"American Sniper" widow Taya Kyle shared her fondest memory of her late husband Chris, the former Navy SEAL who inspired Clint Eastwood's latest blockbuster film.
The tragic love story of Taya and Chris and their journey through fate and the perils of the Iraq war is unraveled in Eastwood's Academy Award-nominated film, which is based on Chris' 2012 best-selling autobiography of the same name.
In 2013 the father of two, widely considered to be the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history for having 160 confirmed kills, was fatally shot at point-blank range by a former Marine he was trying to help overcome PTSD at a North Texas shooting range. Taya, 40, recently shared her favorite memory of her late husband while praising the film. more >>
Following the January 7 massacre at the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris, where Islamic gunmen killed a dozen people because the satirical magazine had mocked the prophet of Islam, one thing has become clear: the amount of atrocities committed in the name of Islam all around the world have become so frequent, so ubiquitous, that other, lesser hostilities by Muslims, which might once have been newsworthy, are now completely falling by the wayside, seen as minor and insignificant—commonplace, almost expected.
Thus, while Islamic gunmen were massacring "infidels" in Paris (and elsewhere), "everyday Muslims" in Europe were engaging in less dramatic, but no less significant behavior.
On Friday, January 9—Friday being when Muslims get most riled during mosque sermons and when non-Muslims are frequently attacked—"foreigners" in Italy, believed to be Muslims, attacked a man kneeling in prayer before the statue of the Virgin Mary, tore the photo of a loved one from his hand, and then broke and urinated on the Virgin Mary statue. By the time police arrived at the chapel the attackers had already fled. more >>
On January 17th Sound Vision Foundation, a Chicago-based 501 (C) 3 organization held a "Stand with the Prophet" event in Garland, Texas, a suburb outside of Dallas, at the Curtis Culwell Center on Independent School District property. The event, permitted by the Superintendent of Public Schools, launched a Strategic Communication Center for Muslims to advocate censoring and criminalizing non-Muslim speech.
Sound Vision asks: "Frustrated with Islamophobes defaming the Prophet? Remember the Danish cartoons defaming the Prophet? Or the anti-Islam film, "Innocence of Muslims"?" After Muslim "defenders of Muhammad" recently murdered 16 people in Paris, and continue to persecute millions of Christians and non-Muslims worldwide, Sound Vision expressed its commitment to "defending Muhammad."
They claim: "This is not an event. It is the beginning of a movement. A movement to defend the Prophet Muhammad, his person, and his message." They assert "attacks" against Muslims stem from "media defamation" of their religion and that "Islamophobia is causing problems all around the world." more >>
Eddie Ray Routh, the Marine Corps veteran accused of killing real life "American Sniper" Chris Kyle, will plead "not guilty" in the upcoming trial his lawyer said.
Kyle, a former Navy SEAL, and his friend Chad Littlefield were gunned down at point blank range at a Texas shooting range while trying to help Routh overcome PTSD back in Feb. 2013. Routh's trial is scheduled to begin next month pending jury selection and his attorney said recently that he will plead "not guilty" to both shooting deaths.
"My client will plead not guilty by reason of insanity," Routh's attorney, J. Warren St. John, told People Magazine in a report last week. He was also quoted by Reuters as saying, "Our guy is not evil." more >>
Director Michael Moore has said that Jesus Christ wouldn't have shot people or sent soldiers into war, in comments criticizing U.S. military operations in Iraq. The remarks also referred to his criticism of snipers, whom he previously called "cowards," and was in turn rebuked by a medal of honor recipient.
"But What Would Jesus Do if he could be a sniper & save soldiers lives by shooting 'savages' in the back?" he continued. "ANSWER: Jesus wouldn't put any soldiers lives in harm's way in the first place because he wouldn't have sent them 2 Iraq." more >>
Terror group ISIS has reportedly been defeated and driven out from the Syrian border town of Kobane following a near four-months-long battle, a monitoring group has said. Kurdish forces backed by other rebel groups have not allowed the city to the fall, with the offenses causing the deaths of at least 1,313 fighters, mostly from ISIS.
"IS organization raised its first banner at the outskirts of ayn al-Arab 'Kobane' in Oct. 6, 2014," the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Monday.
"The shelling and clashes between YPG, backed by rebel battalions and other fighters from several brigades, and IS militants resulted in death of 1,313 fighters; 979 fighters from IS organization, including 38 fighters blew themselves up using booby-trapped vehicles and explosive belts, 324 fighters from YPG and 12 fighters from the rebel battalions." more >>