Chris Burgard

Memo to GOP: Humor Helped Put Boehner's Challenger on Political Map

Memo to GOP: Humor Helped Put Boehner's Challenger on Political Map

A few weeks ago, the campaign consulting firm FourTier Strategies called and asked if I would make a commercial for a guy running against House Speaker John Boehner. I thought, “Wow. I’ve already been blacklisted in Hollywood; let’s get blacklisted by the Republicans …

Fast and Furious: Dead Fish Stink from the Head Down

Fast and Furious: Dead Fish Stink from the Head Down

Back in 2009, I was in Del Rio, Texas, attending a Texas Border Sherriff’s Coaliton conference. During one particular Q and A session, the Obama liaison from the Department of Homeland Security kept focusing on stopping the southern flow of

California Gold?

I remember when I first bought my truck. I am not lying when I tell you that I love my Dodge diesel dually. But back then money was tight, and I would be lying if I said the monthly payments

My Memories of President Reagan

A Life Magazine photo during Reagan’s bid for governor in California shows his love for horses. The first time that I met President Reagan we talked about horse’s butts. The grace of the polo game and the quiet beauty of

The Mosque At Ground Zero, The Day After

I may not have been here to write this today if it wasn’t for Abdi: a young Kenyan ranger, who happens to be Muslim. In 2002, I was arrogantly stalking a young bull elephant in pursuit of the perfect video.

The Border: A Dirty War (Part 4)

I was invited to Washington to screen BORDER for the House and the Senate. We showed them the reality of the border. We explained the reality of the coming war. Nothing happened. No wait, check that: Rep. Virgil Goode (R.

The Border: A Dirty War (Part 3)

We filmed the last of them as they picked up a higher trail around our position. I was very concerned that they would circle back behind us. I doubt they knew that there were only three of us. They continued

The Border: A Dirty War (Part 2)

So tonight, I had left Scout back at basecamp. In Iraq the Marines use German Shepherds and Dobermans. In this arena, Scout has an advantage over them. When you come across refugees in need of food, water or first aid,

The Border: A Dirty War (Part 1)

The enemy was coming. Local dogs were the first to see them. Their frantic barks were easy to translate, “My loved ones live here! Stay away!” It was hard not to feel bad for the locals. They live in fear

The Searchlight Eggsperience

[youtube NA1aauzu2tw nolink] They weren’t gunshots but the pops were startling nonetheless. As the eggs hit the windshield, visibility immediately became a problem. Jerry Ragle was pretty shaken as he pulled the Tea Party Express bus to a stop. He

Human Decency and Hollywood: The Voice of America

I work in Hollywood and many in my industry consider my views to be pretty radical. I blame my father and the values that he instilled in me: Never hit a woman and protect your children. Over the past few

The War on Propaganda

“The essence of propaganda consists in winning people over to an idea so sincerely, so vitally, that in the end they succumb to it utterly and can never escape from it.” Joseph Goebbels There is no shame in artists receiving

9/12: The Revolution Has Begun

What began on the border in 2005 has spread to DC and every state in the union. The Revolution isn’t coming, it is here. Call it the Constitution Revolution. The genie is out of the bottle and there will be

Honoring September 11th: Frank

Frank Munoz was a good guy. When he was a teenager, he worked hard to straighten his life out. He went to school. He got married. He got a job. He took good care of his mom. Frank Munoz died

Honduras: A Truth Stranger Than Fiction?

Imagine an America in the not too distant future: President Obama has entered into a special trade pact with Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua. Once the treaty is signed doctors and teachers from Cuba and Nicaragua offer their services to help

The Real Meaning of the 4th of July is Revolution

Two hundred and thirty-three years ago, fifty six of our forefathers signed their names to the Declaration of Independence. They brought forth a new nation conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. They

Troopathon 2009: 'I was just doing my job.'

Thank you. My buddy Dave came back from Iraq without his leg. He was willing to die to keep my family and the rest of America safe. I can never thank him enough for his sacrifice. All he ever says

Iran at a Crossroad: Mr. President, Where Are You?

After Friday’s Iranian Presidential election, Mohammad Asgari allegedly released results showing that the Iranian government used new software to rig the results in favor of Ahmadinejad. After a mysterious car accident, Mr. Asgari is now dead. Mohammad Asgari worked for

Dear Mr. President, Please Don't Kill My Kids

On Dec. 12, 1974, my grandparents were driving home when a vehicle traveling 50 miles per hour hit them. On March 17, 2002, I was driving home when a vehicle driving traveling 50 miles per hour hit me. My grandparents

The Russians, Arabs, Drug Cartels and our Southern Border

On June 3rd Sara Carter and the Washington Times reported, “Al-Qaeda Eyes Anthrax Attack On U.S from Mexico.” The story is based on an Al-Qaeda recruitment video first broadcast back in February on Al Jazeera. In it, Kuwaiti dissident Abdullah

Swine Flu, Fences and Farces

I just saw Sen. Joe Lieberman on Fox News. He wanted to explore the possibility of closing off the Southern Border with Mexico as a safety precaution while the US got a handle on the Swine Flu situation. The World

Cyber Attacks and Our Southern Border

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that computer spies have broken into the Pentagon’s $300 billion Joint Strike Fighter program – the Defense Department’s costliest weapons program ever – according to current and former government officials, familiar with the attacks.

We the People Will Power this Country

The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’ — Ronald Reagan. My ancestor Francis Lightfoot Lee, signed his name on the Declaration of Independence. Let me tell you what

Adrianna Powell and the Power of Grassroots Film

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other.” — John Adams My dad was a cop who believed that too often the difference between an inmate and

Call Me Chris

They call me Chris. When I first came to Hollywood as a ballet dancer in 1985, it felt good. This town was a breath of fresh air. This was a town where all things were possible and no one was