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."
Come on, Oprah.
We humans like to divide time into neat little boxes based on dates, but the case can be made that the styles, policies, manners and mores of one ten-year period usually spill over into the next.
Whew! I need to catch my breath. I can't keep up with the quickly shifting journalistic conventional wisdom.
Last week, when Bill Clinton said President Obama should allow people to keep their health-insurance coverage - an early attempt to distance Hillary and himself from ObamaCare - I began to worry that the Clintons may be serious about another run at the White House.
"The holiday turkey sure looks grand this year," Dick Cheney said. "Why don't we go around the table and say what we're thankful for?"
The heck is going on here, people? Did someone drop the flag signaling the start of the 2016 presidential election race in secret? Was there a furtive whispered "go now" left on the voice mail of all the major players in the 202 area code? Thirty-six months before the election? Is it possible to earn extra credit by skipping this one and moving right on to 2020?
Half a century ago, Sid Davis was the first journalist to learn John Kennedy had died. Instead of breaking the biggest news story in the world, he waited because he wanted to make sure he was right. It is hard to image a journalist making the same choice nowadays amid our modern cacophony of inaccurate reporting, but perhaps Davis has something to teach us.