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Howard Stern, the Riddle

On Howard Stern – Over the last few weeks I’ve spent an inordinate amount of time wrestling with my relationship with Howard Stern. I don’t have any personal connection to him, but I’ve been a listener over the years as I find him to be a great interviewer. And so, like many others, I check out his channel while driving to see who he has on. If it’s someone interesting, I listen; if it’s one of his antics, I typically move along.

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The Invisible Hand of Capitalism

On Capitalism – Here we sit on the heels of another school shooting, and another 10 dead, and we remain paralyzed as a country about what to do. If it were money at stake instead of lives, our capitalist system would likely find a way to fix the problem overnight. We recently saw this with #MeToo – for decades, powerful corporations didn’t care that innocent women were being abused and victimized, because the men abusing those women were making those corporations

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A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

On Sex Addiction: Beware the wolf in sheep’s clothing (Matthew 7:15). The facts leading up to the resignation of disgraced New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman expose that we are suffering from an epidemic of sex addicts who have worked their way into the most powerful positions in society to enhance their opportunities to prey on women. These elite sex addicts work in the same manner as common sex addicts, only their positions raise the stakes much higher, which adds

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Remembering an American Icon

On Barbara Bush – I had the opportunity to meet Barbara Bush, along with her husband George H.W. Bush, aboard a Valentine’s Day cruise in February 1993, right after Bush had lost the election to Bill Clinton. I recall it as sort of a magical moment in my life, as I had served in the Marines under President Reagan and Vice President Bush and considered them to be American heroes. Her husband was the first President I ever voted for, and in part

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A Writer on Writing

On Writing – Many people ask me why I write this blog; what is the purpose? Great question, and in the beginning, I had no answer (I liken it to Forrest Gump just starting to run one day for no particular reason). Having been down this path for some time now, I am beginning to understand what compels me to write, and more particularly, why I write what I do and why I share it publicly. I interviewed myself this week to

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Quarterly Roundup of Your Most Compelling Comments

Q1 and done – Well, that was fast! Somehow, the first quarter of 2018 is behind us. As we get ready for spring, Easter, and Passover and celebrate baseball’s opening day (Mets win!), I thought I’d revisit some of the feedback I’ve received about my blog these past three months. I really enjoy hearing from readers about what resonated with them (and what didn’t). Thank you for sharing your thoughts and broadening my perspective. Here, some of the comments that

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Bullied to Extinction

On Extinction – The death this week of Sudan, the last male northern white rhino on the planet, really affected me, and at first I wasn’t sure why. I don’t have any connection with rhinos. Perhaps it is because they seem so powerful and majestic; perhaps it is because looking at a rhino gives us a glimpse as to what the earth was like when dinosaurs roamed it. Most likely it is because the first thing I read about it was a

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Friends with Benefits

Why Can’t We Be Friends? I find the recent surge in popularity of television shows and movies about English politics and the monarchy to be well timed (I’m currently obsessed with The Crown). While many, I am sure, are intrigued by the romantic themes and glamorous lifestyles, my interest in these shows centers around how the screenwriters and directors depict the leaders of a bygone era. Will Winston Churchill be portrayed as disruptive and boorish, or as an intellectual and artist? Will King George

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Understanding the Misunderstood Constitution

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The Misunderstood Constitution – From May until September in 1787, 55 brilliant minds in the newly minted United States of America met daily in the old Pennsylvania State House to debate and draft what was to become the most important document in our history: the American Constitution. Today, 231 years later, our Constitution stands as the oldest surviving written constitution in the world, demonstrating its ability to endure for ages to come. This is even more remarkable when you consider

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Demanding action on an American tragedy

Schools and guns – Like many of you, I continue to be in a state of confusion, sadness, and anger – from a lawyer’s perspective, confusion over how to reconcile the Second Amendment with today’s realities; from a father’s perspective, sadness over how the parents and loved ones of the victims must feel; and from a Marine’s perspective, anger because helpless victims were murdered while unable to protect themselves. This tragic shooting shows the complexity of the problem because all the

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