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Happy New Year!!!

January 1, 2015

On behalf all of us here at AOR, I want to wish you and your family a Happy 2015! [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y--zRWgZzqg]

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The New Star Wars Film Gets a Name

November 6, 2014

A fanboy alert struck earlier today as director JJ Abrams’ latest addition to the Star Wars Universe (Episode VII) released its official subtitle today.  The movie, set for release in December 2015, will be called:  Star Wars Episode VII — The Force Awakens. While nothing about the plot was released or officially confirmed today, Abrams [...]

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Ebola and the Enterovirus — Preventable Plagues?

October 5, 2014

Right now two plagues are a scourge across America — Ebola and the Non-Polio Enterovirus D-68.  While our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of these highly infectious and deadly diseases making their rounds around the USA, two notions popped into my mind. First, how in the hell did Ebola get in the [...]

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Mike Ditka (and Me) on the Redskins Debate

August 20, 2014

The Washington Redskins name controversy is resurfacing as the 2014 NFL season draws closer.  The politically correct cultural elites are trying to force their views onto a generally disinterested public to further turn the mostly neutered  NFL (No Fun League) political.  For libs everything is political — they can’t help it, it’s just who they [...]

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Robin Williams: 1951-2014

August 12, 2014

Iconic comic Robin Williams was found dead yesterday of an apparent suicide at the age of 63.  The comic leaves behind a wife and three children, as well as a nation in shock and sadness. How could a man so funny be dealing with such deep depression? As someone close to a few people with [...]

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45 Years Since the Moon Landing

July 20, 2014

Forty-five years ago today Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first people to walk on the Moon.  Michael Collins drew the short straw and had to stay in orbit. Real heroes achieving a milestone in history on par with the discovery of the New World, and one which required less computing power to accomplish [...]

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Movie Review: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

July 16, 2014

I needed some veg time after finishing up a grad school paper yesterday and found myself going to see a mindless film on a random rainy Tuesday.  Given what’s out right now, I decided to see the 416th (eighth actually) “Planet of the Apes” film, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.  Here’s the trailer: [...]

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Happy Independence Day!!!

July 4, 2014

Happy 238th birthday America! Hope everyone has a great day celebrating America’s heritage of Independence and Liberty.

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Two Big First Amendment SCOTUS Decisions

June 30, 2014

The Supreme Court handed down two big decisions today (5-4, predictably), one striking down parts of the Obamacare contraception mandate, the other allowing certain employees to opt out of union membership. The Burwell v. Hobby Lobby decision notes that since HHS has already carved out some exemptions for religious institutions to be exempt from the [...]

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Bergdahl Prisoner Exchange Debacle

June 4, 2014

Just in time to take the V.A. scandal out of the headlines while head-faking the nation so a deal can be reached with the Hamas-led terrorist Palestinian government, President Obama neatly handed over five Taliban members who were resting comfortably at Gitmo for one American POW… without notifying Congress, which is illegal since these guys [...]

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Beck on the Santa Barbara Killings

May 27, 2014

Six people were killed and thirteen were wounded when 22 year old Elliot Rodger went on his killing spree this weekend.  Rodger left a massive manifesto and many YouTube videos trying to explain his mindset before perpetrating these murders. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of the victims. Unfortunately, the [...]

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Happy Memorial Day

May 26, 2014

Today we honor and remember those who lost their lives in defense of this nation.  We honor the war dead who gave that “last full measure of devotion.” We also honor their families and friends.  In the recent wars America has fought: Afghanistan:  (2001-Present) to date 2,322 have been killed with 19,964 wounded. With an [...]

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Happy Mother’s Day!!!

May 11, 2014

From all of us here at AOR, I want to wish all the moms out there (especially my own!) a Happy Mother’s Day!

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Monica Lewinsky Opens Up

May 6, 2014

America’s most famous intern wrote a piece for Vanity Fair about her salacious relationship with our 42nd President.  The Lewinsky Affair led to the first impeachment of a President since 1868.  Like it or not, it’s part of history. First of all, she’s 40 now.  Yikes!  She was a 22-year-old White House intern at the [...]

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New (and Old) Star Wars Cast Revealed!!!

April 29, 2014

While there are no spoilers available about the storyline of the upcoming “Star Wars VII” film, JJ Abrams and crew have released a casting list for the film. While many the new faces are relative unknowns and their parts in the film are still a mystery, a number of oldie-but-goodies will be returning to the [...]

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Sts. John and John Paul

April 27, 2014

Today witnessed a historic canonization ceremony in which two former popes, John XXIII (1958-1963) and John Paul II (1978-2005), were canonized as saints with two living popes, Pope Francis and the retired Pope Benedict XVI (2005-2013), on hand.  Here is a clip from the canonization ceremony at the Vatican earlier today: Pope John XXIII is [...]

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Happy Easter!

April 20, 2014

From all of us here at AOR, may you and your family have a Happy Easter!

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Sparring Over Common Core

April 18, 2014

While scouring the Internets this morning, I noticed RCP had two contrasting views on Common Core — the national education standards 45 states adopted without looking at them first. David Brooks takes the Ruling Class apologist’s view, basically that one should just get over it and embrace the change. Erick Erickson takes the skeptical view, [...]

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Movie Review–Captain America: The Winter Soldier

April 6, 2014

Marvel’s latest comic book adaptation, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, hit theaters this weekend with both a fun and highly political message.  Here’s the trailer: The reviews are in and Winter Soldier is definitely worth the price of admission.  It’s even received Glenn Beck’s seal of approval (which is very hard to get for a [...]

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Rush’s Warning

April 5, 2014

Occasionally, one needs a dose of clarity to (if nothing else) prepare psychologically for our impending day of reckoning.  I know that sounds apocalyptic, but our government’s spending, general ruling class behavior, the stock market, and other financial institutions are currently not on a sustainable path.  Unfortunately, we don’t know the time or the place [...]

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Another Fort Hood Shooting

April 3, 2014

Yesterday, Ivan Lopez opened fire at the Fort Hood military base in Texas, killing three and wounding sixteen before killing himself.  Lopez was being treated for mental illness, perhaps PTSD, before the attack.  The motive behind this shooting is still trying to be understood at this time. However, nearly five years after the first shooting [...]

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Good Start: Indiana to Dump Common Core

March 30, 2014

As it discovers more about Common Core, Indiana will become the first state that adopted the program to dump it after its initial phases are over.  Some believe that this development could start a snowball effect as more states implement the standards this Fall.  We’ll have to see where all this is going. Common Core [...]

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Vatican Chief to Obama Administration: You are “Hostile Towards Christian Civilization”

March 24, 2014

Vatican chief justice Cardinal Raymond Burke said the following when asked about the Obama Administration in an interview for a Christian magazine: It is true that the policies of the president of the United States have become progressively more hostile toward Christian civilization. He appears to be a totally secularized man who aggressively promotes anti-life [...]

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RI Speaker Resigns Amid Murky Investigation

March 23, 2014

Rhode Island’s House Speaker, Gordon Fox (D), resigned yesterday amid an investigation by the US attorney’s office, the FBI, the IRS, and the state police.  The story itself is interesting for two reasons: first, that no one yet knows what the investigation is all about, and secondly, that Fox is biracial and gay. In this [...]

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NJ Girl Sues Parents for Their Property

March 4, 2014

Rachel Canning, 18, didn’t like her parent’s rules and left home to live with a friend.  It’s the old “live under my roof, live with my rules” phenomenon every parent has a right to demand of their adult children living at home. Most young adults either suck-it-up or move out.  Canning decided to deal with [...]

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Tea Party Turns Five

February 27, 2014

From September 2008 to February 2009 nearly $1.6 trillion America didn’t have had been spent by our government: TARP to bailout Wall Street ($700 billion), plus the auto bailouts ($80 billion), plus the Stimulus to bailout Democrat constituencies ($787 billion).  When would it stop?  Who would end up paying for it?  Anyone paying attention was [...]

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The US Navy Has Frickin’ Laser Beams!

February 17, 2014

This summer, the US Navy will deploy its latest weapon system:  a laser beam! While only to be used for “asymmetric” threats, it’s still pretty cool that the military believes such a weapon is deployment-ready!  The article indicates that the weapon’s not so good in bad weather, but for small potential threats in a calm [...]

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UAW Loses in Tennessee

February 15, 2014

Being refugees from the vast union wasteland that is Detroit, the United Auto Workers (UAW) union has tried to find a new home in the South.  Many foreign car companies set up plants in the South to 1) bring their plants closer to the consumer, and 2) avoid the high cost of union labor in [...]

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 14, 2014

So, how is your celebration of the martyrdom of St. Valentine going?  Ha! Perhaps, like the rest of us you took a more secular angle?  Right. Anyway, there’s nothing like a Hallmark holiday designed to guilt and pressure us into paying a bit more attention to our significant other.  Regardless, we love it!  And why [...]

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My Return. My Excuse. My Thoughts on What I Saw and Missed.

February 12, 2014

Hi everyone.  As any reader and um, co-blogger, knows, I’ve haven’t been seen much around here in the last several months.  Sure, I’ve made comments here and there, but I have not posted in a long time.  I apologize for that. My pathetic excuse is that I moved to New York City and have been [...]

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