The award-winning short film "Crescendo" was released on YouTube Tuesday and its producer said that he hopes the pro-life themed video becomes "the most watched film in history over the next 12 months."
"Our short film Crescendo has already accomplished far more than we could have ever hoped — it won 15 awards at industry film festivals, and has raised more than $5 million for vulnerable women with crisis pregnancies across the country," film producer and Movie to Movement founder Jason Jones said. "Now the film is ready for the wider world. After hundreds of showings at fundraisers across the country, Crescendo is now available on YouTube."
In addition to Jones, the groundbreaking short film (BELOW) is produced by Eduardo Verastegui, Leo Severino, and executive producer Pattie Mallette, the mother of Justin Bieber. more >>
An Arkansas church gathered Tuesday night to pray for their pastor's safety as he travels to West Africa despite concerns about the spread of Ebola in the continent.
Cloverdale Assembly of God Church pastor, John Martin, and his wife, Tammie, left the comforts of Crossett, Arkansas, Sunday to embark on a mission trip to Senegal and then Gambia. The couple will be volunteering in a local church there.
Church members are rallying together in support of the Martins despite local concerns that their return may bring the fatal virus that has killed 4,500 people across Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea to their town. more >>
Actor Shia LaBeouf has said that he found God while working on his latest film, "Fury," and is now a saved and changed man, thanks to co-star Brad Pitt.
"I found God doing 'Fury,'" LaBeouf told Interview magazine. "I became a Christian man … in a very real way. I could have just said the prayers that were on the page, but it was a real thing that really saved me. And you can't identify unless you're really going through it. It's a full-blown exchange of heart, a surrender of control."
LaBeouf's change of heart comes after months of speculation about his behavior. He was involved in a feud with Alec Baldwin during rehearsals for the play "Orphans" and later was found to have plagiarized his apology for plagiarizing a graphic novelist. He was also arrested for disturbing the production of "Cabaret," but said that he was trying to do performance art. He insists that he is a changed man, haven taken control of his life. more >>
A hilarious gig by "Just For Laughs: Gags" in Quebec, Canada shows us a hidden camera prank while investigating a "crashed UFO" site.
As people drive by they see a police officer standing next to an unknown object that happens to be a UFO. Obviously this is just for the prank, but these passerby have no idea. On the side of the road each person gets out of his or her vehicle to come and see what is going on.
When the police as the people to come and view the suspicious aircraft they see something very unimposing and have a close encounter of their own. more >>
When it comes any issue, what is best for America is not what drives Obama. Even with Ebola, he is like the trendy new song, "I'm all about the base, 'bout the base, not the trouble."
As with any "crisis," Obama and his 24/7 political machine do not "let a good crisis go to waste" without using it to create another government department so they can act like they know what they are doing.
Obama has appointed a political hack, lawyer Ron Klain, to be his Ebola "Czar." Klain has no experience in medicine. He was Chief of Staff for both Al Gore and Sheriff Joe "Plugs" Biden, so you know he is smart. He has no healthcare experience, other than trying to stop Al Gore from drinking gravy all day and keeping sharp objects away from Joe Biden. more >>
The Washington Post this week drew attention to a new Pew poll indicating that a majority of Americans believe it's time to move away from the policy of mandatory minimum sentencing in nonviolent criminal cases. Many people probably don't realize that in the American legal system, judges aren't actually permitted to do their jobs and judge. Their authority is curtailed by statutes that prescribe minimums for how much time a person must serve for certain crimes. This policy is particularly pernicious in situations where the crime is of a nonviolent nature, as are most minor drug offenses. The poll results represent a significant shift in public opinion since 2001, when the American public was about even split in their opinion of mandatory minimum sentencing. Like so much of our bloated federal apparatus, the prison system is flailing under the weight of an unfunded mandate. There are simply too many prisoners, and not enough resources to meet the demands of their incarceration.
When it comes to criminal sentencing, politicians and policymakers walk a tightrope. They don't want to appear to be soft on crime, but at the same time they want to demonstrate a pragmatic, effective use of public resources. One recalls how George H. W. Bush bludgeoned Michael Dukakis in the 1988 Presidential campaign with the Willie Horton case, a lamentable miscarriage of justice that garnered national attention. In 1974, Horton fatally stabbed a gas station attendant and dumped his body in a trashcan. Convicted of murder, Horton was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole and incarcerated in a Massachusetts prison. He was released in 1985 as part of a weekend furlough program but never returned, instead fleeing to Maryland where he raped a woman after brutally assaulting her boyfriend. He was later captured, tried, and sentenced in Maryland by a judge who refused to return him to Massachusetts stating, "I'm not prepared to take the chance that Mr. Horton might again be furloughed or otherwise released. This man should never draw a breath of free air again."
Politicians across the country didn't miss the lesson of that campaign, and ever since they have wanted to appear tough on crime. The reality, however, is that we simply can't afford to lock up every criminal who runs afoul of the criminal justice system. In 2011 the Atlantic ran a piece on the skyrocket cost of incarceration in America. At that time, one year at Princeton cost $37,000, while a year at a New Jersey state prison cost $44,000. Clearly, this is an untenable situation. So, in an era of tight budgets, how should our government mete out justice effectively and efficiently? I offer four very simple, common sense solutions: Lock them up, Tie them down, Dry them out, and Make them pay. more >>