“DUNKIRK”   –  6 1/2 

In a word:  Nerve-wracking

     This is an unusual movie as it has no stand-out male actors and no females at all. Neither did we see any minorities, nor did we hear any significant foul language. But we did hear guns, bombs, screams and crashes to the highest of decibels which caused me, my wife and our two friends to constantly cover our ears. Add to that, the loudness of haunting deep music strains to accent the horror, played throughout the film to a point of virtual annoyance.    

     The entire movie from beginning to end is set in the 1940 beaches of Dunkirk, France (near the Belgium border) and the English Channel, where British, Belgian, French and Dutch were trapped, at the will of Nazi air raids where it was like picking off ducks in a barrel. The horrific assaults on land and sea caused over 350,000 casualties among allied forces. That does not include the 40,000 that were taken captive nor does it include the German casualty numbers.

     The assault followed the invasion of German forces into France, just weeks before they would march through Paris. The allies were desperate to evacuate, but that would not

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There’s been another interracial police shooting death of an unarmed victim in America.

     Big news?  Not this one, apparently.

     This time, it was a black officer in a Minneapolis police car who shot down an unarmed 40-year-old white female who (get this) was the complainant on a suspicious person call in the neighborhood.  That’s right.  One would think that would justify a riot. Read on:

     On the night of July 15, the blonde yoga instructor, Justine Diamond, had called 911 fearing that a man had accosted someone in the alley behind her house. As the police car arrived, with two cops inside, she approached the driver’s side, still in her pajamas, to explain what she had seen. Suddenly, two minutes later, the officer sitting in the passenger side – for no apparent reason – pulled out his service revolver, reached across to his left, and fired through the driver’s window, killing the young woman.

     That was six days ago. The police department has not released any information, other than one statement the officer made saying he felt “spooked” and another that he thought he heard “noise.” Other officers were obviously not spooked, but what does that matter.

     Oh yes,

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  1. Did you know that 16 Muslim countries currently ban Israelis from entering?

         Click here: No one seems bothered with 16 Muslim countries where Israelis are banned | The Muslim Issue


  1. Did you know that, according to the FBI, 19.8% of hate crimes are based on religious bias. Among the categories, first place for victims, by a large margin were acts of anti-Jewish with 50.3 percent. Muslim targets were a distant second place with 13.7 percent.

     Click here: FBI — Victims


  1. Did you know that the Muslim Brotherhood, which was supported by the Obama administration, is deemed a terrorist organization by six nations; UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Russia. It also supported Hamas and produced Osama Bin Laden.

     Click here: Muslim Brotherhood – Wikipedia


  1. Did you know that over 200 million girls in over 30 countries have been subjected to female genital mutilation, and that roughly three million girls a year will suffer the same fate (according to the World Health Organization). Since 1990, the number of girls subjected in the United  States has tripled. Efforts are underway to legalize FGM in various states, including Maine and Nevada, in which (unbelievably) some politicians are supporting. Women’s
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“THE BIG SICK”   =  8 ½

In a word:  Deep

     What happens when two people fall in love and their cultures collide, specifically American Christianity and Pakistani Islam? Watch this movie, it answers the question.    

     The story follows the plight of a young couple from two different worlds. Based in Chicago, Emily is a pert, bubbly graduate student who meets a handsome young Pakistani in a comedy club where he is testing his skills at stand-up. They work hard at avoiding a serious relationship but, alas their efforts fail and love blooms.

     The two eventually face two major crises.  Kumail, the young Pakistani, is very close to his family, who constantly pressure him to marry within the faith, often introducing him to marriage “prospects.” When his mother and father learn that he has fallen in love with an American, non-Muslim girl, Kumail is crushed between his love of her and the love/obligation to his demanding family.

     Meanwhile, as all this erupts, Emily is suddenly struck with a life-threatening illness that requires her to be induced into a coma. This is when Kumail is pitted against her parents, traditional American folks who come to Chicago from another state.  The challenges faced

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(This Op-Ed appears in the July 14 edition of Florida Today.) 

     “U.S. voting system should be uniform for all”

     Marshall Frank, Community columnist


Apart from state laws that vary across state lines, federal laws are a national standard. Criminal and civil matters, federal law enforcement, income taxes, military and international issues are guided by laws under one umbrella in the United States. Federal laws are no different in California than in South Carolina, Alaska or Maine … with one exception: voting.

It’s no wonder federal elections and states administering them are in such a quagmire about voter identification. Consider this:

  • There is no uniform system across America for establishing identification of prospective voters. The state in which people live determines how voting is administered. Five independent systems currently exist that may or may not require identification, with and/or without photo.
  • Eighteen states, including New York, California and Pennsylvania, plus Washington, D.C., require no ID at all. Anyone can walk into a voting station and assume any name, be a convicted felon or an illegal immigrant, yet be provided the opportunity to vote — illegally. Without ID, there is no way to establish their eligibility.
  • The U.S. Constitution requires voters
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This is Miosolis Familia, age 48, mother of three kids, a 12 year veteran of the New York City Police Department, formerly a nurse, and before that, a worker with the Red Cross. On Wednesday, July 5, 2017, Officer Familia would not be coming home from work. As she sat in her parked police car on a Bronx side street doing paperwork, a deranged man approached the driver’s side. A bullet was suddenly fired through the window and into her brain. Her marvelous loving life was snuffed out by a maniac imbued with hatred because someone, anyone, wore a police uniform.

     The first thing that came to my mind was the haunting chant over two years ago, when a hundred cop haters recited a chorus, over and over …”What do we want? Dead Cops…What do we want, dead cops!”

     Well, they bagged another one this week. 

     Hers was a black life that mattered. The shooter was equally as black. Sorry, no racism this time, no matter how hard you try.

    This is the ultimate in bastardizing the First Amendment right to free speech. Not only do the chanters infuriate me, their supporters and sympathizers infuriate me more, because these “deplorables”

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“The Beguiled.”  –  6 ½

     In a word:  Slow.

This is the antithesis of an action film. Directed by Sofia Coppola, (daughter of Francis Ford Coppola) it is a remake of a 1971 movie of the same title, which starred Clint Eastwood.

     Set in rural Virginia, 1864, as the Civil War blazed in the distance outside the frames of the camera, the entire setting for the story is in and around a mansion in the woods – nothing else — that has been converted into a girl’s school of some four students who are sheltered from the war. The property is owned by Martha, a stoic, discipline-minded woman deftly played by Nicole Kidman.

     While alone in the woods collecting mushrooms, one of the young girls stumbles upon a wounded union soldier lying under a tree. Though this is a staunch Confederate region, the girl assists the soldier (Colin Farrell) to the mansion where Kidman takes charge and reluctantly treats the soldier’s wounds, with the objective of releasing him back to the field once he is ambulatory.

     The soldier’s presence ultimately creates a wave of interesting relationships and curiosities among the four students, one adult teacher and Kidman, of which Farrell’s

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