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Transformers: Age of Extinction

Transformers: Age of Extinction starring Mark Wahlberg

The first time I saw a movie trailer for this film I thought, “Hell yeah!” I’m almost sure everyone remembers the Transformers. Mark Wahlberg is, of course, hot and one of my favorite actors. And, the special effects and action scenes are righteous. Last night I had the pleasure of watching the full length movie, which is just over 2 1/2 hours long. Although the action does pick up fairly soon in the beginning the movie starts off kind of dull. I especially didn’t care for the early scenes between actor Mark Wahlberg and actress Nicola Peltz who plays Wahlberg’s teenage daughter. Their relationship as father and daughter just isn’t believable. Wahlberg, in real life, is 43 years old and stands at about 5’8″. The two actors would have been better cast as love interests in my opinion. According to casting director credits go to Denise Chamian, Mickie Paskal and Jennifer Rudnicke but I’m honestly not sure who should take the heat for the film cast. After all this is a Steven Spielberg production and I have yet to see one of his films fall short. I guess there is a first time for everything because the casting in this instance honestly took away from a great body of work. Sources report that the three lead roles (Wahlberg, Pelka and the role of Pelka’s boyfriend played by actor Jack Reynor) are contracted to appear in the next three sequels. If you consider the fact that independently both Wahlberg and Peltz gave an excellent performance that could only mean that Executive Producer and Film Director Michael Bay dropped the ball on this one. It has yet to be announced whether or not Bay will return to direct a future Transformers production. Not that it really matters to me (I never agree with their ratings) but when the movie was released late June 2014 it received poor reviews from film critics, ranking at only 18% on Rotten Tomatoes and making it the lowest ranked film of the Transformers franchise. Transformers: Age of Extinction turned out to be a hit at the box office and grossed over $1 billion worldwide. Where I can agree with film critics about this movie is with their great appreciation for the performances that Mark Wahlberg, Kelsey Grammer and Stanley Tucci delivered as well as the outstanding visual effects, and action sequences. —

The action certainly makes up for the film’s few shortcomings. According to Transformers: Age of Extinction was a massive production. Much larger in scale than the first three films in the franchise. Age of Extinction required a bigger crew size, complex effects shots, higher quality stereo delivery and the shooting locations were more dynamic. In fact, it is the largest film production in the history of visual effects studio Industrial Light & Magic. ILM visual effects supervisor Scott Farrar is quoted saying that the Age of Extinction film was the “heaviest data wrangling picture I’ve ever done, the largest in ILM’s history. It was the largest crew I’ve ever had – 500 people. It was IMAX and 3D so you’re rendering twice as much at least. Our work is about 90 minutes worth of the movie.” —

90 minutes worth of action packed visual wonder and amazement. All of the Transformers characters’ mechanics are visually intricate. The Autobots gang includes Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Hound, Drift, Crosshairs, Ratchet, Leadfoot and Brains. They each take on an extremely realistic human persona. Actor John Goodman is the voice of Hound, a chubby but nimble Autobot with a scruffy beard made of wire coils, nuts and bolts who chews on bullets as though they were cigars. Hound makes his debut in this film operating as the Autobots’ heavy artillery gunner. He transforms into an Oshkosh Defense Medium Tactical Vehicle. I really enjoyed his character. Hound cracks a lot of jokes, making light of an otherwise gloomy situation whenever he can and he is just a downright lovable guy. —

It is truly astounding the level of depth in robotic animation achieved in Transformers: Age of Extinction. The cinematography capturing the action sequence integration between the actual human cast and the digital renderings was nearly flawless. Admittedly, the making of this particular 3D IMAX film production was by far the largest undertaking for visual effects studio Industrial Light & Magic. Quite the handful by any standards. Don’t get me wrong, the visual effects were phenomenal. Unfortunately, they weren’t absolutely impeccable. Call me a knit-picking perfectionist. Perhaps the most difficult part of this creative process was the marrying of the actor’s takes and the digital animation. From what I was able to notice there are a couple of frames in the movie where both Mark Wahlberg’s and Jack Reynor’s stunt doubles were blatantly obvious. I found it distracting to the eye. I immediately became confused about which actor was in the scene. A little off-putting to the direction of the film plot. Overall, nothing major in that respect. Age of Extinction is definitely a movie the entire family will enjoy. If you are looking for a humorous, fast action, digitally high-tech movie with sweet rides I would highly recommend Transformers: Age of Extinction.  But don’t take my word for it, check out the movie trailer below then pick up your copy available on BLU-RAY™ , BLU-RAY 3D AND DIGITAL HD today!


“Autobots must escape sight from a bounty hunter who takes control of the human serendipity: Unexpectedly, Optimus Prime and his remaining gang turn to a mechanic and his daughter for help.” —


Transformers: Age of Extinction TRAILER 1 (2014) – Mark Wahlberg Movie HD

Published on March 4 2014

Earth is scarred by the events of the past three movies, but is moving on after all the giant robots disappeared. Cade Yeager, an inventor, discovers a buried Transformer, which sets the stage for the return of the Autobots and Decepticons.

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Mom: Ice Bucket Challenge turned into sick joke against son with autism

Carey tweeted after seeing the story Friday. He called it “horrendous” and said “These kids should be arrested and expelled.”

He also tweeted that he would donate $10,000 to start a reward fund or give the money to the Autism Speaks organization.


Bucket of bodily fluids poured on teen with autism during Ice Bucket Challenge

Bucket of bodily fluids poured on teen with autism during Ice Bucket Challenge

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**Important note: The family asked that we show the video to make other parents aware of bullying.**

BAY VILLAGE, Ohio – Police are investigating an alleged case of bullying involving a teenager with autism who took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

“Once we found out about it, we were just horrified,” said Diane, the mother of the Bay High School student.  She claimed her youngest son was videotaped as feces, urine, spit and cigarette butts were dumped on his head by a group of juveniles.

“I want these kids held accountable for what they did to him and they targeted somebody who just didn’t really understand what was going on,” she said.

FOX 8 News is not identifying the family by last name to help protect their son.

According to the victim’s mom, Diane, the video was discovered on her 15-year-old son’s cell phone. She, along with…

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Top Rappers Join Forces For #MikeBrown On ‘Don’t Shoot’

The Game is joined on the powerful track by such A-listers as Sean “Diddy” Combs, 2 Chainz, Fabolous, Wale, Rick Ross, Swizz Beats, Yo Gotti, Curren$y, Problem, King Pharaoh, and TGT (consisting of Tyrese, Ginuwine, and Tank).

Brown’s death spawned protests and vigils not only in Ferguson but in cities throughout the nation as people called for justice and an end to senseless police killings. The Game, whose actual name is Jayceon Taylor, reportedly wants to bring awareness to mind-numbing killings like Brown’s, telling Rolling Stone, “I am a Black man with kids of my own that I love more than anything, and I cannot fathom a horrific tragedy like Michael Brown’s happening to them. This possibility has shaken me to my core. That is why this song must be made and why it was so easy for so many of my friends to come together and unite against the injustice.”

“Don’t Shoot” is available on iTunes and its proceeds are going to the Michael Brown Memorial Fund.
#DONTSHOOT #JusticeForMichaelBrown



July 8 2014 | 23 Palestinians murdered today in #Gaza by #Israeli forces. Our victims have names & faces & dreams #GazaUnderAttack

July 8 2014 | 23 Palestinians murdered today in #Gaza by #Israeli forces. Our victims have names & faces & dreams. #GazaUnderAttack

Israel-Gaza Conflict: Images and Voices of the People


Genesis 15:18-21New King James Version (NKJV)18 On the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying:

“To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the River Euphrates— 19 the Kenites, the Kenezzites, the Kadmonites, 20 the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Rephaim, 21 the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.” –


Map of Israel (West Bank, Gaza Strip, Golan Heights)

Map of Israel (West Bank, Gaza Strip, Golan Heights)

Map of Israel

Prophetic Map of Israel





A map showing loss of Palestinian land from 1946-2010.

A map showing loss of Palestinian land from 1946-2010.

[ Seeking a Just Peace between Israelis & Palestinians based on equality, international law, an end to occupation, and respect for the common humanity of both peoples. ] – Jewish Voice for Peace


July 9, 2014 Jeff Moskowitz published in article in The Atlantic Magazine, “The Next Generation of Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Young people are at the center of the latest violence. And they’ll decide its future.” This is an excerpt from that article.—

JERUSALEM—In recent weeks, the all-too-common elements of Israeli-Palestinian violence—rocks, rockets, and rubber bullets, Molotov cocktails and missile strikes—have included more unusual tactics: kidnappings and murders, remarkable not only for their viciousness but also for the youth of the victims and perpetrators.
Gilad Shaar, Eyal Yifrach, and Naftali Fraenkel, the three Jewish teens who were abducted and murdered three weeks ago while hitchhiking in the West Bank, were between the ages of 16 and 19. Muhammad Abu Khdeir, the Palestinian boy snatched from outside his home two weeks later and burned to death in a Jerusalem forest, was 16. The Jewish suspects being held in connection with Abu Khdeir’s killing are reportedly between the ages of 16 and 25. The prime suspects in the murder of the Israeli teens are 29 and 32. –

There are really no more words necessary after reading that. These images speak for themselves.


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July 8 2014 | #GazaUnderAttack

July 8 2014 | #GazaUnderAttack

July 8 2014 | #GazaUnderAttack

July 8 2014 | #GazaUnderAttack

July 8 2014 | #GazaUnderAttack

July 8 2014 | A Palestinian kid just passed away, doctors tried to save his life but unfortunately he died. #GazaUnderAttack

July 8 2014 | A Palestinian kid just passed away, doctors tried to save his life but unfortunately he died. #GazaUnderAttack

July 8 2014 | #GazaUnderAttack

July 8 2014 | #GazaUnderAttack

July 8 2014 | #GazaUnderAttack #PrayForGaza

July 8 2014 | #GazaUnderAttack #PrayForGaza

July 8 2014 | #Palestine #PalestineUnderAttack #GazaUnderAttack #Gaza #Israel #peace #NoWar #SavetheChildren

July 8 2014 | #Palestine #PalestineUnderAttack #GazaUnderAttack #Gaza #Israel #peace #NoWar #SavetheChildren

July 3 2014 | You don't have to be a Muslim to care about the attacks in Palestine you just have to be human. #GazaUnderAttack

July 3 2014 | You don’t have to be a Muslim to care about the attacks in Palestine you just have to be human. #GazaUnderAttack

July 9 2014 | Israeli soldiers in the Negev desert

July 9 2014 | Israeli soldiers in the Negev desert

Now hear the voices of the people. The Israeli and Palestinian young adult communities.

Corey Gil-Shuster is a Canadian immigrant to Israel. This is a video that is part of his Ask an Israeli/Ask a Palestinian project. In 2013 Gil-Shuster asked Israeli youth if they had a message that they would like to send to the Palestinian youth in Gaza. He speculated that, although the Israeli teenagers that he encountered overall seemed moderate and expressed concern for Palestinians, these views would change after they went to the army. –

Published on Feb 28, 2013

Want to know what Israelis and Palestinians in the Middle East really think about the conflict? Ask a question and I will get answers. People ask Israeli Jews questions. I go out and ask random people to answer. Mustafa in Gaza asks: “Do Israeli youth have a message for us in Gaza?”

One year later Palestinians were asked the same question about the Israeli youth. Gil-Shuster said that he was surprised by their responses. “Half of them didn’t want to answer the question,” he said. “They said they had no message, and underlying that seemed to be a lot of hatred and anger.” –

Published on Jun 22, 2014

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As I look at these images and listen to the voices of the people I see nothing but victims across the board. There is a serious breakdown in communication between the Israelis and the Palestinians. The majority of the peoples want these senseless killings to cease. A strong possibility for peaceful cohabitation does exist. In the midst of the tension, resentment and hostility the general population on both sides of the conflict have chosen to seek wisdom from its tumultuous history. Polls show that young people are highly dissatisfied with Palestinian leadership. While 5 percent of the young adult population in Palestine support their current leaders the rest of the population has expressed hate towards Palestinian leadership. Claims of corruption have surfaced. It is generally believed that the government does not care about Palestinians. The people have grown impatient with political parties that have continuously done nothing except helped themselves. When asked almost a year ago 48 percent of the youth in Gaza and 15 percent of the youth in the West Bank reported that they would support an uprising to remove the current Palestinian government.

Young Israelis, who have grown up experiencing intense security sanctions, could easily lose any and all hope for the peace process. The Oslo Accords of the 1990s were successful but then became stalled. Many have terrifying memories of the Second Intifada, the armed Palestinian uprising that lasted from 2000 to 2005. During the uprising daily life in Jerusalem was plagued by troubling images of Israelis being massacred on exploding buses. The Israeli peace movement was at its peak when the Intifada erupted. Which causes the Israeli people to look back at their empty hopes, especially considering the current state of Israeli-Palestinian relations. These recent security sanctions are what some believe is the cause for a noticeable generation gap among Israelis. The youth of Israel have become right-wing, even more so than their parents or grandparents. Israeli right-wing politics involves parties that support firm security measures, maintain distrust in the peace process and also question Palestinian intent. A significant portion of Israeli right-wing politics is representative of the nucleus of its current governing coalition. Heightened security stems from not just the bombings from Gaza but includes concerns about the Iranian nuclear program. The legal age to vote in Israel is 18. Two-thirds of the first-time voters described themselves as right-wing in the 2013 national election. A May 2014 poll revealed that 58 percent of Israelis under the age of 35 reported that they were politically right-wing. Israelis under 35 were also found to be more likely to say that Israel is headed down the wrong path.

Although deeply skeptical of their ideal peace deal coming to pass, Israeli youth are mostly in favor of a two-state solution for the Israelis and Palestinians. Data from a 2013 survey indicated that 57 percent of young Israelis continued to support a two-state solution, however only 25 percent think that it is truly feasible, in comparison to 41 percent of their elders. A 25 year old college student and chairman of the Hebrew University Student Union at the Givat Ram campus describes himself as politically center-left. His childhood experience in Israel has given him a unique insight into the changing political climate.

“I remember as a child, I believed that everything was going to end and everyone was going to be happy. A lot of people see those days and remember the hope and look at where we are today, and then they become more right-wing,” said Idan Maor.

“They say we tried to go left once,” Maor continued. “And it looks like it wasn’t the right way. There aren’t many attacks today but it’s only because our intelligence and military became stronger.”

Rumors of a rebellion against the Palestinian Authority are brewing, but a 26-year-old Palestinian woman from the West Bank who asked that only her first name (Hiba) be used for security reasons, said that there will not be another violent intifada against the Israelis. Hiba claimed that the Second Intifada had a damaging effect on Palestinians as much as it did on Israelis. Palestinians don’t ever want to experience that level of violence again. Based on the results of an August 2013 poll it was discovered that 45 percent of young Palestinians support a two-state solution—slightly lower than figures for older Palestinians. One prominent political figure in the West Bank lately has been calling for an alternative model. Tareq Abbas is the 48 year old son of President Abbas. He is a strong advocate of a one-state solution where Jews and Arabs would enjoy equal rights.

“The young people prefer legal actions, they’re trying to copy the South African model,” Hiba said. “Because they survived the Second Intifada and it was traumatizing for all of us, now we think an intifada will only harm the Palestinians, not the Israelis.”

All things considered, what I take away from this in depth review of the Israel-Gaza conflict is a greater insight into the hearts, minds, and suffering of the people than I had a couple weeks ago. One thing is certain. We cannot change the past but we can all, globally, learn from it.

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Daniel Pelka 07/15/07 - 03/03/12 (aged 4)

Daniel Pelka 07/15/07 – 03/03/12 (aged 4)

The Life of Daniel Pelka

I will be 36 this August and I want more than anything to have a child. Doctors don’t believe that there is any reason why I shouldn’t be able to conceive a child, it just hasn’t happened yet. Many a day it has been hard for me to go outside or watch TV because seeing people have what I wish for so dearly breaks my heart. Especially when they don’t appreciate what they have and you hear about tragic stories like this. I pray for strength from God because I know it is wrong to covet. Kids love me so much and that is a wonderful blessing. My niece just turned 8 and we are very very close. My sister also had a little boy who’ll be 2 in a couple weeks. It is the worst feeling to be jealous of my sister’s 2 beautiful children. It’s painful for me to see children neglected and abused to any degree. Just doesn’t make any sense.

In Daniel Pelka’s short life he suffered the worst possible atrocities at the hands of his own mother and her boyfriend. Daniel has autism. Although Daniel is very smart and a shy quiet little boy he is targeted for extreme abuse at home. This is his story…

Published on Nov 14, 2013

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