President Obama and most Democrats in Congress support raising the minimum wage to $ 10.10 per hour. That one move would increase the amount of money made by people on the low end of the income scale tremendously. While most members of the democratic party support an increase in the minimum wage, the vast majority of Republicans oppose it. In my mind, increasing the minimum wage is a good idea even though there are downsides and risks to the overall economy. For far too long, the people at the bottom of income in the United States have watched as year after year goes by without as much as a small raise. Policial money has made sure the rich continue to get richer, so maybe it's time for those at the very bottom of the income scale to get a decent raise. While employers will not want to give their low level employees a raise - they will do so and get use to it, if this new law passes.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
It was reported today that former NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw has been diagnosed with cancer. According to a statement released by him, the type of cancer he has is called multiple myeloma and it is effecting his bone marrow. Brokaw is receiving treatment at the Cleveland Clinic and his prognosis is said to be good. Brokaw is 74-years-old and without a doubt millions of Americans are sending their thoughts and prayer his way tonight. Click his image above to read more information about this story.
Monday, February 10, 2014
Last October, one of the most wanted men in the world was captured by U.S. special forces after returning from church in Libya. On Monday, CNN released raw video of that capture. Click the image above to watch a video replay of Abu Anas al Libi's capture. He is accused of masterminding bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa in 1998.
On Sunday night, 60 Minutes on CBS tackled the tough questions of whether or not it is a good idea to give free apartments to the homeless. The story was very interesting to me and according to their reporting a test project is working out pretty successfully. That said, most people I have met who are given things without working for them – never really appreciate what they have.
Sunday, February 09, 2014
Back in 1964, the Beatles played a live performance in the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City. Over 72-million Americans watch that show on television. Later tonight, there will be a special on CBS staring two of the four original members of the band, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. If you would like to watch a replay of that first American TV show starring the Beatles, click the box above.
Saturday, February 08, 2014
I was blown away the other day when I watched a video showing 1000 students singing the 'National Anthem' inside of a hotel. I must say this brought tears to my eyes, because I love the United States of America so much. If you want to see what the future holds for this great nation, listen to these young people sing our 'National Anthem' with a passion that made me proud. These students were staying at the Hyatt Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky.
72-year-old Curtis Reeves was in a courtroom in Florida again on Friday for a bond hearing. In this court session, a video was shown of that day when he shot a man to death in a movie theater after becoming angry the guy was texting on his cellphone. In the video you may watch above, it appears that the man who was shot was definitely being aggressive toward Reeves. However, did that level of abusiveness justify Reeves pulling out a gun and killing him? I think not.
Friday, February 07, 2014
Vice-President Joe Biden recently compared New York's LaGuardia Airport to something a person might see in a third world country. Well, it didn't take long for the national news media to head on out there to take some video of just how bad things are. After watching the above video, I'm pretty sure I would not want to be flying out of that airport, either.
When you're famous like Justin Bieber, your face usually becomes front page news whether you like it or not. That is certainly the case as Bieber's booking video is now a part of the public record. You may remember when Justin Bieber was arrested recently in Miami, Florida for drag racing down a public street. Now, a video of him being booked into the county jail has also been released. I certainly hope we are not witnessing a complete meltdown of another famous person.
People around the world were concerned after this years winner of the 'Biggest Loser' television show was announced to have lost almost 60% of her body weight in a short period of time. Rachel Frederickson went from a weight of 260 pounds to 105 to become this years champion. Like most folks, I am completely in favor of everyone who is overweight shedding a few pounds. However, when a simple idea of losing weight for better health turns into an obsession – all the good that should come from this show is wasted. Then worst of all, it encourages kids to copy the winner and do the same dangerous things themselves. Shame on NBC-TV.
Thursday, February 06, 2014
A few days ago, a man by the name of John Berlin cut a homemade video on YouTube asking Facebook to make a video of his dead son's time-line available, so his family could watch it. Berlin's son died in 2012 at the age of 21 and his family has been unable to access his account since his death. Great news was received today after Facebook contacted Berlin to let him know they were going to send a copy of their son's one-minute to the family. Facebook made the right decision.
The Grand Old Party continues to self-destruct with no end in sight. Today, Speaker of the House John Boehner announced that there will be no immigration reform bill passed by the House of Representatives this year. With a growing Hispanic and decreasing white voter base a reality in the USA, it is now only a matter of time before Republicans will be unable to put another President in the White House. Such a shame.
Jay Leno will soon be leaving the 'Tonight Show' for good. This morning, I found a fitting tribute to this long time, late night host and decided to share it with you here. I'm old enough to remember Johnny Carson before him and I believe that Leno carried on his tradition in a great way. Of all the late night comedians, Jay Leno was the best.
Wednesday night on the CBS Evening News, with Scott Pelley, a reporter did an in-depth interview with Sgt. Cory Remsburg. You may remember Cory from the State of the Union address last week when he was the special guest of President Barack and Michelle Obama. In a nation where it seems like everyone cannot agree on anything, Sgt. Remsburg received a standing ovation from both Republicans and Democrats after surviving injuries from a roadside bomb in Afghanistan that at first seemed impossible to overcome.
Wednesday, February 05, 2014
Most of the ads on the 2014 Super Bowl were rather lame and boring. However, in one local market – there was a 2-minute commercial for Jamie Casino that blew away the national competition on the Fox television network. You may have heard about this advertisement, but have been unable to watch the full two minutes in it's entirety. Click the box above to watch Jamie Casino, attorney at law, deliver his kind of legal justice in the most amazing television commercial I have ever seen.
Tuesday, February 04, 2014
President Barack Obama sat down with Bill O'Reilly from the Fox News Channel on Sunday for a live interview before the Super Bowl. Many of the questions O'Reilly asked the President involve areas where conservative believe the President made the wrong choice. Click the video box above to watch a video replay of that O'Reilly/Obama interview.
In what has turned out to be a complete miracle, 16-year-old Makenzie Wethington is up walking around and should make a complete recovery in an Oklahoma hospital after falling over 3000 feet in a skydiving accident. It's hard to not believe in God after witnessing the miracle that happened to this young woman. Now whether or not it was a wise decision for her father to allow her to jump from an airplane by herself at the age of 16 is another question entirely. I prefer to look on the bright side of this issue and the fact that Makenzie Wethington is alive and expected to make a full recovery is something both she and her family should feel blessed about.
Monday, February 03, 2014
The New Jersey bridge scandal has claimed another victim. Yesterday, Christina Genovese Renna submitted her resignation as additional politicians are attempting to take down Governor Chris Christie. Right now, I don't know if Gov. Christie knew anything about that bridge closure or not, but as more people close to him resign from their jobs – it does not look good for his long-term future. When it comes to Chris Christie, people either love or hate the man and that is why he has been so successful in New Jersey politics. When news broke that some people close to the governor were involved in a political payback scandal before last November's election. Democratic politicians both in New Jersey and around the nation started acting like hungry sharks in the water as they worked overtime to tie Gov. Christie to this scandal. I doubt, if Renna will be the last person close to the governor to either resign or get fired. The biggest question now is whether or not Christie will still be standing when all the dust finally settles.
In today's world, it would be nice if millions of Americans could just sit down and enjoy a football game without partisan politics being brought into the mix. However, in the modern world that never seems to happen. On Sunday, a short time before the Super Bowl was played on Fox television – President Barack Obama sat down for an interview with Fox News Channel heavyweight Bill O'Reilly. In what should have been a fun and kidding conversation, O'Reilly went on the attack against the President and by the time he was finished he reminded me of a school yard bully. I thought President Obama handled himself well, but O'Reilly seemed to be nothing more than a political hack - who was going to use his 15-minutes to prove how mean and tough he could be to the President of the United States.
There have been some really bad Super Bowl games over the years, but the one that just finished between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks has to rank as one of the worst. The whole idea of a Super Bowl game is to have two equally qualified teams compete against each other in a battle to the finish. Sunday's game between the Broncos and the Seahawks instead looked more like a Texas high school football team playing against college and/or professional players. I feel sorry for the Broncos, because they fell behind early and never even came back to make the game close. On Sunday, we may have witnessed history, but it was not the kind I wanted to watch.
Sunday, February 02, 2014
A few days ago, I watched a news story where an admitted heroin addict told a reporter that he almost died after taking a mix of heroin and fentanyl. In fact, this guy said that within 5-seconds of injecting this new substance into his arm, he was dying. Then yesterday, I heard the tragic news that actor Philip Seymour Hoffman had died from an alleged heroin overdoes. My mind immediately wondered if it was this new mixture of heroin and fentanyl that Hoffman injected into his vein? From early reports, when Hoffman was found, a needle was still injected into his arm. In other words he died before he could remove it. Sounds like he may have been the latest victim of this new and power blend of fentanyl and heroin. May he rest in peace.
After some pretty good competition in years past, Bruno Mars did an outstanding job entertaining at the 2014 Super Bowl. I have enjoyed listening to his music for a long time and now I am convinced he is one heck of an entertainer too. Combining Bruno Mars with the Red Hot Chili Peppers was brilliant. Both Mars and the Chili Peppers complimented each other very well. While the game between Denver and Seattle was kind of boring and one sided, the half-time show was uplifting and exciting to watch. Thank goodness Bruno Mars showed up, otherwise the whole three hours would have been a waste of time.
It has been dry in the western U.S. states now for decades and just as low water levels are hitting a critical stage – rationing is starting to be instituted in many communities. A decade or so ago, I traveled to Las Vegas on a regular basis. Even then, it was clear that the water level at Lake Mead was lower than it should be. In fact, the white ring that surrounds the rocks at the dam were large even back in the late 1990's. However, today – those rings are very deep and in some parts of Lake Mead the old water level is nothing more than dried out sandy beach. Are millions of people who called the western United States home going to be forced to relocate in the future – because of a lack of available drinking water? I think that possibility is looking more likely today than anytime in my lifetime. Honestly, the western U.S. was never designed to be the residence of this many people. In fact, until the past 50-years or so – the West Coast of the United States of America was not very well populated with the exception of Los Angeles and San Francisco. With modern dam projects like Hoover, many folks believed that they could live anywhere they wanted – because the government would find a way to get them the drinking water they needed to survive. Now in the year 2014, the drinking water supply is continuing to dry up – while at the same time, hundreds of thousands of more people are deciding to make the western United States their home. In the future, something will have to give.
In a few hours, the 2014 Super Bowl will be broadcast to more than 100-million people in the United States alone. This years teams, the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks will take to the field around 6:30 PM tonight. While most folks at home and tens of thousands at MetLife Stadium will be focused on the game and half-time show, a large group of police and intelligence officials will be watching the crowd to find people - who might want to carry out a terrorist attack during the game. It's really sad that sporting events, like the Super Bowl, have now become the showplace of terrorist who are trying to make a name for themselves. Thousands of police officers from New York, New Jersey and the feds from Washington D.C. will all be guarding people and property during the big game. It's true that ticket sales for the 2014 Super Bowl have not lived up to expectations. The reason given by the NFL has everything to do with the terribly cold weather and nothing to do with the safety of folks who brave the weather to watch the Super Bowl, live. Even though the National Football League and NYC law enforcement are not talking publicly about their efforts to keep the big game safe. Rest assured they will be visible and around during the Super Bowl to try and discourage any kind of bad behavior.
Saturday, February 01, 2014
For months, President Obama has been fighting to prevent the Keystone Pipeline from ever seeing the light of day. However, it now appears his excuses for building it are fading away. Americans are tired of high oil and gas prices and this new pipeline will help to lower those prices by creating more supply into the worldwide system. If you ever wonder what is wrong with this country today, here is a perfect example of how liberal political self-interest can postpone a good idea simply because of ideology. I really don't believe President Obama is actually against the pipeline as much as he does not want to anger his political base. I view myself as a moderate who believes the United State of America is best served when neither extreme conservatives or liberals are allowed to impose their will on the rest of us. The time has long since come to get to work on finishing the Keystone Pipeline. Let's face it, on his most liberal day – President Obama's administration looks like a conservative compared to the government in Canada. However, on this issue – the Canadians want the pipeline built, while the President does not. It goes without say that political contribution lead to this kind of silly decision by the President and hopefully someday there will be some type of campaign finance reform - that will be acceptable to the U.S. Supreme Court.
There is no group of people I trust more than firefighters, but something happened recently in Washington D.C. that concerns me. According to news media reports, at least three D.C. firefighters stood by while a man was dying from heart problems and refused to help unless a call was first made to 911. While it is easy to blame firefighters, I would bet their inaction had something to do with how their union contract is worded with the City of Washington. At one time, labor unions helped bring fairness to this great nation when some in the business world treated their employees like dirt. However, those days are long gone and now it is more common to learn of something negative about a labor union than something positive. The three firefighters have been put on administrative leave, while an investigation is conducted into their actions. More than likely, the worst thing that might happen to them is a reprimand will be put into their employment record. Whether a person is a member of a labor union or not, there is a certain amount of common decency that is expected of a professional whose job it is to save lives in the performance of their duty. No firefighter I have ever met would refuse to help a dying person. Whatever the ultimate cause of this issue is, something strong needs to be done to make sure it never happens again. It's sad that these three bad firefighters are bringing shame on the tens of thousands of their brothers, who would have made a different choice.