In 1955, Rosa Parks became a national icon figure for the civil rights movement when she refused to move to the back of a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. In that single moment, she galvanized the plight of black people into a cause for abolishing segregation.  A statue of Ms. Parks is now installed in the halls of the nation’s capitol. A woman to be admired, indeed.

Fast forward nearly 60 years. As we define bravery, we should turn to Meriam Ibrahim, a Sudanese woman who married an American and refused to renounce her Christian faith to a repressive government. Because her father had been a Muslim, the government determined she was a Muslim, and for marrying a Christian man, she was guilty of adultery, sentenced to be lashed one-hundred times and then hung by the neck until dead for her “crimes.” This is the Islam we hear little about, because it’s not called “terror.”

While Rosa Parks displayed courage for her actions of 1955 in Montgomery, Ms. Ibrahim’s actions should qualify her for sainthood in 2014.

That’s not the whole story. Ms. Ibrahim was jailed and chained to the floor for six months awaiting her fate while tending to her

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This appeared in today’s issue of TCPalm, a Scripps newspaper serving four counties from Vero Beach to Palm Beach.


Amnesty now paves way for voters later

Marshall Frank

3:02 AM, Sep 16, 2014

For every action, there is a reaction.

The recent flow of young immigrants from Central America is reminiscent of bygone days in Miami when Fidel Castro opened all his jails and mental institutions and dispatched children, the disabled and other unwanted citizens from the Mariel port so thousands could come to the United States.

While the softhearted press primarily focuses on the many thousands of youths who have been trekking through Mexico and over the Rio Grande, a significant number of these “children” are actually male gangster kids ages 13 to 17 whose contributions to American life will undoubtedly include a bloated crime rate wherever they land. That translates to many American victims.

Much like the coverage of bleeding little kids in Gaza, camera shots of small kids always touch the heartstrings, but it does not present the whole picture.

In 1980, while many good and decent people did arrive on the shores of South Florida during the infamous Mariel boat lift, the fact

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THE DROP  =  8

This is not a movie for everyone. But if you are a drama junkie, who appreciates a deep story with powerful acting, you will find this a captivating film that draws the viewer in closer and closer as the plotline moves along.

     Set in the darker jungles of urban New York City, the main character, who we only know as Bob, tends bar at a local pub where underworld activity visits now and then, where loan sharking and payoffs and robberies are commonplace, where the status quo is a daily exercise in keeping cool amidst all the darkness. Bob is played by a journeyman actor named Tom Hardy, who I predict will rise to greater name recognition after this film, particularly if he gets tagged with a well-deserved Oscar nomination.

     The bar owner Bob’s older cousin, Marv, a miserable sleazy shark who owes more money to gangsters than he can pay. This role was James Gandolfini’s swan song, giving us a commanding performance also worthy of a best supporting actor nomination.

     Bob is a quiet, tough guy who minds his own business but gets sucked into dangerous situations not of his choosing. In

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More To Consider in the Ray Rice Assault Fiasco Sep 9While the media focuses on Ray Rice’s knock-out punch of his girlfriend in an elevator and weighing the response by the NFL hierarchy, we should also be viewing the fiasco from other angles

By Marshall Frank

Besides deciding the Baltimore Raven’s running back’s career setback, there are more questions in need of answers.

First. Is this more pervasive than we know? How often are high paid sport professionals whacking their women around behind closed doors? This case was inadvertently caught on video, otherwise nobody would ever have known. Are such abusers emboldened with power – physical and financial – that they feel it’s their right to keep their female possessions in line?

Second. Does the lure of mega-millions have an affect on the judgment of women being abused by their rich boyfriends/husbands? Do women who are married to millionaire athletes overlook infidelity and physical abuse in order to relish the rewards?

Third. Didn’t anyone notice how Mr. Rice tugged the young woman onto the hard floor once clear of the elevator? He dropped

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In 2004, in regards to the American invasion of Iraq, then Secretary of State, Colin Powell said, “You break it, you own it.”

     To follow that quote, it might have been more prophetic to say, “Once you own it, don’t break it again.” But, we did.

     A lot of bantering has been heard between political parties and politico journalists in regards to the blame game; who screwed up the most? Bush or Obama?  Was it wrong to go into Iraq? Perhaps.

     I wrote articles in opposition to that invasion. But once the decision was made – which was supported by a forty-nation coalition – it was important that we coalesce and do everything to support our troops and to ensure a successful outcome.

     Whether Bush was right or wrong is not the issue today. The issue is ensuring that our gains were not lost, that the Iraqi people would not be overrun by terrorists, that Iran would not gain a foothold , and the losses of 4,600-plus American soldiers would not have been in vain.

     We left troops in South Korea after the war’s end in 1953 for that very purpose, to ensure

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“ IDENTICAL”   =   7 

 A good movie for Elvis fans, particularly those who are interested in his early life. It’s also a well-crafted melodrama which will tear at the heartstrings of those who were adopted and never permitted to know their birth parents, or of parents who gave their babies to adoption to never see them again.

     While the movie is not about Elvis Presley per se, it is a parody of Elvis’ life with renamed characters and a storyline that drifts far from truth. In fact, Elvis Presley did have a twin brother who died at birth. This film takes the liberty of fictionalizing the story to suggest that his twin was given up for adoption by destitute parents to a preacher and his wife (Ray Liotta and Ashley Judd) during the depression years.  The transfer was made a secret, thus the real parents had to feign a death of the one child with a fake burial to account for its departure.

     Both boys grow up in different worlds knowing nothing of their natural sibling; one becoming a mega star in the beginnings of the Rock and Roll era, while the other brother – despite his

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Imagine this.

     You are a 28 year-old man with a bright future in law enforcement. You’re on the job in a small city outside of St. Louis, patrolling a predominantly black community for the last six years. You have received commendations for outstanding work and never disciplined for anything. You’re soft spoken, friendly to everyone and referred to in the highest terms of respect and honor by everyone who knows you.

     You’re on routine patrol one day. A call that goes out about a strong-arm robbery at a convenience store. As you’re nearing the scene, you spot two black males walking in the street, one of whom is quite large. You do your job and order them to get off the roadway.

     They ignore your order. You stop the patrol car. You are not expecting what follows. As you’re exiting the patrol car, the large male suddenly comes at you with a powerful punch to the face delivered by a humongous fist. In a split second, your whole world turns upside down. The large fellow starts walking away. He has just committed a felony. You’re stunned, in pain, confused, shaking.  But you have to do something.


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