Evan Osnos reports that, despite 130 mass shootings THIS year, our gun culture "is the most polarized it has ever been." The Senate vote yesterday confirms such but interesting, following the Orlando massacre, SMITH & WESSON stock went up 10% the next day and while many use the excuse that they buy guns because "the government can not protect us," the chance of being involved in a mass shooting is less than being hit by lightning with public health officials warnings that "guns do not make you safer necessarily." And while a 2005 law protects gun manufacturers, until certain circumstances, from lawsuits, liberals such as Bloomberg promises the use of NRA tactics in endorsing-financing certain candidates on the state and federal level. WTF?
A "B" movie about the incredible 1936 BERLIN OLYMPICS where we find JESSE OWENS winning four gold medals undermining HITLER'S desire to show off a recovered Nazi Germany with the backdrop of two Jewish runners prohibited from running while the USA Olympic head putting profit above patriotism. 80 years ago this summer.
A feel good story on REAL SPORTS about a program started in Philadelphia to enable kids from the inner city to work the horse stables and then learn to play polo. The program started by LEZLIE HINER has produced some super polo players including KAREEM ROSSER who is the Collegiate Player of the Year at COLORADO STATE. Bravo Zulu!
According to the Department of Defense and VA . . . 407,300 American military personnel died during WWII, 54,246 died in the Korean War, 90,220 in Vietnam, 1,565 in the Persian Gulf War and 6,852 during our Global War on Terror. Many may debate the wisdom of their sacrifice but this weekend is devoted to their memory as AMERICANS. BRAVO ZULU.
DR. OZ, my favorite quack, had a noteworthy show today regarding kids reading. It is estimated that children, 0-5 years old, only read 30 HOURS in that early time span of life. My mother, a pioneer in the Head Start program, maintained that kids should be in full day school by the age of three. UPS, WIC and others have established a program to get books to young kids to read. BRAVO ZULU.
"FRONTLINE" with a documentary on the post-SANDY debacle. Flood insurance was "too risky" after the big floods of the 50's-60's, so Congress enacted the NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE which would be a public-private entity to aid victims of disasters. In 1968, some insurance carriers were booted from the agency but REAGAN brought them back in after FEMA was founded in 1979. Then came KATRINA in 2005 which bankrupted the system. So with SANDY, victims were SYSTEMICALLY UNDERPAID on their losses with carriers, who processed the claims, making over 400 million in profits. WTF?
THE STORY OF THE NATIONAL LAMPOON is an expose of the spoof of the HARVARD magazine that shook the college campuses of the 1970's led by an array of witty talented wacko writers culminating in radio shows, a variety of stage shows and movies including the famed "ANIMAL HOUSE." It died of natural causes in 1998. WTF?
This exhaustive, expensive and divisive circus of selecting our candidates of EACH party is pretty stupid. Since the debacle of 1968, both parties have implemented rules and regulations that barely bind any delegate for voting for whom WE VOTED. While nobody much cares about it when it is not primary season, it is time for reform . . . or the emergence of a 3rd party? WTF?
While I realize that over 1 million fetuses are aborted each year in the United States and my ex-wife and me decided against such a procedure when she got pregnant before our marriage, I am reminded of two seventeen (17) year old teenagers who committed suicide in 1966, my senior year in high school because she was pregnant. Super kids, terrible tragedy
My lady and I went to a rather large dinner-dance tonight, mostly Boomers. While I love to dance and hardly claim to be Fred Astaire, MOST MEN SUCK at dancing. I asked my table-mate WHY? She responded: "Because women have the rhythm." That didn't make much sense because most of the great musicians are men. So WTF?