Month: August 2016
You’ve heard me discuss it before. I love nuclear power. It’s clean, efficient and enables America to stay ahead of the curve on the increasing demand for energy. Let’s start with efficiency. One of the most important measurements of energy generation is reported by the federal government is capacity factor. Basically the ratio of actual energy generation compared to the potential output over a period of time. Not sure what that really means? Simply put, higher is better. Nuclear comes in at a stellar 92% compared to about 33% for wind and between 22% and 29% for solar.
Colin Kaepernick must have figured with his declining skills as a quarterback, he may as well try to get headlines another way. He’s got a right to not stand up and show respect for the nation that has provided him with so much opportunity. Maybe he’s upset about his declining skills which show a likelihood of his becoming irrelevant when the 49ers eventually let him go. After all, he’s had a rough past few seasons as his ratings continue to decline securing him a firm position at the bottom of the NFL QB rankings last season.
A grand jury in New Jersey did the right thing by finding that a young woman who killed her former fiance was justified. The story itself is twisted involving him driving to NJ from Navy flight school in Florida, tying her up and asking her to shoot him.
Someone asked me this week to describe what I do on TV and radio. Simple, I replied, Remember how your mom told you to never discuss politics, religion and race in polite company? On a daily basis I like to cover all three, typically all at once.
Earlier this month in a case of mistaken identity a fifth grader in Newark was chased by police with guns drawn. The cops had been chasing an armed robber who eluded them leading them to chase and confront the young man. It sparked an emotional social media post with a crying kid and mom. Initially it sounds like a terrible incident begging the question how could the cops be so aggressive and wrong to mistake a ten year old as the robbery suspect? When you look a little deeper into the issue you uncover that the kid is large for his age and after the police lost sight of the suspect they encountered the ten year old who was running away from them. According to the boy and his family, he was playing basketball when his ball went into the street and when he saw the officers running he assumed it was for him for playing in the street and he ran.
Had a great conversation with our friends Daniel Regan and his mom Lynn Regan today on the radio this morning. Daniel is going strong now five years after his victory over heroin. That’s right, he beat it. Now, he’ll tell you that everyone has their own way of overcoming adversity, but for him it’s not a day to day struggle, any longer. He fought the fight against the devastating drug and after several failed rehab attempts and being discovered by his mom homeless in an abandoned hotel in California, he’s drug free and helping others. Daniel is an inspiring person for sure. Although he’s only in his mid-twenties, he’s had a lifetime of struggle, suffering and success.
For the past several years I’ve been honored to emcee a very special event with my former colleagues at Weichert, Realtors. Jace Botti and Laura Metro (a survivor herself) host an annual event at Fiddlers Elbow Country Club to raise money for the American Cancer Society. The Weichert family has been impacted by the deadly disease in a very personal way and for the past 16 years have been rallying the real estate community to help.
I was first invited to emcee about 5 years ago as a replacement for the young lady who had been the regular host. Let’s just say the room full of mostly men golfers after a long hot day on the links were less than pleased that I was the replacement! Yes, a couple boos…and some heckling. And my joke telling didn’t help at all.
So my daughter Elizabeth is gettin’ ready to tackle her second year in the UK studying fashion at the University of the Arts in London. Our New Jersey 101.5 ‘Jersey Traffic South’ reporter Jill Myra’s daughter Rebecca is also headed out this week for her first year at East Carolina. I had a chance to catch up with Jill and Elizabeth and get the perspective from the students and the parents. Just a fun conversation about a topic that many New Jersey families are going through right now. If you’re headed out of state, good luck. Hopefully we’ll be successful #DigginIn so the career you want is right here in the Garden State. If you’re becoming and ‘empty-nester’…well hang in there, we’ve just begun the fight to make our great state affordable again!
Had a great conversation on Chasing News and NJ 101.5 with my friend and nationally syndicated radio host, David Webb. David is driving the first leg of a journey that will raise funds for an outstanding charity to help disabled vets, The www.highfivetour.com charity is specific for refitting Ford F150s and Explorers in order to accommodate combat vets who lost their limbs or the use of their limbs. He’s got a great point, returning combat vets are not necessarily inclined to want to drive the expected minivan which is often the goto choice to refit. Instead they’re converting trucks. And the turnaround for vets in need has been as fast as 30 days. The car that David is taking across the country is a Shelby Mustang GT350. Wow, what a car. Although he told me I was being a bit too gentle on the clutch at first…it took me a few minutes but once I got it, I got it. Visit the website and help out a great cause.
Who knew that it was illegal to serve food at a funeral home in Jersey? I just learned this today as there’s a move to lift the ban that may come up in the legislature during the next session. The ban goes back decades and was essentially put in place based on an emotional reaction to having food served in the same location as human remains. Of course this is completely illogical. After all, many if not most funeral homes in NJ have living space occupied by the funeral director and their family. I’m assuming they have a kitchen right? And what about people dying in hospitals? They they still have cafeterias and let you bring food when you visit your sick friends. The funeral industry is big business already taking in close to $21 billion every year. The key locally though is that these are primarily small businesses serving local communities. Should the services they provide be up to the funeral director and the family?
“In politics, stupidity is not a handicap.”
“Do they only hire stupid people at Chasing New Jersey?”
What a couple of weeks. The Governor of New Jersey has had his moments. Some great, some good and some…well… He’s had a history of going after his enemies and escalating minor encounters to national news stories. Remember the boardwalk ice cream incident? Or “Sit down and shut up”? He’s brash and direct and seems to be most comfortable in an adversarial role with others. The former US Attorney turned Governor, turned FOT (Friend of Trump) is at it again. This time things seem different.