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TW• Obamacare marches on. Care to rant?

The Health Care thing is just another government takeover. They want to take over everything. Do you watch Glen Beck? I recommend that you watch him all the time, because this is the most logical person in America. He digs into stuff, he figures things out, and he airs the bold truth. He doesn’t put up with a bunch of crap. I think he runs circles around O’Reilly. Glen Beck does his homework—he really does the research. He gives you a history lesson every night. See for yourself at

TW• Some questions our readers have wondered about with your fascinating background include: What was the toughest thing you ran up against in your Marine Corps Boot Camp training?

It was exercise to exhaustion! It’s not legal, never was legal, never will be legal—but back in the day that old Gunnery Sergeant would exercise you, turn you every way, until you couldn’t do any more. The thing is you were so intimidated that you did it until you dropped. I didn’t think it was going to bother me. I was an old farm boy, a tough little guy. I was wiry—hell I only weighed 140 pounds when I went to Boot Camp at 17.

TW• The sergeant that worked you over—you sort of re-created that sergeant for your role in Full Metal Jacket?

Well, I was that Sergeant—five years later. I just changed places, that’s all. I came back as a movie marine, as a Drill Instructor. I learned from my Drill Instructor. In fact, the art is passed from generation to generation. I tried to show that.

TW• Now that they’re re-releasing Full Metal Jacket in a new DVD and Blu-Ray, we were wondering if you could add another Stanley Kubrick story to the one you told us about him rolling his wife’s Mercedes into the ditch while scouting a shot location.

As I said, Stanley was not a multi-tasker. I was very close to Stanley. We worked shoulder-to-shoulder every day for 14 months. One of the things Stanley never did, which almost all the directors and producers do today, is to “loop,” that is go to the ADR, the Audio Dubbing Room, and re-record the voices and sound track over the original photography. If the voices and sound were not just as impeccable as the photography—like a plane flew over or something fell in the background—we had to do it over again. That led to a lot of different takes.

He thought that when the actors went back to the ADR to re-do the sound, they lost the feeling, the atmosphere, of what was going on. So he didn’t do it. And I never did hear him say, as every other director I’ve worked with has said, “That’s good enough, let’s move on.” With Stanley, if it wasn’t perfect, we didn’t move on. Every other director I’ve ever worked for, with the exception of Peter Jackson [Lord of the Rings], I’ve heard them say, “That’s good enough.” Peter Jackson is my hero. If there’s one director I respect as much as Stanley Kubrick, it would be Peter Jackson. I did The Frighteners with Peter Jackson. And he is just as meticulous as Stanley Kubrick. I think he’s the best of the best.

TW• Did you ever get to see The Hurt Locker that won the Academy Award?

Yes, I did. The Hurt Locker was fictitious bullshit. It was entertaining. I have to give it that. But people who have ever been in the military and know anything about EOD, they look at that and they have to chuckle because it’s so ridiculous. Any sergeant that comes on board and is such a loose a cannon like that guy…he would have gotten people killed. The people in his unit would have been insisting that he be replaced. He would find himself sitting at a typewriter—as an O1, a “Remington Raider.” It was just a “Technical Rag,” a total absolute “Technical Rag.” Everything that’s done in The Hurt Locker is done for entertainment purposes only. The people in EOD I’ve talked to hate this show, by the way. I know a bunch of those guys and they hate it. They said the movie makes them all look like a bunch of loose cannons!

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  • Mario Bronsoni

    Can’t stop blaming Bush can you?

    Bush wanted Government-run Health Care (other than Medicare which is already screwed financially)?

    Q: Would you be open to the ideal of a national health care plan?

    BUSH: I’m absolutely opposed to a national health care plan. I don’t want the federal government making decisions for consumers or for providers. I remember what the administration tried to do in 1993. They tried to have a national health care plan, and fortunately it failed. I trust people; I don’t trust the federal government. I don’t want the federal government making decisions on behalf of everybody.
    Source: St. Louis debate Oct 17, 2000

    This is America buddy, Gunny and everybody else has the right to their opinion of Glen Beck, much like you have yours.

    Guess you’re going to prove Beck was forcing himself to cry? No, you’re not, you’ll just continue to sling unsubstantiated lies like the rest of leftest idiots.

    Republicans’ Common-Sense Reforms Will LOWER HEALTH CARE COSTS
    Americans want a step-by-step, common-sense approach to health care reform, not Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s costly, 1,990-page government takeover of our nation’s health care system. Republicans’ alternative solution focuses on lowering health care premiums for families and small businesses, increasing access to affordable, high-quality care, and promoting healthier lifestyles – without adding to the crushing debt Washington has placed on our children and grandchildren. Following are the key elements of Republicans’ alternative plan:
    • Lowering health care premiums. The GOP plan will lower health care premiums for American families and small businesses, addressing Americans’ number-one priority for health care reform.
    • Establishing Universal Access Programs to guarantee access to affordable health care for those with pre-existing conditions. The GOP plan creates Universal Access Programs that expand and reform high-risk pools and reinsurance programs to guarantee that all Americans, regardless of pre-existing conditions or past illnesses, have access to affordable care – while lowering costs for all Americans.
    • Ending junk lawsuits. The GOP plan would help end costly junk lawsuits and curb defensive medicine by enacting medical liability reforms modeled after the successful state laws of California and Texas.
    • Prevents insurers from unjustly cancelling a policy. The GOP plan prohibits an insurer from cancelling a policy unless a person commits fraud or conceals material facts about a health condition.
    • Encouraging Small Business Health Plans. The GOP plan gives small businesses the power to pool together and offer health care at lower prices, just as corporations and labor unions do.
    • Encouraging innovative state programs. The GOP plan rewards innovation by providing incentive payments to states that reduce premiums and the number of uninsured.
    • Allowing Americans to buy insurance across state lines. The GOP plan allows Americans to shop for coverage from coast to coast by allowing Americans living in one state to purchase insurance in another.
    • Promoting healthier lifestyles. The GOP plan promotes prevention & wellness by giving employers greater flexibility to financially reward employees who adopt healthier lifestyles.
    • Enhancing Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). The GOP plan creates new incentives to save for current and future health care needs by allowing qualified participants to use HSA funds to pay premiums for high deductible health insurance.
    • Allowing dependents to remain on their parents’ policies. The GOP plan encourages coverage of young adults on their parents’ insurance through age 25.
    Scorecard: Speaker Pelosi’s Government Takeover vs. GOP Common-Sense Solutions

    Job Losses
    Up to 5.5 million
    GOP Alternative–0

    Speaker Pelosi’s Bill
    Medicare Cuts
    $500 billion
    GOP Alternative–0

    Speaker Pelosi’s Bill
    Tax Increases
    $729.5 billion
    GOP Alternative–0

  • Joseph Attaway

    Dear Gunny,
    I know you’re only human, and it was bound to happen, but you’ve really let me down this time. Glen Beck is one of the most deceitful people ever to have media coverage. He’s been caught forcing himself to cry on camera, and that’s one wrong way to run a “hearts and minds” infotainment blitz. As for the health care, does anyone remember the Bush administration, and the fact that they not only proposed nationalized, government-controlled health care, but that said health care would include paid support for abortions? The same thing they attempted to pass for themselves they later protested in the Democratic proposal. The Republicans protest the Democrats using force to pass their legislation, yet the same tactic was used by the Republicans during the Bush Junior Administration. Gunny, I have a huge amount of respect for you, but please don’t be as short-sighted and forgetful as other figures of importance. Don’t endorse emotional thuggery and blatant hypocrisy.

    Joseph Attaway.

  • kevdog

    I can’t tell if gunny’s knee-jerk ignorant jackassery is a put-on. If it’s real, he’s lost all credibility….