Comedian Jeff Ross was roasting actor Charlie Sheen when he rhetorically asked whether anyone knew how much cocaine Sheen had used in recent years. The answer: “Enough to kill two-and-a-half men.”
I thought of that joke late last month while at the Republican National Convention (RNC) because every time I lifted my head and glanced at a television there was an advertisement which called Rep. Connie Mack, the GOP nominee for the U.S. Senate in Florida, a “Charlie Sheen Republican.” The ad stated that Rep. Mack loves Hooters restaurants, periodically gets into bar brawls, and often asks his father to settle his unpaid bills. I’m still not sure how that makes Mack unfit to serve in the U.S. Senate.
Kenny Albert, who grew up in Sands Point, began his 19th season last weekend as an announcer for Fox Sports’ National Football League (NFL) broadcasts. Calling football games, however, wasn’t part of his game plan after graduating from New York University (NYU) in 1990.
“My goal was to get a job doing hockey play-by-play on the radio. That’s what I always wanted to do,” Albert said, during a recent interview.
Recognizing that millions of Americans were seeing him for the first time, Admiral James Stockdale, Ross Perot’s vice presidential nominee in 1992, famously asked during a televised debate, “Who am I, why am I here?’
Variations of those same questions could be posed to the delegates spending Aug. 27-30 in Tampa, Florida at the Republican National Convention (RNC).
The late Jack Benny said he’d purchased so much life insurance from one company that Benny’s demise threatened its solvency. “When I go, they go,” Benny said.
Raymond Roth, the 47-year-old Massapequa man who has emerged as Nassau’s most notorious life insurance policyholder, purchased coverage valued at more than $400,000, the Wall Street Journal reports. But law enforcement authorities theorize Raymond wanted Jonathan Roth, his 22-year-old son, to cash out the policy’s proceeds while Raymond was alive. Alas, that is illegal, and not easy to do. The saga’s courtroom machinations have been well-chronicled while the hurdles to getting a person declared officially dead, if their body has not been found, have gone largely ignored.
A legal notice published last week in The New York Times attempted to do the near-impossible—generate interest in a public hearing this week on improving the U.S. rail network between Boston and Washington, D.C.
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), the NEC (Northeast Corridor) Future meeting is being held on Thursday, Aug. 16, between 4:30 and 7:30 p.m., at the Farley Post Office/Moynihan Station, 380 West 33rd Street, Room 4500, Manhattan. The New York City gathering is one of nine sessions the FRA has scheduled as part of its NEC Future initiative, which is summarized at www.necfuture.com.
Gore Vidal, the legendary 86-year-old writer, died last week and one of his obituaries noted that Vidal’s four favorite English words were, “I told you so.”
It is a sentiment I must reluctantly invoke, while calling attention to my observations from 2009 and 2010, following a New York Post report this month that state Senator Malcolm Smith (D-Queens) met recently with the state Republican committee’s leadership team about running for New York City mayor as a Republican in 2013.
Hofstra University and the New York Jets announced last week that the Jets’ planned practice session at Hofstra, which was to be held on Tuesday, Aug. 21, had been canceled.
This is the second straight year the Jets are not making their one-day-only pilgrimage to Hofstra. The institution’s Hempstead campus was the site of the Jets’ annual training camps from the late 1960s through 2008.
The federal government wants to sell Plum Island, situated near Long Island’s North Fork, but is there a buyer who wants an 840-acre parcel where today more than 40 foreign animal diseases (FADs), such as hog cholera and African swine fever, are being studied?
Oh, and if Plum Island’s use since the 1950s as a place where the federal government has also developed technologies to mitigate the risks of FAD-caused catastrophic economic losses isn’t enough of a turn-off, its location may give pause to a prospective buyer, too.
Newt Gingrich said that President Obama’s public approval ratings have sagged because his campaign’s mantra has evolved from “yes, we can,” to here is “why we couldn’t.”
Bringing the analogy closer to home, Nassau’s voters made it clear in a non-binding referendum nearly a year ago that they had no interest in having the county’s taxpayers borrow upwards of $400 million to build a new Nassau Coliseum and a minor league baseball stadium in Uniondale. It would have been constructed at the 77-acre, county-owned site north of Hempstead Turnpike that is commonly known as the Nassau Hub. The August 2011 referendum had the avid support of county executive Edward Mangano and New York Islanders owner Charles Wang but was voted down by a decisive 57-43 percent margin, meaning these two entertainment and sports venues would never be built, at least not with taxpayers providing the bulk of the financing.
Barclays’ interest-rate manipulation scandal has generated headlines but less attention has been paid to the Capitol Hill figures that benefited financially when Countrywide Financial Corp. did something comparable on their behalf.
How Countrywide Used its VIP Loan Program to Influence Washington Policymakers, a report prepared for Rep. Darrell Issa (R-California), chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Oversight and Government Reform Committee, was released July 5 and offers an eye-opening window into D.C.’s world of crony capitalism.
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Mike Barry, a corporate communications consultant, has worked in government and journalism. Email: MFBARRY@optonline.net