7 Dec 2017 Contradictions and Hypocrisy – when actions don’t match your words (Gun violence in America and Peace in Jerusalem)

Hello to you.  It’s 6:04 am and I know most people are going to tune out of what I am sharing here but I have resolved a long time ago that even if one other person is helped by anything I have to say here, even if it’s only me, then I have fulfilled the mission of the blogger.

This said……

News headline I read this morning:  House passes bill to let gun owners to carry concealed weapons across state lines  and then I read President Trump’s speech about recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel…..two words came to mind….contradiction and hypocrisy.  The second word very apt with regards to Jerusalem as it comes from the book about a man who was declared a God who had the same problem with the Government officials of his time; some things never change!  I had just recently mentioned my being happy that 16 retired military generals were trying to influence sensible gun control legislation and apparently the House was unmoved to take any such sort of action.


After mass shootings, retired military commanders urge Congress to address ‘gun violence crisis’

There is an irony to there being 16 noted entries of hypocrisy in the NIV Bible translation.  At least these retired generals are trying make up for their part in the violence that exists in this world: 


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Matthew 23 [Full Chapter]

[ A Warning Against Hypocrisy ] Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. …

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“So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.

[ Prayer ] “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.

[ Seven Woes on the Teachers of the Law and the Pharisees ] “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to.

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when you have succeeded, you make them twice as much a child of hell as you are.

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean.

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We cannot solve our problems by making the same failed assumptions and repeating the same failed strategies of the past. Old challenges demand new approaches.” From President Donald Trump’s speech as he justified to the world recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.  How about we try some new approaches to stem the violence in our own country Mr. President and members of the House of Representatives!



Gun Violence Archive


Gun violence in America, explained in 17 maps and charts

October 02, 2017

Gun violence in America, explained in 17 maps and charts

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Washington Post

Trump promised to end the “American carnage.” Gun deaths are up 12 percent.

July 27, 2017

Trump promised to end the “American carnage.” Gun deaths are up 12 percent.

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Media Matters

Mass Shootings Still Happen All The Time, So Why Does The Press Look Away?

April 01, 2017

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October 26, 2017

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August 30, 2017

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The Guardian

Mapping gun murders at the micro level

March 21, 2017

Mapping US gun murders at a micro level: new data zooms in on violence .

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 Again – Republicans have been given an opportunity to try and bring peace to the people of the United States with regards to gun violence and once again…..epic failure.  Who are we to talk to any other country on earth about how to attain peace?!   Hypocricy and Contradictions yet rule the day and an entire country: 


House passes bill to let gun owners to carry concealed weapons across state lines

Demonstrators at the Capitol on Wednesday protest concealed-carry legislation. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

By Katie Zezima December 6 at 6:27 PM

The House on Wednesday passed a bill that allows gun owners to carry concealed weapons across state lines.

The bill, which the National Rifle Association has called its “highest legislative priority,” passed 231 to 198.

But the fate of the bill remains uncertain. It was linked this week with legislation to improve the national background-check system for gun purchases, a measure that has rare bipartisan consensus. House Democrats accused Republicans of “trickery” and “sabotage” in tying the two bills together.

In the Senate, Democrats have said the combination bill is a non-starter, and senior Republicans have said that pairing the bills could torpedo them both.

7 Dec 2017 Trump says US recognizes Jerusalem The speech in full


Trump says US recognises Jerusalem: The speech in full

1 hour ago – 7 Dec 2017

US President Donald Trump announced in a speech on Wednesday that Washington was officially recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Here is the full transcript of what he said, as released by the White House.

When I came into office, I promised to look at the world’s challenges with open eyes and very fresh thinking. We cannot solve our problems by making the same failed assumptions and repeating the same failed strategies of the past. Old challenges demand new approaches.

My announcement today marks the beginning of a new approach to conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

In 1995, Congress adopted the Jerusalem Embassy Act, urging the federal government to relocate the American embassy to Jerusalem and to recognise that that city – and so importantly – is Israel’s capital. This act passed Congress by an overwhelming bipartisan majority and was reaffirmed by a unanimous vote of the Senate only six months ago.

Yet, for over 20 years, every previous American president has exercised the law’s waiver, refusing to move the US embassy to Jerusalem or to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city.

Presidents issued these waivers under the belief that delaying the recognition of Jerusalem would advance the cause of peace. Some say they lacked courage, but they made their best judgments based on facts as they understood them at the time. Nevertheless, the record is in. After more than two decades of waivers, we are no closer to a lasting peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. It would be folly to assume that repeating the exact same formula would now produce a different or better result.

Therefore, I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

While previous presidents have made this a major campaign promise, they failed to deliver. Today, I am delivering.

I’ve judged this course of action to be in the best interests of the United States of America and the pursuit of peace between Israel and the Palestinians. This is a long-overdue step to advance the peace process and to work towards a lasting agreement.

Israel is a sovereign nation with the right like every other sovereign nation to determine its own capital. Acknowledging this as a fact is a necessary condition for achieving peace.

It was 70 years ago that the United States, under President Truman, recognised the State of Israel. Ever since then, Israel has made its capital in the city of Jerusalem – the capital the Jewish people established in ancient times. Today, Jerusalem is the seat of the modern Israeli government. It is the home of the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, as well as the Israeli Supreme Court. It is the location of the official residence of the prime minister and the president. It is the headquarters of many government ministries.

For decades, visiting American presidents, secretaries of state, and military leaders have met their Israeli counterparts in Jerusalem, as I did on my trip to Israel earlier this year.

Jerusalem is not just the heart of three great religions, but it is now also the heart of one of the most successful democracies in the world. Over the past seven decades, the Israeli people have built a country where Jews, Muslims, and Christians, and people of all faiths are free to live and worship according to their conscience and according to their beliefs.

Jerusalem is today, and must remain, a place where Jews pray at the Western Wall, where Christians walk the Stations of the Cross, and where Muslims worship at al-Aqsa Mosque.

However, through all of these years, presidents representing the United States have declined to officially recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. In fact, we have declined to acknowledge any Israeli capital at all.

But today, we finally acknowledge the obvious: that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. This is nothing more, or less, than a recognition of reality. It is also the right thing to do. It’s something that has to be done.

That is why, consistent with the Jerusalem Embassy Act, I am also directing the state department to begin preparation to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. This will immediately begin the process of hiring architects, engineers, and planners, so that a new embassy, when completed, will be a magnificent tribute to peace.

In making these announcements, I also want to make one point very clear: This decision is not intended, in any way, to reflect a departure from our strong commitment to facilitate a lasting peace agreement. We want an agreement that is a great deal for the Israelis and a great deal for the Palestinians. We are not taking a position of any final status issues, including the specific boundaries of the Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem, or the resolution of contested borders. Those questions are up to the parties involved.

The United States remains deeply committed to helping facilitate a peace agreement that is acceptable to both sides. I intend to do everything in my power to help forge such an agreement. Without question, Jerusalem is one of the most sensitive issues in those talks. The United States would support a two-state solution if agreed to by both sides.

In the meantime, I call on all parties to maintain the status quo at Jerusalem’s holy sites, including the Temple Mount, also known as Haram al-Sharif.

Above all, our greatest hope is for peace, the universal yearning in every human soul. With today’s action, I reaffirm my administration’s longstanding commitment to a future of peace and security for the region.

There will, of course, be disagreement and dissent regarding this announcement. But we are confident that ultimately, as we work through these disagreements, we will arrive at a peace and a place far greater in understanding and co-operation.

This sacred city should call forth the best in humanity, lifting our sights to what it is possible; not pulling us back and down to the old fights that have become so totally predictable. Peace is never beyond the grasp of those willing to reach.

So today, we call for calm, for moderation, and for the voices of tolerance to prevail over the purveyors of hate. Our children should inherit our love, not our conflicts.

I repeat the message I delivered at the historic and extraordinary summit in Saudi Arabia earlier this year: the Middle East is a region rich with culture, spirit, and history. Its people are brilliant, proud, and diverse, vibrant and strong. But the incredible future awaiting this region is held at bay by bloodshed, ignorance, and terror.

Vice-President Pence will travel to the region in the coming days to reaffirm our commitment to work with partners throughout the Middle East to defeat radicalism that threatens the hopes and dreams of future generations.

It is time for the many who desire peace to expel the extremists from their midst. It is time for all civilised nations, and people, to respond to disagreement with reasoned debate – not violence.

And it is time for young and moderate voices all across the Middle East to claim for themselves a bright and beautiful future.

So today, let us rededicate ourselves to a path of mutual understanding and respect. Let us rethink old assumptions and open our hearts and minds to possible and possibilities. And finally, I ask the leaders of the region – political and religious; Israeli and Palestinian; Jewish and Christian and Muslim – to join us in the noble quest for lasting peace.

Thank you. God bless you. God bless Israel. God bless the Palestinians. And God bless the United States. Thank you very much. Thank you.

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contradictions (plural noun)
  1. a combination of statements, ideas, or features of a situation that are opposed to one another:
    “the proposed new system suffers from a set of internal contradictions”
    • a person, thing, or situation in which inconsistent elements are present:
      “the paradox of using force to overcome force is a real contradiction”
    • the statement of a position opposite to one already made:

      “the second sentence appears to be in flat contradiction of the first” ·

      “the experiment provides a contradiction of the hypothesis”


hypocrisies (plural noun)
the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one’s own behavior does not conform; pretense.
What was behind these numbers?  I think, but am not for certain it is because of a word everyone knows the definition of:  Fear

https://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/articles/2017-11-27/fbi-record-number-of-gun-background-check-requests-on-black-Friday     Gun Background Check Requests Skyrocketed on Black Friday

Requests soared past 200,000 — a new record.

By Alexa Lardieri, Staff Writer |Nov. 27, 2017, at 10:23 a.m.

A gun with a pink grip is seen for sale at the Eagle Sports gun range in Oak Forest, Illinois, July 16, 2017.

The spike in numbers comes after Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered a review of the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System. (JIM YOUNG/AFP/Getty Images)

The FBI received its highest number of background check requests in a single day on Nov. 24 — Black Friday, the big post-Thanksgiving shopping day. The agency reported its National Instant Criminal Background Check System received 203,086 requests, according to USA Today. This beat the previous single-day record of 185,713 requests reported, also on Black Friday, in 2016.

The number of firearms sold on Black Friday is likely higher, however, because multiple guns can be bought by one person in a single transaction, which requires just one background check. A background check is required to buy a gun at federally licensed firearm dealers and takes just a few minutes. Since the establishment of the instant background check system in 1998, more than 230 million background checks have been run, 1.3 million of which have been denied, the FBI reported.

Ineligible gun buyers include convicted felons and anyone under a domestic violence protective order, NPR reported.

The surge in numbers comes days after Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered a review of the NICS by the FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. A break in the system allowed a court-martialed Air Force veteran to purchase a rifle he used to kill 25 people at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas earlier this month. Had the Air Force reported his criminal history to the FBI, he most likely would not have been able to purchase the murder weapon.

 “The National Instant Criminal Background Check System is for us to be able to keep guns out of the hands of those that are prohibited from owning them,” Sessions wrote in a memo on Nov. 22. “The recent shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas revealed that relevant information may not be getting reported to the NICS – this is alarming and it is unacceptable. Therefore, I am directing the FBI and ATF to do a comprehensive review of the NICS and report back to me the steps we can take to ensure that those who are prohibited from purchasing firearms are prevented from doing so.”



20 June 2016 Sad Farewell to Anton Yelchin (actor), the names of our future lost in Orlando and wars, gun control vote today…what it really means when the “Tardis” comes

Hello to you, how are you?  Me?  Sad again.  Seems to be a running theme….a glimmer of light and then shoes start falling from the sky.  This time it was finding out yesterday about the freakish and tragic death of actor Anton Yelchin at the mere age of 27!  Pinned by his own SUV!  I don’t know why, but this one hit me hard….another young man with so much promise just POOF!  Gone!  Potential….the future….gone.  I was outside looking up at the sky last night and could almost see Gene Roddenberry showing up with the USS Enterprise NCC 1701 to collect Anton….ahhh my imagination is vivid!

Original Starship Enterprise NCC-1701

Original Starship Enterprise NCC-1701

I would love a ride in such a craft but would prefer a Tardis – “a ship of requirement” of sorts.  It would be a small door for entry but inside….room for us all complete with wardrobes for any century or dimension we might visit.  My preferred pilot would be Matt Smith of course!  My favorite Doctor of the Doctor Who series.

My favorite Doctor, Matt Smith

My favorite Doctor, Matt Smith

Doctor-Who-Wallpaper-Tardis-In-Space-1 tardis_open_by_vashar23-d5eday7

I mentioned the other day about wishing my Tardis would show up to collect Kyle, the fur kids so we could get the fuck out of here lol and I and I’ve started to see that sentiment shared at various sites on Facebook these days.  Many of us are looking for an escape hatch from the hell on earth we’ve collectively made,  but the truth is, when the Doctor arrives it’s not about leaving, it’s about making things worth staying for.  The travel is just a side benefit but not the main reason the little blue box shows up! 

If we can’t make this mess we’ve made right here….it doesn’t matter if we do find a way to leave here…..where you go, there you are.  You take what you “are” wherever you go.  If we can’t fix it here, we won’t make it anywhere else either.  We’ve got to learn these lessons before our next classroom will be made available!


Anton Yelchin

Anton Yelchin — movies.inquirer.net

A little bit about Anton and a list of the names of the men and women we lost in Orlando…..the names and ages read a lot like the tombstones I read when I visited Arlington Cemetery a Memorial Day several years ago….just babies really!   I stood in front of so many fresh graves covered and others waiting for a body to be put in…..it was nearly more than I could handle.   What a waste of our youth and all the beauty and promise they were…to die these senseless ways.   The people we put into the White House (willingly or not) are going to be voting about gun control today and I pray for them.  Guns, to me,  are like a virus, a rogue GMO seed…..once introduced into the environment they can never be completely controlled or eradicated.   All we can do now is try to manage them and restrict and eliminate them from the places they should not be.   It is my sincere hope that somewhere in the realms of the NRA (National Rifle Association) there is some shred of decency and that they will support common sense measures to try to accomplish this.


Anton Viktorovich Yelchin (Russian: Анто́н Ви́кторович Ельчи́н; March 11, 1989 – June 19, 2016) was an American film and television actor, known for portraying Pavel Chekov in the Star Trek reboot series, and for several other prominent roles.

He began performing in the late 1990s, appearing in several television roles and the Hollywood films Along Came a Spider and Hearts in Atlantis (both 2001). His role as Jacob Clarke in the Steven Spielberg miniseries Taken was significant in furthering his career as a child actor.[1] He later appeared on the television series Huff and starred in the films Terminator Salvation (2009), Charlie Bartlett (2007), Fright Night (2011), Like Crazy (2011) and Only Lovers Left Alive (2013). He appears in Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), and will appear posthumously in Star Trek Beyond (2016).

Personal life

Yelchin was born March 11, 1989, in Leningrad, Soviet Union (now Saint Petersburg, Russia).[2] His parents, Irina Korina and Viktor Yelchin, were pair figure skaters who were celebrities as stars of the Leningrad Ice Ballet for 15 years.[3][4] His family is Jewish; in the USSR, they were subjected to religious and political oppression.[3][5][6] Yelchin had said: “My grandparents suffered in ways I can’t even begin to understand under Stalin.”[6] Nationally, Yelchin’s parents were the third-ranked pair team; they thus qualified for the 1972 Winter Olympics, but were not permitted to participate by the Soviet authorities[3][4] (Yelchin had said the reason was unclear: “I don’t exactly know what that was – because they were Jewish or because the KGB didn’t want them to travel”).[7]

Yelchin’s family moved to the United States in September 1989, when Anton was six months old, after receiving refugee status from the United States Department of State.[3][4] Yelchin’s mother worked as a figure skating choreographer and his father as a figure skating coach, having been Sasha Cohen’s first trainer.[8][9] Yelchin’s uncle is the children’s author and painter Eugene Yelchin.[3]

In an article published in the Los Angeles Times in December 1989, Yelchin’s mother stated “A woman came up, saw Anton, and said, ‘He’s beautiful. He will be actor.'”[3] Yelchin had stated that he “wasn’t very good” at figure skating, his parents’ profession.[10] He once played in a punk band named The Hammerheads, though the group has since disbanded.[5][11] He enjoyed playing the guitar, having said that it gives him “a lot of fulfillment,” and was a fan of acoustic blues music. He attended the Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies in Tarzana, California,[8] and enrolled at the University of Southern California in fall 2007 to study film.[12]


Yelchin began acting at the age of 9 in the independent film A Man is Mostly Water. His earliest roles include Jackson in A Time for Dancing,[1] Milo in Delivering Milo, Tommy Warshaw in House of D, and Jacob Clarke in the miniseries Taken. He made a guest appearance as Stewart, Cheryl David’s cousin and a self-described magician (who only knows one card trick), in a season four episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm, and starred as Byrd Huffstodt, the 14-year-old son of Dr. Craig “Huff” Huffstodt (Hank Azaria), on the television series Huff, which ran from 2004 to 2006. In 2006, he also had a role on an episode (“Tru Love”) of the series Law & Order: Criminal Intent, playing a boy who falls in love with his teacher. His biggest film recognition came for the role of Bobby Garfield in Hearts in Atlantis (2001), for which he won Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actor at the 2002 Young Artist Awards. He also appeared in the Criminal Minds episode “Sex, Birth & Death” as Nathan Harris, a boy who has fantasies about killing prostitutes.

Yelchin starred in Alpha Dog, a crime thriller that received an American release on January 12, 2007. In the film he played Zack Mazursky, a character based on real-life kidnap and murder victim Nicholas Markowitz.[8] USA Today’s review described the performance as “heartbreakingly endearing”.[13] After the premiere, Markowitz’s mother praised his portrayal of her son.[14] Yelchin subsequently headlined Fierce People, a drama which received a limited release on September 7 of that year and co-starred Diane Lane, Donald Sutherland and Chris Evans. In 2008 Yelchin played the title role in Charlie Bartlett, a film about a wealthy teenager in a public high school.[15] Also that year, Yelchin appeared alongside the Russian duo t.A.T.u. in the movie You and I (which was filmed in Moscow during the summer of 2007),[16] and co-starred with Susan Sarandon and Justin Chatwin in Middle of Nowhere. He next starred in two May 2009 releases: the eleventh Star Trek film, in which he portrayed 17-year-old navigator Pavel Chekov, and Terminator Salvation, in which he was cast as a teenage Kyle Reese.[17][18]

In 2011, Yelchin portrayed Charley Brewster in the remake of Fright Night, directed by Craig Gillespie,[19] starred in the romantic drama Like Crazy, and voiced Clumsy Smurf in the film adaptation of The Smurfs and its sequel.[20][21] He provided the voice for the Albino Pirate character in the animated film The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! (released in North America as The Pirates! Band of Misfits) (2012).[22][23]

He reprised the role of Chekov in Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) and Star Trek Beyond (2016), and played the lead in the thriller Odd Thomas.[24]

He was set to voice the role of Jim in Guillermo del Toro’s Trollhunters.[25]


Early in the morning of June 19, 2016, Yelchin was found by friends pinned between his car and a brick pillar outside his home in Studio City, California, what was described as a “freak accident”. Yelchin exited his car while in his driveway, when it rolled back and trapped him against the pillar and a security fence.[26] He was pronounced dead later that day at the age of 27. The Los Angeles County coroner’s office identified the cause of death as “blunt traumatic asphyxia”, and stated that there were “no obvious suspicious circumstances involved”.[27]



LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anton Yelchin, a rising actor best known for playing Chekov in the new “Star Trek” films, was killed by his own car as it rolled down his driveway early Sunday, police and his publicist said.

The car pinned Yelchin, 27, against a brick mailbox pillar and a security fence at his home in Los Angeles, Officer Jenny Hosier said. He had gotten out of the vehicle momentarily, but police did not say why he was behind it when it started rolling.

Yelchin was on his way to meet friends for a rehearsal, Hosier said. When he didn’t show up, the group came to his home and found him dead.

The freak accident tragically cuts short the promising career of an actor whom audiences were still getting to know and who had great artistic ambition. “Star Trek Beyond,” the third film in the rebooted series, comes out in July.

Director J.J. Abrams, who cast Yelchin in the franchise, wrote in a statement that he was “brilliant … kind … funny as hell, and supremely talented.”

His death was felt throughout the industry.

“He was a ferocious movie buff who put us all to shame,” said Gabe Klinger, who directed Yelchin in the upcoming film “Porto,” likely to be released this fall. “He was watching four or five movies every night — silent movies.”
Yelchin began acting as a child, taking small roles in independent films and various television shows, such as “ER,” ”The Practice,” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” His breakout big-screen role came opposite Anthony Hopkins in 2001’s “Hearts in Atlantis.”

He transitioned into teen roles in films such as the crime thriller “Alpha Dog” and the comedy “Charlie Bartlett.” He also played a young Kyle Reese in 2009’s “Terminator Salvation.”

Yelchin, an only child, was born in Russia. His parents were professional figure skaters who moved the family to the United States when Yelchin was a baby. He briefly flirted with skating lessons, too, before discovering that he wasn’t very skilled on the ice. That led him to acting class.

“I loved the improvisation part of it the most, because it was a lot like just playing around with stuff. There was something about it that I just felt completely comfortable doing and happy doing,” Yelchin told The Associated Press in 2011 while promoting the romantic drama “Like Crazy.” He starred opposite Felicity Jones.

“(My father) still wanted me to apply to college and stuff, and I did,” Yelchin said. “But this is what I wanted.”

The discipline that Yelchin learned from his athlete parents translated into his work as an actor, which he treated with seriousness and professionalism, said Klinger, the director.

He drew on his Russian roots for his role as the heavily accented navigator Chekov in the “Star Trek” films, his most high-profile to date.

“What’s great about him is he can do anything. He’s a chameleon. He can do bigger movies or smaller, more intimate ones,” ”Like Crazy” director Drake Doremus told the AP in 2011. “There are a lot of people who can’t, who can only do one or the other. … That’s what blows my mind.”

Yelchin seemed to fit in anywhere in Hollywood. He could do big sci-fi franchises and vocal work in “The Smurfs,” while also appearing in more eccentric and artier fare, like Jim Jarmusch’s vampire film “Only Lovers Left Alive” and Jeremy Saulnier’s horror thriller “Green Room,” a cult favorite that came out earlier this year.

Klinger recalled a conversation with Jarmusch about Yelchin before Klinger cast him in “Porto.”

“Jim was like, ‘Watch out. Anton read Dostoyevsky when he was like 11 years old!'” Klinger said.

The director said that for Yelchin, every film was an opportunity to learn and study more. He admired Nicolas Cage’s laser-focus on the Paul Schrader film “Dying of the Light” and also got to work with one of his acting heroes, Willem Dafoe, on the film “Odd Thomas.”

“He used to refer to Willem as an artist, not an actor,” Klinger said. “That’s the kind of actor he aspired to be, where people didn’t regard him as an actor, they regarded him as an artist.”

Yelchin’s publicist, Jennifer Allen, confirmed his death and said his family requests privacy.


Victims’ Names

During this difficult time, we offer heartfelt condolences to the families of the 49 victims who lost their lives during the Pulse tragedy. To the families and friends of the victims, your city is with you and will continue to be with you as you deal with this unimaginable tragedy.

Stanley Almodovar III, 23 years old

Amanda Alvear, 25 years old

Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26 years old

Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33 years old

Antonio Davon Brown, 29 years old

Darryl Roman Burt II, 29 years old

Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28 years old

Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25 years old

Luis Daniel Conde, 39 years old

Cory James Connell, 21 years old

Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25 years old

Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32 years old

Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31 years old

Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25 years old

Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26 years old

Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22 years old

Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22 years old

Paul Terrell Henry, 41 years old

Frank Hernandez, 27 years old

Miguel Angel Honorato, 30 years old

Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40 years old

Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19 years old

Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30 years old

Anthony Luis Laureanodisla, 25 years old

Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32 years old

Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21 years old

Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49 years old

Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25 years old

Kimberly Morris, 37 years old

Akyra Monet Murray, 18 years old

Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20 years old

Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez, 25 years old

Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36 years old

Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32 years old

Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35 years old

Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25 years old

Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, 27 years old

Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35 years old

Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24 years old

Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, 24 years old

Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34 years old

Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33 years old

Martin Benitez Torres, 33 years old

Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24 years old

Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37 years old

Luis S. Vielma, 22 years old

Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50 years old

Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37 years old

Jerald Arthur Wright, 31 years old


The following list of the names of deployed military women killed since 9/11, updated on June 15, 2016, should be viewed with sober reflection and gratitude for the courageous women who gave their lives in service to America. Unless otherwise indicated, all servicewomen listed served in the Army:


  1. Marine Sgt. Jeannette L. Winters, 25, KC-130 crash in Pakistan mountains, Jan. 9, 2002.
  2. AF Staff Sgt. Anissa Shero, 31, loadmaster, MC-130H, crash on takeoff of Special Operations mission, June 12, 2002.
  3. AF 1st Lt. Tamara Archuleta, 23, co-pilot Pave Hawk helicopter, crashed while picking up two injured Afghan children, Mar. 23, 2003.
  4. Sgt. Maj. Barbaralien Banks, 41, Chinook crash, Apr. 6, married, one son, 19, Apr. 6, 2005.
  5. Spec. Chrystal Stout, 23, Chinook crash, Apr. 6, 2005.
  6. 1st Lt. Laura M. Walker, 24, IED attack on Humvee, Aug. 18, 2005.
  7. Sgt. Wakkuna A. Jackson, 21, IED attack on convoy vehicle, Aug. 19, 2006.
  8. Reserve Sgt. 1st Class Merideth L. Howard, 52, suicide car bomb attack on Humvee, Sept. 8, 2006.
  9. Spc. Ciara Durkin, 30, gunshot wound, investigation in progress, Sept. 26, 2007.
  10. Sgt. Simone Robinson, 21, IED attack in Kabul on Feb. 28, single mother of two year-old daughter, Mar. 1, 2009.
  11. Navy Lt. Florence B. Choe, 35, killed by iAfghan soldier while running at Camp Shaheen, Mazar-e-Sharif, 3 year-old daughter, March 27, 2009.
  12. Air Force Lt. Roslyn L. Schulte, 25, IED hit on vehicle near Kabul, May 20, 2009.
  13. Air Force Senior Airman Ashton L.M. Goodman, 21, IED hit on vehicle near Bagram AFB, May 26, 2009.
  14. Staff Sgt. Tara J. Smith, 33, non-combat related incident under investigation, mother of two boys, 8 and 6, August 4, 2009.
  15. Sgt. Eduviges G. Wolf, 24, RPG attack on vehicle, wife and mother of two girls, ages 3 and 1, October 22, 2009.
  16. Pfc. Barbara Vieyra, 22, IED, RPG attack near Kunar province, Mother of a little girl, Evelyn, Sept. 18, 2010.
  17. Pfc. Jaysine P.S. Petree, 19, IED attack on vehicle traveling  between Ghanzi and Bagram Airfield, Sept. 24, 2010.
  18. Staff Sgt. Aracely Gonzalez O’Malley, 31, injuries in non-combat incident at Mazar-e Sharif, Oct.12, 2010.
  19. Lt. Col. Gwendolyn A. Locht, 46, Evacuated from Afghnistan with non-combat illness in May, died Nov. 16,2010.
  20. Sgt. Zainah C. Creamer, 28, IED attack on unit, Jan. 12, 2011.
  21. Pfc. Renee Sinkler, 23, RPG attack while in turret of MRAP vehicle in convoy, Jan. 19, 2011.
  22. Sgt. Linda L. Pierre, 28, Suicide bomb attack by Afghan soldier near FOB Gamberi, April 16, 2011.
  23. Staff Sgt. Cynthia R. Taylor, 39, Suicide bomb attack near FOB Gamberi, April 16, 2011.
  24. Master Sgt. Tara R. Brown, 33, Attack by Afghan pilot under training at Kabul Airport, April 27, 2011.
  25. Spec. Devin Snyder, 20, IED on road, June 4, 2011.
  26. 1st Lt. Ashley White, 24, IED attack on assault force with which she was assigned as part of a cultural support team, Oct. 22, 2011.
  27. PFC Sarina Butcher, 19, IED attack in Paktia Province, Nov. 1, 2011.
  28. Spc. Mikayla Bragg, 21, suicide in guard post in Khowst Province, Afgthanistan, Dec. 20, 2011.
  29. Spec. Erica Alecksen, 21, IED attack on vehicle, eastern Afghanistan, July 8, 2012.
  30. Spec. Krystal M. Fitts, 26, indirect fire while serving on a Female Engagement Team, July 17, 2012.
  31. Pfc. Patricia L. Horne, 20, cause of death in Bagram not reported, August 24, 2012.
  32. CWO Thalia Ramirez, helicopter crash in Logar province, Sept. 5, 2012.
  33. Sgt. Donna Johnson, suicide bomber attack, Oct. 1, 2012.
  34. Sgt. Camella M. Steedley, USMC, 31, mother of four young children, cause of death under investigation, Oct. 3, 2012.
  35. Spc. Brittany B. Gordon, 24, attack by suicide bomber in Zabul province, Oct. 13, 2012.
  36. Capt. Sara M. Knutson, 27, UH-60 helicopter crash near Kandahar, Mar. 11, 2013.
  37. AF Capt. Victoria Pinckney, 27, mother of 7 month-old son, crash of KC-135 tanker refueling plane in mountains of Kyrgyzstan, May 3, 2013.
  38. Maj. Jaimie Leonard, 39, attack by person wearing ANA uniform, southwest of Kabul, June 8, 2013.
  39. Spc. Ember Alt, 21, enemy attack near Bagram AFB, June 18, 2013.
  40. Spc. Hilda I. Clayton, 22, explosion while training with Afghan troops, non-combat mission, July 4, 2013.
  41. Spc. Caryn E. Nouv, 29, mother of two young children, IED attack, Ghazni Province, Afghanistan, July 27, 2013.
  42. Capt. Jennifer M. Moreno, 25, IED ambush while accompanying Rangers as nurse in Zhari District, October 6, 2013.
  43. AF Airman 1st Cl Kcey E. Ruiz, 21, in crash of C-130J Super Hercules aircraft, Jalalabad Airfield, Oct. 2, 1015.
  44. AF Maj. Phyllis J. Pelky, 45, in crash of British helicopter at Camp Resolute Support, Kabul, wife and mother of 2 grown sons, Oct. 11, 2015.
  45. AF Maj. Adrianna Vorderbruggen, Dec. 21, 2015, suicide bomb attack near Bagram AFB, mourned by spouse Heather and son, age 4.


  1. Pfc. Lori Ann Piestewa, 23, captured, died in captivity, Mar. 23, 2003, two children, 4 and 3, Mar. 23, 2003.
  2. Sgt. Melissa Valles, 26, non-combat gunshot wound to abdomen, cause unknown, July 10, 2003.
  3. Spc. Alyssa Renee Peterson, 27, gunshot wound to head, cause unknown, Sept. 15, 2003.
  4. Pfc. Analaura Esparza Gutierrez, 21, RPG attack on supply vehicle, Oct. 1, 2003.
  5. Spc. Tamarra J. Ramos,24, non-combat injuries, armor medical company, Oct. 1, 2003.
  6. Pfc. Rachel Bosveld, 19, MP, attack on Baghdad police station, Oct. 26, 2003.
  7. Pfc. Karina Sotelo Lau,20, Chinook crash, under fire, Nov. 2, 2003.
  8. Spc. Frances M. Vega, 20, Chinook crash, under fire, Nov. 2, 2003.
  9. Chief Warrant Officer Sharon T. Swartworth, 43, CWO, JAG Corps, Blackhawk downed under fire, Nov. 7, 2003.
  10. Sgt. Linda C. Jiminez, injuries following a fall in Baghdad, Nov. 8, 2003.
  11. Staff Sgt. Kimberley Voelz, 27, explosive ordnance disposal expert, bomb exploded, died in soldier husband’s arms, Dec. 14, 2003.
  12. Capt. Kimberly Hampton, 27, helicopter pilot, downed under fire, Jan. 4, 2004.
  13. Sgt. Keicia M. Hines, 27, MP, struck by vehicle, Jan. 14, 2004
  14. Pfc. Holly Jeanne McGeogh, 19, vehicle hit by IED, Jan. 31, 2004.
  15. Pfc. Nichole M. Frye, 19, Civil Affairs Reservist, vehicle hit by IED, Feb. 16, 2004.
  16. Capt. Gussie Jones, 41,non-combat death (surgical nurse, possible heart attack), Mar. 7, 2004.
  17. Spc. Tyanna Avery-Felder, 22, shrapnel wounds, Apr. 4, 2004.
  18. Spc. Michelle Witmer, 20, Wisconsin NG MP, killed by small arms attack (one of three sisters in the Army), Apr. 9, 2004.
  19. Spc. Isela Rubalcava, 25, hit by mortar round to Stryker brigade, May 8, 2004.
  20. Pfc. Leslie D. Jackson, 18,vehicle hit by IED, May 20, 2004.
  21. Pfc. Melissa J. Hobart, 22, collapsed while on guard duty, mother of 3 year-old, June 6, 2004.
  22. Spc. Julie R. Hickey, 20, Civil Affairs Reservist, died in Germany after complications from non-combat related illness, July 4, 2004.
  23. Sgt. Linda Terango-Griess, Ordnance Company Reservist, 33, vehicle hit by IED, July 11, 2004.
  24. Sgt. Tatjana Reed, 34, vehicle hit by IED, July 22, 2004.
  25. Sgt. Shawna L. Morrison, 26, IL NG, 26, hit by shrapnel when barracks mortared, Sept. 5, 2004.
  26. Spc. Jessica L. Cawvey, 21, vehicle hit by mortar, single mother of 6 year-old, Oct. 6, 2004.
  27. Sgt. Pamela Osbourne, 38, three children, ages 9 t0 19, Oct. 11, 2004.
  28. Sgt. Cari Anne Gasiewicz, 28, convoy vehicle hit by grenade, Dec. 4, 2004.
  29. Sgt. Tina S. Time, 22, vehicle accident, Dec. 13, 2004.
  30. Sgt. Jessica M. Housby, 23, IL NG, hit by IED near truck convoy, Feb. 9, 2005.
  31. Spc. Katrina L. Bell-Johnson, 32, truck overturned, cause unknown, mother of 1 year-old, Feb. 16, 2005.
  32. Spc. Adrianna Salem, 21, vehicle rolled over, unknown cause, Feb. 21, 2005.
  33. Pfc. Sam W. Huff, 18, IED attack on Humvee, April 18, 2005.
  34. Spc. Aleina Ramirez Gonzales, 33, Puerto Rico, mortar attack on forward operating base, Apr. 29, 2005.
  35. Spc. Lizbeth Robles, 31, vehicle accident, Mar. 1, 2005.
  36. Spc. Carrie L. French, 19, bomb hit on convoy, June 5, 2005
  37. Marine Lance Cpl. Holly Charette, 21, attack on truck convoy in Fallujah, June 23, 2005.
  38. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Regina Clark, 43, 1 18 year-old son, Fallujah attack on truck convoy, June 23, 2005.
  39. Marine Cpl. Ramona Valdez, 20, Fallujah attack on truck convoy, June 23, 2005.
  40. Staff Sgt. Tricia L. Jameson, 34, medical specialist, Army NG, IED explosion while responding to a casualty incident, July 14, 2005.
  41. Pfc. LaVena L. Johnson, 19, non-combat related injuries, July 19, 2005.
  42. Spec. Toccara Green, 23, IED explosion, Aug. 14, 2005
  43. Airman 1st Class Elizabeth N. Jacobson, 21, IED explosion, Sept. 28, 2005.
  44. 1st Lt. Debra A. Banaszak, 35, non-combat related injuries, Oct. 28, 2005.
  45. Sgt. Julia V. Atkins, 22,IED attack near Humvee, Dec. 10, 2005.
  46. Sgt. Regina C. Reali, 25, IED attack, Dec. 23, 2005.
  47. Sgt. Myla L. Maravillosa, 24, RPG attack on Humvee, Dec. 24, 2005.
  48. 1st Lt. Jaime L. Campbell, 25, helicopter crash, Jan. 7, 2006
  49. AF Senior Airman Alecia S. Good, 28, Gulf of Aden helicopter collision, Feb. 17, 2006.
  50. Pvt. First Class Tina M. Priest, 20, gunshot wound to the chest, unknown cause, Mar. 1, 2006.
  51. Pfc. Amy Duerksen, 19, of injuries suffered in Iraq, Mar. 11, 2006.
  52. Spc. Amanda Pinson, 21, mortar attack while waiting for bus transport, Mar. 16, 2006.
  53. Marine Lance Cpl. Juana Navarro Arellano, 24, of wounds received in Iraq, April 8 , 2006.
  54. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Jaime S. Jaenke, 29, Humvee struck by IED, Iraq,  mother of 9 year old girl June 5, 2006.
  55. Pfc. Hannah L. Gunterman, 20, mother of a 2 year-old boy, killed by a fellow soldier in a vehicle accident in Taji, Iraq, Sept. 4, 2006.
  56. 2nd Lt. J. T. Perez, 23, IED explosion near Humvee in Al Kifl, Iraq, Sept. 12, 2006.
  57. Sgt. Jennifer M. Hartman, 21, suicide bomber attack on West Baghdad Substation, Sept. 14, 2006.
  58. 1st Lt. Ashley (Henderson) Huff, 23, suicide attack on convoy, near her Humvee, Sept. 19, 2006.
  59. Sgt. Jeannette T. Dunn, 44, of non-combat related injuries, Nov. 26, 2006.
  60. Maj. Megan McClung, USMC, 34, IED attack near Ramadi in the Anbar province, Iraq, Dec. 6, 2006
  61. Maj. Gloria D. Davis, 47, gunshot wound in a non-combat related incident, Dec. 12, 2006.
  62. Senior Airman Elizabeth A. Loncki, 23, ordnance disposal team targeted by car bomb, Jan. 7, 2007.
  63. Command Sgt. Maj. Marilyn L. Gabbard, 46, Black Hawk helicopter crash near Baghdad, Jan. 20, 2007.
  64. Spc. Carla J. Stewart, 37, transportation convoy vehicle rollover, Jan. 30, 2007.
  65. Marine Cpl. Jennifer M. Parcell, 20, female suicide bomber attack at checkpoint in Anbar province, Iraq, Feb. 7, 2007.
  66. Marine Capt. Jennifer J. Harris, 28, helicopter crash due to enemy action in Anbar province, Iraq, Feb. 7, 2007.
  67. Sgt. Ashly L. Moyer, 21, IED detonation near her MP vehicle, Mar. 3, 2007.
  68. Pfc. Katie M. Soenksen, 19, IED detonation near her MP vehicle, May 2, 200.7
  69. Spc. Karen Clifton, 22, RPG attack on her vehicle, near Baghdad, June 21, 2007.
  70. Sgt. Trista L. Moretti, 27, indirect fire during an insurgent attack, June 25, 2007.
  71. Spec. Michelle R. Ring, 24, mother of two young boys, mortar fire attack in Baghdad, July 5, 2007.
  72. Capt. Maria I. Ortiz, 40, indirect fire attack in Baghdad, July 10, 2007.
  73. Staff Sgt. Alicia A. Birchett, 29, non-combat related accident in Baghdad, mother of 3 young boys, Aug. 9, 2007.
  74. Sgt. Princess C. Samuels, 22, indirect fire near Taji, Iraq, Aug. 15, 2007.
  75. Spc. Zandra T. Worthy-Walker, 28, indirect fire near Taji, Iraq, Aug. 15, 2007.
  76. Spc. Kamisha J. Block, 20, non-combat “friendly fire” incident, MP battalion in Iraq, Aug. 16, 2007.
  77. Spc. Marisol Heredia, 19, injuries suffered from a non-combat related incident, July 18 in Baghdad, Sept. 7, 2007.
  78. Capt. (Dr.) Roselle M. Hoffmaster, 32, Kirkuk, Iraq, non-combat related incident under investigation, Sept. 20, 2007.
  79. Spc. Rachel L. Hugo, 24, IED and small arms attack on MP unit, Bayji, Iraq, Oct. 5, 2007.
  80. Staff Sgt. Lillian Clamens, 35, RPG attack near Baghdad, mother of 3 young children, Oct. 10, 2007.
  81. 2nd Lt. Tracy L. Alger, 30, IED attack in Shubayshen, Iraq, Nov. 1, 2007, while serving in a forward support company (FSC) attached to the 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment.  (All soldiers in the war are “in harm’s way,” but Direct Ground Combat-collocated support units at the battalion level are required by DoD regulation to be all male.)
  82. Staff Sgt. Carletta S. Davis, 34, IED attack in Tal Al-Dahab, Iraq, mother of three sons, Nov. 5. 2007.
  83. Spc. Keisha M. Morgan, 25, non-combat related cause under investigation, Feb. 22, 2008.
  84. Marine Lance Cpl. Casey Casanova, 22, IED attack in Iraq, May 2, 2008.
  85. Spc. Mary J. Jaenichen, 20, non-combat related injury that is under investigation, May 9, 2008.
  86. Cpl. Jessica A. Ellis, 24, IED attack on her medical vehicle, near Baghdad, Iraq, May 11, 2008.
  87. AF Tech Sgt. Jackie L. Larsen, 37, non-combat related natural causes following non-hostile action, Balad AFB, July 17, 2008.
  88. Pfc. Jennifer L.  Cole, 34, non-combat related incident, under investigation, Bayji, Iraq, Aug. 2, 2008.
  89. Lance Cpl. Stacy Ann Dryden, 22, non-combat related incident under investigation, al-Asad Air Base, Iraq, Oct. 19, 2008.
  90. Spc. Jessica Y. Sarandrea, 22, mortar fire on forward operating base near Mosul, Mar. 3, 2009
  91. Staff Sgt. Army C. Tirador, 29, non-combat incident near Kirkush, Nov. 4, 2009.
  92. Pfc. Adriana Alvarez, 20, MP, injuries sustained supporting combat operations, Feb. 20, 2010.
  93. CWO2 Billie Jean Grinder, 25, hard helicopter landing, Feb. 21, 2010.
  94. Spc. Lakeshia M. Bailey, 23, vehicle rollover in Al Kut, Iraq, Mar. 8, 2010.
  95. Pfc. Erin L. McLyman, 26, mortar attack on base, Balad, Iraq, Mar. 13, 2010.
  96. Spc. Morganne M. McBeth, 19, homicide by fellow soldier with a knife, Khan Al Baghdadi, Iraq, July 2, 2010.
  97. Spc. Faith R. Hinkley, 23, RPG attack on unit in Iraq, Aug. 7, 2010.
  98. Navy Boatswain Mate Seaman Yeshabel Villot-Carrasco, 23, suicide aboard the destroyer USS James E. Williams on her first deployment as part of OIF, Red Sea, June 19, 2013.


  1. Reserve Sgt. Denise Lannaman, 46, non-combat-related incident at Camp Arifjan, Oct. 1, 2006.
  2. Pfc. Cwislyn K. Walter, 19, non-combat related, near Kuwait City, Feb. 19, 2009.
  3. Navy Operations Spec. 2nd Class Dominique D. Cruz, 26, Jan. 19, Gulf of Oman.
  4. Staff Sgt. Jessica Wing, 42, non-combat cause of death in Kuwait under investigation, Aug. 27, 2012.


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