RANKING OBAMA’S PRESIDENCY

Barack Obama was the worst president in American history. That’s my humble opinion. And no, I am not a racist.      

     My opinions are based on what he did and did not do in office that affected America, or affected the free world and our allies. I’ll try to keep it short. (Not easy)

     On the international stage, nowhere is America, or the world, better off now than in 2009, which includes Russia, North Korea, Europe, Israel and virtually all of the Middle-East and North Africa. It’s all worse today than it was when Obama took office. Obama was great at speeches, photo ops and pandering to minorities and immigrants as a cool guy. But his motives and lack of achievements tell the real truth.

     Israel and its leadership, our staunch ally, were treated like crap by the administration. Obama was the first president to support Israeli boundaries back to the pre-1967 war, which we all know would be suicide for Israel. And, he oversaw the first time America did not support Israel in the UN Security Council by voting against the Jewish state. Countries like Iran, who have sworn to destroy Israel and constantly chant “Death to America,” were coddled

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A FRANK MOVIE REVIEW: “GIFTED” – 8 1/2

“GIFTED” – 8 ½

     In a word:  Astounding.

     Remember the name, McKenna Grace.  She’s among the most “gifted” child actresses in motion picture history (in my humble opinion). So, it was only natural, for her to play the lead role in Gifted.

     In real life she is age 10, but she skillfully plays the role of a 6-7 year-old first grader (only 4’ tall) whose single mother had committed suicide when she was a baby.  While being raised by her uncle (played by Chris Evans), a boat mechanic in St. Petersburg, it becomes clear that the young child far excels her first-grade counterparts in mathematics, able to amazingly calculate college level problems.

     While the school faculty pleads with her doting uncle to place her in a school for “gifted” kids, he assigns more emphasis on his niece living a normal child’s life, not to be set apart from other kids. But that causes major conflicts.

     Enter, the child’s maternal grandmother who is at odds with the uncle insisting that the child be placed in special surroundings. Thus, the scenario sets the stage for a series of emotional outbursts and conflicts which draws the viewer even closer into the

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A FRANK MOVIE REVIEW: “THE ZOOKEEPERS WIFE” – 9

“The Zookeepers Wife”  –  9

In a word:  Intense

     First thing potential viewers need to know, this is a WWII story based on true events based in Warsaw, Poland, at the beginning of the war. It’s theme is much like Schindler’s List, which spiraled Oscar Schindler into a hero of sorts for saving the lives of hundreds of people from Nazi bullets, torture and ovens.  The characters of Antonina and Jan Zabinski, zookeepers at the Warsaw Zoo, are deftly played by Jessica Chastain and Johan Heldenbergh who also had saved hundreds of lives by hiding Jews in zoo basements over a five year period. Because it’s a true story, we are even more engrossed.

     Complete with Polish accent, Jessica Chastain plays the role of her life, worthy of an Oscar if only this movie was released in November, not April. Before the Nazi invasion on September 1st, 1939, life was good for the zookeepers. Chastain is portrayed with a number of otherwise wild animals that are her extended family, loving and caressing elephants, lions, camels and so much more. Then came the invasion of Hitler’s army which changed lives of millions.

     Scenes portrayed in the Warsaw ghetto were

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AFTERTHOUGHTS

In my 2015 book release, The Way Things Oughta Be, I offer numerous chapters with analyses and suggestions for improving the world, whether it be politics, science, education, criminal justice, family issues, love and romance and so much more. At the very end of the book, I present a chapter titled, “Afterthoughts” which is a list of one-liners, without essay or analysis.

     I thought some folks might be interested…so I extracted this chapter and created a short blog.  (With the author’s permission, of course) See what you think.

                                                            AFTERTHOUGHTS

Sometimes, a simple answer can identify a question.  According to your author, here are a few one-line reflections on – The Way Things Oughta Be:

  • Smart people should think twice about the long-range consequences before blanketing their bodies with tattoo ink.
  • Parents who sit with their kids at restaurant tables engrossed with tablets and smart phones tell me they’ve lost the ability to communicate.
  • I’m a fan of space travel, but I also wonder if the enormous costs outweigh the benefits, and those billions of dollars could not be better funneled to more pressing needs.
  • Abolish car alarms. They are useless costs added to the price of an auto.
  • Schools,
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MEASURING THE HYPOCRISY IN D.C.

The double-standard is beyond belief. So is the hypocrisy in the relentless attacks on President Donald Trump from Day One of his election just a couple months ago. He may bluster sometimes, but in truth his only crime was getting elected.

     Start with the frenzy over the allegations that the Russians were involved in politicking for Trump in the last election, though there is no evidence to support that, as noted by the FBI Director and other Intelligence experts. None!  Left wing news pundits declare that Trump should be impeached. For what? Breathing? Hatred for the new president before he’s even had a chance to serve is beyond comprehension.

    Speaking of interfering with an election, did anyone in the left-wing media chastise Barack Obama for not only meddling, but spending American taxpayer money to support the opposition to Israeli’s Prime Minister Netanyahu in the 2015 election there?  Our government was clearly engaged in trying to skew that foreign election.  Numerous news reports cited the deal, which would then make Obama complicit. Anyone call for his impeachment? Any hateful references to Obama — by anyone?  Where is MSNBC, CNN, ABC and CBS?

( For more info, see link, below)

     Why didn’t

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SANCTUARY CITIES – SEEDING THE LANDSCAPE

How do I tell my kids and grandkids, that they should always obey the law, uhh, except when they don’t like the law?

     That begs the question: Why do our elected representatives on the left openly protect and approve of those who blatantly break our immigration laws?

     Whenever a president, governor or mayor takes office, they take an oath to faithfully preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, i.e., to follow the law. Fact is, hundreds of these officials know they will be breaking the law as they recite the pledge.

     With all the hoopla about illegal immigration, it is stunning to learn that the administrations of over three hundred cities and towns in this country have been breaking laws every day by declaring their venue as “sanctuary” meaning, law breakers are given immunity, de facto, from enforcement based solely on the political leanings. They are telling our kids, “We don’t like this law, so we give ourselves permission to violate.”

     Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, for example, openly declared in November of 2016, that his city will always remain a sanctuary venue for law-breakers, the law be damned. Emanuel joins the mayors of New York, Los Angeles,

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A FRANK MOVIE REVIEW: “THE BELKO EXPERIMENT” – 2

Are you a big fan of gratuitous gore and violence?

     Are you among those who think that the ubiquitous “F” word is essential in every scene, by every actor, in every sentence (almost), even when it has no relevance?

     Do you rate actors by how realistic they play out dying, killing, death and destruction?

     Do you enjoy watching vast pools of blood forming on floors and carpets strewn with dozens of dead bodies?

     Do you like dumb plots?

     If you said “Yes” to these questions, then do not miss seeing The Belko Experiment.

     In summary, the movie tells the story of a twisted social experiment where a group of 80 Americans are employed in a high-rise corporate office building in the middle of nowhere, Bogota, Colombia when, suddenly, all windows and doors are sealed locked on every floor.  A male voice from an intercom orders everyone to participate in a deadly game of kill or be killed. Essentially, people are required to kill a number of innocent people in order to save their own lives. Naturally, it all gets out of control and the murder mentality takes over, resulting in senseless carnage.

     By the end of the movie, the origins

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