American Sniper Misses the Target

Guess all the hype, along with some well deserved respect for Clint Eastwood’s past movie-making efforts, finally enticed me to go see the movie, American Sniper.

Boy, what a disappointment. Should have stayed home and watched reruns of old Combat episodes.

If not for all the shooting and explosions, which kept waking me up, this movie would have qualified as a real snoozer.

Sure, you’d be crazy to go to a movie with a title like American Sniper and not expect lots of combat noise and confusion. But, for heaven’s sake, there are other important key elements that make a movie both enjoyable and memorable.

Things like plot, character development and conflict, special effects, scenery, and acting all contribute to a movie’s ability to connect with its audience. All of which, personally speaking, I found lacking in American Sniper.

While seldom in agreement with Hollywood these days, they actually got it right with their so-called ‘snub’ of American Sniper at this year’s Oscars.

All in all, it’s this movie-goer’s opinion American Sniper is seriously lacking in cinematic quality and is barely an average movie at best. Sorry Clint, this movie earns an unusually paltry 4 stars out of 10.

Dare I Say, American Sniper misses the target.

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Sacred Heart Parish Annual Crab Feed

Tickets now on sale for the annual Sacred Heart crab feed and raffle.

Best crab feed in town! Great raffle prizes!

Where: Sacred Heart Parish 3141 St. Stephens Drive Anderson, CA 96007

When: Saturday, February 14, 2015

Time: No Host Cocktails 5:30pm & Dinner 6:30pm

Menu: All you can eat crab, plus clam chowder soup, salad, bread & dessert. Prime rib and surf & turf also available.

This is a sell-out event. Call Angie at (530) 365-8573 to order your tickets today.

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Dare I Say, What Are You Willing to Give Up?

In 2009, the nation was $11 trillion in debt.  Today, it’s an astounding $18 trillion.  California’s debt, as best can be determined, was $67 billion and has soared to $92 billion.

Sadly, we seem too willing to pile more and more debt upon future generations to satisfy our own needs today.   

Unfortunately, elected officials seem incapable of stopping the insanity.  The corrosive effect of special interest groups is too powerful to overcome.

Senior citizens, teachers, business, unions, lawyers, bankers, farmers, military, ranchers, pharmaceuticals, and environmentalists, to name a few, all have fingers in the government cookie jar.   

Messing with these rice bowls can lead to political suicide and, no kidding, outright hostility.

Crazy.  On one hand, we blame politicians for not doing anything to solve our debt problem and, on the other, criticize when they try.

Perhaps it’s time we looked to ourselves for the answer.  An old saying suggests, “When you point a finger of blame at someone, you have three fingers pointing right back at yourself.”

So, let’s each identify one thing we’re willing to give up.  

For starters, as a veteran, I’ll give up veterans’ homes.  They’re costly to operate, serve relatively few veterans, are not an earned entitlement and the same services available through MediCal.

Dare I Say, what are you willing to give up?

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Pete Stiglich is a community and Veteran activist from Cottonwood, California. After 26 years of dedicated service, he retired as a Colonel from the United States Air Force in 2006.

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