The Artist and her “Portrait Seen ‘Round the World” Courtesy Jane Rosenberg (not for duplication)
A word about courtroom artists, please.
In the wake of “Deflategate” or “Sketchgate” or whatever they’re calling the controversy surrounding New England quarterback Tom Brady these days, I think it’s time to speak up for court artists everywhere.
Disclosure: Jane Rosenberg, the artist at the center of the recent storm over her less-than-perfect depiction of the handsome quarterback, is a pal of mine. I have worked alongside her as the reporter covering a court proceeding, she the assigned artist. Rosenberg is a 35-year veteran and widely considered to be one of the best in her field. [click to continue…]
Fox’s Megyn Kelly Questions The Donald
~ Where’s the feminist outrage at Trump’s sexist attacks on Fox anchor?
Say, ladies, can we talk?
What is it with women’s groups in America today? They link arms and proclaim they stand for the empowerment of women of all races, creeds and religions. They demand justice and equality for the female gender. They vow to stand up for the rights and respect of women everywhere.
Then where the heck have they been as presidential candidate Donald Trump tramps all over the reputation of Fox News Channel’s Megyn Kelly? Not a word of support for Kelly from any of the major women’s groups. Crickets. Why the silence from organizations built on standing up for women? [click to continue…]
Julie Pendley Lost Her Cousin, Ben, And Found a Calling
Sometimes out of tragedy comes triumph. Such is the case for Julie Pendley of Fayetteville, Arkansas.
In May, her cousin Ben Baber and his best friend Cody Parrick went missing. The two 20-year-olds had driven from their homes in Okmulgee, Oklahoma to attend a concert in Pryor, about an hour-and-a-half away.
That was the last anyone heard from them. A devastating rainstorm had passed through the area about the same time the young men would have been driving home and it was feared that Ben, an inexperienced driver, might have had an accident. [click to continue…]
Outrage Seems Mandatory These Days
The world has gone all topsy-turvy.
Citizens can no longer speak their mind and have a conversation about differing points of view. Facts don’t seem to matter much anymore. And, there seems to be this universally accepted idea that one must prostrate themselves while publicly apologizing if they utter something that might – possibly – be construed as upsetting to someone else.
And don’t get me started on why we fixate our national outrage at an American dentist who went hunting for big game in Africa and shot a lion rather than at the Planned Parenthood organization that admits to trading in countless baby body parts.
How did we get to this point?
Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee put an underscore on the trend. Asked about the president’s pending nuclear deal with Iran Huckabee’s response got him in trouble.
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Surveillance on the Job? It’s Likely
Is your boss spying on you? There’s a good chance. These days employers are monitoring their workers in all sorts of ways you might never have thought about.
Your employer can look back at anything you’ve done on your office computer, checking what websites were visited, what was written in inter-office emails and they can even capture keystrokes to see what was typed on outside sites like your personal e-mail, Facebook or Twitter.
If they are the snoopy-snoop type they’re probably already watching your social media output anyway. [click to continue…]
A Shoot-From-the-Lip Bully
It has been intriguing to note that in this era of citizen division and Us-versus-Them mentality – during this time in our history when every perceived foe must be labeled – no one has called out presidential wanna-be Donald Trump for what he is.
He is a bully. He is a self-aggrandizing, opportunistic bully and blowhard who heaves out vile stream-of-consciousness pronouncements, feigns wonderment at the horrified reaction and threatens to unleash his pack of lawyers on anyone who gets in his way.
But Trump has pointed his privileged finger at an important social issue…. [click to continue…]
Suddenly, Agreement – But Have They Thought Things Through?
Seems like Washington is enjoying a rare political Kumbayah moment these days. Both Democrats and Republicans now agree that our justice system ran off the rails with overly burdensome, mandatory sentencing for non-violent drug offenders.
Convicts like Antwon Rogers of Cleveland Ohio who was sentenced to life in prison for conspiracy to possess and distribute cocaine — less than 5 ounces of the drug. But because Rogers had two previous drug convictions the mandatory federal three-strikes law kicked in and, at the age of 22, he was sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison. He’s been there more than 20 years.
Francis Hayden of Loretto, Kentucky also got life after his conviction for possessing more than 1,000 marijuana plants, growing on a farm he managed. Hayden also had two previous drug convictions and that third one sealed his fate.
If space permitted I could cite thousands of these over-sentenced, non-violent drug cases. [click to continue…]
Vietnam Vets Returned to Scorn and Ridicule
Isn’t it ironic?
In the 70’s Vietnam veterans returned from an unpopular war to society’s scorn and cries of, “Baby killer!” Over the decades, we began to understand they had been brave and selfless and we learned to treat returning vets with understanding and support – wounded or not – as they transition back into society.
Ironically, we never went back to fully support the Vietnam-era vets who taught us the valuable lesson of honoring our warriors. [click to continue…]
The Veteran’s Administration – Long Mired in Delays
So, the U.S. government has finally decided to help some 2,000 Air Force personnel exposed to Agent Orange residue left over in airplanes used during the Vietnam War. They are now eligible for disability, medical and survivor benefits.
“Opening up eligibility for this deserving group of Air Force veterans and reservists is the right thing to do,” VA Secretary Bob McDonald announced.
Really? Then why didn’t the VA take this step long ago? These new recipients flew in Fairchild C-123 aircraft from 1969 to 1986. That’s between 46 and 29 years ago! [click to continue…]