September 8, 2014

"Shooter" Needs a "Green" Remake


Because I'm a bloody-minded man with a strong interest in justice delivered rather than delayed, one movie I enjoy seeing frequently is Shooter (2007). I enjoy it because at the end corrupt politicians and senators are shot to ribbons and then blown up and incinerated. These cinematic consequences satisfy my yearning for justice delivered to those who, in the real world, live lives that seldom have real consequences only re-election.

"Shooter" in summary, for those that have not seen it or read the book on which it is based, goes like this:

Bob Lee Swagger, one of the world's great marksmen and the son of a Congressional Medal of Honoree, is a loner living in the Rockies. He's left the military, having been hung out to dry in a secret Ethiopian mission a few years before, when he's recruited by a lisping colonel to help find a way that the President of the US might be assassinated in one of three cities in the next two weeks. He does his work, but the shot is fired notwithstanding and Bob Lee is quickly the fall guy: wounded and hunted by thousands, he goes to ground and, aided by two unlikely allies, searches for the truth and for those who double-crossed him. All roads lead back to Ethiopia.
Ethiopia? A scene late in the film illuminates that little incident:
What exactly happened in Africa? Somehow the villagers didn't think that an oil pipeline was a good enough reason to move their village to a place where the spirit gods didn't exist. So they asked them all nicely to move and when they didn't, they just killed them all?

No. They didn't ask. They just killed them.

So the next village won't need to be asked. They'll just go.

There is a mass grave with 400 bodies, men, women, children, under the oil pumping station 10 kilometres over the Eritrean border.

Ah well, it is just a movie, right? Oh, wait.

Big, Deadly Government: Mass Murder Committed to Game Kyoto "Credits"€™ Scheme

Armed troops acting on behalf of a British carbon trading company backed by the World Bank burned houses to the ground and killed children to evict Ugandans from their homes in the name of seizing land to protect against "€˜global warming,"a shocking illustration of how the climate change con is a barbarian form of neo-colonialism. The evictions were ordered by New Forests Company, an outfit that seizes land in Africa to grow trees then sells the "carbon credits" on to transnational corporations. The company is backed by the World Bank and HSBC. Its Board of Directors includes HSBC Managing Director Sajjad Sabur, as well as other former Goldman Sachs investment bankers...
This is, of course, a scenario in which Shooter would be very useful in delivering something other than a mild embarrassment in the news to the controlling executives of "New Forests," something in a full metal jacket rather than a dinner jacket.

But who among those charged with delivering justice in the world would really care about an African village? It is, for those who ride in the rich, sopping gravy bowl of Al Gore's Happy Green World, just a subject for tut-tutting on the way to the next international jet-setting hog-trough "Climate Change" convention.

"I say, Al, what exactly happened in Africa?"

In my fantasy of justice I like to think that these men and women who batten off the Global Warming scam will someday die in a fire. The only problem is that such a fire would probably also consume DC, Los Angeles, New York, London, Paris, Rome, Peking, San Francisco, etc. Maybe it's best to stick to the "One man. One bullet" scenario.

Shooter, Compressed:

Posted by Vanderleun at September 8, 2014 10:47 AM
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Shooter is kind of a mixed bag for me. Apparently it takes a giant crap all over the book, which is unfortunate, and there are parts that are so cliche they annoy me, but it is a very entertaining movie.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at September 8, 2014 1:27 PM

Anyone who doesn't understand by now that "climate change", and "global warming", and the "carbon" scare are nothing more than a giant scam designed to make a tiny sliver of the population über-rich at the expense of all the rest, is terminally naive. Go back to watching 'General Hospital' if you believe the UN/IPCC and the Obama Administration.

Folks, if you haven't already heard, global warming STOPPED, almost twenty years ago. It's true. But they don't report that very much in the mass Media. Hardly at all, in fact. But it is a fact: global warming stopped around 1997, per satellite data: the most accurate scientific data we have. The planet has not warmed at all since then.

So now they are calling it a "Pause" — as if they know for a fact that global warming stopped only temporarily ["temporary" being 18 years at last count]. They don't know when, or if, global warming will resume. They don't know if we are at a long term plateau. And they don't know if global cooling will commence, instead. But they 'know' this is just a temporary "pause" in global warming; an eighteen-year long "pause".

There is BIG MONEY in any 'carbon' tax. We would all pay for every dollar of the immense revenue that would be raised, in the form of much higher utilities, and gasoline, and everything that is moved by rail or trucks. In other words, EVERYTHING would become much more expensive. That's what a 'carbon tax' would do.

The "carbon" scare is a hoax. Global warming STOPPED, many years ago — but they keep the scare alive with endless false alarms, like dying Polar bears, rapidly rising sea levels, ocean "acidification", and many other false alarms, NONE of which are happening.

They are lying through their teeth, folks. Don't be their chumps. They want your money, that's all. We are sheep to be sheared, and a "carbon" tax is their preferred method.

Posted by: Smokey at September 8, 2014 2:19 PM

I liked the movie, as well. However, it is off-putting that the villain is an oil company, when in this real life scenario it is "climate change" proponents doing the killing.

Posted by: mary at September 8, 2014 2:19 PM

It's a fun movie. Kate Mara did a nice job playing a Kentucky girl. The part that my friends and I usually quote is the scene with Levon Helm -- "...Anna Nicole married for love" and "Still got the shovel."

Posted by: browncoat at September 8, 2014 2:25 PM

Any man doesn't learn from age and experience is a fool not worth talking to.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at September 8, 2014 3:06 PM

@Arthurstone 2:50 PM

May I ask you where you were, in say, years 1965 through 1970 Sir? Just curious.

Posted by: Terry at September 8, 2014 4:07 PM

Terry, he was sitting in his armchair, keeping his doilies straight. Arthurstone is an expert on tea and scones and the proper method of arching the pinkie when sipping.

Posted by: Vermont Woodchuck at September 8, 2014 4:14 PM

And then there is the man who never grew up and never learned, but insists his ideas from youth are still the best.

For some, all they ever needed to know they learned in kindergarden. For the wise, they grew up and learned more as they experienced life.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at September 8, 2014 6:42 PM

those that have not seen it

how can anybody NOT have seen this movie??

Posted by: sleeping giant at September 8, 2014 6:58 PM

@Arty — or, was that Wurzel Zwerge?

"As for the period 1965 - 1970 ..." actually on until 1972 for me, I was killing people and blowing things up for Uncle Sam.

"Any man who is willing to send others to do work he himself avoided is a coward ..."
Any person that sits back and criticizes others for defending freedoms that include said person is the coward.

The man who stands up and does the right thing for the right reasons, "does the work" is the hero.

Posted by: chasmatic at September 8, 2014 9:19 PM

Chas, for those who will never know-"You have never lived until you nearly died."
"The crack of a bullet passing the head certainly enlivens the day."~ Churchill A paraphrase

Posted by: Vermont Woodchuck at September 9, 2014 6:46 AM

Heart of Darkness revisited? But with warmist goons?

The incidents in Uganda occurred a couple years ago as I recall. That never really surfaced in the MSM, did it?

Posted by: Don Rodrigo at September 9, 2014 11:05 AM

And speaking of Stephen Hunter (who as we all know created the Bob Lee Swagger character upon whom this movie is so loosely based,)....

Here's his take on the Ferguson miasma:

If you're taken by the Swagger character, I urge everyone to read all of Hunter's books, starting with The Master Sniper from 1980. He's created an entire world over his career, with characters resurfacing decades later in unexpected contexts - and he really gets guns and shooters.

Posted by: Rob De Witt at September 9, 2014 12:48 PM