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A BOY WHO MATTERED
A BOY WHO MATTERED

In A Boy Who Mattered, author Marshall Frank brings the reader into the pathetic life of his firstborn son, Bennett, who began using drugs before his teens, turned on by a family member who thought nothing was wrong. Such an act opened the door to a life of dependency, sickness, failure, and homelessness that affected many others in his circle of friends and relatives for over forty years. Sadly, it is typical of the multi-thousands of users who give up on life for the temporary pleasures that drugs provide. It is a common story, from coast to coast, that America sadly ignores until crimes are committed. This particular story emphasizes the root causes of drug dependency, society’s role, family issues, ignorance, and what can be done about it. Ever the police investigator, Frank also draws the reader into the social and legal risks and the subliminal lures that introduce new users to the demons, from which it is so difficult to sever. People who struggle with addicted loved ones will find helpful resources and information about how to fight this dreaded disease. This book will hopefully expose facts, teach and assist people who are in need of help. If only one human being is saved, Bennett’s life will have not been in vain.

AMERIKASTAN
AMERIKASTAN

"AMERIKASTAN - Conquest From Within" screams of political incorrectness pointing to the peril of Islamic religious ideology via jihad to convert and conquer America, and the world. This book eliminates all controversy and wipes the thin-line between Islamic fundamentalism and moderate Islam, as both feed on the same religious nourishment form the Quran, bowing to the Hadith, while wailing to the rise of Sharia -- the Islamic law. The author reveals the nefarious decrees of secreted manifestos as commanded by major jihad organizations which inexorably spell out the mission, objectives and methods being carried out today, "from within," laying the groundwork for ultimate conquest of the west.

THE UPSIDE TO MURDER
THE UPSIDE TO MURDER

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 rigors of the justice system. His obsessive pursuit drives the Miami physician into a spiral of chaos as he desperately tries to resolve inexplicable conflicts between love of child and love of God. Besides emotional struggles and unending suspense, Upside To Murder offers engaging sub-plots with forensic investigations, social controversy and the power of love. A gut-wrenching drama pitting good versus evil bringing out the worst in the best of people.

THE WAY THINGS OUGHTA BE
THE WAY THINGS OUGHTA BE

What’s the politically incorrect solution to global terrorism? What’s wrong with the education system? Is there really a God? Why isn’t the U.S. Attorney General an elected position like it is in most states? Are all politicians corrupt? What’s right and wrong about the death penalty? Why shouldn’t elected politicians who lie under oath be arrested? Why are criminals allowed to run for office? Can we make airline security safer? What’s the real solution to ISIS? How can we improve the justice system, i.e. judges, prisons, juries, laws, police, racism, the war drugs? What’s the downside to gay marriage we hadn’t thought about?

In The Way Things Oughta Be, author Marshall Frank addresses numerous hot-button issues in today’s America with brief essays and lists of follow up bullets offering pie-in-the-sky but logical solutions to long-range problems. Thirty-five chapters, compiled in six major sections, address a myriad problems criminal justice and the political world, plus conflicts we experience with religion, families, love, sex and marriage, parenting and moral decay.

Frank baffles critics who want to label him a conservative or liberal, or perhaps, a “moderate” because he is all over the spectrum of pigeon holes. He prefers to identify the issue before attaching a label. He tackles many more concerns about corporations, global warming, entertainment, gays, professional sports, and the challenges of old age. Do people care about the under-represented minorities in America who have little or no voice in society? He raises questions and answers on how can we identify and solve these problems by offering readers an opportunity to think outside the proverbial box, that is, if we really want to.

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Donald L. Gilleland

"Amerikastan is by far the best book I’ve ever bought on Amazon. More than that, it is the absolutely finest, most definitive treatise I’ve ever read on the Islamic threat to America. Radical Islam is at war with Infidels around the world. Their militant ideological goal is world conquest in which Islam will be the only religion and Sharia Law will apply to everyone. If they succeed, our Constitution and Democratic form of government will cease to exist. “No go” zones already exist in some of our states where Sharia Law rules and non-Muslims enter those enclaves at great personal risk. The radical Islamic plan is to take over our country from within. Amerikastan provides the reader with irrefutable facts that will relieve any doubt the reader might have. Buy this book. You won’t be able to put it down!"

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Valerie Allen

A sad but true story about the author's son who died an untimely death after a life time of mental illness, drug use, and homelessness. The frantic efforts of friends and family to offer help and support and to hold out hope comes to a tragic end. This is the story of a man pushed in the wrong direction as a child, who was unable to be saved from himself. Moving and well written with sincere honesty by a father forced to face the unthinkable.

Valerie Allen AMAZON
Sal Morale

Frank’s common sense solutions to many of this nation’s problems, both domestic and international, make for very interesting and thought provoking reading.
He is economically conservative while socially liberal so it’s hard to label him or pin him down.
He just addresses problems individually and offers common sense solutions.
A must read for anyone who cares about the future of this nation.

Sal Morale AMAZON

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CONGRATS TO AIDAN – FUTURE SCIENTIST

This…from a proud grandfather.

Just wanted the world to know that Aidan Lytle, age 24, a Junior/Senior at University of North Carolina, Greensboro, has received a certificate of High Scholarship in Math and Physics, as he posts a 4.0 grade average.  He is presently researching Heavy Ion Collisions in Nuclear Physics and the effects of network topology on population dynamics in evolutionary graph theory. 

Don’t feel bad, I can’t translate that either.

Yes, he has brains oozing out his ears. Must be in the genes.

Aidan, who is also a Parris Island trained Marine, is also an accomplished musician. Like many of us, he has had his share of struggles in life, but manages to emerge as he reaches for the top. He’s a very special young man.

If you like, please drop a note at the end of this blog…let him know he’s special.

 

               

 

MICHELLE LIKELY TO RUN AS VP RUNNING MATE

As the Democratic VP prize is nearing the next election, there is a lot of speculation about which woman Biden will select.  (After all, he did promise to appoint a woman)
I’ve been writing about this for three years. Most folks think I’m nuts, after all, she has no in-office experience.  Holding office doesn’t matter, it’s winning that matters…even if it’s Daisy Mae or AOC.
Rush Limbaugh took to his radio show today and predicted that Michelle Obama will be Biden’s running mate, and how that would assure Obama of another 8 years, defacto, in the Oval Office again. I felt like calling Rush and ask if he gleaned that from me.
Then I recalled writing my own predictions 2 and 3 years ago.  Here are the articles:
(Note: Item #2)
PREDICTIONS 2017 | Marshall Frank
Also, in 2018, I had predicted that Michelle Obama will be the likely VP running mate, or presidential nominee, regardless who led the field. Check it out:
MICHELLE OBAMA STRONGEST 2020 DEM. CANDIDATE – Op-Ed | Marshall Frank
And now, with the left-media behind her, the predictions are beginning to manifest.
It’s all about power.
Rush Limbaugh suggested that Biden might get elected with Michelle as #2, then resign after taking office. Anything is possible.
Your thoughts welcome.
 
MF
 

VAUDEVILLE'S LAST MAN STANDING

VAUDEVILLE’S LAST MAN STANDING
 
 By Marshall Frank                                                                            
This is not about a pandemic virus, or the economy, world war or the rate of crime. No sex, no violence, no destitution. It’s about a little man named Arthur who died in 1941 in a mental institution across the Hudson River from Sing Sing prison. No one was there, but the hospital attendants. No family, no friends.
     So who would care? Who would bother to read this story when, in the year 2020, this fellow would not be known to anyone on planet Earth other than a handful of distant relatives. Why would any writer take the time?
     Stay tuned.
     Arthur was born in 1899 in New York City, one of nine kids whose Jewish parents had set foot in Ellis Island as immigrants from Eastern Europe in 1886. William McKinley was president while the Spanish-American War raged on and the United States welcomed Guam, Samoa and Puerto Rico as new possessions of the United States.
     So what was it about Arthur that set him apart?
     Arthur’s four brothers all grew up to become professional businessmen. His sisters were mostly single women relying, in part, on the brothers for support. While encouraged to get an education, he chose to follow his natural talents to become a professional cartoonist. That eventually introduced him to Vaudeville and all the glitz and stardom that came with it. Arthur was fascinated with live on-stage show business, where he commiserated with singers, dancers, jugglers, musicians, and more, bringing audiences to their feet.
     Arthur met many show-biz stars around the theater circuit who taught to him to dance. He worked up a series of comedy routines while applying make-up to appear as an old man, from the confederacy. His comic dance steps glided hysterically around the stage, only to be dubbed as a “moonwalk” 60 years later by Michael Jackson.
     He always had beautiful dancing girls as straight-women for his jokes. By 1928, Arthur was a huge star, working the same stage at the Palace Theater in Manhattan with the likes of Milton Berle, Ginger Rogers and Rudy Vallee.
     Arthur eventually met his dream woman, Vivien, after she landed a dancing/singing audition at age 19. He was hooked. Then they were married. A redheaded bombshell who could sing plus dance and play classical piano, Vivien easily mingled with the stars of Broadway.
     They were a perfect team. They traveled the Orpheum Circuit around the nation by train, bringing all audiences to howl in laughter in San Francisco, Chicago, Dallas, and more. They also enjoyed bookings at the Palladium in London and other theaters in Paris. This was during the infamous Prohibition Era that sparked the moniker of the times: The Roarin’ Twenties.
     Meanwhile, the depression waged on while Arthur and Vivien earned enough money to not only support themselves, but Arthur’s unmarried sisters as well. Then came a baby boy named Bennett. Vivien had to begin adjusting to a new life staying at home. But, the income was gone.
     By the late 1930’s, Vaudeville bookings diminished drastically as talkie movies and radio emerged as the preferred sources of entertainment. Agents no longer found Vaudeville welcoming. Bookings vanished. Arthur was devastated. He refused any other opportunities in radio and movies. He desperately wanted to continue the embrace of live audiences and the infectious laughter that was so addicting.  Not to be.
     Arthur paced the floors night after night, babbling, singing, writing, calling agents during late hours, smoking four packs a day and writing jokes upon jokes all night long. Now pregnant with another child, Vivien was unable to keep her sanity nor make a living to support two children. Arguments ensued. Vivien went into a state of depression. Doctors determined that Arthur was severely manic depressive and schizophrenic. He was placed in a New York mental hospital called Creedmore.
     The story is sad, indeed. Two years later, at another psychiatric hospital, Arthur was given insulin shock treatment which inadvertently destroyed his immune system. Arthur died from pneumonia in November, 1941.
     The 42 year-old comic never laid eyes on his second son. But as long that second son is still living, Arthur Robert Frank will always matter.
    By the way, today is April 9th. Happy Birthday, Dad. 
 
                                                                       
 
 
 

A FRANK MOVIE REVIEW: "EMMA" – 5/10

Movie:         “Emma”
Rating:         5 out of 10.
In a word:   Boring
 
     Be prepared for one more adaptation of the 1815 Jane Austen novel, first filmed in 1996 starring Gwyneth Paltrow. This movie, starring Anya Taylor-Joy follows the same basic characters within like-settings, mainly the breathtaking countryside of inner England dotted with landscapes and mansions much like any other period-based film about old England, to include a smattering of snobbery.
     If you like that genre, though unoriginal, you’ll like this movie. For sure, the photography is inspiring and the costumes awesome. The cast of actors played their roles well, including Miss Taylor-Joy’s lead.
     If there is criticism earned, it must be attributed to the director, Autumn De Wilde who gave us one scene after another of Emma’s gazing eyes and close-up expressions ad nauseam, slowing the film to a point of sheer boredom.
     The plot is simple: Emma Woodhouse is a young, beautiful, and vain woman who lives in a large mansion on the Hartford estate of her elderly father in the village of Highbury. She has no wish to marry, but enjoys pairing her family and friends. The film mostly follows Emma and her friend Harriet as they experience friendships, love and heartbreaks, complete with an array of misunderstandings because no one ever comes to the point in a conversation.
     One interesting item of trivia: When the gentleman, Mr. Knightly, asked Emma for her hand in marriage, the close-up shows the actress suffering from a nosebleed, that was apparently unscripted. But they left it in the movie anyway.
     Lovers of old-English aristocracy will like this film. Otherwise, be prepared to yawn.
     I give it a 5 out of 10.
Emma. (2020) – Trivia – IMDb
 
 
 
 
 

POLICE SUICIDE AND DEPRESSION

With cops’ suicide on the rise, we must recognize they suffer from depression too | Opinion

During my stint as a Miami-Dade cop from 1960 to 1990, I personally knew 10 officers who committed suicide.

The reasons varied from cop to cop, i.e., emotional issues at home, runaway debt, alcohol abuse, fears and pressures of the job, and more. But the one common thread, regardless of race, creed, culture, or wealth, is usually related to depression.

Yes. Cops have feelings too.

The last thing they want is for top brass to know they are suffering every day inside the mind and heart. They play a role as if nothing is wrong when, in fact, too many are a walking time bomb ready to explode. Such fears are kept secret.

An article in FLORIDA TODAY on Feb. 12 cited reliable sources about the alarming increase of suicides among police officers, with 734 taking their own lives between 2016 to 2019, according to Blue H.E.L.P.

Police officers who suffer mental problems should be identified so that they can be treated by professionals. Right? Not so fast. That can also end their coveted careers. They well know that. Cops who let their emotional imbalances be known, fear being transferred to undesirable assignments, or if recommended by professionals, outright termination. Bye-bye career. Bye-bye pension.

Yes, top brass is concerned about helping the officers, but they also worry about their responsibility to the public and their own image if and when they fail to take action.

Some officers are unable to cope with the stress, thereby creating more problems. Officers know that any signs of mental imbalance could result in new unwanted assignments, or even dismissal, if such secrets were disclosed.

One homicide supervisor fought fear, fights and trepidation every day on duty. He also tried handling an array of children (three adopted), a demanding spouse, runaway debts, daily domestic conflicts, too much alcohol each evening, a mentally ill son/addict by a previous marriage, not to mention a work load which totaled over 100 investigations a year. Among his cases were the infamous McDuffie case that led to the Miami riots of 1980 and the Mariel Boatlift right after.

He thought more about the kids, the stigma they would face and the need for professional help, however secret. A counseling psychologist named Doris entered his life and triggered a year of productive therapy.

Close call.

In today’s America, particularly in large communities, police officers face deadly hatred as routine. Folks in urban areas have learned how to taunt cops in hopes of inciting bad outcomes making them all look bad. In recent years, on-duty cops have been assaulted with barrels of water over their heads as nearby cell phones formed videos. They turned another cheek and kept walking, humiliated. At some street disturbances, officers have stood at attention while subjected to hooligans embarking on foul-mouthed screaming episodes directly into their eardrums. They had orders to look away and take it.

In North Florida, two deputies quietly eating their meal at a local restaurant in Gilchrist County were shot to death in 2018 by a cop-hating maniac for no other reason than being a cop. Brooklyn, New York, 2014, same outcome as two cops were shot to death while quietly sitting in their police car. Many other senseless cop shootings have resulted in officers surviving, but it certainly makes that theater of operations a dangerous place to be.

In 2019, 134 officers died in the line of duty, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page. In 2018, that number was 167 and in 2017, it was 176.

It’s no wonder that police suicides are on the upswing. Like most other career servants, these officers also have wants, goals and needs, and families with problems. Only, they carry a badge.

By the way, that homicide supervisor who sat in the driveway, gun in hand, was me. 

Marshall Frank is a retired police captain from Miami-Dade County, author and frequent contributor. Visit marshallfrank.com.

police officers suffer from depression too (Florida Today)