MARIJUANA VERSUS NICOTINE: MYTHS AND REALITIES

I am a recovering drug addict. My drug of choice: Nicotine.

     On January 14, I celebrated my 35th anniversary of freedom from the chains of tobacco misery, smoking four packs of Pall Mall’s every day. I smoked constantly and everywhere, in the office, in elevators, movie theaters and yes, even in the shower with a burning butt on the edge of the commode. Every morning I suffered twenty minutes of wretched coughing jags, only to light up after.

     Nicotine is one of the most addictive and destructive drugs in history. For decades, American culture glorified cigarettes as though part of a sophisticated dress code. It was cool. Practically every movie depicted stars puffing on cigarettes; doctors and celebrities received handsome rewards for endorsing the drug; cigarette companies contributed to political parties while they deliberately enhanced the potency of tobacco to keep people hooked.

     My mother smoked Kents with the “micronite” filter, falling for the propaganda they were healthier than unfiltered. She died of cancer, 1966.

     It was all a lie. It was all about money. Cigarettes represented a multi-billion dollar industry. Naysayers and scientists who tried to tell the truth, who tried to warn, were ignored. They were bad

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THE REAL MOTIVES OF POLITICIANS: CHUMMING FOR VOTERS

Sometimes I ask myself questions about why a massive segment of our government representatives is willing to depart from the fundamental basics on why and how a democratic republic like the United States can thrive.

Why do so many far-left politicians want to increase the welfare rolls? One of Obama’s first orders was to inflate the numbers of recipients on food stamps.  In the first three years of his administration, food stamp hand-outs increased 70 percent.  (See Washington Times report link):  Food stamp president: Enrollment up 70 percent under Obama – Washington Times

Why are sanctuary cities protected by state and local governments, allowing undocumented immigrants – by the millions — not only an invitation to come and bring extended family, but to have access to all social and welfare benefits with the onus on the taxpayers?

Why do people of the far-left want to see open borders, permitting unrestrained new residents, most of whom will require sustenance from the government?

Why do some far-left politicians insist on allowing anyone to vote without having to prove basic eligibility, i.e., citizenry, with photo I.D.?

The answer, I believe, has little to do with compassion and anti-racism. Those are all terms invented

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PREDICTIONS 2018

  1. There will be an attempt to assassinate President Trump. The incendiary atmosphere in America is at a peak, fueled by the ongoing intense hatred for Donald Trump as expressed, irresponsibly, by several major news networks, and print media that cannot accept the fact that Hillary lost. These news networks, as well as a cadre of far-left politicians continually spew calls for “impeachment” not for evidence of committing a crime, but for no other reason than being elected. Such rhetoric only needs to successfully inspire one lone wacko with a gun, as we have seen four times in American history.

 

  1. The U.S. will move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Other nations will follow suit as the UN gradually accedes to pressures from the U.S. to assume greater roles in supporting the UN financially, and to support Israel’s right to exist as a sovereign state. The move will spark anger and demonstrations from Palestinians, and violence may erupt, but it will not prevent the moving of the embassy

 

  1. Construction on the border fence will begin, with limitations as many sections will cede to more modern methods, i.e., electronics, aerial surveillance, concentrated patrol, etc., for securing the border and preventing
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A FRANK MOVIE REVIEW: “DARKEST HOUR” – 9

DARKEST HOUR  –   9

 

In a word:  Engrossing

     If you saw the movie Dunkirk, don’t miss this prequel. This is a great docudrama for people interested in what was going on behind the scenes when 300,000 British soldiers were under siege and trapped in Dunkirk by the Nazi movement in the spring of 1940.

     This was better than Dunkirk because we learned so much more, not only about the treachery of war, but about the personalities that were imbued with the responsibility to make the right decisions, when there would be no time or opportunity to correct a bad decision. Characters were well defined and come alive behind the incredible acting performance by journeyman Gary Oldman who becomes Winston Churchill; looks, stature, speech, and personality included. The movie starts from the time he was thrust into the job of prime minister just as the war with Germany was starting and so many members of parliament were against him.

     Why Gary Oldman was cast as Churchill, you ask? When he bears no resemblance to Churchill at all?  See the movie.  Not only should the make-up people be nominated for an Oscar, so should Oldman, who well deserves winning it.

     Interesting

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A FRANK MOVIE REVIEW: “WONDER WHEEL” – 8.5

Wonder Wheel –  8 ½

 

In a word:  Struggles

     I enjoyed this movie/drama, but I know it’s not for everyone.         

If you like lots of action, fighting, car chases, explosions and gunfire, don’t see this movie.

If you expect nudity and/or graphic sexual activity, don’t see this movie.

If you want to hear lots of cursing, vulgarity and a constant spray of “F” bombs, you’d be disappointed..

If you like comedy or you hope to walk out feeling happy and joyful, stay home.

So, why give it an 8 1/2?  Because it is a very well-crafted human story about disappointment, struggle, the search for love and constantly dealing with aspirations and disappointments. It’s about many of us, one time or another in our lives.

Set in the early 1950s in Coney Island, Brooklyn, four people try to make ends meet but constantly face one obstacle after another, some of their own making. The central character deftly played by Kate Winslet is a middle-aged wannabe former actress who made too many mistakes in her past life and now scrimps to get by supporting her 10 year-old son who happens to be a burgeoning pyromaniac. Kate is on her second unhappy

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BULLYING MORE SERIOUS THAN PEOPLE THINK

(This Op-Ed appears in the December 16, 2017 issue of Florida Today newspaper.)

Bullying is a nightmare for many kids, a problem which schools, government officials, and yes, some parents, do not take seriously enough. It can impact a person’s future forever. In some instances, it can cause death and destruction within families.

I know something about bullies. I remember a slightly built boy in seventh grade nicknamed Squidgie who didn’t realize that other kids thought he was a “fairy.” A bigger boy named Stanley and his followers began taunting Squidgie daily in hallways, bathrooms and school yards, belittling, screaming, laughing, pointing and humiliating the child to the point that he began to withdraw into his own world. His mother (widowed) was perplexed, unable to crack through the shell that Squidgie withdrew into.

One day, a gaggle of boys and girls played dodge ball after school with Squidgie as the target in the circle center until he fell. From there, came the pushing, hitting and kicking. The kids took his violin from the case and threw it in the bushes, all laughing and screaming, “Squidgie is a fairy” over and over. The world became a lonely place for that child.

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A FRANK MOVIE REVIEW: “THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MO.”

THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI  –  9

 

In a word:  Dark

     This is a movie for wannabe movie actors, who seriously study the art of acting by watching every move, every expression every nuance, every word spoken (or unspoken) by star, Frances McDormand, the quintessential thespian. This is what Oscar performances are made of.  

     The plot surrounds the single, middle-aged mother of a girl who had been raped and murdered in a small town in Missouri, where the perpetrator(s) were never caught or brought to justice. After several months of no action by police, Frances Hayes (played by McDormand) runs out of patience and proceeds to rent three dilapidated billboards, in consecutive arrangement, off a desolate road near blue-collar Ebbing, Missouri (a town that does not exist) where she pastes three large signs that read: 1) RAPED WHILE DYING, 2) STILL NO ARRESTS and 3) HOW COME CHIEF WILLOUGHBY?

     The bold action by the take-no-crap woman ignites a firestorm of reactions from the entire town, including the chief of police whose name appears on one of those signs, deftly played by Woody Harrelson. Enemies erupt from everywhere, but this is one tough gal who dazzles and puzzles the authorities

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