of country, protection of the rights of country, maintenance of the laws and institutions of country and preservation of religion and morality in public and private life. This kind of patriotism puts the needs of the country above personal or partisan desires, as well as above the favor of foreign nations. 

“So the Lord commanded us to observe all these statutes, to fear the Lord our God for our good always and for our survival, as it is today.” Deuteronomy 6:24

In God We Still Trust, Dr. Richard G. Lee

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