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Movie Review: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Lost Horizons

Movie review by author Pete Hendrickson

April 6, 2014

Fabulous! 'Captain America' Denounces The DHS, NSA And The Overall National Security State As The Nazification Of The USA And Says THEY'VE GOT TO GO!

Spoiler alert: I'm in no way guarding my words in discussing this film, but I mean to get you to watch it and encourage others to do so-- especially kids-- even if you know every word of the script

Last night my son, T.J., took me to see 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'. I came home absolutely excited and delighted. This new film-- certain to be a blockbuster anyway just for its towering success with all the normal metrics of action, drama, effects and pace-- goes high on my list of important political films of the last decade.

This is a "Marvel Hero" vehicle, of course. It is thus rich with all the elements of fantasy native to that genre (all of which I appreciate).

But this new movie is also an unapologetic and completely ingenuous rebuke to the National Security State.

Full advantage is taken of the fact that the hero, Steve Rogers (aka, "Captain America"), was born in 1918 and spent the last 70 years in a state of suspended animation. When Rogers awakened from that interlude to today's 'total awareness', 'rendition and detention', 'drone assassination' regime of ubiquitous government and its defensive corruptions of the law, he did so with the perspective of an American from a time when this country was a lot more free and the United States (the federal government) was a lot more law-abiding.

Rogers' unique perspective is not played in comic-book fashion, though. There is no time or attention wasted with the character marveling at all the technological change of the past 70 years. Instead, Rogers' circumstances are used simply to provide a convenient, highly-accessible contrast between the moral clarity more typical to an earlier time and today's relativistic immorality in order to better communicate the filmmaker's very serious message.

That message begins with Rogers' righteous and confident denunciation of signature strikes, profiling, pre-emptive war, mass surveillance, and the corrupt arguments used to defend them. He is met with the usual, "Well, the world is a different place, now..." babytalk from Nick Fury, another Marvel hero-character, and the head of the Marvel Universe's U.S. DHS/NSA/CIA-equivalent law-enforcement apparatus, S.H.I.E.L.D. (the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement, and Logistics Division).

Rogers buys none of Fury's arguments, and refuses to help implement S.H.I.E.L.D.'s 'final solution' to the "problem" of terrorists, extremists and troublemaking in general-- a dramatic advancement of all of these law-enforcement evils into an expanded, consolidated infrastructure. Instead, he walks.

Soon we discover that, unlike the moronic REAL cartoon-grade characters that populate two-dimensional nonsense like "24" and "Zero Dark Thirty", Rogers has it pegged. As anyone who ever bothered to give it a moment's thought understands, when people allow the tools of totalitarianism to be put in place, totalitarians will eventually take hold of them. Unsurprisingly, it turns out that S.H.I.E.L.D. is a project of the only types that would see anything but horror and doom in its assaults on the principles of liberty and proper law-- leftover World War II Nazis and their modern ideological descendants.

In the end, the epiphany and the "coming around" due to the way events play out in this very grown-up comic-book movie happen for Fury, not Rogers. In the end, all the good guys-- eventually even Fury-- agree that a structure like S.H.I.E.L.D., for all of what might have been the good intentions behind it, is too dangerous to tolerate. Hear, hear.

The importance of this film is in its popular accessibility (and its unabashed use of that accessibility to deliver its important message). It IS a comic book offering-- simple, serene in its lack of pretense, more than a little intellectually black-and-white. In those things, though, this movie importantly invokes the purity of a moral principle that blows past statist sophistries and legal hair-splitting.

'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' offers two simple truths. The first is that we may not always be able to see just HOW respecting everyone's rights will deliver a better outcome in the end than disrespecting them. But that doesn't matter. We just have to respect those rights, because its the right thing to do. The fact that we WILL have a "better" outcome on every other front from doing so is actually irrelevant (but it's nice that it DOES, in fact, work out that way...)

The second simple truth offered by this film is that DIS-respecting people's rights IS ITSELF too bad an outcome to be borne, no matter how much good we may be persuaded to imagine it will otherwise do.

This dialogue toward the end of the film between Robert Redford's character, Alexander Pierce-- the politician in charge of S.H.I.E.L.D., and an oversight-council member from India he is trying to persuade to support his program (even while holding him and the rest of the council at gunpoint), sums up the message of the movie well:

Alexander: "What if Pakistan marched into Mumbai tomorrow and you knew they were going to drag your daughter into a soccer stadium for execution? And you could just stop it with the flick of a switch. Wouldn't you? Wouldn't you all?"

The councilman responds with a grim and disgusted look: "Not if it was your switch."

Can I hear a Hallelujah? Decent people don't want that kind of switch to even exist. Nor do sensible people.

'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' is not a cerebral movie, nor even a witty movie. It's just a Hero's Tale, with its hero speaking honest, sensible and uncomplicated wisdom in a way that will reach every viewer's heart and soul, and stick there. This is just the sort of thing we desperately need in our popular culture, and I hope 330 million Americans go see it.

-Pete Hendrickson

P. S. After you see the film, read about America's REAL 'Shield' here. Then get up and become an American hero yourself. There really IS no "Captain America"-- instead, we're all counting on you.

Which Side Is God on Now?

The U.S., once the bulwark of Christianity, is moving away from it. The Communist USSR, founded by anti-Christian Jews, was known to repeat Marx, also a Jew, that religion is "the opiate of the masses." Christianity was suppressed there. Now the USSR is gone and in its place is a considerably smaller, but still the largest country in the world (in total land mass), Russia. Pat Buchanan asks whose side is God on now?

By Pat Buchanan

April 4, 2014

In his Kremlin defense of Russia's annexation of Crimea, Vladimir Putin, even before he began listing the battles where Russian blood had been shed on Crimean soil, spoke of an older deeper bond.

Crimea, said Putin, "is the location of ancient Khersones, where Prince Vladimir was baptized. His spiritual feat of adopting Orthodoxy predetermined the overall basis of the culture, civilization and human values that unite the peoples of Russia, Ukraine and Belarus."

Russia is a Christian country, Putin was saying.

This speech recalls last December's address where the former KGB chief spoke of Russia as standing against a decadent West:

Read more . . .

Ben Swann Admits to Being an Anarchist

What does he say that means?

'He Had Satan in His Eyes'

Kidnapped ship captain recalls his ordeal at the hands of Nigerian pirates

NBC News

An American who was kidnapped by crack-smoking Nigerian pirates and held hostage for almost three weeks said Friday that he is still haunted by the ordeal five months later and fears for the security of other captains.

"It's been hell," Capt. Wren Thomas, an ex-Marine from Sidney, Ill., told NBC News. "I have major PTSD.

"There's things out there that happened to me that I don't even want people to know about," he said. "I was a certain man when I went to Nigeria and when I came back, I'm a totally different person."

Read more . . .

Link:

Kidnapped off Nigeria – An American Ship Captain Unveils the Truth [gCaptain] Apr 4, 2014

America's Milquetoast Christian Churches

Chuck Baldwin

By Chuck Baldwin

Dr. Baldwin is a Baptist minister in Montana. He was a Constitution Party presidential candidate in 2008.

April 3, 2014

The freedom of the press and the freedom of religion are two of the most important elements of a free society. These were so important to America’s Founding Fathers that they were protected in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. A free and independent press serves as watchdogs for liberty, while a free and independent church serves as watchmen for liberty. Sadly, both watchdog and watchman are, for the most part, missing in today’s America.

Just about everyone knows that the vast majority of the national press corps has a strong liberal bias. That’s a given. But, it’s actually worse than that. Instead of being watchdogs on the government, the mainstream media has become little more than lap dogs for the government. Instead of reporting the truth, most of the media is actually more concerned with covering up the truth. With precious few exceptions, investigative reporting is dead in the national news media.

Oh, sure. Republican administrations are depicted more negatively by the mainstream media than are Democrat administrations. No doubt about that. Can anyone recall the media hoopla over Vice President Dan Quayle’s misspelling of the word “potato”? The liberal media talked about that almost nonstop for months. But did you hear much of anything when President Barack Obama recently misspelled the word “respect”? I mean from media sources outside of FOX News? Nope. Nary a word.

But when it comes to investigating the truth behind what government spokesmen tell us, it doesn’t matter to a tinker’s dam whether it is a Republican or Democrat administration: about the only thing national newscasters know to do is to report whatever the official story of the government is. Once in a blue moon, a mainstream newspaper, such as the New York Times, will dare to print a report that questions an official government story, but not very often. And when such a report is printed, it digs only so deep. For the last several years, about the only major newspaper that has had the guts to actually do some real investigative reporting is the London Guardian. Even the Washington Times prints mostly milquetoast exposés.

CBS reporter, Sharly Attkisson, recently left the network due to its liberal bias and aversion to investigative reporting. Politico said this about Attkisson’s leaving: “Attkisson, who has been with CBS News for two decades, had grown frustrated with what she saw as the network’s liberal bias, an outsize influence by the network’s corporate partners and a lack of dedication to investigative reporting, several sources said. She increasingly felt that her work was no longer supported and that it was a struggle to get her reporting on air.”

See the Politico report here:

Sharyl Attkisson Resigns From CBS News

In an interview with the CBS affiliate in Philadelphia, Chris Stigall reported, “Responding to comments regarding a Phoenix television reporter yesterday who initially claimed that the White House pre-screens questions from reporters, Attkisson said, ‘I wouldn’t [be] surprised if sometimes there is that level of cooperation with some questions. If I need something answered from the White House and they won’t tell me, I’ll call our White House Correspondent. They’re friendlier with the White House Correspondents in general. So the White House Correspondent may ask Jay Carney or one of his folks about an issue and they will be told “ask that at the briefing and we’ll answer it.” They want to answer it in front of everybody. They do know it’s coming and they’ll call on you. There’s that kind of coordination sometimes. I wouldn’t be shocked if there’s sometimes more coordination. I don’t think it’s everybody on every briefing, every day. I’m pretty sure it’s not. But I think people would be surprised at the level of cooperation reporters have in general with politicians.’”

See Stigall’s report here:

Sharyl Attkisson: There Is Coordination Between Reporters And Politicians

Attkisson was putting it very mildly. There is more than just coordination going on between the federal government and the national news media; it’s more like coziness and calculated manipulation.

Since when has the major media dared to investigate and report the truth regarding any of the major events that have transpired in this country? The last time there was even a semblance of genuine investigative reporting seen in the national press corps was during the Watergate scandal when Richard Nixon was President--and that was politically-motivated from start to finish.

The mainstream media didn’t bother to seriously investigate Ruby Ridge or Waco or the Oklahoma City bombing or TWA Flight 800 or the Sandy Hook shootings or (and especially) the attacks which occurred on 9/11/01. These events took place with both Republicans and Democrats at the helm: it didn’t matter. Government spokesmen gave the media the official story, and the media repeatedly regurgitated the official story until anyone who dared to question the official story was turned into a conspiracy nut. That’s not reporting the news, folks. That is manipulating the news to disseminate propaganda. Joseph Goebbels had nothing on the major media in America today.

Again, the modern American media are not watchdogs over government; they are lap dogs for government. Reporters who try to truly dig and investigate are seldom rewarded--just the opposite. Their stories are buried--if published at all. They are disinvited from interviewing notable dignitaries. They are passed over for promotions--or even dismissed. It doesn’t take people in the news business long to get the message that if they want to go anywhere, they must toe the line and become good little puppets. The First Amendment freedom of the press has been negated by the press itself.

Likewise, the First Amendment freedom of religion has also been negated. A free and independent clergy is essential to the maintenance of liberty. But, for the most part, America has not had a free and independent clergy in decades.

The IRS 501c3 designation for churches, along with State incorporation, has turned America’s watchmen into little more than glorified CEOs. The average pulpit is just as politically correct as the national news media. Plus, the average church is as much about the bottom line as news shows.

Did you know that there used to be a time when the major television networks expected that their news shows would not operate in the black financially? It’s true. Back then, it was more important that news shows reported and investigated the news than turn a profit. Therefore, corporate donations and government chagrin had little impact upon newscasters and reporters. Those days are long gone.

By the same token, did you know that there used to be a time in this country when most of our pastors and ministers (regardless of denomination) were more concerned about being Biblically correct than being politically correct? For example, so prominent was the role that Presbyterian pastors played in the American Revolution that as news of the rebellion spread throughout England, Horace Walpole told his fellow members of the British Parliament, “There is no use crying about it. Cousin America has run off with a Presbyterian parson, and that is the end of it.” Of course, Presbyterians were not the only clergymen in Colonial America to champion the cause of liberty and independence from behind their pulpits.

In truth, if it wasn’t for clergymen such as John Leland (along with political statesmen such as Patrick Henry, of course), it is doubtful that there would even be a First Amendment--or the rest of the Bill of Rights, for that matter.

But, back then, pastors were not motivated by the desire to build big buildings or impress political potentates or climb ecclesiastical elevators. They were motivated by courage and commitment. And you could tell it every time you went to church. They didn’t mince words; and their sermons seldom concluded in less than an hour. They were watchmen.

Sadly, in the same manner in which the national news media have abandoned their responsibility as America’s watchdogs, so, too, the vast majority of pastors have abandoned their responsibility as America’s watchmen. The First Amendment protection of the freedom of the press and religion is not enough to protect the freedom of the press and religion from themselves.

To be sure, many of our pastors and ministers today are sincere, compassionate, and honorable men. But they have never been taught the Biblical principles of liberty; they have never been taught how to apply the liberty principles of Scripture to our everyday lives--including our political lives; they have never been taught the true meaning of Biblical submission in general and Romans 13 in particular. However, more and more of these men are coming awake to these things. Of course, others stubbornly refuse to even consider the truth of these matters.

But, listen up, folks! Truth will always find a way to reveal itself: the dear Lord will make sure of that. As the mainstream media became toadies of Big Government, along came independent radio talk shows, newspapers, and the Internet. And in all likelihood, more people are getting their news and information from online sources today than from network or cable news shows. As a result, more and more people are awakening to the truth every day.

And, by the same token, as many establishment churches and pastors have become toadies of the IRS and political correctness, new, independent, unorganized, non-501c3 churches and fellowships are sprouting up all over America. Some of these groups are led by ministers whom God has led out of the establishment church. Others are led by laymen who have likewise left the establishment church. I hear from these people every day. And, by the grace of God, I hope to be more personally involved in helping Christian people around the country form liberty-oriented churches. More on that soon.

The First Amendment was designed to protect America’s watchdogs and watchmen. And it is a truism that there can never be a revival of liberty in this land without a resurrection of our watchdogs and watchmen. The good news is that resurrection is already taking place.

(c) Chuck Baldwin

Chuck Baldwin's website

Education: Pushing Back against PARCC/Achieve Lobbyists

A glimpse of the country's education racket

Creators.com

By Michelle Malkin

April 4, 2014

Attention, class: A Common Core mouthpiece wants to rap my knuckles with his Gates Foundation-funded ruler. In response to my column two weeks ago about the marketing overlords pushing the Fed Ed racket, Chad Colby of Achieve Inc. demanded corrections. Let's go to school.

"I wanted to take a moment to highlight two points that were incorrect regarding Achieve," Colby complained. "Contrary to Ms. Malkin's assertion, Achieve employs no lobbyists and we never have."

No? Never? Someone didn't do his homework. Mr. Colby, meet Patricia Sullivan. She's the founding executive director of Achieve and a career lobbyist who has bounced around D.C. for the past quarter-century in influence-peddling positions for the Gates Foundation-funded National Governors Association, Council for Chief State School Officers and Center on Education Policy. She has "advocated" for trade groups, a teachers union and her own "consulting firm." That's Washington-speak for "lobbying."

Read more . . .

James and JoAnne Moriarty Reveal the Truth about the Overthrow of Libya

The Corbett Report

March 31, 2014

Joining us on the program today are James and JoAnne Moriarty of LibyanWarTheTruth.com. We discuss their experiences as businesspeople in Libya since 2007 and as eyewitnesses to the destruction wrought by the NATO-sponsored Al-CIAda perpetrated overthrow of that country in 2011. From the truth about the outside forces brought in to destabilize the country to what really happened in Benghazi, their website and their DVD, Escape From Al Qaeda, is essential information for those seeking to get to the bottom of what really happened in Libya.

Listen to the interview (50 min 20 sec)

Sibel Edmonds: Leaked Turkish False Flag Tape Was Doctored

Hawaii Political Info introduction: Sibel Edmonds was formerly a Turkish translator for the FBI who turned whistle blower. She is no longer with the agency. Here she applies her linguistic and analytical skills on the leaked Turkish tape that was released last week, which was proclaimed as showing planning for a false flag operation and widely disseminated on the Internet.

Published on YouTube Apr 2, 2014

Boiling Frogs Post (Sibel Edmonds' website) introduction: Late last week, a conversation between high-ranking Turkish officials was leaked online purporting to expose a plan that had been devised to use a staged attack on a Turkish target in Aleppo as a pretext to start a war with Syria. Many questions about the recording and where it came from, why it was released now, and what it means for the future of the NATO agenda in Ukraine, Syria and for the Turkish government. Join us this week on The Eyeopener as we peel back the layers of the onion to find out what's really behind the false flag leak.


 
Cenk Uygur, who was born in Turkey and emigrated to the U.S. at the age of eight with his family, and who knows a lot more about Turkey and the Turkish language than the vast majority of Americans, who know next to nothing, reports on the leaked false flag tapes.


 
Cenk tells us what it was like to come to America at age eight and the state of his Turkish fluency now.

U.S. Stock Market Is Rigged against Investors

Hawaii Political Info introduction: Michael Lewis' new book, released today and Amazon's top seller at the moment, exposes just one way in which investors get ripped off. Its pending publication has prompted Jewish Wall Street firm Goldman Sachs to suddenly switch gears and work desperately on an unconvincing public persona of the good guys.

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60 Minutes

March 30, 2014

Main Lewis video: Steve Kroft reports on a new book from Michael Lewis, "Flash Boys," that reveals how a group of unlikely characters discovered how some high speed traders work the stock market to their advantage.



Transcript

 
Author Michael Lewis explains how the stock market is rigged


 
Lewis: Investors, big and small, are prey


 
Wall Street baffles even the biggest firms with complexity

Lewis: rigged stock market is 'bigger than a scam'

Aid to Ukraine Bad for All

Last week Congress overwhelmingly passed a bill approving a billion dollars in aid to Ukraine and more sanctions on Russia. The bill will likely receive the president’s signature within days. If you think this is the last time US citizens will have their money sent to Ukraine, you should think again. This is only the beginning.

This $1 billion for Ukraine is a rip-off for the America taxpayer, but it is also a bad deal for Ukrainians. Not a single needy Ukrainian will see a penny of this money, as it will be used to bail out international banks who hold Ukrainian government debt. According to the terms of the International Monetary Fund (IMF)-designed plan for Ukraine, life is about to get much more difficult for average Ukrainians. The government will freeze some wage increases, significantly raise taxes, and increase energy prices by a considerable margin.

But the bankers will get paid and the IMF will get control over the Ukrainian economy.

The bill also authorizes more US taxpayer money for government-funded “democracy promotion” NGOs, and more money to broadcast US government propaganda into Ukraine via Radio Free Europe and Voice of America. It also includes some saber-rattling, directing the US Secretary of State to “provide enhanced security cooperation with Central and Eastern European NATO member states.”

The US has been “promoting democracy” in Ukraine for more than ten years now, but it doesn’t seem to have done much good. Recently a democratically-elected government was overthrown by violent protestors. That is the opposite of democracy, where governments are changed by free and fair elections. What is shocking is that the US government and its NGOs were on the side of the protestors! If we really cared about democracy we would not have taken either side, as it is none of our business.

Washington does not want to talk about its own actions that led to the coup, instead focusing on attacking the Russian reaction to US-instigated unrest next door to them. So the new bill passed by Congress will expand sanctions against Russia for its role in backing a referendum in Crimea, where most of the population voted to join Russia. The US, which has participated in the forced change of borders in Serbia and elsewhere, suddenly declares that international borders cannot be challenged in Ukraine.

Those of us who are less than gung-ho about sanctions, manipulating elections, and sending our troops overseas are criticized as somehow being unpatriotic. It happened before when so many of us were opposed to the Iraq war, the US attack on Libya, and elsewhere. And it is happening again to those of us not eager to get in another cold -- or hot -- war with Russia over a small peninsula that means absolutely nothing to the US or its security.

I would argue that real patriotism is defending this country and making sure that our freedoms are not undermined here. Unfortunately, while so many are focused on freedoms in Crimea and Ukraine, the US Congress is set to pass an NSA “reform” bill that will force private companies to retain our personal data and make it even easier for the NSA to spy on the rest of us. We need to refocus our priorities toward promoting liberty in the United States!

Link:

Vitali Klitschko's American Coaches [The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity] Dec 28, 2013

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