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NEARLY 30% OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT CHILDREN HAVE TIES TO MS-13 OR OTHER CRIMINAL GANGS

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

 

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Nearly 30% of illegal immigrant children at border have ties to MS-13 or other gangs

 – The Washington Times – Wednesday, June 21, 2017
EXCERPT FROM THIS ARTICLE:

Mr. Albence singled out the Chicago area as one of the most prominent sanctuaries. “Chicago is a large one. We haven’t been able to get into the Cook County Jail for a long time,” he said……….We know who they are, we know they’re gang members, we know they’re criminals. But if the city, the county, doesn’t allow us to get into that jail then they’re released back into the community,” he said.

Nearly 30 percent of the illegal immigrant children the U.S. is currently holding in its secure dormitories have ties to criminal gangs, the government revealed Wednesday, suggesting the Obama-era surge of Central Americans has fed the country’s growing problem with MS-13 and other gangs.

Federal officials refused even to guess at the true scope of the problem, telling the Senate Judiciary Committee that they can give only small snapshots of what they see. But they said the devastation on communities across the country is clear: killings and chaos, particularly among other immigrants — both legal and illegal.

The Border Patrol identified 160 teens who were known or suspected gang members when they first showed up at the border, but whom the Obama administration said it had to admit under U.S. law.

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MOVIE TRAILER – THE PROMISE

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

 

A powerful movie abut the mass killing of Christian  Armenians by Muslims in Eastern Turkey in  the early 1900’s

 The Promise: a movie trailer. Highly relevant 100 years later.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODn5-gb8gbQ

For Historical background: 

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THE HOLLYWOOD JIHAD AGAINST AMERICAN SNIPER

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

 

Daniel Greenfield’s article: The Hollywood Jihad Against American Sniper

http://sultanknish.blogspot.com/

The Hollywood Jihad Against American Sniper
Daniel Greenfield is a New York City based writer and blogger and a Shillman Journalism Fellow of the David Horowitz Freedom Center.
Posted: 24 Jan 2015 08:32 PM PST
American Sniper is the movie that should not have existed. Even though the book was a bestseller, nobody in Hollywood wanted the rights.

 And why would they?

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-EDAl17OHnCM/VMRxWhv5dFI/AAAAAAAAOsw/ReW_-wl-_qA/s1600/2015-01-23-AMERICANSNIPERbigger.jpgThe Iraq War already had an official narrative in Hollywood. It was bad and wrong. Its veterans were crippled, dysfunctional and dangerous. Before American Sniper, Warner Brothers had gone with anti-war flicks like Body of Lies and In the Valley of Elah. It had lost a fortune on Body of Lies; but losing money had never stopped Hollywood from making anti-war movies that no one wanted to watch.

Even the Hurt Locker had opened with a quote from leftist terrorist supporter Chris Hedges.

An Iraq War movie was supposed to be an anti-war movie. There was no other way to tell the story. Spielberg’s own interest in American Sniper was focused on “humanizing” the other side. When he left and Clint Eastwood, coming off a series of failed films, took the helm, it was assumed that American Sniper would briefly show up in theaters and then go off to die quietly in what was left of the DVD aisle.

And then American Sniper broke box office records that had been set by blockbusters like Avatar, Passion and Hangover Part II by refusing to demonize American soldiers or to spin conspiracy tales about the war. Instead of pandering to coastal progressives, it aimed at the patriotic heartland.

In a sentence you no longer expected to hear from a Hollywood exec, the Warner Brothers distribution chief said, “This is about patriotism and all the things people say the country is lacking these days.” (more…)
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VIDEO – DINESH D’SOUZA’S SPEECH AT CPAC AND PREVIEW OF HIS NEW FILM, ‘AMERICA’

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

VIDEO – DINESH D’SOUZA’S  SPEECH AT CPAC AND PREVIEW OF HIS NEW FILM, ‘AMERICA’

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MOVIE REVIEW – ARGO (Escape From Tehran)

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

 

Published on The Weekly Standard (www.theweeklystandard.com)

Escape from Tehran

A good movie might have been great without the polemics.

John Podhoretz

October 29, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 07

The new Ben Affleck film—an efficiently told piece about a crazily brilliant CIA operation to get six Americans out of Iran during the hostage crisis more than three decades ago—could almost have been a docudrama made for network television in the early 1980s, except that the rescue mission it depicts was classified and remained a secret until 1997. Which is to say, Argo is kind of a little movie that could easily fit on an old 19-inch color television. And in a different age, it might have worked better on television. But there’s something wonderful about the fact that it’s right up there on the big screen at a time when an adult looking for something to hold his attention at the movie theater is almost certain to come away disappointed.

Not this time.

The movie Argo most closely resembles is Raid on Entebbe, the understated behind-the-scenes story of the daring Israeli rescue of the airline passengers who were hijacked and taken to Idi Amin’s Uganda in 1976. Raid on Entebbe aired on NBC in 1977, and it remains the best fact-based television film ever made. Its verisimilitude and painstaking eye for detail contribute to the overwhelming force of Raid on Entebbe’s final half-hour: You know as you’re watching it that the mission was a success, but your heart is lodged in your throat and the passengers’ final escape results in a shocking flood of grateful tears.

Much the same thing happens when you watch Argo, which tells a true story even more unlikely than the one in Raid on Entebbe. When, in November 1979, six of the employees from the American embassy in Tehran manage to escape as it is being overrun by the radicals who would take 52 remaining Americans hostage for 444 days, they find refuge at the residence of Canadian ambassador Ken Taylor. They have to be extracted before the Iranians figure it out, and the task falls to Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck), a clandestine CIA officer who specializes in “exfils” (short for “exfiltration”). (more…)

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THE IRANIAN REVOLUTION ACCORDING TO BEN AFFLECK

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

 

Published on The Weekly Standard (www.theweeklystandard.com)

Letting the Rabble Off Easy

The Iranian Revolution, according to Ben Affleck.

Kelly Jane Torrance

October 29, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 07

Hollywood loves to think of itself as socially significant. But given how long it can take to finance a film—let alone make one—it’s exceedingly rare for its products to be attuned to the zeitgeist. So it’s fortuitous for the makers of the new movie Argo that its depiction of rioters storming a U.S. embassy might be mistaken for footage from the evening news. At the same time, current events make the movie’s implication that the Americans were kind of asking for it all the more unsettling.

Argo is set during the 1979 Iranian Revolution that deposed the shah and installed the theocracy that rules Iran to this day. The film’s early scenes would be frightening even if they weren’t so disturbingly familiar. A mob shouting anti-American slurs grows in size, sound, and rage. The Americans trapped inside their embassy watch in horror as the crowd finally breaches the entrance and rushes the compound.

The movie (reviewed by John Podhoretz on page 38 of this issue) opened October 12, a month after four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, were murdered in a violent attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya—and just days after President Obama admitted the assault was a premeditated terrorist strike. I spoke with director and star Ben Affleck about the film twice, first at a press conference in Beverly Hills, then with a few other journalists in Washington, D.C. At both events, the 40-year-old filmmaker emphasized that he didn’t set out to make a political statement. “It was always important to us that the movie not be politicized. We went to great pains to try to make it very factual and fact-based, .  .  . knowing that it was coming up before an election in the United States, when a lot of things get politicized,” he said. “We couldn’t obviously forecast how terrible things would become now.” (more…)

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MOVIE REVIEW – THE HUNGER GAMES

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Agenda 21 anyone? Take a look at this insightful review of the movie HUNGER GAMES. I’m sure you will agree that the movie portends a possible glimpse of our future–if we let it.

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VIDEO – ACT OF VALOR – MUST SEE NEW MOVIE

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

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MOVIE REVIEW: CONTAGION

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

‘Contagion’ all too real

Film exposes true biodefense vulnerabilities that need solutions

By Tevi Troy      Tevi Troy, a former deputy secretary of health and human services, is a fellow at the Hudson Institute and at the Homeland Security Policy Institute.

The Washington Times

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Jude Law's character, Alan Krumwiede, wanders through an abandoned street as a horrific disease ravages the world in "Contagion." (Warner Bros. Pictures)Jude Law’s character, Alan Krumwiede, wanders through an abandoned street as a horrific disease ravages the world in “Contagion.” (Warner Bros. Pictures)

“Contagion” was the No. 1 box-office movie on the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11 – and with good reason. The New York Post’s Lou Lumenick called the Steven Soderbergh-directed thriller about a killer virus “easily the scariest of the disaster films” since Sept. 11, and the film keeps viewers squirming and in suspense until the revealing and harrowing final shot.

One of the reasons the movie is so frightening is that it is so realistic, and verisimilitude clearly is something the filmmakers were striving to attain. The film thanks the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Defense for their assistance, suggesting that those entities did not have significant disagreements with the way the film portrayed the government’s earnest but not always effective response to the film’s fictional MEV virus. Nor should they. For the most part, the film shows U.S. officials to be smart, hardworking, dedicated and self-sacrificing, and the government plays a key role in the creation of an anti-MEV vaccine that helps humanity fight back against the deadly viral threat.

Based on my experience with U.S. biopreparedness efforts, the U.S. government’s role is depicted fairly accurately in the film. At the same time, even though the government comes off pretty well in “Contagion,” the scariest part of the film is the vulnerabilities the film highlights in our current system. Despite spending $60 billion in biodefense efforts since the 2001 anthrax attacks, we still are not fully prepared for a full-on bioevent, whether it be made by man or by nature. The film identifies at least four biopreparedness weaknesses, all of which could be addressed by smart government planning: (more…)

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VIDEO – A SNEAK PREVIEW OF THE NEW MOVIE – ATLAS SHRUGGED

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

A FASCINATING MOVIE – FIND WHERE IT IS PLAYING IN YOUR AREA

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