“Open Doors” is an organization which tracks Christian persecution on a global scale.  They list the top fifty nations who are most notorious for anti-Christian activities and/or sentiments:




Muslim majority countries dominate in eighteen of the top twenty that persecute Christians. (38 of the top 50) That’s seriously counter to the public comments Barack Obama has imparted about the subject:

     “Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance.”  (really? public beheadings, hangings, mass murder and church burnings is tolerance?)

     “…the Islamic faith which has done so much over the centuries to shape the world – including my own country.” (Hmm, what country is that?)

     “Islam is not part of the problem in combating violent extremism, it is

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“LUCY”  -   9 ½ 

Think of the adjective, “engrossed.”  That’s what you will be when you watch this most unusual and gripping motion picture. If the Oscars were to be held today, without seeing the end-of-year blockbusters, this picture would be a runaway.

     “Lucy” will be marinated in Oscar nominations. For sure, Best special effects, Best editing, Best screenwriting, directing and at the least, a nomination for Best Actress for Scarlett Johannsen, who gives us a riveting performance as a young woman inadvertently caught up in the entrapments of mental science and the criminal elements of Paris and Thailand.

     To an extent, this is a sci fi flick, which I generally stay away from. There is violence. But, there must be, because the story line would fall flat without it. I’m not a science fiction lover, nor do I like movies created by computer nerds, but this one is different.  Morgan Freeman plays a scientist/lecturer who speculates on the power of the mind if and when humans ever reach full potential of the brain, as opposed to only ten or twenty percent. Then, it happens. And the rest is for you to see. Yes, there are implausibles, over-the-top

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     (Check the white flag above the tower)
      This is one of those articles in which there are no answers. 

     The Brooklyn Bridge, built in 1883, has two towers which serve as foundation. They are 276 feet high from water level.  That’s like the 30th floor of a building. Atop each tower flies the American flag from poles which are illuminated at night by high-powered lighting spots.  

     Sometime in the early morning hours of Tuesday, July 22nd, between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m., persons unknown scaled the towers of that bridge, took down the American flags and replaced them with all-white flags of the same dimension 12’ by 20.’ According to the time frames which were extracted by darkened images on security cameras, the project went so smooth and so efficient, it appears that two teams were engaged in the project. 

     This was no easy feat. Climbing those heights – especially in the dark of night — would be the work of gymnasts, especially carrying the replacement flags on the way up. The planning had was even more astounding as the replacement flag was another American flag that had

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When is enough ever enough?

     For nine years, Israeli citizens have been living a life much like the Londoners of 1940, awaiting the next air raid sirens and then making a dash to the nearest bunker within 30 seconds to avoid being bombed to smithereens.  Nearly ten thousand rockets and missiles have be fired by Hamas from the Gaza strip, and some from Hezbollah in the north, all for the purpose of indiscriminately killing any Jew;  man, woman or child, that happens to be in its path. Meanwhile the United Nations and the rest of the world, including the United States, sits impotently mute.

     A sovereign nation is blatantly attacked in acts of war, and no one says crap. Because the victims are Jews, it’s all right. Business as usual.  Ho hum.

     Hamas is not only a deadly terrorist organization, they are a government unified with Fatah, with allies throughout the middle-east throngs of Jew-haters.  Our president openly calls for Israel to retreat its boundaries back to the 1967 lines, music to the ears of terrorists.  The president makes no mention of the rockets being fired into Israel since Ariel Sharon did, in fact, do just that

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There’s something wrong here.

We denounce Hamas as a terror organization, then give them a half-billion dollars a year in foreign aid. That’s right…according to Wikipedia, $457 million was provided to Hamas/Fatah in 2012, while they were firing missiles on top of missiles – by the thousands – into Israeli cities and neighborhoods for no other purpose than to kill Jewish men, women and children. They’ve been attacking Israel for years with thousands of deadly rockets. According to current information, the foreign aid to Hamas will be about the same in 2014. There’s no other way to describe it: The U.S. supports terror. We provide a terrorist state millions of our tax dollars!

Where is the outcry?

That aid ostensibly goes for humanitarian purposes. Nice concept. However, we all know that terror-supporting groups are not known for honesty. Once in their hands, funds can be appropriated however they see fit. Have no doubts, most of that food money is being converted into rocket shells. The bottom line is this: Hamas/Fatah never has and never will accept the right for Israel to exist. They have never backed away from their goal to see the utter destruction of Israel. No amount of

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 Why is this important? Because it may explain some of the inexplicable actions, decisions and non-decisions of our president, particularly in regards to the international stage.

Think of tiles that form a picture. One tile by itself tells you nothing.  When assembling all the tiles into one mosaic, then the big picture comes clear. This one article cannot address every tile, but it can present a summary. Yes, (my opinion) I believe Mr. Obama is a Muslim. Here are my reasons:

1. During his four year period between ages ages six to ten, Barack Obama was indoctrinated in Islam while living in Indonesia. Kids of Islamic families are buried in the Quran because Muslim fathers believe it is the most important aspect of their education, memorizing, studying…it is their primary source of education in the early years. While adopted by his mother’s new husband, a Muslim. Obama was renamed Barry Soetoro, son of Lolo Soetoro, and a citizen of Indonesia. Obama’s school records there list his religion as: Islam

2. At age ten, Obama was sent back to the United States by his mother, only to live and be raised by his maternal grandparents in Hawaii. His name remained Barry

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This article appears today in four Treasure Coast newspapers (TC Palm) from Vero Beach to the Palm Beaches

Marshall Frank: Too many negatives to preserve death penalty

Marshall Frank is an author and retired South Florida police detective who lives in Melbourne. Online:

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Many folks are pleased that Brevard County cop killer Brandon Bradley was sentenced to death for the deliberate and horrible murder of Deputy Barbara Pill. If anything would justify capital punishment, this would be at the top of the list.

About the same time Bradley was being sentenced, another ruling came down from the Florida Supreme Court. It ordered a new trial for death row denizen Paul Hildwin, after DNA tests showed that the real killer of Vronzetti Cox in Hernando County was the victim’s boyfriend, not him. Hildwin, who claimed innocence since his arrest, has spent nearly 30 years in a 6- by 9-foot cell, 24 hours a day, ostensibly an innocent man.

Having served most of my 30-year police career in Miami-Dade County Homicide, I am usually (not always) more conservative than liberal. However, these kinds of cases, plus other factors, have swayed my thinking.

Capital punishment must be abolished.

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