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1/23/2013 6:00:00 AM
Kingman Letter: It's not guns, it's Hollywood

Just watched the Chicago neighborhood organizer give his speech on regulating guns. Good speech. He mentioned "senseless violence." Problem: Hypocrisy. There sat Eric Holder, Mr. Fast and Furious Stonewaller, applauding.

Disgusting.

He should have pointed to Holder and stated that he is an example of "senseless violence" perpetrated on the American public. Weren't the innocent people killed in Mexico and the USA as a result of Fast and Furious the victims of "senseless violence?"

Obama did mention video games. Unless I missed some of his comments, I didn't hear any references to his Hollywood cronies who crank out movies filled with violence and drug usage. Again, hypocrisy.

Hundreds of "senseless violence" murders in Mexico related to drug traffic so that Obama's celebrity friends can get high. Connect the dots! Why didn't Obama mention the direct correlation between drugs (portrayed in movies and by comedians as "funny" and normative) and "senseless violence"? Because he is hypocritical when it comes to his Hollywood supporters. Duplicity!

I'll take him seriously when he can borrow a spine and a brass pair and go after a major source of the trashing of America and wholesome values - amoral Hollywood types.

Michael Reddin

Kingman


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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, January 28, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

“It was about Barry's hypocrisy…”

Who is this “Barry” you keep referring to?

“…which typifies much hypocrisy on the part of liberals (e.g., Matt Damon's ridiculous fracking movie funded by Arab oil).”

Incorrect information. Imagenation Abu Dhabi FZ is one of four production companies that backed the film including Focus Features (USA), Participant Media (USA) and Pearl Street Films (USA) and although ther may indeed be “oil” money involved it is most likely limited because Imagenation uses income from other film projects to fund new projects. The company has also been partners in the production of Snitch (2013), Men in Black 3 (2012), Djinn (2012), Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance (2011), The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011), The Double (2011), Sea Shadow (2011), Contagion (2011), The Help (2011), The Beaver (20111), along with funding for Zero Dark Thirty (2012), and That’s my Boy (2011) to name just a few.

As to the quality of the story line in Promised Line – if one fails to understand the true dangers of fracking and listens to the right wing shouting heads then one can be led to believe the film is “ridiculous.”


Posted: Monday, January 28, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

“if you believe in god, then you would know that he creates life, why would he support the murder of an innocent life that he placed in a womans womb??”

If God, as you suggest, is so powerful why would the ability to terminate a pregnancy even be possible? Ponder that. And of course your hyperbolic use of the word “murder” is just a weak attempt to inflame. My contention is that one should follow the words of God and Jesus and mind your own business. My feeling is that the woman involved and God will, at the time of reckoning, discuss her actions.

“just like all other liberal logic, it makes zero, zero, ZERO sense at all. quite laughable really..”

What is actually laughable – in a pathetically sad way – is the insistence by anti-choicers, such as yourself, to involve themselves in a woman’s personal medical decision. What gives you that right? And to go further, if you feel that abortion should be illegal please explain, in detail, exactly what punishment you would inflict upon a woman who has one. Be specific as to the punishment you would impose. Thank you.


Posted: Monday, January 28, 2013
Article comment by: Anason's Nephew

He employed an illegal immigrant/sex offender in his Senate office. The man was arrested...but officials were told not to arrest him until after the election.

Please provide proof of this I can find on mention anywhere of this arrest.

“ … the FBI opened an inquiry into Menendez Aug 1, 2012. It seems Sen Menendez has a habit of going to alcohol fueled sex parties there and procurring prostitutes, one as young as 16.”

Again can you provide proof of this ridiculous assertion because – again – I can find no mention of it other than in Right Wing e-mails.

“Hannity ran a one hour special called Boomtown,…”

How do you know this since you have told us repeatedly that you dislike Hannity and never watch FAUX News?


Posted: Monday, January 28, 2013
Article comment by: Michael Reddin

To "Former": Please have someone explain the letter and the definition of a crony to you. John Voight would not be Barry's crony not certain about Arnold. The letter was not about movies nor videos, per se. It was about Barry's hypocrisy, which typifies much hypocrisy on the part of liberals (e.g., Matt Damon's ridiculous fracking movie funded by Arab oil). Hypocrisy can be found within both political parties as history demonstrates. Pointing out Barry's does not mean that it is exclusive to him and his ilk. If you didn't drink from his punchbowl you would be more objective. (A failure on Neph's part since he could never admit that Barry has ever lied.) Regarding LImbaugh, I do not listen to him (waster of my time), nor Beck, O'Reilly, or Hannity.

Posted: Sunday, January 27, 2013
Article comment by: Blast from past

Im was reading the paper tonight. I often have music playing every waking hour. Its a background whitenoise thing that makes home feel homey.

I was reading this article thinking. I agree Hollywood does have a role in the presenting violence to the world as common place. My next thought was. Parents are the key against "homebased" violence absorption.

In the background the old Beatles song began. I hear the lyrics " happiness is a warm gun". I think of John Lennon. Shot with a warm gun held by a very disturbed man. I thought that was 1980.

The common demominator since Lennons death in all mass shootings has been the " disturbed gunnman". Around 1978 the Mental health funding began irecieving cutbacks. Our little local Mental hospital closing came as a surprise. Soon after many "homes and clinics" were closed.

The residents in turn without family ended on the streets. Most lost their medications, some found new doctors that over medicated, others self medicated off street drugs.

Since then America has decreased funding to the point we have today. We read so many time about the Mental history of these shooters. Most were turned away when seeking help. The agencies left after decades of budget cuts have been in shambles for years now.

We pulled a "castro" on ourselves. When he opened prisons and sent the US the dregs, mentally ill, and criminals along with the boat people wave.

We have been putting Mentally ill people on the streets without hope for help so long. Just trying to find them to make a data base will be nearly impossible. Thats the place to start solving gun violence. Not more gun laws


Posted: Sunday, January 27, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

“Now we learn, not from the mainstream press, the FBI opened an inquiry into Menendez Aug 1, 2012…. It seems Sen Menendez has a habit of going to alcohol fueled sex parties there and procurring prostitutes, one as young as 16.”

As usual I can find no proof of this story so I will now ask Ms Athens to give us a reliable link. Thank you.

“Hannity ran a one hour special…”

Wait a minute! You have told us time and time again that you NEVER watch FAUX News and do not like Hannity. So when did you mislead us – initially or now?






Posted: Sunday, January 27, 2013
Article comment by: tj denton

former kingmanite. wow you noted two republican celebrities, out of what? hundreds of liberal ones??? try and be a little less biased. it makes your weak case even weaker.

and anson, you refer to god in the case of abortion. if you believe in god, then you would know that he creates life, why would he support the murder of an innocent life that he placed in a womans womb?? just like all other liberal logic, it makes zero, zero, ZERO sense at all. quite laughable really.


Posted: Sunday, January 27, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

“Thomas Jefferson said…”

No, he did not.

“The Founders were very clear that the Scriptures provided effective rules..”

Nope, incorrect data.

"’Without the restraints of religion and social worship, men become savages.’ Benjamin Rush, signer of the Declaration.”

Misquote

"’Bibles are strong entrenchments. Where they abound, men cannot pursue wicked courses.’ James McHenry, Signer of the Constitution.”

Wrong.

All of the above were taken from the papers and publications of the liar and charlatan David Barton who admitted, in his own words, on his website that he lied about numerous quotes and facts of history in his many self-published screeds. Posting his lies is simply indicative of not doing any actual research or even honoring the fact that Barton admitted to lying.


Posted: Saturday, January 26, 2013
Article comment by: Jacob Kinstadt

You do realize that Hollywood films and violent video games produced in America are exported all over the world, right? And that the countries we export those films and video games to still have much, much lower rates of gun deaths, right? Hell, Japan produced movies like "Audition," and "Suicide Club" and it's not like the whole country started sawing people's legs off with piano wire, despite easy access to said wire.

Posted: Saturday, January 26, 2013
Article comment by: Linda Athens

Michael Reddin mentioned hypocrisy, stonewalling. And morality. Here are a couple more to throw in the mix.

Watching the Hillary lovefest on Libya and our dead people, NJ Sen Bob Menendez, D was one of the biggest slobberer's.

He employed an illegal immigrant/sex offender in his Senate office. The man was arrested...but officials were told not to arrest him until after the election. They complied.

Now we learn, not from the mainstream press, the FBI opened an inquiry into Menendez Aug 1, 2012. It focuses on repeated trips to the Dominican Republic w/longtime campaign contributor and Miami eye Dr. Salomon Melgen.

It seems Sen Menendez has a habit of going to alcohol fueled sex parties there and procurring prostitutes, one as young as 16.

Carrie Levine of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in DC was alerted last April of Menendez's habit of paying for sex outside the US and taking "non-authorized trips" to the Dominican Republic, allowing a third party to pay and evading Senate Ethics rules. He may have broken a host of rules.

Same informant stated they sent an FBI Special Miami agent documentation from one of the "procurred" girls. Wonder when the lib press will move on this?

In another blistering expose, Hannity ran a one hour special called Boomtown, referring to DC. While the rest of the country languishes in 8% unemployment, houses underwater, people being laid off because employers can't afford the mandated healthcare, too many on food stamps, Washington DC is now the richest town in the US. They produce NO PRODUCT such as cattle, oil, computers.

Their product is BIG GOVERNMENT. Top end make $500,000 yrly, pay cash (350,000 up) for Lamborghini's, drink the finest wines. Bottom 10% of blacks make $9000 yrly. So let them eat cake.


Posted: Saturday, January 26, 2013
Article comment by: Capt. Nice

Show respect
You gotta earn your respect and this thug from Chicago has done nothing to earn it.
You can slobber all over yourself over this thug
but being the first black president with absolutely no experience isn't enough for me.


Posted: Saturday, January 26, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

“Your disagreement with my perspective confirms its accuracy. Thank you.”

Actually, no, it does not. But dream on.


Posted: Saturday, January 26, 2013
Article comment by: Freedom Lover

Bravo Michael!
However, the left's cornerstone has become hypocrisy and delusion. So don't expect anything to sink in with your rational common sense. That sticks as well as water on a ducks back to the leftists insanity.


Posted: Friday, January 25, 2013
Article comment by: Linda Athens

Great letter Michael Reddin:

Our Founders had much to say on the condition of the human heart.

John Witherspoon, Signer of the Declaration said "Love to God and love to man is the substance of religion. When these prevail, Civil Law will have little to do" ie: when we follow God, we have less crime.

Thomas Jefferson said "The precepts of philosophy, and of the Hebrew code, laid hold of actions only. He [Jesus] pushed his scrutinies into the heart of man, erected his tribunal in the region of his thoughts, and purified the waters at the fountain head." Get Jesus in your heart and it shows in your actions.

Civil law prohibits murder but the Bible addresses it before it occurs and while it is still a thought in the heart.

The Founders were very clear that the Scriptures provided effective rules for the government of the heart, thus preventing crimes which originate internally.

"Without the restraints of religion and social worship, men become savages." Benjamin Rush, signer of the Declaration.

"Bibles are strong entrenchments. Where they abound, men cannot pursue wicked courses." James McHenry, Signer of the Constitution. .


(Thomas Jefferson, Memoir, Correspondence, and Miscellanies, From the Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Jefferson Randolph, editor (Boston: Gray and Bowen, 1830), Vol. III, p. 509, to Benjamin Rush on April 21, 1803, Jefferson’s “Syllabus of an Estimate of the Merit of the Doctrines of Jesus, Compared with Those of Others.” )

Amazing, Feinstein herself carries a gun, but wants ours. AND we are selling 20 fighter planes and 200 tanks to the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood who want every Jew dead and hate us also. INSANITY!


Posted: Friday, January 25, 2013
Article comment by: Former Kingmanite

Bad letter. His "Hollywood cronies"? Oh, you mean like John Voight...oh wait, he is a right-wing loon. At least he wan't in a movie with questionable content...oh wait, he was in Deliverance (he shot someone with a bow and there was homosexual rape) and he was in Midnight Cowboy where he played a drugged-up male prostitute. You must mean Arnold..oh wait, he is Republican also and has been in countless ultra violent movies. I'll take you seriously when you begin to think for yourself (stop listening to the drug-addeled Limbaugh) and come back down to planet Earth.
You folks can't stand that we have a President that can speak an intelligent complete sentence and actually believes that all people are equal....just like the Constitution states. Remember how you GOPers like to claim how important the Constitution is.


Posted: Friday, January 25, 2013
Article comment by: Real problem

Wheres the comments about Parental guidance?

Thats the real first step in your childs perception and reality of the world around them.

Always looking to point a finger and blame outside influences is not a solution.

It starts with Parents that commit to keep their children close through communication to help establish morals and values.

We are all guilty of dropping the ball. As a member of the 70's generation. I can attest my generation Failed in many ways to guide our children corrrectly. Generations since have digressed to what we have today. Our people have lost the ability to judge good from bad right from wrong over the last 40 years. We all dropped the ball and now have begun to pay the price of complacency.

Violent Video games got so large because Parents didnt pay attention. Had Parents NOT allowed their kids to play every increasingly violent video released. Guess what.. The Video game market would not be as large or violence driven.

When American decided to be friends instead of parents to our youth. We threw away guidance and morality.


Posted: Thursday, January 24, 2013
Article comment by: Michael Reddin

To Studies: My point is that O was hypocritical to mention only videos and not movies containing violence. I was not commenting on the content, and its implications, of either. Good point on the unemployment factor. That applies to minorities and their job prospects as well...not much hope for them near term with Os economic plan, or lack thereof. Unknown to you, I have been involved in helping to find employment for young adults since my retirement. We might disagree about the artistic value of depicted splattered blood and killings.

To Anon: You are as incorrect as Nephew. My comments were about one person: the community organizer. Our neighbors in my childhood were black (on one side of our house) and Jewish (the other side). We all ate at each others' tables, and this in the south. My many friends and former employees were from diverse ethnic groups, and with whom I have frequently socialized (ride motorcycles, ATVs, go to dinner, attend church, etc.), would howl at such a ludicrous accusation. Regarding ignorance, I'll just check the bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees hanging on my wall. (PS: They were not issued from a college "paper mill.") "Ignorance" can be defined as commenting about something of which one knows nothing!! O is the racist by how his policies have put more blacks on the "welfare plantation" due to his social agenda.

To Neph: Since you reference Jesus in your abortion comments, He said, "When you have done this to the least of these you have done it to me." Also, I will explain the "concept" again in this way: Hollywood pal$$$ give fund$$$ to his re-election = don't comment about THEIR morality, nor THEIR product. It was a glaring and hypocritical omission to stay in good $tanding with them. Connect the dots!! Your disagreement with my perspective confirms its accuracy. Thank you.


Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Article comment by: Uncle A

@Show.....I respect the Office Of POTUS and as the same as a superior military officer, I salute the rank not the person.

@F - "Let's compromise and modify both to meet the needs of a modern America."
Does this mean you advocate changes because it is a different America somehow. Tell me, where does compromise end.

AN - tsk tsk no different that other ridiculous name calling so popular on here.


Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Article comment by: Michael Reddin

To Frank: My comments were regarding his speech, not the 1st nor the 2nd, neither of which need to be changed for whatever a "modern" America, whatever that means.

To Respect: I'll never address him as "Mr." nor "President" since he has not earned my respect. He's a saboteur!

To Nephew: Please explain what is ridiculous. I do not listen to Limbaugh nor Beck, and I do not watch O'Reilly nor Hannity. My "ridiculous concept" came from seeing murder victims, including many Mexican children, related to illegal drug usage while Hollywood hypocrites both use and promote such usage, and then hearing O talk about protecting childtren. What part of my comments were over your head? I expected a reply from you, but not your typical attribution to the same old liberal "enemies".


Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Article comment by: Ranch Lady

Thank you for pointing out the hypocrisy of Eric Holder and Fast and Furious. It deserves repeating often along with the mainstream's seldom mentioned violent drug war in Mexico. I maintain that the disgusting spectacle of governance and media, including Hollywood, that we see today is the result of the planned destruction of freedom in America. Continents of the already-enslaved watch to see if America will stand. I say we will.

Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Article comment by: ANON ANON TOO

Its called racism, bigotry and ignorance!

Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Article comment by: Read The Studies

If you read the studies looking at links between violent video games/movies and actual violence, you'll find little to no evidence to support your claim. This is the BIGGEST misconception that gamers like myself are faced with every day: that, because I play video games, I am a violent person and I can mercilessly kill people. Doesn't work like that.

The latest study suggest that 80% of people under 30 play video games on a regular basis. On that statistic alone, there should be ALOT more shootings if games are so violent.

Rather, you should look at this number: 18.2%. That's the unemployment rate for 18-24 year olds, not including the people who gave up. Nearly all of the major shootings this year came from this demographic. They're people who are cast aside by society because they are young and inexperienced, and our society has failed them.

So next time, don't attack the art (and yes, video game is art). Look in the mirror and ask yourself what society has done for this lost generation.


Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Article comment by: J L

Excellent letter. Hollywood and the video game industry belt out so much violence and reap in hundreds of thousands of dollars from it but when they are Obama supporters don't mention it because he counts on those donation dollars.

Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

“Hey ...how about the 50 million lives that were slaughtered by abortion?”

Hey how about asking Reagan (try a séance), Bush I and Bush II who PROMISED if elected they do away with Roe V Wade and yet never did a single thing.

As it now stands 54% if Americans now feel that a woman’s right to abortion should remain legal.

And then there is the issue of exactly what punishment would be imposed on a woman who undergoes an abortion if it is made illegal – because abortions will continue no matter how many busybodies demand it be banned. Please provide us with the specific punishment you want to see? Thank you.

And of course there is the standard that says if you do not like abortion, do not have one. In all other cases follow the words of God and Jesus and mind your own business.


Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Article comment by: Frank Harris

Well Michael I am just as strong an advocate for the first amendment as you apparently are for the second amendment. Let's compromise and modify both to meet the needs of a modern America.


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