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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HAVE YOU HUGGED A COP TODAY?

May 8th to the 15th is designated as Police Appreciation Week. This article is dedicated to my comrades in law enforcement, and their families.

Stalin once said, “One death is a tragedy. A thousand deaths is a statistic.”

We are constantly barraged with death numbers. Plane crashes, earthquakes, war. But numbers obscure the story of individual suffering. This is about some of those numbers.

2007 will go down as the deadliest in history for the sentries of law and order with 181 police officers killed in the line of duty. That doesn’t even mention the 65,000 more that were wounded and seriously injured fighting battles in the streets so that you and I can rest easier and feel safer in our communities.

Last year was unusually high. On average, 162 police officers are killed annually in this nation. That’s 162 families wrecked, hundreds of kids stripped of a mother or father, shattered dreams, lost friends, eulogies and graves. All for one reason. The badge.

Each harbored feelings of love and hope, and of commitment to their profession. Each left for work like any other day kissing loved ones, unaware it would be their final embrace. Each knew the …

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RANDOM QUESTIONS

* What is the difference between Former President Jimmy Carter laying a wreath at the grave of Yasser Arafat, and me, a former cop, laying a wreath at the grave of Ted Bundy?

* How can we respect the Nobel Peace Prize when it honored a man who dedicated his life to killing people?

* If Billy Graham’s church had bestowed honors upon David Duke, (a devout anti-Semite, racist) would that have been any different than the Trinity Church of Christ bestowing honors upon Louis Farrahkan (devout anti-Semite, racist)?

* If John McCain or Hillary Clinton had remained as member of a church that honored David Duke — for twenty years — would that not send a message to voters about their character and their values?

* If John McCain or Hillary Clinton ever used the term (no matter the context) “…like a typical black person…” would they have been considered racists? Would blacks have been offended?

* Is there anyone out there with an IQ over 90 who actually believes that Obama was unaware of his pastor’s anti-Semitic, anti-American, pro-Farrahkan leanings over a period of twenty years?

* Why isn’t Barack Obama being questioned by the media about his …

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MY DATE AT CARNEGIE HALL

There’s nothing that can be better for a kid, than to have great parents, good health, born talent and ambition. This is a story to warm one’s heart.

Though my Mom had spent many years and dollars hoping her son would one day play violin in Carnegie Hall, alas, she would never see the day. Raging hormones, testosterone, friends and sports would put a major dent in those ambitions as I reached my teens. So, I became a cop.

But all is not lost.

Fast forward some fifty-five years, to the fall of 2006. Knowing I had an interest with violin, good friends asked if I would be interested in meeting a 13 year-old girl and to listen to her play. “Oh… no,” I thought. “Not another rendition of Twinkle Twinkle.” But, I capitulated and agreed to a brief visit at our home.

Remember the name: Esther Muradov.

Weighing around 70 pounds, the diminutive child looked less than her years. She came with her mother, Pervin, a piano teacher and Russian immigrant who arrived in America with her husband in 1990. After polite introductions, our friends, my wife (Suzanne) and I settled in to listen. Pervin sat at the …

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Militant Islam Infiltrates America

“A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within.”
—– Ariel Durant, author and historian

Not long ago, I was encouraged by a publishing company to research and write a book about the infiltration of radical Islam inside the United States, and what effect it might have on our nation.

While I surely had some preconceptions, my efforts unveiled mounds of facts and information that would chill any American to the bone. While we are fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the true WW III is taking place inside the borders of the United States, and we are oblivious. This is a war with no battle lines. The enemy has no uniforms and no specific country. Yet it is a war the enemy is plotting, executing and winning, with the ultimate goal of eliminating the Constitution and converting us all as citizens of the Islamic Republic of America.

It is not far-fetched. It is far more sinister and dangerous than the communist threat of 50 years past. The enemy has a plan. And they are patient. It may take 100 years, but they remain focused. Meanwhile, we continue on with a conventional conflict in …

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ISLAM’S INVESTMENT IN AMERICAN EDUCATION

If America has an Achilles Heel, call it “Greed.”

Same with Western Europe.

Folks from American companies and universities can gripe all they want about the oil crisis, Arab intrusion, American politics and international Jihad, when it comes to waving money in front of their eyes, the response is Pavlovian drool. Who in their right mind can turn down $20 million, no matter the consequences to our country? Right?

University campuses all over the United States have been accepting huge donations from Arab nations, mainly Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. What’s the big deal, you ask?

Well, money buys influence. Money buys compliance and capitulation. The enemies of America are slowly inching their way toward their stated goal: The Islamization of America, even if it takes 100 years. Meanwhile, America snoozes.

Organized Crime Bosses often pay professionals $50,000 up front for special services not yet rendered. It’s like insurance from “mob lawyers and mob doctors.” When they’re needed, no questions asked, the lawyers and doctors are there, no matter what. They’re paid big, and they owe back, big.

It’s no different than paying off Harvard and Georgetown for services asked.

Americans continue to lose sight of the big …

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OBAMA, HAMAS AND THE JEWS

Poor Barack Obama. If only all these terrorist and racist organizations would stop endorsing him…and sending him money. What a bitch. It’s tough to being a presidential candidate offering “change” these days.

Never mind that Obama is closely associated with a race-baiting, anti-Semitic, anti-American church for twenty long years; Never mind that Obama is the overwhelming choice of Muslims in America www.muslimsforobama08.com ; Never mind that Obama has been endorsed by Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam, who has openly condemned America for the last three decades and met with enemies of America overseas; Never mind that Obama is endorsed by and enjoys a close relationship with William Ayers, American terrorist member of The Weather Underground, who is unapologetic about his multiple bombings in America; Click here: Obama worked with terrorist; Never mind that radical Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told the Spanish El Pais newspaper that he would have no problems if Senator Obama was to be elected as the American president; Never mind that Obama is supported by the YCL Youth Communist League) Click here: Young Communist League ; Never mind that Obama receives support from his radical Islamic cousin Raila Odinga, who has led murderous revolts …

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CRIME VICTIMS: THE FORGOTTEN AMERICANS

The following is a fictional scenario extracted from the annals of true crime.

On a warm summer evening in North Miami, Mary Smith and her daughter, 13, were invaded by three house robbers. The mother was held at gunpoint while the criminals raped the child. The three subjects were apprehended, tried and convicted. Justice, so to speak, was served. But was it? The child was left with severe psychological trauma, nightmares and major phobias not to mention three forms of permanent sexually transmitted diseases. In addition, Mrs. Smith and her daughter were subjected to frequent appearances and interrogations via the justice system, a nightmarish ordeal in itself. Mrs. Smith lost her job and her house, unable to pay for the humongous costs.

The three criminals all had prior arrests and convictions for violent crime and had been given light sentences and/or had served a part of their sentence before being paroled. The bottom line: Representatives of the state (judges and parole boards) erred in their judgement which, post facto, resulted in these crimes. Sure, hindsight is 20/20, but this tragedy would never have occurred had the criminals been given the hard time prescribed by statute. They should have been sentenced …

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