About Marshall Frank

Thirty-year veteran of law enforcement with Miami-Dade Police Department, sixteen years in Homicide, retired a captain. Author of seven fiction novels and seven books of non-fiction. Op-Ed writer for Florida Today and TC Palm newspaper. Former symphony violinist. Married, father and grandfather. President, Creative Arts Foundation of Brevard, Inc.
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REMEMBERING A FATHER ON FATHER’S DAY

This story is for those people who don’t always have the best relationships in families, especially fathers.

    Marshall Strauss was ten years of age when the man he called “Dad” passed away after a long illness. His mother came home from the hospital, sobbing, telling of what a good man William Strauss had been. Later that afternoon, she composed herself and called her son over to have a serious talk.

     “What’s the matter, Mom?”

     “I have something to tell you. The man who died this morning loved you and wanted the best for you. But…he wasn’t really your father.”

     Marshall was stunned. “Wha…what do you mean?”

     “He adopted you when you were two years old, that’s why your name is Strauss. Your real father’s name was Arthur Frank.”

     Many thoughts swirled through the boy’s mind, most of all, why he was never told the truth before. “Do you mean my name is really Marshall Frank?”

     “Yes, honey. We wanted for you to not have any confusion, so that we all had the same name. We didn’t think it was necessary to tell you.”

     “But I want to know. I want to know more.  Who was my real father? Where is

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SHARIA LAW: WILL IT PREVAIL

We’ve been hearing more and more about the creeping intrusion of Sharia (Islamic) Law around Europe and North America. The Muslim Brotherhood’s doctrines, as laid out in many of their secret documents, sets out specific goals to conquer western civilization from within and establish Sharia Law, ultimately to replace the Constitution in future decades.

     England has been so overrun and intimidated by Islamists, that they capitulated in allowing “Sharia Zones” in various sectors of the country. This means, when you see a sign on a wall or post in Birmingham or Manchester, which states “You Are Now Entering a Sharia Zone” it is a warning that different laws exist in that neighborhood/region which are strictly enforced…and are separate and apart from British law. In essence, it’s like being inside a foreign country, while in a country. France has evolved similarly, as well as other sectors in Germany, Belgium, Sweden, and other places. The target is western civilization in general.

     So what do we need to know about Sharia Law. Here’s one definition found in Wikipedia:

     “Sharia Law, or Islamic Law, is the religious law forming part of the Islamic tradition. It is derived from the religious precepts of Islam, particularly

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A FRANK MOVIE REVIEW: MEGAN LEAVEY = 8

“Megan Leavey”  – 8 out of 10

 

In a word:  Emotional

If you’re prone to jerking tears, bring a tissue box.

     The only thing wrong with this movie was that it was mostly predictable. Young woman from a dysfunctional family looks for a place to be worth something. She joins the Marines and ends up drawn to working with explosive sniffing dogs and develops a strong attachment to “Rex,” a beautiful German shepherd with whom she develops a loving relationship. So, the plot is set, the outcome is expected to be heartbreaking. 

     The setting is Iraq’s war in 2007. The IEDs explode and the young female Marine is injured along with “Rex.”  She is devastated when the Corps orders a separation of the two.

     Megan then spends all her energy, love, money and resources to recover “Rex” so she can adopt him for the remainder of his years.

     Based on a true story, the audience knows they’re being set up for a tear jerk, but it’s all okay because it’s about unconditional love and all the right reasons.

    Acting is good, particularly from the main character, “Megan” played by Kate Mara.  Rex also plays a magnificent role. (Woof Woof)

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ALLOW DEATH WITH DIGNITY IN SUNSHINE STATE

Marshall Frank, Community columnist, June 9, 2017  —  This Op-Ed appears in the 6/9/17 edition of Florida Today.

Florida should follow the lead of other states by enacting such a law.

Florence, 81, was an Oregon resident, diagnosed with painful pancreatic cancer. The doctor gave her less than eight weeks to live. After confirming with a second opinion by another doctor, she elected to die with dignity.

On a Saturday afternoon, she invited her two adult kids and their kids to her apartment. She hugged them all, shared loving words, sat on a sofa and lifted a glass of water. She swallowed 10 Seconal sleeping pills. Within 30 minutes, she was pain-free, consumed in eternal sleep.

Some folks may find this a gruesome, but it is important to talk about it.

Free-thinking people with debilitating and incurable illnesses should have the right to choose when and how to end their lives (with certain restrictions and caveats). Once people arrive at advanced ages and then suffer with horrible diseases and/or pain from which there is little relief, they should be afforded opportunities to make a clear and thoughtful choice. The technology is at our disposal, so why not?

Because we have

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DEAR ATTY GENERAL BONDI: ABOUT GARY BENNETT

(This Op-Ed, by yours truly, appears today in Florida Today newspaper.)

 

Dear Attorney General Pam Bondi:

Gary Bennett is entering his 34th year of a life prison sentence for a crime he did not commit. As diligent as our justice system must be to seek justice against criminals and keep our communities safe, we must be equally as diligent ensuring we do not mistakenly rob an innocent person of his/her right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

But Florida hasn’t done that, particularly prosecutors of the early 1980s in Brevard County

I’m sure you know about the Gary Bennett case. It has been exposed in newspapers for decades, most especially in recent years by FLORIDA TODAY as deftly investigated and recorded by reporter John Torres.

I’ve reviewed the so-called “evidence” in this case and have reached the same conclusion as Torres and others: A horrible crime has been committed and Gary Bennett is the victim.

My view comes with a degree of credibility. I spent the majority of my 30 years with Miami-Dade police as a homicide investigator and later, captain. I investigated, supervised or oversaw over 1,000 murders. Never did I — or did the Dade

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HATE-FILLED CELEB DEMS ON PATH TO SELF-DESTRUCTION.

This will finish Kathy Griffin’s career:

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This is what it’s come to, folks. Americans against Americans. KIDS will see these kinds of images.  What’s ironic, is the left wing of America accusing conservatives of organized “hate.” Are you kidding me? What message does THIS send?
 
It’s just one picture you say?  How about another celebrity embarrassment named Snoop Dog.  Check this out:Image result for snoop dogg shooting trump
Then there’s the hundreds of posters, carried by demonstrators – like:
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 Had enough?  Imagine the array of accusations of “Racism” if Obama had been depicted by the right as this president is enduring?
 
Celebrities have gone on the hate stump against Trump, like never before. Check out these videos by famous idols, like movie star, Ashley Judd:
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jRe-ijwmrE
 
Madonna:
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKhVp–feJk
 
Robert DeNiro:
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55fJ0FgPSQk
 
This can go on for a hundred pages. In reality, we are seeing horrible rhetoric, organized and structured by celebrities who have become emboldened as spokespersons for the Democratic Party, in essence, soldiers in the hate campaign against the president. There are not Americans. They are anti-Americans doing what they do best: Acting.
 
Barack Obama was elected though he had no credible experience as a businessman or political leader. His entire life, from early childhood,
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A FRANK MOVIE REVIEW: “BAYWATCH” – 1

“BAYWATCH”  –   Rating:  1

 

In a word: Junk

     This is among the worst of first-run movies I’ve seen, at least the first excruciating hour before walking out.

     Some might say — being among the senior set — we should have expected that.  We expected silliness, we expected light comedy and sexual references. We knew this was going to be a movie aimed toward young people. But we didn’t expect garbage.

     The movie is nothing more than an expose’ in skin and muscle ad nauseum, with Dwayne Johnson’s monstrous body consuming most of the screen, and then the little people along the beaches. If you like stupid dialogue, stupid plots and horrible acting, you’ll like this movie.

     Hardly a scene went by that the characters were not referring to or featuring some personal body parts, male and female. The “action” scenes were pathetically contrived.

     All things considered, the movie will probably be a big hit at the box office because of the target audiences who think the plethora of foul language and sex-based body appendages are a great source of humor.

     I wasn’t going to waste my time writing a review, but then I figured the bad deserves ratings as

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