For those who know me and follow my film blog My Journey into Film, I have been working on a film since 2011 on sexual violence. It has evolved from rape to forced rape for profit know as the sex trade/trafficking. While having a conversation with my friend and Tampa filmmaker Marcus Kempton, I came up with the plot and story for the new film. My film also covers combat veterans returning for the wars and the issues they face, like PTSD and the horrors they bring back with them. These subjects are very important to me, for I am a veteran and have many friends who suffer from PTSD and other issues. The sex trade issue because I find it to be one of the most detestable things I think of. I have an unhealthy, no kidding, hatred towards pimps and sex traffickers. I also almost went to prison while working on this project because I tried to do the right thing but went about it the wrong way.
The reason behind me sacrificing so much time and emotion is to save kids, women and vets. I believe I can actually make and impact on these issues by creating awareness and start an honest conversation about these serious topics. This is why the marketing and distribution of this film is imperative. That is the reason why I write about this so much, and this is where you can help. Spread the word about this project and repost these blog post on your social media platforms and send these posts to your friends.
Now my interest in the sex trade was sparked in 2004 when I heard an interview done on NPR’s radio program “Fresh Air” about a expose that the writer Peter Landsman called the “Girls Next Store” for the New York Times Magazine. Of all the interviews I have ever heard on Fresh Air, this one has stuck with me. I also have been following the of Brook Bello who is an actress and founder of More to Life.
I feel really passionate ending the sex trafficking in America, but it is going to take the citizens to demand the our government does all it can do to end it. Now that being said, there is a lot being done, but we have a ways to go and we must keep pressure up and hold politicians accountable. I live in a state, Florida, where state government has and is doing a lot, but there is more work to be done.
Why combat veteran issues? Well for one thing, I am a retired United States Paratrooper who served in the 82nd Airborne Division. I was Airborne Infantry which means I was one of the most elite soldiers in the world, my job was to jump in to a country and lead men into combat. So, when it comes to those who did the fighting and killing I feel I have to tell their story. The war is not over for them, and they live with it everyday for the rest of their lives. It is estimated that 22 veterans commit suicide everyday, and it is a issue we need to address. My film deals with the psychological issues that face our veterans.
We know our president to be reserved and in command when speaking. He truly has a talent for it, regardless of how the racist right has portrayed him: thug, gangster, that nigger. That being said, with what has been going on with ISIS and the beheading of our two citizens, it would be great if our President come to the podium and went the fuck off gangster style.
“I want to say to ISIS……… Dat’s yo motherfucking ass you punk ass bitches. Motherfucker, we are going to kill all yo ass seven ways to motherfucking Sunday! Oh and dat motherfucking little bitch dat did the beheading, Dat’s your ass motherfucker! We are going to kill yo motherfucking ass. And if I don’t get yor ass while being president, the next motherfucking president will.”
And then resume being his cool calm and collected self. This would do a few things: One scare the shit ISIS. They would be like”oh we fucked up and not in a good way.” The second would be, a lot of Americans would be on board for the annihilation of ISIS, and thirdly, it would scare the shit out of all those white racist know as Fox viewers. People like my uncle, for instance, would see that and shit himself. No lie. Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly would freak the fuck out saying “our greatest fear has come to pass.”, Ann Coulter would go into hiding, Rush Limbaugh would get back on drugs, if he’s not already their now and I would get a great kick out of it.
But it’s not going to happen, but one dream.
Ok so, Russian has sent paratroopers into Ukraine. Very smart move. When you to invade a country, kick ass and take names you send paratroopers. So here is what I propose, we send our paratrooper to go against their paratroopers. 82nd Airborne and the 173rd versus Russian paratroopers. Whoever wins get to keep the territory. And as a a bonus to Russia, we will let you use your Special Forces have 2 for everyone of our paratroopers. So what do you think?
And what do we do with the airborne that don’t go to Ukraine? You send them to Iraq to destroy ISIS.
Hamas has vowed to destroy Israel. You hear it all the time from Israeli representatives and pro-Israeli pundits say it all the time. So my question is, so? Seriously how is that going to happen? War game that out for me. Hamas has an army, if you want to call it that, of 9 to 15,000 soldiers. It has no armor or air force; while the IDF, Israeli Defense Force, has an army of around 750,000l, tanks, armor personal carries and an Air Force. Hams has missiles that fire and land wherever they land; while Israel has artillery and nuclear weapons, and, thanks to the United States, one of the most technological advanced military’s in the world. Israel spends 57 Billion dollars a year or 6.9% of GDP on defense a year. So my question is how is Hamas going to defeat and destroy the Nation of Israel. War game that out for me. Explain, in detail, how that is going to happen. How does a 3rd rate army of 9 to 15,o00 with no armor or air force defeat Israel?
It is like a 2 year saying to you “I’m going to kick you ass” and then you freaking out about it and tell all your friends about how a 2 year old who is threatening kick your ass, and how you are afraid. Then you go ask your Uncle to buy you guns to protect yourself from the 2 year old. Really? Israel has the ability to liquidate human being the entire Gaza Strip. They have one the the worlds most strongest military in the world. So once again, explain to me how Hamas is going to destroy Israel.