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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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Watch the mother of a Benghazi victim thank the men who tried to save her son

Published on Sept 11, 2014

Benghazi Gate – Breaking Their Silence – Security Team Claims CIA Told Them To Wait – Pat Smith – Fox & Friends

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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

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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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Joe Manchin: The Outlier

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin for President 2016!! #jazzed


Things are best, he figures, the farther away he can get. As the junior Senator from West Virginia, Democrat Joe Manchin III–charming, plainspoken, moderate–believes his most productive hours as a lawmaker are spent not on the Senate floor or in the cloakroom or committee rooms but on the waters of the Potomac River aboard his houseboat, which, in an act of parochial pride, he plans to christen Almost Heaven.

Anchored 8 miles south of the Capitol, the boat is Manchin’s home when he spends the night in Washington three nights or so a week during session. (“I wasn’t crazy on buying any real estate in Washington, not at all,” Manchin says.) The houseboat and its predecessor, the Black Tie, serve as a kind of floating incubator of that tenderest of Washington flowers in the first decades of the 21st century: bipartisanship. “Nobody knows anybody up here,” Manchin, 66…

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The Valley

The Valley

There is nothing more disheartening than the images of war. Especially when that war is sparked by nations feuding over ancestral claim to lands. Whether a man believes in God, a higher power or not, one would like to think that as we have ventured into more modern times there would be a universal understanding that the earth belongs to all its inhabitants. No one nation, religion, race, gender or species has more or less right than any other to inhabit this earth.

As Christians we must give reverence to the covenant that God made with Abraham in the book of Genesis. —

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.”

Genesis 15:18-21 New King James Version (NKJV) –

This is the land of Israel. In my heart I believe that no matter where we as people, God’s creation, may live on this earth God has blessed us all to inhabit this earth.

Nonetheless, these wars are real and one in particular will be etched in the hearts, minds and history of the people of Kosovo. There is a disputed border territory between Serbia and Albania that is known as Kosovo. Of the two million people that live in Kosovo, an estimated 90% are Kosovo Albanians also known as Kosovars. The Albanians are believed to be descendents of the ancient Dardanians or Illyrians. History suggests that these ancient peoples inhabited the western Balkans quite some time before Slavs settled there in the 6th to 8th centuries A.D. After the medieval Serbian Orthodox Church had established in Kosovo in 1297 the medieval kingdom of Serbia proclaimed itself. In the minds of Serbian Nationalists Kosovo’s many Orthodox monasteries, the blood and the relics of those who died defending them have ‘eternally sanctified’ Serbian claims to Kosovo. Serbs even go so far as to dispute Albanian’s direct descending from ancient Dardanians. I personally don’t care who came from who or who, in ancient times, was there first. Nothing can justify or excuse the atrocities that the Kosovars experienced under Serbian rule. –

I am mortified by the events and opinions in relation to Serbian Nationalists. One of the most difficult things was watching the video below, “The Valley – hate and death during the Kosovo conflict.” The more disturbing part is that this is what day to day life was like for the Kosovars. Watching these men bury their family and friends who were senselessly murdered, shot and then burned in their homes by Serbian troops in 1998, was horrific. My heart aches as a Kosovar man says, “Our people are homeless.”, “Everything we’ve worked for has been destroyed.” I could feel nothing but anger and deep sympathy as I watched video of burning houses in the Drenica Valley, Central Kosovo. The chilling sounds of gunshots and explosives coming from somewhere in the distance. It is honestly hard to understand what motivates people to harbor such an intense hatred. In Bajcina, an Albanian village recently visited by Serb troops, there is footage of the ruins of a burned house. A man says, “There is blood, so he was shot.”, “He was shot before he burned.” Men sift through the rubble and bring caskets to collect the bodies of the dead. One man who found a button to a pair of jeans says, “I think it’s Mohammed’s.” Another man helping to sift through the rubble says, “It’s his foot.”, “This is his foot.” Someone says, “I reckon we’ve found a fourth body.”, “Another rib.” Another says, “I recognize his jumper.” Other men watch as they do this. Everyone appears to be very sad about what they are seeing. One man stands next to a young boy and holds him close with one arm over his shoulder. The boy is extremely saddened. They all watch as two men with scarves tied around their nose and mouth wearing long gloves for protection lift the distorted burned remains of a body into a casket. Someone believes he has identified the name of one of the corpses and says, “It’s Rahim.” Rahim was only 16 years old.

Fortunately, February 17, 2008 the Kosovo Assembly adopted the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration acknowledges years of strife and violence in Kosovo as well as deep gratitude for the 1999 world intervention’s removal of Belgrade’s governance placing Kosovo under UN interim administration. In today’s society the United States, for example, is constantly under scrutiny for choosing to become politically and militarily involved in international conflict. I can definitely appreciate the basic concerns expressed by those, including Americans, who feel that US intervention is intrusive and an infringement on the independence of nations where the US has no jurisdiction. However, I feel that the US puts a great effort into recognizing international and independent government. When people like the Kosovars are being subjugated and slaughtered it is everyone’s responsibility to take action if it is in their power to do so. The brutality and oppression that I discovered would have continued if no one had interjected. Even as recent as 2008, the Republic of Serbia insisted Kosovo remained a southern province. Serbian President Boris Tadic addressed the Security Council on February 18, 2008 and made this statement:

“The Republic of Serbia will not accept the violation of its sovereignty and territorial integrity. The Government of Serbia and the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia have declared the decision of the Pristina authorities (Declaration of Independence) null and void. Likewise, we are taking all diplomatic and political measures to prevent the secession of a part of our territory.” – Kosovo Article

This statement made just one day after the Kosovo Declaration of Independence. The Assembly of Kosovo convened on February 17, 2008, in Pristine, the capital of Kosovo. –,128,1635

It is fortunate that organizations like NATO and the United Nations as well as others like them continue to work toward abolishing governments like the Serbians, the Saddam Husseins and the Muammar Gaddafis. The Kosovars have found freedom and peace. Thus, I am at peace with the images of horror that was once Kosovo, the Drenica Valley.

Uploaded on Feb 19, 2011

Kosovo 1999, The Valley shows us the face of civil war seen – uniquely – from both sides of the same front line. Filmed in the epicentre of the uprising, the Drenica Valley, over the bloodiest summer of the war, it achieves a level of intimacy with its subjects rarely seen in conflict documentaries.

In it we meet the inhabitants of a Muslim village destroyed by Serbs, a Christian Convent surrounded by hostile forces, the elite Black Tiger units of the KLA and the men of a Serbian village who have taken up arms to protect their lands from the surrounding Albanians. In these situations, grief is never far away.

The Kosovo Liberation Army contained many angry Albanians, sick and tired of a loss of rights, which had been revoked by their Serbian masters. Fighting to reclaim the land they believed to be historically theirs, they ran up against Serb forces with full of righteous indignation.

The Valley is now widely considered as the definitive Balkan war documentary. At a time when the question of Kosovo’s political status hangs in the balance The Valley is a harrowing reminder of how and where it all began.

The hate and death during the Kosovo conflict.

Award-winning documentary that focuses specifically on the conflict ( war ) in the Drenica Valley of Kosovo during the late 1990s.

Directed and Produced by: Dan Reed
Length: 70 mins
Produced by Mentorn and Suspect Device