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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=]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Super Slaughter

February 3, 2014

Outside of the Pacific Northwest, last night’s Super Bowl XLVIII was not very exciting.  I predicted a 27-24 Broncos victory, contingent upon whether or not Seattle could produce a pass rush against Peyton Manning.  Well, no pass rush was necessary for the kind of beat-down we haven’t seen in a Super Bowl since 1993:  Seattle [...]

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Big Game Sunday!!!

February 2, 2014

Tonight at around 6:30pm EST Super Bowl XLVIII (“48″ to us non-Romans) between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks–the league’s #1 offense versus the #1 defense, while both being #1 seeds in their respective conferences during the playoffs.  Here’s a preview. It should be a great game–Vegas still has the game with the Broncos [...]

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The Kronies

January 27, 2014

Upon hearing about this on The Blaze this evening, I had to add it to the echo chamber. Satire, beautiful satire!

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Movie Review — Lone Survivor

January 25, 2014

I vaguely remember a story back in 2005 about this Navy SEAL in Afghanistan who was the only one who survived an attack by dozens of Taliban, who managing to crawl to an Afghan village, and somehow got rescued.  This Iraq War vet (OIF 1), after recovering from his wounds volunteered to go back to [...]

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Slow Jam with Mitt

January 25, 2014

Mitt Romney recently appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to “Slow Jam the News.”  It’s pretty good, with a few good zings and tons of innuendo.  Check it out: H/T: The Blaze

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An Obama, Not a King

January 20, 2014

Today marks America’s observance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday as a way to acknowledge and celebrate the life of the 20th Century’s most important civil rights leader.  While it may be unfair to compare today’s civil rights leaders to King and his contemporaries (given that era, his message, their tactics, etc.), a figure as [...]

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Happy 2014!

January 1, 2014

May your 2014 be a great one!

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2013: The Year that Was

December 29, 2013

2013 is nearing its end — let’s take a look back. According the AP, here were the top 10 news stories of 2013: The awful Obamacare rollout Boston Marathon Bombing Pope Francis takes charge Congress’ low approval ratings NSA spying Gay marriage Nelson Mandela Typhoon Haiyan The Syria debacle Three missing women found At the [...]

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What to do with Phil Robertson

December 19, 2013

By now, you’ve probably heard about A&E’s suspension of “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson because of a few remarks he made about gay men.  During an interview with GQ, the hokey backwoods Robertson said the following controversial statement after a long segment on God, religion, and the ’60s: It seems like, to me, a vagina [...]

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Movie Review — The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

December 14, 2013

The second part of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy, The Desolation of Smaug (TDOS), hit theaters this weekend with most wondering how it would compare to last year’s first installment.  Here’s the trailer: No significant plot spoilers, but some won’t make sense if you didn’t read the book While a number of critics had a [...]

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Thanksgiving with Obamacare

November 27, 2013

Just when you thought it was safe to get together with family for Thanksgiving dinner and some football, your smarmy left-wing cousin (probably the one who refuses to eat the “charred flesh” of the “murdered bird” on the “corporate” Thanksgiving table) may try to ruin the concord with an out-of-place defense of Obamacare. How do [...]

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Movie Review — The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

November 23, 2013

Last year’s controversial breakout hit, The Hunger Games, left audiences enthralled and wanting more.  The story takes place in a future North America where 12 districts support an opulent and oppressive Capitol, which keeps those districts poor and dependent on them like feudalistic vassal states.  The Hunger Games is not simply a story about kids-killing-kids [...]

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New “Hobbit 2″ Trailer

October 6, 2013

Peter Jackson’s second piece to the Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, opens in theaters Friday, December 13.  Here is the official trailer: Can’t wait!  For those who have read the book, you know that one long Hobbit movie would have to cut so much out that it was definitely worth having two [...]

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Rowling’s Harry Potter Spin-Off a Go

September 14, 2013

Looks like Warner Bros. attempt to find their next Harry Potter is over!  JK Rowling and the studio are going to team up to create a series of films based on the Harry Potter universe.  While not a prequel, the storyline will follow the author of the fictional Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’s [...]

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It’s Past Time for “a la carte” Cable!

August 30, 2013

Senator John McCain does have one issue that sets him apart from his peers in the Senate — he supports “a la carte” cable and has sponsored a bill to do something about it.  Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.  Called the “Television Consumer Freedom Act of 2013,” this bill would allow [...]

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A “Lone Survivor” Movie

August 2, 2013

If you’ve check the right side bar on AOR lately, you may have noticed that one of the books I am currently reading is Marcus Luttrell’s Lone Survivor:  An Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10.  I just finished it the other day and loved it!  It was a [...]

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NSA Spying and “24″

August 1, 2013

New information released today indicates the existence of an NSA program called “XKeyscore,” which can look at and track all your Internet data and behavior without prior authorization.  The NSA says that the targeting is specific (which is a practicality issue in a world of over 7 billion people), but those being targeted have no [...]

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Movie Review: The Conjuring

July 25, 2013

While I used to be a big horror movie fan, my tastes have generally moved on.  I’m not into gross or overly elaborate death scenes.  I’ve come to yawn at those masked serial killer movies.  However, every once in a while a horror movie comes along that piques my interest.  The Conjuring is one such [...]

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The Royal Baby’s First Appearance

July 23, 2013

Yesterday, the royal family got a bit bigger with the birth of William and Kate’s son, the new “Prince of Cambridge.”  Here was the scene just a few minutes ago outside of the hospital where Kate gave birth.  The whole family looks great, though a bit tired as one can imagine. At the time of [...]

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George Zimmerman Acquitted

July 14, 2013

Last evening the six-member jury deliberating the guilt of George Zimmerman found him not guilty, acquitting him for the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.  The Blaze has great coverage of the last 24 hours, as this story keeps developing. Having been on a million juries (that’s what I get for voting in every election!), [...]

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