A few thoughts on the movie American Sniper

Posted By on May 27, 2015

Brenda and I finally watched the Clint Eastwood directed movie about Navy Seal Chris Kyle titled American Sniper this Memorial Day weekend. AmericanSniperBluRayDVDIt was worth the price of a DVD purchase, although I’m not sure emotionally I’ll want to see it again. The movie left me with gut wrenching sorrow and little solace that the heroic efforts of our military is making any gains in defeating our enemies. I deeply want to believe that stability the middle east is salvageable and that the sacrifice of so much blood and treasure is worth it, but the victories seem so paltry compared to where we find our world after over a decade of war.
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Still, I’m thankful there are those willing to dedicate their lives to defend our country and freedom. The decisions are difficult for all in command and in the field. It is politically easy to be critical in hindsight, but the war against Radical Islam and those committed to killing in the name of a religion is not going away.

The leftwing media criticism of this movie was way overdone. It does little to celebrate war or glorify the job of a sniper as he protects his men. It does a lot in showing the sacrifices our military men and women (and families at home) make in answering the call to country. We do not honor or thank them enough.


“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing..”

–Edmund Burke


Video: A Great White Shark is not a puppy

Posted By on May 26, 2015

A veteran who hates hearing Happy Memorial Day

Posted By on May 25, 2015

It’s not Veterans Day. It’s not military appreciation day. Don’t thank me for my service. Please don’t thank me for my service.

Here’s how it was outlined in General Orders No. 11, Washington, D.C., May 5, 1868:

The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet church-yard in the land. In this observance no form of ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.

A thought provoking read: I’m a veteran, and I hate ‘Happy Memorial Day.’ Here’s why.

Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers Waiting on Love music video

Posted By on May 24, 2015

Once upon a time I use to listened to music records, tapes and CDs. Now with hearing loss, I usually prefer silence or just “voice/talk/news” coming from speakers or the occasional online ditty … but there are a few exceptions. I still enjoy old favorites — from the best music decade, aka: 1970s, usually on Pandora and a few groups who have a knack for duplicating a similar sound.

Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers have just that sound … and I’ve been listening since the van sessions. I like their music, including this new music video.

Appreciating the time we have to spend together

Posted By on May 23, 2015

Being sentimental or overly reflecting on each day really is not in my nature, but because my prayer list growing for those who have TaylorAptEWH150522health issues, I’ve spent a little more time “trying” to appreciate “the moments.” 

The focus this winter/spring has primarily been on my dad (and my mother-in-law), and I’ve made a priority to visit, call and be “less busy” when I’m with them. The past week we’ve been moving Taylor into a new place (photo left) and again “trying” to appreciate the moments. He has been great at responding in kind (probably appreciated the moving help too!)

It is great to see him so happy to be here … considering only a couple years ago Kitchen452receiptthe far horizons had such an appealing pull, but the time away has made “his heart grow fonder” as the saying goes … I think the quote works for locations too?

As I mentioned previously, Brenda (aka: the “mama-bear”) continues with the mothering chores home-making apartment-making lists of things to do/bring … and I continue the treks back and forth from “the burbs” to East Walnut Hills. It should be a shorter drive, but I do seem to pick lousy times to make the drive. One of the pleasures of visiting is checking out some of the local businesses in the area … often cafes and restaurants. Friday was no exception. I even found myself enjoying Kitchen452 (vegetarian cuisine) across Woodburn Avenue from my son’s apartment.


Reading The Wright Brothers by David McCullough

Posted By on May 22, 2015

Out of sight, out of mind. Unlike a hard copy book sitting on my reading table, ebooks are easy to forget about … that’s one of the disadvantages of receiving the gift of an ebook (as is having multiple e-reading apps).

My friend Jeff gave me David McCullough’s new book The Wright Brothers for my birthday, knowing I would enjoy the aviation history. I immediately started reading it the day he sent it by Amazon, but since then I’ve forgotten to “pick it back up” … if that is how one refers to a “digital” copy? Remembering to continue reading can be challenging when having too many ebooks to read and too many reading apps to use. Many of the books I’ve purchased have been on the Kindle app and so that is the “go to” reader app, but I’ve saved a few PDF books too. The Kindle app does a pretty good job with PDFs and is easy to use, but not nearly as perfected as their ebook format. Since I use the iPad instead of a Kindle, I also have Apple’s iBooks app as a secondary reader and a few “owned” books from the Apple Store (not my preferred). Putting those two reader apps aside, I use the Overdrive “public library books reading app” most often, since borrowing books and audiobooks from the network of Ohio libraries is the most cost effective. Unfortunately I have trouble getting through a book in 14 days and there is usually a long wait period for those popular books and local libraries have a relatively narrow selection.


Gov Christie questions Democrat vs Republican media treatment

Posted By on May 21, 2015

govchrischristiesbNew Jersey Governor Chris Christie isn’t someone who personally appeals to me … perhaps because I see him as an “in your face east coast loud mouth” (my problem as a mild-mannered Midwesterner). On the other hand, I do appreciate the fact that he is not afraid to speak his mind unlike most flip-flopping, finger to the politically wind weasels running for office – that bluntness I secretly like.

This morning on CNBC’s morning Squawk Box the question of fair treatment regarding Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails was posed to Christie … his reply made perfect sense. Candidates are definitely scrutinized differently, particularly by the mainstream media.

CNBC SquawkBox with Gov Chris Christie — 1 min 7 sec (MP3) May 21, 2015

Making it feel better than home

Posted By on May 21, 2015

My wife and I have been preoccupied this week with helping our son Taylor get settled into his East Walnut Hills (Cincinnati) apartment after his move back from Williston, North Dakota.

Each time “I” think we are getting closer to finishing, the “mama-bear” (aka: Brenda) adds a few more items to the list … but I must say, Taylor’s Jackie Gleason/ Honeymooners kitchen” is looking pretty nice. I think he is really going to enjoy this next phase of his life.

Fed Minutes indicate little reason to raise interest rates in June

Posted By on May 20, 2015

The Federal Reserve officials doubted they would be ready to raise short-term interest rates by midyear, according to minutes of the meeting released Wednesday.


Norwegian Dawn gets hung up on a Bermuda reef

Posted By on May 20, 2015

I'm remembering the tight entries and snake like departures from Bermuda a few years ago … it was just a matter of time.

In this photo provided by the Royal Gazette, the Norwegian cruise ship Norwegian Dawn, lies aground near Bermuda's North Channel Tuesday, May 19, 2015. The Norwegian cruise ship Norwegian Dawn, lies aground near Bermuda's North Channel Tuesday, May 19, 2015.

Desultory - des-uhl-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee

  1. lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation.
  2. digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random: a desultory remark.