At 9:30 p.m. on Saturday night, a packed theater in Franklin, Tenn., was completely quiet. As the credits rolled, some folks were filing out, but many more were standing, still looking at the screen, honoring the man whose life they'd just seen portrayed on the silver screen.
Before the movie, I'd never seen the parking lot so crowded. I had to park more than a quarter-mile away, hidden in the corner of a restaurant parking lot (hoping I wouldn't be towed), and watched in amazement as people were streaming into the theater from parking spaces scattered far and wide. It almost goes without saying when a January movie release breaks $90 million in three days, but I felt as if I was witnessing an important cultural moment. This movie was striking a chord in America beyond any post 9/11 movie — beyond even the best of movies about the War on Terror, including Lone Survivor. I think I know why.
First — and most important — it's a phenomenal movie. America is awash in "message movies," left and (recently) on the right. While there are some people who'll attend movies just to make a statement, most of us want to see good movies, with the right statement merely an optional bonus. American Sniper is better than good. It's one of the best war movies I've ever seen, and is now in the pantheon of my all-time favorite movies of any type. Bradley Cooper is outstanding, and the movie pulls off something I've never truly seen in a war film: It creates fully realized characters both inside and outside the combat environment. By the end of the movie, we feel that we understand who Chris Kyle was, who is wife is, what they endured, and what motivated them. They're not one-dimensional heroes but fully realized people who did heroic things. more >>
Dear French personnes,
I've been deep in thought while drinking a Double Ristretto Venti Half-Soy Nonfat Organic Chocolate Brownie Iced Vanilla Double-Shot Gingerbread Frappuccino at Starbucks, and feel like I owe an apology to you people for ditching France last Sunday. I realize over 40 world leaders and as many as three million people walked in the France Unity March to show solidarity against the fatal terrorist attacks on the French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo. As you know, I'm the most powerful man in the world, and up until the country started to go downhill under my administration, the U.S. was the number one superpower. Little people have plenty of free time, big people have legacies to make.
Now, I did instruct a wealthy donor of mine who lives in France, Jane Hartley, to attend the march, does that count? She raised me an impressive $500,000 in 2012, so I made her an ambassador to France last fall. Some assistant secretary at the Department of State also showed up, I can't recall her name, a low-level official. John Kerry was in India giving an important speech on manmade global warming -er, climate change is what we're calling it now - but gimme some credit, I did send him to France after the march because he appears kinda French. Eric Holder was already in France for a counterterrorism summit, but he bungled my instructions to attend the march - I think he got distracted by a race riot on the way there. more >>
Over two dozen terror suspects believed to be connected with ISIS have been arrested across Belgium, France and Germany, officials said on Friday. Two terror suspects in the Eastern Belgium city of Verviers were killed in a counter-terror raid on Thursday, and at least 13 others were detained.
The Associated Press reported that beside the arrests in Belgium, another 14 people in total were detained in France and Germany, suspected to be members of ISIS.
Belgian federal magistrate Eric Van der Sypt revealed in a conference on Friday that the terrorists were getting ready to carry out an attack on police officers in the city. A search found that the suspects had four military-style weapons in their possession, including Kalashnikov assault rifles. more >>
WASHINGTON — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz laid out 10 issues with policies and structure of the federal government that the newly-elected Republican Congress should fight hard to change in a keynote speech at the Heritage Action for America Conservative Policy Summit on Monday,
Although many of the ideas that Cruz, a prospective 2016 Republican presidential candidate, laid out would likely be vetoed by Democratic President Barack Obama, Cruz was adamant that the 12 freshman Republicans in the Senate could have a "transformable effect" and make significant headway for when Obama leaves office. But as Cruz admits, that would require them actually acting on what they said they would do while campaining for election.
1. Create Jobs, Growth and Opportunity more >>
The New York City Police Department has reportedly been placed on alert after an ISIS message surfaced calling on its followers to kill police officers, soldiers and civilians in the United States by any means necessary.
"Pay close attention to people as they approach and look for their hands as they approach you," an internal NYPD memo read, according to the New York Daily News on Sunday.
The threat was apparently made by ISIS spokesman Abu Mohammad Al-Adnani, and mirrors a previous jihadist call for action in September 2014. The memo warns that the latest threat should be taken even more seriously, in light of the terror attacks in France last week that killed 17 people. more >>
Atheist author Richard Dawkins took to Twitter to assert that modern Islam is more violent than many other religions, in response to the brutal terror attack against a satirical French newspaper where a dozen people were murdered.
"No, all religions are NOT equally violent. Some have never been violent, some gave it up centuries ago. One religion conspicuously didn't," tweeted Dawkins.
"Of COURSE most Muslims are peaceful. But if someone's killed for what they drew or said or wrote, you KNOW the religion of the killers." more >>