Every Great Performance Should be Mentioned

Every Great Performance Should be Mentioned

MV5BMTY2MzM2NzAxNF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMDIyMzg1NDE@._V1_UX214_CR0,0,214,317_AL_Please pardon my lateness of this review; however, it is not just about being late, but to be assured you are getting a true and correct public viewer’s sentiments sometimes it is responsible to view a larger portion of the particular actor’s work before making any kind of comment or a “just for the press” type of deal. Are we cool? Great!

Admittedly I have been off the mailing list of the Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and those who make the decisions on who wins what for whatever, more aptly called “the Committee,” or members of the A-A-Academ-my. And it is my hope beyond all hope that far sooner than later those crusty ol’ gray or bald headed men who have not seen a film in 20 years or so and then — send their “best boys” in to vote for them.

Quite openly I have seen this thespian in other sorts of misgiving roles; however, it is his rare acting chops and ability that attends to the notion of bringing reality into each role this man has played. If we can, let’s ask this question: Who in the film, Divergent did you like to hate the most and…for what reasons? I mean this guy did not do anything other than be a smart-ass younger adult. I mean he beats the dung out of the film’s female star — hard, yet all things being equal no one had the right to hate him for it.

For those of you who did not see That Awkward Moment he brilliantly articulated a shy guy that really couldn’t hold his own with the ladies. Then again it’s not a bad place to be in when the male lead, Zac Efron, gets a lot of the heavier stuff which he then needs his boys to assist him out of a huge funk insofar as he became the “Loser” in a failed relationship effort.

banner_posterBut I have lived my “Every Great Performance Should be Mentioned” and I may be late but I’m not stupid. Of course I am making mention of the purposeful which almost appears as “Method Acting” that a well trained Miles Teller brings to his parts. Most recently — and back to the Academy for a moment — who ever even heard films, Birdman, Boyhood, The Theory of Everything, The Budapest Grand Hotel, Gone Girl and about five more other films that typically didn’t do squat until after the OSCARS were given out. Yep, this film starts J. K. Simmons so it is that one, actually released in 2014. Simmons finally got let out of “between the lines” and rocked — outstandingly.

Then again I also believe that every good performance is nurtured along [respectfully] by the other members of the cast, and in this particular case Miles Teller does not disappoint. Miles Teller will be on parody or even bigger than Matt and Ben.

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Melting, Steaming, Sizzling of the Mind…

MELTING, STEAMING, SIZZLING OF THE MIND…

BMIssue One — Is without question one of the cruelest items to ever have been uttered from a commentator/pundits mouth. It actually was heard by myself and several others at a cocktail party. Interesting of note: although the television was at a very low volume level and quite openly, not influencing any one of the guests in the slightest — up until just before ending the current news program, the anchor of the show says, “So what about our President and his continual arrogance to break our rule of laws — in the Constitution”?

At which time a rather liberal sort started to laugh in an obvious attempt to distract from one: the basic communicated message; two: an attempt to deny and/or make a joke out of what the news anchor was getting ready to lead his next segment with; three: just one’s basic way of interrupting the comment and future discussion; and four: just the plain liberal posturing of “let’s look at anything we can find to disrupt this person’s closing monologue.”

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Have you ever witnessed any one of this quasi-professional men/women who obviously received some assistance or help from producers or anyone behind the scenes during the commercial break? Well prepared for war they’ve got the earpiece in for any further assistance and the liberal who tried too hard to be non-communicational and disruptive? Whereas normally the End Show finale goes: “We really appreciate our guests coming in from their daily demands and on behalf of the network we would like to present them with these special parting gifts. Or does the End Show finale resemble something along these lines:

“And we’re back…perhaps it was either something I misheard, or perhaps misstated;” maybe one of our guests could help me out — therefore, Mr. or Ms. Liberal what impact of law remains when the president of our country decides to have reckless and total disregard for the fundamentals in our Constitution or as it was previously called, “the law of the Land”?

In short we would like to proffer you with the latest poll data effective this date at 4:30 pmobamaz that stipulates that 70 percent of these people involved in this poll said that “although they could not, and would not trust President Barack Obama with their teenage children, they also felt that President Obama’s aptly breaking the law to implement his own or a new one (law) was reckless, showed arrogance, has hurt America’s position around the world, and keeps a steady supply of cases going before the U.S. Supreme Court, who incidentally just overruled Obama’s use of amnesty through executive order.”

That my friends, is just one Issue that has been bothering me since prior to Barack Obama being elected — which for all intents and purposes realistically, I must give credence to those who have been screaming their heads off in the streets something to the effect of investigating America’s voting apparatus.

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Deferred Action, Immigration, Citizenship, at Whose Cost..?

Deferred Action, Immigration, Citizenship, at Whose Cost..?

map-and-compass_1ere is a question for you that I would love to get some feedback on — all together, with me? Great! Ever since our esteemed Emperor Obama decided on his own, no Congress, no real advisors, basically just special interest groups and what they aspire to do with what they have either borrowed, stolen, or committed some crime in order to get, the all hallowed purse.

As for me, I am just disgusted over the entire mess; especially when it concerns the little children that hurriedly rushed the border last autumn. 

These children can be offered to be part of the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents program or DACA. I will not try and speak for you, but, what little was covered by the mainstream media — in addition to the festivities moving spritely in Switzerland on a deal that is a slam dunk for Iran.

On a recent Thursday evening, immigrants from Trinidad, Ghana and Haiti gathered at the Brooklyn Public Library’s Central branch to bone up on American history.

“I want you to name seven of the 13 British colonies,” instructor Miguel Angeles told his class, sitting around a large table in a sunny, third-floor boardroom overlooking Grand Army Plaza.

“We talked about this last week. Does anyone know?

The adult students were preparing for the civics test that new Americans must pass in order to become a U.S. citizen. During the naturalization interview, a United States Citizenship and Information Services officer picks 10 questions from a list of 100 — and applicants need to get six of them right.

“I really didn’t feel ready to do it,” said Shaliza Mohammed, 53, who left Trinidad for Ridgewood, Queens 27 years ago. The class is helping, she said.

Last fall, the Brooklyn Public Library began offering free citizenship courses like the one Mohammed attends. And in October the library also started hosting two Board of Immigration Appeals-accredited Immigrant Justice Corp fellows, recent college graduates who help with forms and advice once a week at several different branches.

“We were looking for ways to engage our communities in more robust ways, and more meaningful ways,” said Nicholas Higgins, director of library1n-2-weboutreach services in the library’s 60-branch system. The library secured a grant from USCIS and applied to be one of 17 citywide host organizations with the Immigrant Justice Corp fellows.

“I think one of the main focuses of our fellowship is to make sure that people have access to quality immigration services, because I’ve seen so many clients who say, ‘I paid $7,000 to X and they told me they would get me a green card. And I never heard from them again and they changed their phone number,’” said Fayette, a recent Brown University graduate from Boston.

While Brooklyn has launched the most recent initiative, the Queens Library and New York Public Library also offer immigrant services — from free English classes to help applying for the U.S. Department of State’s diversity visa lottery, which randomly gives green cards to people from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the U.S. Library branches around the city serve as enrollment centers for the city’s new Municipal ID.

Libraries can become trusted resources to help newcomers assimilate — as long as immigrants realize they are there. Pardon me, please…pardon me just a moment, please. Are all of your readers grasping what is being put forth here? Assimilation? Allow me to be the first one to let you know that if a person came to this Nation 27 perhaps even 30 years ago can’t pass, then why all the hoopla?

A recent national study found that just 60% of Latino immigrants had visited a library or bookmobile, compared to 83% of U.S.-born Latinos. Those who had, however, were among the most appreciative of what libraries offer and were more likely than other groups to say that the closing of a library in their community would have a major impact on their family, according to Pew Research Center research.

The first graduate to successfully pass her interview was Nohomi Yamazaki, a Japanese immigrant who now lives in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens.

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Who Could Possibly Trust Hillary Clinton now..?

Who Could Possibly Trust Hillary Clinton now..?

Hillary clintonWhat happens to people in government? Basic transparency is not only critical but also not an option for a public official. Neither is it a mere inconvenience to be ignored.

Newbies may deserve a benefit of the doubt; but those who have been around the block a time or two deserve nothing but relentless investigation. Furthermore, an investigation by independent contractors. I cannot speak for you but this much I know — Partisan politics as well as doing something to your own simply does not work in Washington, D.C.

Which, of course, brings us to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, one-time first lady and U.S. senator, who also seems to be running for president. Clinton has become caught up in a mind-numbingly unnecessary scandal of her own making after the New York Times revealed that she conducted government business entirely on a private email account as Secretary of State.

Few, if any, believe her claim that she was unaware such an action would create questions. After all, it is — or at least should be — considered standard operating procedure for public officials to conduct public business on government-operated email, and she should have known better.

However we contend that Mrs. Clinton was very much aware of her actions and definitely knew what she was doing. Yet, hillary_collage_resizedwhat she did not count on was getting caught! Moreover we believe just as we did during the “brain tumor, throat disorder” and whatever else she was suffering from — all during the Benghazi bull squat orchestrated by her boss and the Attorney General.

While Clinton was Secretary of State, she failed to utilize her government email account, using her own personal one instead. She isn’t the first to do it, but she failed to disclose massive batches of emails.

Her department was obligated to preserve her email records, and that didn’t happen until after she left office in 2013. Clinton and her designated staff members were allowed to pick and choose which emails were eventually turned over to the government and which to leave out as “private.” To claim she had no intent to deceive misses the point — it was still wrong. According to the Federal Information Act, it is officials who are to separate what is potentially hazardous for national security or any secret documents or actions. However, as we now know, Mrs. Clinton conducted this activity on her own.

What about her private-account emails to representatives of foreign governments? What about emails to U.S. officials on their private or government accounts?

This came about because the State Department asked all ex-secretaries for emails and other records from their time in office as part of an effort to improve its record keeping. Clinton’s advisers turned in 55,000 pages. About 900 were given to the House select committee investigating Benghazi.

How do we know they turned over everything of public interest? At the moment, we have little more than their word for it.

hillary_internThe Clinton camp’s cavalier disregard for the public’s need to know is disappointing but not surprising. If private email accounts aren’t in the hands of the government, they are beyond the reach of the Freedom of Information Act and congressional scrutiny. That’s why the rules exist. It should be up to government archivists who value transparency over concealment, to exercise their professional judgment about what is personal and what isn’t.

Thankfully, a 2014 law bars use of private accounts unless officials copy or forward emails into government accounts within 20 days. Now the public understands why such measures are necessary.

Restore transparency to the process and open the documents to inspection now.

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Islamophobia, causing identity crises and need for children to find themselves..?

Islamophobia, causing identity crises and need for children to find themselves..?

ISIS-childrens-training-campLate this evening I happened upon an article written by Rys Farthing, at Oxford University in the British newspaper, The Mirror, the article was titled, ‘ISIS wouldn’t be here if there wasn’t Islamophobia’: What young British Muslims think about radicalization.

There is rarely a day that passes that very similar thoughts cross my mind. However, it’s important to note that I am an outsider — meaning I’m not Muslim; furthermore, I have a very difficult time trying to absorb the entire meaning of it all.

I find it difficult to try and put anyone through a culture shock that I believe is happening to the wayward younger boys and girls in London, England as well as some who have left the U.S. to lock arm in arm with the radical side of a praxis gone array.

There is this notion I get when I hear the words “Islam” and “Muslim.” For some reason it’s very difficult for me to see what one has to do with the other. Now as far as school aged boys and girls are concerned I understand their dilemma; albeit, given their ages as well as the understanding of their parents, for me it resembles one single spark in the night.

A lot of today’s youth lack identity, and the most vulnerable are being drawn into extremism. Whether that be ISIS or the EDL, the reasons for joining seem to be similar. While the numbers of young people leaving are, thankfully, few in number, I’m still struck by the scale of the presence of ISIS and radicalization surrounding these young people’s lives.

“They’re targeting everyone now. If you’re on Twitter and following some Islamic thing, [ISIS] try for you as well.” It’s all over their social mediaISIS-childrens-training-camp2 feeds and they all know, or know of, peers who’ve gone.

As for me I’m definitely concerned about “following some Islamic thing…” This is a sobering notion; subsequently, reading an outcry for help, it is profoundly seen here talking with seven or eight school girls roughly in America would be freshmen or sophomores in high school whilst on the other hand in England they are most likely first or second form in class categorization.

The original author as well as the girls seem to be thinking that this conundrum that the girls find themselves in is an identity crisis. A sudden change in the course of a disease or fever, toward either improvement or deterioration is one definition of “crisis” whilst I think the next definition is far more useable — An emotionally stressful event or a traumatic change in one’s life.

The idea that the girls were born in England does not seem very likely. Therefore, that would land them into an immigrant status. I feel as long as someone continues to grasp or cling at something that in and of itself is contradictory the very least one could hope for these girls is confusion or the sense of unknowing. Now then, this is not extraordinary to a person in their teens when we are all out there trying to find our niche in society. It is okay to ask oneself, “who am I?” Or even discussing it with parents (highly unlikely) better may be a friend to assist in the proper accommodation of ideas.

If there is any one particular issue that thrusts out at me — is that some real “come to Muhammad” organizing needs to be completed. I use come to Muhammad in the very same sense that Christians often say “come to Jesus” meeting.

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A Look at the Usurpation of Politics

Same Sex Marriage…A Look at the Usurpation of Politics

Now realistically…who did not see this coming? From the instant this entire matter started wearing that fancy “federal” title we knew it was only a matter of time before a decent, respecting, God-fearing state would see the monumentous problems this intrusion has made.
Attorneys for same-sex couples turned away from a marriage license office in Alabama asked a federal judge Tuesday to clarify that local officials must issue the permits.

Gay_Marriage_Alabama-0df69The legal action is the latest twist in a standoff with Alabama authorities defying a federal court ruling that cleared the way for same-sex marriages in the state.

The request on behalf of more than 10 couples came after a majority of probate judges in the state closed up shop Monday rather than issue the licenses.

Alabama joined 36 states and the District with legal same-sex marriage after a federal judge overturned the state’s ban. (For those figuring that’s a HUGE 74%).

On the day that same-sex unions became legal in Alabama, local officials in dozens of counties on Monday defied a federal judge’s decision and refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, casting the state into judicial chaos.

Gay couples were able to get licenses in about a dozen places, including Birmingham, Huntsville and a few other counties where probate judges complied with the judge’s decision. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled early Monday that it would deny Alabama’s request to put the marriages on hold.

This action by the US Supreme Court is a step in maneuvering towards the goal of “Usurpation of politics” insofar as it rightly appears that the local, state, and Supreme Court’s of thirty seven states as well as the District of Columbia are not requisite with earlier decisions made by the federal government.

But in the majority of counties, officials said they would refuse to license same-sex marriages or stop providing licenses altogether, confronting couples — gay and heterosexual — with locked doors and shuttered windows.

Many of the state’s 68 probate judges mounted their resistance to the federal decision at the urging of the firebrand chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, Roy Moore. He is best known for refusing more than a decade ago to comply with a court order to remove a monument to the Ten Commandments from the state Supreme Court’s offices.

But the probate judge in Mobile — scene of the most high-profile confrontation — has also asked for legal clarification from the Alabama Supreme Court in a counter move.

It was this court’s chief justice, Roy Moore, who had initially advised the probate judges not to give out the licenses.

“For now, we’re going to maintain the status quo,” the aide, Mark Erwin, told a crowd of about 20 people gathered at probate court.

Despite the chaos, hundreds of gay and lesbian Alabama couples managed to get marriage licenses Monday, activists said.

Some activists believe the state’s chief justice Moore also has intimidated probate judges. A letter late Sunday from Moore claimed probate judges could face reprimands from the governor if they issued same-sex marriage licenses.

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Jose Diaz-Barajas, 49, was arrested at Rio de Janeiro’s Tom Jobim airport

Think..then thrice!

Think..then thrice!

Brazil arrested a suspected Mexican drug trafficker on his way to watch his national soccer team play in the World Cup. He bought a ticket under his name.

Jose Diaz-Barajas, 49, was arrested at Rio de Janeiro’s Tom Jobim airport last night as he boarded a plane to Fortaleza, where Mexico plays Brazil today, Luiz Cravo Dorea, head of international cooperation at the Federal Police, said. The world soccer governing body, FIFA, had informed police that Diaz-Barajas, who was accompanied by his wife and two children, held tickets, Dorea said. FIFA spokeswoman Delia Fischer declined to comment when asked by e-mail about its cooperation with the police.

“Barajas was one of the most sought traffickers in the United States,” Dorea told reporters in Brasilia. “He will remain imprisoned in Rio until his extradition to the U.S. is determined.”
Since taking office in 2012, President Enrique Pena Nieto has succeeded in rounding up leaders of Mexico’s top drug cartels after drug-related violence left more than 90,000 dead or missing since 2006. They include Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, the world’s most-wanted criminal, and Miguel Angel Trevino, the head of the Zetas Cartel.

U.S. and international security agencies often beef up their presence in cities with large sporting events such as boxing and World Cup matches to nab kingpins who attend competitions, said Mike Vigil, a retired former head of international operations for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

“A lot of them are big sports fanatics,” Vigil said by telephone from Washington. “It’s a great time to apprehend these individuals.”

The Drug Enforcement Agency assisted in the arrest of Diaz-Barajas, said agent Joseph Moses, an agency spokesman.
Diaz-Barajas entered Brazil by land from Paraguay on June 11, according to the federal police. His arrest warrant was issued by Supreme Court Justice Marco Aurelio Mello, the police said in a statement.

Guzman, who gained fame after escaping from a high-security prison, built up the Sinaloa cartel, named after his home state, and is known for beheading enemies or hanging their bodies in public places.

Mexico’s government is also waiting for results of DNA tests that would confirm the death of Juan Jose Esparragoza, known as “El Azul,” the second-most-wanted leader of the Sinaloa cartel at large, according to a Mexican official who requested not to be named because the information is not public.

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