THE BENGHAZI WHODUNIT: KEEP THE INVESTIGATION ALIVE

There is a reason why statutes of limitations do not apply to some crimes. That’s because of the egregious nature and seriousness of acts which, by commission or omission, result in the unnecessary death of a human being. Cold Case investigation units were formed in police agencies for the purpose of solving crimes of horror, no matter how long ago they happened.

     Life is precious, especially those who die in the course of serving their country, or those who die saving the lives of others. The value of such lives is not abridged with the passage of time. That’s why the criminals of Benghazi should be fully exposed and punished, and I don’t mean only the terrorists.

     Some would opine that Benghazi is old news and should be set aside. Tell that to the families of Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods. They are dead – unnecessarily. They were heroic men serving their country for which they died. Terrible decisions on the part of their government officials, that led up to and during the attack, were responsible for the horrendous outcome.

     One thing certain: They were hung out to dry.

     The president’s words ring hollow in my

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A NEW BLACK/WHITE ISSUE: THE OSCARS

Enough already!

     If we are continually reminded of color differences, how can we ever expect to be a color blind society?

     In competition events, the best doesn’t always win, especially when the parameters are subjective and not based on rigid scoring. That’s the breaks. The Oscar nomination/award process is based solely on opinions of movie making professionals. I agree with those who say that Will Smith should have been nominated for an Academy Award for his role in Concussion. He was truly outstanding.  But no one can convince me that his oversight for nomination had anything to do with race, so why make it a racial issue?

     Many times, I have predicted certain winners, only to miss the mark. I thought Jody Foster would be a shoe-in for her incredible 1994 performance in Nell.  Yet, Jessica Lange won the Oscar for Blue Sky, a mediocre performance in comparison. Was it because most Hollywood insiders knew that Foster was gay? I seriously doubt that. I also thought Oprah should have won in 1985 for Color Purple. Neither did she lose because of race.

     Four times nominated for Oscars, Leonardo DiCaprio lost twice to black actors, Jamie Foxx and Forest

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A FRANK MOVIE REVIEW: “DIRTY GRANDPA” = 4

We’ve come a long way since Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert slept fully covered in separate beds in It Happened One Night. That was considered racy in 1934.

     Contrast Dirty Grandpa, of 2016. Nary a scene without some references to sex, overt and covert, replete with filthy language from all sides of the sexual spectrum, over-the-top simulations of various sexual positions coupled with humorizing every illicit drug imaginable, glorifying gang-banging and the selling, buying and using of narcotics coupled with complicit police officers who don’t care.  If a movie should be rated based on the immorality scale, this would be a 10. I think I’m broad-minded for an old guy, but sometimes the language and vulgarity is carried too far.

     But it’s funnier than hell.

     The central character is Robert DiNiro who plays a man in his 70’s whose wife is laid to rest, from which he embarks on a rampage to catch up on all that he missed for the last 40 years. He convinces his long-lost grandson, now a young lawyer engaged to be married to a beautiful, Julianne Hough, to spend time with him in Florida. They stop off at Daytona Beach where spring break is

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RESTORE SANITY TO SENTENCING IN FLORIDA (FL. TODAY)

(This column appears as an Op-Ed in Florida Today, this date.

Frank: Restore sanity to sentencing in Florida

Marshall Frank Guest columnist12:02 a.m. EST January 23, 2016

We all agree it’s important to be tough on crime. During my 30 years as a cop/detective in Miami-Dade, Florida, I saw it all. Many crimes I investigated were grisly and heart breaking. I had no problem with perpetrators receiving harsh sentences, especially career, predatory criminals.

But I do not believe in being stupid on crime. In the recent Republican debate, former Governor Jeb Bush bragged how his administration was among the toughest on gun-related crimes. Current Governor Rick Scott touts the same record.

The problem is that the sentencing laws are so tough on gun-related crimes, that we – the state – are creating criminals from non-criminals.

Case in point #1: In May of 2012, 31 year-old Marissa Alexander was prosecuted in Jacksonville, Florida for firing a warning shot with a lawful firearm, over the head of her estranged husband who, she claims, was threatening her life. He had her arrested. In a nutshell, Ms. Alexander refused to plea to a three-year deal, claiming she had committed no crime. She

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A FRANK MOVIE REVIEW: “13 HOURS” = 9

A very well-made, intense movie. The 2 ½ hours went by like 30 minutes.

     The first thing that struck me was the opening text as the movie began: “This is a true story.” It didn’t say, “Based on a true story.” This told me that the writers and directors were sticking to the facts as they are known to be concerning the attack on the Benghazi consulate on September 11, 2012.  That leaves little room for literary license to embellish or enhance.

     That said, some folks might walk away disappointed that the movie did not unequivocally indict any political leader for failing to prevent the attack, rescue the victims, or tell the clear truth about the tragic event. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, nor the president, are named or identified as being complicit or dishonest. If that’s what you’re looking for, stay home.

     The second item in the opening text that struck my consciousness, was, “The United States has 284 embassies and consulates throughout the world, of which 12 are designated ‘critical’ on the danger level.” Twelve are designated critically dangerous. While the movie did not specifically accuse the secretary of state for failing to provide security to Benghazi

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FRANK NOTES: MOVIES AND TELEVISION

A few observations about movies and television happenings:

  1. Will Smith was sadly snubbed by the Oscar nominations for best actor, which was richly deserved for his outstanding portrayal in “Concussion” Instead, Matt Damon, a Hollywood darling, won a nomination for “The Martian” which was nothing more than an amateur acting role in comparison to Will Smith. Pundits are crying “racism” though that’s a stretch.  Liberal Hollywooders would be the first to recognize any minority. Nevertheless, Smith’s omission seriously diminishes the validity of the nomination process.
  1. Cop-hating director, Quentin Tarantino well-earned his snub by the Hollywood Academy for his movie “The Hateful Eight.” Not only that, one-million law enforcement personnel, and their extended friends and families, had an impact on the box office through a boycott that swept across the police profession. According to the latest figures, ticket sales fell far short of expectations in the first week out.
  1. Three cheers for another boycott! Al Jazeera will be shutting down in April of this year, a total flop. Ratings at rock bottom and advertisers running like rats on a sinking ship, the propaganda mouthpiece for the Muslim Brotherhood in America will shine as a victory for America in
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A FRANK MOVIE REVIEW: “THE REVENANT” – 8 1/2

Three words to describe this movie:  The “Good” the bad “Bad” and the “Ugly”

     Good:  It’s a very complicated well-made movie that must have been mentally and physically exhausting for everyone, including actors, support crews, photographers, directors, and etc.

     Bad:  Almost the entire experience is unpleasant, with one scene after another of struggle, death, horror, spilled blood, frigid cold and horrible people. So much so, it almost becomes redundant.

     Ugly:  Describes the story and some of the people in it.

     If you’re going to a movie because you want a feel-good experience, don’t see this picture.  If you want to see great acting, great directing, great scenery and photography and the epitome of human struggle for survival, do see this picture. If ever there was an extreme challenge to the human spirit, it’s in the character played by Leonardo DiCaprio.

     A group of scruffy, bearded men somewhere in the frigid, snow-laden Rocky wilderness, circa 19th century, are led mostly by the character played by DiCaprio on a trapping mission when things go very bad. DiCaprio is viciously attacked by a Grizzly and barely survives. He’s ultimately abandoned by his friends who are more interested in their own survival.

     The

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