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Time is right for immigration reform
General Michael Flynn
Calhoun College name change
POTUS needs Latino members
President Trump's Inauguration
POTUS #45 Inauguration
Obama did the right thing
Time with the President-Elect
Ft. Lauderdale Murders
President Elect Donald Trump
Now Begins POTUS 45
Kanye goes to Trump Tower
This morning's appearance on Fox & Friends
Has for example speaker Gingrich recently spoken out about the oppression in China?
RIP Fidel Castro
A Tale of Two Disses
Trump's Cabinet Choices
Having said that, there is no doubt but that the people he has selected have come from the Hardline segment of the Republican Party.
Sanctuary Cities & Intellectual Laziness
Basically, a Sanctuary City is a city that refuses to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.
Trump Triufo, Immigrante Miedo
Potheads for Hillary?
President Obama addresses the crowd
Fall In Central Park
Beautiful fall afternoon in NYC
Official U of A Ribbon Cutting
Pot's Time Has Come
Latest CNN/ORC Poll
Hot Mic, Explosive Debate, Donald in Crisis
Not Just Hillary Clinton
Imagine how daunting it must be to face the entire investigative power of the New York Times and the Washington Post?
First Presidential Debate 2016
There was nothing on her email scandal, or Benghazi or the Foundations or the other scandal stuff that has pre-occupied hours of air time.
Super Bowl of Politics
Trump on Obama's birthplace
Hillary Clinton In The Media
Roger and Me
Like virtually all my colleagues at Fox News, I was totally blindsided by his sexual harassment scandal, which is why I responded to Gretchen Carlson’s initial filing of her lawsuit with extreme skepticism.
A Sorry Place In Contemporary History
The same thing happens when a commentator points out the obvious structure flaw in the thinking of Black Lives Matter: that the organization cares about Black Lives, first and foremost when those lives are taken by Blue Cops.
Fox & Friends September 3rd
Number one the timing of the holiday weekend FBI/State Department document dump certainly seems to suggest that they are trying to minimize the impact of the Hillary Clinton documents discovered.
I am having just woken up unaware of any mitigating Factor to explain away the harsh rhetoric of Trump's Wednesday night immigration speech.
Fox & Friends September 2nd
On Trump's speech and doubling down on his tough message about undocumented immigrants:
Hi as I've been saying Trump speech was great for a primary, but was unnecessarily harsh for a general election. I thought he was much better earlier in the day in Mexico. In Arizona he seemed too strident and unnecessarily harsh.
Donald Trump - What about undocumented immigrants?
If it does, then there has been no softening of his Draconian position that he has been expressing over and over again in the past year. If it does not include Mass deportation then what is the difference between Mr. Trump's policy and President Barack Obama's policies?
Fox & Friends August 27th
1- In re: the Clinton Foundation: Frequency of overlap of her meetings with donors fuels ironclad perception of a quid pro quo. “You give $ to fndn, then you can meet with the Secretary of State.”
The Fndn is ripe for investigation. Republicans in congress should not have wasted so much time on Benghazi baloney.
Donald Trump Politics
Address The Warfare
My speech today at the NAHJ/NABJ
Was Iran paid to free hostages?
First of all, getting our folks released is a good thing. I have long thought that the policy that we don’t pay ransoms and that we don’t negotiate with terrorists is too rigid and unrealistic. Better to do whatever it takes, but on the down low, so as not to encourage repeat offenders.
In this case with Iran, it seems we legitimately owed Iran the money from the 1979 arms deal
Hillary Clinton Will Regain The Lead
Last night's Democratic Convention was a Donald-Punch-a-thon that will severely test the notion that the Republican nominee is Teflon Don impervious to criticism.
Even his previous thick skin can not have prepared him for last night's character assassination, which careened from derogatory name-calling, to outright accusations of fraud and greed and worst of all: it was wrapped in ridicule.
Trump's White House Bid
Part of Trump's resilience and mini- surge is the constant erosion of Hillary's popularity caused by the cancerous effect of the GOP's insincere but highly effective Email scandalette. Republican attack dogs have created an air of dishonesty about her that has been very effective in wearing down her public morality and credibility.
Mr. President, Guide Our Stricken Nation
1-When he goes to Dallas Tuesday his first priority and focus must be the cops. This was an outrageous assault on the Thin Blue Line without which our world would descend in savagery.
2-Comforting the cops families, who I pray welcome him into their homes, he must stress that cops are not and can not be regarded as the enemy.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie
If he is, then the best he can hope for in a Trump Administration is some relatively low-profile Cabinet level appointment, like Commerce or HSS.
But if he is not an alleged co-conspirator, then he would be a kick ass choice for VP by Donald Trump.
Dallas Police Shootings
Those who are outraged, as every single decent human being should be, by innocent black men like Alton Sterling and Philando Castile dying needlessly in confrontations with cops, must now be at least as outraged by the willful slaughter of these innocent Dallas cops at the hands of an urban terrorist
Trial of Officer Caesar Goodson Jr.
Trump's Speech Attacks Clinton
He said she “enriched her family, making you poor.” Essentially, he accused Clinton of bribery, treason and being an accomplice to the murder of Ambassador Stevens in Benghazi. She has done nothing right, nothing good. It she is elected, we will lose our country.
Gun Control Vs Terrorism
Pulse Orlando -- 102 Grieving Families
Whatever, he has committed an act of slaughter that will eventually touch every Americans life.
Hillary Secures Nomination
But she has moved dramatically to fix what ails her. She has modulated her tone and she has broadened her appeal.
Her rival my friend Donald Trump has done the opposite.
Muhammad Ali Story
In 1992 after making bail, I got out of jail in Janesville Wisconsin charged with assault for a fistfight with a Neo-Nazi who was also charged.
Upon release I drove to Rockford Illinois to catch a short connecting flight to Chicago.
Speaker Ryan endorses Trump
Solving the Transgender Controversy
Geraldo Of Arabia: Tora Bora To Trump
Subject: Urgent: Lost Tapes Found
Beauty and the Beast, when Kate met El Chapo
Sinaloa-provided dope smuggled across our southern border is killing thousands of Americans and creating an unprecedented crisis in regions like New England and the upper Mid-West. These are suburban and rural communities that have never experienced anything of the magnitude of the current epidemic. In tiny New Hampshire, for example, there were 400 overdose deaths in both 2014 and 2015, and 2016 is on track to match those terrible years.
The New York Times lies (again)
It is a total fiction.
Clinton Vs Trump
Hillary Clinton is triumphant and the time has come for the Democratic Party to unite behind her candidacy.
As I said last July, it is Clinton vs Trump in the general election. The American people have a clear choice between the flamboyantly excessive billionaire businessman and the undeniably impressive if sometimes grating former first Lady, Senator and Secretary of State.
This Rough Stuff Ain't Nuthin
It is small potatoes compared to the bare knuckles shown by the “Brooks Brothers Brigade” in Florida in November 2000. They were paid GOP operatives acting as hooligans led by Congressman John Sweeney who physically shut down the recount of over 10,000 votes in Miami.
Trump At NYC GOP Gala
He re-developed the hotel and saved the neighborhood. He sold the hotel 20 years later for a $143 million dollar profit and remade 42nd street.
He then went on to convert the west side of Manhattan from a mangled rail yard and tracks and wrecked piers and made it into a wonderful neighborhood where Erica and I used to live.
When Race Jokes Became Unacceptable
General Campbell's Retirement
A superb combat commander, he and his wife Ann also always worked tirelessly to care for, protect and serve the families of our GI's.
He led his troops from the front in some of our toughest battles with flawless courage and distinction.
When the process comes here to New York and Pennsylvania in two weeks and then New Jersey and finally swings out to the Golden State, California, it is hard to see how Cruz can stop Trump.
Dancing With The Stars Takeaway
The physical challenges of the dance routines are rigorous, the training akin to the buildup to a boxing match. Actually, boxing has the advantage over dancing in that fighting is not as tough, at least not to me — and I was a boxer for 25 years. Getting punched in the face is nothing compared to the embarrassment of missing a dance step on live TV in front of 12 or 13 million viewers, which I did routinely on DWTS.
Yesterday was a fun holiday brunch at the Bel Air Hotel where we stay when we're here on the Left Coast.
The rehearsals have gone well this week, but I fear that last week's disastrous premier might have sealed our doom. If so, you'll see me on GMA from New York tomorrow morning.
A Spirited Routine
My fabulous partner Edyta and I have been working on a spirited routine for Monday night's show that should improve our scores if I don't choke or stumble. She is a saint, so patient, fabulous and charismatic.
It is not just that I'm an ancient mariner, unskilled and stiff. I also have a lame foot. But this next dance doesn't require much high-stepping so we should be alright. We're certainly going to have more fun doing the routine this time than last. Hopefully, you all will save me with your votes to see another week on the show.
Is Trump A Racist?
For the media to brand him particularly racist within the context of the Republican Party is hypocritical, intellectually sloppy and ignores the last half century and more of American history.
Sunny Southern California
Even though I am out here to dance, I've got a couple of things to say.
First of all in terms of last night's primary elections, folks just have to stop moaning and groaning about their candidates. Donald Trump is the de facto nominee of the GOP. Hillary Clinton is the presumptive nominee of the Democratic Party.
No Chance, Sanders
Speaking of Donald Trump the GOP better get used to the fact that he is the probable nominee of their party.
They cant even tell the difference between incoming or outgoing fire; they shoot with little or no idea of what they are aiming at; and they are as dangerous to th
A Dose of Reality
1- There is no secret Grand Jury investigating her private server
2- There is zero evidence that her private server was hacked by anyone inside or outside the USA
3- There is no indictment pending against anyone, including Secretary Clinton
Romney denounces Trump
How ironic that he choose to use that fire to scorch his own party’s leading candidate.
My Encounter With David Duke
Nevada Republican Caucuses
His candidacy is a phenomenon of charisma, energy and verve. It is less about anger than it is about a people tired of politicians and the corrupt institutions that are geared toward self service survival and self enrichment.
There is also this: when Trump's mouth moves, the words that come out are the words the listener wants to hear not necessarily what is being spoken.
Major Sack Excerpt
The Political Front
On the Democrats side, Hillary Clinton will be saved in the Palmetto State by the black vote. African-Ameriicans make up 55% of the primary voters and among them, President Obama maintains a 90%+ approval rating. That is why Secretary Clinto
Pope Francis, Donald Trump
Francis is my favorite pope in a generation, a man sincerely motivated to minister to the poor and afflicted.
Donald, on the other hand, has been criticized often by me for immigration policies that are draconian and unworkable. But for the pope to say Donald isn't a Christian does seem a bit over the top. Since popes are no longer considered infallible, let me just add that I wish the Holy Father had framed his critique of Trump in ways that did not call into question the man's faith.
SC, Race Role Presidential politics
I covered the massacre at Emanuel AME Church. It was a horrifying story that spoke volumes about the awful legacy of hate crimes against black people in the south.
But guess what? I think the south and maybe South Carolina particularly are more evolved and frank about the racial divide than many of us arrogant northerners.
What left an indelible impression following the church massacre--aside from my personal rage at the KKK wannabe creep who perpetrated the crime--was how the congegrants responded; in grief, anger and sorrow, but also with forgiveness and calls for healing. It was stunning to see and deeply impressive.
Saving Hillary From The Bern
In the presidential race, Hillary Clinton's campaign is promising to be more "aggressive" vis-a-vis Senator Bernie Sanders.
I guess that is necessary given the drubbing she received in New Hampshire. But if by more aggressive the campaign means louder or more screechy then their re-boot will have the exactly opposite to the intended effect.
Heroin Panic in the Granite State
Unlike so many other issues that are on people’s minds’ across the country, there is no doubt that this plague of overdose deaths is front and center.
With at least 30 already dead this year, 8 overdoses in the last week, what the various candidates are advocating to solve this crisis is front and center in the waning minutes of the New Hampshire campaign.
Old School Cool
The biggest source of the senator’s strength is undoubtedly the millennial generation, roughly those from college age to early 30’s. So why?
The first answer is free stuff. These young people are loaded by college loan debt that is unsupportable and un-payback-able.
As far as Senator Sanders saying Barak Obama has been an excellent president, well, let me just say that POTUS is not given enough credit for the performance of the economy, which keeps churning out new jobs bringing the unemployment rate down to 4.9% from a high of 10% seven years ago. No matter how fast you spin that is a fact, 4.9% is the envy of the world.
Senator Ted Cruz has apologized for spreading the false notion that Dr. Ben Carson was dropping out of the presidential race. Dr. Carson accepted the apology, but Carson continues to voice extreme displeasure at the dirty trick.
Since it's not a crime for politicians to tell lies about each other's campaigns, the Carson flap will go away except insofar as it tarnishes Cruz' image and credibility.
1-School of Rock on Broadway is a great musical. The lead actor Alex Brightman is a star, full of energy and charm and the exuberant kids in the band are awesome. Sol, our 10-year old also says it rocks!
2-There is No Way prosecution in Philly can go forward vs. #BillCosby. Defendant specifically relied on pledge of immunity from the District Attorney when he gave damning self-incriminating statement. There is zero chance any conviction could stand up on appeal.
Trump 2nd Place
Senator Ted Cruz carries the night, but it doesn’t feel as if he has momentum does it? He played his trump/evangelical card, with his pastor dad in the lead.
He's right about that one thing. If Trump wins here, he wins everywhere else that matters.
On the Democratic side Sanders could surprise with a big turnout among younger voters. But do you know what's weird?
1-Senator Rand Paul was very effective in reminding conservatives that stuff costs money, even scorching the earth of the Middle East. And while I'm not a crazy libertarian, I appreciate the fact that unbridled government power to snoop is probably un-American.
2-Megyn Kelly was also a big winner. She was poised and well-prepared and despite her obvious discomfort over being such a big part of the story, she was a true professional, elegant and smart.
Law vs. Hot Air
One: The email scandal that has tarnished the former Secretary of State's campaign is, at its heart, a political rather than strictly legal controversy.
Without getting too deeply in the bushes, there are two statutes most often cited as the "crimes" she is alleged to have committed: 18USC1519 on the Destruction, Alteration and Falsification of certain records; and, 18USC2071 on the Concealment, Removal or Mutilation of records.
Both are crimes that require intent.
There is no proof that she intended to give classified information to anyone not cleared to receive it.
National Review Condemns Trump
Trump & Cruz
Why would Cruz, who never made a non-public sector dollar, nor ever served in the U.S. military, attack NYC, the city everyone wants to live in or be from, is a mystery to me.
Sean Penn Anger Misdirected
Sean Penn El Chapo
Like John Miller, the former federal official, journalist and current commissioner of the NYPD who interviewed the then world's most wanted fugitive Osama bin Laden, Sean Penn is protected by the First Amendment and by custom.
Making A Murderer
My personal opinion and remember it is only an opinion:
Did Steven Avery commit the savage rape, mutilation and muder of Teresa Halbach? Probably.
Did authorities plant evidence, coerce a confession and skew the criminal justice system to insure Avery's conviction? Possibly.
Coming six months after El Chapo's escape through an elaborate tunnel from a maximum security Mexican prison, the drug lord must now be extradicted to the United States.
He is a citizen because under the laws of the United States he did not have to be naturalized, that is, despite his birth in the Great White North, no further legal action was necessary to make Senator Cruz an American citizen once he choose to be one.
But here's why I insisted that my son Gabriel and his lovely and talented wife Deb, living in Germany, come home to have their baby, my grandson Desmond in the United States: I want him to grow up to be president and not be worried about a Supreme Court challenge to his legitimacy, which Ted Cruz will surely have to face.
Bill Clinton's Speech
But after a kind of rambling, understated start, he spoke with growing confidence about issues, other than Monica Lewinsky.
Like Donald Trump, Bill Clinton is an iconic, historic, larger-than-life character. And while the mileage seems to have taken a greater toll on the president than it has the billionaire of the same age, both are vibrant, vital, forces of nature.
An Empty Piñata in 2016?
Every outrageous thing Trump says, whether about Mexican and Muslim immigrants, menstruating anchors or even mocking President Bill Clinton as a monstrous pervert is apparently resonating among the community of GOP primary voters.
My second big picture pronouncement during that television appearance before the holidays was that Hillary Clinton would soundly beat Trump in November. Moreover, I said that the defeat would be so devastating that there would not be another Republican president in my lifetime.
Add their numbers to other minorities who tend to lean Democrat, including but not limited to Hispanics, Blacks, Asians and Jews, not to mention pro-choice women of all races, and you must come to the conclusion that demographically/philosophically the country is swinging perhaps forever away from the Republican base.
Donald & Hillary
Unlike GOP softies like Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson and especially Jeb Bush, all of whom Donald devoured with a few bites, Hillary is a tough old bird who's going to be tough to swallow.
Ask Trey Gowdy. You remember him, the ambitious young prosecutor who was finally going to make Benghazi stick?
Why Trump Leads
My answer was basically that although Trump says crazy sh*t, he does so with charm, verve, charisma and yes, energy.
He doesn't know a lot of geo-political specifics like who's president of Zimbabwe or what the Nuclear Triad is, but unlike the other candidates, he's done enough complicated, real life stuff that he gives the impression that he'll be able to sort out even the awesome responsibility of being president.
Trump & Bush
Forgive me for the crude recollection, but that is what I thought of watching Donald Trump dismissively handle Jeb Bush’s otherwise game, but failed attempt to put the billionaire mogul in his place during last night’s presidential debate.
What was the evidence of "callous disregard" meriting so serious a charge against an officer of the law?
Morning From Foggy Unnaturally Warm NYC
The impact is all downside though for the drought-stricken regions of Asia, Africa and especially the Mid-East. Ground water is drying up and competition for it is stoking regional disorder. Masses are on the move to greener pastures.
The fact President Obama has been unable or unwilling to speak forcefully about destroying ISIS only serves to make candidate Trump seem more effective in contrast.
In a nutshell, the dispute began when the new management of the company reneged on a 2016 deal the former management had negotiated. The news of Cumulus' breach was delivered to me on the Tuesday of Thanksgiving week, when I was still in Europe covering the tragic events in Paris that had brushed even my family's life days earlier. That was just one example of the corporate rudeness that is the principal reason I am filing this action.
Donald Trump is a flame thrower
I believe to my distress that a significant percentage of frightened Americans agree with Trump and with what is clearly an outlaw, illegal un-American suggestion. But can that populist appeal save his candidacy this time?
I don’t see how. Too many decent, disparate voices within the Republican Party are now heaping scorn and condemnation on the leading GOP candidate.
Declare War on ISIS
In an otherwise unremarkable speech it is a profoundly important point.
Today, various GOP officials are trying to explain why it is not up to them to take the initiative; not their job. It's all on POTUS they say, that President Obama can go forth and make war on ISIS as he has been, justified by the vague and ancient authorizations that followed the terror attacks on 9/11/01.
We need to take action because in an open society like ours a driven killer regardless of motivation can inflict terrible damage.
The fact is, we have to protect ourselves, especially our children like banks protect gold and money. That does not mean more armed citizen vigilantes, which will only lead to more tragedies as well-meaning amateurs make mistakes or leave weapons where children can get access.
What we need is a vastly expanded professional security system to supplement law enforcement. All schools, government offices and businesses, including restaurants and clubs above a certain size should have an armed person charged with security in the event of an emergency.
In a school it could be a coach or off-duty cop or teacher or administrator with appropriate training.
We Are At War
Yes we are at war with the savages of ISIS and with anyone else who wants to do us harm. Clearly, the long arm of Sunni Muslim extremism reached deep into the soul of San Bernardino and tore our guts out.
We must destroy ISIS. As I have written here countless times it represents an existential threat to civilization.
But ISIS didn’t attack the children in Connecticut's Sandy Hook or the Umpqua Community College in Oregon or Rep. Gabby Giffords' campaign headquarters in Tucson or the folks in the movie theater in Aurora or the black folks in the Charleston church or the Iraq vet, cop and mom at Planned Parenthood in Boulder.
Why is it easier in most states to get a gun license than it is to get a driver’s license? Drivers at least have to demonstrate some level of competence. They can only drive when they’re sober. They have vision, road and written tests.
Cars have to be registered with an owner’s name attached. Every time a car is sold, the registration has to reflect the change of ownership. Why don’t guns and bullets have to be registered?
The Paris attacks changed everything
For Germany, the declaration is especially dramatic given the generally non-military stance taken by the German Republic for the last 70 years. Now, Germany is sending more than 1,000 troops and an armed frigate to support the French aircraft carrier already on station to escalate the fight against ISIS.
Paris Press Conference
The result of the non-presser is the world missed a chance to get real news.
Mr. Obama just met with the Turkish president Erdogan. During presser POTUS conceded that #ISIS oil is going through a 90 kilometer portion of the #Turkey border.
So #POTUS agrees with Russia President #Putin that Turkey is double dealing and financing our ISIS enemy.
Didn't President #Erdogan just say he would resign if it was proven that Turkey was buying and protecting ISIS oil? Should Erdogan resign?
Donald Trump’s political
And so I treated him like an old friend and didn’t get mad when he said that outrageous comment about Mexican drug dealers and rapists. I begged him to apologize and said I couldn’t vote for him until he changed his position, but I didn’t lose hope that he would see the error of his ways.
Hot Time in Paris
The obvious fear is that as Earth keeps getting hotter, we’re going to suffer more extreme weather like droughts, floods and water and food shortages. Places as far apart as the Maldives and Miami are said to be threatened.
The folks attending the huge Climate Change conference here in Paris, including #POTUS believe that humans activity is one big reason for the increasing temperature, mostly coming from Carbon Emissions from smoke stacks and vehicle tail pipes…and they point to the two biggest carbon polluters on the planet, China and the United States.
This is the End, (Chapter One)
In the last two years, my employer Cumulus Media, the owners of WABC and the second largest radio conglomerate in the country suffered both organic and self-inflicted financial distress as evolving technologies and overly aggressive expansion drove the stock price from a high this year of over $4.50 to its current penny stock status.
To fans of my #77WABCradio show
I’ve just been informed by Mary.Berner@Cumulus.com the new Cumulus Media CEO & by Chad.Lopez@Cumulus.com the New York VP/Market Manager that they do not intend to honor the handshake deal I made with the ousted company chief John Dickey, an agreement to extend my current contract for a year.
The decision to renege on our deal on the eve of Thanksgiving is especially upsetting coming in the wake of my emotionally charged and highly rated coverage of the Paris massacre and frantic efforts by authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice.
Ding Dong the Wicked Witch Is Dead
In separate attacks on that awful night, 129 innocent civilians were savagely murdered, most shot at point blank range. 414 were injured, many grievously, and terror was sown in the hearts and minds of tens of thousands of families, here in France and around the world, including my own.
And as bad as it was, it could have been so much worse. Only because of tight security at the soccer stadium, probably there because the president of France was there watching the game, were three suicide bombers prevented from adding countless others to the butcher’s toll.
Low Rent Kamikaze
It made such a vivid impression because they welcomed death, when our brave soldiers sacrificed themselves knowing life was precious and irredeemable.
70 years later without the nobility of the Kamikaze and choosing soft targets they know usually can't fight back, the suicide bombers of the Muslim extremist age embrace death even over victory. Like the Paris bombers they are Apocalyptic Nihilist seeking to destroy and die trying.
Their reckless wrath and cold-blooded contempt for life makes them a true threat. Civilization must act decisely to fulfill their death dreams and speed them on to whatever awaits.
Pre Dawn Raid
In a pre-dawn raid 7 were arrested this morning, two others, including a female suicide bomber were killed.
This comes even as France has joined the USA and Russia in bombing the ISIS stronghold in Raqqa Syria back to the Stone Age.
These actions won't bring back the innocent lives lost, but they almost certainly will impact the ability of the terrorist enemy to perpetrate further atrocities. Also, revenge is sweet.
Rock, Charlie and Paris
But hearing the shocking announcement this morning that one of our most famous or at least most infamous celebrities on the public scene, crazy Charlie Sheen is HIV positive, I had several reactions.
Let me start with one of those ironic coincidences that make you scratch you head. In 1985 I was here in Paris when a comparably famous American celebrity, the actor Rock Hudson was brought to Paris, dying from, you guessed HIV-AIDS.
Aside from the obvious social disruption caused by bringing huge numbers of displaced Sunni Muslims to mostly Christian Europe, there is grave danger, because hidden among that horde will be extremists under the control of ISIS and other Sunni Muslim groups.
In the savage attacks here they found a Syrian passport on the body of one of the suicide bombers who passed through Turkey and Serbia on his way here.
Paris Fights Back
Like Nazi Germany, their leaders have burrowed deep into the sands of Syria and Iraq to protect themselves against our uneven aerial bombardment. From their hardened hiding places they are launching these deadly attacks against civilization.
We need our Armed Forces in conjunction with France and our allies to take them out of their holes and kill or capture them.
En Route To Paris
Paris is in lockdown, for which I am grateful. I'm grateful too for all the expressions of love and support our family has been receiving from friends and viewers.
Reflecting on the scope of this butchery it seems that perhaps a dozen or more killers conspired, prepared, armed themselves and then carried out six coordinated attacks; right under the noses of French intelligence.
Race Based Activism
In some of the causes, like rampant student debt, the activists will be multi-racial. But what American colleges are just beginning to experience is a nascent revolt by African-American students who have been simmering since Trevon Martin.
There is tremendous un-wielded power in black athletes who dominate the ranks of big-time football and basketball.
Simone In Paris
The crowds were evacuated and chaos gripped the city. Thankfully a friend who lives in Paris rescued Sim and her friends who were stranded when authorities closed the metro and shut down cab service.
Having covered dozens of these terror attacks over the years all I can say is how different and more difficult it is when your own children are involved.
Thank God my family has been spared. But we send our sincerest condolences to the families of the victims. As the death toll continues to rise, there will be far too many in need of comfort tonight.
Tyshawn, who was shot multiple times in the face and back, was laid to rest at St. Sabina Church. His body arrived at the church in a small casket, especially made for a fourth-grader.
The Shame of Operation Wetback
As with Mr. Trump’s current plan, many Mexican-born U.S.-citizens were swept up with the truly undocumented. Citizen children were often forced out along with their parents. Stranded far from familiar territory, many struggled to find their way. In a single month, July 1955, 88 deported workers died in the scorching heat of the Sonora desert.
How’s this for a solution? if panhandling street beggars and homeless vagrants bother you, stop giving them money.
Show Me State Cop-Out
This, I think, is an example of a weak-kneed liberal administration, probably guilt-wracked because their university has been slow to integrate surrendering to loud mouthed activists who managed to disrupt campus life.
The coup de grace was when 30 black members of the football team said they wouldn't play this Saturday if Wolfe didn't resign. The team is just (3-4) on the year, and faces a tough, highly-anticipated televised game against BYU at big Arrowhead Stadium, home of the NFL Kansas City Chiefs.
Trump on SNL
I have no problem with that.
He has been given a mighty platform to promote himself despite a draconian immigration policy that is harsh beyond reason and therefore counter-productive. The notion of rounding up 11 or more million mostly law-abiding, decent, hard-working folks, many with citizen-born children is at its core un-American.
But protesters tonight cannot and must not be obnoxious law breakers acting out in ways that turn sympathy to Trump and antipathy toward the cause of immigration reform and compassion.
Chris Christie and Mike Huckabee
The fiesty, blustering Republican governor of largely Democratic New Jersey, Mr. Christie saw admiration for his energetic pragmatic swaggering style evaporate when it was revealed his key aides had rigged traffic on the George Washington Bridge, the most important Hudson River crossing, to punish political opponents.
He denied any involvement, but many did not believe him or felt that, at least, his confrontational bullying style had inspired his political thug allies to act out on his behalf.
The irony to Christie's being dropped from the main stage of the upcoming FBN debate is that the governor had a strong performance in the last debate, and attracted positive comments most recently about a relative who succumbed to drug abuse.
The economy is back in black
Hiring is robust, with 271,000 jobs added last month alone, and the unemployment rate, which I remind everyone spiked over 10% at the height of the Great Recession is now half that, just 5%. Anything under that 5% number represents practically full employment.
Jobs as a political issue might not be all that going forward.
This is the gravest danger we face in the short-term. It doesn't take much more than a hand grenade with an egg timer attached to make a time bomb.
There are literally thousands of young Sunni Muslim extremists volunteers eager to sacrifice themselves for the glory of Islam and the ISIS cause.
Reject so-called experts who see our challenges as either high-tech or exotic. As the uncountable refugee swarm over Europe makes painfully clear, there is a generation of young Sunni Muslim men who have been torn loose from the bounds of civilization.
1-Whether Senator Marco Rubio's surge can survive brutal attack by Donald Trump and others on Rubio's finances? His history with GOP credit cards and personal finances seems sketchy.
2-Will Dr. Ben Carson's oft-told tale of attempting as a 14-year old boy in Detroit to knife a friend in the belly, only to be thwarted by a belt bucket and thereafter finding God will stand up to scrutiny?
3-Will the attempted boycott by Hispanic groups of NBC/SNL have any affect other than rallying liberals to Trump's side under the banner of free speech?
4-Which of the candidates will be found best able to handle the number one issue on the minds of New Hampshire voters...drug abuse?
Progressive Liberal Bill De Blasio
Which brings me to Bill De Blasio, our first progressive liberal socialist mayor since David Dinkins two decades ago. Elected two years ago, overwhelmingly with an underwhelming record-low turnout of 24% of all eligible voters…barely one million out of the 4.3 million registered voters, actually bothering to cast ballots, he has been suffering from a dramatically plunging approval rating among New Yorkers.
He’s down to 38%, his lowest ever approval.
Talking points for tonight's Hannity
Also, too many urban black families do fear run-in's with cops more than they fear their kids getting jacked up by crooks.
Hillary's meeting today with the families of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown will help her bridge the enthusiasm gap among black voters and is smart politics as long as she resists the embrace of the increasingly toxic BLM movement.
Having said all that, it is so sad to see the denial of advocates for urban justice that the biggest, most urgent problem, is black on black violence, the inner city civil war. The failure to deal with that more passionately is a melancholy failure of POTUS.
Mets Lost -- Monday
Third Debate on CNBC
Here’s Chris Christie.
“Carl (Quintanilla), are we really talking about getting government involved in fantasy football? (LAUGHTER) We have -- wait a second, we have $19 trillion in debt. We have people out of work. We have ISIS and al Qaeda attacking us. And we're talking about fantasy football? Can we stop?”
Here’s my least favorite candidate, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas. In fairness, he got the best biggest applause line of the night by attacking the mainstream liberal media and again those CNBC moderators.
Hero Officer Holder
Brother Craig and I went to pay our respects, parking blocks away and walking through a gray rain that ranged from mist to downpour toward the Greater Allen AME Cathedral, the weather matching the mood.
Passing rank upon rank of thousands of cops from the city and throughout the region all gathered to salute their slain colleague, I said hello and sorry to as many of them as I could, amazed as I always am by how wonderfully integrated the force is, and how young so many of these cops are, many if not most still in their 20’s.
What should the school cop have done?
First of all, the student was being a selfish brat who deserves suspension from the school for her stubborn, and even violent refusal to follow legal instructions from her teacher and an assistant administrator, even before the school resource officer was called to the scene.
The force then used by the cop forcibly to remove the child seems excessive and has generated enormous controversy around the nation. Race also raises its ugly head. He is a white cop with a record of excessive force allegations; she is a black student whose previous record is so far confidential.
Hold Your Nose, If Necessary
But here is my point. Although he is a deeply divisive figure, the Reverend Al Sharpton would be an appropriate speaker, if the family is united in the request.
Hate Sharpton or love him, there is little doubt that he is the cities and perhaps the country’s pre-eminent civil rights leader.
They Got The Gun
Having dived with those harbor patrol cops in those dark, swirling and murky waters of the East River near Hell’s Gate, I knew that the divers were facing extremely difficult daunting conditions. The river there is at least 20 feet deep, and the bottom there is an oozing muck that has sucked up centuries of junk into its dark embrace. There’s near zero visibility and basically the search is done by feel rather than by sight.
One side says ‘they didn’t lay a glove on her’
Those are the polar opposite views on how former secretary of state and current probable Democratic presidential nominee performed during her marathon, emotionally grueling testimony yesterday before a bitterly divided congressional panel investigating the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other American heroes on 9/11 three years ago.
As I watched yesterday, it seemed to me that the Republicans were scoring at least a few political points as they relentless questioned every aspect of Secretary Clinton’s performance before, during and after the terrorist attacks on our consulate in Benghazi Libya.
But my wife Erica, watching the same scene remarked about how distastefully mean and rude the congressman grilling Hillary was behaving.
But the expected grilling she’s been anticipating will probably not be as hot as it might have been a few weeks ago, now that the Republicans on the panel have been burned by charges that they’re nothing more than a partisan hit squad whose goal was never getting the truth about Benghazi as much as it was to tarnish and taint the character and political prospects of Secretary Clinton, the probably Democratic nominee now that Vice President Joe Biden has bailed on making the race, as I expected he would.
What I don’t expect to hear too much about today is her use of a private email server.
Don't Blue Lives Matter Too?
As police, including Officer Holder closed in the gangsters beat it, with the cops in pursuit. One of the perps then stole a bicycle at gunpoint and was making his way across the overpass to the walkway that hugs the East River there near Hell Gate not far from Gracie Mansion. As shots were exchanged between that suspect and the pursuing officers, Holder was mortally wounded.
Space Race Crazy
Anyway, after the trailer aired a couple of dramatic things happened. First as you’ve heard, even though the movie doesn’t open for two months on December 18th, the web sites that sell tickets, like Fandango, crashed; along with the servers of the major theater chains. Which was great; I still remember waiting in line on May 25th 1977 in Los Angeles to see the original movie.
I also remember that there were no black people in the first Star Wars
Erica, Sol and I were en route to a lovely event at the historic Lafayette Theater…the nation’s most prominent tailor 87 year old Martin Greenfield was publicizing his terrific new book, 'Measure of a Man: From Auschwitz Survivor to Presidents' Tailor'
It happened as Trump was clawing apart rival presidential candidate Governor Jeb Bush's frequent claim that his brother Bush 43 "kept us safe," Trump says hold on, 3,000 died on that terrible day, how is that keeping us safe?
As with Trump's other outrageous remarks like those about Senator John McCain and POW's, and even more notoriously, about Mexican immigrants mostly being drug dealers and rapists, this 9/11 reference ignited a furious reaction.
From Jeb Bush and other Republicans it was basically, 'How dare Trump?' Their basic response to his apparent blasphemy was shock and outrage.
Their Ratings, Their Rules
When the two leading candidates said they felt they were being exploited by CNBC for ratings, and then joined in threatening to boycott the pending debate unless it was shortened from three to two hours, there was really nothing the network could do but to acquiesce.
Donald is not just angry that he was the main attraction and the network was getting a free ride to sell all those commercials and that he is not getting a piece of the action. He is also conscious of the fact that he wilted during the third hour last time, losing focus and concentration as it droned on and on.
2nd Exclusive with Donald Trump
Trump: Yeah, he is. And you know he’s been very nice to me. And I’ve had a good relationship with him. I really can’t figure out anything. I see some of these people, Carly’s gone way down since she did well in the debate and since then she’s gone very far down. Others have gone very far down. Don’t forget when he and I go so far up someone else is going down…and one of the things I don’t understand is that when some of them have zeros like Pataki has zero why is he hanging around?
Geraldo: Why is he hanging around? You think its ego?
Donald Trump Exclusive
Trump: Well, I hadn’t heard that question before, but the answer is yes. I would do that. I think it’s terrible, what’s happening. You can’t use the word Christmas anymore. You say “Merry Christmas” and it’s not politically correct – and believe me, I say it anyway. But if you go to stores, you don’t see ‘happy Christmas”, “Merry Christmas” – you see “Happy Holidays”. You’re lucky you even see that! It’s just gotten crazy.
GR: So you would bring back “Merry Christmas”? You would bring back the celebration of Christmas.
Final Excerpt with Donald Trump
Geraldo: “Finally, I get to immigration, those protesters, as few as they were, they do represent a lot of Latinos. The surveys I’ve seen, still the majority of Latinos are very unfavorable toward your candidacy.
Trump: No… look at the Nevada poll. 38%, I lead with the Latinos, as you would say, or with the Hispanics, as I would say. I lead with the Hispanics with 38%. I have a substantial lead.
GR: But why not moderate it? Since you have a lead (Overlap)
Trump: The Hispanics that are here legally love Trump because I’m going to produce jobs. You know how many Hispanics I employ.
GR: But why not soften some of this rhetoric? Soften some of it. I mean, you’re not going to go door to door. The Donald Trump I know is not going to go door to door and say, ‘Let me see your papers’.
Say Goodbye To The Sixties
All those issues are as real today as they were in the 1960’s. The difference is that we have changed. Watching the utter dysfunction and woeful partisan division of government at every level, has deflated our sense of ourselves as titans of social change, and has made clear that steering the system is a painfully incremental process. Wall Street is still reaping disproportionate profit. The racial and social divide is as big as or bigger than ever. And we can barely get along well enough to confront foreign enemies or agree on accepting refugees and immigrants or even keep the lights on and the garbage picked up.
Ironically, that moral lapse might give the GOP plausible political deniability.
Now Republicans can say that McCarthy was ousted for moral rather than political reasons.
Indeed, I'm wondering if McCarty was thrown under the bus by his colleagues as revenge for his inadvertent revelation of their hypocritical Benghazi scam.
Ben Carson Grilled
The critics miss the point, which is that mass killers must be confronted and disrupted to the extent possible. By fighting back, even ordinary folks, like the passengers on board flight 93 on September 11th, can disrupt evil. Had they not fought back that awful day, far more innocent Americans would have died.
It is uncomfortable to contemplate the need for physical daring and reckless courage in everyday life. But these incidents are so draconian and extreme they demand the able-bodied to attempt something extraordinary.
Trump Was Right
He opposed the 2003 invasion.
I didn't. Like Clinton and Kerry, I suspended disbelief to march in lock step to the drums of war. The proof offered by the Bush Administration in the buildup to war was patently thin. Even though the respected Secretary of State Colin Powell shamefully promoted to the United Nations the bogus evidence of non-existent weapons of mass destruction, most of us thought it sounded fishy.
But enough about me, I'm not running.
Hillary is, and I think, she may have her critics on the ropes for the first time in a long time. She is in the process of turning a corner and recovering some of the mojo that for several years leading up to this presidential election cycle, made the former Secretary of State the most admired woman in the world.
GOP Rep. Kevin McCarthy's confession about the motive and impact of the Benghazi scandal, which struck everyone who heard it as pure truth, is a gaffe that will keep giving.
Perhaps that is the kind of scandal the Republicans guiding this relentless and never-ending congressional probe are hoping for, that Hillary's use of the private email server, now deemed legal by the Justice Department, will uncover some personal transgression or trespass. Who knows, maybe an email will surface showing she flirted with a dictator, improperly expensed a private dinner, or tore her pantyhose.
That said, isn't it malpractice per se for any educational institution not to have at least one armed guard on campus trained and ready to fight gunfire with gunfire?
Cops are great, but unless someone is right there, armed and ready, locked and loaded, innocents will continue to be slaughtered by gun-empowered, penis-envying, disgruntled, self & life-hating, sicko creeps who got someone devoid of conscience to sell or give them a deadly weapon with which to take the lives of people much better than they.
Why not tell us what to do Mr President? What bill do you offer, what legislative scheme? Will you rally the governors you cited? Tell us how to stop this in the real world, with implementable steps that do not require some vast left wing conspiracy.
You blame the gun lobby? Why not take them on? Confront the NRA and call out every hack who ever took money from them.
By all means do these things.
But until the coming of utopia, advise every educational institution of a certain size to have one armed guard on premises to fight fire with fire.
Get Well Donna Shalala
We spoke about the refugee crisis and the impact of presidential politics on the Foundation's mission. She seemed fine, sincere and optimistic. She is of Syrian/Lebanese descent and is profoundly concerned about the fate of innocent civilians.
Just goes to show how fragile life is.
Wish her a speedy recovery and send warmest regards to a fine person.
Fall of Kunduz, Afghanistan
I am currently in the process of completing a book on my years as war correspondent for Fox News. The following is an excerpt detailing the original capture by our Afghan allies of Kunduz from the Taliban in November 2001, almost 14 years ago.
The tentative title of the book is:
"Major Sack, From Tora Bora to Trump
"We left Panjshir heading north early on Tuesday, November 27th on our belabored old Mi-24 helicopter, burdened by our satellite entourage and a new load of diesel fuel. As I reported then, 'Once over the Hindu Kush we’ve arrived at the Northern Alliance’s new prize, the city of Kunduz, the last Taliban stronghold in Northern Afghanistan.
Kunduz fell Monday morning after a siege that cost the Taliban and its terrorist allies well over a 1000 dead, most killed by our airstrikes'.
It is not impossible to find a way forward.
2 years ago during the General Assembly everyone thought the notion of an Iran nuke deal was farfetched. Guess what, now there is a deal, despite the odds.
The same leap forward can be accomplished in Syria.
-We don't have to be friends with the Russians in all things.
-We don't have to lift the sanctions imposed because of Russian aggression in Ukraine.
Can you imagine anything so uncivilized happening in Tehran, Jerusalem or Rome? This is a savage kingdom that but for its fabulous oil wealth exists in a neo-dark age where high rollers can live in the lap of luxury even as they deny full rights to women, minorities and immigrants, and spread trouble and chaos around the world.
John Boehner Resigns
I think all the political hand-wringing over the Holy Father's remarks about hot button topics like climate change and immigration is misplaced. He is not a partisan politician. He is spiritual leader to the world's 1.2 billion Catholics and he is a defender of the poor and beleaguered of all faiths around the planet.
It is his specific role to be compassionate and to preach generosity and inclusion. He is not an office-holder or seeker and should not be treated as one.
A Right Now Solution for Syrian Refugee Crisis
We do this now.
With everyone gathered in New York the timing is perfect for an emergency gathering.
Don't scatter the Syrian diaspora to the four corners of the earth.
What is needed is a great power coalition. Russia the USA Iran and Israel, plus the UN. The interests of the Sunni community will be represented by the Arab League.
This mighty and ready right now coalition can end the war in a huge and increasing swath of Syria. The powers create the Safe Zone.
The UN facilitates services to those displaced refugees with schools, honest work for appropriate salaries, health care and so forth, mainly security.
He is less judgmental, more open minded and kinder than we are used to seeing in the prince of the church. He is humble, a washer of the feet of the poor, and he rejects much of the opulence that usually accompanies his high office.
Arriving today in the United States from his visit to Castro’s Cuba, Pope Francis is weathering a storm of conservative criticism and bringing his welcoming message to an American church shattered by scandal and shaken by changing demographics.
Radio & The Five
9 were murdered, all black and/or Hispanic and I'll bet you won't hear a word of protest from Black Lives Matter because lives only matter apparently when they are taken by cops.
But let me start you off with politics, especially the most recent CNN poll that shows Donald Trump still leading the field, but down from his high of 32%. Now he’s at 24, which is 9 ahead of Carly Fiorina at 15, whose surging and Ben Carson who's fading at 14. The good doctor is down from 19, but the real loser is Wisconsin governor Scott Walker who’s disappeared off the screen totally, registering less than 1%.
My personal vibe is that Donald will recover his mojo. He had a rocky debate, seeming to lose interest in the third hour, but he still out rates the rest of the field combined on television.
Call Out The Crazies
He continues to lead and to attract an increasingly diverse crowd, including increasingly, women and the college-educated.
But among his original supporters, that huge cadre of mostly white mostly working class men, there are some undeniable crazies.
Like the original Tea Party, there are on the fringes of Trump’s current supporters that thin slice of hate mongers and militiamen with weird and disturbing points of view that are distasteful if not straight out racist.
This curious exchange of misery has happened before.
In 2008, we began allowing tens of thousands of refugees from war-torn Somalia into the country. Many settled in the area around Minneapolis, which became known as ‘Little Mogadishu’.
At the same time, there was a massive push in the area to deport thousands of mostly Mexican and Guatemalan refugees working in meat-packing plants in nearby Iowa. The job is thankless, bloody and disgusting. The Mexicans filled those jobs because no native born American wanted them.
Who Won The Debate?
1- On Donald Trump, who was targeted by most on stage rivals; the billionaire businessman fought boredom and handled most attacks including Governor Jeb Bush’s spirited defense of speaking Spanish, his wife and his brother President George W. Bush. He fumbling certain details, doubtful it matters much.
2- Governor Bush is nice, but was the night's biggest loser. Trump made the former Florida governor seem awkward and nerdy like the smart kid who can’t get a prom date. In Bush’s defense, (and Kasich's) moderation is a hard sell among Republicans generally, and is their general election Achilles' heel.
3- Watching Governor Scott Walker struggle ineffectively for attention was sad. He seemed out of his league almost diminutive, yet he had best line about not needing an Apprentice in the White House, saying "we already have one."
But using a pre-school child to make a sex joke is just not cool. It’s not liberation or sophistication, it’s a bad joke bordering on perversion.
Barack and Vlad
Russia and the United States are on the same side in Syria. The corrupt and cruel regime of dictator Bashar Assad is the best of our bad choices in Syria. His government and army must be propped up to fight our mutual enemy ISIS and the other Sunni Muslim extremist groups. Once the radical Islamists are degraded and destroyed, we can force Syria to spin off its dictator in exchange for a multi-national peace keeping apparatus that can eventually lead to a more representative government in Syria. Stability there is crucial to all nations. It is the only way to stem the hemorrhaging of humanity, the tens of thousands of fleeing refugees flooding into Europe.
Bailout Puerto Rico/Win the White House
That reluctance may cost the GOP the 2016 presidential election.
The island is destitute, unemployment is rampant and there are many more layoffs still to come.
Puerto Rico's young people are on the move. The economic collapse is forcing many thousands of them to flee the island and its double digit unemployment.
All these Puerto Rican migrants are U.S. citizens who tend to vote Democratic. Most of them are resettling in the crucial swing state of Florida, many along the I-4 corridor from Daytona to Orlando to Tampa to St. Pete.
9/11 Changed Everything
The world changed with a frantic 6am phone call from my longtime friend and producer Greg Hart urging me to turn on the television.
Seeing the Twin Towers assailed generated feelings akin to panic and rage. Although my girls lived on Manhattan's Upper East Side, several miles from the atrocity unfolding downtown, I was desperate to speak with them and be with them and for hours was unable to do either.
Thousands were dead, injured or disrupted, telephone communications were crippled, school children were being sent home and all New York airports were closed, making it impossible to get back to the stricken island at the center of the world.
The Bradley Effect
Please read the following excerpt from Wikepedia:
"The Bradley effect (less commonly the ((Governor Douglas)) Wilder ((or Mayor David Dinkins)) effect) is a theory concerning observed discrepancies between voter opinion polls and election outcomes in some United States government elections where a white candidate and a non-white candidate run against each other.
"The theory proposes that some voters who intend to vote for the white candidate would nonetheless tell pollsters that they are undecided or likely to vote for the non-white candidate.
"It was named after Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley, an African-American who lost the 1982 California governor's race despite being ahead in voter polls going into the elections."
He is the first viable candidate for high office who speaks with the casual frankness of a sweaty locker room.
In his view my colleague Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly is a “bimbo” because she asked him a few tough questions; businesswoman Carly Fiorina is hard-on-the-eyes (“look at that face”) coyote ugly because she dared call him out on his macho feelings about women, while Trump’s only real rival at the moment, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson is just an “ok” doctor. Not to mention that he reduced to rubble noble ex-POW Senator John McCain, referring to him as a un-hero, while former governor Jeb Bush was labeled a crybaby wimp.
Russia Is On The Right Side In Syria
It was part of the ill-advised "Arab Spring" when our naïve, idealistic, young president cheered on the overthrow of secular strongmen like Syria's Assad, Mubarak in Egypt and Gaddafi in Libya.
We wanted to encourage "democracy."
Instead we got Sunni Muslim extremism, ISIS, anarchy, the oppression and annihilation of minorities, including the attempted extermination of Christianity, the destruction of archeological treasures and an extraordinary tidal wave of refugees fleeing the region's disorder and violence.
Another Idea For Syrian Refugees
He's right on both counts, but how about this idea:
Allow vetted Syrian civilians to resettle in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights in ghost cities like Kuneitra. It is afterall Syrian territory however long occupied by Israeli forces.
The Israeli Army maintains security. They allow international assistance in to help the Syrian civilians.
By acting thusly Israel goes from being part of the problem to being part of the humane solution.
Be Happy Hilary
Call me crazy but I believe Admiral Kirby and agree with his analysis. I've known him since the war began in Iraq and worked closely with him covering the Navy's role in alleviating civilian suffering following Haiti's devastating 2010 earthquake.
What I'm curious about is why Hillary is apologizing if she did nothing illegal? The answer is obviously politics and polls. The former Secretary of State is apologizing because too many potential voters feel she is dishonest and untrustworthy. She wants to clear the air so she can reintroduce herself to the American people. Her tawdry reputation has allowed such underwhelming candidates as Senator Bernie Sanders and Vice President Joe Biden to steal her mojo.
So Right and So Wrong
Got news for you Paul. He is right on many issues and dominates the polls for good reason.
All the Trumpster has to do to dominate the actual elections is back off on the crazy deportation stuff. He's head and shoulders above the GOP pack and doesn't need the cruelty vote.
What I find extraordinary is that the outpatient clinic that killed her with a probable overdose of the powerful sedative propofol is still in business.
Every time I see a dirty/funny comic like Amy Schumer or Sarah Silverman I think of Joan, the Queen of the dirty joke told with mock naivete. Long may she reign.
Leader or Loser
During my own televised confrontations with Mr. Rose, he seemed to be both sincerely concerned about alleged police misconduct and totally into getting as much attention for himself as he possibly could, timing his outbursts for whenever the camera went live.
Still, there was an aspect of nobility to the kid, even as he made a fool of himself. He was defiant, angry, but more or less sincere.
At one point he said on camera, "We burn shit because we don't own shit."
He was searching for purpose and basking in the attention of the media, and I thought at the time that he would either mature and moderate into the next generation of civic leader or just become another trouble-maker who ends up dead or in jail.
Trump and Hispanic Chamber Of Commerce
Apparently, Mr. Trump reached out to Mr. Palomarez following the candidate's incendiary confrontation with popular Univision anchor Jorge Ramos, and a Gallup Poll showing that Trump is by far the least popular Republican among prospective Latino voters.
Tune in at around 10:10AM this morning for my interview with Mr. Palomarez to see whether Trump has modified his radicial approach to alleviating the nation's admitted problem with millions of undocumented immigrants that Trump has been vocal in demonizing.
"Black lives do matter, so let’s quit killing each other."
Memphis is our third most dangerous city. Heavily African-American it shares that distinction with the others in America's top ten most deadly. They are in order,
With violent crime down or near historic lows in New York, the visibility of this problem is Mayor De Blasio's most obvious policy failure.
Trump on Shysters and "Alien" Killers
Speaking of policies, Bravo to Donald Trump for taking on greedy, unpatriotic, high rolling, crony capitalists who take no risk, game the system and do not pay their fair share of taxes.
But having thus praised Mr. Trump let me hasten to add that his campaign against the "illegal alien murder" wave is bogus.
Back then, in the second half of the 1960’s, this awakened mass was reacting to what many felt were the liberal excesses of the sexual revolution, the anti-war and civil rights movements. Things were changing fast. The kids who made love not war and said they didn’t trust anybody over 30 were having sex and abortions, smoking dope, evading the draft, and taking over popular culture.
Amending The Constitution
Donald Trump says that the Amendment, as presently construed by the courts, is not fair. Why, he asks, should a child qualify for all the rights and privileges appertaining to “real” citizens, if the kid’s Mexican or Chinese mother came to the country with the sole intent of birthing a U.S. citizen baby?
So, if necessary, his supporters say change the 14th Amendment.
Jump cut to the murders on live television of Alison Parker and Adam Ward the two young journalists slain this week in Virginia.
14th Amendment August 27th
What we should be debating is whether the 2nd Amendment really gives even dirt-bag nut-jobs like the Virginia TV shooter Vester Lee Flanagan II, the right to keep and bear arms.
Another thought occurred when I walked from my morning WABC radio show at Madison Square Garden uptown to Fox News around mid-day yesterday. I was greeted outside the building near Radio City by the reassuring presence of heavily-armed NYPD officers.
Trump Hits Close To Home
On Monday night Trump’s target was my friend and colleague Megyn Kelly who 19 days ago had the temerity to question Trump sharply on his allegedly misogynistic past with women, calling some, including personality Rosie O’Donnell, ‘pigs’, ‘slobs’ and ‘fat’.
Trump August 25th
Thing is, in a way Jeb is correct.
The majority of birth tourism is Asian in origin; relatively affluent, pregnant Chinese (and Russian) women obtaining legal visas near the end of their term, then coming here to give birth to American citizen babies, about 30-35,000 a year.
Of course that number is 1/10th the total of the border universe of anchor babies, the vast majority of whom (300,000 or more a year) are born to undocumented Latinas already residing in the United States.
Breasts August 24th
Instead of bare breasts we are enduring a tidal wave of homeless vagrants who this morning circled the entire block around the St. Francis of Assisi Church to get today's free breakfast.
A block away from the church, the new pedestrian mall the city has created around MSG "The World's Most Famous Arena" has become a magnet for those vagrants. Once they've dined courtesy of the church, they sleep on the new mall benches and urinate where and when the need moves them. It is a melancholy scene reminiscent of depression-era Central Park.
The homeless need services. Bare breasts are not the problem.
Paris August 24th
As the train staff trembled and fled, leaving their passengers defenseless, the three men stood and fought. And today in Paris they were bestowed the French Legion of Honor.
Let it be a lesson for all of us. Never surrender to tyranny. Confront the bullies, criminals and murderers. They will show you no mercy. Your fearful inaction will only embolden the bad, crazy and cruel.
Better to die with your boots on.
Ashley Madison August 21st
Those exposed include the wretched Josh Duggar, the oldest of TLC's "19 Kids and Counting," who previously admitted molesting teenage girls including his sisters.
Over the years I have seen many hypocrites like the supposedly pious Duggar exposed. There is a special place in Dante's Inferno for those who pretend virtue only to pervert it. Be careful who you will believe in.
Trump's the Favorite August 20th
As you might have guessed, Donald Trump was the stud, all swagger and size, as his crowds easily beat Jeb's by a mile. I know it is early, five months from the first votes, still nothing on the horizon seems about to change the momentum. Trump has the charisma, confidence and the energy of a trained performer, and the others, even including once flamboyant personalities like New Jersey governor Chris Christie, seem cowed by Trump's presence and out-sized personality.
Maybe they're afraid to take him on. In any case, none are going to get personality makeovers in time to make a difference. They're mostly flat and rote. He's all flash and bang.
Alex Rodriguez August 19th
And speaking of birthdays, today is former president Bill Clinton’s 69th…so he’s now the same age as former president George W. Bush and leading contender for the GOP nod Donald Trump, who is also 69.
Hillary will be 68 in October…and isn’t it interesting that her age is constantly being mentioned as an issue; but nobody ever makes an issue of Donald’s age? Why is it that ladies get roughed up and guys don’t?
Rough On Hilary August 19th
"Supporting the Clintons (murders & rapest (sic) & liers (sic) only diminishes YOUR credibility. Shame on you !"
I was just pointing out that there has never been a finding of criminal misconduct regarding Mrs. Clinton. And that similarly, it is highly unlikely, in my view, that this E-mail gate will produce any finding of criminal misconduct.
Yet the mere mention of her name brings foam to the mouths of many Americans. Now with Trump closing in the national polls, this coming election will be a nail-biter for Democrats.
Coming up on August 18th
That didn't sit well with cops or prosecutors on the case or with Donald Trump who at the time of the vicious attack 1989 took out front page newspaper advertisements calling for a return of tough justice including the death penalty.
And he may well be the 45th president, or at least the Republican nominee. There is a brand new Fox News poll out today that is stunning. Trump is the preferred candidate for 25% of Republican primary voters. In second place with less than half Trump’s appeal is Dr. Ben Carson at 12%. Senator Ted Cruz is experiencing a mini surge at 10%, with former Florida governor Jeb Bush scoring a humbling 9% to round out the top four in the new Fox News poll.
But the harsh immigration policy that is driving Trump’s popularity primarily or most dramatically among white, working class men might cost his party next November in swing states like Virginia, Colorado, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Arizona.
We thought it would be the war to end all wars…
Unfortunately it wasn’t the end of war, just the end of the last war we really won…which led to the Cold War, Korea, Vietnam, and now it’s ISIS and talk of re-engaging in Iraq and Syria even as we still fight in Afghanistan…But what I really want to talk about today is the political wars raging right now in this country…And specifically how the Republicans are being suckered into re-fighting the War on Women.
August 13th 2015
While Trump's 22% is impressive, showing as it does an 8% lead over his nearest competitor, there are three other candidates who appear to be surging, Ohio governor John Kasich, businesswoman Carly Fiorina and neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson, who I want to talk about today.
Dr. Carson was here in New York City yesterday, touring Harlem, with an obligatory stop at Sylvia's famed restaurant and taking time to address the statistical truth about the real threat to young black men. It is not old white cops. It is other young black men.
So What Did I Miss?
So what did I miss? Aside from the deadly outbreak of Legionnaire’s Disease around my old stomping grounds 149th Street in the Bronx, just starting with today’s sports headline, the New York Jets committing suicide, losing Geno Smith their starting quarterback and probably their season in a stupid locker room brawl with a third string linebacker with a history of violence.
Boxers or Briefs
What’s next whether Trump wears boxers or briefs?
And with all the focus on Trump and the wild, frustrated herd of GOP candidates, especially the continuing stampede by Donald, there has been less scrutiny of how Hillary Clinton has been faring lately in the presidential horserace.
With Friends Like These
Similarly, Trump's terribly insensitive statements about Senator John McCain's revered war record, which gratuitously insulted all POW's was difficult to bear. There too he has retreated somewhat, yet has not clearly apologized to the community of POW's.
Tunnels Vs. Walls
In the secret removal of over 2,000 tons of dirt and managing to emerge directly under the one tiny area where it could not be seen by the surveillance cameras in El Chapo's cell, the criminal enterprise demonstrates the immense skill of smugglers and how futile a hugely expensive wall would be in stopping the professional "rapists and drug dealers" Mr. Trump says are pouring over our southern border.
Immigration And Abortion
Another irksome phenomenon is how old men change their opinions on abortion.
The younger and more sexually active we are, the more likely to support the procedure as a kind of last ditch birth control. The older we get, the more likely we are to humanize the fetus and to be more or less repulsed by the whole scene, avoiding thinking about what it entails, often coming to conclusion that at least aspects of it are distasteful and some, like late-term, partial-birth abortions, should be restricted, if not outlawed.
To My Friend Donald Trump
Tell us please my old TV boss that it was all a bad joke; that you lost your temper and never intended to insult John McCain's noble service to his country.
A brave Naval aviator, shot down, five years a slave to abuse and isolation in a rotten North Vietnamese torture chamber, Senator McCain is the epitome of a hero.
With the Mexican president out of country on a state visit to France there is a feeling that the government is helplessly inept and hopelessly corrupt.
From here in the capital, every newspaper is blaming that malignant corruption for the great escape. No way, the feeling goes, that prison officials at the highest level were not involved. Think about it, this notorious drug kingpin who had escaped before, managed to gain his freedom by walking or riding through a mile long tunnel that was not only lighted and air conditioned, but managed to land directly under the one tiny spot in El Chapo's cell that the surveillance camera could not see.
Back From The Abyss
If it is as it is being sold by U.S. officials, then this is enormously good news. "This is the good deal that we have sought," adds the Secretary. From his lips to God's ears.
My Best Frienemy
On the issue of immigration particularly there is real, at times passionate disagreement amongst our team. And that disagreement swelled dramatically during yesterday's "The Five" driven by two events, most importantly, the outrageous murder in front of her father of Kate Steinle, an innocent 32-year old San Francisco woman by a wretched ex-con, illegal immigrant who was free because SF is a Sanctuary City.
Et, tu, Atticus?
But Gregory Peck's deeply wrought portrayal in the 1962 film of noble attorney and loving widower dad Atticus Finch reminded me of why I wanted to become an attorney in the first place. To do the right thing. Set in Depression-era Alabama, the story follows Atticus and his two children as he defies the ignorance and racism of the time to defend a black man unjustly accused of rape.
El Chapo & The Donald
Joaquin Guzman was the most important prisoner in their system. He was eagerly being sought by the United States for extradition to stand trial for a host of charges ranging from massive drug trafficking to murder. The fact he managed to escape is already being used by Trump to fuel his contention that Mexico is the font of all evil.
Mexico has severe problems with corruption and crime. There is small wonder ordinary, hard-working, law abiding Mexicans want to leave their troubled nation to come here to live normal lives.
The Right Thing
The bi-partisan, multi-racial, overwhelming vote to take down the symbol of the Confederacy was a vivid declaration of several things:
1-Black lives matter, and so do Black feelings. The massacre by an avowed, battle flag waving racist of the nine martyrs at the Bible study group at the Mother Emanuel AME Church made the flag an enduring insult to the victim's families and the entire community.
His challenge now is to harness his initial voter appeal with specific proposals to fix what he thinks ails the nation. But anger and frustration over criminal aliens will not long sustain a campaign for president. At some point, facts will "trump" emotion.
Don't be a Jerk, Just Say Sorry
Remember the old movie "Love Story," which had the tag line, ‘Love means never having to say you’re sorry?” Baloney.
Sometimes love means swallowing your pride and apologizing, even if you’re not a hundred percent sure you were really wrong in the first place.
Happy Almost Birthday
Now nearly unique in the world, we are a bastion of decency; an integrated society that welcomes the best and brightest from the four corners of the planet to come here to pursue freely the philosophy we call the American Dream.
That’s why everybody wants to be American or at least be in America. I’ve traveled to well over a hundred countries and in every one of them, the preferred destination nation is the United States.
Subway to Nowhere, Bring in Trump
He built soaring office towers where no one believed it possible. He created an entire neighborhood on the West Side of Manhattan and made a wonderful golf course out of a Bronx garbage heap.
Now the DeBlasio Administration wants to cut all ties to the Donald because his "remarks were disgusting and offensive and this hateful language has no place in our city."
Ann, Donald and me
When I criticized my friend and former Celebrity Apprentice boss on Megyn Kelly’s great Fox show Monday night, saying that Donald was flat wrong, and that immigrants commit proportionally less crime than the native born, Ann Coulter responded.
Tale Of Two Tough Guys
Donald Trump assumed the mantle of his family’s real estate business and used the relatively modest enterprise as a springboard to a sprawling multi-billion dollar worldwide company with extensive holdings in many of the most desirable locations on the planet. He has flamboyantly remade entire neighborhoods, reinvigorated golf as a high-end sport, resurrected or built many of the world’s best golf courses and with Celebrity Apprentice, he’s remained a hit fixture on network television for eleven years.
Frontier Justice Preferred
At least fugitive killer Richard Matt was wasted drunk when he ran into the crack SWAT Team from the U.S. Border Patrol. The preliminary autopsy shows he got hit in the head three times, shot by a semi-automatic expertly wielded by a sharp-shooter.
Amigo, Hágame un Favor
But as I tweeted last week to this fine man who treated me so graciously during Celebrity Apprentice, please apologize for your crude and inaccurate remarks about undocumented Mexican immigrants branding them drug dealers and rapists.
Needed: A Presidential Wake Up
But despite what I’m sure will be a great and stirring eulogy by him at services for Reverend Pinckney and the eight other victims of the church massacre this afternoon in South Carolina…and despite the need for the nation to focus on our racial divide, the president has to wake up and smell the gunpowder overseas.
June 25th, 2015
Just the other day in New York one well-dressed adult black businessman confronted me on W. 36th street to let me know that because of that drama in Baltimore he was “disappointed with me” and that “I wasn’t the open-minded man” he remembered from the 1980’s, the fearless reporter who” confronted the skinheads and the Neo-Nazi’s.”
Baltimore's Coming Disappointment
You have to know that your action is so reckless that death is almost inevitable.
Stars Bars And Swastikas
What do think about this?
A Racist James Holmes
What deep hatred could motivate so incomprehensible an infamy? What obscene motive could there be to commit this awful act of terror shedding innocent blood before the altar of a loving compassionate God?
Trump And James
Alas, it was not enough as my injury depleted Cleveland Cavaliers lost the basketball finals in six games to the surging Golden State Warriors, 105 to 97. The Warriors led by their NBA MVP Stephen Curry and a guy I’ve never heard of named Andre Iguadala, who each had 25 points, just wore down the Cavs who got no help from players like former Knick J.R. Smith who choked almost every chance he got.
So my wife’s struggling, crime riddled, often ridiculed, championship-deprived hometown where I‘m going for Father’s Day will not have what would have been its first championship in any pro sport in more than 50 years.
Jeb Bush Running For President
"By the way, just so that our friends know," he said going off script, "the next president of the United States (meaning himself) will pass meaningful immigration reform so that, that will be solved not by Executive Order."
Baby Shower, Parade and a Good Time Had By All
I wanted to hook up with my friend the New York Secretary of State Cesar Perales, who was supposed to be marching with Governor Andrew Cuomo, who I did not see and think was a no show because of the bad news surrounding the so far successful great escape of those two slick murderous thugs from the Big house Upstate.
Fixing What Ails Us
See, doesn’t this prove how cops devalue young black lives? Isn’t this a thankfully less violent example of the hostility between black and blue? The tension that has led to bloodshed in Ferguson, Staten Island, Charleston South Carolina and Baltimore?
But then look again at that same video of the cop drawing his 9mm on the bratty kids. Why weren’t they obeying the cops’ demands to cease and desist? Without sounding too crotchety, in my day that kind of disrespect for authority would have been inconceivable.
Why No Black Cops
One of the speakers was Felipe Luciano, who now works as spokesman for Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, but then was a Manhattan-based fiery community activist.
Felipe made a couple of points involving the burden of the criminal records that young black and brown men often carry from their childhoods; Felipe making the point that he was an ex con himself; and like so many others was therefore excluded from most city jobs. He went on passionately to blame Stop and Frisk specifically for wrecking the chance of so many young men to move up the social economic ladder because of busts for pot possession and other minor offenses.
Panties In A Bunch
So far this year, we have suffered 22 more murders than we did at this time last year. And the obvious question is whether this disturbing uptick in homicides is related to the decline in the police tactic Stop, Question and Frisk (SQF), that was used to such impressive effect during the 20 years Republican mayors ran this town.
The issue is whether the kinder, gentler approach to policing instituted by Mayor Bill De Blasio and the liberal Democrats who now run New York are responsible for the increase in violence.
48 year old convicted murderer Richard Matt, one of the escaped killers from the maximum security Dannemora penitentiary was reportedly a ‘well-endowed’ Romeo. So authorities are questioning a female prison worker who may have been seduced by the inmate into cooperating with Matt and his cellmate 34 year old killer David Sweat.
Love Potion 9
My only caution is when it comes to the tens of millions of dollars in health insurance spent to cover this 'therapy'. The notion that Viagra is a medication for erectile dysfunction is a fraud designed by lobbyists for the drug companies to insure the hugely popular drugs are free to millions of horny men with good insurance policies including most civil servants and unionized workers.
Remember Chris Humphries ?
Maybe my cynical view is rooted in the fact that everything that this clan has ever done in its explosive march to unprecedented fame has been the product of calculation and pre-meditation.
Without being mean-spirited, does anyone really believe that the former Bruce Jenner managed for years to completely hoodwink Kris Kardashian, his perceptive, sharp, cunning, wife and mother/manager of this fabulously successful brood of mega famous children and step-children?
Ghetto Civil War
Three were killed in Baltimore just yesterday, Sunday, the last day of May, making the month the deadliest in Baltimore in 40 years, with 43 killed. 116 for the year. Of the 116 homicides in Baltimore, 103 victims were black.
We’re trying to get the final totals from the Grim Reaper here in New York City, but we do know thanks to the Daily News that in four hours and forty minutes from late Friday to very early Saturday morning, four men, one of them Latino were killed here in New York City.
23-year old Joel Rivera was shot to death at about 11:20pm Friday on Andrews Avenue in the South Bronx. As far as I know, we are not related.
The other victims were all black.
Mansion Murders Solved
The DNA match led to alleged perpetrator Daron Wint,who apparently is an arrogant greedy violent sadistic ex-con who was stupid enough to use his own cell phone pinging all the way from Washington to Brooklyn and then back again to the delight of tracking authorities.
I don't know if Wint's family members and the friends arrested with this alleged killer participated in the savage crime. Those arrested with Wint seem to be at least accessories after the fact and therefore chargeable as suspected felons. But once he gained entry to the victims' home, Wint could easily have subdued the Savopoulos parents and housekeeper by himself and then terrorized them by torturing their ten year old until the husband cooperated by arranging the delivery of the $40,000 in cash from the victim's company.
ISIS On My Mind
I was on the last combat convoy out of Iraq in 2011 and have a vivid memory of hundreds of Iraqi civilians climbing over the fence of the abandoned U.S. base to steal the vehicles we were leaving behind and pilfer the buildings. And I remember asking where in the world the Iraqi Army was? All that equipment was being stolen by individuals. It wasn’t going to strengthen the government’s hand.
As I wrote Sunday, we were very proud that my friend of 40 years also gave me his Yellow Ribbon Medal of Freedom award during the show honoring my work as a combat correspondent. It was a wonderful gesture. Sol was especially impressed by what Tony said about my work, at one point looking at me and saying, “Daddy I love you.” Tony is a show business icon with a good and generous heart. He’s a true patriot and I’m proud to be his friend.
Fired For A Lousy Donation
The real reason I was fired was because I was estranged at the time from my boss Roone Arledge. I had complained publicly after Roone spiked a colleague's 20/20 story about the Kennedy brothers’ relationship with Marilyn Monroe. The Kennedy story never ran, I alleged, because of Roone’s relationship with the Kennedy family.
To Everything There Is A Season
It was only three years after the end of the barbaric attempt to eradicate the Jewish race in Europe, the Holocaust, during which the Nazi’s killed millions. And there is no doubt that sympathy for the stricken Jews played a large role in the decision by the United Nations General Assembly to partition the former British mandate of Palestine into separate Arab and Jewish nations.
We all know that the ink was barely dry on Ben-Gurion’s declaration of independence before all the surrounding Arab nations invaded the new nation in the first of several failed attempts to wipe Israel off the face of the map of the Middle East.
The punishment inflicted on him feels Draconian…Remember he got a four game suspension for probably knowing about the equipment boys deflating his footballs…Initially, the Baltimore Ravens' Ray Rice got just a two game suspension for knocking out his fiancé in the elevator.
Brady's team, the Pats also got hit so seriously it is already affecting the odds of who wins next year’s Super Bowl; the team losing 2 top draft picks, plus being hit by another million dollar fine.
Black White And Red
Police brutality and the excessive use of force by cops is a real issue. Too many die in sometimes unnecessarily violent encounters with cops. Tasers and body cameras must be more broadly deployed to reduce these abuses and restore confidence.
But the excessive use of force by cops is a small piece of a much broader crisis.
Blood flows in our inner cities, mostly from black men. Nationwide, over 90% of the 2,491 blacks killed were killed by other blacks. In riot ravaged Baltimore for example, there have been 26 homicides in the last month. 20 of the victims were black men. All killed by other black men.
Funeral For A Cop
On the force since he was barely out of his teens, he worked mainly in Queens County a half hour’s drive from his family home. In his almost five years of brave service, Brian made more than 150 arrests, earning several medals along the way.
Scrub Thoroughly After Viewing
The T Word
As someone sensitive to use of words like “aliens” to describe Hispanic immigrants and “Mafia” or “mobster” to describe members of organized criminal enterprises, including but not limited to the traditional Sicilian and Italian gangs, I admit to being pleasantly surprised when America’s first black president described Baltimore rioters as ‘thugs’.
Similarly, I thought black Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was brave also to use the term accurately to describe the greedy, destructive looters who ravaged and robbed their innocent neighbors as they trashed homes and staggered neighborhoods.
Free Stuff Not Free Speech
The thugs throwing rocks at cops, setting fires, assaulting innocent bystanders and pillaging stores deserve neither sympathy nor understanding. They were selfish not self-righteous.
They have profaned the memory of Freddie Gray, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Akai Gurley and every other unarmed black man who has fallen at the hands of cops charged with keeping the peace.
They have broken the social contract that distinguishes the civilized world from the savage. They were exercising not free speech, but rather grabbing free stuff.
The Problem With Hilary
Of course that will change if direct evidence emerges that she intervened as secretary of state to benefit donors to the Clinton foundation. Given the Teflon Clinton's track record good luck with finding that. So question becomes, will this election be about character or policies.
Drones Save Lives
The bad news is the accidental deaths of two innocent hostages killed in the drone strike or strikes in the Tribal Territories of Pakistan disclosed yesterday by the president, who was gracious to accept responsibility and to apologize for the loss of innocent life.
On My Mind April 23rd
Bonds crushed a record 762 home runs in his 22 years in MLB. He hit 73 home runs in 2001 alone, for the single-season record.
As everybody knows, Bonds fell from grace in 2011 when ravenous federal prosecutors managed to pin a single count of obstruction of justice on baseball’s homerun king stemming from a mushy answer Bonds gave in 2003 to a federal grand jury probing performance enhancing drugs during that period when the doping debate distracted baseball and tarnished the careers of sure Hall of Famers Mark McGuire, Roger Clemens and Alex Rodriquez.
Libya On My Mind
Those dead would-be immigrants trying to get from Libya in North Africa to Italy in Southern Europe is the severest example of the same situation we see in many parts of the world, including along our own southern border: Economic and political refugees, asylum seekers and just eager immigrants trying to get into the Promised Land.
Obviously the developed world can’t absorb all the tired, poor, huddled masses yearning to breathe free. But aside from increasing patrols in the Mediterranean to cut down on the human smuggling, there are things the civilized nations can do in terms of economic development in those impoverished lands.
Slave Patrols Then, Police Killing Blacks Now
The great-great-grandson of slaveholders, who unlike actor Ben Affleck accepts his family’s dark legacy, Ball describes how young black men who did not have proper papers were regarded as suspect.
Dad's Night Out
So today, I’m totally hung over. My mouth is dry, my head aches, my physical condition matching today’s gloomy rainy dark foggy windy weather here in the big city. And I want to thank Uzi Ben Abraham, a fellow dad at the school who despite our disagreements about Bibi Netanyahu and Israeli politics was kind enough to get me home. Where I woke up in the middle of the night to find myself fully clothed sleeping with my head on the dining room table.
And today I’m paying the price. So what’s the moral of my story?
First, never have a Dad’s Night Out on a school night. Monday’s are tough enough.
April 17th Musings
1- First, on the college that is requiring sensitivity training because someone thought to serve Mexican food during their "Intergalactic Night" a fun seminar on the possibility of Alien life in outer space.
Personally, I loath the term Illegal Alien when referencing undocumented immigrants. It should be avoided by intelligent commentators.
Here, though, it is strictly a question of intent and there does not seem to be malicious intent with this unintentional double entendre. Like the theater group that wears black face in homage to the old burlesque “Negro” theater sometimes it is possible to hurt people’s feelings unintentionally. But this seems a politically correct overreaction to a silly incident.
Iran is not WWII Germany
Also slaughtered by the Germans were Russian POW's, gays, Gypsies and the physically and mentally handicapped.
The horrific events during WWII were so organized, brutal and banal no discussion of what happened can help but cause tears and head shaking distress that such a thing could possibly have been wrought by a modern educated society like Germany's in the 1930's and '40's, attempting to wipe-out an entire race of people.
She Who Laughs Last
She was immediately chewed up by a corps of conservative commentators led by Reince Priebus, the Chairman of the Republican National Committee…all of whom hit Hillary hard with their first salvo of criticism.
Get used to hearing Benghazi…Benghazi…Benghazi as the GOP tries to breathe new life into the old controversy they hope still smolders around the tragic deaths of our four heroes in that Libyan city more than three years ago.
Manslaughter Not Murder
Well I got the chance to talk about the murders of Detectives Ramos and Liu last night as the SBA honored their families along with the families of two other cops, Michael Williams and Dennis Guerra, who also died in the line of duty.
Cameras Don't Lie, Sometimes Cops Do
If you’re a cop especially, you could always count on investigators not to mention juries being sympathetic to cops…wanting to believe cops when they explained and excused their use of deadly force because they feared their lives were endangered or because a suspect was grabbing for the cops gun or making a menacing move that justified the use of deadly force as necessary self-defense.
The video out of North Charleston, South Carolina is vivid horrifying proof that like crooks, cops sometimes lie…and as with crooks, video can provide graphic proof that sometimes cops commit murder in the name of law and order.
Duke Wins It
Watching the game and not hip to the ongoing debate over the quasi-pro status of elite Division One athletes or to the controversy of the players doing one year college ball before then turning pro, 'One and Done', she asked innocently, "Where did all these black players come from? These are two of the whitest campuses in the country."
Everybody Knows That
When Bogart’s café owner Rick asks the Inspector, a morally ambiguous character, why he’s shutting down Rick’s Cafe, the Inspector says “I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!” as he is pocketing his winnings for the night.
I don’t mean to suggest that the critics ever used the services of the ladies of the night but to point out that prostitution in Colombia is as much a surprise as the palm trees and fabulous beaches.
Everybody who has ever been to the lovely Spanish-Colonial-era port cities of Barranqilla or Cartegena knows they have Red Light Districts that are well-established with take-out a service associated with all important hotels. Like Bangkok Thailand, Rotterdam Holland or Sparks Nevada sex tourism is one of the mainstays of the local economy.
With the exception of two counties in Nevada, including Sparks, prostitution is criminalized in the United States. But the world’s oldest profession is legal, organized, semi-regulated, wide spread and hugely tolerated in LatinAmerica.
Battle Plan To Defeat ISIS
2- The Sunni Tribes, which must again be financially and politically seduced, as they were by Petraeus the last time around during the Surge.
3- ISIS-Occupied Mosul must be cut off by a vastly extended air campaign that makes Mosul inaccessible to ISIS reinforcement. No military traffic however slight can be permitted night or day. Oil pipelines should be blown. Oil trucks should be included on the target lists
War Stories -- Brian Williams
Hip-Hop & Re-Segregation
I then challenged anyone to find "a youngster -- a Puerto Rican from the South Bronx or a black kid from Harlem who has succeeded in life other than being the one-tenth of one-tenth of one percent that make it in the music business -- that's been a success in life walking around with his pants around his ass and with visible tattoos..." Or going around with their faces buried deep inside their hoodies?
Are they graduating high school? Getting into college? Getting a job that pays more than minimum wage? Or are they more likely to end up in prison, fathering children out-of-wedlock and continuing a vicious self-defeating cycle?
It didn’t really matter when we lived in New York’s Lower East Side or later when we moved to Williamsburg Brooklyn. Both those neighborhoods had huge Jewish and Puerto Rican communities. We didn’t have to pick a lane. It was easy to identify with either side because there was plenty of each
Ferguson & Ghettos
Granted that police reform is necessary Post-Ferguson. But we must not lose sight of the harsh fact that minorities are killing themselves far more frequently than any cop kills.
Example: New York City is on track to record the lowest number of homicides ever. Murders are down from a high of 2,245 in 1990 to just 290 murders through November of this year.
The Denial Dilemna
Will the president even mention the grim fact of urban violence at today's Ferguson-related meetings with civil rights leaders and law enforcement at the White House; the fact that poor, urban black neighborhoods are committing a kind of suicide?
In that regard, we should all join the Brown family’s campaign to require police to wear body cameras. Just as ‘dash cams’ have helped remove subjectivity and doubt from traffic stops, body cameras will help both cops and the kids they stop
Bravo Mr. President
O (please) Canada
Tens of thousands of you, including Pam Lambo the Senior Public Affairs Advocacy Officer at your embassy in Washington D.C. angrily pointed out (in her case politely) that the 9/11 hijackers did not come from Canada.
I never said they did.
I said every attack since 9/11 had come from the north not the south
Friday, October 24th 2014
Another Ebola Case
The Ebola Threat
2-Rather than stopping all travel, extreme screening and a massive effort to crush the disease before it gets any bigger is the way to go.
3-The president’s scary words must be believed.
4-A massive effort must be mounted to find a vaccine. This is the highest national priority
Thursday, October 2nd 2014
Friday, September 26th 2014
Wednesday, September 24th 2014
Tuesday, September 23rd 2014
Monday, September 22nd 2014
Scotland: Will you be independent ?
Tuesday, September 9th 2014
Who/What Killed my friend Joan Rivers ?
Monday, September 8th 2014
Friday, September 5th 2014
This Sunday at 9pm ET on Fox News, I'll be reporting on the passing of the queen of outrageous irreverence, my friend Joan Rivers. We'll remember her distinguished career, including the many shows we did together; we'll cover the facts and circumstances of her death, and probe why the hell an 81-year old woman was fully sedated with the powerful drug Propofol at a store front clinic that apparently did not have the ability to resuscitate in the event of an emergency.
Will her death result in criminal charges like those lodged against Dr. Conrad Murray who supervised the Propofol administered to Michael Jackson?
Wednesday, September 3rd 2014
Tuesday, September 2nd 2014
Monday, September 1st 2014
Is it anti-Semitic or self-hating for a proud American Jew/Zionist to say Israel's West Bank land grab last week is an arrogant, aggressive, sharp stick in the eye to the peace process? Isn't PM Netanyahu supposedly still committed to the two-state solution? If so, what legitimate purpose is served by expropriation of Palestinian land near Bethlehem to give to settlers from Brooklyn? How will we spin this one?
Did Hamas make us do it?
Friday, August 29th 2014
Thursday, August 28th 2014
Thursday, August 28th 2014 Pt 2
The hysterical over-reaction to the 'surge' of unaccompanied immigrant children into this country. Here in New York, our state has the second highest number of these young recent immigrant arrivals (after Texas); 4,244 kids ages 17 and younger, some much younger have been sheltered and sponsored in the five boroughs and surrounding suburban counties. 4,244 kids in a state of about 19.6 million people. These children have had zero negative impact, according various county departments. There has been "no rise in the need for services due to the unaccompanied minors," the spokeswoman for the Suffolk County Executive told Newsday.
Wednesday, August 27th 2014
Erica and I watched the predictable, plodding Emmys together; agreeing that the highlight was irrepressibly saucy Sarah Silverman's busty ebullient victory for her hilariously irreverent HBO special. Aside from her ample bosom, the funny lady was also the hit of the Red Carpet when she flashed her pot-filled Vape pen. She bragged on it, explaining that she has a prescription for medical-marijuana. Since the devices don't emit second hand smoke, the spread of E-cigarettes like Sarah's will speed the necessary end of Marijuana Prohibition. It is past time to recognize that almost every otherwise law-abiding adult has tried pot at least once, and that every adult should have that legal right.
Tuesday, August 26th 2014
2,500 mourners crowded the pews of the Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Ferguson Mo. yesterday, to remember Michael Brown. The nation's civil rights leadership was all there, including two of the Rev. Martin Luther King's kids, Rev. Jesse Jackson, film-maker Spike Lee and Rev. Al Sharpton.
Rev. Al led the way.
As the nation's prominent black activist, he called on the crowd to do something to fix the epic crisis of cops vs. black men; do something rather than bitch about how bad things are at "ghetto pity parties."
One voice notably vapid throughout the Ferguson protests is President Obama's.
The president's modest approach to All Things Urban was reamed by Prof. Cornell West. The fiery, left-wing Princeton professor who once denounced Obama as a "Rockefeller Republican in blackface," just wrote in a Salon article that the president "posed as a progressive and turned out to be counterfeit."
Monday August 25th, 2014
In the news, they bury Michael Brown in Ferguson Missouri today, the unarmed teenager whose death-by-cop is being seen through the prism of race in America.
Folks are increasingly choosing up sides in the Brown and similar cases based on their own stereotypes, revealing the utter depth of the racial chasm in our country.
Some of you were intensely critical of my appraisal/prediction that, in part, because of that race-stereotyping, Darren Wilson, the white cop who shot and killed the unarmed black teenager will certainly be acquitted at trial.
To be specific, I predict Wilson will be indicted, in large part because of political pressure. Then, a diverse trial jury will acquit the cop because the evidence of criminality is at best ambiguous.
The issue of young black men killed in their encounters with law enforcement will then be muted until the next egregious incident on the mean streets of some other segregated community.
Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin: Spinning Tragedy
No Deportation Without Representation
Just Do It
Suffer The Little Children
Call her Maria. She got here by hitching a 1,400 mile ride on a freight train or on a rickety bus or in the company of an unscrupulous smuggler and she’s just walked across the last 45 miles of scrub and desert on the Mexican side, enduring untold physical and emotional hardship.
Geraldo's Commencement Speech
Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work Graduation
College of Staten Island, (located on the grounds of the former Willowbrook State School)
May 29, 2014
Once Upon A Time In FARC-Landia
Thank you all. So I’d like to talk about being Jewish in a Puerto Rican family by telling you the story of my Bar Mitzvah. First some interesting background. Lily Friedman, my mom, now 94 and the pride of Siesta Key, Sarasota, Florida met my late dad Cruz Rivera of Bayamon, Puerto Rico in 1939 at Child’s Cafeteria on the corner of 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue. He had just emigrated from the island, literally arriving on the weekly banana boat; she was from Newark and was working as a waitress. He was in charge of the restaurant’s Latino dishwashers.
The Civil War Next Door
The Crisis Closer To Home
Jose, Meet Ulysses
Heis home now, and like Homer’s hero Ulysses, Jose’s odyssey sounds mythical. In a world filled with grifters and charlatans, we are asked to believe a modest Salvadoran fisherman did something never before achieved, beaten the biggest, baddest ocean, almost bare-handed.
Strange thing is, unlike Homer’s epic hero, Jose Alvarenga’s tale is apparently true.
Smack Is Back, Blame The Pot Prohibition
Heroin users don’t usually die from bad dope, they die from good dope; accidentally overdosing when the drug they are shooting is cheap and potent and right now heroin is cheaper and stronger than ever.
Squeezed In The Middle
The governor and the president aspired to break out of their respective stereotypes and attract broad bi-partisan support. Both, though, have been hobbled by self-inflicted wounds. Christie crashed into Bridgegate. Obama seems lost in the Matrix known as Obamacare. Both proud, powerful men are humbled their natural enemies’ ascendant.
In the fog of war, on a day I narrowly escaped a sniper's bullet, I confused the aftermath of a friendly fire incident I covered in Tora Bora, with a more widely reported friendly fire incident several hundred miles away in Kandahar.
The Trouble Between Chris & George
It is also part of the dialogue of national commerce.
This is where I-80 begins its 3,000-mile run west to California. I-95, the all-important East Coast artery connecting Maine to Florida crosses the river here.
Further, I hope the handshake is the gesture that accelerates a long overdue easing of the harsh U.S. policy toward Cuba, which since 1960 has been one of unrelenting hostility and confrontation.
Aside from taking care of our place, since giving up fishing, Jose has run his parent’s small business in Playa Salinas on Puerto Rico’s Caribbean coast. It is a usually thriving seaside bar and restaurant that attracts families of modest means from around the island.
It Is Still The Hoodie
‘See, we told you he was a murderous creep, how do you feel now about defending him?’ ‘Was his girlfriend wearing a hoodie? Is that why he assaulted her?’ ‘Geraldo you own George Zimmerman now, how does it feel to have helped a psycho escape justice?’ ‘Justice for Trayvon Martin.’ ‘No justice, no peace.’
Detouring Around Never Ever
Having expended his political capital in his Herculean effort to pass Obamacare without a single Republican vote, only to be humiliated by an atrocious website and a broken promise, our president is fresh out of clout.
Remembering The Mean Streets
Further west, toward the numbered avenues, the area was beginning a tentative gentrification that included a new neighborhood name heavy on hope and optimism. The shopkeepers, restaurateurs and the pot-smoking flower children moving in from the suburbs and from small towns across the country called it the East Village.
El Hermano Mayor
Historically, the distrust has been fueled by envy, anti-Yanqui hype and bitter shared history. From at least what President Grant labeled the "Wicked War" of 1846, which ripped the American Southwest from Mexico, and the Spanish-American War of 1898 where the prizes included Puerto Rico, Cuba and the Philippines, there has been deep distrust of official Washington.
Grass Is Greener In Uruguay
What struck me was the government's obvious pride of achievement in the shoot-down of the dopers.
Mr. Cruz Goes To Washington
The Cuban-American junior senator from Texas’ epic 21-hour rant against Obamacare rallied Tea Party Libertarians who flooded the emails and voicemails of Congressional Republicans, like Peter King of New York who dared to be critical of Cruz. King accused Cruz of being "a fraud." King was rewarded with a tsunami of messages he called "vile and obscene" from Tea Party activists stirred by Senator Cruz’ call to battle.
Not This Time. Not In Syria.
Actually, it wasn’t the president who convinced me at the time that the mad Iraqi dictator could potentially unleash his WMD on the U.S. and the world. It was Colin Powell, when the hero of the Gulf War and at the time Secretary of State gave a speech to the United Nations.
Race & Crime Reporting
Both Rush and Glenn are correct that a Not So Silent majority of Big Media leans left. The mainstream seems sometimes to recognize no causal factor for black on white crime but income inequality and slavery.
A Bad Idea
Much of the show concerned the continuing fallout from the dramatic but not unexpected verdict in the Trayvon Martin murder case.
White Hispanic Yellow Journalism
First of all, what is a Hispanic? The word derives from a region called "Hispania" the collective name for the four 15th Century Christian kingdoms on the northern half of the Iberian Peninsula before King Ferdinand and Queen Isabela united the peninsula and expelled the Moors.
Immigration's Stacked Deck
Dark & Stormy
While I confess drinking several during the just completed Marion to Bermuda Race for Cruising Sailboats, actual dark and stormy nights at sea were in short supply during the 660 mile race. Which was too bad because my old sailboat Voyager, at 52 tons and made of half inch thick aluminum, thrives in bad weather; the darker and stormier the better.
A post race analysis of GPS tracking shows Voyager closing to 2nd place during the blustery weather Sunday and Monday, only to fade and wallow near the end during Tuesday's calm to cross the finish line 12th in the fleet of 34 boats.
Politics Is Not Fantasy
Determined to honor his ancient oath and ride to the rescue of his ally the besieged nation of Gondor, he is told that his forces are insufficient to defeat the enemy, evil Mordor.
“No. We can not. But we will meet them in battle nonetheless,” Théoden answers grimly, doomed by honor and destiny to perish in what seems a lost cause. And he dies, but because of his sacrifice the good guys ultimately win.
"Send Them All Back!"
But familiarity aside most had no patience for what I said that night about the need for immigration reform.
Following the terrorist attacks of 9/11/01, I argued, Americans did what we have always done when faced with a profound threat from abroad.
The Yauco Monster
When it became clear during Thursday's arraignment that only one of the three Castro brothers was involved, the crime became more emotionally manageable; still, the selfish sadism involved was heartbreaking and outrageous.
Mad Mayor Mike
His smoldering anger barely contained, and with uncharacteristically blunt, harsh language, Bloomberg's speech aimed special scorn at three great liberal organizations, The New York Times, the Center for Constitutional Rights and the New York Civil Liberties Union, accusing them of hypocrisy and worse. Focusing on a Times editorial which denounced stop and frisk as a "wildly loathed practice," the mayor made reference to the recent shooting death of a black kid in the Bronx, 17-year old Alphonza Bryant; a murder not even mentioned in the ‘Newspaper of Record.'
Banning Manchurian Candidates
"Last week, opponents of comprehensive immigration reform began to exploit the Boston Marathon bombing. ... I urge restraint in that regard," the liberal lion Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, said during the opening hearing. "Refugees and asylum-seekers have enriched the fabric of this country from our founding."
A Bad Week
Then we got the stunning arrest of the wife of a disgraced Justice of the Peace for the murders of two Texas prosecutors we thought had been killed by the Aryan Brotherhood or the Mexican drug cartels. Not to mention the acrimonious gun control debate on the floor of the U.S. Senate that destroyed hope for meaningful compromise on the issue of background checks.
Tourism Is Not Terrorism
The action/reaction/counter-reaction happened in real time. The video of their smiling, crowded, heavily-guarded tour of Old Havana was still in the news loop when prominent Cuban American leaders unleashed a no-holds barred condemnation that took the celebrity visit as seriously as if it had been a terrorist attack.
Viva El Papa Francisco
Like tens of millions of other Latinos, over the last several decades many Rivera's left the church and converted to evangelical Protestantism.
Sequestering Immigration Reform
I can't prove the following scenario actually happened. In fact as you'll see Jay Carney, the White House Press Secretary denies any presidential involvement; but I can just picture this imagined conversation happening in the Oval Office.
If I Run (Part Two)
Since I did beat Booker among registered Republicans, that could have been the headline of the Quinnipiac University poll released on Thursday February 21, 2013.
Instead, the pollsters choose the more traditional approach. Citing Booker's dominance "among all other political, gender, income, age and regional groups in the state," they write, "If TV personality Geraldo Rivera is just testing the water for a U.S. Senate run in New Jersey, he might find that the water is colder than the Atlantic Ocean in February."
As The Whole World Watched
For six days, as the whole world watched, the disgruntled rogue officer spread murder and mayhem throughout Southern California. Driven by hatred of the force that fired him five years before for lying, the rogue cop vowed to wage "unconventional and asymmetrical warfare" and warned cops connected to his firing and their families that "you will now live the life of the prey."
If I Run
A year and a half from now, my probable opponent would be either the admirable five term incumbent 89-year old Senator Frank Lautenberg or the charismatic Newark mayor 43-year old Corey Booker, fine men and formidable candidates in a state where almost 60% identify as Democrats.
Despite its popularity in the Garden State, their party is the problem. I endorsed the economic platform of Romney/Ryan in 2012 because Democrats were denying the deficit and decrying necessary changes in federal entitlements. Unfettered, theirs is a recipe for generational catastrophe. To pretend the government can just print money is untenable and irresponsible.
Calling All Women Warriors
The move will open more than 230,000 frontline combat positions to women, with emphasis on Army and Marine infantry units. And there is overwhelming support for integrating the combat military. Aside from the issue of fairness, it makes sense. The biggest reason the West still trumps the East is that we have freed women and they have not.
Forget Me Not
Seizing the moment, long-ignored gun control advocates mobilized; even as the stunned firearms industry and its reliable acolytes at the NRA, the Gun Owners of America and similar groups struggled initially to find an appropriate response to the obscene bloodshed.
Too Little Too Late
Kay Bailey Hutchinson of Texas and John Kyle of Arizona have represented their border states since Bill Clinton was president. The senior female Republican, Senator Hutchinson assumed office in June 1993. The powerful Minority Whip, Senator Kyl has served since 1994 and his distinguished Senate tenure was preceded by eight years in the House.
Both have been otherwise fine legislators, moderate conservatives influential and fair-minded; but neither has done much since mid-Bush to alleviate the plight of the nation's eleven million undocumented immigrants; many of whom reside in or pass through their respective states.
The Unholy War
But that doesn't mean I think the Israel can do whatever it feels appropriate under the banner of self-defense. Five Israelis have been killed by hostile action in the current round of fighting. As of this writing 141 Palestinians are also dead, about half of them civilians, including babies. That is more than 25 to 1, Palestinian to Israeli dead. That fact curdles the blood of even us Zionists.
How The Mighty Have Fallen
In its rapid advance, elements of the 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division had taken control of a suburban villa owned by one of Saddam's cousins. The villa was abandoned and the swimming pool dry when the troopers secured the property for use as a command and control post in preparation for the big push into Baghdad.
Put Up Or Shut Up
Given the nation's changing demographic realty, this may be the last time race will not be the defining characteristic of most voters. Even now 60+% of Governor Romney voters will be white, 75+% of President Obama voters will be non-white. And every day, each side's relative strength with its favored racial constituency will grow.
While hot-button social issues like abortion and gay rights, and economic issues like jobs, taxes and the deficit will continue to drive many voters, race will be the most obvious determinant.
It Ain't Over Til It's Over
The V.P. debate could not have been more different than the first encounter between the presidential candidates.
Hungry In The Hood
Only recently feeling the tide of gentrification lifting adjacent, hipper neighborhoods, the church floats in what was the notorious 'Tenderloin' district -- a sea of hookers, pimps, alkies and bruisers on the near West Side in midtown Manhattan.
Since the Disneyfication of nearby Times Square, for the last 25 years the neighborhood has gone legitimately commercial, and is now mostly a collection of small businesses in big buildings on a street that is mostly always in shadow.
Does The GOP Really Want Latino Support
Since 2010, Mr. Kobach has been the Kansas Secretary of State, a position not generally thought of as a launch pad for national notoriety. His prominence (or infamy) comes from the fact that this highly educated scholar/politician has become the brain of the anti-illegal immigration movement.
Presenting a far more appealing image than say former Arizona state senator Russell Pierce, Governor Jan Brewer or Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Secretary (call me Kris) Kobach is the architect of the harsh and ultimately self-defeating plank in the Republican Party platform on illegal immigration.
Why Not Me
Most big-league journalists including Latinos have the skill set required to enable, facilitate and occasionally provoke the most rehearsed news event of the election season. The focus and the substantive burden should be on the candidates, not the moderators. Their task is to be fair, prepared, and pay attention. There is a certain amount of ring mastering, but the more confident and competent the host, the less need for laugh lines or gotcha moments.
Because of my war correspondent style, I would probably not be selected by the stately Presidential Debate Commission.
Holy City, Unholy Wars
The Jews history here in town dates back to King David and his son Solomon about 31 centuries ago.
"This is a circus. It's a national disgrace. And from my standpoint, as a black American, it is a high-tech lynching for uppity blacks who in any way deign to think for themselves, to do for themselves, to have different ideas, and it is a message that unless you kowtow to an old order, this is what will happen to you. You will be lynched, destroyed, caricatured by a committee of the U.S. Senate rather than hung from a tree."
Substitute "Congress" for "Senate" and what Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said during his contentious confirmation hearings in 1991 could easily apply to what House Republicans, joined by 17 Democrats, did Thursday to Attorney General Eric Holder.
The president: "Maybe we should let Rubio do his thing, then the Republicans will be on record as supporting illegal aliens."
David Axelrod: "Mr. President with all due respect, we can't let the GOP do something for Hispanics that we've been promising since 2007."
The president: "You're right, what do you have in mind?"
Stop, Frisk, But Don't Bully
"I ran over yelling, 'keep your hands off my boy!' I almost got myself arrested."
Happily, her encounter ended happily. No contraband was found on her son and apologies were exchanged all around.
A counselor for disabled children, she was one of three hard-working, African-American mothers who happened to be at a dinner at my New York apartment.
Prep School Jungle
Choosing to remember my gay bullying story in heroic terms, it goes like this: fellow vigilantes from the high school wrestling team and I beat up a tough guy non-wrestler who was creeping out our smallest teammate, the tiny, bony, effeminate, but game 115 pounder who was like the team mascot.
Details are hazy, and it might have been members of the football team protecting the honor of an embattled water boy, but broad strokes, some version of that half-century old incident happened; I recall it through the dust of history like most street fights and boxing matches since.
The story is therefore easy and cheap to illustrate.
Mean Streets Meet Stop & Frisk
El Museo is an impressive institution at the upper end of Museum Mile on 5th Avenue, and on Saturday it was packed with a sold-out crowd of young, mostly Latinos eager to hear poetry and reminiscences about a man they had learned about in school.
Not Out Here In Bushwick
I had been on one of my broadcast rants about the need to have compassionate, comprehensive immigration reform when I took his call. Expecting a Kumbaya moment from a supportive brother calling the show from the hood, instead his remarks stopped me short. I stuttered something about all Latinos being brothers.
But he cut me off saying, "not out here in Bushwick," referring to the heavily Puerto Rican and Dominican Brooklyn neighborhood, which has experienced an influx of Mexican and South American immigrants in recent years, many of them undocumented.
There is simply no excuse for the captain and crew of a modern vessel to smash into a prominent rock that is certainly on the both the electronic and paper charts the Costa Concordia is legally required to have on her bridge. No excuses. No explanations. There are no uncharted rocks of the size that vessel hit in the Mediterranean Sea. Those waters off the coast of Tuscany have been precisely marked for two hundred years at least.
Joran Meet Justice
Having befriended Natalee's family shortly after they arrived on the Dutch-owned Caribbean island of Aruba to begin the desperate, agonizing, ultimately fruitless search for their missing teenager, I share their belief that the arrogant Van der Sloot murdered her. In the years since, I chronicled the ebb and flow of their frustration and disappointment as Joran slipped out of one legal jam after another.
Su Padre Es De Mexico!
Mitt Romney's father, former Michigan governor George Romney was born in Mexico. That's shocking right? Even though the story has apparently been out there for months, I never heard it. What is even more shocking is that the admission came from the virulently anti-illegal immigration presidential candidate himself. Perhaps in an effort to beat to the punch an investigative report by the excellent Mike Taibbi on Brian Williams' "30 Rock" program Monday night, on Sunday afternoon Mitt Romney suddenly mentioned Latino immigrants in a context other than 'Round them up. Sort them out. And send the illegal ones back where they came from. He admitted in passing that his dad was born there.
Are You Threatening Me
I remembered Lowell as a brave, competent, but hugely self-righteous old school investigative reporter, who famously produced the Mike Wallace expose of the major tobacco companies for '60 Minutes.' Al Pacino played him in the movie version of the saga, 'The Insider.'
Although I hadn't seen the now 60-year old veteran reporter since he parted ways with ABC back in 1982, I recognized him immediately.
A perfect example of Republican tone-deafness is the cancellation of the Univision debate that was originally scheduled for January 29th.
Our war against Saddam Hussein’s Iraq was the classic example. It was funky from the get-go, and I should have known better. Instead, I concentrated on chronicling the heroic efforts of our stressed Armed Forces as they followed goals that vacillated from attempted conquest to force protection to nation-building and finding a respectable way out.
Bold But Dopey
It is doubtful that Newt Gingrich has ever spent quality time in a 'really poor', inner-city public housing project. He probably has more first-hand knowledge of the hallowed ground under Pickett's doomed Charge at Gettysburg in 1863 than he does about low-life in high-rise poverty in New York or Chicago in 2011.
Fist Bumps & The Gingrich Surge
Still, I had to vent.
"I felt like jumping through the TV screen when I watched you yesterday on "The Five," I told my Fox News friend and colleague.
"Why?" his expression asked.
"Deport them all?" I continued incredulous, referring to his harsh suggestion that we should simply arrest and evict the 11 million plus undocumented immigrants.
Buy A House, Get A Visa!
But a new bipartisan bill proposing an immigrant visa to those willing to buy homes in America deserves consideration. That is, if our do nothing Congress ever gets around to considering anything more meaningful than the reaffirmation of "In God We Trust" as our national motto.
The Civil Majority
So anti-immigration hard-liners beware. Harsh and divisive immigration scapegoating will not be tolerated by voters. The immigrant punching bag will hit back. Russell Pearce is out. Reason and civility are in. Bien hecho (well done) Mesa Arizona.
In a special election reluctantly scheduled by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, 64-year old Russell Pearce the powerful president of the State Senate, was recalled Tuesday by the voters of his suburban Phoenix Arizona district.
Not So Sweet Home Alabama
The perpetrators of that hideous crime deliberately ignited their massive device as a Sunday school session was going on in the church basement. The explosion left many terrorized children and teachers badly injured; four girls, Denise McNair, who was 11; Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley and Carol Robertson, all age 14, were crushed to death.
We The People
Also a lawyer, but bereft of my own carry around copy of the Great Compact, I still argue with equal vigor; often agreeing on individual rights, (we're both libertarians), but disagreeing dramatically on the proper role of the federal government and the separation of powers between Washington and the several states.
High Rise Anxiety
And there are no big picture surprises. At a certain point you know you’re either going to get hit or missed, because no other natural drama unfolds with such slow-motion predictability. You can’t say you were surprised.
They are not like serious earthquakes, which in places like New York, Washington or Philadelphia only happen on a Tuesday and then only every other century or so. Neither are hurricanes like rogue tornadoes or the sudden eruption of long dormant volcanoes that slash and burn with no warning but the sirens.
Anthony Reports To Parole officer
"She reported. She told the officer she understands the conditions of her probation" on the check kiting cases. "And she was told the date for her next appearance."
Bring Them Home
On the bright summer day their new commanding officer, Major General John F. Campbell assumed command, their ranks, disciplined row upon row first filled the parade ground at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Passing in review, they were awesome; an inspiring sight the memory of which still fills my soul with pride and patriotism.
Race & The Debt Ceiling
Race and the Debt Ceiling
The deep dark secret underlying the Kamikaze debate over the debt ceiling is that it is as much about race as it is about competing political philosophies. The nation is roughly divided in half; the have's that pay taxes and have not's who do not. Most of the have's are white; most of the have not's are not. When the have's say they are sick of paying for bloated government, they are saying in effect that they are sick of paying for a vast social safety net that disproportionately protects black and brown people. They are not racists, but the shrink government movement championed by the Tea Party has a racial impact.
For example, everybody got hit by the Great Recession; but the impact on black and brown communities is far more severe.
Jose Baez told me Wednesday night. Enduring the severe backlash cascading from the shocking Casey Anthony acquittal, the 42-year old New York-born Puerto Rican attorney is in the midst of the second toughest fight of his life.
It's a shame that a person can be acquitted of a crime and be shunned by society that's not the purpose of the criminal justic system that's not the purpose of the Constitution."
Right now, the crowd outside the Orange County Florida Courthouse is in a foul mood. Not only are they filled with anger at Casey, but also at anyone connected to her dramatically successful defense.
They are also mad at me for being the bearer of bad news.
Many of the protesters are angry that I suggested Casey was a "good mother" on O'Reilly's show on Tuesday soon after her devastating, breath-taking, totally unexpected acquittal on all child murder charges.
Sailing To Orlando
At night, aside from those ghostly green images glowing from that radar screen, there is nothing but the plunging boat and the big bad black ocean and sky. It is exhilarating, humbling and scary, especially when the wind is howling, the sails are straining and tons of water rushes over the low side of the heeling sailboat as it cuts through heaving seas a couple hundred miles from the nearest land.
His earlier apprenticeship spent in the public defender's office discounted, his journeyman experience put commentators in a bad mood from day one.
With Friends Like Him
Given the breath-taking surge in the Latino population, I said confidently in November 2008 that if the community continued to turnout and vote for Obama and other Democrats at the same ratio, "there may never be another Republican president." At least until the GOP moderated its position on immigration reform.
Another Great Escape
Perfectly executed and separated by almost ten years, history will view the two escapes as bookends of our futile effort in Afghanistan. I’ll remind you about the first event in a minute, the second happened Monday near Kandahar when almost 500 captive Taliban fighters, including some hardened leaders tunneled out of a maximum security facility right under the noses of their probably complicit Afghan guards.
There But For Fortune
Then someone gets killed and anecdote and cliché collapse into mourning.
It is not that I would lead the Libyan revolt. I just know that this one is badly managed.
Sympathy For The Devil
Loathing their master, I admit to feeling sorry for the Gaddafi force attacking east from Brega toward Ashdabiya in the Libyan civil war. This is no longer the overwhelming armored column seeking to suppress the eastern rebellion. This is the desperate remnant of a battered army.
Far from their western base, their supply line stretches along a single coastal road for 300 miles. Pushed from behind by the hysterical urgings of their mad maximum leader, they face death from the giant Allied air hammer above.
Still they attack.
When we got caught in that cross-fire yesterday, it revealed that what this mob needs is a few good Marine Corps drill sergeants, not more or heavier weapons.
Picture this: in front a fortified enemy position; Gaddafi loyalists have dug in behind the brick or cement walls of the town’s university.
For years, after making war on their country, Gaddafi has seduced them; luring them here to oil-rich Libya with the promise of jobs. Now they are stuck by their host's upheaval.
It is not enough that our forces, without suffering a single casualty prevented a massacre of "horrific scale" in the Libyan city of Benghazi.
Now the long-distance machos in Washington want the boogeyman boss dead or gone, without regard for what it might take to accomplish that admirable goal.
The President Was Right To Go
Nothing came of it, but that moment of doubt and fear of what the mighty ocean might have in store came sweeping back this past Friday morning when I turned on the car radio on the way to work, and heard about the historic, gigantic 9.0 quake that struck Japan overnight.
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange went off the tracks in a rambling mid-February phone call with the editor of Private Eye magazine; he was complaining about a story that alleged Assange was pals with a Holocaust denier.
We departed Marion, the charming Massachusetts seafaring town on Buzzard's Bay in the summer of 1997; crossing the Atlantic, and through the Straits of Gibraltar. By the time we crossed the long Mediterranean and passed through the legendary Suez Canal, it was 1998. The first high drama came a week after the canal in the Gulf of Aqaba when we were run down by an Egyptian gunboat after making an unauthorized stop at one of their islands off the Sinai Peninsula near the Egyptian/Israeli border.
La Calle Sesame
Tin Pots & Us
Latino Teen Pregnancy
And while proportionally, more black teens get pregnant, 58% according to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy; Latinas, at 53% are rapidly closing the gap.
Jeb, Bill & Me
So What Happens Now
My guess, and it is only a guess, is that the ultimate answer will be both. He's clearly crazy; but as the record shows, he was also obsessed with targeting Congresswoman Gabriel Giffords ('my assassination' he called the pending attack); and had been obsessed with her since 2007.
Right now, the 39-year old Cuban-American is the Latino golden boy; he's standing astride the big stage after first driving Florida's popular governor Charlie Crist from the GOP before the Senate primary, and then crushing Charlie and the affable, but ineffective Democrat, Miami-area congressman Kendrick Meek in the general election.
The Latino Rising
That demographic tsunami does not sit well with many otherwise well-meaning Americans because it carries the threat that these newcomers will change the country; making it something other than the beacon of individual freedom and liberty it has always been.
50 Highs & Lows From 40 Years In News
There aren’t many still standing who started in that tumultuous period during which the civil rights movement had collapsed into urban chaos; the endless war in Vietnam was tearing the nation apart; Richard Nixon was president, and the deaths of four students at Kent State University at the hands of Ohio National Guardsmen was accelerating the alienation of young people across the country and self-styled rebels like me who weren’t trusting anyone over thirty.
Which Is Worse, Illegal Aliens Or The Gruesome Oil Spill ?
As I have documented in two recent books, Mexican immigrants have been crossing the southern border since our conquest of Mexico and occupation of its former national territory in the American southwest in 1846.
Down But Not Out In Edgewater
Sick days aren't part of my nature. In forty years of hard marching, field reporting out beyond the wire from some of the grimmest places on the planet, plus the often nerve-jangling experience of doing studio and location shows by the thousands, I honestly don't remember ever taking a sick day off.
If Afghanistan has any hope of a relatively normal future it is in its resilient capitalism; its business community, which is largely fueled by the entrepreneurial spirit of ex-pat Afghanis mostly from the United States with some money from Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf.
The Big American Flag
Weather is more personal and dramatic when you live on a big river like the Hudson. It has heft, especially when the wind blows down from the north. Wind from that point of the compass is channeled by the Highlands near West Point, by Storm King Mountain and the Palisades, and by the time the breeze reaches the George Washington Bridge and enters New York Harbor it is sharp and wet. Pushed by tide and by that wind, waves, two, three footers run down to break on the shoals and docks on the Jersey side.
Fort Hood Massacre
Two Hurricanes & A Funeral
ICE Immigration Raids
Secretary Chertoff, Call Off
Many hundreds of otherwise law abiding, hard working, family men and women have been arrested in recent weeks under circumstances more appropriate to operations targeting al Queda.
Shame On Chertoff
Let me get this straight, a one-year long investigation; to discover that many, if not most workers at poultry processing plants are Mexicans or other Latin Americans here illegally?
Iraq Five Years Later
On assignment with the 82nd Airborne Division in Afghanistan in March 2003, we were a week late getting into Iraq. By the time we got there, the intense 'Shock and Awe' aerial bombardment that almost killed Saddam Hussein was over. It would have ended the war on the first day. But he escaped; the first of many missed opportunities that negatively altered the course of the war.
The next was the failure to secure the huge caches of ammunition discovered on the road to Baghdad, artillery shells and other high explosives that would later be used with such devastating impact when improvised as roadside booby traps.
"Her Panic; Hillary's Alamo"
She is not the first to make a last stand in San Antonio and as dire as her peril, it was worse last time around. In 1836, 189 brave souls perished there after holding off the entire Mexican army for almost two weeks. Given the role the Battle of the Alamo played as one of American history's pivotal moments, it is perhaps ironic that most of the residents of the city more closely resemble the attacking army than the mission's heroic defenders.
Now Hillary is entrenched in the "Alamo City," the state's second largest with 1.3 residents.
Here Comes "His Panic"
The book predicts an election year uprising among Hispanics finally sickened enough to make a stand against candidates and news organizations that have spent the last several years trying to get the country to turn her back on our noble immigrant tradition. One of the first to fall was Mitt Romney.
Parwan Province Afghanistan
Of all the public works projects completed here in Afghanistan with US and foreign assistance over the last six years, none was more impressive to me than the strategic Salang tunnel. Originally built in 1964 by the Soviets, during their ill-fated invasion to rescue the local communist government and take over the country in 1979, they used it to help move their tanks and heavy equipment down into the heartland. Cut into the mighty Hindu Kush Mountains, the tunnel is located about 65 miles north of Kabul, and quickly became the most vital passage connecting this rugged country's north and south, cutting travel time from the 3 days it used to take to drive around the mountains to just a few hours.
Kite Runner Hill
When I got to Kabul just after it was liberated in 2001, one of the first things I saw were the thousands of kids flying their brightly colored, handmade paper kites. Now, American movie goers are getting that same look inside Afghanistan’s history and culture with the new movie called Kite Runner, based on the best-selling novel by Khaled Hosseini that just opened last week with the gala Hollywood premier. The film portrays the lives of two Afghan boys, one a member of the upper class who manages to escape the Taliban and move to America. The other gets caught in the grip of the radical fundamentalist thugs who ruled this poor nation with irrational violence and the most extreme form of Islam on the planet between 1996 and 2001.
The Serena Hotel
On Wednesday morning December 5th, my first here in the Afghan capital, I was awakened by the sound of sirens. The phone rang in my hotel room a couple of minutes later and it was Akbar Shinwari my old friend here in Kabul telling me that there had just been another suicide bombing, the third in the last eight days. Shades of Baghdad in the bad old days before the surge, a bomber, or some at the scene said, a pair of bombers had targeted a group of Afghan soldiers waiting to catch a bus. By the time I got there, although the bodies had been cleared, chaos still reined.
There's my younger, taller, better looking brother Craig, the senior producer/reporter who's worked with me in the news business since he was 17. Except for the thirteen years he was on his own as a reporter for Bill O'Reilly's alma mater 'Inside Edition' Craig's been at my side through thick and thin for virtually his entire adult life. A terrific journalist with balls of steel, incredibly (to me), Craig's 53 now. He's married to the much younger Cordelia Bowe Rivera, a beautiful woman who is also a talented tv producer and the mother of their two kids, Austin 13, who's already taller than me and Olivia, 9 who's cute as can be.
Bagram Air Base
Flying into Kabul, this country's sprawling, dusty capital first provides one of the world's most spectacular sights, the soaring, seemingly endless Hindu Kush mountains. Sharp peaks, snow covered and breathtaking these 15-18,000 foot giants are mere half-sized foothills leading up to their awesome cousins the Himalayas a thousand miles east. The aircraft an ancient 737 owned by a bare bones operation called Kam Air banks sharply left to avoid them, then dives into the brown haze that covers Afghanistan's principal and really only modern city.
Sure there is the occasional boom in the night and even the odd rattle of gunfire, but trust me after nine visits since the invasion of March 2003, Baghdad and environs are far better and safer than they were before the surge began.
Violence is down to a level that is a fraction of what it was during the year-long religious war which began with the destruction of the Golden Dome of Samarra in early 2006.
Sadr City, Iraq
This hotbed of radical Shiites is still a nest of vipers, where rogue elements within the community have so far refused to go along with the ceasefire declared by their own religious leaders.
With a teeming, dense and largely impoverished population of at least 2.3 million of Baghdad’s seven million residents our basic military strategy has been to isolate what is still the dark heart of the Shiite resistance.
Al Rasheed, Baghdad
As in the rest of this battle-scared capital the principal difference has been the imposition of U.S. Army law and governance, and an unprecedented battle for the hearts and minds and pocket books of the Iraqi people on a scale not seen since the Marshal Plan poured millions of U.S. dollars in to rebuild post World War II Europe.
In a single month this summer, authorities found 70 bodies there.
neo-Nazis or simmering British soccer fans.
They are mostly private security contractors or truck drivers or construction trades workers coming or going from the war-torn country next door.
Like Mubarak in Egypt, but unlike so many others in these parts, the King accepts our aid, without resorting to deceit, treachery or double dealing.
Now he's in the States for President Bush's Annapolis peace conference, which is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, but which is already being handicaped as a non-starter by long-time observers of the Mid-East scene who learned long ago that around here optimism is usually crushed before the ink is dry on any purported agreement.
And So It Goes
Let's start with the death of the incomparable Kurt Vonnegut. Along with Rand, Forester, Tolstoy, and Tolkien, Vonnegut's writings helped shape my world. Ostensibly a comedy and filled with scenes of aliens, abductions and time travel, 'Slaughter House-Five' was at its heart as vivid and eloquently anti-war as 'Paths of Glory'. 'The Sirens of Titan', 'Cat's Cradle', and 'Breakfast of Champions' were also deceptively gentle excoriations of militarism and pretension.
I don't make any apologies for the extensive media coverage. It follows, rather than creates audience interest. And in this intriguing case, there's plenty to grab your attention. But after last night's show that we did on location at the Marathon, Florida home Anna Nicole stayed during her pregnancy, which included the chilling testimony of the housekeepers who saw her enormous stash of dope and needles, I've reached a personal conclusion.
GOP Immigration Extremists
Led by candidates like Arizona's J.D. Hayworth, the party essentially adopted the position of the Minutemen and similar radical groups, which promulgated a wildly exaggerated portrayal of a tidal wave of brown people overwhelming our southern border, running loose to rape, steal and murder on the streets of our cities. It is no accident that various hate groups have declared common cause with the Minutemen. Similarly, it is no accident that these various activist anti-immigration groups scarcely mention our long, undefended border with Canada.
Anna Nicole Update
On the verge of announcing the cause of Anna Nicole's death February 8th in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, most likely from an accidental drug overdose, on Thursday, the medical examiner delayed his ruling pending the receipt of new evidence.
Investigating that evidence, the local Sun Sentinel newspaper reminds us today that a friend of Anna Nicole asked him to secure her belongings if "something ever happened" to her.
Homeland Security Heist
With politicians from both sides of the aisle waving the flag, and perhaps hiding behind it, the bureaucrats, lobbyists and contractors sucking on the federal breast have stolen or wasted billions according to the General Accounting Office, making the Department of Homeland Security sometimes seem like one huge, get-rich quick scheme.
Marisa Yunanian is another injured student survivor of Thursday's killer tornado.
"I was watching through a near-by glass doors and window and I could see it getting darker and darker and then trees started flying and things started hitting the roof and the door. And then it all came at once and we all just covered our heads and prayed for it to be over..."
Notes On A Circus
Jack, who’s kind of a typical every man, was especially scornful of the living twin, Britney, accusing her of being a grossly negligent mother. He didn’t fault Anna Nicole as much as he excoriated reporters covering the travels and travails of her dead body, especially with so many, much more important issues out there worthy of discussion.
Feb 17th Baghdad Update
February 17, 2007
"I made Baghdad the top security priority," said President Bush Friday. "In other words, it is important in order to achieve our objective that the capital city of this grand country be secure. And I sent reinforcements to our troops, so they can accomplish that mission."
The key is Baghdad. That's why the embattled President and our military commanders chose this blood soaked place to make our stand, to surge our forces in an aggressive effort to curtail the wretched violence, disrupt insurgent activity and deny the extremists the safe haven some of these neighborhoods have been providing.
Operation Law & Order
Working with the newly reorganized Iraqi Security Forces, Stopping traffic, setting roadblocks, searching and clearing various trouble riddled parts of town, The First Cavalry, supplemented by units from the Stryker Brigade and the 82nd Airborne swarmed the city in operations designed to disrupt insurgent activity and deny the extremists the safe-haven some of these neighborhoods have previously provided.
Back To Iraq
The crash of the Marine Sea Knight on Wednesday was the sixth by a U.S. helicopter since January 20th, at least four of them shot down by the bad guys with a total loss of 27 of our troops or private security contractors.
Last Day Of Fox Network Show
As they say in 'Dreamgirls', we are a family. I've been like the crazy Dad and head cheerleader. Our executive in charge Nancy Duffy has been the strong, but loving mom. Some of our professional kids are moving on to other shows. And parting is such sweet sorrow.
43-year old Isaiah Washington has just announced that he's seeking psychological evaluation at a treatment center, whatever that means, following the scorching controversy over his use of an anti-gay slur to describe gay co-star T.R. Knight.
If sincere, which I doubt, seeking help would be a good thing because the dude is apparently carrying some heavy, psychological baggage.
Role Models For Girls
England Prostitute Slayings
If ever we needed evidence that prostitutes need some kind of protection, it's on grisly display up in Vancouver.
Rick Frey's sister Marnie is one of dozens of relatives, family members, and friends of slain and mutilated prostitutes allegedly victimized by Robert "Willie" Pickton. Rick is attending Pickton's macabre trial. "I didn't hear too much," he said outside the packed courtroom. "I left as soon as it got under my skin. I can't handle that stuff."
The Worst Of Times
For the President, the orgy of bloodshed in Iraq could not have come at a worse time. With a confrontation with Congress looming over his plan to surge more than 20,000 additional forces into bloody Baghdad, a recent poll shows that the war in Iraq has become our country’s biggest worry, and that 2/3rd’s of those surveyed disapprove of the way the President is fighting it.
Missouri Kidnap Case
"It happens to prisoners of war, they do what they have to do in order to survive, It happens to women that are rape victims, if someone got in your apartment and kept you there for nine hours you would probably do what that kidnapper said to do, he broke this boy down psychologically, this boy was terrified…”
Thoughts On The "Troop Surge"
"We thought that these elections would bring the Iraqis together," he said. "But in 2006, the opposite happened. The violence in Iraq -- particularly in Baghdad -- overwhelmed the political gains the Iraqis had made."
In what seems a last ditch effort, given the impatience of the American people about the war, the President, following the advice of our best general, David Petraeus, told us all last night that he's has decided to double the number of troops providing security in bloody Baghdad, and to beef up the under manned Marines in the wild western part of the war-wracked country.
NY Gas Smell
On a dreary, humid, gray day, in which the mild weather continues well above normal for January, the rotten egg smell gave many people headaches, made others nauseous, caused officials for a time to suspend train traffic from New Jersey, and led thousands to evacuate their buildings or take other extreme measures.
Wesley Autry is a 50-year old New York construction worker who faced a life and death decision Tuesday. On his way to drop off his two little girls and head to work, he watched in horror as a young man apparently suffering a seizure fell off the subway platform and onto the tracks, a 370-ton train fast approaching.
Death Comes In Threes
On this National Day of Mourning, the President and First Lady, three former Presidents, four former First Ladies, including one who would be president, members of the Supreme Court, the Cabinet and more than 3,000 other dignitaries gathered at Washington's National Cathedral to pay their respects to Betty Ford and to honor her husband - the pleasant and trustworthy man who never expected to hold the nation's highest office, but who steadied the ship of state, at a time when it was battered by war and Watergate...A superb athlete who ironically suffered the slings of comedians who ridiculed his supposed clumsiness...Gerald Ford will be buried tomorrow on the grounds of his museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
A Father Of Girls
"When you're the father of boys,
How you worry,
But when you're the father of girls,
You do more than that,
Prostitutes Murdered In England
"Everybody will have a view on working girls and prostitutes, but we mustn't forget these are young girls, they've got families and our thoughts go out to their families."
As Stewart Gill, the Detective Chief Superintendent of the Suffolk Police explains how five nude bodies have been discovered clustered in a small, remote area in Eastern England; the entire nation is gripped with the terrible memories of monsters present and past.
Iran Holocaust Deniers
Americans will be proud to know that we were represented by former Ku Klux Klanner David Duke, the smarmy racist who's charge that the Nazi gas chambers never really existed would just make you gag if it wasn't so insulting to the almost six million who died. His main point, "The Zionists have used the holocaust as a weapon to deny the rights of the Palestinians and cover up the crimes of Israel."
It's the same with Princess Diana. How could the gracious and elegant lady and her boyfriend Dodi die at the hands of a drunk driver?
Perhaps their glittering lives deserved a more fitting conclusion, but wishing won't change the fact that a driver, three-times over the French drink drive limit was the man principally responsible for their untimely deaths.
What's Bugging Me
Like the almost pointless prosecution of the war in Iraq, which the president refuses to call a civil war despite the fact the UN Secretary General and almost every other world leader recognizes it for what it is. This weekend ten more GI's died, bringing the total military casualties to 2,889.
National Meth Day
The President declared today National Methamphetamine Awareness Day...and the Attorney General went on live television to recognize the sorry fact that nearly 12 million Americans...almost five percent of the population above the age of 12...have tried the powerfully addictive drug, which averages about 600,000 users a month.
Celebrity Weddings & Divorce
But given all that, why don't we feel bad for Pam and Kid?
Let's face it some celebrity weddings are just silly.
Kramer Gone Crazy
"You can talk, you can talk, you're brave now motherf**ker. Throw his ass out. He's a nigger! He's a nigger! He's a nigger! A nigger, look, there's a nigger!"
Apparently provoked by two hecklers who happened to be black, Michael Richards, Seinfeld's buddy 'Kramer' exploded in a tirade of racial epithets that were stunning in the intense hatred they revealed.
Justice & The Race Card
The victim, 46-year old Crista Worthington was white. The perpetrator, 34-year old Christopher McCowen is black. Arrested only after his DNA was found in the victim's body, he admitted beating her, but claimed the sex was consensual...and that another man actually stabbed her.
Dems Clean Up
The rejection of the politics of reaction was evident almost everywhere, especially in Arizona where big, blustery GOP congressman J.D. Hayworth and conservative Republican candidate Randy Graf both basically adopted the hard-line, anti-immigration position advocated by vigilante groups like the Minuteman, and in their campaigns had railed constantly against our porous border with Mexico, and urged no mercy for illegals.
It's a good thing Hillary's re-election campaign went better than her attempted sendoff. Despite the presence Monday of both New York senators, two former mayors, and enough veterans and military brass to launch an invasion, Intrepid wasn't going anywhere.
Created in a 1927 novel by Sinclair Lewis, the fictional Gantry's hypocritical misuse of religion is mirrored in real-life by whore-mongers like the Reverend Jimmy Swaggart...and crooks like the Reverend Jim Bakker...both of whom used their television ministries to score chicks and live lavish lives, all while condemning so-called sinners.
But at least these tricksters didn't use their pulpits to accumulate political power and openly campaign against people whose life styles they condemned in public while emulating in private...like the Reverend Ted Haggard did, before he admitted to 'sexual immorality' after allegations about sex with a gay prostitute and crystal meth use.
It ended with what became the most famous brawl in television history.
A woman from the audience asks white supremacist John Metzger why he can't just live and let live? He responds by calling one panelist a "kike", and another, civil rights leader Roy Ennis an "Uncle Tom". Ennis walks over to Metzger, who shoves him. Ennis responds by getting Metzger in a chokehold.
Here's how ex-president Clinton summarized the GOP attack ads.
"If you elect the Democrats they'll tax you into the poor house, and on the way, you'll meet a terrorist on every corner, and when you try to run away, you'll stumble over an illegal immigrant."