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Proud, Happy, Humbled, Energized, and Thankful. All because of a Foster Care Agency Conference.
To say that I was honored to be the Keynote Speaker at the first Annual Foster Care Conference for a prominent organization titled PATH-Idaho would be the understatement of the year.
In Boise, on a picture-perfect weather day with the scenic mountains as a backdrop, and on a Saturday morning none-the-less when most people are home relaxing, (August 10th) Foster Care was the subject of this well attended conference, titled: "Great Challenges Make Great Kids."
Flabbergasted after yet another former sexting partner for Anthony Weiner has gone public recently, "his campaign is on life support" was perhaps the most sympathetic and honest assessment I could initially offer on television.
I sat down recently to interview the speaker of the New York City Council, Christine Quinn, for our candidate profiles on RNN-TV.
I couldn't help but think about when one looks at group shots of all the candidates running for mayor of New York City, Quinn stands out. All you see are a lot of men. Quinn is the only woman.
For weeks here in the New York City area folks have asked me, what is Bill Thompson doing?
Is he a candidate for NYC mayor?
Does he really want this or is he just going through the motions?
Where is Thompson's passion?
Well, if Thompson's personality was not so low-key, he might respond with the slogan line of that Kia Sorrento TV commerical: "How you like me now."
It should come as no surprise. The top NYPD official that ran Stop and Frisk supports the high controversial police tactic as an effective law enforcement tool.
Just-retired Chief of Department Joseph Esposito did make a convincing case while testifying recently.
To listen to Esposito, he sounded reasonable, pointing to historic drops in crime in New York. Almost every word out of his mouth was Crime prevention. How much crime the NYPD had avoided due to stop and frisk.
Here in the Federal Courtroom of Judge Shira Scheindlin, week number three has been no better than the first two for the NYPD. One has to wonder out loud, what is the strategy for the nation’s best police force. Something has to give for the City of NY.
Case in point.
I will always remember my friend Ed Koch. He made all of us proud to be a New Yorker.
The fact of the matter is they don’t make politicians like Koch anymore. Koch was not a phony. You knew exactly where you stood with him. Over my 30-year relationship with the mayor, he was the same person in private as he was in public.
Every week for many, many years I interviewed Koch on Television. I saw him at his best, and when his health started failing over the years, but Koch would always bounce back.
On Wednesday we did a segment on Richard French Live titled ‘Guns in America: Does America have a Problem?’ Tragically, neither any of the guests, nor myself realized just how timely the segment would be. A day and half later Adam Lanza blasted his way into the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, using a high-powered rifle to kill 20 children and six adults, including the principal who tried to stop him.
If you’re like most Americans, you’re inundated with the obligations of day-to-day life. You have probably heard only in passing, the dire warning on your local TV newscast, "Washington gets closer to going over Fiscal Cliff." Sadly, such government paralysis has become routine, Washington is so polarized that less than a month after the Presidential Election, it seems elected officials are in the same situation of getting nothing done.
Have you noticed yet that just about every political decision from Washington these days comes down to the very end, scaring the American People about repercussions? Will unemployment benefits run out for those barely surviving? Are cuts to Medicare looming for seniors? Will you soon lose the Mortgage Interest deduction on your taxes?