I’m so troubled by this video of Hillary Clinton in some kind of coffee shop where she had a seizure episode while speaking to reporters that it’s worth giving it the Zapruder treatment and analyzing it section by section.
Section #1: Nothing weird is happening at first. Hillary’s wearing a blue pantsuit, standing in some kind of coffee shop, and she holds up an iced chai drink to her mouth and takes a sip. There is a bearded man asking her questions about Obama endorsing her. This part is actually funny because Hillary hates Obama (and the feeling is mutual), but the reporters are clearly all Obamabots and adore him (just look at the reporters…they are all the Ivy Tower-dwelling utopian types who still drink Obama’s Kool-Aid). Hillary then has to say something nice about a person she hates with never-ending passion, because she needs the Obamabot idiots to get what she wants, which is the presidency. It really amazes me sometimes that these reporters have jobs (and get paid a lot of money). The questions they ask are so insipid. They remind me of eager-beaver honor students at some prep school interviewing someone for the school paper, The Weekly Clamshell or whatever.
Section #2: Keep watching the strange-looking female reporter with the frizzy red hair (I have no idea who she is, but let’s call her Buffy. And her dark-haired colleague can be Muffy). Watch Buffy’s face as Hillary starts to do bizarre things. This reporter missed her calling in life: she should have been a clown at preschoolers’ birthday parties. She is whimsically expressive.
Section #3: The trouble starts 13-seconds into the video, when the bearded man stops asking questions, Hillary stops trying to pretend she gives a damn about Obama, and Buffy & Muffy start shouting rapid-fire at Hillary while jabbing their iPhones at her to record her. All of this activity (the noise, the rapid movements, the pushing of objects towards her) overwhelms Hillary and triggers the seizure.
Section #4: Watch Buffy! Hillary’s making weird faces, so Buffy makes weird faces back. At first it was involuntary and Buffy was genuinely surprised and shocked…then Buffy seems to think that Hillary was playing around and joking, so Buffy then plays back and makes weird faces too. The whole thing is so strange. I’m 40 years old now. I’ve been actively following politics for my entire adult life and writing about politics for almost 10 years now. I’ve never seen anything as strange as this Buffy-Hillary moment. Of course no one in the Media is reporting on any of this. But, it’s easily the strangest damn thing I’ve ever seen two people do in public. And I live in Boystown.
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Before we get into any of this, let’s be clear that I’m not a medical professional and I am only following clues left by others and working off my own observations of Hillary Clinton’s strange behavior lately. I’ve been observing Hillary since the 1990s, as I used to admire her, root for her, and for many years I wanted her to become the first female President of the United States. So, it stings more than you could ever know for me to say that here in 2016 I am deeply concerned that Hillary Clinton could be gravely ill or otherwise now have some strange brain problem that would dangerously impact her abilities to be president.
This is a large part of why I am not supporting her bid for the White House this year.
A theory that makes a lot of sense to me is that Hillary Clinton is experiencing what are known as “absence seizures.” Two examples of these are her strange behavior after her convention acceptance speech in Philadelphia (the bizarre faces she made looking at all the balloons, like she had become a toddler staring at a mobile above her crib) and the unsettling moment at a campaign stump event where she zoned out, looked frightened, and needed a Handler to walk her back to reality and calm her down.
Compare Hillary’s behavior in these instances with the behavior of these children afflicted with ABSENCE SEIZURES, where the children have been diagnosed as being prone to absence seizures:
Example #1: Hillary zoning out = Watch how her face just goes blank. The Media reported this as Hillary becoming afraid of something or someone in the crowd, but is that what really happened? Watch how the large black man who is her Handler sweeps in. He pushes the Secret Service agents away because he knows what is happening. Hillary is not in danger. She is not afraid of anything. She is having an absence seizure. Listen to what he says to her to calm her down. And then watch the video of the boy “Tyler” having an absence seizure and listen to what Tyler’s dad says to him. It’s very similar to what the Handler said to Hillary.
Absence Seizure Video-1 = Listen to what Tyler’s dad says to him. Compare it to what Hillary’s Handler said to her during the weird moment in her campaign speech.
Example #2: Hillary with balloons = In this video, Paul Joseph Watson (my new crush in life) runs through several of Hillary’s bizarre episodes recently where he argues that she is having strokes/seizures that the Media refuses to report on. Compare her bizarre laughing to the laughing in the second ABSENCE SEIZURE video.
Absence Seizure Video-2 = Watch all things happening to this child who is afflicted with ABSENCE SEIZURES. Compare to the things happening to Hillary Clinton. It seems likely this is what her problem is.
According to the Epilepsy Foundation, absence seizures are often referred to as “petite mal seizures” (as opposed to grand mal seizures). They involve briefly losing consciousness and coming back quickly, but with memory loss from the time surrounding the seizure. The “absence” is a mental absence, as if the person left their body for a moment or two. People around that person bring them back to reality by calling out to them, directing them to come back around, and propping them up so they don’t fall while they are “absent” during the petite mal seizure.
Overbreathing or photic stimulation can bring on the absence seizures. So, if Hillary over exerts herself, she experiences these. If she has too much optical stimulation with too many things coming at her at once or whirl of things around her, she has a seizure.
Just imagine her standing there on the stage at the convention and all the confetti and balloons come down. That’s probably what triggered that bizarre reaction from her. During the campaign event, her eyes were overstimulated by everyone in the crowd and she then experienced a resulting seizure.
Something called ethosuximide is used to treat absence seizures, as well as another drug called clonazepam. At this point, we’ve reached the limit of any medical knowledge I have. I don’t feel comfortable speculating on these drugs and if it’s likely that Hillary Clinton is being administered either of these (or others). However, after she had her freak out with the balloon at the convention, there were photos of her and her Handler walking down a corridor with Bill Clinton behind them. The big black Handler had some kind of syringe in his hand, ready to administer it. So, he’s there to give her a shot of something when she needs it.
There are days when Hillary seems to be wearing very heavy and bulky coats where she’s clearly hiding something. She never did this back in 2008. I don’t think she’s trying to hide weight gain, as she’s mostly the shape/weight she was in back in 2008. On some days, does she need to hide some kind of medical device or other personal thing related to absence seizures? Out of respect for her, I don’t want to speculate on what the bulky coats could be hiding…but if she’s losing consciousness is she also losing control of functions during those episodes…and so could the bulky coats be hiding something she’s wearing in case she has an embarrassing issue during the seizures?
Are some days worse for the seizures than others? Can they predict them somehow? Or does she wear the big bulky coats on days when she can’t get away quickly if something bad happens or she has to be on stage longer than she would like to be, so she wears protection during those events and the coat hides what she’s wearing? On days when she can just do a quick speech and then get off the stage maybe she does not need to wear whatever it is and chances not having it. Lately she does seem to hide under heavy, bulky coats even when it is 80-degree+ weather if she’s going to be at a long event. When she’s walking on to a stage and leaving in less than an hour, she’s in the pantsuits that she always used to wear all the time.
I have no idea what causes absence seizures/petite mal seizures. Are these in any way linked to blood thinners or head injuries? Sometime in 2010, it seems that Hillary started falling down a lot. She fell going into the White House one time, I believe in 2010. Then in 2012, she fell going onto her plane after climbing many stairs. Did that climb cause her to have an absence seizure due to overbreathing? In 2013, she apparently received treatment for a blood clot.
Is this a chicken/egg situation, where the blood clot causes the seizures…or did the seizures and the falling down cause the blood clot?
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[Click above to embiggen: one of the rewards offered for information leading to the conviction of Seth Rich’s murderer. It’s doubtful anyone will ever come forward because it seems likely that Rich was murdered either to keep the DNC’s secrets or to punish him for handing over information to WikiLeaks. This was not a random street crime that anyone witnessed; it was a premeditated and intentional hit job/assassination.]
One of the few movies I own on DVD and watch on a regular basis is the 1993 Julia Roberts thriller The Pelican Brief, which was based off a John Grisham novel of the same name. I like it so much that no matter what stupid things Julia Roberts says or does in real life, I can still watch and enjoy her in this movie. The same goes for Denzel Washington. They were perfectly cast in roles they thrived-in and the movie zips along through twist after twist, leading to one of the best endings to any political movie I’ve ever seen (where Washington/Roberts make a series of phone calls from a news room informing various bad guys that their house of cards is collapsing and there’s not a damn thing they can do about it). Take that, Skeletor!
The 1990s were great for legal thrillers (a genre that Hollywood lost interest in long ago but that remains my favorite kind of movie) and the very best of them all were the Grisham film adaptations. His early books were all centered around these elaborate conspiracies where organized crime, corrupt government officials, and unscrupulous business interests intersected. Grisham’s heroes were always plucky lawyers, law students, or other decent people who stumbled by accident into the story of the century (that no reporter wanted to tell). Murder was used to silence people when they got in the way of the plot, whatever that particular plot involved. The bad guys were always tripped up in some clever way and the schemes collapsed in the end.
After watching The Pelican Brief again last night (and marveling at how well it holds up, all these years later), I’m struck by just how many John Grisham conventions are alive and well in the 2016 presidential election. I remember when the movie first came out, around Christmas in 1993, and how back then the thought of the government being involved in murder plots seemed so outrageous and unthinkable. In the 1990s, people still talked about Watergate and everything the Nixon White House did…and we of course at that point had the Iran-Contra mess and the Clintons’ Whitewater saga and Travelgate and all of that…but people at the highest levels of government casually murdering people on US soil was a totally alien concept, a peek into BizarroWorld. We lived in America — the United States — not a South American banana republic where the government behaved that way and got away with it.
I’m torn on whether or not the Grisham style political thriller is even fun anymore or if our world has gotten so surreal and strange in the last few years that we might not still even need fiction like this. Maybe that’s why Hollywood stopped making these Pelican Brief sort of movies. They aren’t needed because people can just flip on the news and see something even more bizarre than Grisham could ever conceive.
I tend to believe that what we are experiencing is not an increase in bizarre murder plots…but that we’re just hearing about these kinds of things and are able to connect the dots in 2016 in ways we never could before, due to social media mainly. Perhaps the government has always been killing people like this and the Media would just not report on it…and anyone who put some of the pieces together would just be called crazy and told to shut up. People can be scared easily into being quiet. There was a quote somewhere that I can’t find now attributed to Bill Clinton at some point where he bemoaned the rise of the Internet and how it made it harder to control the narrative. Politicians liked it much better when the Media controlled what people were allowed to know. Everything was much easier to spin and cover-up than it is now. But, even with all the access to information, it still feels like we’re putting puzzle pieces together in the dark (while forces in our own government endeavor to keep us from ever figuring it all out). None of this is exciting or fun the way it is in a movie or book. It’s all pretty exhausting and soul-crushing. We’re really in uncharted territory as a country, because our real-life political process now seems ripped from the pages of a political thriller.
Did anyone want this? I didn’t sign up for this. Don’t look at me, I was the one perfectly happy watching Pelican Brief once in a while. I didn’t need any of the following to keep me entertained:
1. How stupid does the government think we are, like we can’t see that people are clearly being murdered all over the place because the government wants them murdered? John Grisham books have a lot of murders in them. The Pelican Brief starts off with the assassination of two SCOTUS Justices. One of them was an ancient man who was the arch-Leftist Justice on the court…and the other was a closeted gay Justice. Since the movie came out in 1993, the gay Justice was murdered in a sleazy porno theater and when the president learned of the assassination he was told that the Justice was killed in “some queer club.” The president then makes a weird remark later about being willing to attend his funeral anyway, even though he was “like that” or something to that effect. It’s really interesting watching how differently movies from when I was in high school treated gay people compared to today…no way they would have gotten away with any of this now. After those two assassinations, there are a lot of other murders too. An environmental lawyer figures out that the firm he works for is linked to the assassinations and he makes a videotape revealing everything he knows (and then hides the tape in a safety deposit box). He’s murdered, of course…and the tape becomes a McGuffin that Washington/Roberts have to find. Other people are murdered who don’t really know much, but just kind of got in the way here and there. Because the people doing all the killing are so closely linked to the White House, they don’t even bother to make any of this stuff look like accidents or suicides or anything. They blow people up, shoot them in broad daylight, etc.
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[Click above to embiggen: people are specifically chosen based on race/appearance/Diversity! quotient to be on-camera during a political candidate’s speeches. There is no way that the Muslim Orlando Shooter’s father, Seddique Mateen, was not purposely hand-selected to stand where he was during Hillary’s speech.]
Everyone is talking about the bizarre occurrence of the Muslim Orlando Shooter’s father, Seddique Mateen, being prominently positioned directly behind Hillary Clinton at a campaign rally in Florida. The Media is trying to write this story as if it was just a coincidence and it happened by chance…but that’s not how these rallies work. The people standing behind the candidate are heavily stage-managed for optics and “Diversity!”.
The truth is that every campaign has someone who creates a human backdrop for a candidate…and that means if a white candidate is running, they want to have as many black people and Hispanic people or Asian people as possible directly behind the candidate so they appear in every shot like props. (If a black candidate is running, then the opposite is true…and as many old white people as possible are shoved into the frame to create the optics that white people love that particular black candidate.) The campaign wants nice looking people in that spot. People who do not look crazy. People who look like the type of neighbors and friends everyone wants to have.
There’s an article on Yahoo that calls this “creating a tapestry,” but what it’s really about is avoiding any problems with optics. A campaign wants to take away Internet trolls’ ability to call the candidate racist for not having any black people at the rally…so staffers obsessively look for black people to stand behind the candidate. Next, they look for brown people after they’ve got the black people covered. Then they look for Asians. They must have someone who is in a wheelchair or has Down Syndrome or has some other visual handicap as well. If possible, they find a flamboyantly young, cute gay guy to throw in there too. After that, they fill the “tapestry” with nice-looking people of different ages who seem like they would be good on camera, would pay attention, and would cheer where appropriate. None of this is random or is ever left to chance.
The way these people are selected is simple: as attendees are lined up to get into the event, there are staffers looking at the people lined up like they are casting agents selecting the perfect “Diversity!” mix for the show. All the staffers have clipboards and charts of the event seating area. I don’t know how the Clinton campaign is operating in 2016, but back in 2008 I went to many events and staffers would hand out VIP wristbands or VIP tickets of some kind and that would get people into the special areas that would be on camera. It was HEAVILY controlled. No one would get into that area behind a candidate unless the campaign wanted that person there and the person was given the right ticket or wrist band to go over there. The event attendees who are ugly, strange in any way, or who were not the right look “Diversity!”-wise would be shunted off like cattle away from the cameras and never thought about again.
I don’t think the campaign has the names of most people who come to these events. In 2008, you could either register in advance to get in (and get a ticket to print out) or you could just show up and wait in line. Back then, Hillary Clinton events were VERY well-attended. That does not seem to be the case this go-around (because she’s apparently only attracting crowds in the hundreds and not the thousands), but in 2008 she would get large throngs of people. Sometimes it would just be for the musical guest or other celebrities she had in attendance. I remember one event I went to in Indianapolis had John “Stop calling me Cougar” Mellencamp singing; people were actually fighting to get into that campaign stop, but they would openly admit they were just there to hear a free Mellencamp concert. People in Indiana go nuts over John “My name is not Cougar no more” Mellencamp.
Today Drudge Report is really hammering Hillary’s health problems hard. A recap:
1. Article about how JFK hid all his own health problems before the election; it wasn’t until years later that the full extent of how messed up Kennedy was physically was known.
2. The bizarre videos showing Hillary having freak-outs or stumbling mentally at campaign stops:
None of Hillary Clinton’s behavior matches up with the person she used to be back in 2008. She also now has a large black man who seems to go everywhere with her, but he does not appear to be Secret Service. He wears a pin on his lapel like all the Secret Service guys wear, but to me he seems to be too overweight and out of shape to be an SS agent. I have never seen an SS agent protecting a presidential candidate be that overweight. He’s not muscular. That man is round. He also is not charged with protecting Hillary but instead seems to be babysitting her, which is something the SS does not do. People are speculating on who this “Handler” is, with comparisons being made to the kind of “doctors” that Michael Jackson always had around him.
This man, whoever he is, was not part of Hillary’s 2008 campaign. He also does not appear to be a “bodyman,” like Reggie Love was for Barack Obama during his campaigns. This man appears to serve some kind of medical purpose for Hillary and is one of the people who was photographed helping her climb up some stairs (where she looks like she is going to collapse). In another photo, taken after Hillary’s speech accepting the nomination at the DNC in Philadelphia, this same Handler was seen carrying some kind of syringe as he walked with Hillary. This was shortly after she had her weird episode where she was making strange faces at the balloons (while her VP pick himself chased after balloons like he was a toddler).
There are so many bizarre things happening that it’s hard to keep track of it all. It’s hard to keep up.
I think it’s also hard to figure out when this all started. People like to point to the video of Hillary falling as she boarded her plane in 2012, but she clearly didn’t hit her head and damage herself here:
She seemed to have trouble walking up those steps and when she got to the top she appears to have been dizzy and lost her balance. So something is wrong, and it was wrong before she boarded the plane. Have you ever climbed steps like those leading up to an airplane? They are tough…like walking up stairs in an old house that are very steep. When you get to the top, you are out of breath even if you are in good shape.
The last time I ever saw Hillary Clinton in person was in December 2008 at an event in NYC hosted by America Ferrara called “A Conversation with Hillary Clinton.” It had been announced that she would become Secretary of State at that point. The event was a fundraiser to raise more money to go towards retiring her campaign debt. Hillary seemed like herself then: she had a long conversation on the stage with America Ferrara asking questions. Nothing strange happened. Afterwards, I got to have a picture with Hillary and talk to her for a few moments and she was exactly the same as she was during the campaign when I would encounter her in person. She wears a lot of makeup, to the point where in person she looks like an actress who got off the stage after doing a play. It’s much more makeup than women typically wear and it’s more than politicians usually wear (where even male politicians wear makeup to events where they know they will be photographed). Hillary’s makeup was always caked-on. She would look great from far away where the cameras were, but up close you could see how heavy it was.
I never — not even once — picked up on anything being wrong with how she talked, how she responded to people, how she walked, or how she acted. She was always very much in command in 2008. I saw her up close working a rope line, where people would say bizarre or horrible things to her and she would listen and not even blink and would say “Thank you for your opinion” and keeping moving in a very professional way. Multiple people would be shouting at her — saying TERRIBLE things about her husband, her marriage, Vince Foster’s murder, etc. — and she would not miss a beat. She’d keep shaking hands, she’d look people in the eye, she’d smile, she’d thank them for coming, etc. There was no weirdness, shakiness, awkwardness. None of that.
She wasn’t making strange faces then. She didn’t get rattled. There was one event in Indianapolis where it started pouring rain and she delivering an extemporaneous barn-burner of a speech with lightning popping in the distance. That’s probably the most indelible image of her in the 2008 campaign for me. It was incredible. She was at the top of her game.
Today I am trying to figure out when Hillary started acting strangely. It was before the 2012 fall on the airplane. For some reason I remember her falling in 2009 or 2010 as well, but I don’t see anyone making mention of that. I believe she had a fall prior to 2012 that was not caught on camera and I think that during that fall either something awful happened to her or the fall was the result of something awful happening earlier.
I believe she had some kind of brain trauma or stroke at some point. I’ve read speculation about her having some kind of blood clot. I don’t know very much about those, but having a stroke or ongoing seizures apparently requires medication that sometimes carries the side effect of uncontrollable coughing fits. That’s something else that Hillary never had an issue with back in 2008. I must have gone to 60 or 70 campaign rallies where I heard her speak, many of which I saw her face to face in person up close, and I don’t remember any coughing fits during any of them (not even the one in the thunderstorm when it was pouring rain). She just didn’t have these problems during the 2008 campaign.
Something is definitely wrong with her. I think the public has a right to know what it is. I think candidates should release their medical records or at the very least have an independent person vet them and sign off on whether there is any concern that the person running for president isn’t healthy enough for the job or able to last the full term. Voters have a right to know that.
Today, make a list of all the latest twists and turns and craziness in this election (because we are friends like this and where I come from friends help each other make lists of other people’s craziness). One of the biggest problems with politics today is how oversaturated we are with information…which causes everything to blur, fall through the cracks, get lost in the din, etc. What I’d like to do over the next 96 days is keep track of every punch the Left takes on behalf of the Globalists and evaluate how effective each was…while also charting what the Americanist side did in response or rebuttal. My operating assumption will continue to be that this is an election being waged between GLOBALISTS (Hillary Clinton) and AMERICANISTS (Donald Trump).
Many Establishment Republicans are in the Globalist ranks and are helping Hillary win; to my knowledge, there do not seem to be any Americanists in Democrat ranks. Democrats are a party united behind Globalism. Independent voters seem to be Americanist at heart, but don’t seem to understand that term or realize what they really are. In my opinion, if they fell in line with Globalist thought they would be out and proud Democrats. I think the reason there are so many Independents in the first place is because Republicans have been too Establishment and that Cocktail Party ethos has alienated people who were gung-ho proud Americans under Ronald Reagan. Since the first Bush presidency, Republicans decided to be a party that a lot of Americans didn’t want to have anything to do with…since Republicans became a Cocktail Party for elites that just served the interests of Big Business. There was nowhere for people to go who loved America and wanted the US to be the best country in the world, dominating all others. So those people became Independent. What I believe we are seeing in 2016 is the first-ever confrontation of this Globalist vs. Americanist ideology…and the big question over the next 96 days is if Donald Trump is savvy enough to tap into this at a micro level. If he does, he could unleash a tsunami of support that could sweep the Globalists from power and tear down the Establishment and Cocktail Party for good. It’s a big “IF,” however…because the Establishment sure won’t go down without a fight and getting Americans to feel safe expressing their contempt for Globalism and political correctness will be very difficult. But not impossible.
Here’s a recap of some of the craziness I’ve noticed being covered to some degree in recent days:
1. The Democrat National Committee had to fire three top officials who were busted plotting with Hillary Clinton against Bernie Sanders to rig the primaries. WHY IT MATTERS: It’s rare for Democrats to fire anyone. Of course, these people being fired will have new jobs by Monday with higher salaries somewhere. That’s how life in politics works. But, publicly chopping off these people’s heads seemed to be needed to quiet down the Bernie Sanders Cult (BSC). If WikiLeaks has more DNC emails, it could reignite the anger of the BSC. Enough Democrats voting for the Green Party in key states could cost Hillary electoral votes she would otherwise have locked up if not for the WikiLeaks scandal regarding the DNC’s plots and schemes to rig the primaries.
FREE ADVICE TO TRUMP: There is real opportunity here to fracture Democrats by continuing to pound Hillary over how the primaries were rigged for her and how the DNC was caught red-handed. He should also raise questions about whether or not the NSA has Hillary’s 33,000 deleted emails and if the FBI can get those from the NSA to see them. He should say: “Come on. We all know the NSA has been spying on everyone and gathering up emails. They must have Hillary’s 33,000 deleted emails. Nobody believes she was talking about Yoga. Does she look like she does Yoga? You got to be kidding me. She does as much Yoga as Rosie O’Donnell does Yoga. I doubt the two of them were emailing each other about Yoga. Who was Hillary emailing that she doesn’t want you to see? Ask the NSA. They have the emails. It’s a mess what’s in them. Let’s see them.”
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What: Citizen Soldier, a movie about the Oklahoma soldiers who served in Afghanistan
Why: One of the best documentaries ever honoring service members who sacrifice for us
A new military documentary is worth your valuable time and support. It is available for pre-order now on Amazon and I ask that you consider making it part of your collection. Amazon has it available both as a digital download HERE and also as a DVD, if you prefer physical DVDs.
Sometimes I hear from people who say they do not like Amazon or they choose not to support Amazon, so before I talk about why Citizen Soldier is such a great movie I’d like to tell you something you might not know about Amazon: it is single-handedly responsible for allowing conservative writers and filmmakers to get their work to market in ways that were never possible before Amazon. Amazon’s publishing and distribution platforms allowed Megan Fox and me to publish our own conservative book, SHUT UP! The Bizarre War that One Public Library Waged Against the First Amendment, which let us bypass the whole agent/publisher/marketing/distributor network and completely take control of the publication of our book (cutting out scores of middlemen who would have stood in the way of the project in the old days). Conservative writers who were always excluded from publication because of the ideology infecting publishing houses now have a chance to flourish and reach their audiences, all because of Amazon. Similarly, conservative filmmakers can also cut out the middlemen and take advantage of Amazon to reach their viewers. None of this would be possible without Amazon. To me, the awesomeness of conservative voices being allowed to use Amazon to be distributed with such ease outweighs other beefs that people may have with Amazon. Books and movies are being released today through Amazon that would have never seen the light of day if Amazon didn’t exist…and that is miraculous to me.
Citizen Soldier is a film directed by Christian Turead and David Salzbert, who also made the movie Hornet’s Nest (which is also worth your valuable time). Turead and Salzbert specialize in bringing the human emotion behind events to the forefront of the story. They explore military conflict, relating it back to the personal lives and sacrifices made by the service members. They are compelling storytellers who encourage a deep appreciation and respect for military service.
With Citizen Soldier, they honor service men who answered the call of duty from Oklahoma, specifically members of the “Thunderbirds” Oklahoma National Guard 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team who were dispatched to Afghanistan. The movie uses helmet cams and real footage from combat, along with personal interviews with the soldiers and their families. It is more powerful than any Hollywood war movie…and it tells the story of how these guys are one day just living their lives and working their day jobs and the next they are being called up as reservists and being sent off to the worst part of Afghanistan during the surge several years ago.
The movie is having a few screenings in August in Oklahoma. So far, I’ve not seen it scheduled for any wider release. But if you pre-order it then you can have it the day that it is released. You should also check Moviefone or other local listings to see if the movie is going to play near you. If so, you should see it in the theater.
The reason I feel it’s so important to spread the word about this movie is that the Oklahoma National Guard lost a lot of good men in Afghanistan. I don’t think we as a society show the military reservists the respect that they deserve. I don’t think we show military service men and women the respect they deserve either, but the reservists occupy a special niche where they are living their lives and then suddenly, when they are needed, get yanked out of their lives and families and deposited somewhere like Afghanistan with little notice. It is an awesome thing they agreed to do to defend our freedom, to put themselves on the line like that and sacrifice everything. I am awed by that. They are the very definition of heroes.
I have never seen a movie about reservists before, which is what makes Citizen Soldier of so much interest to me. Reservists were called up for the big surge in Afghanistan…and if you followed politics in recent years, “The Surge” was something that was bandied about and debated in generic terms. This movie puts human faces on “The Surge.” I think it should be required viewing for every member of Congress who ever casts votes on military matters or any politician who opines about the military. They should all have to watch this movie and any other documentaries like it.
I think we as a grateful nation should watch it as well. I hope you support the production by pre-ordering it. I almost never buy movies, but I pre-ordered this one myself digitally and will be able to watch it the day it comes out. I’m also asking the Chicago Public Library to stock it too. That’s something else you could do to support the film: ask your own local public library to order Citizen Soldier. Most library directors are Leftists and they have a subtle way of keeping conservative books and movies out of public libraries by just choosing not to order these materials. They will order Leftist works instead, because no library can have every book or movie ever released. However, if you specifically request that your local public library carry a movie like Citizen Soldier then it’s pretty hard for the library director to say NO (especially since there is a paper trail left by your emailing, writing, or using an online form to request the library order the movie). Making your local public library carry the movie means it will end up on a shelf…and someone who may have never heard of the movie otherwise would see it and watch it because of you. It’s a small way of leveling the playing field and getting around the Left’s ability to control our culture by controlling what information ends up in front of the public.
Full disclosure on my part: I love the state of Oklahoma and its people. I’ve seriously thought of moving there in the future because I just adore it so much. I knew about this movie being made for a while now because I personally know some of the people who served in the Oklahoma National Guard and they are, to a person, the finest human beings I have ever had the honor and privilege of knowing. This movie is important to me on a very personal level, so I am trying my best to make sure as many people know about it as possible. It is a film that honors the sacrifices of so many brave Americans who are greater than most people (myself included) could ever hope to be. As a friend, I ask you to please watch it and support these filmmakers. I know of no better way that anyone could spend two hours this August.
Words matter. It’s a simple concept, but Republicans never seem to understand it…and conservative writers refuse to change the way they phrase things. Democrats understand it fully: which is why Democrats win the Culture Wars. Words are powerful. Every writer knows this. The way a writer chooses to express a thought impacts how a reader receives, processes, and accepts that thought. The words chosen by a writer resonate a certain branding and marketing value for whatever’s being talked about.
I say this over and over again, and have been saying it for years, to the point where I feel like I’m trapped in a particularly devilish plane of Hell, where my eternal punishment is not having to roll a boulder up a hill forever (only to watch it roll back down just as I thought it would reach the top)…but to watch conservative writers use the word “liberal” over and over again or hear Republican pundits call Democrats “liberals” (even though doing this helps the Left, because Leftists love more than anything that Republicans are so stupid to keep calling them “liberals”).
Even my very good friends still do this, and it’s like nails on a chalkboard. Why won’t people learn? The word “liberal,” as you should all know by now, is a word that Democrats like…because people who do not follow politics closely have a positive affiliation with the word. Mentally, the word has the word “liberty” at its root and it’s impossible for most people to think of anything “liberal” as being a bad thing. Think: a liberal helping of sprinkles on a cupcake or suntan lotion applied liberally on a sunny day to the back of Insert-Supermodel-of-Your-Choice-Here. Whenever you say “those liberals are at it again!” you are actually helping spread a positive vibe about Democrats, since anyone listening to you thinks, “if those people are called liberal and liberal has a positive meaning to me, like slathering Zac Efron and/or Channing Tatum liberally with Coppertone until both they and I squeal with delight, then they must be the good guys and my friend who hates the liberals must be wrong.”
If you oppose Democrats and the things they do to the country, but you still insist on calling them “liberals,” then I’m sorry to have to tell you that you are an idiot. You are part of the problem and a big reason why the Left wins the Culture War. You are stupid. You should know better by now. I wish you would stop. I don’t know why you won’t stop. You are like someone who reads the Surgeon General’s warnings about cancer and lung disease on a pack of cigarettes before lighting up anyway, taking a big puff, and then blowing the smoke right into the face of a baby or someone trying to breathe with an oxygen mask. I don’t know why any sane person would do this.
I’m also baffled by people who call the Muslim colonists invading Europe words like “refugee” or “migrant” because these people are colonists. They should be called colonists. The act they are engaged in is Islamic colonization of the West. Read every article written about this and see how writers refer to this as “a migration,” as if we are talking about butterflies moving from one gorgeous field to another or geese flying south for the winter. A migration of large numbers of animals from one place to another is a natural event, where the animals stay somewhere for a while and then return to wherever they migrated from.
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Recently, I took a drive up to Janesville, Wisconsin from Chicago to check out the walls that Paul Ryan has built around his mansion (which is an entire city block long). Just as his primary challenger Paul Nehlen reported, Ryan has built a massive wall around his estate (which includes a tennis court and a stunning amount of forested land). The compound is protected by multiple walls, actually…in addition to both iron and chain-link fences. The mansion also is dotted with observable white, round security cameras on the multi-story brick walls and is apparently guarded at all times by at least two black government vehicles with what appeared to be armed Secret Service agents inside. It is accurate for Nehlen to say that Ryan’s manse is heavily fortified, well-protected, and secure. Clearly no one would gain admittance onto his land without his permission, authorization, and by following all rules and laws for admission. In short, Paul Ryan’s mansion is the complete opposite of the way that the United States southern border is handled.
Ann Coulter will be appearing with Paul Nehlen in both Janesville and Kenosha, Wisconsin on Saturday August 6th to mock Paul Ryan mercilessly for living in a fortified palace with every security measure in place imaginable…while vociferously opposing building a border wall to give American citizens a small fraction of the protection that he and his family enjoy every day (at great taxpayer expense).
Throughout Paul Ryan’s neighborhood, signs supporting his challenger Paul Nehlen decorate the area. (Most Americans can only dream of living in a place this nice: almost all of the buildings are ornate, opulent, Victorian painted ladies with stunning gardens and streets lined with mature shade trees…it is like a neighborhood in a John Hughes movie.) Ryan’s immediate next door neighbor had a green and white “Ryan for Congress” sign on the tree lawn, but other than that most of the signs I spotted in the Courthouse Hill District were for Nehlen. The few locals I was able to speak with didn’t reveal who they were voting for, but said that Paul Ryan certainly looked like he was in trouble and that they had never seen him sweat an election like he is sweating this one. “It sure looks like Nehlen could pull this off. That sure would be embarrassing for Paul Ryan.”
One interesting thing about seeing his mansion in person is remembering a story that was told back in 2012, after Ryan was selected to be Mitt Romney’s running mate. The news media had camped out back then on St. Lawrence street in front of Ryan’s home on August 10th or so, waiting to see if he came home from something…because Mitt Romney was set to reveal his Vice President pick the next day in Virginia (and the media was also camped out at Newt Gingrich’s house and several other homes, waiting to see if they came home that night too…or if they were spotted at any airports getting into private planes instead). To fake out the reporters, Ryan came home and made a point to wave to everyone before walking though his front door. Then, he supposedly changed clothes, put on a baseball hat or wig or something, went through his backdoor, and then walked through the woods and over the ravine behind his house before crossing through a neighbor’s yard to where someone from the Romney campaign was waiting for him on S. Garfield Avenue. Ryan then got into the car and was spirited away to a waiting plane somewhere in Waukegan, Illinois, which he boarded for a flight to join Romney for the big surprise VP announcement.
According to ABC, Ryan grew up as a boy in one of the houses on S. Garfield street and had a treehouse in the same woods that he snuck through on his way to meeting up with Romney in Elizabeth City, North Carolina back in August 2012. Ryan’s sister-in-law stayed inside the Janesville mansion making noise, turning lights on and off, and basically re-enacting scenes from Home Alone to fool reporters into believing that Ryan and his family were still in Wisconsin. (I remember this working at the time, with reporters insisting that Paul Ryan had not left his house since coming home Friday evening.) In reality, Ryan and his family were hiding in a North Carolina Fairfield Inn and eating riblets from Applebee’s, waiting to drive to Norfolk, Virginia the next day…where Ryan emerged on a ship and was announced as the man Romney wanted to lose the 2012 election with to Barack Obama and Joe Biden. It’s weird remembering this now, but (in addition to Gingrich) at the time the media speculated that Condoleezza Rice, John Thune (remember him?), Tim Pawlenty (the guy who looked like Droopy Dog), and a handful of others were being considered to be Romney’s VP. Way back in 2012, Paul Ryan was actually well-liked because he would obsessively go on and on about the budget and wasteful spending and he was a Tea Party darling. So much has changed in four years, with Ryan becoming Speaker and being the poster child for caving in to the Left and giving Democrats whatever they want, especially in anything remotely “Globalist.”
I remember Ryan telling that story about his sneaking out the back door on some late night talk show, where he beamed like a little kid relating all the cloak and dagger efforts the Romney campaign employed to keep his pick as VP a secret until the big reveal. It would turn out that this was the very last of the Romney campaign’s efforts at ingenuity. They used up all their magic sneaking Ryan out the back door while idiot reporters camped in front of his front door waiting to speak to him back in August four years ago.
What did I think of Janesville?
Its a very lovely town, with a lot of quirky shops and restaurants downtown by the river. (As required by Midwestern tradition, I stopped at the border on the way back into Illinois after my day in Janesville for various flavors of cheese curd and souvenirs shaped like cheddar wedges and/or badgers.)
Ryan lives in the historic Courthouse Hill District, which is named for a massive Art Deco-looking courthouse building. The surrounding area has stunning old homes, which have either been restored to glory or converted into legal offices. From what I could tell, Paul Ryan’s estate is one of the largest, if not the largest, in all of Janesville. The area reminded me of Shadyside in Pittsburgh and also of the Mt. Hope area of Rochester, in that it felt like a place that had been very wealthy back in the Victorian days…then fell on hard times…but has been gentrifying in recent years and returning to past glories with a new crop of professionals and celebrities moving in. I would say that 90% of Americans cannot afford to live in as nice a place as the Courthouse Hill District in Janesville. It’s not Beverly Hills, but it’s a very Norman Rockwell-feeling kind of place to call home.
This is a far cry from the horror show that the Establishment and Globalists (but I repeat myself) have caused on the US southern border, where families living in border states have no protections like those found at Paul Ryan’s fortified mansion. Criminal invaders surge across our borders because there is no wall like the one that Paul Ryan built around his tennis court. Third World colonists by the thousands ignore our laws and tramp across the property of Americans living in California, Arizona, Nevada, and Texas. Property owners do not have armed Secret Service agents in armored black vehicles deterring invaders the way that Paul Ryan enjoys such protection in Janesville.
Should a high-ranking government official like the Speaker of the House engage in hypocrisy as blatant as this? Clearly, the people expect government leaders to be protected…so the walls, fences, security cameras, and armed guards provided by taxpayers to keep Paul Ryan and his family safe are all needed and that is indeed money well-spent.
But Paul Nehlen has raised some valid questions about why taxpayer money has never been spent to secure our southern border and protect the American people from criminals invading from Mexico and Central America (and beyond, since ISIS has admitted to using our unprotected southern border to infiltrate the country).
Check out Paul Nehlen’s website for more information on how you can help him defeat Paul Ryan in Wisconsin’s August 9th primary. With a palace this nice and walls this high, Paul Ryan should be retired from Congress so he can go back to Janesville permanently and think about his hypocrisy in not allowing other American families to ever be as secure and protected as his own.
As of today (Sunday 7/31/16), there are 99 days left until the November 8th, 2016 presidential election. (You can read other Election 2016 coverage here.) Today was a lovely sunny day in Chicago and I spent most of it in a favorite park enjoying some sun, thinking about assumptions we can make about this race. Here are some of my thoughts (please add yours as well) on what we can assume to be true:
Assumption #1: This election is a choice between Globalism (Hillary) and Americanism (Trump). Whether people realize this or not (and I think Trump would be smart to make people realize it), the 2016 race has evolved into a real choice for the future of our country. We are at a fork in a road…where if we take the wrong path it’s pretty much also stick a fork in us, we’re done. Will Americans choose to continue to exist (by voting Trump) or will Americans choose to be erased culturally, numerically, demographically, and logistically by the Globalism that both the Democrats and the Republican Cocktail Party Establishment have been pushing for years? Trump is the only politician who has ever raised the issue of Americanism vs. Globalism. Can he articulate this well enough so that native born Americans can see that the election is the choice between the continued existence of the United States or the replacement of the American people and American way of life by Globalist forces? Democrats had plenty of people shouting in Spanish at their convention in Philadelphia that Democrats are the party most concerned about foreigners, bringing more foreigners into this country, and giving foreigners whatever they want (while making native born Americans pay for it all). Are we at the point where Americans’ hospitality is exhausted and people are ready to say: enough with the foreigners already!
Assumption #2: Hillary Clinton wants to be president because she wants to be president, and wants to be the first female president. The Media has been telling us that Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton would be our first female president since at least 1995. She will say and do whatever it takes to win because she believes this is her destiny and the Establishment has promised that this is her destiny (and that this election is just a formality). She will tell lies, she will sign off on dirty tricks, and the entire Establishment (including the Republican Establishment) is behind her because she has guaranteed that she will maintain the status quo as it exists now and continue the lurch of Globalism. Trump has said he will shake up the status quo and burn the Establishment to the ground in the name of Americanism. Can we assume he is telling the truth and, if elected, will he really do that? I believe that he will. I do not think he is lying or playing games. The hostility that the Establishment shows Trump every day confirms to me that the Establishment hates him…and by way of logic anyone who opposes the Establishment and wants to see it collapse should support Trump. He’s the only hope to bring the Establishment down. Who else in our lifetime has gone up against the Establishment like this? Trump would literally fire every Cocktail Party Republican AND every far-Left Democrat in Washington once he’s sworn in. I really believe he will do that.
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