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REPARATIONS WOULD SET RACE RELATIONS BACK – Op-Ed – M. Frank

(Published as Op-Ed in Florida Today,  July 8, 2019.)

Several Democratic candidates for president are supporting studies to award reparation dollars to descendants of slaves. Sens. Kamala Harris and Cory Booker are among them. Various news reports have suggested the taxpayers’ tab might run anywhere from $10 billion to $100 billion. In the journal Social Science Quarterly, University of Connecticut researcher Thomas Craemer estimated that it would cost between $5.9 trillion and $14.2 trillion.

No one would argue that the era of slavery in America that ended 154 years ago was a horrific travesty. The very thought of what human beings endured at the hands of other human beings is beyond sickening. That was then, this is now. Doling out free taxpayer money to millions of people in 2019 because they happen to be distantly related to ancestors prior to 1865 sets the stage for renewed breakdowns in race relations across America.

This is like Harris or Booker saying, “You owe me millions in tax dollars because I was born black.”

The thought of how that would be divvied up, if passed, is mind-boggling. There are many blacks who had no distant slave relatives. A lot of whites, Hispanics

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THE UPSIDE TO MURDER – POLICE NOVEL (By Marshall Frank)

 I recently checked the status of my crime novel, The Upside to Murder, happy to see that many readers have enjoyed the story. Better yet, since it has now been made available in audio version in 2018, I stopped to see some of the reader’s comments, which were – for the most part – glowing.  And, no, these reviewers are not my friends and relatives, the people come from the four corners of the nation.

Since it’s been a while, and considering the audio, I thought I’d create a new promo for mystery lovers who never heard of the book and might be interested. I should also point out, that in 2016, a Hollywood producer sought me out to sign a rights contract for a two-year option to make a film. Enough  money was never raised, thus – no movie. But it did my ego a lot of good.

Paperback print copies are at amazon.com, or signed copies (discounted) are available by e-mailing me at MLF283@aol.com

Story Line:  After 16 year-old Cassandra is gang-raped, shot and left for dead, African-American Doctor Orville T. Madison, embarks on a stealth campaign to protect his daughter from reliving the terrifying ordeal through

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A FRANK MOVIE REVIEW: “ROCKET MAN” – 7

A FRANK MOVIE REVIEW: “ROCKET MAN” – 7.0

     In a word:  Eccentric

 

     This is a great movie for fans of Elton John, the British rock and roller who has sold over 300 million records in his lifetime.

     The movie focuses on the early life of the rocker in England, his conflicts within the family with whom he has limited attachment and later, his natural immersion into the world of rock music mostly through natural talents which he developed on his own.

     The high points of the movie are witnessing the emergence of an entertainment genius, wildly eccentric in flair and dress, and seemingly addicted to the roars of the adoring crowds. Meanwhile, John struggles with coming out of the closet, finally admitting he is a gay man. This doesn’t go well with his mother and father. Finally, wealth and success draws the artist into the abyss of addiction to most every substance imaginable, for which he eventually seeks out long range therapy and treatment.

     At the end of the movie, we learn that John has evolved into a sober person for 28 years, and proudly married to another man, on the heels of new British laws that allow for

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THE TROUBLE WITH LGBTQ

I have no problem with people who identify as a different gender than how they were born. In today’s world, it is certainly more acceptable than when I grew up in the 1940s and 50s. If a man feels more like a woman, and a woman more like a man, and they prefer to live those lifestyles, it is not only acceptable in 2019, it is also protected.

     But have we gone too far?

     No matter what mentality exists within a man or woman, and regardless of surgical procedures, nothing can ever change the fact they were born with the genetics and body parts of one sex or another (with rare exceptions). It’s no secret that male athletes will naturally develop higher muscle density and heavier bone structures. That’s nature.

     I would be uncomfortable seeing a male adult, however altered, enter a ladies bathroom knowing my female child was inside. That’s not being a bigot, that’s feeling protective. No matter how a transgender adjusts the human body, some are naturally very tall and muscular, obviously male. In public places, the doors to rest rooms are designated by gender. Gender doesn’t change just because someone “feels” like the other sex.

     Now,

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A FRANK MOVIE REVIEW – “UNPLANNED” – 7.0

UN PLANNED:    Rating:  7 out of 10

 

     In a word: Propaganda

 

This movie is designed to sway points of view against abortion.  Pro-life folks will flock to it. Hard core pro-choice folks will not likely bother to see it.

     First a caveat:  My personal views of the abortion debate are along the lines of pro-life, though I do believe early term (first trimester) abortions should remain legal, for the reasons stated at the end of this review. (*)  Beyond that, abortions should be banned in the remaining six month period, unless it is shown that the mother’s health is in dire straits or faces a risk to her own life. My opinion.

     That being said, I have no major objection to the storyline, which tells us about a bright young woman, Abby Johnson, who is pro-abortion and becomes a youngest-ever director of a Planned Parenthood operation in Texas. She is met with hostile crowds and demonstrations from outside the premises on a daily basis, but still manages to perform her job until, one day she witnesses an abortion with her own eyes. That was the game changer. Watching a well-formed fetus on video equipment struggling with extraction, added a whole

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WHY I AM AGAINST THE DEATH PENALTY

Op-Ed published in Florida Today, March 31, 2019.

Marshall Frank, Community columnist

Friends and readers generally tag yours truly as a conservative, though I do view some issues with a liberal lean. Capital punishment is one of those issues.

I’m no bleeding heart. During my 30 years with Miami-Dade Police, 16 working homicides, I was witness to hundreds of premeditated killings, gore, deadly riots and inhumanity of people killing other people. For those who plot and carry out grisly murders, I believe they should receive the harshest of punishments. But not death.

Who decided death to be harsh? Is it harsh when an inmate pleads for a rapid end of life, as did Timothy McVeigh in the Oklahoma City bombing? Is it harsh when we condemn our pets to die by a needle because it’s “humane?” Is eternal sleep a punishment?

The new governor of California recently made news by banning executions for all its 737 death row inmates. In fact, California has not executed an inmate in 13 years.

There are many reasons to halt executions. The top of the list is the fear and probability that even one innocent human being may be, or has been, executed. That probability is

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A FRANK MOVIE REVIEW: “HOTEL MUMBAI” – 10 …M. Frank

HOTEL MUMBAI –  10

In two words: Extreme Intensity (From beginning to end)

     This movie should have come out earlier in 2018 so it would be eligible for Oscar nominations, particularly in photography, screen writing, editing, directing and perhaps, supporting actors. It was among the most gripping, intense and exhaustive movies I’ve ever seen, and I’ve been evaluating movies since the age of ten.

     First, the caveat: If you can’t stomach raw violence, don’t see this movie. It’s laden with guns, bombs, blood and guts, terror and dead bodies. It had to be because of the horrific nature of the nightmarish event in 2008 that left 164 unsuspecting and innocent people dead, and hundreds more wounded, during an Islamic jihad attack at the Taj Hotel in Mumbai, India. Some movies are overloaded with gratuitous violence for effect. None of this violence was gratuitous for effect, because it all actually happened.

      Here’s the storyline as gleaned in part from IMDB.com, written by Bleecker Street:

     “A gripping true story of humanity and heroism, HOTEL MUMBAI vividly recounts the 2008 siege of the famed Taj Hotel by a group of terrorists in Mumbai, India. Among the dedicated hotel staff

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