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A M O V I E R E V I E W 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi m a r c h 2 0 1 6 A L I V E E A S T B A Y 39 T R I V I A L MATTERS B E N F E R N A N D E Z CAROLYN HASTINGS Shame on me for missing Black History Month. Let’s see if I can make it up. 1. What position did Jackie Robinson play in his Dodger rookie season of 1947? 2. Who was the first African American to win an Oscar for performing and what was the movie? 3. Who was the first African American to have a regular musical variety show in TV history? 4. Who wrote “The Invisible Man”? (Not the HG Wells version.) 5. What African American singer sang to the American public at Lincoln Memorial in 1939? 6. What African American actor has won 2 Oscars for performances? What were the movies? February Answers 1. Edward G. Robinson 2. Myrna Loy 3. “Grapes of Wrath” 1940 4. “Witness” 5. Roberto Benigni “Life is Beautiful” 6. Robert Redford for “Ordinary People” 1980 and Kevin Costner in 1990 for “Dances with Wolves.” February Winner: Gordon Turl of Danville WIN $25 ON BEN! The first person to email or mail (no calls please), the correct answers to all of the above questions will win a $25 gift certificate, compliments of Ben! Entries must be received by March 20, 2015. In the event of a tie, the winner will be drawn at random. Please email your answers to info@aliveeastbay.com, or mail to ALIVE, 3200 A Danville Blvd., Ste. 204, Alamo, CA 94507. Prizes are limited to only one winner per household per quarter (every three months). Employees and family members of employees of ALIVE are not eligible. 144 minutes of truth and that’s more than we’ve had from a politician on either side of the aisle in a very long time. You’ve heard the old adage that if their mouth is moving, they’re lying. With the Muslim terrorist attack on the U.S. Embassy and the “secret” CIA annex on the anniversary of 9/11, we heard it all. What a pack of lies that spewed out of our leaders. Believe it or not, I truly don’t go in for conspiracy theories but I don’t believe this falls into that category. That there were a lot of high level mistakes made leading to nothing short of tragedy. Then came the lies. I aspire to be a Patriot. I work at being a Patriot. As far as I’m concerned, don’t mess with the good guys. When you dishonor or disrespect the very people who lay their lives on the line every day for our freedom, you’re just downright stupid. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is a truly amazing story. The beginning of the movie introduces the audience, one by one to a small group of former military personnel known as GRS, hired by the CIA to protect a covert compound in Benghazi, Libya. Some of the ex-soldiers are former Marines, one is an Army Ranger and the others are Navy Seals—just a handful of America’s finest. After this docu-drama footage of the military introducing themselves, Jack, a former Marine, lands in Benghazi and is picked up at the airport by another soldier, nicknamed Rone. On the way to the compound they get trapped in an ambush. They call the CIA Chief who is unwilling to intervene in any way. After a tense few minutes, they talk their way out of it and proceed. When they finally arrive at the CIA annex, Rone confronts the CIA Chief who tells them flat out that the CIA and other Washington DC government bureaucrats, being smart Harvard and Yale graduates, cannot be bothered with the ex-military bodyguards. They are told, not so politely, that their presence isn’t really needed. Later the team is sent to prepare the nearby United States Embassy outpost for the arrival of Ambassador Christopher Stevens, hired by the Obama Administration to oversee things in Libya in the wake of the overthrow of Libyan leader Moamar Qaddafi. The team goes and returns to report that the Embassy outpost is quite literally indefensible. On September 11th 2012, a massive, well planned and executed attack occurs on the Embassy outpost. The CIA Ivy Leaguers refuse to let the military team go to help, ordering them to “Stand Down.” Soon, they tell the chief they’re going whether he likes it or not. They arrive in the middle of chaos, the buildings are burning, some are dead, some are wounded and Ambassador Stevens has been taken. The fight eventually moves to the CIA compound. The terrorists, under the cover of night, outnumber them in forces and weaponry. It was quite literally, almost “The Alamo.” 13 HOURS is a straight-forward true story: Just the facts and that’s enough. It’s a story or incredible bravery, reminiscent of the previous 9/11 fight for lives. You’ve heard the news reports, you may have even seen the interviews. I challenge you to go straight to the source. If 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi isn’t still showing at a theater near you, I implore you to rent or buy it as soon as it is available on DVD. I assure you, you may be angry or dismayed, but you won’t be disappointed. Definitely not for children. Tell me what you think. chastings@rockcliff.com


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