Short of endorsing anyone directly, I made no apologies for stating that the Republican Party should have listened to this man and done more to elevate him on the national stage. The Huntsman message was one of workmanlike inclusion and bipartisan effort to better this country. The message of Obamas re-election in a cesspool of unemployment and numerous woes was a rejection of the right wings hijacking of the party and the signal to women and non whites that they were not invited to the American Dream. The whole notion that somehow Obama and the Democrats threatened “Judeo-Christian” values sealed the fate of a candidate simply viewed as not one of us. Marylands embracing of same sex marriage and the legalization of personal amounts of marijuana in Colorado and Washington mean that we are in a different place and that our young see the world in a way that Republicans don’t understand. Jon Huntsman, said after being persona non grata at the Republican National Convention, that the Republican Party needs to be a party of inclusion while preserving fiscal conservatism and the role of the individual in a free market and society. He was right and yesterday proved it in a way that sends hate mongers like Rove, Limbaugh and Coulter scrambling. It also vindicated his view that Citizens United was a blow to true democracy but that he had faith that voters would see through it. They did and I hope the Koch Brothers and Sheldon Adelson feel their money was well spent. In short, perhaps Obama did not deserve a second term, but the alternative was apparently worse for the majority of American voters who are increasingly diverse. Lets hope that Congress and the White House can get on with the serious business at hand.
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The NYPD patrolmen faced with the gun wielding murderer last Friday had absolutely no choice but to engage the suspect with deadly force. This was no ordinary police citizen encounter. Surveillance video clearly shows the suspect pointing a weapon at the officers after being confronted. The officers, one an apparent veteran, had been told by a witness that the suspect had just executed a citizen in broad daylight and was trying to get away by blending in with the omnipresent NYC foot traffic. A gun wielding murderer trying to get away is just the type of suspect who police have the right to confront with deadly force and not have to wait for him to fire. The resulting harm to innocent bystanders was the responsibility of the criminal that started that process in motion, not the police who did their duty with honor. It is unfortunate that they will inevitably be defendants in ill advised lawsuits seeking to target the Citys coffers. It is wrong and shame on any so-called police “expert” who criticizes their actions in a split second of terror that all too often defines “ The JOB.” I have represented police in the aftermath of shooting incidents for years. No matter how well trained and qualified an officer might be, shooting under stress creates the possibility that rounds will miss their mark. In this case the suspect was immediately killed and any further harm to the populace was nullified as there is no telling what such a desperate person might do to get away. The citizens of NYC were well served and these cops have our support.
From 1975-1979 I attended Fordham University at the Rose Hill campus in the South Bronx. In the middle of a broke and violent Bronx we were a semi safe oasis. However we quickly learned that the most dangerous part of life there was not the crime or the violence but the campus meal plan. In my freshman year I used part of my meager scholarship to pay for this “ meal plan” and wound up watching horrific things occur on my food tray. The guy who ladled the crap on had no teeth and a maniacal laugh and he just blurted out “next”…”next”…”next” - we wound up calling him “ Necky” because he actually said “Neck” instead of “next”. We puked and farted our way past that first semester until we had the sense to realize we were on the fringe of Little Italy and some of the best food in the world and we didn’t need Neckys stank ladle to survive. Well, it was with no surprise that I found out that in a recent poll Fordham University at the Rose Hill campus has the worst on-campus food in the country. Quite a dubious honor and now the tuition is $40,000 when in my day it was $3000 but the food is a disgusting constant. Students have found bugs and foreign objects in their food. Looks like the ghost of ‘Necky” is hard at work . Go to Arthur Ave and eat its much better.
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