20171231

Joe Mantegna reacts to journalist's smear of New Year's "Rose Parade" being led by patriot, Gary Sinise

Veterans advocates, Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna, have co-
hosted PBS' Nat'l Memorial Day Concert the past 12 years

Joseph Mantegna and Gary Sinise are two of Hollywood's greatest patriots. In addition to hosting PBS' National Memorial Day Concert broadcast for longer than a decade, they are advocates for American service-members and veterans. The Los Angeles Press Club presented Mr. Mantegna with their 2015 Visionary Award for using his "high-profile status to make the world a better place and to spread information about issues of freedom and importance."

















Mr. Mantegna serves as Honorary Chairman for the Salute to Hospitalized Veterans. He has helped raise millions of dollars for various charities, including autism, as parent of an autistic daughter. Gary Sinise also performs work to benefit both active-duty and veteran US service-members.




US Air Force Band marches in New Year's Rose Parade
New Year's Day is one of America's most patriotic national holidays. Six college football bowl games will have been played during this weekend. The Rose Bowl is preceded by The Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade. Monday's parade again commences with a fly-over by a USAF B-2 Spirit bomber.



Two of the 22 marching bands in Monday's parade represent America's military service-members: The U.S. Marines Drum and Bugle Corps, and the U.S. Marines West Coast Composite Band.

Gary Sinise accepts Parade's appointment as Grand Marshal
The theme of this New Years' Rose Parade is "Making a Difference."  On October 30th, Pres. Lance Tibbet, in announcing the Tournament of Roses' selection of Gary Sinise to be the 2018 Parade's Grand Marshal, described Making a Difference as "a way to honor and celebrate all of the people in our communities, who quietly and without desire for reward or recognition, act in selfless, generous and kind ways to aid or benefit others. Gary Sinise is absolutely one of those people. Gary’s humanitarian work with our defenders, veterans, first responders and their families over the years, embodies our theme to the fullest.”

Journalist, Dennis Romero, wrote article
disparaging Gary Sinise (photo: Aaron Salcido
at his 1/2016 Zocalo/ Getty Open Art interview) 
The day after this appointment was announced, Dennis Romero, a staff reporter at the L.A. Weekly, created an article to condemn Mr. Sinise - "Rose Parade Criticized for Choosing Gary Sinise as Grand Marshal."



"But some critics are concerned that this could be a divisive choice. Sinise is a founder of a conservative group that gave early voice to then-presidential contender Donald Trump, who is now historically unpopular in California. . . . "It's not a good look for the city of Pasadena," says Maria Teresa Borden of the pro-immigrant group Indivisble Highland Park. "This is a region understood to be friendly to immigrants for centuries." 
The next day, Stephen Kruiser, writing in PJ Media, reviewed Mr. Romero's piece: 
Writer, Stephen Kruiser


"... the article is one long tantrum about President Trump that they are trying to make stick to Sinise. To say it's reaching would redefine understatement. The only actual fact about Sinise that the author points to involves him disagreeing with then-candidate Trump over his remarks about John McCain. Once mostly crypto-fascists, the American Left is letting its totalitarian, freak-flag fly more and more these days. The people who are making a stink about Sinise want to publicly condemn someone who has a connection (that is tenuous at best) to people who might have voted for Donald Trump last year. It's a kangaroo court of public opinion."


On December 3rd, Joe Mantegna came with his autistic daughter, Mia, to the L.A. Press Club's National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards to honor Sesame Street's co-founders - who added an autistic character to the show.

Mr. Mantegna was surprised to learn of Mr. Romero's stirring-up of animus for Mr. Sinise and the Rose Parade. Watch this DemoCast exclusive video interview to hear his reaction:

Stephen Kruiser summed up: "One would be hard pressed to find a prominent voice to speak ill of Gary Sinise. Google "Gary Sinise well respected" and you'll find a lot of mainstream media sources singing his praises. Using him as a vehicle to act out because they still haven't learned to emotionally deal with last year's election is yet another low for the "tolerant" liberal crowd."

Even Rush Limbaugh chimed in on Mr. Romero's hit-piece on the Rose Parade's appointment of Mr. Sinise. “This year’s theme is ‘making a difference.’ Sinise was cited for being a humanitarian and donating time and cash to veterans. They’re mounting an effort to deny Gary Sinise the opportunity to be the grand marshal of the 129th Rose Parade simply because he is supposedly a conservative."






20171219

British-Israeli survivor of Palestinian terror campaigns to end incentivizing Muslim hate and violence

Kay Wilson featured in UK Daily Mail article
On December 18, 2010, Anglo-Israeli pianist, Kay Wilson was giving a tour to visiting Texas Christian, Kristine Luken, 46, of a Judean Hills hiking trail. Muslim men attacked them with knives, slaying Ms. Luken and leaving Ms. Wilson for dead. Ms. Wilson's story of survival during the holiday of Chanukah is nothing short of miraculous.



Texan, Kristine Luken was
slain by Palestinians thinking
that she was Jewish
Last December, Kay Wilson was traveling through the Los Angeles airport site of a Muslim limo-driver's


attempted massacre at the El Al Airlines check-in desk only 10-months after the terror of Sept. 11, 2001. Six people survived being shot or stabbed, but 2 Israeli-Americans were murdered

In this video interview,  Ms. Wilson shares her story and aim of ending Western taxpayer money being paid to the Palestinian governments who offer encourage incentive pensions for terrorism acts against Jews. Kristine, Kay says, was murdered because the Muslims presumed that she was Jewish.



On December 18th, the anniversary of her assault, yesterday, she published the following message from her home in Israel's capital city, Jerusalem:

Kay Wilson addresses young people on public diplomacy
"Seven years ago today, under knife point in a forest in Israel, I learned things they don't teach in college. I am privileged to share what I have learned, (here with a group of young people training to be ambassadors for Israel) and with you now.

1) Until tragedy struck I was oblivious just how fragile life is. Yes, I paid it lip service but had not absorbed it. Now I am fully cognizant that today may be my last day alive.


2) The terror attack revealed that up until then, I thought life was all about me. I mean, terrorism happens to others, but it could never happen to me.

20171218

'Feminist' Linda Sarsour bullied, blackballed Muslima employee - reveals victim of Palestinian sex-abuser in her Arab-American Assoc. building

Linda Sarsour, the anti-Israel activist who helped spearhead the Women's March in Washington earlier this year, allegedly enabled a Muslim neighbor's sexual assaulting and harassment of a woman who worked for her- in a report quoted by Fox News. Allegations of groping and unwanted touching were brought to Sarsour's attention during her time as executive director of the Arab American Association in New York City.
Linda Sarsour (in pink hijab) and fellow gun-control activists participate in a march beginning at the headquarters of the National Rifle Association in Fairfax, Virginia in July, 2017. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images wALL sT. jOURNAL)
"Linda Sarsour Accused of Enabling Sexual Assault Against Woman who Worked for Her" by Benny Johnson in The Daily Caller, Dec 17, 2017  
The inspiration behind the Women’s March on D.C., Linda Sarsour, has been accused of enabling the alleged sexual assault and harassment of a woman who worked for the feminist activist, according to the victim and two sources directly familiar with the matter.


Allegations of groping and unwanted touching were allegedly brought to Sarsour during her time as executive director of the Arab American Association. In response, Sarsour, a self-proclaimed champion of women, attacked the woman bringing the allegations, often threatening and body-shaming her, these sources alleged. The most serious allegations were dismissed, Asmi Fathelbab, the alleged victim told The Daily Caller, because the accused (Palestinian emigrant, Majed Seif) was a “good Muslim” who was “always at the Mosque.” 
Photo from Mr. Majed Seif's Facebook album (prior to erasure this morning)
Linda Sarsour's parents and husband were raised in Al-Bireh
“She oversaw an environment unsafe and abusive to women,” said Fathelbab, a former employee at the Arab American Association. “Women who put [Sarsour] on a pedestal for women’s rights and empowerment deserve to know how she really treats us.” 
“It’s always going to be the woman’s fault over there,” she alleges. “And Sarsour was there to protect the men. She’s not for other women. The only women she’s for is for herself.”
Ms. Asmi Fathelbab (Facebook photo) 
“She told me I’d never work in NYC ever again for as long as she lived,” Asmi says. “She’s kept her word.  
She had me fired from other jobs when she found out where I worked. She has kept me from obtaining any sort of steady employment for almost a decade.” 
Two people who knew Fathelbab during her time at the Arab American Association spoke with TheDC on condition of anonymity. Both corroborate her story, recalling that Asmi would return “emotionally distressed and in a panic” from work, often describing it as an “unsafe” work environment.
Another New York political insider, who has worked professionally with the Arab American Association for over a decade, says this is not the first time they have heard a complaint like this. 
“Sarsour is only a feminist outwardly,” the insider said on the condition of anonymity, due to the source’s current political position. “Her interactions toward women in that building were atrocious. She would protect the patriarchy and in return they would promote her.”  
Fathelbab career has never recovered, however, after her nightmare at the Arab American Association.
“Just wait until more people start to talk,” she says. “Sarsour is no champion of women. She is an abuser of them.”





20171121

"Fauda" on Netflix shows complexities of Israel's wrestling with jihadist aggression

Israeli TV panelists: Tsakhi Halevi (Fauda), Udi Segal (Mossad 101)
Michael Gordon (C.A.A.) and Danna Stern (YES TV Israel)
YES-TV's Fauda and Reshet 13's action drama television series Mossad 101 had their second season premieres at this year’s 31st Israel Film Festival in Los Angeles on November 15th and 16th. Each screening was followed by a panel discussion which featured creators, actors, and distributors of Israeli shows discussing the effects of these programs going international. 

In “Mossad 101” (“Hamidrasha” Hebrew for “The Academy”) cadets from every level of Israeli society undergo intense training to join their country’s elite, classified intelligence service, the Mossad.

Fauda, which means “chaos” in Arabic, follows a close-knit unit of Mista’arvim, the commando unit of the Israel army whose soldiers are trained in the language, dress and mannerisms of Palestinians, and whose undercover work is hailed in Israel for scuppering terror attacks and guiding military operations. The show won six Ophir Awards, including Best Drama Series, at the Israeli Academy Awards. 


CNN: Netflix says it has found the next "Homeland"


Two-years ago, Israel Film Festival organizer Meir Fenigstein introduced "Fauda" to American audiences- which led to C.A.A.'s TV agent, 
Adam Berkowitz, selling the subtitled action/suspense series' rights to Netflix.   This year, the Fest debuted the 2nd season opener to Israeli series "Mossad 101," which of C.A.A. TV intends to sell the format rights to internationally. 




Video playlist includes interviews with Fauda actors Lior Raz and Tsakhi Halevi- and classic Israeli-American actor/director Mike Burstyn. The Fauda actors are joined for a post-screening panel discussion moderated by Itay Hod, entertainment editor of Hollywood's The Wrap news-site, leading a discussion with Fauda co-founding producer Avi Issacaroff, actresses Laetitia Eido (Dr. Shirin), Rona-Lee Shimon (Nurit), composer Gilad ben Amram, director Rotem Shamir. The panel was introduced by Sam Grundwerg, Consul General of Israel in Los Angeles.

Iconic Israeli actor, Mike Burstyn, says that the Israeli TV and film productions are as good as any international productions- and for a fraction of the Hollywood budget. Productions like these, he says, have made greater international recognition of Israel's predicament in the past 5-years than in the previous 50-years. 

20171111

On 100th anniversary of US entry to WWI, French Consulate honors N. American WWII veterans

Christophe Lemoine, French Consul-General to Los Angeles, commemorates the 100th anniversary of US entry to World War I by welcoming North American WWII veterans of liberating France to their 2017 Bastille Day celebration at the French Consul's residence. 



Bob Johnson, an American Knight in French Legion of Honor has volunteered for over 18-years in veterans recognition programs.


Eric Weider, Canadian-American businessman and historian, discusses Canada's role invading Normandy and fighting Nazis to liberate Europe in World War II. 



Knight of the French Legion of Honor, Jerry King, a 10 Battle-Star earner who was involved in Sainte-Mère-Église in the Allies quest to liberate France impresses Eric Weider's wife Janet. 



Michael Reagan on U.S. veterans; his father, the late Pres. Ronald Reagan's legacy in Normandy; dismay at millenials' ignorance about Allies fighting to free Europe from fascism.



Filmmaker, Doug Stebbleton, discusses his documentary, "Heroes of the Second World War" at L.A. screening for veterans, including many World War II vets, in Los Angeles. He mentions their screening at the Airborne Museum in Sainte-Mère-Église, Normandy.

20171110

Living history: WWII heroes recognized in documentary and dinner by California Federation of Republican Women

Veterans' advocate Bob Donovan introduces Larry DeCuir to Michael Reagan
A number of World War II veterans of Southern California received recognition early this summer, when California's Thousand Oaks Republican Women Federated (led by Beatrice Resifo and Rosemary Licata) hosted a dinner "Honoring the Heroes of World War II."

Reagan Foundation leader, Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Ronald Reagan, and his colleagues, producer Jay Hoffman and director Doug Stebleton screened and discussed their documentary film "Heroes of World War II." Some of the Normandy Invasion and the South Pacific vets told their stories in the movie. Their stories and those of other vets there were read aloud to applause. (Please step through the clips in this video-playlist)



Michael Reagan on U.S. veterans, Pres. Ronald Reagan's legacy in Europe.

WWII US Pilot Elmo Maiden relates his story of "The Heroes of World War II."

Vietnam vet Bob Donovan on "Honoring Heroes of WWII" event with Michael Reagan.

US' Nagasaki bomb-fuser, Larry DeCuir, 95, looks back (and forward) at 72nd commemoration.

Pastor Barney Leone, Navy fueling veteran of Iwo Jima, Pearl Harbor, Okinawa, and the Philippines.






20171013

Vegas massacre motives- ISIS? Antifa? Who participated to comfort the victims? DemoCast goes on-the-scene

Amidst the confusion of the Las Vegas Mandalay Bay Highway 91 country music concert massacre investigation, DemoCast went to Las Vegas looking for answers. Members of the public explain why they came to participate in the ad hoc, outdoor public memorial for the victims of the Las Vegas Mandalay massacre on Las Vegas Boulevard.


Conservative writer, Guy Milliere, perceives the Las Vegas Mandalay Bay massacre as an act of leftist (Antifa) or Islamist political terrorism.


'Mandalay Massacre' Latino parishioners provide hospitalized victims (and their visitors) prayer and assistance: 

Parishioners from Aguilas Centro Familiar Cristiano offer solace, prayer, and assistance to family and friends of the victims of the Mandalay Bay Massacre on Tuesday evening 3 October 2017. Sylvia Menjiva explains their voluntary service at University Medical Center in Las Vegas, NV.

20170929

At L.A. Sept 11 ceremony, Mexican firefighters reaffirm commitment, tested by Puebla quake 8-days later

First-responder firefighters from Mexico City ("Bomberos") visited L.A. for cross-training with the L.A. Fire Department. Their trip coincided with the L.A. September 11th Memorial Ceremony.

Roger Rubio, president of our regional Bombero Association, explains that the Bomberos and L.A.F.D. have a lot of info to share regarding earthquake rescue and recovery. 



Reflecting on the commitment which NY firefighters demonstrated in entering the flaming Twin Towers in New York on September 11th, 2001, the Bomberos affirmed their shared commitment to enter potentially collapsing buildings in order to save civilians. Little did they know that just 8-days later, the Puebla earthquake would test their mettle.

More than 300 people were killed when the quake struck on September 19 -- just two hours after an annual earthquake drill -- turning Mexico City's most seismically unstable neighborhoods into something out of a post-apocalyptic movie.
Rescuers from Mexican Bomberos in the September retrieve victims of the Puebla earthquake (photo: NY Times)
Rescue and recovery efforts of that quake will require rescheduling their planned mid-October trip back to L.A. with 100 other bomberos. But when they return, they will have far more current experience with which to teach the Los Angeleno firefighters regarding earthquake disaster relief.