This is the story of two very different American presidents and how they each answered their emergency Libyan phone calls.
The 14th Regiment Armory was built for the National Guard (née New York militia) in 1893. The massive Brooklyn structure was supposed to mimic the castles of Europe - brick towers and fortifications of previous centuries. Now a YMCA, the Armory today is a shelter (filled to capacity) with nursing home evacuees from Hurricane Sandy. The metaphor: What was built originally to protect us, has to be repurposed for a new type of foe.
TV is about to begin an annual event of honoring our nation's veterans and – with approximately 900 World War II veterans dying each day – it can't come a moment too soon.
HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody? New York City Marathon officials announced that Sunday's annual marathon will be run as scheduled despite Hurricane Sandy's damage. TV ratings should be huge. The runners are going to run through Battery Park and the guy who doesn't sink is the Messiah. Lindsay Lohan tweeted instructions to New Yorkers not to panic as Hurricane Sandy made landfall on Monday. She's always appreciated for her steady leadership. Lindsay's ...
HOLLYWOOD--God bless America, and how's everybody? New York Marathon officials announced that Sunday's race will proceed as scheduled despite the hurricane damage. It's the talk of the town. Everybody wonders if a Kenyan could lose the race due to a hurricane and they also wonder about the New York marathon. Peyton Manning led Denver over New Orleans Sunday as brother Eli Manning led the Giants to a win over Dallas. What a week for the ...
Everyone expected a big wind towards the end of October. But it was expected it'd be from the media, talk show hosts, blogosphere and politicians, building in a crescendo that'd end on Election Day. That wind did arrive – in gale force -- but what no one expected was that Mother Nature would also chime in by sending her offspring Hurricane Sandy.
In July, Sen. Al Franken opened a Senate hearing on the privacy and civil liberties implications of facial recognition technology by affirming some incontrovertible facts. "You can change your password. You can get a new credit card. But you can't change your fingerprint, and you can't change your face," Franken said. "Unless I guess you go to a great, you know, deal of trouble."
America used to have the most democratic elections in the world. It doesn't anymore. Antiquated technology, along with the failure to clean dirty voter rolls of dead and moved voters, plus gridlock blocking efforts to fix the problems have left our system in shambles.
HOLLYWOOD--God bless America, and how's everybody? The Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce put out a tourism travel guide listing the ten ways you can get to Los Angeles. It won't work out. If you want to get to Los Angeles, you have to get here the way everybody else does, through a series of bad personal choices. Wisdom of the Psychopaths was published Monday which says that fifteen percent of Americans are near-psychopathic. It's a ...
Dear Buzz Bissinger: I know you're sick of defending yourself to the liberal media after breaking with a lifetime of voting Democratic to endorse Mitt Romney for president, but bear with me. After all, I'm a big fan of your work. I even follow you on Twitter, which as we all know, is not for the faint of heart. In fact, I think we have a lot in common. You wrote Prayer for the City ...
During Monday night's debate nearly 60 million of us got a good look at why Barack Obama has not been able to accomplish anything in four years.
A recent story carried by the Associated Press is causing goose pimples among couples plagued by infertility.
OKLAHOMA CITY - God bless America, and how's everybody? The Texas Highway Department opened a highway between Austin and San Antonio with an 85-mile-an-hour speed limit. What fun. It's only been open two days and it is already the most popular highway for deer who want to pull the plug on grandma. The Space Shuttle Endeavour was cleaned up and placed on display at the California Science Center after its arrival in L.A. last week. ...
Someone once said, history repeats itself because no one was listening the first time. All one needs to do is look at the ever-widening ideological divide and partisan bickering going on in America to understand Americans are slow learners. And, unless a Lincolnesque figure rises to the occasion, America is headed for another Civil War sans the bloodshed.
"Support your team, even when it loses. A true fan sticks with their team through good times and bad. It's a sad sight to see the bleachers empty at a stadium 10 minutes before a game is over just because the home team is losing. Stick around until the end and root your team off the field."
In the week following Halloween, Jimmy Kimmel's stunt involving kids and their candy climbed to over 20 million views on YouTube. But public fascination with the gag doesn't change the fact that it is cruel and sadistic. It underscores the worst elements of mass media and social media, and the incendiary possibilities of combining the two.
God bless America, and how's everybody?
Here we go again. Pointing to a conservative study, Gov. Rick Perry proclaimed, "The discussion's over. The debate's over. The proof is in. Texas wins." And who did we beat? California, of course. It's enough to make you wonder if little Ricky got enough love growing up on the dirt farm. Someone get this kid a 4-H ribbon so the grownups can talk, because we've got some work to do.
I've heard a lot of interesting stories of people trying, and failing, to sign up for ObamaCare, but this one takes the cake.
Ahh. Thanksgiving. Best Holiday Ever! Love it all. The fact that a national holiday falls not on a Monday but a Thursday. How wacky is that? A regular Thursday in dead-solid center fall. Where the weather could be 80 and sunny, or 20 and snowing. Or, in certain parts of the Midwest, both.
Since June when the Senate passed the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization bill, tens of thousands of stories and broadcasts have been devoted to comprehensive immigration reform. Yet only a handful have outlined the bill's most crucial feature, namely that it will in most cases give immediate legal status and therefore work authorization to between 11-20 million illegal immigrants. On top of that, 20 million more overseas workers will be issued non-immigrant work ...
If this column needs a subtitle, let it be "Where The Rubber Meets The Vinyl."
It's been an up and down, rough and tumble, crazy, sad, frustrating year for America the Beautiful so far.
Sure, the country isn't doing so well at the moment, but there are still plenty of reasons to be thankful this Thanksgiving.
As I have done at Thanksgiving for many years, I want to proclaim some of the things for which I am thankful on this uniquely American holiday.
It's not every day that Democrats and Republicans get to shake their fist in the same direction. That honor goes to Education Secretary Arne Duncan whose insult against "white, suburban moms" whose "child isn't as brilliant as they thought they were" has sparked outrage from the tea party to teachers unions-not to mention the PTA moms who are heavily invested in their children's schooling. Sec. Duncan is still walking back his remarks, but if a ...
The saying, "A picture is worth 1000 words" is so true. In the case of my four month old grandson, we have a book started. Still nothing compares to actually holding, squeezing his chubby legs, or getting Bob to laugh out loud. As we enter the holiday season, families across the country hardly need a reminder that November 24th through the 30th is designated as National Family Week.
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"I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you," declared Nietzsche.
In 2006 I came up against a holiday deadline crunch, so I turned my column over to Turpy, the beloved eight-year-old Golden Retriever/Chow mix who had turned up at our doorstep as a puppy.